Cameron Kuhn set records while playing basketball for Vermilion. It hasn’t taken him very long to do the same at Baldwin Wallace.
The sophomore scored 51 points — making nine of 13 3-pointers — to break and tie school single-game records during a 110-109 overtime loss to Mount Union on Dec. 2.
“Everything was going right, I was just in the flow of the game,” Kuhn said. “When I hit more than five threes, I usually don’t hit more than five threes, but when I hit my sixth I just thought, ‘Wow, this is actually going for me tonight.’”
Kuhn followed up that performance with 31 points against Otterbein — an 80-69 Yellow Jackets victory — on Dec. 5. But his 15-for-15 night at the line was also another single-game record and he tied a career high in rebounds with six.
He was awarded Ohio Athletic Conference player of the week for the second time of his career and was named to the D3Hoops.com’s Team of the Week for the week of Dec. 8. The website honors the five best performances from each of the five positions in Division III from the previous week.
“It’s awesome to get the award, especially since it’s so early in the year, too,” Kuhn said. “We proved that we can run against a really good team at the end of a game. If coach draws up a play, he knows that we can go through it now and I think that’s going to help us later on in the OAC Tournament.”
Kuhn has been on fire from 3-point range through Baldwin Wallace’s first eight games, connecting on 54.2 percent of his attempts, which ranks him third in the conference among qualified players and one of just six connecting at more than a 50 percent rate.
Comparatively, Kuhn shot 37.5 percent from behind the arc during his freshman season.
“I worked a lot on ball-handling, my off-the-dribble 3-point shot and just 3-pointers in general,” said Kuhn, who is majoring in health and physical education and plans on becoming a teacher after college.
So far that offseason work is paying big dividends. Kuhn leads the OAC in scoring with 24.1 points per game and in total points with 193, and is fourth in the league among qualified players in free-throw percentage at 87.8 percent. However he’s averaging 6.1 free-throw attempts per game while the current top three are all averaging less than three. He’s also connecting on 5.4 free throws per game, where the best among the current top three is only connecting on 2.7.
Kuhn has picked up right where he left off in his freshman season, being named OAC co-Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention All-OAC selection. He played in 27 games with 23 starts and was second on the team in points with 14 per game, shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and led the league with an 89.1 free-throw percentage.