It’s that time of year as open gyms across Northwest Ohio start to pickup as we get closer to the start of the season. Lima Shawnee had one of the best seasons in all of Ohio last year until it came to a sudden halt due to Covid-19. They return plenty of talent and look to make it two special seasons in a row. Here is who stood out at their recent open gym:
2021 G/F George Mangas – Ohio’s reigning Player of the Year in Division II looks more than ready to try his hand at the award for a second straight season. In a competitive and upbeat open gym environment, Mangas was special with nearly every catch of the basketball. Pouring in shots from all over the floor, he showed his ability to knock down the triple off the catch or off the dribble with a high degree of efficiency and difficulty. Was strong finishing in transition and around the rim. Came off screens hard, competed, and saw things one step ahead of everyone else on the floor. Has good size and can get it done on the defensive end of the floor. Very smart, doesn’t do a lot of talking, can flat out hoop. Currently holds an offer from Findlay, with interest from Toledo, Miami (OH), West Liberty, Fairmont State, and many others. Doesn’t get near the attention a talent of his caliber should.
2021 PF Tyson Elwer – Not the tallest at his position, but plays a tough brand of basketball. Leaves it all on the floor, plays hard, is physically strong, with good hands and feet. Operates well in the pick and roll, can pop and knock down outside shots with a good looking stroke. Bodies up defensively on the block, contests shots at the rim, and rebounds his area. Currently holds an offer from St. Francis (IN), along with strong interest from Ohio Northern.
2021 G Jarin Bertke – Can stretch the floor with his ability to shoot it from the outside. Has good size out on the wing standing around 6’3″. Runs the floor, and sees the floor well. Moves the basketball, and will be an asset defensively. Will be a key piece for them this season, receiving some DIII attention.