Bob Bevilacqua, Canisius (10.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.0 spg): Crusaders were fun to watch for their crisp passing, ball-hawking defense, textbook transitions and knack for knocking down threes, which were all exemplified by the 6-foot senior point guard, a three-year starter. Only 1.4 turnovers per game, he hit a team-high 41 threes.
Byron Mulkey, Niagara-Wheatfield (24.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 4.3 spg): Smooth-scoring 5-11 guard is the Falcons' all-time leading scorer with 1,254 points. And he's only a junior. Had 42 points and seven steals against Hamburg to put N-W in the Class AA-2 final four. Great student has captained Falcons since he was a freshman.
John Papincak, Maple Grove (30.3 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 3.3 spg): The 6-1 senior became the Red Dragons' all-time leading scorer (1,515 points) and earned raves from coaches as one of the best to ever play in the Southern Tier. Scored 41 and 39 on Class C champion Silver Creek and put up 46 (with eight threes) on Class C runner-up Chautauqua Lake.
Terrell Rankin, Sweet Home (22.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg): The young Panthers grew up in their first season in ECIC I thanks in large part to the 6-1 smooth sophomore, who earned the league's Player of the Year award as Sweet Home took first place. Fluid finisher with either hand on drives through traffic.
Eric Walton, Nichols (24.0 ppg, 6.0 spg): Senior 6-0 sharpshooter scored against excellent competition as the Vikings owned the No. 2 small school spot all year. His 1,432 career points are fourth on the all-time scoring list at Nichols; his 21.5 career average is second only to Christian Laettner's. His 189 career three-pointers are a school record.