Our favorite event of the spring had just about every quality Ohio team in attendance and numerous prospects that stood out against some great competition from all around the nation…..
17u (Class of 2013)
Evan Bradds – SF/PF Team Work: Bradds was unstoppable over the weekend as a versatile offensive threat. His athleticism took over games as he finished lob dunks around the rim and was able to fluidly blow by defenders on the wing to get into the lane. When he’s shooting the ball on that level Bradds is going to keep blowing up on the AAU circuit as he the full skill package.
Ryan Logan– SF/PF Team Work: Another versatile offensive player Logan can play all five positions on this level. We’re not sure what position he is best suited for collegiately but he has a spot somewhere due to his effort on the court and versatility. Logan is a good ballhandler on the wing and can play with strength down low on the block.
Marc Loving – SF All Ohio: The Ohio State commit took opponents off the dribble all weekend and showed the ability to hit jumpers over the top of defenders or use his length and pivoting to score around the post. Loving also played with a higher level of intensity then we’ve seen recently.
Nigel Hayes – PF All Ohio: Hayes is a mismatch based player that did a good job of facing up from the extended wing and attacking with his athleticism. Hayes plays with strength and influence shots all weekend on the defensive end with his high energy level.
Kevin Johnson – PG OBC: With Jack Gibbs injured it’s hard to be fair but Johnson looks like Ohio’s top guard prospect over the last three weekends. He is scoring the ball from deep, not making mistakes with the ball, and defending at a high, high level.
Devin Williams – PF OBC: Went back to his physical ways this weekend and put up great numbers in every game. Williams overpowered defenders and outworked them all weekend from the low block instead of the mid post and was great as a rebounder.
DeMonte Flannigan – PF OBC: Elite level athlete that had his motor running high and found ways to influence the game on both ends. Really controlled the boards well and played his best against the highest competition in Mac Irvin Fire (Chicago) and The Family (Detroit).
Josh Davenport –SG/SF OBC: Davenport really came alive on both ends of the court this weekend; first by shutting down the nation’s number one prospect in Jabari Parker and then by scoring the ball on the other end. He played with more aggression and physicality which is all he needs to score because he has an uncanny ability to get to the rim at will.
Aaron Jackson – SG/SF King James: High level athlete that can attack off the bounce; but has gotten much better as a deep shooter. Jackson has grown and is now one of Ohio’s elite wing guard prospects.
Isaac McGlone – PG King James: Love his ability to change gears and burst into the lane to make a play. High IQ guard that is good off the pick and roll and should see his recruitment skyrocket.
Other top prospects: Zach Denny (SG All Ohio), Jaaron Simmons (PG All Ohio), Chase Lawson (SG Team Work), Tyler Sherman (PF/C Team Work), Duane Gibson (PG OBC), Tyler Ptacek (SG OBC), Jalen Rhea (SG Martin Wolverines), DJ Wingfield (SG Martin Wolverines), Monty Boykins (SG Ohio Phenoms), Gerry Green (C Ohio Phenoms), Edmond Early (PG Shining Star)
16u (Class of 2014)
Peyton Aldridge – SF/PF Team Work: Aldridge is a long and fluid athlete that can play any position at this level. He’s skilled as a three point shooter or post scorer, can handle the ball, and is a good passer. He’s rapidly becoming one of Ohio’s best 2014 prospects due to his production and versatility.
Gavin Skelly– C Team Work: Coming out from under the radar as an elite big man prospect Skelly has athleticism and skill in the high or low block. He’s tough and physical and can run the floor really well.
Jae’sean Tate – SF All Ohio: Great athlete with overpowering strength still doesn’t have a pure position but he gets it done on the court. Absolute animal in pursuit of rebounds and an all around scoring threat that plays with aggression.
RaChaun Martin – PG Ohio Phenoms: Continues to challenge for Ohio’s top PG ranking in 2014 with his all around play. Getting so much better as a scorer and is complimented by blazing speed in the full court.
Nate Allen – SG Ohio Phenoms: Attacked the rim with straight line drives and shot the ball well from deep. Very good athlete who led his team to a title in the silver division.
Quentin Snider – PG Louisville Magic: Elite prospect nationally as a pure point man that can score the ball as well. Snider is committed to Louisville and has star potential there under Pitino.
Jordan Green – SF Louisville Magic: Love his athleticism on the wing or in the high post. Underrated player with a developing skill set and a high motor.
Brandon Hatton – SG Louisville Magic: Shot the lights out all weekend long and really competed as his team took home the title.
Zach McCormick – SG King James: Before suffering an injury against Louisville Magic the athletic combo guard was scoring the ball at a high level around the rim. With his toughness and perimeter shooting McCormick is tough to contain when he’s playing aggressively.
Vince Edwards – SF King James: Edwards played every position but center over the weekend and was effective most as a scorer with his three-point jumper. He handled the ball well against the press and played physically in the lane as well.
Antonio Woods – PG Martins Wolverines: Playing up, and playing for the first time since an injury in the state tournament, Woods was in very good form in setting up his team’s offense and pushing the ball. He’s got great speed and does not make many mistakes with the ball.
Other top prospects: Rosel Hurley (SF All Ohio), Evan Bailey (SG All Ohio), Justin Bibbs (SG King James), Alex Stewart (PF/C Ohio Varsity), Ty Hairston (SG Ohio Varsity), Nate Harris (PF Ohio Phenoms)
15u (Class of 2015)
Luke Kennard – SG King James: Continued to impress with his all around game and competitiveness. Kennard was a scoring machine that can play any perimeter position and is a great passer.
AJ Harris – PG King James: Has just one limitation, size. He can do everything else on the court and it was evident watching him tear up the 2015 competition.
MaCio Teague – SG King James: When he’s in rhythm he can really score the ball from deep and is getting much better as a ballhandler.
Isaiah Jones – PG King James: Wasn’t great offensively but was dominant as a perimeter defenders of some much bigger prospects.
Nate Folwer – C King James: The big man was effective all weekend in scoring around the basket with his soft hands and softer touch.
- Cincinnati Aiken ’12 PG/SG Willie Moore has committed and signed with Oregon after taking an official visit. The 6’3 combo guard chose the Ducks over South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
- Cincinnati Taft trio Orlando Berry Jr, Jalean Lowe, and Jermaine Freeman are all off the board. Berry will be headed to Kanakee Community College in Chicago while Lowe and Freeman will both be going to Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.
- ’12 Lakewood St. Edwards PG Mike Newton has committed to Division II Northwood University.
- ’14 Warren LaBrae SF/PF Peyton Aldridge has offers from Miami (OH), Davidson, and Akron.
- ’14 Cincinnati Turpin SG Zach McCormick has offers from NKU and Winthrop with interest coming from Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, Xavier, Ohio University, and Illinois.