The second annual Toledo Elite Fall League is underway, this year taking place in the gymnasium at Trinity Lutheran. With the opening week in the books, on Sunday, Week 2 competition took place. Here is who stood out:
2022 G Jacob Meyer (Eastwood) – Perhaps nobody was as impressive, and as big of a surprise on Sunday as Meyer. He’s active on both ends of the floor, and always seems to find his way around the basketball. Displayed the ability to score the basketball at all three levels, and did so with great efficiency. Communicates, understands the game, and is a great teammate. Has good size and a nice skill set. Looking forward to following his development going forward.
2021 C Cli’Ron Hornbeak (Toledo St. Francis) – The big man continues to improve, as he looks more and more like someone who can make an impact at the D1 level. The Kent State commit is getting more comfortable scoring it over either shoulder on the block and with his back to the basket. Needs to continue to improve finishing around the rim, which should come in time. Defended the rim, blocking and altering multiple shot attempts. Was strong with the basketball, ran the floor, and rebounded his area.
2022 G Lamon Burton (Cardinal Stritch) – One of the better performances of the day belonged to Burton, who played his tail off, making plays, and making an impact all over the floor. A good athlete, with solid size and strength, Burton plays the game the right way. Found his spots within the flow of the game, isn’t afraid to work to get the basketball. An asset on defense, he competes, and plays with toughness. Should play a key role for a very talented Cardinal Stritch team this winter.
2023 C Derek Vorst (Rossford) – Has to be considered one of the best young post prospects in Northwest Ohio. Has a nice touch around the rim, and a number of post moves he can go to. Pulled down rebounds with strength and force. Did a really nice job on the defensive end of the floor, altering and blocking shots consistently. Tough, physical, and will continue to develop.
2021 G Justin Rellford (Sylvania Southview) – Brought some competitive fire and swagger to the floor on Sunday. Plays hard, not letting off the gas. Finds creative ways to score it. Gets teammates involved, is a natural leader, and isn’t afraid to be physical. Has a chance to have a special season in the NLL.
2025 G Jerry Easter II (N/A) – The young man flat out has a bright future ahead of him. Playing with guys years older, Easter has a smooth and mature game. Can score it in a multitude of ways, does so with good decision making and efficiency. Solid with the basketball, has a high understanding at such a young age. Has that ‘it’ factor. Rumored to be sitting out this Middle School season to focus on his year’s ahead. Has the potential to be a national recruit in the future.
2023 PG Christian Burton (Cardinal Stritch) – A young point guard with some flare and bounce to his game. Doesn’t have a ton of size at his position, but thrives in an up-tempo game, attacks opponents, and isn’t afraid of contact. Plays scrappy, and has smarts. Creates havoc defensively, and causes problems for the opposition. Was really fun to watch on Sunday.
2022 PG Caden Coy (Ottawa Hills) – The things he brings to the floor are often underappreciated, but Coy did a really nice job of handling the basketball, seeing the floor, and making good reads from his point guard position. Plays with pace, but under control. Really delivered some nice passes as he set up teammates. Can get down and defend the perimeter, and double-down in the post. Smart and steady point guard to keep an eye on.
Others who stood out: Stephen Coleman (Rogers), Elijah Walker (Emmanuel Christian), Nate Houston (Rogers), Jalen Smith (Lake), Ross Thompson (Cardinal Stritch), Kallen Brown (Ayersville), Jordan Kynard (Rogers).
*The evaluations and this article is based on the three games viewed on Sunday.