Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary senior averaged 21.3 points and led Irish to Division II state championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio (4-7-21) – Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior Malaki Branham was announced as Ohio Mr. Basketball Wednesday by a statewide media panel.

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School will host a ceremony on Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. to present the award to Branham.

LeBron James won the Mr. Basketball Award in 2001, 2002 and 2003 while at St. Vincent-St. Mary. With Branham earning the award in 2021, the school now has a state-record four Mr. Basketball trophies. The complete list is below.

Now in its 34th year, the prestigious award was first given by the Associated Press in 1988. It has been voted by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association since 2017.

An Ohio State signee, Branham led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a 25-2 record this year and the Division II state championship, averaging 21.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals. He scored 37 points in the state final.

Chris Livingston

Akron Buchtel junior Chris Livingston was the Mr. Basketball runner-up.

Other finalists include Kobe Johnson of Canton McKinley, Luke Chicone of Mentor, Desmond Watson of Columbus DeSales, Kobe Rodgers of St. Xavier, George Mangas of Lima Shawnee, and Kobe Mitchell of Cadiz Harrison Central.

D III and D IV Players of the Year

Kobe Mitchell and Kyle Sexton

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D II and D I Players of the Year

Malaki Branham and Kobe Johnson

Ohio’s Mr. Basketball

  • Year – Player – High School
  • 2021 – Malaki Branham – Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary
  • 2020 – VonCameron Davis – Walnut Ridge
  • 2019 – Samari Curtis – Xenia
  • 2018 – Dane Goodwin – Upper Arlington
  • 2017 – Kaleb Wesson – Westerville South
  • 2016 – Xavier Simpson – Lima Senior
  • 2015-2014 – Luke Kennard – Franklin
  • 2013 – Marc Loving – St. John’s Jesuit
  • 2012 – Justin Fritts – Mentor
  • 2011 – Trey Burke – Northland
  • 2010-2009 – Jared Sullinger – Northland
  • 2008 – William Buford – Toledo Libbey
  • 2007 – Jon Diebler – Upper Sandusky
  • 2006,2005 – O. J. Mayo – North College Hill
  • 2004 – Jamar Butler – Lima Shawnee
  • 2003,2002,2001 – LeBron James – Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary
  • 2000 (tie) – Tony Stockman – Medina
  • 2000 (tie) – Chester Mason – Cleveland South
  • 1999 – Emmanuel Smith – Euclid
  • 1998 – William “Sonny” Johnson – Garfield Heights
  • 1997 – Kenny Gregory – Independence
  • 1996 – Jason Collier – Springfield Catholic
  • 1995 – Damon Stringer – Cleveland Heights
  • 1994 – Aaron Hutchins – Lima Central Catholic
  • 1993 – Geno Ford – Cambridge
  • 1992,1991 – Greg Simpson – Lima Senior
  • 1990 – Bob Patton Jr. – Youngstown Liberty
  • 1989,1988 – Jimmy Jackson – Toledo Macomber