The University of Findlay men’s basketball program signed four individuals during the early signing period on Thursday.
Liberty-Benton senior Anthony Masterlasco is one of the players who will play for the Oilers upon graduation. The others are Wayne Trace’s Ethan Linder, Lakewood St. Edward’s Tommy Schmock and Jackson Center’s Brady Wildermuth.
“Today is a great day for our program,” UF coach Charlie Ernst said.
“While the present is both bright and filled with excitement, the future improved on Wednesday with the addition of these outstanding young men.”
Masterlasco is a 6-4, 195-pound forward who averaged 20 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game as a junior.
Masterlasco has also been named first-team all-Blanchard Valley Conference twice and has led Liberty Benton to a pair of conference championships.
“Anthony is a very athletic wing who can play inside and out,” said Ernst. “He has the ability to compete above the rim at the Division II level and we are glad that a local player of his talent level chose to be an Oiler.”
Linder is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard who averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game last year as a junior. He was named the Green Meadows Conference Player of the Year and has earned all-Ohio honors twice.
Linder has accumulated 1,413 career points and has helped lead Wayne Trace to a 65-14 record during his tenure with the program.
“Ethan is a highly skilled combo guard that can shoot and pass with the best of them,” said Ernst. “We outdueled several NCAA Division I programs for his commitment and are excited about adding his incredible basketball instincts to our program.”
Schmock is a 5-10, 170-pound guard. He averaged 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals per game as a junior. He was also an all-Ohio pick last season.
“Tommy is a quick point guard with a motor that never stops,” said Ernst. “He verbally committed to us before his junior year and his toughness and competitiveness will undoubtedly make him a fan favorite very quickly.”
Wildermuth is a 6-6, 195-pound forward who averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game last season. He was a first-team all-conference selection and earned all-Ohio honors as well.
Wildermuth has scored 1,112 career points and has started every game since his freshman year. He has led Jackson Center to a 61-19 record during his time with the program.
“Brady is a hard-working forward who is quickly improving,” said Ernst. “He can play multiple positions for us and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”