The PTP boys basketball players of the week

The PTP pick

G/F Dillon Mitchell, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin

With Emanuel Sharp out the first six games with an injury, Mitchell, a transfer from Sickles, knew he would end up being the focal point on offense at the start of the season. 

Mitchell provided the points — and the rebounding production.

Two weeks ago, he had perhaps his best performance of the season in the Hurricanes’ biggest game. Mitchell finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots to lead Bishop McLaughlin to a 76-71 overtime victory over previously undefeated Tampa Catholic. 

In eight games, Mitchell is averaging 20.9 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game. 

The fans’ pick

G Dean Gabrelcik, Sr., East Lake

Entering this season, Gabrelcik had never hit more than six 3-pointers in a game. 

Two weeks ago, Gabrelcik made 11 3-pointers — in the first half. 

Better still, he never missed. 

His perfect touch from long range helped him rack up 37 points by halftime. He finished with a school record 42 points — in just 17 minutes of action — to lead the Eagles in a rout over Palm Harbor University. 

For the season, Gabrelcik is averaging 19.5 points per game and has helped East Lake get off to an 8-0 start this season. 

Knocking down that many faraway shots won over the fans. Gabrelcik received 50 percent of the votes (902) to beat Durant’s Robert Sanders, who had 38 percent (686 votes).