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.

New Video: Da’Sean Nelson Is A Special Talent

Senior forward Da’Sean Nelson of Rogers High School is without a doubt one of the best talents in Northwest Ohio and throughout the state. After having a tremendous showing in the Spring and Summer, and carrying over now into the Fall, Nelson has garnered the attention of many of the biggest and most successful JUCO programs in the country. His talents can be seen on full display in the highlights above.

New Video: Zachary Szul Fall Highlights

Arguably no prospect in the Toledo area has blown up with attention from college coaches and basketball people in recent months like senior guard Zachary ‘Zac’ Szul of Anthony Wayne High School has. Flourishing in what seems like event after event from late summer into the early parts of fall, Szul has really put himself on the radar of everyone who follows basketball in Northwest Ohio and should without a doubt earn himself a scholarship to play the game at the next level.