We’re approaching the time of the season where teams in the MIAA A Conference are rounding out their regular season. The majority of teams have 10 or less games remaining on their schedule, so it has given us time to…
We’re approaching the time of the season where teams in the MIAA A Conference are rounding out their regular season. The majority of teams have 10 or less games remaining on their schedule, so it has given us time to get a feel for some candidates in the running for Player of the Year. There is a still time of course, so others could emerge with a late push, but as of now, let’s take a look at the prospects who have their name firmly in the conversation.
Carlton Carrington Carlton Carrington 6'4" | CG St. Frances | 2023 State #84 Nation MD | St. Frances ’23 (Pittsburgh)
St. Frances may not have the firepower flowing throughout the roster that they’ve had in years past, but the play of Carrington has them sitting with an 8-1 record in league play. To put in perspective just how much Carrington is scoring, he only needs a little over 300 more points to reach the 1000-point mark for this season. If he can average somewhere around 25 points per game from here on out, he should reach the milestone. Considering he’s a threat to score 30 or even 40 every time he takes the floor, it’s a realistic accomplishment as crazy as it sounds.
Ace Valentine Ace Valentine 6'2" | PG Mount St. Joseph | 2023 State MD | Mount St. Joe ’23 (UMBC)
Valentine has stepped up in a major way this season as one of the alphas not only on his team, but in the area. Throughout the season, the UMBC commit has made game-winning plays down the stretch, paced the scoring attack from the backcourt and provided pride-filled defense both on and off the ball. It has translated to the Gaels sporting a perfect 10-0 record in league play and lining themselves up to protect their MIAA crown entering postseason play.
Amani Hansberry Amani Hansberry 6'7" | C Mount St. Joseph | 2023 State #52 Nation MD | Mount St. Joe ’23 (Illinois)
It has been well-documented since Hansberry entered the high school ranks that he has been one of the top bigs in MD/DC. When he made the move to Mount St. Joe for his junior season, he hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped dominating since. He’s a guaranteed double-double threat who impacts the game in a multitude of ways. He anchors the defense, creates mismatch nightmares for any team in front of him and plays with a never-ending motor.
Tyler Jackson Tyler Jackson 6'2" | CG St. Frances | 2025 State MD | St. Frances ’25
Jackson has emerged as one of the top players in his class nationally. He has put together big-time scoring performances that have been pivotal in St. Frances’ season when Carrington wasn’t having one of his scoring explosions. Jackson has elite shot-creating instincts off the bounce thanks to his quick-twitch ability and is a threat to score from all three levels.
Jahn Lamothe | St. Frances ’23 (Maryland)
Lamothe often times doesn’t get the spotlight as Jackson and Carrington do, but make no mistake, he has been equally as important and has fully accepted his role to contribute in others ways. The future Maryland guard is quietly averaging close to a triple-double for the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game.