Best Group: Champions of the 2017 Colt Shootout, the Defending 6-A State Champion Reading Red Knights led by the guard Trio of 5-11 Wesley Butler (2019), 5-10 RJ Dixon (2018), and 6-0 Xavier Starks (2018). A major defensive contribution came from Bobby Heath, offensive spark by Juan Matos and post presence was provided by Ricky Lopez and Daniel Colter.
Best Group of newcomers: Tigh Savercool and his Cedar Cliff staff hit the Pick 5 Lottery when 2 year starter at Susquehanna Twp., Gerald Jarmon (2019) showed up on their door step. Jarmon is a veteran, with tons of experience and the ability to score points in bunches. “Newcomer” is a bit of a stretch for a starter of 40+ games, but he is the cornerstone of what’s new for the Colts including 6-3 Derek Young (2021), a strong rebounder, post defender and screener-wide body with great feet and a lot of upside, 6-0 Guard Joey Zvorsky (2020), a steady guard. Add a returner to the program after a year off in senior 6-4 220 lbs. Justin Carter (2018), with what returns from last season’s core group and check ball.
Will have the Most Impact this season: Tyler Crespo (2019) can exert the kind of influence at both ends of the floor that could have Manheim Twp in the State playoff mix. Shot the ball extremely well today, was feeling it… pull up three’s in transition type feeling it! Lambo Speed with the ball in his hands combined with the body control and finishing skills to make you come out of your seat.
Best Shooter: Antonio Rizzuto (Northeastern, 2018) is instant offensive firepower, terrific shooter… catch and shoot it or off the dribble, the results are the same… Get it out of the net!! Impressive range, he can shoot it from all over the map. Pick your poison, if forced off the three point line he makes plays attacking the rim for himself and dishing to others.
Best Playmaker/Passer: Aley Zangari (Red Land, 2020) didnt find his team having much success but he impressed with his ability to run an offense well; got the ball to a variety of teammates in scoring position. Exceptional passer that sees the play three steps ahead.
Will take you by surprise: Ryan McGill (Northern, 2019) very good passing and shooting skills for a big guard. Soft touch, ability to knock down the open three off the dribble or catch and shoot. Dominant low post presence in high school, forceful rebounder, impact as shot blocker