Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball First Team

The 2009-10 All-area Boys Basketball team: front row, from left, Tonganoxie’s Keaton Schaffer, Baldwin’s Justin Vander Tuig, Eudora’s Justin Ballock; back row, from left, Free State’s Eric Watson, Santa Fe Trail’s Jason Lee, Oskaloosa’s Adam Bowser and Lawrence High’s Marcus Ray. Not pictured: Seabury Academy’s Reed Grabill, Ottawa’s Adam Hasty and Semi Ojeleye, and Ottawa coach Jon McKowen.

Keaton Schaffer, senior, Tonganoxie

Finished senior season averaging a league-best 19.4 points per game, adding 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists a night for the 13-9 Chieftains. Led Kaw Valley League in scoring in each of the past two seasons. Was an all-state honorable-mention selection in 2009. Had an 18-point quarter against Bonner Springs this season. Journal-World’s Player of the Year.

Adam Hasty, junior, Ottawa

Most important player on area’s top team. Led Ottawa to a 22-4 record and berth in the Class 4A state championship game. Scored 12.3 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 steals, but had the biggest impact with his passing, averaging 8.7 assists per game. Scored 26 points in victories over Anderson County and Gardner-Edgerton and 20 in state title game loss to Kansas City Sumner Academy.

Justin Ballock, senior, Eudora

The leading scorer in Eudora boys basketball history, averaged 17 points per game, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior in ’09-10. An all-league first-team member as a junior, was also named to Tonganoxie all-tournament team the past two seasons. This is Ballock’s second all-area selection.

Justin Vander Tuig, junior, Baldwin

The 6-foot-9 post averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game for Baldwin before missing team’s final two games of the season because of injury. Had with a 26-point, 22-rebound game this season. Was an all-Frontier League second-team selection last season.

Semi Ojeleye, freshman, Ottawa

A 6-foot-5 freshman who had a profound impact on the Cyclones’ success this season. Averaged a team-high 14 points per game, adding 5.8 rebounds and one steal a game. Scored 14 in a state title game loss.

Jason Lee, senior, Santa Fe Trail

Led a balanced Santa Fe Trail team in points (12.5 per game), rebounds (8.3 per game) and assists this season while shooting 61 percent from the field. Helped the team to a 15-6 overall record and second-place finish in the Kaw Valley League. Was a three-year starter.

Adam Bowser, junior, Oskaloosa

Versatile forward averaged 15.1 points and six rebounds a game. Showed an ability to get to the free-throw line, connecting on 122 of 149 free throws this season and also made 26 three-point baskets.

Reed Grabill, junior, Seabury Academy

Area’s leading scorer with 23 points per game. Averaged a double-double on the season, grabbing 10 rebounds per contest, as well. Scored 30 or more points three times this season and, with a good deal of quickness for a 6-foot-3 post, proved a matchup problem for opposing defenses.

Marcus Ray, senior, Lawrence High

The Lions’ top player this season. Ray averaged 14 points and four rebounds a game in attempting to fill the void left by former area player of the year Dorian Green. Scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds in regular-season finale against Free State and served as the team’s offensive focal point.

Eric Watson, junior, Free State

Led the Firebirds in scoring with 8.3 points per game and was second in rebounds at 3.7 a game. Helped the team improve its win total by nine games following a one-win ’08-09 season. Shot 45 percent from the field and served as a focal point of the team’s press.

Honorable Mention: Dalton Abel, junior, Santa Fe Trail; Kevin Barber, senior, Ottawa; Cole Batman, senior, McLouth; Anthony Buffalomeat, sophomore, Lawrence; Dane Erickson, sophomore, Tonganoxie; Bill Gibbs, senior, Bishop Seabury; Josh May, senior, Free State; Shelby Politte, senior, Perry-Lecompton.