Harris-Scott and Hill among Section V performers named to NYS Large Schools teams

Top (l-r): Kobe Long, Jacob Shadders, CJ James and Tah’Jae Hill. Bottom (l-r): Zechariah Harris-Scott, Damani Barley, Melvin Council, Jr. and Jermaine Taggart. (Photo contributions: MIKE GENTILE, RON KALASINKAS, SUE KANE and BONNIE WOOD PRINCE)

By JOHN LIKANJE

Tah’Jae Hill was second in Section V in scoring. Zechariah Harris-Scott led East High to its first sectional title in six years and 25th in program history.

The pair of seniors earned All-State honors as announced by the New York State Sportswriters’ Association on Thursday.

Hill averaged 27.2 points, eight boards and two assists to be named to the Class AA fifth team. The Niagara University commit netted 25 or more points in 14 games, including a season-high 49 on December 27th in a 78-41 win over Eugenio Maria.

Hill led Monroe County in scoring. He poured 564 points in 21 games played and finished with 1,953 in four varsity seasons. The 6-foot-2 guard was named Monroe County Division I Player of the Year.

Harris-Scott netted 22.8 points and tallied 22 double-doubles in 24 games played to earn Class A third team honors. The senior forward poured 20 or more points in 17 games, including a season-high 34 on January 18th in an 82-80 overtime victory over the Park School (VI).

Harris-Scott’s scoring average ranked fourth overall in the Rochester City Athletic Conference (RCAC) behind NE Douglass senior Adonis Flagler (24.3 PPG), McQuaid senior Kobe Long (23.3 PPG) and School of the Arts junior Ethain Clarke-DeSouza (23.1 PPG) and third in the RCAC Lower Division behind Flagler and Clarke-DeSouza.

Harris-Scott scored 547 points this season and finished with 1,153 in three years. The 6-foot-6 forward was named RCAC Lower Division Player of the Year.

East High claimed the A2 Section V titleanddefeated A1 champion Eastridge in the NYS Far West Regional Qualifier. The state was forced tocancel regionals and the remainder of the high school winter sports championships in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris-Scott’s teammate, Damani Barley, joined him on the Class A 10th team. Barley averaged 14.6 points, nine assists and 2.3 steals per game.

UPrep senior Melvin Council, Jr. was named to the Class AA eighth team. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 25.2 points and completed his three-year varsity career with 1,077 points. Council, Jr. was named the Private-Parochial Division I Player of the Year.

McQuaid’s two leading scorers, Kobe Long and Jermaine Taggart, earned Class AA All-State honors. Taggart was third in the RCAC Lower Division in scoring at 21.4 points and named to the 10th team. The 6-foot-4 forward netted 1,446 points in three seasons. Long led the division in scoring at 23.3 points to be named to the 11th team. The 6-foot-3 guard completed his four-year career with 1,660 points.

Webster Thomas senior Andrew Mason was named to the Class AA 15th team. The 6-foot-3 guard netted 22.9 points, grabbed 6.1 rebounds and dished out 3.4 assists. Mason connected on 49 percent of his three-pointers and 80 percent of his foul shots as well. The senior guard completed his four-year varsity career with 1,394 points. Mason earned Monroe County Division II Player of the Year honors.

Victor junior CJ James rounded out the list of Section V players named to the Class AA All-State list. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 10.8 points to earn 16th team honors.

Eastridge senior Tony Arnold was named to the Class A seventh team. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 26.2 points, corralled 6.3 rebounds and handed out 5.4 assists. Arnold completed his four-year varsity career with 1,576 points. The senior guard earned Monroe County Division IV Player of the Year honors.

Pittsford Mendon junior Jacob Shadders earned a spot on the Class A ninth team. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 21.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals. Shadders shot 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line as well. The junior guard has 1,052 career varsity points, which is fifth all-time in program history. Shadders was named Monroe County Division III Player of the Year.

Eastridge senior Percy Robinson was named to the Class A 11th team. The 6-foot-4 forward netted 10.2 points per game.

Irondequoit’s Luke Melidona and Keenan Robertson rounded out the list of Section V Players named to the Class A All-State list. Robertson averaged 18.9 points, eight boards, 5.4 deflections, 2.4 blocks and 1.8 assists to earn 15th team honors. The 6-foot-5 forward shot 60.4 percent from inside the arc and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe as well. Melidona scored 9.3 points for a spot on the 16th team.

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