ALBION, Ind. (WANE) – Opponents may have trouble pronouncing the name, but they should have no trouble recognizing his game.
After a stellar sophomore season, Connor Essegian of Central Noble is one of the area’s rising stars on the basketball court.
Essegian tallied 647 this past year, the highest single-season total in Noble county history. That pushed him over 1,000 points for his career (he’s now at 1,080) with two full seasons of high school hoops left to go.
A six-foot-four guard, the sharp-shooter averaged 24.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals a game while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. He helped led the Cougars to a 22-5 record, the best season in program history. That included the first NECC Tournament title in 50 years.
While Albion isn’t a traditional stop on the recruiting trail, D-1 coaching are taking notice. Purdue Fort Wayne, Belmont, Bellarmine, Lipscomb, Navy, are among the D-1 schools recruiting him. Non D-1’s include the University of Indianapolis, Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan, Grace College, and Bethel, while Purdue has shown some interest.