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Ranking the Ohio Mr. Basketball winners the last 25 years

LeBron is #1....but who is #2?
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With Franklin's Luke Kennard winning Ohio's Mr. Basketball award this season, it brings back a list of other players that have took home the award.

How does Kennard stack up against the previous winners over the past 25 years?

Ohio has a rich tradition of producing high level basketball talent, so putting the list together, and ranking the players, should bring up some controversy and discussion.

While the #1 player on the list should be obvious, numbers 2-22 should be up for discussion.

Please leave your comments and suggestions below

#22 Bob Patton Jr.

#22 Bob Patton Jr.
#22 Bob Patton Jr. www.solonpatch.com

Bob Patton Jr. won the award in 1990 while playing for his father at Youngstown Liberty. He averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 assists, and 4 rebounds a game, all while shooting 62 percent from the floor. He went on to play at Stanford

#21 Emmanuel Smith

#21 Emmanuel Smith
#21 Emmanuel Smith www.blackshoediaries.com

Emmanuel Smith won the award in 1999 playing for Euclid. He averaged 28.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.5 steals a game. He went on to play at the University of Akron.

#20 Damon Stringer

#20 Damon Stringer
#20 Damon Stringer www.csuohio.edu

Damon Stringer led Cleveland Heights all the way to the state championship game in 1995. He went on to play at Ohio State and Cleveland State after averaging 24.5 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals a game as a senior.

#19 Justin Fritts

#19 Justin Fritts
#19 Justin Fritts www.espncleveland.com

Mentor's Justin Fritts took home the award in 2012 after leading the Cardinals to the regional finals. Fritts averaged 28 points and 8 rebounds a game. He currently plays for Wheeling Jesuit University.

#18 Marc Loving

#18 Marc Loving
#18 Marc Loving robertchull.sportsblog.com

Marc Loving of Toledo St. John's won the award in 2013. His 60 percent shooting from the field allowed him to average 21.3 points a game. He currently just finished his freshman season at Ohio State.

#17 Jason Collier

#17 Jason Collier
#17 Jason Collier chronicle.augusta.com

This seven footer from Springfield Central Catholic put up some huge numbers in winning the award in 1996. He averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, 7 blocks, and 5 assists and game. He went on to play at Indiana and Georgia Tech.

#16 Kenny Gregory

#16 Kenny Gregory
#16 Kenny Gregory www.hoopzone.net

Kenny Gregory of Columbus Independence won the award in 1997. He went on to play at Kansas after averaging 25 points, 7 rebounds,3 assists, and shooting 62 percent from the floor.

#15 Aaron Hutchins

#15 Aaron Hutchins
#15 Aaron Hutchins www.examiner.com

This guard from Lima Central Catholic won the award in 1994. He ended up starring at Marquette for 4 years after averaging 26 points, 8 assists and 5 steals a game, leading the Thunderbirds to the state final four

#14 Jamar Butler

#14 Jamar Butler
#14 Jamar Butler www.toledoblade.com

Jamar Butler became a household name after starting at Ohio State his entire career. People from the Lima area already knew the Shawnee star after he averaged 32 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds a game in winning the award in 2004.

#13 Chester Mason

#13 Chester Mason
#13 Chester Mason www.cleveland.com

"Chet the Jet" pulled an Oscar Robertson his senior year at Cleveland South. He averaged a triple double by scoring 25 points, pulling down 13 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists in sharing the Mr. Basketball award in 2000. He went on to play at Miami University.

#12 Tony Stockman

#12 Tony Stockman
#12 Tony Stockman www.ohiochristian.edu

Voted in 2012 as the best player ever to come out of Medina County, Tony Stockman of Medina averaged 25 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds on 55 percent shooting in sharing the award in 2000. He went on to play at Clemson and Ohio State.

#11 William Buford

#11 William Buford
#11 William Buford business.toledoblade.com

Toledo Libbey's William Buford took home the award in 2008 after leading Libbey all the way to the state final. Buford averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists a game. He went on to star for Ohio State.

#10 Trey Burke

#10 Trey Burke
#10 Trey Burke www.umhoops.com

Trey Burke made it three years in a row that a Columbus Nortland player would win the award as he took it home in 2011, leading Northland to the state championship game. After two years at Michigan Burke was drafted in the first round by the Utah Jazz in 2013.

#9 Luke Kennard

#9 Luke Kennard
#9 Luke Kennard www.nationofblue.com

Franklin's Luke Kennard took home the award last week, after averaging over 40 points and 10 rebounds a game. Kennard has a chance to become only the fifth two time winner of the award next season. He verbally committed to play at Duke starting in 2015.

#8 Geno Ford

#8 Geno Ford
#8 Geno Ford www.mvc.sports.com

Cambridge's Geno Ford nearly rewrote the state's scoring record book in his career, and finally got rewarded by winning the Mr. Basketball award in 1993. Ford averaged 36 points a game, and sits as the state's career leader in free throws made. He is the state's third highest career scorer with 2,680 points. He is currently the head coach of Bradley University.

#7 Sonny Johnson

#7 Sonny Johnson
#7 Sonny Johnson www.highschoolsports.cleveland.com

Sonny Johnson was as a prolific a scorer as they get while at Garfield Heights, and took home the award in 1998. As a senior, he averaged 34 points and 17 rebounds a game. He went on to play at Cleveland State and Ohio University.

#6 Jon Diebler

#6 Jon Diebler
#6 Jon Diebler www.toledoblade.com

Jon Diebler is the state of Ohio's career scoring leader, sitting at 3,208 career points. He won the award in 2007 after putting up these staggering numbers: 42.7 points, 13.5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 4.7 blocks, leading his Upper Sandusky team to the state final. He went on to play at Ohio State and is currently playing professionally in Turkey.

#5 Jared Sullinger

#5 Jared Sullinger
#5 Jared Sullinger www.cleveland.com

Sullinger was a two-time award winner, winning the award in 2009 and 2010. He led Columbus Northland to a state championship in 2009. In that championship season, Sullinger averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds a game. He went on to play two seasons at Ohio State, and now plays for the Boston Celtics.

#4 O.J. Mayo

#4 O.J. Mayo
#4 O.J. Mayo diaw-chic.blogspot.com

Cincinnati North College Hill's O.J. Mayo was a two-time award winner during his sophomore and junior years, before transferring to Huntington, West Virginia for his senior year. A two-time state champion, Mayo averaged 29 points in both his sophomore and junior years. He would play a year for USC, and currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.

#3 Greg Simpson

#3 Greg Simpson
#3 Greg Simpson www.limanews.com

Arguably the best pure scorer to ever come out of the state. Simpson was a two-time award winner in 1991 and 1992 while playing at Lima Senior. As a senior he averaged 36 points a game on 53 percent shooting, including a mind boggling 51 percent on three pointers. Went on to play at Ohio State and West Virginia.

#2 Jimmy Jackson

#2 Jimmy Jackson
#2 Jimmy Jackson www.toledoblade.com

He was LeBron before LeBron. Jimmy Jackson of Toledo Macomber was the first "prodigy" in the late 1980's. A two-time winner of the award in 1988 and 1989, Jackson averaged 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists as a senior, leading Macomber to a state championship. He was a first-team All-American at Ohio State and enjoyed a 14 year NBA career.

#1 LeBron James

#1 LeBron James
#1 LeBron James www.sportingnews.com

Was there REALLY any doubt? James is the only three time award winner, as he took home the award in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Skipping college, he was the first overall draft pick by the Cavs in 2003.

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