BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury added to his 2017 recruiting class Wednesday with the signing of in-state prospect Jake Ohmer (6-0, Guard) to a national letter of intent.
Ohmer, out of Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Ky., will join the Hilltoppers following a standout prep career and a memorable run through this year’s KHSAA state tournament.
“Jake had an electrifying state tournament,” Stansbury said. “He was a young man that was flying under the radar that I think brings lots of different abilities to our program. We’re really excited about his future and what he can become.”
Ohmer shattered the previous school record with 2,705 points in his career at Scott, averaging 27.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a senior. He also shot 52.7 percent from the field, 41.6 percent (79 of 190) from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free-throw line.
"Jake had an electrifying state tournament. He was a young man that was flying under the radar that I think brings lots of different abilities to our program. We're really excited about his future and what he can become."
His 294 rebounds as a senior broke a school record that had stood for 26 years.
But it was in a storybook state tournament run where Ohmer really shined.
The guard scored 106 points across three games in the tournament, leading his squad to the semifinals before falling by one point to eventual state champion Bowling Green. His 106 points in three games tied him for the 13th-most ever scored in a single Kentucky state tourney.
Ohmer scored 41 points with 17 rebounds in Scott’s state tournament opener, followed it up with 32 points and 10 rebounds in the second round and amassed 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the narrow semifinal loss.
He made 15 of 30 3-pointers and 21 of 24 free throws during the run. Only “King” Kelly Coleman in 1956 averaged more points per game in the state tournament than Ohmer (35.3).
Ohmer received the Larry Conley Ultimate Teammate Award at the state tournament and was also named to the all-tournament team.
He put up similar numbers the week before in the 10th Region Tournament, totaling 104 points in three games, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the region championship game.
Ohmer was named a first-team all-state selection by the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal, and he recently competed in the KABC East-West All-Star game.
Ohmer joins guards Josh Anderson, Taveion Hollingsworth and Jordan Brangers, as well as center Mitchell Robinson, in WKU’s nationally ranked 2017 signing class.