Pittsburgh Tribune-Review basketball Terrific Ten
Beaver Falls Sr. 6-3 F
NOTABLE: Football is his game of choice, and he has signed to play wide receiver at Pitt. But Thomas is a second-team selection to The Associated Press all-state Class AA basketball team after averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He totaled 2,063 career points.
Chartiers Valley Jr. 6-0 G
NOTABLE: McConnell, a second-team Class AAA all-state pick, averaged 22.3 PPG, hit 93 of 174 3-pointers (53.4 percent) and has totaled 1,344 career points in two seasons. … Next season, he has a shot at the school scoring record (2,022, Mike Colbert, 1998).
Mt. Lebanon Jr. 6-2 G
NOTABLE: Pierce, who is getting Division I interest, averaged 17.5 PPG and is second team all-state in AAAA. … Two years ago, his family moved from Indianapolis and chose Mt. Lebanon from among several top basketball schools.
Sewickley Academy Jr. 6-6 G/F
NOTABLE: A first-team all-state selection in Class A, Droney has averaged 15.0, 21.6 and 23.7 points per game the past three seasons. … He has yet to choose a college from among his final three — Pitt, Notre Dame and Davidson — but he is close to announcing a decision.
Hampton Sr. 6-0 G
NOTABLE: A second-team all-state selection in Class AAA, Madia is the only senior on Hampton’s first WPIAL championship team, and averaged 19.6 PPG. … He hopes to continue his basketball career, and is looking at Allegheny, Westminster and Waynesburg.
Serra Catholic Sr. 5-10 G
NOTABLE: A first-team all-state choice in Class A, Heatherington will take his game to Point Park next season. He averaged 25 PPG at Serra Catholic, including one amazing night when he scored a WPIAL-playoff record 50 against Neshannock in a semifinal game.
Seneca Valley Sr. 6-4 G/F
NOTABLE: Brown carried Seneca Valley to the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs and the first section title in school history, averaging 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. … After the season, he conducted a youth basketball clinic for his senior project and raised $500 for two charitable causes.
Peters Township Sr. 6-3 G
NOTABLE: Wilcox scored 32 points in a 58-52 victory over Seneca Valley in the WPIAL semifinals. His 20.8 scoring average helped Peters Township win the school’s first WPIAL championship and earned him third-team status on the AAAA all-state team.
North Catholic Sr. 6-5 C
NOTABLE: Pwono started playing basketball at age 6 with his older brother, Hussein, in Mellon Park and moved on to Central Catholic before transfering two years ago. He led North Catholic to a WPIAL title and PIAA Class AA runner-up finish, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Greensburg Salem Sr. 5-9 G
NOTABLE: In three consecutive state playoff games, Klimchock hit two game-winning shots and four decisive free throws in the final minute, leading his team to the PIAA title game. … Second-team all-state, he averaged 17.7 PPG, including 30 in a PIAA playoff victory over Chartiers Valley.
Beaver Sr. 6-1 F
NOTABLE: Vendemia, second-team all-state, averaged impressive totals of 24.5 points and 14 rebounds in her final season as a four-year starter for Beaver. … She will attend Duquesne because, in part, she said, “I am a stay-at-home kind of girl.”
Mars Sr. 6-1 F
NOTABLE: First-team all-state, Grenci averaged a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) for WPIAL and PIAA qualifier Mars this season. She has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Siena, but she also attracted attention from Lehigh and Akron.
Mt. Lebanon Sr. 5-11 G/F
NOTABLE: Miller averaged 12.5 PPG for Mt. Lebanon’s 31-0 WPIAL and PIAA championship team. Second-team all-state, she found time to earn a 4.8 GPA, occasionally studying into the wee hours of the morning, she said. She won’t play basketball in college but will study biomedical engineering.
Peters Township Sr. 6-3 C
NOTABLE: Correal was as consistent as any player in the WPIAL over the past four seasons. A four-year starter, she averaged a double-double each season: 14 points, 11 rebounds as a freshman, followed by 16.5-12, 21-11 and 20.5-11. First-team all-state, she has committed to William & Mary.
Washington Sr. 5-6 G
NOTABLE: Floyd did what her position — shooting guard — requires. She finished with a 20.8 points-per-game average for Washington, which qualified for the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs and had a two-game run in each. A second-team all-state choice, she has committed to Duquesne.
North Catholic Sr. 6-0 G/F
NOTABLE: Part of an all-state family that includes uncle Dave Long, the Class AA coach of the year, and cousin Jesse Long, third-team all-state, Savulchak is a first-team Class A all-stater, with an average of 19 PPG for the WPIAL champion Trojanettes.
Butler Jr. 5-11 PG
NOTABLE: Bresnahan averaged 19 PPG, drawing the attention of Vanderbilt, Pitt and Connecticut, where she visited with coach Geno Auriemma. … She is undecided about college, but her first-team all-state status in Class AAAA won’t hurt her profile.
Ford City Sr. 6-3 G-F
NOTABLE: Penn State recruit and third-team all-state, Wolfe scored 1,542 career points, third all-time at Ford City. … She also led the team in rebounds and blocked shots and averaged 18.2 PPG. … She helped Ford City to a 20-3 record, including two nine-game winning streaks.
Sto-Rox Sr. 5-6 G
NOTABLE: Connolly, who has committed to Edinboro, is third-team Class AA all-state and the best girls basketball player in Sto-Rox history. She finished as the leader in career (1,154) and single-season points (417 this year) and career steals (371) and assists (366). She also averaged 11.0, 10.6, 13.8 and 14.9 per game each season as a four-year starter. Throw in a 3.9 grade-point average (No. 5 in the senior class).
Schenley Sr. 6-2 F
NOTABLE: Walker averaged 25.6 points for Schenley after moving to Pittsburgh with her mother to be closer to her sister, former Pitt star Marcedes. … Walker, who signed with UCLA, was a starter in the McDonald’s All-American Game, where she scored four points and had six rebounds.
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