2017-18 New York City boys basketball (Final)
The weekly look at the New York City metro area's PSAL, CHSAA and AIS schools for the New York State Sportswriters Association is compiled by Mike Libert:
1) Christ the King (23-6)- The Royals fell in the CHSAA Intersectional Champion-
ship to Stepinac but while the disappointment losing so close to a title will
sting the fact of the matter is that Christ the King brings back 4 starters next
season along with a strong core off the bench which should once again my make
them a championship contender next season. They move to #1 based on being more
competitive against Federation Champions, Archbishop Stepinac, and the strength
overall of the CHSAA.
2) South Shore (21-9)- After winning the PSAL the Vikings moved onto the Feder-
ation Tournament of Champions this past Friday where they took down NYSPHSAA
champion Liverpool convincingly in the semifinals before falling to Stepinac
88-76. It was a tough loss for South Shore as they hoped to finish as the best
in New York State but with the Vikings only losing 1 starter expect them to be
among NYC's best again sooner than later.
3) Cardozo (26-4)- Losing in the PSAL Championship was tough for the Judges, and
it's especially tough because when you look at the roster they will have coming
back next season they look to be light on talent. They only have 1 starter re-
turning, and he will be the lone major minutes getter as well meaning Cardozo
will have a lot of work to do to return to the top of the NYC rankings.
4) Cardinal Hayes (21-8)- Getting by on defense and strong guard play, the Card-
inals fell in this season's CHSAA Intersectional Semifinals. They didn't have
the size up front to compete with the bigger teams in the league, though they do
bring back the one post player they have. Bringing back 2 backcourt pieces as
well should help keep Cardinal Hayes in the mix next year in the rough and tough
5) Thomas Jefferson (21-8)- Losing in the PSAL Semifinals wasn't what the Orange
Wave had planned as they had a team that many thought coming into the playoffs
was the team to beat. The upside is that Jefferson returns 4 starters to a team
that did lack experience so the added maturity to a strong unit should have the
Orange Wave back among the best in the PSAL next year.
6) Archbishop Molloy (15-13)- When the season got underway it was assumed that
the Stanners would be the team to beat in the CHSAA. That didn't end up the case
though as they fell in the CHSAA Intersectional Semifinals in disappointing
fashion. The bigger issue is now that Molloy loses pretty much all their size
inside, and what pieces they have on the perimeter may or may not return next
year either leaving a lot of question marks.
7) Curtis (25-6)- Another team that made it all the way to the PSAL semifinals
this season that has a lot of unknowns for what is to happen in one years time.
They lose what may be the Warriors best player in school history but do return
a pair of interior forces along with their floor general so while others may
need to pick up the scoring load there is talent coming back for Curtis to make
8) Boys and Girls (19-9)- It was the rebirth of sorts for the Kangaroos who had
fallen on hard times in recent years dropping near the bottom of the Brooklyn AA.
They proved to be among the PSAL's best with their run to an over .500 record in
five years. The question is now will it be able to continue? Boys and Girls will
lose their top 7 scorers so it will be tough to maintain unless some of the
younger players in the program develop more and are able to use what should be a
size advantage to their advantage.
9) St. Peter's (20-7)- You could make a strong case that everything that the
Eagles accomplished this season happened a year earlier than it was predicted.
Starting just 1 senior, St. Peter's had a fantastic season which included de-
feating the new Federation TOC champions in Stepinac. With so much returning to
the Staten Island team next year after what was a 20 win season this year there
is a lot to like going forward for a talented Eagles team.
10) Eagle Academy (24-5)- A team on the rise, the Eagles won the Bronx AA for
the first time in school history this season after finishing 14-1 in league
play. They lose a chunk from this year's group but have enough coming back, es-
pecially on the perimeter where they return most of their perimeter shooting
threats that coming back in a years time and jumping back to the top of the
Bronx should be very doable for one of NYC's up and coming programs.
11) Paul Robeson (18-11)- Physicality and toughness were the staples this year
for the Eagles as they were able to hang and compete with the very best in the
Brooklyn AA because of their tremendous size down low as while they had strong
guard play as well, Robeson was really about their ability to finish in the
paint with their post players. Those big men will return next year as well
though the guards will need to be replaced as they look to remain among Brook-
12) Abraham Lincoln (19-8)- What should we expect from the Railsplitters next
season? They lost 3 key players due to ineligibility in late January which
threw their season into a tailspin. They never recovered and failed to make
the deep playoff run most expected. Lincoln did have 2 sophomore guards who
were major contributors this season and will be back, and with a pair of big-
ger wings returning as well the expectation should be that the Railsplitters
come back in a big way next year.
13) H.S. for Construction (23-6)- After a season where the Red Hawks once again
proved to be among the best in the Queens AA advancing to the borough champion-
ship game this season the question will be how do you replace 4 starters and main-
tain their position as one of the PSAL's more consistent programs. They do have a
strong amount of young talent on the bench that learning from the veterans this
season, and they will need to step up next year to keep Construction among the
best in the PSAL.
14) Brooklyn Collegiate (17-11)- A season with great wins and rough losses saw
the Lions as one of the more difficult teams to get a grasp on this season. Con-
sistency will be the key for Brooklyn Collegiate next season as they do return
three starters, and 6 of their top 8 players overall meaning that experience
should be on their side, along with being one of the bigger and stronger teams
in New York City which should help them against top quality competition.
15) McKee/Staten Island Tech (16-8)- The clear second best team in the Staten
Island PSAL Division this season, McKee made a big run in the AA playoffs as
they nearly knocked off Cardozo before falling in OT by 1. Just 2 starters re-
turn from this year's team next season, and they lose both of their interior
weapons but the guard play that sparked their postseason success come back to
make them a favorite to climb to the top of Staten Island next season.
Honorable Mention: St. Raymond (13-13), WHEELS (15-14), Wings Academy (15-9),
James Monroe (17-11), Wadleigh (14-11).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (27-4)- Having run through the PSAL this season en
route to the Class A championship, the Jets went to Glens Falls to play in the
NYS Federation Tournament of Champions this past weekend for the right to be
called the best A Division team in the state. They took on a stronger and
deeper Albany Academy team though and would fall in the semifinals in what
could end Law and Tech's run as they only return two starters for next season.
2) Roosevelt Educational Campus (24-5)- The best season in school history the
Bears made it all the way to the Class A PSAL title game before falling to Law
and Tech. It was a memorable year for Roosevelt that they will hope to build
on, but they will lose one of the school's all time leading scorers and return
just one major contributor meaning there could be a fairly big rebuilding pro-
cess soon to come for the Bronx power.
3) James Madison (23-6)- After winning the Brooklyn A1 league the Golden Knights
moved all the way to the PSAL A Semifinals before falling to Roosevelt Educa-
tional in a game that was a rematch from a regular season matchup. Losing their
top two scorers who combined for over 80% of the team's offensive production.
That will make things tougher for Madison in their quest to get back to the top
of the PSAL but they do have a solid young core that could help them remain as a
4) Erasmus Hall (20-7)- As the final team to make the PSAL Class A semifinals,
the Dutchmen didn't even win their Brooklyn A1 league coming in behind fellow
semifinalists James Madison. It was a sensational season for Erasmus, and a sea-
son you could see replicated next year as they return 4 of 5 starters and with a
strong JV team as well they could without question be a title contender once
again in one years time.
5) Nazareth (21-6)- There weren't a ton of people outside of the Kingsmen com-
munity who thought coming in that Nazareth would be among the best in Class A,
but after winning the CHSAA City Championship they proved many wrong as they
rose to the top of not just the CHSAA, but New York State in Class A overall.
Nazareth had three double digits scorers this season but each will graduate as
the Kingsmen look to rebuild for another run next year.
6) Lehman (23-5)- Another PSAL team that really rose to the top of the league
this year, the Lions were one of the best out of the Bronx, even knocking off
a pair of Class AA schools this season as well. Lehman may have risen to the
top of the Bronx A Division quickly but they do have staying power as they re-
turn their leading scorer, rebounder, and assist man to make them a contender
once again next year.
7) Transit Tech (20-6)- The close of the season brought heartbreak to the Ex-
press as their beloved head coach Mike Perazzo passed away just one week after
their PSAL Class A Quarterfinal defeat to Law and Tech due to a heart attack.
His loss will be felt tremendously throughout the entire program as while they
have a strong JV team that could bring talent up, they lose a lot from a var-
sity team that was among the best in Brooklyn.
8) Evander Childs (18-8)- It was one of the best seasons in the Bronx A in re-
cent memory in the PSAL as they had a number of teams that could've made a
title run had Brooklyn Law and Tech not still been the power they were. The
Tigers had a number of quality wins throughout the season, and with one of
Class A's best players set to return for his senior year you can only expect
even better things ahead for Evander Childs.
9) Fordham Prep (18-9)- An up and down regular season saw the Rams really come
on come playoff time as they made it to the CHSAA Class A City championship
before falling in the title game to Nazareth. The future looks solid though for
Fordham Prep as they return their leading scorer to next year's team, and with
a young point guard and good size developing an even better result for next sea-
son could be in the cards.
10) Susan Wagner (20-9)- Losing a good amount from this season's successful sea-
son the Staten Island power will look to regroup after losing their top three
leading scorers. The positive for the Falcons though is they had 5 players on
the roster who were either freshmen or sophomores meaning a solid amount of
youth is in the program which should help them try and climb back into Class AA
Honorable Mention: Bedford Academy (20-8), Flushing (24-6), Telecommunication
(19-8), St. Joseph by the Sea (14-11), William Grady (20-5)
1) Fannie Lou Hamer (29-4)- The top team in Class B in New York State, Fannie
Lou went up to Glens Falls for the Federation TOC and knocked off Lawrence
Woodmere and Mekeel Christian to take home the title. It's a memorable season
all around for the Bronx PSAL school and of the Panthers starters they will
only lose their top scorer while bringing back their next two main offensive
weapons including the other four starters. There is a lot to like going for-
ward to Fannie Lou Hamer as they have made the Bronx Class B school a peren-
nial power that looks to only be ready for more dominant years ahead.
2) Regis (19-9)- As if winning the Class B CHSAA City Championship wasn't
enough, the Raiders went up to Buffalo last weekend and won the CHSAA state
title by knocking off Niagara Catholic to advance to this past weekend's Fed-
eration Semifinals. It was a rough trip to Glens Falls though as Regis fell
behind early and never recovered in a 76-50 loss to Mekeel Christian Academy.
They have a young backcourt with both starters returning in what could be the
start of something special for a solid Raiders team.
3) BCAM (20-4)- Nothing short of a season to remember for the Lions who were
led by two scorers averaging more than 19 points per game each which helped
propel them all the way to the PSAL Class B Championship before they fell to
the champions in Fannie Lou Hamer. How BCAM rebuilds is a question as its
always tough in the small classifications, though with two talented freshmen
having played up on the varsity this past year they could be major contributors
to what the Lions do going forward.
4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (24-4)- The clear power in Class B
in Manhattan out of the PSAL, Community Health had a good number of highlights
this season before falling to Fannie Lou Hamer in the PSAL Semifinals. They went
to the Syracuse area and defeated Class AA school Christian Brothers Academy,
and took down 4 Class A PSAL schools. Graduating just 3 players from a 15-player
roster, a lot of talent will return for Community Health Academy of the Heights
next year as they will look to go one step further and play for a PSAL title.
5) South Bronx Prep (19-11)- Knowing they could compete and thrive with anyone
in Class B, South Bronx Prep didn't bother playing their own level of competit-
ion during their non-league contests instead focusing on Class A and AA schools
that could prepare them more. They were competitive in all but fell in most
causing them to have 11 overall loses, but making it to the PSAL Class B semi-
finals showed the kind of team they were. Losing their top scorer but returning
most else should allow the Cougars to remain near the top of teams in the PSAL
Class B next season.
6) Maspeth (27-3)- There have been some impressive seasons in years past put to-
gether by the Argonauts but this season had the potential to be the most special
as they only lost two games during the regular season, one to a Class A school
in Msgr. McClancy, and the other to Class AA's H.S. for Construction, both of
which came on the road. That's why it was considered a surprise that BCAM knocked
Maspeth out in the PSAL Class B Quarterfinals. A disappointing way to end what
looked to be a memorable season the Argonauts have a nice core coming back next
season as they look to get back to the top once again in the PSAL.
7) LaSalle Academy (21-3)- The Cardinals were the clear favorites to repeat as
CHSAA and Class B Federation Tournament champions when the season began. They
looked as if they were proving those who believed in them right throughout the
regular season as they ran through the league unbeaten. LaSalle though were
shocked by Regis in the City Championship 44-42 to end their season, and with
one of the contenders for the Player of the Year in Class B graduating, ques-
tions will surround the Cardinals as to can they get back to the top next season.
8) Medgar Evers College Prep (17-5)- A year after losing 5 league games, Medgar
Evers came back stronger and better this season by going unbeaten in the PSAL
Brooklyn B South Division and making a deep playoff run. They really showed to
be one of the more well rounded teams in the B Division overall, and while their
leading scorer graduates the Cougars do bring back 4 sophomores and 3 freshmen
who played varsity ball this season meaning the future certainly looks bright.
9) Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice (21-2)- Last season was the best
in Jaguars history when they won 14 league games and made it to the round of 16
in the PSAL. This year was another 14 win league season but Law, Government &
Justice made it one step further to the Quarterfinals before being knocked out
in losing a heartbreaker. Most of the offensive firepower for the Jaguars will
be graduating meaning a lot of changes will be coming, but three sophomores were
on the team meaning that the hopeful replacements may already be ready to go.
10) Collegiate (17-11)- If you look at the regular season as a whole it wasn't
a solid one for the Dutchmen who struggled early on and were just .500 as the
calendar turned to 2018. That's when things changed though and with a strong
run in the NYSAIS Tournament, Collegiate made it to the title game before fall-
ing to Long Island power Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Returning 3 starters to next
year's team should help the Dutchmen be back among the powers of the Ivy League
once again, and back among the best in Class B like years past.
Honorable Mention: Jane Addams (19-6), Morrisania Educational Campus (18-4),
Dwight (18-9), Adams Street Academy (18-8), Achievement First Brooklyn High