Coach of the year:
Tim Philp, Stepinac: In his sixth season, Philp, a Stepinac alumnus, led the Crusaders (18-11) to their first CHSAA city title since 1993. After facing a tough non-league schedule, they rallied to win 10 of their last 13, including seven straight before a 66-62 loss to Nichols in the CHSAA Class A state final (The Buffalo school later waltzed to the Federation title, defeating state No. 1 Jamesville-DeWitt in the process). Under Philp's leadership, Stepinac became renowned for its defense, holding 21 of 29 opponents under 60 points.
Other members of The Journal News' Westchester/Putnam all-star first team:
Conroy Baltimore, Stepinac: Perhaps the premier defensive player in the Lower Hudson Valley, the 6-foot-5 junior averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game, anchoring the Crusaders' D. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks to lead a 13-point comeback against Cardinal Hayes in the CHSAA city championship, which Stepinac won for the first time since 1993. Lehigh, Holy Cross, Fairfield and Manhattan are among the schools at the forefront of Baltimore's recruiting chase.
Daquan Brickhouse, Peekskill: After helping the Red Devils win three straight Class A titles, the four-year starter bolstered his individual legacy as a senior. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Just 5-9, Brickhouse won the dunk contest and earned MVP honors at the senior all-star game. He has secured a scholarship to Central Connecticut State, committing there last month.
Antoine Mason, New Rochelle: The son of former Knicks forward Anthony Mason continued to add to his own credentials as a senior. The 6-3 guard averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 steals as the Huguenots beat Mount Vernon twice en route to an undefeated regular season in Section 1 play. Mason was selected for the regional game at this month's Jordan Classic and is considering offers from Niagara, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and LIU.
Brian Voelkel, Iona Prep: The 6-5 forward helped the Gaels follow up their 2009 CHSAA Class A state title with an unbeaten run through the A-North league this season. The Vermont-bound Voelkel averaged 19.2 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was also selected for the regional game at the Jordan Classic and was nominated for the McDonald's All-American game. In December, he earned MVP honors at the Slam Dunk tournament by compiling 44 points and 39 rebounds in wins over Peekskill and Newburgh.
Sandro Carissimo, Sr., Iona Prep
Dustin Hogue, Jr., Lincoln
David Samuels, Sr., Blessed Sacrament
P.J. Torres, Jr., New Rochelle
Brandon White, Sr., Mount Vernon
Honorable mention: Peter Aguilar, Jr., Mount St. Michael; Jason Alleyne, Jr., Salesian; Gary Acquah, Sr., Mount St. Michael; Malik Atkins, Sr., Woodlands; Justin Best, Sr., Sleepy Hollow; Matt Bowser, Sr., Harvey; Kenny Bradshaw, Sr., Peekskill; Jack Bramswig, Sr., Pleasantville; Jordon Bronner, Sr., Iona Prep; A.J. Burton, Sr., New Rochelle; Darren Douglas, So., Rye Country Day; Chris Fazio, Sr., Lakeland; Dayvon Felder, Jr., Leake & Watts; Kadeem Francis, Sr., Stepinac; Lance Freundlich, Sr., Blind Brook; Darnell Glover, So., Roosevelt; Davonne Henry, Jr., Woodlands; Kevin Henry, Sr., Sacred Heart; Adam Honig, Sr., Horace Greeley; James Jensen, Sr., Valhalla; Bobby Jones, Sr., White Plains; Joe Kieltyka, Sr., Sacred Heart; Billy Krenik, Sr., Edgemont; Nigel Lewis, Sr., Salesian; Kevin McKiernan, Sr., Fordham Prep; Jordan Moody, Jr., Yorktown; Tim Muller, Sr., Fox Lane; Ruben Negron, Sr., Sacred Heart; Anthony Ordonez, Jr., Port Chester; Anthony Phynn, Sr., Lincoln; Brian Pickup, Jr., Rye; Kevin Punter, Jr., Salesian; Dennis Rinaldi, Sr., Harrison; Nolan Robinson, Sr., Pleasantivlle; Jason Rogers, Sr., Rye Country Day; David Rucker, Jr., Blessed Sacrament; Jonathon Salandra, Sr., Hackley; Khalid Samuels, Jr., Mount Vernon; Steven Sklany, Sr., Sacred Heart; Mike Tomasula, Sr., Blind Brook; Matt Townsend, Jr., Horace Greeley; Rich Whitten, Sr., Stepinac; Reggie Williams, Sr., Gorton; Jackson Zuvic, Jr., Haldane.