1984-1985 All State

First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
Michael Adams St Raphael Keith Anderson Rogers
Derrick Scurry Woonsocket Brian Daily Davies
Mark Ceseretti Our Lady of Providence Paul Gonsalves West Warwick
Julius Sacko Classical Ben Hopkins Ponaganset 
Scott Jablonski Cranston West Dan McConaghy LaSalle

First Team Player Recap

As any basketball fan knows, the number of points a player scores does not necessarily indicate that player's overall ability.But in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League this year the best all-around players were the ones who scored the most points. Michael Adams of St. Raphael, Derrick Scurry of Woonsocket and Mark Ceseretti of Our Lady of Providence, the three Class A-One Division stars who finished 1-2-3 in scoring in the state, lead the Journal-Bulletin All-State teamThey are joined by Julius Sacko, the sensational sophomore from Classical who led his team to its second straight state championship, and Scott Jablonski of Cranston West, the leading scorer in Class B-Two.

Earning second-team berths are Dan McConaghy of La Salle's Class A-One champion team, Keith Anderson of Rogers, Paul Gonsalves of West Warwick and two Class C stars, Ben Hopkins of Ponaganset and Brian Daily of Davies.

Adams was the leading scorer in the state almost from the first game. With each game the St. Raphael star added to his reputation as one of the best all-around athletes in the state - he was an All-State receiver in the fall when he helped the Saints to the state football championship. For much of the season, Adams'average was at or above 30 points per game, but he was slowed down by injuries late in the league season and "settled" for a 26.9 mark. He did it while playing at least some of the time out of position. A natural guard at 6-foot-2, he often moved into the frontcourt to help on the boards because of the Saints' lack of height. Adams has not yet made a decision on college, in part because he has not yet decided whether to concentrate of football or basketball - or attempt to do both.

One player who had his first chance to play his natural position - forward - and benefited from it was Woonsocket's Scurry. The rugged 6-6, 210-pounder who last week announced his intention to attend Utica College, a Division One school in New York, had been a second team All-Stater as a sophomore and a first-team selection as a junior, both at center. But with the emergence of 6-6 Walter Lindsey on his team, Scurry was moved to a wing by his coach, Carl Chiulli, and displayed an excellent shooting touch in the 12-15-foot range.He finished second in the state in scoring with an average of 24.3 points. Among other accomplishments, he scored in double figures in every game in which he played in each of the last two seasons.

The only other player to challenge for the state scoring crown was Our Lady of Providence's Ceseretti, who took third place at 23.6 points-per-game. Ceseretti was rated as the best pure shooter to come along in the state in some time. (His coach at OLP, Joe Hassett Sr., at times compared him to a shooter of some repute named Joe Hassett Jr., of La Salle Academy, Providence College and NBA fame.) Ceseretti, a 6-2 guard, compiled his statistics despite double- and triple-teaming in gadget defenses used by opposiing coaches. Also a fine baseball player (pitcher-first baseman), Ceseretti is planning on attending Stonehill College.

While Adams, Scurry and Ceseretti all had strong seasons, the one Class A player who put the most important achievement on the board - leading his team to the state championship - was Classical's super soph, Sacko. The muscular 6-3 forward averaged 16.8 points in pacing Classical to a co-championship with Mount Pleasant in Class A-Two before taking the Purple to its second straight state title. "I know Adams and Ceseretti and Scurry are great players, but I think if you asked the coaches in the state which one player they'd like if they could start a team, it would be Sacko," says Classical coach Don Pastine.

Cranston West's Jablonski broke up the Class A domination of the top team with a season-long performance in which he was as productive and as consistent as any player in the state. The 6-6 center not only dominated the rebounding but produced every night on offense, with a season low of 12 points and a high of 32. He averaged 21.1 points, sixth highest in the state. His play carried Cranston West to a 14-2 record and the Class B-Two championship. Jablonski has not made a final decision on college but is leaning toward Bentley College