Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. I hope you have had/will have a good one.
We’re now just three days from the state final four in Glens Falls. I spent most of my Monday gathering information about the opponents that await Section 1’s four regional champs.
I’ll have more on those four teams later this week. First, I thought it’d be fun to identify some of the top players in the draw and pass along some of their highlights. Here goes…
CLASS AA —
They key players for unbeaten Section 2 champ Shenendehowa are Kevin Huerter and Thomas Huerter, the sons of former Siena star Tom Huerter, Sr., who played on the college’s first NCAA tournament team and helped the Saints upset Stanford.
Thomas Huerter is a senior, but his younger brother, Kevin, is the team’s best player, a 6-foot-5 junior point guard with offers from Albany, Siena and Duquesne.
Here are Kevin Huerter’s highlights:
And here’s Thomas Huerter:
CLASS A —
When Spring Valley returns to action in Glens Falls on Saturday, it will play perhaps the most well-known team and well-known player upstate. Scotia-Glenville is the defending state and Federation champ and will enter on a 51-game winning streak. It’s star is Joe Cremo, a senior committed to Albany who was the Class A state player of the year last year.
Cremo is a 6-foot-3 guard who can play both inside and out, and can handle the ball and shoot it. Here’s workout footage that shows off Cremo’s skills:
CLASS B —
Surprisingly, it is not Mount Vernon or Spring Valley but Woodlands that could have to face not one, but TWO finalists for New York’s “Mr. Basketball.” The Falcons are lined up against Ogdenburg Free Academy’s Kinnon LaRose, a 6-foot-4 guard committed to Siena.
If Woodlands wins, it will likely face defending state champion Westhill and its “Mr. Basketball” finalists, 6-foot-2 guard Jordan Roland, who is committed to George Washington.
CLASS C —
Like Spring Valley, Haldane will face a former state champion and state player of the year in its semifinal. The Blue Devils will be matched up with Lake George and Joel Wincowski, a 6-foot-3 guard committed to UMBC. He and Lake George — located just eight miles north of Glens Falls — won the Class C state title in 2013.
Wincowski recently broke the Section 2 scoring record held by Jimmer Fredette. (You’ve probably heard of him.)