Night At Toledo Summer League

20190618_173705The annual Toledo Summer League has been taking place on Tuesday through Thursday nights throughout the month of June at Rogers High School. On Tuesday night, numerous talents and teams impressed, here’s who showed out:

2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – Hearing whispers of a stellar Spring with his AAU team, Roth was a guy I was looking forward to seeing, and he did not disappoint. Roth came out of the gates in attack mode, getting downhill, and finding open teammates. Really finished well around the rim, takes care of the basketball. Was locked in defensively for much of the night, and excels in transition leading the break. Young, but very bright future ahead for him.

2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – The young man continues to grow in his game but also in stature, standing somewhere around 6’2″ or 6’3″. He was really impressive seeing the floor, making some next level reads, and delivering pretty passes. Naturally unselfish, more than capable of scoring it, improved confidence. Can control pace and spacing. His basketball smarts were on display in their pair of games and it was fun to watch. Expect a big July from him, where his recruitment should be sure to pick up.

2020 PG Dez Jett (Maumee Valley) – Looked poised, comfortable, and ready to lead his team post-Zeb Jackson era. Brings a lot of Varsity experience and it shows in his ability to communicate and lead his team with his play. Was assertive on the offensive end, but made sound decisions with the basketball as well. Doesn’t take possessions off, can really push the ball up the floor, and is a feisty defender that causes opponents problems. Strong senior season ahead for him.

2020 PG Grant Hartnett (Sylvania Northview) – Hartnett was impressive with his swagger and confidence out on the floor. Competes and gets after it. Can really shoot, and gets it off in a hurry, whether off the bounce or the catch. Seeks his shot and doesn’t let misses deter him. Quick, has a good handle, and holds defenses accountable. Really had a strong night on Tuesday.

2021 F J.R Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Thrives in the post, doesn’t have the biggest body but uses it to his advantage. Displayed some quick feet and soft hands in the paint. Can face up or score it with his back to the basket. Rebounds his area well. Has the potential to be a double-double guy in the TAAC this season.

2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Seems to develop and get better every time I see him. Consistently stepped out and knocked down perimeter shots. Showed he is capable of handling the ball a bit. Attacked the glass and can really rebound. Quality post defender, stronger than you might think. Has an upside that is through the roof.

Others who stood out: Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers), Lamar Skipper (Bowsher), AJ Adams (Findlay).

Recap of the Fort Loramie Shootout


On Friday, more than 20 area teams congregated in Fort Loramie as they once again hosted a great day of basketball. Teams traveled from as far away as Cincinnati as their was plenty of talent in the gym, with two area colleges in attendance as further evidence. Here is who stood out throughout the day:

2020 PG Michael Stammen (Versailles) – There weren’t five better talents in the gym on Friday than Stammen, as he handed out buckets, and delivered numerous dimes to teammates. Displaying a really good handle and feel, Stammen carved up defenses for most of the day. A more than capable threat from the perimeter, he can also find his way to the cup. Has a toughness about his game, doesn’t shy away from contact. True floor general, good teammate. Has interest from multiple DIII programs to date.

2021 G/F Dylan Hughes (Parkway) – Ready to go from the jump at their 8:00 a.m game, Hughes brought it and really impressed throughout the morning. Had numerous crafty finishes around the rim, knocked down outside shots, beat people down the floor, and handled the ball well for his team. His improvement over the past several months was evident, and his team was all the better for it.

2020 PG Biggz Johnson (Lima Central Catholic) – Unassuming at first look, Johnson can be a killer out on the floor. Can really handle the ball and created for others off the dribble. Special in the open court where he can be tough to slow down. Sees the floor well, and brings some flash to a game. Shot it impressively well from the outside and was efficient in picking his spots. Active communicator, showed the ability to really lock-in and defend.

2021 F Aidan Reichert (Jackson Center) – Showed signs of his youth but his talent and potential was certainly visible. Strong, with good bounce, and a quick first step, he causes matchup problems for opponents. Good looking shot from the perimeter, does most of his work from 15 feet on in. Bangs down low and competes for rebounds. Really plays hard and leaves it all on the floor. Bright future ahead.

2020 G Carson Goble (Van Buren) – Really fundamentally sound out on the wing, shot it from deep with good consistency. Plays hard, willing to make the extra pass. Has good poise and patience. Takes care of the basketball, visibly mature and comfortable on the floor.

2020 G Chazz Jackson (Lima Perry) – When he’s on he can score it bunches, and he showed it once again on this day. Has a pretty good mid-range game, but is at his best when he’s slashing and getting to the bucket. Active around the rim, and rebounds well at his position. Good length where he can be an asset on the defensive end.

2020 SG Zach Woodall (National Trail) – High level athlete, that has good build, strength, and quickness. Thrives in an uptempo game. Capable scorer on all three levels. Smooth feel to his game, plays with great energy and effort. Finds his way around the basketball, and effects a game in numerous ways.

Others who stood out: George Mangas (Lima Shawnee), Ryan Yingst (Lima Perry), Ryan Martin (Versailles), Brandon Yenser (Celina), KJ Swain (Cincinnati Christian).

Jackson Headed To Prep School

Zeb Jackson, the best prospect to come out of Toledo in years, recently announced he will be heading out of the state for his senior season of High School basketball. Jackson will spend the year at Montverde Academy in Florida, one of the nation’s top programs over the past decade. They have produced dozens of players who have gone on to play major college basketball, with numerous players making it to the NBA.

Jackson leaves Maumee Valley Country Day where he has had a tremendous High School career to date, and has certainly left his mark not only on the court, but in the community as well.

New Video, AAU Highlights

While real college prospects outside of the guard position are currently somewhat hard to find in Northwest Ohio, one of the few is certainly Toledo Central Catholic’s Dominique Cole. The big man has had a tremendous April and May for his All-Ohio Gold AAU team, and looks poised to have a special senior season for the Irish. His Spring AAU highlights are below:

Jonzell Norrils is without a doubt one of the best two-sport athletes in Northwest Ohio and has been proving it for quite awhile now either on the football field or on the basketball court. While he is a coveted prospect for football with multiple offers in his hand and most certainly more to come, Norrils is really emerging as someone worthy of a scholarship on the court as well. He has had a really good Spring running the show for his All-Ohio Gold AAU team, his highlights are below: