VERMILION — After making it official Monday that he would be continuing his academic and basketball career at Baldwin Wallace, Vermilion senior Cameron Kuhn planned to celebrate.
By playing basketball, of course.
“I can just play basketball now, a lot of the stress is gone,” said Kuhn, who will major in physical education. “I’m very thankful for everything God’s done for me and my family. I look forward to starting the next chapter in my life.”
This year’s Lorain County Mr. Basketball winner said his college decision was a tough one and it came down to his top three choices of West Liberty, Marietta and Baldwin Wallace.
“B-W came to everything,” Kuhn said. “When I visited there, it’s where I felt most at home. I think I can help the program out a lot with my playing ability. It’s also nice because my coaches and family can come to the games with it only being 40 minutes away.”
Kuhn was one of just 10 seniors Monday that didn’t take advantage of “Senior Skip Day” because he wanted to go through with the signing.
“That’s just how much it meant to me,” Kuhn said. “I think I’m ready. I can’t wait to play again. I miss it already. It’s going to be a whole new level. I’m just going to work hard and improve who I am.”
Kuhn led the Sailors to a 19-8 season and a district championship, averaging 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the regular season. He then led the charge to the regionals, scoring nearly 30 points per game, before losing to eventual state champion Norwalk in overtime.
“I always watch that game and hope it goes the other way, but it doesn’t,” Kuhn said. “It’s all sunk in. I’m humbled by it. It was a dream season. The team coming together as one at the end was pretty sweet. I don’t think you could’ve separated us on the court and we showed that in the tournament. It was just awesome.”
Vermilion coach Kurt Habermehl, who was at the signing, couldn’t be more proud of the school’s all-time leading scorer.
“It’s pretty obvious, Cameron is the best player to come out of Vermilion High School,” Habermehl said. “It’s certainly based on all the work he’s put in with everything he’s done. He’s well-deserving of everything he’s ever gotten as a basketball player.”
Habermehl has always been impressed with Kuhn’s work ethic and is excited about the buzz Kuhn has created around the Sailors’ program.
“The middle school basketball players want to be like Cameron Kuhn, because of what he’s been able to do,” Habermehl said. “Now, I don’t know if they’re always aware of how much work it takes to be Cameron Kuhn, but that’s who they want to be.
“Hopefully, that drives them to get a little bit better. A player like Cameron does great things for a program all the way up and down. From a personal standpoint, he’s been like a big brother to my son and he’ll always be like a son to me, as well. He’s a pleasure to be around. I’m glad he’s going to school close because now I get to watch him all the time.”
Habermehl is excited for Kuhn and what’s in store for his future.
“Baldwin Wallace is going to get a team player, a guy who’s great to have in a program,” Habermehl said. “He leads by how hard he works. He’s just going to strive to become better and better. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have a stellar career at BW over his four years.”
Kuhn played in five all-star games after the season, including the Ohio-Kentucky and North-South games. He scored 32 points and was named MVP in the SBC (Sandusky Bay Conference) vs. Area Boys All-Star game the day before being named Mr. Basketball.
He was originally going to wait until after the North-South game to make his college decision, but became a little bit antsy.
“I actually decided the night before I left for the North-South game,” Kuhn said. “I was talking with my dad and Coach Habermehl and we thought Baldwin Wallace would be the best fit for me. It felt good to release that stress. I was able to play really well in the North-South game knowing it was off my mind.”
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