Trey Brooks aimed high as a junior and was rewarded with one of the highest accolades in the state — a first-team All-Ohio selection.
He wasn’t content with just one, so he went back to work, and on Tuesday earned his second straight spot on the All-Ohio first team in Division IV. He also received special mention as a sophomore.
“It feels great,” Brooks said. “Last year it was one of my goals and this year I wanted to try and get it again. Just knowing all of the hard work we put in during the offseason and seeing it pay off with these awards is great.”
Brooks was a key fixture on an Open Door team that went 20-5 and reached the Division IV district final, losing 78-66 to eventual regional champion Richmond Heights.
The 6-foot-4 senior averaged 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals for the Patriots. He also set the school’s scoring record with 1,465 points. Coach Todd Wright said he had improved tremendously from his junior year, with his shooting statistics up across all categories and strengthened passing/ballhandling skills.
“I wanted to be more consistent,” said Brooks, who intends to play in college but hasn’t decided on a school. “Last year I thought my free throw and 3-point percentage weren’t that good. I played lazy a lot of times, so I wanted to be a more consistent player and play at the same high level all game.”
He was certainly not alone in helping Open Door tie the school record for wins, and two of his fellow seniors were also named All-Ohio. Jared Bublinec was named to the third team after the sharpshooter averaged 16.7 points in the regular season.
Miles Hunt was an honorable mention after leading the team in rebounds with 8.8 per game.
“Unselfishness results in success,” said Wright, who also praised the team’s fourth senior starter, Carter Wright, after he set the school’s assists record. “All four of those guys had reduced individual numbers this year because they saw the value in winning and teamwork as opposed to just individual accomplishment. That’s one of the reasons I’m so pleased with all of them. Even though their individual numbers were down, the sportswriters recognized the fact that they were part of a great team and had significant contributions despite the fact that on an individual basis they were down a little bit.”
Columbia had two players — Brandon Coleman and Adam Ross — receive honorable mention honors in Division IV. Ross averaged 14.7 points while Coleman averaged 11.4 and led the team in rebounding with 8.5.
Two members of Elyria Catholic’s district runner-up squad earned All-Ohio nods in Division III. Jarred Logan was named to the third team after averaging 15.5 points. The 6-6 senior, who received a full ride to the Air Force Academy, recorded a triple-double in the Panthers’ sectional final win against Crestwood with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.
His teammate, Edward Wright III, was an honorable mention.