Mentor Star Wins Mr. Basketball
Not having your team make the state’s Final Four can sting a bit. However, Mentor High senior Justin Fritts has to be smiling a bit after getting the state’s top hoops honor.
The Cards high scoring machine was named Mr. Basketball for the Buckeye State, given each year to the player who is regarded as the best on the hardwood.
The 6’1″ guard was the states leading scorer with a 28.1 points per game average. He also pulled down six rebounds, dished out just over four assists and had nearly four steals a game.
Fritts and the Cards were eliminated in the Division 1 regionals at Cleveland State, finishing with a record of 22-3.
The Mr. Basketball award is voted on by media members statewide.
Fritts’ award means the Mentor Cards have had both a Mr. Basketball and a Mr. Football. Bart Tanski won the football award in 2007, while being named All-Ohio as the QB for the Cards.