1996-1997 All State

First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
Robert Griffin St Raphael Jose Resendes Shea
Tim Murphy LaSalle Dave Arundel South Kingstown
Jason Nickerson Hendricken Patrick Nee St Raphael
Toby Brittian South Kingstown David Cabrera Cranston East
Zach Archie Woonsocket Tony Robertson St Andrew's

First Team Player Biographies
Robert Griffin- St. Raphael
The 6-foot Griffin was Mr. Offense for St. Raphael this season and was named Gatorade Player of the Year
 in Rhode Island. Lightning quickness allowed Griffin to blast past defenders to the basket with little trouble.
The Saints' sophomore guard was impossible to defend one-on-one. Griffin also had range from the outside 
and was a deadly three-point shooter (44). He averaged 29 points for the Division I-North champions and 
totaled 755 points this season.
Tim Murphy- La Salle
From start to finish, Murphy was the picture of consistency for La Salle this season. The 6-foot-1 sophomore
guard possessed the maturity of a much older player and became the Rams' leader. Murphy owned a steady
jump shot and he could go to thebasket as well. Always in control, Murphy at times seemed to have icewater
in his veins when the time came to nail a clutch shot. He averaged 22 points for the Rams. Shooting, 
rebounding and passing, Murphy did them all with equal efficiency.
Jason Nickerson- Hendricken
Division I state champion Hendricken was not a flashy team this year. The Hawks had no superstar, but they 
had a very, very good player in Nickerson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore who led the Hawks in scoring with 14 
points per game. His strength and quickness made him Hendricken's leading rebounder with 10 per game. 
Nickerson, for sure, was the Hawks' go-to guy when instant offense was needed. On defense, Nickerson 
was a tower of strength as he clogged the middle and closed down the passing lanes.
Toby Brittian- South Kingstown
The 6-foot-4 leaper was one of the most explosive schoolboy players in Rhode Island. The South 
Kingstown junior could take the ball to the basket and dominate underneath because of his superb leaping 
ability. Brittian averaged 21 points, 10rebounds and 6 blocked shots for the Rebels, who reached the 
Division I state finals. This is Brittian's second consecutive year on the All-State first team. From a year ago, 
Brittian became a better ballhandler and a better shooter on the run. Healso created more shots than he did 
in the previous season.
Zach Archie- Woonsocket
Archie went all-out when he took the court. There never was a game in which the Villa Novans' senior 
forward didn't play hard. He was the heart and soul of a Woonsocket team that reached the Division I 
semifinals before losing a nailbiter to Hendricken. In that game the 6-foot-3 Archie almost derailed the Hawks
 by scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, blocking 4 shots and picking up 5 steals. Archie's quick hands, 
speed and strength helped him to average 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals for the season.