Canisius: 5-9 senior guard
PPG: 11.5 Assists: 5.0 Steals: 3.0
Part of a talented All-WNY triumverate from Canisius, White could change the tone of games with his defense alone. Any available inch would be taken by White as he greeted ballhandlers, disrupting the flow of the opponent’s offense. Ultra-quick step would lead to finishes or dishes. When White was at his best, so were the Crusaders. Considering several college options.
Jamestown: 5-10 senior guard
PPG: 21.2 Assists: 2.9 Steals: 2.3
If there was a Mount Rushmore of Red Raider basketball, he’d be on it.
Gritty leader, deadly shooter and fierce competitor is fifth on school’s all-time points list (1,145) after a four-year career that included three ECIC I titles and three Section VI championships. He’ll play at Hobart next year. Hoops certainly runs in the family: Turn the page and you’ll see a picture of his younger sister.
Mid. Early Col.: 6-2 senior guard
PPG: 22.0 Reb.: 4.6 Assists: 3.5
Multi-talented player, dangerous scorer and terrific leader who raised his game late in the season as he put the C-1 champion Kats on his broad shoulders. Excellent three-point shooter, also able to hit finesse shots despite a sturdy frame that served him well battling under the basket. Averaged 2.6 steals. Considering several options next year, including prep school.
Olean: 6-7 junior center
PPG: 18.2 Reb.: 8.0 Blocks: 1.9
Third-team selection last season continued quite the impressive legacy for a Huskies team for which he has been a standout since his freshman year. His unparalleled post moves and soft-handed finishes inside — despite constant double- and triple-teams — have been a consistent part of the success of Olean, the No. 1 small school for two straight seasons.
Silver Creek: 6-2 senior forward
PPG: 17.7 Reb: 7.2 Assts.: 8.3
A lacrosse standout who has set the state’s all-time points record and will play the sport at the University of Virginia, he brought his same brand of calm, brilliant playmaking and masterful game-dictating style to the basketball court. Led Black Knights to the school’s first appearance in Glens Falls for the Class C final four, where it would lose its only game in a 23-1 season.
Amherst: 6-1 senior guard
PPG: 17.0 Reb: 7.6 Assts.: 7.0
In one of the Tigers’ best seasons in school history, Belton was a contributor in all categories, but perhaps none more important than leadership. Playmaker on offense and defense (4.7 steals, 1.3 blocks) set the tone for Amherst (20-2), which lost by three to McKinley in the A final. Looking at Brockport, Medaille, Buffalo State and ECC.
Canisius: 6-4 senior forward
PPG: 15.5 Reb: 5.5 Assts.: 2.0
Consistent force for the Crusaders with his tremendous outside shooting and active defense. Many times Canisius would come out of a timeout seeking a basket, then it would run a play that got MacDonald open in the corner, and he would almost always knock down a backbreaking three-pointer. Considering several colleges.
CSAT: 5-7 senior guard
PPG: 23.6 Assists: 4.4 Steals: 3.8
With super-quick moves up top, his yearbook bio could read: Most Likely Break Your Ankles. Was downright unguardable in leading CSAT to its first Niagara-Orleans title and he put on a show in the Eagles’ last-second B-2 semifinal loss to Fredonia. Drew and dished many times and also averaged 2.9 rebounds. Undecided on college.
McKinley: 6-2 senior forward
PPG: 15.0 Reb: 10.0 Steals: 4.2
Quiet, slender senior was explosive in transition and was tremendous during McKinley’s state title run. All-around contributor (2.6 assists, 2.1 blocks) was fantastic in Glens Falls, scoring 47 points (on 22-of-33 shooting!) to earn Class A final four MVP honors. Undecided on college; he had several coaches visiting with him after playoff games.
St. Mary’s: 6-2 senior guard
PPG: 14.1 Reb: 5.3 Assts.: 5.2
Terrific all-around player who helped orchestrate an excellent season for the Lancers. Played like a coach on the floor (not a surprise since his coach is dad Paul Rath Sr.) and helped set tone for a team that thrived on unselfishness. Excellent shooter and playmaker who turned teams over with quick hands and great anticipation (4.2 steals).
Timon-St. Jude: 6-3 junior forward
PPG: 20.2 Reb: 4.4 Assts.: 2.1
One of the top pure scorers in Western New York, he showed plenty in his 18 games despite missing action with various injuries. Pretty jump shot a great accompaniment to his explosive transition game. Very tough to guard with his height, length and shooting touch. Had 20 points in the Tigers’ big win over St. Joe’s in Manhattan Cup semifinals.
McKinley: 5-10 senior guard
PPG: 10.4 Reb: 6.0 Steals: 6.0
Another Mack that had a tremendously impressive postseason. In the state championship game, the always-hustling ballhawk was a force with in-your-jersey defense against Burke Catholic’s point guard. Always quick to find teammates with a pass. Hit four threes in Fed semifinal when other Macks struggled. Undecided on college.
Niagara Falls: 5-10 senior guard
PPG: 13.0 Assists: 7.0 Steals: 4.0
Carried on fine Falls tradition of defense as a tremendous on-ball defender. Also a three-point threat who was a tremendous leader from the point for the Wolverines, which spent much of the early season as Western New York’s No. 1 large school. Considering community college options, including top program Monroe CC downstate.
Portville: 6-0 senior guard
PPG: 18.8 Assists: 7.5 Steals: 4.3
Silver Creek established itself as one of the best teams in Western New York, but CCAA II coaches voted Blask the league MVP. In 18-3 season, all losses were to Silver Creek. Third on school’s scoring list (1,010); first in assists (544) and steals (247). Averaged 5.4 rebounds this year. Considering Medaille, Fredonia and Pitt-Bradford.
South Park: 6-3 senior forward
PPG: 26.3 Reb: 11.6 Assts.: 4.0
An absolute scoring force for the Sparks in one of the toughest leagues in Western New York, Yale Cup I (McKinley, Middle Early College, East and Hutch-Tech all joined A-2 semifinalist South Park in reaching Buffalo State). Also a football standout, he went for a season-high 41 vs. Hutch-Tech and finished season with 545 points.