What has annually become one of the best showcases in the entire state of Ohio was held this past Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School in suburban Columbus, as the Hidden Gems organization once again put on their Fall Showcase. Somewhere around 30-40 college programs made the trip to be in attendance to take in the high talent level that the event is accustomed to hosting. While grades 7th-12th participated, this article will focus on the 11th and 12th grade division. Below are those who stood out throughout the day:
’17 PF Jake Montgomery (Thomas Worthington) – The 6’9” big man has been a hot name among D2 college coaches as of late and he looked the part on Saturday. Runs the floor well and cleans up around the rim. Good defensive presence in the paint. Can knock down the 15-footer and moves well. Could be more aggressive at times, has the skill set to be a force offensively when he wants. Should land with a high quality D2 program or potentially a Low D1.
’18 PF Mark Mayle (Malvern) – Has ‘throwback’ game. The 6’8” prospect has an old school feel and has a good understanding of the game. Had numerous put-backs on the offensive glass, dunking a number of them. Possesses good post moves and creativity. Showed a nice stroke out to mid-range. Good teammate, picks his spots, and can impact a game in all areas. Deceptively athletic with nice bounce and a quick first step. Has mid-majors including multiple MAC programs tracking him this Fall.
’18 SF Cameron Brooks-Harris (Zanesville) – Has good length at 6’6” and uses it to his advantage on both ends. Can score it from all over, sees the floor well. Plays hard and embraces contact. Was impressive throughout the afternoon, was hard not to notice his energy and impact on teammates.
’18 G Nate Ward (Gahanna-Lincoln) – The younger brother of Michigan State freshman Nick Ward, Nate was special on Saturday. Displayed a consistent shot out to three-point range, is lethal out on the perimeter, can get by defenders and get to the rack when he wants. Really good in transition, finished a number of breaks with strong dunks. Let’s the game come to him and competes at a high level.
’18 F Gabe Towns (Northland) – The younger brother of last year’s Showcase MVP and current Harvard freshman Seth, the younger Towns is developing into quite the prospect in his own right. Standing around 6’7” Gabe’s game is smooth and effective. Possesses a pretty lefty stroke from deep that he knocks down with good consistency. Can finish with either hand around the rim. Can lead the break and must be accounted for in transition. Bodies up on the defensive end but can also defend the perimeter with his length.
’20 PG Dominiq Penn (Dublin Coffman) – The son of Ohio State legend Scoonie, the kid shows all the signs of a major D1 talent moving forward. While he has yet to play a minute of varsity basketball Penn played so fast at times his teammates 3-4 years older than him couldn’t keep up. Basketball IQ and maturity is off the charts for his age. Shot it well from the outside all afternoon. Sets up others and puts people in position to make plays. Special talent.
’17 C Nick Muszynski (St. Charles) – Last saw him in AAU action a number of months ago and he continues to progress and improve. Has a plethora of post moves he can go to at any time. Nice soft touch on out to the perimeter. Rebounds well on both ends and runs the floor very well for his 6’11” frame. The recent Belmont commit looks the part of a prospect that will have the chance to come in and contribute sooner rather than later.
’17 G Alontay Gould (Toledo Rogers) – Gould put on one of the better offensive displays of Saturday with his ability to hit the deep ball, create and hit mid-range jumpers, get out in the open floor, and attack the rim. His competitive fire is what separates him, as well as his ability and want-to to lock up opponents on the defensive end. Had as good of a day as anyone at the Showcase.
’17 G Marquis Coleman (Lima Senior) – If you’re familiar with the Lima Senior boys’ basketball program led by Quincy Simpson, there’s a particular style of play and hustle associated, and Coleman had that and more going on Saturday. He was able to score consistently at all levels throughout the day while delivering a big time effort on defense as well. Has good size and a nice handle. Played with high energy all afternoon that aided in his team going undefeated at the event. Has all the tools to be a tremendous contributor at the D2 college level.
Others who played well: Grant Smith (Bishop Hartley), Treauhn Williams (Reynoldsburg), TQ Belcher (Toledo Rogers), Joe Ochoa (Toledo Christian), Kaleb Tabor (Springboro), Jaiden Woodley (Maumee Valley Country Day), Quinton Jones (Northland), Kameron Culp (Pickerington Central).