So you want to try and pick a 2013 All-Western New York boys basketball team?
Here's your chance.
As is our annual tradition, below we have put together a semi-unscientific list of players under consideration for All-WNY honors, listed league-by-league. As we have in past years, we tried to err on the side of having too many names on this list rather than too few.
For our All-Western New York team, we attempt to pick the 20 best players who had the best seasons. The 20 are divided into four five-member teams: First team, second team, third team, fourth team. We then pick around 30-35 honorable mentions. That might sound like a lot of spots to fill. But start going down the list and you'll see how things get very difficult.
Our general guideline for this list was to include the first and/or second team from the all-league squads. Some teams have several names listed -- it might be because they might all be worthy top 20 candidates, because those teams went deep into the postseason and had many contributors, because those teams are deep and it is tough to determine which is a team's second- or third- best player for honorable mention reasons. Like we said, we err on the side of having too many names.
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If anyone thinks there's a player who is not listed who deserves legitimate consideration for the All-WNY team, just add it in a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll be added to the list.
Note: If we haven't received a league's all-stars yet, that is noted; we are very likely missing players who belong on this list because of that. We will add worthy names ASAP.
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COACHES OF EVERY TEAM IN WNY: We want ballots from ALL of you. Please email your selections to me at email@example.com as soon as possible. Thanks.
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Here's the list:(league Player of the Year/MVP honors are mentioned, as are last year's All-WNY honors, including honorable mentions):
McKinley - Marcus Morris 12 (HM '12), Lovell Smith 12 (HM '12), Reyjzon Jordan 12 (HM '12), Daequan Warren 12, Samuel Smith 12
East - Johnathon Lewis 11, Tyree Tyson 11, Percy Bryant 10, Johnathan Kinley 12
OTC Middle College - Keir Anderson 12, Bri'an Brown 11 (HM '12), Kevin Briggs 11
Hutch-Tech - Tim Whitehead 12, Jovohn Owens 12, Aymanuel Radford 11, Roman West 11.
South Park - Tyrell Mitchell 12
Riverside - Willie Smith 11
Lafayette - Lester Diaz 11
MST Seneca - JaVaughn McNab 12
Burgard - Daquan Walker 12
Olmsted - Malcolm Hendrick 12
I-Prep - Damon Boykin 12
Emerson - Lenny Dowell 12
MONSIGNOR MARTIN ASSOCIATION
Canisius - Adam Weir 12 (POY, FIRST TEAM '12), Aaron White 12 (HM '12), Matt MacDonald 12 (HM '12)
St. Joe's - Jordan Glover 12 (HM '12), Jaylen Morris 12, Louis Oliveri 12
St. Mary's - Paul Rath 12, Tyler English 11, Corey Kiebzak 11, Matt Wrobel 11
Bishop Timon/St. Jude - Donte Williams 11, Demone Harris 12, Manny Welch 12
Nichols - Chris Miner 10, Cam Lewis 10, Liam Ryan 12
Jamestown - Tommy Campion 12 (co-POY, THIRD TEAM '12), Quinn Lee Yaw 11, Zach Panebianco 10, Branden Kellam 10
Sweet Home - Kole Gilchrist 12
Williamsville North - Sterling Taplin 11 (all-ECIC POY, ECIC I co-POY, FIRST TEAM '12), David Berkun 12, Aman Washington 12
Clarence - Ryan Funk 11, Bryan Jost 11
Williamsville South - Chaq Nettles 12 (HM '12), Damien Powers 12
Williamsville East - Cort Williams 10
Starpoint - Andrew Rankie 12
Iroquois - Nate Wilkinson 12 (POY), Phil Bowen 11
Sweet Home - Kole Gilchrist 12, Khalid Barnes 12, Mike Torrillo 12
Cheektowaga - Zak Ciezki 10
Maryvale - Ed Smith 11, Max Aiken 12
Depew - Derek Sekuterski 11
Amherst - Jonathan Belton 12 (POY, HM '12), Alex Turecki 12, Dion Lewis 12, Dorian Billups 10
East Aurora - Brendan Cox 11, Ian Allen 12, James Ritchie 12
Lake Shore - Clark Brueckl 12
Lackawanna - Ahmad Abdo 12, Shaquille Brooks 12, Damone Sylvers 10
Holland - Clay Lewis 10
Tonawanda- Clayton Hess 11 (co-POY, '11 HM, '12 HM)
JFK - Nick Anderson 12
Cleveland Hill - Jordan Parker 12 (co-POY), Jared Watkins 11, Richard Sotero 12, Aaron Philips 11
NIAGARA FRONTIER LEAGUE (no player of the year selected)
Niagara Falls - Jermaine Crumpton 12 ('12 SECOND TEAM), Jaleo Wilkins 12 ('11 HM. '12 HM), Ramir Burton 12, Tikere Ralands 12, Vinzell Watkins 11
Kenmore West - Quinton Campbell 12 (HM '12)
Lew-Port - Nick Mansour 12
Niagara-Wheatfield - Jack Mulcahy 12
North Tonawanda - Ian Gilhousen 12, Nehemiah Stone 10, Chris Woodard 10
Lockport - Moziah Townsend 11
NIAGARA-ORLEANS (no player of the year selected)
Newfane - Connor Sears 12, Reid Weber 12
CSAT - Darnell Carson 12 (HM '12), Desmond LaMar 12, Jaquille Peay 12, Dylanta Carson 10
Barker - Jacob Haight 11, Mitchell Luckman 11
Roy-Hart - Brad Bobbitt 12, Blake Copella 12
Akron - Conner Ladd 12, Austin Mietz 12
Olean - Sam Eckstrom 11 (co-POY, '11 HM, '12 THIRD TEAM), Wil Bathurst 11 (co-POY, '12 THIRD TEAM), Nick Schmidt 11 ('12 HM), Patrick Scholla 12, Luke Hennessy 11, Max Portlow 12, Evan Ryan 12
Fredonia - Dylan Meyer 11, John Piper 10
Southwestern - Kyle Radack 12, Alek Peck 12
Portville - Zach Blask 12 (POY), Josh Watson 12
Silver Creek - Zed Williams 12 (HM '12), Steve Marcey 12, Kaine Kettle 11, Bill Brooks 10
Randolph - Bryce Morrison 10
Maple Grove - Aaron Germain 12 (co-POY), Will Soffel 12 (co-POY), Austin Goerke 12, Corey Wefing 11
Westfield - Jon Coe 12, Tanner Dahl 10
Chautauqua Lake - Ian Clute 11
Panama - Alec Blose 12, Dan O'Dell 11
Clymer - Dan Lictus 12 (POY)
Sherman - Andrew Graham 11, Ryan Robson 11
Brocton - Jordan Patterson 12, Dan Ferguson
North Collins - Jared Keppel 12
Oracle Charter - Gerald Bibbs 12 (POY), Julius Allen 12 (def. MVP), Jamarr Cunningham 12 (off. MVP), Eric Waters 12
Tapestry - Tom Lucas 12, Jon Spears 12
Health Sciences - Allen Wright Jr. 11
Maritime - Tyree Coble 10, Warren Mostiller
Global Concepts - Randy Golda 10
Be sure to be TOTALLY RESPECTFUL of the players you are discussing -- no matter where you are discussing them, whether it is in our new-and-improved comments section below, or elsewhere. Thanks.
We've got a relatively short amount of time for some fun debating and discussion. The News' team, along with all the all-stars, the Player of the Year and the final polls, is scheduled to be published Saturday, April 6.
Special note: This year's All-WNY team and Player of the Year will be honored at the second Prep Talk/BCANY Awards Banquet on Monday, April 15 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. More details to come.