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2022-23 CoBL All-Area Boys Basketball Teams (Non-PIAA)

05/31/2023, 1:30am EDT
By CoBL Staff

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)

The number of non-PIAA programs in the CoBL area is only a couple dozen, but it’s a group that’s absolutely packed with talent. Whether they’re the schools of the Inter-Ac and Friends’ League or the prep powerhouses, there’s dozens of future college basketball players on those rosters every year, some starting five Division I recruits, others not far behind. 

Here’s our staff picks for who were the standout players from the area’s non-PIAA schools in the 2022-23 season:


CoBL 2022-23 High School Awards

PIAA Boys (May 30)
Non-PIAA Boys (May 31)
PIAA Girls (June 1)
Non-PIAA Girls (June 2)


Non-PIAA CoBL Boys Player of the Year

Christian Bliss, George School

Christian Bliss, Jr., George School
It was a breakthrough year for Bliss and the Cougars, who captured the Friends’ Schools League championship for the first time, Bliss going off for 39 points in the championship game win over Academy New Church. The 6-foot-4 lead guard, in his second year at George, averaged 19.3 ppg and 5.0 apg as his squad made it all the way to the PAISAA championship game, coming up with big play after big play whenever his team needed it all season long. A high-major recruit ranked in the top 100 in his class, Bliss has plenty of quality options at the next level.


First Team

Augie Gerhart, Sr., Hill School
Steve Donahue and the University of Pennsylvania are getting an impact forward in Gerhart, who averaged 15 ppg, 8 rpg and 1 bpg as a senior. At 6-8, he has some of the best footwork for a big man at his age and should fit into the Quakers rotation nicely in the coming years. He had 11 points in the PAISAA semifinals, battling inside against Haugh and finding ways to convert down low, which showcases why he shot 64% from the field this season. That ability to score in the paint and rebound at a high level are what make him an intriguing prospect for the Penn staff.

Thomas Haugh, Sr., Perkiomen School
Haugh was one of the focal drivers, both literally and figuratively, behind Perkiomen School’s back-to-back runs to the PAISAA title game. The 6-9 forward averaged 19 ppg, 10 rpg and 1.8 bpg in leading the Cougars to their first state title in program history. The Florida signee has a flurry of post moves, can finish through contact and corrals the ball at both ends. With his expanding range out to three-point line, Haugh’s upward trajectory should continue at the next level.

Kachi Nzeh, Sr., George School
Nzeh was the other major difference-maker in turning George School into one of the best teams in the PAISAA over the last two seasons. The 6-9 Xavier signee averaged 17.6 ppg and 10.7 rpg in leading George School to its first-ever Friends Schools League title and a spot in the PAISAA final. The Cougars were 40-14 over the last two years, including 17-4 in the FSL, and Nzeh played his best basketball in the postseason by averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s final five games. He culminated his career with 1,102 points and leaves George School as one of the program’s premier players ever. 

Andrew Phillips, Sr., Malvern Prep
Phillips recently committed to Lafayette, which solidified the hard work and dedication he has shown in his craft over his three years in the Friars rotation. The 6-4 forward averaged 18.7 ppg and scored 20 or more points in 13 games this season. He was effective inside and out, as evidenced by making 22 three-pointers while shooting 52% from the floor. His strong senior season led him to be named 2023 Inter-Ac MVP - the first Malvern Prep to win that award since Deuce Turner in 2020 - and he displayed his all-around game by also getting to the glass (7.4 rpg) and even facilitating the offense (3.0 apg).

Will Riley, Soph., Phelps School
Riley burst onto the scene as a sophomore by averaged 23.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.2 spg and it would not be shocking to see him duplicate those numbers over the next few years. At 6-9, he has the length to shoot (56.6 FG%) over smaller defenders but the agility to drive by bigger ones with nifty finishes and thunderous dunks. He already boasts offers from Oregon, Arkansas, Washington, Seton Hall, Kansas State and more, and that has a lot to do with his expanding game (51 three-pointers made this season). He’s evolving into one of the more versatile players in his class and Phelps has a legitimate high-major player on its roster (and he’s not the only one) who is only scratching the surface of what he will become.


Second Team

Mark Butler, Penn Charter

Mark Butler, Sr., Penn Charter
Penn Charter finished 44-8 overall over the last two seasons with 16 of those wins coming in the Inter-Ac, and Butler was the focal reason why. The 5-11 Lafayette signee was the offensive catalyst on a team that won a share of the Inter-Ac title in each of the last two seasons by averaging 12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.5 apg. He had 20 games where he scored in double figures this season and finished his career with 1,281 career points, sixth all-time at Penn Charter. 

Christian Kirkland, Sr., Friends’ Select
Kirkland’s career came full circle after playing his freshman year at Friends’ Select then transferring for one season to Roman Catholic where he helped the Cahillites reach the 2020 Philadelphia Catholic League title, before transferring back to Friends’ Select and finishing out his career there. The 6-8 forward improved immensely during his career, averaging 15 ppg, 13 rpg and 2 bpg in his final year and committing to Youngstown State. He was integral in dealing Westtown its first FSL regular-season loss since Dec. 2018 and posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in his final career game against Springside-Chestnut Hill in the PAISAA Tournament. 

Saleem Payne, Sr., Phelps School
After beginning his career at Cheltenham, Payne transferred to Phelps and played two seasons, with his best one coming this winter as he averaged 11.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1.4 spg on a lineup loaded with the likes of Riley and others. At 5-10, he has terrific vision when driving to the rim and has found a niche way to score the ball that isn’t nearly as prevalent as it once was: the mid-range jump shot. The West Chester commit gets to those when reading the pick-and-roll, as he did during his 20-point game against Academy of the New Church in the state quarterfinals.

Bobby Rosenberger, Sr., Perkiomen School
The final member of Perk’s “Big 3” this season was Rosenberger, who delivered the game-winning foul shots in the state title game to cap off a 20-point outing in his final prep game. The St. Francis commit is a athletic 6-5 slashing wing who can really get to the hoop, and has no issues doing the dirty work, with plenty of offensive boards, “junk buckets,” versatile defense and more. He finished his senior year averaging 15.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.2 apg and hitting 42.7% from deep.

Preist Ryan, Sr., Perkiomen School
Another major piece for the Panthers’ state championship squad was Ryan, a versatile 6-6 wing who gave Perkiomen just about whatever it needed. A high-energy, undersized ‘4’ man, Ryan really came along in his ability to create off the bounce and shoot from the outside, averaging 19.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg while making 37.7% of his shots from deep.Ryan picked up an offer from Coppin State in May and snapped it up, committing to the Eagles last week.

Deywilk Tavarez, Sr., ANC
Few players had the season Tavarez did when taking into account his career was nearly derailed by multiple knee injuries during his junior year. When he arrived at ANC, he gradually found his form again and turned in a senior season that saw him average 19.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.7 apg and 3.5 spg. He spearheaded the Lions' run to the FSL title game, surpassed 1,000 career points in the process and a spot at Delaware State to play Division I basketball, something that 18 months ago seemed like a potential longshot. 


Third Team

Jordan Dill, Germantown Friends

Jordan Dill, Fr., Germantown Friends
Dill has made his mark at Germantown Friends in only two years by scoring 1,009 points in that timespan. The 5-11 lefty became the first eighth grader in FSL history to be named to the All-FSL team in his first varsity season, and then averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals as a freshman. He uses angles extremely well and can truly score from all over the floor, but his shooting ability allows him to find those lanes when players sprint at him. He has made 119 threes so far and that number will only increase going into his sophomore season.

Kevin McCarthy, Jr., Episciopal Academy
McCarthy is poised to finish in the top-5 in scoring at EA if he puts together similar seasons as his last two. The 6-3 guard and All Inter-Ac First Team selection averaged 18.2 ppg and 6.0 rebounds but his forte is from the outside where he made 64 treys at a 36% clip this season. He posted 11 games with at least 20 points and that number figures to go up in his final season with the Churchmen. 

Justin Molen, Sr., Hill School
Molen’s been producing at a high level from his early years at Salesianum (Del.), and had no problem adjusting to the high level of play in the MAPL. The 6-6 wing, who does just about everything on the court in some capacity and can play all 5 positions, averaged 14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 3.1 apg for Hill in his only year in Pottstown. Still uncommitted, Molen is one of the best available 2023s in the local market. 

Dante Weise, Sr., George School
Weise is the player who made everything easy for a loaded George School team these past two seasons by setting up the offense and making his presence felt defensively. The 6-1 guard is headed to the College of Saint Rose (N.Y.), in one of the top D-II leagues in the country; as a senior, he averaged 6.5 ppg and 7.0 apg but also recorded 43 steals and took 26 charges on the year. His 210 assists were a George School single-season record and the team went 38-12 overall, including 23-1 at home, during his tenure.

Ryan Williams, Jr., Malvern Prep
Williams is one of the most complete guards in the area and his two years under Paul Romanczuk have turned him into a legitimate Division I prospect. The 6-3 guard electrified the Friars offense by averaging 17.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.8 apg this season. He shot it at a high percentage (44%) and can get hot from deep (50 three-pointers) when the defense falls back behind the arc. He has amassed almost 900 points in his first two years as a starter and, with Phillips moving on, he will be tasked with carrying the offensive load even more next season.

Josh Wyche, Sr., Cristo Rey
Cristo Rey just finished perhaps its best season in program history under Kyle Sample by claiming its first-ever Penn-Jersey championship and Wyche was a major reason why. The 6-7 wing became the first Division I recruit in school history when he committed to Lafayette and he capped out his final high school season by averaging 19 ppg, 11 rpg and 4 apg. He was even better in the postseason with averages of 24 ppg and 11 ppg and heads to join Mike McGarvey’s program hoping to accomplish more firsts.


Fourth Team

Alassane Amadou, Germantown Friends

Alassane Amadou, Sr., SCH Academy
Shaka Smart is getting a player that is peaking at the perfect time as he heads to join a Marquette team fresh off a Big East regular season and tournament title. The 6-9 forward played one season at Quakertown then two at Bishop McDevitt under Will Chavis before arriving at SCH and his shot-blocking ability is what could get him on the court in year one. He aeraged 3.9 bpg and had 17 games where he blocked at least three shots. He also chipped in 8.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg with an offensive game that is catching up to his defensive prowess.

Devin Booker, Soph., Cristo Rey
Booker was the missing piece to Cristo Rey’s unprecedented success this season and he played well alongside Wyche. The 6-5 guard burst onto the scene in his first year of extended time, averaging 24 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.8 bpg. He posted a team-high 25 points in the Penn-Jersey title game against Solebury and could be the next D1 recruit to come out of Cristo Rey.

Bahsil Laster, Jr., Academy New Church
Laster made the most of his first season with ANC after transferring from Archbishop Wood by aiding in the Lions’ run to the FSL title game. The rangy 6-5 guard averaged 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals, and scored in double figures in 22 games. He has the length to shut off passing lanes then uses that size to finish over defenders when he’s attacking the rim. 

IV Pettit, Sr., Phelps School
Pettit was an all-state first team selection after leading Devon Prep to its first PIAA state title last season but he took his game up a notch at Phelps by averaging 15.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.2 spg. That led to his commitment to Chestnut Hill College, where he will bring his score-first mentality that allowed him to knock down 77 3-pointers this season alone, which included making at least one in 23 out of 24 games on the year. 

Bryce Rollerson, Soph., Germantown Academy
After Jordan Longino moved on, the Patriots were searching for their next elite scorer and Rollerson is that guy after a massive sophomore campaign that saw him average 21.1 ppg, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 apg. He’s only 6-foot but he can rack his points in bunches as he did with a career-high 35 points versus Germantown Friends in the Commonwealth Cup semifinals. He’s the primary option in GA’s offense as he tallied 18 20-point performances by showing his range (31 three-pointers) and aggressively attacking the basket (45% shooting this season).

Ife West-Ingram, Sr., Abington Friends
Another former Cheltenham player who found his spot at the next level by playing an additional season, West-Ingram averaged 14.2 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg and 1 bpg and will play at Rider next season. The 6-6 lefty has great length that allows him to drive past or even post up undersized guards. His best game of the season came against Episcopal Academy in the Commonwealth Cup semifinals where he had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds.


Honorable Mention
Luke Bevilacqua, Soph., George School
Reid Belcher, Jr., Friends’ Central
Camden Burns, Sr., SCH Academy
Josh Cameron, Sr., Hill School
Dior Carter, Fr., Academy New Church
Temir Davis, Sr., Friends’ Select
Macon Emory, Jr., Perkiomen School
Darrien Grady, Sr., Shipley School
Silas Graham, 8th, Haverford School
Matt Gilhool, Jr., Westtown
Jayden Forsythe, Soph., Westtown
Isaiah Grimes, Sr., Penn Charter
Justin Houser, Soph., Phelps School
Jarell Keel, Sr., Academy New Church
Isaiah Marshall, Soph., Friends’ Select
Matt Mayock, Sr., Westtown School
Jacob Meachem, Soph., Hill School
Jaren Morton, Sr., SCH Academy
Onyx Nnani, Soph., Phelps School
Trey O’Neil, Jr., Hill School
Fazl Oshodi, Jr., Friends’ Central
Luke Rasmussen, Sr., Haverford School
Kai Shinholster, Soph., Penn Charter
Seyphon Triplett, Sr., Westtown
Nazir Tyler, 8th, Germantown Friends School
Malcolm Wrisby-Jefferson, Sr., Phelps School

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