Baltimore Catholic League honors award recipients (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
The Baltimore Catholic League managed to have – albeit shortened – its 50th anniversary season in the late winter. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCL did not have its traditional awards luncheon, but Wednesday evening inside of Calvert Hall’s Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, the award winners were officially recognized in a brief ceremony.
Archbishop Spalding junior forward Cameron Whitmore was the Baltimore Catholic League’s Player of the Year. He’s the first Cavalier player to be named the BCL’s top player since Rudy Gay in 2004.
Whitmore, 6-foot-6, is the first underclassmen selected the Jerry Savage Award recipient (BCL Player of the Year) since former Mount St. Joseph and University of Maryland star Jalen Smith in 2017. He was joined on the BCL first-team by Khyrie Staten and freshman Derik Queen from St. Frances, Deon Perry (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), D’Angelo Stines from Mount St. Joseph and John Carroll School’s Jalen Bryant, who helped the Patriots to the BCL Tournament championship as the No. 6 seed.
St. Frances coach Nick Myles was selected the Ray O. Mullis recipient as Coach of the Year. Myles, who was previously selected in 2018, guided the East Baltimore school to its record 11th regular season championship.
Loyola Blakefield’s Gavin Walsh was named Most Improved Player (Cokey Robertson Award). Our Lady of Mount Carmel center Kevin Kalu won Defensive Player of the Year (Mark Amatucci Award).
2021 BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE AWARDS/TEAMS
Player of the Year (Jerry Savage Award) – Cameron Whitmore, Archbishop Spalding
Defensive Player of the Year (Mark Amatucci Award) – Kevin Kalu, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Most Improved Player (Cokey Robertson Award) – Gavin Walsh, Loyola Blakefield
Coach of the Year (O. Ray Mullis Award) – Nick Myles, St. Frances Academy
Jalen Bryant, John Carroll School, senior
Deon Perry, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, junior
Derik Queen, St. Frances Academy, freshman
Khyrie Staten, St. Frances Academy, senior
D’Angelo Stines, Mount St. Joseph, senior
Mike Williams, Calvert Hall College, sophomore
Kevin Kalu, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, senior
Toby Nnadozie, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, senior
Julian Reese, St. Frances Academy, senior
Cam Smith, Loyola Blakefield, senior
Bryson Tucker, Mount St. Joseph, freshman
Gavin Walsh, Loyola Blakefield, junior
Honorable mention – Tyson Commander, John Carroll School; Ausar Crawley, Mount St. Joseph; Jordan Green, St. Maria Goretti; Vincent Payne, St. Maria Goretti; Jordan Pennick, Archbishop Spalding; Ty Peterson, Archbishop Spalding; Cesar Tchilombo, John Carroll School
Dave Kropfelder “Never, Never Quit” Awards – Chris Abissi, St. Maria Goretti; Jalen Bouknight, Archbishop Spalding; Sean Carr, Mount St. Joseph; John Dixon, Loyola Blakefield; Jaiden Jakubowski, John Carroll School; Dominick McKinney-George, Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Caleb Obannon, St. Frances Academy; Jason Ogbolu, Calvert Hall College