OHSBCA Showcase

30 Jun

Josiah Fulcher

With the change in NCAA D1 recruiting rules for this spring and summer, no one knew exactly how the June individual player and/or high school team based showcases would work as evaluation tools. That being said, we can now look back at yesterday’s OHSBCA Showcase, an event put on for the top-100 Ohio prospects nominated by their own high school coach, and say that the event was a success. Not only did the event draw strong talent from around the state of Ohio, but it also attracted an abundance of college coaches, including around 40 different NCAA D1 programs, as well as plenty of NCAA D2, D3 and NAIA programs. With a unique opportunity to play in a setting that none of the attending players had played in before, here are some of the prospects who stood out individually….

Josiah Fulcher – ’20 Lima Senior SG: We unfortunately did not get to Fulcher with his C2K Elite team this spring, but his recruiting blowup has been evident, as, heading into the showcase, Fulcher already held 9 NCAA D1 offers. His play in the event backed those offers up, as Fulcher was aggressive with the ball in attacking the rim, showed more athletic burst then we saw from him in the past and was one of the more active defenders at the event as well. College coaches continue to say he’s one of the top kids in Ohio’s 2020 class in terms of his effort level, and that pays major dividends in recruiting circles!

Trey Robinson – ’20 Hamilton SF: Another prospect who has seen a shift in his recruitment, but more recently then Fulcher, as Robinson has added multiple NCAA D1 offers this past month, including Toledo, Miami (OH), Ball State, Northern Kentucky, and yesterday Ohio University. Robinson continued to show flashes of immense upside on Saturday, attacking the rim with a long and nimble 6’7 frame, as Robinson has the versatility to attack from the wing and finish around size at the basket. Continuing to add consistency to his jumpshot and add strength will only make Robinson tougher to defend, as he’s one of the more intriguing long-term prospects in Ohio’s 2020 class.

Mitch Raifsnider – ’21 Margaretta SF/PF: Without question the player who improved their recruiting stock the most yesterday, Raifsnider, from the Sandusky area, was a player whom we had not had a chance to evaluate before the showcase began, and wow was he impressive! A high IQ forward who is comfortable on the wing, exceptionally skilled and who is a triple threat from the perimeter, Raifsnider brings legit NCAA D1 size to the table at 6’7. One of the themes of yesterday’s event was giving small town kids a chance to make their name, and Raifsnider did just that in not only finding ways to score with versatility, but also in playing the game the right way, and showing enough mobility at his size to establish himself as a name to circle in Ohio’s 2021 class.

Nate Johnson – ’21 Lakota East PG/SG: Those who follow us on Twitter know that we’ve been very high on Johnson’s upside since this past high school season, as, in our opinion, Johnson possesses more athletic upside then any prospect in Ohio’s 2021 class. That being said, his basketball skill-set and IQ are starting to improve, and that is leading to strong results on the court. Johnson recently added his first two NCAA D1 offers, from Miami (OH) and Ohio University, and we expect that list to grow after yesterday’s performance. A powerful and super athletic combo guard who can attack the rim but who is also an exceptional passes, Johnson has elite defensive upside and shows promise as a slasher; as his jump-shot improves he’ll be able to challenge any 2021 guard in Ohio in recruiting circles.

Josh Thorbahn – ’21 Ottoville SF: Known primarily as a shooter by non-Northwest Ohio area folks, Thorbahn proved he has an all-around game on Saturday. The 6’5 wing showed some toughness in mixing it up physically, as well as strong frame to guard bigger players, but also, of course, made shots with a smooth release from three. As with many of the small town Northwest Ohio based kids, Thorbahn is probably a little undervalued statewide, but that should change in the coming months, as he’s turned heads with his C2K Elite 16u team and in yesterday’s showcase.

AJ Clayton – ’22 Philo PF: The only rising sophomore to make this list, although several were impressive on the day, Clayton was without question one of our top all-around performers, at times looking like the best prospect on the court for his team. We’ve already written extensively about his upside from the 270 Hoops Battle for the City and with Clayton’s All-Ohio Red 15u team; and he continued to show much of the same tools on Saturday. Clayton can stretch the floor with consistent shooting, is an above average athlete at 6’7 and shows the ability to score in different ways. As he continues to add strength (tough to do when playing against top prospects who are multiple grades older), Clayton will likely be ranked as one of Ohio’s top 2022 front-court prospects.

Honorable Mention: Luke Howes (’20 Fairview PG), Colby Cross (’20 Cedarville), Shammah Scott (’20 Shaker Heights), Paul Burris (’20 Delaware Hayes), Jamir Simpson (’20 Lima Senior), Rick Radtke (’21 Cleveland University School), Tyrese Hughey (’21 Thomas Worthington), Kalen Etzler (’21 Convoy Crestview), Corey Tripp (’21 Medina), Will McCracken (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Alex Williams (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Logan Duncomb (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Skyler Schmidt (’21 Clermont Northeastern), Josh Irwin (’21 West Geauga), Kobe Johnson (’21 Canton McKinley), Garner Wallace (’21 Pickerington Central), Sean Jones (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Jalen Wenger (’22 Dalton), DJ Moore (’22 Worthington Christian)

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