Ohio’s Mr. Basketball: History and a list of 2012 candidates

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Columbus Northland’s Devon Scott is a candidate for 2012 Mr. Basketball.

Ohio’s Mr. Basketball has been around since 1988 and always provokes
intense conversations throughout the year. Lets take a look at some history and facts along with a few names to
consider for the 2012 award.


Ohio’s Mr. Basketball has been around since 1988 and always provokes intense conversations throughout the year. The Buckeye state’s most prestigious individual boy’s basketball award is a great honor, and often times it can be an ingredient for team success.

Let us take a look at some history and facts along with a few names to consider for this year’s award.

• 19 – the number of winners of the Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball award.
• 19 – the number of winners that went on to a Division 1 college
• 5 – the number of winners that went on the NBA (Jimmy Jackson, Jason Collier, Chester Mason, Lebron James, and OJ Mayo).
• 5 – the number of repeat winners (Jimmy Jackson, Greg Simpson, Lebron James, OJ Mayo, and Jared Sullinger).
• 1 – the number of three-time winners (Lebron James). OJ Mayo transferred out of state for his senior, which forfeited his chance to win three.
• 1 – the number of years where there was a co-winner (2000- Tony Stockman & Chester Mason).
• 8 – the number of winners that played for Ohio State.
• 7 – the number of winners that also won a state championship in that year.
• 8 – the number of winners that finished state runner-up in that year.
• 4 – the number OF winners who played for their father (Jon Diebler, Jared Sullinger, Geno Ford, and Bob Patton Jr.).
• 5 – the number of underclassmen that won the award (Jimmy Jackson, Greg Simpson, Lebron James, OJ Mayo, and Jared Sullinger). No junior has ever not won the award as a senior except for OJ Mayo who left the state.
• 2 – the number of sophomores to win the award (OJ Mayo & Lebron James).
• 0 – the number of freshman to win the award.
• 1 – the number of winners from a Division IV school (Jason Collier).
• 11 – the number of winners from a Division I school.
• 5 – the number of winners from a Division II school.
• 5 – the number of winners from a Division III school.

25 POSSIBLE WINNERS FOR 2011-2012

• Adolphus Washington (6’4/Sr.)- Cincinnati Taft
• Andre Yates (6’1/Sr.)- Dayton Dunbar
• Antonio Hearn (5’9/Sr.)- Akron Kenmore
• Austin McMaster (6’6/Sr.)- Chesapeake
• David Walker (6’6/Sr.)- Stow
• Davonte Brunson (5’11/Sr.)- Akron East
• Deontae Hawkins (6’7/Sr.)- Dayton Dunbar
• Desmond Ridenour (6’1/Sr.)- Cleveland Benedictine
• Devin Williams (6’8/Jr.)- Cincinnati Withrow
• Devon Carter (6’2/Sr.)- Cleveland John Hay
• Devon Scott (6’8/Sr.)- Columbus Northland
• Evan Bradds (6’7/Jr.)- Jamestown Greeneview
• Geovonie McKnight (6’3/Sr.)- Middletown
• Jaaron Simmons (6’1/Jr.)- Kettering Alter
• Jack Gibbs (5’10/Jr.)- Westerville North
• Jake Kretzer (6’7/Sr.)- Waverly
• Jalen Robinson (6’8/Sr.)- Columbus Northland
• Jordy Barham (6’3/Sr.)- University School
• Kendrick Williams (6’0/Sr.)- Dayton Fairborn
• Lorenzo Cugini (6’7/Sr.)- Akron SVSM
• Marc Loving (6’8/Jr.)- Toledo St. John’s
• Nigel Hayes (6’7/Jr.)- Toledo Whitmer
• Reggie McAdams (6’5/Sr.)- Elida
• Terry Rozier (6’1/Sr.)- Shaker Heights
• Tony Farmer (6’7/Jr.)- Garfield Heights

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