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Wednesday, September 07, 2011


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I've known about this news for quite some time now, and had been hearing rumblings since early this spring. This is very disappointing news for the Jamestown basketball team, and I can't understand why he would transfer to a high school in rural Appalachia Kentucky. We all know Jamestown is not a major metropolis, but I can't imagine he will receive more exposure in rural Kentucky then in New York; especially after his POY of the status and run to the championship last season. I was suspecting Jaysean would of transferred to a prep school to improve his grades and exposure for college, not another public HS in a rural region. Whatever his decision may be, I wish him the best of luck and hope to see him gracing ESPN very soon.

St Joe's is looking for 1 Varsity Basketball game and 2 JV games.. If anyone knows of a team looking please have them email me at msimon@unyts.org..

JP's move smells like WVU in fall 2012

Man that SUCKS. Was really looking 4ward 2 watching some of his games. Class AA now WIDE open, good shot 4 Falls. Stan Weir now early favorite for 2012 WNY Player of the Year. Should b a great Class B final, Saturday March 3rd, E Aurora vs Olean!

Sounds pretty nutty to me. Mcshea says school started on auguats 3 in kentucky and he hasn't atteneded school yet. What kind of school let's you miss a month and let's you play still. I hope it works for Paige, but sounds like he ends up in junior college somewhere.

School also is open here I think the time to decide was last month not later this week.is he even going to high school this year.

Saw Paige at the Olean Gus Macker Aug. 20-21. Heard an account of Paige's sudden disappearance from Jamestown for a time during last season (remember the suspension?), in part because of the unsettled home life.

Word from a couple people was that Paige would have a tough time even coming close to meeting NCAA academic requirements as his high school eligibility (at least in NY) runs out.

Doesn't mean that there has to be a bad ending for the kid but, unfortunately, this is looking like the kind of story we've seen before.

Hope it works out for him — we should all be rooting for kids like Paige because they help raise the profile of WNY basketball as a whole. The shame of it, if he really does transfer, is that his efforts will be removed from WNY.

We need more success stories...

Looks like sal has some great young men playing in this weekend tour. At the falls good luck to three teams hope college coaches see something they like

should be fun this weekend hope to see you in the falls.

how did the three teams do in the can am pal games any kids get noticed or stand out for college scouts

PAL lost in semis, Rodney nevins team lost in qtrs. and VFI didnt win a game. I am sending tapes out for a couple of kids this week, it was a competitive weekend. tourney won by RAP. Between the 2 days i would say we had 20 d3 schoools, hope it helps some kids

I spoke briefly with Jamestown coach Ben Drake this morning. He said that Jaysean is no longer enrolled at Jamestown and then said he didn't want to comment further. Clearly, he's (understandably) frustrated.

Paige is gone from WNY for good. Sad, I was looking forward to seeing him play this year.

No surprise there. Don't lose heart you can always travel to coal country and the land of red necks to see Paige play. I feel sorry for Drake who did so much for Paige who has a poor way of showing his gratitude. Maybe Drake is better off without him.

maybe more big news in wny hoops,not paige related

That would be a welcome change! I look forward to it. Thx for some + news, hopefully!

I heard Reggie isn't enrolled at St. Joes.


I heard enrolled but has not attended school yet,but he will be there. why wouldn't he? already got scholly offers ,wouldnt make sense to leave.

reggie sighting at joes all is good

There's a rumor that Jaysean is back in Jamestown. Any truth to this?

thats really good news for wny hoops

Heard St. Bonnies head coach spent last evening at St. Joes watching Regggie Agbeko.

AA will be wide open this year, if Paige is gone and NFHS also losing a starter(ollison) to transfer. it will make for a intersting yr

Looks like a strong year for Timion and Canisius

who are the ecic-mm challenge match ups it has lost its lather lately

timon/st. jude vs. williamsville south
st. mary's vs. olean
canisius vs. kenmore west
st. joe's vs. sweet home
st. francis vs. iroquois
walsh vs. lackawanna

not sure about niagara catholic, o'hara or nichols

wow,olean/st marys best game and it doesnt matter who other 3 teams are playing, they wont be strong games

Ken West v Canisius could be a battle of Top 10 teams in WNY.

Who does marys have coming back? Olean should be one of wnys best teams

I think canisius will be in the top 5 this year and next some strong under classmen

you can same the same about nf and st joes and jamestown-every year

There r 2 many guests on this board. They should come up with a different name or be guest 1 2 3 4 75 34 or whatever

HS Hoops is almost here! I hope it gets the same coverage football is getting from the Buff News! WOW front page 4 a regular season game Sunday? Anyway games start in like 6 weeks should b fun. Sucks about Paige wanted 2 c them back in Glens. Also Carolina will b a MACHINE this year in College Basketball. Every starter back! Final 4 in New Orleans this year!

jamestown will still be best team in ecic, drake wont let that go. catholic league will be best and nfl could be fun with kw challenging

Jamestown may still be the best team in ECIC I, but that is only because the rest of the league is weak. Taplin has little else around him at North while Lancaster, Frontier and Clarence lost most of their talent. Falls and KW are by far the two deepest teams in AA. OP has McCormick but little else, Lockport is always a mixed bag...always have some talent but rarely see out the entire year with the same roster. Would be surprised if it is not a Falls/KW final.

Canisius/Kw should easily be the best game of that lineup...Olean should handle Mary's with ease, not sure what to expect from Sweet Home...have to think they will be improved, clearly not enough to trouble Joe's. KW is finally playing a few good non-leaguers...they could actually be well tested for sectionals.

Joe's schedule is out...they're playing McKinley, Riverside, East, South and likely Jamestown in the J-town tourney, CBA-cuse, BK and Aquinas in a home and home...as well as the Chinese team. Not a bad lineup.

Amendment to the Joe's schedule....They will not be in the J-Town tourney. Instead they will be playing a team from Dallas, Texas. The rest of the dates are solid.

Well, that's expected without Paige there...wouldn't be a close game.

tml you dont give drake enough credit, and joes lost their best perimeter player to lew port. but that is a quality schedule

I hope the buff. News has better coverage of games this year.they never seem to have correct information on points steals assists they have a few favorites and they only write about them hope they get the facts this year.

Ken West can't really play that many non-league games because they are locked into the tournament at Kenmore East as well as the Harvey Tournament at West. Rumor has it the Harvey Tournament will be a one day affair with Ken West playing Nichols.

Yea...they're playing Nichols, which is kind of disappointing...they'd have been much better served to have tried to schedule Joe's or a good city team.

I don't see Ken West playing St. Joe's anytime in the near future.

Great to see the chatter on the upcoming HS hoop season.
A team poised to suprise as a large school will be Timon in the MMA, they are talented and experienced and a typically tough group who will give Canisius and St. Joe's all they can handle.
Best of luck to all the former WNY High School hoopers who start practice at their respective colleges tomorrow, with emphasis on the freshman as they adjust to the challenge of the college game. Hope to hear that you all do well in the years to come.
Do any of you veteran hoop bloggers know where a list of local kids playing college ball can be accesed? It would be interesting to track their progress.

ken west playing nichols? that stinks they have a chance this year and they get nichols who is a glorified jv team

I know...they could have easily scheduled a team like Riverside or McKinley who would give them a test. They used to play Batavia every year for a while before the shortening of the schedule.

Habeeb is at Idaho where he should see some time, Webb is at North Dakota for his second season there after a very nice year last season...I think that's it for D-1 besides guys on the local rosters like Barnett. Secky is back at LeMoyne...hopefully he cracks the rotation, but he should see major minutes his junior season as they have two good senior guards this year. Rehbaum and Short are at Hobart...also plenty playing at the local D-II/III's. I'm sure I'm missing a few playing out of area.

coppola is at daemen with davis and some other locals. and is kw not in both the tournies harvey and xmas one in kenmore?

There is no more Harvey tourney.

Devon Dawson is Daemen's best player...Regan and Chandler Williams also play...and Nowak is on the team as well.


That is very true...some players you know will definitely be amongst the top 20, but very few locks for first team.

Other Locals that are under way:
Robby Seyler is JR @ D2 Walsh
AJ Roberts is JF @ NAIA D1 Union (Tenn)
Dyrell Dolson is SR @ D2 Urbana

There's a James Ewing, 6-6, 240 pounds, listed on the roster at University of Toledo. Says he's a sophomore via Cardinal O'Hara and IMG Academy in Florida. No bio or photo on the UT website which means he's new there.

WOW, James Ewing is that big now! Definately going to check Toledo's roster in the weeks to come. Where did last years 1st team ALL WNY seniors go? I know Nevins was considering Utica College.

I spoke to a source in Kentucky and am told that Jaysean Paige has been ruled ineligible to play by the KHSAA ,and an appeal is now underway and is scheduled for November 1.

The appeal could overturn the decision but as of now, Paige has been ruled ineligible to play at Hazard.

Here's my story as of now if anyone's interested: http://www.buffalosportsdaily.com/jaysean-paige-ruled-ineligible-to-play-in-kentucky/

doesn't say why he is ineligible

hey guest 1 nichols has five returning staters and a couple new recruits. The Noonan brothers and liam ryan are repected players in western ny

I don't know why he's not eligible as of yet, I'm just saying that he's not.

Didnt mean to offend you Jake but they are a long way from contending in MM and I just thought if this was KW year they would want the most competition they could get seeing they only get 4 non leaguers. Nichols supposedly has a great frosh class but rumor is 2 are planning on leaving after this yr

Mr. Moran Paige is no longer a western new yorker having deserted coach drake. We shoul ignore him and concentrate on wny'ers!

Without knowing enough details to elaborate more in the story, the only thing I can say that is the ineligibility with Paige in Kentucky right now at least in part has to do with custody issues which the person I spoke with says they plan on having ironed out by the appeal hearing on November 1. To elaborate on your point, Sam, I am extremely dissapointed that he left not just as a fan of watching talent, but because I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Drake and by all accounts I've heard, he was "done wrong" by all this.

There are so many talented young men in wny that have good grades great work ethics are great community representatives. That have the whole package would like to see them get more news time.

I don't know much about Jaysean Paige but it seems to me that Coach Drake did awful alot to help to kid out. It seems like he comes from a disfunctual home life. But saying he was "done wrong" by this gives me the impression that Coach Drake might have been helping Jaysean to keep him on the team.

Tyler Funk from Clarence listed on Canisius College's roster. Looks like he walked on, since he wasn't listed as being signed in the Griffs' 2011 recruiting class.

Sam Moore (Sr.) and Alex Moore (So.) from Olean, and formerly of Pitt-Bradford (DIII) are on the roster at Edinboro University (DII). They landed there after their father, Andy Moore, was ousted as head coach at Pitt-Bradford.

Jake Houseknecht (redshirt junior) from Olean is on scholarship at St. Bonaventure but has been way down on the bench.

Yea...Funk was planning on walking onto Canisius all along. Good decision to let academics take the lead and let basketball follow. However, as I said last year, I think Tyler has the most potential out of any senior last year at the D-1 level. He has a good inside-outside game and at his 6'7 size, could translate into some good minutes in a year or two. He is very coach-able and improved every year, so I'm sure he will find a role on the team in time.

#1 - Paige will transfer 2 Canisius :)

#2 - I can't believe Kent Hull is dead!

#3 - Saw Will in UB uniform w my son at there midnight madness...strange!

#4 - Give Stan Weir WNY Player of the Yr now!

#5 - CC get a NEW POST up here asap! It's bball season brother! How about Al Pastor matchups!

NFHS jv team looking for an away game call Sal Constantino at 228-7916

Weir = overrated!

Aaaaaaaah, the season is here. Let the garbage talk start!

Do you mean Stan wier or Adam weir

I think both are quality players in wny

Over-rated? You wanna talk about over-rated we wouldn't have won 10 games without Gerry McNamara! NOT TEN!

Jermaine Crumpton verbaled to Canisius college on wed. night. Great news for a great kid

Jaysean's appeal in Kentucky is scheduled for Tuesday.

I wonder what the odds would be that Page returns to Jamestown if his appealin Kentucky is shot down? Pretty good I imagine.

Should Paige return to Jamestown, as a student he cannot be denied the opportunity to tryout and become a member of the basketball team.
Will Coach Drake "turn the page"(no pun intended) and put him on the floor to lead the team? We will all just have to wait for that outcome.
Isn't speculation wonderful?

Clearly, I don't have insight as to what will happen with the Kentucky appeal, but from what I've been gathering by talking to a reporter or two from Perry County, it appears the issue Paige had to resolve for this appeal is custody-related, which to my understanding he has. I could be wrong and purely from enjoying HS Hoops here, I selfishly would love to see Paige back at Jamestown, but I feel pretty confident his ruling in Kentucky will get overturned and even if by some chance it doesn't, I still am not sure he'd come back and play for Jamestown. I'll try and get an update on the appeal and post info here.

What kind of eligibility requirements does Jamestown have? If you are the starting QB on the football team and get caught drinking you get 2 weeks suspension because the team needed you to win a game to get you to the stadium. I guess only a 10-3 win over Lockport shortened that suspension. Most schools that would ended his season. How are Jaysean grades in Kentucky? Has he been going to school? Will he get a "fresh" start when he returns?

Dennis Drew was caught at a party where there was alcohol. The Jamestown School District policy is a 3 game suspension, and it can be reduced to a 2 game suspension with community service. MOST SCHOOLS turn a blind eye to things like this, esp. to star athletes that could jeopardize a season.

Don't try and insinuate things if you don't what your talking about...

Dark LMT , I would say your way off, Drake is AD and anybody that knows Ben knows he is a straight shooter and doesn't put sports ahead of kids. WNYHOOPS, i disagree with you also as I think the majority of schools do the right thing. Just my opinions

ESPN pre season state rankings have AQ at # 8 and CHS on the bubble of the top ten. Those two meet at CHS on 12/17 for the first premier game of the season. It appears season expectations very high this year on Delaware Ave.


The game before Canisius plays Aquinas they play Kenmore West. Ken West has a monster first four games: Canisius, Lockport, the Falls, then Sweet Home.

I'm pretty sure Timon and Niagara Falls meet right off the bat as well; plenty of good games in December this year.

BTW, waiting for an official word regarding Paige's appeal hearing.

Here's an update regarding Paige.

I spoke to someone from Kentucky tied into the case. Jaysean had his appeal yesterday (Tuesday), but it was for informational purposes. Now that the judge has it, he will review everything and from what I am told, a decision could take up to 7-10 days.

So no official word on his status yet. I've heard rumors that he's already won his case, and others that he lost his case.. AS of right now, neither is true.

Center Court WHERE R U! Put a SCHEDULE POST UP! C'mon man the boathouse is closed get 2 work! At least put up the Pastor games! Otherwise i will b forced 2 shut this site down. C'mon! Practice starts Monday get on it!

Practice STARTS tomorrow! Hope everyone is ready. Nice to have some football to divert everyone for a few weeks to let the anticipation build, but certainly about time the real McCoy started!!

FWIW my 2 cents, a shame Paige left under the circumstances he did. A big loss for the Red Raiders. Perhaps it will give other ECIC ! teams a chance.

1st teamers this year, Taplin, Agbeko and Wier for sure. Will be interesting to see which of the Crusaders step up to garner one or more spots.

And it looks like MIG was wrong again! No surprise there!! :) Neither Taplin nor Wier ended up on Delaware Ave.

Can't wait to see all the OLD cronies! Bulls Fan, Mrs. Bulls Fan, CC, MIG, Hollywood, and all the fanatics.

Hop star I think some players from niagara falls and timon and other schools would disagree with you .when all elite players from why played together who were team leaders when playing against other top players. Empire state games or can am games.any of the top 20 why players can look good playing weaker players but how do they look against equal top level players.

Couldn't agree more RM! You darn well better believe in yourself if you're going to have any chance of coming anywhere near your best or reaching your potential. Also certainly can see where Jermaine Crumpton may well secure one of the 1st teams spots.

Also couldn't agree more about the value of competition. That's one of the reasons hs football is the poor step-child of WNY hoops. OP is always beating up on their poor step-sisters in the ECIC. Sure would be nice to see them especially since they're on the top of the heap most every year challenge themselves by playing top MMA, out-of-area or out-of-state teams. Fortunately we don't have that problem in hs hoops. Every player, team and coach wants to play the toughest competition they can. It's one of the reasons why hoops is on such a higher plane than football.

As for competition, perhaps the best game I have ever seen by a local player against top-shelf competition was two years ago. Stan Wier absolutely destroyed Long Island Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou in the federation final. He scored 31 and held Yacoubou, last year's NYS Mr. Basketball and current Villanova freshman, to 11, 4 of which came in the waning moments and long after the game had been decided.

In any event, it's the start of a new year. Everyone has a fresh start and believes they will be league/sectional/state champs. That's the beauty of it all!!

Does anyone what the Pastor tourney match ups r?

The Pastor-Cooper matchups will be announced tomorrow.

Dark TML...good one.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure which way to lean on Canisius. All the talk has been about their great summer, but they still did lose two of their top players so I'm going to have to see them on the court before putting them at the top. It looks like they are playing OTC in the Pastor and then have McQuaid before the KW and AQ games. Those should be pretty fair barometers. They also have East High of Roch. and Cath. Prep and the G'town Prep tourney.

Convenient scheduling has also put the two games against Joe's in nice spots...first is Friday 1/27(KW/NF is the day before) and the second is Sat 2/18(day of the seeding meeting).

Hoopster, you have a chance to be correct on your 3 locks for 1st team All WNY but given McPreptalks history, 1st team is difficult to achieve if you don't win your leagues championship. St. Joe's only returning starter is Reggie, should Kelly decide not to play hoops, so their will be some big holes to fill with inexperienced players. Both Canisius and Timon return starters who contributed greatly last season and will prove difficult to beat by a young team like St. Joe's.
Taplin is simply the best point guard in WNY. Stan has unparrelled physical strength and maturity and will put up big offensive #'s. Same argument applies though, will falling short of winning a league championship be enough to be 1st team. Maybe 1, perhaps 2 but no way will 3 players receive that honor. Look to Canisius for 1 spot as they have 3 serious canidates in Hart, Adam Weir, and White and look poised to repeat with the depth they have. Crumpton will be interesting to follow now that he has verbally commited to Canisius College. Not selecting someone who will be playing D1 hoops will take some serious onions.
This will be a very entertaining season to follow. Other than Taplin and Agbeko will any other D1 prospects emerge?

I agree with kk canisius has a lot of talent but taplin looked young in the empire state and can am games when playing top level players I like crumpton.Stan weir was injured in empire state games only saw him play one game.jj wilkes 4canisius guards Williams, Carter, kobias all good players

RM! My feelings are hurt! :) I agreed with you, but no reciprocity. JK my friend.

KK some excellent points. Kudos!!!

One of the things Keith looks at in addition to team success is the talent of the individual player. I got a call from an ACC assistant just a couple weeks ago about Sterllng. They are interested and are going to check him out further. Also talked to another college assistant who said Sterling was at their prospect camp. He said Sterling was among the best players at the camp. This is a national program. They had some of the very best prospects from around the country at the camp.

There are no such thing as locks of course, just one man's opinion. Like you very much looking forward to the season. Always fun! Now if we can only get CC off his duff and back to work. C'mon CC your legion of fans are clamoring for your work. The season can't begin without it!!

And for anyone looking to feed their hoops appetite, come on out Friday night and support the UB Bulls in their home opener against St. Peter's. They have four senior starters returning as well as freshman phenom Javon McCrea. South fans will remember him. McCrea was freshman player of the year in the MAC and is a pre-season 1st team East selection. Several media publications have tabbed him as one of the top 100 players in the country and one had him their top 30 nationwide.

Hopes are high at Alumni Arena. The key to the season may end up being the quality of the guard play.

And another reason to support them is local product Dave Barnett. Dave was a walk-on and has become an integral part of the team. He's projected as a starter.

I've got my UB season's, hoopster. Do you think Reggie will still give the starting nod to Titus? There's been a lot of clamoring regarding that issue. You're right though, the guard play will be the key between a potentially title winning season and another season in the middle of the pack. Hopefully Oldham or Watson will step as a true ball handler and leader in the back court. The front court is right up there with the best in the MAC...good experience and youth. I'm excited about what Ford can bring to the table...a dimension usually not seen at UB.

With Will already at the program, he should have a seemless transition onto the court next year and I think Stan should be able to step right into the Filzen role while being a stronger overall player.

Me too TML. Between me, a buddy and my brother we've got 8 seats.

Not sure with the way Reggie subs that it makes a huge difference, but pretty sure Javon starts. Reggie it seems likes to have someone on the bench who can come in and inject some life into the team if they're not performing or perhaps to spark the team to a higher level of performance. Regardless Titus will still play a prominent and vital role.

Watson is injured. Just had some surgery. Think he'll be out for another 3-5 weeks. They'll need his shooting eye and can't return soon enough. I like Stan. He's a tough kid who adds a nice physical dimension to the team. As far as Will, despite my bold projections below, nothing is guaranteed. You gotta earn it. Plus by the time he suits up next year he will not have played a whole lot of meaningful ball in two years. Hopefully he uses his transfer year wisely to improve and get better.

TML, you mentioned Xavier Ford. Here's a link to a story on him that appears in the UB Student paper, The Spectrum, http://www.ubspectrum.com/sports/the-x-files-1.2689448#.TrrPJnLtsf2

As you can see just one more reason for people to get out and support the Bulls. Having hosted him at the house a couple times, I can only add that he is a polite and fine young man.

Weir is not even close to the offensive player filzen is, filzen is deadly from 3. Not sure if weir is gonna be able to guard anyone one the perimeter. ub may be playing a lot of zone in the years to come with weir and regan.

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