UT basketball recruit Josh Lemons of Cincinnati La Salle was named Division I first team All-Ohio on Monday. This honor alone doesn't say much about his projected development at the next level, but it's nonetheless encouraging. The 5-11 guard averaged 18 points and led his team to a No. 2 ranking before bowing out in the district semifinal. La Salle won the state title last year.
Lemons and post graduate power forward Aubrey Williams are expected to sign with UT next month, joining a class that began with the early signing of 6-9 Illinois center Nathan Boothe.
Several other juniors who earned All-Ohio honors are on UT's radar.
-Toledo Whitmer's Nigel Hayes, D-I second team. 6-7 junior. 13.8 ppg. His team will play in the state semifinals this weekend.
-Napoleon's Jordan Lauf, D-II second team. 6-5 junior. 21.9 ppg.
-Bowling Green's Vitto Brown, D-II honorable mention.
Also, when the D-IV list is revealed today, we'll likely see Vanlue's Zach Garber. UT likes him. Ditto for Bedford's (Mich.) Jackson Lamb.