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Pierce thrilled to be among the proud and the few

So what does Rodney Pierce think of this all-decade All-Western New York boys basketball team series we're currently running on Saturdays?

"I'm happy you guys are doing that because it gives excitement to Buffalo basketball and some people who might not know about people from prior decades like 90s and 80s," the former Hutch-Tech and current University at Buffalo standout said following Saturday's easy 68-46 win over Northern Illinois. "It helps people know the knowledge of the game, good players from back then."

Pierce is one of them even though it still seems like yesterday when the junior guard was wowing devote Yale Cup fans. Pierce won a three-way battle for the final first-team spot on the all-2000s team with Ray Blackburn (Lackawanna) and Loren Stokes (Turner-Carroll) on the squad that included no-brainers Paul Harris, Jonny Flynn, Julius Page and Charlie Comerford. Either one of those three would have been fine selections for the first team since they're all among the lucky few to reach the scholarship Division-I ranks. Blackburn currently plays for St. Bonaventure while Stokes had a standout collegiate career at Hofstra.

"For them to pick me tells me something, gives me more confidence in myself," Pierce said. "I feel honored because there were a lot of great players in 2000."

---Miguel Rodriguez

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