By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Unbeaten League Champ Moeller Dominates Selections
All five of Moeller’s starting lineup were named to the All-Greater Catholic League South Division Basketball Teams that were released today, with four of the Crusaders named to the first team – including senior forward Jeremiah Davenport, who was named co-Player of the year, and senior forward Jaxson Hayes, who was named the league’s Defensive Player of the year. Senior Isaiah Payton and junior Alex Pfriem also were named first team, while senior Carlos Garcia made second team from Moeller – the area’s top-ranked team that finished the regular season 19-3 overall, a perfect 12-0 this calendar year and 6-0 in the GCL South to win its second straight outright title.
Senior Riley Haubner of La Salle, who led the GCL South in scoring this season, was named co-Player of the Year in voting by league coaches. Moeller’s Carl Kramer, whose team has won or shared the last six GCL South crowns, was named Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a No. 1 ranking in The Enquirer’s Division I final regular season weekly area coaches’ poll. Moeller is ranked No. 2 behind undefeated Solon in the Associated Press DI poll that was released today. Moeller, which opens sectional play against Harrison at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School, is 46-4 the last two seasons – including a state runner-up finish last year.
Also on the first team are junior Nathan Stockman of St. Xavier, who helped lead the Bombers to a 15-7 overall finish and was the team’s leading scorer at 12.4 points per game – and senior Chase Wolf, who will attend the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship this fall. Stockman was the GCL South leader in steals, averaging 1.9. Senior Zach Harp of Elder rounds out the first-team selections. Harp averaged a team-best 14.4 points and also drained 49 three-pointers. He poured in a season-high 30 in a win over Springboro in December.
Davenport, a Wright State University recruit, ranked among GCL South leaders in four categories – scoring, 15.4 (second); rebounding, 6.3 (second); blocked shots, 1.2 (second); and field-goal percentage, 56.9 (third). Davenport was a model of consistency, scoring in double figures in all but two games this season. Hayes – a University of Texas recruit – was a force inside for the Crusaders, leading the league in blocked shots (4.0) and rebounds (6.9), while shooting a GCL South-best 67.3 percent from the field. He finished fifth in scoring at 12 points a game.
Crusader teammates Isaiah Payton averaged 10.3 points and ranked second in assists, 3.1 Pfriem averaged 7.3 points, but led the GCL south in assists (4.2), was third in rebounding (5.4) and fourth in steals (1.4). Haubner was the Lancers’ go-to guy all season, scoring in double figures in 20 of 21 games. He scored 20 or more points 13 times, including a career-high 37 in a 60-53 win against Elder last week. He also poured in 30 in a loss to Moeller on January 19, and twice had 29 – in the season opener against Shroder and a win against Walnut Hills last month.
Joining Moeller’s Garcia on the second team are sophomore Derek Eddings and senior Henry Louden from La Salle, seniors Brandon Gilvert and Bobby Jefferson from St. Xavier, and seniors Trevor Estep and Brett Marsh from Elder. Here is a look at the 2017-18 All-GCL South Basketball Teams:
ALL-GCL SOUTH BASKETBALL TEAM
PLAYER, SCHOOL GRADE, HEIGHT
Jeremiah Davenport, Moeller, Senior, 6-5
Zach Harp, Elder, Senior, 6-3
Riley Haubner, La Salle, Senior, 6-2
Jaxson Hayes, Moeller, Senior, 6-10
Isaiah Payton, Moeller, Senior, 5-10
Alex Pfriem, Moeller, Junior, 6-4
Nathan Stockman, St. Xavier, Junior, 6-0
Chase Wolf, St. Xavier, Senior, 6-2
PLAYER, SCHOOL, GRADE, HEIGHT
Derek Eddings, La Salle, Sophomore, 6-0
Trevor Estep, Elder, Senior, 6-2
Carlos Garcia, Moeller, Senior, 6-2
Brandon Gilbert, St. Xavier, Senior, 6-7
Bobby Jefferson, St. Xavier, Senior, 6-3
Henry Louden, La Salle, Senior, 6-2
Brett Marsh, Elder, Senior, 6-2
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Jeremiah Davenport, Moeller
Riley Haubner, La Salle
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jaxson Hayes, Moeller
COACH OF THE YEAR
Carl Kremer, Moeller