Four current JB Hoops players and three recent graduates of the program were among the northeastern Pennsylvania players honored when the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State boys basketball teams were announced Tuesday.
George Tinsley and Jackson Danzig led the way, earning first-team honors in Class 5A after leading Abington Heights to the state championship.
Tinsley, a 6-foot-5 junior, plays for the JB Hoops Callahan team. The NCAA Division I prospect averaged 18.2 points per game for the Comets. He reached the 1,000-point mark for his career with 29 points in the 67-55 state championship game win over Mars.
Danzig, a 6-foot-6 senior, completed his time in the program last summer. After averaging 17.3 points for the state champions, he is headed to the University of Scranton to play for his father, head coach Carl Danzig.
The two other seniors who made high school all-state after completing their AAU career with JB Hoops were part of Hazleton Area’s run to the state Class 6A semifinals.
Josh Samec was named to the second team while Jeff Planutis was picked for the third team in Class 6A.
Samec, a 6-foot-8 senior, has committed to play at Division II West Chester University after averaging 15.2 points per game for the Cougars.
The 6-foot-5 Planutis averaged 15.7 points per game. Following the season, the made a recruiting visit to Division I Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland.
Three other members of the JB Hoops Callahan team were named to the third team in their respective classifications.
Leo O’Boyle from Scranton Prep made the second team and Nate Kreitzer from Nanticoke made the third in Class 4A.
O’Boyle was the top scorer in the group. The 6-8 junior averaged 20.3 points.
Kreitzer, a 5-9 junior guard, averaged 19.4 points.
Dimitri Gnall from Wyoming Seminary made the third team in Class 3A. The 6-3 junior, averaged 17.1 points.