March 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - While the Ohio Men's Basketball team has enjoyed recent success with a 29-win season and trip to the Sweet 16, 2012 commit Caris LeVert became the latest Bobcat to capture a state title at the high school level.
This past weekend, LeVert scored 13 as Pickerington Central defeated Fairfield 60-45 in a boys Division I semifinal and then led all scorers with 20 points as the Tigers won their first state championship, 45-40 over Toledo Whitmer.
LeVert was named the most outstanding player on the 2012 Associated Press Division I all-tournament team. The Columbus Dispatch All-Metro selection and Co-Player of the Year helped 26-2 Pickerington Central to its first appearance in the state's final four.
Prior to the stats tournament, the 6-foot-5 Ohio University recruit made five three-pointers among his 28 points, lifting the Tigers over Olentangy Liberty 60-58 in a Division I regional semifinal. He then scored 14 in a 60-51 victory over against Canton McKinley in the regional finals.
LeVert joins current Bobcats Jon Smith, Nick Kellogg, Nick Goff, David McKinley and Stevie Taylor as local products that have decided to stick close to home. LeVert was a second team Ohio Capital Conference selection in 2011, with Taylor being named the league's Player of the Year.
LeVert joins the likes of 1991 MAC Freshman of the Year Rush Floyd and four-year letterwinner Chad Gill as Pickerington products that chose to wear the Green & White.