On Sunday evenings, beginning last week and running through the middle of October, the new Toledo Elite Fall League is taking place at Maumee Valley Country Day. The league is run by some high-quality individuals, and they certainly have done a nice job of putting on a high-quality evening of basketball every week. Numerous talents from Toledo and around Northwest Ohio are taking part in the action, below is a recap of Week 2:
2020 F Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers) – Already having blown up on a state level from his performance on the AAU circuit this spring and summer, Nelson continues to mold into what now has to be considered near a potential high-major prospect. His athletic ability and bounce are off the chart, while his control around the rim and in the paint continues to improve. Runs the floor exceptionally well, plays hard, and can take over a game with ease. Had 26 points in the one contest I saw; that coming in 16 minute running halves. Virtually all of the top JUCO programs across the country have reached out.
2020 G Zachary Szul (Anthony Wayne) – Having heard about Szul, and seeing him briefly in the summer, he really impressed on Sunday night. Steadying presence on the offensive end, getting to the rim and excelling in the mid-range. Can score it from distance, sees the floor well, moves the ball, and makes those around him better. Expecting big things from him over the next 7 months.
2021 G Cole McWhinnie (Toledo Christian) – Known throughout the area as one of the best shooters NW Ohio has to offer, McWhinnie showed that and more in his play on Sunday. Whether off the bounce or spotting up, McWhinnie torched the nets, from mid-range on out to the perimeter. He ran the point well, has an improved and tight handle, gets into the paint, creates for others. Fundamentally sound on both sides of the floor. Maturing physically and in his game. Already hearing from multiple DIII and NAIA programs across the Midwest.
2020 G Tavaz Lawler-Showers (Start) – A new prospect to the Toledo basketball season, Lawler-Showers recently moved into town from nearby Albion, Michigan. Has the ability to get buckets and do so in bunches. Quick, and brings swagger to both ends of the floor. Will need to be consistent, but is capable of being an instant impact guy in his one and only season in the City League.
2020 G Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – Delivering multiple dimes, with flair and excellent court vision, Wyatt was what we’ve come accustomed to seeing in recent months. Good size, feel, handle, and ability to break down the defense. Ever improving shot-making, gets teammates involved, wins. Current interest from multiple mid-major programs in the region.
2021 G Feisal Crumby (Toledo St. Francis) – Looks ready to be a major factor for the Knights this coming season and take that next step. Always has been able to score it, and did so on this night, doing a better job of letting the game come to him. Improving as a facilitator of the basketball. An asset on the defensive end. Quality handler of the ball, pushes the pace and can excel in transition.
2020 G Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – The recent Oakland University commit is the definition of consistency as you know what you’re going to get from him every time he takes the floor. Knows when to kick it into next gear, picks his spots, scores it at a high level, and is relentless on the glass for his position. Always a joy to watch, plays the game the right way.
2020 G Mike Rightnowar (Genoa) – Can really fill it up from the perimeter. Great form and consistency as a spot-up shooter. Plays with grit, doesn’t shy from contact. Tough, makes plays. With quite a void left with the graduation of Andrew Bench and Jacob Plantz, expect Rightnowar to put his share of points on the board.
2021 F JR Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Looked more trim, quicker, and more confident since seeing him in the summer. Went into his bag of moves in the paint for a handful of impressive finishes. Going to have a big season in the TAAC.
2021 G CamRon Gaston (Rossford) – What he lacks in height he makes up for in heart, which may seem cliche, but Gaston fits the description perfectly. Always a threat to make something happen when the ball is in his hands. Quick, nimble, and capable of getting a shot up whenever he wants. Scrappy on the defensive end. Special when he gets to the cup. Must be accounted for on the perimeter. Brings swagger and competitive fire to the floor.
2020 F Curtis Jackson (Rogers) – Jackson has struggled with consistency in the multiple viewings of him of late, but he looked solid from start to finish in his play on Sunday. Broad shoulders, and a strong build make him a force in the paint when he wants to be. Rebounds well, finishes more times than not. Capable scorer from the perimeter. Can be an anchor in the paint on the defensive side of the floor.
2021 F Cli’Ron Hornbeak (Toledo St. Francis) – Still somewhat raw as a prospect, Hornbeak has the potential to be an asset for someone at the next level. Has good size and a strong build. Improving motor and feel. Doesn’t shy away from contact, really goes after rebounds.
Others who stood out: Ethan Loeffler (Evergreen), CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. Johns), Shane Garcia (Toledo St. Johns), Kaleb Wannamaker (Start), Dashad Floyd (Start), Tony Delvaux (Whitmer), Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview), Frank Wagenfeald (Oregon Clay).