Boys Starting 5 Winners Announced

LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge is the 2014 Starting Five Player of the Year. The Vikings’ standout finished a banner career averaging 21.9 points and 14.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 4 blocks per game last season. He is also the school’s all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,733 career points and 1,016 career rebounds. He was previously named 1st Team All-Ohio in Division III, and verbally committed to play collegiately at Davidson.

Austintown Fitch’s Jessie Driver makes the cut, after polishing off a banner career with the Falcons. He led his team, and the entire All-American Conference in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game and 5.9 assists per contest.  He also led the Falcons, and ranked second in the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game. Defensively, he led Fitch with an average of 2 steals per game. He concludes his career as the program’s 7th all-time leading scorer. In addition, Driver is first all-time in games played with the Falcons, and is third all-time in career rebounds and assists. In the 2013-14 season, he helped lead the Falcons to 19 regular season wins, which tied a school record.

New Castle’s Malik Hooker capped off a banner Senior season, helping lead the undefeated Red Hurricanes to the program’s first-ever PIAA Class AAAA State Title. He averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game this season, helping his team secure a perfect 31-0 record.

Wellsville’s Nate Scott broke the school’s 30-year old scoring record this past season, finishing his career with 1,623 career points. On the year, he averaged 22.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists per game. He tallied a school-record 78 3-pointers this season, and finished his time in a Tiger uniform with a school record 227 triples. He also shot an impressive 72% from the field, 40% from outside the 3-point line, and 73% from the free throw line, helping lead the Tigers to an undefeated record in ITCL play.

McDonald’s Matt Seitz lit up the scoreboard to wrap up his stellar career with the Blue Devils. He racked up a school-record 1,413 career points, which includes 623 points his Senior year alone, for an average of 24.9 points per game. Seitz also shot 57% from the floor, 72% from the free-throw line, and 33% from outside the 3-point line. The Blue Devil standout also tallied 202 rebounds, for an average of 8 per game.

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