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Clark Kellogg Award watch list for Feb. 1

Feb. 1—The Clark Kellogg Award is presented annually to The News-Herald's boys basketball player of the year. The winner will be announced after the completion of the state tournament on a date to be announced.

This list can fluctuate throughout the season. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

G/F Luke Barbo, Jr., Geneva: Leads a strong Eagles team with 14.1 points per game and can move inside when needed, averaging six rebounds a game.

SF Nick Barisic, Sr., Kirtland: The leading scorer for the Hornets is averaging 12.9 points and has connected on 25 3-pointers. Also averaging 3.7 steals and to assists on the season.

G Justin Belcher, Sr., University: Paces the Preppers with 18 points per game to go with averages of 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals. Strong on the drive and able to step back with 24 3-pointers.

SG Matt Biddell, Sr., Mentor: Has a strong drive to the basket as he averages 25.1 points per game. Also leads the Cardinals with 5.2 assists and 2.5 steals while second on the team in rebounds with 7.4

G Peyton Budrys-Rini, Sr., Lake Catholic: The Cougars' leader averages 14.7 points per game and has started to have more of an impact on the boards, averaging five a game.

G Taj Caver, Sr., Hawken: He leads the surging Hawks at 15 points per game and has connected on 32 3-pointers. Hangs his hat on defense as the team has held opponents under 40 points a game in their eight-game winning streak.

G/F Damari Dammons, Jr., Brush: Averaging 9.3 points per game for the Arcs. Can also step inside and averages 4.8 rebounds a game.

G Troy Domen, Sr., Cardinal: Strong all-around the floor as he leads the Huskies with 23.9 points and 59 3-pointers. Also averages 3.7 steals.

G JP Dragas, Sr., Madison: Averaging 27.1 points for the Blue Streaks and has 40 3-pointers on the season. Also leads the team in assists (3.4) and steals (4.4) while being second in rebounds (4.6).

G Evan Dugger, Sr., NDCL: Guiding a Lions offense that is finding its stride with 17.9 points per game and 54 3-pointers.

G/F Thai Duncan, Jr., Euclid: Leads the Panthers on offense at 19.7 points per game, and is able to take a step back when needed with 34 3-pointers.

F James Gadomski, Sr., Fairport: Does anything needed of him for the Skippers as he leads them at 25.9 points per game with 52 3-pointers. Also averaging 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.7 steals and 1.9 blocks.

G Armani Hall, So., Harvey: The leading scorer for a young Red Raiders bunch as he averages 15.8 points with 50 3-pointers. Can also move inside as he averages 4.8 rebounds a game.

F Ian Ioppolo, Sr., Mentor: Averages 27.1 points for the Cardinals. Is strong from the outside (51 3-pointers) and has moved inside and averages 8.3 rebounds to lead the team as well.

G Dorian Jones, Jr., Richmond Heights: Plays strong for the Spartans inside and out while also being able to work for rebounds as well.

G Quinn Kwasniak, Jr., Cornerstone: Averaging 35.5 points per game to lead the coverage area while connecting on 84 3-pointers. Also leads the Patriots with 9.4 rebounds, seven assists and 2.7 steals.

G Landon Lear, Jr., West Geauga: Leads team at 20.4 points per game and crashes the boards at 6.5 rebounds a game.

F Derreon Malone, Jr., Perry: A sharpshooter for the Pirates at 14.5 points per game and 34 3-pointers. Also plays strong on- ball defense with 3.9 steals per game.

G Delond Moss, Sr., South: Leads the Rebels in points (18.9) as well as assists (3.4). Also a strong defender averaging 2.1 steals and 1.1 blocks.

F/C Sean Register, Sr., North: Impacts the game all over the floor for the Rangers. Leads them in points (29.9), rebounds (11.3), assists (3.7) and second in blocks (1.7)

G Demarris Winters, Jr., Richmond Heights: A strong change-of-pace player with his ability from beyond the arc.

G Quandell Wright, Sr., VASJ: The leading scorer for a resurgent Vikings squad at 16.5 points per game. Also able to crash the glass as he averages 5.2 rebounds per game along with 1.9 steals.