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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Boys Terrific 10

The Tribune-Review
| Sunday, April 8, 2007 12:00 a.m

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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