Weekend Team Camp Recap

13 Jun

HouseWe’re officially less than a week from the first time since pre-COVID in which NCAA D1 college coaches are able to leave campus for recruiting, and the state is abuzz with excitement. After leaving Miami (OH) team camp on Friday evening, we decided to stay local for some two days of team camp games on Saturday and Sunday. Yet again, top Ohio teams battled not only against each other, but also against some of the top schools from the talent-rich Indianapolis area, with the Ohio boys more then holding their own. Here’s a look at some top performers from games we attended over the weekend…

Tom House – ’22 SG Centerville: Shooting the ball well in front of college coaches is one of the surest ways to boost your recruiting stock; and that’s exactly what we expect to happen next weekend for House. This weekend, the 6’5 rising senior was fantastic as a scoring wing, knocking down shot after shot as Centerville took on powerhouses such as Carmel (IN), Cleveland St. Ignatius and Gahanna Lincoln. There might not be a player in Ohio in the 2022 class who possesses as much confidence in his own scoring abilities as House, as he not only was a threat to hit the open three, but was more efficient in creating his own shot off of a dribble. Playing at Centerville with several other top prospects, House will likely lead the Elks in scoring again next season, as the consistency he showed this weekend in creating a quality shot off of the dribble has long been the aspect of his development that could take him to the next level as a scorer. House’s name is one that has been on the minds of college coaches, as he currently holds five NCAA D1 offers, having picked up Ohio and Wright State during the month of June.

Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Cincinnati Woodward: Recruiting buzz and individual accolades are fun, but you play the game of basketball to win, and that’s exactly what McMillan accomplished on Saturday; with his Bulldogs squad finished the day 3-0, including wins over perennial Ohio powerhouses Gahanna Lincoln and Dayton Dunbar. McMillan was the main offensive weapon for Woodward, as he mixed in an ability to make shots with drives to the rim as well as trying to play out of the post against smaller guards. A tough and physical defender as well, McMillan, like House, is one of the most competitive players in the 2022 class, which sometimes can be the difference maker in college coaches determining who they want to sign. This month McMillan has already visited both Xavier and Cincinnati, with more visits scheduled soon.

Jacob Meyer – ’23 PG Covington Holy Cross/KY: We were very much looking forward to some head-to-head matchups with some of the area’s top 2023 point guards this weekend; however, the injury bug unfortunately hit, as Lawrent Rice (Huber Heights Wayne), Chico Johnson (Toledo Central Catholic) and Meyer all missed most or all of the weekend with minor brush-up’s. That being said, in the game we saw a healthy Meyer play, the 6’1 rising junior was electric in using his end-to-end speed to create offense. Meyer moves like a running back up and down the court with explosive cuts to get north to south, and always finishes through contact with tough and-ones going to either hand. Not only is he an elite athlete, but Meyer is a tough customer at the point guard position, constantly battling double-teams and taking on defensive challenges as well. Meyer is not believed to hold any scholarship offers at this point in time, but we’ll be shocked if that holds by the end of July, as NCAA D1 coaches are going to be all over Meyer’s combination of athleticism, toughness, scoring and defensive skills.

Gabe Cupps – ’23 PG Centerville: Cupps was able to avoid the injury bug, which is impressive in its own right as his Elks team has already played at Princeton’s shootout last weekend as well as team camps this week at Wright State and Miami (OH). Having just earned a scholarship offer from Xavier mid-week, Cupps played with his usual competitive fire on Saturday and Sunday, making key shots in games against Gahanna Lincoln and Cleveland St. Ignatius. An excellent passer and ballhandler, Cupps has evolved into a very solid guard who is capable of the wow play, but usually settles for the simple play in Centerville’s highly structured offense. The area where Cupps doesn’t get enough credit is on the defensive end, where not only is he an excellent on-ball guard but he also is one of the best in Ohio at drawing charges on rotations. Also very capable both as a spot-up shooter and as a shot-creator in the high ball-screen, Cupps game should translate effectively to the college level.

Seck Zongo – ’23 PF Cincinnati Hughes: Zongo has been one of the most talked about prospects on this website since the start of last high school season, as we were super high on him heading into the event based on his recent play on the travel circuit and with Hughes last weekend at the Princeton shootout. An agile 6’7 forward who can really handle the ball, Zongo is great at using his physical tools and ballhandling to create mismatches and score at the rim with size and long strides to finish through, over or around contact. When his defensive motor is running he’s also an extremely promising prospect on that end of the floor, as that athleticism and length give him the ability to defend just about any position. A true rip-and-run forward who will be counted on heavily on the backboards for Hughes this coming season, Zongo is expected to make a major splash in the Cincinnati city league on a new-look Big Red roster.

Calvin Little Jr. – ’24 PG Cleveland St. Ignatius: Simply put, we haven’t seen many guards in Ohio in the class of 2024 who can hang with Little heading into the weekend, and all he did on Sunday was solidify that position as we saw the 6’2 rising sophomore showcase a lot of talent in games against Centerville and Lakota East. A dynamic athlete with positional size and great defensive intensity, Little is a ball-hawk who excels at creating steals and turning them into points on the other end. Offensively, he’s a good decision maker who doesn’t force the issue and is capable of some needle threading passes on drive and kick situations for assists on an Ignatius team that is as talented as just about anyone in Ohio. Little’s athleticism and intensity make him a very well rounded prospect in Ohio’s 2024 class and, as he continues to improve the consistency of his jumper, he could potentially project as the top pure point guard in the class statewide.

Honorable Mention: Mike Sharavjamts (’22 Centerville), Sean Jones (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Javan Simmons (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), Jonathan Effertz (’22 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Josh Harlan (’22 Pickerington Central), Jadon Coles (’22 Lakota East), Keliese Frye (’22 Cincinnati Woodward), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne), Devin Royal (’23 Pickerington Central), Kenny Satterfield Jr (’23 Cincinnati Hughes), Dailyn Swain (’23 Columbus Africentric), Evan Ipsaro (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Chandler Starks (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Carter Jackson (’24 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Roo Mills (’24 Cincinnati Woodward)

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