There were five players that 247sports identified as being of potential interest to Ohio State playing in the Final Four at the Schottenstein Center this weekend.
Here we take a look at how they performed...
Chris Livingston, Akron Buchtel shooting guard, class of 2022:
Trotwood-Madison blitzed Akron Buchtel with a high-tempo offensive attack and won 102-72 in the semis. Livingston's contribution in the loss was limited somewhat by fouls. (He ended the game with four.) Still he had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 19 minutes of play. He was 2 for 5 from behind the arc, and he was 3 for 4 from the charity stripe with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and 4 turnovers.
Kalen Etzler, Convoy Crestview power forward, class of 2021:
In their first game, the 6'8" sophomore was overshadowed by his brother, Javin, and his 25 points. Kalen scored just 7, making 1 shot on his 7 tries, but was effective from the free throw line, where he was 5 for 6. He had 5 boards, 2 assists, a block, a steal, and 2 turnovers in a 59-49 victory over Richmond Heights.
The next night, his impact was felt a little more, helping to deliver Crestview the title with his 14 points, scored on 6-for-10 shooting, 6 rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal. The Knights beat Berlin Hiland 58-38.
Grant Huffman, Lakewood St. Edward shooting guard, class of 2020:
Huffman and his teammates had the unenviable task of trying to be the first team this season to knock off Archbishop Moeller. While they came up short, 72-52, Huffman scored 15 points, going 6 of 14 from the field, 1 for 3 from deep. He had 3 rebounds, an assist, a turnover, and a steal.
Moeller would go on to finish their year 29-0, the first team to go undefeated since Zanesville in 1995.
Ben Roderick, Olentangy Liberty strong forward, class of 2019:
Roderick scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but his team's rally ultimately came up short, 58-49 against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Roderick scored his 25 by going 10 for 19 from the field. He made one 3-point basket on his 6 tries, to go along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers. He was the only player from either team in the semifinal game to play every minute of the contest.
Seth Wilson, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary combo guard, class of 2021:
Wilson had just 2 points on free throws on an otherwise off-target night in the semis. He did make his presence felt in a 58-49 win over Olentangy Liberty, certainly not with his 0-for-8 shooting, but through a team-leading 8 boards and (also team-leading) 4 assists. Considering the Irish had 7 assists total, that latter number is perhaps more significant than you might think.
He was much more productive scoring the basketball in a 52-44 loss to Moeller in the championship. He paced his club with 19, making 8 of his 18 attempts. He was 3 for 10 from three-point territory. Along with all that, he had 3 rebounds, a steal and 3 turnovers.