On Tuesday night, Toledo St. John’s Jesuit traveled south to Lima for an always fun date with Lima Senior. While both teams are generally young and inexperienced at the Varsity level, there is no denying the talent for either team. It wasn’t always pretty in the TRAC showdown, but in the end, it would be Toledo St. John’s who would come out on top with a 44-32 win. Here is who stood out:
2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s) – having seen him throughout his 4 years at the Varsity level, our fandom of his game and ability has probably shown through throughout the years. He somehow is left off of lists of the state’s top available talents, and plenty are wondering how. Brings good size at a true 6’2″ and a strong mature build to the lead guard position. As previously mentioned, he is going on 3+ years of Varsity experience, and when all is said and done will have had one of the more decorated careers in program history. Had plenty of reasons in this game in particular to get frustrated, with Lima Senior’s patented on-ball pressure, some calls not going his way, and some unfortunate bounces of the ball, ultimately fighting through that to score 8 of his game-high 15 points in the final quarter of play. Naturally unselfish, he gets others involved, and doesn’t force things offensively when he certainly could. Strong with the ball in his hands, can handle pressure, sees the floor. Is a calming presence for his team, controls tempo, brings leadership. Can shoot it with more consistency than ever from the perimeter, can score off the catch or the bounce with consistency in the mid-range, and has the strength to score through contact at the rim. Gets down and defends on defense, has active hands, and helps others. Should contend for Player of the Year in the conference and is a worthy scholarship-level talent at the next level.
2026 PG Amari Addy (Lima Senior) – the freshmen impressed on this night with his ability to provide quality minutes for his team on both ends of the floor. Is quick but doesn’t get too sped up. Has a tight handle on the ball, capable of creating for himself and others on offense. Competes defensively and brought energy to the floor for his team. Will be fun to watch his development going forward. Could be the next stud point guard to come out of Lima Senior in a long line of big-time talents.
2024 G Jaylen Murphy (Toledo St. John’s) – known for his ability to shoot it from the outside, Murphy impressed not in that area, but in his attitude and ability to impact the game in other ways when the ball won’t go down for him. Caused numerous turnovers defensively with his length, getting deflections, and creating transition opportunities. Found ways to be active at the rim and create scoring chances without doing so from deep. Encouraged teammates, brought energy, and grit to the floor in a game where it was needed.
2025 G/F Je’Kel Cotton (Lima Senior) – his upside and potential are easy to see, standing around 6’5″ with a long frame, and bounce to go with it. Can shoot it at a high clip from the outside and does most of his damage around the perimeter for now, but with continued development and growth can develop quite the threat inside-out. Was active defensively around the rim, challenging shots, and bringing good activity on that end of the floor. Reportedly has already picked up an offer from Bowling Green, has a chance to mold into a highly sought-after recruit at that level down the road.
2026 G/F Race Kowalczyk (Toledo St. John’s) – didn’t play a ton of minutes, but the freshman did enough to spark interest and show that he can hang and contribute on the floor at this level. Looks comfortable, played within himself, and does his role for his team. Brings good size to the floor at 6’5″ and has the early makings of a promising prospect in the coming years.
Others who stood out: Joseph Taylor (Toledo St. John’s), Brandon Moore (Lima Senior), Jagger Hutchins (Lima Senior), Marquez Frazier (Toledo St. John’s).