Derrick Gabriel Sr. G Far Rockaway
After transferring from St. Johns Prep, Gabriel exploded on the PSAL scene this year. The slasher was third in the city in scoring, averaging 29 points per game and almost single-handedly leading the SeaHorses to a first-round upset of Cardozo. Hes a guy who plays hard on both ends of the floor, said recruiting guru Tom Konchalski. He really forces the pace, pushes the ball and attacks the basket.
Dwayne Johnson Sr. G Cardozo
Quiet during the regular season, Johnson was the Judges best player in the playoffs and led Cardozo to the PSAL championship game. Johnson scored 11.8 points during the playoffs, up from 8.6 per game during the season, and is likely heading to Fordham in the fall. He shot the ball well in the playoffs, played with a great deal of poise and confidence and was really very assertive, Konchalski said.
Ryan Leak Sr. F Bayside
Lanky at 6-foot-4, Leak capped a stellar career at Bayside, leading the Commodores to the PSAL quarterfinals. The prep school-bound forward averaged 21.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during the regular season and 30.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during the playoffs. Hes an athletic kid, a very, very nice kid, Konchalski said. In the past he was probably too nice and needed to be a bit more aggressive on the court.
Arthur Robertson Sr. F. Beach Channel
Stepping out of the rather large shadow of Rahshon Clark, last years TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year, Robertson averaged 25.9 points per game ninth in the city and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Dolphins and has drawn interest from a bevy of Division II schools, including Queens College. Hes a guy without a position, but hes all over the court, Konchalski said. Hes very strong, very physical, very active and had a very good season.
Theo Davis Jr. F. Cardozo
Davis came from Canada with high expectations but fell just shy of helping deliver Cardozo a PSAL championship. The 6-foot-10 versatile forward averaged 16.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game. Only he establishes the parameters of how good he could become, Konchalski said. If he doesnt get into foul trouble, then maybe Sebastian doesnt have three city championships. He and (Lincolns Antonio) Pena certainly are the best junior big men in the city.
Nick Jones Sr. G. Hillcrest
A rare city sleeper, according to Konchalski, Jones quietly was one of the best guards in Queens. Jones, who also runs track at Hillcrest, averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He didnt have a reputation and he had a very good high school season, Konchalski said. I think hes a scholarship player at some level.
Vernon Teel Jr. G Flushing
Teel can flat out score and averaged 27.5 points per game to help lead Flushing to a share of the division title with Long Island City. In addition to being sixth in the city in scoring, Teel also grabbed 11.2 rebounds and had 3.6 assists per game. Hes a kid who plays really hard, Konchalski said. But hes got to get stronger physically.
Salvadore Patricio Jr. G Bryant
After thrilling us this year, its going to be fun watching Patricio and Teel go head-to-head again next year. He changed his mind about making the jump to prep school and was second in the city, averaging 29.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, including a brilliant 42-point performance in a playoff loss to Campus Magnet. He can really shoot the ball, Konchalski said. He can really fill the basket and he has a bright future.
Preston Bell Jr. F. LIC
We havent been compiling these all-Queens teams that long, but Bell is the first to earn All-Queens honors in both football and basketball in the same season. Its hard to say what hes better at, catching touchdown passes or dunking basketballs. Bell, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 18.3 points and 15.1 rebounds per game (seventh in the city) for the Bulldogs. He also caught 10 touchdowns in the fall.
Craig Davis Sr. F. Van Buren
Davis, who has a tremendous body and a huge upside, significantly trimmed down and averaged 18.5 points and 12 rebounds per game for Van Buren. He has drawn interest from Fairfield and C.W. Post. He is one of just three PSAL athletes to make the prestigious Wheelchair Classic Queens all-star team.
Michael Laboy Sr. G LIC
Louie Elrose Sr. G Townsend Harris
Vic Morris Jr. G Cardozo
Nick Flagg Sr. G Cardozo
Brandon Lawley Sr. F. Jamaica
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