2013-14 All-Eagle boys basketball capsules


Amancho Adopo

Senior, Pittsfield

Adopo led Pittsfield in scoring and rebounding. He's the most athletic player in Berkshire County and able to change the game on both ends of the floor. He was at his best in transition where he could dish to a teammate or finish in a crowd with an acrobatic layup or dunk. He scored more than 1,000 points in three seasons.

The coach's take: What he's been able to do athletically has not been seen in Berkshire County in years.

-- Steve Ray, Pittsfield coach

Shaq Ardrey

Senior, Taconic

Ardrey was the leading scorer on the North Division champion Braves. Ardrey's a member of the 1,000-point club, and the guard showed a deadly stroke from 3-point range. He could also attack the basket, finishing with floaters or an acrobatic layup. Ardrey played his best in big games and used his quickness to create steals, leading to baskets for the Braves.

The coach's take: He's a smart basketball player. Understands the game, and very good at reading situations. Matured as a player and a person.

-- Bill Heaphy, Taconic coach

Matt Braman

Senior, Hoosac Valley

Braman was the most consistent scorer on the Western Mass. finalist Hurricanes. A two-time co-captain along with Sean Ryan-Kut, he often guarded the opposing team's best player. Braman has the ability to find gaps in the defense to finish with a jumper, floater or layup. He's attending Elmira College in the fall to play baseball.

The coach's take: A true student athlete. ... The big thing he did for us was running the floor really well. It was kind of unnoticed, but we noticed it. That was crucial to our team this year.

-- Bill Robinson, Hoosac coach

Collin Parrott

Junior, Wahconah

Parrott's ability to find the open man allowed the Wahconah offense to run smoothly. The guard's passing, along with his high basketball IQ, made him a true floor general for the Warriors. He led the team in assists with 90, scoring at 12.6 points per game and 3-point percentage. Parrott was a team captain as well.

The coach's take: He's a student of the game and he's a competitor. He lives basketball. Works hard at his game year-round and holds himself to a high standard.

-- Dustin Belcher, Wahconah coach

Bailey Patella

Sophomore, Lenox

Patella is one of the most athletic players in Berkshire County. He was a one-man fastbreak at times for the Millionaires. Patella is able to handle the ball, find the open man with a pass or slam home a monster dunk in transition. He was also a versatile defender.

The coach's take: He was a huge asset to our team. We could run him anywhere from point guard to center. When we needed him to play big, he'd step in and bang with those guys. He matured as a sophomore. [I'm] looking forward to what he'll bring as a junior.

-- Scott Sibley, Lenox coach

Mike Taylor

Senior, Taconic

Taylor was the inside part of Taconic's inside-outside combination. When Taylor got into a rhythm in the post, he was tough to stop. He's a big, physical presence for the Braves with a mid-range game as well. Taylor averaged a double-double (points and rebounds), and finished with 75 assists as well.

The coach's take: We always tried to establish Mike with the things he could do inside. He's smart, unselfish and very difficult to contain. With the confidence we have in Mike, there's no question we were going inside to him often.

-- Heaphy

Heamon Williams

Senior, Lee

Williams was one of the most prolific scorers in Berkshire County history during his career at Lee. He's a member of the 1,000-point club and capable of scoring from anywhere on the court. In addition to his accolades on the court, Williams always carried himself in a polite, thoughtful way off it.

The coach's take: Heamon's been everything for our team during his four years. Leading scoring and the primary option, played good defense, got rebounds and did all the little things a player needs to do. Great teammate. Very rare that someone can come in and be as solid of a player that he was.

-- Dan Korte, Lee coach


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