* These have been compiled from various events covered by E Hoops Ohio. They are in no particular order and are from all high school age classes. We will try to update them throughout the year and new ones will be added from time to time.
2018 PG Rashad Williams (Wayne Memorial, MI) – Williams who holds multiple mid-major offers from the likes of Cleveland State, Miami of OH, Detroit, and Stony Brook was special on Tuesday night. With a nice physical build and elite quickness, Williams is able to get where he wants, when he wants on the basketball floor. He displayed a quick release from three and high-level court vision particularly on a number of straight dimes he dished out to teammates. Communicates, competes, and plays with a fun swagger. Look for Williams’ recruitment to continue to rise after the July AAU period where he will play with REACH Legends following a spring stint with The Family.
2018 G Charles ‘CJ’ Robinson (Woodward) – After leading his team to a surprisingly deep run in the tournament in March, Robinson continues to mold into a nice prospect heading into his senior season. He was out and running in transition in last night’s play where he can showcase his length and athletic ability. Finishing a number of transition leaks with dunks, Robinson can also wreak havoc on the defensive end with his quickness. Needs to continue to improve his outside shooting, but his potential cannot be denied.
2020 Dominique Cole (Central Catholic) – Cole is a raw talent with a football players build who continues to come into his own on the basketball floor. A spring period with the new C2K Elite AAU program has certainly helped in his development as was evident last night. Has improved foot quickness and his hands continue to get softer allowing him to corral passes and deflections in the paint. Can finish through contact and has a decent looking shot from the perimeter. Bright future ahead for him in his athletic career, there is no doubt about that.
2018 PG Carl Banks (Toledo Waite) – You’d be hard pressed to find a better point guard in all of Toledo and that was the case on Sunday as well. Banks can just flat out play. While undersized, inch for inch he also just might have the most heart of anyone around. Got teammates involved, led the break, and picked his spots to score all day long. Always a standout on the defensive end, he creates turnovers and gets in opponents’ heads. Banks plays with swagger and has that ‘dog’ about him and you just know what you’re going to get from him every time he steps on the floor.
2018 F Christian Smith (Toledo Rogers) – The freshman has been getting quality minutes in the starting lineup at the varsity level that will certainly benefit his development. Won’t hurt you while making good contributions. Has shown the ability to finish with either hand. Plays the game with effort and intensity. Assuming he continues to grow physically he will be someone to watch out for in the future.
2020 Zeb Jackson (Maumee Valley Country Day) – Jackson will be the next in line behind guys like William Buford, Marc Loving, and Nigel Hayes before him. Playing up in the High School division Jackson was the best player on the floor in many of the games. Flashy, with spectacular ball-handling, a consistent three point shot out to NBA range, a quickly developing high IQ, and a true passion for competition are just a few things that Jackson possesses. Jackson simply ‘gets it’ and is a true floor general even in the 8th grade. Playing for the King James AAU organization, Jackson is a virtual lock to land with a high-major college program in the coming years if everything continues to develop according to plan.
2019 PG Payton Moyer (Toledo St. Johns) – Moyer is a very polished young point guard who is yet to play in a game at the High School level. Good competitor, with a pretty release from the outside that was virtually automatic from deep when his feet were set. Doesn’t try to do too much, but finds his place to be effective in a game. Going to be a nice player at St. Johns for years to follow, should see some JV playing time this season on a team loaded with guards.
2018 G Josh Ellis (Rogers) – Very streaky shooter that has the potential to score in bunches. Would like to see better shot selection and more control offensively, but plays and competes well on both ends. Had multiple high scoring games. Will need to distribute the ball better, but the skill and talent is there to potentially put together some special outings.
2018 PG Jordan Hogans (Hargrave Military Academy, VA) (Farmington Hills, MI) – Hogans was entertaining to say the least with the ball in his hands. The son of a coach, Hogans sees the floor well and has the ball on a string. He delivered numerous ‘oohs and ahhs’ from the crowd with his flashy ball handling and quickness. Can get to the rim when he wants and sets up teammates. Jump shot needs to be improved, but if he can gain some consistency in that area, Hogans has all the makings of a High D2 to Low D1 point guard.
2018 C/PF Austin Rotroff (Wauseon) – Steady double-double machine. Doesn’t back away from competition. Does a nice job of utilizing his 6’8″ frame and rebounds extremely well. Has a nice arsenal of post moves to go to. Can finish through contact and finish with authority. Solid rim protector on the defensive end. Still developing but Rotroff is a special prospect not many know about. Should find his way onto a mid-major D1 roster.
2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – Running the point for one of the storied programs in Toledo is quite a task for anyone, let alone a freshman to handle, but Wyatt looks poised and ready to do just that. His size has always been a question, but now he stands close to 6’ so that is no longer an issue. He looked calm, cool, and collected throughout League play. Made good decisions more times than not and is smart in getting teammates the ball in their ‘spots.’ Uses his length well on the defensive end where he can be a problem. Needs to be more assertive in going to get the ball to get the offense going, but that will come as he continues to grow at the varsity level.
2018 F Derrick Verse (Rogers) – Verse has been one of the most impressive area talents this summer. Saw him multiple times throughout this month and he catches your eye every time. Hustles, battles down low, and can clean the glass. Undersized as it pertains to height, but has broad shoulders and a tough build that can bully opponents. Plays with a high level of activity wherever he is on the floor and always seems to be around the ball. Should be a key piece for Rogers and how much success they have this upcoming season.
2020 G Caleb Smith (Rogers) – One of the more unheralded members of his class in the area with the amount of talent around him, and can sometimes be overshadowed by his older brother Christian, Caleb is a special talent in his own right. He contributed at the varsity level last season as a freshman, and will be leaned on even more as his sophomore season approaches. He can score it from all over the floor, and plays with a nice poise and maturity on both ends. Should continue to develop into a nice college prospect.
2019 PG Trey Syroka (Whitmer) – Plays a ‘flashy’ brand of basketball and does so quite well. Can handle the ball and break defensive pressure, sees the floor well. Knows how to score over taller defenders and has a solid stroke from deep. Plays his tail off on every possession. Syroka is a competitor through and through. Can break down defenders off the dribble. When you know you’re going to get to watch him play, it’s a lock that you’ll see some dimes dished out, always good for a few ‘oohs and ahhs.’ Will have the keys to the Whitmer program for the next few years and deservingly so.
2019 G Jacob Plantz (Genoa) – While Genoa struggled a bit as a team the improvement can certainly be seen, and Plantz is a huge part of that effort. Standing around 6’3” he is a matchup problem for opponents at the guard position and uses his size to score in multiple ways. Plays under control and is mature beyond his age. Got plenty of experience at the varsity level as a freshman, is a talent on the football field as well. Big things ahead for him.
2019 PG Jordan Burton (Cardinal Stritch) – If the previously mentioned Banks was the best point guard on Sunday, Burton was certainly second and not far behind. The young floor general was exceptional doing a little bit of everything. Has a good handle and can deal with ball pressure, sees the floor well, finds the open man, and makes heady basketball decisions. Possesses a pure stroke from deep where he was dialed in for much of the day. Has a nice bounce in his step and good athletic ability from his position. While small in stature at 5’9” Burton has big game.
2020 PG Joey Holifield Jr. (Cardinal Stritch) – Has yet to play a minute of high school basketball but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the better talents in the area. Has grown and matured physically, now standing around 6’. Displayed some strength getting to the rim and attacking the interior. Smart and understands the game beyond his years. One of a handful of freshman from Toledo that will see varsity minutes this season and should land with a D1 program in the coming years.
2018 PF Jaiden Woodley (Maumee Valley) – Woodley had a breakout junior season that turned a lot of heads and has continued to build upon that success. Against bigger and stronger opponents Woodley showed he can hold his own and displayed the willingness to fight down in the low block. Runs the floor well, still improving with overall coordination. Has one of the softest touches of all area big men as he can put the ball in the bucket with consistency.