A pair of players who averaged over 20.0 points per game last season, as well as a player who helped his team to the PIAA quarterfinals before play was halted because of COVID-19 highlight the inaugural D9and10Sports.com Preseason All-District 10 Boys basketball team powered by Hunter’s Station Golf Club.
The group includes four seniors – Hickory’s Peyton Mele, Aaron Collins of Erie First Christian, Cambridge Springs’ Trent Wheeler, Ben Cano of Greenville and 6-7 junior Marquell Darnell of Erie.
Mele was part of a loaded Hornet team last season in 2019-20. Hickory went 23-4 en route to the D-10 Class 4A title. Mele was a big reason why, as the 6-2 forward averaged 15.4 ppg.
Collins, meanwhile, is the top returning scorer in District 10 at 22.4 ppg. He did a little bit of everything for EFC last season, including shooting 48 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free-throw line.
Wheeler is the leading returning scorer for the Blue Devils, who advanced to the PIAA playoffs. The 6-4 senior averaged 11.4 ppg and is also a top defensive player as well.
Cano is the second member of this group who returns averaging over 20 per game (20.3). The 6-4 forward is also a terror on the boards.
Darnell is the least heralded in terms of stats, but maybe has the highest ceiling of any player in D-10. The 6-7 junior with multiple college offers in football averaged a shade over 9 points per game last year for the Royals, who fell to current University of Pittsburgh freshman Willliam Jeffress and McDowell in the D-10 6A title game in 2019-20.
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D9AND10SPORTS.COM PRESEASON ALL-DISTRICT 10 BOYS’ TEAM
Peyton Mele, Sr., F, Hickory
Aaron Collins, Sr., G, Erie First Christian
Trent Wheeler, Sr., F, Cambridge Springs
Ben Cano, Sr., F, Greenville
Marquell Darnell, Jr., F., Erie