Thursday, September 23, 2021

2018 Ohio Varsity Boys Basketball Player of the Year Candidates

The 2018 Ohio Varsity Boys Basketball Player of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout and Underclassmen Showcase at Ursuline College on Sunday, March 18.

Each of the finalists was nominated by his coach based on that player’s performance during the 2017-2018 season.

A panel of coaches will vote to determine the 2018 Player of the Year. Kenston’s Josh Kain was named the 2017 Ohio Varsity Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Each nominee is listed below in alphabetical order:

Hugh BrownName: Hugh Brown
School: Hawken
Position: Point Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 19.8 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, 2.8 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference, MVP of the CVC Valley Division, 2nd Team All-District
GPA: 3.0
College: Lake Erie College
Coach’s Quote: “Hugh has an amazing work ethic and has improved every year,” said Hawken coach Shawn McGregor. “He’s my first ever four-year letter winner and has led our program to 55 wins over his tenure. He is one of the best point guards in Northeast Ohio and has absolutely worked to put himself in that position. Any honor he’s awarded is very well deserved.”
Ryan KooserName: Ryan Kooser
School: Kenston
Position: Forward
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 15.2 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game
2017-2018 Awards: All-Western Reserve Conference, Honorable Mention All-District
GPA: 3.3
College: Undecided
Coach’s Quote: “Ryan followed up a great junior year by again being one of the most versatile players in the area,” said Kenston coach Matt Vespa. “His mix of size and skill has caused numerous problems for a variety of opponents. He did this while playing with a broken nose for much of the year, which speaks to his desire to win no matter what it takes.”
Jax ShenkelName: Jax Shenkel
School: West Geauga
Position: Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 16.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference
GPA: 3.8
College: Undecided
Coach’s Quote: “Jax has been one of the most consistent and hardworking players that I have ever had,” said West Geauga coach Jeff Javorek. “He has started varsity since he was a sophomore for me the last three years. He has been back-to-back first team all-CVC in a very tough conference. He constantly makes big plays for our team and is the catalyst to our toughness. He is a two-time captain as well.”
Alex SulkaName: Alex Sulka
School: Chardon
Position: Forward
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 28.9 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game
2017-2018 Awards: All-Western Reserve Conference
Coach’s Quote: “Alex has set a precedent of excellence for our program,” said Chardon coach Chad Murawski. “His ability to score from any spot on the floor is truly remarkable. His physicality allows him to be a center and finish around the rim. His athleticism and skill allows him to be a guard and score off the dribble or from the outside. Because of his skill and ability to play any position, Alex is one of the best basketball players in the area. I will truly miss coaching Alex Sulka.”



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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