By Keith McShea
Sterling Taplin, this year's Allen Wilson Award winner as The Buffalo News Player of the Year for boys basketball, will attend prep school next season.
Taplin, who graduates from Williamsville North this spring, confirmed to me via Twitter direct message that he will be going the prep school route. He has been listed as a member of the Class of 2015 on the roster of the Albany City Rocks team competing this spring in Nike Elite Youth Basketball.
Taplin has had Division I interest throughout his accomplished career, which included being a three-time first-team All-Western New York selection. In an interview for this year's All-Western New York issue, he said he had an offer from Siena but that he was giving more consideration to prep school.
Many players attend prep school to polish their academics or, as become more common in recent years, to attempt to gain further exposure and seasoning in an effort to obtain more, or higher-level, college scholarship offers.
Taplin started last Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic regional game at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, finishing with two assists and a block in 17 minutes.
Taplin's City Rocks team also includes Nichols 6-foot-8 junior Tanner Schmit, an All-WNY honorable mention selection this season.