2014 All-Metro Boys Basketball First Team

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Wed, Mar 26, 2014 3:50 PM — @msg_varsity

Updated Thu, Mar 27, 2014 10:58 AM

Congratulations to MSG Varsity's 2013-14 All-Metro Boys Basketball Team. Meet the team:

- Center/Forward - Senior
St. Joseph Metuchen, N.J. 7-0, 235 lbs.
Committed to Kentucky

The big guy permanently affixed a stamp of greatness to his name by steering the Falcons to the Tournament of Champions title Monday night, 49-47, over Newark East Side. The 7-0 Towns had already snapped up numerous personal accolades -- including 2014 McDonald's All-American -- and achieved many other team-oriented goals, as well, but truly cemented his legacy with the overall title. Towns scored just eight points in that bruising clash with East Side, but he did collect eight rebounds and had three blocks. He also opened the third quarter with two strong low-post moves that made his intentions quite clear: He wasn't leaving Trenton without a gold ball. Towns averaged 20.9 points, 14 rebounds, 6.2 blocks this season for the 30-2 Falcons and he closed his career with 1,639 points. -- Mike Kinney

MATT FARRELL - Point Guard - Senior
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. 6-1, 175 lbs.
Committed to Notre Dame

His quickness, deft passing ability and finishing skills made Farrell one of the top backcourt men at the Shore since his freshman year. His intellect for the game, strong leadership and fierce drive raised that reputation significantly the past two years. He arguably became the best point guard in New Jersey. Farrell scored over 1,400 points and also chalked up over 500 assists and steals in his career, numbers achieved by his desire to orchestrate the right play each trip down the floor. He led his Garnet Gulls to their fist Group 1 state championship last year and to their first Shore Conference Tournament crown this season -- Mike Kinney

AKBAR HOFFMAN - Guard - Senior
Newark East Side, N.J. 6-1, 185 lbs.

East Side lost only two of its 32 games this season, and one of those was played without Hoffman; he was out with pneumonia Feb. 6 against Seton Hall Prep and the Red Raiders fell, 59-57. The versatile guard offered up a suggestion of how that game might have concluded with him in uniform when East Side met up again with the Prep. He scored 23 points, 14 alone in the first quarter, to spark a 60-42 win in the Essex County Tournament final. Hoffman used his smooth jumper and dribble drive to average 15.7 ppg. and emerge as the team's clutch man in most of the big ones. -- Mike Kinney

Bishop Loughlin, NYC. 6-3, 190 lbs.
Committed to Seton Hall

A four-year varsity player, Carrington will graduate Bishop Loughlin as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,196 points. Known as one of the one of the city’s top scorers, Carrington, who averaged 24.2 points per game, greatly improved his jump-shooting as a senior. The Seton Hall-bound guard was named CHSAA Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, scored 42 points in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan final and guided the Lions to the CHSAA Class AA title game for a second straight year. -- Dylan Butler

QUADRI MOORE - Forward - Senior
Linden, N.J., 6-8, 230 lbs.
Committed to Cincinnati

He started as a freshman at Linden and, of course, as a senior. But besides a soft touch from the perimeter , there is almost nothing else about Moore's game or his body that are still recognizable. Moore cut almost 70 pounds since then to transform himself into a well-sculpted 6-8, 230 athlete. He moved closer the low blocks with each season until he had finally become a full-fledged interior force for the Tigers. He averaged 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds this season to guide Linden to its first Group 4 championship since 2007. -- Mike Kinney

Lincoln, NYC. 6-4, 205 lbs.
Committed to Seton Hall

Touted as the next great player from Coney Island even before his freshman year at Lincoln, Whitehead met the lofty expectations as a four-year varsity player. The Seton Hall-bound guard averaged 23.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, leading the Railsplitters to the PSAL Class AA semifinals. Whitehead was named a McDonald’s All-American, following in the footsteps of former Lincoln greats Stephon Marbury, Lance Stephenson and Sebastian Telfair. -- Dylan Butler


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