MORGANTOWN – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball team landed two players on the 2019-20 West Virginia Sports Writers Association All-State team that was released this past Friday.
Junior point guard Ryan Hurst was named to the Third Team while sophomore forward Lamar Hurst was tabbed for Honorable Mention Honors.
Ryan led the team in scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage as he started all 23 games for the Bucs of head coach Travis Foster.
He averaged 16.6 points per game while adding 99 assists (4.3 per game) and 42 steals (1.8 per game).
He paced the team in free throw percentage at 80.7 percent making 46 of his 57 attempts.
He also averaged 3.9 rebounds per contests and had one double-double on the season.
Lamar was second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.0 points per game as he played in 23 games, starting 15 of them.
He was second on the team in blocks with 20.
He hauled down 101 rebounds for a 4.4 rebounding average while dishing out 30 assists and collecting 16 steals.
The Class AAA team was led by University seniors K.J. McClung and Kaden Metheny.
McClurg and Kaden Metheny won’t suit up in their high school uniforms again, their senior season effectively over due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless of the what-ifs, McClurg and Metheny aren’t leaving UHS empty-handed. Both were named first team all-state, solidifying their careers at University on a high note.
Four years ago, Metheny and McClurg stepped onto the court at UHS for the first time. Since then, they’ve led University to one title and potentially another.
While they may not get a chance at repeating for the title, Metheny and McClurg were recognized for their outstanding seasons with first team all-state honors. However, the end goal still feels unfulfilled.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment and it’s special to share that with K.J., but I think I can speak for both of us that we wanted to end the year as state champions, not first team all-state,” Metheny said. “We wanted that team accomplishment. But it’s definitely amazing to share it with my brother and teammate. We’ve been the one-two punch together over the years. With the season ending like it did, it’s hard, but we know there’s a reason for this. God has a purpose and He’s going to redeem it, but we have to try and find every positive out of this. It’s been an amazing year. We accomplished so many things and this is a team I’ll remember and cherish for the rest of my life.”
“It’s great to know that we went out with a bang,” McClurg said. “It didn’t go how we wanted it to, but everything we worked for up to this point, it shows that the work we put in paid off. We’re blessed to be in the situation we are at UHS. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and parents for pushing me.”
Metheny, named first team captain, snapped two major school records this year. He first overcame current-Milwaukee Brewers infielder Jedd Gyorko’s all-time 3-point record during the Hawks’ routing of Wheeling Park in the OVAC semifinals, surpassing the former Hawk with his opening trey to take the No. 1 spot. He then hit his 2,000th-career point in the Hawks’ sectional finals win over Morgantown, a game where he was just shy of the school’s single-game scoring record (Duke Pride, 53 points) with 44 points. Further, he averaged 24.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
“I’ve played basketball my entire life and I’ve been blessed with so many things through this entire journey,” Metheny said. “It’s all from God, first and foremost. Going into UHS as a freshman, I never would have thought I’d accomplish this many things. It’s a true testament to the hard work I’ve put into the game of basketball. To see what it’s panned out to be is truly amazing, but I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish those things without my teammates, coaches and trainers.”
Metheny signed to continue his career at Bowling Green.
Though one can easily be overshadowed by such a talent as Metheny, McClurg stood out just as much among his comrade. He was the second in line in scoring, rebounds and assists, averaging 20.3 points, 4.8 boards and 2.8 assists per game.
McClurg credits his success to a stifling defense as a bigger-bodied guard and becoming a leader early on in his junior year.
“We’ve always had scorers and players that can just play, and I’m always driven to win,” McClurg said. “I really give it all defensively. I think I’m one of the better defenders out there. Rebounding, I’m a bigger guard so I do my best. And leadership [which] nowadays is critical. Last year we had two seniors so someone had to step up and I think Kaden and I really stepped up as leaders on and off the court.”
McClurg’s game improved from athlete to player over the years.
“Since 5th-grade I was always out of control. I wasn’t really skilled around the perimeter, I was always one of those kids who was a football player and transitioned into driving to the hole and using my body and strength to finish at the hoop,” McClurg said
And while Metheny has been a long-time commit to Bowling Green, McClurg is still weighing his options, though he’s close to choosing a college. After pulling out of a commitment to Niagara following Patrick Beilein’s resignation in October, McClurg opened his recruitment once again. He’s currently being pursued by multiple programs, including offers from New Hampshire, Navy, West Liberty and Nova Southeastern, plus interest from Rider, UMBC and UNC-Asheville.
Though the future holds promise for the duo, it also brings emotions to their coach.
“I’m really going to miss them a lot, I’m trying not to think about it especially here lately we haven’t had the ending to this season as we wanted,” Schmidle said. “It doesn’t feel like we’ve had any closure. I still talk to them all the time, and I’m really going to miss them. Not just because of what they bring to our program as basketball players, I’m going to miss them as people.
“They’ve made me look really good as a coach, I can tell you that. I get a lot of credit for things because of those two.”
The duo is joined on first team by Teddy Marshall (Martinsburg), Mason Pinkett (George Washington, 17.3 ppg), Alex Vargo (Wheeling Park), Malaki Sylvia (Parkersburg South), CJ Meredith (Spring Valley, 25.9 ppg) and Chandler Schmidt (Cabell Midland, 17.8 ppg).
Morgantown’s leading scorer Carson Poffenberger found a spot on the second team after entering the season doubted by many.
Taking over the center spot from Nick Malone, the 6-foot-7 Poffenberger was outstanding on both sides of the court, shattering all expectations. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 boards per game.
The rest of second team is captain Rodney Toler (St. Albans), Ben Gilliam (Woodrow Wilson), Sheldon Everhart (Hedgesville), Amare Smith (Huntington), Telryn Villa (Martinsburg), Sam Potts (Parkersburg) and Richard Law (Woodrow Wilson).
The Class AAA Boys All-State Basketball Team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, Sr.
K J McClurg, University, Sr.
C J Meredith, Spring Valley, Sr.
Kaden Metheny, University, Sr. (Captain)
Mason Pinkett, George Washington, Jr.
Chandler Schmidt, Cabell Midland, Soph.
Malaki Sylvia, Parkersburg South, Sr.
Alex Vargo, Wheeling Park, Sr.
Sheldon Everhart, Hedgesville, Sr.
Ben Gilliam, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.
Richard Law, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
Carson Poffenberger, Morgantown, Jr.
Sam Potts, Parkersburg, Sr.
Amare Smith, Huntington, Jr.
Rodney Toler, St Albans, Sr. (Captain)
Telryn Villa, Martinsburg, Sr.
Austin Dearing, Hurricane, Sr. (Captain)
Ryan Hurst, Buckhannon-Upshur, Jr.
Ayden Ince, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.
Ty Johnson, Ripley, Sr.
Kerion Martin, Capital, Sr.
Will Shively, Jefferson, Fr.
Nick Smith, Preston, Sr.
Quaysean Sutton, South Charleston, Sr.
David Bittorie, Spring Mills; Brock Booth, Spring Valley; Dai’marquis Brooks, Capital; Peyton Brown, Princeton; Ethan Clay, St. Albans; Jaimelle Claytor, St. Albans; Bailee Coles, Greenbrier East; Dylan Day, Parkersburg South; Javante Elzy, Riverside; Justin Frohnapfel, John Marshall; Karrington Hill, Capital; Evan Hosby, Hedgesville; Evan Hughes, George Washington; Lamar Hurst, Buckhannon-Upshur; Alex Isinghood, Brooke; Drew Keckley, Hampshire; Torin Lochow, Huntington; Cam Marks, Parkersburg South; Chase Maynard, Spring Valley; Xavier Morris, Wheeling Park; Danny Moylan, Washington; Ryan Niceler, University, Corbin Page, Spring Valley; Ethan Parsons, Princeton; Joseph Patterson, Huntington; Palmer Riggio, Cabell Midland; Alex Rudy, Morgantown; D J Saunders, Wheeling Park; Dominic Schmidt, Cabell Midland; K K SiEbert, Cabell Midland; T J Stuckey, Musselman; Daion Taylor, Jefferson; Noah Umpleby, Parkersburg; Javin Wilmer, Hedgesville; Alex Yoakum, George Washington; Travis Zimmerman, Wheeling Park.