A1 Exposure – Recap

30 May

Sencire Harris

In their first year of running grassroots events, the team at A1 Exposure was able to bring some major talent to the gym for their Memorial Day Weekend event at Spire Institute just outside of Cleveland. Triple Double Prospects was on hand for Saturday’s showcase style games for both the 17u and 16u levels, where we saw teams such as Wildcats Select 3SSB, Bates Fundamental EYBL, Midwest Basketball Club and the Mid-Ohio Pumas. Here are some of the individual standouts from games we watched…

Sencire Harris – ’22 PG/SG Akron STVSM: Harris began to blow up on the national radar with his play last weekend in Hampton, Virginia, at the Southern Jamfest; so it’s no surprise to see him continue his play into this weekend to make our top performer’s list. A super athletic 6’4 combo guard who can get to the rim basically at will, Harris has highlight potential every time he touches the ball in transition. While his primary objective is usually getting into the lane off the dribble, Harris showed he can make shots, in a somewhat streaky fashion, from behind the three-point line, but also impressed with his defensive intensity and general leadership and competitiveness for his Wildcats Select 3SSB team. Playing as the primary ballhandler on a talented team who was missing some Ohio prospects for miscellaneous absences this weekend (Shawn Phillips, Bowen Hardman, Roderick Coffee, Sonny Johnson Jr.), Harris was the primary offensive catalyst for the Wildcats as they won both of their showcase games on Saturday. As he continues to shine in bigger events, Harris’ recruitment is only going to grow, as Maryland became the first Big Ten program to offer him this past week.

Rayvon Griffith – ’23 SG/SF Cincinnati Taft: For as much ink as All-Ohio Red 16u has received on this site in recent weekends, the Bates Fundamental EYBL team features just as much Ohio based talent, as we got our eyes on them for the first time this spring at Spire. Bates went 1-1 on the day, defeating Grassroots Canada 3SSB before losing to Wildcats Select 3SSB, in two games where Griffith was their most consistent player. The athletic 6’6 wing was aggressive in attacking the rim off of drives, especially in transition, where he has the athleticism to finish over length and is agile enough to go around defenders with euro-steps as well. Also a dynamic defender with length and tenacity, Griffith has the versatility to check guards, wings and forwards at the next level, as he gets a good amount of his points off of creating turnovers that lead to easy baskets. Currently with offers from UCLA, Ohio State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and others, Griffith continues to be the consensus top-ranked rising junior prospect in Ohio heading into the summer.

Seck Zongo – ’23 PF Cincinnati Oak Hills: We first profiled Zongo early this high school season when the 6’7 forward arrived in Ohio from New York City. After making a splash in the always tough GMC, Zongo is now turning heads with his play on Bates Fundamental EYBL, as he played a major role off the bench in both his team’s games on Saturday. Zongo has great physical talent with his size, length, lateral mobility and versatility at 6’7, and he put those pieces together on both ends at Spire, using those tools to create defensive deflections, score at the rim and rebound the ball. Zongo can operate around the rim but is best out of the high post, using his quickness to get to the rim with long steps around defenders, as his aggression was exactly what Bates’ needed to spark their run in their opening win over Grassroots Canada 3SSB. Zongo came to Ohio with NCAA D1 offers on his resume, and his recruitment is likely to grow as regional college programs get their first chance to see him play; however, word on the street is that is expected Zongo to be enrolled at a Cincinnati based high school other then Oak Hills next season.

Jack Kronague – ’23 SG Lakota East: The first of two sharpshooters from the Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB team at the 16u level, Kronague and Dudukovich could pass as twins with the way their skill-sets compliment each other. Kronague, who first caught our eye as a freshman at Cincinnati St. Xavier before heading over to Lakota East for his sophomore season, has established himself as one of the top shooters in Ohio in the 2023 class; however, his all-around offensive game is perhaps undervalued at this point. A very confident wing who can attack a closeout off the dribble to find an easier shot for himself or a teammate, Kronague is the consummate system player on the offensive end for the next level, and should see his recruitment start to pickup heading into his junior season at Lakota East.

Nate Dudukovich – ’23 SG Lakota West: By putting up 19.8 PPG on a team that won 16 games this past winter, Dudukovich is a little bit more of a known commodity then his Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB teammate Kronague; but again, there are a ton of similarities in their style of play. Also known best for his shooting stroke, Dudukovich is elite as a shooter off the move both in sprinting into shots in transition or in coming off of screens, the 6’2 wing guard excels at setting his feet for a quick look. Playing alongside Kronague, Jacob Meyer and Deshawne Crim on a loaded perimeter, Dudukovich has also showed us he’s a better ballhandler then previously expected, as well as a capable defender, who will continue to have plenty of chances to prove his talents to college coaches heading into the summer evaluation periods.

Honorable Mention: Trent Hundley (’22 Eastern Brown), Sean Craig (’22 Sylvania Northview), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), KJ Satterfield (’23 Cincinnati Oak Hills), Nelson Johnson (’23 Cleveland University), Deshawne Crim (’23 Fairfield), Khoi Thurmon (’23 Akron Buchtel), Jacob Meyer (’23 Covington Holy Cross/KY)

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