All-S. Jersey First Team

Posted: March 24, 2014

Center / Player of the Year

Matt Klinewski, Eastern

The 6-foot-8 senior, The Inquirer's player of the year in South Jersey boys' basketball, averaged 24.6 points and 10.7 rebounds. He led Eastern to a 24-5 record and the Olympic Conference American Division title.

Klinewski was known as much for his work ethic and passion as for his skills and statistics. He also was an emotional leader for the Vikings, exhorting his teammates to produce their best.

Klinewski scored 30 or more points in eight games. He set a career high with 38 in a victory over Woodrow Wilson on Feb. 19 and scored 35 in a victory over Delsea on Feb. 14.

In the Group 4 state tournament, Klinewski scored 27 in a first-round victory over Williamstown and 27 in a second-round win over Rancocas Valley.

A four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Klinewski finished his career with 1,576 points. He will attend Lafayette on a basketball scholarship.

Center

Rashaan Holloway, Schalick

The 6-foot-10 senior, led Schalick to a 26-4 record, the Tri-County Conference's Diamond Division title, and a berth in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game.

Holloway averaged 18.8 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. His senior season was the culmination of a high school career marked by steady improvement.

He scored in double figures in every game. He missed three games in early February because of an elbow injury but returned to lead the Cougars on a 10-game winning streak.

Holloway scored a career-high 41 in Schalick's most impressive victory of the season, a 100-83 triumph over eventual Group 3 state finalist Ewing.

Holloway finished his career with 1,622 points, second on the school's all-time list, behind Paul Gause. He was a three-year starter and four-year varsity player.

He will attend Massachusetts on a basketball scholarship.

Forward

Jay Howard, Paul VI

The 6-foot-3 senior put together a strong season despite a lingering ankle injury that limited his explosiveness.

Howard averaged 16.4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists as Paul VI went 24-5, won a share of the Olympic Conference National Division title, and reached the Non-Public South A final for the third year in a row.

Howard missed the Eagles' first four games and labored a bit through midseason because of the ankle injury. He played the entire season with a brace on the ankle.

Howard was at his best late in the season, as his health improved. He scored 21 in a victory over Atlantic City on Feb. 22 and 22 in a win over Camden on Feb. 25.

He scored in double figures in every Paul VI game in the state tournament. He had a season-high 29 in the loss to eventual state champion St. Joseph of Metuchen in the sectional final.

Howard was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter. A two-time all-South Jersey selection, he finished his career with 1,362 points. He is undecided on his college destination.

Guard

Darnell Foreman, Pitman

The 6-foot-1 senior, led Pitman to the Group 1 state title and to within a whisker of a victory over Group 4 champion Linden in the first round of the Tournament of Champions.

Foreman averaged 17.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as Pitman went 25-8, including six consecutive victories in the Group 1 state tournament.

A crafty lefthander, Foreman fueled Pitman's tournament run as a creative playmaker who consistently drove into the paint to generate scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Foreman scored 28 in a second-round victory over Burlington City and 26 in Pitman's triumph over top-seeded Schalick in the South Jersey final. He poured in 16 of his 18 points in the second half of the win over Bloomfield Tech in the state final.

In the T of C quarterfinals against North Jersey power Linden, Foreman led all players with 23 points and rallied Pitman from a 13-point deficit to a 60-60 tie before the Panthers fell, 64-60.

Foreman played two years for Pitman after transferring from St. Anthony of Jersey City. A top student, he is undecided about college but is considering Penn.

Guard

Jordan Robertson, Wildwood Catholic

The 6-foot-3 senior and his team made a huge leap forward this season.

Robertson led Wildwood Catholic to one of the best seasons in the recent history of the program, as the Crusaders went 23-5 and won the Cape-Atlantic League tournament.

Robertson blossomed into one of South Jersey's best players as a senior. He averaged 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds and also generated 50 blocks, 44 assists, and 42 steals.

Robertson was at his best in big games. He scored 23 in a victory over Archbishop Wood and 25 in a victory over Schalick.

He made big plays late in two victories over Holy Spirit, scoring the final six points in the last 14.2 seconds of a 58-54 win in the Cape semifinals. He also scored 23 points in Wildwood Catholic's victory over Atlantic City in the Cape title game.

Robertson has drawn interest from Temple and NCAA Division II programs such as Holy Family and Philadelphia University.

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