Evaluations

* 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.

2024 G Machi Johnson(Fostoria) – the ‘Robin’ to his teammate Robinson’s ‘Batman’ in this game, Johnson displayed game, and skill of a promising young college prospect. Has solid size from the backcourt standing around 6′, he has a mature frame, and mature composure to go with it. Solid with the ball in his hands, he can be a load offensively on straight-line drives getting to the cup. Can score with creativity, and uses his offhand well. Sees the floor, makes good decisions, and plays with some swagger. Has patience, and plays a poised brand of ball for his age. Offered a lot to like on this night, and is certainly a name to remember going forward.

2023 G/F Aidan Pratt (Van Wert) – one of the best athletes in the Western Buckeye League, Pratt had that on full display on Friday night. He has good size and length, and has a solid inside-out game offensively. Impressed with his ability to get on the defensive glass and push the ball up the floor in transition, doing so on multiple occasions aiding his team in their comeback efforts. Just as he does as the QB on the football team, he saw the floor well here and made plays getting teammates involved. Brings a competitive edge, and confidence to the court. Saw his season end on this night, but will be back next year. Will have the chance to play football at the next level, but otherwise could probably do so for his ability on the basketball floor as well.

2023 C Austin Parks (St. Marys Memorial) – having seen the recent Ohio State commit about two months prior, it is quite remarkable to see how his game continues to develop at quite a high rate. Parks was a load in the paint on both ends of the floor, and must be accounted for on nearly every possession. Was very active on both the offensive and defensive glass, throwing his size and strength around to corral rebounds. Capable of finishing at the rim through contact, and with greater consistency when he has the chance. Not at all afraid to bring physicality to the floor, the big man is truly a force when he’s on the court. Displayed the ability to consistently knock down shots in the mid-range, adding another wrinkle to his already growing game. Really impresses with his ability to see the floor, and pass the basketball, making him a real threat with the ball in his hands. Finished with an 18 point, 10 rebound, and 5 assist performance in the Sectional Final win on this night. Looks the part of a national Top 150 recruit.

2024 G/F Evan Angstmann (St. Marys Memorial) – his season probably has been overshadowed by the aforementioned Parks, but he also has a bright future in the game if he wants it. Equipped with good height already around 6’5″, he has the length and ability to cause problems for opponents in more ways than one. He can really shoot it from the outside, capitalizing on most open looks that he gets, but can also slash to the rim and make plays in that area as well. Does a lot of the little things well, and doesn’t shy away from the moment. Seems to really just be scratching the surface on his potential, someone you should be hearing more about in the future.

2023 G Dylan Smith (Spencerville) – he may not look the part, but Smith can really go, and had his fingerprints all over this game. He is an extension of his coach on offense, understanding what they want to do, and making good decisions. Has a good handle, capable of beating pressure off the dribble. Smith is quick, and doesn’t require much space to get to the rim where he does the bulk of his damage. High energy, steady, and trusts his teammates. Made big plays as needed, finishing with 20 points in the win on this night. Doesn’t do anything to ‘wow’ you, but there is no denying he can play.

2023 G Josh Henline (Spencerville) – had a defender draped over him all night long, but managed to not let the frustration get to him, and still contributed in a major way. Pretty polished and skilled as a prospect, Henline does a lot of the little things to impact winning. Has a smooth demeanor, confident, and is a fun watch on the court. Really gets after it defensively, moves his feet, and puts pressure on the ball. Shoots it well from the outside with a nice looking shot, and doesn’t get deterred if it’s not his night offensively, as was the case tonight. Will be interesting to see what attention he can garner on the AAU circuit this spring and summer, but for now is a key reason his team continues to find success.

2024 C Jack Knapke (Marion Local) – Following in the foot steps of brother Luke, who starred at the University of Toledo, Jack certainly has a bright future of his own. Standing around 6’8″ with a thick, strong build, Knapke bullied anyone who was thrown his way on Tuesday night down low. Runs the floor well, and is active on the glass on both ends. Scores it consistently, and cleans up around the rim on offense. Will need to continue to develop an array of moves on the low block, and improve his footwork, but the young big man has to be considered one of the top post prospects in Ohio in his class. Plays with passion, can be a vocal leader, and was far and away the best player on the floor. Makes his presence felt defensively with his strength, and ability to contest shots. Finished with a game-high 23 points on this night.

2024 G Wes Enis (Miami East) – really played some good basketball in multiple viewings in this event, Enis is young, and still figuring things out, Has a very bright future ahead, and his confidence in himself should only continue to grow. Doesn’t rush things with the ball in his hands on offense, able to handle it, makes good decisions. Able to squeeze through the defense, absorb contact, and get to the rim where he can finish with either hand. Has a sweet lefty stroke from the perimeter where he can knock down shots consistently. Moves his feet well defensively, has good lateral quickness, and is fundamentally sound on that end of the floor. The son of former local standout NFL player Curtis Enis. He has the makings early on of a quality prospect to play at the next level someday.

2023 G Caleb Maurer (Fort Loramie) – will have the opportunity to have a very special senior season in a few months, Maurer and his teammates have a lot of success ahead. A high level athlete, Maurer has serious bounce, twitch, and quickness out on the floor. Has a quick release from the outside to go with a pretty stroke, he can attack the rim with force and finish with authority. Sees the floor well, gets teammates involved, and makes good reads with the ball in his hands. Capable of locking down opponents on the defensive side of the court, creates turnovers, and can be tough to handle in transition. Will have plenty of schools interested in his services at the next level, and should be a strong candidate to win Player of the Year in his conference this winter.

2024 PG Jacob Roeth (Miami East) – the other part of Miami East’s young, talented backcourt duo, Roeth impressed with his effort, energy, and ability to never stop moving on the court. Tough, competes, encourages teammates, and always seems to find his way around the ball. Can shoot it from three effectively, moves the ball, and isn’t afraid to be active around the basket at his position. Gets into it on defense, pressures the ball, and plays with active hands. Going to be someone to keep an eye on in the future, as he and his team should see continued success in the coming years.

2023 SG Jadyn Mescher (Marion Local) – played a key role in his team’s success and tournament run last year, Mescher will have a chance to fill the void left by a handful of seniors who have since departed. Plays strong with the basketball, has good size on the perimeter, and can really shoot it from there at a high clip. Can pass it, has a smooth feel to his game, and quietly goes about his business on the floor. Will be one of the better seniors in the always competitive MAC this upcoming season.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2023 F Adam Thorbahn (Port Clinton) – in a tough, gritty, grind it out kind of game, it was Thorbahn who stood out, and stood up for his team on this night. Was very active throughout, mainly in the paint, on both ends of the floor. Showed the ability to finish around the rim, score through contact, and do so with urgency. Has good strength, making him tough to handle, especially down on the low block. Rebounds the ball well, gets the ball up the floor, and isn’t afraid to get physical defensively. Finished with a game-high 16 points in the win for his team, making many key plays down the stretch to allow them to advance.

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.

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.

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.

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.