Boys Basketball

March 21, 2007

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Malcolm Delaney

Towson Catholic

After a 64-59 victory over rival Mount St. Joseph in early February that clinched a league title, Delaney talked about the big difference in his play as a senior. "Last year I went away from the ball a lot [in crucial situations]," he said. "I didn't take it upon myself to help the team out more. So, this year I promised my team that I would thrive under pressure." Delaney did just that, and his change in approach helped turned the top-ranked Owls into a powerhouse. The 6-foot-3, Virginia Tech-bound guard went from a player who would appear to get rattled by a bad call or a mistake to a steady, poised leader. With Delaney leading the way, Towson Catholic went 32-5 and captured the Baltimore Catholic League and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships, going undefeated in both leagues. "Malcolm came into this season really focused and was a steadying influence all season long," Owls second-year coach Josh Pratt said. "He was our leader." Delaney, a repeat All-Metro first-team selection, led the Owls in scoring (19.5 points) and assists and (4.5) and averaged 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals. His alley-oop passes to Donte Greene were crowd-pleasers. He shot 54 percent from the field, including 56 percent from three-point range (79-for-140) and 82 percent from the line. Delaney, who will play for the U.S. team in the 34th Capital Classic at Comcast Center on April 5, finished with more than 2,100 points in his four-year career.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kim Rivers

Randallstown

Rivers has built a power at Randallstown, winning five state championships in 13 years, the past three in succession, including this year's Class 2A title over Fairmont Heights (65-60) of Prince George's County. Rivers, a New York City native who was an NAIA All-American at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in 1988 and later played three years professionally in Melbourne, Australia, before becoming a physical education teacher at Randallstown, honed a young team into a champion this season. "It was probably my best coaching job because we didn't have a go-to player like a Levi Stukes or Johnny Higgins," said Rivers, who is the All-Metro Coach of the Year for the first time. His five state titles are the most of any active coach in the state. "It was a young team that really came together, and I credit my staff for their help," he said. Rivers' No. 3 Rams (24-3) won the Baltimore County championship, 67-56 over Woodlawn, and shot 70 percent from the field in an 86-70 win over Douglass in the 2A North regional final. The Rams started only two seniors. "It was very gratifying the way they came along, especially after losing two games at the Basketball Academy in January," Rivers said. Rivers' 13-year record is 292-46, a winning percentage of .864, the highest among active coaches with 12 or more years of experience. His teams have won 20 games in a season 12 times.

FIRST TEAM

Tommy Brenton

River Hill

Brenton closed out a brilliant three-year varsity career by leading No. 9 River Hill (23-5) to its first boys basketball state championship in its first title game. The 6-foot-4 senior forward, who worked hard on his game over the summer by playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball with the Delaware Sure Shots, developed into one of the metro area's best all-around players. In the team's 62-53 victory over Mervo in the Class 3A state semifinals, Brenton scored 30 points and was 16-for-20 from the foul line. Then he scored 28 to lead the Hawks to a 60-51 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state final, going a state-record 19-for-20 from the foul line.

For the season, Brenton, The Sun's Howard County Player of the Year, averaged 20.9 points, shooting 51 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals and had 30 blocks.

Devin Brown

City

Brown, a multi-talented 6-3 guard, was the only senior starter for the 20-5 Knights. His leadership enabled coach Mike Daniel to lead the team to its best season since 1999. Brown, who is the first player from City to be named first-team All-Metro in more than 30 years, averaged 20.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Strong on his drives to the basket, Brown also is an accurate shooter from the perimeter and solid on defense. When the game was on the line, Brown was the player the Knights always turned to.

Brown, who has qualified for Division I with his SAT and 3.40 grade point average, will play for the Baltimore Stars in the seventh Charm City Challenge on April 1 at Towson Center.

Darrell Bryant

Randallstown

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