On Wednesday night, Clark State traveled to Edison State in a battle of Ohio Community Colleges. Junior college basketball in Ohio has taken a blow as of late, due to COVID, among other things, but the importance of basketball at the level has never been more vital. In this one, the host Edison State would defeat Clark State by a final score of 81-73. Here is who stood out in this one:
Fr. G/F Ibrahima Athie (Cincinnati Deer Park/Edison State CC) – the best talent on the floor, without question was Athie, who showcased the ability and skill set of a sure scholarship level talent. Standing around 6’6″ with great length, strength, and bounce, he was able to get what he wanted offensively. Primarily plays in the paint, and is a load on the low block, he is capable of stepping out and knocking down mid-range jumpers. Snatched rebounds with authority and strength, sees the floor well, and delivers the ball to teammates with pace and accuracy. Competes on defense, but can become more consistent with his effort every trip down the floor. Can deter shots at the rim, and creates matchup problems with his ability. Will be interesting to see where the next step for this talented young man will be.
Fr. PG/SG Jordan Howard (Springfield/Edison State CC) – impressed with his maturity, poise, and patience from the guard position. Initiates offense, doesn’t force things, and makes good decisions. The ball doesn’t stick in his hands as he gets teammates involved, but must be accounted for as he can knock down the three with consistency. Can create turnovers with his quickness and activity on defense; brings energy and effort to the floor on each end. Has a bright future ahead with continued growth and development.
Others who stood out: Nathaniel McMillian (Purcell Marian/Clark State CC), Sekou Maiga (Columbus West/Edison State CC).