Bruce Darrow | CNBNews Sports
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 10, 2022)(CNBNews)The Gloucester High School Boys basketball team, who won the 2022 Group I South Jersey title this year has to be the BEST overall team in the school's history. A team made up of many unsung heroes. Each game another leads the team in rebounding or scoring. Without rebounders, and ball handlers getting the ball up the court no team can play offense. The young players in the Gloucester City Basketball League should take a serious note of what team play can mean.
It has become routine for High School players to top the 1,000 point plateau. Followers of GHS basketball through the years can only wonder how many more players would have reached that magical number had they had the opportunity to score from the three-point arc.
The three-point shot being 18' from the basket was a routine jump shot in the '50s, 60's, and 70's. But along with the advent of this bonus came along many very athletic players.
The list of the second team along with the first-team selections will bring many conversations. The ability to talk and discuss basketball with students, fans, and players from 50 years ago is much different from current fans which include the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.
Here is one alumnus's view, please feel free to comment and list your second team's view.
Second team Center - Mike Hutchinson '75 was not only a 1,000 point scorer but matched that number with rebounds. Could have been a battle with Carmen Palmiero who played more Power Forward.
Second team Power Forward - Carmen Palmierio '53, Carmen was not a thousand point scorer but went onto D-1 Penn State University and was a starter for the Nittany Lions before his sudden death. Many considered Palmierio a sure bet to play in the NBA
Second team - Small Forward - Ted Osmola '67 State Championship Team. Ted was the quiet leader for the Group II State Champions, A very close choice over Harlan Blackiston
The second team - Shooting Guard - Eric Cassidy '2005 Scored his 1000th point late in his senior year but was the leader on an above-average team
Second team - Point Guard - Sean Gorman '98 was a 1000 point scorer along with over 1000 assists. Sean also had his brother Keith a First Team Selection score of 1,000 points.
If a best 1/2 guard was a selection it would be the Gorman's followed by Sam Pierman and Ken Eller a one-two punch not many HS have in their arsenals.
This is a very subjective list and many others very well could be listed. Not all are 1,000 point scorers
As Dick DeVenizo an author of many basketball books, "Your Most Valuable Player is not necessarily your leading score, but someone who makes everyone better."