If Central senior Logan Kohrmann was publicly-traded stock, financial analysts would say he's "trending."
The Bellevillle News-Democrat Player of the Week has been a high-yield performer before, having led the Cougars in scoring in each his sophomore and junior seasons. But he got off to a tepid start by his standards when the trading bell rang on his senior year.
Central head coach Jeremy Shubert thought maybe Kohrmann wasn't getting his legs under him when he shot, or maybe he wasn't following through. Either way, the shots weren't yielding high dividends.
"You know he just wasn't shooting like he usually does," Shubert said. "It took a little while for him to pin down his stroke."
But after being held to 11 points in consecutive games, Kohrmann scored 17 and 23 points in the first two games of the Mater Dei Holiday Tournament, then scored 22 in a championship game loss to Okawville.
He's been red hot ever since topping 20 points in four times in a stretch of six games.
The best way to describe him is to say he leads by example. He plays the game the right way, never gets too high or too low and he's fun to watch.
Jeremy Shubert, Central head coach
Why have the shots suddenly started to fall? Don't ask Kohrmann.
"A lot of people ask me, but I don't really know how to answer," he said. "We've played some teams with smaller guys and that may have helped me in the post a little. Coaches have been on me about keeping my legs under me when I shoot and I've concentrated on that some in practice, too, but I don't know. Really, I'm not sure."
Whatever Kohrmann has done to increase the value of his stock, it couldn't have come at a better time for the 14-2 Cougars.
He dropped 73 points in three games last week, including 30 in a Cahokia Conference win over Wesclin. Then he scored 25 in a home victory over previously undefeated Columbia.
"We were really pumped up for that game because coach had told us we needed a signature win at home, and I think that was it," he said. "To hand them their first loss was pretty sweet and with them being in conference, it's a pretty big rivalry anyway."
Some lineup changes helped the cause, Kohrmann and Shubert said. Corben Zanger, a 6-foot-3 senior, bourght some size to the floor and opened some new scoring opportunities for Central.
The changes, which also included meaningful minutes from Carter Truong, Griffin Menkaus and Tyler Joest, made a particular impact in the Cougars' revenge win over Okawville.
Barely a week after falling to the Rockets at Mater Dei — a loss which roused some in Breese because of a last second dunk with the game well at hand -- the Cougars were able to settle the score at the Highland Optimist Shootout.
"I think the big key was that we were able to speed things up. They play really slow," Kohrmann said. "Another big part is that we were able to post up against them. Corben Zanger started that game and did a great job."
We were really pumped up for that game because coach had told us we needed a signature win at home, and I think that was it.
Logan Kohrman, Central senior guard on Cougars’ win over Columbia
Kohrmann leads the Cougars with 16.6 points per game, including 12-for-24 shooting from three-point range. He also led the team with 19.2 points as a junior and 15.5 as a sophomore.
"His shooting percentages are way up from the beginning of the year," Shubert said. "His average rose about two points per game after the Mater Dei tournament and 73 points in three games last week will help it as well.
"He averaged at 19 last year and he'll get there again if he keeps shooting like he has."
Korhmann also leads the Cougars in rebounds and is second in steals.
"Logan is just a team leader — and not just on offense or defense — he's the guys follow in behind," said Shubert. "The best way to describe him is to say he leads by example. He plays the game the right way, never gets too high or too low and he's fun to watch.
"I'm glad he's on my team."