Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard and Messalonskee of Oakland’s Nick Mayo, winners of the state’s top individual awards in their sport, lead the 60th annual BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Team.
Other first-teamers are Hampden Academy’s Nick Gilpin, Jack Simonds of Falmouth and Stephen Alex of Portland.
Second-team honorees are Justin Martin of Winslow, Kevin Weisser of Windham, Ben Malloy of Bonny Eagle of Standish, Nicholas DePatsy of Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Ian Mileikis of Edward Little of Auburn.
Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills of South Paris, Riley Robinson of Dirigo of Dixfield, Eric Hoogterp of Old Town, Brendan McIntyre of Hampden and Shyheim Ulrickson of Mount Ararat of Topsham comprise the third team.
The team is selected through voting by coaches, administrators, media and other observers.
MAYO, the 2015 Maine Gatorade player of the year, also earned Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A POY honors after posting league-leading averages in scoring, rebounds and blocks.
“Mayo was a physically imposing and dominating player,” said Edward Little coach Mike Adams of the 6-foot-8 forward, a Mr. Basketball finalist headed for Division I Eastern Kentucky this fall. “He altered almost every shot taken in the paint this year.
“His offensive skill and ability required special attention and game planning to prepare for — some of which never mattered as he is so big, strong and skilled that even if your players executed your game plan he could still get a shot he wanted.”
BOUCHARD, Maine’s 2015 Mr. Basketball, earned BDN All-Maine accolades for the third year after a senior campaign that epitomized his career at Houlton.
The 6-5 forward led the Shiretowners in points and assists for four consecutive seasons while propelling coach Rob Moran’s club to the 2014 Class C state championship and three Eastern Maine final appearances. Bouchard posted career totals of 1,815 points, 725 rebounds and 326 assists.
“He not only was a complete stat-sheet person, he also was a great defender,” said Houlton coach Rob Moran.
GILPIN’s expanded role helped Hampden win its second Class A state title in three years.
The first-team KVAC all-star led Hampden in scoring, rebounds and assists while shooting 83 percent from the free-throw line,
“The thing that’s unique about Nick is that he can dominate a basketball game while taking just 10 or 12 shots,” said Hampden coach Russ Bartlett of the 6-3 junior guard. “He’s worth 30 to 35 points a game between his points and the points he creates for us.”
SIMONDS joined Bouchard as a third-year BDN All-Maine honoree after leading Falmouth to the Western A final.
The 6-6 forward, a three-time Western Maine Conference first-team all-star, tied the Western A single-game tournament record with 42 points during a semifinal victory over South Portland.
“Jack is a very smart and disciplined player who makes players around him better,” said Falmouth coach Dave Halligan of Simonds, a Mr. Basketball finalist bound for Bowdoin College. “He’s a tough matchup for teams because of his size and his ability to shoot from the perimeter, get to the rim and play inside.”
ALEX, the lone returning starter from Portland’s 2014 Class A state championship team, added a leadership role to his play on the court as the Bulldogs won their second straight Western Maine title.
The 6-3 guard was named the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s co-player of the year after leading the league in steals and ranking among its top scorers.
“He’s one of the best open-court players that the state has seen in a long time,” said Portland coach Joe Russo.
Alex will attend Bridgton Academy this fall.
MARTIN earned All-KVAC Class B honors after ranking among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds and blocks while leading Winslow to the Eastern B final.
“His inside and outside game presents opponents with match-up problems,” said Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy. “He plays both ends of the floor and is very unselfish, very athletic, he can get to the rim and finish.”
The 6-6 forward will play next winter at Bangor’s Husson University.
WEISSER was selected SMAA Co-Player of the Year with an inside-outside game that led the league in blocked shots and ranked second with 49 made 3-point shots.
“Kevin is one of the best shooters I have ever coached. His high-arced shot always looks like it is going in,” said Windham coach Kevin Millington of the 6-4 forward. “He added some strength this offseason and was able to expand his game by taking it to the basket more.
“He is also a great long defender who could defend both bigs and guards. He has developed into an all-around star.”
MALLOY was one of the state’s top marksmen, concluding his four-year Bonny Eagle career with 200 3-pointers.
“It’s pretty remarkable that more than half his points came from behind the arc,” said former Bonny Eagle coach Phil Bourassa of Malloy, a four-year varsity player who totaled 1,058 points.
The 6-2 guard led the Scots in scoring, rebounds and assists to earn All-SMAA recognition. He will continue his playing career at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.
DEPATSY helped Medomak Valley win its second Eastern B championship in three seasons.
The two-time KVAC Class B first-team all-star and Eastern B tournament most valuable player is approaching 1,000 career points — aided by a school-record 48-point outburst against Belfast this season.
“He is very unselfish, he puts his team first,” said his father, Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy. “He has great vision on the court, doesn’t make many mistakes, understands the game and is a complete player who makes players around him better. He had a great year.”
MILEIKIS missed nearly all his junior season with a broken leg but returned to earn first-team All-KVAC Class A first-team honors for Edward Little.
“He’s a winner, and he’s got the courage to make winning plays late in the game when it matters most,” said Bartlett of the 6-2 guard. “He has the ability to make big shots, and he’s got a level of toughness to him that any coach would love.”
FLEMING ranked among the KVAC leaders in scoring and rebounds while also pacing Oxford Hills in steals. The 6-6 junior already has received received offers from the University of Maine, Stonehill and Bentley, according to Oxford Hills coach Scott Graffam.
ROBINSON was one of the state’s top scorers while leading Dirigo to the Western Maine Class C title. The 6-2 junior swingman broke former Notre Dame center Tom Knight’s school career scoring record en route to being named Mountain Valley Conference player of the year.
HOOGTERP followed up a junior season when he helped Old Town win the Class B state championship with a strong senior year for the Coyotes. The 6-2 senior guard was one of the Big East Conference leaders in scoring, assists and steals and earned all-league first-team status.
MCINTYRE was a stellar complement to Gilpin for Hampden Academy. The 6-3 junior forward shot 35 percent from 3-point land and 63 percent on 2-point tries during a season he capped off with game-high totals of 22 points and 12 rebounds in the Class A state final.
ULRICKSON ranked second among KVAC Class A scorers for Mount Ararat. The 5-10 junior guard shot 44 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and was an 83 percent free-throw shooter while earning All-KVAC honors for the Eagles.