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.

2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (St. Johns) – 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.

2020 G Josiah Fulcher (Lima Senior) – The Bowling Green signee makes things look relatively easy when he’s out on the floor. He thrives in transition, Fulcher utilizes his length, quickness, and ability to get up and down to get his team out to a dominant lead early. Displayed his quick and reliable release from the outside in knocking down triples with consistency. Highly intelligent on both ends of the floor, always seemed to be in the right spot. More athletic than he probably gets credit for. (Signed with Bowling Green State University)

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.

2020 F Caleb Kinney (Parkway) – Fundamentally sound game, strong with the basketball, gets the job done in the post. Has decent size at 6’4″, good hands and feet. Can score it on either block, through contact, and with finesse if needed. Clearly who his team goes to when times get tough, and proved to be more than capable of carrying the load. Defends well in the paint, not afraid to body-up, and holds his ground. Most effective on the blocks, elbows, and in the short corner. Persistent and consistent effort. Has to be one of the more undervalued forwards in Northwest Ohio.

2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – Having an impressive junior season. Can shoot the ball extremely well from deep, knocking down triples with consistency out to 25-28 feet. Comes through in timely moments for his team. What he may lack in physical size, he makes up for in his relentless effort, energy, and will. Quick, shifty, and athletic, that allow him to be a force on both ends of the court. Changes direction on a dime. Can cause turnovers on defense with his activity, leading to easy ones and opportunities for others.

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.

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.

2020 G Zachary Szul (Anthony Wayne) – Steadying presence on the offensive end, getting to the rim and excelling in the mid-range, pretty stroke from the outside; true three tier threat. Sees the floor well, moves the ball, and makes those around him better. Defensively he brings intensity, hustle, and is locked-in providing a strong presence on that side of the floor. Rebounds and is active in the paint for his position. Calm demeanor, smooth brand of basketball. Buy stock now in this young man before its too late. Could be a breakout prospect in the area and potentially statewide for his senior season.

2020 G/F Ethan Dewese (Rossford) – Complete player; runs the floor very well, hustles, brings effort and energy. Rebounds at a very high level and can handle the basketball. Can score it spotting up or off the bounce, and can do so at all three levels. Not afraid to defend and get physical out on the perimeter or in the paint on the defensive end. A very solid and fundamentally sound senior prospect.

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.

2020 F Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers) – Gifted with elite athletic ability and a tremendous build, Nelson has all the makings of a DI college basketball player; arguably the most athletically gifted prospect in Northwest Ohio. Always delivers rim rattling dunks, and some impressive denials at the rim. Capable of knocking down jump shots with a nice looking shot. Runs the floor well, plays hard, and is an underrated force on the defensive end. Continues to cement his status as a must-have prospect moving forward.

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 F Sean Craig (Sylvania Northview) – Was a key, but unheralded part of Northview’s successful high school season as a freshman. Possesses really good length and size for his youthful age. Pretty fundamentally sound in the paint, and finishes routinely when he gets his hands on the ball. Reads his guards well on the floor and makes himself available for the catch. Can provide a sound, anchoring presence on the defensive end. Has the foundation to really be one of the better players around for years to come.

2020 F Domonique Cole (Toledo Central Catholic/All-Ohio Gold) – Equipped with good footwork and a soft touch, he excels with his efficiency and effectiveness in the paint. Has the ability to step out and knock down the outside shot. Big bodied, Cole can be a difference maker on the defensive end, altering shots, and cleaning the glass. Can score it over either shoulder on the block, and has a knack for finding the ball. Has continued to develop with a noticeably improved feel in the post out onto the perimeter. He is scoring at a highly efficient level, from the low block to the elbow, and out to three point range where he has proven he must be accounted for. Running the floor with an improved pace. Really had a strong AAU season heading into his senior season.

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.

2020 C/F Garret White (Maumee) – One of the better big men in Northwest Ohio continues to develop into a serious prospect for the next level. Becoming more comfortable with every outing on the floor. Noticeable improvement in seeing the floor, and kicking the ball out of the post when a second defender comes. Rebounds well and outlets to start the fast-break. Needs to continue to work on finishing around the rim, but there is no doubt White’s development is headed in the right direction following a productive AAU campaign. (Committed to Wittenberg University)

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.

2020 G Adrian Michael (Start) – While he won’t ‘wow’ with his brand of basketball, Michael is rock solid in the backcourt. He consistently makes winning plays. Doesn’t turn the ball over, shoots it at a high clip from the perimeter, is hard to find in transition, and is an elite defender from his guard position. His effort and intensity make him a tremendous asset to any squad.

2020 G Javante Hayward (Rogers) – If he played for any other team in Toledo’s City League, more people would without a doubt know more about this scrappy, hard-nosed guard. His Rogers team is filled with talent, and therefore attention paid to him probably isn’t what it should be. Plays an aggressive brand of basketball, looks to push the pace offensively and gets downhill looking to score it or create for others. Makes things happen and plays with a grit and swagger that you like to see from someone at his position.

2020 G David Walker (Maumee) – Has garnered some attention for his play throughout the high school season, but he clearly thrives in the AAU environment, playing freely and with a sense of urgency. Walker can score it and do so quickly when he gets rolling and more times than not shows just that. Crafty around the rim, and has a nice mid-range game.

2020 PG Jonzell Norrils (Toledo Central Catholic/All-Ohio Gold) – Norrils is one of the best two sport athletes in Northwest Ohio as he excels on the football field as well, where he has garnered the most attention from college coaches. With that said he is clearly a scholarship worthy talent on the basketball court too. Has a tremendous burst and build, Norrils is a true point guard that you love to watch lead a team. He communicates, has a high basketball IQ, and plays with a refreshing joy when he’s on the floor. Capable scorer from all three levels, gets to the rim and finishes well, efficient in the mid-range, and a consistent scorer from the perimeter. High level defender, using his strength and lateral quickness. Sets up teammates and understands where they are most comfortable. Can create off the dribble where he really has a good handle. (Signed with the University of Akron to play football)

2020 G Cameron Awls (Toledo Central Catholic/Ohio Celtics) – Has shown the ability to be exceptional running a team as a play-maker and a leader. Possesses high level court vision, while delivering some next level passes to teammates, all the while picking his spots to score it. Has a smooth feel to his game, excels in transition, and is one of the more active and quality defenders from his guard position that you’ll find in the area. (Committed to Defiance College)

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.

2020 G Devyn Jones (Cardinal Stritch/Ohio Celtics) – Jones is far from an unknown prospect, but has been stuck behind some pretty talented individuals at St. Johns for a few years now. Transferring over to Cardinal Stritch he should have a chance to really show what he can do. He really uses his length and athleticism to his benefit, especially on the defensive end of the floor, converting turnovers into easy opportunities. Really can score it well off the bounce and in transition with great consistency, and is more than capable of scoring it from the perimeter. He has a chance to have a special season, thriving out on the wing for his new team. (Committed to Concordia University)

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.

2020 F Nate Brighton (Evergreen/Ohio Celtics) – This young man probably hasn’t received the publicity over the past few years that he should, but he is certainly one of the better inside-out post prospects around. He plays hard, flying all over the floor for rebounds and loose balls. Runs the floor, passes out of the post well, and finishes around the rim. Can turn and face up, and can handle the ball a bit too. Really bodies up and is strong in the post on the defensive end. Does all the little things that contribute to winning basketball.

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.

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″. 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. The toughness and grit in his game is evident, as is his passion for winning and playing the game. Shoots the ball well and with consistency from the perimeter, and can carve his way to the rim on the offensive end. Has the quickness and length to be a force on the defensive side of things from the guard position. Rebounds exceptionally well for his position.

2020 PG Dez Jett (Maumee Valley) – Looks 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. 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 impresses 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 expecting a big senior season from him.

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.

2020 PG Michael Stammen (Versailles) – Typically one of the best talents in the gym and makes it known as he hands out buckets, and delivers dimes to teammates. Displaying a really good handle and feel, Stammen can carve up defenses. 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) – 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.

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 create 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. Can shoot it well from the outside and be efficient in picking his spots. Active communicator, ability to really lock-in and defend.

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.

2020 G Carson Goble (Van Buren) – Really fundamentally sound out on the wing, shoots 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. 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.

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.

2020 G Zeb Jackson (Maumee Valley Country Day) – Jackson has taken on the publicity and recognition he received in his younger years, and has certainly lived up to, if not exceeded those expectations. The most highly touted prospect to come out of Ohio since his close friend Xavier Simpson, Jackson is a special talent, who does things his way. He has grown both physically and in his game over the past year, and has committed to play for the University of Michigan along the way. Gifted with talent that allows him to take over and dominate a basketball game, Jackson flat out can get it done. (Signed with the University of Michigan)

2020 G/F Tyrel Goings (Defiance) – Goings plays a heady brand of basketball oozing with understanding, that stems from his legendary coach. Has a thick build and uses it to his advantage fighting for rebounds. Sees the floor well, finishes through contact, and can knock down the baseline jumper with great consistency. Thrives in the short corner area.

2020 C/F Jackson Sizemore (Perrysburg) – Developing into the best big man prospect in the greater Toledo area. Sizemore gets the job done on both ends of the floor. Standing around 6’8″ he anchors the defense, while communicating, and altering shots at the rim. He can shoot it and stretch the floor on the offensive end, while finishing over either shoulder, and at the rim in the paint. Does the little things that contribute to winning basketball. Molding into the perfect pick and pop four man at the mid-major collegiate level.

2021 G/F Jamiya Neal (Toledo St. Francis) – Every now and then you come across a prospect that oozes potential and just has that ‘it’ factor; Neal is one of them. Gifted with superb athleticism, length, and reach, he has the body that coaches at the D1 level long for. He can handle the ball well, even to the extent of getting minutes at the point guard position. His ability to shoot it has improved, and he is a capable scorer at all three levels. Active in the paint and on the glass, he competes and communicates well on the floor. Can defend multiple positions. Should have a big summer on the AAU circuit and pick up some offers along the way.

2020 G Caleb Smith (Toledo St. Johns) – One of the more unheralded members of his class in the area, but that should be coming to an end in the coming months. Has developed a poise and maturity out on the floor that wasn’t always there, since transferring over from Rogers High School in the summer. Brings energy and emotion to a game. Can score it from all three levels with an improved perimeter shot, Smith makes plays for others and knows when to get his. Rebounds and isn’t afraid to bang with the big boys. Looks to continue to develop into one of the better talents in the area.

2020 G/F Jamir Simpson (Lima Senior) – With a good basketball bloodline, you can’t question Simpson’s motor or his ‘want to.’ Solid, strong, 6’5″ frame. Very active in the paint and around the rim. Cleans the glass and can finish through contact. Competes and wins 50/50 balls. Certainly a guy to keep an eye on moving forward.

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)

2020 G Lamar Skipper (Toledo Bowsher) – While he may appear unassuming at first glance, Skipper plays with the flare and the joy that you love to see from a young man out on the court. His toughness and ability pick his spots on the offensive end are apparent, as are his ability to push the pace of a game and find the open man. Skipper can score it around the rim and stroke it from the outside. His size doesn’t allow him to be the most influential on the defensive end, but he has the footwork and quickness to make his mark on that end of the floor as well. One of the better talents in the City League.

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)

2020 G Mason Loeffler (Evergreen) – Doesn’t do anything too flashy but there’s no denying, Loeffler can play. Has a pure stroke from the outside and is deceptively athletic, visible by his finishing of multiple plays with easy transition jams. Lets the game come to him and doesn’t force the issue. Plays with a nice flow to his game and has good size at 6’3”. Going to be fun to follow his progress moving forward.

2020 G Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – Having seen a lot of Holifield over the past 90 days or so it continues to become clear he isn’t given the love he deserves from a statewide level. The special talent just continues to bring it every single night, even when more times than not he happens to be the best player in the gym. Holifield was aggressive attacking the rim on Tuesday, while playing a lot of point for his team. You will not find another guard who attacks the glass and is in constant pursuit of the basketball more than he is in all of Northwest Ohio. Will continue to be with All-Ohio Gold throughout the rest of the AAU season, and he is going to be make some DI coaching staff somewhere very happy for what he does on and off the floor. (Signed with Oakland University)