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March 30, 2013

Canisius' Adam Weir is the 2013 Tonawanda News' Player of the Year


Tonawanda News — Growing up, Weir was forced to learn and try to master every part of the game. He said his father, John Weir, a former North Tonawanda Lumberjack who played college ball at Morrisville College, preached the importance of being more than a one-dimensional player. 

"We traveled together on the road and in the car — that's when I'd learn basketball," Weir said. "Coming home from games he would tell me what good plays I made and what bad plays. I would give my perspective and he would give his, and we would talk about the game like that. Just having someone that tells you what you did wrong and how you can do it better makes all the difference. It made me a better person and a better player."

When most youngsters were perfecting their crossover or circus shot, Weir was tirelessly repeating the fundamentals. While at St. Andrew's Country Day School, he met his first basketball coach and mentor, Mike Zera, who took a special interest in Weir because of his passion and natural abilities. 

Weir worked with Zera four or five days a week from third grade until eighth grade, and as the years progressed Husband took notice when St. Andrew's played in Canisius' grade school tournament.

By the end of his freshman season, spent on the junior varsity squad, Weir was ready for the jump to varsity. He struggled at the start of his sophomore campaign as he adjusted to coming off the bench for the first time in his career.

But by the end of that season, the first of three straight league titles, Husband said Weir was already playing at an elite level.

"Sophomore year — at first I never played a game where I didn't start, and beginning of that season I wasn't starting," Weir said. "It was different and I didn't know how to react to it. I was trying to work harder and it wasn't working. Then I finally broke through and got into the lineup. It makes you work harder. If you don't have adversity you don't get better."

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