270 Hoops ’22 Challenge

28 Jul
Sean Jones

Sean Jones

In the month since the 270 Hoops 2021 Challenge we’re quite certain that the top rising juniors in the Greater Columbus area have been pestering 270 Hoops’ Zach Fleer for their chance to play in a live stream open run in front of around 100 college programs. Not only did these rising juniors, of the class of 2022, get that chance on Tuesday night in Dublin, they seized the moment, as the group of twenty prospects looked to have more top-to-bottom talent than their 2021 counterparts. As with the 2021 Challenge, we at Triple Double Prospects were on the scene to check out the action. Here is a look at our top performers from the event…

Sean Jones – ’22 PG Gahanna Lincoln: Usually we’d say that the top performer from this event was a “stock riser”; however, that doesn’t really apply to Jones, as the 5’10 point guard entered the event already having been recognized as the top prospect in the Columbus area in his class. With that being said, Jones certainly bolstered his recruiting stock in the eyes of the colleges watching, as the floor general showed great burst to change speed and direction off the dribble, leading to effortless buckets both at the rim and with his jumper. A more than capable shooter from three, what Jones really does well is use his dribble to create a jumper for himself, as he’s deadly with the crossover and a threat to blow by defenders who crowd him. A composed scorer and winner, Jones led his team to the championship and showed that, in an event full of taller frontline players, it was a point guard who was capable of stealing the show. Already with a who’s who list of offers including Xavier, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Wichita State, SMU and VCU and basically all of the regional mid-majors, Jones is currently one of the most aggressively recruited 2022 prospects in Ohio heading into his junior season.

Jared Frey – ’22 SG Hilliard Davidson: Like Jones, we were already fairly familiar with the basics of Frey’s game heading into this event. A long 6’5 wing who is known as one of Ohio’s elite shooters, Frey shot the three pointer at a high, high level Tuesday night; however, it was his all-around play which sparked our interest. With his size and length on the wing, Frey has the ability to get by his man off the dribble, where he not only showed an ability to finish in traffic but also displayed excellent court vision with timely passes to open shooters. A high IQ wing who has a polished skill-set and a specialty niche to rely on his shooting ability, Frey is one of the most talented offensive wings in Ohio in 2022. Frey currently holds an NCAA D1 offer from Ohio, but, after his play tonight, expect to see competition in that department.

Jerry Saunders – ’22 PG Pickerington North: Saunders is a tough guard known for playing his role on some talented teams. After waiting his time on some of those teams, the time to shine is now for Saunders, as he was a top performer on both ends of the floor. A strong 6’1 combo guard with a sweet stroke, Saunders shot the three at a higher clip then we’d seen from him in the past, while also using that shooting ability to create driving lines for left and right handed finishes at the rim. A solid guard who runs the show and doesn’t turn it over, Saunders is a pass-first guard primarily, and also showed competitiveness on the defensive end of the floor as well. Part of a three headed point guard machine at Pickerington North along with fellow 2022 Dior Conners and 2021 Casey George, we expect Saunders to continue to build on his reputation at North as a junior.

Cooper Davis – ’22 SG Olentangy Liberty: A long and lanky wing who can really shoot the three with confidence, we were impressed with Davis’ play two weekends ago in Fort Wayne with Nova Village 16u, as he just barely missed out on our top performers recap. This time he’s squarely in the report, as Davis shot the ball at a high level and showed great energy as a mobile wing who can attack a closeout with a shot fake or work hard off the ball to get himself open. With size and mobility at 6’4, Davis is a sleeper in Columbus’ 2022 class, as, while he doesn’t have quite the reputation of some of his teammates tonight as of yet, he could easily see a major jump in his recruitment over the coming months.

Honorable Mention: Brandon McLaughlin (’22 C Heath), Amani Lyles (’22 C Columbus Beechcroft), Javan Simmons (’22 PF Gahanna Lincoln), Josh Whiteside (’22 PF Columbus St. Charles), Drey Carter (’22 SF Westerville South), Ajay Sheldon (’22 PG Dublin Coffman), AJ Clayton (’22 PF Philo)

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