With the 2010-11 boys basketball season set to tip off we announce our 2010-11 Preseason All-QueenCityHigh.com Team, recognizing the best the Tri-state area has to offer:
Alex Barlow, Moeller, G: The junior was the GCL South Defensive Player of the Year. He had three or more steals 15 times. His play garnered Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District recognition. He averaged 7.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in 2009-10.
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Jared Bryant, Roger Bacon, 6-8, Sr., F/C: When it comes to being efficient around the basket Bryant has it figured out. He shot 66.5 percent from the floor and compiled impressive numbers all the way around (12.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 1.6 SPG) and had seven double-doubles. That earned the Spartan First Team All-GCL Central and Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District honors as a junior.
Charlie Byers, Moeller, G: Byers led the state runner-ups in scoring as a junior as he put up 12.2 points per game while scoring in double figures 19 times. His efforts earned him Division I Third Team All-Southwest District and First-Team All-GCL South honors. He has 507 career points.
Ryan Fleming, La Salle, SG/SF: The junior guard was Division I Third Team All-Southwest District and First Team All-GCL South. He averaged 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Fleming goes into his senior year with 454 career points and 247 rebounds. The Lancer has signed with Division II Northern Kentucky University.
Jake Giesler, Newport Central Catholic, 6-7, Sr., C: Giesler averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field as a junior. He is regarded as the top player in Kentucky's Ninth Region and is being looked at by several MAC schools.
Brandon Neel, La Salle, 6-4, Sr., F: Neel racked up all kinds of honors as a junior. He was the GCL South Player of the Year, Division I First Team All-Southwest District and Division I Third Team All-Ohio member after averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Lancers. He goes into his senior year with 676 points just 324 away from becoming the sixth player in LaSalle history to eclipse 1,000.
Kellen Smith, Scott, 6-1, Sr., G: Smith, a four-year starter, is one of the more versatile guards in Northern Kentucky. He averaged 13 points and seven assists per game. The senior signed with Division II Saginaw Valley State before the season started.
Aaron Thomas, Withrow, 6-5, Sr., F: The transfer was the CMAC Player of the Year as a junior for Aiken after averaging 21.4 PPG and 7.3 RPG. The scoring machine had four games of 30 or more points, 12 of more than 20 and he never scored less than 13 in a contest. That earned him Division I Second Team All-Southwest District and Division I Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors. Thomas, a Rivals' four-Star recruit, signed with Florida State.
Adolphus Washington, Taft, 6-4, 230, F: The sophomore was honored as a Division III First Team member, as the the Southwest District Player of the Year and a First Team All-CMAC member after leading the Senators to a 21-3 record and an appearance in the Regionals. Washington is a proven winner having been an integral part of a Roger Bacon team that went 20-4 as a freshman before transferring to Taft. He has over 700 points and 400 rebounds in his career.
Devin Williams, Withrow, 6-7, So., F/C: Williams had no problems adjusting to varsity basketball as a freshman in 2009-10 averaging a double-double as a freshman with 11.5 PPG and 10.5 RPG. The Tiger forward had 12 or more rebounds 10 times. He has already received an offer from Xavier.
Jalen Billups, Shroder, 6-6, Sr., PF: He was thrown to the wolves as a freshman having to go against big men like Yancey Gates and Chane Behannan in league play, but Billups has proven to be more than a worthy adversary in CMAC play. He has shot over 60 percent from the floor and averaged 15 points while earning Second Team All-CMAC honors the past two seasons.
Monty Boykins, Lakota West, 6-1, So., G: Boyksin started six of the Firebirds last seven games as a freshman in 2009-10 and averaged 4.7 PPG. He received his first scholarship offer this fall from offer from Miami (OH).
Paul Byrd, Roger Bacon, 6-1, Sr., PG: The wispy Byrd is one of the smoothest floor generals in Cincinnati. He averaged 10.4 PPG, 3.4 APG and 3 RPG on his way to first team All-GCL Central honors.
Melvin Hunter, Northwest, 6-3, Sr., F: Hunter is perhaps the most underrated and unheralded athlete in Cincinnati. The FAVC Scarlet Athlete of the Year and Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District member did it on both ends of the floor last season. He finished the season strong with seven double-doubles in his last nine games and averaged 15.2 PPG and 9.2 RPG as a junior.
Jake Thelen, Covington Catholic, C: Thelen makes his living in the paint and is very adept at finishing around the basket. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior for Colonels.
Semaj Christon, Winton Woods, 6-2, Sr., PG: Christon was a First Team All-FAVC performer after averaging 5.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG and 6.4 APG as a junior. The Warrior is a pure passer and has 156 assists in 30 varsity games.
Phillip Cook, Lakota West, 6-3, Sr., F: The versatile forward earned Second Team All-GMC and Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District honors after shooting 55 percent from the field, averaging 13.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.5 SPG and 1.5 BPG as a junior.
Tyler Hodge, Conner, 6-8, Sr., C: Hodge continues to get better with age and game experience. He is one of the top shot blockers in the area. The Cougars will look to him even more as a scoring threat in 2010-11.
Tony Davis, Wyoming, 6-5, Sr., F/C: No one had more of an impact inside the paint in CHL play than Davis did in 2009-10. The power forward averaged 15.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG and shot 54.5% from the field as a junior. He had 16 double-doubles, 19 games with at least 10 boards and 10 games with at least 18 points on his way to First Team All-CHL and Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District honors.
Alex McGlothin, Walnut Hills, Sr., G/F: The versatile swingman has earned three letters by doing yeoman's work for the Eagles. A Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District member as a junior, McGlothin has over 500 points, 200 rebounds, 100 and is nearing 100 steals for his career.
Brent Langhorne, Fenwick, 5-7, Sr., PG: Was a First Team All-GCL North, Division II Second Team All-Southwest District an Honorable Mention All-Ohio performer as a junior after averaging 11.9 PPG and 5.2 APG. Langhorne has 448 points and 224 assists in his career.
Joe Thunney, Alter, 6-5, Sr., C: Thunney is a "glass cleaner" for the Knights. He dominated the boards as a junior averaging 11.6 RPG and pulling down 10 or more rebounds 26 times. On offense he averaged seven points per game, shot 53 percent from the floor and had five double-double's which helped him to First Team All-GCL North and Division II Honorable Mention All-Southwest District honors.
Matt Woeste, LaSalle, 6-1, Sr., G: One of the most consistent all-around players in the Tri-State. Woeste rarely makes mistakes and finds himself successfully in the middle of action more often than not. He was a Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District member in 2009-10.
Darin Harris, Mason, 6-6, Jr., F: The silky smooth forward scored in double figures in 12 of the Comets' last 15 games to end out his sophomore campaign. His showing made him the youngest member on the First Team All-GMC team.
Bobby Stauffer, Ryle, 6-7, Sr. C: The Raiders' center earned much respect by battling the best in Northern Kentucky and usually outdueling them late last season. Stauffer will play a major role for the Ryle offensive attack down in the paint.
ALSO CONSIDERED: John Albertson, Little Miami; Zach Baker, Milford; Andrew Benintendi, Madeira; Michael Boyd, Lakota East; Trevan Brown, Boone County; Tyler Bullock, Bethel-Tate; Brian Carden, Mason; Dody Chambers, Simon Kenton; Donnie Cheatum, Lloyd; Terry Cook, Hughes; Dylan Dawson, Western-Brown; Derrick Floyd, Mount Healthy; Corey Goedde, Glen Este; Jalen Goodwin, Lakota East; Brandon Hatton, Dixie Heights; Lionel Hill, Western Hills; Travis Jackson, Blanchester; Josh Johnson, Middletown; Kevin Johnson, Summit Country Day; Cameron Jones, Hamilton; Trez Jones, Caroll; Tommy Kreyenhagen, Summit Country Day; Josh Lemons, LaSalle; Jalean Lowe, North College Hill; Evan Ludwig, Fenwick; JC Luncan, Blanchester; Eric Martin, Turpin; Geovonnie McKnight, Middletown; Colton Mehlman, Badin Bill Moloney, Talawanda; Marcus Monteiro, Colerain; Travis Montgomery, Boone County; Ameche Okafur, Finneytown; Robert Overbeck, Milford; Kadeem palmer, Woodward; Gene Primus, Aiken; Greg Sevilla, North College Hill; Shane Seckman, Glen Este; Taylor Sizer, Mariemont; Jack Stewart, Highlands: Matt Trammell, Dixie Heights; Al Upshaw, Clark Montessori; Nick Wake, Goshen; AJ Williams, Sycamore; DJ Wingfield, Cincinnati Country Day; Nate Witkemper, East Clinton; Elliot Young, Williamsburg; Max Zukowitz, Alter.