The Adidas All-In Classic returned to Cincinnati for another year this past weekend, as the event drew a ton of college coaches from all levels for the middle of the three summer NCAA Live Evaluation Periods. While the NCAA D2 and low and mid-major D1’s had the most coaches in attendance, several top-25 programs were also represent in the event, which was headlined by Ohio Basketball Club. However, as you’ll see below, there was more talent than just the OBC teams; here’s a rundown of the top performances that we were able to catch….
Naz Bohannon – ’17 SF/PF Lorain: Bohannon was dominant from start to finish during the tournament, particularly in a rivalry matchup in which his Ohio Basketball Club team defeated OBC White, 66-62. A master of the intangibles, Bohannon brought effort, toughness and leadership to the floor for OBC, and along with Findlay commit Tommy Schmock (Cleveland St. Edward) and Salem Northwestern PF Derek Koch, the Lorain product also helped handle a lot of the scoring load. While Bohannon isn’t the most skilled player, his effort and strength allow him to score on the interior, while he’s also athletic enough to get out and make plays in transition as well. With mid-major and Ivy League schools tracking him the hardest right now, Bohannon is set to have plenty of NCAA D1 options by the fall.
Derek Koch – ’17 PF Salem Northwestern: As we mentioned before, Koch handled a lot of the scoring responsibilities for OBC, as the 6’8 showcased his signature combination of power and explosiveness around the rim. While Koch is skilled enough to hit some mid-range jumpers, we believe that his best work is done around the rim; where he is strong enough to finish through contact, rebounds at a high level and just generally bullies opponents. With some of the top in-state mid-major programs tracking him all weekend long, Koch is one of the most highly recruiting rising seniors in Ohio at the moment.
Lonnie Grayson – ’17 SG Cincinnati Wyoming: A name that has been on the radar of the NCAA D2’s, and some D1’s, for a long time now, Grayson improved his stock over the weekend by playing some terrific on the ball defense, as well as making shots. Always known as a scorer who can make long-range shots off the bounce, Grayson was excellent in transition and on the defensive end, as he used a combination of quickness and effort to make plays on both ends of the court. While he might not have ideal height for a shooting guard at 6’0, Grayson is a pure scorer and a heck of a prospect.
Tavon Brown – ’17 PF Columbus St. Charles: Brown turned heads more than anyone else in the event at the 17u level with his VCC-Nova team, as the 6’8 forward proved to be a very intriguing athlete who plays with a motor and has a lot of physical talent that is still untapped. Offensively, Brown is still figuring it all out, but he does show some feel for how to create space around the rim; however, it was his ability to get up and down the floor and alter shots that impressed college coaches the most. After catching our eye in the spring, Brown has gotten better and better, and will be heavily recruited at the NCAA D1 and D2 level if he continues to play with such great energy heading into the winter.
Dwayne Cohill – ’18 PG/SG Cleveland Holy Name: Cohill has been our top-ranked 2018 prospect for sometime now thanks to his ability to attack the rim and score with great athleticism. However, two improvements to his game really had us excited this past weekend, as Cohill proved that he has improved his point guard game and has really focused in on going from a good defender to a great defender. Handling a lot of point guard duties for his OBC 16u team, Cohill made the right pass at the right time, and did a nice job balancing scoring with distributing in transition; but it was his defense that stood out the most, as the 6’3 guard used his length, quickness and explosiveness to turn opponents turnovers into dunks on the other end. With many high-major coaches stopping through Cincinnati specifically to see Cohill and his OBC teammate Robby Carmody (Mars Area/PA), the Cleveland product did nothing but improve his recruiting stock with his latest performances.
Christian Guess – ’18 SG Shaker Heights: While Carmody and Cohill get much of the praise on the OBC 16u team, Guess is truly not that far behind them when it comes to natural ability. After transitioning from Glenville to Shaker Heights for his junior year, Guess is eager to get his name back on the map, after jumping around on the AAU circuit a bit a year ago. In Cincinnati, Guess showed tremendous playmaking ability, as he’s a long 6’5 wing that can score from the perimeter, has great athleticism at the rim and plays with a competitive passion. As Guess continues to use his emotional mindset as a positive, and area where’s he already come a LONG way, there’s no reason why he can’t become a top five to ten prospect in Ohio’s 2018 class, as many in-state mid-majors already have their eyes set on securing his services.
Isaiah Speelman – ’18 SF/PF Hilliard Bradley: Yet another standout performer for OBC 16u, Speelman provided the biggest scoring burst for the rising junior team, as he continues to become the consummate inside-outside threat as a 6’6 combo forward. Speelman shot the ball with great consistency out to the three-point line, drove strong to the rim off of one dribble and even showed the ability to make the correct play as a ballhandler in transition. While his offensive style can be unorthodox at times, very few prospects in the 2018 class have as much natural scoring ability as Speelman, who also plays with enough effort and athleticism to be an above-average rebounder as well. Given his inside-outside style, expect Speelman to actually become the most heavily recruited mid-major prospect on an OBC team that is deep with future college players.
Notes: The OBC 15u team also showcased some impressive young talent in our viewing of them on Friday night. Led by skilled and crafty wings in 6’4 Alec Pfriem (Cincinnati Roger Bacon) and 6’4 Jack Davin (Covington Catholic/KY), OBC has both size and skill on the perimeter. Pfriem is more of a natural scorer with shooting ability and touch on his floater, while Davin is a great complimentary piece with his vision as a passer and length to make plays defensively. Additionally, athletic 6’6 forward Nick Thelen (also from Covington Catholic) was impressive as well, as he showed a motor and great physical upside. As this team matures, those three should be among the top 2019’s in Ohio and Kentucky to follow.
Others: Tommy Schmock (’17 Cleveland St. Edward), Tyler Mitchell (’17 Kings), Malek Green (’17 Cincinnati Taft), Ryan Batte (’17 Oak Hills), Correy Long (’17 Cincinnati Hughes), James Johnson (’17 Cincinnati Roger Bacon), Matt Smith (’17 Bloom Carroll), Rob Brown (’17 Toledo Bowsher), Alex Dahling (’17 Cincinnati Summit), Solomon Pierre Louis (’18 Columbus Academy), Robby Carmody (’18 Mars Area/PA), JJ Ramey (’19 South Laurel/KY)