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February 11, 2014

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

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FRESHMEN

Starting five: Moisse Irizarry, Peabody, F; Max Zegarowski, Hamilton-Wenham, F; Devon Allen, Danvers, G; Matt D’Amato, Peabody, G; Marcus Zegarowski, Hamilton-Wenham, G.

Off the bench: Andre Reeves, Swampscott, G.

Scouting report: This team obviously doesn’t go as deep; they’d have to play a six-man rotation. Also, they don’t have the size to matchup with the older teams. Irizarry is a legitimate forward, but Max Zegarowski is a tall guard. What this team does have is a strong backcourt. Allen is a solid defensive player with a lot of offensive upside. D’Amato is a very good guard who can handle the ball, knock down the three and create his own shot. Marcus Zegarowski, meanwhile, would be the player that makes this team go. He’s just started to get his feet wet after missing the first half of the year with a broken thumb. He’s a smart player with a lot of skill and he plays with that lead-dog mentality. Reeves, meanwhile, would be a good player off the bench. He played his way into the Swampscott lineup, averaging double figures for the Big Blue.

THE BIGGEST SNUBS

If you move right down the list, it’s hard to look at the team of seniors without wondering about the absence of players like Jamie Dominguez and Rashad Keys from Salem, Brian Onessimo of Peabody, Chad Nelson of Swampscott, Matt Millett from Marblehead, Kieran Beck from Danvers, and Matt Costello from Bishop Fenwick.

Trying to balance the power obviously made it tough on players from Salem and Danvers. Onessimo, Nelson and Millett have arguably been the most consistent players from their respective teams.

Beck was especially hard to keep off because of his versatility; he could help any lineup in so many ways, between his ability to score, defend, ball-handle and rebound.

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