Bathurst, Taplin among Mr. Basketball finalists

Two local stars are among the six finalists for “Mr. Basketball” honors in New York.

Olean’s Wil Bathurst and Williamsville North’s Sterling Taplin are on the list, along with Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln), Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin), Emmitt Holt (Webster Schroeder), and Dontay Caruthers (Rochester East).

The award, given annually to the top player in New York, will be given out in March.

Taplin’s high school career came to an end this week in Sectionals, but Bathurst’s Olean squad is still alive. The Huskies will play for the Class B-1 sectional title Saturday at 1:45pm at Buffalo State. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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