You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best Boys Basketball individual performance this year? Vote now for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. Finalists have been announced and include the following…
Ohio National Guard JJH Boys BKB Player of the Year Award
JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard will again sponsor ONG JJHuddle Player and Team of the Year awards in Boys and Girls Basketball for the 2013-2014 school year.
Starting today we will begin voting for the Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award. The Winner will be decided by a fan-generated vote on JJHuddle. Each winner will receive an award (trophy) from the National Guard.
How it works?
Vote for your favorite Finalist below as many times as you like. Voting will run from now until 4 p.m. on March 23.
Winners will receive a personalized trophy
*Luke Kennard, jr., Franklin (Vote)
Reigning SWBL Southwest Division Player of the Year and one of the country’s top junior prospects has broken the school single-game scoring record three times this season, the latest of which was a 59-point effort against Monroe. Averaging 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists. Has scored under 30 once this season. College choices narrowed to Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan.
*Vince Edwards, sr., Middletown (Vote)
Reigning Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year is going to be a three-time first team All-GCL selection. Purdue recruit currently leads the GMC in scoring (21.4 points) and rebounding (12.4) and is fourth in assists (4.3) and fifth in blocks (1.2). Dropped a career-high 41 points (and 14 rebounds) in a win over Sycamore. Had 20 rebounds in a win over Springboro.
*Dakota Mathias, sr., Elida (Vote)
Senior and Purdue recruit scored 42 points en route to breaking the school’s career scoring record in a 70-69 win over Lima Central Catholic. Mathias, who has 1,750 points, hit the game-winning free throw with 0.1 seconds left. Three-time first team All-Western Buckeye League selection (and two-time Player of the Year) dropped 47 points on Lima Senior and 38 on Ottawa-Glandrof. Averaging 28.5 points as a senior. As a junior, averaged 25.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
*Steven Carpenter, sr., Fairfield Christian Academy (Vote)
Senior became the 43rd player in Ohio history to surpass 2,000 career points when he had 20 points (and 16 rebounds and four assists) in a 73-44 win over Berne Union. Carpenter has made over 95 starts and is averaging 21.1 points per game over his career. He’ll play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-State Game. Scored 35 in a loss at Vincent Warren on Feb. 3.
*Esa Ahmad, jr., Shaker Heights (Vote)
Rising prospect leads his team in scoring (27.2 points), rebounds (11.6), assists (3.1), steals (2.1) and blocks (1.8). Averaged 21.5 points per game. As a sophomore when he was named Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Player of the Year.
*Kevin Vannatta, sr., Upper Arlington (Vote)
Named the 2014 OCC Central Division Player of the year. Surpassed 1,000-career points this season and scored a season-high 30 in a win over Hilliard Darby. Averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Headed to UNC-Asheville. Averaged 19.6 points as a junior when he was first team All-OCC.
*Evan Bailey, sr., Massillon Jackson (Vote)
College of Charleston recruit soon-to-be three time D-I All-Ohioan. Averaged 18 points and eight rebounds as a junior and 20 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore. Averaging 19.7 points as a senior and became just fourth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points this season.
*Javon Bess, sr., Gahanna Lincoln (Vote)
Michigan State recruit was recently named OCC Ohio Division Co-Player of the Year and AP Central District D-I POY. Averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior. Averaging 22 ppg as a senior and dropped 30 points on Kettering Fairmont earlier this season with Tom Izzo in attendance at Flyin to the Hoop.
*Evan French, sr., Vincent Warren (Vote)
As a junior he averaged 19.9 ppg en route to leading the Warriors to the D-II Final Four. Also became the first Warren player ever to be named first team All-Ohio. As a sophomore he was first team All-SEOAL and All-District. Also slapped 40 on Chillicothe. Signed with West Liberty University.
*Tervell Beck, so., Cleveland Central Catholic (Vote)
Just his second year into high school but already one of the state’s top players. First Team All-NCL selection scored 32 against St. Edward and Shaker Heights and 28 in a big win over fellow heavyweight Cleveland VASJ. Averaged 11.5 points and five rebounds as a freshman when he earned offers from Cleveland State, Kent State, Ball State, Toledo, and Xavier.
*Peyton Aldridge, sr., Leavittsburg LaBrae (Vote)
Davidson commit became his school’s all-time leading scorer this season when he surpassed 1,548 career points. The previous record-holder? His mom – Lisa (Kuszmaul) Aldridge who set it in 1980. Called the “state’s most complete player” earlier this year by JJHuddle senior basketball writer Kurt Stubbs after a 34-point, 13-rebound, 9-steal game against Windham.
*Brian Parker, jr., Cleveland VASJ (Vote)
Stand-out junior surpassed 1,000-career points this season and added his name to short list of players at fabled VASJ to do that (includes Clark Kellogg and David Lighty). North Coast League White Division Player of the Year averaging 18.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
*Amos “AJ” Harris, jr., Dayton Dunbar (Vote)
Ohio State commit (first member of Thad Matta’s 2015 Class) is next in long line of famed Dunbar hoopstars. Skilled point guard is averaging 15 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. Averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 assists as a sophomore. Started as a freshman on Wolverines 2012 D-II state championship team.
* John Davis III, sr., Beachwood (Vote)
Averaging 21 points per game. Dropped 36 on Wickliffe and 34 on Independence. Two-time first team All-CVC selection was D-III AP Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 20.3 points and 5.1 assists per game last season.
*Carlas Jackson, sr., Roger Bacon (Vote)
Three-year starter became seventh Spartan in history to surpass 1,000-career points this season in a win over Carroll. Three-time first team All-GCL Central selection and the conference’s leading scorer is averaging 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Averaged 15.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals last year when he was the GCL Central Player of the Year. Also holds school’s football record for receptions in a season (52).
*Beau Justice, jr., Peebles (Vote)
Junior standout is averaging 30.3 points this season and scored a career-high 47 points in a win over West Union. Has also posted lines of 40, 39 and 38 points. Owns career averages of 21.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Has scored 1,433 points in 67 career games.
*Grant Zawadzki, jr., Troy Christian (Vote)
Two-time Metro Buckeye Conference Player of the Year and three-time first team All-MBC selection leads the conference in scoring (23.7 points), assists (6.8) and steals (3.9). Scored 18 points in a win over Yellow Springs to surpass 1,000 for his career. Has over 400 career assists.
*Elijah Kahlig, sr., Fort Recovery (Vote)
Findlay recruit is a four-time All-Midwest Athletic Conference selection (three-time first team) and the 2014 MAC POY. Averaging 21.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Averaged 19.3 points as a junior. Has 1,377 career points.