Everyone in Western New York knows Canisius’ Stafford Trueheart and Middle Early College’s Gary Foster are special talents. Those around the state have taken notice, too.
The two All-Western New York first-team selections were named Players of the Year in their respective class by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
Trueheart earned Class A co-Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Albany Academy junior Hameir Wright. The 6-foot-7 Trueheart helped the Crusaders win a second straight state Catholic championship and second straight Manhattan Cup. Trueheart, a two-time All-WNY first team pick, averaged 20.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest in leading Canisius to a program-record 26 wins.
Foster captured Class C Player of the Year honors to cap a season in which he earned state tournament MVP honors for leading the Kats (20-7) to their first state title since 2010. The 6-6 Foster averaged a double-double for the season (19.5 ppg, 15 rpg, 4.2 blocks) and put on a show during the state final four in Glens Falls.
A total of 57 players from Western New York earned spots on the five all-state teams. First team selections included: Class A, Dominick Welch (Cheektowaga); Class B, Elijah Ramadhan (Olean) and Takal Molson (St. Mary’s); Class C, JoJo Staton (Middle Early College); Class D, Elliot Bowen (Ellicottville).
All-state list on Page D8.