Oak Hills Shootout

19 Jun

RayAfter an almost 18-month wait, NCAA D1 coaches are allowed back on the road to evaluate high school prospects all across the country. Almost all of Ohio’s top teams were out this weekend, spread across the Midwest, Kentucky and even Philadelphia to play in front of college coaches from various levels. We at TDP chose to attend the Oak Hills Shootout on the Westside of Cincinnati, and, even though NCAA D1’s are not permitted to watch games in the state of Ohio, there were plenty of non-D1 college coaches in attendance. In a talent-laden event filled with teams from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Indianapolis, we certainly saw several standout individual performances. Here’s our latest breakdown from games we saw….

Louie Semona – ’22 PF Cincinnati St. Xavier: Semona burst onto the Cincinnati high school scene this past winter at Saint Xavier, playing alongside senior Kobe Rogers (Nova Southeastern) on a team that advanced to the Regional Tournament. After following that up with a solid spring on the circuit, the question as always going to be, “Is Semona ready to shoulder the load of a primary scorer?” The 6’7 rising senior forward answered the bell on that question at Oak Hills, showcasing a versatile skill-set. Semona is comfortable on the perimeter with the ball in his hands, and has mismatch potential, as he’s a combination of a dangerous shooter, skilled passer and capable slasher who can attack the rotating defense on reversals. With his size and good mobility, Semona can be an inside-outside forward at the next level, especially with college coaches continuing to put an emphasis on big men who can shoot the ball with range. Given the success that the Bombers had this weekend, and Semona’s offensive capabilities, we expect that, along with a rise in his recruitment, Semona will be in contention for GCL Player of the Year next season.

Logan Woods – ’22 PG/SG Fairfield: This was our second weekend this June seeing Fairfield, and again the team was very balanced with enough offensive weapons that an opposing defense has to pick their poison. That being said, this week we’re going to give the nod on our top performers list to Woods, who continued to show productivity as both a scorer and facilitator for an Indians team who might be the most deeply talented D1 program in Greater Cincinnati next winter. A long and slender 6’3 guard with versatility and an accomplished defensive resume, Woods was able to really make shots at Oak Hills; which he’s shown an ability to do in the past, but coaches have always wanted to see more continued consistency. Being a guard capable of playing the point, and showing good vision as a distributor, that ability to make open perimeter shots could be the final piece for Fairfield to make a run next year; as there is little doubting the Indians’ array of size, athleticism, toughness and depth. Woods currently holds NCAA D1 offers from Miami (OH) and UMKC; however, that list could easily grow in July when he suits back up for Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB.

Sean Keller – ’22 PG Cincinnati Elder: He’s not the biggest or most physically gifted guard you’ll see on the circuit, but there aren’t many young guards with more heart then Keller. A gritty 5’10 lead guard in the classic GCL mold, Keller was Elder’s playmaker last year on the perimeter, and will be counted on to do the same in ’21-’22. This weekend the rising senior was consistent with his jumper from three, as the lefty poured in several long-range shots, many of them after getting his balance via a rhythm dribble. Not only does Keller play with heart, which is epitomized but his on-ball defensive abilities, but he his intangibles are contagious, especially his confidence as a scorer. We think Elder’s team next year has the size, physicality and depth to be really good; if Keller can continue to create scoring opportunities for himself and their front-court players, the Panthers will absolutely be a team to reckon with.

Bowen Hardman – ’22 SG Cincinnati Princeton: It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to see Hardman on the court, as he missed both a travel team event and the shootout earlier in June at Princeton HS; however, not much has changed for the longtime Ohio State commit. A 6’4 lights out shooter with a steady game, Hardman was electric as a scorer on Friday afternoon, including going toe to toe with a future Big Ten rival in Purdue commit Fletcher Loyer of Fort Wayne Homestead (IN). While there are plenty of guards who can compete with Hardman as standstill shooters, there are few who are as agile as he is in using screens or the dribble to create shots for himself, something Princeton will ask him to do quite often next year on a talented but very inexperienced varsity squad. With his recruitment having been settled now for almost two years, it can be easy to forget about Hardman in listing Ohio’s top 2022 talents, but he still ranks near the top of our list based on his shooting and scoring abilities alone.

Jacob Conner – ’22 PF Kettering Alter: We’ve had a chance to evaluate Kettering Alter a lot this June, and they’ve had moments where they’ve looked very promising and moments where they’ve looked closer to average. That being said, Saturday afternoon the Knights looked like a major threat in Ohio Division II, as the Dayton area team knocked off perennial power Covington Catholic (KY) behind the play of Connor and a slew of skilled guards. A versatile and athletic forward at 6’8, Connor is one of the most highly recruited rising seniors in the state, as he’s being courted by programs across all levels of NCAA D1 play and holds over a dozen scholarship offers. The big question mark around Connor has always been if he’s going to be aggressive on a consistent basis; and the rising senior began to answer that on Saturday, recovering from an early fall on a hard flagrant foul to lead his team with some key baskets. Capable as a shooter from deep but also able to handle and pass, Connor is going to be best served as a system player at the next level to be surrounded with other high-IQ offensive players; but it’s going to be his physical tools as a long and nimble 6’8 forward, and the defensive versatility that come with those tools, that might ultimately play the deciding factor in which colleges prioritize him the heaviest after the July evaluation period concludes.

Jayden Nervis – ’22 SF Hilliard Davidson: We weren’t super familiar with Nervis heading into the weekend, as he’s only been in Ohio one winter, where he averaged 15 PPG at Davidson. After Saturday’s two games it’s hard not to be excited about his upside, as he showed great versatility as a mobile 6’5 wing who can put the ball on the floor or make shots. A long and skinny wing forward who showed a ton of confidence as a scorer, Nervis was flat out in the zone on Saturday in a Davidson win over Cincinnati Walnut Hills, as he made shot after shot by using his length to hit jumpers over smaller Walnut Hills defenders. Playing alongside a great shooter in Ryan Paris (2022), a solid big in Peyton Frey (2023) and one of Ohio’s top rising seniors in scoring machine Jared Frey (2022), the addition of Nervis for a second year could make Davidson one of the sleeper teams in the Columbus area in ’21-’22.

Rayvon Griffith – ’23 SG/SF Cincinnati Taft: There are top performers and then there’s Griffith, who was the unquestioned talk of the event on Friday. Ohio’s most highly recruited 2023 prospect was sensational as a scorer for Taft in a blowout win over Mason and a close loss against Indianapolis Cathedral (a team which starts all NCAA D1 prospects), leading Taft to a 4-1 weekend. Known by most as a 6’6 long athlete with highlight reel finishing ability, Griffith showcased some improved shot-making skills on Friday, hitting several pull-up jumpers, open threes and even a couple of step-back jumpers in traffic. Capable of going into the post to score, attacking the glass above the rim and having the ability to switch onto most positions on the defensive end, Griffith does a nice job of using his God-given athletic abilities to give energy and influence the game in ways other then scoring; so, if he can continue to make shots he’s only going to see his national profile continue to expand. This past week was a busy one for Griffith, as his offer list now includes Kansas, Arizona State, Ohio State, Louisville, Alabama, UCLA, Penn State and more.

Evan Ipsaro – ’23 PG Covington Catholic: Ipsaro finds his way onto our top performers list for the second time this month, as the rising junior put together another point guard clinic at Oak Hills. A smaller guard in a 5’10 frame but gifted with elite quickness with the ball in his hands, Ipsaro was Covington Catholic’s sparkplug, as he consistently found their bigs, Mitchell Rylee (2022) and Chandler Starks (2023), for scoring opportunities. The one question mark surrounding Ipsaro after his performances at team camps this June was how well he shoots the ball from three, and the rising junior did that at a high level Saturday, finally looking for his shot with a mix of using his usual playmaking skills. With a competitive mindset and that quickness, Ipsaro also projects as a very good on-ball defender; which could be the difference maker in his recruitment beginning to explode in July (which we think it will) with Indiana Elite 3SSB 16u.

Tyler McKinley – ’24 PF Cincinnati Walnut Hills: The first of three rising sophomores to make this report, McKinley has gone from being the young kid on the team and now showing he’s ready to play grown-man ball around the rim as a sophomore for Walnut Hills. A 6’8 forward with a great frame, McKinley is starting to finish with two-hand dunks, as he has a special combination of agility and power for a young big in a frame that might have a few inches left to grow. Not only does he have the physical tools to be an elite prospect, but McKinley is also highly skilled and capable as a passer, post-up scorer, ballhandler in transition and as a spot-up shooter. When McKinley can catch the ball in the mid-post he has a ton of options in his bag to go to, as Walnut Hills is a sleeper team to follow in Greater Cincinnati with shooters, size, experience and some athletes. Miami (OH) became the first NCAA D1 to extend an offer to McKinley this past week; however, even though the Redhawks were first, they’re going to have plenty of competition in recruiting McKinley’s services as the 2024 class becomes more of a priority for college coaches.

Cade Norris – ’24 SG Hilliard Bradley: Being the son of one of Ohio’s most respected coaches and having two older brothers currently playing NCAA D1 ball, we’re by no means shocked that Cade Norris is a good prospect. We are shocked, however, by how different he is then his brothers, as the rising sophomore is already significantly taller and thicker then his brothers were as high school seniors. A versatile 6’3 guard who can play on the ball or on the wing, we’re listing Norris as a shooting guard for now, but the labeling of his offensive position is basically a moot point with his all-around scoring mindset and skill-set. Similar to his brothers in these two regards, Norris appears to be a knockdown shooter and junkyard dog competitor, as the rising sophomore showed maturity beyond that of most players his age in a statement win for a very young Bradley team over Covington Catholic (KY). We certainly haven’t seen every guard prospect in Ohio yet in the 2024 class, but Norris’ combination of size, IQ, competitiveness and of course his shooting, undoubtedly make him a prospect we’re excited to track moving forward.

Ben Menker – ’24 SG Mason: Heading into this weekend we’d heard some good things about Menker from another scout who’d seen him, but we’d never personally been able to evaluate him. After this weekend’s play, we’re right on board the bandwagon, as Menker is a legit talent to watch over the next three years in the GMC. At 6’3 the rising sophomore fits the mold of several other wing guards Coach Richards’ has had at Mason as Menker has size, is a solid athlete, can make shots and makes good decisions with the ball in their half-court offense. As high school basketball fans in Cincinnati know, Mason is going to be methodical at times in their half-court offense, and Menker already has shown an understanding of how to balance that offense with finding his own spots to be aggressive in attacking the rim. Next year’s Mason team looks young, and while they might take their lumps early in the season, we expect Menker to be a major catalyst in the Comets making noise in the GMC in ’21-’22.

Honorable Mention: Mitchell Rylee (’22 Covington Catholic/KY), Mekhi Elmore (’22 Cincinnati Taft), Owen Murray (’22 Cincinnati Walnut Hills), Jared Frey (’22 Hilliard Davidson), Kobe Peck (’22 Lakota East), Chandler Starks (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Carson Browne (’23 Cincinnati Elder), Deshawne Crim (’23 Fairfield), Jack Kronauge (’23 Lakota East), Dayjuan Anderson (’23 Dayton Ponitz), Eian Elmer (’23 Cincinnati Taft)

Weekend Team Camp Recap

13 Jun

HouseWe’re officially less than a week from the first time since pre-COVID in which NCAA D1 college coaches are able to leave campus for recruiting, and the state is abuzz with excitement. After leaving Miami (OH) team camp on Friday evening, we decided to stay local for some two days of team camp games on Saturday and Sunday. Yet again, top Ohio teams battled not only against each other, but also against some of the top schools from the talent-rich Indianapolis area, with the Ohio boys more then holding their own. Here’s a look at some top performers from games we attended over the weekend…

Tom House – ’22 SG Centerville: Shooting the ball well in front of college coaches is one of the surest ways to boost your recruiting stock; and that’s exactly what we expect to happen next weekend for House. This weekend, the 6’5 rising senior was fantastic as a scoring wing, knocking down shot after shot as Centerville took on powerhouses such as Carmel (IN), Cleveland St. Ignatius and Gahanna Lincoln. There might not be a player in Ohio in the 2022 class who possesses as much confidence in his own scoring abilities as House, as he not only was a threat to hit the open three, but was more efficient in creating his own shot off of a dribble. Playing at Centerville with several other top prospects, House will likely lead the Elks in scoring again next season, as the consistency he showed this weekend in creating a quality shot off of the dribble has long been the aspect of his development that could take him to the next level as a scorer. House’s name is one that has been on the minds of college coaches, as he currently holds five NCAA D1 offers, having picked up Ohio and Wright State during the month of June.

Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Cincinnati Woodward: Recruiting buzz and individual accolades are fun, but you play the game of basketball to win, and that’s exactly what McMillan accomplished on Saturday; with his Bulldogs squad finished the day 3-0, including wins over perennial Ohio powerhouses Gahanna Lincoln and Dayton Dunbar. McMillan was the main offensive weapon for Woodward, as he mixed in an ability to make shots with drives to the rim as well as trying to play out of the post against smaller guards. A tough and physical defender as well, McMillan, like House, is one of the most competitive players in the 2022 class, which sometimes can be the difference maker in college coaches determining who they want to sign. This month McMillan has already visited both Xavier and Cincinnati, with more visits scheduled soon.

Jacob Meyer – ’23 PG Covington Holy Cross/KY: We were very much looking forward to some head-to-head matchups with some of the area’s top 2023 point guards this weekend; however, the injury bug unfortunately hit, as Lawrent Rice (Huber Heights Wayne), Chico Johnson (Toledo Central Catholic) and Meyer all missed most or all of the weekend with minor brush-up’s. That being said, in the game we saw a healthy Meyer play, the 6’1 rising junior was electric in using his end-to-end speed to create offense. Meyer moves like a running back up and down the court with explosive cuts to get north to south, and always finishes through contact with tough and-ones going to either hand. Not only is he an elite athlete, but Meyer is a tough customer at the point guard position, constantly battling double-teams and taking on defensive challenges as well. Meyer is not believed to hold any scholarship offers at this point in time, but we’ll be shocked if that holds by the end of July, as NCAA D1 coaches are going to be all over Meyer’s combination of athleticism, toughness, scoring and defensive skills.

Gabe Cupps – ’23 PG Centerville: Cupps was able to avoid the injury bug, which is impressive in its own right as his Elks team has already played at Princeton’s shootout last weekend as well as team camps this week at Wright State and Miami (OH). Having just earned a scholarship offer from Xavier mid-week, Cupps played with his usual competitive fire on Saturday and Sunday, making key shots in games against Gahanna Lincoln and Cleveland St. Ignatius. An excellent passer and ballhandler, Cupps has evolved into a very solid guard who is capable of the wow play, but usually settles for the simple play in Centerville’s highly structured offense. The area where Cupps doesn’t get enough credit is on the defensive end, where not only is he an excellent on-ball guard but he also is one of the best in Ohio at drawing charges on rotations. Also very capable both as a spot-up shooter and as a shot-creator in the high ball-screen, Cupps game should translate effectively to the college level.

Seck Zongo – ’23 PF Cincinnati Hughes: Zongo has been one of the most talked about prospects on this website since the start of last high school season, as we were super high on him heading into the event based on his recent play on the travel circuit and with Hughes last weekend at the Princeton shootout. An agile 6’7 forward who can really handle the ball, Zongo is great at using his physical tools and ballhandling to create mismatches and score at the rim with size and long strides to finish through, over or around contact. When his defensive motor is running he’s also an extremely promising prospect on that end of the floor, as that athleticism and length give him the ability to defend just about any position. A true rip-and-run forward who will be counted on heavily on the backboards for Hughes this coming season, Zongo is expected to make a major splash in the Cincinnati city league on a new-look Big Red roster.

Calvin Little Jr. – ’24 PG Cleveland St. Ignatius: Simply put, we haven’t seen many guards in Ohio in the class of 2024 who can hang with Little heading into the weekend, and all he did on Sunday was solidify that position as we saw the 6’2 rising sophomore showcase a lot of talent in games against Centerville and Lakota East. A dynamic athlete with positional size and great defensive intensity, Little is a ball-hawk who excels at creating steals and turning them into points on the other end. Offensively, he’s a good decision maker who doesn’t force the issue and is capable of some needle threading passes on drive and kick situations for assists on an Ignatius team that is as talented as just about anyone in Ohio. Little’s athleticism and intensity make him a very well rounded prospect in Ohio’s 2024 class and, as he continues to improve the consistency of his jumper, he could potentially project as the top pure point guard in the class statewide.

Honorable Mention: Mike Sharavjamts (’22 Centerville), Sean Jones (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Javan Simmons (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), Jonathan Effertz (’22 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Josh Harlan (’22 Pickerington Central), Jadon Coles (’22 Lakota East), Keliese Frye (’22 Cincinnati Woodward), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne), Devin Royal (’23 Pickerington Central), Kenny Satterfield Jr (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), Dailyn Swain (’23 Columbus Africentric), Evan Ipsaro (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Chandler Starks (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Carter Jackson (’24 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Roo Mills (’24 Cincinnati Woodward)

Miami (OH) Team Camp

11 Jun

Sage TolentinoWith team camp season well underway at area NCAA D1 colleges, Triple Double Prospects headed to Oxford for the Miami (OH) team camp in our first of three straight action-packed days of basketball (we’ll be at Xavier on Saturday and Sunday). The Redhawks brought some of the top talent from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Indianapolis to their campus on Friday, with several of Ohio’s finest matching up against Indianapolis area powerhouses like Cathedral, Warren Central, Lawrence North and Brebeuf Jesuit. Here are some of the top Ohio based performers in games we evaluated…

Sage Tolentino – ’22 C Hamilton: What a difference a year can make for a teenage prospect in terms of comfort level. While Tolentino made a splash in the Cincinnati high school scene during his first year in the area last winter (including a solid performance against Sycamore in game we saw live), Tolentino looked exponentially more at home on Friday heading into his second go around with the Big Blue. The true 7’0 center operated mainly out of the mid and high post at first, using his superior size to distribute to cutters as well as showing good touch with his mid-range jumper, of which he hit several. Later, Tolentino got involved on the block, finishing multiple dunks well above the rim, as he is quick off of his feet to finish. If he can add consistency to the level of play he showed today, Tolentino should be one of the premiere players in Ohio high school basketball next season, as there aren’t many in the state who can contend with his combination of athleticism and shooting touch at 7’0. While many Ohio fans are still somewhat unfamiliar with him due to his late arrival to the area, college coaches are no stranger to Tolentino, who verbally committed to Auburn early last fall.

Amani Lyles – ’22 PF/C Columbus Beechcroft: Lyles was Mr. Do-It-All for Beechcroft in their first game of the day, as his team took on perhaps the most talented group in the event in Indianapolis Cathedral. While Beechcroft struggled to hang with Cathedral in the second half, Lyles’ motor never slowed down, as he on multiple occasions went coast-to-coast, one against five to score through traffic and draw the foul. While he’s known as an energy giving big who can rebound, defend and finish on the shoe circuit with All Ohio Red EYBL, Lyles showed some skill as a versatile scoring forward on Friday, attacking off the dribble from the perimeter and using his size and athleticism at 6’7 to create contact. Currently holding one NCAA D1 offer from Cleveland State, lots of colleges have inquired recently about Lyles; and, according to 270 Hoops’ Zach Fleer, the Columbus based forward is a candidate for high-academic colleges as well.

Bede Lori – ’23 PG/SG Caldwell: Our MVP of the day, Lori put on a clinic in the third game of the day, a Caldwell loss to a deeper Turpin team, where Lori singlehandedly kept his squad competitive for most of the contest. As we tweeted, Lori put on one of the best shot-making performances we’ve seen in recent years, as he hit pull-up after pull-up over the Turpin defense. A tough and crafty guard with a great skill-set, Lori not only can create his shot at will, but he can do so in different ways; whether it was going to the mid-post, jabbing his defender off him and knocking down the three or using his dribble moves to create a mid-range look. A definite sleeper in Ohio’s 2023 class, in part because of the small town location of his school, Lori should make waves on the recruiting scene in July with his C2K UAA squad.

Brady Hardewig – ’23 PG/SG Turpin: Speaking of skilled guards, they don’t very many more skilled than Hardewig, a 5’11 guard out of the Cincinnati area. An absolute knockdown shooter from three, Hardewig caught our attention Friday morning by making his first four field goals against Caldwell, all of which were tough pull-up jumpers. A smooth handler who can use the pick and roll or isolation to create his shot with a hesitation dribble, Hardewig matches his skill with a feel for both how to play the game offensively and how to create space. He might not be the jaw dropping athlete you see on the shoe circuits, but shooters are in hot demand right now, which should land Hardewig on some college coaching radars sometime soon.

Devin Royal – ’23 PF Pickerington Central: A tough customer who has drawn some praise from us based on his play this spring with All-Ohio Red EYBL, Royal is even more dominant on the high school scene. He’s a versatile forward, but at his simplest form he might just be best around the rim, where he has the physical tools, and the mindset to use those tools, to exert his will as a scorer and rebounder. Capable of finishing above the rim with his powerful frame, Royal scored both in the half-court and in transition in the game we saw Pick-Central, a win over Mount Vernon (IN). Currently holding one NCAA D1 offer from Ohio, Royal is one of the top targets of area colleges in the 2023 class.


• We’ve been hearing great things about the production this summer of ’22 Dublin Coffman point guard Ajay Sheldon. We were set to see Sheldon in his final game on Friday, but unfortunately he suffered a minor injury in one of his team’s earlier games. We’ll definitely catch up with Sheldon soon, as the rising senior from Columbus has recently picked up offers from Furman, Elon and Ohio.

• Even though his team did not play in the event at Miami (OH), we also wanted to mention ’22 Sycamore forward Ben Southerland, who we saw on Wednesday night in his team’s scrimmage against Cincinnati LaSalle. The 6’7 skilled forward continues to make huge strides heading into his senior year, and is seeing that pay dividends on the recruiting trail. Southerland picked up an offer from Ohio on Friday, to go with an offer from Toledo earlier in the week, as well as existing offers from College of Charleston, Winthrop and Miami (OH).

Honorable Mention: Colin McHale (’22 Turpin), EJ Kapihe (’22 Hamilton), Tom House (’22 Centerville), Antoine Jacobs (’22 Dayton Northridge), Louie Semona (’22 Cincinnati St. Xavier), Mike Sharavjamts (’22 Centerville), Owen Murray (’22 Cincinnati Walnut Hills), Gabe Cupps (’23 Centerville), Sonny Styles (’23 Pickerington Central), Tyler McKinley (’24 Cincinnati Walnut Hills)

Princeton Shootout Recap

6 Jun

MekhiThe team camp season every June is always a great indicator of the future of high school basketball in that area for the coming school year’s high school season. If that indicator holds true, this should be a fun season in Southwest and Central Ohio, as around twenty of the top teams from those parts of Ohio, and a couple from Kentucky, headed over to Cincinnati Princeton HS on Saturday for a day of high level scrimmaging. With so much talent in the gym for just one day of play, we decided to keep our focus to the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area teams. Here are some top performers from games we evaluated…

Mekhi Elmore – ’22 PG Cincinnati Taft: The lefty scoring guard was in true attack mode in games against Fairfield and Huber Heights Wayne, both Taft wins, as Elmore got what he wanted, when he wanted on Saturday. A smooth guard who controls the pace and thrives on getting to his left hand to finish with a floater, Elmore has range out to the three point line and knows how to use his handle to create space to get his shot off. After finishing a big-time two-handed tip-dunk in traffic, Elmore also might be on his way to becoming one of the better athletes in Cincinnati high school ball, making him a scary prospect for opposing defenses next season.

Mike Sharavjamts – ’22 SF Centerville: The defending State Champions added a legit high school star to their roster this off-season with the transfer of Sharavjamts, who first made it onto our radar as a freshman at Xenia Legacy Christian Academy. Now standing 6’8, Sharavjamts projects as one of the most talented prospects in Ohio next season, as his size, athleticism and skill-set as a true wing should make him very difficult to defend. An excellent passer and ballhandler with the footwork to defend pretty much any position with his long 6’8 frame, Sharavjamts should be a huge piece in the Elks quest to defend their title this coming winter.

Evan Ipsaro – ’23 PG Covington Catholic/KY: Without question the top underclassmen performer on Saturday, Ipsaro led his team to a 3-0 record with wins over Lima Senior, Huber Heights Wayne and Dayton Dunbar. He might only stand 5’10, but there’s a lot of athleticism packed into Ipsaro’s frame, as the rising junior shows great burst both off the dribble and at the rim as a finisher. A shifty ballhandler who can pass or create his own shot, Ipsaro was a key distributor for Covington Catholic in his first year with Colonels last year, but we expect him to become a much bigger scorer in his second season in the Bluegrass State.

Antone Allen – ’23 PG Dayton Dunbar: While they may have lost the game we watched versus Covington Catholic, the Dunbar Wolverines are starting to look like their teams of old, as the roster is full of talented guards. The top performer on Saturday of those guards was Allen, a 6’2 combo guard who will likely spend a lot of time at the point this coming season. A bigger guard who can stretch the floor with his shooting, Allen along with his brother, fellow rising junior Antaune Allen, and rising senior Darrion Lindsey, all showed the capability to attack the rim in transition or make shots when the defense gives them space. With Allen returning as a lead guard, expect Dunbar to reassert themselves into the top of the standings in the Dayton Public League.

Deshawne Crim – ’23 PG/SG Fairfield: It’s tough for us to pick a top performer from Fairfield, as Crim, senior guard Logan Woods and junior post Aamir Rogers all played well Saturday. However, we decided to give the slight nod to Crim, as the 6’0 combo guard was extremely productive on both ends for an Indians team projected to be one of the best in Cincinnati next season. A tough-minded combo guard who gets things done defensively first, Crim can attack the rim physically to score or draw fouls, but is also a capable shot-maker in the mid-range off of the dribble. Playing alongside Woods, Rogers and some very good role players, expect college coaches to be in the Fairfield area this coming winter.

Dorian Williams – ’24 PF Cincinnati Princeton: Not only did Williams get some of his first varsity action on Saturday, but he had to do so without the help of Ohio State commit Bowen Hardman, who was nursing a minor injury. That didn’t stop Williams from putting himself squarely on our radar, as the rising sophomore was very productive in his team’s battle with Huber Heights Wayne. The 6’4 Williams is a true combo forward and lefty who can finish above the rim with a big and strong body, probably making him more of a natural small-ball power forward moving forward. Besides having all of the physical tools, we were impressed with Williams’ motor and, as he continues to get more skilled, he will have upside as a potential double-double guy in the always tough GMC.

Honorable Mention: Logan Woods (’22 Fairfield), Tom House (’22 Centerville), Mitchell Rylee (’22 Covington Catholic/KY), Darrion Lesley (’22 Dayton Dunbar), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne), Gabe Cupps (’23 Centerville), Seck Zongo (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), KJ Satterfield (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), Aamir Rogers (’23 Fairfield), Riley Woods (’23 Princeton)