Local residents will have the opportunity during the next two weeks to see three area high school graduates playing at the Division I level in football and basketball.
Chillicothe High School graduate Drew Basil will have two televised appearances with the Ohio State football team. The Buckeyes will play Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. today on ABC and Nov. 24 during the team's season finale against arch-rival Michigan (ABC).
Fellow Chillicothe grad Ray Chambers, a senior forward for Troy University's men's basketball team, can be seen at 3:30 p.m. today on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app for mobile devices, while Waverly graduate Trevor Walls and his New Mexico State football teammates will take on BYU at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24, also on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN.
Basil has garnered the most attention of the three, playing for the highest profile school -- especially for fans in Ohio. Following a sophomore campaign in which he led all Big Ten kickers in field goal percentage at 84.2 percent -- the fifth-best single-season percentage in Buckeye history -- he entered this season on the national watch list for Lou Groza Award, which recognizes the nation's best kicker. Playing with a high-powered Ohio State offense led by Braxton Miller, he has spent most of his time this year kicking extra points (51) and the ensuing kickoffs, of which he has produced 15 touchbacks in 67 attempts. He is 4-for-6 in field goal attempts, with one of the misses coming from 50 yards out.
Walls, a senior tight end for New Mexico State, who also has gotten an occasional snap at quarterback, had one of his biggest games of the year for the 1-9 Aggies in a loss to Auburn.
Walls had six receptions for 39 yards in the contest -- his highest reception total for the season. After a junior season in which he had 11 catches for 144 yards, he has come back through 10 games of his senior year with 17 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
As Basil and Walls are wrapping up their seasons, Chambers is just getting started with his.
The senior played in all 28 games for Troy his past season, scoring in double figures four times, including a double-double when he had 12 points and 11 rebounds in a game against LaGrange. In 2011-12, he averaged 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
This season, Chambers played 20 minutes, grabbing five rebounds and posting one block against Mississippi State, then had a 5-for-8 shooting performance for 10 points with five rebounds in 22 minutes against Texas A&M.