On the first night of play at the always intense Ohio AAU State Tournament in the North suburbs of Cincinnati several southwestern prospects stood out as top performers….
Milt Davis - Club Ohio PG/SG: Davis is an underrated combo guard from Cincinnati Colerain that is coming off a very productive HS season, and has built on it strongly with consistent circuit play this Spring. He’s a very good set shooter who has gotten better at scoring in the mid-range game and at the rim off the bounce. He’s not a pure point guard but he has the quickness and build to be deceptive off the bounce, and plays with a tough minded and high basketball IQ. Also a great defender, Davis is a player who makes winning plays and understands roles on a team.
Tony Kynard - Ohio Phenoms PG: Arriving at half time of his game due to Toledo traffic the shifty 6’1 ballhandler showed no signs of rust as he dribbled his way to leading his team to a comeback win over Club Ohio. Kynard is a dangerous scorer that can hurt the defense from deep or off the dribble at the rim with his quick changes of speed and direction. Also a gifted passer, Kynard is a pure point guard who does a nice job running the team.
Louis Maniacci - Shining Star PF/C: Under the radar athlete from Northern Kentucky (Cooper HS) who can really defend in the post. Maniacci is a high energy and tough player who can alter shots with his leaping ability, and isn’t afraid to physically fight for position inside as well. Offensively he’s not the most skilled guy but he works hard to find second chance points and has the length and bounce to be a good finisher around the basket.
Roderick Mills - Queen City Prophets SF/PF: Few are more talented in the 2014 class then the 6’7 Mills. He’s a skilled wing player who can shoot the ball with range and is becoming tougher attacking the basket off the dribble. As he improves his physicality it is conceivable that Mills will become one of Ohio’s most highly recruited prospects. He’s gotten better athletically and appears more confident on the court of late.
Tyler Williams - Queen City Prophets PG: Williams was reigning threes on the day that he received his second Division I offer (Miami-OH). A well built 6’1 pass first guard that is a solid decision maker and an intense defender, Williams is the hand that stirs the pot for his loaded QCP 16u team.
Jaevin Cumberland – Cincinnati Lakers PG/SG: Cumberland is a talented combo guard from Wilmington HS who is a class of 2015 prospect playing up at the 16u level. He’s a high level shooter that can score in bunches, and is skilled at creating his shot off the dribble. As he continues to mature physically and as a ballhandler Cumberland has a chance to be one of the top guards in the state in his class.