Jewish Hoops America has selected Yisrael Feld of MTA and Jack Gindi of YULA as the 2011 National Players of the Year, the first time the award will be shared by two players.
Feld, a senior, and Gindi, a junior, were selected 1st Team All-Jewish Hoops America on every ballot. It was the closest ballot in five years of voting, with two other players also finishing within two points of the top vote-getters.
The Coach of the Year is Rafi Halpert, whose SAR Sting reached the championship game of the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Basketball League playoffs, won the Sarachek Tournament at Yeshiva University and
ended the season as the #2 team in the Jewish Hoops America national rankings.
Zach Yoshor, a sophomore at Beren Academy in Houston, was selected as the Underclassman of the Year.
This is the fifth year that Jewish Hoops America has honored top players and coaches from among the more than 70 Jewish high schools the website tracks. Fourteen coaches, athletic directors and JHA representatives voted, selecting from among 54 players nominated by their coaches or athletic directors. Players received five points for each 1st Team vote, four points for each 2nd Team vote, three points for each 3rd Team vote and one point for Honorable Mention.
Feld finished his illustrious career with 1,500 points, the most ever in school history, averaged 20.4 per game as a senior and was key to the Lions sharing a divisional title this year and finishing at #6 in the national rankings. He became the fourth player to repeat as a 1st Team honoree and was also a 2nd Team selection and Sophomore of the Year in 2009.
Gindi made the 3rd Team last year, when he was voted Underclassman of the Year. This year, he led the Panthers to titles in the Cooper Invitational, Milken and Hillcrest Christian tournaments and to the championship game of the Sarachek Tournament. He averaged 21.7 points and 10 rebounds per game, and scored 30 or more points six times, including a career-high 40 in one game.
Joining Feld and Gindi on the 1st Team are seniors Shelby Rosenberg (HAFTR/Cedarhurst,NY) and Aaron Liberman (Valley Torah/Valley Village,CA) and junior Zach Dicker (SAR/Bronx,NY).
The 2nd Team is seniors Danny Mael (Gann Academy/Waltham,MA), Sam Mishaan (Flatbush/Brooklyn,NY), Harry Velensky (Derech HaTorah/Brooklyn,NY) and Dovie Grosser (HAFTR/Cedarhurst,NY) and junior JJ Friedman (Milken/Los Angeles,CA).
Named to the 3rd team are seniors Mark Brener (Hillel/North Miami Beach,FL), Matt Orlinsky (Hebrew Academy/Miami Beach,FL), Elan Kogutt (Yavneh Academy/Dallas,TX) and Jared Stein (HANC/Uniondale,NY) and sophomore Zach Yoshor (Beren Academy/Houston,TX).
Honorable Mentions are seniors Ethan Gipsman (Southern California Yeshiva/San Diego,CA), Yehuda Heller (JEC/Elizabeth,NJ), Zach Jaffe (Maimonides/Brookline,MA), Max Kaplan (Kehillah Jewish/Palo Alto,CA), Nate Pava (Hebrew High of New England/West Hartford,CT) and Tani Weissman (Beth Tfiloh/Baltimnore,MD); juniors Jeremy Gutovitz (Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy/Overland Park,KS), Jordan Hod (Frisch/Paramus,NJ), Daniel Macks (Ida Crown/Chicago,IL) and Jonny Nulman (SAR/Bronx,NY); and sophomore Judah Cohen (Frisch/Paramus,NJ).
Finishing second in the balloting for Underclassman of the Year was Valley Torah sophomore Nathaniel Liberman. In third place was Judah Cohen, a sophomore from Frisch. Others nominated were sophomores Danny Abramowitz, Hebrew Academy-Miami, Micah Getzug, New Community Jewish, Eli Osdoba, Cooper Memphis, and Ethan Solomon, Yeshiva Atlanta; and freshmen Bryan Itkowitz of Cooper Memphis, Adam Karnett of Yavneh Dallas and Steven Wechsler of Southern California Yeshiva.
The runner-up as Coach of the Year was Dave Winik of YULA, who led the Panthers to a 25-8 record and the #3 ranking in Jewish Hoops America. The second runner-up was Tim Kjar of Jewish Community High School of San Francisco. The Wolves finished 16-8, ranked #20, and reached the Central Coast sectional playoffs for the first time, despite losing its leading scorer to a season-ending injury in December. Other coaches on the ballot were: Chad Baruch, Yavneh Dallas; Randy Dulny, Ramaz; Mike Gelber/Jan Sandusky, Flatbush; Daniel Gibber, MTA; Joey Hoenig, HAFTR; Brian Hubbard, Beth Tfiloh; Robert Icart, Valley Torah; and Jeff Kellem, Gann.
Jewish Hoops America also honors basketball players who excel in the classroom. Outstanding Student Athlete Awards for 2011 go to: Danny Abramowitz, Hebrew Academy-Miami; Aviv Arusi, Southern California Yeshiva; Nathaniel Cohen, Valley Torah; Hillel Davis, Fuchs Mizrachi;
Grant Fineman, JCHS-San Francisco; Micah Getzug, New Community Jewish; Ethan Gipsman, Southern California Yeshiva; Meir Goykhman, Fasman Yeshiva-Skokie; Charles Harary, Flatbush; Adam Hariri, Rambam-Baltimore; Oren Hariri, Rambam-Baltimore; Brandon Jackson, New Community Jewish; Max Kaplan, Kehillah Jewish-Palo Alto; Elie Lerea, SAR; Yaron Trink, Rambam-Baltimore; and Alex Yablonovich, SAR.
2011 ALL-JEWISH HOOPS AMERICANS
Yisrael Feld, Sr., MTA (70 points)
Jack Gindi, Jr., YULA (70)
Shelby Rosenberg, Sr., HAFTR (69)
Aaron Liberman, Sr., Valley Torah (68)
Zach Dicker, Jr., SAR (50)
Danny Mael, Sr., Gann (49)
Sam Mishaan, Sr., Flatbush (48)
Harry Velensky, Sr., Derech HaTorah (44)
J.J. Friedman, Jr., Milken (42)
Dovie Grosser, Sr., HAFTR (42)
Mark Brener, Sr., Hillel-Miami (40)
Matt Orlinsky, Sr. Hebrew Academy-Miami (32)
Elan Kogutt, Sr., Yavneh-Dallas (29)
Jared Stein, Sr., HANC (29)
Zach Yoshor, So., Beren-Houston (26)
Jordan Hod, Jr., Frisch (23)
Daniel Macks, Jr., Ida Crown (22)
Zach Jaffe, Sr., Maimonides (20)
Nate Pava, Sr., Hebrew High School of New England (19)
Tani Weissman, Sr., Beth Tfiloh (19)
Ethan Gipsman, Sr., Southern California Yeshiva (16)
Max Kaplan, Sr., Kehillah Jewish-Palo Alto (13)
Jeremy Gutovitz, Jr., Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy-Kansas (12)
Jonny Nulman, Jr., SAR (12)
Yehuda Heller, Sr., JEC (11)
Judah Cohen, So., Frisch (11)
2010 Player of the Year: Eric Avdee, Tarbut vTorah
2009 Player of the Year: Eitan Chemerinski, Jewish Day School-MD
2008 Player of the Year: Jordan Marcus, Solomon Schechter-NJ
2007 Player of the Year: Solomon Schoonover, Hillel-Miami
2010 Coach of the Year: Patrick Roberts, Tarbut vTorah
2009 Coach of the Year: Elliot Steinmetz, HANC
2008 Coach of the Year: Howard Braun, Ida Crown
2007 Coach of the Year: Howard Braun, Ida Crown