Downey is the AGR Player of the Year after he averaged 23 points a game
for a Fairport team that made its first appearance in a state tournament
Fairport's leading scorer was primarily a jump shooter during his
sophomore year. This past season, Downey added muscle, 20 pounds overall,
to his game and also averaged eight rebounds.
"Kevin helped me with that too," Kyle Downey said about his older brother
who also gave him a hard lesson or two on the basketball court. "During
the summer, I had no idea what to expect this season. I could see
improving, but not drastically, like I did this year.
"I think a lot of the improvement came last spring. I worked out with
coach (Fitch) quite a bit. We made my shot a little quicker, and I just
started becoming more of a player."
A stronger and faster Kyle Downey, who is 6-feet-2 inches and 190 pounds,
was able to drive for baskets with more success. He also made more
contributions on defense, which made Fitch happy.
Defense is a primary reason the Red Raiders are currently Section V's most
dominant large-school team.
Fitch emphasizes defense, gets players to understand what the goal of the
scheme is and work together to stop opponents. And Downey is not the first
Fairport player to improve noticeably from one season to the next in
Fitch's six seasons.
Those are two reasons why Fitch is the AGR Coach of the Year, which like
all of the Democrat and Chronicle's Super 15 team, is determined by
ballots from area coaches and input from the newspaper's staff.
"There's years of experience on the coaching staff and they teach the
fundamentals very well," Fitch said. "I can maybe go to another level with
"I respect the players. I think they know that and feel that."
This year's AGR team also includes Fairport guard Kevin Borden, who helped
the Red Raiders repeat as Section V Class AAA champions.
Bishop Kearney guard Anthony Terry and Finney's Andy Marchand, who made
242 3-pointers in four varsity seasons, were selected to the team for the
second consecutive year. Rush-Henrietta forward Dane Miller, a 6-6
sophomore, is the youngest member of the Super 15, and shared Monroe
County Division I Player of the Year honors with Downey.
"Dane has a lot of potential," Downey said. "He's long and can shoot it.
He's got the perfect basketball body.
"It's incredible how well he can see the floor as a big guy."
Downey established himself as a contender for AGR Player of the Year
honors just about right away. He scored 28 points during a win for
Fairport at Wilson.
When the Red Raiders were off to a slow start against Saint Francis,
Downey went off for 39 points with 10 rebounds in what turned into another
Downey's scoring average was 21.7 during the regular season and went up
after the Red Raiders entered tournament play.
"He had a great year," Rush-Henrietta coach Chris Reed said. "Mentally,
he's a very tough player, he just stays with it and doesn't get too
"Everyone's plan when they go into the game is stop him, he just keeps
plugging along. I think he has deceptive speed, he can get around guys you
don't expect him too. He's not just a shooter."
Kevin Downey, who went to play at Canisius after an all-star high school
career at Livonia, was the perfect mentor for Kyle.
"When I was a little kid I watched Kevin do this," Kyle Downey said. "He
grew another inch in college, and is very explosive. He's very focused on
his legs and stuff.
"I plan to lift every week in the offseason. Next year, I'm going to try
to be 200, 205 pounds, but not top-heavy."
More size would make Kyle Downey a more attractive Division I college
Fifteen schools from the Ivy League, Patriot League and other conferences
already have shown interest in the A-student, making college coaches a
frequent guest at Fairport practices.
"I kind of want to go as high as I can go," Kyle Downey said. "If I can go
to the Big East or the ACC, I mean that would be awesome.
"Right now, there's no way I could, but this summer, hopefully the work
that I will do to improve can change that."
Second team, honorable mention picks
Rob Brown, School of the Arts, F
Jason Corletta, Pittsford Sutherland, G
Will Cornett, Campbell-Savona, G
Kyle Coulon, Webster Thomas, C-F
Jerome Davis, Franklin, G
Mike Fowler, Hilton, G
Shane Galatio Hilton, G
Kourtney Goff, Greece Athena, G
Mike Hoy, Batavia, G
Matt Jones, Aquinas, F
Chris Milke, Palmyra-Macedon, C
Jake Russell, Brockport, G-F
Chris Skipper, Pittsford Mendon, G
Brian Szczepanski, Web. Schroeder, C
Jeremy Washington, Gates Chili, C
Monroe County: Mark Bruce (Fairport),
Dan Teerlinck (Webster Thomas), Dave Woodhams (Greece Arcadia), Skip
Schwartz (Pittsford Mendon), Conor Dever (Brighton).
City-Catholic: Bradley Griffin (Charlotte), Jordan Major (Charlotte),
Rueben Balkum (East), Kenyon Sharp (East), Norman Simmons (East), Nate
Dukes (Freddie Thomas), Terrance Finley (Freddie Thomas), Tyron Wilcox
(Freddie Thomas), Justin Nickson (Franklin), Roderick Gray (Jefferson),
Cedrick Martinez (Jefferson), Pablo Correa (Marshall), Roosevelt Hall
(Marshall), Isaiah Jones, (Marshall), Wes Edwards (McQuaid), Dan Riley, (McQuaid),
Vincent Jones (Monroe), William Mason (Monroe), Dylan Hogan, (School of
Private-Parochial: Tim Modeste (Finney), Tim Brown (Lima Christian),
Jaanai Beckford (Northstar), Gavin Spuck (Finney), Aaron Fischer (Finney).
Finger Lakes: Ben Sheppard (Midlakes), Dustin Grzeskowiak (Marcus
Whitman), David Popp (Mynderse), Titus Stephens (Newark), Connor Henderson
(Canandaigua), A.J. Trahms (Waterloo), David Ahonen (Victor), Kurtis
Porter (Geneva De Sales), Ben Jacobs (Bloomfield), Wes Atwood
(Bloomfield), Ben Garman (Red Jacket), Steve Mateo (Romulus).
Genesee Region: Derek Wolfley (Attica), Donovan Flint (Alexander), Andrew
Wright (Pembroke), Geoff Redick (Batavia Notre Dame), Ryan Francis
(Batavia Notre Dame), Karl Giese (Batavia Notre Dame), Andrew Fisher
(Oakfield-Alabama), Jason Kirkum (Oakfield-Alabama), Alex Williams
(Wheatland-Chili), Cody Castor (Lyndonville), Ian Woodward (Elba), Jed
Livingston County: Cameron Smith (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Bryan Canty
(Hornell), Chip Northrup (Livonia), Ira Langhorn (Wayland-Cohocton), D.J.
Schwartz (Hornell), Andy Ratchford (Bath), Tyler Koch (Dansville), Cody
Cornell (Avon), Rob Curry (Pavilion), Gary Kwiecien (Perry), Matt Rebisz
(Perry), Derek Buttles (Letchworth), Brent Owens (Letchworth), Mark
Bennetti (Le Roy), Chris Parrott (Warsaw), Drew Dumbleton (Warsaw), Ryan
Nugent (Keshequa), Shane Chesnes (Mount Morris), Cory Tschiderer (Geneseo),
Billy Schwan (York), Tony Messana (York).
Wayne County: Jon Brooks (Marion), J.R. Williams (Gananda), Turell Parker
(Lyons), Tim Stanton (Avon), Sean Michele (East Rochester), Eric Castle (Gananda).
Steuben County: Patrick Wright (Prattsburgh), Wade Fuller (Prattsburgh),
Jamie Martin (Addison), James Dinnen (Canisteo-Greenwood), Sean Mourhess
Allegany County: Aaron Martin (Fillmore), Ethan Burt (Genesee Valley),
Collin Morrison (Bolivar-Richburg), Nolan Searle (Cuba-Rushford), Bill
Erwin (Bolivar-Richburg), Austin Kelly (Genesee Valley), Kyle Brubaker
(Whitesville), Dylan McCall (Scio), Greg Wright (Houghton), Lewis Brent
(Friendship), Ryan Shay (Andover), Dan Heisey (Whitesville).
LAST YEAR’S TEAM
Calvin Betts, Rush-Henrietta
Levar Goff, Greece Athena
Anthony Hall, Palmyra-Macedon
Reid Houston, Marshall
Cory Humphries, Irondequoit
Greg Logins, Sodus
Cory Magee, Fairport
Andy Marchand, Finney
Corey McAdam, Fairport
Waryn McCullough, Wilson
Keion Mitchem, East
Robert Parks, Wilson
Anthony Terry, Bishop Kearney
Rickey Wallace, Greece Athena
Scott Young, Hornell
Player of the Year: Corey McAdam, Fairport.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Jim Johnson, Greece Athena; Joe Marchand, Finney.