Candidates for Next Year’s Starting 5

Peyton Aldridge, LaBrae
Peyton Aldridge, LaBrae

Candidates for Next Year’s Starting 5

Peyton Aldridge, LaBrae
Aldridge has to be the odd-on-favorite to reach the Starting 5 next year (again). Here’s Peyton’s shooting line during the regular season – 57.2% FG, 34.5% 3PT, 82.4% FT. Aldridge averaged 19.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals. The ultimate teammate makes his team better year-in and year-out.

Nick Ballone, Lowellville
Nick averaged a tad over 18 points per game (18.1) this past season.

Anthony Bell, Warren Harding
Talk about a guy who took advantage of the playing time he was given – Bell increased his totals from 1.7 points to 15.5 this year. Anthony led the Raiders in rebounding (5.5) and swipes (2.6). Bell shot 31.8% from three-point land as well as 69.7% from the free throw line.

Anthony Cannone, Hickory
The Hornets won the Region 5 Championship this year. There wasn’t much that Cannone didn’t do during the 2012-13 season. Anthony scored 12.3 points, shot 36.2% on his three-pointers and 73.8% from the charity stripe. Cannone also hauled in 3.1 rebounds while dishing 2.4 assists.

Garhett Frable, Reynolds
As a sophomore, Frable led the Raiders with a 15.4 scoring average and 8.5 caroms. Garhett shot 60.3% from the floor and finished with 25 blocked shots.

Mark Henry, Sharon
Henry shot the ball extremely well this season. He made 77.6% of his free throws and 42.9% of his three-pointers. Mark tallied 9 points a game, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Malik Hooker, New Castle
Hooker scored 500 points (501 pts, 16.7 ppg), compiled 233 rebounds (7.8 rpg) while leading the team in three-point shooting (54.8%) and steals (2.9 spg) and finished third in field goal percentage (54.8%).

Ike Jones, Farrell
Jones returns for his senior season hoping to improve on a 12.8 (ppg) average and 8.4 rebounds. Ike managed to shoot 60.7% from the free throw line.

Jake Jones, Lordstown
Jones has been consistently solid over the years. As a sophomore, he scored 10 points per game and dished out 3.1 assists. This past season, Jones increased his totals to 13.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals. Oh by the way, he shot 37% from beyond the arc.

Kevin Jones, Maplewood
The Rockets return their top five scorers as they will be tough to handle in 2013-14. Kevin Jones led the team in scoring with a 10.5 average. He also registered 4.8 assists and 3.6 boards. Kevin shot 37.3% from the three-point land and 69.2% from the foul line.

Brandon Lee, Bristol
He will return as the Panthers’ go-to guy following a 24-1 mark. This past winter, Lee averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.2 steals. Brandon shot 34.1% from long distance and 66.9% from the chairt stripe. Compare this season’s success to last year when Lee posted a 9.4 scoring average and 4.4 boards.

Robert Logan, Crestview
The Upper Tier of the ITCL was put on notice by the Rebels that they will have to deal with Robert Logan for another year. Robert averaged 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds while shooting 51.7% from the field.

Terrell McClain, East
The Panthers’ big man will try and follow up a stellar junior campaign. The 6’6 post player finished second on the team in blocks (1.3) and steals (2.0) while tallying 11.4 points and 5.9 caroms. McClain was also effective at the line where he shot 65.4%. As a sophomore, Terrell scored 7.4 points, blocked 1.5 shots, and snagged 5.1 rebounds per game.

Desmond McElroy, Ursuline
The Irish will lose six players to graduation. McElroy returns for his senior campaign as he attempts to follow up a strong 2012-13.

Asim Pleas, Liberty
One of the most explosive players in the area is Asim Pleas. He managed to tally 4.9 rebounds and score a team-high 15.2 points. Pleas also registered a 47.1% field goal percentage.

Craig Randall, Girard
Randall led the All-American Conference in scoring this season (22.8). Craig made 94 field goals including 57 three-pointers and 96 free throw tosses. The dynamic sophomore guard registered 3.6 assists per game to boot.

Mark Schuler, Springfield
Schuler garnered respect around the area after his super sophomore campaign. At times, the 6’4  Schuler looked like a senior playing against freshman. He completed the year with a 11.3 scoring average, 9.8 boards and a shot 51.2% from the floor. Also, Mark made 4 three-pointers on 4 attempts.

Nate Scott, Wellsville
Nate helped the Tigers to a first-place tie with McDonald atop the Lower Tier. Scott averaged over 20 points per game.

Matt Seitz, McDonald
Matt was named to the first-team Northeast Inland All-District team following a 21.1 point per game season.

Trey Staunch, West Middlesex
The sophomore scored in double-digits in 28 of the Big Reds’ 29 games this past season. In Staunch’s two seasons on the varsity level, West Middlesex has posted a 47-9 record.

Jake Wolfe, Poland
Wolfe continues to be impressive. He led the Bulldogs in points (14.6), rebounds (8.1) and steals (1.5) this year. Jake posted a scoring average of 9 points and grabbed 5.6 boards as a sophomore. Poland finished tied for first in the All-American American Division.

Max Wolfgang, Salem
The 6’5 forward will be back for his senior season in 2013-14. Max upped his scoring from 5.3 to 9.7 and his field goal percentage from 45.5% to 56.8%. Wolfgang led the Quakers in rebounding (6.7).

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