Throughout the month of June, Scott and Woodward High School’s have played host to the Toledo Public Schools Summer League, with more than a dozen schools in NW Ohio and SE Michigan participating. Week 3 of play concluded last night at Scott as a number of talented individuals participated and played well. Here is who stood out as we head into the final week of action:
2018 PG Rashad Williams (Wayne Memorial, MI) – Williams who holds multiple mid-major offers from the likes of Cleveland State, Miami of OH, Detroit, and Stony Brook was special on Tuesday night. With a nice physical build and elite quickness, Williams is able to get where he wants, when he wants on the basketball floor. He displayed a quick release from three and high-level court vision particularly on a number of straight dimes he dished out to teammates. Communicates, competes, and plays with a fun swagger. Look for Williams’ recruitment to continue to rise after the July AAU period where he will play with REACH Legends following a spring stint with The Family.
2018 G Charles ‘CJ’ Robinson (Woodward) – After leading his team to a surprisingly deep run in the tournament in March, Robinson continues to mold into a nice prospect heading into his senior season. He was out and running in transition in last night’s play where he can showcase his length and athletic ability. Finishing a number of transition leaks with dunks, Robinson can also wreak havoc on the defensive end with his quickness. Needs to continue to improve his outside shooting, but his potential cannot be denied.
2020 Dominique Cole (Central Catholic) – Cole is a raw talent with a football players build who continues to come into his own on the basketball floor. A spring period with the new C2K Elite AAU program has certainly helped in his development as was evident last night. Has improved foot quickness and his hands continue to get softer allowing him to corral passes and deflections in the paint. Can finish through contact and has a decent looking shot from the perimeter. Bright future ahead for him in his athletic career, there is no doubt about that.
2018 PF Jaiden Woodley (Maumee Valley) – Woodley had a breakout junior season that turned a lot of heads and has continued to build upon that success. Against bigger and stronger opponents Woodley showed he can hold his own and displayed the willingness to fight down in the low block. Runs the floor well, still improving with overall coordination. Has one of the softest touches of all area big men as he can put the ball in the bucket with consistency.
2018 F Derrick Verse (Rogers) – Verse has been one of the most impressive area talents this summer. Saw him multiple times throughout this month and he catches your eye every time. Hustles, battles down low, and can clean the glass. Undersized as it pertains to height, but has broad shoulders and a tough build that can bully opponents. Plays with a high level of activity wherever he is on the floor and always seems to be around the ball. Should be a key piece for Rogers and how much success they have this upcoming season.
2020 G Caleb Smith (Rogers) – One of the more unheralded members of his class in the area with the amount of talent around him, and can sometimes be overshadowed by his older brother Christian, Caleb is a special talent in his own right. He contributed at the varsity level last season as a freshman, and will be leaned on even more as his sophomore season approaches. He can score it from all over the floor, and plays with a nice poise and maturity on both ends. Should continue to develop into a nice college prospect.