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Under Armour Finals

25 Jul

Keyshawn Hall

The final live period of July is known for having a lot of tired legs on the court, and tired eyes in the stands watching games. To succeed in the third event of July you have to really have a passion for the game, and have done the necessary preparation beforehand. We spent the last weekend of the travel season in Indianapolis, and even though there were several different events taking place, we spent the majority of our time at the Pacers Athletic Center, checking off the third of the three major shoe circuits we wanted to evaluate this month. Spending Friday and Saturday scouting games at the Under Armour Association Finals, here are some prospects who stood out in games we attended…

Keyshawn Hall – ’22 SF/PF Prep School: A class of 2021 graduate of Cleveland Heights, who dominated the Cleveland city league before transferring over for his senior year, Hall has made a huge splash on the recruiting trail this summer. Now classified as a 2022 prospect who will be attending a prep school next year, Hall earned NCAA D1 offers from Duquesne, East Carolina, Illinois State, Middle Tennessee State and Bowling Green based on his play during the first two live periods. With schools keeping a close eye on his progress in the UAA Finals, Hall was the most productive player on his C2K Elite team, going toe to toe with some of the circuit’s most highly regarded players. We loved the physicality and toughness that Hall played with Saturday against the Houston Defenders, using his massive frame and quick feet to defend the post. However, it is Hall’s offense that excites college coaches, as he’s an extremely unique prospect who can really handle and create with the dribble despite his big-bodied frame at 6’7. When Hall gets his hip into you it’s pretty much over for defenders, and he’s agile and skilled enough to finish around athletic defenders as well. Wherever Hall goes to prep school next year he’ll surely get a lot of continued college interest, as the late bloomer out of Cleveland might be the Ohio prospect who saw the biggest uptick in his recruitment of anyone in July.

Drey Carter – ’22 SF/PF Westerville South: Speaking of prospects who have seen their individual recruitment blow up in July, if there’s one player who can challenge Hall it would be Carter. A long wing forward out of the Columbus area with a ton of upside who has come into his own this spring and summer, Carter recently added offers from Akron, Kent State, Miami (OH) and Wright State, with all of those schools and then some tracking him in Indianapolis with his Nova Village team on the UA-Rise. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for Carter’s Nova Village team, the game we watched was a blowout in Nova’s favor, but despite the poor evaluation setting Carter was Nova’s most intriguing prospect on the day. The 6’7 forward made shots from the perimeter and was aggressive off the dribble to get to his scoring spots, showcasing considerable upside as he continues to add weight to his lanky frame over time. With today’s college game focusing on shooters with size and mobility, Carter is the prototypical combo forward prospect for the modern game, and should continue to be prioritized by the in-state mid-majors as we enter commitment season.

Elias Lewis – ’23 SG Olentangy Orange: We had been hearing all spring and summer about the talent of this year’s Nova Village 16u team but unfortunately, before this event, had been unable to see them play. Saturday afternoon we finally caught up with the team and, despite a heartbreaking two-point loss, we came away impressed with several young prospects. The strength of the team in our opinion is the play of combo guards Elias Lewis and Ryan Nutter, with both catching our eye with their offensive prowess in Indy. Lewis in particular was an interesting prospect to evaluate, as he brings fluid athleticism and size to the guard position, as well as the ability to make shots from the perimeter. Shooting the three might be the thing that Lewis will be most known for, but he was also intriguing as a finisher with good athleticism off of two feet and showed the ability to handle and pass the ball in transition for his Nova squad. With players like Drey Carter blowing up on the recruiting scene in their 17u season, don’t be surprised if Lewis takes a similar trajectory next summer.

Christian Harmon – ’23 SF/PF Akron Buchtel: A new name to follow in Northeast Ohio who transferred in from New York, Harmon is enrolled at Akron Buchtel as part of a loaded roster with the likes of Chris Livingston for next season. Playing his summer ball with the C2K Elite 16u team, Harmon had a breakout session in Indianapolis. Heading into the game we evaluated on Saturday evening, we had received word that Harmon had been shooting the ball really well in Indianapolis; and that proved true as the 6’5 forward knocked in three consecutive triples at one point early in the first half to lead his team in scoring. A versatile offensive forward with a strong body capable of playing inside or outside on the high school level, if Harmon is able to continue to make shots at a high percentage, then he easily could be one of the top scorers for Buchtel next year, with defenses likely locking down the paint to limit Livingston’s ability to finish at the rim. Having just arrived in the area, we still don’t know a ton about Harmon, but his size, confidence and scoring ability make him a rising junior to follow statewide.

Honorable Mention: Bowen Hardman (’22 Cincinnati Princeton), Khalil Luster (’22 Lima Senior), Cooper Davis (’22 Olentangy Liberty), Josh Whiteside (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), CJ Hornbeak (’23 Toledo St. John’s), Bede Lori (’23 Caldwell), Ryan Nutter (’23 Dublin Jerome), Peyton Frey (’23 Hilliard Davidson)

Nike EYBL Augusta

19 Jul

JosiahThere is no better opportunity for college coaches (and scouting services) to evaluate travel basketball then the Nike EYBL, specifically the Peach Jam. While the schedule was different this year with a shortened season squeezed in quickly in North Augusta, SC, just a couple days before the year end tournament, scouts and coaches alike tended to call this entire series of EYBL games this year’s Peach Jam. At the EYBL level at 17u the Midwest teams finished with up and down results, but there were plenty of individual bright spots and moments which excited the college coaches in attendance. Here are some of our top individual performers among Ohio and Kentucky based prospects in games we watched live in North Augusta from Friday through Sunday…

Josiah Harris – ’22 PF Richmond Heights: After missing much of the spring it was a welcome sight to see Harris back with the All-Ohio Red team, as the Northeast Ohio forward gave his team a spark which they greatly needed heading into EYBL play. The 6’6 forward, who is an early commit to West Virginia, started the season off with a bang, producing a dominant two-end performance in a win against Bates Fundamental and finishing with a strong showing in a victory we watched over PSA Cardinals. Harris is an athletic forward who has improved his comfort level on the perimeter, as he made several jumpers throughout the event and looked fluid handling the ball in face-up situations on the wing. What excited us most about Harris however was his energy; as he’s become more comfortable playing away from the rim, Harris was both aggressive in attacking offensively and locked in to take on defensive challenges from wings, forwards and bigs on the other end. Energetic forwards with strong frames and athleticism tend to do very well in Coach Huggins’ system at WVU, if Harris can maintain this level of consistency he could fit in nicely down the road for the Mountaineers.

Sean Jones – ’22 PG Gahanna Lincoln: There’s been a roaring debate this summer among travel basketball fans as to who the best point guard is in Ohio’s 2022 class. If we’re going strictly off of EYBL statistics (and we’re not saying that is the end all-be all measuring stick), it’s hard to deny the dominance of Jones. The 5’10 point guard out of the Columbus area put up special numbers in North August for All-Ohio Red, leading the team in scoring at over 15 PPG, as well as leading the entire EYBL in steals at 3.3 per game and finishing top-five in the EYBL in assists per game with 5.5 per outing. Those numbers are special, with a consistent ability to produce assists and steals being critical for the recruitment of a smaller guard like Jones who has always been able to produce big scoring numbers. What coaches really like about Jones is the combination of his quickness and competitiveness, both of which came in handy in the opening win over Bates Fundamental where Jones cleanly picked the pocket of his opponent on the game’s final possession to seal an All-Ohio win. Several high major NCAA D1 schools evaluated Jones in North Augusta such as Marquette, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; all of whom have already offered Jones a scholarship.

Reed Bailey – ’22 PF/C Brewster Academy/NH: Bailey’s only affiliation with Ohio is that he grew up in the Massillon area (where his brother Evan Bailey was one of Ohio’s top prospects in the 2014 class out of Jackson HS before eventually playing his college ball at Charleston), before moving to New England with his family in junior high. Since he has Ohio roots, and since there are only so many Ohio and Kentucky based prospects in the EYBL, we wanted to give Bailey a quick shootout for his play. Playing for the Boston/New England based team Expressions Elite, Bailey drew the attention from some of the nation’s top college programs with his combination of size at 6’10 along with mobility and skill-set. While we only got to see the fourth quarter and overtime periods of one game, Bailey clearly is a physically talented prospect who will be highly recruited at the next level. Along with playing at one of the nation’s elite prep programs in Brewster Academy (NH), Bailey already holds tons of offers, including Maryland, California, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Seton Hall, Davidson, Xavier and Loyola Chicago.

Dailyn Swain – ’23 SF Columbus Africentric: The top individual performer on an All-Ohio Red 16u team who posted an impressive 5-1 record in pool play through Sunday, Swain has continued to turn the corner from a confidence standpoint. When that confidence is soaring and Swain is aggressive there is an argument to be made that the 6’6 wing might be Ohio’s most talented rising junior prospect, as Swain has a skill-set to match his physical tools, which few can counter. Capable of handling the ball to attack from the wing, making shots from the perimeter or finishing in transition, Swain’s length and size on the wing make him intriguing as a high NCAA D1 prospect due to his leaping ability and fluidity. With so many weapons to choose from on the All-Ohio 16u team, Swain has become the go-to guy when it comes time to get a bucket, with that alpha male attitude being really the biggest step forwards for him in becoming an elite prospect. Heading into the weekend, Swain already held offers from Cincinnati, Ohio State, Marquette, Arizona State, Kansas State and Xavier, but we won’t be surprised if some new schools jump in after his showing in North Augusta.

Kaleb Glenn – ’23 PF Louisville Male/KY: One of the headliners in a Kentucky class of 2023 which is as deeply talented as any Kentucky class we’ve ever seen, Glenn is one of the featured prospects on Brad Beal Elite 16u team out of the Saint Louis area. While basketball is how he plans to spend his future, Glenn has the look of an NFL prospect, as the 6’6 forward is already physically mature enough to hop into a collegiate practice. Fortunately, Glenn knows how to use that body to his advantage, as he’s a physical competitor who uses his strength, as well as top-flight athleticism, to play a bull in a china shop role from the power forward spot for BBE. His outside shooting is still a work in progress but Glenn did show some ability to handle and attack in the high post or from the wing; however, it’s going to be the combination of his elite physical tools, college ready body and tremendous motor which will continue to make him not only a player ranked among ESPN’s top-100 prospects in the 2023 class but also a highly recruited prospect. Heading into the Peach Jam, Glenn holds offers from Indiana, South Carolina, Louisville, Arizona State, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest and more.

Marlon Barnes – ’23 SG/SF YPSI Prep/MI: One of the top shooters in Ohio’s class of 2023, Barnes has great size and a frame that makes him look the part of a future big time college player. Barnes was very productive in a game we watched Friday evening against Team United, as he was aggressive in finding his spots to score and made open shots as well. At 6’5 Barnes can score over defenders on the wing with his high arcing jumper, but the continued emphasis on developing his off the dribble game will only bolster his future recruitment. We like that Barnes played under control in both games we watched in North Augusta, and despite leaving the state for a prep opportunity in Michigan, the former Cleveland Brush wing is near the top of our list of top Ohio based 2023 prospects.

Donovan Hunter – ’23 SF/PF Westerville Central: Just like two other Ohio 2023’s in this article, one of the big reasons for Hunter’s success of late has been added confidence. The 6’7 forward, playing with Indy Heat 16u, was a scoring threat off the bench in Friday’s matchup with Howard Pulley out of Minnesota, as Hunter tallied 8 points on 3/5 shooting. With his size, mobility and skill-set Hunter is able to play around the basket or on the wing as a skilled forward, and his shooting stroke from behind the three-point line is something that will also keep the defenses honest. Since his play at the OHSBCA showcase back in June, Hunter’s name has been mentioned by a lot of college coaches as a sleeper or late bloomer in Ohio’s 2023 class, especially given his physical talent as his 6’7 frame develops. Playing for a team which made the Ohio final four last season, Hunter will get plenty more exposure opportunities this winter to add to his current offer list of Kent State, Ohio and George Washington.

Cyr Malonga – ’23 C Louisville Evangel Christian/KY: A native of the Congo with great upside, Malonga has made a name for himself in Louisville area basketball circles and now is expanding that name nationally playing with the 16u squad for Memphis based Team Thad. A high-level rim protector at 6’10 with a ridiculous basketball frame and fluid athleticism, Malonga is a force on the defensive end as a rim protector; where he consistently blocked shots in games we watched against JL3 and Bounce Elite. Offensively he appears raw at first glance, but Malonga used his exceptional length and athleticism to finish a two-hand tip dunk way above the rim and even showed some flair with a fancy behind-the-back pass assist in traffic as well. His best basketball is still yet to be played, making Malonga one of the best young big men prospects in this part of the country.

Honorable Mention: Tom House (’22 Centerville), Amani Lyles (’22 Columbus Beechcroft), Kebba Njie (’22 La Lumiere/IN), Shawn Phillips (’22), Paul McMillan IV (’22 Hillcrest Prep/AZ), Devin Royal (’23 Pickerington Central), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne), Rayvon Griffith (’23 Cincinnati Taft), Tyler Williams (’23 Cleveland Brush), Chase Walker (’23 Columbus St. Charles)

Adidas 3SSB Birmingham

11 Jul

NI-f4gBwAfter an almost 24-month break, travel basketball is back to being played in front of college coaches, as the first of three July live periods was played this Thursday-Sunday. The Adidas 3SSB circuit was the most noted event around the country, with all of the Adidas sponsored programs traveling to Birmingham for a session of six games. Ohio represented well in the event, with Midwest Basketball Club’s 17u team compiling an undefeated record of 6-0, while the other Ohio based team, Wildcats Select struggled in part due to some injuries and unexpected roster turnover. Triple Double Prospects was on site for games in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday, as we watched Ohio based teams and other prospects from around the region. Here are our top Ohio and Kentucky based performers….

Chris Livingston – ’22 SG/SF Akron Buchtel: Despite his national top-ten status and the fact that he’s had every national scout in the country watch his travel team play, we personally haven’t had a chance to watch Chris Livingston in over a year. Playing on the Tennessee based We All Can Go team alongside some other highly regarded prospects (and social media stars), Livingston had all the bright lights shining on his face in Birmingham this weekend. While his team posted some up and down results, Livingston showed flashes of his extreme talent in two games we evaluated. Even at the highest level of high school basketball there simply just aren’t other guys who have Livingston’s combination of size (6’7), power, quickness and ELITE leaping ability. When Livingston gets the ball with a head of steam he’s literally unstoppable in getting into the lane to score and draw contact. While at times Livingston was sloppy with the ball in his decision making, his physical tools have made even the strongest blue-blood programs extend offers his way, as the Akron based wing holds scholarship offers from schools like Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis, and is also reportedly considering pro options for after his senior season.

Roderick Coffee – ’22 SG Spire Institute: Of all the Ohio and Kentucky based players in attendance, we were most excited to see Coffee this weekend. We enjoyed evaluating him last summer in Fort Wayne, but didn’t see him either this winter or spring (he was injured the one event we saw his team in May). Fortunately for all parties, Coffee was back healthy this weekend as he suited up with his Wildcats Select team. Despite the team being undermanned for a couple of reasons, Coffee was a standout performer, including a dominant performance on Saturday afternoon against California based Dream Vision in a game viewed by north of 50 NCAA D1 schools. A big and physical combo guard who plays with a good pace to his game and who can defend on or off the ball, Coffee is a solid guard who has improved his body since transferring into Spire from Cleveland area school Painesville Harvey. The big addition to Coffee’s game in Birmingham was not only a better looking shooting stroke, but the ability to get to good spots off the dribble to create those shots, as Coffee took on more of a heavy scoring role then we’ve seen from him in the past. We love Coffee’s versatility as a playmaker or scorer who can also defend and, like several players on this report, if he continues to shoot the ball well he’ll see his offer list (which currently includes schools like Cleveland State, Toledo and Akron) continue to lengthen.

Rich Rolf – ’22 PF Centerville: On any given day Midwest Basketball Club can beat you with any of their eight players leading the team in scoring, so it’s difficult to call any of their players “under-the-radar”. However, with so many schools focused on Reed Sheppard and Gabe Cupps, it was Rich Rolf who stole the show in the first game we saw on Friday morning. Rolf scored 15 of his team’s first 21 points, including going 3/3 from three during that stretch and opening the floodgates as Midwest jumped all over Washington DC based New World. College coaches were already very familiar with Rolf due to his versatility on both ends and effectiveness as a rebounder (maybe the top rebounder in Ohio’s 2022 class). But, after shooting the ball so well on Friday, Rolf greatly enhanced his recruiting stock, as he’s come a long way over the last couple years from being a skilled post player to a true face-up forward who can hurt the defense in different ways. Rolf currently holds NCAA D1 offers from Kent State and Radford, but if his three-ball continues to go in we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see that list grow.

Reed Sheppard – ’23 SG North Laurel/KY: While Rolf was the somewhat under-the-radar performer for Midwest Basketball Club’s 17u team, every college coach, scout and media member came into the event wanting to get eyes on Reed Sheppard to see his progress as a prospect. Sheppard had some games where all his shots fell and some where it didn’t, but he, along with 2023 backcourt running mate Gabe Cupps, was dialed in all weekend in leading his team to their 6-0 record. Sheppard gets most of his praise as a shot-maker who can use his athletic ability to create a mid-range shot for himself or attack the rim and finish; however, it’s his ability to defend either guard spot and his active presence as a help-side defender creating steals which college coaches talk about the most. At 6’2, Sheppard is one of the premiere athletes on the travel circuit at the guard position, and, combined with his scoring prowess and defensive acumen he’s going to continue to see his name mentioned by national recruiting sites on their top-100 ranking boards. Sheppard’s recruitment also took the next step forward this weekend, as he added offers from Kentucky and Indiana to a list that already included schools like Louisville and Arizona State.

Colin Porter – ’23 PG Ashland Blazer/KY: Small guards have to have a lot of heart, which is exactly what Porter brings to the table. He might only stand 5’9 or 5’10, but Porter found success in Birmingham, playing up a grade level on the EAB Tennessee 17u level. With good foot speed and a feel for the game as a passer, Porter is a playmaking guard who can also make shots from behind the three-point line. Coaches obviously aren’t too worried about Porter’s size, as he was heavily tracked at the event, and entered the weekend holding early offers from 6 NCAA D1 schools, including a recent offer from Marshall. Porter’s game reminds us a lot of another 2023 Kentucky guard whom we’ve covered a lot on this site in Covington Catholic’s Evan Ipsaro; heading into next winter we expect those two to both continue to be heavily evaluated by college coaches, and likely compared to each other by Kentucky high school basketball fans.

Amire Robinson – ’23 SG/SF Akron Copley: Team records are sometimes overlooked on the travel circuit, but there’s no denying the success of Indiana Elite’s 16u team, as they’ve gone undefeated so far this travel season. Robinson, the lone Ohio based prospect on the team, was a big part of his team’s success this weekend, as the 6’3 wing was a defensive catalyst and gave great energy and leadership to his team during their continued winning streak. After seeing Robinson in Fort Wayne earlier this travel season, we knew he was a versatile defender with a good motor; but, what we didn’t know was that Robinson was also capable of stretching the floor with his long-range shooting. The Northeast Ohio based wing made several timely shots in a competitive matchup we watched against EAB Tennessee, giving us more reason to be excited about his potential as a prospect.

Dellquan Warren – ’24 PG Spire Institute: A speedster with elite leaping ability, Warren is a big-time playmaker for his Wildcats Select 16u team. A native of Erie (PA) who transferred into Spire this past season, Warren is already a well-known name on the circuit, holding early offers from Maryland and Youngstown State. The 6’0 point guard was at his best on Saturday afternoon against California based Dream Vision, making plays in transition and on the defensive end by using his previously mentioned speed and athleticism. An aggressive guard who plays a pass first role in the half-court but who also likes to get to the rim, Warren is a fiery guard who also likes to talk some trash on the court.

Honorable Mention: Mike Sharavjamts (’22 Centerville), Ben Southerland (’22 Sycamore), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), Gabe Cupps (’23 Centerville), Evan Ipsaro (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Chandler Starks (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Jacob Meyer (’23 Covington Holy Cross/KY), Nate Dudukovich (’23 Lakota West)

Cincy Elite Open Run

1 Jul

Shawn PhillipsLast year college coaches were forced to use live streams as their only means to evaluate high school prospects. This summer coaches are back on the roads, but live streams are still a bonus opportunity to get their eye on some guys who they can potentially recruit to their respective programs. Wednesday’s second annual Cincinnati Elite Open Run – Presented by Triple Double Prospects – gave over 100 different college programs that opportunity, as 56 of the top rising seniors and juniors (plus one sophomore) from the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas hit the floor at Cincinnati Walnut Hills HS. As with most showcases, the action was high scoring, with several players standing out on an individual basis….

Shawn Phillips – ’22 TBD Prep School C: After leaving Dayton Belmont following his sophomore season, and with last year COVID restricted travel season, we haven’t seen a lot of Phillips in the last year. Spending his junior season in Michigan at YPSI Prep Academy, Phillips solidified his name among national rankings services, and added to an offer sheet that now includes Illinois, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Florida, Ohio State, Dayton and others. While Phillips is currently undecided on which prep program he’ll attend next season as a senior, the 6’11 post brought his game to our showcase on Wednesday, and was unquestionably one of the top performers. Playing against smaller but physical players, who tested him with fouls to eliminate any easy buckets, Phillips was relentless in attacking the rim, often finishing with strong two-handed dunks at the rim. A true post player who knows he’s going to make his money with his feet in the paint, Phillips is a physical presence who has the length and athleticism (especially now that he’s lost sixty pounds) to alter shots and rebound the ball in and out of his area. His combination of size and athleticism is tough to come by, and, when you factor in that he’s very efficient as a scorer around the rim with a simple post game, Phillips should be heavily coveted by high-major coaches who will follow him this July with his Wildcats Select 3SSB squad.

Ben Southerland – ’22 Sycamore SF/PF: We alluded heavily to Southerland’s development on Twitter earlier in June after watching his high school team scrimmage. On Wednesday the 6’7 (maybe 6’8) rising senior forward put his entire skill-set on display, dominating several stretches for his team. Southerland has really come a long way as an athlete, as few forwards are able to move like he does with his size. This newfound mobility couples well with his refined skill-set, as Southerland has evolved from a catch and shoot guy to a player who can put it on the floor and create his own shot at the rim or in the pull-up game. It often takes young big men time to come out of their shell as they fill out their frame, and Southerland is the classic case of a promising young prospect who has turned into a genuine hooper, as we expect his recruitment to continue to blowup (he currently holds 6 NCAA D1 offers) this month playing with Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB.

Keliese Frye – ’22 Cincinnati Woodward SF/PF: The top workhorse of the event among class of 2022 prospects, Frye gave outstanding effort on the defensive end and the backboards on Wednesday. They say when you work hard good things happen, and that held true for Frye, as his defensive efforts led to plenty of success scoring the ball on the other end. A 6’5 former interior forward working to become more of a wing forward, Frye produced the highlight play of the night with a euro-step dunk in traffic off a drive, as well as made enough perimeter shots to keep the defense honest. Despite his scoring prowess, we’re still most intrigued by Frye as an energy big who plays the glue guy role for winning teams, and will always be in the mix to lead his league in rebounding as well. With Paul McMillan IV leading Woodward for the prep school ranks, expect Frye to make a huge leap statistically in his senior season with the Bulldogs.

Noah Rich – ’22 Franklin SF/PF: Rich has been known in the Cincinnati-Dayton area for the last year as one of the better shooters in high school hoops, and, at 6’5 and a mobile athlete, that makes him one of the top prospects to keep an eye on. In his team’s second game of the evening, the rising senior caught fire as a scorer, impressing us not just as a shot-maker but as a versatile scorer. In one stretch Rich had a transition dunk, a cutting layup, a fade away post jumper and two three-pointers, making him a threat to score the ball wherever he catches it from inside twenty-feet. While he has a skinny frame, Rich’s mobility and length should allow him to mix it up inside, especially with Franklin HS where he’s joined by fellow rising senior Nate Paarlberg (who also had a standout day on Wednesday as a shooter and rebounder). Should he continue to make shots in July, Rich’s name will be on the tips of college coaches tongues when they watch his Midwest Basketball Club-Gold team play.

Jayden Bradshaw – ’22 Fayetteville Perry SG/SF: We’d heard good things about Bradshaw heading into the event, but he was a prospect whom we had never gotten a chance to evaluate before. Bradshaw showed out in all three of his team’s games Wednesday, not only showcasing athleticism and shot-making ability, but bringing all-out energy and effort to the table. A long and bouncy 6’3 wing who can finish above the rim, Bradshaw’s physical talent became evident very quickly in warmups. However, it was his ability to make jumpers from three and in the mid-range that really solidified him as one of our top performers, as he balances his athleticism with some versatility in his scoring. Given his length, effort level and athleticism, Bradshaw also has a lot of tools to aid him on the defensive end, making him a sleeper in the area in 2022 and a prospect we hope coaches take a hard look at this July when he’s suiting up for Dayton Elite.

Kobe Peck – ’22 Lakota East PG: This 6’0 guard is a player we’ve enjoyed covering over the years, but he’s unfortunately been hobbled some when we’ve seen him with injuries. Now looking 100% healthy, Peck is coming into his own as a solid and tough playmaking guards who has a knack for making winning plays. Peck isn’t going to wow you as a scorer, but he makes timely shots and has a strong frame that allows him to score in contact, where he’s good at shifting speeds to get to the rim and finish with a floater or layup. Defensively he can use that power frame and some mental toughness to bother opposing ballhandlers, as the veteran high school guard is a crafty two-way point guard to follow. Lakota East is loaded with guard talent next season, on what should be more of a perimeter oriented team then in year’s past; look for Chew to be the main facilitator and one of the leading scorers, as he checks a lot of boxes in terms of what we expect out of top guards in the always competitive GMC.

Ryan Chew – ’22 PG Kettering Alter: A speedy 5’10 guard out of the Dayton area, Chew put together his second straight positive showing (as he probably should’ve been included in our recap of the OHSBCA Showcase last weekend). What he lacks in size Chew makes up for in droves with a combination of quickness, heart and skill; as he was efficient on both ends for his team. Defensively he was one of the top performers are the camp, as he heated up opposing guards with his quick feet and aggressive mindset, leading to some fast-break opportunities after steals. While he’ll be a point guard at the next level, Chew ran the wing some to knock down open threes, then with the ball in his hands he played more of a facilitating role as he’s a willing, and often fancy, passer of the basketball as well. Running alongside Bradshaw on the Dayton Elite team, Chew is a name to watch for college coaches who love speedy playmaking guards.

Chandler Starks – ’23 Covington Catholic/KY PF/C: The unquestioned MVP of the event among 2023 prospects, Starks and his high school teammate Evan Ipsaro were dominant in all three contests. A 6’6 bruising power player who was efficient as a scorer, rebounder and defender, Starks led the camp in energy and effort. With his power frame Starks was able to not only control the boards but also to score around the rim, as the rising junior has soft hands and good touch at the rim to finish plays through contact. While he is more of a power player then a run-and-jump athlete, Starks also consistently beat his man down the court for easy finishes in transition (a must for big men playing in showcases which are almost always going to favor perimeter players). Finally, for as much as he scored the ball, Starks defense was his calling card on Wednesday, as he switched onto guards in the pick and roll and defended the post physically with his 6’6 frame. College coaches are sure to track Starks in July playing with Indiana Elite 3SSB.

Nate Dudukovich – ’23 Lakota West SG: Early in the first contest we criticized Dudukovich’s teammates for not working to get him some looks, as the rising junior from Lakota West was unquestionably one of the best shooters in the event. When he did start to get the appropriate volume of shots Dudukovich did not disappoint as the 6’2 wing guard made it rain from behind the arc. Not only is Dudukovich an elite spot-up shooter, but he gets shots off so quickly, and has the footwork to knock shots down off of screens, making him a more complete scoring prospect. That being said, Dudukovich is far from a stand in the corner shooter, as he showcased the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the elbow for quick pull-up jumpers, something he’ll have to focus on at the high school level as defenses will do anything to avoid him getting off an open three. With his scoring ability and a high basketball IQ, we expect good things to happen this month in his recruitment playing with Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB.

Honorable Mention: Paul McMillan IV (’22 Hillcrest Prep/AZ), Aboubacar Cisse (’22 Cincinnati West High), Louie Semona (’22 Cincinnati St. Xavier), Colin McHale (’22 Turpin), Keon Wright (’22 Dayton Oakwood), Robbie Cass (’22 Mount Healthy), Nate Paarlberg (’22 Franklin), Mekhi Wilson (’22 Covington Catholic/KY), Isaiah Ramey (’22 TBD Post-Grad), Jacob Meyer (’23 Covington Holy Cross/KY), Evan Ipsaro (’23 Covington Catholic/KY), Will Maxwell (’23 Dayton Oakwood), Jack Kronauge (’23 Lakota East), Carson Browne (’23 Cincinnati Elder), Michael Norton (’23 Cincinnati Gamble), Ben Menker (’24 Mason)