Canisius: 6-2 sophomore guard
PPG: 15.0 Assists: 5.5 Reb: 4.0
Combination of his size and his great sense of the game at point guard had college scouts extremely interested even before the season, as he has received scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College, Boston University, Canisius, UB, Dayton, Charlotte and Siena. Monsignor Martin co-Player of the Year can drive and hit the three, all while excellently orchestrating a team that spent the season as the No. 1 large school.
East: 5-8 senior guard
PPG: 17.6 Steals: 3.2 Assists: 2.7
A bundle of energy who could get to the basket with flat-out speed or quick ankle-breaker bursts for tough finishes against taller players. Also very good at knocking down pull-up threes. Along with backcourt mate Percy Bryant, kept East among WNY’s best despite injury to big man Tyree Tyson; 1,102 career points. Had a vintage performance in the Class B final as he nearly brought the Panthers back against Olean. Sought by local Division III programs.
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Jamestown: 6-5 senior forward
PPG: 16.1 Reb: 10.1 FG%: 55.0
Co-Player of the Year in ECIC I with Sterling Taplin, the intense big man partnered with Zack Panebianco to form perhaps WNY’s best inside-outside tandem. Enthusiastic focus on defense (1.4 blocks), great hands down low, and he could hurt teams when they doubled him (2.2 assists) or left him alone at the three-point line (35 percent). Had 22 and 15 in a dominant AA final against Clarence. Division II’s Edinboro and Daemen are interested.
Nichols: 6-5 junior forward
PPG: 17.0 Reb: 11.0 Assists: 4.0
With his size, guard-like ball-handling and a tremendous drive behind it, he’ll continue to be a matchup nightmare for other teams. Often brought ball up and ran the offense for Vikings, while he could be unguardable down low. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark in Nichols’ final game, the state Catholic Class A final. Manhattan Cup MVP was tremendous in memorable, surprising title run which included 22 points in shocking semifinal upset of Canisius.
Olean: 6-7 senior center
PPG: 20.3 Reb: 9.6 FG%: 64.0
Splendid post moves often put the finishing touch on clinical Olean possessions, and it’s been that way since his freshman year (career 60 percent from field). Had 1,536 career points (third all-time at Olean), 790 rebounds (first) and 159 blocks (third) as Huskies won three straight Section VI B titles. All-Tournament in Glens Falls as Huskies made the state final on strength of his 30-point, 10-rebound semifinal. Will play at Division II College of St. Rose.
Canisius: 6-6 sophomore forward
PPG: 13.0 Rebounds: 10.0
Many a Crusaders game started with point guard Howard Washington finding his classmate for an alley-oop, and that was just the start of what could be quite the display. The regular triple-double threat can certainly score and rebound, and his shot-blocking might be the best in the area. First-team All-Catholic selection earned All-Tournament honors in Canisius’ trip to high-level Georgetown Prep invitational.
Clarence: 6-5 senior forward
PPG: 18.0 Reb: 7.0 Assists: 1.2
Just like older brother Tyler, big-time size and big-time shooting ability helped lead Clarence to the Section VI Class AA championship game and a third-team All-WNY selection. Had five double-doubles, went for 30 points twice and hit 43 three-pointers to help Red Devils earn share of ECIC I title with Jamestown and Williamsville North. Considering Division II and III schools as well as prep school.
Middle Early College: 5-10 Sr. guard
PPG: 17.0 Assists: 6.0 Steals: 3.0
Outstanding guard could break down defenders, knock down plenty of three-pointers and played terrific defense (3.0 steals per game) while making excellent decisions with the ball. Scored 1,108 career points. Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Class C state final four in Glens Falls after scoring 31 in semifinal. Waiting until after playing summer ball to decide on prep school or interested top upstate community colleges.
Nichols: 6-4 junior forward
PPG: 16.0 Reb: 15.0 Blocks: 2.1
Teamed with Cam Lewis as one of Western New York’s most formidable frontcourts, and he also had a terrific postseason to lead the Vikings to the Manhattan Cup title (20 points in championship victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude). Tremendous force down low, feasted on rebounds as he averaged a double-double. Already has surpassed 1,000 points for his career; he did so in the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals.
Olean: 6-0 senior guard
PPG: 17.0 3FG%: 52.0 Assists: 3.1
Olean’s sustained success was due to Wil Bathurst’s versatility, Sam Eckstrom’s post play, Luke Hennessy’s point guard direction and Schmidt hitting three-pointer after three-pointer. Hit school-record 97 of 185 this season and 209 of 497 for his career (42%); hit eight in IAABO final win over Nichols to earn MVP honors and also hit seven in two other games; 1,135 career points and 198 career steals (third all-time at Olean). Undecided on college.
Barker: 6-4 senior forward
PPG: 18.1 Reb: 10.0 Assists: 4.2
Followed his All-WNY first-team selection in football by helping lead the Raiders to perhaps the finest season in school history. Great size – especially at a small school – but his basketball instincts were just as impressive. Also averaged 4.3 steals and 1.9 blocks as Barker went 18-0 before falling to Silver Creek in the Class C-1 semifinals. All-time leading scorer at the school (1,338) is being looked at by several Division III and some Division II schools.
Fredonia: 6-2 senior guard
PPG: 21.7 Rebounds: 4.2
With 1,410 career points, he is second on Fredonia’s all-time scoring list behind 1994 Player of the Year and two-time first-teamer Michael Heary. CCAC I West Player of the Year was the go-to player for Hillbillies team that has been fixture in small school poll for two seasons. Scored 36 against Section V AA champ Greece Athena and 32 points vs. Silver Creek. Planning on attending Milwaukee School of Engineering and playing for the Division III program.
Iroquois: 6-2 senior guard
PPG: 24.2 Assists: 5.0 Steals: 3.0
All-ECIC pick and ECIC II Player of the Year displayed all-around skill set while being go-to scorer. Had five 30-point games in Chiefs’ final 10, including 33 in a win over St. Mary’s. Also had 33 against Williamsville South and 28 against Fredonia. Ability to finish tough drives in traffic, hit threes (26), set up teammates and play in-your-jersey man-to-man defense. His 840 points are ninth in Iroquois history. Considering Medaille or Hilbert.
Lafayette: 5-8 senior guard
PPG: 30.8 Assists: 7.0 Steals: 3.2
Sent a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it buzz through Western New York, astonishing veteran coaches and referees who have seen decades of Buffalo basketball with his flashy drives and three-pointers from near half-court (yes, half-court – watch it on youtube). Scored 40 three times and had 39 vs. Park. Two-time Yale Cup II Player of the Year had 948 points in just two seasons (25.6 ppg). Local D-III schools and Niagara CCC are interested.
Silver Creek: 6-7 junior center
PPG: 19.1 Reb: 14.4 Blocks: 6.7
Can be one of Western New York’s most impactful players as he changes the game at both ends of the court. Triple-double threat led Silver Creek to the Class C-1 final, where the Black Knights lost to eventual state finalist Middle Early College. Can be dominating defensively by blocking and altering shots, has a great touch around the basket and is an excellent passer out of the post (4.2 assists). Had 401 points this year. Also a standout in lacrosse.