In the Paint
Everyone loves an award show. Well, maybe not. But wrapping up a year of anything (movies, television, music, sports) by handing out awards for the year’s best is just a clean, simple way to look back before moving on.
The Oscars are less than a month behind us and the North Shore basketball season came to a halt a little more than a week ago, so -- borrowing a few awards from the film industry and creating a few of our own -- there couldn’t be a better way to say goodbye to the 2013-14 season.
Breakthrough Player of the Year
The nominees: Devan Harris, Jr. F, Danvers; Jake Rudolph, Jr. G, Masconomet; Kareem Davis, Jr. G, St. John’s Prep; Marcus Zegarowski, Fr. G, Hamilton-Wenham; Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez, Jr. F, Salem.
And the winner is ... Rudolph. Each of these nominees deserves major consideration, but Rudolph’s impact on Masconomet was amazing. A role player a season ago, Rudolph stepped up his game this winter, especially after the Chieftains got off to a slow start. Coach Frank Shea asked Rudolph to start looking for his shot more, and the junior guard obliged. He began torching all opponents and helped Masco get back above .500 and into the state tournament.
Rudolph had arguably the best single-game performance of the year on the North Shore this season when he scored 44 points in a 83-77 overtime win over Georgetown, scoring 31 in the first half
Best Stunt Work
The nominees: Kieran Beck, Sr. G/F, Danvers; Jimmy Campbell, Jr. F, Hamilton-Wenham; Max Burt, Sr. G, St. John’s Prep; Matt Costello, Sr. F, Bishop Fenwick; David Kazadi, Sr. C, Salem; Chris Sinclair, Sr. G, Beverly.
These players were counted on to do so many things for their respective teams. This is sort of a dirty work category and these nominees found a way to be factors in all the under-appreciated facets of the game, all while maintaining a presence on offense.