1988-1989 All State

First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
Paul Yankee Cumberland Donovan Beckel Smithfield
Jim Dickinson Lincoln Matt D'Ambra North Providence
Mike Narcavage Hendricken Chris Dux East Greenwich
Mike Sanders Hope Floyd Graham North Providence
Chuck Palumbo West Warwick Joe Nimley LaSalle

First Team Player Recap

Paul Yankee of Cumberland and Jim Dickinson of Lincoln, neighbors who were frequent rivals on the basketball court even though their teams played in different divisions, head this year's Journal-Bulletin Interscholastic League boys' All-State basketball team. They are joined by Mike Narcavage, the leader of Hendricken's state championship team, and two of the highest scorers in the state, Mike Sanders of Hope and Chuck Palumbo of West Warwick.

The second team is led by two North Providence stars, Floyd Graham and Matt D'Ambra. Chris Dux of East Greenwich, Joe Nimley of La Salle and Donovan Beckel of Smithfield and also made the team.

Yankee is piling up honors for the work he did in leading Cumberland to its first Class A regular-season title. The lean, 6-foot-2 guard finished with tremendous all-around numbers - 21.3 points and 8 rebounds per game while playing most of the season at the big guard spot, plus 6 assists and 5 steals per game. Yankee has been selected as Rhode Island's Player-of-the-Year by both the Naismith Award Program and the Gatorade All-American program, and is one of 15 New England finalists for McDonald's All-American honors. Yankee is a Division One prospect because of his ability to play all phases of the game. He is a fine outside shooter, but his forte is driving to the basket where he can use his uncanny one-on-one moves to best advantage.

Dickinson became of the top sports stories of the year in the league when he moved from a questionable participant because of injuries, to one of Rhode Island's most highly recruited players. The 7-foot center averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in leading Lincoln to the regular-season crown in Class B-One. In the playoffs, he sparked the Lions to the Class B playoff title and earned MVP honors by averaging 21 points per game. Included in his work was a 26-point, 15-rebound, 5-blocked shot effort in a semifinal victory over North Providence. Dickinson began the season as an unknown because injuries had prevented him from attending the summer camps frequented by college scouts. But the number of college coaches watching him grew as the playoffs moved along. Providence College and Seton Hall from the Big East and Hofstra are among those most seriously recruiting Dickinson, an honor-roll student who also is a fine baseball pitcher.

While Dickinson was earning MVP honors for leading his team to the Class B playoff title, Narcavage was doing the same in guiding Hendricken to the Class A crown. The 6-3 swingman led the Hawks' balanced offense with a 16.3 scoring average. An excellent outside shooter, he also led the team in three-point hoops. But he did more than score. "Technically, he was our small forward," coach Steve Ceseretti said of Narcavage. "But the way we ran our offense it often looked like a three-guard set. Mike helped as the third guard. The thing is, though, that with Mike we asked him to go inside a lot to help with the rebounding and he did that, too."

Sanders is the point guard on the top team. The quick, 5-11 senior can also score. He averaged 21 points in leading the Blue Wave to an 11-7 record in Class A. "He carried us in the first half of the season until we had a couple of kids become eligible for us," Hope coach Jerry Morgan said. Beyond scoring, though, Sanders was even more effective in taking control of the game and setting up teammates. Equally importantly, he earned a reputation as one of the state's best defensive players by causing tremendous problems for opponents in getting the ball across midcourt.

Palumbo, a rugged 6-5 center, carried West Warwick to the crown in Class B-Two, perhaps the most competitive division in the state. He averaged 21.3 points, 14.1 rebounds and had 33 blocked shots. While blessed with great talent, West Warwick coach Dan Sylvester says Palumbo has become a star because he devoted himself to the game. "He works," Sylvester said. "He's a rebounder. He really works the boards. On offense, he knows all the inside moves." Palumbo continues a string of Wizard All-Staters under Sylvester. The string includes Tommy Garrick, now playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA.