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2013-14 All-BCR Boys Basketball Team

First Team

Garrett Duffin • Princeton

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Season at a glance: After putting up monster numbers at the sophomore level, Duffin delivered for the club in a big way this season. The blond bomber averaged 17.6 points per game and led the Tigers in nearly every stat, including rebounds (6.7), assists (1.8), free-throw (.802), field-goal (.470) and three-point (.323) shooting percentage.

“Garrett had a nice season in his first varsity season. He was one of the guys we looked to for scoring on a nightly basis. I hope he continues to work hard in the offseason to be even better next year,” PHS coach Jesse Brandt said.

Duffin was a First Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers South.

Tommy Johnston • Bureau Valley

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Season at a glance The Tommy Gun averaged 14.5 points per game as a solid No. 2 behind teammate Parker Neuhalfen. He led the team in rebounding at 8.0 while averaging 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game.

In addition to his offense and rebounding prowess, BV coach Jason Marquis said, “Tommy takes nearly one charge per game defensively and is a presence in the paint blocking and altering shots.”

Johnston was a First Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers North.

Parker Neuhalfen • Bureau Valley

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: Described by Storm coach Jason Marquis as an inside-outside player, the Storm’s junior point guard always had his hands on the ball or was going to get it right back. He averaged an area high 18.8 points per game and dished out 2.8 assists per game.

“He’s a great rebounder for a guard, great defender, great teammate. Shoots a crazy high percentage. Never takes a bad shot. Low turnovers despite handling the ball every possession,” Marquis said.

The unanimous Three Rivers North All-Conference pick passed former Storm All-Stater Phil Endress on the BV all-time scoring list and now ranks second only behind Reuben Slock (1,771) with 1,499 career points.

Jarret Olson • St. Bede

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: The sophomore southpaw could fill the nets from all over the floor, pumping in 77 three-point baskets to pad his 17.9 ppg scoring clip. Had a flair for the clutch with two game-winning shots at the buzzer, both against Kewanee. Had an all-around game, averaging 2.3 steals and 3.8 assists while shooting 77 percent from the charity stripe.

“He may be the best sophomore I’ve ever coached,” Bruins coach Mike Kilmartin said.

He was a First Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers South.

Miguel Villreal • Hall

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: Returned to the Red Devils’ program this year and made things happen with his dribble-drive penetration. He averaged 15.1 points per game while dishing out 3.0 assists, both team highs. He also shot 49 percent from the floor.

“He was the guy that most teams tried to stop on defense.  He faced every team’s best defender and still put up big numbers,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said.

The coaches in the Three Rivers South took notice of Villareal’s talents, tabbing him with unanimous all-conference honors.

Second Team

Jack Brady • St. Bede

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: The Bruins junior point guard knew where to find top gun Jarret Olson in the Bruins offense, but also proved to be a highly potent offensive threat himself, averaging 12.2 points per game with more than 40 threes.

He was chosen by his teammates as Mr. Dedication and was a Second Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers South.

A.J. Gaeta • Hall

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: Gave the Red Devils a strong outside weapon, leading the area with 54 three-point baskets (34 percent). Was one of the key kick-out targets for Miguel Villareal in the Red Devils dribble-drive offense, averaging 11.9 points per game.

“A.J. was one of the best 3-point shooters in the area and our second leading scorer,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said.

Was named Second Team All-Conference in the Three Rivers South.

Josh Mead • Bureau Valley

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Season at a glance: The energetic junior made things happen defensively and provided some offensive punch. He was third in scoring (7.8 ppg) and rebounding (3.8 rpg).

“Josh is a great defender and backup ball handler for our group. Guarded the other team’s best consistently,” BV coach Jason Marqus said.

Received Three Rivers North All-Conference honors.

J.J. Vaccaro • Princeton

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Season at a glance: The Tigers offense started in the hands of the senior point guard, who got the ball downcourt and into the hands of the right people. He had some big nights scoring late in the season when his shooting came around, averaging 7.8 points per game.

“J.J. was relied on to be the main ball handler.  He did a nice job not turning the ball over.  As the year ended, he shot the ball much better,” PHS coach Jesse Brandt said.

Vaccaro received honorable mention all-conference honors in the Three Rivers South.

Jose Raya • DePue

Class: Senior

Class: Center

Season at a glance: The Little Giants’ top gun was the sixth-leading scorer in the area, averaging 14.4 points per game. He also led the Little Giants in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and led he area in blocked shots (2.2 bpg) while averaging 2.0 steals.

A four-year varsity starter, Raya just came up short of joining the illustrious 1,000-point club at DePue

Third Team

Sam Halm • St. Bede
Class: Junior
Position: Guard
The chairman of the boards at the Academy led the Bruins with 6.4 rebounds per game. He also averaged 8.3 ppg.
He was chosen by his teammates as the Bruins' Best Defensive Player.
 
Isaac Reyes • DePue
Class: Senior
Position: Guard
The hard-nosed, athletic senior was one of the best defense players around. He could also score as witnessed by his 10.1 ppg clip. Like teammate Jose Raya, was a four-year varsity player.
 
Austin Schmitt • Hall
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
The Hall senior showed his toughness and resiliency by missing only 5 games due to a broken elbow. The forward was the Red Devils' leading rebounder with 6.3 caroms a game.
 
Ian Trevier • Hall
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
The senior sharp-shooter gave the Red Devils an outside threat, shooting a team-high 39 percent behind the arc. He averaged 8.0 points with 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game.
Trevier received honorable mention all-conference honors in the Three Rivers South.
 
Ryan Young • Bureau Valley
Class: Senior
Position: Guard
Storm coach Jason Marquis called his senior captain a great clutch player, especially the games vs. Newman and regional play. He was the best three-point shooter around (45 percent, 33-73), averaging 7.5 points per game.
 
Honorable Mention
 
Bureau Valley — Alex Johnson, Dave Miller.
 
DePue — Jesse Lopez, Austin Zimmer.
 
Princeton — Zach Andersen, Nate Duffy, Zach Hicks.
 
Hall — Collin Aimone, Taggert Venegas.
 
LaMoille/Ohio — Anthony Lovgren, Preston Powers.
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