The chase is becoming more like a slow walk-through. Just 324 points shy of tying Jay Burson for the all-time career scoring record in Ohio, Jon Diebler is ahead of schedule.
Entering his senior season, the 6-6 forward, who is Ohio State-bound next year, was thought to have an outside chance at Burson's record of 2,958 points late in the tournament if Upper Sandusky was fortunate to make a relatively deep run. However, 13 games into the season, Diebler's 39.8 points a game is on pace to break Burson's record during the first game of the the Rams' sectional tournament.
In other words: a 22-year old record could possibly be going by the wayside some time the first week of March at Mansfield Senior High School.
While Diebler continued his assault on the record books with 41 points, 16 rebounds and six assists against Fostoria this past Friday, other future Buckeye basketball players are trying to keep up.
B.J. Mullens, a 7-1 junior center from Canal Winchester had his third consecutive game of at least 30 points, no fewer than 18 rebounds and double-digit blocks when he registered 31 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks against Teays Valley. In the last three games, Mullens has averaged 37.7 points, 20.3 rebounds and 9.3 blocks a game for the Indians.
Here are the rest of the updates in the Jan. 24 update of the Hoops Recruit Stat Tracker:
* Two games for Evan Turner (10 & 19 points in a St. Joseph split over the weekend), William Buford (23 points & 11 rebounds and 31 points and 10 rebounds vs. perennial Division I powerhouses Toledo St. John's and Canton McKinley respectively) and Yancy Gates (games of 13 & 10 and 20 & 9)
* One game each for...
Kosta Koufos (23 points and 15 rebounds in a GlenOak victory vs. Perry)
Dallas Lauderdale (6 points and 10 rebounds against Stow)
Anthony Crater (10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in a SWA win against Heritage)
Walter Offutt (another 17 points against Terre Haute North)
Delvon Roe (21 points against Benedictine as St. Edward improved to 13-0)
Luke Babbitt (29 points and 11 rebounds vs. Elko)
Roberto Nelson (24 points and 8 rebounds)
Tyler Griffey (21 points and 7 rebounds)
Stephen Van Treese (5 points in a loss to North Central)
Also, this Jan. 24 update adds two sensational 2010 basketball recruits - Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas.
Sullinger is the younger brother of former Buckeye basketball standout J.J. Sullinger. The younger Sullinger, who's brother Julian plays for Kent State, is a 6-7 freshman forward at Columbus Northland High School. Sullinger currently averages an estimated 16.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, super freshman Thomas has been offered by Ohio State. OSU head coach Thad Matta has already been to Ft. Wayne to see the 6-9 forward in person. Thomas has delivered for Bishop Luers this season with 25.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.
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