All-In Hoopfest

22 Jul

LogoThe All-In Hoopfest has become a staple of the July recruiting period for NCAA D1 coaches, as Ohio teams have always attended this event, and performed well, since it’s inception a few years ago. For the second straight July, the event was held in Louisville, but the Ohio teams still made their presence felt, as 17u squads such as Mid-Ohio Pumas, Nova Village (Russell), SMAC Runnin’ Rebels, APEX and others all made their presence felt. As far as individual performances are concerned, we at Triple Double Prospects were in the gym for all three days of action and saw several prospects boost their recruiting stock with quality showings. Here’s a look at some of the top performers from games we evaluated….

Darweshi Hunter – ’18 SG Cincinnati Princeton: A recently graduated senior still looking for the right home for next school year, Hunter is still seeking a NCAA D1 offer (and is considering both prep school and junior college options); in Louisville, the 6’4 wing improved his recruiting stock, as he continued to show college coaches that he can flat out score the basketball. A deadly pull-up shooter who can find a rhythm with a couple of dribbles or a step-back, Hunter shot the ball with consistency, averaging over 20 PPG in six games on the weekend. Also a solid athlete with size for his position, Hunter looked the part of an NCAA D1 prospect, and while he’ll have to continue to develop his overall floor game, there are few who can put the ball in the bucket on the same level that he can.

Milton Gage Jr– ’19 PG Dayton Chaminade Julienne: One of the most under-rated guards in the 2019 class in Ohio, Gage is starting to show college programs what he has to offer, as the 5’10 floor general led the Cincinnati Lakers all weekend long. A classic pass-first point guard who can use his strong build to finish at the rim, Gage also shot the ball from three more efficiently then he has in the past; however, the thing that that Gage is most well known for at this stage is his defense, as he is arguably the most tenacious on-ball defender at the point guard position in Ohio’s rising senior class. Heading into the last live period, look for Gage to begin to accumulate scholarship offers very, very soon.

Bo Myers – ’19 SG/SF Logan: A sharpshooting wing at 6’5 with offers at both the NCAA D1 and D2 levels, Myers is a super skilled, competitive and efficient wing guard who can play any of the perimeter positions. Playing with the Ohio Hoopsters, Myers proved that he is more then just a shooter; even though he continued to shoot the ball at a high clip from deep. With a smooth feel as a passer and the length to guard wings and guards at the college level, Myers is a small town gem who we expect to see a rapid spike in recruiting circles as soon as this week.

Alex Dotson – ’19 PG/SG Cincinnati Purcell Marian: Our friends at NEO Spotlight called Dotson, “(the) most under-recruited kid in Ohio’s 2019 class”, after Dotson’s RGB Unity team put together a string of wins in front of a crowd of college coaches on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Dotson did perhaps more for his recruiting stock then any other player in Ohio’s 2019 class over the weekend, as the 6’4 senior combo guard showed that he can play on the ball, off the ball, attack the rim with the dribble, set up teammates for assists and defend multiple positions. A solid athlete with a strong build, Dotson’s ability to consistently make perimeter jumpers is the last piece to the puzzle, as college coaches will continue to circle his name in their programs.

Tremaine Smith – ’19 PF Cincinnati Aiken: Dotson’s teammate with RGB Unity, the 6’8 post known as “Noodles” also had a great weekend on both ends of the floor; as the skinny but energetic big was active defensively and showed physicality despite his slender frame, as he altered shots and rebounded the ball. A raw but talented and emerging offensive threat, Smith plays best when facing the rim and can play off of a couple of dribbles from the high post. After being known as a player who shows spurts of potential, this could be the start of some consistent production from the 6’8 power forward.

Kyle Goessler – ’19 PG Brunswick: Goessler’s recruiting stock plummeted among NCAA D2 programs on Saturday; only because he committed, as the 6’0 point guard from the Cleveland area selected D2 power Hillsdale College out of Michigan. Playing with SMAC Runnin’ Rebels in Louisville, Goessler looked the part of the quintessential skilled offensive point guard, as he made perimeter shots, set up his teammates for assists and used crafty playmaking to create advantage situations for his team offensively. Capable of running and gunning or handling pressure in the half-court, Goessler is a cerebral point guard who should have a successful career at the college level.

Chance Groce – ’21 SG/SF Columbus Linden-McKinley: While we spent approximately 90% of our time this weekend at the 17u level, Groce was one of two 15u prospects who really caught our eye, as we got our first chance to view this rising sophomore wing with his Columbus 101 team on Saturday night. The 6’4 wing guard was dominant in scoring 29 points, as Groce connected from deep on several occasions, while showcasing a solid all-around skill-set to go with a big and fluid frame that should see him develop into a very good athlete. Without question one of Ohio’s premiere talents in the 2021 class, we will be very interested to follow Groce’s career over the next three years.

Tyrese Hughey – ’21 PF Licking Heights: With Groce being a young prospect who oozes future potential, Hughey is an already refined young prospect, as the 6’6 power forward from Ohio Hoopsters-Tillman, is a skilled post who can score with his back to the goal, face-up and make a shot and has a good feel for how to use his body around the rim. With a strong base and legit size already, Hughey is another one of the top 2021 prospects in Ohio.

Honorable Mention: Elijah Bishop (’18 Columbus Beechcroft), DJ Brewton (’18 Cincinnati Hughes), Me’Kell Burries (’18 Newport/KY), Bryce Hunt (’18 Cincinnati Reading), CJ Napier (’19 Middletown Bishop Fenwick), Brice Hill (’19 Cincinnati Seven Hills), Sean Marks (’19 Olentangy), Max Martz (’19 Upper Arlington), AJ Garrett (’19 Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Will Mfum (’19 Quality Education Academy), Javonta Lyons (’19 Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Noah Pack (’19 Georgetown), Garrett Powell (’19 Springboro), Jacob Drees (’19 Hilliard Davidson), Garrett Denbow (’19 Ashland), D’Marco Howard (’19 Hamilton), Curtis Harrison (’20Cincinnati Seven Hills), Quentin Richardson (’20 Cleveland Holy Name), Kristopher McClure (’21 Cincinnati St. Xavier), Isaac Settles (’21 Columbus Thomas Worthington), Paul McMillan IV (’22 Cincinnati Woodward)

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