Camden, Ohio– Waynesville came into Preble Shawnee on Friday night with a one-game lead over the Arrows in the SWBL Buckeye division standings. Preble Shawnee came into Friday night on a nine-game win streak with their last loss being at Waynesville. The first quarter was fast-paced and intense. Both teams got into a rhythm on the offensive end as it was a very high scoring quarter as Waynesville was paced by Kohl Todd and Josh Mitchell. Preble Shawnee was led by Mason Shrout and Miami University- Hamilton commit Bryce Singleton. Waynesville held a 25-21 lead after one. The second quarter Preble Shawnee went on a run and never looked back. Mason Shrout was scoring from all three levels and couldn’t be stopped. Waynesville threw multiple different defense’s at Shrout but still Shrout wouldn’t be denied. Bryce Singleton was a force on the glass. Preble Shawnee led at the half 44-35. Waynesville came out firing in the third quarter led by Todd, Mitchell, and Luke Zebell, but Shrout had an answer for every Waynesville run. Dylan Hatmaker and Xavier Adams also provided scoring for the Arrows. Preble Shawnee went into the 4th with a 64-53 lead. Shrout continued his impressive performance by beating the Waynesville pressure and getting to the rim. Preble Shawnee extended their lead but Waynesville continued to fight back as Kohl Todd continued to knock down shots. Waynesville got it to 71-60 with 3:37 left but it was Preble Shawnee’s night. The Arrow’s extended their lead to as much as 19 and won by a final score of 81-64. With Preble Shawnee’s win, they now share first place in the SWBL Buckeye division with Waynesville. Mason Shrout finished with a game high 33 points. Three more Arrow’s were in double-figures as Bryce Singleton had 14, Dylan Hatmaker had 11 and Xavier Adams finished with 12. Josh Mitchell led Waynesville with 15, Kohl Todd 14, and Luke Zebell had 14 also. Both teams will now look to continue their impressive play in the SWBL to clinch a league title. Waynesville plays host to Northridge Tuesday as Preble Shawnee travels to Dixie.
Top Prospects (In no particular oder)
Kohl Todd/2021/ 5’10” G/ Waynesville- Todd didn’t have his best performance scoring the ball, but he is the X-factor for this Waynesville squad. Preble Shawnee denied Todd the ball most of the game, but Todd still managed to score 14. Todd has a quick release, deep range, and can finish around the rim in a variety of ways. One of the elite guards in the SWBL and Dayton area.
Josh Mitchell/2022/ 6’3″ G/ Waynesville- Mitchell is a complete player and can score from all three levels. Has good size and is very versatile on the offensive end. Mitchell can step out and shoot the three, attack the rim, and has a really nice mid-range game. Mitchell will be a key if Waynesville wants to make a run here come March.
Bryce Singleton/2021/ 6’4″ F/ Preble Shawnee- Singleton is one of the best rebounders in the Dayton area, leading the SWBL at 11.4 a game. The Miami University-Hamilton commit utilizes the shot fake very well to get to the charity stripe. Singleton can step out and knock down jumpers also. Has a great touch around the rim. A tough kid who always plays his tail off.
Mason Shrout/2024/ 6’4″ G/ Preble Shawnee- Shrout has been discussed as one of the top players in the 2024 class in the Dayton area and on Friday night Shrout showed why he is (in my opinion) the best 2024 prospect in the area at the moment. At 6’4″ Shrout can do it all- knockdown shooter, has the ball on a string, great court vision, and an extremely high basketball IQ. Shrout knocked down multiple tough shots as Waynesville threw everything at him but still couldn’t stop Shrout. Shrout was an impressive 14-18 from the field against Waynesville. Shrout controlled the pace of the game Friday night for all 32 minutes and I believe his best basketball is yet to come, as he is only a freshman- and leading the SWBL in scoring. Shrout may be the next best talent to come out of the SWBL since Luke Kennard.