2016-2017 Preseason All CCC Team / by CTHoopsNews

By: Nate Rubinstein (@Nate_Rubinstein) & Sam Rubinstein (@_samruby)

 

With all of the talent that is found in the CCC conference, it is tough to narrow it down to a starting lineup. After going through each team in the conference, Nate and Sam have each formed two Preseason All CCC rosters that give a starting lineup, to highlight the top player at each position, rather than the top five players overall.

 

 

 

Nate’s Team

FIRST TEAM

Point Guard: Sr. Jared Simmons - Newington

 

Photo credit: Robbie Goodrich

Photo credit: Robbie Goodrich

Simmons is excellent at distributing the ball, and can also flat out score. He continues to grow as a point guard, and will make a great leader of an offense at the college level.

 

Check out our recruiting spotlight on Jared Simmons here!

 

Shooting Guard: Sr. Mike McGuirl - East Catholic

 

 

 

It’s safe to say that if Tremont Waters didn’t transfer into the CIAC, McGuirl would have the No. 1 spot in our annual “Top 20 Returning Players” rankings. The Kansas State commit finds many ways to score the basketball, and doesn’t mind contact in the lane.

 

 

Small Forward: So. Cairo McCroy - Northwest Catholic

 

I thought it was bold throwing a sophomore in my first team selection, but McCroy is the real deal. He is able to elevate and play above the rim, but also has no problem scoring off of the dribble.

 

 

Power Forward: So. Rakesh Tibby - East Catholic

 

Tibby stands at 6-foot-7 and has natural talent in the post. His quick first step to the cylinder makes him an offensive threat for East Catholic.

 

 

Center: Sr. Andre Lyons - Weaver

 

Lyons really completes this Weaver lineup with his presence in the post. Was an easy selection for me.

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM

Point Guard: Sr. Chalynn Martin - Weaver

Shooting Guard: Sr. Jaecee Martin - Weaver

Small Forward: Sr. Amhod Privott - Middletown

Power Forward: Jr. Austin Nwafor - East Hartford

Center: Sr. Dan Brocke - Hall

 

 

 

 

Sam’s Teams

FIRST TEAM

Point Guard: Sr. Jared Simmons - Newington

 

Legendary career that has a chance to finish with an exclamation point in the playoffs. Simmons has been fun to watch the past three years and is poised for his best year yet as a senior.

 

Shooting Guard: Sr. Jaecee Martin - Weaver

Photo credit: Robbie Goodrich

Photo credit: Robbie Goodrich

 

With Weaver’s recent success, Martin has been in the spotlight since his freshman year. He is tough as nails and will lock you up for 84 feet. Plays above the rim and is as exciting as they come.

 

Small Forward: Sr. Mike McGuirl - East Catholic

 

McGuirl will be playing in one of the most prestigious conferences next year with the Kansas State Wildcats. Safe to say he won’t have much of a problem with the CCC.

 

Power Forward: Sr. Andre Lyons - Weaver

 

Lyons is a solid rim protector and can run the floor extremely well. Thrives in Weaver's uptempo style and is ready for a great year. 

 

Center: Sr. Dan Brocke - Hall

 

To put it simply, Dan Brocke is a rock down low for Hall. Efficient scorer in the post and can bang on the boards with the best of them.

 

SECOND TEAM

Point Guard: Sr. Chalynn Martin - Weaver

Shooting Guard: Jr. Jaekwon Spencer - Bristol Central

Small Forward: So. Cairo McCroy - Northwest Catholic

Power Forward: Sr. Malik Cameron - Manchester

Center: So. Rakesh Tibby - East Catholic