Lima Central Catholic senior Dantez Walton was named the Associated Press Division III boys basketball co-player of the year Tuesday night.
Walton, who is headed to Northern Kentucky University, is averaging 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. He sharedthe award with Portsmouth’s Ky’re Allison.
Joining 6-foot-5 Walton on the first team is 6-1 LCC senior teammate Tre Cobbs, who is averaging 19.7 points per contest. Both are among the top four career scorers in school history along with Joe Fisher and Aaron Hutchins.
LCC, ranked No. 1 in D-III, will play Roger Bacon at 2 p.m. Thursday in the state semifinals at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Delphos Jefferson’s Trey Smith, the Northwest Conference’s all-time career scoring leader with 1,997 points, made the second team, and Dakota Prichard (Spencerville), Alex Arellano (Paulding) and Andy Brunet (Coldwater) were named honorable mention.
COLUMBUS — The 2015-16 Associated Press Division II and III All-Ohio boys basketball teams, based on the recommendations of a media panel, with school, height,class and scoring average during regular season:
First team: Jay Joseph, Worthington Christian, 6-foot-4, junior, 15.9 points per game; Sam Gebhardt, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-10, sr., 12.9; Derek Koch, West Salem Northwestern, 6-8, jr., 21.7; Tyrone Gibson, Beachwood, 6-3, sr.,17.8; Dantez Walton, Lima Central Catholic, 6-5, sr., 17.7; Ky’re Allison, Portsmouth, 6-1, sr., 21.5; Drew Ogletree, Dayton Northridge, 6-6, sr., 14.5; Tre Cobbs, Lima Central Catholic, 6-0, sr., 20.2; Sherman Dean III, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-2, sr., 15.5; Gage Rhoades, Chesapeake, 5-11, sr., 20.6.
Players of the year: Dantez Walton, Lima Central Catholic; Ky’re Allison, Portsmouth
Coaches of the year: Andy Cauley, Centerburg; Kevin Lower, Massillon Tuslaw