(Editor’s note: The Ottawa High School and 3A boys basketball all-area photos had to be taken at separate times, hence why there are two photos in this year’s all-area section).
Talent at every position is showcased in this year’s all-area boys basketball team. The honorees featured include a strong mix of seniors, juniors and sophomores from four area prep programs. They are:
Krys Johnson, Ottawa High School senior
Johnson was a constant force for the Cyclones, both down low and with his ability to shoot from three-point range. He played some of his best basketball games as a senior, Cliff McCullough, OHS head coach said throughout the season. Johnson finished 10.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game.
Devion Bethea, Ottawa High School senior
The speedy guard played much of the season at point for Ottawa, and switched to his natural position at shooting guard towards the end of the season. He was a strong shooter, hitting 80 percent from the free throw line and 36 percent from three-point range. He finished with 8.8 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game.
Kobe Johnson, Ottawa High School sophomore
After getting a hefty workload on varsity as a freshman, Johnson stepped up as Ottawa’s point and rebound leader in his second prep season. He finished averaging 13.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor. He also hit 42 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Hunter Lewis, West Franklin High School senior
One of Franklin County’s most prolific players for the past several years, Lewis finished his final prep season in style by leading the Falcons in points and rebounding. Lewis averaged 19 points per game, nine rebounds per game, two assists per game and 2.5 steals per game.
Tanner Sink, West Franklin High School junior
Despite Lewis’ production, Sink was a catalyst for the Falcons down low. The junior forward averaged nine points per game, while snagging five rebounds per game. He projects to be a key leader for West Franklin as a senior next season.
Elijah Kearney, Wellsville High School senior
Kearney was a key contributor for Wellsville in nearly every category. The 5-11 senior averaged 5.7 points per game while tallying 64 total assists. He was also a strong defender, racking up 43 season steals.
Jackson Dwyer, Wellsville High School junior
Dwyer stepped up to lead the Eagles in both scoring and rebounding in 2017-18. He finished averaging an impressive 17 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, he also took 15 charges.
Zach Vance, Wellsville High School junior
One of Wellsville’s top multi-sport athletes, Vance was another big scoring threat for the Eagles. He averaged 16 points per game, and finished with 70 total assists. Defensively, Vance had 39 steals.
Bralen Bowker, Central Heights High School sophomore
Bowker led the Vikings in scoring as a sophomore. He averaged 7.7 points per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. Bowker also averaged an assist per game and is one several young players for Central Heights with a promising future.
Alex Cannady, Central Heights High School sophomore
Another strong contributor for the Vikings as a sophomore, Cannady narrowly trailed Bowker for the team’s point average leader. He finished the season averaging 7.6 points per game, two assists per game and shot 39 percent from the field.