There are just a couple of weeks left before the start of the high school basketball playoff season which means now is a great time to check the temperature of some of Brooklyn’s best teams.
- Jefferson (20-2 overall, 12-0 in league): The Orange Wave came into this season as favorites to win the PSAL Brooklyn AA division and they have not disappointed. Junior guard Shamorie Ponds has been better than advertised and has averaged 26.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game in 12 league games this season.
- Lincoln (19-2, 12-1): Anyone that thought the Railsplitters would take a step back this season with the departure of head coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton are certainly disappointed. They lost just once, against Jefferson, and have gotten better as their freshmen guards, Tyler Bourne and Paul Person, have gained experience.
- Xaverian (15-3, 8-3): The Clippers have won 13 of their last 14 games and are the only team in New York City to have beaten both Christ the King and Iona Prep. On a team with two impressive forwards, point guard Doyin Isaac has emerged as the team’s leader.
- Boys and Girls (13-6, 6-5): The Kangaroos got off to a slow start with three losses in their first five league games, but have played to a 6-1 record since. Junior guard Gianni Ford is proving to be one of the best players in the PSAL and has averaged 20.3 points, 6.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 11 league matches.
- South Shore (7-11, 6-7): The Vikings have been all over the place this season with wins over Westinghouse and Robeson, but they lost to Transit Tech and have not been able to beat Lincoln, Jefferson or Boys High. The absence of senior Ryan Preston, who has been ineligible since Jan. 6, hurts their playoff chances.
- South Shore (17-4, 12-1): The Vikings have the best player in the city in All-American Brianna Fraser and have won eight regular season games in a row since losing to Francis Lewis two months ago.
- Bishop Loughlin (17-2, 6-0): The Lions are on a seven game winning streak since the new year and have three home games coming up before back-to-back monsters in Long Island Lutheran and Christ the King. Those will be huge tests.
- Grand Street Campus (11-6, 9-3): The Wolves have their biggest test tonight against Francis Lewis, but so far they look like they could be city-wide contenders. With a pair of juniors leading the way, Darieli Abreu and Shanique Edwards, even if this team doesn’t win this year it might be the favorites next season.
- Nazareth (5-13, 2-4): Between Niya Johnson and Shalix Hines it seemed like the Lady Kingsmen would once again be a powerhouse, but even powerhouses win once and a while. Naz’s last win came five games ago against St. Francis Prep.
- St. Edmund Prep (13-2, 10-0): St. Edmund Prep is dominating the CHSAA Division II this season with a perfect league record. It has a big game coming up against Bishop Kearney that could be a nice playoff preview.