Adrian, To m e r 1st team
Preston’s Galusky makes 3rd squad
The Dominion Post
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The Morgantown and University high school boys’ basketball teams each had a player named to the Class AAA all-state first team.
MHS senior Nathan Adrian and UHS senior Travis Tomer were selected as two of the top eight players in the state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Preston High was also represented on the all-state team, by junior Jimmy Galusky (third team). One Mohigan, one Hawk and two Knights earned honorable mention.
Adrian made the first team for a second consecutive year.
“That’s quite an honor. I don’t know if we’ve ever had another player make the first team two years in a row. Nathan might be the first for us,” MHS coach Tom Yester said, recalling the handful of MHS players who have earned first-team all-state honors, including Nathan Smith, who was a first-team all-state player as a senior, in 1993.
Smith, who now runs the Nate Smith Basketball School in Morgantown, said he was an honorable mention selection as a junior, so he knew what an accomplishment Adrian’s repeat was.
“It’s really special,” Smith said. “Nathan is one of the best ever. I’ve had the opportunity to train him and work with him, and Morgantown doesn’t often get that caliber of player. He will be remembered for a long time at Morgantown. It’s great that he will be staying in town and going to WVU and everyone will get to see him continue to play and develop.”
Adrian, who was the third-leading vote-getter in Class AAA, behind Martinsburg star Donte Grantham and George Washington standout Luke Eddy, will continue his basketball career at WVU next season as a scholarship player. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 20.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 blocks for the Mohigans in 17 games.
Adrian, who knocked down 15 3s and shot 50 percent from the floor, led his team into the state tournament, in Charleston. He returned to the lineup during sectional play, after missing more than a month of the season with a broken foot.
While Adrian returned to the first team, Tomer made the jump from a good player to one of the state’s elite this season.
Tomer is the first UHS player to make the first team since Jedd Gyorko, in 2007.
“It’s wonderful for him and it’s wonderful for our school,” UHS head coach Paul Ingle said. “He’s worked hard for it and he’s come such a long way from a guy that averaged 8 or 10 or 12 points last year.”
Tomer led the Hawks in every statistical category except assists, behind point guard Curl Dixon. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.4 blocks. He also poured in an area-best 65 3s.
“In the last 12-18 months, Travis has really bloomed in terms of his ability,” Ingle said. “I don’t know what the next 12-18 months hold for him, but he is going to play basketball at the next level and if he continues to work the way he is, Travis will be a tremendous basketball player.”
Galusky, a junior shooting guard, poured in 18.7 ppg, including 39 3s. He also grabbed 6.0 rebounds and converted 71 percent of his free throws.
“He played much better defense this year than last year,” PHS coach Barry Sanders said. “He was always one of our offensive leaders, and he is starting to get stronger and grow, too.
“He was able to go inside a little more with the drive, and with his better defense, he was able to get a couple layups a game off steals, and he distributed the ball a little more this year, too.”
MHS senior Dean Marshall, UHS senior Curl Dixon and Preston seniors Mitchell Koch and Tyler Groves earned honorable mention.
Marshall, a guard, tallied 11.95 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He also converted 75 percent from the foul line and 49 percent from the field.
Dixon averaged 10 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the H aw k s ’ point guard.
Koch, a point guard, averaged 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. He also made 17 3s and shot 73 percent from the free-throw line.
Groves, a center, averaged a double-double: 10.3 points and 10.8 rebounds.

Nathan Adrian

Travis Tomer

Jimmy Galusky

Class AAA boys’ all-state team
First Team Nathan Adrian, Morgantown, sr., 20.5 ppg, 13.7 rpg Chase Conner, Shady Spring, sr. 27 ppg, 6.4 apg Luke Eddy, George Washington, sr., 26.5 ppg Donte’ Grantham, Martinsburg, sr. (Captain), 18 ppg, 12 rpg Ryan Meadows, Princeton, sr., 21.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.2 apg Wes Mitchem, Parkersburg South, sr. 20 ppg, 11 rpg Donte Nabors, Woodrow Wilson, jr., 20 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg Travis Tomer, University, sr., 17.6 ppg Second Team Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, sr., 15 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg Ra’Shaud Kincaid, South Charleston, sr. (Captain), 10 ppg, 8 apg, Dominique Newman, Washington, jr. 15.7 ppg, 3.3 apg Arick Nicks, Huntington, jr., 19.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg John Riley, Lewis County, jr. 25.1 ppg, 14.2 rpg Angelo Sirianni, Nitro, sr., 21.0 ppg Rondale Watson, Greenbrier East, jr. 21.6 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 apg, 3 steals per game Trevon Wesco, Musselman, jr. 19 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 3.7 apg Third Team A.D. Cunningham, South Charleston, so., 13 ppg, 6 rpg Jimmy Galusky, Preston, jr., 19.1 ppg, 4 rpg Jalen Lewis, Martinsburg, sr. , 15 ppg, 5 apg Dillon McCarty, Point Pleasant, sr. (Captain), 17.1 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg, 3 steals per game Carrington Morris, Capital, jr. 19.5 ppg, 10 rpg, 6 steals per game Juwan Powell, Hedgesville, sr. 14.75 ppg Kendall Smith, Washington, jr. 10.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg Henry Sorsaia, Hurricane, jr. 14.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg Honorable Mention T.J. Arbaugh, Lincoln County;Keldon Bell, Washington; Trevor Britton, Parkersburg; Nequan Carrington, Woodrow Wilson; Travis Clower, Hampshire; Trey Dawson, Hurricane; Doug Dennis, Parkersburg South; Curl Dixon, University; Aaron Ferguson, Princeton; Zach Fisher, Winfield; Tyler Groves, Preston; Chase Hancock, Woodrow Wilson; Tommy Hargroves, Musselman; Rasaan Harris, Hurricane; Kade Harrison, Ripley; Eric Johnson, Brooke; Jerome Jones, Washington; Jacob Kilgore, Spring Valley; Mitchell Koch, Preston; Evan Magers, John Marshall; Wade Martin, Point Pleasant; Dean Marshall, Morgantown; Nathan McNeil, St. Albans; Z. Minnick, Logan; Shaquan Milleer, Huntington; Hunter Moles, South Charleston; Cody Monroe, Parkersburg South; Logan Phillips, Elkins; Joey Re, Oak Hill; Marcus Reed, Riverside; Ryan Reinbeau, Wheeling Park; A.J. Reynolds, Logan; Jordan Robinson, Martinsburg; Obi Romeo, Greenbrier East; Luke Saseen, Wheeling Park; Chris Shields, Hedgesville; Casey Smith, Ripley; Jalen Smith, Jefferson; T.J. Tomblin, Logan; Hunter Wallace, Brooke; Hunter Walters, Princeton; Dalton Westfall, Buckhannon-Upshur; Chancelor Wooding, Huntington; Bryce Woodliff, Greenbrier East.