West Xtra: Fabulous Five Boys

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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Aaron Barlow

Beaver Area

Center, 6-5, Sr.

In helping lead the Bobcats to a 20-win season, their highest win total in more than a decade, Barlow averaged a team-best 19.9 points per game, routinely providing stable and consistent play on the low post. ... With a share of the Class AAA Section 2 title on the line, Barlow scored a team-high 26 points to push visiting Beaver past Blackhawk on Jan. 8. The Bobcats wound up splitting the section title with Central Valley.

Drew Cook

Beaver Falls

Guard, 6-2, Sr.

Beaver Falls had the second highest scoring offense in WPIAL Class AA this season at 68.6 points per game and Cook was a big reason for that. A standout both offensively and defensively, he averaged 15.8 points per game while providing the Tigers with a consistent threat from beyond the 3-point arc. ... He scored a team-high 15 points as Beaver Falls rallied to defeat Holy Cross of Dunmore and win the PIAA Class AA championship.

Elijah Cottrill

Beaver Falls

Guard, 6-3, Jr.

Alongside Cook in the Tigers' powerful offense -- one that averaged 68.6 points per game -- was Cottrill, who led the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game. ... A member of the Post-Gazette's all-region Fab Five, Cottrill was the Tigers' tallest player at 6 feet 3. He scored 27 points in a PIAA playoff victory against Mercyhurst Prep. ... Cottrill is already being recruited by schools such as Seton Hall, West Virginia, Villanova, Marquette and Duquesne.

Elijah Minnie

Lincoln Park

Center, 6-9, Jr.

A transfer from Summit Academy, Minnie had to sit out the early part of the season while his eligibility was being determined. Once he was OK'd to play, the Leopards went 15-3 and won the Class A Section 1 title and reached the PIAA semifinals. ... In a PIAA quarterfinal win against Bishop Carroll, he scored 42 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. ... Pitt, West Virginia, North Carolina State and Temple are among the colleges interested in him.

Devin Wilson

Montour

Guard, 6-4, Sr.

The Post-Gazette's all-area Player of the Year, Wilson was the key figure in helping lead the Spartans to the WPIAL Class AAA championship and an appearance in the PIAA semifinals. ... He averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game for Montour and recorded a triple double (24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) in a victory against Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL title game. ... He is considering George Mason, Saint Joseph's and Virginia Tech.

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