High-scoring Nathan Lessing of Fairlawn, Gavin Richards of Tri-Village and Jackson Center’s Brad Wildermuth all were named Division IV boys high school basketball All-Ohio by the Associated Press on Monday. All are seniors.
Lessing was the only area player to be named first team. Richards and Wildermuth both were selected to the second team.
A second-team All-Ohioan as a junior, Lessing was among the state scoring leaders the past two seasons. As a senior the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 28.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. He became the first player in Shelby County League history to surpass 2,000 career points, finishing with 2,223 for the Sidney-area school. That was good for No. 23 all-time among Ohio boys players.
Lessing shot 58 percent from the floor and converted 158 of 200 free throws (79 percent) during the regular season. Fairlawn (21-4 overall) was second in the SCL (9-3) and was defeated by league rival Jackson Center 44-41 in the Piqua sectional.
Richards was a starter on Tri-Village’s D-IV state title team in 2015. A 6-2 guard, he averaged 20.5 points, surpassed 1,000 for his career and led the Patriots (19-8) to the regional semifinals, falling to Cincinnati Christian, 49-42.
Wildermuth, a 6-6 center, averaged 21.3 points for Jackson Center (18-7), which lost 38-33 in overtime to Tri-Village in a district final. He was instrumental in helping the Tigers earn a state final four berth as a junior.
Junior Jared Jakubick of Mansfield St. Peter’s (18.3 points) was the D-IV player of the year. Adam Betten (Portsmouth Clay) and Matt Tabler (Lima Perry) were the co-coaches of the year.
The All-Ohio teams were based on district teams, which were determined by state-wide media panels and forwarded to the Associated Press. Players were nominated by coaches. Divisions II and III will be announced on Tuesday and D-I and Mr. Basketball on Wednesday.
All-Ohio girls teams and Ms. Basketball were announced last week.