Big Time Talent Comes To Toledo As Rogers Hosts Mega Scrimmage

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Once again this Fall the fine people at Rogers High School hosted their annual Ohio vs. Michigan Mega Scrimmage to great success. While the host Rogers was the only Northwest Ohio school to participate, there was plenty of high level talent in the gym, with the majority of it coming from across the state border.

National top prospect regardless of class, Emoni Bates, who will begin his sophomore season at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School was the headliner, while Flint Beecher’s senior Top 100 recruit Jalen Terry was also in attendance. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s guard and Wisconsin recruit Lorne Bowman also participated in this year’s edition with his squad, along with many others.

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The nation’s #1 prospect Emoni Bates greets members of the Rogers High School Rams on Saturday afternoon in-between scrimmages.

As previously mentioned, Rogers High School was the only participant from Northwest Ohio throughout the day; here is who stood out for the Rams on Saturday:

2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – Was a constant and consistent bright spot for his team all day. Brought energy, hustle, and speed to the floor on both ends. Converted multiple break opportunities with flushes, worked to attack the defense and find weaknesses. Was active on the defense, well-positioned, talked, and was on the glass.

2020 F Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers) – Did his thing for much of the afternoon bringing his crazy athleticism and motor out on the floor. Was clearly one of the best athletes and prospects at the event that was loaded with high-end prospects. Knocked down shots from the mid-range and perimeter. Finished multiple buckets in the paint with his length and strength. Active on the defensive and offensive glass. Altered shots and rejected his share of shots. Ran the floor well and provided more than a few impressive and powerful dunks.

2020 F Curtis Jackson (Rogers) – Jackson was steady and an asset to his team in every one of their outings. Provided a physically imposing force on defense, contesting shots. Converted opportunities around the rim with some finesse and skill. Competed, was efficient, and had a strong overall showing.

2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – While he controlled pace and moved the ball as the undisputed floor general for his team, some of his best work of the afternoon came on the defensive side of the ball. Took his matchups personally against some of the aforementioned prospects in attendance, using his length and lateral quickness to apply tremendous ball pressure. Dug in and got after it on nearly every possession. Offensively he found teammates, while getting downhill putting pressure on the defense. Knocked down outside shots with consistency, and finished a few old-fashioned three point plays through contact.

Others who played well on Saturday: Kevin McCoy (Rogers), Stephen Coleman (Rogers), Jamiya Neal (Rogers).

Lima Senior Hosts Mega Scrimmage

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Last Saturday, Lima Senior High School played host to a Mega Scrimmage that saw schools from all across the state make the trip to participate. While there were only a pair of Northwest Ohio schools participating, including the host, there was plenty of big time talent in the gym under one roof. Here is who stood out for Lima Senior and Start, the two programs from Northwest Ohio who our focus was primarily on:

2020 G Josiah Fulcher (Lima Senior) – Fulcher had one of the best days of anyone on Saturday with his explosive play and contagious energy. Was special in transition, finishing numerous breaks with dunks and converting multiple alley-oops. Shot it well when he was spot-up around the perimeter. Finished around the rim and moved without the basketball. Competed on defense and flew all over the floor. Displayed plenty of communication and leadership. The senior will play his college ball locally for Bowling Green and looks capable of making an instant impact.

2022 PG Khalil Luster (Lima Senior) – He might be undersized but he packs a punch and doesn’t back down from anyone. Really did a nice job of taking care of the basketball and setting up teammates. Plays with his head up and sees the floor well. Can push it or pull it back out and set things up. Had the ball on a string all afternoon long, got in the paint and converted with creativity. Shot it well from the outside. Uses his speed and quickness to his advantage on both sides of the floor. Creates havoc defensively and can really pressure the ball. Nice showing from him on Saturday.

2020 G Tavaz Lawler-Showers (Start) – Following a strong showing in the Toledo Elite Fall League, the former Albion, Michigan native had another big time showing on Saturday against some high level competition. Can be streaky shooting the basketball, but when he is on, he’s on, and put points on the board in a hurry. Scored it with relative consistency on this day, and did so from all three levels. Creates space off the bounce, and gets teammates involved. Plays hard on both ends of the floor, and with a chip on his shoulder. Could easily have an all Toledo City-League kind of season.

2020 G Caleb Smith (Start) – The new arrival in form of transfer is known for his offense and proved that true with his play. Shot it well and with consistency, picked his spots. Was active on the glass, and moved well without the basketball. Locked in defensively, and contributed to his team’s success throughout the morning.

Others who stood out: Dante Wheeler (Lima Senior), Jadakis Mack (Lima Senior), Dashad Floyd (Start), Tareem Warren (Start).

Scrimmage: Sylvania Northview and Cardinal Stritch

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We have officially entered ‘scrimmage season’ on the High School Boys Basketball calendar across the state of Ohio and the Northwest portion of the state. On Friday night, Sylvania Northview traveled to Cardinal Stritch in an effort to test themselves against one another. Here are a few individuals that stood out:

2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – The young man was exceptional throughout much of the evening on Friday. His speed and quickness are always evident in his play as he played with pace and pushed the ball up the floor, ultimately creating for others and getting to the rim. His outside shot was falling with regular consistency, holding the defense accountable. Always an asset on the defensive end, Wilson gets in a stance, utilizing that speed and quickness to cause opposing offenses problems. Really nice showing from him.

2021 F Ross Thompson (Cardinal Stritch) – Evolving into one of the better and more promising post prospects in Toledo, Thompson looked the part on Friday. His skill set and footwork were noticeable for a young man his size, standing around 6’6″ or 6’7″. Runs the floor well and rebounds his area.

2020 G Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – Per usual, Holifield made his presence felt all night long on both ends of the floor. His strength from the guard position allow him to be a force when he gets downhill and into the paint. One of the better rebounding guards you will find in Ohio. Always communicating, effort can never be questioned. Picked his spots, moved the ball, and makes plays. Signed his National Letter of Intent to Oakland University earlier in the day.

2020 G Devyn Jones (Cardinal Stritch) – Really coming into his own, just scratching the surface of his tremendous potential. Has great length and athleticism out on the wing. Great perimeter defender. Can score it from all three levels, improving ability to finish around the rim. Looks the part of a talented prospect and showed it. Signed with Concordia Univeristy in Ann Arbor, MI earlier in the day; the NAIA program really got a good one.

2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Development continues to come along for a kid who has a chance to find himself at the D1 level if things go according to plan. Frame looks to have filled out some as he looked stronger and played with a toughness. Showed that smooth lefty stroke from the outside, good in the pick and roll. Solid on the defensive side of the floor and in help-side.

2020 G Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview) – Should be headed toward an All-NLL caliber of season. Tough, gritty, plays with an edge. Gets his shot off with minimal space from the outside, can really knock down shots. More persistent in getting to the rim on offense. Protects the basketball, really solid handle. Can really defend, creates turnovers and gets in passing lanes. Should make a small college coach happy with the addition of him to their roster in the future.

Season Gets Underway With Practices

With Boys Basketball practices being allowed to officially begin on Friday, many gyms at High Schools throughout Northwest Ohio have been busy and buzzing. 

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The Rams of Rogers High School were in the gym early on Saturday morning as they prepare for a season that is carrying plenty of hype. Coach Rodney Martin has one of the most talented rosters around, and looks to get them ready for what should be a special season.


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The Eagles of Toledo Christian High School look to once again make some noise in the TAAC, as they have become one of the more consistent programs around as of late. Coach Dave McWhinnie’s group should see a great deal of success as they bring back a solid amount of experience, paired with some new pieces that should contribute in a big way.


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The Titans of Toledo St. Johns Jesuit High School enter the season with a familiar but new face at the helm as Coach Mike Schoen begins a new era following the retirement of Northwest Ohio basketball legend Ed Heintschel. There is plenty of energy and enthusiasm surrounding the program this season.


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The Panthers of Maumee High School haven’t seen the level of success they would ultimately like to have of late, but there is a high amount of optimism surrounding the program for this season. Coach Ryan Osier’s numbers are up, and they return some key pieces that should translate into more wins.