2018 SSN National Public HS Boys Basketball Team
- Romeo Langford – New Albany (Ind) – Player of the Year
- Foster Loyer – Clarkston (Mich)
- Sam Masten – Rock Canyon (Colo)
- Mylik Wilson – Rayville (La)
- Justin Ahrens – Versailles (Ohio)
(4-2-18) – This team highlights what an All National Public HS Team should look like, players who decided to stay home and play with kids they grew up with. They could have easily left for the prep school of their choice.
The team consists of one McDonald’s All-American, several Gatorade Players of the Year, State Champions and DI commits.
This year’s team includes four Seniors and just one Junior.
— SLAM HS Hoops (@SLAM_HS) March 31, 2018
New Albany’s Romeo Langford (Sr 6’5) is one of the most beloved player to come out of Indiana basketball and ‘Hoosier Hysteria’ since Damon Bailey. Langford was impressive in the most recent McDonald’s All-American game:
- 7-14 – FG
- 3-8 – 3 Pt FG
- 2-4- FT
- 19 points
- 6 rebounds
- 3 assists
- 2 steals
Langford ended his career fourth on the all-time Indiana scoring list with 3,002 points, scoring those points in the IHSAA State Final Game that the Bulldogs lost on a buzzer beater to Warren Central.
Langford has been steady in his four year career, as a Freshman he led New Albany to a 23-3 record and the regional tournament while averaging 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds. Langford, in his Sophomore year, averaged 30.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while leading New Albany to a 27-1 record and a class 4A state championship, the first in school history since 1973. Langford averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game in his Junior season, leading New Albany to a 25-4 record and to the class 4A state quarterfinals. His Senior season Langford averaged 35.5 points a game, including 63-points against Jennings County.
New Albany Head Coach Jim Shannon told the News and Tribune:
“He’s been such a great leader for our school, a great role model for kids. His character off the floor and on the floor has been magnificent. I can’t put into words what it’s been like to have him. It’s been a coach’s dream to coach somebody like that.”
— Hudl (@Hudl) March 8, 2018
Sam Masten (Sr 6’3) scored 22.5 points per game this season, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists to lead Rock Canyon. Masten was named the 2018 Mr. Colorado Basketball and the Gatorade player of the year selection. He led the Jaguars to consecutive Class 5A Final Four appearances.
Rock Canyon senior guard Tyson Gilbert, a CSU-Pueblo commit told the Denver Post:
“You could always tell he had a killer instinct and just a drive to beat the guy in front of him. He’s always been a gifted scorer and a gifted basketball player, but this year especially, he raised the game of everyone on our team.”
Masten will continue his basketball career at Northern Colorado, who just won the 10th CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament beating Illinois-Chicago.
Michigan State Commit@FosterLoyer had an “EPIC” finish to his high school basketball career. 82 Total Points in the State Playoff Semifinals & Championship games.
🏆Michigan Mr. Basketball
🏆Class A State Champion 🏀@MSU_Basketball #athlazon
— Athlazon (@athlazon) March 28, 2018
Foster Loyer (Sr 6’0) led Clarkston to its 2nd straight Class A Michigan High School State title. He ended in a blaze of glory scoring 42-points in the semifinal win over Warren De La Salle and he added a 40-point night against Holland West Ottawa in the finals. Loyer picked up Mr. Michigan honors for his play this season.
Loyer’s 634 free throws (career) places him first in the MHSAA, his 2,323 career points places him 11th all-time in state history. His #1 jersey was retired before his career concluded at Clarkston.
Loyer will continue his career at Michigan State in the fall.
NEW VID: Ohio State Commit Justin Ahrens Dominates Greenville On Senior Night!!! @ahrensjustin12@OhioStateHoops @EliteMixtapesNC @HWBDHoops @ZachFleer270 #GrimeySZN #3sUp https://t.co/7vzwCgaTLD pic.twitter.com/cbaV1EzJAo
— Steven Newton (@3rdCoastHoops) February 22, 2018
Justin Ahrens (Sr 6’5) averaged 25.3 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game as a senior. The Ohio State University commit set school records for most points in a game with 46 and 3-pointers in a game with 10. He also set school and conference records for most points in a career (over 2,000).
Ahrens was named the Ohio D III Player of the Year and was named the two time Player of the Year in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Versailles Head Coach Travis Swank tells SSN earlier this year:
What does it mean to your program to have him, considering how many top players like him are transferring to schools all around the US ala the Ball family.
I know that in high school today that transferring is becoming normal, but all of his family and friends are from Versailles, so he has a lot of support here and I think that helps kids stay at home. Even though he has played high level AAU, he has played with this group of seniors since the third grade and all of them are friends. It is always fun to win with your childhood friends and is something they can all talk about when they become older.
— 〽️ylik 🔱ilson (@mylikw13) March 10, 2018
Rayville’s Mylik Wilson (Jr 6’1) averaged 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds a game this season and was named The News-Star’s All-NELA Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year. In the Class 2A State Final game he was named the Tournament MVP scoring 25 points and 10 assists over North Caddo in a 79-51.
Rayville Head Coach Damon Westsaid said after the State title game:
“I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one like him. He’s been a joy to coach and the way he leads by example impacted our entire team.”
Cover photo of Romeo Langford came from these great drawings—
— lilz (@lilikaelin) March 17, 2018