Cincy Live-Stream Run

4 Jul
AJ Braun

AJ Braun


The Cincinnati Elite Open Run – Hosted by 275 Hoops and Triple Double Prospects – brought the majority of the top talent in Greater Cincinnati’s 2021 and 2022 classes to Dohn Prep Academy on Friday night, as over 100 colleges (including over 60 NCAA D1 programs) checked in on the competition via the YouTube steam (VIDEO LINK). With 40 players taking the court on Friday, it’s hard to narrow down a list of top performers; but here are some prospects who really stuck out in our eyes:

Kobe Rogers – ’21 SG Cincinnati St. Xavier: The top scorer on the day, Rogers, a 6’2 wing guard, was exceptional on Friday night, as he scored in different ways to pace his team. Rogers can make shots from three with his feet set, but it was his length and craftiness as a finisher that was most impressive. Rogers is a smooth athlete who can also handle the ball, and will be expected to be one of Cincinnati’s top scorers next season. He doesn’t hold any scholarship offers yet, but they’re coming soon!

AJ Braun – ’21 C Middletown Bishop Fenwick: A 6’9 post prospect on the verge of seeing his recruitment blow up, Braun entered the day with 6 NCAA D1 offers, including in-state Ohio University. Braun solidified his recruiting status on Friday, as he scored inside with powerful post moves with either hand, showed a good feel in the half-court and made an impact both defensively and with his shot-blocking. One of the more offensively skilled bigs in the area, Braun has drawn attention at a variety of NCAA D1’s who tuned in to watch him in the open run.

Nate Johnson – ’21 PG/SG Lakota East: Johnson also entered Friday’s run with a slew of NCAA D1 offers, including several in-state MAC schools, with many mid and high major schools tuning in specifically to watch his development. Johnson did not disappoint with his athleticism and playmaking ability, as the strong and hyper-athletic 6’3 combo guard finished multiple dunks, made passes off drives and showed an ability to shoot the ball with a more consistent stroke. One of the most physically talented guards in Ohio in the 2021 class, Johnson is going to be a prospect whom colleges really keep an eye on during live streamed AAU games this July.

Jackson Holt – ’21 SG Turpin: We knew going into the day that Holt was one of the most skilled guards in the event, and arguably the event’s top shooter. However, no one was sure how Holt would do playing against some of the top athletic wings in the city. Holt more than answered the bell Friday night, showing a composed and slippery handle to create space against even the quickest defenders. When Holt found room to shoot it from three the results were as anticipated, it went in! At worst case Holt is a shooting specialist at the next level, and he showed major upside today to be an all-around scorer; meaning we expect his phone to start ringing from college coaches very soon.

Jakada Stone – ’21 PG Cincinnati Aiken: Like we said on stream, Stone is a point guard we’ve raved about since his freshman season, as the 6’0 floor general is a smooth slasher who can make the right pass, score at the rim and is both quick and composed with the basketball. Friday night we saw some impact defensive plays from Stone, and he was able to take it the other way for a score or assist consistently. While his jumper didn’t fall much on Friday, Stone is also a capable shooter and a triple threat offensively who also defends and shows a competitive desire to win.

Aidan Noyes – ’21 SF Cincinnati Moeller: Noyes, a 6’7 wing, might not have been one of the leading scorers on Friday, but he was productive for his team and showed the upside that has led to him acquiring double-digit NCAA D1 offers (including multiple new additions after a strong showing at the Wildcat Select Open Run two weekends ago). A freaky athlete with great length, Noyes blocked and altered shots, rebounded above the rim and was able to finish plays on the offensive end with multiple jumps or long, reverse finishes. Besides being a great athlete, Noyes is also a very good three-point shooter, another reason why coaches are very excited about his long-term upside.

Aboubacar Cisse – ’22 SF Cincinnati West High: Another prospect we’ve been high on since the beginning of his freshman year, Cisse looked the part of a polished scorer on Friday night. A strong but mobile 6’4 wing who can score in different ways, Cisse is great at finishing around the rim with touch, can score in the in-between game or make shots with his feet set. In addition to all of that, Cisse showed progression as a ballhandler, as, at 6’4, he’s going to have the ball in his hands a lot at the college level. With Cisse it’s just a matter of time before coaches start to realize his upside, and between this event and what he does the rest of this month in AAU, we wouldn’t be shocked to see an offer come his way.

Chandler Starks – ’23 PF Covington Catholic (KY): We invited two 2023 prospects to attend, and both made the top performers list, as we start with Chandler Starks. A powerfully built 6’6 power forward with a versatile game, Starks was most impressive with his effort, as the rising sophomore out-worked older forwards for rebound after rebound. Besides rebounding, Starks was a very efficient and skilled finisher at the rim against even the best athletes, and showed an ability to step outside and shoot the ball from deep. Still baby faced despite his strong frame, as Starks continue to fine-tune his body he has as much upside as anyone in the area in the 2023 class.

Rayvon Griffith – ’23 SF Cincinnati Taft: The only other 2023 prospect in attendance besides Starks, Griffith also got a lot of things done on both ends via his motor, as the long and rangy 6’5 athlete blocked shots, finished dunks, rebounded and scored around the rim on a consistent basis. Playing more of a power forward role on a team of smaller players, Griffith was active on both ends, and, given his elite physical tools such as his quickness and leaping ability, Griffith continues to show upside as one of the nation’s more highly regarded 2023 prospects. Heading into the day, Griffith already held 4 NCAA D1 offers including Oklahoma State and Kent State.

Honorable Mention: Skyler Schmidt (’21 PF/C Clermont Northeastern), Will McCracken (’21 SG/SF Cincinnati Moeller), Julian Mackey (’21 PG/SG The Skills Factory/GA), Mark Wise (’21 PG/SG Dohn Prep Academy/OH), Davion Mace (’21 PF/C Dohn Prep Academy/OH), Zion Reynolds (’21 SG Cincinnati West High), Ben Southerland (’22 PF Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy), Logan Woods (’22 Cincinnati Christian)

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