Tonawanda News —
School: Kenmore West
The Scoop: Arguably the most dominant offensive player in the Niagara Frontier League this season, and was voted as a first-team NFL selection. Averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and two steals per game on the season. Finished the year with an impressive 66.4 shooting percentage from the field. Whalen was able to attack in the half court and in transition, and his finishing ability made him a tough cover for every team the Blue Devils played this season.
quote: “Before the season everyone knew about Alex and Terrell, and then there was a lot of people wondering about who the other guard was. I said that a lot of people were going to be shocked. He can get to the hoop against anybody. He plays the game with no fear and he loves the game of basketball.” — Coach Mike Meetze
School: North Tonawanda
The Scoop: The one who made everything go for the Lumberjacks, Stone finished the season with 9.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. He overcame so much to maintain a high level of play and the tenacious way he attacked the basket and the game of basketball rubbed off on all his teammates. Stone played fast and took teammates along for the ride, and his shot making and vision only improved in his final season at NT.
quote: “Not many guards in Western New York could control a game’s tempo the way “Scrap” did the last two seasons — this season on a torn ACL. His ability and will to turn a game around with his energy and effort exemplifies the standard for how we want our teams to play in our program. Nehemiah is one of the toughest athletes I have ever been around, and I am fortunate to coach him. Leading the team with 88 assists and 90 deflections is impressive, but finishing as the team’s third leading rebounder (68) at 5-foot-9 is amazing.” — Coach Ryan Mountain