Cincinnati Play-By-Play Classic

26 Jan

By: Jon Burgin

Jaevin Cumberland

Jaevin Cumberland

TDP traveled over to Cincinnati Withrow High School for the 4th Annual Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic. Some of the top teams around the city competed: Covington Catholic vs. Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Wilmington High School vs. Cincinnati Withrow High School and Dayton Thurgood Marshall vs. Cincinnati Taft.  TDP analyzed a lot of talent in the gym and most was impressed with the play of Cole Von Handorf from Covington Catholic as they defeated Summit Country Day 74-54.  Withrow defeated Wilmington (without Jarron Cumberland) 51-48. Cincinnati Taft defeated Dayton Thurgood Marshall 54-49.

Here are the top players from the event:

  • Nick Ruthsatz -’14 Covington Catholic PG: “Statz” as we call him in this area (Findlay commit) was his usual self setting up his teammates as he had 6 assts 8 rebs and 21 points as he lead his team to victory over Summit Country Day. TDP was most impressed with the ability of Nick to control the tempo of the game and get a great offensive flow for him and his teammates. He was very aggressive on getting to the rim as he was 6/8 from the charity stripe and was causing havoc as he picked up 3 steals.  We look to see how far this Senior can take his team as they improve to 16-1 on the year as they prepare for another showdown with Covington Holmes.
  • Cole Von Handorf -’17 Covington Catholic PG/SG: The Freshman showed no fear as he was relentless on getting to the rim as he was a flawless 5/5 from the line. Cole was efficient from the field shooting 50% 5/10 and has a good IQ for the game at such a young age.  TDP will follow his progress and by the time tournaments start we should be hearing a lot more from this prospect.
  • Joey Kreyenhagen-’14 Summit Country Day SG: Joey showed TDP why shooting runs in the family(’13 Tommy Kreyenhagen) as he bombed away from long range dialing a different zip code(5/8). TDP would like to see him be more aggressive to the basket and handle the pressure from opposing defenses a little better. Joey and Penn commit Antonio Woods will be looking to get in a rhythm as tournament time approaches.
  • Jaevin Cumberland -’15 Wilmington High School PG: TDP was thinking what else could a player do to try to will his team to victory.  Jaevin was on his game once again racking in a game high 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as they lost against Withrow 51-48.  TDP knows if cousin and backcourt sidekick(Jarron Cumberland) was available this might have been a different turnout. TDP will monitor this situation and see how much this might take out the young man, but will tell you this he’s an competitor.
  • DaJuan Jones -’14 Withrow High School F: “DJ” is not your typical forward but when you are athletic as he is what can you say. He was very impressive with putting up some numbers 25 pts 7rebs. He also was a force down low picking up a game high 5 blocks. TDP will monitor his progress as this D3+ prospect looks to help his Tigers down the stretch and get a flow in the tournament.
  • Robert Smith – ‘!4 Cincinnati Taft F: This was my first look at him against some stiff competition(’16 PF 6’8 Derrick Daniels Dayton Thurgood). TDP was impressed with how he used his 6’4 frame and his strength against the wiry Daniels.  He was efficient around the rim as he finished with either hand.  He ran the floor and dominated the glass, he finished with 17 pts 13 rebs and 5 blocks in victory over a tough Dayton Thurgood Marshall team 54-49. TDP thinks Cincinnati Taft will be a tough out in the tourney at the D2 level.
  • RaChaun Martin – ’14 Dayton Thurgood Marshall PG: One of the fastest guards in the state and a menace on defense “Ray” picked up numerous steals as he played the passing lane Saturday night. TDP seen him on numerous times but was most impressed with his shot selection and poise against Taft.  TDP knows Thurgood will be ready for competition during the tournament he finished w/17 pts and 6 assts, he also rebounded well from his position as he picked up  boards. TDP will monitor his progress and keep you updated with this D2+ prospect.
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