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Who’s Next? – 2024: Section 1

Who’s Next? – 2024: Section 1

Written by: TJ Eck on March 25, 2024


With standout seniors like Ethan Benne, Ben Troyer, Zach Kirk, Artie Poindexter, and Carter Horst moving on, there will be a new wave of stars in the Lancaster-Lebanon League next season. Over the coming days we will be taking a look at the top returning players who have a chance to become the next group of superstars in the L-L League in a series entitled “Who’s Next?”. We start with Section 1.

NOTE: Statistics submitted to by head coaches and available to view here via Lancaster Online.

Who’s Next? – 2024: Section 1

R.J. Young – Cedar Crest (Rising Senior Forward)

Young was already one of the best players in the Lancaster-Lebanon League as a junior. The six-foot-seven forward is the league’s best rim protector and he’s shown the ability to score and rebound with the best of them. He’s a potential NCAA Division I player.

Danny Speaks – Cedar Crest (Rising Senior Guard)

Speaks played valuable minutes off the bench for the L-L League champions this past season. But there is plenty of untapped potential here. Speaks has tremendous quickness and athleticism and he’s efficient on the offensive end. He shot 49.6% from the field and an astounding 91.9% from the free throw line as a junior.

Camden Weyforth – Hempfield (Rising Junior Guard)

Weyforth has the chance to become a matchup nightmare. The lefty is listed at six-foot-four but plays with guard skills. He has the ability to knock down three-pointers and is a solid rebounder.

Spencer Troyer – Hempfield (Rising Junior Forward)

The younger brother of Hempfield superstar Ben Troyer has already established himself as a player to watch in Section 1 of the L-L League. He was a starter as a sophomore and averaged just under 10 points per game.

De’Andre Jones – McCaskey (Rising Junior Guard)

Jones is on the verge of superstardom. The lefty is already one of the most athletic players in the L-L League and he put up strong numbers as a sophomore point guard for the storied McCaskey program. Jones averaged 16.0 points per game in 2023-2024.

Malachi Briddell – Lebanon (Rising Junior Guard)

Briddell is a bright spot for a program that’s fallen on hard times. He led the Cedars in scoring as a sophomore with an 8.7 points per game average while also pulling in 4.0 rebounds per game.

Jordan Pettigrew – Manheim Township (Rising Senior Guard)

The Blue Streaks will be relying on Pettigrew in 2024-2025 with the team’s top three scorers from this past season set to graduate. He’s already shown that he can contribute by averaging 8.0 points per game and shooting 93.1% from the free throw line as a junior.

Michael Lower – Penn Manor (Rising Senior Guard)

Who’s the best returning shooter in the L-L League? Lower might be the answer to that question. He burst on the scene as a junior by making 54 three-pointers and averaging 13.0 points per game. Lower was a solid running mate for Penn Manor star Ethan Benne this past season but with Benne moving on, Lower will be the #1 option for the Comets this coming winter.

Andrew Gallion – Penn Manor (Rising Senior Guard)

His stats won’t wow you but Gallion is as solid as they come at the point guard position. He started for the Comets as a junior and will again run the show as a senior.

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