2017 All-Metro Girls Basketball Teams

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 1:29 PM — @KDJ_N12Varsity

Updated Wed, Mar 29, 2017 6:19 PM

2017 Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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Danielle Patterson
Danielle Patterson

Committed to:University of Notre Dame

Height:6-foot-3

Grade:Senior
Position:Forward

Patterson took another step forward in her successful high school career to lift the Hilltoppers to the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Class AA diocesan title and the catholic state AA championship. The McDonald’s All-American selection was a tough player to guard on the floor and finished with 25 points per game, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and two steals. 

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2017 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

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Tom Catapano
Tom Catapano

Position:Baldwin

Catapano helped raise Baldwin’s profile to new heights this season. It started with an eye-opening win over Ossining in December and continued with a third Long Island Championship, exorcising demons after back-to-back losses in that game, and finally with a first-ever NYSPHSAA Class AA title with a second win over the Pride. The Bruins identity was hard-nosed defense, which embodied their fiery eighth-year coach.

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2017 All-Metro Girls Basketball First Team

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Aziah Hudson
Aziah Hudson

Height:5-6

Grade:Junior
Position:Guard

A five-year varsity player and three-year starter, the junior guard helped lead Baldwin to a first-ever NYSPHSAA Class AA title. The 5-foot-6 guard, who has offers from Kansas, Hofstra, Old Dominion and Buffalo, is only the second player in school history to score 1,000 points. One of the best finishers in transition in the tri-state, Hudson averaged 19.8 points per game. 

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Andra Espinoza-Hunter
Andra Espinoza-Hunter

Committed to:UConn

Height:6-0

Grade:Senior
Position:Guard/Forward

After three years at Blair Academy, Espinoza-Hunter made her awaited return to Ossining for her final high school season. The standout senior did not disappoint, presenting one of the best resumes Section 1 has ever seen. Espinoza-Hunter broke the NYSPHSAA single-season record scoring 995 points her senior year, averaging 39.6 points per game. She topped 30 points 21 times, 40 on seven occasions and went for 50 or more four times. The Gatorade Player of the Year and Co-Miss Basketball for New York State ended with 2,640 career points.

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Dara Mabrey
Dara Mabrey

Height:5-6

Grade:Junior
Position:Guard

Endless creativity maneuvering off the dribble and exceptional body control enabled the playmaker to carve into teeth of a defense, offset by deft touch from both the mid-range and beyond the arc. Mabrey, who joined older sisters Michaela and Marina this winter in being named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year, averaged 19.8 points per game, drilling 65 3-pointers while shooting 40 percent from the arc and was deadly at the foul line (119 for 138, 86 percent). Her offense balanced by hounding on-the-ball resistance and 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.7 assists a contest. She scored at a 20.6 clip in the Warriors’ post-season run to a fourth straight Group 2 title, fourth consecutive appearance in the Tournament of Champions title game and 31-3 mark. 

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Diamond Miller
Diamond Miller

Weight:6-3

Grade:Sophomore
Position:Guard

Rising star pushed the Warriors (24-7) through a post-season gauntlet that ended with the Group 4 crowns and a first Tournament of Champions title. While her scoring prowess yielded 18.1 points a game, the number elevated to 21.2 during a nine-game winning streak in state tournament. Size gave her vision over a defense (2.9 apg.), intimidating defending inside (3.6 bpg.) and presence on the glass (6.5 rpg.).

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Leilani Correa, Rutgers Prep
Leilani Correa, Rutgers Prep

Weight:6-0

Grade:Sophomore
Position:Guard

Correa raised her play against stiff competition, her graceful way of attacking the basket at the root of a modest 13.2 points per game. However, in matchups against St. John Vianney, Franklin, Manasquan, Patrick School, Blair, Life Center and Queen of Peace, games when her minutes were extended during a 30-2 campaign, the output improved to 22.7. Correa added 1.9 assists, 2.7 steals and 4.8 rebounds an outing. 

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2017 All-Metro Girls Basketball Second Team

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Kadaja Bailey
Kadaja Bailey

Committed to:St. John's

Height:6-0

Grade:Junior
Position:Guard

An incredible athlete with high basketball IQ, the versatile 6-foot junior guard averaged 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, including a remarkable 30-point, 20-rebound performance against St. John the Baptist in February. The St. John’s verbal commit, who is also a sensational passer and finisher around the basket, has already scored more than 1,500 career points. 

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Qadashah Hoppie
Qadashah Hoppie

Committed to:St. John's

Height:5-8

Grade:Senior
Position:Guard

A four-year staple of consistency in the Celtics’ starting five and the soul of its passion, Hoppie was a fearsome competitor who operated with keen court senses. The offensive catalyst pumped in 1,260 career points, including 15.9 this winter to go with 3.9 rebound, 2.9 assists and 2.7 steals while piloting the Patrick School to a 27-3 and the Union County Tournament championship.

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Jordan Nixon
Jordan Nixon

Height:5-foot-8

Grade:Junior
Position:Guard

The Horace Mann transfer made a seamless transition into the Hilltoppers lineup to average 18 points, 8 rebounds along with 7 assists per game. Nixon was a presence all around the court offensively and has attracted a number of top college offers such as Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida State, St. John’s and others. 

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Selena Philoxy
Selena Philoxy

Committed to:Seton Hall University

Height:6-foot-1

Grade:Senior
Position:Forward

The Lady Vikings center used her quickness and instincts to become a defensive force inside the paint for the three-time PSAL Class AA city champions. The Seton Hall bound senior had 9.4 points per game and 7.8 rebounds but stepped it up in the playoffs to score 12 points a contest. 

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Michelle Sidor
Michelle Sidor

Weight:5-8

Grade:Sophomore
Position:Guard

In just two seasons, Sidor has poured 1,627 points, averaging 27.8 this season to fuel the Rebels to a second straight Bergen County Tournament title and 24-7 record. Her ease dissecting a defense off the bounce offsets unfathomable range on a jumper that connected on 126 3-pointers and 226 for her career. Scoring overshadows a well-rounded game (3.2 spg., 4.9 apg.).

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Celeste Taylor
Celeste Taylor

Height:5-10

Grade:Sophomore
Position:Guard

With Long Island Lutheran playing one of the most challenging schedules in the tri-state, the sensational sophomore averaged 16 points, six rebounds and two steals per game, including a season-high 33 points against Christ the King in February. A two-year starter, the smooth-shooting and strong defending 5-foot-10 guard has offers from St. John’s, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Northwestern. 

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