In addition to Daily Times Player of the Year Mahir Johnson, the rest of the All-Delco team includes:
Austin Tilghman, Archbishop Carroll: The senior point guard was one of the best floor generals in the county this season in leading the Patriots to a 23-5 record and the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA tournament. Tilghman, who transferred to Carroll after three years at St. Andrew's in Delaware, was a big part of that, averaging 10.2 points per game. Tilghman's scoring ability, though, was only a portion of his value to the team. He averaged 4.5 assists per game and had an assist-to-turnover ratio greater than 2-to-1. He nearly accounted for as many steals (51) as turnovers (53). He scored in double-figures in 18 of 28 games, including five of the Patriots' six playoff games. Tilghman went off for 18 points in a December matchup with national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, which the Patriots lost in overtime after Tilghman had fouled out. Tilghman's best game of the season came in a 64-58 loss to Neumann-Goretti Jan. 28 in which he scored a season-high 25 points and almost single-handedly led his team to victory. Tilghman, a third-team all-state selection for Class AAA, has committed to play basketball at Monmouth University.
Malik Jackson, Penn Wood: Jackson was the heartbeat of a Patriots team that clinched its first Del Val League title since 2010. The junior guard was the main threat on offense, averaging 19.4 points per game, a huge chunk of the production for a team averaging a shade over 60 points per game. Jackson was the county's best 3-point shooter, canning 66 triples, including eight in a 57-46 loss to New York powerhouse Our Savior in a game in which he scored 32 points. Jackson topped the 30-point mark three times. That 32-point outing came in one of his hottest streaks of the season, Jackson scoring a season-high 34 points the game prior against Flint Hill (Va.) and following it with 29 points against Marshall Academy (N.Y.).
Tyrell Sturdivant, Chester: The transfer from Glasgow (Del.) was the man in the middle for Chester's run to the District One Class AAAA championship and the PIAA semifinals. Sturdivant averaged 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, joining Johnson as the only double-figures scorer for the Clippers this season. A defensive monster, he also averaged 2.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game. Sturdivant shot 66.8 percent from the free throw line in a county-best 193 attempts at the charity stripe for a Chester team that led the county by shooting 72.8 percent from the line. He scored in double-figures in 26 games this season, none more dominant than his performance in the District One title game in which he burned Pennsbury for 17 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks and four steals.
Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll: The junior forward and two-time All-Delco fulfilled his potential as one of the most exciting players in the state. A first-team all-state selection in Class AAA, Jones averaged 15.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and a hair over two blocks per game. He scored in double-figures in 25 of Carroll's 28 games, highlighted by a 28-point outburst in a December win over New York's Bishop Loughlin. He posted 12 double-doubles, including four in the playoffs, highlighted by a 24-point, 13-rebound outing against Archbishop Wood in the Catholic League quarterfinals. He averaged 16.7 points per game in the postseason.
Christian Irons, Interboro: Long touted as one of the most talented players in the Del Val League, the senior forward finally had a healthy season to show his stuff. Irons averaged 17.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for an Interboro team that finished 11-10 and narrowly missed a playoff berth. He filled the stat sheet with 5.1 assists and 2.1 blocks per game. Irons scored in double figures in all but two games, including a stretch of 11 straight contests to conclude the season. He topped the 20-point mark seven times, highlighted by a 29-point outburst again Neshaminy in December. He had 18 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in the Bucs' upset of Chester in February, the school's first win over the Clippers in 44 years. Irons was the only Buc to average over 11 points per game this season, accounting for 32.4 percent of their scoring. Irons, who was limited by injuries to just six games as a junior, finishes his career with 1,210 points, fourth-best in school history. He is considering several junior colleges to continue his playing career.