WPIAL Losing Two Top Talents

By: Steve Brodzinski - Pittsburgh Basketball Report

The WPIAL will be losing two of its top players going into next season. North Allegheny's
Anthony Dallier, and Shaler's Geno Thorpe will both be transferring to prep schools next

Geno Thorpe's transfer is not as surprising, as it has been in the works since the end of this
past season. He will attend Blair Academy located in northern New Jersey, which has
produced NBA stars such as Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva. Thorpe plays AAU basketball
with the New Jersey Playaz, and the word is that some of his AAU teammates, including
former Shady Side Academy teammate Mike Young, will also be attending Blair Academy next
year. Young transferred to St. Benedicts this past year from Shady Side, but after a coaching
change, he may be leaving for Blair. Thorpe may be reclassifying which would, have him
going into his sophomore season, and would surely make him one of the top sophomores in
the entire country.

Anthony Dallier's transfer comes as more of a surprise. Having talked with Anthony several
times during the off season, it never came up. He has been playing AAU basketball for the
Ohio Basketball Club this off season, and has been solid. Possibly the decision was encouraged
by scouts after feedback from the spring AAU season.  He will be attending Northfield Mount
Hermon, which is located in Mount Hermon, MA. NMH competes in new england prep school
league, which is one of the tops in the country.  The move will enable him to reclassify, so
instead of him being a senior next year, he will only be a junior next year, giving him two more
years of high school basketball. This will definitely help his recruiting process. The only
"offer" Dallier has currently is from Duquesne, which isn't very certain to begin with. There
are a lot of low to mid level Division 1 schools interested in Dallier, but they want him to get
stronger, and this extra year should definitely help him in that area. I think it is a great decision
by the Dallier family, and it should pay huge dividends in terms of him getting to the right level
of Division 1.

The WPIAL will surely miss Thorpe and Dallier next season, and I wish them the best of luck
moving forward!
Pictures of Anthony Dallier (Left) and Geno Thorpe (Right)
from the Best of Pittsburgh Fall Showcase this past October.