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