After two seasons of battling leg injuries, Dylan Mulroony of Passaic Valley High came through with an outstanding year for that school’s basketball team.
Mulroony, a 6’3″ senior, had shown signs of being a tremendous player during his freshman year, in 2014-2015. Then-head coach Rob Carcich had started Mulroony on a number of occasions, as the Hornets finished 21-7.
The following fall, Mulroony went down with a leg injury during football season. He returned for basketball and had a good year, scoring in double figures 11 times, including a high game of 18 points, against Wood Ridge.
The leg ailment would linger for Mulroony as a junior. He missed just about the entire 2016-2017 season, before playing in two games the final week of the season.
As a senior, it finally came together, as Mulroony, a team captain, led the Hornets in scoring, averaging 19,8 points a game.
Passaic Valley head coach Jim Holsworth, himself a standout high school and collegiate player, lauded Mulroony’s talent.
“Dylan was really the only kid I saw all year in Passaic County that could score consistently from everywhere on the floor,” said Holsworth. “He could post up, had an excellent off the dribble mid-range game, and could shoot the ball easily from 25 feet away. His ability to rebound the ball, game in and game out, was maybe his most under appreciated asset.
“Without his ability to rebound and block shots as well, we would have had trouble competing against a tough schedule. Instead, we were competitive in almost every game we played this year.”
Mulroony averaged 19.8 points and 10.1 rebounds this season. He was named by the Passaic County Coaches, and Big North Coaches, a First Team player. His career high was 36 points, in a game against West Milford, on Feb. 6, as well as a 33-point effort in a win versus Passaic Tech, on Feb. 13.
“He (also) played superb, in both games against (Paterson) Eastside, where he had 24 and 29 points,” said Holsworth.
While his high school career was hindered, Mulroony’s future could still include basketball, He hopes to play on the collegiate level and Holsworth has no doubt he can compete at the next level. Mulroony has yet to decide on a college for this fall.
“I said it before, if Dylan didn’t get hurt last season, he would have easily eclipsed 1,000 (career) points,” said Holsworth. “He was, without a doubt, one of the best players to ever play here. Basketball skill wise, he is right up there with guys like Joey Castro, Dom Coiro, Jihad Wright and Tito Ramirez.”
Good company, indeed, for a hard-working player, who saved his best basketball for his senior year.