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All-Blade Boys Basketball Team 2014

03/20/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

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Nate Allen

School: Bowsher

Class: Senior

Height: 6-4

Position:Guard/​Forward

Key stats: A three-year letter winner, he was the top talent on the City League's top team that experienced a historic season. He possessed a feathery soft shooting touch, hitting 71 of 211 3-pointers (34 percent) and averaging a team-leading 21.2 points per game. He also played physically enough to pull down 8.1 rebounds a game for the Rebels, who reached the Division I regional semifinals for the first time in school history. His leadership played a significant role in the eighth-ranked Rebels posting a program-best 24-3 record as they won the City League, sectional, and district championships. With his ability to shoot from close range and beyond the 3-point arc, Allen posed problems for defenders. He scored 1,243 career points and will play at North Carolina Central University.

■ Coach says: “Nate is the true leader of our team. The other players look up to him and listen to what he has to say. I think that is very rare for a high school student. He and his family have gone through unbelievable tragedies the past two years. Despite that, he has stayed focused and has excelled. He has shown remarkable courage in the face of tremendous adversity. I love him like a son." — Joe Guerrero

Anthony Glover, Jr.

School: St. John’s

Class: Senior

 Height: 6-0

Position: Guard

Key stats: After being a role player behind 2013 Ohio Mr. Basketball Marc Loving and guard Austin Gardner for two seasons, Glover became the team leader this season, helping St. John’s (18-7) to runner-up finishes in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference and Division I district. He averaged 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, with 25 steals. He shot 52 percent on 2-pointers, 39 percent on 3-pointers, and 78 percent from the foul line. He had a career-high 29 points against Lima Senior. His 440 points were the eighth-highest season total in school history. He had 743 career points and was named to All-TRAC and all-district first team and All-Ohio third team. He’ll play at Chicago State.

Coach says: “Anthony has waited patiently in the wings for his senior year while playing a supporting role for some great players. His preparation for his senior year entailed improving his individual game, preparing to be a leader, and readying himself mentally. Anthony did a superior job in all phases. Early in the season he carried us with his scoring while guiding the inexperienced players. He was then able to cut back on his own point production and continue to contribute in multiple ways. Anthony has also maintained an A average in a highly competitive college prep academic program.” — Ed Heintschel

Chris Harris

School: Scott

Class: Senior

Height: 6-0

Position: Guard

Key stats: A four-year starter, he was more than Scott's scoring leader at 23.1 points per game in his senior campaign. The backcourt standout, who eclipsed the 1,000-point career plateau, delivered time and again for the Bulldogs (14-11), who relied heavily on a group of talented underclassmen. His honors include being named City League player of the year, Division II all-district first team, and All-Ohio second team. He proved dependable on both ends of the court and averaged 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 steals, and 3.1 assists. He had a career-high game of 40 points this season and scored over 30 points on five occasions.

Coach says: “Chris was our heart and soul. He led us both on and off the floor. He was our leading scorer, best defender, and emotional leader, and had a work ethic that was contagious. Everything Chris got this year he earned in the gym in the offseason. He is the true definition of a gym rat and became one of the most prolific scorers I’ve had the pleasure to coach. In my eyes, one of — if not the best — player in northwest Ohio." — Chris Dames

DeShone Kizer

School: Central Catholic

Class: Senior

Height: 6-5

Position: Guard

Key stats: A four-year varsity player, Kizer led the Irish to a 20-4 record, No. 10 Division I state ranking, and a Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship (13-1 record). He was named TRAC player of the year, all-district first team, and All-Ohio third team. He averaged 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game, and shot 54 percent from the field and 56 percent from the foul line. He scored 784 career points and had a school-record 387 assists. The accomplished three-sport athlete has signed to play quarterback at Notre Dame. He was part of TRAC championships in baseball and football. He helped the Irish win the 2012 Division II football state championship and started as a freshman on Central’s D-I state basketball final four team.

Coach says: “DeShone has been tremendous over the course of four years. His attitude and leadership skill as a student-athlete exemplify what high school sports should be all about. Representing Central Catholic, and excelling in three sports — football, baseball, and basketball — along with maintaining a 3.5 GPA is exactly why he will be attending Notre Dame next year. I have no doubt that he will be successful both academically and athletically. As a three-year starting point guard, DeShone’s skill set and God-given ability will be difficult to replace.” — Jim Welling

Nick Moschetti

School: Perrysburg

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Position: Guard

Key stats: The Northern Lakes League player of the year averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 per game. He led the Yellow Jackets to a 21-4 record and the Division I district final. Perrysburg also won a share of the Northern Lakes League title with Springfield (11-3). He scored 547 points this year and finished with 1,050 in his career — fourth most in school history. He finished with 229 rebounds and 205 assists in his career. Moschetti earned All-NLL and all-district first team, as well as All-Ohio second team. He set a school record for points in a game with 43 against Northview. He posted three double-doubles and one triple-double (14 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists against Bowling Green), and scored 27 or more points in six games. He is looking to play in college and major in engineering.

Coach says: “Nick has always had offensive skills. He has that unteachable sense and touch to score and put the ball in the basket. The biggest thing that has happened is that he has gotten better in every area. He has matured mentally and physically. He’s a better rebounder and passer. That made us better this year.” — Dave Boyce

 

BOYS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

1996: A.J. Granger, Liberty-Benton

1997: Robierre Cullars, St. Francis

1998: Floyd Campbell, Whitmer

1999: Lamarr Chears, Central Catholic

2000: Eyuless Palmer, Libbey

2001: Dennis Springs, Scott

2002: John Floyd, St. John’s

2003: Brian Roberts, St. John’s

2004: B.J. Raymond, St. John’s

2005: B.J. Raymond, St. John’s

2006: William Buford, Libbey

2007: William Buford, Libbey

2008: William Buford, Libbey

2009: Tim Hausfeld, Southview

2010: Anthony Henderson, Start

2011: Chauncey Orr, Bowling Green

2012: Marc Loving, St. John’s

2013: Marc Loving, St. John’s

2014: Nate Allen, Bowsher

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