Adidas Regional

15 Apr

Seth Wilson

The opening weekend of the Adidas Gauntlet (Gold Division) was comprised of regional play, as the top Midwestern teams descended on Minneapolis for league play. This spring we’ve already seen a few different Adidas teams attract top Ohio prospects, as Ohio Basketball Club, APEX, Wildcats Select, Indiana Elite, EG10 and Manimal Elite all have players from the state of Ohio on their rosters. We at Triple Double Prospects had a chance to evaluate each of these teams, at least at the 17u level, this weekend; here’s the rundown of the top individual performances we saw…

Zach Loveday – ’20 PF/C Huntington Prep (WV): Our top ranked prospect out of Ohio in the 2020 class, the 6’11 Loveday has improved steadily since making the move from his home in Gallipolis to Huntington Prep for his junior season. Playing with West Virginia/Pittsburgh based Wildcats Select, alongside several other high-major NCAA D1 prospects, Loveday thrived this weekend, finish around the rim with more power, making perimeter shots and using his combination of skill and coordination at 6’11 to make plays on both ends. Already considered a top-100 prospect nationally, Loveday currently lists offers from Indiana, Xavier, Ohio State Purdue, Florida and Stanford.

Raheim Moss – ’20 SF Spire Institute: After recently announcing that he’ll be attending Spire Institute in NE Ohio for a postgrad year after graduating from Springfield High School in June, Moss improved his stock in a major way this weekend, as he was Ohio Basketball Club’s most consistent player on their 17u roster. With elite athleticism and strength in a 6’4 frame, Moss has great versatility on the defensive end, and his effort and toughness really go a long way to separate him from his competition. As Moss becomes a more consistent shooter, his recruitment is only going to continue to pick up.

Trey Robinson – ’20 SF Hamilton: The most highly touted prospect heading into the weekend on the APEX 17u roster, Robinson was impressive as a scorer, leading his team to a 2-2 record. A long and mobile 6’6 wing forward with versatility, Robinson scored around the rim, in transition and off slashes, as his size and skill-set make him a mismatch threat on the wing. Having played as the third option on his high school team behind two seniors, look for Robinson to continue to be more and more aggressive as the spring unfolds, which could be the key to accelerating his recruitment.

Seth Wilson – ’21 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: Our top overall Ohio performer from the weekend, it’s not surprising that Wilson was the leading scorer for Ohio Basketball Club’s 16u team; however, it was surprising to an extent as to just how dominant Wilson was. Picking up where he left off in the Ohio high school state title game, Wilson looked the part of a big-time shot-maker in Indy; as the powerfully built 6’1 scoring point guard hit pull-up after pull-up. When he’s on a roll offensively the rim starts to look extra wide for Wilson, as he hit some crazy shots as the weekend went on, leading his team to a 2-2 record and continuing to solidify his name as one of Ohio’s premiere 2021 guards.

Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Cincinnati Hughes: McMillan has appeared on this site several times already this school year as a player who is mature beyond his years on the court; however, the 6’1 point guard took it to a new level this past weekend, scoring over 20 points in three of his 17u Manimal Elite team’s four games. Playing up two age groups at the 17u level, McMillan was still able to create offense at will, scoring in transition at the rim, off pick-and-roll in the half-court and off jumpers, while also leading his team in assists. Arguably the top 2022 point guard prospect in Ohio, McMillan is going to generate a lot of early recruiting buzz if he continues to put up numbers of anywhere near this caliber at the 17u level.

Evan Mahaffey – ’22 SG Cincinnati Northwest: One of the few highly heralded Cincinnati freshmen whom we didn’t get a chance to evaluate during high school ball, this weekend was our first look at Mahaffey, a 6’4 wing from APEX’s 15u squad. A long and athletic player who plays with energy, Mahaffey is an extremely versatile wing, who, when he fills out, projects as one of the more talented players in Ohio’s 2022 class. Mahaffey has the ability to score at the rim, but also gives his team production in other areas, as his length and skill-set make him a strong playmaker as well as defender.

Honorable Mention: Jayson Woodrich (’19 SF Cleveland Beachwood), Jackson Ames (’20 C West Clermont), Luke Frazier (’20 SG Mentor Lake Catholic), Montorie Foster (’20 PG Cleveland St. Edward), Nehemiah Benson (’20 PF Cleveland Lutheran East), Aaron Ward (’20 PF Cincinnati Winton Woods), Conner Maciag (’20 PG Pickerington Central), Jalin Billingsley (’21 PF Cleveland Lutheran East), Corey Tripp (’21 PG/SG Medina), Tae Perie (’21 PG Akron Buchtel), Robbie Cass (’22 PG Cincinnati Aiken)

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