On Friday night state-ranked Lima Shawnee traveled south to face a talented St. Marys team in a Western Buckeye League matchup. In a game with multiple momentum swings, and tough physical play, Shawnee would come out on top to stay undefeated by a final score of 53-45. Here is who stood out:
2021 G/F George Mangas (Lima Shawnee) – To nobody’s surprise, the high-scoring senior did what he does, pouring in a game-high and much needed 28 points for his team in their win. While his ability to score it is special and always fun to watch, what impressed most in this one was his toughness, fight, and ability to persevere when things aren’t always going right. With some questionable officiating, and physical play by both sides, Mangas stood tough, taking some hits, but continued to keep fighting for his team. Was clutch down the stretch with some tough scores around the rim when they needed it most. Played with good efficiency in this one, getting teammates involved, and staying patient when the defense is keyed in on him. Some college program out there at the high D2 to mid-major level is going to get a good one in Mangas.
2023 C Austin Parks (St. Marys) – Quietly becoming one of the top prospects, particularly at his position in Ohio’s 2023 class. He’s a big body, who has good feet, and improving hands at this point in his development. Was really impressive passing the ball out of the mid-post, and finding the open man. Gives first and second efforts around the rim, can score through contact, and in a multitude of ways around the basket. Delivered a pair of big time two-handed jams, on his way to a team-high 15 points in this one. Has a soft touch, capable of knocking down mid-range shots. Rebounds his area well and with strength, solid defensively anchoring the post. Certainly a promising prospect who should eventually find his way with a D1 program down the road.
2022 PG Brady Wheeler (Lima Shawnee) – Doesn’t make the highlights or headlines for his team as often as he should, but he without a doubt plays an integral part in the success they’ve experienced. Strong with the basketball, he constantly plays with his head up, seeing the floor, and makes good reads. Can score it with creativity around the rim, and shoots it well from the outside. Breaks down defenses with the dribble, and can cause serious problems if not checked defensively. Gets after it on defense, and can really push the pace in transition. Would make a small college basketball program really happy in the future.
2024 F Jace Turner (St. Marys) – The young freshman was a bright spot in this one for his team. Delivered a really solid outing on both ends of the floor, being in good position more often than not, and impacting the game in multiple areas. Finished around the rim with consistency on out to mid-range. Was active on the glass, and ran the floor well. Going to follow his development in the future and will be interesting to see how his game continues to grow.
Others who stood out: Caden Vermillion (Lima Shawnee), LeTrey Williams (St. Marys).