Ohio basketball game features U-M football prospects

Michigan fans usually don't have a vested interest in the state of Ohio's high school basketball tournament, but Saturday's state championship game between Toledo Whitmer and Pickerington Central will feature two future football players for the Wolverines going head to head on the hardwood.

Chris Wormley, a 2012 signee, and 2013 verbal commit Taco Charlton will face off in what's sure to be an exciting game. Both play center, and despite Wormley having a 2-inch height advantage at 6-foot-8, Charlton thinks he'll be able to hold his own.

"It's going to be a good battle. (Wormley) is real physical, and real big," Charlton said. "We've got two different bodies; he's bigger, but I'm faster. I respect his game, so it should be a good one."

Wormley and Charlton do know each other, and have talked about being future teammates. This weekend will be all business, though as the two teams fight for the championship.

The two teams are very similar, statistically speaking. Both teams went 24-2, and were ranked Nos. 4 and 5 in the state, with Pickerington at the four spot. Even Wormley and Charlton have similar numbers as both average right around six points per game. On paper it looks to be a close game, and Wormley says his team will just have to continue its routine.

"We're just going to have to play our game the way we've played to get to this point," Wormley said. "I just can't let (Charlton) score, and I need to outrebound him."

The game will take place at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio at 8:30 p.m. EST.