Evening Sun boys’ basketball all-stars. Players are listed by school, alphabetically:
Bryant Winans, jr., 5-11
Winans was a do-everything player for the Crimson Knights, and finished among Section IV’s leaders in scoring, and his 22.2 points per game average was far and away the best in Chenango County this season. Winans scored over 30 points four different times reaching a career-high 39 against B-G. He also had 34 against Walton to almost single-handedly guide his team to an upset win. Moreover, his lanky reach, quickness, and anticipation led to over five steals a game, and he dished out five assists per contest. “He’s like his brother Derek where he can shoot the three, but he’s also like his brother Josh where he has great quickness and court sense,” said Dick Winans, head Afton coach and Bryant’s father. “He set the tone for our team. When he pushed his game to another level, the rest of the team picked it up. And, usually, if we needed points, the kids would do whatever they had to do to set him up.” Winans finished with 467 points over 21 games.
Drew Hartman, sr., 5-9
A double figures scorer for G-MU his three years on the varsity squad finishing with 614 career points, Hartman was the Raiders’ point guard from the day he stepped onto the floor as a sophomore. “He got better each year and was a quiet leader,” said head coach Bill Hartman. “He isn’t a demonstrative kid, but he had a passion for the game, and he made our teams better the three years he was with us.” Hartman finished with an 11.3 points per game averaging scoring a season-high 18 points on three different occasions. He had a career-high of 22 points last season. “Drew certainly had the capacity to score 18 or 19 points a night, but he was perfectly content to distribute the basketball,” Hartman said. “Maybe he didn’t take enough shots, but that kind of approach allowed our younger kids to grow as players.”
Honorable mention: Peter Schmidt, jr. HM; Cody Hall, so.
Mike Porter, sr., 5-9
A first team MAC all-division player for the second straight year, Porter was a smooth shooter who hit a team-high 42 three-pointers, and coincidentally made 42 percent of his three-point attempts. “His shooting was amazing,” said Greene coach Jeff Paske. He’d have 14, 15 points a night, and he’d do it with under 10 shots. It’s not like he was a scorer who needed to shoot a lot to get his points.” Porter had three 20-plus-point games this season reaching a season-high 26 against B-G. He was also a deadly accurate foul shooter hitting a team-high 79 percent of his attempts. “Mike was an accurate jump shooter, he could hit the three, and he could drive to the hole,” Paske said. “If we got him more shots per game, who knows what he would have done. But he wasn’t that type of player. He did the little things to get other kids involved, and he led our team in assists.”
Honorable mention: Cameron Daniels, sr.
Robert Martin, sr., 5-11
Head coach Mark Abbott said that his senior captain had one of the most decorated seasons in his tenure. Martin was named to two all-tournament teams, the STAC All-Conference team, the STAC Senior All-Star Game, the Stars and Stripes Classic, and the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin’s All-Metro team. Oh, by the way, he led Norwich in scoring (16.3/gm), assists (4.7/gm), three-point goals (36), was second in rebounds (6.3/gm) and steals (1.8/gm). He was also just the fourth player in 21 years playing for Abbott to record a triple-double achieving that in a late-season win over Chenango Valley. “In my opinion, Robert was the best all-around player in our league this season. There are no weaknesses in his game, and he is such a team player,” Abbott said. “No one on our team worked harder than Robert, and let me tell you, we had a lot of hard workers this year – a lot.” Martin had six 20-point games scoring a career-high 26 against Sherburne-Earlville. He also, at one point, made 22 straight free throws over three games and finished with a 73.3 percent success rate from behind the stripe.
Amos Parry, sr., 6-2
Parry went from little-used reserve as a junior to an integral part of Norwich’s offense and defense, while earning STAC all-central division honors. “A lot of people were surprised by Amos’ play this year,” Abbott said. “Coach Collier (Tom) and myself weren’t. He’s a great example of what the program has developed into: Very good players graduate, and very good players move in to replace them.” Parry was the ultimate stat stuffer finishing among the team leaders in a multitude of categories. He led in rebounding (9.2/gm), blocked shots (2.6/gm), steals (1.8/gm), defensive charges (nine), second in scoring (10.1/gm), third in assists (2.4/gm), and shot 45 percent from the field. He posted five double-doubles in points and rebounds, and had nine games where he blocked three or more shots in a contest. “Amos was a presence at both ends of the floor,” Abbott said. “His length caught a lot of people by surprise, and he had great desire to get to the ball. He has what we refer to as a lot of ‘want-to.’ You love having players like that on your team.”
Honorable mention: Nate Foote, jr.; Keegan Edwards, sr.; Shane Thompson, sr.
Ben Burdick, sr., 6-3
Oxford overhauled its style of play from an inside-dominated offense to a more wide-open transition attack. No player benefited more from that switch than Burdick. An All-MAC division player this season, Burdick led the Blackhawks in scoring at 14.3 points per game, and he also led in rebounding at 9.5 rebounds. Among the starters, his 60 percent field goal percentage was far and away the best on the club. “He’s a real athletic kid who is able to finish well around the basket,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis. “He has a real nose for the ball and runs the floor well.” Burdick’s nose for the ball was evident when the Blackhawks ran their full-court press. At the top of that press was the lanky Burdick. “If has quick hands, and if we needed a bucket, he seemed to get a steal,” Davis said. Burdick had a stretch of four straight games where he scored at least 20 points, and he was in double figures scoring in 18 of 21 games this season.
Honorable mention: Trevor Nelson, sr.; Scott Seiler, jr.
Greg Evans, 5-11, sr.
A steady senior influence on the Vikings’ run to a Section III Class D-2 title, Evans contributed big numbers across the board statistically averaging three steals, nearly five rebounds, nine points, while hitting 83 percent from the foul line and canning a team-high 47 three-pointers at a 44 percent success rate. His three-point success this year left him with 100 trifectas for his career to establish a new Vikings all-time record for three balls. “One of the best things about Greg was the leadership he provided this season,” said OV coach Dave Loomis, whose club was chock full of underclassmen that saw big minutes. “He’s one of the best kids we’ve had as far as his passion and dedication; he loses himself in the team. Many times we asked him to play different roles for us depending on our needs. Without hesitation, he went out and did it.” Evans reached double figures scoring eight times this season scoring a season-high 24 against Edmeston. He also had 12 games this season where he made at least two three balls.”
Honorable mention: Taylor Duell, jr.; David Cerasani, so.
Jon Pinney, sr., 5-8
Pinney, a three-year starter for the Marauders, was the Center State Conference co-MVP along with teammate Wilson Rose, and it was a ‘pick your poison’ situation with Pinney slashing to the hoop or hitting jumpers, while Rose dominated the inside post. “He took over our point guard spot this year,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard, “and he created a lot of opportunities for other guys to score. He was able to get them the ball and really made our offense tick.” Pinney scored 876 career points over his three seasons, the last a glorious 21-1 campaign in which the Marauders reached their highest state ranking ever at number three in the Class B poll late in the season. Pinney added a team-high 100 assists and 48 steals to go with his 15.5 scoring average. His season-high 28 points came against Waterville, and he had three over 20-point games this season. “He’s a bright kid who plays year ‘round, and he was definitely like another coach on the floor,” Vibbard said. “You don’t replace a kid like him.”
Wilson Rose, sr., 6-3
A two-time league MVP, Rose averaged a double-double this season scoring 15.3 points and grabbing 12.3 rebounds. His numbers – along with teammate Jon Pinney’s – could have been much better if not for all of the blowout wins in which he was sitting at the end of games gaining a much-needed breather. “Other teams designed defenses to stop Wilson, and almost every time he touched the ball he was double- and triple-teamed,” Vibbard said. “That led to a lot of good opportunities for his teammates.” Rose posted 17 double-doubles over the course of the season, and had a 21-point, 18-rebound game over eventual Class C state champion Sidney – a 56-53 S-E win. “Wilson has a very good basketball mind, and he plays all year like Jonathan,” Vibbard said. “He’s fundamentally sound, a good passer, and he can score inside or out. Wilson could have gotten frustrated with all the attention he got on defense, but all he cared about – and all our team cared about – was winning games.”
Honorable mention: Gabe Fowler, sr.; Drew Doscher, sr.
Juston Parks, 5-8, sr.
An unquestioned leader for the Storm and a third-year player under head coach Matt Osborne, Parks played on three straight Class C semifinalist clubs, and the teams Parks started for won 56 games over three seasons including back-to-back Midstate Athletic Conference team titles. “He is just a real hard worker, and whether it was practices or games, you knew he’d give 110 percent,” Osborne said. “He was our leader on the floor and he kept everyone organized.” Parks was slowed by an ankle injury late in the season, but still managed eight double figures games including a high of 16 points on two occasions. Parks was also the designated defensive stopper, Osborne said. “Whoever the best offensive guard was on the other team, Juston was given the job of guarding him,” Osborne said. “On offense, he was an unselfish kid looking to give up the ball for easy baskets. He was all about winning games and he could have cared less about scoring.” Parks led UV with five assists a game, while also snagging two steals per contest to go with his 8.4 points per game average.
Matt Potter, sr. 6-5
Potter went from an end-of-game reserve who rarely saw time on the floor, to an indispensable starter whose presence was needed on the basketball court at all times. Growing four inches between his junior and senior season helped, as did his offseason work to improve all phases of his game. “He’s certainly the most improved player from one year to the next that I’ve ever coached,” Osborne said. “He matured, worked on his game during the summer, and it showed. I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the season if he was for real, but his game at Greene opened my eyes.” Averaging under 10 points a game until the Greene contest in early January, Potter erupted for 23 points and 16 rebounds, and had several big games down the stretch including a game-high 20 against Oxford in the MAC title game. “Matt has great touch around the basket, and he’s still improving,” Osborne said. “He’s a late bloomer, and if he hits the weights and gets stronger, I think he can play at the next level.” In addition to averaging 10.6 points, Potter grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots per game.
Honorable Mention: Mason Wyman, jr.; Raffi Perry, jr.
Other honorable mention selections:
Willie McGinnis, sr., Bainbridge-Guilford