COLUMBUS, Ohio–When the Buckeyes next take to the court in 2020-21, two members of the roster will be incoming freshmen, both of whom signed on with Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, last November. Below is an update to the high school careers of Zed Key and Eugene Brown III.
Zed Key, 6-8, Forward, Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran High School (22-3, 2019-20)
John Buck, head coach at Long Island Lutheran, said Key was the kind of young man his peers came out to cheer for because of his likeability.
“I’ve coached some good big men, rim protectors and terrific athletes but none like Zed,” Buck said. “He has great hands, great feel and uses his body so well. He makes it look so easy. I don’t think he missed a single practice. He is a great teammate who came to practice each day ready to be coached. He’s a unique talent.”
He was both the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also blocked 2.0 shots a contest. From the field he made 178-261 (68%) and made 71% at the foul line (178-261).
Recognized as First Team All-Long Island, Key made the all-tournament team in three events last year: The 2019 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The ‘Iolani Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, and The Montverde Invitational in Florida.
After a win over MaxPreps No. 2 Sierra Canyon (Calif.) in which he scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, he tallied 37 points to go with 16 rebounds in a win over the Patrick School (N.J.). Long Island Lutheran, which ended the season ranked No. 11. Key was named a MaxPreps (5th Team) All-American as well
Eugene Brown III, 6-6, Wing/Guard, Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Georgia) High School (19-13, 2019-20)
Southwest DeKalb HS
Wing/guard Eugene Brown III, who was coached by his father Eugene Brown Jr., averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a senior for the Panthers.
In 97 career games, he scored 1,120 points, grabbed 584 rebounds while also recording 149 steals, 139 assists and 138 blocks.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution named him to its first team all-state squad. He also was named the DeKalb Country Co-Player of the Year and was a first team all-regional selection. The Georgia Coaches Association named Brown III the defensive player of the year and selected him to the senior all-star game.
Academically, Brown III was named an all-regional academic first team and was an all-county academic first team honoree. Other honors included the David Mitchell Community Service Scholarship, Barack Obama Leadership Award and selection to the National Society of High School Scholars. He also finished among the Top 10 percent in the 2020 Graduating Class at Southwest DeKalb H.S.
Brown III led the only teams in school history to consecutive state tournament final four appearances. His teams won regional championships in three of his four years of high school.
According to his high school coaches: “Eugene is a coach on the floor, respected and admired by teammates, coaches and opponents. He has a high basketball IQ, advanced skill set, tremendous work ethic, physical stature, strong will and athleticism which will help ease the transition to college and possibly pro game. He also is an emerging playmaker possessing exceptional defensive prowess. The consummate teammate.”