MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ - Senior guard Jack Rooney's brilliant four-year stretch for the Chatham varsity boys basketball team hit another high mark on Monday when he was named the Morris County Player of the Year at the county coaches association awards luncheon held at the Zeris Inn.
Chatham backcourt mate Mac Bredahl also was honored as a member of the All-Morris first team.
A four-year starter, Rooney concluded his career with 1,424 points, which makes him No. 1 on the all-time Chatham boys scoring chart. In his four seasons, the Cougars compiled a 97-23 record, an 80.8 winning percentage.
"A very deserving honor," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "The time and effort he put into making himself a better player has paid off! It couldn't have happened to a nicer kid!"
Rooney, who will continue his playing career at Gettysburg College, also holds the record for 3-pointers made in a single game, eight, which he accomplished twice in his career.
Rooney played in four straight Morris County Tournament Championship games, winning three straight titles for the Cougars. This year, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the MCT.
His remarkable run also included four straight trips to the NJSIAA state sectional final. On the way to the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 championship this season, Rooney hit game-winning shots to defeat Gov. Livingston in the sectional quarterfinals and Snyder in the sectional semifinal.
Chatham (27-6) won its first state sectional title since 2007 and made it all the way to the Group 3 final before losing to Nottingham at the Rutgers Athletic Center.