* These are evaluations compiled in the past, most of whom have gradated and now play at the collegiate level.
2019 F Leon Hughes (Toledo Whitmer) – Hughes is a young and raw talent that played some key minutes for Whitmer in crucial moments of games this past season. He looks like he is ready to step into a much larger role this upcoming season, as he seems more than capable of putting up double-double numbers. He activity and energy in the paint stand out as he seems to always be around the ball. Hughes displayed a few different interior moves that he can score with consistently, taking advantage of his matchup. Hughes was impressive and he looks to only be getting started.
2019 PG Payton Moyer (Toledo St. Johns) – Moyer is a very polished young point guard. Good competitor, with a pretty release from the outside that is virtually automatic from deep when his feet are set. Doesn’t try to do too much, but finds his place to be effective in a game. Isn’t a liability out on the floor and is willing to compete with anyone. Will be an asset for a very talented St. Johns team this season.
2019 PG Trey Syroka (Toledo 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 this coming season and the one to follow.
2019 G Jacob Plantz (Genoa) – 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 special talent on the football field as well. Big things ahead for him. One of the best pure athletes in Northwest Ohio.
2019 PG Jordan Burton (Cardinal Stritch) – The young floor general is exceptional at 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 will be dialed in more often than not. 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.
2019 G Jamal Whiteside (Lima Perry) – Whiteside is a true coach out on the floor from the lead guard position, but can play off ball as well. Pure scorer, that can get score it from all three levels. Leads with his communication and toughness out on the floor. Competitiveness is evident. Capable defender.
2019 G Reese Wamer (Oregon Clay) – Scrappy, tough, and heady point guard who can make plays. Finishes with craftyness around the rim and through contact. Decent shot out to three point range. Can distribute the basketball and make sound decisions. Deceptively quick, and can be a valuable defender.
2019 G Terrel Bryant (Holland Springfield) – Has been with the Varsity squad since he was a freshmen. Quick, shifty, and is the ultimate playmaker with the ball in his hands. Can get to the rim with relative ease where he is tough enough to finish and crafty enough to convert the and one. Has deep range and isn’t afraid to let it fly. Defensively he can hold his own and can account for numerous steals that can lead to easy ones in transition.
2019 F Andrew Bench (Genoa) – Well regarded as one of the better small school athletes around, Bench proved to be just that and more on Sunday. He displayed various levels of finesse and skill in the paint, battling for and winning most of the rebounding battles. Was locked in on every possession and punished opponents with his physical build and power. Capable of scoring inside-out, all the way to the perimeter with a good looking shot. Will have plenty of college opportunities for whatever sport he chooses to pursue at the next level.
2019 F Little Anderson (Cardinal Stritch) – What stands out most when watching Anderson is his ability to always be around the ball, a tribute to his hustle. Earns plenty of easy buckets from his energy and activity level on offense. Quick, long, and active hands on defense. Can bring the ball up the floor and make good decisions. ‘Jack of All Trades’ caliber player.
2019 PG Jabryis Heidelburg (Fremont Ross) – A bit undersized but the young man can flat out go. Quick, shifty, and really savy from the lead guard spot. Can knock it down from the perimeter with consistency to space the floor, as well as finish with creativity and take his lumps around the rim.
2019 G Luke Metzger (Maumee) – Transferring over to Maumee from Monclova Christian for his senior season, Metzger has proven his ability to score it this season against better competition. Has long put up crazy numbers scoring the basketball, Metzger can fill it up and score in a hurry when he gets going. He possesses a quick first step, a tight handle, and can get his own or create for others. Pure, left stroke from out on the perimeter. Solid on-the-ball defender.
2019 G Levi Seiler (Wauseon) – Seiler oozes with experience and a maturity out on the floor, being a member of one of the most impressive programs in NW Ohio over the past few years. With nice size from the guard position, he wisely knows how to use his body to his advantage and can be effective taking defenders to the paint. Combined with the ability to finish at the rim, Seiler has a nice looking shot from the outside and can score it from there with consistency. Has a good feel for things on both ends of the floor and understands defensive concepts better than many of his peers.
2019 G/F Nathan Bruns (Marion Local) – Having starred on the football field just as prominently as he does on the court, Bruns is one of the finest High School athletes in Northwest Ohio. Bruns has good size and strength and competes at an elite level. Possessing one of the smoothest pull-up jumpers around, Bruns is very efficient in the paint and at the mid-range level. Equipped with active hands and a high understanding, Bruns is a force on the defensive end. Always seems to be in ‘attack mode’ when he’s out on the floor. Signed to play at the University of Findlay.
2019 G/F Isaac Elsasser (Bowling Green) – Elsasser won’t ‘wow’ you with his play but he simply gets the job done. A rarity in today’s high school game, Elsasser never seems to be out of position. He is deceptively quick, has an ability to shoot it with consistency, is sneaky getting to the rim, and always seems to find his way around the basketball. Reported to have interest from numerous programs from the DII and DIII levels, Elsasser has the ability to help a squad at the college level.
2019 G Alek West (Sylvania Northview) – One of the finest talents in Northwest Ohio regardless of position, West brings a lot to the table every time he takes the court. Seeing the floor at a high level, West is strong with the basketball, active on both ends, and quick from the guard position. He possesses a pure stroke from the outside, defends at a high level, and makes an assertive effort to get on the glass. West should find himself with multiple opportunities to play the game at the DII level should he so choose to.
2019 F Javin Etzler (Convoy Crestview) – Really has developed a smooth flavor to his game. Has a high basketball IQ and truly understands the flow of a basketball game. Brings great communication out on the floor, and makes sure teammates are in position. Good athleticism and is a strong perimeter presence. Doesn’t force things and plays within the offense, even when his shot isn’t falling. Can get to the rim when he wants, and knocks down the triple with consistency. Signed to play at Miami (OH).
2019 G Ryan Roth (Findlay) – Roth is everything you want in a point guard in small college basketball, as he will be taking his talents to play for Capital University. He’s steady, consistent, is a quality defender, communicates, surveys the floor well, shoots the ball at an elite level from the perimeter, and has a fiery attitude when he steps on the court. He wins, and is a coach out on the floor as he leads his teammates.
2019 PG Devin Williams (Start) – A young man who succeeds on both the football field and basketball court, Williams is the ultimate leader and competitor. He communicates, encourages teammates, and is coachable. Williams has a physical build and great quickness, sees the floor well, locks in on the defensive end, and gets to the rim.
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. Recently has shown the ability to take the ball to the rim and score at all three levels. Sure college prospect at the D2 or NAIA level.
2018 F Derrick Verse (Toledo 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.
2018 G Josh Ellis (Toledo 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. Capable of 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. One of the best true post prospects in Ohio. Signed to Duquesne University.
2018 G Delano Smith (Toledo Christian) – Mr. Fundamental was that once again as Smith stood out in showcase play. Makes plays and the right decisions on the offensive end, while being an absolute pest for opponents with his defensive play. A joy to watch simply because of how much fun he has playing the game. Can shoot it at a high clip from the outside as good as anyone around. Should be a contender for Conference Player of the Year for his upcoming senior season.
2018 G/F DiShon Daniels (Columbus Northland) – Nobody made a further commute than Daniels on Sunday morning, as he made the trek from Columbus where he will be suiting up for the famed Northland program. Daniels was the best talent in the gym as his athleticism and energy are hard to deny. Gifted with CRAZY bounce, Daniels showcased a number of high-flying moments throughout the day, including an off the glass between the legs jam that brought the house down in the Slam Dunk contest. Can fly in transition, and possesses an above average shot from outside, Daniels should have a special season in Columbus and make plenty of noise moving forward.
2018 PG Carl Banks (Toledo Waite) – You’d be hard pressed to find a better point guard in all of Toledo. Banks can just flat out play. While undersized, inch for inch he also just might have the most heart of anyone around. Gets teammates involved, leads the break, and picks 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 PG David DeJulius (Detroit EEV) – DeJulius had a buzz going in the gym on Saturday afternoon as everyone was well aware of the University of Michigan commit and his game, throughout play he did not disappoint. DeJulius displayed a tight handle, and lethal stepback jumper that he used time and again to knock down shots. His activity on the defensive end was noticable as well, along with his strong and physical build, looking capable to compete at the next level already. While he didn’t play in every game scheduled for his school on Saturday, DeJulius was special and will fun to watch in Ann Arbor next season.
2018 F Christian Smith (Toledo Rogers) – Smith is coming off of a highly productive junior season that saw him accumulate many accolades, he looks poised for even greater things heading into his senior year. With a backcourt in question, Rogers is lacking in the ball-handling department and Smith looks to fill that void, doing so effectively and efficiently. He brought the ball up the floor on numerous occasions and looked to be in more of a playmaking role, something that can only benefit he and his teammates. Smith, who has always been a capable scorer from out on the perimeter on in, looked trimmer and more lean physically as he transitions into a true threat out on the wing. It sounds cliche but Smith is truly one of the more underrated players in all of NW Ohio.
2018 SG Houston King (Toledo St. Johns) – King played well on Saturday, knocking down multiple shots from all levels, pushing the tempo, and getting out in transition. A valued defender, King was locked in and caused problems for opponents with his length. Always brings his intensity and can typically seen leading teammates out on the floor. Has flirted with multiple D1 programs and should end up with a regional low to mid-major by the time his senior season is completed.
2018 F Vince Williams (Toledo St. Johns) – Williams is one of the more skilled talents in the Midwest with his ability to rebound the basketball, score it, and pass it. He displayed all three on Saturday with his length and high basketball IQ. Williams wowed the crowd on multiple occasions with some beautiful passing as he creates open looks for his teammates. His consistency each and every time he steps out on the floor is something special. The VCU signee is a special talent who is the complete package. Reminds you of a ‘poor man’s’ Draymond Green. You’d be hard pressed to find five players in his class in Ohio better than him in my opinion.
Fresh. G Gabe Simpson (Owens CC) – Simpson is little, standing about 5’9″ and is very lean at the guard position, but he makes up for this with his heart. Simpson can flat out play and was impressive throughout the night on Monday. Has the ability to score it from anywhere and can take his lumps around the rim. Very tight handle and looks to have the ball on a string at times. Elite athleticism allow him to grab rebounds and be crafty in the paint. Simpson is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward.
Soph. G/F Terrance Sewell (Mott CC) – Sewell, a Detroit Northwestern HS product came into the game as one of the leaders scoring the ball for his team and got off to a slow start doing so. That would not last long though as once he got rolling he can score in a flurry. During one period late in the first half, Sewell rattled off 8 points consecutively. Can shoot it from the outside, but where he is the most effective is in the paint and finishing around the rim. On multiple occasions finished through contact for ‘and-ones’ and scores it in difficult ways. Above average rebounder of the basketball and has a physicality to his game.
Fresh. F Kobe Wright (Owens CC) – Wright is an interesting story. Didn’t have the opportunity to play college basketball initially coming out of Scott HS like he had hoped, but he has his chance now to make a difference on this depleted Owens roster. On Monday night he took full advantage of his opportunity and was impressive throughout the night. Plays with high energy and an activity level that is contagious. Really cleaned the glass well on both ends and got a couple easy buckets in the paint doing so. His story and his improvement is really nice to see.
Soph. F Marcus Cole (Mott CC) – Led Mott in scoring on this particular night. Cole has a solid 6’5″ frame that allow him to be physically imposing and make his presence felt around the rim. Has the ability to knock down the mid-range jumper but is most effective in the paint where he can score it at a high level. Plays hard and is a steady presence out on the floor for his team.
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) – Known for his length and athleticism, Robinson displayed that throughout the afternoon, but what stood out most on this day was his ability to knock down shots from the outside. One of the knocks on him has always been the inconsistency to shoot the ball, and he cleaned up some of those concerns hitting a multitude of jumpers. Finishing a number of transition leaks with dunks, Robinson can also wreak havoc on the defensive end with his quickness. Robinson should be one of the top talents in the City League this season.
2018 G Donte Johnson (Elida) – Showed the ability to score it from all levels and was deceptively quick. Competes and plays hard on every possession. Has some hard-nosed grit to his game that shows on both ends of the floor. Physically mature. Gained the attention of a handful of college coaches in attendance with his play.
2018 F Christian Wagenhauser (Sylvania Southview) – Standing around 6’7”, Wagenhauser took advantage of the showcase format today just about more than anyone else. In the drills portion of the day he displayed some quality footwork and post moves delivering them with authority and continued his standout play throughout Sunday. Finished with efficiency around the rim, cleaned up misses, and displayed a soft jumper on the offensive side of the ball. Using his length to contest shots in the paint and doing a solid job of cleaning the glass, he left his mark on the defensive end as well. If he wasn’t on the recruiting board of area small school colleges heading into the day, he certainly is there now.
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.
2017 G Darryl Robinson (Bowsher) – Robinson will be the clear vocal leader for this talented Bowsher squad. With good size and a good physical build he can power his way to the rim and get good separation on the perimeter. Needs to be more attentive defensively, Robinson is skilled and highly competitive. Hit big shot after big shot when needed throughout the League play. Doesn’t back down from the moment. Should make for a quality JUCO prospect in the near future.
2017 G/F James Harris III (Toledo Central Catholic) – Won’t necessarily impress you with his size, strength, or even athleticism, but he just flat out plays hard, smart, and always seems to be around the ball. He was active all over the floor, grabbing rebounds on both ends, getting put-backs, finishing around the rim, and bringing energy on defense. Should play a big part in the amount of success that Central Catholic has this coming season.
2017 PF Joe Ochoa (Toledo Christian) – At 6’7” Ochoa is without a doubt one of the most impressive big man in Toledo. His improvements from last season to now can easily be seen. Is much more polished offensively displaying a number of moves in the paint, and finishing strong around the rim. Corrals rebounds well in and out of his area. Can be a force defensively clogging up the lane. Improved coordination and athleticism. Will be one of the better talents in the TAAC this coming season. Should find a place on a college roster by this time next year.
2017 F Nick Witcher (Whitmer) – Was a solid contributor to the success of last year’s team, Witcher has really elevated his play since. Arguably the best athlete to participate in the League, the two-sport standout (football) showed his athleticism and bounce throughout play. Shot the ball well from deep adding another dimension to his offensive game. Opponents may have a height advantage on him from time to time, but his strength is apparent and he does a nice job of using it on the court. Can be a game changer when opposing his will in the paint, altering shots and physically battling.
2017 G Kenny Coleman-Graham (St. Francis) – He showed off and showed out in every game I saw him play. He’s lethal with the ball in his hands. Can stop on a dime and cross just about anyone up, it’s usually just a matter of time. His ability to finish through contact, score with creativity, and put the ball in the basket at the rim is on another level. Shot the ball from deep better than anticipated. Always in attack mode and always dialed in. Could be more attentive on the defensive end at times but that will come once the season gets going. Easily in the top tier of point guards in Northwest Ohio.
2017 PG Derrick Rayford Jr. (Whitmer) – After seeing Rayford quite a bit throughout the month of June his improvement and progress as a floor general is very apparent. He was special in the open floor making good, heady plays and getting to the paint. Was attacking and getting downhill throughout League play and especially on Tournament day. Finished at the rim with creativity while using either hand. Should be one of the better perimeter defenders in Toledo this coming season and did a fine job showcasing that side of the ball as well.
2017 G Brett Lauf (Napoleon) – Can get to the rim with the best of them, relentless when he sees a lane to the rack. Can knock down the three with consistency. Will out hustle you and win 50/50 balls. Isn’t afraid to get physical and bang on either side of the ball. Ability to lock in defensively and will show emotion and leadership out on the floor. High quality D2 prospect. (5/20/16)
2017 SG Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton) – A very versatile prospect with good size, Masterlasco competes on every possession. Possesses the strength to score inside out, and can take smaller opponents into the paint. Consistent mid-range jumper out to the three point line. Never have to question his hustle. Has good basketball smarts. Holds offers from Fairmont State and Findlay. (5/20/16)
2017 F Logan Jessing (Sylvania Northview) – Jessing won’t do anything to ‘wow’ you when you watch him play, but he does a lot of the little things well. He showed he can score from all levels, knocking down jumpers and finishing around the rim. Never have to question his hustle, competes and talks on both ends. Had a really solid weekend.
2017 G TQ Belcher (Toledo Rogers) – An above average defender, TQ brings energy and has a swagger about him out on the floor. Belcher can score from all levels, and is becoming more and more comfortable attacking the rim off the dribble. Makes shots from the perimeter with consistency and competes every trip down the floor. My preseason pick for Toledo’s City League Player of the Year.
2017 G DJ Triplett (Toledo Central Catholic) – If the event had an MVP it would be hard for my vote not to go to Triplett. Known as one of the better offensive threats around, DJ was on a mission all day long filling it up from all over the floor. Can be a bit of a streaky shooter at times, but on Sunday that wasn’t an issue. Attacked the paint and had his mid-range game working, got teammates involved. Competed on the defensive side of things and took his matchups personal. Should be poised for a big season in the always talented and competitive TRAC.
2017 Alontay Gould (Toledo Rogers) – One who is never too shy to talk and have fun on the court, he backed it up more times than not all weekend. Has the potential and showed flashes of the gifted scorer he can be, but ultimately needs to be a play-maker first for his teammates and a scorer second. Brings it on the defensive end and was really impressive rebounding the ball from his guard position. Has a good handle on the ball and can create his own shot against most defenders. Needs to cut out over-dribbling at times and get teammates involved more often, but the talent is certainly there.
2017 PG Harrison Riggs (Toledo St. Johns) – A heady guard who’s game is flashy but efficient. Does a nice job of creating for teammates and making the right play. Effort is never in question with Riggs. Has a nice stroke from deep and is not afraid to let it fly. Committed to Lake Erie College.
2017 F Delonte Brown (Toledo Bowsher) – The young sophomore has the potential to be very special. At 6’5″ he still looks to have room to grow. Good length and bounce allow him to be active around the rim, especially the offensive glass. A nice looking jump shot, with the ability to knock it down out to three point range. Can handle the ball pretty well. A very raw talent thus far with room to grow into a very nice D1 player down the road. Committed to the University of Tennessee-Martin.
2017 G Hunter Sieben (Ottawa Hills) – He is special with the basketball in his hands, and can just about create a shot for himself on every possession. While his outside shot was off for the majority of play last night, he showed he can knock it down with ease at times and has great rotation on the ball. The clear leader of the team only as a soon to be junior, Sieben has many of the tools to produce at the D1 level someday.
2017 G Jalen Elliott (Toledo Bowsher) – While some guys early in the day took a bit of time to get things going and their energy up, Elliott wasn’t one of them. He was special from start to finish, competed at a very high level, especially for showcase play, and very much looked the part of a quality recruit at the next level. Standing around 6’4” Elliott has the length to get to the rim and finish over and through contact, while also being a valued defender. An above average athlete, he used that to his advantage throughout the day. Shot the ball at a very efficient rate as most are accustomed to him doing on a consistent basis.
2016 F Alex Arellano (Paulding) – Has a tall sleek build that will make him a quality 3 or 4 at the D3 college level. His strength is his shot from outside as he has proven to be a very consistent scorer from there. Was active in the paint at times, will need to bulk up some and work on his quickness. All in all has a very well rounded skill set with above average basketball IQ.
2016 F TJ Munn (Start) – An intriguing prospect, Munn was impressive throughout play on Sunday afternoon. He can score from all levels, is an active and creative wing with bounce and athleticism. Lets his play do the talking. Will be one to keep an eye on in City League play this season. Signed with Lorain County Community College. (5/20/16)
2016 G Daijour ‘DayDay’ Whittington (Woodward) – Whittington could very easily be worthy of the event’s MVP award as he maintained spectacular play both Saturday night and all throughout Sunday afternoon. A versatile and athletic wing, Whittington can slash to the basket with ease, and is consistent from the outside. He can be something special in transition, and has bounce, as he was the Slam Dunk Champion for the event. The one thing that separated him from virtually the rest of the field all weekend was his ability to make everyone else around him better, as he did that time and time again. Signed with Westmoreland County Community College. (5/20/16)
2016 PG Xavier Simpson (Lima Central Catholic) – The point guard has reportedly been putting in the work over the past few months, and it is very evident he has. Has always done a nice job of running the offense but he seemed more mature in his decision making. Very scrappy on defense and can be disruptive in the backcourt. Not afraid to attack and makes the right play on offense, high basketball IQ. Signed with the University of Michigan. (5/20/16)
2016 PF Omari Spellman (North Royalton) – You could tell from the start of the weekend that Omari was out to prove that he can be a versatile forward at the next level, maybe developing into the new ‘stretch four’ position, and he most certainly did that. Hit the three ball with consistency Saturday night, while finishing with authority in the post. A strong rebounder on either end, has the makings of a very special player. Committed to Villanova University.
2016 PF Derek Funderburk (Lakewood St. Eds) – The big man really showed a lot of potential throughout the weekend, and is beginning to put that to good use. Really impressed with his passing ability on offense, and finishes with consistency. Could use being more physical in the paint. Defensive activity is solid as he is quicker than most he matches up with. Committed to the Ohio State University.
2016 PG Gabe Kynard (Toledo St. Johns) – The lefty has a good looking shot from deep to go along with good strength around the basket. While his jump shot could use some more consistency, Gabe has always done a nice job of making the right play. Plays the game smart, with great effort, and has good leadership ability. Lateral quickness isn’t great, but he can flat play the game of basketball. Signed with Lake Erie College. (5/20/16)
2016 PG Roderick Caldwell (Wayne) – Caldwell can run an offense with the best of them, making the right decision while displaying the ability to score at the basket and have a good shot from outside. Plays hard on either end virtually every position. Will be one of the state’s most highly sought after guards in the coming years. Signed with Bowling Green State University. (5/20/16)
2016 G Devon Beale (Whitmer) – Beale has put in a lot of time this past off-season and it is beginning to show and pay off. He has been shooting the ball with greater consistency from the outside, and has been more comfortable and aggressive at taking the ball to the basket. His decision making at times needs to be better, which should come with more experience and a continuing maturation out on the floor. Signed with Defiance College. (5/20/16)
2016 F Montrece Collins (Whitmer) – Collins has all of the potential you can ask for with a very physical build. When he is totally engaged in a ballgame he can be a force in the paint. Finishes well around the rim and through contact. Needs to be more determined to get loose balls and rebounds but has it within him to do so. He can be a big time performer when he wants to be. Signed with Lake Superior State University. (5/20/16)
2016 G Sam Hickey (Whitmer) – The kid is tough as nails every minute he is out on the floor. Plays with as much passion as I’ve seen from anyone yet this season. The term gets overused at times but Hickey can literally do a little bit of everything to help a team win, and he does all of those things at a quality level. Can impact a game while having 3 or 30 points; willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. Signed with Ohio Dominican University. (5/20/16)
2016 G Larry Green (Toledo Scott) – Green has in my opinion, the best handles in the area at the guard position. Has become much more consistent shooting the ball from the outside as he is knocking them down with great efficiency. Has always been solid on the defensive end, scrappy and not afraid to make the hustle play for his team. Could do a better job at seeing the floor at times on offense and needs to finish around the rim better. Signed with Oakland Community College. (5/20/16)
2016 PG Cam Copeland (Toledo Rogers) – One of the best floor generals in Northwest Ohio that doesn’t get enough recognition. Is lethal in transition as he can push the ball up the floor as fast as anyone and make the right play. Plays the game with good energy and leadership. A more consistent jump shot and greater consistency on the defensive end are areas that need work, but his talent is something special. Signed with Cleveland State Community College. (5/20/16)
2016 F Chance Hawkins (Toledo Scott) – Hawkins is having an impressive season thus far. Known as a high-flyer he is something special around the rim and in transition. Has good length that benefits him on both ends of the floor. Has a consistent shot from the outside. Turning into a pretty nice prospect. Signed with Cleveland State Community College. (5/20/16)
2016 G Jaden O’Neal (Lima Shawnee) – O’Neal has the most lethal stroke from deep as he can pull up from virtually anywhere on the floor from the outside. Very dialed in defensively. Has good length for his size, needs to bulk up a bit physically however. High basketball IQ, does a nice job of communicating and leading his team out on the floor. Signed with Capital University. (5/20/16)
2016 F Dantez Walton (Lima Central Catholic) – Length and athletic ability set Walton apart from others at his position. Has developed a consistent shot from mid-range out to the three point line and can make defenses pay if they don’t respect it. Very active around the rim on both ends and is strong in the paint. Can finish through and around contact. A very high ceiling; Walton could end up at a major conference program when all is said and done. Signed to Northern Kentucky University. (5/20/16)
2016 PG Keith McClure Jr. (Toledo Christian) – the senior point guard has shown flashes that make me believe he can be one of the best in the area this coming season. The coaches son sees the floor well and does a nice job of setting up teammates. Correct decision making every possession should be a priority area of improvement. A very disruptive defender, who carries himself with a certain swagger on the court make him a fun one to watch and one to keep an eye on for the upcoming season. McClure would be a quality get for one of the many area D3 programs in Ohio or Michigan. Signed with Defiance College. (5/20/16)
2016 G Deonte Henderson (Toledo Start) – Henderson has shown maturation on the court of late and made the right play more times than not. One who needs to be respected as one of the better scorers in Toledo, Henderson forces the defense to be disciplined allowing his teammates to get open looks at the rim and from the outside. A natural leader. Signed with Heidelberg University. (5/20/16)
2015 F Jeremiah Roberts (Sylvania Southview) – A well polished all around player Roberts has a lengthy frame that would be an ideal fit to play the three at the collegiate level. Possessing a nice jump shot with nice agility around the basket Roberts has the edge in most matchups he will see throughout a game. While he doesn’t appear to be very built physically he is deceptively strong and does more than hold his own in the post. Understands the game and gets teammates involved. Would be a nice get at the D2 level. Signed with Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
2015 G/F Kaleb Vaughn (Toledo St. Johns) – ‘KV’ has good size and length for a shooting guard at the next level. Runs the floor well and is good in transition. A streaky shooter from deep but can knock them down in numbers. Defensive awareness needs improvement; good rebounding the ball on either end. Getting attention from JUCO programs. Signed with Louisberg College (NC) JUCO.
2015 G Craig Kirkwood (Toledo Woodward) – What he lacks in stature he makes up for in his fiery competitive play. He doesn’t back down from anyone and is relentless getting to the rim when he wants to on the offensive end. Defense needs to be valued more at times, but there is no denying Kirkwood is one of the better guards in the City League.
2015 G Chris Darrington (Toledo Scott) – Darrington is scrappy and a hard-nosed competitor on both ends. He can score in numbers, in multiple ways, such as knocking down mid-range jump shots and finishing many plays in transition. Darrington is another one who is smooth on the basketball floor. One coach told me while watching with a smile ‘how his game looks like he’s from Toledo,’ that’s a compliment to the young man. Virtually all area JUCO programs are all over him. Signed with JUCO powerhouse Vincennes University.
2015 F Myles Copeland (Toledo St. Johns) – Being a Toledo guy I’ve had the chance to watch Copeland on a number of occasions but on Thursday he showed some things I had never seen before. Copeland showed a consistent jump shot, while also flashing some nice ball handling as well. He has always hustled and been active on both ends, which was the case Thursday, but he really played well and proved that he will make a solid piece for a D2 program in the future. Has improved his consistency scoring the basketball around the rim. Signed with Siena Heights University.
2015 G Jaevin Cumberland (Wilmington) – Cumberland is a scorer, plain and simple, but he will need to be more unselfish going forward. While going off for more than 30 points in one game on Thursday, it wasn’t as impressive as it should have been, stained by bad shot selection and poor decision making. He is a bit undersized to play a two guard in college, so he will need to focus on setting up teammates and making plays for them, while looking for his shot when available.Cumberland is committed to Oakland University.
2015 C/F Caleb Mitchell (Bellefontaine) – Mitchell is one of Ohio’s fastest rising big man in many circles and it should only continue. Holding an offer from Urbana, Mitchell played very well on both ends. He finished nearly every time he gets his hands on the ball in the paint while also possessing a nice mid-range jump shot. On defense, which some could argue is his strong suit to this point, he mans the paint and will reject a number of shots throughout a game. Mitchell is committed to Urbana University.
2015 C/F John Miller (New Albany) – Miller is a very nice post prospect and does a solid job of playing within himself, something that can be hard to find. He can knock down the baseline jumper to 18 feet, and finish with either hand in the paint. He talks well on defense and is active in the paint. He runs the floor very well and you can never question his hustle. Miller is about all but assured to end up at a high-academic D1 program, he would be a nice fit in the Ivy League, coaches from Yale and Cornell were on hand. Miller has signed with Army West Point.
2015 G Devon Andrews (Lorain) – Andrews, who is already committed to Kent State, is one of the best wing players in Ohio and has been for quite some time. His recruitment would be at a BCS program level had he not already given his verbal to the MAC program. He can shoot from the outside consistently, and can attack the basket just as well. Plays strong defense in a good stance and is active on nearly all possessions. On Thursday, he played as expected, a compliment to him.
2015 F Mitch Loomis (Malvern) – The big man has a nice skill set and showed flashes of it in the game I watched. He does a lot of the little things right, reads the defense, sets hard screens, and communicates well with his teammates. Loomis needs to continue to improve on scoring the ball from the inside out, but he should make a nice player at the low D1 to upper D2 level.
2015 G/F Austin Adams (Cardinal Stritch) – Adams is a gritty kid who plays hard and will fly all over the court. He doesn’t shy from contact on either end, and has a nice basketball IQ. Can score from many areas on the floor as well as attack the rim. Committed to Urbana University.
2015 G Brandon Austin (Toledo Rogers) – Decision making on the floor isn’t always the best. Streaky scorer, but when he’s on he can fill it up fast. Solid defensively, needs to learn to compete on every possession and trust his teammates. Will land with a JUCO program.
2015 G Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) – His high energy and motor on the defensive end is something special. Pughsley takes shutting his man down on D very personal, and it is certainly fun to watch. He is a capable scorer on the offensive side of things as well, especially from deep. One of the most intense guards you will see in the state of Ohio. Committed to Western Carolina University.
2015 G Nic Bapst (Grove City) – Nic has played well in showcase formats for the past few years and he did the same on Saturday. Displayed the ability to attack offensively and did so well. Has always had a nice shot from the outside. Plays well defensively, communicates well. Signed with Ashland University.
2015 PG Amos ‘AJ’ Harris (Dunbar) – The Ohio State commit did his thing in all-star game play on Saturday. Did a nice job of attacking the paint off of the dribble, and as you become accustomed to he distributed the ball well. He active hands on defense and improved consistency on the outside shot stood out.
2015 SG/SF Kyle Ahrens (Versailles) – One of the fastest rising players in terms of recruitment, Ahrens showed up ready to compete as always and most certainly did not disappoint. That sweet stroke from deep impacted play early as he did a nice job in transition and coming off of screens. What stands out about Kyle as soon as you watch him is his toughness and effort. Sees the floor as good as anyone on both ends. Ahrens signed with Michigan State University.
2015 PG LaMonta Stone II (River Rouge (MI) – What he lacks in size he makes up for in heart and awareness on the floor. Can finish with either hand off the bounce in the paint, and finds the open man for the easy basket more times than not. Gained consistency with the jump shot. Can get the ball down the floor as fast as anyone in Ohio. Signed with Eastern Michigan University.
2015 SF Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights) – Developing nicely into a high major prospect. Doesn’t force the issue as can sometimes be the case with others, plays well in the ‘flow’ of the game and can rebound on either end with force. Ran the break well. Ahmad signed with West Virginia University.
2015 PF/C Demajeo Wiggins (Holland Springfield) – Has developed into one of Ohio’s best big men. Added strength in the paint, with better ball handling and a solid mid-range jumper have made Wiggins see a big change in his recruitment. Athletic enough to alter many shots on the defensive end and finish with a bang down low offensively, runs the floor better than most his size as well. Signed with Bowling Green State University.
2015 SF Ryan Mikesell (St. Henry) – Really showed out in Sunday morning play with a pair of big time slams on the break as he fills the lanes better than most. Nice awareness on both ends. Fights for rebounds on either end. Improvement in the jump shot should come along as he develops into one of the state’s nicer prospects. Signed with the University of Dayton.
2015 G Craig Randall – Randall is one of the more intriguing prospects the state has to offer. He is a long, bouncy point guard who can knock down jump shots with more consistency than perhaps anyone else at his position in Ohio. He is active on defense and deflects many passes with his length. The problem however is his decision making at times. He tends to play selfish offensively in spurts, something he will need to clean up for the college level. That being said when he shares the ball with his teammates and plays within himself he is certainly one of Ohio’s top point guards. He is a priority for area mid-major programs and might secure a high-major offer by the time AAU is all said and done. Late signee to Memphis University.
2015 F Khalil Iverson (Delaware Hayes) – Iverson is one of the most underrated talents in central Ohio. The Delaware Hayes product has great bounce and activity on both ends. He has worked on his jump shot and it shows, needs to focus on not taking any plays off and his potential is very high in the future. Committed to Wisconsin.
2015 F Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ) – The national top 20 prospect didn’t disappoint as he played with great energy all weekend, scored in a plethora of ways, and altered shots all weekend on the defensive end. The thing that stands out when you watch the young star play is how he makes everyone around him better and plays with great leadership and communication on both ends. Signed with Kansas University.
2015 PF David Dunnigan (Cleveland Midpark) – Dunnigan is one of the more up and coming post players in his class and deserves the attention. Plays smart, and knows what his strengths are. Has nice hands in the paint, and an ability to finish strong.
2015 G/F Katwan Singleton (Defiance) – Singleton is a intriguing prospect. He won’t wow you with much flash and goes unnoticed at times, but the Defiance product does it all and always seems to be in the right place. He can hit the three, create his own shot in the lane, and attack the rim on the offensive end. One of the purest mid-range jump shots you will see. His length on the defensive end makes him a nightmare for opposing players. Committed to the University of Findlay.