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Meet TCPalm’s 2022-23 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

Meet TCPalm’s 2022-23 Boys Basketball All-Area Team

While the 2022-23 boys basketball season didn’t produce a state champion like Martin County accomplished last season, several teams and players made it a very entertaining year on the hardwood on the Treasure Coast.

As competitive as the area was, only three teams made the postseason with the aforementioned Tigers, Centennial and St. Edward’s winning district titles to make the state playoffs.

Several teams that did not make the state playoffs also had strong cases for the postseason as Fort Pierce Central, South Fork, Treasure Coast and John Carroll Catholic all were well over .500 and posted wins against the area’s best.

With a mix of veterans known on the area and a host of underclassmen that made big jumps in production, TCPalm presents the best of the best on the hardwood led by a forward that battled through injuries all season long to help bring his team more hardware for a second straight season.

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Co-Players of the Year

Joseph Lezeau III, Centennial and Elijah Duval, Martin County

St. Lucie West Centennial's Joseph Lezeau tries a shot between Josh Banate (left) and Derrick King of Fort Pierce Central during the second half of their game inside Central's gym on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 in Fort Pierce. Centennial won 65-56.

Years: Senior, Junior

Highlights: Efficiency and production were the name for Lezeau in his senior season leading the Eagles to a 22-6 record and back-to-back district championships. Averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds a game, Lezeau shot 59 percent from the floor, shot 82 percent from the free throw line and had six games of 20 points or more. Meanwhile, teams did all they could to slow Duval down from scoring this season but weren’t effective as the star guard averaged 21.8 and points to go along with six rebounds a game. Duval had a 48-point game and a 38-point game this season, shot 51 percent from the field and had 13 games of 20 points or more.

Martin County's Elijah Duval (3) makes a 2-point basket against Viera in a boys basketball Region 2-6A quarterfinal, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at Martin County High School in Stuart. Viera won 67-64.

First Team

Ty Owens, Centennial

Year: Senior

Ty Owens (center), of St. Lucie West Centennial, makes a layup in the final minutes against Fort Pierce Central inside Central's gym on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Fort Pierce. Centennial won 65-56.

Highlights: Owens had another strong season running the show for the 22-6 Eagles, scoring 14.8 points a game and dished out 5.1 assists a game. Owens had eight games with 20 points or more and 13 games with five or more assists.

Ryan Rodriguez, Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie's Ryan Rodriguez is guarded by John Carroll Catholic's Collin Jefferson during a high school basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 in Port St. Lucie. The Rams prevailed 76-73 in overtime.

Year: Junior

Highlights: Rodriguez had an outstanding all-around season for the Jaguars, averaging 23.2 points, 4.8 points and 4.1 assists. Rodriguez had 12 games with 25 points or more, four games with 30 points or more and shot 82 percent from the foul line.

Christian Maxon, Fort Pierce Central

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Maxon continued evolving his game after a strong freshman year and averaged 15.8 points a night for a Cobra team that won 21 games. Maxon hit 96 3-pointers, shooting 47 percent from the perimeter and scored 20 points or more 10 times.

Fort Pierce Central's Christian Maxon (11) makes a 3-point basket against Treasure Coast in a high school boys basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Fort Pierce Central High School. Fort Pierce Central won 59-52.

Remi Dieujuste, Jr., Treasure Coast

Year: Senior

Highlights: Dieujuste made incredible strides from last season, nearly doubling his production as a junior scoring 14.2 points, grabbing 6.2 rebounds and added 2.9 assists a night helping the Titans win 18 games.

Second Team

Aidan Singleton, John Carroll Catholic senior

Tyson Wilson, Treasure Coast junior

Nick Chang, South Fork sophomore

Josh Williams, Fort Pierce Central senior

Darious Moore III, Morningside Academy senior

Jaydon Washington, Centennial senior

Third Team

Cam Insalaco, Martin County senior

Shiv Patel, Pine School senior

Imarion Stanberry, South Fork junior

Christopher Maxon, Fort Pierce Central sophomore

Derrick Davey, Vero Beach senior

Justin Beall, South Fork junior

Honorable Mention

Loghan Downie, South Fork junior

Brandon Brazell, Martin County freshman

Zach Brown, Centennial senior

Damon Folds, Morningside Academy junior

Keenan Matthews, Sebastian River junior

Caden Jefferson, John Carroll Catholic junior

Gary Anderson, St. Edward’s sophomore

Nate Sparkman, St. Edward’s junior

Jaylen Shelly, Vero Beach junior

Landyn Shaddinger, Jensen Beach senior

TJ Schuck, Port St. Lucie senior

Oliver Saunders, Okeechobee sophomore

Coach of the Year

Chris Carranante, Centennial

Highlights: Under Carranante, the Eagles won their second straight district title after going over 20 years without a district championship prior to last season. Centennial posted a 22-6 record and have gone 44-11 the past two seasons.


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