Jahlil Nails (Columbia)
Connor Morelli (Bethlehem)
Austin Nydegger (Burnt Hills)
Andrew Platek (Guilderland)
Nolan Smith (Colonie)
Wildcard -- Noah Arciero (Saratoga)
14998 total votes.
As we head towards the home stretch of the regular season, we want to know which of these five players is your choice as the Suburban Council's top boys basketball player:
Jahlil Nails (Columbia) -- The junior forward currently leads the league in points per game average (25.3) and has the Blue Devils sitting second in the South Division standings with an 8-3 record (8-5 overall).
Connor Morelli (Bethlehem) -- The senior guard raised his average to 20.3 points per game with a season-high 29-point effort in Tuesday's 80-68 loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Morelli has scored at least 20 points in each of Bethlehem's last four games, during which the Eagles have a 2-2 record (4-6 league, 5-7 overall).
Austin Nydegger (Burnt Hills) -- It's been a tough season for the Spartans (1-10, 1-13), but that hasn't stopped Nydegger from being a force. The senior guard is averaging 18.3 points per game, including a 32-point night against Bethlehem Tuesday.
Andrew Platek (Guilderland) -- The sophomore guard has been one of the reasons why the Dutchmen (10-1, 11-1) have vaulted to the top of the South Division standings. He's averaging a team-high 15.9 points per game, including 26 three-pointers.
Nolan Smith (Colonie) -- Another outstanding player on a struggling team, Smith has kept the Garnet Raiders (3-7. 4-8) close with his shooting abilities. The junior guard is averaging 17.3 points per game and has sank 25 three-pointers.
And as a late entry:
Noah Arciero (Saratoga) -- The player who broke the backboard on a dunk at Ballston Spa (the video of which has gone national via ESPN and USA Today) is averaging 20.7 points per game for the Blue Streaks (5-5, 7-5).
Choose among these six individuals. Voting will remain open through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.