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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Boys Terrific 10

| Sunday, April 8, 2007

The top 10 area boys' basketball players, as selected by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

D.J. Kennedy, Schenley
Guard/Forward
6-6
Senior
Before the season, Kennedy and teammate DeJuan Blair promised each other that Schenley would win a state title. And Kennedy helped make it happen, putting on a show each game night, with breakaway dunks, alley-oop passes and a final scoring average of 17.2 points per game. Thanks in large part to Kennedy's talent, Schenley finished with a 30-3 record. Kennedy, a major college prospect, still hasn't picked a school.
Deandre Kane, Schenley
Guard
6-3
Junior
Kane was the No. 3 talent on Schenley's team, but he would be the star on many teams in Western Pennsylvania. A guard with range and ability to drive to the basket, Kane looks as if he plays effortlessly. He averaged 14 points per game, but he was the player who came up big when teams focused on DeJuan Blair and D.J. Kennedy. His talent, along with returning starter Greg Blair, might be enough to make people pay attention to Schenley, even after Blair, Kennedy and Jamaal Bryant graduate this year.
Herb Pope, Aliquippa
Forward
6-9
Senior
Pope became the first Parade Magazine All-American from the WPIAL in 13 years when he was named to the fourth team. A top-50 talent, Pope averaged 19.9 points and 11 rebounds per game to lead Aliquippa to its second consecutive WPIAL Class AA title and a runner-up finish in the PIAA championship. Pope, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2006 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, signed with New Mexico State.
Jonathan Baldwin, Aliquippa
Forward
6-6
Junior
A highly regarded two-sport athlete, Baldwin improved his stock on the basketball court after a stellar season that was spoiled by a PIAA championship loss. Baldwin has scholarship offers in football and basketball, but he hasn't decided which sport he'll play in college. Baldwin averaged 21.3 points per game while sharing the ball with Herb Pope and Antonio Reddic.
Brian Walsh, Moon
Guard
6-4
Junior
Walsh opened eyes at the prestigious ADCD camp last summer, and he lived up to the hype during Moon's first season in Class AAAA. Walsh can play the 1, 2 or 3 with his jump shot that complements his ability drive to the basket. As Moon's go-to guy, he averaged 16.9 points to lead the Tigers to the PIAA quarterfinals, where they lost to Schenley. Moon gave Schenley one of its biggest tests of the season, thanks to Walsh's 29 points. One of Western Pennsylvania hottest junior prospects, Walsh has offers from Penn State, Pitt, Maryland, St. Joseph's and Xavier, among others.
Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette
Guard/Forward
6-6
Junior
One of the most highly regarded juniors in the country, Pryor helped the Jayhawks reach the WPIAL Class AA finals and the PIAA semifinals. He averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks per game. He had six triple-doubles and eight doubles-doubles. He also scored a season-high 31 points against Greensburg Central Catholic. He has numerous Division I football and basketball offers.
Jawaan Alston, Albert Gallatin
Forward
6-8
Senior
Alston averaged 20.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.7 blocked shots per game while leading the Colonials to the second WPIAL championship game in school history, where it lost to Bethel Park, 68-63. The Buffalo recruit is a four-year starter, who led Albert Gallatin to the playoffs the past four seasons. He claimed school records in points (1,514), rebounds (1,040) and blocked shots (more than 400).
Mike Sherry, Chartiers Valley
Guard
6-1
Senior
Sherry shined on a team that battled adversity all season but still found its way to the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. Chartiers Valley lost to No. 16-seeded West Allegheny in the WPIAL final. The sharp-shooting Sherry averaged 26.5 points per game. He hasn't decided where he will play in college.
Antonio Reddic, Aliquippa
Guard/Forward
6-2
Senior
Reddic is a scrappy player, who leaves everything on the floor, making him fun to watch. Arguably the best defensive player in the WPIAL, Reddic might be the quickest, too. He averaged 19.6 points per game during the regular season and provided a third threat in addition to Herb Pope and Jonathan Baldwin. Reddic showcased his best stuff in his final high school basketball game, when he recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, nine steals and six assists in Aliquippa's PIAA championship loss to Prep Charter.
The All-Star Teams
Class AAAA
First team
Jawaan Alston
Albert Gallatin
F/C
6-8
Sr.
Brian Walsh
Moon
G
6-4
Jr.
Tim Picard
Bethel Park
G
6-3
Sr.
Mike Shanahan
Norwin
G
6-5
Jr.
Joe Berenato
Central Catholic
G
6-4
Sr.
Second team
Bret Matson
Pine-Richland
G
6-0
Jr.
Jason Jasko
Norwin
G
6-0
Sr.
John Hastings
Fox Chapel
G/F
6-1
Sr.
Nate Rayburn
Bethel Park
G
6-0
Sr.
Chris Saltzman
Central Catholic
G
6-3
Sr.
Class AAA
First team
Antoine Childs
Blackhawk
F
6-5
Jr.
Steve Swiech
Elizabeth Forward
C
6-9
Sr.
Mike Sherry
Chartiers Valley
G
6-1
Sr.
Slade Unis
Ambridge
G
5-11
Sr.
Kaleb Ramsey
Laurel Highlands
F
6-4
Jr.
Second team
Emilio Nardi
West Allegheny
G
6-0
Sr.
Paul Matthews
Greensburg Salem
G
6-4
Sr.
Chris Klimchock
Greensburg Salem
G
5-9
Sr.
Andrew McCauley
Yough
G
6-3
Sr.
Troy Hill
Valley
F
6-3
Sr.
Class AA
First team
Josh Arnold
Monessen
G/F
6-3
Sr.
Jonathan Baldwin
Aliquippa
G/F
6-6
Jr.
Herb Pope
Aliquippa
F
6-9
Sr.
Terrelle Pryor
Jeannette
G/F
6-6
Jr.
Antonio Reddic
Aliquippa
G
6-2
Sr.
Second team
Derek Moye
Rochester
G/F
6-5
Sr.
Matt Wier
Mohawk
F
6-6
Sr.
Davonte Shannon
Jeannette
G/F
6-2
Sr.
Franco Sebastiani
Greensburg Central Catholic
G
6-1
Sr.
Todd Thomas
Beaver Falls
G
6-3
So.
Class A
First team
Marc Rozanski
Serra Catholic
G
6-4
Sr.
Nick Matvicko
Leechburg
F
6-2
Sr.
Chris McVicker
California
G
6-1
Sr.
Steve Predebon
Leechburg
F
6-3
Sr.
Donte Valentino
California
G
5-8
Jr.
Second team
Rashad Washington
Duquesne
F
6-1
Jr.
Marcel Washington
Clairton
F
6-4
Sr.
Mike Barkowski
St. Joseph
G
6-2
Jr.
Matt Metcalf
Our Lady of Sacred Heart
G/F
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