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)

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