The first Toledo Elite Fall League rolls on, as some of Northwest Ohio’s finest gather at Maumee Valley Country Day High School on Sunday evenings. The fourth week of the league took place on Sunday night, with two weeks left until its conclusion. Here is who stood out in the games I was able to see in the latest edition of the Fall League:
2021 F Jamiya Neal (Rogers) – Hasn’t been able to play much since the summer with an elbow injury, made a surprise appearance on the night and has everyone talking. Regarded by many as the best in Ohio in his class at his position, Neal showed why he has the potential to be something truly special and has the attention of scouts and college coaches. Extremely long and athletic, he was all over the floor, scoring it and making his presence felt from baseline to baseline. Unique combination of bounce and quickness for his size around 6’6″. Really active around the rim and in the paint on both ends of the floor. Impressed with his ability to shoot it from the outside, as he did so consistently and with flair on this night. Needs to bulk up and put on weight, but his upside, skill, and talent cannot be denied. Earning interest from high-major programs across the state and it was easy to see why.
2023 G CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. Johns) – This young man has the skill, smarts, and presence to have a very bright future. Will contribute for a storied St. Johns program as a freshman. Has pretty good size from the point guard position for his age. Equipped with a tight handle, makes good reads, pushes the pace, and is becoming increasingly comfortable with Varsity competition. Capable scorer around the rim, can shoot it from deep with relative consistency. Has quick hands on the defensive end, isn’t afraid to get down in a stance. Competes, plays hard. His name is one you’ll want to remember for a long time.
2020 G/F Mason Loeffler (Evergreen) – Understands spacing, was locked in, and poised to score it on Sunday night. Had a nice spring and summer on the AAU circuit and continues to develop into one of the most skilled and productive prospects out on the wing that the area has to offer. Has good size and uses it to his advantage on the outside. More athletic than he gets credit for, quick first step, packs some bounce. Already holds one DII offer from Urbana, don’t be surprised to see more schools be added to that list in the coming months.
2020 G Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – Was ready to compete and was aggressive in making things happen. Attacked the rim off of the dribble, whether in transition or in the pick and roll. Scored it with efficiency in the paint and from the perimeter. Looks primed for a big senior season as the floor general for arguably the most talented team in NW Ohio. Back to back impressive showings for him.
2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Continues to develop and add more consistency to his play. Finished around the rim at a high rate, active in the paint, knocked down perimeter shots. Runs the floor for easy ones and put-back opportunities. Rebounds well and is strong in the outlet pass and with the ball in his hands. Contests shots, communicates, and engaged on defense. One of the more promising prospects in the area.
2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – Gifted with some natural ability and athleticism, Houston is someone that is easy to get excited about. Bouncy, strong, and full of promise. Excels in getting downhill and to the rim. Finishes through contact and with creativity. Consistent shooting the ball from the perimeter, has the skill to create off the dribble and get a good look at the rim whenever he wants. Improved handle. Sound defender, welcomes competition. Good showing from him on the night.
Others who stood out: Cole McWhinnie (Toledo Christian), Ethan Loeffler (Evergreen), Curtis Jackson (Rogers), CliRon Hornbeak (Toledo Central Catholic), Dez Jett (Maumee Valley), JR Lumsden (Maumee Valley).