O.B.B.L. Session #2 Recap

13 May

The second session, and regular season finale, of Ohio’s Best Basketball League took place this past weekend in suburban Cleveland, providing some more great competition between some of Ohio’s top AAU programs.

Ty Hairston of Ohio Varsity

Ty Hairston of Ohio Varsity

When the dust had settled, the regular season ended with the Ohio Phenoms capturing the 17u title with a record of 10-1, Ohio Basketball Club taking home the 16u championship at 11-0, and finally, Ohio Basketball Club also winning the title in 15u with a record of 10-0.

Second place finishers in the regular season included Ohio Varsity White at 17u with a 9-2 record, the Ohio Phenoms 16u team who finished 10-1, and an impressive young group in the Ohio Basketball Club 2017 team who finished 8-2 playing up an age group in the 15u division.

In addition to the great team play over the second weekend, there were also some strong performances from individual prospects. Here are some guys who stood out in Cleveland, and who will be counted on heavily in July when teams descend on Columbus for the O.B.B.L. Championships……

  • Ty Hairston – ’14 SG Columbus Northland: As he led his Ohio Varsity team to a second place finish in the regular season, including an emphatic Sunday afternoon victory over the Ohio Phenoms, Hairston scorched the nets in Cleveland; knocking down shots from all over the court. He’s always been known as one of the top playmaking guards, and shooters, in the class of 2014 in Ohio; and there are few other guys you’d want competing for your team in a big game. Sometimes Hairston’s emotions can get the best of him, but when he’s locked in like he was in Cleveland he’s a tough prospect to defend.
  • Tony Vuyancih – ’14 SG Cleveland St. Edwards: Vuyancih doesn’t get a whole lot of credit on his talented Ohio Basketball Club team. However, the 6’3 wing guard does a lot of things to help his team win, and has his coaches singing his praises. Vuyancih can shoot the ball on the perimeter, is a capable ballhandler and can facilitate offense; but more importantly it’s his motor and competitive edge that stand out when he battles bigger and more athletic wings for rebounds. As the summer unfolds, look for him to potentially be one of Northeast Ohio’s breakout players.
  • Blake Simpson – ’14 PF/C Cincinnati LaSalle: The 6’7 Simpson isn’t a skill guy, but he has top notch power and explosiveness, both of which made him the Ohio Phenoms most reliable player as they captured the 17u regular season title. With some of the team’s guards sidelined by injury, Simpson was required to do a little more offensively than he normally does, and responded by posting up strong and finishing second chance points on the offensive glass. A good defender and volume rebounder, Simpson’s motor makes him a strong prospect, and if he can continue to develop his skill-set offensively then he’ll be one to keep close tabs on.
  • Anthony Glover – ’14 PG/SG Toledo St. John’s: Glover doesn’t really have a true position as a point or shooting guard for his Hidden Gems Black team, but he can really score in bunches when he’s feeling it. A hyper aggressive shooter, Glover is a volume scorer who likes to pull-up in the mid-range area for high rising jumpers. Over the weekend he could’ve easily been the events top scorer, as that jumper was falling and he also showed good creativity in transition as a finisher at the rim.
  • Davion Ashe – ’14 PG Dayton Thurgood Marshall: Ashe is a defensive minded point guard with quickness who is starting to make a name for himself with the Ohio Phenoms. He’s capable of being a scorer around the basket, floating it in from ten feet, or being a top distributor offensively, and has been showcasing that of late. He’s a tough minded guard who needs to get total control of his emotions, but has as much talent as many of the top ranked point guards in Ohio’s 2014 class.
  • Geoff Beans – ’14 SF/PF Toledo Ottawa Hills: The 6’6 forward is a matchup nightmare with his shooting touch from deep, as he knocked down shot after shot from three late Saturday and all day long on Sunday. Beans can play on the wing and run offense with good vision for the game, but might be best as a skilled, while slightly undersized, power forward where he can dominate the pick and pop game with his shooting ability. His size and skill level make him the perfect fit for his AAU’s team name, Hidden Gems.
  • Avery Williams – ’14 SF/PF Columbus Tri-Valley: The 6’5 forward is a newcomer to his Ohio Varsity team, but has made a huge impact in the OBBL by dominating the glass and becoming one of the more physically intimidating guys on the circuit. Williams has a man’s strength, can run and jump with the best and plays with a non-stop motor and physical toughness. His skill-set still needs to catch up with his size and athleticism, but he can impact the game defensively, score in the paint and is a consistently productive rebounding machine.
  • Carlton Bragg – ’15 PF Cleveland VASJ: It’s hard to write anything new about the 6’9 Bragg, but it would be unfair to leave out the best player on the 16u champions, Ohio Basketball Club, and the best overall prospect (by far) in the OBBL. Bragg was simply special with his play in Cleveland, scoring in a variety of ways and punishing the rim with two handed dunks. As he becomes a superstar in the state Bragg seems to make more and more strides toward a commitment to playing hard every possession and controlling the game defensively, giving him the chance to be one of the nation’s elite prospects. Bragg’s coaches told TDP that Duke has recently reached out to them; joining Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Texas and many, many others.
  • Jeremiah Roberts – ’15 SF Toledo Southview: The 6’6 forward from the Ohio Phenoms is quickly becoming one of the breakout 16u players on the circuit, and is a jack of all trades who can give coaches exactly what they’re looking for. Roberts is a long and still growing wing who is excellent as a rebounder on both ends, has nice touch on his jumper and excels at creating offense out of the high post area. He’s still working on becoming consistently aggressive, but his match of skill, size and more than anything, upside, will have college coaches drooling in July.
  • John Miller – ’15 PF/C Columbus New Albany: The 6’8 sophomore post is a player who we had not seen before, but left the gym raving about on Sunday. Miller is a young post with good skill, a willingness to play physically and an understanding of how to use his body to create position and angles on the block. Additionally, the Ohio Hoopsters star runs the floor well, is a factor on the glass and is raw to the point that his upside is nowhere near tapped at this point. Look for Miller to potentially make a big splash into TDP’s 2015 prospect rankings when they are updated in the next two weeks.
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