Spiece Run-N-Slam Recap

4 May
Jarron Cumberland

Jarron Cumberland

With no shoe companies being involved to restrict who could and could not enter the field, the annual Spiece Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana, brought the best of the best among Midwestern AAU teams to the Gymrats Fieldhouse. Over three days of competition, teams from the Buckeye State faired well against programs out of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and more; as All-Ohio Red advanced to the quarterfinals in the 17u bracket, Ohio Basketball Club defeated the King James Shooting Stars in an in-state rivalry matchup in the 16u finals and Team Work made it to the semifinals in the 15u division.

Looking back on another great weekend of performances, here are some of the prospects who stood out the most in games which Triple Double Prospects attended…

  • Esa Ahmad – ’15 PF Cleveland Shaker Heights: The hottest name in Ohio on the recruiting trail, the 6’7 forward from All-Ohio Red had a solid all-around weekend, leading his team to the quarterfinals where they lost in the final minute to Spiece Indy Heat. Ahmad showed off his ability to score in a variety of ways; making plays in the post, knocking down the mid-range jumper and attacking off the dribble. Using his physicality to attack opposing big men around the rim, Ahmad continues to impress as one of the better rebounders in the class, which has helped him attract so many offers. Ohio State became the latest to offer Ahmad, doing so last week, matching schools like Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Xavier.
  • Noah Bramlage – ’15 PF Ottawa Glandorf: Like Ahmad, Bramlage is a 6’7 forward for the All-Ohio Red 17u team who attacks opponents with a skill based game. Bramlage was very successful in Fort Wayne, shooting jumpers over smaller opponents, and also after setting a screen in the pick-and-roll game. A sometimes under appreciated athlete, Bramlage is able to get out in the open floor and play, showing more coordination and ball-skills then he has in the past. Since the opening weekend of the Nike EYBL last weekend, Bramlage has received new interest from Texas Tech, Harvard and Northwestern.
  • Jaevin Cumberland – ’15 PG Wilmington: Playing with the King James Runnin’ Rebels against a talented host team in the Spiece Indy Heat, Cumberland was called upon to take a lot of shots. Fortunately for his team, he made a lot of those shots. The Wilmington guard totaled an impressive 35 points, including six made three-pointers, torturing his defenders with quick-release pull-up jumpers. While the Runnin’ Rebels weren’t able to pull the upset, Cumberland proved that he can play at the highest level of AAU basketball. Currently with an offer from Kennesaw State, Cumberland also has interest from Northern Kentucky as well as Ohio University.
  • Jarron Cumberland – ’16 SG Wilmington: The younger of the two Cumberland cousin’s, Jarron was the Wilmington guard who dominated play on Sunday, producing big performances in a trio of wins over Wisconsin Playground Elite, Mac Irvin Fire and in the finals against King James. A natural scorer who can put the ball in the bucket from just about anywhere inside half-court, Cumberland’s strength makes him an intriguing prospect. Also a guy who plays with passion every time on the floor, Cumberland has already racked up interest from Purdue, Cincinnati, Xavier and several other mid and high major programs.
  • Matthew Moyer – ’16 PF Gahanna Lincoln: While TDP was happy to finally get a look at the 16u VCC Warriors/Always100 team this past weekend; unfortunately, the opponent that we saw them against didn’t prove to be much competition. Regardless, Moyer was very impressive in the win, showing a much better skill-set than we’ve given him credit for, as well as displaying his usual athleticism in above the rim finishes. A week after earning high praise from college coaches and scouts after his play at the Pittsburgh Jamfest, Moyer was the most impressive prospect that we saw for VCC. In the last week, Moyer said that he’s heard the most often from Ohio State, Xavier and Michigan; however, UNLV and USC have both extended offers in the last few days.
  • Ibi Watson – ’16 SG/SF Athens: The 6’5 wing from the King James Shooting Stars 16u team wasn’t necessarily the most productive player on his team this weekend, however, he might have been the most intriguing. A long and fluid athlete who can score off the dribble, Watson has become an impressive finisher with shooting and ballhandler ability that is rare for his size. He still needs to add strength and focus on being aggressive every game, but Watson is a guy who TDP really likes in the 2016 class.
  • Griffin Lutz – ’17 PG Athens: Speaking of Athens guys, their freshman point guard, Lutz, was one of the most impressive prospects whom we saw in the 15u division of the event. Running the show for the semifinalists, Team Work, Lutz was highly efficient in wins over King James, Ohio Basketball Club and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. A quick guard who can play in transition as a rim-attacker, Lutz is also an above average shooter and passer, who plays with a little bit of a swagger to his game. Of the many guards who have intrigued us in Ohio’s class of 2017, Lutz is definitely one of the more promising prospects.
  • Derek Koch – ’17 PF Salem Northwestern: While Lutz was impressive for Team Work on the perimeter, it was the interior play of Koch that was probably the most impactful in the wins. An athletic forward who already stands 6’7, Koch is a finisher capable of scoring above the rim, a dynamic rebounder and a hard-nosed prospect. Definitely the most physical of the freshmen power forwards, Koch will be fun to track as he continues to improve his overall skill-package away from the rim.
  • Derek Culver – ’17 PF Warren Harding: Team Work wasn’t the only 15u team in Fort Wayne with some Ohio talent. In fact, the Ohio Basketball Club 15u team features an extremely impressive forward in Culver, a 6’7 athlete out of the Akron area. Culver can play around the rim or in transition, has the beginnings of a skill-set, and really plays with a motor. He’s a prospect who we want to see more of before we get a true feel for his game, but he certainly appears to have tremendous upside.

Other Top Performers: MaCio Teague (’15 SG Cincinnati Walnut Hills), Jordan Dartis (’15 SG Newark), Ahmad Wagner (’15 PF Huber Heights Wayne), Nick Bapst (’15 SG Grove City), Mitch Loomis (’15 PF Malvern), Seth Towns (’16 SF Columbus Northland), Yavari Hall (’16 SG Warrensville Heights), Carlik Jones (’16 PG Cincinnati Aiken), Terrence Landers (’16 SF Dayton Dunbar), Jalen Tate (’16 SF Pickerington Central), Xavier Simpson (’16 PG Lima Central Catholic), AJ Gareri (’17 PF Akron Ellet), Jayvon Graves (’17 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Jason Carter (’16 PF Johnstown)

School Lists:

  • Jordan Dartis – Claims offers from Minnesota, Ohio University, Kent State, Toledo and Kennesaw State plus interest from West Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • MaCio Teague – Claims offers from Alcorn State, Akron, Yale and Seton Hall.
  • Ahmad Wagner – Claims offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio University, Wright State, Toledo, Miami (OH) plus interest from Texas Tech, West Virginia and Dayton.
  • Xavier Simpson – Claims new interest from Xavier, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue and Ohio State to go with offers from Toledo and Cleveland State.
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