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(Lima Senior 1989-1992)

The 6-foot, 1-inch guard scored 2,346 points in his high school career, was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball twice and was a McDonald’s All-American.

His 57 points against Toledo Start on Feb. 1, 1992 is a Lima city record and he has the top seven scoring games in Lima Senior boys basketball history. Lima Senior was Division I state runner-up his senior season.

After being the centerpiece of a highly regarded recruiting class at Ohio State, he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1993. But off-court problems derailed his promising career. He was dismissed from OSU’s team in 1994 and later played at West Virginia, then played professionally in Europe and Asia.


(Lima Central Catholic 1992-1994)

The 5-10 guard scored 1,497 points in his career with the Thunderbirds and was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 1994 when LCC was Division III state runner-up.

LCC played in the state tournament all three of his years and had records of 26-1, 25-1 and 22-4. He was second-team All-Ohio as a junior.

His senior season he averaged 25.3 points and 7.1 assists a game, shot almost 60 percent on field goals and over 50 percent on 3-pointers. Hutchins started three seasons at Marquette University and scored 1,439 points for the Golden Eagles.


(New Knoxville 1990-1993)

The 6-11 post player did something no one else in this area has ever done — have a multi-year NBA career.

From a skinny freshman coming out of an incredible growth spurt, he developed into a dominant inside force. He totaled 1,542 points in his high school career and was the Division IV state Co-Player of the Year when he averaged 29.3 points a game as a senior.

Despite injuries that cost him two full seasons at Northwestern, he was First Team All-Big Ten three times and scored 1,805 points in his career. He played four seasons with the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks before injuries ended his career. His best season was 2000-2001 when he started 51 games for the Nets.


(Shawnee 2001-2004)

The 6-2 guard’s arrival on the high school scene was highly anticipated since his elementary school days. He scored 2,412 points in his career and was Mr. Basketball his senior season. He also was Division II first-team All-Ohio as a sophomore and junior.

After committing to the University of Cincinnati as a sophomore, he flipped to Ohio State, where he started 3 ½ seasons and scored 1,313 points in his career. He played several seasons professionally in Europe.


(Lima Senior


The 6-2 guard scored 1,076 points in four years as a starter for Lima Senior, but defense and intensity were his calling cards. He was first-team All-Ohio as a senior and on the third team as a junior.

He was a three-year starter and three-time captain at Michigan State, where he was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. MSU was NCAA national runner-up his senior season. Spartans coach Tom Izzo compared his leadership to the best leaders of his career, like Mateen Cleaves.

He has played professionally in Europe and in the NBA Developmental League.


(Ottawa-Glandorf 2001-2004)

Pollitz’s 1,693 points broke a 39-year-old career scoring record at Ottawa-Glandorf. He led O-G to the Division II state title in 2004.

Inexplicably, Pollitz was only a second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior when he averaged 20.4 points a game. The 6-4 ½ post player went on to start three seasons at Miami (Ohio) and scored 1,411 points.


(Elida 2009-2012)

From the time he scored 12 points and hit two fourth-quarter 3-pointers in his first varsity game as a freshman, it was apparent McAdams was something different. The 6-5 wing player had the size and strength to score inside and was a constant threat from 3-point range. He scored 1,550 points in his career at Elida, was Division II state Co-Player of the Year as a senior and led Elida to a runner-up finish in the state tournament. He is playing for the University of Akron.


(Lincolnview 1994-1997)

The 6-1 point guard was one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters ever in Ohio. He ranks third all-time in career threes. He scored 1,821 points and had 828 assists at Lincolnview, where he led the Lancers to the 1997 Division IV state title and a state runner-up finish in 1996. He had 951 career points combined at Bowling Green and Wright State.

9? DOUG ETZLER (Crestview 1988-1991)

Etzler was a classic point guard and classic coach’s son, who probably knew how to run a motion offense by the time he was in kindergarten. He scored 1,595 points in four years as a starter and was first-team All-Ohio as a senior at Crestview. He played at Ohio State, where he averaged 16.3 points a game as a senior.


(St. Henry


The 6-4 Hoying scored 1,051 points and helped the Redskins win back-to-back state championships in basketball and quarterbacked a state champion football team. He threw down some of the best dunks ever in this area and probably could have been a Division I college basketball player. But the football thing worked out pretty well for him at Ohio State.


(St. Marys 1993-1996)

The 6-9 post player scored 1,194 points in his high school career and was first-team All-Ohio as a senior when he averaged 26.5 points a game. He was a four-year starter at the University of Dayton and scored 1,449 points.


(Perry 1995-1998)

Tucker was the definition of a late bloomer, going from a 5-9, 140-pound freshman to a 6-4, 180-pound senior. He averaged 16 points a game as a junior and senior at Perry, then emerged as a star at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he scored 1,788 points in his career. He has played professional basketball in the top leagues in Spain and Italy and other countries, including averaging 15.4 points a game last season in Italy.


(Kenton 2006-2009)

The 6-10 post player scored more than 1,700 points in his career for the Wildcats and was state Co-Player of the Year in Division II as a senior when he averaged 23.6 points a game. He is playing at Notre Dame after starting his career at Michigan State.


(Lima Senior


The 5-11 guard scored 1,644 points in his career, second all-time at Lima Senior. He averaged 26.6 points a game as a senior and was first-team All-Ohio. He holds the record for most 3-pointers in a state championship game (9). Lyles played at Memphis University after playing at Vincennes Junior College.


(Elida 1992-1995)

Bishop scored 1,233 points in his career at Elida, which is third all-time at the school. He went on to score 1,658 points at the University of Findlay, which is ninth on the Oilers’ career scoring list.


(Van Wert 1989-1992)

Gardner scored 1,482 points in his career and was second-team All-Ohio twice. He averaged 18.4 points a game as a senior and 20.4 points a game as a junior. Played at the University of Toledo.


(Perry 1997-2000)

Conrad scored more than 1,000 points at Perry and had 1,918 points at Ohio Northern, which is second on the Polar Bears’ career list. He was a first-team Division III All-American.


(Spencerville 1992-1995)

Sensabaugh scored 1,456 points at Spencerville, then totaled 1,313 points at Ohio Northern, where he was a second-team Division III All-American.


(Ottawa-Glandorf 1997-2000)

He was a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection who scored 1,241 points in his career. He averaged 23.6 points a game as a senior and 19.0 points a game as a junior, then scored 1,134 points at the University of Findlay.


(Kalida 1986-1989)

The 6-6 post player scored 1,257 points at Kalida and was second-team All-Ohio as a senior. Kalida was state runner-up his junior year. He scored 1,324 points at the University of Findlay.


(Van Wert 1989-1992)

He scored 1,616 points in his high school career and was second-team All-Ohio twice. He averaged 23.7 points a game as a senior and 22.3 points a game as a junior.


(Lima Central Catholic 1989-1992)

Hutchins, a 5-11 guard, scored 1,028 points in his career. He was first-team D-IV All-Ohio in 1992 when he averaged 18.1 points a game and led LCC to the state semifinals.


(Shawnee 1987-1990)

Otto, a 6-5 wing player, was first-team All-Ohio as a senior when he scored 25.6 points a game. He played in college at Bowling Green.


(Ottawa-Glandorf 2001-2004)

Pollitz, a 6-4 wing, scored 1,220 points in his career, which is fifth on the O-G career scoring list. He averaged 17.8 points a game and was second-team D-II All-Ohio as a senior. He played four years at Miami (Ohio).


(Upper Scioto Valley


The 6-6 post player is Upper Scioto Valley’s career scoring leader and averaged 22.9 points a game to lead the Rams to the Division IV state title his senior season in 1994.

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