On Saturday and Sunday at Defiance College the annual Midwest Classic took place as part of the Ohio Youth Basketball tour. In the gym for much of Saturday’s pool play, here is who stood out:
2020 G Cameron Awls (Toledo Central Catholic/Ohio Celtics) – One could argue that Awls was the best player in the gym on Saturday and you wouldn’t hear any complaints here. He was exceptional running the show for his Ohio Celtics team as a play-maker and a leader. Throughout the day he displayed a high level of court vision, while delivering some next level passes to teammates, all the while picking his spots to score it. Has a smooth feel to his game, excels in transition, and is one of the more active and quality defenders from his guard position that you’ll find in the area.
2022 PG Jordan Kynard (Rogers/Ohio Celtics) – While his Bates Fundamentals circuit team was off for the weekend, Kynard suited up for the Ohio Celtics. He did a nice job of taking care of the basketball, made good decisions off of ball screens, and had some crafty finishes around the rim. His outside shot wasn’t falling, but every time he puts it up it has a chance to go in. Stood out while he was on the court processing and playing a step ahead of many others.
2021 F Kallen Brown (Ayersville/Ohio Reign) – He did a lot of the little things on Saturday and was solid while his team struggled at times. Has a good physical build, and isn’t afraid to bang around in the post. Rebounds well in his area, fills space, and is capable of knocking down jump shots. Needs to continue to develop, but with two years of Varsity basketball ahead of him he has a chance to do some nice things moving forward.
2020 G Devyn Jones (Cardinal Stritch/Ohio Celtics) – Jones is far from an unknown prospect, but has been stuck behind some pretty talented individuals at St. Johns for a few years now. Transferring over to Cardinal Stritch he should have a chance to really show what he can do as he did Saturday for his team. He really used his length and athleticism to his benefit, especially on the defensive end of the floor, converting turnovers into easy opportunities. Really scored it well off the bounce and in transition with great consistency, and is more than capable of scoring it from the perimeter. He has a chance to have a special season, thriving out on the wing for his new team.
2022 G/F Jack Suelzer (Bowling Green/Great Lakes Gold) – He made it known from the time he stepped on the floor that he was there to play and had his fingerprints all over a solid win for his team. Showed he’s a capable scorer from all three levels, and always seems to find his way around the basketball. Capable ball handler, fights in the post for rebounds. Going to keep an eye on him going forward.
2020 F Nate Brighton (Evergreen/Ohio Celtics) – This young man probably hasn’t received the publicity over the past few years that he should, but he is certainly one of the better inside-out post prospects around, and showed it on Saturday. He plays hard, flying all over the floor for rebounds and loose balls. Runs the floor, passes out of the post well, and finishes around the rim. Can turn and face up, and can handle the ball a bit too. Really bodies up and is strong in the post on the defensive end. Does all the little things that contribute to winning basketball.
Others who stood out: DJ Alexander (Toledo St. Johns/Ohio Celtics), Tareem Warren (Start/Ohio Reign).