Posted On: 09/6/19 1:08 PM

Teams with a 1-2 punch have proven to be immensely successful at the highest level of Ohio high school basketball in the last three seasons, with five of the last 12 state champions being led by duos: 

  • 2019 Convoy Crestview: Javin and Kalen Etzler
  • 2018 Marion Local: Nathan Bruns and Tyler Mescher
  • 2017 St. Vincent-St. Mary: Jayvon Graves and Jonathan Williams
  • 2017 VASJ: Alonzo Gaffney and Jerry Higgins
  • 2017 Lutheran East: Jordan Burge and Maurico Tate

State champion duos, however, are surrounded by star role players. Crestview probably doesn't win without Wade Sheets and Drew Kline. Maybe VASJ stumbles in 2017 without a unbelievable weekend from William Butler off the bench. 

Not all of the 2020 duos are surrounded by that elite supporting cast. Some have the pieces, though, and don't be surprised if they're in contention come late March. 

No. 10: Medina

Corey Tripp (2021), 6-1 guard: Dynamic, instinctual lead guard with at-will scoring ability. Tripp converts tough baskets off the dribble. Excellent perimeter defender. Thrives at a fast or slow pace. 

Kyle Szumski (2020), 6-2 guard: Szumski is an elite outside shooter who will make his man pay

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