Because of this need, many Bearcat fans have heard the name of Cincinnati St Xavier guard John Wolf comes up in discussions.
Over the past week talk radio has seen several callers and talk show host speak about the guard and why he's not headed to a local team. Could Wolf end up a Bearcat? That question has yet to be answered as Wolf hasn't made a college choice.
Could the tough gritty player from one of the states toughest conferences make it at UC? That's the question many have asked. And I have the answer. After watching John play in the state tournament and during the past two seasons I'm here to say the answer is "Yes", the kid can play.
While he may not be flashy or have the highest vertical jump, Wolf is a basketball player. He's an old fashion gym rat and a player that could become a solid leader for a college team.
Better known as Johnny buy those who have followed his high school career. Wolf saw his career come to an end last week during the Ohio Division I Boys Championships. Wolf's career ended after Wolf posted top games against two of Ohio's top teams. His performances should have opened some eyes as to what's ahead for this no-flash player.
In the opener against rival Cincinnati Moeller, Wolf scored 19 points to go with his 5 rebounds. While his shooting wasn't the greatest on this night, I have to give credit to Moeller and the aggressive play displayed by both teams. This game was more like watching a St Xavier / Moeller football game.
The next night Wolf had an even bigger night scoring 25 points and dishing out 4 assists as St Xavier came up short in the title game against Ohio's top ranked team Canton McKinley and their star player Raymar Morgan.
While Wolf may not be flashy, a traditional point guard could be a major plus for the Bearcats as they head into the Big East. While I don't see Wolf getting a scholarship at this point, bringing him in as a walk-on would be a positive. Knowing what I have seen from Johnny over the past two seasons he would earn one in a matter of time.
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