On Saturday morning Maumee traveled south to Findlay for a closed scrimmage. Playing a number of 10 minute running-clock periods, with no score kept, the two teams were able to compete against someone other than themselves for the first time this season. Here is who stood out:
2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – Given the circumstances, Roth was spectacular on Saturday morning, making plays on both ends of the floor. With a good physical frame at the lead guard position, great athleticism, and an explosiveness to his game, Roth really looked the part of a prospect worthy of DII and potentially DI attention from the college level. Shot it well from the outside, finished numerous plays around the rim, and threw down a pair of impressive put-back dunks. Smart, tough, competitive, and can be highly trusted with the ball in his hands. Was just as impressive on the defensive end, deflecting passes, getting steals, and being scrappy. Very impressive showing from him, looks ready for a big time season ahead.
2023 PG Jaden Walker (Maumee) – Did a nice job Saturday morning running the show against a very tough opponent. Doesn’t have much Varsity experience, but looks capable of playing a very big role for his team this season. Makes pretty good decisions with the basketball, doesn’t force things, and has a good understanding and feel for the game. More of a pass first point guard, he showed the ability to score it in the mid-range and around the basket. Not afraid to talk, was in good position, and willing to get down and defend. Has a good future ahead with continuous development and growing experience.
2021 F AJ Adams (Findlay) – Took him a bit to get going on Saturday, but once he did it was easy to see why he has long been considered one of the top talents in his class in Northwest Ohio. Was probably most impressive on the defensive end of the floor, locked in, causing turnovers, and getting out on the break where he threw down a few transition dunks. Active around the rim, can finish through contact, and is an efficient scorer of the basketball in the mid-range. Anticipating a strong senior campaign from him.
2022 G RJ McCoy (Maumee) – Showed that he has what it takes to be a key contributor to his team this season. Shot it well from the outside where he must be accounted for. Able to handle the basketball when needed. Plays hard, and was active on both ends of the floor. Didn’t force things, looked comfortable at the Varsity level without much prior experience there.
Others who stood out: Terrion Ross (Findlay), Mike Pacer (Maumee), Chris Strzempka (Findlay).