2016-17 HSQBRank All-World First Team

It’s finally time to name the rest of the All-World team.

As a reminder, Player of the Year Jakob Myers of Naperville North is one of the ten winners of this award. Below the jump, the other nine members are announced. Congratulations to these players and their teams.

Colin Cantwell, senior
Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts

Colin paced the #16 ranked Minutemen in individual scoring this year. His efforts include guiding them to tournament championships at the MIT Beaver Academic Tournament, the MIT Fall Tournament, the Phillips Academy Fall Tournament, and the Marlborough Academic Team Challenge, and at all of those tournaments he was the leading individual scorer. Per my records, Colin’s Lexington teams went 43-0 prior to last weekend’s NAQT HSNCT, and there they went 12-3 on the way to a tied for ninth finish. Colin was also the 24th highest scorer at that event.

Colin was named to the second team of last year’s All-World teams. He’s the first player from Massachusetts to ever make the first team.

Robert Crawford, junior
Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi, Michigan

While the world’s top ranked team featured a very equipotent team, Robert was arguably the most important player amongst them. DCC’s top three performances by aPPB this year came at the Shatyaronyah tournament and both days of the Texas Invitational. At those three tournaments, Robert was the leading player for DCC A in terms of PPG once and was second twice (narrowly missing out on a second time leading in scoring by less than 1 PPG). I believe these performances earned him this position.

Robert is the fourth player from DCC to be named to the first team in the three year history of HSQBRank’s All-World teams. This is his first time being recognized on the All-World teams.

William Golden, sophomore
James E. Taylor High School, Katy, Texas

William’s rapid rise to stardom continues, as he was the driving force of the #7 team. He was the leading scorer for the TQBA State Championship as Taylor finished third. Taylor’s tournament wins with William include the TQBA Bluebonnet Bowl, the second day of the Texas Invitational, and the Rice University Spring Tournament. He also won four individual scoring titles at tournaments. He was also the 13th highest scorer at HSNCT, where James E. Taylor finished tied for fifth.

This is the second time William has been named to the All-World first team.

Rahul Keyal, senior
Westview High School, San Diego, California

If anyone would have taken the Player of the Year title from Jakob Myers, it would have been Rahul. Rahul had a similar résumé to Jakob, with a slightly smaller share of his team’s individual scoring for a team that finished one spot behind Jakob’s at number nine. Under Rahul’s leadership, Westview won five tournaments, including the Triton Pre-Nationals Tournament, the Torrey Pines Academic Invitational and the Baby Anteater. Of the nine regular season tournaments he competed in, Rahul was a top three individual scorer eight times.

Rahul was previously named to the All World second team last season. He’s the first player from Westview to earn first team recognition.

Matthew Lehmann, senior
Barrington High School, Barrington, Illinois

Barrington finished the regular season ranked sixth in the world, and Matthew was a major reason for that. Matthew was the lead scorer for the Barrington team that finished second at the NAQT Illinois State Championship. Matthew was consistently a top 10 scorer at tournaments with a very deep talent pool and won the overall scoring title at the Earlybird at the University of Illinois. The worst finish they had in the regular season with Matthew playing was fourth at Day 1 of the Texas Invitational, where the field featured 14 very strong teams from five different states.

Matthew previously earned honorable mention recognition in 2016. He’s the first player from Barrington to earn a spot on the first team.

Ali Saeed, senior
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois

Of the six regular season tournaments in my database that Ali played in, Stevenson won three of them, and Ali was their leading scorer each time. This includes the Loyola Ultima, where Ali was the leading individual scorer for the entire field and he was able to win the tournament with only the help of one teammate (Nathan Cha).

Ali earned honorable mention honors in 2016. He’s the first player from Stevenson to be named to the first team.

Alex Schmidt, junior
Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley was a very busy team on its way to a 19th place finish in my national rankings. Of the nine tournaments they played with Alex listed on a roster, Alex won the overall individual scoring title eight times. Lehigh Valley also won four of those tournaments, which is impressive considering some of the strong fields they competed in. Alex was one of the most consistent players this past season in terms of having individual success while still helping his team succeed.

Alex is the first player from Pennsylvania to be named to the All-World first team.

Joe Stitz, senior
Washington High School, Washington, Missouri

Washington High finished 18th in the pre-nationals set of rankings. My data set includes 11 tournaments they competed in with Joe Stitz playing. Of those tournaments, Joe was the field’s leading individual scorer for six of them. More importantly, Washington High won 10 of those events and Joe was easily the leading scorer for those teams each time.

Joe is the first player from Missouri to be named to the All-World first team.

Luke Tierney, senior
Hunter College High School, New York, New York

With Hunter’s second place finish in the pre-nationals rankings, Luke Tierney was the #1 factor behind their success. I have 12 regular season tournaments where Luke played for Hunter, and he rarely finished outside of the top three individual scorers overall at those events, with five of those events ending with Luke winning the overall individual high scorer. The success wasn’t limited to the individual level, as Hunter won nine of those 12 tournaments. And that doesn’t include their second consecutive HSNCT championship from last weekend.

Luke was previously named to the second team for the 2016 season. This is the first time a player from New York has earned first team recognition.


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