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2018 All-WNY boys basketball team capsules

2018 All-Western New York boys basketball teams

Photo gallery: A look at the 20 members of the All-WNY boys basketball teams.

Video: First-team All-Western New Yorkers on their seasons and memorable moments.

FIRST TEAM

Willard Anderson

East: 6-2 senior guard

PPG: 25.7 Assists: 6.3 Reb: 6.1

Yale Cup I Player of the Year moves up from All-WNY second team. Anderson is a smooth ball-handler who hurt teams with his abilities to drain the three and to use his quickness to drive to the basket for points. When he was not hitting big shots during the Panthers' run to the state Class D championship, he was dishing to teammates who finished off opponents. He scored the game-winning basket in closing seconds of the sectional semifinals against Ellicottville. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in state final win over Moriah en route to earning tournament MVP honors. Scored season high 41 points in win over I-Prep, one of seven instances in which he went for at least 30 in a game. Finishes career as East's all-time scoring leader with 1,731 points, nearly 300 more than East legend and former Syracuse star Jimmy Williams.

Davonte Gaines

Health Sciences: 6-7 senior forward/guard

PPG: 18.0 Reb: 8.8 Assists: 5.2

University of Tennessee commit is a versatile talent and a coach's dream: a big man with ball-handling skills. He flip-flopped from running the point to playing the post on offense and protected the rim on defense in helping the Falcons reach the state Class B semifinals for the second year in a row. Player of the Year in Charter Cup also averaged more than four steals per game and 2.5 blocks per contest. He earned MVP honors at three in-season tournaments. Posted 22 double-doubles, four triple-doubles and three quadruple-doubles. One of his triple-doubles came before the folks at Buffalo State as he finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in Health Sciences' Class B-2 championship-game win over JFK. Gaines, who holds program record for points in a game (52), will play a year of prep school before heading to Knoxville, Tenn.

Noah Hutchins

Park School: 6-1 junior guard

PPG: 13.1 Assists: 6.6 Reb: 5.0

Hutchins, who has a great feel for the game, makes the jump from honorable mention to first team. Third-year starter has knack for rising to the moment. While he is more than happy piling up assists, as he did in dishing out 18 in a win over St. Mary's, he isn't afraid to call his own number when the situation demands it. Hutchins did just that in earning Federation Tournament MVP honors after scoring 19 of his game-high 24 points during the second half of the Class A final. He scored Park's final nine points, including the championship-clinching basket in buzzer-beater fashion against Albany Academy. One of the top defenders in the area, he sparked a late comeback in that game with a steal that led to a three-point play. Has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Temple, UB, Columbia, Yale and Howard University.

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Juston Johnson

West Seneca West: 6-0 junior guard

PPG: 24.8 Assists: 8.0 Reb: 7.3 Steals: 3.4

Johnson is a fierce competitor who helped lead a phenomenal turnaround at West as it went from a five-win outfit to 24-1 Section VI Class A champion. Johnson set a school record for points in a season (619), burning teams in a variety of ways. He's dangerous from beyond the arc and when teams tried to take the three away, he drove to the basket with reckless abandon – either finding open teammates or drawing fouls and getting to the line -- where he shot 86 percent. He scored a school-record 43 points in Class A final triumph over South Park. That followed a 38-point effort in a four-overtime win over Will South in the Class A-1 final. Johnson, who also earned first team All-WNY in football, recorded four triple-doubles and 17 double-doubles. Has scored 1,246 career points.

Greg Dolan

Williamsville South: 6-4 senior guard

PPG: 28.6 Reb: 8.8 Steals: 7.1 Assists: 6.9

This is the 60th year of All-Western New York. While there have been numerous players to earn first-team honors twice in their careers, it takes a truly special talent to earn the distinction three times. Greg Dolan is such a talent and joins a club whose members are Tony Kelly (Lackawanna, 1980-82), Jason Rowe (1994-96), Tim Winn (1994-96), Will Regan (2008-10) and Sterling Taplin (2012-14). Dolan, the best offensive facilitator in Western New York, increased his points per game average from last year by nearly 6.0 and his assists per game from 4.3 and 6.9. He's also a relentless defender. His ability to take the ball away from his opponents fueled a Billies offense that loved running teams into ground. Scored 30 or more points eight times, including a career-high 47 in win over Cardinal O'Hara. Set program records for career points (2,019), rebounds (702), assists (471), steals (384) and wins (81). Though the ECIC Player of the Year received several Division I offers, he's opted to head to prep school, Northfield Mount Herman, next year.

All-WNY boys basketball: Williamsville South's Greg Dolan dominates his way to Player of Year

All-WNY second-teamer Dan Scott of Park School is a Division I prospect. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

SECOND TEAM

Julian Cunningham

Bishop Timon-St. Jude: 6-1 junior guard

PPG: 17.8 Reb: 6.4 Assists: 5.6

After earning third team last year as a sophomore, the St. Francis transfer seized the ball and thrived in running first-year coach Jason Rowe's offense. Cunningham increased his points per game average from last year by 5.6, doubled his assists average and increased his rebounds per game by an additional two. A threat to score from beyond the arc or off the drive, Cunningham eclipsed 1,000 career points in Manhattan Cup semifinals versus Park.

Ryan Bradley

Canisius: 6-8 senior forward

PPG: 12.4 Reb: 8.0 Assists: 3.0

The fundamentally sound Bradley had a fine season for an offense that averaged 71 points per game. The Monsignor Martin Class A Player of the Year was a strong, smooth finisher around the basket, who also possessed the rangey to burn foes with the three. Scored season-high 32 points and grabbed 10 boards in home win over rival St. Joe's.

Devin Pope

Chautauqua Lake: 6-2 senior guard

PPG: 30.2 Reb: 9.5 Assists: 3.3

Repeat second-team pick finished his five seasons as one of Western New York's most prolific scorers with a school record 2,023 career points. He had 13 games in which he scored at least 30 points. He poured in 40 or more four times. CCAA West I co-Player of the Year had triple-double with game-high 40 points in loss at Franklinville. Set school mark for points in a game (52) in win over Panama.

Trevor Book

North Tonawanda: 6-4 senior guard

PPG: 25.5 Reb: 9.1 Assists: 3.0

The top scoring option for the Lumberjacks delivered night in and night out regardless their opponent's defensive strategy. He increased his scoring average from last season by 7.2 ppg. Book shot 48 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from three-point range. Finished with school record for points in a season (536) and made three-pointers (59). Set program mark for career three-pointers (144). Surpassed 1,000 career points in Jan. 9 win over Lew-Port.

Dan Scott

Park School: 6-1 junior guard

PPG: 17.5 Reb: 5.0 Assists: 6.0

Division I prospect can score and defend very well. Scott flaunted those skills throughout Park's championship season, as he played some of his best basketball in his team's biggest games. He averaged 22 points per game during the Federation Tournament of Champions, scoring a game-high 24 in the semifinal win over Amityville. He added 20 in title-game win over Albany Academy. Scott has scored more than 1,700 points in his career.

Franklinville's Samuel Erickson was named to the All-WNY third team after playing his best in the biggest games this season. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

THIRD TEAM

Austin James

Canisius: 6-1 senior guard

PPG: 13.8 Assists: 3.0 Reb: 3.6

Fast, slick ball-handler and great leaper scored in a variety of ways for the Crusaders. He notched 30 points in win over Park that put Canisius in a position to earn a split of the regular-season Monsignor Martin title with the Pioneers. He also earned all-tournament honors after scoring 25 points in the final of the St. Pius X Christmas Tournament. James plans to attend prep school next season.

Jayce Johnson

Canisius: 6-5 senior guard

PPG: 12.6 Reb: 6.1 Assists: 3.4

One of the top defenders in the area, the future Division I quarterback showed for the second year in a row he's as adept at running an offense on the hardwood as he is on the football field. Versatile play-maker was at his best causing foes headaches with his ability to penetrate the lane off the dribble. Johnson scored the game-winning basket in comeback win over defending Class A state champion Irondequoit.

Justin Hemphill

Cardinal O'Hara: 6-5 junior forward

PPG: 20.5 Reb: 13.5 Assists: 3.5

The Monsignor Martin Class B Division's Player of the Year, Hemphill led the Hawks to their first regular-season division title since 1994. Three-sport athlete was a double-double machine for O'Hara. He recorded a 27-point, 20-rebound effort in an 85-84 win over Niagara Catholic during the regular season. Ranks fourth in school history with 1,246 career points but is just 197 away from being the program's all-time scoring leader.

Elliot Bowen

Ellicottville: 6-6 senior center

PPG: 19.7 Reb: 12.6 Blocks: 2.7

Four-year starter and three-time CCAA East 2 Player of the Year graduates as the Eagles' all-time leader in points (1,586) and rebounds (1,079).  One of the top post players in the area, Bowen found ways to score regardless of the defense used by the opponent. Finished with 31 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Class C school Chautauqua Lake. Had 16 and 15 in win over Franklinville that clinched share of division title.

Samuel Erickson

Franklinville: 6-5 senior forward

PPG: 22.5 Reb: 11.5 Assists: 6.5

Athletic talent good enough to start in any league in the area, Erickson played his best in big games. He scored 36 points and had 13 rebounds in sectional quarterfinal win. Grabbed season-high 19 rebounds to go with 24 points in clash of Section VI defending champions against Chautauqua Lake. Considers run to state semifinals in 2017 as top accomplishment. Finished career with 1,390 points.

All-WNY fourth-team selection Justin Allen was key for East during its state title run. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

FOURTH TEAM

Master Radford

Bishop Timon-St. Jude: 6-6 senior forward

PPG: 13.7 Reb: 9.5 Blocks: 4.4

One of the area's best leapers, Radford proved to not only be a great rim protector but finisher around and above it for the Tigers. Radford finished with eight double-doubles and one triple-double, which included 10 blocks in win at Bishop Kearney. He posted 34 points, 20 boards and four blocks in season-opening victory over Notre Dame Academy (Ont.). Said his most memorable game of season was 56-55 comeback win versus Park.

Justin Allen

East: 6-4 senior forward

PPG: 16.3 Reb: 11.0 Assists: 3.0

Allen's an athletic and determined talent with great leaping ability who owned the paint on defense and offense for state champion Panthers. Allen played some of his best games during the playoffs as he posted a double-double in each of his final three games. He finished with 27 points and 20 rebounds in the state quarterfinals. He added 23 points and 18 rebounds in the state final.

Jalen Bradberry

Niagara Catholic: 6-1 freshman guard

PPG: 20.3 Reb: 4.6, Assists: 2.4

The Manhattan Cup Class B Most Valuable Player, Bradberry can bury the three and is a strong finisher around basket. He averaged 24.5 points per game in the Manhattan Cup playoffs, scoring 27 points in the championship-game win over top-seed Cardinal O'Hara. Drained game-tying three in transition in state Catholic final – an overtime loss to Regis of NYC in which he poured in 19 points.

Mike Schmidt

Olean: 5-11 junior guard

PPG: 16.6 Assists: 6.4 Reb: 5.1

Third-year Husky is a student of the game who happens to play with a non-stop motor. Schmidt, co-CCAA West I Player of the Year, finished with four double-doubles and two triple-doubles – including one in the championship game of the IAABO Tournament. Scored game-high 26 points in Section VI semifinal win over Medina and took game-scoring honors in Class B final. Ranked third in career assists at Olean with 412.

Brandon Smith

Park School: 6-2 senior guard

PPG: 14.0 Reb: 4.0 Assists: 2.0

Manhattan Cup Class A MVP capped his career the way it began, as a state Federation champion. Lethal shooter from beyond the arc, Smith drained five treys and scored 24 points in Manhattan Cup semifinal win over Timon. He followed that up by draining four threes in 22-point efforts in championship-game win over Canisius. Added 19 points in state Catholic semifinal win. MVP of Cataract City Classic following win over Niagara Falls.

HONORABLE MENTION

Underclassmen indicated by class

Daesean Ashley-10 (Amherst), Adrian Baugh-11 (West Seneca West), Nasir Benton (Cardinal O’Hara), Chad Biersbach (Depew), Ray Blackwell (Maryvale), Jake Braniecki (JFK), Nate Brawdy (Gowanda), Kameron Briggs-11 (Health Sciences), Kyle Burley (Pioneer), Jack Capen (St. Joe’s), Griffin Chudy (Ellicottville), Jalin Cooper (Medina), Kyle DeVoogel (Newfane), Hakeem Dobbins (Middle Early College), Kyle Ebert (Frontier), Tariq Eubanks-9 (Tapestry), Julian Eziukwu (Park), Devaun Farnham-DeJesus (Dunkirk), Roddy Gayle-8 (Niagara Falls), Mason Goodridge-11 (Springville), Tyler Hind-10 (Randolph), Earl Howard-11 (MST Seneca), Isaac Kopp (Franklinville), Nick MacDonald (Canisius), Zamari Mitchell (West Seneca East), Ray Mushat (South Park), Quentin Nnagbo-11 (Park), John Orogun-10 (Park), Jonathan Park (Lake Shore), Dorian Plummer-11 (Tapestry), River Reinhardt (Clarence), Kavon Rogers (McKinley), Trent Scott (Lew-Port), Wauyna Shaw (East), Haakim Siner-11 (Niagara Catholic), Cam Sionko (Grand Island), Bo Sirieka (St. Francis), Christian Szablewski (St. Mary’s), Alex Wayland (West Seneca West), Max Weber (Newfane).

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