“I didn’t hear too much about Connaughton until I saw him,” said Jimenez. “The night I saw them (a classic tourney win over Lynn English in 2010); the team was awesome and he was awesome. Connaughton is the Danny Ainge of his era (with the ability to play two sports at high level).”
Zegarowski was even more outspoken.
“I saw the Prep play a lot and I’d have to say Connaughton is one of the best players in North Shore history. I’ve never seen a better rebounder,” he said. “And Pat’s hands are so good; he catches everything. He’s like Spiderman.
“But if push came to shove in a game against us, I think it would come down to the play of the guards. Rick (Brunson) jumped center and played guard and IS the best player in North Shore history. He’d be the difference. But it would be close, maybe 4-6 points unless Brunson went off.”
The St. John’s players are in a distinct disadvantage in making comparisons because they weren’t even born when Salem won it in 1990. But the Eagles are secure with their own place in history.
“I wouldn’t know about Salem; we weren’t around then,” said Carbone. “But I love the team we had. You could put us up against anyone and I think we’d have shot.”