2012-13 Boys Basketball All-Glue Guy Team

By Tom Nader | Sports Editor Published:

You know the player.

The one that coaches say does "all the little things."

The one that isn't worried about how many points they score. The one that throws themselves onto the floor for a loose ball. The one that is not afraid to step in front of a runaway, barreling player to absorb a charge and gain possession.

The player that knows that sometimes the game has nothing to do with how tall you are or how high you can jump or how far out you can shoot from.

The player that knows he can have a game-deciding impact without ever needing to score.

These players are the Glue Guys. They are the players that hold teams together. They are willing to make all of the sacrifices necessary for the benefit of the team.

They embrace team success through being a team player.

No detail is ever too small and no job on the court is ever too unimportant.

They know that it is not about the five players on the court, but the five players that play the best together.

As nominated by their coaches, here is a look at the 2012-13 Boys Basketball All-Glue Guy Team:

Crestwood

Jacob Klock, 5-foot-11 guard, senior

Coach Al Mielcarek: Jacob has been an outstanding basketball player, who is never afraid to dive for loose balls, take a hard charge and rarely gets a break, playing about 30 to 32 minutes a night. He has played with sore ankles and bruised bones and keeps on plugging away. He has been aspiring to coach.

Field

Nate Conroy, 5-foot-11 guard, junior

Coach Jon Lane: He is a solid defender and always seems to get his hands on loose balls and makes plays on defense.

Garfield

Tyler Covey, 6-foot-3 forward, senior

Coach Andy Olesky: He is a player that does a little bit of everything well. Sometimes he will be our leading scorer, other nights he plays the role of distributor. The thing about Tyler that really epitomizes him is his nonstop effort and motor, which the rest of the team really feeds off of. The thing I really like about Tyler is his willingness to play on the defensive end.

Kent Roosevelt

Joe Watts, 6-foot-4 forward, sophomore

Coach Ben Dunlap: He leads us in rebounding with a 9.7 per game average. He plays amazing defense and is probably the best help-side defender.

Mogadore

Jake Cramer, 5-foot-8 guard, senior

Coach Russ Swartz: He makes everyone on the floor better. He is unselfish and gets players the ball when and where they can score. Ultimately, he leads us to being a better team. Defensively, he always takes on the other team's top guard.

Ravenna

Tyler Bayless, 5-foot-11 guard, senior

Coach Phil Starks: Tyler has taken on the task of becoming the team's floor general by putting the team first. He makes it a point to get his teammates involved first before trying to build his own highlight tape. His court awareness, along with his unselfish play, is what really stands out. I really like the fact that he is a vocal leader out on the court with his teammates, and they respond when he barks out orders.

Rootstown

Nick Schneckenburger, 5-foot-10 forward, senior

Coach Steve Beshara: He has a great attitude, he works hard at every practice and game and almost never has a bad attitude.

Southeast

Lucas Bloom, 6-foot forward, junior

Coach Matt Dillon: He leads our team in taking defensive charges. He is a tough kid, plays hurt, and he never asks to miss a practice when he is hurt. He has a knack for getting that key rebound when the team needs it.

Streetsboro

Dorian Williams, 5-foot-11 guard, senior

Coach Nick Marcini: He is a great defender, who always gets the assignment of guarding the other team's best player. He is a hustler, who is willing to dive on the floor, take a charge and is a very good rebounder for his size. There are times it feels he is everywhere getting deflections. He is a guy that doesn't show up in the box score too often, but he understands and accepts his role on the team. he is our heart and soul, our leader and our captain.

Waterloo

Collin Michalec, 6-foot-1 guard, sophomore

Coach Jason Wise: He usually beats me to the gym everyday and finds a way to get in and work on things by himself. I have to kick him out of the gym most days. He wouldn't be what you call a vocal leader, but he definitely leads by example.

Windham

Jared Taylor, 5-foot-9 guard, junior

Coach Marty Hill: He averages eight points per game, but his ball-handling, assists and rebounds make the game run so much smoother for our team. He is a great rebounder for a point guard.

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