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Olean places sophomore pair on third team

>Second Team

Ryan Whelpley

Archbishop Walsh: 6-3 senior guard PPG: 20.6 Reb: 11.6 Assts.: 4.0

Perhaps the most impressive statistic from this entire season belongs to this savvy scorer and all-around talent: He finished his career with 2,347 points – second all-time in Western New York and just eight points behind all-time leader Ritchie Campbell. The five-year varsity player averaged 20.6 points and 13.0 rebounds (1,399 total) for his career. Team captain and valedictorian will play at Union College.

Aaron Frasier

MST Seneca: 5-11 senior guard PPG: 23.0 Reb: 8.2 Assts.: 9.7

Well-rounded playmaker set up teammates but also had ability to take over games with explosive drives and deadly shooting as he capped off a standout career for Math, Science, Technology Prep at Seneca (1,393 points). Helped the Indians to a spot in The News small school poll all year. Considering North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Division II Glenville (W.Va.) State College.


Niagara Falls: 6-5 junior forward PPG: 17.0 Reb: 9.0 Blocks: 2.0

Imposing combination of a big body who operates well under the basket and is also uniquely near-automatic with jumpers from the elbows. Averaged three assists for a team with four double-figure scorers. This past fall he verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from Canisius College; however, that was under now-fired coach Tom Parrotta so that situation may change under newcoach JimBaron.

Cordell Torres

OTC Middle College: 6-3 senior forward PPG: 13.1 Reb: 9.1 Blocks: 2.3

Averaged three assists for Class C champion that had five starters in double figures, but the two-way impact player came up biggest when Kats needed it most. Highest outputs were vs. St. Joe's (21), East Aurora (21), MST Seneca (26) and Cooperstown (21) in the Class C state semifinals, where the all-tournament team pick hit two FTs with :01 left in OT to give OTC a one point win. Will play at Genesee CC.

Connor Keenan

Williamsville East: 6-3 senior guard PPG: 23.0 Reb: 6.6 Assts.: 3.1

Contributed in every column of the stat sheet (2.7 steals, 1.1 blocks) in leading Flames to share of ECIC II title and Class A-1 final. Went for 30 five times, including career-high 37 vs. Iroquois. Scored 26, including a final-minute game-winning three, in an early statement win at rival Will South. Fifth on Will East's all-time scoring list with 1,028 points. Ranked 15th in his class (96.5 avg.). Will play at Geneseo.


>Third Team

Jordan Farrant

Holland: 6-0 senior guard PPG: 19.2 Reb: 9.1 Assts.: 3.1

The epitome of a do-it-all player (also had 3.7 steals per game), he earned first team All-ECIC honors playing for the smallest school in the conference. Can drive, shoot from long range, find teammates and handle the ball. Torrid postseason player, averaging 25 points in 14 games over five seasons. Totaled 1,575 points and 600 rebounds for his career. Considering Daemen or a walk on attempt at St. Bonaventure.

Tommy Campion

Jamestown: 5-9 junior guard PPG: 18.6 Assts.: 4.3 Steals: 2.1

Jamestown lost last year's Player of the Year (Jaysean Paige) to a transfer to a Kentucky school, but the Red Raiders stayed in the top echelon of Western NewYork thanks in large part to the leadership and grit of Campion. Often hurt teams with his three-point shooting but never shied away from entering the lane to set up teammates and certainly makes his presence known playing man-to-man defense.

Wil Bathurst

Olean: 6-2 sophomore forward PPG: 11.8 Reb: 7.6 Assts.: 2.2

On a young, talented team that seemed to have it all among its five underclassmen starters, Bathurst has a bit of everything in his game. Great size, ballhanding, leaping ability, body control, knack around the basket, three-point range, defense (2.1 steals), rebounding, unselfishness, explosiveness. The X-factor on a team that went 22-2 and held the top spot in The News small school poll all year.

Sam Eckstrom

Olean: 6-7 sophomore center PPG: 14.8 Reb: 9.2 Blocks: 2.0

The poster boy – and a big one – for the precocious Huskies as he displays fundamentals, shooting touch and footwork beyond his years as a serious post presence – despite regularly battling double teams. Also very solid with short jumpers around the basket. Scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half of regionals to help send Olean to Glens Falls for the Class Bstate final four.

Jesse Lalka

Tonawanda: 6-1 senior forward PPG: 22.0 Reb: 9.0 Steals: 3.7

Helped lead a Tonawanda turnaround that included winning its first ECIC IV title since 1958 last season, a co-championship this year (with Cleveland Hill), two straight trips to the final four at Buffalo State and a two-year record of 34-6. His long arms, great knack around the basket and serious threepoint range enabled him to finish as Tonawanda's all-time leading scorer (1,185). Will play at Daemen.


>Fourth Team

Kyle Kobis / Bishop Timon-St. Jude

One of the best pure shooters in Western New York, the 6-2 senior took on point guard duties this year and averaged 3.5 assists, many to big man DeMilo Gibbs. Deadly if left alone (44 threes), he was also able to create his own shot, drive and added toughness on defense. Averaged 12.7 points and five rebounds and finished with 1,105 career points. Considering Medaille, St. John Fisher and Point Park (Pittsburgh).

Jordan Williams / Bishop Timon-St. Jude

The 6-2 senior guard formed a superior sharpshooting tandem with Kobis. Equally lethal from long range (12.6 points, 45 threes), Williams could also be very disruptive on defense. He put up 29 – including five three-pointers – in a 75-66 loss to No. 1 Canisius in the Manhattan Cup semifinals (Kobis had 23).
Williams, an All-WNYfootball first teamer at wide receiver, will head to Niagara and attempt to walk on.

Jamaal Carter / City Honors

Whatever the Centaurs needed, the 6-1 senior guard was able to do, as the triple-double threat helped extend the season until a Class B-2 semifinal loss to Wilson. Averaged 22.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Highest point totals came against top Yale Cup II rivals and top 10 small schools OTC Middle College (32) and MST Seneca (30 twice). Recorded triple-doubles against Lancaster and I-Prep/Grover.

Martin Bailey / Kenmore West

The Blue Devils had one of their finest seasons in years, and a main reason why was the 5-8 senior guard who would not be denied when driving to the rim. Tremendous on-ball defender racked up 3.2 steals per game. Starred on both ends (26 points) in program's historic first-ever victory over Niagara Falls. Averaged 16.9 points despite playing all season with a torn ligament in his right shoulder.

Justice Feggans / Riverside

Gifted 6-1 junior forward helped lead Riverside into The News large school top 10 all season before being ousted by East Aurora in A-2 semifinals. Capable of devastating shooting runs, with great touch on midrange to three-point range. Averaged 22.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists. Has 969 career points.


>Honorable mention

(Underclassmen indicated by grade after name)

Jonathan Belton-11 (Amherst), Marcus Clarke
(Archbishop Walsh), Josh Haight (Barker),
DeMilo Gibbs (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Aaron
White-11 (Canisius), Matt MacDonald-11
(Canisius), Dustin Schauman (Cassadaga Valley),
Jack Ranallo (Christian Central), Adam Walker
(Clymer), Darnell Carson-11 (CSAT), Jon
Gemerek (Depew), Kevin Holmes (Dunkirk),
Brendan Cox-10 (East Aurora), Matt Taylor
(Frontier), Marcus Nelson (Hutch-Tech), Maurice
Cheatom (I-Prep/Grover), Adam Cecchini
(Jamestown), Quinton Campbell-11 (Kenmore
West), Alex Grace (Maple Grove), Marcus Morris-
11 (McKinley), Lovell Smith-11 (McKinley),
Reyzon Jordan-11 (McKinley), Jaleo Wilkins-11
(Niagara Falls), Taijay Williams (Niagara Falls),
Nick Schmidt-10 (Olean), Bri'an Brown-10
(OTC Middle College), Khalid Brown (OTC Middle
College), Matt McCormick (Orchard Park),
Nick Lenart (Panama), Lamont Little (Riverside),
Zeddy Williams-11 (Silver Creek), Jordan
Glover-11 (St. Joe's), Jake Denz (St. Mary's), Nate
Meyers (St. Mary's), Erik Simmons (St. Mary's),
Devin Redden (St. Mary's), Clayton Hess-11
(Tonawanda), Austin Alonge (Westfield),
Chaquiel Nettles-11 (Williamsville South),
Tyler Martin (Wilson).