In his three-year career at John Carroll, senior guard Kimbal Mackenzie has significantly grown as a player and a teammate.
In his sophomore season, he was a resourceful role player who showed early signs of being special. As a junior, his role and productivity further expanded. And this season, he became the Patriots' unquestioned leader.
Averaging 14.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while also bringing valuable intangibles that the numbers don't show, Mackenzie was named the Baltimore Catholic League's Jerry Savage Player of the Year at the league's annual awards ceremony Monday at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville.
"Truly it's a testament to my coaches and my teammates. They give me the confidence, the freedom and they're the ones preparing with me preseason, and it's a testament to them because without them, I wouldn't be able to do the things I do," Mackenzie said. "It's a great honor. Obviously, our ultimate goal is to win the championship, but it's always nice to see your hard work pay off and get an award like this."
Mount Carmel's Tom Rose, whose Cougars (26-7) are enjoying a breakthrough season, was selected as the O. Ray Mullis Coach of the Year. The Cougars won 19 straight games to methodically climb to the No. 1 spot in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 poll before falling to Calvert Hall, 71-68, in Sunday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
"It's a lot of people [who] allowed this to happen. It's a great group of assistant coaches, a great group of players, support from my administration," Rose said. "Even though it has my name on it, it's a team award and it means a lot."
Also recognized was Mount Carmel junior center David Erebor, chosen as the Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year, and Calvert Hall junior forward Justin Gorham, who was named the Cokey Robertson Most Improved Player.
All the selections were made based on voting from league coaches and select media members. The BCL tournament will start with the quarterfinal round Thursday and continue through Monday's title game, set for 7 p.m. at Towson University.
Below are the rest of the league's honorees.
All-BCL first team
• Kimbal Mackenzie, John Carroll, senior
• Will Jenkins III, Mount Carmel, senior
• Drew Edwards, Calvert Hall, senior
• Daquan Bracey, St. Frances, junior
• Nico Clareth, Calvert Hall, senior
All-BCL second team
• Randy Miller, Mount St. Joseph, junior
• Tobias Christensen, St. Maria Goretti, senior
• Elijah Long, John Carroll, senior
• Evan Phoenix, Calvert Hall, senior
• Ameka Akaya, St. Maria Goretti, junior
All-BCL third team
• Josh Ayeni, St. Frances, senior
• Frank Webb Jr., Mount Carmel, senior
• Justin Gorham, Calvert Hall, junior
• Brian Jefferson, Mount Carmel, senior
• Montez Mathis, Mount Carmel, freshman
• Kurk Lee Jr., St. Frances
• Khalil Richard, St. Frances
• Justin Kane, Archbishop Spalding
• Andrew Fava, Loyola Blakefied
• Ryan Floyd, Loyola Blakefield
Dave Kropfelder Never, Never Quit Awards
(selected by each team's coach)
• Christian Plowman, Archbishop Spalding
• TJ Duckett, Calvert Hall
• Mateus Maccieri, John Carroll
• Ryan Floyd, Loyola Blakefield
• Lloyd Meeks, Mount Carmel
• Jalen Smith, Mount St. Joseph
• Tairik Johnson, St. Frances
• Connor Zinaich, St. Maria Goretti