2016 Boys’ Basketball All-Scholastics

This season, Cambridge captured its first state title in 15 years.
This season, Cambridge captured its first state title in 15 years.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

Players of the Year

Jakigh Dottin, Cambridge, junior

The Dual County League MVP averaged 17 points, 6.6 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game. Dottin, a junior guard, was the engine that drove the Falcons to a 24-1 record and their first state in 15 years.

Matthew Hanna, Catholic Memorial, senior

Hanna averaged 19.5 points and 6.2 assists en route to being named Catholic Conference co-MVP. He led the Knights to a 22-3 record and the Division 1 state semifinals. He will do a post-grad year at Vermont Academy.

Eric Sellew, Concord-Carlisle, senior

The 6-foot-7-inch standout piloted the Patriots to the Division 2 state championship game. The Gatorade Player of the Year for Massachusetts averaged 21.5 points and 13.7 rebounds per game and is the school’s all-time leading scorer.


Brandon Twitty, Catholic Memorial, senior

The guard averaged 20.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.2 steals per game and was awarded Catholic Conference co-MVP. Twitty surpassed 1,000 career points this season and will play basketball at Stonehill next year.

Ethan Wright, Newton North, sophomore

The 6-foot-2-inch guard established himself as a premier scorer, averaging 23.4 points per game. Wright helped power the Tigers to a 22-4 mark, a Division 1 South finals appearance, and was named Bay State Conference MVP.


Sean Bryan, Lowell, senior

Bryan, a senior guard, averaged 17.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Red Raiders and was named the Merrimack Valley MVP. He helped lead Lowell to a Division 1 North sectional final appearance.

Dimon Carrigan, Cambridge, junior

The 6-foot-8-inch Carrigan was a dominant presence for the Division 1 state champion Falcons. He averaged 10 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 blocks a game and had three triple-doubles. Carrigan finished with 117 blocks on the year.

Michael Davis, Newton North, senior

The 6-foot-5-inch Davis burst onto the scene in his senior campaign, averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He was a focal point during the Tigers’ 22-4 season and run to the Division 1 South sectional final.


Jonathan Duvivier, Brockton, senior

Duvivier, a guard, averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Duvivier eclipsed 1,000 points in his career, becoming only the second player in school history — and first in over 50 years — to achieve the mark.

Brycen Goodine, Bishop Stang, sophomore

Goodine, a sophomore guard, averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists per game and led the Spartans (22-3) to a Division 3 state title. He finished with a team-high 27 points in the championship game.

Tyrique Lee, New Mission, senior

Lee, a senior guard, helped lead the Titans to a 22-4 record and their second Division 2 state title in three years. He averaged 16 points and eight assists per game and had 14 points in the championship game.

Jack Loughnane, BC High, senior

Loughnane averaged 17 points and six assists per game and finished with over 1,000 points in his career. He led the Eagles to the Division 1 South semifinals, in which he scored 19 points in a loss to Newton North.

Cole Manning, Whitman-Hanson, senior

The Patriot Keenan MVP averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. Manning, a senior point guard, helped lead the Panthers to the Division 2 state semifinals at TD Garden.

Jonathan Mercado, St. Mary’s, junior


Mercado helped lead the Spartans to 21-7 record and the Division 4 state championship. The junior guard averaged 13 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds per game and was named a Catholic Central League All-Star.

Ryan Morrissey, Plymouth South, senior

Morrissey, a point guard, averaged 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds per game in leading the Panthers to the Patriot Fisher title. Morrissey is the first boys’ basketball player to surpass 1,000 points in school history.

Timmy Prunier, Franklin, senior

Prunier, a guard, averaged 14 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds a game, leading the Panthers to the Division 1 state semifinals. For his efforts, he was named the Hockomock League Defensive Player of the Year and MVP.

Alex Sanchez, Salem, senior

The Northeastern Conference MVP averaged 17 points and six assists per game, leading the Witches to a 21-4 record and a trip to the Division 2 North semifinals. Sanchez had 39 points in a Division 2 North quarterfinal win

Coaches of the Year

Division 1: Lance Dottin, Cambridge

Dottin led the Falcons to an undefeated season in Massachusetts (their only loss was to a New Hampshire team). Cambridge capped the year with an emotional run through the Division 1 tournament, culminating in a title.

Division 2: David Cohen, Concord-Carlisle

Cohen guided the Patriots to a 22-2 record and their second Division 2 state championship appearance in three years. He has eight playoff appearances in nine years, along with three straight Dual County Small titles.

Division 3: Colbey Santos, Bishop Stang


The Tabor Academy graduate has the Spartans’ prow pointed in the right direction. The second-year coach led a Bishop Stang team stacked with young talent to a 23-3 record and its first ever boys’ basketball state title.

Division 4: Matt Karakoudas, Pope John

In his third-year, Karakoudas guided Pope John to a 20-3 record and the Division 4 North sectional finals. The last two seasons, the Tigers have a record of 37-8 and are inching closer to a state semifinals appearance appearance.


Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Travis Coppinger. Falmouth: Nick Crocker. Marshfield: Pat Acer, Will Boisvert, Jack Masterson, Kyle Meeken. Nauset: Charlie Campbell. Sandwich: Will Crowther, Andrew Galanek, Mike Miglore.

Bay State — Braintree: Marquis Jones, Nick Timberlake. Brookline: Ronan Schwarz. Dedham: Hakeem Animashaun. Framingham: Mike Bradley. Milton: Jamaurie Coakley. Natick: Matthew Carey. Needham: Andrew Bronstein, Alex Dorion, Henderson Parker. Newton North: Michael Davis, Nate Hollenberg, Ethan Wright. Norwood: Chris Bell, Jordan Curry. Walpole: Isaiah Shephard, Kenny Uhlar.

Big Three — Brockton: Jonathan Duvivier, Marquis Goncalves, Bryan Henry. Durfee: Chris Farrington. New Bedford: Djay Burgo, Dezmond Jernigan.

Boston City — Boston English: Carlos Martins, Hasan Muhammed, Brandon Rodriguez. Brighton: Mykel Derring, Jordan Galloway, Tyrone Perry. Burke: Jamari Johnson, Damonte Turner. Charlestown: Lionel James, Kewan Platt, Anciel Pouriet. CASH: Danny Lopes, Daniel Ortega, Stanley Salomon. Dorchester: Tristen Perry, Isiah Plangue. East Boston: Devrae Burns, Derek Dykens, Jason Padilla. Fenway: Blanchard Alexis, Melvin Cuevas-Jendy, Jonathan Daveiga. Latin Academy: Jeff Marcellus, Victor Monegro, Donte Weekes. Madison Park: Daniel Hill, Jordan Pimentel, Davon Robinson. New Mission: Alonzo Cooper, Isaiah Laurent, Tyrique Lee. O’Bryant: Alan Mack, Kobe Smith, Rivaldo Soares. Snowden: Chris Grant, Jamory Lewis. South Boston: Joseph Abioye, Yanniel Balbuena, Abdur Beckett. West Roxbury: McCarthy Akinkuoye, Avelino Damura, Adrian Phillips.


Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Academy: Aaron White. Cape Cod Tech: Chris Dickey, Jordan Lewis. Falmouth Academy: Kunaal Rajagopal. Nantucket: Max Cunningham, Victor Gamberoni, Kalik Liburd. Rising Tide Charter: R.T. Kurtis. St. John Paul II: Nick Cassata, Devan Harrison, Tim Jordan, John Warden. Sturgis East: Cole Woodbury. Sturgis West: John Ryan, Peter von der Heyde.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Dan Welch. Hamilton-Wenham: Nick DiMarino, Matt Hawke. Ipswich: Peter Pappas. Lynnfield: Brendan Sullivan. Masconomet: Alex Spaulding. Newburyport: Dan Baribault. North Reading: Justin Dorosh, Alex Goldstein. Pentucket: Nate McGrail. Triton: Luke Reiniger.

Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: John Carnell, Ryan LaVallee. Arlington Catholic: Lou Doherty, Mike Maher, Edwin Woods. Austin Prep: Nino Pingiaro, Dave Richard. Bishop Fenwick: Isaiah Cashwell-Doe, Ryan Veguilla. Cardinal Spellman: AJ Jaramillo, Mike Reale, Dimitri St. Louis. Cathedral: Donnell Berryman, Calvin Cheeks, Moses Flowers, Trevor Lynch. Cristo Rey: Alex Mack. Lowell Catholic: Thomas Desmond, Isaiah Holmes. Marian: Christian Dardompre. Matignon: Chris Blacquier, Mike Kalton, Mohammed Traore. Pope John: Thaddeus Allen, Travon Ford, Jonathan Noel, TJ Patterson. St. Clement: Larnel Coleman, Don Murphy. Saint Joseph Prep: Bryan Williams. St. Mary’s: Matt Cross, Calvin Johnson, Jonathan Mercado.

Catholic Conference — BC High: Travis Evee, Jack Loughnane, Carl Pierre. Catholic Memorial: Steven Azums, Ulyen Coleman, Brian Grant, Matthew Hanna, Justin Leip, Brandon Twitty. Malden Catholic: Michael Boyd, Cam Kelly, Cam Zahner. St. John’s Prep: Alex Buresh, Justin Connolly, Spencer Danforth, Harry O’Neill. Xaverian: Michael Gillespie, Billy Lahart.

Commonwealth — Chelsea: Angel Alverez, Steve Lacey, Jahro Marshall. Essex Tech: Paul Lazzaro. Greater Lowell: Raymie Brown, Ricky Byron, Aaron Chea, Meshach Dunn, Ian Kirumira. Lynn Tech: Michael Anaya, Justin Lewis. Minuteman: Sam Lackey, Aidan Sands. Mystic Valley: Danzy Briceus, Michael Carlino, Matt O’Connor. Northeast: Jevon Brogna, Terrance Martin, Adam Schembri. Presentation of Mary: Ronald St. Peter. Shawsheen: Nick Gott, Sean Hines, Carmine Rogato. Whittier: Anthony Buckley, Jamison Santos.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Luke Davidson, Luke Rodgers. Bedford: Thomas Greaney, Zack Walters. Boston Latin: Aref Elbeik. Cambridge: Dimon Carrigan, Jakigh Dottin, Kareem Octavien, Daniel Rymer. Concord-Carlisle: Aiden Cyr, Jovan Grant, Austin Hoey, Spencer Patenaude, Eric Sellew. Lincoln-Sudbury: Jamal Allen, Harlan Smart. Newton South: Andrew Bereket, Alex Kirsty. Waltham: Elvis Bukenya. Wayland: Darren Bryan, Jonathan Eng. Westford: Patrick Coffey, Nicholas Fiorillo. Weston: Jared Groff, Kyle Murphy, Liam Wrean.

Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Nicholas Botelho, David Carchedi, Michael Nelson. Bishop Stang: Brycen Goodine, Damien Perry. Coyle & Cassidy: Jacob Barbour, Anthony Flores. Martha’s Vineyard: Nick Bond, Chase Silvia. Somerset Berkley: Austin Rodriques.

Greater Boston — Everett: Ghared Boyce, Josh Leaston, Jordan McAfee, Donnell Skeen, Theo Zidor. Malden: Nathaniel Ilebode, Mark Rogers. Medford: Tyler Holness. Somerville: Alphonse Carls, Matthew McCune, Lucas Saint Jean.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Jake Dunkley. Foxborough: Alex Dubrow, Rob Lowey, Jason Procaccini. Franklin: Jay Dieterle, Connor Peterson, Timmy Prunier. Mansfield: Matt Ehrlich, Sam Goldberg. Milford: Dimitry Torres. North Attleborough: Brent Doherty. Oliver Ames: Carter Evin. Sharon: Matt Lowerre. Stoughton: Brandon Teixeira. Taunton: Tommy MacLean, Jose Mercado.

Mayflower — Avon: Trevon Crowder. Bishop Connolly: Chaten Nehra, Kevin Sullivan. Blue Hills: Noel Francois, Aaron Parks. Bristol Aggie: Derek Lacen. Bristol-Plymouth: Justin Gadry, Jacob Robbins. Diman: DJ Machado. Holbrook: Robert Belezos, Kyree LaPlanche. Norfolk Aggie: Jake Grande. Old Colony: Jake Jason, Paul Soucy. Sacred Heart: Brendan Sullivan. South Shore Voc-Tech: Dylan Coleman, Nathan Tavares, Kyle Thompson. Southeastern: Trey London, Jhaquille Rustin. Tri-County: Tyler Clemente. Upper Cape: Jason Comoletti, Joakim Meisingset. West Bridgewater: Cody LaRose. Westport: Alex Macharias, Zack Medeiros, Adam Polimeni.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: EJ Perry. Billerica: Jeff Trainor. Central Catholic: Tanajh Pettway. Chelmsford: Austin Chadwick. Lawrence: Kevin Vanderhorst. Lowell: Sean Bryan, Quest Harris, Alex Rivera. Methuen: Andrew Marcelino. North Andover: Rob Couyoumjian. Tewksbury: Nate Tenaglia.

Middlesex — Arlington: Anthony Burns, Colin McNamara. Belmont: Cole Bartels, Matthew Kearns. Burlington: Michael DeMartinis, Fernando Lamin. Lexington: Spencer Kendall. Melrose: T’amehri Mercer, Julian Nyland. Reading: Carl Gillies. Stoneham: Devon Chase. Wakefield: Tighe Beck, Kobey Nadeau. Watertown: Derek DiPietrantonio. Winchester: Zach Bladd. Woburn: Mat Catizone, Brandon Moscat.

Northeastern — Beverly: Sam Triacoff. Danvers: Devonn Allen, Rashad Francois. Salem: Ricky Arias, Jhonel Roberts, Alex Sanchez.

Old Colony — Barnstable: Nate Balthazard, Cole Houston. Bridgewater-Raynham: Doug Alves, Alex Batista, E.J. Dambreville. Dartmouth: Matt Craig, Ben Holding.

Patriot — Duxbury: Will Williams. Hanover: John Carroll, Matt Delahunt, Patrick Flynn. Hingham: Simon Brady, Andrew Spaziana, Andrew Staley. North Quincy: Dhaaky Drake. Pembroke: Vince Mitchell, Drew Norton. Plymouth North: Austin Ward, Rayshon Ward. Plymouth South: Joe Brown, Ryan Morrissey, Pat Travers. Quincy: Quinlan Evans. Scituate: Jordan Aylesworth, Mike Vegnani. Whitman-Hanson: Cole Manning, Josh Rice, Brenndan Rogers, Nick Smith.

South Coast— Apponequet: Chad Gaucher, Wes Pinto. Bourne: Jacob Ashworth, Parker Freedman. Case: Brendan Costa. Dighton-Rehoboth: Nick Koneski, Kyle Tweedy. Greater New Bedford: Jordan Rose-Wheatley. Old Rochester: Evan Santos, Will Santos, Matt Valles. Wareham: Jovahn Thomas.

South Shore — Abington: Dennis Cummins. Carver: Jarrod Chadwick, Chris Willis, Shawn Willis. Cohasset: Chase Bomeisler, Alex Norton. East Bridgewater: Ryan Graham. Hull: Joe Dubovy, Anthony Marcella. Mashpee: Devaun Ford, Mike Fraser. Monomoy: Chris Mazulis. Norwell: Jack Doherty, Matt Hilsinger, Jake Smith. Randolph: Anthony Fernandes, Jovani Harper-Lopez, Christian Hon. Rockland: Jake Crawford, Jakigh Marcelein, Stephen Norris.

Tri-Valley — Bellingham: Paul Beera. Holliston: Spencer Aronson. Hopkinton: Nic Canal. Medfield: John Williams. Westwood: Tim Giovino.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic boys’ basketball team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Karl Capen. Photos by Mark Lorez.