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Basketball: Preseason 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th team All South Jersey

Basketball: Preseason 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th team All South Jersey

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By Phil Anastasia

Here's a look at the preseason All-South Jersey teams, from first team to fifth team, plus honorable mention:

FIRST TEAM

G Tavaris Headen Camden 5-9 Senior: He's a clever lefty who averaged 18.5 points last season. First team selection last season. Key player for new coach John Valore.

G Isaiah Graves Atlantic City 6-1 Senior.: He's a fearless player who will take big shots in big games. Second teammer last season. Must step up and assume leadership role this season.

F Tim Delaney Pitman 6-9 Junior: He's a Villanova recruit with strength and skills. Second team last season. Might be SJ's best player.

F Matt Klinewski Eastern 6-8 Senior (pictured): He's a Lafayette recruit who bangs boards at both ends and gets to foul line. Second team last season. Relentless player who goes hard for 32 minutes.

F Jay Howard Paul VI 6-3 Senior: He's a great finisher in transition who averaged 18.4 last season. First team last season. Considering Delaware, Rider and Quinipiac, among others, but could end up at Navy.

SECOND TEAM

G Flo DaSilva Bishop Eustace 6-0 Senior: He's a University of the Sciences recruit who excels at the defensive end. Good finisher who has worked to improve outside shot.

G Eric Stafford Pitman 6-4 Senior: He's a Lafayette recruit with a smart, versatile game. Fills up the boxscore.

F Junior Saintel Holy Spirit 6-6 Senior: He's tough to stop in the open court. Needs to get gritty baskets for the Spartans in February and March.

F Ed McWade Wildwood Cath. 6-3 Senior: He's a crafty left-hander who can score in traffic. Gets to the foul line.

F Matt Risse Paul VI 6-5 Senior: He's a James Madison recruit with range from deep. Three-year starter and four-year varsity player.

THIRD TEAM

G Jake Silpe Cherry Hill East 6-1 Junior: He's a slick playmaker who can score. He averaged 12 points and five assists as a sophomore.

G Nick DePersia Haddonfield 6-0 Junior: He plays with high energy at both ends of the floor. Versatile player.

C Rashaan Holloway Schalick 6-9 Senior: He's a Massachusetts recruit who controls the paint. Has worked hard to improve footwork and conditioning.

F Theo Holloway Paulsboro 6-3 Junior: He's on the brink of a break-out season. Runs floor and tough in traffic.

F Dennis White Atlantic City 6-6 Senior: He's a lefty with a mid-range game and deft passing touch. Veteran of two straight Group 4 state title teams.

FOURTH TEAM

G Justin Hansen, West Deptford, 5-11, Senior: He's a four-year starter with a knack for scoring. Good mid-range game.

G Rob DePersia, Haddonfield, 5-10, Junior: He teams with his twin Nick to form one of South Jersey's best backcourts. Great defender and distributor.

F Nick Davidson, Rancocas Valley, 6-6 Senior: He's a Bloomfield (N.J.) recruit with a strong inside game.

F Paul Bellamy, Cherokee, 6-3 Junior: He's an athletic wing on the verge of a big season. Watch the Chiefs this season.

F Can Oztamur, Cherry Hill West, 6-5, Junior: He's a rangy player who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Went for 33 in scrimmage against Schalick. Won't be a secret for long.

FIFTH TEAM

G Darnell Foreman, Pitman, 6-1, Senior: He's another lefty who makes plays at both ends.

G Rob Brosh, Camden Catholic, 5-10, Senior: He's a playmaker who can bury three-pointers.

F Jamal Holloway, Camden, 6-3 Sophomore: He's a great rebounder in traffic who can finish. Has improved outside shot.

F Ben Mitchell, St. Joseph, 6-2 Junior: He averaged 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. Slasher with a knack for drawing contact.

F Brandon Cazan, Bishop Eustace, 6-6, Junior: He's a strong interior player. Tough to move off the block.

Honorable mention: Saleem Little, 6-4 junior, Paulsboro; Awwal Reid, 6-6 senior, Willingboro; Shaun Brooks, 6-4 senior, Pemberton; Jordan Robertson, 6-2 senior, Wildwood Catholic; John Middleton, 6-2 junior, Holy Spirit; Ivan Robinson, 6-0 senior, Paul VI; Kwame Morton, 6-5 junior, Delsea; Marvin Jones, 6-6 senior, Sterling; Brad Hawkins, 6-1 sophomore, Camden; Brendan Crawford, 6-6 junior, Camden Catholic; Vince Anfield, 6-0 senior, Rancocas Valley; Fran Kinsey, 6-0 junior, Gloucester Catholic; Jelani Glaze, 6-3 senior, Burlington City.

-- Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com


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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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