December 7, 2012

10 boys' basketball players to watch

By Tom Chard
Staff Writer

Labson Abwoch, Deering, senior center: Abwoch kept improving last season and was a key to the Rams winning the Class A state title. The 6-foot-6 standout averaged 13.3 points and nine rebounds, which ranked third in the SMAA.

Ryan Camire, Sanford, senior guard: The second-leading scorer in the SMAA last season at 18.2 points per game, the 6-foot-2 Camire is a threat from inside and outside. He ranked third in free-throw percentage and sixth in 3-pointers in the league.

Dustin Cole, Bonny Eagle, junior guard: Cole was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State team last season. The 5-foot-8 standout averaged 17 points and led the SMAA in assists and free-throw percentage.

Tanner Hyland, South Portland, senior, guard: Hyland is starting his third season as the Red Riots' point guard. He was named to the all-SMAA second team after averaging 11.8 points and finishing fourth in the league in assists.

Michael McDevitt, Greely, junior center: The 6-foot-7 McDevitt was a first-team all-Western Maine Conference selection, averaging in double figures in points and rebounds. He has improved his moves facing the basket.

Ryan Ripley, Medomak Valley, senior forward: The 6-foot-5 standout averaged 12 points and eight rebounds. One Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference coach calls Ripley "as good a player as there is in the league."

Brad Smith, Brunswick, senior center: The 6-foot-7 Smith is one of the top centers in the KVAC. He's highly capable of averaging in double figures in points and rebounds.

Thiwat Thiwat, Deering, senior forward: The other half of Deering's potent inside combination, the 6-foot-4 Thiwat can overpower defenders inside or hit the middle-range jumper. He ranked fifth in rebounding in the SMAA at 7.8 per game.

Aaron Todd, York, senior center: The 6-foot-7 standout is a two-time all-Western Maine Conference selection. He averaged 14 points and seven rebounds. 

Justin Zukowski, Portland, junior guard: Zukowski will be one of the Bulldogs' go-to guys. He averaged 10.5 points, and ranked sixth in the SMAA in steals and seventh in 3-pointers as a sophomore.

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