We have officially entered ‘scrimmage season’ on the High School Boys Basketball calendar across the state of Ohio and the Northwest portion of the state. On Friday night, Sylvania Northview traveled to Cardinal Stritch in an effort to test themselves against one another. Here are a few individuals that stood out:
2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – The young man was exceptional throughout much of the evening on Friday. His speed and quickness are always evident in his play as he played with pace and pushed the ball up the floor, ultimately creating for others and getting to the rim. His outside shot was falling with regular consistency, holding the defense accountable. Always an asset on the defensive end, Wilson gets in a stance, utilizing that speed and quickness to cause opposing offenses problems. Really nice showing from him.
2021 F Ross Thompson (Cardinal Stritch) – Evolving into one of the better and more promising post prospects in Toledo, Thompson looked the part on Friday. His skill set and footwork were noticeable for a young man his size, standing around 6’6″ or 6’7″. Runs the floor well and rebounds his area.
2020 G Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – Per usual, Holifield made his presence felt all night long on both ends of the floor. His strength from the guard position allow him to be a force when he gets downhill and into the paint. One of the better rebounding guards you will find in Ohio. Always communicating, effort can never be questioned. Picked his spots, moved the ball, and makes plays. Signed his National Letter of Intent to Oakland University earlier in the day.
2020 G Devyn Jones (Cardinal Stritch) – Really coming into his own, just scratching the surface of his tremendous potential. Has great length and athleticism out on the wing. Great perimeter defender. Can score it from all three levels, improving ability to finish around the rim. Looks the part of a talented prospect and showed it. Signed with Concordia Univeristy in Ann Arbor, MI earlier in the day; the NAIA program really got a good one.
2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Development continues to come along for a kid who has a chance to find himself at the D1 level if things go according to plan. Frame looks to have filled out some as he looked stronger and played with a toughness. Showed that smooth lefty stroke from the outside, good in the pick and roll. Solid on the defensive side of the floor and in help-side.
2020 G Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview) – Should be headed toward an All-NLL caliber of season. Tough, gritty, plays with an edge. Gets his shot off with minimal space from the outside, can really knock down shots. More persistent in getting to the rim on offense. Protects the basketball, really solid handle. Can really defend, creates turnovers and gets in passing lanes. Should make a small college coach happy with the addition of him to their roster in the future.