If Chic Harley was Ohio state's trail blazer in football, then Johnny Miner first made the Buckeyes conscious of basketball excellence. Using his favorite two-handed shot, he led Ohio State to second-place finishes in Western Conference in 1923 and 1924 and to the league championship in 1925. Miner's individual record of the most total points by an Ohio State player in a single season was not broken until 14 years later. In recognition of what he had done, Ohio State made a half life-size bronze statue of Miner into a trophy to e presented to the state Class A high school basketball champion. It was retired in 1951. Later he came to Akron to be an important cog of the 1932 and 1935 Goodyear cage varsities.