Christian Fermin has carved out a place among the best male basketball players in the history of Pocono Mountain West High School and Monroe County.
Not that he needs another accolade to enhance his legacy, but Fermin received another honor on Sunday when the Pennsylvania sportswriters unveiled the Class 6A all-state team and the VCU commitment is became the first player in program history to achieve first-team status.
“It’s quite an honor for Christian to be selected to the first team this year after making the second team last year,” Panthers coach Rich Williams said. “It was one of his goals to make the first team this year as a senior and it’s always nice as a manager to see one of your players achieve one of his goals and something he worked so hard for.”
The Morning Call co-players of the year, Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Fermin and Brendan Boyle, both earned first-team spots, with Boyle being recognized in the Class 3A team last week .
Xavier Spears of Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg, Kobe Magee of Executive Education, Liam Joyce and Tyson Thomas of Allentown Central Catholic and Edixon Gomez of Bethlehem Catholic round out the local players to receive honors from all Lehigh Valley states during the 2021-22 season.
While Class 6A was filled with great candidates, including players from all Morning Call regions such as Allen’s Nate Ellis, Northampton’s Isaac Harris and Lucas Lesko, and Parkland’s Nick Coval and Will Meeker, the numbers from Fermin were breathtaking.
The Eastern Conference MVP from Pennsylvania averaged 21.7 points, 14.5 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 60% from 2-point range and had 23 3-point shots, including the memorable hat-trick at the end of regulation that forced overtime against Northampton in the District 11 6A semi-final.
Along the way, he broke the school record for points scored in a game (36, held by three players). He scored 43 of 21 on 25 shooting against Pocono Mountain East on Jan. 13 and a week later had 37 points and 20 rebounds against Dieruff.
He also had triple doubles against Reading (16 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocks) and Emmaüs (25 points, 20 rebounds, 10 blocks).
Fermin finished his career with the highest average in school history (16.5) and was also No. 1 in rebounding (753), blocks (283) and triple-doubles (5) .
“I don’t know how many kids were selected twice across all states, but I guess that’s not a long list,” Williams said. “It’s a big deal and I’m super proud of him because it couldn’t happen to a better kid, a better person. He’s a real testament to the fact that if you’re blessed with a few gifts and you work your rear end really good things will happen to you he will get a banner in our gymnasium as an all state selection twice and i honestly think he would have been the first team all state selection but COVID-19 really limited what we could do.
Williams believes the only other player in West’s 20-year basketball history to earn first-team honors was Jackie Benitez.
As for former All-State Boys, West had Jalen Vaughns, who made second team in 2017, Quindell Brice was a third team pick in 2012, and Tynell Fortune was third team in 2011.
“So we’ve had four different players in all states and now Christian is giving us five different seasons where a player has won that kind of honor,” Williams said. “When you consider that we’ve only been around for about 20 years, that’s pretty impressive. I’m sure you could go through the list and go through schools that have been around for 50 to 100 years that don’t have as many guys as we had and that’s something that I’m sure Brad [Pensyl, Williams’ predecessor] and echoes my sentiments in saying how proud we are of it.
Williams said Fermin was spending the weekend at the IS8 NIKE AAU Basketball Tournament in New York and what made him happiest was that West teammate Juju Pagan was also going to play.
“It’s a big opportunity for Juju, and Christian was actually happier for him than for him because it’s a pretty big step,” Williams said. “That’s the kind of kid Christian is. That’s why he’s such a cool kid. I’m not saying there aren’t other kids like him. I’m sure there are. But kids like him are rare and my staff and I are so grateful to have him in our program and can’t wait to see what he does at VCU.
CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TEAMS
Daniel Skillings, 6-foot-6, senior, Roman Catholic (player of the year)
Christian Fermin, 6-foot-10, senior, Pocono Mountain West
Demetrius Lilley, 6-foot-9, senior, Lower Merion
Ruben Rodriguez, 6-foot-1, junior, reading
Devin Carney, 6-foot-1, senior, butler
Xzayvier Brown, 6-foot-1, junior, Roman Catholic
Justin Moore, 6-foot-2, senior, Archbishop Wood
Khalil Farmer, 6-foot-3, senior, Roman Catholic
Royce Parham, 6-foot-7, sophomore, North Hills
Jalil Bethea, 6 feet 2 inches, sophomore, Archbishop Wood
Jason Shields, 6-foot-5, senior, Scranton
Eli Yofan, 6-foot-2, senior, Fox Chapel Area
Cameron Wallace, 6-foot-4, Freshman, Great Valley
Dylan Blair, 5-foot-10, junior, Downingtown West
Isaac Harris, 6-foot-3, senior, Northampton area
Tyler Houser, 6-foot-9, senior, Cedar Cliff
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Sam Brown, 6 feet 2 inches, senior, LaSalle College
Donovan Hill, 6-foot-8, senior, Central Dauphin
Rasheem Dearry, 6ft 3in, senior, Cheltenham
Patrick Fleury, Cheltenham
Chris McNesby, Roman Catholic
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