Thursday, April 4, 2019

Edgehill, Samuels recognized for HockomockSports Boys Basketball Awards

Jalen Samuels – Franklin – Forward
Jalen Samuels ( photo)
Jalen Samuels
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Franklin senior Jalen Samuels had his best season in his final year for the Panthers. Samuels was a force on both ends of the court, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was second on the team with 12.5 points per game while leading the Panthers with 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. He also had 3.0 assists and averaged a charge taken a game. “Jalen is the most well-rounded player I have ever coached,” said Franklin coach CJ Neely. “All throughout his time as a Franklin Panther he has filled the stat sheet in every possible way.

Chris Edgehill – Franklin – Guard
Chris Edgehill ( photo)
Chris Edgehill
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Franklin junior Chris Edgehill had a memorable third season on varsity for the Panthers. He led the Panthers in scoring again this season( 16.5 ppg) while hauling in five boards and dishing out four assists per game. He scored his 1,000th point this season in a win over North Andover in February. “His ability to handle pressure and score in so many different ways really helped our team throughout the season,” said Franklin coach CJ Neely. “Scoring 1,000 points in your junior year is a really special accomplishment that shows how he has had sustained success here at Franklin.”

Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year
Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

"Franklin senior Jalen Samuels has been named the Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season, the eighth year the award has been given out. Samuels was also named the First Team. It’s the second straight season a Panther has won the award.

Samuels was a force on the defensive end for the Panthers, who finished the season as the best defensive team in terms of points against (48.9 points per game) and the lone team to average under 50 points against this season. Samuels was a big reason for that because of his versatility and ability to guard every position.

“Jalen is a next level defender who has always been ready to take on the challenge of opposing team’s best players regardless of their position,” said Franklin coach CJ Neely. “He has guarded and shut down explosive wing players, dominant big men and all players in between. He led our team in blocks, charges, steals, and rebounds and is always willing to put his body on the line to dive for a loose ball to get a stop. He allows his teammates to be extremely aggressive with their pressure on the ball, knowing that Jalen will be there on the back line to clean up the mess if they get beat off the dribble.

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