The 2022-23 high school basketball season in Western Pennsylvania was one for the record books. Literally.
Throughout the season, scoring rose to new highs, with records falling and offense being showcased in a way that it never has in the region.
Through it all, KDKA Radio was your home for high school basketball coverage. Now, with the season complete, and after nearly 400,000 votes were cast, we are proud to unveil the KDKA Radio Super 7 Basketball Class of 2023!
Below are the award winners, with one player representing each WPIAL Classification and the Pittsburgh City League.
Jonathan Anderson, New Castle - The 5-foot-11 senior guard paced the Red Hurricane with over 17 points per game. New Castle went 24-4, winning a section title while reaching the WPIAL Championship Game and PIAA quarterfinals. Anderson has an offer from Seton Hill.
Jasmine Timmerson, North Allegheny - A wildly talented passer who added a nice scoring touch the season, Timmerson scored over 17 points per game. The Pitt recruit led the way with 30 points in the Tigers’ WPIAL title game win.
Royce Parham, North Hills - The 6-foot-9, versatile 3-star recruit scored over 29 points per game this year. He also was the team’s top rebounder and shot blocker, helping the Indians to a 20-win season. Parham has narrowed his recruiting to four schools, including Pitt, Penn State, Xavier and Marquette.
Maddie Webber, South Fayette - Webber, a senior signed to play with Big East power Villanova, led South Fayette with over 17 points per game during a season in which the Lions won the WPIAL Championship and finished as PIAA runner-up.
Meleek Thomas, Lincoln Park - A consensus top ten sophomore recruit in the nation, Thomas scored over 23 points per game as the Leopards won the WPIAL and PIAA 4A Championships. Thomas has offers from Pitt, Villanova, UConn, Michigan, Indiana and many more.
Alayna Rocco, North Catholic - Rocco, a Harvard recruit, scored 17 points per game, as the Trojanettes took home a a record 22nd title. North Catholic won 25 games and reached the PIAA semifinals, as well.
Makhai Valentine, Steel Valley - Valentine was the district’s second-leading scorer, averaging 36.6 points per game. He scored 63 points in one game and helped the Ironman to the WPIAL semifinals. He has offers from South Alabama and Sam Houston.
Mairan Haggerty, Neshannock - Haggerty, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, finished fourth in the WPIAL with 22.4 points per game. The Lancers reached the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA first round. She is signed to play collegiately at Seton Hill.
Shea Champine, Bishop Canevin - Champine finished fourth in WPIAL with over 30 points per game. The senior led the Crusaders to 22 wins and trips to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals. He has offers from Pitt Johnstown and South Carolina Beaufort.
Shaye Bailey, Freedom - Despite missing the playoffs with injury Bailey had a strong year. The junior, who is also a standout soccer player, averaged 21.7 points and 4.8 steals per game. She scored 51 in a single game.
Vinnie Cugini, Aquinas Academy - Cugini made history in the 2022-23 season, breaking the WPIAL’s 30-year-old all-time scoring record held by Tom Pipkins. Cugini, who is committed to Put Johnstown, posted over 43 points per game and ended his career with 3,189 points.
Kelly Cleaver, Union - The leader of the Scotties, Cleaver scored over 15 points per game. The junior posted a 14-point, 9-rebound, 6-assist effort in the WPIAL title game win over Aquinas Academy, and helped beat Lourdes Regional a couple of weeks later ini the PIAA Championship Game.
Boys City League
Major Rainey, Allderdice - Rainey was part of a balanced Dragons team that took the City League title again this season. The junior scored over 11 points per game and led the team in rebounding as Allderdice won 21 games.
Girls City League
Taylor Phillips, Obama Academy - Phillips led the Eagles to a City League Championship. The sophomore was among the top City League scorers at nearly 16 points per game. She helped Obama Academy to the PIAA playoffs, as well.