2015-2016 All State

Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association
Providence Journal
First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
David Duke Classical Jarron Santos East Providence
Justin Mazzulla Hendricken Leonard Williams Mount Pleasant
Michael McCourt La Salle Chris Herren Portsmouth
Jacee Hamelin Westerly Lawrence Sabir La Salle
Nathan Patenaude Smithfield Jason Palmer Narragansett

First Team Player Biographies
David Duke- Classical

One of this season’s breakout stars, Duke helped lead Classical to a Division I championship and a berth in the state tournament semifinals. He poured in 26 points in the D-I title game win over eventual state champion Hendricken, part of a playoff push that saw Duke improve from 15.2 points per game through the regular season to 20.7 per game in six postseason contests.

Justin Mazzulla- Hendricken
The Hawks clinched their ninth state title since 2003-04 thanks in no small part to the junior guard, who was named state Gatorade Player of the Year and the state tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Hendricken bounced back from a loss to Classical in the Division I title game by allowing an average of 45.8 points over its next four. Mazzulla’s length on the perimeter helped key the Hawks’ defensive effort, and the career 1,000-point scorer also averaged 16.0 points per game at the offensive end.

Michael McCourt- La Salle
The career 1,000-point scorer saved his best performances for La Salle’s toughest opponents, as the Rams won the outright Division I regular-season title and secured the No. 1 overall seed in the state tournament. McCourt’s 44-point triple-double in a double-overtime regular season win against Hendricken was nothing short of sensational, and he added 23 points in both a regular-season win over Smithfield and La Salle’s state final defeat against the Hawks. McCourt closed at a team-best 16.8 points per game.

Jacee Hamelin- Westerly
A second-team All-State selection last season, Hamelin led Westerly to another state tournament berth and became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the process with 1,689 career points. Playing less as an outright scorer and more as an all-around facilitator, Hamelin still averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds and lifted the Bulldogs to a 24-3 overall mark. His last high school game was an impressive 36-point performance in a state tournament quarterfinal loss to Division I champion Classical.

Nathan Patenaude- Smithfield

The senior forward helped lead Smithfield to its finest season in more than a decade, powering the Sentinels to the semifinals in both the Division I and state tournaments. The athletic left-hander was a force in the paint and on the perimeter, topping Smithfield in points per game (15.4), field goals made (135) and free throws made (68) while chipping in 16 3-pointers. Patenaude was also a model of consistency, scoring in double figures in all 23 games he played this season.