USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Renard Sutton, Hillhouse (New Haven)
Sutton guided Hillhouse to the Class LL state title this season, culminating with a 78-58 triumph over East Hartford in the state final. The victory expanded the Academics’ state record to 24 total championships.
Player of the Year
Tremont Waters, G, Notre Dame (West Haven), 5-11/160, Sr.
A Jordan Brand Classic invitee, Waters averaged 25.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.6 steals per game while leading the Knights (22-2) to the second round of the Class LL state tournament. For his efforts, he was selected as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Joe Kasperzyk, G, Hillhouse (New Haven), 6-3/165, Sr.
Even a mid-season wrist injury didn’t stop Kasperzyk from delivering a second straight Class LL state title for Hillhouse, averaging 19 points per game during the championship run.
Chaylyn Martin, G, Weaver (Hartford), 6-1/165, Sr.
Martin’s averages of 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game were the spark that helped the Beavers (23-4) reach the Class LL semifinals.
Jeremiah Kendall, F/C, Crosby (Waterbury), 6-4/190, Sr.
Kendall led the Bulldogs (16-9) on a run to the Class L quarterfinals and earned a First Team All-State selection, averaging 28.2 points and 13.7 rebounds per contest.
Alex Preston, F, Darien, 6-8/190, Sr.
Darien’s big man compiled averages of 18.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Blue Wave to a Class LL second round berth.
Patrick Harding, F, Fairfield Prep, 6-8/230, Sr.
Ben Nigro, F/C, Suffield (West Suffield), 6-5/220, Sr.
Byron Breland, G, Hillhouse (New Haven), 6-3/175, Jr.
Zhyaire Fernandes, G, Bunnell (Stratford), 6-1/205, Sr.
C.J. Seaforth, G, Hamden, 6-0/155, Sr.