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College basketball: Former Vermilion standout Cam Kuhn leaving his mark at Baldwin Wallace

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    Baldwin Wallace senior guard Cam Kuhn, a Vermilion graduate, is sixth on the school's all-time scoring list.



It’s probably easier to ask what Cam Kuhn hasn’t done in his four years at Baldwin Wallace than what he has done.

The Vermilion High School graduate’s 1,846 career points rank sixth in program history and leave him on the doorstep of the top five. He’s appeared in all 107 games since stepping on campus, starting 103.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior guard has piled up All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors every season, including a first-team selection in 2016, and holds single-game school records for most points (51) and free throw shooting (15-for-15 vs. Otterbein as a junior).

He needs 20 points to pass Shawn McCormick for fifth place all time and 22 to pass Kevin Braaten for fourth.

“It would be an awesome accomplishment knowing that all this hard work has paid off,” Kuhn said. “To be in the situation I am now, with such great coaches and such great teammates, it’s a blessing for me.”

Still, one thing has escaped Kuhn and his teammates — getting the Yellow Jackets back to the NCAA Tournament. Each of the past three seasons Marietta has ended their dream, the first two in the OAC semifinals and last season in the championship game.

His last chance begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. when the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets host fifth-seeded Mount Union in the OAC quarterfinals. The winner will play either No. 1 John Carroll or No. 8 Heidelberg in the semis. Baldwin Wallace would not face second-seeded Marietta unless both reach the final.

The Yellow Jackets split the season series with Mount Union, John Carroll and Marietta. Their wins against the Blue Streaks and Pioneers came when they were ranked in the D3Hoops Top 25 poll. The Jackets were ranked for three weeks, peaking at No. 22.

“We’re a pretty close-knit family who looks after each other,” Kuhn said. “It would mean the world to me (to reach the NCAA Tournament). That’s our overall goal. It’s been my goal since my freshman year here. I think it would just be an awesome experience. The guys I’m playing with, we all deserve it. We’re going to play our tails off to try and make it happen.”

It was pretty clear Kuhn would be a special player from the day he arrived at BW. He worked his way into the starting lineup after just four games and hasn’t looked back. He scored 20 or more points six times as a freshman and was named OAC Freshman of the Year.

Six games into his sophomore year, he scored a school-record 51 points in a 110-109 loss to Mount Union, going 9-of-13 from 3-point range and 65.4 percent from the field.

And the following season, Kuhn became the 40th player in program history to reach 1,000 points, doing it in his 57th game. While it would take quite a run to reach the 2,000-point club, catching Open Door grad Thad Davis’ third-place mark of 1,921 isn’t out of the question if the Yellow Jackets put together a postseason. Tori Davis, Thad’s brother and fellow Open Door grad, holds the school record with 2,232 points.

Regardless of how far Baldwin Wallace goes this postseason, Kuhn’s impact will be felt for many years to come.

“I’m just trying to focus on the next game,” said Kuhn, who is an education/physical education major and is also considering an overseas basketball career.

“I’m so glad I chose BW. It’s been a great four years.”

Around the OAC

  • Kuhn isn’t the only local player at Baldwin Wallace. Kyler Nader, a junior from Vermilion, has played in all 25 games, averaging 4.8 points while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range.
  • Sophomore guard Jake Kuchta (Elyria Catholic) has played sparingly for top-seeded John Carroll, which is ranked 18th in the latest D3hoops.com poll. No. 7 Wilmington is getting four points per game in 24 appearances from Colin Myers (Firelands).
  • On the women’s side, Riley Schill is in the midst of another big season for the Yellow Jackets. Just a sophomore, the former EC standout is averaging 10.3 points and was named OAC Player of the Week on Jan. 22. Freshman Becca Tacchite (Columbia) has played in six games.
  • Casey Morrissette, a former Firelands standout, is averaging 10.6 points for third-seeded Mount Union. The team is also getting regular contributions from sophomore Zanny Sauter (Avon), who has appeared in 22 games, and freshman Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) with 25 appearances.
  • Sophomore Sarah Sprecher (Avon) has started every game and averaged 5.1 points for No. 7 John Carroll. Freshman Tori Grasso (Firelands) has made 12 appearances for No. 6 Capital.

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com and follow him @CSweeneyCT on Twitter.

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