It’s safe to say Devon Grant has left his mark on Lorain basketball.
The senior notched his second straight All-Ohio selection in Division I on Wednesday, this time securing a spot on the first team after leading all Lorain County players in scoring at 26 points per game during the regular season.
“It feels pretty good,” said Grant, who has committed to play basketball at Miami of Ohio and intends to sign in April. “It means a lot for me to put in the work and be in the position that I’m in today. I definitely give thanks to my mom and all of my mentors who have helped me out so much throughout the years.”
Grant was a third-team selection last year and, along with his fellow seniors, strung together four of the greatest years in program history. His class went 89-15 during that span, winning at least 22 games every season with three Lake Erie League titles and two district championships.
The Titans finished 23-2 — going 12-0 in the LEL — this year, but were upset by Olmsted Falls 60-53 in the Elyria district final.
The most memorable will be Lorain’s run to last year’s Final Four, beating St. Edward and Toledo St. John at the regional tournament in thrilling fashion.
Grant was spectacular in those wins — scoring the last 15 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in regulation in a 72-69 overtime win over St. Edward. He finished with 34 points. He started slow against St. John’s, but erupted for 21 of his 29 points in the second half in a 47-44 win.
Despite all he has achieved in high school, Grant is still not satisfied.
“I feel I’ve made an OK impact, but when I finish achieving all of my goals I’ll definitely feel accomplished and relieved,” Grant said. “One is just graduating from college and just getting the looks that I’m trying to get to get to the next level after college.”
Joining him on the All-Ohio team is Taevon Pierre-Louis, who picked up third-team honors after averaging 18.1 points per game in the regular season. He was also one of Lorain County’s most prolific rebounders at 7.4 per game.
Since he and Grant became starters as juniors, Lorain has gone 45-8 — including a 21-3 mark in the LEL.
“Those two guys have a big thing to do with our success,” Lorain coach John Rositano said. “They worked hard, they were leaders for the other guys on the team and they’re guys that the younger kids look up to. They’ve represented our program extremely well on and off the court. Not only the school, but the city of Lorain. There’s a tremendous amount of pride in Lorain basketball and those two guys are a big reason for it.”
No area players made the first team in Division II, but two received All-Ohio honors. Vermilion’s Mason Montgomery earned a spot on the third team. The senior was second in the area in scoring at 19.4 points per game while leading the Sailors to the Division II district final.
Clearview’s Javon Todd made honorable mention after averaging 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Samari Curtis, Xenia
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bob Krizancic, Mentor
Ben Roderick, Powell Olentangy Liberty, 6-foot-5, sr., 25.9 points per game; VonCameron Davis, Columbus Walnut Ridge, 6-5, jr., 27.5; Devon Grant, Lorain, 6-0, sr., 26.1; Kaleb Martin, Green, 5-9, sr., 19.4; Samari Curtis, Xenia, 6-4, sr., 34.4; Bo Myers, Logan, 6-5, sr., 27.4; Miles McBride Cincinnati Moeller, 6-2, sr., 14.1; Andre Gordon, Sidney, 6-2, sr., 22.6; Alek West, Sylvania Northview, 6-4, sr., 20.2; Andre Harris, Lyndhurst Brush, 6-3, sr., 17.0.
Kyle Goessler, Brunswick, 6-2, sr., 22.4; Javohn Garcia, Pickerington Central, 6-3, sr., 20.1; Luke Floriea, Mentor, 5-10, jr., 19.1; Lunden McDay, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6-3, sr., 16.5; Ra’Heim Moss, Springfield, 6-4, sr., 18.0; Michael Kreill, Vandalia-Butler, 6-1, sr., 15.3; Jack Sawyer, Pickerington North, 6-5, soph., 22.2; Josiah Fulcher, Lima Senior, 6-1, jr., 17.1; Eddie Colbert, Toledo Whitmer, 6-6, sr., 20.1; Kade Ruegsegger, Dover, 6-3, jr., 16.2.
Samuel Emich, Copley, 6-6, sr., 16.8; Sencire Harris, North Canton Hoover, 6-4, fr., 20.4; Matt Allocco, Hilliard Bradley, 6-4, jr., 16.3; Dominiq Penn, Dublin Coffman, 6-0, jr., 19.9; Sean Marks, Lewis Center Olentangy, 5-10, sr., 19.8, 6-2, sr., 14.1; Alec Pfriem, Cincinnati Moeller, 6-4, sr., 15.0; Jackie Harris, Toledo St. Francis, 6-7, sr., 21.8; Taevon Pierre-Louis, Lorain, 6-6, sr., 18.0; Eric Hanna, Olmsted Falls, 6-0, sr., 18.8; Anthony Mazzeo, Massillon Jackson, 6-3, sr., 17.1.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amari Davis, Trotwood-Madison
COACH OF THE YEAR: Zach Brown, London
Morgan Safford, Columbus Hartley, 6-foot-4, sr., 25.6; Luka Eller, Lake Catholic, 6-7, jr., 27.1; C.J. Charleston, Gilmour Academy, 5-10, sr., 24.7; Chris Livingston, Buchtel, 6-5, fr., 24.3; Cyler Kane-Johnson, Niles McKinley, 5-10, sr., 25.6; Amari Davis, Trotwood-Madison, 6-4, sr., 30.1; Brandon Hawaway, Norwalk, 6-2, sr., 20.5; Na’elle Simmons, Columbus Beechcroft, 6-7, sr., 15.3; Davin Zeigler, Benedictine, 6-2, sr., 20.7; D’Arris Dean, Cincinnati Aiken, 6-0, sr., 21.9.
Otto Kuhns, Carroll Bloom-Carroll, 6-3, jr., 22.0; Luke Howes, Fairview, 6-2, jr., 22.6; R.J. Clark, Youngstown Ursuline, 5-11, sr., 21.3; Ethan Heller, Thornville Sheridan, 6-1, sr., 21.5; Cam Evans, Chillicothe Zane Trace, 6-0, jr., 25.2; Joey Edmonds, Cincinnati Wyoming, 6-0, sr., 19.0; Milton Gage, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 5-11, sr., 17.9; Paul McMillan, Cincinnati Hughes, 6-2, fr., 25.1; Cade Stover, Lexington, 6-5, sr., 18.0; Kobe Mitchell, Cadiz Harrison Central, 6-1, soph., 25.5.
Spencer Hall, Louisville, 6-8, sr., 13.5; Trey Woodyard, London, 6-6, soph., 16.0; Erik Painter, Bay, 6-1, sr., 20.0; Treohn Watkins, Columbus South, 6-0, sr., 13.4; Quentin Richardson, Holy Name, 6-0, jr., 20.8; Mason Montgomery, Vermilion, 6-3, sr., 19.4; Levi Seiler, Wauseon, 6-4, sr., 17.3; Nate Voll, New Philadelphia, 6-2, sr., 14.1; Evan Conley, Lancaster Fairfield Union, 6-0, sr., 18.2; CJ Napier, Middletown Fenwick, 6-5, sr., 19.3.
LOCAL HONORABLE MENTION: Javon Todd, Clearview