Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 13, 2014

All-Area boys basketball team

Wildkats' Persons is MVP of 51st annual honor squad


Dillon shot 56.3 percent from the field.

“He shot really well in the paint and also stepped out and shot the 3 a little,” Weaver noted. “He has a nice mix of athleticism and strength. He is not just a big kid who lives in the paint. He is a tough matchup for opponents.”

Dillon also excels in football. He earned All-Area and Class A junior all-state honors last fall.

Graham Ortmann, NW

Ortmann stepped into the Tigers’ go-to scorer role in his senior campaign. The 6-3 sharpshooter made an area-best 44 percent of his 3-point attempts (70 of 159) and scored 15.8 points per game. He also was impressive at the free throw line, knocking down 82.4 percent of his attempts. He tied for No. 2 in the area in free throw accuracy.

“I think Graham is another one of our student-athletes who has gotten the most out of his ability over the course of his four years of high school basketball,” Northwestern coach Jim Gish said. “This year, coming into his senior year, he put in a lot of time and effort outside of what we do as a team. He did a lot of things individually to make himself better. He had a great year with shooting the basketball and that came from putting up a lot of shots in the summer.”

Ortmann had several big games. He made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points against Taylor. He made a school-record nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points against Sheridan. He had a 24-point game against Peru in the Twin Lakes Sectional.

Ortmann also excels in the classroom. He earned academic all-state honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, and he landed a prestigious Lilly Endowment scholarship. As a scholarship winner, he will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

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