2017 Mass Prep Stars Boys Public Basketball Player of the Year: Dimon Carrigan ‘17 - Cambridge R&L
Dimon Carrigan of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School is our 2016-2017 Massachusetts Prep Stars Boys Public School Player of the Year.
Carrigan helped lead Cambridge to their second consecutive Division 1 State Championship on Saturday, as he scored 21 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked 9 shots in a resounding victory over Franklin.
Carrigan’s post presence made it impossible for teams to have success going to the basket, as he combined his ability to defend the rim with his ability to run the floor, earning him the honor of being the State's top defender and Most Valuable Player.
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Carrigan ends his career as part of a 45 consecutive victory, 2-Time Division 1 State Championship Cambridge Rindge and Latin team.
“It is just an amazing feeling to know we made history,” Carrigan told Mass Prep Stars after the season concluded and the win set in. “Having the whole Cambridge community come out and support us is something that words cannot even describe.”
Carrigan elevated his play each year and established himself as the most dominant post defensive player in the State over the past two seasons. His improved play on both ends of the court was paramount to the Falcons elite success.
"He’s probably the best player in this area,” Cambridge Rindge and Latin head coach Lance Dottin told our Nate Weitzer after the Falcons' Eastern Mass. champiosnhip win.
Carrigan, who averaged 10.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game during the regualr season, lifted his play when it mattered most, as he averaged 15.6 points, 17.2 rebounds and 7.8 blocks a game in postseason tournament play.
“Watching Dimon over the last three years has been incredible," Coach Dottin said after their state championship win. "He’s evolved so much and his ceiling is even higher. I’m really surprised that a lot of Division 1 schools haven’t been as interested, but for us, he’s been a game changer in that he blocks shots, he changes shots, and while no one can compare to Patrick [Ewing], he gave us a chance for three state championships as well.”
Carrigan lauded his coach for his development, as well.
“Coach Dottin has helped me so much,” Carrigan said. “He would give me a planner every summer to work with and he invested so much of his time in me. I trusted “the process” and it paid off.”
Carrigan earned the 2016-2017 Dual County League Large Co-MVP award prior to postseason, with classmate and fellow Mass Prep Stars first team member Jakigh Dottin. This special group of seniors also featured Kareem Octavien at shooting guard and UMaine bound (football) forward Daniel Rymer.
“My guys it held it down all year,” Carrigan said about his teammates. “It’s awesome to know that we (senior classmates) have been together for so long and we formed a brotherhood.”
Be sure to check out the fantastic piece on Carrigan, Dottin and the link to Cambridge basketball history, by our Nate Weitzer.
Also, be sure to check out the fantastic video by LWproductions
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