Posted On: 02/21/21 5:46 PM

Here are some key players from the northern panhandle heading into the delayed 2021 season.

D.J. Saunders, Wheeling Park, 6-0, Sr.

As good as Saunders is he is even better at making teammates around him better.

A prototypical pass-first point guard, Saunders averaged 5.8 assists per game, a high number in today’s game.

He can do more than pass.

In a 72-67 loss to Class AAA No. 1 University Saunders had a career-high 24 points.

One of the most intriguing stat lines, and something he will likely make routine during the coming season, was against St. Clairsville (Ohio) when he had 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

The Patriots high-motor returning leader averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as well, and shot 36.4 from 3-point range and 70.8 from the free throw line.

A Class AAA honorable mention selection, Saunders will stay close to home to continue his career at Wheeling University.

J.C. MaxwellJ.C.Maxwell6'4" | SFWheeling Central | 2021StateWV, Wheeling Central, 6-4,

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