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UAA Finals

14 Jul
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Tyrese Hughey

The only NCAA Live Evaluation Period of July 2019 has come and gone, with most of the top NCAA D1 programs spending the majority of the four-day period at the Nike Peach Jam, the Adidas Gauntlet or the Under Armour Association Finals. For our scouting duties, Triple Double Prospects chose Atlanta, where we spent three days taking in games at the Under Armour Association Finals as well as the Under Armour Rise Championships. In Atlanta, Ohio based program C2K Elite found success in both the 17u and 16u divisions, playing in the winner’s brackets at each respective age group, including a semifinal appearance at 16u. With C2K being the only team in the UAA to feature Ohio prospects, our recap of top performers will focus solely on players from their roster….

Zeb Jackson – ’20 PG Montverde Academy: Ohio’s top 2020 guard prospect by a significant margin (even though he’s transferred from Maumee Valley Country Day to Montverde Academy in Florida for his senior season), Jackson is expected to be the man on the C2K 17u team. Jackson held true to that reputation in Atlanta, and, while he didn’t necessarily score with the pure volume we’ve seen in the past, he was the go-to guy in each game down the stretch, including hitting a three-pointer in C2K’s opening game with less then :07 left to win the game. The Michigan commit showed elite speed with the ball in his hands, as Jackson’s combination of handles, scoring ability (both with the jumper or the rim finish) and quickness makes him one of the nation’s top 2020 point guard prospects.

Grant Huffman – ’20 SG Cleveland St. Edward: With C2K’s 17u team playing without their regular floor general in Hilliard Bradley’s Matt Allocco, Huffman, a versatile perimeter talent, played the distributor and game manager role this weekend in Atlanta. The results must have pleased plenty of college coaches, as Huffman finished Saturday with new offers from Davidson and Vermont, and was a name often mentioned to us by college coaches in Atlanta. Huffman thrives at driving closeouts to get into the lane and make plays for himself or teammates, as he’s become one of Ohio’s most cerebral offensive players. While some still question the consistency of his shooting at times, Huffman’s ability to effectively defend, score, pass, play either guard spot at 6’3, and, most importantly, win (something he’s done at a high level for years) is going to lead to an NCAA D1 commitment in the near future.

Josiah Fulcher – ’20 SG Lima Senior: Fulcher was the feature player in our last article, and we try not to publish too many reports on the same players; however, when a kid plays at a high level over multiple events we feel it would be unfair to not show them love. With that being said, Fulcher put together another excellent performance in Atlanta, showing much of what stood out last month in Columbus; as the 6’3 wing guard played with an elite motor on the defensive end, attacked the basket relentlessly on the offensive end and showed a fearless scoring style, including a buzzer beating bucket in C2K’s second game on Thursday evening. Fulcher’s offensive IQ has improved, as he scored on multiple back-cuts throughout the weekend, and, when his jumper is falling, Fulcher’s combination of athleticism and skill makes him a tough cover. When you pair his offensive ability with his defensive prowess, it’s easy to see why Fulcher is becoming the most heavily recruited target in Ohio’s 2020 class by in-state mid-majors.

Grant Whisman – ’20 SF/PF Middletown Madison: Probably the least well known of the four 2020 prospects on this write-up, Whisman boosted his stock more then any other player on C2K’s 17u team in Atlanta, as the 6’7 wing showed those outside of the Buckeye State just how elite of a shooter he is. Whisman has a picturesque stroke from three and was consistent all weekend in not only knocking down catch-and-shoot shots, but also knocking down shots off the move either in transition or off a screen. He’s viewed by some as a specialist at the next level; however, it’s not often you find a shooting specialist who also happens to stand 6’7. With Whisman joining the C2K outfit just days before this event, the Southwest Ohio rising senior certainly struck while the iron was hot, and should see a boost in his scholarship offers.

Tyrese Hughey – ’21 PF Thomas Worthington: One of two C2K 16u forwards who posted big scoring numbers in every game we saw this trip, Hughey was in the zone on Saturday at North Cobb HS. The 6’7 forward knocked down shot after shot from the mid-range, showed athleticism around the rim in finishing with two-handed dunks and flashed an ability to handle the ball by driving coast to coast after corralling defensive rebounds. We commented during Saturday’s game how we were surprised that Hughey did not hold any NCAA D1 offers coming into the trip; but that comment was quickly made irrelevant by Saturday evening, as the Columbus area rising-junior picked up scholarship offers from both Miami (OH) and Duquesne. As for adding more offers, it seems to just be a matter of time for Hughey, who, as he continues to show more and more athleticism to match his mature skill-set, will be one of Ohio’s most heavily recruited 2021 prospects.

Alex Williams – ’21 SF/PF Cincinnati Moeller: Another versatile and skilled forward on C2K’s 16u team, Williams is a nightmare matchup at the rising-junior level due to his elite combination of strength, footwork and offensive skill-set (as well as some serious toughness). Williams shot the ball well from the outside again in Atlanta, but it was his ability to pick apart mismatches that really stood out. While he might look more like a football prospect with his build, and isn’t necessarily an explosive leaper, Williams moves his feet very well for his size, and is effective in guarding either forward position on the circuit level. Already holding a scholarship offer from Robert Morris (which he picked up last month after his performance at the OHSBCA Showcase) we’re extremely confident that William’s recruitment will blow up during his junior season at Cincinnati Moeller, in which we predict he will lead the team in scoring.

Honorable Mention: Sam Towns (’19 Pickerington Central), Luka Eller (’20 Mentor Lake Catholic), Josh Thorbahn (’21 Ottoville), Anthony Adams (’21 Findlay), Greg Johnson (’21 Cincinnati Princeton)

OHSBCA Showcase

30 Jun
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Josiah Fulcher

With the change in NCAA D1 recruiting rules for this spring and summer, no one knew exactly how the June individual player and/or high school team based showcases would work as evaluation tools. That being said, we can now look back at yesterday’s OHSBCA Showcase, an event put on for the top-100 Ohio prospects nominated by their own high school coach, and say that the event was a success. Not only did the event draw strong talent from around the state of Ohio, but it also attracted an abundance of college coaches, including around 40 different NCAA D1 programs, as well as plenty of NCAA D2, D3 and NAIA programs. With a unique opportunity to play in a setting that none of the attending players had played in before, here are some of the prospects who stood out individually….

Josiah Fulcher – ’20 Lima Senior SG: We unfortunately did not get to Fulcher with his C2K Elite team this spring, but his recruiting blowup has been evident, as, heading into the showcase, Fulcher already held 9 NCAA D1 offers. His play in the event backed those offers up, as Fulcher was aggressive with the ball in attacking the rim, showed more athletic burst then we saw from him in the past and was one of the more active defenders at the event as well. College coaches continue to say he’s one of the top kids in Ohio’s 2020 class in terms of his effort level, and that pays major dividends in recruiting circles!

Trey Robinson – ’20 Hamilton SF: Another prospect who has seen a shift in his recruitment, but more recently then Fulcher, as Robinson has added multiple NCAA D1 offers this past month, including Toledo, Miami (OH), Ball State, Northern Kentucky, and yesterday Ohio University. Robinson continued to show flashes of immense upside on Saturday, attacking the rim with a long and nimble 6’7 frame, as Robinson has the versatility to attack from the wing and finish around size at the basket. Continuing to add consistency to his jumpshot and add strength will only make Robinson tougher to defend, as he’s one of the more intriguing long-term prospects in Ohio’s 2020 class.

Mitch Raifsnider – ’21 Margaretta SF/PF: Without question the player who improved their recruiting stock the most yesterday, Raifsnider, from the Sandusky area, was a player whom we had not had a chance to evaluate before the showcase began, and wow was he impressive! A high IQ forward who is comfortable on the wing, exceptionally skilled and who is a triple threat from the perimeter, Raifsnider brings legit NCAA D1 size to the table at 6’7. One of the themes of yesterday’s event was giving small town kids a chance to make their name, and Raifsnider did just that in not only finding ways to score with versatility, but also in playing the game the right way, and showing enough mobility at his size to establish himself as a name to circle in Ohio’s 2021 class.

Nate Johnson – ’21 Lakota East PG/SG: Those who follow us on Twitter know that we’ve been very high on Johnson’s upside since this past high school season, as, in our opinion, Johnson possesses more athletic upside then any prospect in Ohio’s 2021 class. That being said, his basketball skill-set and IQ are starting to improve, and that is leading to strong results on the court. Johnson recently added his first two NCAA D1 offers, from Miami (OH) and Ohio University, and we expect that list to grow after yesterday’s performance. A powerful and super athletic combo guard who can attack the rim but who is also an exceptional passes, Johnson has elite defensive upside and shows promise as a slasher; as his jump-shot improves he’ll be able to challenge any 2021 guard in Ohio in recruiting circles.

Josh Thorbahn – ’21 Ottoville SF: Known primarily as a shooter by non-Northwest Ohio area folks, Thorbahn proved he has an all-around game on Saturday. The 6’5 wing showed some toughness in mixing it up physically, as well as strong frame to guard bigger players, but also, of course, made shots with a smooth release from three. As with many of the small town Northwest Ohio based kids, Thorbahn is probably a little undervalued statewide, but that should change in the coming months, as he’s turned heads with his C2K Elite 16u team and in yesterday’s showcase.

AJ Clayton – ’22 Philo PF: The only rising sophomore to make this list, although several were impressive on the day, Clayton was without question one of our top all-around performers, at times looking like the best prospect on the court for his team. We’ve already written extensively about his upside from the 270 Hoops Battle for the City and with Clayton’s All-Ohio Red 15u team; and he continued to show much of the same tools on Saturday. Clayton can stretch the floor with consistent shooting, is an above average athlete at 6’7 and shows the ability to score in different ways. As he continues to add strength (tough to do when playing against top prospects who are multiple grades older), Clayton will likely be ranked as one of Ohio’s top 2022 front-court prospects.

Honorable Mention: Luke Howes (’20 Fairview PG), Colby Cross (’20 Cedarville), Shammah Scott (’20 Shaker Heights), Paul Burris (’20 Delaware Hayes), Jamir Simpson (’20 Lima Senior), Rick Radtke (’21 Cleveland University School), Tyrese Hughey (’21 Thomas Worthington), Kalen Etzler (’21 Convoy Crestview), Corey Tripp (’21 Medina), Will McCracken (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Alex Williams (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Logan Duncomb (’21 Cincinnati Moeller), Skyler Schmidt (’21 Clermont Northeastern), Josh Irwin (’21 West Geauga), Kobe Johnson (’21 Canton McKinley), Garner Wallace (’21 Pickerington Central), Sean Jones (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Jalen Wenger (’22 Dalton), DJ Moore (’22 Worthington Christian)

New Ohio Rankings

28 May
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Zach Loveday

With this year’s changes to the NCAA D1 Recruiting Calendar, college coaches were forced to see less of their top targets on the travel circuit during the spring, but will get the chance to evaluate in camp dynamics this summer both in individual and high school settings. Heading into this June period, we at Triple Double Prospects felt it was time to update our 2020 and 2021 player rankings for Ohio prospects, as well as unveil our first true rankings for the class of 2022.

With the class of 2020, our top two ranked prospects in PG Zeb Jackson and PF/C Zach Loveday both will be attending out of state prep schools for their senior seasons, with Jackson announcing last week that he’ll be enrolling at powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida and Loveday staying for another go-around at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. With those two one our list, but not living in the state, the title for top Ohio rising senior belongs to Cleveland Brush C John Hugley, who had an impressive spring on the Nike travel circuit.

In 2021 there were some minor shakeups, but the biggest story is the development of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s wing Malaki Branham, whom comes in as the top-ranked shooting guard in his class. The top spot in that class still belongs to Convoy Crestview PF Kalen Etzler, who just this month made a verbal commitment to Ohio State.

The 2022 rankings are going to be the biggest conversation piece, with the first edition of our list naming Chris Livingston (Akron Buchtel), Paul McMillan IV (Cincinnati Woodward) and Shawn Phillips (Dayton Belmont) as the top prospects in their respective position groups. As with all rising sophomore rankings, this list is certain to see major changes in the next few years, but, for now, we’re confident in the list we’ve produced.

Finally, we’d like to remind readers that these prospect rankings lists are comprised of Ohio based prospects and do not include post-grad prospects nor non-Ohio native prep school kids from places like Spire Academy and ISA Academy (Andrews Osborne).

All our rankings can be viewed by clicking on the tab at the top of this page, or by clicking on the link down below:

UPDATED OHIO RANKINGS

Spiece Run-N-Slam

5 May
Malaki Branham

Malaki Branham

At the end of every circuit season we always look back at our evaluations and recognize the Spiece Run-N-Slam as one of the best indicators of the long-term upside of Ohio prospects. Playing against the best competition – regardless of shoe affiliation – from around the entire region, Ohio teams have historically performed very well in Fort Wayne at the Spiece Fieldhouse. This year was no different, as Ohio teams made splashes at 17u, 16u and 15u; looking back at the weekend, here is a rundown of the top individual performances from games we evaluated…

Garvin Clarke – ’20 PG Euclid: A highly anticipated addition to the All-Ohio Red 17u team, Clarke is a pass-first point guard ranked among the best players (regardless of position) in Ohio’s 2020 class. Now that he’s on the shoe circuit his reputation is only going to grow, as Clarke is a quick and strong guard who can create offense for his teammates in the pick and roll or in transition. A high IQ guard who makes the right pass but is just as good on the defensive end, if Clarke makes open jumpers in the Nike EYBL he’s going to see more NCAA D1 offers come his way soon.

DaSean Nelson – ’20 PF Toledo Rogers: Another sleeper in Ohio’s 2020 class, Nelson looks more like a rising senior in college than in high school with his strong and athletic build. A mature and rugged 6’7 forward with big time leaping ability, Nelson brought energy to the floor for his All-Ohio Gold team, a group comprised of some intriguing under-the-radar prospects out of the Toledo area. Nelson’s skill-set is still a work in progress, but he can attack the rim off the transition dribble from a defensive rebound or in the half-court, and is so strong that he also can get work done in the post with his 6’7 frame.

Hunter Shedenhelm – ’20 SG Pickerington North: A sniper who first came onto our radar a year ago in this same event, Shedenhelm was the driving force, along with unsigned Pickerington Central guard Jay Rodgers, in leading Nova Village’s top 17u team to the Platinum Bracket title game, as Shedenhelm made shot after shot in knocking off heavy hitters such as Nike’s Meanstreets and All-Ohio Red before falling in the title game to Indiana Elite. Shedenhelm first gained his reputation based on his ability to shoot the ball from range and make shots in bunches, but he’s not just a specialist as he’s also a solid athlete who can guard on the wing and attack off of a shot fake. Heading into next high school season, Shedenhelm will be arguably the top true shooting guard in the Columbus area in his class.

Malaki Branham – ’21 SG/SF Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: We usually don’t repeat prospects from week to week on these recaps; however, when a player continues to play at an elite level they deserve the corresponding recognition, and that’s exactly why Branham makes the list again. The 6’5 wing from the Akron area was dynamic for his NEO Tru Game 16u team again this weekend, leading his squad to the Platinum Bracket title game, including a heated win over in-state rival OBC on Saturday in pool play. Branham has shown that he can be consistent from weekend to weekend with his aggressiveness, which was our only question mark on him, as he clearly has the skill-set, athleticism and raw ability to be a high level prospect. Heading into the spring Branham was arguably a top-five prospect in Ohio’s 2021 class; however, after the last two week’s he not only un-debatably top-five, but trending towards potentially overtaking the #1 spot in Ohio’s rising junior class.

EJ Farmer – ’21 SG Cleveland Lutheran East: After struggling to shoot the ball from range in Atlanta last weekend, Farmer was able to find his shot in Fort Wayne, as the 6’4 shooting guard out of Cleveland was the most impressive performer on his All-Ohio Red 16u team in a high level matchup with Chicago based Mac Irvin Fire on Saturday afternoon. A long and fluid wing who can also score in transition, Farmer did a better job of juggling his three-point shot and aggressiveness at the rim, which can make him very difficult to defend, especially in a transition oriented game. Like we’ve mentioned in the past with kids like Malaki Branham, the key for Farmer’s continued success is going to be if he can consistently turn in top performances; if he repeats this type of effort next week in the Nike EYBL in Indianapolis then his stock is really going to skyrocket.

Jalin Billingsley – ’21 PF Cleveland Lutheran East: Another Lutheran East product (evidence as to why they finished as Ohio D3 State Runners-Up), Billingsley wowed scouts in Saturday’s matchup with NEO Tru Game, and, even though his OBC 16u squad came up a little short in that contest, Billingsley turned heads as he continues to show off tremendous long-term upside. Blessed with great physical tools as a mobile and fluid 6’8 forward who can put the ball on the ground and is both strong and nimble, Billingsley can score in a bunch of different ways and shows flashes of a very good offensive feel with some of his plays at times. Like most big men his age, Billingsley still needs time to put all of the pieces together, and to focus on keeping that motor running strong at all times, but his potential is through the roof and he has as much talent as any 2021 prospect in the state of Ohio.

Shawn Phillips – ’22 C Dayton Belmont: Your first question upon reading this should be, what took Triple Double Prospect so long to get an evaluation of this kid on the website? Simply put, Phillips has elite upside as a post player. He’s big, he’s long, he’s mobile and he’s an above average athlete for a young big who already shows signs of being an advanced shot-blocker on the defensive end. Despite those defensive tools, Phillips is surprisingly far along in his offensive development, as he finished around the rim and at the foul line, and looked comfortable with the ball in his hands. Due to his raw size alone at 6’8-6’9, Phillips likely projects as one of the top-five prospects in Ohio’s 2022 class, as he was the primary standout on a Team Flyght team full of some really promising young players from the Dayton area.

Josh Whiteside – ’22 PF Gahanna Lincoln: The second rising sophomore to make this list, Whiteside has been on our radar since the 270 Hoops – Battle for the City, but improved his stock in our eyes on Sunday with his Nova Village team, as the 6’5 forward showed advanced athleticism, power and scoring ability around the rim in a heavyweight matchup with OBC. Whiteside plays with some attitude around the rim and was physical on both ends of the floor, while also showing skill and touch as a scorer. We’ll be very excited to follow his production next year, as he appears to be one of the premiere young big men in the Columbus area.

Honorable Mention: Jay Rodgers (’19 Pickerington Central), John Hugley (’20 Cleveland Brush), Marcus Johnson (’20 Columbus South), Julian Binford (’20 Columbus Eastmoor), Anthony McComb (’21 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Amarion Dickerson (’21 Cleveland Rhodes), Kobe Johnson (’21 Canton McKinley), Dior Conners (’22 Pickerington North), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), Mekhi Elmore (’22 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Reico Colter (’22 Dayton Meadowdale), Sonny Johnson Jr (’22 Garfield Heights), Tavian Tatum (’22 Garfield Heights), Jared Frey (’22 Columbus St. Charles), Bowen Hardman (’22 All-Ohio Red), Josiah Harris (’22 Canton GlenOak), AJ Clayton (’22 Philo), Logan Woods (’22 Cincinnati Christian)

Nike EYBL Atlanta

29 Apr
John Hugley

John Hugley

With only one live evaluation weekend this April, NCAA D1 coaches were limited in being able to evaluate their top targets this spring. So, with that in mind, the pressure on players this weekend was at an all-time high. We at Triple Double Prospects spent our weekend alongside many of the biggest names in college basketball coaching at the Nike EYBL in Atlanta, where several Ohio natives played inspired basketball. Here’s look at some of the top individual performers who boosted their recruiting stock….

John Hugley – ’20 C Cleveland Brush: With the majority of college coaches in attendance focusing on the 17u action, no Ohioan had a bigger recruiting swing this weekend then Hugley. A true low-post presence with a power build at 6’8, Hugley was tracked by high-major coaches who followed his All-Ohio Red team through all four games. When his teammates were able to get him the ball, Hugley was effective as a scorer around the rim, but it was his improved conditioning that stood out to us, as the Cleveland big played major minutes without wearing down physically. Since the end of play, Hugley has already added an offer from Georgia Tech, to go along with pre-existing offers from Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Penn State, Xavier, Dayton and more.

Malaki Branham – ’21 SF Akron STVSM: Not only did Branham have himself a breakout weekend, but his team also captured the championship, as NEO Tru Game finished the weekend 5-0 to lockdown a berth into the exclusive Nike Peach Jam in July. A big part of that championship effort is thanks to Branham, as the athletic 6’5 wing forward from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s scored the ball off the dribble all weekend long. Playing with more aggression, confidence and energy then we’ve seen in the past, Branham was especially locked in during his team’s win over All-Ohio Red, as Branham showed some true competitive fire. The key for his future is all consistency; if Branham continues to be a scoring threat, especially one who has a knack for drawing fouls, then his recruitment will skyrocket as much as any Ohio prospect from the 2021 class.

Jamiya Neal – ’21 SF Toledo St. Francis: His best basketball is still a ways in front of him, as Neal is a raw but promising combo forward; however, he showed us some major strides from when we saw him last (all the way back in the summer of 2018), as Neal provided offense for his All-Ohio Red team. A long and smooth athlete who can finish in transition, drive it to the rim or mix it up in the paint, Neal has the ability to effect games with his energy and mobility as a 6’6 forward. As he fills out his frame, look for Neal’s name to be mentioned in recruiting news, as very few kids in Ohio’s 2021 class have as much upside.

Chris Livingston – ’22 SG Akron Buchtel: Just days removed from being named the #3 player in the entire country in his 2022 class by ESPN, the pressure was on Livingston from the jump to make an impact. That pressure only compounded on Saturday, when coaches from Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State and Kentucky sat down to watch a high level matchup between Livingston’s We All Can Go squad against Team Why Not out of Los Angeles. Livingston proved ready for the challenge, as he scored his team’s first 7 points, knocking down multiple perimeter jumpers, attacking off the dribble and finishing with his elite athleticism in transition. At a legit 6’5 (or taller) as a freshman, and with next level fluidity, Livingston has all of the physical tools you can ask for; if he can consistently make jump shots the way he did on Saturday, then expect other high-major programs to join Ohio State on his offer sheet.

Bowen Hardman – ’22 SG Cincinnati Princeton: Even though he played a major role on a solid Princeton HS team this past winter, Hardman’s name hasn’t been mentioned around the state enough as one of the top freshmen. Based on his play with his All-Ohio Red team this weekend, that is going to change, as Hardman was a dominant scorer in the game we watched against Bates Fundamental. Hardman eclipsed the twenty-point mark, making three after three, using his length to shoot it over defenders at 6’3, and was crafty off the dribble in finishing at the rim, drawing fouls or making the right pass. One of the more skilled perimeter prospects in Ohio’s 2022 class, Hardman is also a good athlete and has an excellent feel for the game on the offensive end of the floor.

Honorable Mention: Jahvon Garcia (’19 Pickerington Central), Dominiq Penn (’20 Dublin Coffman), Trey Woodyard (’21 London), Skyler Schmidt (’21 Clermont Northeastern), Anthony McComb (’21 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Kobe Johnson (’21 Canton McKinley), Sencire Harris (’22 North Canton Hoover)

Adidas Regional

15 Apr
Seth

Seth Wilson

The opening weekend of the Adidas Gauntlet (Gold Division) was comprised of regional play, as the top Midwestern teams descended on Minneapolis for league play. This spring we’ve already seen a few different Adidas teams attract top Ohio prospects, as Ohio Basketball Club, APEX, Wildcats Select, Indiana Elite, EG10 and Manimal Elite all have players from the state of Ohio on their rosters. We at Triple Double Prospects had a chance to evaluate each of these teams, at least at the 17u level, this weekend; here’s the rundown of the top individual performances we saw…

Zach Loveday – ’20 PF/C Huntington Prep (WV): Our top ranked prospect out of Ohio in the 2020 class, the 6’11 Loveday has improved steadily since making the move from his home in Gallipolis to Huntington Prep for his junior season. Playing with West Virginia/Pittsburgh based Wildcats Select, alongside several other high-major NCAA D1 prospects, Loveday thrived this weekend, finish around the rim with more power, making perimeter shots and using his combination of skill and coordination at 6’11 to make plays on both ends. Already considered a top-100 prospect nationally, Loveday currently lists offers from Indiana, Xavier, Ohio State Purdue, Florida and Stanford.

Raheim Moss – ’20 SF Spire Institute: After recently announcing that he’ll be attending Spire Institute in NE Ohio for a postgrad year after graduating from Springfield High School in June, Moss improved his stock in a major way this weekend, as he was Ohio Basketball Club’s most consistent player on their 17u roster. With elite athleticism and strength in a 6’4 frame, Moss has great versatility on the defensive end, and his effort and toughness really go a long way to separate him from his competition. As Moss becomes a more consistent shooter, his recruitment is only going to continue to pick up.

Trey Robinson – ’20 SF Hamilton: The most highly touted prospect heading into the weekend on the APEX 17u roster, Robinson was impressive as a scorer, leading his team to a 2-2 record. A long and mobile 6’6 wing forward with versatility, Robinson scored around the rim, in transition and off slashes, as his size and skill-set make him a mismatch threat on the wing. Having played as the third option on his high school team behind two seniors, look for Robinson to continue to be more and more aggressive as the spring unfolds, which could be the key to accelerating his recruitment.

Seth Wilson – ’21 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: Our top overall Ohio performer from the weekend, it’s not surprising that Wilson was the leading scorer for Ohio Basketball Club’s 16u team; however, it was surprising to an extent as to just how dominant Wilson was. Picking up where he left off in the Ohio high school state title game, Wilson looked the part of a big-time shot-maker in Indy; as the powerfully built 6’1 scoring point guard hit pull-up after pull-up. When he’s on a roll offensively the rim starts to look extra wide for Wilson, as he hit some crazy shots as the weekend went on, leading his team to a 2-2 record and continuing to solidify his name as one of Ohio’s premiere 2021 guards.

Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Cincinnati Hughes: McMillan has appeared on this site several times already this school year as a player who is mature beyond his years on the court; however, the 6’1 point guard took it to a new level this past weekend, scoring over 20 points in three of his 17u Manimal Elite team’s four games. Playing up two age groups at the 17u level, McMillan was still able to create offense at will, scoring in transition at the rim, off pick-and-roll in the half-court and off jumpers, while also leading his team in assists. Arguably the top 2022 point guard prospect in Ohio, McMillan is going to generate a lot of early recruiting buzz if he continues to put up numbers of anywhere near this caliber at the 17u level.

Evan Mahaffey – ’22 SG Cincinnati Northwest: One of the few highly heralded Cincinnati freshmen whom we didn’t get a chance to evaluate during high school ball, this weekend was our first look at Mahaffey, a 6’4 wing from APEX’s 15u squad. A long and athletic player who plays with energy, Mahaffey is an extremely versatile wing, who, when he fills out, projects as one of the more talented players in Ohio’s 2022 class. Mahaffey has the ability to score at the rim, but also gives his team production in other areas, as his length and skill-set make him a strong playmaker as well as defender.

Honorable Mention: Jayson Woodrich (’19 SF Cleveland Beachwood), Jackson Ames (’20 C West Clermont), Luke Frazier (’20 SG Mentor Lake Catholic), Montorie Foster (’20 PG Cleveland St. Edward), Nehemiah Benson (’20 PF Cleveland Lutheran East), Aaron Ward (’20 PF Cincinnati Winton Woods), Conner Maciag (’20 PG Pickerington Central), Jalin Billingsley (’21 PF Cleveland Lutheran East), Corey Tripp (’21 PG/SG Medina), Tae Perie (’21 PG Akron Buchtel), Robbie Cass (’22 PG Cincinnati Aiken)

270 Hoops Recap

26 Mar
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Jalen Sullinger

The top underclassmen prospects from Columbus as well as other parts of Central Ohio all gathered together on the campus of Olentangy Orange HS on Tuesday evening for the annual 270 Hoops “Battle for the City” showcase event. With the 270 Hoops staff breaking the teams down into OCC (suburban league), City League and Central Ohio (private schools plus outskirts schools), squads consisting of current freshmen, sophomores and juniors battled for individual notoriety, as well as bragging rights. Triple Double Prospects spent the evening focusing on the 2021 and 2022 talent; here’s a look at some of the top performers we evaluated….

Jalen Sullinger – ’21 PG Thomas Worthington: Ever since his sophomore season started, folks in Columbus have been praising the development of Jalen Sullinger (nephew of the famous Jared Sullinger), as the 5’10 sophomore point guard has established himself as one of the top pure scoring guards in the 2021 class. At “Battle for the City” Sullinger didn’t disappoint, as he showcased a refined skill-set with long-range jumpers, floaters and acrobatic finishes with his left hand, all using a smooth handle to create separation. He doesn’t have great size at this point, but Sullinger is one of the guards who we expect to have a breakout season on the travel circuit.

Chance Groce – ’21 SG Columbus Linden-McKinley: We’ve hyped Groce on this site for almost a year now as one of the elite talents in the 2021 class in Ohio, with a combination of basketball skill, size and excellent athleticism. While he still needs to focus on putting those pieces together with consistent effort, Groce proved again that he is a step ahead of the other sophomores in Central Ohio in terms of raw talent, as he finished big dunks, made timely three pointers and created whatever he wanted in transition with the dribble. If that motor keeps improving, Groce could end up being a top-5 prospect statewide in 2021.

Trey Woodyard – ’21 SF London: Another player like Sullinger who has generated serious buzz this winter, Woodyard is a 6’5 sharpshooting wing with a good skill-set and size for the small forward position. Not only is Woodyard a big shooter who can fill it up, but he also displayed a good basketball IQ as a passer, and has added weight, which will give him some versatility on both ends of the floor. Playing on the Nike circuit with NEO Tru Game, Woodyard is another one who is primed for a breakout spring.

Tyrese Hughey – ’21 PF Licking Heights: When we saw Hughey last, way back in July, he was a bruising back to the basket big who could score around the rim. While that is still in his repertoire, we were impressed tonight with the physical progress of Hughey, who is slimmer and lighter on his feet as a result. Capable of facing up and attacking from the high-post, scoring down low or hitting the open jumper, Hughey is one of the more offensively skilled and physically imposing young bigs in Ohio in 2021.

AJ Clayton – ’22 PF Philo: Of the roughly 60 players we evaluated tonight none were more dominant then Clayton, a 6’6 power forward out of a small town southeast of Zanesville. With size, strength, advanced athleticism for his age as well as a great motor, Clayton was a monster on the interior all evening long. Unlike most big men his age, Clayton was willing to stick to what he does well (rare for an all-star event), as he posted up, finished offensive rebounds and out-ran his competition in transition for dunks. Even though he’s a small-town kid, Clayton is going to be a big name in Ohio high school basketball for the next three years, with this event being his breakout night onto center stage.

Sean Jones – ’22 PG Gahanna Lincoln: While we only got to watch Jones for a few brief moments, there’s no denying his ability as an advanced point guard, not surprising considering the numbers he put up as a freshman at Lincoln. Jones is a quick guard who can get up and down the court and is slippery with his handle to create space as a finisher at the rim or as a passer, where he showed a flair and creativity tonight. He is on the smaller side at just 5’9, but look for Jones to continue to be one of the most talked about guards in Ohio’s 2022 class heading into the travel circuit season.

Jared Frey – ’22 SG Columbus St. Charles: Big, skilled guards are all the rage right now in college basketball, and, even though he’s just a freshman in high school, Frey fits that mold perfectly, as the 6’3 shooting guard was efficient as both a scorer and primary ballhandler today. A lefty who can shoot it effortlessly from three-point range, Frey shoots a pure jumper but also can handle and pass the ball as well, proving why he averaged double-figures in the Columbus Catholic league this year; he’s not the most athletic guard, but his skill-set and IQ are so strong that he’ll be near the top of our rankings list.

Honorable Mention: AJ Mirgon (’21 PG Hilliard Bradley), Isaac Settles (’21 SF Thomas Worthington), Elhadji Thiam (’21 PF Pickerington Central), Eli Burke (’21 PG Columbus Africentric), Jerry Saunders (’22 PG Pickerington North), Josh Whiteside (’22 PF Gahanna Lincoln), Jaylen Simmons (’22 PG Columbus Beechcroft), Jared Rose (’22 PG Lancaster Fairfield Christian), Troy Scowden (’22 PF Buckeye Valley)