BGHS' Brown headlines all-county boys team (3-23-13)
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff
Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:44
Ohio Division II co-player of the year and University of Wisconsin recruit Vitto Brown headlines the Sentinel-Tribune’s All-Wood County boys high school basketball first-team.
The Bowling Green senior was one of six players named to the first-team.
Perrysburg had two players on the first-team, Nick Moschetti and Shane Edwards.
A.C. Limes of Otsego, Connor Bowen of Lake and Zach Foster of Elmwood round out the first team
The team was selected by members of the Sentinel sports staff.
Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 23.7 points and 13 rebounds per game. BG was 14-11 overall and 9-5 in the Northern Lakes League.
“The hard work he’s put in during the last year and a half has been incredible,” BG coach Von Graffin said. “Here’s a kid who averaged five points a game as a freshman, 5.3 points as a sophomore, 19 a year ago and 24 this year. He just continues to get better, and he doesn’t turn 18 until July. He has a huge upside. He’s grown up a lot and it’s helped us.
“He’s one of the most improved kids in the area,” Graffin added.
Brown shot 53 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line, despite being double- and triple-teamed, and facing other gimmick defenses.
“I knew how good could he be, but I don’t think he knew how to scratch the surface as a freshman and as a sophomore at times,” Graffin said. “But about 18 months ago, he started to get a feel for it and the last two years of his career have been absolutely incredible.”
Moschetti and Edwards helped lead Perrysburg to records of 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the NLL. The Yellow Jackets advanced to a Division I district semifinal.
Moschetti, a 6-2 junior guard, averaged 17.3 points and 2.8 assists per game.
“He really came a long way from last year,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said. “He got a lot physically tougher, and improved his ball-handling his passing, and his defense. He really was better in a lot of areas than we thought he would be.”
Moschetti shot 44 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line.
“He matured physically and he was willing to stick his nose into areas this year that he wasn’t willing to last year,” Boyce said. “He’s a gifted scorer, a natural scorer. He has a really nice touch around the basket and from long range. That part of the game comes easy for him. He concentrated on the other areas of his game and making them a priority on a consistent basis.”
Edwards, a 6-3 senior forward, averaged 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
“He really matured as a player, as a shooter and as a leader,” Boyce said. “He did a nice job of improving many parts of a game and became a very solid all-around player. He always could score, but now he is solid in every area of the game.
“He was more consistent and more disciplined in his game this year,” Boyce added. “He worked on those things, but it was just part of the maturity of Shane. He’s always been able to do the spectacular, but he realized doing the mundane, solid things is what’s needed most of the time.”
Limes’ presence in the post helped fuel Otsego’s run to the Northern Buckeye Conference championship. The Knights were 20-4 overall and 12-2 in the NBC.
The 6-4 senior averaged 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 63 percent from the free-throw line.
“He’s been a four-year starter and he’s earned everything that’s come his way because he’s worked hard,” Otsego coach Jim Bostdorff said. “He’s been a solid performer for four years and he’s been a guy we could always count on to score and in the locker room. He’s just a great kid.”
Like Limes, Bowen was one of the NBC’s best players.
The 5-11 sophomore guard averaged 13.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 44 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
The Flyers finished 19-4 overall and 11-3 in the NBC, one-game behind Otsego.
“He did a lot,” Lake coach Ryan Bowen said. “He was one of our best defenders and he handled the ball for us 95 percent of the time, so he did a lot for our team.
Foster played a large role for Elmwood as he led the team in scoring and was its best defensive player.
The 6-1 wing averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
‘He was our main scoring threat all year, but what was unique about him is he was also our best defensive player,” Elmwood coach Ty Traxler said, “He’s one of the few guys we couldn’t take out of a game.”
Foster, who shot 74 percent from the free-throw line, has a 4.0 grade-point average.
“He guarded the other team’s best player every single night and was still counted on to be our primary scoring option on nearly every offensive play we ran,” Traxler said. “He handled that better than we could have expected on a team that a lot of people didn’t expect would get 14 wins.”
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