KETTERING — Markus Crider is one of the state’s best forwards because of his versatility. Wayne High School’s 6-foot-6 senior can dribble like a point guard, block shots like a center, dunk like a power forward and scream like a horror movie star.
Crider has a habit of unleashing celebratory roars after his highlight-caliber dunks and emphatic shot swats, serving as an emotional sparkplug for the Warriors.
And all of this was on display as he spearheaded Wayne past Fairmont, 74-48, on Friday night.
“Some kids, you want to corral that,” said Wayne coach Travis Trice, whose team, No. 1 in the DDN ratings, improved to 7-1, 4-0 in GWOC play. “Markus is one of those guys, I’d rather him be emotional. He changes the dynamic.”
Wayne dominated Fairmont (2-7, 1-5) from start to finish, and Crider was equally overwhelming. The talented swingman scored 17 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked five shots and threw down a few vicious dunks, punctuating many of them with a scowl and a scream.
“Basketball’s an emotional game. Sometimes it just feels good to let it all out and just scream,” he said.
Crider, who has committed to play Big East basketball at Providence, first dunked a basketball in eighth grade while playing for Trotwood Middle School against Northmont Middle.
“That was probably the loudest I ever screamed,” he said, a smile betraying his fiery on-court demeanor.
Wayne, meantime, is hoping to do some screaming come February. The Warriors, who also got 14 points from junior forward Ryan Gabbard along with 17 points, five assists and four steals from Michigan State-bound guard Travis Trice, compiled a 59-12 record and won three sectional titles in the elder Trice’s first three years as coach. But with an athletic, veteran-laden team, the Warriors are thinking this is their best chance in a while to bring a state title to Huber Heights.
“We still have a lot of things to work on, but I think without a doubt we’re potentially one of the best teams in the state,” the elder Trice said.
The younger Trice has known Crider since the two were in fifth grade, and played against him in eighth grade. Neither knew at the time they would become one of the more dynamic 1-2 punches in Ohio high school basketball.
“He tried to dunk against us, but he missed,” Trice said, reflecting back to eighth grade. “I made sure to foul him.”
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