The Penn State basketball season might be over, but for Penn State hoops fans there is one last bit of drama to be played out this year. Just a state away, Penn State recruit Trey Lewis has earned First Team All-Ohio honors as well as receiving the Division I Ohio Player of The Year award. In a basketball crazy state like Ohio, being nominated for the award is an honor in itself, winning it is an even bigger deal.
So what’s the hitch? In an ironic twist of fate, Trey Lewis had to split the award with Trey Burke. As you may remember, Trey Burke is a former Penn State commit who changed his mind after the Nittany Lion’s tough 2009-10 season and will now be taking his talents to Ann Arbor. For Nittany Lion fans losing a recruit is bad enough, losing one to Michigan is even more painful.
To ratchet up the award competition even farther both Trey Lewis and Trey Burke find themselves in an elite group of players in consideration for the Mr Basketball award given out to the “best player in the state of Ohio.” While these sorts of awards don’t win you games, recent recipents like Jarred Sullinger, O.J Mayo, Jon Diebler, and LeBron James have given this award a prestige unlike any other. That honor will be announced sometime this Wednesday by the media.
So where does the drama come to its head? This Friday, Trey Lewis and Trey Burke will find themselves facing off in the Ohio State Semifinal playing for the biggest prize. A shot at the state title. Trey Lewis has guided his Garfield Heights team to a #1 ranking in the state (#24 in the US) and a 24-1 record where Trey Burke has lead Northland to a 25-1 and a #5 in state ranking. The rankings and records alone give this game plenty of electricity, but the storylines on the high school,collegiate, and historical levels make this game more than just another state semifinal.
For Penn State fans this won’t take away the sting of an NCAA Tournament loss, but it can give us all hope that some young talent is making it’s way towards Happy Valley. If anything else, it’s just another way to root against Michigan.
Lets Go Bulldogs.
If you want to wish Trey well this week you can at his twitter account @Treylew3