AVON LAKE — It might have been the worst kept secret when Lorain’s Devon Grant was announced as this year’s unanimous Lorain County Mr. Basketball at the annual Gene Legeza Classic at Avon Lake High School on Sunday night.
2019 – Devon Grant, Lorain
2018 – Dorian Crutcher, Elyria Catholic
2017 - Naz Bohannon, Lorain
2016 - Bo Furcron, Elyria
2015 – Devon Andrews, Lorain|
2014 – Cameron Kuhn, Vermilion
2013 - Kody Bender, Elyria
2012 - Claude Gray, Avon
2011 – Ronnie Willoughby, Avon Lake
2010 – Nick Farley, Vermilion
2009 – Drew McGee, North Ridgeville
2008 – Promis Cabbil, Elyria
2007 – Troy Simmons, Clearview
2006 – Louis Tumblin, Elyria
2005 – Dan Biber, Admiral King
2004 – Jordan Beard, Oberlin
2003 – Robert Nelson, Elyria
2002 – Tom Port, Avon Lake
2001 – Brian Ingleright, Avon Lake
2000 – Scott Remaklus, Southview
1999 – Brian Keller, Vermilion
1998 – Steve Vega, Avon
1997 – Eric Gilbert, Clearview
1996 – Carl White, Admiral King
1995 – Anthony Stacey, Midview
1994 – Byron Gladden, Admiral King
1993 – Brett Larrick, Elyria
1992 – Frank Bolognia, Avon Lake and Todd Simon, Columbia
1991 – Craig Bradley, Avon Lake and Mike Darmos, Southview
1990 – Eric Barnes, Elyria Catholic
1989 – Jamie Gladden, Admiral King and Mike Hartman, Lorain
1988 – Harold Walton, Admiral King
1987 – Greg Eichenberg, Columbia
1986 – Chip Winiarski, South Amherst
1985 – Jeff Mott, Avon
1984 – Joe Rittenhouse, Wellington
1983 – Roger Smith, Admiral King
1982 – Doug Carrico, Firelands
1981 – Tom Underman, Elyria and Bobby Warden, Elyria Catholic
1980 – Bill Szabo, Firelands
1979 – Mike Razdrh, South Amherst
1978 – Jay Dill and Clay Dill, Keystone
1977 – Richard Montague, Elyria
1976 – Bill Dodd, Firelands
1975 – Fred Balser, Elyria
It certainly came as no surprise.
Grant, named first-team Division I All-Ohio this past week, is the third Lorain High winner since 2015. Naz Bohannon won in 2017 and Devon Andrews in 2015. Grant will take his talents to Miami (Ohio) next season on a full scholarship.
“It means a lot to continue the legacy and help everybody else build their confidence and keep our system going,” Grant said. “Definitely all the hard work has paid off, but I’m not finished.”
The Mr. Basketball award began in 1975 when Elyria High’s Fred Balser was named. It is sponsored annually by the Elyria Coca Cola Company. It is awarded by a select committee to the senior player who not only excels on the floor but in the classroom as well. It also is presented to a player who can go on to play at the collegiate level.
Grant certainly filled the criteria. His first thought was to thank those closest to him.
“I feel really good,” he said. “Thanks to my parents, my mom definitely, my family, my support system, my community and coaches — everybody.”
The numbers Grant piled up at Lorain were impressive.
- Points scored in a game (44), season (650) and career (1,564).
- Consecutive free throws (31) and free throws in a season (96).
- 3-pointers in a game (10), season (96) and career (204).
- He shot 49.2 percent from the 3-point line and 87 percent of his free throws.
- He finished with 200 career assists and 357 career rebounds.
Grant had to drive opposing coaches crazy trying to figure ways to slow him down. He could shoot off the dribble with a quick release from almost anywhere past half court and if you tried to guard him closely, he could either pass off or drive to the basket. He was that smooth.
His coach, John Rositano, couldn’t attend the All-Star festivities. He’s an assistant softball coach at Amherst and the team is on a spring trip to Coco Beach, Fla.
“He’s been through a lot,” Rositano said by phone. “He does all the right things. I know he’s uncomfortable talking about himself.”
“I really just play,” Grant said. “I play off instinct. Nothing’s given to me. I always had to work for everything I have and have gotten.”
“The thing about him is he didn’t care how many points he scored – he just wants to win,” said Rositano. “He has a passion for the game that is unmatched. His teammates all love playing with him.”
Grant was the MVP of the Lake Erie League and the Lorain County Holliday Classic. He was the Lorain County Player of the Year in Division I. He was earlier named first-team All-Lorain County and first-team All-Lake Erie League and will represent Lorain High at the annual North-South All-Star Game at Olentangy Liberty High School on April 26. He was a finalist for the state’s Mr. Basketball, won by Xenia’s Samari Curtis.
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