Ohmer commits to WKU basketball, Hollingsworth earns honors

Tyler Mansfield

Entering this past week’s 100th Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Scott High School’s Jake Ohmer was verbally committed to play both college baseball and basketball at the University of the Cumberlands.

It turns out Ohmer won’t be residing in Williamsburg the next four years. On Monday, he committed to play basketball at WKU.

With WKU head men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury watching each, Ohmer poured in 106 points in the three games he and Scott played in. Garnering attention of not only the thousands of fans at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena,  but also the veteran head coach’s, Stansbury offered Ohmer a full scholarship to play Division I basketball on the Hill.

One day after the two spoke in the tunnel following the Eagles’ 80-79 loss to eventual state champion,  Bowling Green in the state semifinals on Saturday,  and after Stansbury spent Sunday with the player’s family, Ohmer verbally committed Sunday night to become a Hilltopper next season.

“This past week has been an exciting experience for me and a dream come true,” Ohmer said in a Tweet Monday that also included photos of the red towel, the inside of E.A. Diddle Arena and the outside of campus at dusk. “I have committed to Western Kentucky University.”

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 35.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.0 steals over the three-game span. He scored 41 points in a 77-64 win over Harlan County in Wednesday’s first round, becoming just the 21st player in the Sweet 16’s 100-year history to score at least 41 points in a game.

In his final high school game, an 80-79 loss to Bowling Green in the semifinals, Ohmer posted 33 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out five assists.

“Jake’s incredible,” Scott head coach Steve Fromeyer said following Saturday’s semifinal loss. “He has left a legacy at Scott High School. It’s something he won’t forget. It’s something his family and his brother won’t forget. Fifteen years from now when they all have beer bellies at Thanksgiving and they’re playing with their kids, they’ll be talking about it. It’s something they all got to experience together.”

Ohmer isn’t the only in-state player headed to WKU next season, as he joins Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Taveion Hollingsworth, who signed back in November.

Hollingsworth has racked up numerous awards and recognition in the past few weeks.

After winning the prestigious Kentucky Mr. Basketball award on March 14, the three-star guard was selected for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic before winning Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year on Monday.

Hollingsworth also became Lexington’s all-time leading scorer with 2,422 points in boys’ basketball with a mid-range jumper from inside the three-point line that rolled in 3:26 remaining in the third quarter of a 86-85 Feb. 14 loss to West Jessamine. Hollingsworth passed former Bryan Station star Mike Allen, who’s previous record was 2,408 set during his senior season in 1989.

As it stands now, WKU’s 2017-18 includes seniors Justin Johnson and Tyler Miller, redshirt juniors Lamonte Bearden and Jabari McGhee, redshirt sophomore Moustapha Diagne, sophomores Tobias Howard and Damari Parris, redshirt freshman Robinson Idehen and freshmen Josh Anderson, Taveion Hollingsworth, Mitchell Robinson, Jake Ohmer and Miles Weber.

Reporter Tyler Mansfield can be reached at (270) 935-0007 and [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @CallMeMansfield.