WARREN, Pa. – Damon Curry helped turn a young Franklin team into a juggernaut, leading the Knights to their third-straight District 10 title and the PIAA quarterfinals, and has earned the YDL Sports Network/D9and10Sports.com District 10 boys’ basketball Player of the Year award powered by All American Awards & Engraving.
Joining Curry as major award winners are Farrell’s Danny Odem (Rookie of the Year) and Cathedral Prep’s Steve Piotrowicz (Coach of the Year).
Three All-District 10 teams were also awarded.
The first team includes Curry, Cathedral Prep’s Jake Sambuchino, Erie’s Andreas McCullum, Farrell’s Nasir O’Kane, Grove City’s Nathan Greer and Jamestown’s Cam Keyser.
On the second team are Cathedral Prep’s Amaree Pickens, Erie First Christian’s Jesse Jong, Franklin’s Jalen Wood, Harbor Creek’s Nick Krahe, McDowell’s Tyler Grove, Cambridge Springs’ Josh Reisenauer, and Mercer’s Jake Mattocks.
The third team consists of Rocky Grove’s D’Andre Whitman, Eisenhower’s Wyatt Lookenhouse, Oil City’s Jake Hornbeck, Saegertown’s Brady Greco, Seneca’s Logan Kibbe, Titusville’s Manny Perez, and Warren’s Tommy Nyquist.
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Damon Curry, Jr., Franklin – Curry led the Knights in scoring on his way to becoming the second-straight Franklin player to win the award, joining Easton Fulmer, the winner a year ago.
Curry averaged 17.2 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game, 2.9 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game, shooting 49% from the floor and making 59 three-pointers. Curry was dinged up early in the season, as Franklin was just 5-4 after a late December loss to Fairview. They proceeded to rattle off 17 wins in a row, rolling to another District 10 title and advancing to the PIAA quarterfinals.
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Danny Odem, Fr., Farrell: On a deep, senior-laden team, Odem managed to standout. The freshman averaged 10.0 ppg., which also included a 30-point game against Mars in late December. Odem averaged over two steals and two rebounds as well for a Farrell team that won the District 10 Class 1A title and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals.
2023 D9AND10SPORTS.COM BOYS’ DISTRICT 10 BASKETBALL CHUCK DALY COACH OF THE YEAR POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
Steve Piotrowicz, Cathedral Prep: Piotrowicz already has an impressive resume for a young coach, leading Prep to a state title two years ago. He may have done an equally impressive job with this group of Ramblers. Prep went 24-4 this season, winning 19 of those game by double digits in advancing to the PIAA semifinals, where they dropped a heartbreaker to Exeter, 51-47. Prep’s only loss to a District 10 team this season was to rival McDowell in the regular season finale. Their only other two setbacks before the PIAA semifinals were to Illinois powerhouse De La Salle and Canisius (N.Y.) in the Burger King Classic.
About Chuck Daly: Daly was a 1948 graduate of Kane High School who started his coaching career at Punxsutawney High School (1956-63, 111 wins, D9 title in 1958 and league titles in 1958, 1962, and 1963) before moving into the college and pro ranks where he won two NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons. Daly also coached the 1992 United States Olympic “Dream Team” to a gold medal finish. He was inducted into the James Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition to coaching the Pistons for nine years going 467-271, he spent a little under a season coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1981-82 and coached the New Jersey Nets and the Orlando Magic in the 1990s. He was also the head coach at Boston College and Penn in the college ranks. The NBA continues to honor his coaching legacy with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award given annually to a longtime NBA coach’s life in basketball and his “standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion” of the game.
About the Chuck Daly Foundation: The Chuck Daly Foundation was formed in Punxsutawney in 2016 by 1960 PAHS graduate George “Butch” White, who played basketball under Daly. The foundation was formed primarily to create scholarships for both male and female student-athletes in both basketball and golf.
2023 D9AND10SPORTS.COM BOYS’ FIRST-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 10 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING FIRST TEAM
Jake Sambuchino, Sr. ,Cathedral Prep: 14.2 ppg. 4.1 apg., 2.6 spg.
Andreas McCullum, Sr., Erie: 14.3 ppg., 3.6 apg., 3.4 rpg., 51 3-pointers
Nasir O’Kane, Sr., Farrell: 12.7 ppg.
Damon Curry, Jr., Franklin: 17.2 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 2.9 apg., 1.1 spg., 49% shooting, 59 made three-pointers
Nathan Greer, So., Grove City: 14.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg., 2.5 spg.
Cam Keyser, Sr., Jamestown: 24.0 ppg., 11.1 rpg.
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Amaree Pickens, Jr. Cathedral Prep: 10.9 ppg., 8.1 rpg., 2.7 spg.
Josh Reisenauer, Sr., Cambridge Springs: 16.7 ppg., 4.2 apg., 2.2 spg.
Jesse Jong, Sr., Erie First Christian: 13.0 ppg., 8.4 rpg., 3.2 spg.
Jalen Wood, Jr., Franklin: 12.3 ppg., 5.7 apg., 2.7 rpg., 1.7 spg. 71 three-pointers
Nick Krahe, Sr., Harbor Creek: 18.1 ppg., 10.9 rpg.
Tyler Grove, Jr., McDowell: 14.8 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.1 spg.
Jake Mattocks, Sr., Mercer: 15.6 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 2.3 spg., 1,000 career-point scorer
2023 D9AND10SPORTS.COM BOYS’ FIRST-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 10 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING THIRD TEAM
Wyatt Lookenhouse, Sr., Eisenhower: 17.1 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.7 spg., 1,000 career-point scorer
Jake Hornbeck, Sr., Oil City: 14.1 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 4.6 apg., 2.0 spg.
D’Andre Whitman, Sr., Rocky Grove: 12.3 ppg.
Brady Greco, Sr., Saegertown: 16.2 ppg., 1,000 career-point scorer
Logan Kibbe, Sr., Seneca: 18.4 ppg., 40% 3-point FGs; surpassed 1,000 career points
Manny Perez, Sr., Titusville: 21.3 ppg., 37% 3-point FGs
Tommy Nyquist, Jr., Warren: 12.3 ppg., 6.2 apg., 2.0 spg., 48% FGs