* 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.
2023 G Jake Bishop (Findlay) – Gained a lot of attention throughout the offseason in numerous appearances, and has carried that over into the start of a strong junior season. Bishop is a tough, and strong lead guard. He’s solid with either hand, capable of beating defenders off the bounce going any direction. Possesses a sweet, reliable, lefty stroke from the outside, and can get it off in a hurry. Plays hard on both ends of the floor, will get down and defend, and wins 50/50 plays. Led his team with 18 points in this one.
2023 C Austin Parks (St. Marys) – Quietly becoming one of the top prospects, particularly at his position in Ohio’s 2023 class. He’s a big body, who has good feet, and improving hands at this point in his development. Was really impressive passing the ball out of the mid-post, and finding the open man. Gives first and second efforts around the rim, can score through contact, and in a multitude of ways around the basket. Delivered a pair of big time two-handed jams, on his way to a team-high 15 points in this one. Has a soft touch, capable of knocking down mid-range shots. Rebounds his area well and with strength, solid defensively anchoring the post. Certainly a promising prospect who should eventually find his way with a D1 program down the road.
2023 PG Michael Greenlee (Toledo Central Catholic) – In his first season since transferring over from St. John’s, Greenlee looks ready and able to take the keys to the Central Catholic program from the lead guard position. He made good decisions with the basketball throughout the day, playing within himself and not turning the ball over. Knocked down open looks from the outside, while displaying a nice floater and ability to score it over bigs in the paint. Gets after it on the defensive side of the floor, utilizes his quickness and anticipation to create turnovers. Really sound showing from him.
2022 G/F Cole Graetz (Maumee) – Brings a lot to like to the floor, with good size, hustle, and deceptive athleticism. Effective flashing into the lane, and scoring around the rim with creativity. Has a nice feel for things, doesn’t try to do too much. Competes on the glass, capable defender, who can get into passing lanes, and create turnovers. Should be a key piece to this Maumee team’s foundation going forward.
2023 PG Gavin Etzler (Crestview) – Has grown since last seeing him, starting to look more and more like a serious prospect to play at the next level. Did a nice job of taking care of the basketball, initiating the offense, and setting the table for his teammates. Plays with great intensity and competitiveness. Solid perimeter defender, doesn’t shy away from physicality. Shot it well from the outside with his feet set. Growing confidence, will have a bright future in the coming years.
2023 G/F Matt Watkins (Perrysburg) – Another promising prospect in his class in NW Ohio, Watkins has great feel, and maturity on the floor. Capable of bringing the ball up the floor and initiating offense, has a decent handle at this point, and is comfortable using either hand. Plays smart and lets the game come to him on offense, scoring it around the rim with strength, and knocking down shots when he gets his feet set. Will get down and defend, and can do so guarding multiple positions. Bright future ahead for him.
2022 F Brent Moss (Lima Senior) – In only a handful of appearances at the high school level, Moss is a bit of an unknown to many across the state and Northwest Ohio, but I wouldn’t bet on that being the case for too much longer. Has good size and length out on the wing, has bounce, and lets the game come to him. Able to knock down jump shots, but is most effective in the paint, where he rebounds and is active with great energy. Finished some big plays around the rim with authority, and was the difference for his team down the stretch. His name will be mentioned more and more as one of the best seniors around, as he led all scorers with 22 points on Friday night.
2024 G Conye Gaston (Toledo Christian) – Started this highly competitive game as a freshman and looked more than comfortable in doing so. Spreads the floor with his ability to shoot it from the outside, hit some crucial three-pointers in key moments for his team. Was impressive with his composure, and just how solid he was on both ends of the floor. Didn’t do anything flashy, and didn’t need to. Rebounded the basketball well from his position, was strong with it, and was a big piece in their defensive efforts in this one. Going to have an eye on him and his development going forward.
2023 C Derek Vorst (Rossford) – The young big man continues to grow and develop. Displayed improved footwork, pulled down rebounds and was very strong with the basketball. Capable of finishing through contact, becoming more comfortable scoring with his back to the basket. Held his ground in the paint defensively, bodies up well, and didn’t commit bad fouls. Has to be near the top of the list for his position in his class in all of Northwest Ohio.
2022 PG Khalil Luster (Lima Senior) – Well known for his quick twitch ability and wiggle with the basketball, Luster had his game on full display in this one. Knows where to find his teammates, sees the floor at a high level, anticipates, and is an extension of his coach. Wants the ball when it counts, confident in his ability, and doesn’t shy away from anyone. Finished with 17 points in the win, and was a big reason for their comeback efforts.
2022 G Jordan Kynard (Rogers) – Is going to be relied upon to do a large part of the scoring for his team this season, and looks more than happy to do so. Known for his ability to knock down shots in a hurry from the perimeter, he showed that in this one, while also scoring it from mid-range, and in the paint. Showed a tight handle, and improved ball-handling. His growth and development are evident, but could use improvement in his play-making, and involvement of others, which should come with more time at the point guard position. More than capable of being an asset defensively, with his ability to put pressure on the basketball, doing so on multiple occasions in this one. Led all scorers in this game, with 24 points in the loss.
2022 G Kannon Klusmeyer (Perrysburg) – Could be one of the surprise players of the NLL this season. Has good size out on the perimeter from his position. Strong with the basketball, makes good decisions, does a nice job of taking care of the basketball. Let’s the game come to him, a skilled prospect who is just scratching the surface. Not afraid of contact, rebounds, and will be physical on the defensive end of the floor. One to keep an eye on as he continues to grow with more experience.
2024 PG DeMarr Foster (Lima Central Catholic) – Starting from the lead guard position in a rivalry game as a freshman, Foster held his own, while showing his youth at times. Has a tight handle, capable of breaking pressure singlehandedly. Is patient in his ability to see the floor and lets things materialize. Uses his quickness and speed to cause turnovers defensively, solid on-ball defender already. More of a pass-first point guard for now, but the future is very bright for this young floor general.
2022 F AJ Jump (Sylvania Southview) – Was one of the few bright spots in this one for his team, going at it against his former school. Competed, and had a good showing in difficult circumstances. Displayed a smooth ability to score it on the block and in the mid-range. Spaces the floor and can cause matchup problems for opponents. Rebounded at a high level, provides a steadying force in the paint. Doesn’t get too low or too high throughout the course of a game. Skilled with an old-school feel to his game.
2023 PG Jaden Walker (Maumee) – While his team struggled to find offense for most of the game, Walker was consistent putting points on the board. He was active early on, scoring it around the rim, and proved able to knock down open looks from the perimeter as well. Played with a competitive edge, and willingness to compete. Solid with the ball in his hands, getting his team into their sets. Improved as a decision-maker, and looks comfortable on the floor as a sophomore. Rebounds well, and is effective when dialed in defensively. Should have a nice spring and summer ahead.
2022 PG Kennedy Vaughn (Toledo St. John’s) – The guard came off the bench early in this one, and left his fingerprints all over the rest of this game. Handled the defensive pressure of a scrappy Lima Senior bunch with great patience, poise, and sound ball-handling. Picked his spots offensively, able to get downhill, and converting when he did so. Moved the basketball, putting pressure on the defense, and getting others involved. Was arguably just as impressive on the defensive side of the floor on this night, constantly being in good position, moving his feet, anticipating, and being active. Finished this game with 15 points, in a really good showing from him.
2024 PG Darryl Barnett (Scott) – The freshman brought the most consistent effort, and focus of anyone on the floor in this game. Doesn’t do anything flashy, but knows his ability, and doesn’t try to do too much. Sees the court well, has a solid handle, and plays under-control. Was an asset defensively, gets down and guards, and took his assignment personally. Efficient scoring the ball when he had his opportunities, but didn’t force things, and is more of a pass-first point guard right now. Looks to have a bright future, and is a young name to remember in the City League.
2022 SG Jareon Mayo (Lima Senior) – One of the most underrated talents in NW Ohio in this humble opinion, Mayo can just about do it all offensively, and has good size from the guard position to go with it at 6’2″. Shot it really well from three in this one, making it look effortless when he has his feet set. Can score off the bounce, and makes good cuts to the rim. Capable of being a defensive asset on the wing with his length, and athleticism. Scholarship worthy prospect in the future who is only going to get better.
2022 F Tavarius McBeth (Rogers) – Really grew last season and will be expected to contribute on both ends of the floor for this team. Has good athletic ability and will be one of the better post presences in the league. Can alter shots on defense and rebound the basketball. Runs the floor well, and is continuing to develop in his understanding of the game. Should have a strong junior season ahead of him.
2023 F Jake Morrison (Rossford) – Young, but plays within his abilities. Looks to have room to grow a few more inches in the near future. Shot the ball really well from the perimeter. Should continue to develop and has a bright future ahead of him. Will contribute to a very talented Rossford team this season.
2023 G Nathan Lichtle (Crestview) – Led Crestview’s scoring efforts in this game with 14 points. Brought some swagger and instant offense to his team when they really needed it. Shot it well from the outside and was solid around the rim. Doesn’t do anything to hurt you, just really solid as a young prospect. Plays hard, understands, plays within the flow of the game and finds ways to make an impact.
2023 C Ja’Vaughn Jones (Toledo Central Catholic) – Has slimmed down over the past year, but is still a load for opponents in the paint. Finished around the rim with consistency, doing so through contact at times. Fought for rebounds, and ran the floor well. Capable of handling the basketball a bit. Will play a critical role for his team this season, and will have the opportunity to show why he has such potential and upside.
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 G Chico Johnson (Toledo Central Catholic) – His stock is sure to rise among media outlets and scouts alike after a tremendous showing, particularly on Friday. Johnson although still young, is so smooth and polished already. Has great feel and a high understanding out on the floor. He’s smart, gets down and defends, is a great communicator, and has length that he uses to his advantage. Can score it in a multitude of ways, and is careful in picking his spots. He really impressed with his C2K Elite team, and his name is one you will be hearing more and more about.
2023 G Brock Hastings (Bowling Green) – Didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but did enough to show he has a bright future ahead with continued growth. Will need to bulk up, and continue to develop, but has the skill set, and understanding from the guard position. Has a really nice looking shot from the outside, and can stroke it with good consistency. Locked in on defense, understands positioning. One to keep an eye on going forward.
2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s) – Becoming more clearly one of the top prospects in Northwest Ohio regardless of class, Hornbeak has all the makings of a young Division 1 college basketball prospect. Plays with good pace and feel, has the developing basketball IQ you want in a point guard at his age. Physically mature, has good size and build. Shot the three on this night with great consistency with his feet set. Can get to the rim, probes the defense off the bounce, keeps his head up, and makes plays for others. Has a tight handle, and can deal with ball pressure with relative ease. Definitely willing to get down and defend, moves his feet, and can put pressure on the ball. Bright, bright future ahead.
2022 G Ben Morrison (Rossford) – Scores it well and with efficiency because of his understanding of spacing, ability to make hard cuts to the basket, and reading the defense. Is a threat on the perimeter where he is a able to knock down jumpers or find open teammates. Moves the basketball well when he handles it, rebounds, and always seemed to find his way around the ball. Definitely one of the younger prospects in the area to keep an eye on.
2022 F Martin Beredo (St. Francis) – Had a nice summer of basketball that has carried over into a solid start to his sophomore season. Has nice size at 6’7″ and can play inside out. Doesn’t quite have the thickness yet to really bang down low, but can handle his own on the block. Primarily plays out on the perimeter where he can knock down the triple in impressive fashion with his quick release. Defensively can cause problems with his length and activity. Brings some nice tenacity and competitiveness to the floor. Lets the game come to him. Bright future ahead.
2023 G/F Romel Hightower (Cardinal Stritch) – Doesn’t quite get much time at the Varsity level just yet, has shown enough in the JV game and passes the ‘eye test’ to get your attention. Has a really good frame at his young age, standing around 6’4″ out on the wing, with noticeable length. Needs to improve in his IQ and understanding of the game, but he has definite elite potential. Very high ceiling and a name to remember for years to come.
2023 PF Cayden Jacoby (Pettisville) – Still a little raw as a talent as he continues to grow into his 6’8″ frame, but showed on Friday that the potential is certainly there. Did a nice job of running the floor and filling the lanes. Has good touch and can finish around the rim. Rebounds his area well and contests shots on the defensive end. Has a chance to have a very bright future.
2022 G Camren Miles (Lima Senior) – Finished as this games leading scorer with 13 points, Miles plays with great control, poise, and experience. Strong on both ends of the floor. Thrives in the mid-range, getting to his spots and capitalizing, capable of knocking down triples, and is active in the paint from the guard position. Really brings energy to the floor, uses his athleticism to his advantage. Sound defender on the perimeter.
2023 G Justyn Toler (Toledo St. John’s) – Wasn’t necessarily on my radar heading into the day, but you can believe he is now. Not sure we saw anyone play harder than him from start to finish in a game on Friday. He’s unselfish, poised and composed, and flat out plays his tail off on both ends of the floor. Has some swagger and flare to his game. Performed well in transition, finishing around the rim. Certainly one to keep an eye on in the years to come.
2022 F Brock Makrancy (Findlay) – With good size, around 6’6″, he knows how to play to his strengths, and is a matchup problem for opponents. Shoots it at a high level from the outside off of the catch, pulling bigger defenders away from the basket. Capable of putting the ball on the floor and getting to his spots. Normally locked in defensively, and was a big asset for his team on the boards in this game.
2022 G Mason Brandt (Leipsic) – Aside from Etzler, Brandt had the best night of anyone in the pair of games at Bluffton. Delivered big shots and made plays time and again when his team really needed them. Brought a toughness, and contagious fight to the floor. Shot it really well from the outside, finished around the rim, and proved he can get his in the mid-range as well. Isn’t afraid to get down defensively, and will scrap for rebounds and loose balls. High understanding of what’s going on out on the court. Was relied on heavily, and the sophomore delivered, finishing with 20 points.
2023 PG Gavin Etzler (Crestview) – Still very young, and shows his youth throughout the course of the game, but the potential is clearly there, and the experience as a Varsity starter as a freshman will serve him well. Handled the ball well for the most part, while facing a great deal of defensive pressure. Was patient setting up sets, and understands spacing. Can shoot the three ball with great consistency with a quick release and compact stroke. Needs to continue to grow both physically and in his play, but the future is certainly bright.
2022 G Nick Trentman (Fort Jennings) – Was one of the constant bright spots for his team, and delivered when they needed him most. Puts pressure on the defense with his scoring ability and his fearless play. Can shoot the three with consistency, and is capable in the mid-range. Moves the basketball, picks his spots, and provides consistency. Was active on defense, leaving it all on the floor.
2022 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Craig was nothing short of phenomenal on this night. He seemed to be everywhere, on both ends of the floor, and seemingly made his presence felt on every trip down the floor. Scored it with high-efficiency around the rim, around the mid-range, and nearly out to the perimeter. Played with strength and confidence, finishing through contact and refusing to be denied on offense. Used his length to anchor their defense, altering shots, cleaning the glass, and communicating on that end of the floor. Delivered a performance that truly looked the part of a DI prospect in the future, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
2022 G Ke’Vontai Payne (Start) – Has a knack for scoring the basketball, and doing so in a multitude of ways. Was efficient, did a nice job of picking his spots, and making good decisions on the offensive end of the floor. Solid on defense, his length, and activity make him a difference-maker. Rebounds well from his position, isn’t afraid of contact. Brings consistent effort, and focus. Only going to improve, and is going to be a nice talent to follow in the City League this season, and the next.
2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – Houston is undoubtedly one of the most talented guys in his class in Toledo, and you don’t have to watch him for that long to see why. Has nice size from the guard position and takes advantage of it. Uses the dribble to create space and take his defender off the bounce and into the paint. Smooth, lefty stroke from three point range. Has plenty of room to continue to grow and develop, but the talent is certainly there.
2022 PG Maurice Purley (Whitmer) – Delivered a nice outing for his team in this one, finishing with 17 points. Similar to the aforementioned Luster in stature, Purley was solid on both ends of the floor, and was a big reason Whitmer kept this one close. Brought consistent effort and energy, was efficient, and made good decisions with the ball in his hands. Plays well with pace, and pushes the ball up the floor with good vision. Shot it at a high clip from the outside. Has some good basketball ahead of him.
2022 PG Nereon Grier (Start) – Grier proves ready to go from the jump every time he takes the floor. Does a really nice job of orchestrating things on the offensive end as he finds teammates, makes his way into the paint, and competes at a high level. While a bit undersized, he uses his quickness and instincts to make plays on the defensive end of the floor. Sees the floor well and his decision making continues to improve and develop.
2022 G Jordan Kynard (Rogers) – He has waited his turn behind some talented veterans, and should really be able to impact this team this year. Can really shoot it from the outside and score in bunches. Always seems to be in the gym, and brings experience from the AAU circuit. Has good quickness, and is developing as a playmaker. On the defensive end of the floor he can cause problems for opposing guards. Has a chance to really assert himself this season.
2022 PG Brady Wheeler (Lima Shawnee) – Doesn’t make the highlights or headlines for his team as often as he should, but he without a doubt plays an integral part in the success they’ve experienced. Strong with the basketball, he constantly plays with his head up, seeing the floor, and makes good reads. Can score it with creativity around the rim, and shoots it well from the outside. Breaks down defenses with the dribble, and can cause serious problems if not checked defensively. Gets after it on defense, and can really push the pace in transition. Would make a small college basketball program really happy in the future.
2022 G/F Jack Suelzer (Bowling Green/Great Lakes Gold) – Leaves his fingerprints all on a basketball game in virtually all areas. He’s a capable scorer from all three levels, and always seems to find his way around the basketball. Capable ball handler, fights in the post for rebounds. Going to keep an eye on him going forward.
2024 F Jace Turner (St. Marys) – The young freshman was a bright spot in this one for his team. Delivered a really solid outing on both ends of the floor, being in good position more often than not, and impacting the game in multiple areas. Finished around the rim with consistency on out to mid-range. Was active on the glass, and ran the floor well. Going to follow his development in the future and will be interesting to see how his game continues to grow.
2022 PG William Miller (Ottoville) – Had a really nice day in the shadows of his teammate’s scoring outburst. Can score it at a high level in his own right, knocking down open looks from the outside, and getting to the rim. Has a tight handle, capable of breaking pressure, and sees the floor well. Applies good ball pressure on the defensive side of the court, keeping his man in check. Has an old-school feel to his game, and was fun to watch.