Lorain basketball is back after an undefeated regular season and trip to the regional round of the playoffs. Even though the team graduates its best player (Devon Andrews, Kent State), junior Naz Bohannon is determined to make sure Lorain remains and elite program.
“As a leader, I'm always the talkative one,” Bohannon said. “I'm vocal. The leadership thing is nothing new. I can fulfill that. As far as the go-to guy, I can't do the same thing that Devon did, but between me and Davierre [Andrews], we can get us real close.”
Bohannon played a secondary role last season but caught the attention of college coaches due to his 6-foot-5 frame and interior rebounding ability. Now Bohannon wants to add offensive assertiveness — something he didn't really need to do with Devon Andrews playing alongside him last year.
“I'm learning how to play against better competition,” Bohannon said. “When times get rough, I've prepared myself to be the one at Lorain High that can get the ball.”
With two full high school seasons left, expect Bohannon's recruiting to blow up. Over the summer, he earned his first Division I offer — a full ride to Kent State.
“It feels great because I love playing basketball,” Bohannon said. “Now I know I can go on to the next level and play basketball for sure. It's a great feeling.”
Bohannon says that Kent State liked how hard he plays and his motor. He added that he's also receiving interest from Akron, Bowling Green, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Belmont.
While he's in no rush to make a decision, the allure of playing with Andrews at Kent State is appealing to Bohannon.
“We played with each so much when we were growing up,” Bohannon said. “It would be great.”
There is one thing that could disrupt his basketball recruitment, though — football. Bohannon is one of the better players on Lorain's football team and will suit up at outside linebacker this season. While he loves basketball, he says that which sport he plays in college will depend on what his offers are for each sport.
For now, his only offer is for Kent State in basketball, and he says he's focused on leading both his football and basketball team to success this season.