SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Moeller High School basketball team is ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps this week.
The Ohio high school boys basketball season officially begins Nov. 25, and the Crusaders (26-1 in 2019-20) open the season at Walnut Hills Nov. 28.
Even though the Crusaders return a very talented squad, Moeller coach Carl Kremer said he's equally impressed by their character as student-athletes.
"In all honesty for me, what I like the most is they're all great kids," Kremer told WCPO this preseason. "I'm so proud and I feel lucky that I get to work with the type of kids and families that we have. I know our coaching staff feels the same way. Our kids are bought in. They're good kids. They want to be coached. They want to be a part of a family. They want to be a part of something that's more important than just themselves."
Moeller, a Division I regional finalist in 2020, is the highest ranked Ohio team in the MaxPreps top 25 national rankings.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary is ranked No. 27 by MaxPreps. Moeller plays host to SVSM Dec. 5 in addition to several other non-conference opponents and the Greater Catholic League South division on the schedule.
"I don't think anyone in the state is going to play a tougher schedule than us," Kremer said. "Hopefully that will be good for us. We're not really worried about our record. We're just trying to become the team that we can be, and I think playing good people help you do that."
Moeller had four college basketball signees during National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Those signees included senior center Logan Duncomb (Indiana), senior guard Aidan Noyes (Richmond), senior guard/forward Alex Williams (Furman) and senior point guard Aidan Turner (Charleston).
Moeller is also led by several other players as well including junior guard Evan Mahaffey, who has scholarship offers that include the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, Kansas State West Virginia and Miami University.
In 2019, Moeller (29-0) became the first Ohio Division I boys basketball team since Zanesville (26-0) in 1995 to go undefeated for the entire season. The Crusaders were the first D-I boys team to win back-to-back titles since Canton McKinley in 2005 and ’06.
The Crusaders have a 110-5 record since the 2016-17 season. Moeller is 82-0 against Southwest Ohio teams starting with a win at Kings Dec. 10, 2016.
Moeller has won five Division I state basketball titles including 1999, 2003, 2007, 2018 and 2019.