COLUMBUS — Vitto Brown added to his already impressive résumé Monday night.
|BG's Vitto Brown (33) takes a shot while defended by Napoleon's Bryant Schlade (44) earlier this season. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bowling Green senior was named the co-player of the year on the Associated Press All-Ohio Division II high school basketball team.
Two Wood County players received honorable-mention recognition — Otsego senior A.C. Limes in Division II, and BG resident Austin Gardner, who attends Toledo St. John’s, in Division I.
Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward who also was named to the all-state first-team, averaged 23.7 points and 13 rebounds per game. He’ll play at the University of Wisconsin next season.
“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. “He wants to get better and he gets challenged by his teammates and coaches.”
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.
“A year and a half ago, he wasn’t a great teammate,” Graffin added. “Now, he is. He high fives his teammates. He’s about winning. He’s not just about his numbers and that’s part of the growth process of getting better and being coached, and being coached hard.”
Brown shared the player of the year award with St. Clairsville senior Dan Monteroso and Franklin sophomore Luke Kennard.
The 6-foot-3 Monteroso averaged 26.5 points per game. He’s a Purdue football recruit as a wide receiver.
Kennard (6-5) averaged 28.0 points per game. The guard already is receiving interest from major NCAA Division I schools.
“(Brown) still scored, but he did a good job of getting the ball to his teammates,” Graffin said. “He’s had a lot of on his shoulders and he carried us a lot of nights, and he’s taken over some games. He has some nice players around him and he’s gotten them involved.”
Much of Brown’s improvement resulted from shooting sessions in the gym at Graffin’s home north of BG.
Graffin said Brown visited the house over 70 times, with those sessions last 90 minutes to two hours. Graffin estimated Brown took over 11,000 shots at his home over the years.
“He made himself available at my house during the offseason like no one has ever done,” Graffin said.
Brown fared well this season, despite BG’s tough schedule. In addition to Northern Lakes League games against Perrysburg and Anthony Wayne, the Bobcats had nonleague games against Huber Heights Wayne, Elida, Toledo Central Catholic and Detroit Country Day, and scrimmages with Whitmer and Bedford.
BG finished 14-11 overall and 9-5 in the NLL.
“We really bit off a pretty good chunk and we could only do that because I had a Vitto Brown,” Graffin said. “He allowed us to go out and expand our schedule a little bit. It’s been fun having him. If our schedule wasn’t as tough as it was, we’d be looking at 18 to 20 wins. Our nonleague schedule has been ridiculous.”
The all-state teams are selected by media members, but the Sentinel-Tribune doesn’t have a vote in the process.
AP Boys Division I All-Ohio H.S. basketball team
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2012-13 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio boys basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:
FIRST TEAM: Marc Loving, Tol. St. John’s, 6-8, sr., 21.3; Francisco Santiago, Cleve. St. Ignatius, 6-2, sr., 15.9; Dan Fanelly, Uniontown Green, 6-6, sr., 18.9; Isaiah Johnson, Cin. Walnut Hills, 6-9, sr., 17.6; Jack Gibbs, Westerville North, 5-11, sr., 16.2; Nigel Hayes, Tol. Whitmer, 6-7, sr., 21.3; Maverick Morgan, Springboro, 6-11, sr., 24.7.
Player of the year: Marc Loving, Tol. St. John’s.
Coaches of the year: Ed Heintschel, Tol. St. John’s; Sean Taylor, Cols. Northland; Ricardo Hill, Cin. Walnut Hills.
SECOND TEAM: Mark Donnal, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, 6-9, sr., 18.5; Esa Ahmad, Shaker Hts., 6-7, soph., 21.5; Wendell Davis, Reynoldsburg, 6-4, sr., 20.0; Jae’SeanTate, Pickerington Central, 6-5, jr., 22.0; Jeremiah Jackson, Massillon Perry, 6-1, sr., 23.3; Joshua Williams, Barberton, 6-1, soph., 20.0; Brandon Dawson, Lyndhurst Brush, 6-4, sr., 19.5.
THIRD TEAM: Mike Wells, Delaware Hayes, 5-7, sr., 20.7; Jalen Rhea, New Albany, 6-2, sr., 20.3; Evan Bailey, Massillon Jackson, 6-6, jr., 16.5; Harrison Blackledge, North Canton Hoover, 6-5, sr., 19.5; Keon Johnson, Mansfield Senior, 5-7, sr., 16.3; Jeff Thomas, Norwalk, 6-4, jr., 13.8.
Josh Davenport, Cin. Moeller; Vince Edwards, Middletown; Stedman Lowry, Liberty Twp. Lakota East; Derek Sloan, Cleve. St. Ignatius; Kash Blackwell, Shaker Hts.; Kody Bender, Elyria; Phil Black, Maple Hts.; Cordell Smith, East Cleve. Shaw; Mitchell Spotleson, Uniontown Lake; Billy Geschke, Medina; Kyle Wheeler, Brunswick; Zack Brandy, Hudson; Chris Scott, Macedonia Nordonia.
Josh Ashwill, Dublin Scioto; Marcus Ball, Westerville South; Javon Bess, Gahanna Lincoln; Charles Holland, Cols. West; Armani Towns, Cols. Northland;
Jake Phillis, Zanesville; Trevor Krouskoupf, Dresden Tri-Valley; Avery Williams, Dresden Tri-Valley;
Jalen Camper, Beavercreek; Zach McCormick, Cin. Turpin; Cody Phillippi, Xenia; Keith Richardson, Clayton Northmont; DJ Wingfield, Cin. Walnut Hills;
Jeff Foreman, Mentor; Paul Lang, Eastlake North; Wes Davic, Grafton Midview; Mark Chrzanowski, Brecksville-Broadview Hts.; Stephon Ortiz, Madison; Omari Spellman, North Royalton; Marsalis Hamilton, Lakewood St. Edward; Richard Parker, Garfield Hts.; Rosel Hurley, Shaker Hts.;
Deontay Scott, Youngs. East; Dom Iero, North Canton Hoover; Jerome Lane, Akron Firestone; A.J. Edwards, Twinsburg; Matt Beech, Stow; Mark Mittiga, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Anthony Bell, Warren Harding; Jordan Stock, Massillon Washington;
Tristan Myers, Logan;
Austin Gardner, Tol. St. John’s; Ricardo Smith, Tol. Whitmer; Clemmye Owens, Tol. Rogers; Keith Towbridge, Tol. Cent. Cath.; Devon Allen, Lima Senior; Ben Haraway, Norwalk.
AP Boys Division II All-Ohio H.S. basketball team
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2012-13 Associated Press Division II All-Ohio boys basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:
FIRST TEAM: Vitto Brown, Bowling Green, 6-8, sr., 23.7; Randal Clarkson, Cols. Brookhaven, 5-10, sr., 13.8; Dan Monteroso, St. Clairsville, 6-3, sr., 26.5; Luke Kennard, Franklin, 6-5, soph., 28.0; Lucas Strouble, Alliance Marlington, 6-5, sr., 21.2; Maurice O’Field, Cleve. John Hay, 6-5, sr., 15.9; Evan French, Vincent Warren, 6-4, jr., 19.5; Dakota Mathias, Elida, 6-4, jr., 25.5.
Players of the year: Dan Monteroso, St. Clairsville; Luke Kennard, Franklin; Vitto Brown, Bowling Green.
Coaches of the year: Joe Petrocelli, Kettering Alter; Doug Davis, Lima Bath; David Bargar, Chagrin Falls; Frank Spotleson, Canton South.
SECOND TEAM: Bryan Jackson, Cols. Watterson, 6-4, sr., 14.0; Kyle Ritz, Cambridge, 6-6, sr., 19.0; Bob Peters, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA, 6-2, sr., 23.8; VJ King, Akron SVSM, 6-7, fresh., 17.0; Zack Denny, Germantown Valley View, 6-2, sr., 35.0; Chelvonte Montgomery, Cleve. Cent. Cath., 6-1, jr., 18.0; Mark Baniewicz, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-3, sr., 16.6; Jordan Kidd, McArthur Vinton County, 6-2, sr., 19.0.
THIRD TEAM: Boo Osborne, Cols. Centennial, 6-3, sr., 19.0; Jordan Tomlinson, Delaware Buckeye Valley, 6-3, sr., 22.4; Mason Mamarella, Dover, 6-0, sr., 19.5; Armand Fontes, Canton South, 5-10, sr., 17.3; Jordan Lauf, Napoleon, 6-5, sr., 21.6; Nic Williams, Sandusky Perkins, 6-4, jr., 19.4; Taren Sullivan, Lima Bath, 6-4, jr., 15.7; Chris Shkil, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 6-8, sr., 15.3; Jack Thome, Chagrin Falls, 6-7, sr., 16.7; Noah Bidar, Chesterland W. Geauga, 6-0, sr., 17.0; Joe Burrow, Athens, 6-3, soph., 16.0.
Babe Murphy, Pataskala Licking Hts.; Jordan Tomlinson, Delaware Buckeye Valley; Brady Arnold, Millersburg West Holmes; Periogn West, Steubenville; Ethan Boose, New Philadelphia; Stephen Ericksen, Carrollton; Mark Alstork, Day. Thurgood Marshall; Austin Grimes, Cin. Aiken; Jaaron Simmons, Kettering Alter; Cameron Kuhn, Vermilion; Sam Bentz, Hunting Valley Univ. School; Evan Maddox, Proctorville Fairland; Dillon Young, Circleville Logan Elm; Zach Johnson, Chillicothe; Jordan Barr, Lancaster Fairfield Union; J.J. Kukura, Alliance; Ryan Bush, Salem; Jacob Wolfe, Poland Seminary; DeAllen Jackson, Akron Hoban; Jalen Hudson, Akron SVSM; Derik Lewis, Akron East.
Demetrius Carr, Cols. Whitehall-Yearling; James Davis, Cols. East; John Draper, Cols. Eastmoor Acad.; Deiondray Martin, Cols. Brookhaven; J Murrell, Cols. Mifflin;
Marco Colombo, New Philadelphia; Parker Evans, New Concord John Glenn; Alex Young, Wintersville Indian Creek; Riley Carlton, St. Clairsville; Chase Hambel, Philo; Blake Albaugh, Uhrichsville Claymont; Fletcher Watt, Cadiz Harrison Central;
Jaevin Cumberland, Wilmington; Jamar Hammonds, Trotwood-Madison; Amos “AJ” Harris, Dayton Dunbar; Travis Lakins, Franklin; Jaelin Williams, Springfield Shawnee;
Mark McCrone, Rocky River; Liam Sullivan, Chagrin Falls; Joe Hyster, Oberlin Firelands; Connor McLaughlin, Ashtabula Edgewood; DeAndre Austin, Hunting Valley Univ. School; John Cirillo, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Cale Burdyshaw, Perry; Zavier Powers, Mentor Lake Cath.;
Blake Baldwin, WCH Miami Trace; Derek Shaw, WCH Washington; Reece Patton, Vincent Warren; Ibi Watson, Athens; L.B. Remy, McArthur Vinton County; Chase Detillion, Chillicothe Unioto; Cody Midkiff, Proctorville Fairland; Justin Bailey, Gallipolis Gallia Acad.;
Doug Caputo, Youngs. Mooney; Jermaine Justice, Ravenna; Tyler Sherman, Norton; Victor Dorsey, Akron Springfield; Tyler Jones, Akron Buchtel; Damon Bowman, Akron North; Demetrious Ray, Akron East; Caleb Kleibscheidel, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA; Nick Wells, Akron SVSM;
Derek Gray, Clyde; Collin Bzovi, Wauseon; Garet Fledderjohann, St. Marys Memorial; Mason Willeke, Lexington; A.C. Limes, Tontogany Otsego; Jalen Santoro, Bellevue.