* 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.
2021 PF Owen Nichols (Ottawa-Glandorf) – The 6’7″ junior had himself a night as he came out with an emphatic start to this game. Can truly score it at all three levels, and displayed that here, knocking down triples, scoring in the mid-post, and especially getting buckets on the low block. Capable of scoring over either shoulder, can go to either hand, and can take care of the basketball in the open floor. Keeps the ball away from defenders, knows how to protect it, delivers passes on time and in rhythm. Really makes his presence felt defensively with his size and length, rejecting shots, out-letting the basketball, and cleaning up on the boards. Deceptively athletic, potential is certainly visible. Special showing from him.
2021 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.
2021 G/F Jamiya Neal (Rogers) – Neal was the best talent on the floor in two different viewings on Friday. Has been bringing in numerous mid-major offers over the past few weeks and its easy to see why. Is a tremendous athlete, and was able to get to the rim at ease on the offensive end. Was active on the glass on both ends, ripping down boards and leading the break. Shot the ball well from the perimeter and the foul line throughout the day. The area he impressed most was his ability to move the basketball and make plays with the ball in his hands. Would have really benefited from a more ‘normal’ spring and summer on the AAU circuit, but that shouldn’t stop him from being one of the most sought after seniors in Ohio. Holds multiple mid-major offers.
2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – His speed, quickness, and shifty play he is known for was certainly on display on Friday, as it didn’t take long for him to make his presence felt in the gym and with a new team. Has the distinct ability to stop on a dime and knock down shots. Knocked down multiple triples from the outside, including the go-ahead on the way to his team’s win Friday morning. Gets his shot off quick, and is always ready to let it fly; feels like it has a chance every time he puts it up. Really gets down and competes on the defensive end of the floor. Better ball handler than he gets credit for. A surefire scholarship level talent, with a current offer from Fairmont State and certainly more to come.
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 PG CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s) – You could argue he is one of the best freshman in the state that not many know about. Continuing to grow and develop each time out on the floor, and played plenty of minutes in this energized environment. Shows his youth at times, but continues to bounce back and make the next play. Really plays composed and with resilience. Handles the moment as well as you could ask for a freshman. Gets his team into their offense, knocks down open shots, moves the ball, and plays with poise. Can really clamp down on the defensive end as well, and pulled down numerous rebounds. Has the makings of a DI prospect early on at the next level.
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.
2021 G/F Trevor Wensink (Toledo Christian) – Brings good size, deceptively nimble, can really get up and down. Can create offense off the bounce, really shoots it well off the catch. Fights for rebounds, uses his size to his advantage on defense. Does a nice job of letting the game come to him, stays composed, and gets his within the flow of things. Very much a high-quality ‘glue guy.’
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 C JaVaughn Jones (Whitmer) – This young man has a bright, bright future ahead. Standing around 6’7″ with a thick frame and impressive skill set at such a young age, Jones should potentially start as a freshman for a storied Whitmer High School program. Runs the floor with good pace, sound footwork for his age and size, decent handle, and mature understanding of the game. Very impressive stroke shooting the ball from the outside with good touch. Has soft hands, competes, and strong presence in the post. Its early, but with continued growth and development has a chance to be a high-major recruit down the road.
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.
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 PG Khalil Luster (Lima Senior) – What he lacks in size, he makes up for in competitiveness and motor. Really tight handle, ability to read the defense and distribute the basketball at a high level. Crafty around the rim, can shoot it from the outside with consistency. Quick and shifty, can really get the ball up the floor.
2022 F Brock Makrancy (Findlay) – The young man simply has a chance to be a special prospect moving forward. Plays all over the floor and makes his presence known on virtually every trip down the court. Can knock down perimeter shots with consistency, slash to the basket, and bang in the post. Runs the floor hard and competes. Very skilled, looks the part of a sure scholarship college basketball player in the future.
2021 G Cole McWhinnie (Toledo Christian) – Now known throughout the area as one of the best shooters NW Ohio has to offer. Whether off the bounce or spotting up, McWhinnie can torch the nets, from mid-range on out to the perimeter. Developing into one of the best point guards in Toledo for his class. McWhinnie makes good decisions with the basketball, facilitates, moves the ball, makes the right reads, and knocks down open shots with high-efficiency. Solid lateral quickness and understanding allow him to be sound defender as well. Fundamentally sound on both sides of the floor. Maturing physically and in his game. Already hearing from multiple DIII and NAIA programs across the Midwest. (Committed to Hillsdale College).
2021 PG CamRon Gaston (Rossford) – The true ‘heart over height’ point guard who brings a bit of finesse to go along with some swagger out on the floor. Smooth with the basketball in his hands and has the ball on a string. Crafty and tough around the rim, uses his quickness and athleticism to create for others and himself on offense. Scrappy as a defender where he can cause problems and fits for opponents. Beats others to spots, has quick hands, communicates, and is a competitor. Really a joy to watch run the show for his team.
2021 F Frank Waganfeald (Oregon Clay) – When talking about some of the more talented big men in Northwest Ohio, Waganfeald’s name has to come up in conversation. He provides a strong, physical presence, and can clear space in the paint. Really rebounds his area well, and finishes at the rim.
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.
2021 F Carson Kreischer (Crestview) – Was a bully in the paint, scoring through contact and finishing at a high clip around the rim in a physical game. Competes at a high-level, runs the floor well, and rebounds his area. Not shy from contact on the defensive end, where his size and strength are a great asset. Won’t ‘wow’ you, but very, very solid.
2021 PG Brandon Hull (Ada) – Hull was impressive in his ability to score it and distribute the basketball to teammates. Delivered assists in a multitude of ways, putting zip on the basketball, and passing open teammates. Compact in size, but can get low and find his way in the paint to put pressure on the defense. Efficient scoring the ball at the rim, capable scorer from the outside. Solid defensively, where he likes to gamble and create turnovers. Finished with 21 points and 7 assists on the night.
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 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 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 PG Jordan Kynard (Rogers/Ohio Celtics) – Takes care of the basketball, makes good decisions off of ball screens, and can produce crafty finishes around the rim. Can score it from the outside, his experience and time on the floor shines through in a game.
2021 F Kallen Brown (Ayersville) – Has a good physical build, and isn’t afraid to bang around in the post. Rebounds well in his area, fills space, and is capable of knocking down jump shots. Needs to continue to develop, but with two years of Varsity basketball ahead of him he has a chance to do some nice things moving forward.
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.
2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – Roth comes out of the gates in attack mode, getting downhill, and finding open teammates. Really finished well around the rim, takes care of the basketball. Locked in defensively, and excels in transition leading the break. Young, but very bright future ahead for him. Really mature in his play and decision making.
2021 F J.R Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Thrives in the post, doesn’t have the biggest body but uses it to his advantage. 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.
2021 G/F Dylan Hughes (Parkway) – Showing signs he’s starting to figure things out and feel more comfortable. Can finish around the rim, knock down outside shots, beat people down the floor, and handled the ball well for his team. His improvement over the past several months is evident, and his team will be all the better for it.
2021 F Aidan Reichert (Jackson Center) – Shows signs of his youth but his talent and potential is 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. (Committed to Mercyhurst University).
2021 G Stephen Coleman (Maumee Valley Country Day) – Has really good length, and looks like he could still grow a few more inches in the future. Offensively he is extremely effective as a slasher, attacking the basket, and getting to the rim. Has a good shot, that can be reliable throughout the course of the game. His athleticism allow him to be an asset as a perimeter defender, and he rebounds at a high level from the guard position. Coleman projects to land with a mid-major program down the road.
2021 F A.J Adams (Findlay) – Coming off of an impressive sophomore season, Adams showed why he is one of the most promising prospects regardless of class the area has to offer. He always seems to be around the ball on either end of floor and just makes good things happen. Can create for others, or for himself, and is a scorer from all three levels. Anchors the defense, and is a strong presence in the paint. Currently only has college interest locally, but expect that to change over the coming months.
2021 G Feisal Crumby (Toledo St. Francis) – His reputation thus far is that of a three-point shooter which he proved time and again throughout his sophomore season, but Crumby is showing he can be more than that lately. Can create for himself or for others off the dribble, is active and pesky defensively, and makes nice plays in transition. Noticeable development from him over the past few months.
2021 Brady Lichtenberg (Toledo St. Johns) – While Lichtenberg is ultimately one of the better college football prospects in NW Ohio, the young man can get it done on the court as well. Provides a smart and steadying presence at the guard position, and does a nice job of reading the floor. Can get to the rim, and set up teammates, but can also score it from out on the perimeter. Fundamentally sound, has a good handle, and doesn’t turn the ball over. (Committed to the University of Cincinnati to play football).
2021 F Kalen Etzler (Convoy Crestview) – Has an upside that is easy to see. Very activity in the paint, cleans the glass on both ends of the floor. Can score in the paint at the rim, or off the bounce, which makes him unique with his youth and 6’8″ frame. Has a good understanding of the game. Needs to bulk up physically over time. Good quickness and footwork, combined with his length, makes him a difficult matchup. Ability to play from the perimeter, solid ball handling. Should become one of the most sought after recruits in Ohio over the next few years. (Committed to the Ohio State University).