Rojas Is ECIC D1 Player Of The Year
James Rojas of Jamestown High School has been rewarded for a transcendent senior year on the hardwood with the first two of what figures to be a host of postseason honors.
The 6-foot-6 forward has been named the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 Player of the Year following a vote of league coaches after leading the Red Raiders to a share of the league title.
Furthermore, Rojas is also a first-team All-ECIC choice, a selection that takes into account all players in the conference’s four divisions.
The numbers he put up confirm why he is in such select company.
In leading Jamestown to a 14-7 record and a berth in the Section VI AA semifinals, Rojas averaged 27.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line.
A closer examination of those numbers reveals why he is one of the finest players in school history.
¯ In 20 games, he scored 30 or more points five times, including 37 against Williamsville North and a career-high 42 vs. Clarence in the sectional quarterfinals.
¯ For his career, Rojas amassed 1,190 points, which is fourth all-time; grabbed 539 rebounds (No. 6 all-time); and had 167 assists (15th all-time); 105 steals (15th all-time) and 73 3-pointers (10th all-time).
¯ His scoring average this season (27.1) was fourth all-time and he recorded 14 double-doubles in the 20 games he played.
Joining Rojas on the ECIC Division 1 first team are Lancaster’s LG Castillo, Vito Fulciniti and Alex Tamburri, Orchard Park’s Dylan Anderson and Williamsville North’s Jairus Huggins. All but Tamburri, a junior, are seniors.
Jamestown junior forward Marcus Rojas is a second-team ECIC Division I choice after averaging 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Other members of the second team are junior Jesse Wayland of West Seneca West, senior Dan Anderson of Orchard Park, sophomore Jacob Belote of Williamsville North, senior Noah Speyer of Lancaster and sophomore River Reinhardt of Clarence.
Another JHS junior, Matt Hill, is an honorable-mention selection after averaging 10.4 points, highlighted by 61 makes from beyond the arc. Joining him as honorable-mention selections are sophomore Jack Putney of Clarence, senior Zack Gerken of Frontier, senior Anthony Maniscalco and senior Corey Sweich of Williamsville North, and junior Kyle Ebert and sophomore Brian Norsen of Frontier.
John Otto of Lancaster is the Coach of the Year.
The All-ECIC first team, besides James Rojas, includes Player of the Year Dominick Welch, a guard from Cheektowaga; point guard Greg Dolan of Williamsville South; Marcellus Cooper, a guard-forward from Amherst; and Nick Montgomery, a forward from East Aurora. All but Dolan are seniors. The Coach of the Year is Lancaster’s Otto.
The second-team All-ECIC picks are all point guards — Fulciniti of Lancaster; Mason Goodridge of Springville, Ray Blackwell of Maryvale, Dashawn Hines of Amherst and Josh Denz of East Aurora. All are seniors with the exception of Goodridge (sophomore) and Blackwell (junior).