OBERLIN — Cameron Kuhn has probably lost count of the records he’s set and the awards he’s won during his high school basketball career.
However, on Sunday, the Vermilion senior won the individual award he’s thought about winning all season and the one he will never forget — Lorain County Mr. Basketball.
Kuhn was presented the award prior to the start of the Lorain County Boys Basketball Coaches Association all-star game at the Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College.
Kuhn, the leading scorer in Vermilion history with 1,451 points, scored 41 points in his final game in a Sailors uniform, a heartbreaking 87-81 overtime loss to eventual state champion Norwalk in the Division II regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University.
He had a postseason to rank with the best in the area, averaging 36 points in three district and regional games.
Kuhn averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and just over three assists a game in his senior season, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 82 from the free throw line.
“I sat down with my coach before the season and we talked about team goals and individual goals and one of my individual goals was to win Mr. Basketball,” said Kuhn, the third Vermilion player to win the Mr. Basketball award and the first since Nick Farley in 2010. “This shows that hard work pays off.”
Vermilion coach Kurt Habermehl said it was the hard work Kuhn put in away from the spotlight that has made him the player he is.
“Cameron is a great player but he’s an even better kid,” Habermehl said. “I’m so proud of him because he’s put in so much work to get where he is. He’s been terrific with the younger kids in our program.
“Today, Cameron was up at the basketball courts working on drills for over an hour, not just shooting around or playing pickup games but working on drills. That’s the work ethic that has made him a great player.”
Kuhn has also been successful in the classroom, where he is a 3.0 student. He’s still undecided about where he will attend college but says he expects to make the decision after he plays in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game on April 27.
“I thought about Mr. Basketball during the season but I didn’t know if I would win. I thought it would come down to me and Isaiah (Elyria senior Isaiah Walton),” Kuhn said. “I feel so blessed to win. I’ve worked my butt off since freshman year to put myself in the position.”
As much as Kuhn enjoys individual honors – and he has plenty of those being named the Lorain County Division II Player of the Year, a first-team All-Northeast Lakes District selection and a special mention on the Division II All-Ohio team — it was always the Sailors’ success that mattered most to him.
“If you put your team first you can accomplish anything,” Kuhn said. “We felt like we were the underdogs all year but we worked hard, won districts, made it to Bowling Green and almost beat the state champions.”
Habermehl said that despite Kuhn’s individual honors there was never any jealousy in the Sailors locker room.
“We never had problems on our team because everyone got along so well and Cameron was a big part of that,” Habermehl said. “Cameron stressed a family atmosphere and that team grew up together and became really close over the course of the year.”
Habermehl said he first knew Kuhn could be something special when he had him as a student in middle school.
“You just knew the way he carried himself that he was going to be a special basketball player and a special young man,” Habermehl said. “Cameron has no ego whatsoever.”
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