Two stellar New York high school boys basketball players — Andre Curbelo and Payton Shumpert — have earned distinguished recognitions today.
Long Island Lutheran’s Curbelo, who’s committed to Illinois, garnered News Day’s Long Island Player of the Year honor for the second consecutive season, while Payton Shumpert of Jamesville DeWitt High School in Syracuse, New York, picked up the Empire Division Player of the Year award.
Curbelo is a four-star recruit who is listed as a six-foot-one, 175-pound senior point guard originally from Puerto Rico. He averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 boards, and 6.2 helpers per contest this year for the Crusaders.
While at Long Island Lutheran High School last season, Curbelo guided the Crusaders to the 2019 New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class AA crown while posting an 18-0 record against in-state competition.
Shumpert is a six-foot-five senior small forward who possesses a smooth jump shot that had him dropping in a ton of points while at Dewitt. He drained an average of 20.59 points per game during the 2109-20 campaign.
Additionally, Shumpert led the No. 2 Red Rams to a 73-68 win over fourth-seeded Bishop Grimes in the Class A sectional final last year, by scoring 24 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing five assists and making three blocks.
— Jerry Del Priore