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Posted On: 06/25/18 5:23 AM
Along with five in-state Division II or Division III basketball programs, we’ve also taken note of the improvements that Jared Wurst (2019) has made to his game. Now with a developed football body at 6’4”, Wurst is a mismatch against opposing wing guards for the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club while still being a knockdown 3-point shooter.
“Spot 3s is probably my biggest strength and I’ve started to, over the past year and a half probably, develop a pretty decent post-up game,” Wurst said. He continued on about why the post game was a priority for him, saying, “In the [Midwest Athletic Conference] it can be to my advantage because not everybody is 6’4”.”
His offensive game ranked near the top of the MAC last season as he led Delphos St. John’s with 12.3 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Wurst will be the primary playmaker and scorer again next season for DSJ.
Similar to figuring out how to take advantage of the post a season ago, he has a plan to take it up a notch as a senior.
“I think I’ll still be that main guy, but I’m really trying to up my game and develop into not just a spot shooter or someone to just throw it down to the post … I’m trying to develop my game where I can score off dribble drive and stuff like that too,” Wurst said.
We imagine Wurst could get into the lane by using pump fakes and driving with power.
Before his last hoorah with DSJ, Wurst is kickstarting recruiting processes by playing well for NWO. He plays a more secondary role with the grassroots club, which is a challenge for anyone accustomed to taking the bulk of the shots.
“It’s definitely different. Being on St. John’s, I’m pretty much the main guy there,” Wurst said.
He has impressed nonetheless. Wurst passes the eye test as an athlete in that he has the look of an undersized forward yet moves his feet and shoots it like a guard.
Wurst tells us that Ohio Dominican, Ashland, Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio Dominican, and Otterbein have reached out.
He’s yet to go on any visits, which would be hard to fit into his busy two-sport schedule.
“So far [in June], we’ve been doing lifting every morning for football about 6:30. And then basketball right after that,” Wurst said.
He also has D-II and D-III interest as a football prospect.
So, which sport will he play in college?
“I think mainly it comes down to how personal the coaches are. Also just my love for the sport. Things can change in a matter of time. Right now, I’m loving basketball a lot more than football but I’m not in football season, so that makes a huge difference,” Wurst explained.
Regardless of sport, academics is also a crucial factor.
“I’m looking to going into some sort of engineering, I’m not sure what kind yet. So that will play a huge factor into where I want to go,” Wurst said.
He holds a 3.597 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT. Wurst will play with NWO in July once again. Their schedule for July goes Louisville, Grand Rapids, then Las Vegas.