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2004 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Boys’ Basketball Team

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Derrick Gabriel    Sr.    G    Far Rockaway

After transferring from St. John’s 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. “He’s 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. “He’s 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 year’s 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. “He’s a guy without a position, but he’s all over the court,” Konchalski said. “He’s 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 doesn’t get into foul trouble, then maybe Sebastian doesn’t have three city championships. He and (Lincoln’s Antonio) Pena certainly are the best junior big men in the city.”

Second Team

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 didn’t have a reputation and he had a very good high school season,” Konchalski said. “I think he’s 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. “He’s a kid who plays really hard,” Konchalski said. “But he’s got to get stronger physically.”

Salvadore Patricio    Jr.    G    Bryant

After thrilling us this year, it’s 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 haven’t 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. It’s hard to say what he’s 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.

Honorable Mention

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

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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