Princeton Shootout Recap

6 Jun

MekhiThe team camp season every June is always a great indicator of the future of high school basketball in that area for the coming school year’s high school season. If that indicator holds true, this should be a fun season in Southwest and Central Ohio, as around twenty of the top teams from those parts of Ohio, and a couple from Kentucky, headed over to Cincinnati Princeton HS on Saturday for a day of high level scrimmaging. With so much talent in the gym for just one day of play, we decided to keep our focus to the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area teams. Here are some top performers from games we evaluated…

Mekhi Elmore – ’22 PG Cincinnati Taft: The lefty scoring guard was in true attack mode in games against Fairfield and Huber Heights Wayne, both Taft wins, as Elmore got what he wanted, when he wanted on Saturday. A smooth guard who controls the pace and thrives on getting to his left hand to finish with a floater, Elmore has range out to the three point line and knows how to use his handle to create space to get his shot off. After finishing a big-time two-handed tip-dunk in traffic, Elmore also might be on his way to becoming one of the better athletes in Cincinnati high school ball, making him a scary prospect for opposing defenses next season.

Mike Sharavjamts – ’22 SF Centerville: The defending State Champions added a legit high school star to their roster this off-season with the transfer of Sharavjamts, who first made it onto our radar as a freshman at Xenia Legacy Christian Academy. Now standing 6’8, Sharavjamts projects as one of the most talented prospects in Ohio next season, as his size, athleticism and skill-set as a true wing should make him very difficult to defend. An excellent passer and ballhandler with the footwork to defend pretty much any position with his long 6’8 frame, Sharavjamts should be a huge piece in the Elks quest to defend their title this coming winter.

Evan Ipsaro – ’23 PG Covington Catholic/KY: Without question the top underclassmen performer on Saturday, Ipsaro led his team to a 3-0 record with wins over Lima Senior, Huber Heights Wayne and Dayton Dunbar. He might only stand 5’10, but there’s a lot of athleticism packed into Ipsaro’s frame, as the rising junior shows great burst both off the dribble and at the rim as a finisher. A shifty ballhandler who can pass or create his own shot, Ipsaro was a key distributor for Covington Catholic in his first year with Colonels last year, but we expect him to become a much bigger scorer in his second season in the Bluegrass State.

Antone Allen – ’23 PG Dayton Dunbar: While they may have lost the game we watched versus Covington Catholic, the Dunbar Wolverines are starting to look like their teams of old, as the roster is full of talented guards. The top performer on Saturday of those guards was Allen, a 6’2 combo guard who will likely spend a lot of time at the point this coming season. A bigger guard who can stretch the floor with his shooting, Allen along with his brother, fellow rising junior Antaune Allen, and rising senior Darrion Lindsey, all showed the capability to attack the rim in transition or make shots when the defense gives them space. With Allen returning as a lead guard, expect Dunbar to reassert themselves into the top of the standings in the Dayton Public League.

Deshawne Crim – ’23 PG/SG Fairfield: It’s tough for us to pick a top performer from Fairfield, as Crim, senior guard Logan Woods and junior post Aamir Rogers all played well Saturday. However, we decided to give the slight nod to Crim, as the 6’0 combo guard was extremely productive on both ends for an Indians team projected to be one of the best in Cincinnati next season. A tough-minded combo guard who gets things done defensively first, Crim can attack the rim physically to score or draw fouls, but is also a capable shot-maker in the mid-range off of the dribble. Playing alongside Woods, Rogers and some very good role players, expect college coaches to be in the Fairfield area this coming winter.

Dorian Williams – ’24 PF Cincinnati Princeton: Not only did Williams get some of his first varsity action on Saturday, but he had to do so without the help of Ohio State commit Bowen Hardman, who was nursing a minor injury. That didn’t stop Williams from putting himself squarely on our radar, as the rising sophomore was very productive in his team’s battle with Huber Heights Wayne. The 6’4 Williams is a true combo forward and lefty who can finish above the rim with a big and strong body, probably making him more of a natural small-ball power forward moving forward. Besides having all of the physical tools, we were impressed with Williams’ motor and, as he continues to get more skilled, he will have upside as a potential double-double guy in the always tough GMC.

Honorable Mention: Logan Woods (’22 Fairfield), Tom House (’22 Centerville), Mitchell Rylee (’22 Covington Catholic/KY), Darrion Lesley (’22 Dayton Dunbar), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne), Gabe Cupps (’23 Centerville), Seck Zongo (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), KJ Satterfield (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), Aamir Rogers (’23 Fairfield), Riley Woods (’23 Princeton)

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