Terrific 10: Shooting stars led teams to championships
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BEAVER FALLS 6-8, SR., GUARD/FORWARD
How has the recruiting process been now that it's almost over?
Last year, it was something fun to say you were being recruited. This year, it's serious because I have to start cutting schools out. At times, it can be fun; at times, it can be nerve-wracking. Right now, it's a little nerve-wracking.
What is the most memorable play in your career?
The dunk that started my legend, against Aliquippa, my sophomore year. It was a routine play like in practice, but Devin Cook got a rebound and started pushing it and I started coming up the sideline. He threw a bounce pass to me, the defender stepped up, and it was like I just jumped over him.
What is most important to you off the court?
My little brother (seventh-grader Donovan). Since he was born, I've been the protective one. I've watched him grow up, and he's almost as tall as me now. Now that my career is done, I want to get him ready. ... Honestly, people sometimes go 'Oh, your brother is going to be better than you,' and I hope he is.
Can you describe winning the WPIAL title?
It was a lot of emotions. When we were on the court and looking like we were going to win, it was like 'Yeah, this is nice, but we're still going.' But then when they handed me the trophy, it was like 'Aw, man. This is something I'm going to remember.'
Terrific 10 — Boys TEAM
PLUM, 6-4, SR., GUARD
One of the top shooters in the WPIAL, his 25 ppg led Class AAAA and boosted the Mustangs to the WPIAL quarterfinals. The Cornell recruit also had interest from Yale and Penn.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC, 6-2, SR., GUARD
One of the most explosive playmakers in the area, Davis was a big reason the Vikings made a run to the WPIAL championship game, as he led the Vikings with 19.1 ppg.
GATEWAY, 6-10, SR., FORWARD
This big man averaged 12.4 points and was Gateway's top rebounder, with 7.4 a game, but it was his defensive efforts that truly helped the Gators win the WPIAL title as a No. 11 seed.
HIGHLANDS, 6-2, SR., GUARD
Drake recruit is the school's all-time leading scorer and the most-prolific 3-point shooter in WPIAL history, draining a record 346. The first-team all-state selection averaged a WPIAL high 28.7 ppg.
GATEWAY, 6-6, SR., GUARD
Key to the Gators run to back-to-back WPIAL Class AAAA championships, Scott led the team with 16.1 ppg and was always good for a highlight dunk or two.
BUTLER, 6-1, SR., GUARD
As efficient as point guards come, he averaged 21.3 points and hit countless clutch shots as the Golden Tornado made a strong run to the WPIAL semifinals. He'll attend the Naval Academy in the fall.
SHALER, 6-2, JR., GUARD
Already committed to Penn State, this first-team all-state selection led the Class AAAA Titans to a No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs, averaging 21.5 points along the way. He is a threat to score anywhere on the floor.
LINCOLN PARK, 6-10, SR., CENTER
The Temple recruit had 1,238 career points, 1,370 rebounds and 1,020 blocks, and averaged 14.3 ppg, pacing the team to its first WPIAL title and second straight PIAA final appearance.
MONTOUR, 6-4, JR., GUARD
A nimble Division I prospect and all-state selection with offers from Kent State and Akron, he orchestrated a unique Spartans offense and was vital in helping his team to the PIAA Class AAA title game.
HOPEWELL, 5-11, JR., GUARD
Could you have imagined having a better WPIAL championship game?
I wanted to win in any kind of way, because my past experience wasn't so good (losing as a freshman). But I never would have thought that.
As a standout in volleyball and track and field as a jumper, which sport do you prefer?
They're probably about even. Each season, I try to be the best; I work hard to be the best in all of it.
How do those sports help in basketball?
Jumping is involved in both, and working out for the triple jump, we do a lot of squats, which helps going into my AAU season. They also help me to stay active and not take those long breaks between seasons.
What are your interests outside of sports?
I'm part of National Honor Society at school. We help with kindergarten registration at schools, and we work with Special Olympics and other things.
Any goals for your senior basketball season?
We set goals in the beginning of the year winning section, WPIALs and beyond. We have the majority of our team back, so I think we're going to be pretty good again. I just hope people don't underestimate us.
Terrific 10 — GIRLS TEAM
OAKLAND CATHOLIC, 5-7, SR., GUARD
Her leadership and 15.1 ppg were vital in bringing the Eagles back to prominence appearances in the WPIAL and PIAA title games, along with ending Mt. Lebanon's state title streak.
GATEWAY, 5-11, SR., GUARD/FORWARD
Committed to national champion Baylor, the Gators phenom closed her WPIAL career by averaging 24.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists. She helped Gateway to a Section 2 title.
SETON-LA SALLE, 6-0, SO., GUARD/FORWARD
Gibson averaged a team-high 16.7 ppg for the undefeated Rebels and was an all-state selection. She will be one of the area's most recruited players the next two years.
JEANNETTE, 5-7, JR., GUARD
Along with averaging a WPIAL-best 27 points nearly half of her own team's average she collected six rebounds per game and paced Jeannette to a Section 3 championship.
SETON-LA SALLE, 5-10, JR., GUARD
This versatile Duquesne recruit had 18 points in the Rebels' state championship victory and averaged 13.4. Her return is a big reason why Seton-La Salle will be favored to repeat.
SOUTH PARK, 5-10, JR., GUARD
One of the most complete players in the WPIAL, this standout averaged 17.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 3.8 steals in her best season yet, leading South Park to a WPIAL runner-up finish.
BLACKHAWK, 5-5, FR., GUARD
Leading Blackhawk with 19.2 ppg, she has the Cougars feeling good about the future after tying for the Section 2 title and reaching the WPIAL semis and PIAA quarters.
BISHOP CANEVIN, 5-10, JR., GUARD
A Division-I talent who is regarded as one of the area's top players, she averaged 20.4 points and helped the Crusaders to a WPIAL Class AA championship appearance.
NORTH CATHOLIC, 5-9, JR., GUARD/FORWARD
On a balanced Trojanettes squad, Wolosik led the way with her 13.8 points per game and physical play in the paint. She helped North Catholic make trips to the WPIAL and PIAA Class A finals.
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The top high school basketball players as chosen by the editors of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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