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Allen Wilson Player of Year: Weir meant winning at Canisius

Canisius coach Kyle Husband speaks very highly of being able to coach Adam Weir for the last three years.

He might even sound more excited when he talks about being able to continue to watch Weir’s basketball career.

“Selfishly I’m so happy he’s at Canisius College because we’ll get to watch him for four years,” said Husband. “He’s just the type of kid — he doesn’t care what kind of kid he’s going against, what you look like, how big you are ... he is going to compete and he is going to succeed.”

Weir certainly did that in an excellent career at Canisius High, one capped off with a stellar senior season that earned him this year’s Allen Wilson Player of the Year Award.

Just look at the resume: He started every game for Canisius over the last three years, leading the Crusaders to a 62-20 record in campaigns that always included very challenging nonleague schedules. In Monsignor Martin regular season play, his record was 31-2, and each postseason ended the same way: three straight Manhattan Cup championships.

The 6-4 senior and Mr. Basketball finalist finished with 1,339 career points and 409 career rebounds after a senior campaign in which he averaged 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals.

Weir is the second Player of the Year from Canisius, joining Darren Fenn, who earned the honor in 1997 before he also went on to Canisius College. And if the name and this award sound familiar, you are not going crazy: last year’s similarly spelled winner is also at a local Division I program: East Aurora grad Stan Wier redshirted his freshman year at the University at Buffalo.

Weir clearly made a name for himself in leading Canisius to the top spot in the large school poll for much of the season, one which it shared with McKinley at season’s end.

Talk to Weir off the court, and you’ll find a quiet, polite, gentlemanly young man.

Once the game starts, he gets the hardest of edges and becomes downright feisty. Combine that attitude with the ability to hit off-balance, quick-release three-pointers, drive defenders hard to the basket and find teammates for scores, and Canisius had itself a leader it could rely on in every game.

“Even with the schedule we played — I knew we had a chance to win every game,” Husband said, “because I knew we had the best player on the floor.

“He’s just a nice, shy kid, but it all changed when he stepped on the floor. He’d go from a nice young kid to ‘I’m the man’ every time he stepped on the floor. The harder he worked, the older he got, everybody saw that. Every body saw him go to another level.”

This is Weir’s second straight All-WNY first-team selection. Just before the midway point of last season was the beginning of a sort of metamorphosis.

“Halfway through his junior year, something clicked where the confidence just took over,” Husband said. “He found that next gear. From there, the sky was the limit and he kept going. He kept working and it kept building throughout his junior year. Last summer, every tournament, every workout, he just took over.”

The Division I game requires a steeper set of demands on players, and Husband is eager to watch Weir take them on.

“He knows he needs to keep working, he knows he has to get better,” said Husband. “And he’s going to do that. We’re just fortunate we’ll be able to watch it.”