The Daily News boys Fabulous 15 all-star team
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It was basketball season, but there were some familiar faces of the gridiron who stole the spotlight on courts throughout the Mon-Yough area.
Some of this year's top basketball players consider football their primary sport, with the likes of Thomas Jefferson's Joe Carroll and Chase Winovich; Clairton's Killer T's of Terrish Webb, Titus Howard and Tyler Boyd, East Allegheny's Shawn Adair and Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson.
While football may be the main sport for the bulk of the Fabulous 15, the group wasn't that bad at basketball either.
— Keith Barnes
Carlitto Acie • McKeesport
5-11, Sr., G
Was one of few key veterans on a young Tigers squad that made the second round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. Scored a career-high 28 points in his next-to-last game, a first-round win against Bethel Park. A streaky outside shooter, he hit six 3-pointers in that win over the Black Hawks. He averaged 12 points per game.
Shawn Adair • East Allegheny
6-2, Sr., G
May be one of the more underrated athletes in the WPIAL. The Wildcats senior averaged 13 points per game and helped the team end one of the longest postseason droughts in District 7. A solid ball-handler, he can also penetrate inside and drive to the hoop. Is a Division I football prospect.
Bryon Clifford • Clairton
5-9, Sr., G
Though he might have been overshadowed a bit on the football field, he was the key to the Bears' success on the court. Averaged 17.8 points per game and kept Clairton in a lot of games early in the season when the Bears were rounding into shape. Also an outstanding passer from the point.
Tyler Boyd • Clairton
6-2, Sr., G
May be a better defender than a scorer, but there's no doubt he can shoot. Scored 20 points, including the game-winning basket with 26 seconds remaining, in an upset of top-seeded Lincoln Park in the WPIAL Class A semifinals. Will play football at Pitt in the fall.
Joe Carroll • Thomas Jefferson
6-5, Sr., G
Though he came into basketball late in preseason training, he was still able to lead the Jaguars with 15.8 points per game. A solid outside shooter, he could also defend both guards and forwards, but he preferred to stay on the perimeter. Will play football at Robert Morris.
JaQuan Davidson • Elizabeth Forward
6-6, Jr., F
Transfer from West Mifflin helped the Warriors qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Was the leading scorer in Class AAA, averaging 22 points per game. Had the height to play inside against some of the better forwards, but could also step outside and shoot from behind the arc.
Titus Howard • Clairton
6-3, Sr., F
Though smaller than many of the inside players he guarded, he was a force in the paint and an excellent rebounder. Like most Bears whose primary sport is football, his game got better as the season went on. Will play defensive back at Pitt.
Ryan Maha • West Mifflin
6-foot, Jr., G
One of the most consistent shooters in the WPIAL, he led the Titans with 17.9 points per game. Helped West Mifflin qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and finish the season 16-6 overall.
Curtis Perz • Norwin
6-1, So., G
One of the players the Knights are looked to as a leader this season. Scored a team-high 14 points in an opening-round, one-point loss to No. 4 Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL playoffs. Averaged a team-best 15.3 points per game.
George Prota • Serra Catholic
6-10, So., C
Another in a list of young Eagles players, he lost more than 50 pounds in the offseason to get in shape and the results showed. Became a force on the blocks, averaging 14.2 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. Should only get better as the team adapts to its time in Class AA.
Joel Randolph • East Allegheny
6-3, Sr., F
Played one of his best games with a postseason berth on the line late in the season against Belle Vernon. Scored a career-high 31 points to help the school end a playoff drought that extended back to 1996. Averaged 15.2 points per game and was a force in the paint.
Joe Satira • Serra Catholic
6-2, So. G
Solid outside shooter who perfectly complemented the team's inside presence. Averaged 13.3 points per game and helped the Eagles qualify for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs in their first year playing up a classification. Was one of four Serra players to average double-figure scoring.
Ajan Smith • Steel Valley
6-3, Jr., G
A sometimes dominant player who can take over games seemingly at will. Came up big in a late-season victory over East Allegheny that helped the Ironmen qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. Was tied for ninth in scoring in Class AAA, averaging 18.1 points per game. Is getting looks from several colleges.
Jordan Williams • East Allegheny
5-4, Sr., G
He might not be the biggest player on the court, but the diminutive guard came up big when he needed. An outstanding 3-point shooter, he is skilled at dribble-penetration and doesn't mind going inside against bigger bodies but made his living behind the arc. Averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game and helped the Wildcats make the WPIAL playoffs.
Chase Winovich • Thomas Jefferson
6-4, Jr., F,
Played bigger than he is on the low post and often had to take on taller players with a bit more experience. Averaged 11.4 points and more than 10 rebounds per game to help the Jaguars qualify for the state playoffs. Is being recruited by several Division I colleges as a linebacker.
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