As central Ohio programs proved this season, one approach doesn't fit all when it comes to competing for state championships in high school boys basketball.

As central Ohio programs proved this season, one approach doesn't fit all when it comes to competing for state championships in high school boys basketball.

There's what could be called the "chemistry method," something Ready and Watterson used to near perfection.

The Silver Knights have one player who will play Division I collegiately in University of Massachusetts Lowell-signee Josh Gantz, but they didn't make it to the Division III state tournament solely because of his talents -- he averaged fewer than nine points.

The eight seniors in the program made the sum more valuable than its parts for Ready, which saw its season end March 21 with a 55-40 loss in a state semifinal to star-studded Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, the 2013 Division IV state champion and this year's Division III runner-up.

Similarly, Watterson found success following its first Division II state championship run a year ago by having a nine-member senior class that included seven key players.

The Eagles beat a talented Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary team 56-51 in a state semifinal March 20 but lost to unbeaten Norwalk 65-58 in the final March 22.

What drove Upper Arlington to its first state tournament since 1939 -- we'll call it the "superstar method" -- always has been a popular means to reach the state's pinnacle.

Senior Kevin Vannatta has signed with North Carolina-Asheville, but given the way he's played in recent weeks, he could have fit in at just about any level collegiately.

He averaged 18 points while helping the Golden Bears reach the Division I state final, which they lost to Lakewood St. Edward 62-58 in overtime March 22.

The Golden Bears surrounded Vannatta with senior role players and used gritty defense to get through a tough central Ohio regional.

The manner Harvest Prep used to get to state doesn't exactly fit into either of the formulas listed above, but it made a remarkable run nevertheless.

The Warriors haven't been strangers to the state tournament, making it to finals in 2007 and 2011. The state runner-up trophy they received in 2011, however, later had to be surrendered after it was determined by the OHSAA that the program had used an ineligible player.

The Warriors were prohibited from playing in the postseason in both 2011-12 and a year ago and won a combined 10 games those two seasons.

This season, coached by David Dennis and fueled by his son, David Dennis Jr., Harvest Prep went 26-2 and made it to a Division IV state semifinal.

Dennis Jr. was a standout a year ago for Hilliard Darby but moved to Canal Winchester in the offseason to live with his father and attend Harvest Prep.

He went on to become a state co-Player of the Year, but the team had two other players also average in double figures.

Senior Michael Lang and juniors Dana Coffman, Terrance Walton and Rael Windley, all of whom saw action in Harvest Prep's 54-41 loss to Louisville Aquinas in a state semifinal March 20, had to sit out the first 11 games after transferring in from other schools.

The Warriors, whose roster is comprised mostly of athletes from Reynoldsburg, Pickerington and Columbus, then didn't lose another game until state.

Despite not having his full complement of players until midseason, chemistry wasn't a major issue, according to coach Dennis.

"I knew we'd be good, but I didn't know how good," he said. "I call it 'disciplined street ball' because we do have a system."

No matter what anyone calls it, the run made by Harvest Prep and central Ohio's other state tournament representatives was something to savor.

Jarrod Ulrey is a ThisWeek sportswriter. Follow his blog, "On the Recruiting Trail," for the latest in central Ohio high school recruiting news.