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Posted On: 03/25/18 9:45 AM
Saturday’s state championships at Ohio State gave us many incredible moments and saw many players step up in big ways. 5 players in particular saw their stock rise from these championships. With AAU starting up, some guys will have the opportunity to increase their stock even more while the 2018 prospects will wait for some schools to fill a last second spot on their roster.
Nathan Bruns (2019)- The Marion Local junior knocked down one of the biggest shots of the season as he hit a game tying 3 with 16 seconds left in OT to force a 2nd OT in the Flyers 52-51 win over Cornerstone Christian Saturday morning. Bruns finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds in the win, and asserted himself as a future star in Maria Stein. Using his 6 foot 5 stature to battle down low as well as knock down long range shots, Bruns likely will see himself as a legit D3 prospect with a real possibility of becoming a D2 prospect come by the end of next year.
Seth Wilson (2021)- Wilson may be a freshman, but he sure played like an upperclassmen against Trotwood in a 60-51 win. The shots did not fall as he shot 2 of 10 from the floor for 6 points and added 8 rebounds, but his aggressiveness on the offensive end certainly made him an intriguing player to watch. For a freshman guard, he controlled the glass and was a huge difference maker for the Irish as 4 of his rebounds came on the offensive end. With his style of play, I certainly see Seth as a potential low major/mid major D1 prospect with plenty of time to improve even more.
Jeremiah Davenport (2018)- Davenport saved the best performance for the end of the night. A 22 point and 8 rebound night, Jeremiah helped lead Moeller to a state championship with a 83-65 win Saturday night. With his thunderous dunks, and shot blocking ability, Jeremiah was a difference maker throughout the night. The Wright State commit’s stock has skyrocketed this postseason. He has shown not only did Wright State get a steal in his recruitment, but he arguably could be playing for a MAC or even A-10 school.
Scott Walker (2018)- On a night where his backcourt teammate Seth Wilson wasn’t knocking down shots, Irish senior Scott Walker stepped up and scored 17 points in a huge win Saturday afternoon. Walker handled Trotwood’s full court pressure incredibly well and looked very relaxed only turning the ball over twice. One of the top unsigned seniors in the state, Walter is legitimately a D2 prospect in my eyes and will help whichever team he plays for this Fall.
Tyler Mescher (2018)- If you thought teammate Nathan Bruns’ big shot was the highlight of the D4 championship, you should have seen Mescher’s free throws to secure the win. Down 51-50, Mescher was fouled in the paint and sent to the free throw line where he hit both shots to secure a state title for the Flyers. Finishing with 18 points and 9 rebounds, Mescher was a low post monster as he knocked down 8 of 14 shots with most of them coming in the paint. Tyler has a decent midrange shot and used it a few times in the win. I see him as a JUCO player for sure, maybe could move into D3 level with more development on his ball-handling and longer range shooting.