Ortmann led the Purple Tigers in scoring this season at 15.8 points per game, doing heavy damage as a wing shooter. He hit 70 3-pointers.
Northwestern coach Jim Gish said that at Taylor, what “Graham will bring to the table is that he’s a very quick learner, committed to the team concept so he’ll play any kind of role they ask him to play, and obviously can shoot the basketball.”
Gish emphasized that Ortmann made himself a key player with hours and hours of time working on his shot.
“Graham is one of the most loyal, committed young people that you’ll find,” Gish said. “He commits himself to whatever he does, whether it be academically engaged in school, athletically involved. He is one of those kids that doesn’t want to fall short of giving everything he has.”
Ortmann plans to study finance at Taylor.
“The [Lilly Endowment interview process] went well and I was blessed enough to receive the scholarship,” he said. “They had numerous applicants and I just want to thank the Community Foundation for giving it to me.
“It’s a big relief to have finally chosen a school. It’s a huge blessing that I have a chance to go to Taylor, and have a chance to play basketball as well.”