Rankings Update

12 Aug
Meechie

Is Meechie Johnson the top 2021 prospect in Ohio?

With the July Evaluation Period squarely behind us, for the last time as we currently know it due to changes in NCAA recruiting calendar rules, it’s time to look at the prospects who made the biggest strides this summer in our eyes.

Every August we at Triple Double Prospects do our best to update our prospect rankings for rising seniors, juniors and sophomores, as we try and judge performance, production, long-term potential, physical gifts and intangibles in creating a list of the players we believe are at the top of their respective class’ in the state of Ohio.

For the class of 2019, we haven’t seen much movement at the top, as the players already identified as top targets did nothing to lose their star status; however, as is common in the summer before a prospect’s senior season, we did see a lot of movement towards the bottom of the rankings, with some late-blooming players making their way onto the list. Many of these players are being targeted by school at the NCAA D2 level, as the class of 2019 has proved to have more top-to-bottom depth of future college prospects then we thought it had a year ago. With 10 players committed to NCAA D1’s and another 7 committed to NCAA D2’s, look for the list of commitments to at least double by the end of September.

Like 2019, there weren’t a ton of big shakeups in 2020, with Mentor Lake Catholic’s Luke Frazier making probably the biggest jump up the list of any one player. Again, the top talent from the spring for the most part had a productive summer in games we viewed, but there were several new additions to the rankings, with Chillicothe’s Jayvon Maughmer being one player whom we are very excited to track.

The biggest change in the rankings came in the 2021 class, as TDP released our first positional breakdown of players. While it is still early in this class’ development, we’d have to say that, as of August 2018, Convoy Crestview forward Kalen Etzler and Cleveland Garfield Heights guard Meechie Johnson look like the players to keep the closest eye on. Like 2020, this class is full of talented point guards, but we’ve also been intrigued by some of the bigger wings and forwards, with kids like Enavell Lighty, EJ Farmer, Chance Groce and Malaki Branham, who all will have a chance to contend for the number one spot in due time.

Our latest 2019, 2020 and 2021 rankings can be viewed below, or in the site header….

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Louisville Jamfest

29 Jul
Miles

Dieonte Miles

The final of the three July live evaluations periods, where NCAA D1 coaches can watch prospects play on the travel circuit, has come and ended; with many of the top players from Ohio choosing to end the period with a bang instead of a fizzle. For the final weekend, we at Triple Double Prospects spent our time in Louisville for the Hoop Group’s Louisville Jamfest, an event which attracted top teams from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and some even further away states. Here’s a rundown of some of the top individual performances from games that we evaluated in the Derby City….

Dontaie Allen – ’19 SF Pendleton County/KY: While we went to Louisville to primarily track Ohio talent, it was Allen’s travel team, MATTS Mustangs out of Kentucky, who stole the show. As was the case when we saw this team in April in Indianapolis, the focal point of the Mustangs’ offense was Allen, a 6’7 wing guard from just south of the Greater Cincinnati region of Northern Kentucky. One of the most skilled wings in the country, Allen made jumpers in bunches this weekend, proving that he is a three level scorer who, despite limited athleticism, can create a shot at will with his handle, feel for the game and size at 6’7. With his offensive versatility at that size, Allen is an ideal fit for an offense that likes to feature big wings as ballhandlers, as well as somewhere where he will be able to load up on three point attempts. Kentucky head coach John Calipari was among the potential suitors tracking Allen, who holds offers from schools like Louisville, Xavier, Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Purdue and many other high-majors.

Deionte Miles – ’19 C Walton Verona/KY: This 6’10 mystery man from the Greater Cincinnati region of Northern Kentucky was without question the most talked about prospect in Louisville this weekend, as it was the first event where Miles, who has dealt with injuries this summer, has played with a major AAU outfit such as the MATTS Mustangs. An elite athlete at 6’10, Miles was an active and long rim protector who ran the floor, finished above the rim and even showed an ability to step outside and knock down the three-point shot with some consistency. While he still lacks the refinement and repetitions of most of his competition, Miles is an incredibly intriguing prospect who is beginning to receive considerable interest from a multitude of high-major programs who were in attendance in Louisville.

Evan Bainbridge – ’19 PF Stow-Munroe Falls: With size at 6’8 and a legit college ready skill as a pick-and-pop three point shooter, Bainbridge is a mid-major recruiting special who has seen his recruiting stock sky-rocket over the last few months. Currently reporting offers from Furman and Kent State, Bainbridge scored the ball with consistency for his Ohio Basketball Club team this weekend, mainly knocking down three point shots, but also showing the ability to put the ball on the floor once or twice as a prototypical new-age power forward with a skilled game. Bainbridge will have to add strength to make an impact around the basket at the next level, but his size and shooting ability have D1 coaches excited.

Devon Grant – ’19 PG Lorain: After a great showing at the Ohio HS State Tournament and then subsequently missing the April recruiting periods with an injury, we were excited to get another look at Grant with his Ohio Basketball Club outfit. A scoring point guard who isn’t a flashy athlete but who can create shots with separation dribbles, Grant was consistent as a shooter and scorer from mid and long range for OBC. Grant doesn’t have great size for a scoring guard at the next level, but he plays with a lot of heart, and his combination of skill-set and IQ are the ideal fit for what coaches seek in the modern scoring point guard. Currently, Grant has offers from Kent State and Bowling Green.

Max Land – ‘20 SF Cincinnati Moeller: Land, a 6’4 wing athlete, has bounced around some on the travel circuit this spring and summer, but looked at home in Louisville while playing with the Mid-Ohio Pumas. Playing the role of primary scorer on an amended Pumas’ roster, Land showed his ability to get to the rim and use his athleticism and frame to draw contact or finish. With that length and athleticism, Land has the ideal physical tools to be an impact defender at the next level, and, as he becomes a more consistent perimeter shooter, Land should only see his stock continue to ascend up the list of Ohio’s top 2020 prospects.

Luke Frazier – ’20 PG Mentor Lake Catholic: In just a period of two months we’ve seen Frazier, a 6’4 lanky combo guard, go from a kid who was thought of as a role player for Ohio Basketball Club to one of the team’s marquee talents, as Frazier has picked up offers from Northern Kentucky, Wright State and Youngstown State. A smooth and skilled combo guard with some burst to his game off the dribble, Frazier is a long combo guard who can do it all offensively; and, as his confidence grows, Frazier has shown he can be a big time playmaker off the bounce as a scorer or facilitator. College coaches are going to want to see Frazier continue to add muscle to his game, but, his versatility, size and skill-set make him the ideal D1 guard who can contribute in different offensive roles.

Jayvon Maughmer – ’20 SG Chillicothe: This was our first time seeing Maughmer, a 6’4 combo guard playing his first event with the elite team from the Mid-Ohio Pumas organization, and we were in no way disappointed, as Maughmer handled the primary point guard role with a lot of success. Another big and slippery guard who can handle and create, Maughmer was effective as a set-up man or as a scorer, where he has the length and frame to be a finisher around the basket. Maughmer’s frame is still very much in the development phases; however, in the two games we watched we’re ready to give him our stamp of approval as one of the most promising 2020 prospects in the state of Ohio.

Walt Mattingly – ’21 PF Deerfield/IL: While he now resides a little bit out of our normal range of coverage, Mattingly, who is originally from Greater Cincinnati, then Batesville (IN) and now Deerfield (IL), played well enough with the Cincinnati Royals 15u team that it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t show him some love. A 6’7 versatile and skilled forward with some real competitiveness to his game, Mattingly showcased a ton of upside on Saturday night, as he battled physically with his long and mobile frame against stronger interior players, and also stepped out on the wing where he showed the ability to handle against pressure and create shots. Now that Mattingly is in the Greater Chicago area, one of prep basketball’s most historically talent-rich metropolitans, look for his stock to continue to rise.

Honorable Mention: Isaiah Cozart (’19 PF Madison Central/KY), Ben Fort (’19 SG Reynoldsburg), Greg Tribble (’19 PG Cincinnati Winton Woods), Sam Towns (’19 SF Springfield), Milton Gage (’19 PG Dayton Chaminade Julienne), AJ Garrett (’19 PF Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Coleton Landis (’19 PF Pickerington Central), Grant Huffman (’20 SG Cleveland St. Edward), Andy Barba (’20 SG Cleveland Benedictine), Evan Prater (’20 SF Wyoming), Quentin Richardson (’20 PG Cleveland Holy Name), Greg Johnson (’21 PG Cincinnati St. Xavier), Isaiah Walker (’21 SG Wyoming), AJ Braun (’21 PF Middletown Bishop Fenwick), Alex Williams (’21 PF Cincinnati Moeller), Aiden Turner (’21 PG Cincinnati Moeller)

All-In Hoopfest

22 Jul

LogoThe All-In Hoopfest has become a staple of the July recruiting period for NCAA D1 coaches, as Ohio teams have always attended this event, and performed well, since it’s inception a few years ago. For the second straight July, the event was held in Louisville, but the Ohio teams still made their presence felt, as 17u squads such as Mid-Ohio Pumas, Nova Village (Russell), SMAC Runnin’ Rebels, APEX and others all made their presence felt. As far as individual performances are concerned, we at Triple Double Prospects were in the gym for all three days of action and saw several prospects boost their recruiting stock with quality showings. Here’s a look at some of the top performers from games we evaluated….

Darweshi Hunter – ’18 SG Cincinnati Princeton: A recently graduated senior still looking for the right home for next school year, Hunter is still seeking a NCAA D1 offer (and is considering both prep school and junior college options); in Louisville, the 6’4 wing improved his recruiting stock, as he continued to show college coaches that he can flat out score the basketball. A deadly pull-up shooter who can find a rhythm with a couple of dribbles or a step-back, Hunter shot the ball with consistency, averaging over 20 PPG in six games on the weekend. Also a solid athlete with size for his position, Hunter looked the part of an NCAA D1 prospect, and while he’ll have to continue to develop his overall floor game, there are few who can put the ball in the bucket on the same level that he can.

Milton Gage Jr– ’19 PG Dayton Chaminade Julienne: One of the most under-rated guards in the 2019 class in Ohio, Gage is starting to show college programs what he has to offer, as the 5’10 floor general led the Cincinnati Lakers all weekend long. A classic pass-first point guard who can use his strong build to finish at the rim, Gage also shot the ball from three more efficiently then he has in the past; however, the thing that that Gage is most well known for at this stage is his defense, as he is arguably the most tenacious on-ball defender at the point guard position in Ohio’s rising senior class. Heading into the last live period, look for Gage to begin to accumulate scholarship offers very, very soon.

Bo Myers – ’19 SG/SF Logan: A sharpshooting wing at 6’5 with offers at both the NCAA D1 and D2 levels, Myers is a super skilled, competitive and efficient wing guard who can play any of the perimeter positions. Playing with the Ohio Hoopsters, Myers proved that he is more then just a shooter; even though he continued to shoot the ball at a high clip from deep. With a smooth feel as a passer and the length to guard wings and guards at the college level, Myers is a small town gem who we expect to see a rapid spike in recruiting circles as soon as this week.

Alex Dotson – ’19 PG/SG Cincinnati Purcell Marian: Our friends at NEO Spotlight called Dotson, “(the) most under-recruited kid in Ohio’s 2019 class”, after Dotson’s RGB Unity team put together a string of wins in front of a crowd of college coaches on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Dotson did perhaps more for his recruiting stock then any other player in Ohio’s 2019 class over the weekend, as the 6’4 senior combo guard showed that he can play on the ball, off the ball, attack the rim with the dribble, set up teammates for assists and defend multiple positions. A solid athlete with a strong build, Dotson’s ability to consistently make perimeter jumpers is the last piece to the puzzle, as college coaches will continue to circle his name in their programs.

Tremaine Smith – ’19 PF Cincinnati Aiken: Dotson’s teammate with RGB Unity, the 6’8 post known as “Noodles” also had a great weekend on both ends of the floor; as the skinny but energetic big was active defensively and showed physicality despite his slender frame, as he altered shots and rebounded the ball. A raw but talented and emerging offensive threat, Smith plays best when facing the rim and can play off of a couple of dribbles from the high post. After being known as a player who shows spurts of potential, this could be the start of some consistent production from the 6’8 power forward.

Kyle Goessler – ’19 PG Brunswick: Goessler’s recruiting stock plummeted among NCAA D2 programs on Saturday; only because he committed, as the 6’0 point guard from the Cleveland area selected D2 power Hillsdale College out of Michigan. Playing with SMAC Runnin’ Rebels in Louisville, Goessler looked the part of the quintessential skilled offensive point guard, as he made perimeter shots, set up his teammates for assists and used crafty playmaking to create advantage situations for his team offensively. Capable of running and gunning or handling pressure in the half-court, Goessler is a cerebral point guard who should have a successful career at the college level.

Chance Groce – ’21 SG/SF Columbus Linden-McKinley: While we spent approximately 90% of our time this weekend at the 17u level, Groce was one of two 15u prospects who really caught our eye, as we got our first chance to view this rising sophomore wing with his Columbus 101 team on Saturday night. The 6’4 wing guard was dominant in scoring 29 points, as Groce connected from deep on several occasions, while showcasing a solid all-around skill-set to go with a big and fluid frame that should see him develop into a very good athlete. Without question one of Ohio’s premiere talents in the 2021 class, we will be very interested to follow Groce’s career over the next three years.

Tyrese Hughey – ’21 PF Licking Heights: With Groce being a young prospect who oozes future potential, Hughey is an already refined young prospect, as the 6’6 power forward from Ohio Hoopsters-Tillman, is a skilled post who can score with his back to the goal, face-up and make a shot and has a good feel for how to use his body around the rim. With a strong base and legit size already, Hughey is another one of the top 2021 prospects in Ohio.

Honorable Mention: Elijah Bishop (’18 Columbus Beechcroft), DJ Brewton (’18 Cincinnati Hughes), Me’Kell Burries (’18 Newport/KY), Bryce Hunt (’18 Cincinnati Reading), CJ Napier (’19 Middletown Bishop Fenwick), Brice Hill (’19 Cincinnati Seven Hills), Sean Marks (’19 Olentangy), Max Martz (’19 Upper Arlington), AJ Garrett (’19 Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Will Mfum (’19 Quality Education Academy), Javonta Lyons (’19 Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Noah Pack (’19 Georgetown), Garrett Powell (’19 Springboro), Jacob Drees (’19 Hilliard Davidson), Garrett Denbow (’19 Ashland), D’Marco Howard (’19 Hamilton), Curtis Harrison (’20Cincinnati Seven Hills), Quentin Richardson (’20 Cleveland Holy Name), Kristopher McClure (’21 Cincinnati St. Xavier), Isaac Settles (’21 Columbus Thomas Worthington), Paul McMillan IV (’22 Cincinnati Woodward)

NUR Camp Recap

1 Jul
Kyky Tandy

Kyky Tandy

Every year the Next Up Recruits Camp, hosted by NUR’s Taylor Hicks, brings the top talent from the state of Kentucky together for a day of competition in front of scouts and college coaches. While we’ve been impressed with the Kentucky talent in the past, this trip was even better, as the camp featured premiere talent from West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and some other states as well. With plenty of future NCAA D1 prospects from the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 on hand, here are the ten performances that really stood out from the games that we took in on Saturday in Wilmore, KY….

Dekeyvan Tandy – ’19 University Heights/KY: “Kyky” is the top prospect in Kentucky not only in the rising senior class but in the state regardless of class, and showed why on Saturday, as the powerful and ultra-athletic 6’0 guard dominated the game at the rim. Playing in the Russell Westbrook mold where he is always in attack mode to try and dunk on someone, Tandy reeled off some highlight plays. Already with offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Wichita State, Tandy is a top-100 player nationally and will continue to attract high-major attention in July.

J.J. Eubank – ’19 PG/SG First Love Christian/PA: Playing an opposing style to Tandy, Eubank is a smooth and skilled combo guard with good vision and a knack for changing pace to create offense. Eubank is equally skilled as a shooter who can play off ball or a ballhandling guard who can create in the pick-and-roll, and as he continues to add weight on his frame he’ll become one of the best guards in the region. Eubank currently holds offers from South Florida, DePaul, New Mexico, UMass and a slew of mid-majors.

Michael Moreno – ’19 SF/PF Scott County/KY: Moreno’s play would never be called “sexy”, but the 6’6 forward out of Georgetown/KY is one of the toughest dudes you’ll ever see on the court, and his effort can never be questioned. Moreno was at his best on Saturday around the rim, as he has power and explosiveness around the rim to finish rebounds, but has also improved considerably with the consistency of his perimeter jumper. With offers from Iowa, Winthrop, Evansville, Toledo, Bradley, Eastern Kentucky and others, Moreno will be heavily tracked in July with his Indiana Elite team.

Devin Cambridge – ’19 SF/PF Believe Prep/TN: Perhaps the top athlete at the camp, the 6’5 Cambridge came into the event somewhat unknown but made waves with his jaw-dropping dunks and blocked shots. A high-motor player who can also stretch the floor as a shooter with a streaky but dangerous jump-shot, Cambridge is a late bloomer who certainly could catch the eye of NCAA D1 coaches in July.

Jaemyn Brakefield – ’20 SF/PF Huntington Prep/WV: Not just the best 2020 prospect at the camp but the best prospect regardless of class at the event, Brakefield has the talent to one day make a lot of money in basketball. A 6’9 forward who can shoot it from three effortlessly with a lefty stroke, Brakefield is also a high level athlete with a college-ready frame. When he’s engaged, there’s no stopping Brakefield on either end, as he just has so many weapons at his disposal as a forward who can put the ball on the floor and attack. A top-20 prospect nationally, Brakefield, a native of Mississippi, has early offers from Kansas, LSU, Xavier, UCLA, Florida, Mississippi State and most other high-majors within reach of either Mississippi or his Huntington Prep/WV high school program.

Zach Loveday – ’20 PF/C Gallia Academy/OH: The player at camp whom we were most familiar with heading into the event, Loveday had a solid showing in Kentucky, as the 6’11 post was active on both ends and showcased the ability to be one of the best floor-running big men in the country. While he got limited touches offensively, Loveday knocked down quite a few perimeter shots, finished offensive rebounds and showed a willingness to both communicate and compete on the defensive end. With offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Xavier, Florida, Indiana and others, July will be a huge month for Loveday with his Louisville Magic AAU team, as he tries to solidify himself as Ohio’s #1 prospect in 2020.

Ike Herster – ’20 SG/SF Kennedy Catholic/PA: A knockdown shooter with limitless range and a killer mentality, Herster caught fire from three on Saturday. A strong and mobile 6’5 wing with versatility, Herster was able to take big men to the basket when they crowded him, or shoot it over smaller matchups. Expect Herster to play a big role on a loaded Kennedy Catholic team next year, as he should be one of the breakout players in Western Pennsylvania. Already holding offers from Youngstown State and Stony Brook, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Herster pick up a few new offers in July with his ITPS Wildcats squad.

Jokhow “JT” Thor – ’21 SF/PF Huntington Prep/WV: The rich just keep getting richer, as, along with Jaemyn Brakefield, Thor was of the elite prospects at Next Up Recruits Camp. At times Thor looked like a baby-Kevin Durant as his 6’9 frame is blessed with a skill-set that lets him handle and shoot the ball like a true wing forward. With a long and surprisingly nimble frame, Thor has the ability to be one of the top-50 or so prospects in the nation in his 2021 class in time and will certainly become a well-talked about name with the always talent-loaded Huntington Prep team next year. Currently with one high-major offer, from California, look for many, many more to jump on the Thor bandwagon very soon.

Jayden Taylor – ’21 PG/SG Indianapolis Perry Meridian/IN: A big and smooth combo guard at 6’3 with a slippery handle and a lot of swag to his game, Taylor was able to score in bunches in the two games we watched him play Saturday. While he falls in love a bit too much with long-range pull-up jumpers, Taylor can create whatever he wants with the bounce and has the athleticism to get to the rim and finish as well. Playing with G3 Grind on the circuit, Taylor has established himself as top-10 prospect in a 2021 class in Indiana that is full of high-level talent.

Trey James – ’21 C Sheldon Clark/KY: A throwback center with a supremely physical approach for a young big, James did not back down one bit from older competition, as the 6’10 post was active on both ends all day long. Capable of scoring inside with a fairly refined low-post game, James utilized his hook-shot to score, while also controlling the paint and the boards. The game sometimes plays a little too fast for this bulky young center, but he has as much upside as just about any center in his class nationally.

Other Standouts: Christopher Monson (’19 Rossview/TN), Deionte Miles (’19 Walton Verona/KY), Isaiah Cozart (’19 Madison Central/KY), Naim Miller (’19 First Love Christian/PA), Jamier Fletcher (’19 First Love Christian/PA), Curt Lewis (’19 Aspire Prep/KY), Mattia Acunzo (’19 Kennedy Catholic/PA), Obinna Ancholi-Killen (’20 Chapmanville/WV), Ryan Kalkbrenner (’20 St. Louis Trinity/MO), Jamel King (’20 Tuscaloosa Bryant/AL), Dayvion McKnight (’20 Shelbyville Collins), Kenny White (’20 North Hopkins/KY), JJ Traynor (’20 Bardstown/KY), Sheena Goodson (’20 Lexington Douglass), CJ Meredith (’20 Spring Valley/WV), Cearius Warren (’21 Louisville Southern)

Spiece Top Performers

7 May
Corbin

Josh Corbin

We said it on Twitter this past weekend, there’s nothing like the Spiece Run-N-Slam. Every year the top travel teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin head to the Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne for a chance to play elite competition; which is precisely what happened this past weekend, as scouts got the rare opportunity to watch teams from competing shoe companies battle it out for bragging rights. With all the top national scouting services on hand to evaluate talent, Ohio teams fared well yet again at Spiece, with All-Ohio Red winning the 17u championship and the Mid-Ohio Pumas taking the 15u championship. Here’s a look at some of the top individual performers in the games we saw in Fort Wayne….

Josh Corbin – ’19 SG Gahanna Lincoln: Known for some time now as one Ohio’s top shooters, Corbin has become one of Ohio’s top players in the 2019 class, as well as a guard prospect who is becoming synonymous with winning. The 6’2 shooting guard out of Columbus was instrumental in his All-Ohio Red team taking home the 17u title, as Corbin lit it up from deep as Red’s best perimeter player on the offensive end. However, besides just shooting it well, Corbin’s fiery style of play gave Red the boost they needed to get over the hump and avenge a loss to Spiece Indy Heat the previous weekend in the Nike EYBL. With nine NCAA D1 offers, including Duquesne, Akron, Toledo, Kent State and Cleveland State, Corbin is going to be a priority target for mid-major programs looking to sign a scorer in the 2019 class.

Nate Bruns – ’19 SF Marion Local: We first wrote about Bruns’ play at the Ohio HS State Tournament where he led his team to a Division IV State Championship; Bruns followed that up with two impressive outings in Fort Wayne, as his Northwest Ohio Basketball Club team was competitive (as they always are). A 6’6 forward with a skilled and versatile game, Bruns has a high IQ and knows how to take advantage of mismatches as a scorer. Also a high-volume rebounder and a vocal leader, Bruns isn’t the best athlete on the floor but he knows how to play, can affect the games in different ways with his skill-set and is a proven winner. Already with a NCAA D1 offer from Toledo, as well as D2 offers from Findlay and others, we will be interested to see if any other mid-major schools throw their hat in the ring in the Bruns sweepstakes.

Ethan Conley – ’19 SG Franklin Monroe: One of the big stock boosters from April in Ohio’s 2019 class, Conley is a strong-bodied and mobile 6’4 wing forward who can really shoot the ball from range with consistency and a smooth stroke with soft touch. With the physical versatility to play the 2-4 at the NCAA D2 level, Conley has earned scholarship offers from Findlay, Cedarville, Ashland, Tiffin and Urbana, and more offers could be headed his way soon, as several of the top regional D2’s evaluated Conley’s Dayton Metro team in Fort Wayne.

John Hugley – ’20 C Cleveland Brush: The biggest member of All-Ohio Red’s 16u team, we were impressed this weekend with the 6’8 post man’s conditioning, as Hugley has really toned his body over the last year. With strength and touch around the rim, Hugley has the size and ability to get a bucket around the rim, which is the primary reason why many mid-major schools have made him a priority in the 2020 class. With offers from Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Cleveland State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Buffalo and others, Hugley’s combination of raw size, power and scoring ability will make him one of Ohio’s most heavily recruited 2020’s.

Joey Holifield – ’20 PG Toledo Cardinal Stritch: We love no-nonsense point guards, which is exactly what Holifield brings to the table, whether as a starter or as the first guard off of the bench, for his C2K Elite 16u team. A strong and athletic guard who can defend, run the show and score at the rim, Holifield is a winner who meshes well with C2K’s Zeb Jackson and Matt Allocco, despite playing off the ball more so than he is accustomed to. He might not be the flashiest prospect in Ohio’s 2020 class that is full of playmaking guards, but we’ll take Holifield over most of his competition due to his defensive prowess, strong frame and winning mindset.

Meechie Johnson – ’21 PG Garfield Heights: The most hyped guard in Ohio in the 2021 class, the pressure was on Meechie to produce at Spiece, with all the top state and national scouts watching. Johnson did just that in a pool play win on Friday night and a bracket play loss to eventual champion Indiana Elite on Saturday, as the 5’11 scoring point guard filled it up in bunches for his Hardwork Basketball team. With a mature skill-set and a competitive fire to his game, Johnson can score off the dribble with pull-up jumpers, sees the floor well as a passer and can get to the rim and finish with touch in transition. He might not have the physical tools of similarly ranked players, but Johnson is a competitor who fits the mold of the new age scoring point guard, who will be one of Ohio’s top ranked prospects when we release our 2021 list in June.

Kalen Etzler – ’21 PF Convoy Crestview: Another player who will be highly ranked in our 2021 list when it comes out (possibly even in consideration for the #1 spot), the younger Etzler (his brother committed to Miami-OH this week) is a 6’7 athletic forward with a versatile all-around game and a lot of upside. Playing in his first tournament with All-Ohio Red, Etzler blended in quickly with his new teammates, as his athleticism, energy and perimeter shooting were a welcome addition. As Etzler adds strength, he’ll have the opportunity to be highly recruited by various NCAA D1 programs, as his game translates to exactly what coaches value with the ability to run the floor and shoot it with size at 6’7.

Garner Wallace – ’21 SF Pickerington Central: Last time we wrote about the Mid-Ohio Pumas 15u team we focused on Jack Sawyer and Logan Duncomb (who were productive again this weekend); however, the key this weekend, in our opinion, was the play of Wallace, a 6’4 wing. Leading his team to a championship in which they defeated four Nike EYBL programs, Wallace was efficient as a scorer who can finish with touch in the paint, draw contact and is a fluid athlete off the dribble. As his perimeter skill-set continues to develop, Wallace will have a chance to be one of Ohio’s top 2021 prospects, as he has all the physical tools, versatility and scoring instincts to be a playmaker.

Other Top Performers: Elijah Bishop (’18 SF Columbus Beechcroft), Giovanni Santiago (’18 PG Cincinnati Hughes), Tre Williams (’18 PF Reynoldsburg), Alonzo Gaffney (’19 PF Garfield Heights), Tanner Holden (’19 SF Wheelersburg), Morgan Safford (’19 SG Columbus Bishop Hartley), Owen Hazelbaker (’19 PF Johnstown Monroe), Max Land (’20 SF Cincinnati Moeller), Devontae Blanton (’20 SF Cleveland St. Edward), Matt Allocco (’20 PG Hilliard Bradley), Zeb Jackson (’20 PG Maumee Valley Country Day), Von Cameron Davis (’20 SF Columbus Walnut Ridge), Steven Coleman (’21 SF Maumee Valley Country Day), Ramelle Arnold (’21 PG Warrensville Heights), Enavell Lighty (’21 SF Cleveland VASJ), Logan Duncomb (’21 C Cincinnati Moeller), Jack Sawyer (’21 PF Pickerington North), AJ Mirgon (’21 PG Hilliard Bradley)

Indy: Nike/UA/Elevate

29 Apr
Mo Njie

Mo Njie

Last weekend in Indianapolis was busy; but, this weekend in Indianapolis was chaotic, as pretty much every single NCAA D1 school sent multiple members of their coaching staff to the Circle City to scout prospects at the Nike EYBL, Under Armour Association, Elevate Hoops Terrific 24 and other events. We at Triple Double Prospects spent our weekend running around between the three previously mentioned events, and we were pleased with the performances we saw from some of Ohio’s top prospects. Here are TDP’s top-ten performers, plus some honorable mention names, from this weekend….

 Alonzo Gaffney – ’19 PF Cleveland Garfield Heights: The Ohio State commit is already ranked as one of America’s top-25 prospects, so Gaffney didn’t need any additional exposure; however, the 6’9 forward showed considerable improvement since we last saw him, as Gaffney played like his shorts were on fire with great effort and passion on the defensive end. To make things even more impressive, Gaffney also shot the lights out from three, making 5 long-range shots in one game and 3 in another. As he continues to show that he can be consistently productive, Gaffney is in no danger of losing his ranking as Ohio’s top 2019 prospect.

 Dontaie Allen – ’19 SF Pendleton County/KY: Hailing from around 45-minutes outside of Greater Cincinnati, Allen, a 6’7 forward, has generated a ton of high-major recruiting buzz in the last two weeks running with his MATTS Mustangs team out of Kentucky. A smooth and skilled wing who can score in different ways, Allen excels at creating his own shot and can score in bunches when he’s aggressive. A potential Mr. Basketball candidate in Kentucky next year, Allen holds mid-major offers but was tracked by schools like Purdue, Xavier, Dayton, Iowa and others this weekend.

 Jeremiah Davenport – ’18 SF Cincinnati Moeller: A former Wright State signee who announced this week that he will be reclassifying and attending prep school next year, Davenport looked the part of a high-major prospect this weekend on the UA circuit with C2K Elite. With great athleticism and a non-stop motor, Davenport is a passionate wing who can attack off the dribble and thrives on the defensive end as wing who can guard multiple positions. As a newly available recruit for big programs, expect to hear Davenport’s name associated with some of the larger regional colleges over the next year.

 Samari Curtis – ’19 SG Xenia: Despite already being committed in-state to Xavier, we were anxious to get another look at Curtis to see how he changed his game when paired alongside top talent with C2K Elite. The results were solid, as Curtis showed the ability to play either guard spot, shoot the ball with consistency from range and use his explosive first step to get in the lane and create for himself or others. A competitive and strong guard with deceptive athleticism, Curtis is arguably the most pure scorer in the 2019 class in Ohio, and should fit in nicely on the wing for Xavier as instant offense.

 Abba Lawal – ’19 C Cincinnati Withrow: After not playing much the first weekend of the Nike EYBL, Lawal showed out in Indianapolis, as the 6’11 post from All-Ohio Red gave his team quality minutes in their win over The Family and their loss against Spiece Indy Heat. Lawal was tougher and more physical in the paint, leading to increased production as a shot-blocker, rebounder and finisher. A very good athlete for his size, Lawal has great upside as he continues to add strength to his frame. Currently holding offers from Miami (OH), Toledo, Akron and Cleveland State, look for Lawal’s stock to improve if he can match that level of play in July.

 Andre Gordon – ’19 PG Huntington Prep: The third standout from C2K Elite on the UA circuit, Gordon has always been known as a high-wire act athletically, but continues to go a long way towards showing college coaches that he can make high-IQ basketball plays with the ball in his hands. This weekend, in two viewings by TDP, Gordon shot the ball with more consistency, showed an ability to go get a mid-range look for himself whenever he wants, and played almost exclusively point guard. With his athletic tools, Gordon, who recently announced he will be moving from Sidney to Huntington Prep (WV) for his senior season, is beginning to attract high-major interest (Dayton recently offered) to go along with his long list of mid-major offers.

 Jahvon Garcia – ’19 PG/SG Pickerington Central: A talented and athletic combo guard who can really get to the rim, especially in faster-paced games, Garcia saw his stock improve this weekend with some gritty play on Sunday against a Spiece Indy Heat team where Garcia’s ability to slash was the best offense for his All-Ohio Red team. While his half-court point guard game is still in development, there’s no denying Garcia’s ability to create off of the dribble, and he also showed he has the physical tools and mentality to be a more then capable defender as well. Coupled with his strong showing in leading Pickerington Central to the State Semifinals, more and more coaches are mentioning Garcia’s name on their recruiting lists.

 Zeb Jackson – ’20 PG Maumee Valley Country Day: The first of three standouts from C2K Elite’s 16u team (unfortunately the only 16u team out of Ohio we were able to see this weekend), Jackson took a step towards cementing his status as Ohio’s top 2020 guard (for now) as he showcased the ability to create offense at will against some top competition at Under Armour. A slippery ballhandler who can cross you over with quick feet and hands, Jackson is a deadly shooter out to the three-point line and can score in bunches more so than any other player in Ohio’s 2020 class as of today’s date. Already with offers from Cincinnati, Providence, Dayton, Duquesne, Akron and Toledo, college coaches left Indianapolis raving about the upside of Jackson.

 Mo Njie – ’20 C Centerville: While he only played sparingly on the varsity team this year at Centerville as he develops his game, there are few raw talents comparable to that of Njie, a 6’8 center from C2K Elite. The conversation from college coaches wasn’t about who would offer, but when they would offer Njie, as we expect this post prospect to receive multiple mid-major offers within the next few weeks. An explosive leaper who gets off the floor quickly off two feet, Njie is a shot-blocking machine who competes with a lot of effort and showed the ability to be productive, despite virtually no experience playing at the top level. Potentially the biggest stock riser in 2020 in Ohio this spring, look for Njie’s name to shoot up our rankings next time we update the list.

Matt Allocco – ’20 PG Hilliard Bradley: A pure winner at the point guard position, Allocco’s steady hand really meshes well with Jackson’s playmaking, as the two formed quite the duo, with TDP watching their C2K Elite team take down a talented B-Maze Elite (TN) team in overtime on Saturday evening. A high IQ guard who can handle the ball against pressure and who does a great job as a vocal leader, Allocco is a classic point guard, who can also score when needed, in this new age of shoot first point guards. Already with an offer from Miami (OH), Allocco is establishing himself as a top mid-major prospect in Ohio’s 2020 class.

Other Top Performers: Tre Williams (’18 PF Reynoldsburg), Zubi Nwankwo (’18 C Cincinnati Walnut Hills), Darweshi Hunter (’18 SG Cincinnati Princeton), Josh Corbin (’19 SG Gahanna Lincoln), Brandon Haraway (’19 PG/SG Norwalk), AJ Garrett (’19 PF Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Milton Gage (’19 PG Dayton Chaminade Julienne), Isaiah Cozart (’19 PF Madison Central/KY), Kahlil Davis (’20 PG Cincinnati Princeton)

Adidas Indy Recap

22 Apr
Grant Whisman

Grant Whisman

The first of two April live periods, in which NCAA D1 schools are allowed on the road to evaluate prospects on their club teams, drew many of the region’s (and nation’s) top collegiate programs to Indianapolis this weekend, as the Adidas Gauntlet regional circuit was in town. Several Ohio teams competed on either the Gold or Silver Gauntlet, with Triple Double Prospects being on hand for both Friday night and Saturday action. Here are some of the top performers who caught our eye among the games we evaluated….

 Christian Guess – ’18 SF Cleveland Shaker Heights: An unsigned senior who will be taking a prep school year next year, the 6’7 Guess was the top scorer and most aggressive offensive option for Ohio Basketball Club. A high-wire act with great athleticism as well as size on the wing, Guess can get to the rim and make plays off the dribble, competes with a lot of energy and passion and has a ton of long-term upside as he continues to put all of the pieces together. If the prep school year goes the way we think it could, Guess will attract high-major D1 offers with his athletic ability and knack for scoring big buckets.

Evan Bainbridge – ’19 PF Stow Munroe-Falls: A name we’d heard but a player whom we had not evaluated before, the 6’8 Bainbridge was impressive in our two viewings of Ohio Basketball Club, as he stretched the floor with his three-point shooting and showed decent mobility for a long and slender 6’8 forward. Bainbridge is still transitioning to playing against elite athletes like he will on the Adidas circuit, but appeared to be up for the challenge, impressing many D1 coaches in Friday’s win over a talented ITPS Wildcats team out of the Pittsburgh area.

Andre Harris – ’19 SG Cleveland Brush: The man who create plays off of the dribble for ITPS Wildcats, Harris was impressive in his ability to attack the basket and make plays. A long and smooth athlete at 6’2, Harris is fluid in attacking off the dribble, changes directions well and can score around the rim; and, while he didn’t shoot a ton, Harris also showcased the ability to make perimeter shots on Saturday, knocking down a pair of threes against a loaded D1 Minnesota team. With the ability to play point guard or shooting guard, and the physical tools to guard either position, this was the start of what could be a breakout summer for Harris.

 Grant Whisman – ’20 SF Middletown Madison: Perhaps the top shooter in Ohio regardless of class, Whisman has a picturesque release that will impress college coaches, considering the shot is coming from a 6’7 sophomore. A skilled offensive player with good vision as a passer and a calm style of handling the ball, Whisman can score in bunches when he’s aggressive, and we like him both as a wing forward or a hybrid power forward who can play in the pick-and-pop game. There’s no question that Whisman will be recruited at the D1 level, as it’s just a matter of which schools will prioritize his style as a skilled shooting wing who thrives in a slower system of play.

Grant Huffman – ’20 SG Cleveland St. Edward: Huffman has been one of our favorite 2020’s in Ohio for a while now, as he has a great offensive feel and a knack for creating offense, whether it’s for himself or others. This was all the case on Friday night, as Huffman was special in Ohio Basketball Club’s blowout win over Louisville Magic. The 6’3 combo guard made a couple of perimeter shots, made plays for teammates off drive and kicks and finished at the rim with touch when the defense failed to help. While he’s not necessarily the best athlete on the floor each game at this level, Huffman also proved he’s a more then capable defender, using his length to create steals for easy layups. A kid who just knows how to play, word among college coaches was that Huffman is going to be someone who is highly recruited over the next few years.

Montorie Foster – ’20 PG Cleveland St. Edward: Huffman’s teammate with both Ed’s and OBC, Foster is the defensive and vocal leader for this team, as he is absolute hound with his ball pressure. A tough and athletic 6’0 guard, Foster showed great speed in the open floor and is an aggressive slasher who is always looking to get his feet in the paint. While we’re still not sold on how consistently he shoots the ball from three, Foster is one of Ohio’s top overall point guards with his ability to manage the game, attack in spots and lock up the opponent’s best perimeter scorer.

Other Top Performers: Greg Tribble (’19 PG Cincinnati Winton Woods), Alex Mangold (’20 PF Lakota East), Zach Loveday (’20 PF/C Gallipolis Gallia Academy), Mark Wise (’20 SG Cincinnati Deer Park), Evan Prater (’20 SF Cincinnati Wyoming), Andy Barba (’20 SG Cleveland Benedictine), Dominic Moegerle (’20 SF Akron Butchel), Jack Pugh (’21 SF Hilliard Bradley),

Notes: TDP also spent some time at the Circle City Shootout in Indianapolis on Sunday. Top performers from that event include Queen City Prophets’ athletic 6’3 SG Max Land, a 2020 prospect from Cincinnati Moeller, as well as members of the Cincinnati Lakers 17u team in 6’5 SF Ibrahima Athie (’19 Cincinnati Deer Park), 6’6 PF AJ Garrett (’19 Cincinnati Purcell Marian), PG Milton Gage (’19 Dayton Chaminade Julienne) and PG Ryan Marchal (’19 Centerville).