Players named to the district first and second teams are eligible for All-Ohio honors in two weeks.
Norwalk’s Jeff Thomas and Perkins’ Nic Williams were both first team selections in Division II. The Truckers (24-1) and Pirates (21-3) will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Senior High School with a spot in the regional semifinals at stake.
In the regular season, Thomas averaged 18.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Truckers, who capped off a fourth straight Northern Ohio League championship this season, and finished with a 57-game regular season win streak, the ninth-longest in Ohio history.
Thomas, a commit to Georgia State University in the Sun Belt Conference, will leave Norwalk as the school’s No. 2 scorer in career points. He was also the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association District 6 Player of the Year this season.
Williams was a three-time Sandusky Bay Conference Outstanding Performer selection, and averaged 22.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season for the Pirates. With more than 1,500 points, Williams is also the all-time leading scorer at Perkins.
The Division II Wheeling Jesuit commit has helped Perkins to back-to-back regional appearances in each of the past two seasons, with a shot at a third straight appearance on Saturday. He also shot 59 percent from the field this season.
Also in Division II, Norwalk’s Ben Haraway was a second team selection. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the Truckers, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Also a 1,000-point scorer, Haraway is also nearing 500 career assists, and is the only player in the 70-year history of the NOL to lead the league in assists for four straight seasons. Haraway is committed to Div. II Malone.
Earning third team honors was Clyde’s Derek Gray. The senior averaged 19.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Fliers (16-8) this season, while his 1,208 career points was good for second all-time at Clyde behind assistant coach Lucas Messer.
Earning honorable mention selections from the area included Sandusky freshman Jayrese Williams, and Perkins senior Kyle Lewis and Norwalk senior Grant Hull.
Elida’s Dakota Mathias was a unanimous selection as Div. II Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-5 Purdue commit is expected to be a finalist for the prestigious AP Mr. Basketball award after averaging 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season.
Ebert, Bailey make third team
In Div. III, Willard’s Carson Ebert and Margaretta’s Dylan Bailey were third team selections for the Crimson Flashes and Polar Bears. Ebert averaged 15 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Flashes (15-9). Bailey averaged 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Margaretta (14-10) this season.
Willard’s Jordan Moore, Huron’s Cody Thompson and Keegan Bollenbacher, Edison’s Chris Laughlin, New London’s Cory Haswell and Ben Young, and Western Reserve’s Nate Good and Dakota Hankins were all honorable mention choices.
SMCC’s Harris is second team
In Div. IV, St. Mary Central Catholic senior and 1,000-point scorer Denarius Harris was a second team selection.
In the regular season, Harris averaged 16.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the Panthers (19-6), who play Buckeye Central (22-2) in a district championship at 7 p.m. tonight at Willard High School.
Also in Div. IV, Harris’ teammates Melvin Jackson and Trenton Zimmerman were named honorable mention, along with St. Paul’s Bob Harwood and Monroeville’s Glen Clark.