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Lazar & the All-WNY alumni

The WNY hoops alumni association has been out in full force with the discussion of our All-Western New York 50th anniversary teams, with Grover Cleveland's Eric Rawls, Seneca's DeWan Stroud and City Honors' Marques Richardson and Jonathan Smith contributing to our All-2000s blogs.

Honors' Aaron Mungro joined in our live chat Wednesday night and I received an e-mail from former Canisius standout Nick Kney as well.

Lazar Hayward, who is having another nice season in the Big East for Marquette, gave Rodney McKissic his all-2000s team picks at the Campus Watch blog.

Unfortunately for Hayward, however, he wasn't eligible for the top All-WNY 2000s team because he wasn't a first-team pick. That was a difficult selection but an understandable one -- Hayward hadn't competed in high school hoops until his senior year, so he came out of nowhere to lead Traditional to Glens Falls in 2004.

The first team that year consisted of juniors Paul Harris (Niagara Falls), Rodney Pierce (Hutch-Tech) and Ray Blackburn (Lackawanna) as well as seniors Robert Harris (Niagara Falls) and Jose Narvaez
(Grover Cleveland) -- one of the best classes of the decade. At that time each of them got the edge on Hayward, who was outstanding but still developing -- he polished his game (with Paul Harris) at Notre Dame Prep to help him earn a scholarship to Marquette.

We certainly love hearing from the alumni association so keep the comments and e-mails coming guys.

Note: Check out that link to Hayward's profile. Under high school, it's all about Notre Dame Prep! No mention of dearly departed Buffalo Traditional.

---Keith McShea

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