Updated Ohio Rankings

31 Jul
Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes

It’s been a while since our last post on this site, as both the April and July 2017 evaluation periods of come and passed. While our basketball duties have limited our chance to update the site, Triple Double Prospects was able to spend the spring and summer checking out Ohio’s top talent from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes on the AAU circuit.

The 2018 class has continued to prove that Ohio’s top tier talent can match up with anyone, as four players have already committed to high-major NCAA D1 programs, with up to another six rising seniors having a chance to end up at that level before all is said and done. While known players such as Darius Bazley, Jerome Hunter, Dane Goodwin and Dwayne Cohill made headlines on the circuit yet again, none of them were the biggest stock boosters from the NCAA live periods.

Instead, it was Cincinnati Moeller’s Jaxson Hayes (pictured) and Shaker Heights’ Christian Guess who both saw major changes in their recruitment at the mid and high-major level, thanks to their strong play in the Adidas Gauntlet. Another player who came on strong in July was Pickerington Central forward Adrian Nelson, as the Columbus area athlete established himself as one of the state’s premiere mid-major prospects.

Heading into August, six 2018’s from the Buckeye State have already committed to NCAA D1 schools, but expect that number to rise above twenty by the time the fall signing period rolls around.

In the younger classes we saw enough talent to have us excited about the future, as Garfield Heights’ Alonzo Gaffney and Pickerington Central’s Jeremiah Francis also both thrived on the Adidas circuit; while prospects like Cincinnati Moeller’s Deuce McBride, Winton Woods’ Greg Tribble and Gahanna Lincoln’s Josh Corbin all saw their stock rise in the eyes of college coaches, as each accumulated multiple NCAA D1 offers.

While it’s always hard to rank rising sophomores, 6’11 center Zach Loveday debuts in the top spot on our list, as we love his combination of size, fluidity, skill and energy.

For our complete rankings for Ohio’s 2018-2020 classes you can click on the icon at the top of the page or on the following link: CLICK HERE

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