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: