With the Shenendehowa boys' basketball team just days away from competing for a second consecutive New York State championship, the Plainsmen received good news as star Kevin Huerter was named New York State Mr. Basketball.

That is the highest honor in the state.

To talk about Huerter and more, we brought in Plainsmen head coach Tony Dzikas:

“I was thrilled," Dzikas said. "I knew he was one of the finalists. Obviously I’m biased, but he’s just a great kid and he’s accomplished a lot, and he’s everything that’s right about high school basketball.”

Furthermore, Dzikas added:

“He’s just really gifted. He sees the floor so well. He makes everyone around him better. I always say this and I tell my players this all the time, but the most overlooked skill is passing. If you go to a workout, if you hire someone to train you, most of the time, what they’re working on isn’t passing. It’s shooting, it’s dribbling. For Kevin to be such a tremendous passer, which is usually the first thing college coaches tell me, they love the way he sees the floor and the way he passes, I think that separates him from all other high school basketball players.”

The Plainsmen take on Aquinas in the state final four on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.