Boys Basketball All-State: Powell twins, Johnson, Pawliczak, Rodriguez honored

Only three of the top 15 Class AA boys basketball players were from outside of the Public School Athletic League (PSAL), Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and Association of Independent Schools (AIS).

Pine Bush senior forward Bryan Powell was one of three when the state Class AA all-state teams were released Monday. Powell, the Varsity 845 player of the year, earned third-team honors after averaging 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 65 percent from the field. He was an 11th team selection in 2017.

For the second straight season, Pine Bush senior guard Brandon Powell was selected to the state Class AA eighth team. Powell, Pine Bush’s all-time leading scorer (1,338 points), averaged 20 points per game.

Two-time Varsity 845 first-teamer Jake Pawliczak of Burke Catholic made the Class AA 12th team.

Saugerties eighth-grade guard Dior Johnson led all Section 9 players in scoring at 31.1 points per game and the 14-year-old was the area’s highest all-state pick. Johnson, a second-team Class A selection, became the youngest player to reach 1,000 career points in state history.

New Paltz junior guard Axel Rodriguez made the Class A ninth team.

The following players received honorable mention: Middletown junior guard Marquis Gill, Pine Bush senior forward Mason Memmelaar, Kingston junior guard Brian Moore and Kingston senior guard Chris Wright in Class AA. New Paltz junior guard Casey Burke and Goshen junior guard Zack Foley in Class A.

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