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These eight District 3 playoff basketball players are worth the price of admission

The District 3 playoffs kick off this weekend, as the best players in the Central Pennsylvania hoops can take to the field to compete for trips to Hershey.

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Here’s a breakdown of some of the star samples that will be taking to the field this week and beyond.

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Ty Burton, Lampeter-Strasbourg

The Pioneers are the best team in 5A, sitting at a perfect 23-0 mark, and Burton is a big part of why. The second was a scoring machine, averaging more than 20 per game for Lampeter and a game-winning shot in the LL Final. Although he’s only 5-foot-10, he’s a dynamic player who will be in action Monday night against Mechanicsburg.

Donovan Hill, Central Dolphin

In a season that was originally slated to feature a brace for the Rams before star guard Malachi Palmer left for prep school in Arizona, Hill became the Central Dauphin man. And although there were a few hiccups early on, it seems the team is running on all cylinders. Hill, an engaged Niagara, is an athletic, electric, stature

Tyler Houser, Cedar Cliff

There’s been a lot of writing about Houser’s brilliant senior year, but it’s deserved. It’s a fun watch because he scored his 20 points per game at 6-foot-9 not just on strength or height, but on footwork and touch. The Colts are scoring big at all three levels and making a few post moves each night that will knock the crowd out of their seats.

Josiah Jordan, Catholic Berks

The Saints are the team to beat in Group 4A as the top seed, and Jordan is their best player. Averaging 15.5 points per game this season, Jordan kicked off Berks Catholic and helped the team reach the 20-4 mark despite having higher-ranking talent all year. The junior does everything on both sides of the ball.

Trey Martin, Boiling Springs

Shippensburg’s commitment may not be among the highest-ranked team in the district, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more reliable goalscorer. Averaging over 26 points per game this season, the Bubblers star forward is sure to impress as long as he keeps Boiling Springs alive.

Ruben Rodríguez, Reading

Rodriguez is the go-to man for 6A-seeded Reading, earning Berks County Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.4 points per game during the season. The Red Knights star will see his first action on Friday when he takes on the winner of Waynesboro and Wilson.

Anthony Smith, Shippensbourg

The football star is also a hardwood enthusiast, as the University of Minnesota defensive end’s first love was hoops. Any Shippensburg game is lucky to see the future D1 gridiron star throwing a ferocious dunk from 6ft 8in, but the tall senior also shows off his athleticism on the glass, where he dominates.

Jaden Walker, West York

Walker, along with fellow senior Anthony Williams, punctuated one of District 3’s fun stories of the season, as the Bulldogs won the YAIAA title for the first time in program history. 2 seed Walker at point guard will be a big reason if they go far in bracket 5A.

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