Cheektowaga: 6-4 junior guard PPG: 29.0 Reb: 11.6 Assists: 3.7
How good is Welch? On a team where Welch was pretty much the only scoring option, he still led Section VI in points-per-game average. During one game, a well-respected coach complained to an official that Welch gets more calls than NBA star Kevin Durant. While the official’s witty reply of “he doesn’t get that many calls” was epic, that give-and-take should explain just how much of a headache Welch causes most defenders. A phenomenal athlete and leaper with a highlight-reel of dunks, Welch is pretty tough to stop when he attacks the basket. He scored more than 30 points eight times, eclipsing the 40-point mark twice – including 45 against East Aurora. Cheektowaga’s all-time leading scorer enters his senior year with 1,708 points. He already has offers from UB, Canisius and Iona. He’s also receiving interest from Connecticut, Dayton, Virginia, SMU and St. Bonaventure.
Gary “Fred” Foster
Middle Early: 6-6 senior forward PPG: 19.9 Reb: 15.0 Blocks: 4.2
Foster is the only double state champion on the first team. After helping South Park become the first Buffalo Public Schools football team to win a state title, the athletically gifted big man dominated the competition at the state final four in Glens Falls to help Middle College win its second Class C crown. The state tournament MVP finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds in a title-game rout of Haldane. Considered one of the better passing big men in the area, Foster averaged four assists and proved adept at finding the open man out of the double team. Foster also has great court instincts as he made 2.0 steals per game, often breaking to spots where he anticipated the pass. All-time leader in blocks at Middle College also finishes career with 1,024 points. Plans to attend a junior college and has received interest from Trinity Valley in Texas.
Park School: 6-7 senior forward PPG: 24.0 Reb: 12.0 Assists: 4.0
Nwora still has that sweet outside shot but the repeat first-team selection played more of an inside game this season. He increased his production across the board, averaging 5.1 more rebounds per game. Considers win over Amherst during the ADPRO Challenge as one of his most memorable games of the season. In that contest, he scored five straight points late in the fourth quarter to give Park the lead for good and also made a momentum-saving block during the rally as he chased down TC Brown and swatted his layup attempt away. Nwora also had a 35-point effort in a double-overtime win over Section V power Bishop Kearney and a career-high 38 in a win over St. Joe’s. Amherst transfer still surpassed 1,000 career points with Park in just two seasons and plans to attend prep school despite offers from several Division I schools, including Auburn, Indiana, Pitt and UB.
Wmsv. South: 6-1 sophomore guard PPG: 18.2 Reb: 7.7 Assists: 6.0
Dolan has an incredibly high basketball IQ and it showed greatly during the Billies’ run to the state semifinals, as he averaged 22.8 points in four playoff games at Buffalo State. He struck for 31 points and eight assists in the semifinal win over Hamburg. Smooth ball handler has the ability to not only keep cool under pressure but kick it up to another gear when defenses attempt to press him. Fearlessly attacks basket whenever opportunity presents itself. He also showed potential for being South’s lock-down defender of the future, playing his best defense during the postseason – including South’s Class A final win over Amherst. Dolan, who notched two triple-doubles, has offers from Canisius and UB and is also receiving interest from several other Division I schools, including Syracuse and Oregon. Dolan considers 53-51 win over Batavia in Far West Regionals as his most memorable game.