USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA New Jersey Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Jerome Smart, Teaneck
Smart helped his team overcome injuries and eligibility problems to win its second consecutive Group 3 championship. The Highwaymen (26-6) won 20 of their final 23 games and reached the Tournament of Champions semifinals before falling to nationally-ranked Patrick School.
Player of the Year
Nick Richards, F, Patrick (Hillside), 6-11/250, Sr.
The state’s only McDonald’s All-American and the NJ.Com Player of the Year, Richards emerged as a interior force this season, leading the Celtics to a Tournament of Champions title. The Kentucky-bound big man averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Justyn Mutts, F, St. Augustine (Richland), 6-7/215, Sr.
The high-flying High Point recruit powered the Hermits to the South Jersey Non-Public A championship, averaging 13.4 points per game.
Tavon Jones, G, Linden, 6-3/170, Jr.
The talented junior led the Tigers to a second straight Group 4 championship, posting 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Jahvon Quinerly, G, Hudson Catholic (Jersey City), 6-2/160, Jr.
The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year sparked the Hawks (26-4) to the Non-Public B championship game, contributing 20.4 points, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals on a nightly basis.
R.J. Cole, G, St. Anthony (Jersey City), 6-0/170, Sr.
The Howard University commit averaged 21.4 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Friars and was a First Team All-State selection.
Marcellus Earlington, F, Don Bosco (Ramsey), 6-4/260, Jr.
Paul Mulcahy, F, Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone), 6-3/175, So.
Nazreon Reid, F, Roselle Catholic, 6-10/240, Jr.
Bryan Antoine, G, Ranney (Tinton Falls), 6-4/175, So.
Jamir Harris, G, Patrick (Hillside), 6-2/185, Sr.