Opening Night of Toledo Summer League Tournament

20190625_200812The Toledo Summer League Postseason Tournament tipped off on Tuesday night at Rogers High School, and will run through the championship on Thursday. Here is who stood out in Tuesday night’s play:

2020 G Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – Having seen a lot of Holifield over the past 90 days or so it continues to become clear he isn’t given the love he deserves from a statewide level. The special talent just continues to bring it every single night, even when more times than not he happens to be the best player in the gym. Holifield was aggressive attacking the rim on Tuesday, while playing a lot of point for his team. You will not find another guard who attacks the glass and is in constant pursuit of the basketball more than he is in all of Northwest Ohio. Will continue to be with All-Ohio Gold throughout the rest of the AAU season, and he is going to be make some DI coaching staff somewhere very happy for what he does on and off the floor.

2021 F A.J Adams (Findlay) – Coming off of an impressive sophomore season, Adams has been suiting up for C2K Elite on the AAU circuit. Tuesday night, before turning an ankle and being forced to sit out, Adams showed why he is one of the most promising prospects regardless of class the area has to offer. He always seems to be around the ball on either end of floor and just makes good things happen. Can create for others, or for himself, and is a scorer from all three levels. Anchors the defense, and is a strong presence in the paint. Currently only has college interest locally, but expect that to change over the coming months.

2021 G Feisal Crumby (Toledo St. Francis) – His reputation thus far is that of a three-point shooter which he proved time and again throughout his sophomore season, but Crumby displayed more than that on this night. Showed the ability to create for himself or for others off the dribble, was active and pesky defensively, and made some nice plays in transition. Noticeable development from him over the past few months.

2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – Wilson gained valuable Varsity experience last season and was a contributor to their deep tournament run, and he looks poised to carry that momentum forward. Wilson is quick, shifty, can stop on a dime, and change direction. He can finish around the rim and is crafty in doing so, while also being solid in the mid-range game. Isn’t shy to dig in defensively, can really get after it and compete. Good showing from him on this night.

2022 F Martin Beredo (Toledo St. Francis) – Limited to a JV role last season as a freshman, Beredo wasn’t necessarily on the radar of many, until Tuesday night. Standing somewhere around 6’6″ or 6’7″ Beredo has the size and length to be a difference maker. Played primarily on the perimeter where he showed he has a clip from deep. Fundamentally sound rebounding the ball, Beredo contests shots and is an active presence in the paint defensively. Keep an eye on this young man moving forward.

Others who stood out: Devyn Jones (Cardinal Stritch), Steven McCoy (Toledo St. Francis), David Walker (Maumee), Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview).

Night At Toledo Summer League

20190618_173705The annual Toledo Summer League has been taking place on Tuesday through Thursday nights throughout the month of June at Rogers High School. On Tuesday night, numerous talents and teams impressed, here’s who showed out:

2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – Hearing whispers of a stellar Spring with his AAU team, Roth was a guy I was looking forward to seeing, and he did not disappoint. Roth came out of the gates in attack mode, getting downhill, and finding open teammates. Really finished well around the rim, takes care of the basketball. Was locked in defensively for much of the night, and excels in transition leading the break. Young, but very bright future ahead for him.

2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – The young man continues to grow in his game but also in stature, standing somewhere around 6’2″ or 6’3″. He was really impressive seeing the floor, making some next level reads, and delivering pretty passes. Naturally unselfish, more than capable of scoring it, improved confidence. Can control pace and spacing. His basketball smarts were on display in their pair of games and it was fun to watch. Expect a big July from him, where his recruitment should be sure to pick up.

2020 PG Dez Jett (Maumee Valley) – Looked poised, comfortable, and ready to lead his team post-Zeb Jackson era. Brings a lot of Varsity experience and it shows in his ability to communicate and lead his team with his play. Was assertive on the offensive end, but made sound decisions with the basketball as well. Doesn’t take possessions off, can really push the ball up the floor, and is a feisty defender that causes opponents problems. Strong senior season ahead for him.

2020 PG Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview) – Hartnett was impressive with his swagger and confidence out on the floor. Competes and gets after it. Can really shoot, and gets it off in a hurry, whether off the bounce or the catch. Seeks his shot and doesn’t let misses deter him. Quick, has a good handle, and holds defenses accountable. Really had a strong night on Tuesday.

2021 F J.R Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Thrives in the post, doesn’t have the biggest body but uses it to his advantage. Displayed some quick feet and soft hands in the paint. Can face up or score it with his back to the basket. Rebounds his area well. Has the potential to be a double-double guy in the TAAC this season.

2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Seems to develop and get better every time I see him. Consistently stepped out and knocked down perimeter shots. Showed he is capable of handling the ball a bit. Attacked the glass and can really rebound. Quality post defender, stronger than you might think. Has an upside that is through the roof.

Others who stood out: Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers), Lamar Skipper (Bowsher), AJ Adams (Findlay).

Recap of the Fort Loramie Shootout

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On Friday, more than 20 area teams congregated in Fort Loramie as they once again hosted a great day of basketball. Teams traveled from as far away as Cincinnati as their was plenty of talent in the gym, with two area colleges in attendance as further evidence. Here is who stood out throughout the day:

2020 PG Michael Stammen (Versailles) – There weren’t five better talents in the gym on Friday than Stammen, as he handed out buckets, and delivered numerous dimes to teammates. Displaying a really good handle and feel, Stammen carved up defenses for most of the day. A more than capable threat from the perimeter, he can also find his way to the cup. Has a toughness about his game, doesn’t shy away from contact. True floor general, good teammate. Has interest from multiple DIII programs to date.

2021 G/F Dylan Hughes (Parkway) – Ready to go from the jump at their 8:00 a.m game, Hughes brought it and really impressed throughout the morning. Had numerous crafty finishes around the rim, knocked down outside shots, beat people down the floor, and handled the ball well for his team. His improvement over the past several months was evident, and his team was all the better for it.

2020 PG Biggz Johnson (Lima Central Catholic) – Unassuming at first look, Johnson can be a killer out on the floor. Can really handle the ball and created for others off the dribble. Special in the open court where he can be tough to slow down. Sees the floor well, and brings some flash to a game. Shot it impressively well from the outside and was efficient in picking his spots. Active communicator, showed the ability to really lock-in and defend.

2021 F Aidan Reichert (Jackson Center) – Showed signs of his youth but his talent and potential was certainly visible. Strong, with good bounce, and a quick first step, he causes matchup problems for opponents. Good looking shot from the perimeter, does most of his work from 15 feet on in. Bangs down low and competes for rebounds. Really plays hard and leaves it all on the floor. Bright future ahead.

2020 G Carson Goble (Van Buren) – Really fundamentally sound out on the wing, shot it from deep with good consistency. Plays hard, willing to make the extra pass. Has good poise and patience. Takes care of the basketball, visibly mature and comfortable on the floor.

2020 G Chazz Jackson (Lima Perry) – When he’s on he can score it bunches, and he showed it once again on this day. Has a pretty good mid-range game, but is at his best when he’s slashing and getting to the bucket. Active around the rim, and rebounds well at his position. Good length where he can be an asset on the defensive end.

2020 SG Zach Woodall (National Trail) – High level athlete, that has good build, strength, and quickness. Thrives in an uptempo game. Capable scorer on all three levels. Smooth feel to his game, plays with great energy and effort. Finds his way around the basketball, and effects a game in numerous ways.

Others who stood out: George Mangas (Lima Shawnee), Ryan Yingst (Lima Perry), Ryan Martin (Versailles), Brandon Yenser (Celina), KJ Swain (Cincinnati Christian).