Most of the area high school boys basketball teams had established stars coming into this season. Those players highlight the 2014 Ottawa Herald boys all-area basketball team.
The team members are:
Tanner Erhart, Sr., Central Heights
Erhart was tough to handle with his size (6-foot-5) and strength. He could overpower teams with his strength or use his speed to get easy hoops.
He averaged 12 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He is a two-time all-area and all-league selection.
Jordan Horstick, Sr., Central Heights
Horstick is an all-around athlete, starring for the Vikings in football, basketball and baseball.
Basketball is where he shined the most and expects to play college basketball. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.7 rebounds.
He was an all-state selection and a two-time all-area team member.
Quentin Blaue, Jr., Ottawa
Blaue, one of two players returning from the 2013 state title team, became an all-around performer. Blaue was a top defender using his wing span to shut down foes. He also continued his good outside touch.
He shot 65 percent inside the arc and 34 percent outside the arc. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He was an all-league and all-state selection.
Cole Bunce, Jr. Ottawa
Bunce became a player other teams needed to defend. He could fire in the trey or use his wiry frame and speed to get inside for easy hoops.
He averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Isaac McCullough, Fr., Ottawa
He was a tough matchup for all teams. He displayed big-time range, but also was quick and strong enough to take it inside. He had a nice touch from all over the court.
McCullough shot 50 percent from three-point range and 65 percent inside the arc. He made a team-best 97 free throws.
He led Ottawa in scoring at 18.6 points per game. He averaged 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 assists per game.
McCullough earned all-league and all-state honors.
Tyler Smith, Jr., Ottawa
Smith was the other returning player from the Ottawa state title team. He showed his leadership and what he learned in his reserve role last season.
He was an aggressive player offensively and defensively. He could nail the trey or fly by defenders for quick buckets. Smith averaged 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.8 assists. He was an all-league selection.
Shamus Kearney, Sr., Wellsville
Kearney is one of the top athletes in Kansas. He quarterbacked the Eagles to the playoffs. He is the ace pitcher for the Eagles baseball team which qualified for state several times.
He was a four-year starter in basketball. He did a bit of everything for the Eagles, who qualified for state for the first time since 2005.
He averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game. He is a three-time all-area selection.
Carter Mann, Sr., Wellsville
Mann is known for his shooting. The senior hit the biggest shot of his life, a trey with a second left to lift Wellsville to a sub-state title and a state berth.
Mann leaves the program ranked as one of the top scorers in school history. He averaged 15 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game.
He is a two-time all-area selection in basketball and expects to play college basketball.
Cole Silsby, Jr., Wellsville
Silsby grew a lot throughout the season. He became the primary ballhandler and one of the top scorers.
His solid floor game allowed Wellsville to keep turnovers at a minimum. He averaged 12.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 5.0 assists per game. He had a 4 to 1 assist/turnover ratio.
Will Duda, Jr., West Franklin
Duda’s game blossomed as a junior. He became one of the Falcons’ go-to scorers and ball handlers.
He averaged 13.9 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Matt Gray, Sr., West Franklin
He was the No. 1 target for opposing defenses all season. Still he managed to average close to a double-double.
He averaged 15 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He is a two-time all-area selection.