A few items from the first six days of high school basketball
Should we call Ethan Morton a freshman phenom yet?
Morton is a freshman point guard for the Butler High School basketball team. We mentioned him on the Varsity Blog earlier this fall. His name is quickly becoming known around the WPIAL because he's that good.
How good? Well, in a game tonight against Plum, the 6-foot-4 Morton came close to a triple double. He had 17 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Morton was offered a scholarship by Cleveland State this summer. Pitt had him to Heinz Field for a football game. I saw him play a few times as an eighth grader. He really is that good. He's long, tall and pretty athletic now also. Plus, he seems to like to pass. Really liked his game.
In the first game of this season, Morton scored 15 points. In less than three quarters Monday night, he had 7 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.
Ethan Morton. Get used to the name. You'll be hearing a lot more of it in the future.
Canes can shoot again
New Castle coach Ralph Blundo has had some excellent shooters on his teams the past few years. He apparently has more this year.
New Castle is 3-0 and is averaging 11 3-pointers a game. Geno Stone, who made the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 in football, and Gino DeMonaco both have made 12 3-pointers in the three games (Stone is pictured in a game last year against Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter).
Stone is shooting 46 percent from 3-point range and DeMonaco 52 percent. Also Garrett Farah and Carrington Smith both have made three 3-pointers.
For three games, Stone is averaging 19 points and DeMonaco 15. And don't forget about junior forward Marcus Hooker. He doesn't shoot as many 3's, but is averaging 16 points a game.
New Castle is an excellent section this season - 4A Section 2. Beaver Falls and Quaker Valley also are members of the section.
That Wise guy
I would say Darius Wise deserves serious consideration for WPIAL athlete of the year. Wise had a terrific football season and is now doing his magic on the hardwood. He had 39 points Tuesday night.