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All-WNY boys first team capsules

Wil Bathurst

Olean: 6-4 senior forward

PPG: 19.8 Reb: 7.0 Steals: 4.0

A two-time first-teamer for a multitude of reasons: His smooth all-around game includes a pretty outside shot, defense-staggering drives, an excellent eye for passing, the smart defensive plays (42 steals, 28 blocks) – while his ball-hawking rebounding is worth watching all by itself. Did it all in big moments for a program that faced major competition all year as an independent. A Class B All-Tournament selection as the Huskies closed out a three-year reign as Section VI champions by making the NYSPHSAA final in Glens Falls. For his career, Bathurst had 1,196 points (16.6 ppg), 545 rebounds (7.6), 224 assists and 110 blocks. Southern Tier’s Big 30 Player of the Year is committed to Cornell. Also an excellent golfer.

Bri’an Brown

Middle Early College: 6-4 senior forward

PPG: 18.0 Reb: 11.0 Steals: 6.0

As they made their way to the Yale Cup title, and on to Glens Falls, the Kats turned to Brown when they needed a basket and he would create it one way or another. His ability to Euro-step his way through bodies to the basket, or simply elevate for finishes, or display his soft touch on jumpers, was remarkably reliable. He would parlay that driving ability into dishes down low or kickouts to the Kats’ three-point shooters. He also got up on defense to erase shots (team-leading 2 per game) and is a ravenous rebounder. All-tournament selection in the Class C state final four in Glens Falls as he helped lead the Kats to the state championship game. … 992 career points. … Undecided on college. … Brown’s father, Brian Brown, was a first-team selection for Emerson in 1986.

Donte Williams

Bishop Timon-St. Jude: 6-4 Sr. forward

PPG: 24.0 Reb: 6.8 Steals: 3.0

Arguably the most dangerous offensive player in Western New York, Williams excelled when his team needed him. Made things look easy by elevating over smaller players for a sweet release on a mid-range jumper that was nearly automatic. Knocked down three-pointers with similar ease and provided some of the area’s biggest highlight finishes at the rim. He repeatedly hit huge shots for a Tiger team that reached the Manhattan Cup final. Co-Player of the Year in the Monsignor Martin Association had 652 points this season to finish with 1,133. Father Rickey Williams, who played at Cal State and New Mexico as well as for the Utah Jazz, was a first-team All-Western New York selection for Timon in 1973-74.

Zack Panebianco

Jamestown: 5-10 junior guard

PPG: 19.1 FG%: 49.0 3FG%: 41.0

Had an outstanding year (32 in an overtime win at Section V A champion Rochester East, career-high 37 vs. Lancaster), but then took his game to a rare level in the postseason (24.3 ppg in six games). Most notably, he scored 22 of his 34 points in the second half, hitting all four of his three-pointers to help Jamestown stay a step ahead of favored Greece-Athena in the Far West Regionals. That sent Jamestown to Glens Falls, where Panebianco had 30 in a state semifinal victory. “The way that he led us to our playoff victories and totally controlled those games were some of the best individual performances I have seen,” said coach Ben Drake. Averaged 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals; great shooter from field was also 83 percent at the line. Also a first-teamer in football for another Jamestown Class AA champion.

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