1. Newburgh (5-1): Section 9 waiting on its own version of “The Decision.” Will “The Don” – Newburgh point guard Donovan Fields – play football or basketball in college.
2. Kingston (4-1): Kingston with a big win over Green Tech during the Christmas break on the road. Green Tech led by point guard Jamil Hood who will play at Division I Long Island University-Brooklyn next year.
3. Middletown (3-3): Already battle-tested. Three losses have come to Newburgh, New York City’s Thurgood Marshall Academy and White Plains.
4. Burke Catholic (3-2): Looks to take control of OCIAA Division II next week with wins over Washingtonville and Valley Central.
5. Marlboro (3-0): Interesting week coming up for Iron Dukes. Plays rival Red Hook next Friday and Our Lady of Lourdes-Poughkeepsie in the Officials vs. Cancer Tournament two days later. Marlboro scored a dramatic 61-58 come-from-behind win over Lourdes in the first round of last year’s Class B state playoffs.
6. Cornwall (5-2): Sophomore forward Kevin Salis, who is 6-foot-3, is coming on for Cornwall. He averaged 24.5 points in two wins in Cornwall’s Glenn McGinnis Holiday Tournament last weekend. The Green Dragons have won five in a row.
7. Wallkill (4-2): Big win for Wallkill on Friday – 71-53 over Saugerties. With the victory, the Panthers surpassed their win total for last season (three), and certainly have even more potential.
8. Saugerties (4-2): You know Paton Gibbs and Darnell Edge are going to potentially light it up every night. But Saugerties needs to develop a third option. But you didn’t need Dicky V to tell you that.
9. Warwick (3-2): Junior center Dermot Egan, who is 6-foot-5, off to nice start – 18.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds.
10. Minisink Valley (3-2): Coming off a win at the Vernon (N.J.) Tournament the Warriors play three of their next four games against top 10 teams – Warwick, Newburgh and Kingston.