North Xtra: Fabulous Five

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Ryan Luther

Hampton

Guard-forward, 6-8, Jr.

Luther coupled an excellent jump shot with his ability to drive to the basket to finish third among Class AAAA players in scoring (21.2 points per game). ... Luther led Hampton to the WPIAL championship game for the second year in a row. He scored 31 points against McKeesport in the WPIAL quarterfinals and also had 31 against North Hills. ... Luther has already been offered by Duquesne and Dayton and several others are showing interest.

Geno Thorpe

Shaler Area

Guard, 6-3, Sr.

Thorpe led the WPIAL in scoring with 25.4 points per game. ... Thorpe had some gigantic performances for a Shaler team that struggled in Class AAAA Section 3. He scored a career-high 45 against McKeesport and had 40 against Altoona. Thorpe scored at least 30 points seven times and fell short of double figures only once. ... Thorpe, who played at Shady Side Academy his freshman season, has signed with Penn State.

Easton Bazzoli

Seneca Valley

Guard, 6-5, Sr.

Bazzoli was the leading scorer (15.3 points per game) for Seneca Valley, which surprisingly advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals as a No. 12 seed. The Raiders upset No. 5 Central Catholic and No. 4 Upper St. Clair, before being eliminated by eventual champion New Castle. ... Bazzoli is one of three Section 3 players to be named to the North Fabulous Five team. ... He will play next season at Cedarville.

Matt D'Amico

Fox Chapel

Guard, 6-2, Jr.

A three-year starter, D'Amico was the second-leading scorer in Class AAAA, as he netted 22.1 points per game in helping Fox Chapel end a two-year playoff drought. ... D'Amico was the leading vote-getter in all-section balloting in Section 2. He had a tremendous four-game stretch early in the season when he averaged 32.7 points a game. ... D'Amico is already projected to be a Division I or II player. ... The Foxes finished with a 17-7 record.

Josh Goetz

Mars Area

Forward, 6-8, Sr.

Goetz, a skilled big man with a solid mid-range game, was one of the most improved players in the WPIAL. ... Goetz averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds per game, helping Mars reach the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals and the PIAA playoffs, the first time the Planets have done either. ... Goetz visited the Air Force Academy this past weekend and is also considering the Naval Academy, among others. The Planets finished with a 21-5 record.

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