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Top S. Jersey Backcourts

Top S. Jersey Backcourts

Top S. Jersey Backcourts


Here are some of the top backcourts in South Jersey boys' basketball this season.

Martel Johnson, senior, and Kashawn Dunston, senior, Atlantic City: Johnson is a three-year starter at the point, and Dunston is a streaky outside shooter.

Carson Puriefoy, senior, and Dexter Harris, senior, Bishop Eustace: These are three-year starters whose versatility and scoring ability have the Crusaders in the No. 1 spot in the preseason South Jersey rankings. Puriefoy averaged 21.4 points, and Harris is healthy after an injury-marred junior year.

Ron Curry, senior, and Kris O'Connor, senior, Paul VI: These guys are at their best in pressure defense and transition offense. Curry plays a complete game, and O'Connor is a lock-down defender. Both have improved their outside shot for the No. 2 Eagles.

Brandon Joyner, junior, and Davon Jones, senior, Haddon Heights: The two are the key to the Garnets' hopes for their first Colonial Conference title in 12 years.

Mike Greenman, junior, and Dom Palmieri, senior, St. Augustine: Both players saw important minutes as reserves in St. Augustine's drive to the Non-Public A title last season. Greenman is a top three-point threat, and left-hander Palmieri is a smooth slasher to the rim.

Josh Borelli, junior, and Ryan Bodnar, junior, Shawnee: They are deadly three-point shooters and smart ball-handlers who help the Renegades spread the floor and control the pace.

Tyrell Maloney, senior, and Ronny Paden, senior, Willingboro: Maloney averaged 18.1 points last season. He is a deep threat who will be perfectly complemented by Paden, a smooth swingman who transferred from Trenton Catholic. Paden has signed with St. Peter's.

- Phil Anastasia