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February 11, 2014

In the Paint: Picking all-stars by grade is a balancing act

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JUNIORS

Starting five: Devan Harris, Danvers, F; Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez, Salem, F; Ben Judson, St. John’s Prep, G; Jake Rudolph, Masconomet, G; Kareem Davis, St. John’s Prep, G.

Off the bench: Trace Schaejbe, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, G; Matt Correale, Peabody, G; Cian Saunders, Marblehead, F

Scouting report: This team could put big points on the board. All five starters are capable of going off for huge offensive games and with Davis manning the point, everyone would get their touches. Harris and Martinez-Rodriguez could feed off each other, with Harris doing the dirty work under the basket and Martinez-Rodriguez setting up at the high post. Judson would be the player who could stretch the floor and Rudolph would be the player who has the ball when the shot clock is winding down. Having Schaejbe, one of the top scorers on the North Shore, coming off the bench is a bonus, and Correale is a player who really has hit his stride during the second half; he’d be valuable as a reserve because of his ability to play either guard position. There’s not a lot of height on this team, so Saunders would have to play taller than he is.

SOPHOMORES

Starting five: Alonzo Jackson, Pingree, F; Justin Assad, Pingree, F; Rashad Francois, Danvers, G; Kyle Coughlin, Beverly, G; Joey Ragusa, Swampscott, G.

Off the bench: Jackson Latimer, Masconomet, F; Kelven Perpetuo, Salem, G.

Scouting report: Although this group may not be as deep as the upperclassmen teams, the top-level talent here is just as good. Jackson and Assad are both very athletic and are excellent offensive players. Francois also scores in bunches and a player like Coughlin could really flourish with this group. He’s a high-energy guy off the bench for the Panthers and would take on a bigger role with this crew. Ragusa has played well at point guard for Swampscott and Perpetuo, who has gradually worked his way into the Salem rotation this winter, would be a good backup. Perpetuo plays the game with a good pace. Latimer brings some height (6-foot-4) to the floor and can step out and shoot the 3-pointer.

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