by Neirad staff
Following the Suns’ championship win on Wednesday, we can officially bid farewell to the 2014-15 11/12 House Basketball season, and the legendary House Ball Class of 2015. Before we do, however, here are some awards given to the most stellar performers from this past season.
MVP: Conor Davey, senior, Suns
Davey was the unquestioned leader on this team, dominating inside and outside the paint on offense, and playing tenacious defense that stifled each and every opposing team. He also led the team to a 9-1 regular season, as well as a House Basketball championship in his final game.
C- Sam Bowtell, senior, Heat
F- Matt Sherwood, senior, Jazz
F- John Mackie, senior, Lakers
G- Jamie Schwartz, senior, Nuggets
G- Conor Davey, senior, Suns
C- Timmy Graham, junior, Lakers
F- Charlie Travers, senior, Mavericks
F- Philip Rech, senior, Cavaliers
G- Jamie Schofield, junior, Bulls
G- Hudson Hamill, junior, Nuggets
All-Trash Talk Team:
C- Jack Griffiths, senior, Nets
F- Ryan Murray, senior, Suns
F- Spencer Stovall, junior, Suns
G- TJ Adiletta, senior, Heat
G- Vinny Puzio, senior, Celtics
Private School All-Stars:
C- Matt Sherwood, senior, Jazz
F- Charlie Burke, junior, Suns
F- Jamie Schwartz, senior, Nuggets
G- Jay Van Elslander, senior, Nets
G- Henry Soule, senior, Celtics
Defensive Players of the Year: Bobby and Christian Trifone, juniors, Knicks
The Trifone twins’ relentless defense was one of the few highlights of the Knicks’ season, as their speed and aggression made opposing offenses pretty angry, but it did help the Knicks during their season.
Three-Point Shooter of the Year: Anthony DiMeglio, senior, Jazz
DiMeglio was a consistent shooter for the Jazz all year, as he was able to hit the deep ball no matter what the situation was. Unfortunately, he could not carry the team to the promised land, but he was responsible for many of the team’s wins.
Best Emotional Leader: Nicky Wildish, senior, Knicks
Though the Knicks had senior George Reed at the helm, Wildish kept positive vibes going throughout the season, even though the team struggled all year.
Comeback Player of the Year: James Fox, senior, Nuggets
Fox didn’t actually tear his ACL as he originally expected; in actuality, he only broke his knee. However, to be able to recover--both physically and emotionally--from such a traumatic injury is impressive. He was a crucial player for the Nuggets this year, leading their massive frontcourt with plenty of rebounds and blocks. Doing all of this while not 100% makes his accomplishments that much more admirable.
Most Swag: TJ Adiletta, senior, Heat
Is this even a contest? His attire alone was able to intimidate the entire opposing team, giving the Heat a huge advantage all year.
Moment of the Year: Senior Patrick Winter (Jazz) making a phone call on the court during the blowout loss to the Bulls.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Andrew Washer, junior, Nets
Washer has done well to develop his game these past two years, and this House season, he combined his height (and accompanying post game) with his impressive perimeter shooting ability to become a lethal scoring option and a bright spot for the otherwise-disappointing Nets.
Coach of the Year: Larry Burke, Suns
The Suns finished the regular season in first place at a stellar 9-1, and then ran the table in the playoffs to become eventual champions, so Mr. Burke was the clear favorite for this particular award. Having Conor Davey certainly made his job easier, but Mr. Burke’s tactics were effective the entire year, and he was the inspiring force between the Suns’ impressive season.
Genuine Nice Guy of the Year: Rick Nixon, coach, HeatJust as TJ Adiletta is the unquestioned winner of the highly-coveted Swag Award, Mr. Nixon is by-and-away the frontrunner for Genuine Nice Guy of the Year. Mr. Nixon truly embodies the sportsman that every athlete aspires to be. Even for those who did not have the opportunity to play for him, it was an honor to share the same court with him.