OTTAWA HIGH SENIOR VICTORY OJELEYE, CENTER, headlines this year's All-Area Boys Basketball Team. Joining Ojeleye on the first team are, from left, Ottawa junior Chase Moore, Wellsville junior Colin Wright, Baldwin coach Eric Toot - the coach of the year - and Baldwin senior Blake Wieden. Not pictured is Eudora junior Kelson Boyer.
Toot experienced immediate success in his rookie campaign guiding the Bulldogs, leading them to a 17-6 mark and a spot in the Class 4A sub-state finals, where they fell just three points shy of upsetting heavily favored Kansas City Piper for a berth in the 4A state tournament.
Ottawa ¢ 6-5 ¢ Forward ¢ Sr.
The lone returning starter for the Cyclones, Ojeleye took the opportunity to become a go-to scorer and ran with it, averaging an area-best 26.5 points per game, while also pulling down 12.6 rebounds per night. He had nine games of 30-plus points and 18 double-doubles.
Eudora ¢ 6-3 ¢ Forward ¢ Jr.
On a team full of experienced senior leaders and balanced scorers, Boyer stood out for the Cardinals, averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game while providing a strong presence on the low blocks. He shot 54 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
Ottawa ¢ 5-11 ¢ Guard ¢ Jr.
Moore made a smooth transition as the new point guard responsible for running this year's version of the Cyclones' up-tempo offense, averaging 10.4 points and 7.1 assists per game. He also shot 44 percent from beyond the three-point line and had 63 steals.
Baldwin ¢ 6-0 ¢ Guard ¢ Sr.
Wieden took on the primary scoring role at shooting guard for a Bulldogs squad that came up just three points shy of advancing to this year's Class 4A state tournament, averaging 16.5 points per game. He shot 51 percent from the field, including 38 percent beyond the arc.
Wellsville ¢ 6-6 ¢ Forward ¢ Jr.
Wright continued a strong family lineage, following up on brother Kyle's first-team selection last season with his own nod in 2007. He was the second-leading scorer in the area at 19 points per game and added 9 rebounds per contest, shooting 53.3 percent from the field.