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You make the call on the 2014 All-WNY boys basketball team

By Keith McShea

So you want to try and pick a 2014 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. There is plenty of grey area and room for interpretation in that description, and that's on purpose. That's the way we like it. There really can be countless factors discussed when it comes to determining the All-WNY team. 

Our top 20 are divided into four five-member teams: First team, second team, third team, fourth team. We then pick around 35-40 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 kmcshea@buffnews.com and he'll be added to the list.

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COACHES OF EVERY TEAM IN WNY: We want ballots from ALL of you. You have been emailed once. Please email your selections to me at kmcshea@buffnews.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):

YALE CUP
McKinley - Varin Lenard 12, D'Andre Steward 12, Devin Morris 11, Dante Thompson 12, Jailyn Prophet 10, Jeremy Kelley 12, Keyon Johnson 10, Juwan Toliver 10
East - Johnathon Lewis 12 (2013 HM), Tyree Tyson 12 (2013 HM), Percy Bryant 11 (2013 HM), Shawn Young 12, AJ Ayala 12
OTC Middle College - Bri'an Brown 12 (Yale Cup I POY, HM 2012 & 2013), Kevin Briggs 12 (HM 2013), Tarron "TJ" Scott 12, Joseph Staton 10, Devon Singleton 12 
Hutch-Tech - Aymanuel Radford 12
South Park - Keion Godson 12, Austin Peach 12
Riverside - Willie Smith 12
Lafayette - Lester Diaz 12 (Yale Cup II POY, 2013 HM)
City Honors - Matt Cieslik 11
Buffalo Arts - Ivan Harris 
Olmsted - Brandon Roach 10
I-Prep - Terrance James 11, Xavier Maye 11, Damon Boykin 12
Emerson - Michael Simpson 10

MONSIGNOR MARTIN ASSOCIATION 
Canisius - Howard Washington 10 (co-POY), Stafford Trueheart 10, LaTerrance Reed 11, Ryan Richards 12, Josh Huffman 11
St. Joe's - Justin Hollins 12, Justin Jones 10, Antonio Morreale 11 
St. Mary's - Tyler English 12, Corey Kiebzak 12, Matt Wrobel 12, Dione Strong 12, Latrell Tyson 12, Anthony Hinton 12, Takal Molson 10  
Bishop Timon/St. Jude - Donte Williams 12 (co-POY, 2013 FOURTH TEAM), Derick Simpson 11, William Lamar 9, Kyler Hairston 11
St. Francis - Kordell Holness-Lightbody 11, Maurice Burse 12
Nichols - Chris Miner 11 (2013 HM), Cam Lewis 11 (2013 HM), Tanner Schmit 11, Thomas Nuttle 12, Greg White 12, Seth Meyer 12 
Park - Derek Cheatom 11, Randy Golda 11, Blaine Brown 9, Hunter Anderson 10, Fred Foster 10

ECIC I 
Jamestown - Zach Panebianco 11 (2013 HM), Quinn Lee Yaw 12 (co-POY), Stephen Carlson 11, Zacc Kinsey 10, Ben Larson 11
Williamsville North - Sterling Taplin 12 (all-ECIC POY, ECIC I co-POY, 2012 FIRST TEAM, 2013 FIRST TEAM), Maceo Jack 10 
Frontier - Jay Bergmann 11
Lancaster - Joe Jankowski 12
Clarence - Ryan Funk 12 (2013 HM), Bryan Jost 12, Emaure Williams 12

ECIC II
Williamsville South - Sam Castronova 11, Kam Varner 11, Graham Dolan 11, Matt Macomber 12
Williamsville East - Cort Williams 11, Nicholas Clough 11
Hamburg - Griffin Ryan 12, Brandon Pierce 12 
Iroquois - Phil Bowen 12 (POY), Josh Pieczynski 12
Sweet Home - James Nix 12

ECIC III
Cheektowaga - Zak Ciezki 11, Dominick Welch 9, Preston Summers 12, Patrick Plummer 11, Devon Camel 11
Maryvale - Ed Smith 12, Logan Jung 12
Depew - Derek Sekuterski 12
Springville - Greg Beatty 12
Amherst - TC Brown 10 (POY), Alex Nwora 10, Darien Lowe 11, Dorian Billups 11  
East Aurora - Brendan Cox 12 (2013 HM)  

ECIC IV 
Lackawanna - Larry Fields 12
Holland - Clay Lewis 11, JR Kline 11
Eden - Bradley Palmerton 12
Tonawanda- Tristan Boling 11, Ben Stich 12
Alden - Dylan Dussault 12 
Cleveland Hill - Aaron Philips 12 (POY), Jermaine Hairston 11, Jared Watkins 12  

NIAGARA FRONTIER LEAGUE (no player of the year selected)  
Kenmore West - Noah Whalen 12, Alex Price 12, Adam Fron 12 
Lew-Port - Craig Paige 11, Zach Keegan 12, Jenard Jackson 10
Grand Island - Ryan Ross 12 
North Tonawanda - Nehemiah Stone 11, Chris Woodard 11, Joe Piotroski 12, Mike Awad 12
Lockport - Colin Dougherty 12, Ryan Lawrence 12, Moziah Townsend 12, Charlie Sobieraski 12 

NIAGARA-ORLEANS (no player of the year selected) 
Newfane - Josh Kneeland 12 
Medina - Mungie Brown 12
Barker - Jacob Haight 12 (2013 HM), Mitchell Luckman 12, Bryce Moeller 12, Christopher Sweeney 12
Roy-Hart - Alex Stoddard 12
Wilson - Kyle Bradley 11 

CCAA I West
Fredonia - Dylan Meyer 12 (POY, 2013 HM), John Piper 11, Nick Johnston 12, Cam Voss 11, Cody Cunningham 12, Patrick Moore 10
Dunkirk - Michael Bess 12 
Silver Creek - Bill Brooks 11 (2013 HM), Kaine Kettle 12 (2013 HM)
Maple Grove - Corey Wefing 12, Graham Soffel 11

CCAA I East
Salamanca - Jared Fish 11 (POY), Damien Taylor 12, Andy Crandall 11
Portville - Curtis Caya 12
Allegany-Limestone - Dom Saglimben 12, Ryan Vossler 12
Randolph - Bryce Morrison 11 (2013 HM), Mitch Maycock 12, Mason Bosley 11, Taylor Miller 12, Cody Oldro 12 

CCAA II West
Sherman - Andrew Graham 12 (2013 HM), Ryan Robson 12, Jake Card 11, Devin Moorhead 12, Nathan Ottaway 11, Ryan Myers 12
Westfield - Tanner Dahl 11
Chautauqua Lake - Ian Clute 12 
Panama - Dan O'Dell 12 
Cassadaga Valley - Cody Johnson 11 (POY)

CCAA II East
Ellicottville - Phalla Musall 11, Cameron Wilson 12
Franklinville - Ben Erickson 11 (POY), Collin Seamans 12
Forestville - Wayne Hartloff 12, Jake Nosbisch 12

CHARTER SCHOOLS
Oracle Charter - Antone Gulledge 12, Nelson Modi 12
Tapestry - JaQuoine Fogan 10, DeJuan Owens 12
Health Sciences - Allen Wright Jr. 12 (POY), Carl Goodwin 12, Aaron Day 12, Corey Wiseman 11, 
Maritime - Isaiah Padin 12
Global Concepts - Fred Searles 11

INDEPENDENTS
Olean - Wil Bathurst 12 (co-POY, 2012 THIRD TEAM, 2013 FIRST TEAM), Sam Eckstrom 12 (co-POY, 2011 HM, 2012 THIRD TEAM, 2013 SECOND TEAM), Nick Schmidt 12 (2012 HM, 2013 HM), Luke Hennessy 12, Dante Tarr 12

Be sure to be TOTALLY RESPECTFUL of the players you are discussing -- no matter where you are discussing them, whether it is in our 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 5.

Special note: This year's All-WNY team and the Allen Wilson Player of the Year will be honored at the third Buffalo News/BCANY Awards Banquet on Monday, April 7 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. Coaches and players will receive invitations.

Here's last year's post, which preceded the selection of the 2013 team.

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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