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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)

All-Ohio Super Sixteen

23 May

  Dailyn Swain

Every year, the All-Ohio Super Sixteen is one of the best barometers for travel teams in the state of Ohio to measure where they stand against the competition. This year the pack was led by All-Ohio Red, who defeated an upstart team out of Cincinnati called Go Hard in the 17u division, got revenge on Ohio Buckets-Turf in the 16u division and bested Nike EYBL rival Bates Fundamental in the 15u division en route to a clean sweep of the high school age groups. With top talent from around the Buckeye State on display, lets examine some of the prospects who stood out individually…

Kollin Tolbert – ’22 PG/SG Cincinnati KEBA Prep: The former Mount Healthy standout spent this past season at KEBA Prep in Cincinnati (a non-OHSAA prep program), meaning that most casual Ohio high school fans might have forgotten about Tolbert’s talent. That is sure to change based on his performance in Columbus, as the 6’2 combo guard made a huge impact on Go Hard 17u alongside highly regarded prospects such as Paul McMillan IV and Rayvon Griffith. A strong guard who can make shots from the perimeter, handle the ball and defend either guard position, Tolbert is a versatile and efficient guard prospect who plays with a lot of effort. Playing mostly off-ball with McMillan running the point, Tolbert shot the lights out from three on Friday night, while showing the ability to create his own shot on Saturday in a competitive matchup with Shining Star. Tolbert is yet to report a college offer, putting him near the top of our shortlist of sleepers for Ohio’s 2022 class.

Tom House – ’22 SG/SF Centerville: Coming off a State Championship season at the high school level, House is making his presence felt for All-Ohio Red with his ability not just to score the ball, but to score a lot of points in a short amount of time. Whether it’s in a starting role or off the bench, House was the human microwave for All-Ohio this weekend, knocking down shots from three-point range, and showing the ability to finish with numbers in transition. A wing with good size and athleticism for his position, House is also one of Ohio’s most passionate and confident competitors. Already with offers from Oral Roberts, Mercer and Robert Morris, we expect House to continue to accumulate NCAA D1 offers as the travel season unfolds.

Jamal Sumlin – ’22 PG YPSI Prep/MI: Similar to Tolbert in that he spent this past winter outside of the Ohio high school circuit, Sumlin is a prospect we haven’t had a chance to evaluate since last July. Joining All-Ohio Red for the summer, the Cleveland area point guard re-solidified himself as one of Ohio’s most talented lead guards, as the 6’1 Sumlin formed one-half of AOR’s two-headed monster in the backcourt alongside Sean Jones. A pass-first guard by nature who can create shots for himself or others with a smooth dribble game, especially in the full-court, Sumlin is known as a skilled offensive weapon; however, he’s also a capable ball hawk on the defensive end, leading to even most assist opportunities in the open floor. A rising senior who is certainly on the radar of area NCAA D1 programs, expect Sumlin to be heavily evaluated this summer whether he returns to the Ohio high school scene in Cleveland or remains on the prep school circuit.

Dailyn Swain – ’23 SF Columbus Africentric: When you think of prototypical college basketball wings you think of kids who are built like Swain. A long and super athletic 6’6 slashing scorer from All-Ohio Red’s 16u team, Swain brought a ton of energy on Saturday morning in his team’s matchup a Detroit based program. When the energy is there, there simply aren’t many players who can contend with Swain’s package of size, mobility and leaping ability, as the rising junior from Columbus threw down dunk after dunk, while also showcasing shot-making and slashing abilities to lead his All-Ohio team in scoring. Heading into this summer, we expect Swain to be one of the most heavily evaluated rising juniors in the state of Ohio, as his upside is sure to draw an extensive list of offers, with Ohio and Toledo having already pulled the trigger on the 6’6 wing.

Eian Elmer – ’23 SF/PF Covington Holmes/KY: While there are rumors swirling that Elmer could be transferring to the Ohio side of the river for his junior season, the 6’5 wing has been making noise in Northern Kentucky since early in his freshman season. Playing this weekend with the Queen City Prophets 16u team, Elmer was dynamic in producing highlight reel dunks and blocks to lead his team to a 3-0 mark in pool play. A capable slashing scorer in the half-court who can also score off of the offensive glass, Elmer is at his best running in transition to try and finish above the rim; however, it was his shot blocking which was most impressive on Saturday evening, as he was the defensive catalyst in QCP’s close win over Ohio Hustle. Whether it’s in Ohio or Kentucky next season, expect NCAA D1 college coaches to get very familiar with Elmer’s name sooner than later.

Will Maxwell – ’23 SG/SF Dayton Oakwood: After averaging 17 PPG this winter, fans in the Dayton area are certainly familiar with Maxwell as one of the Dayton area’s most talented scorers. The 6’4 wing had all of those scoring abilities on full display for the All-Ohio Red 16u team in Columbus, knocking down several threes with a smooth stroke and also finishing above the rim with two-handed baseline or tip-in dunks. With legit NCAA D1 size, athleticism and shooting ability, Maxwell, like the previously mentioned Swain, has all of the tools you expect from a highly recruited college wing guard (especially in today’s game where shooting is so heavily prioritized in recruiting). On a deep and balanced All-Ohio 16u team Maxwell is only going to get so many shots; however, we fully expect him to build on his scoring numbers next season as a junior at Oakwood. Heading into the summer, Maxwell holds one NCAA D1 offer from Ohio.

Tyler McKinley – ’24 PF Cincinnati Walnut Hills: We spent the Run-N-Slam focusing on 17u and 16u action, so one of our top priorities in Columbus was tracking down some of the state’s top 15u teams. All-Ohio Red is likely the state’s most talented, and certainly the deepest, 2024 team in the state, and, the 6’8 McKinley is perhaps their most talented prospect. The Cincinnati based freshman is a jack-of-all-trades with size, mobility, length, a fine-tuned skill-set and a great feel for the game, especially as a passer out of the post; making McKinley not only a solid player right now, but a promising prospect who oozes long-term upside for the future. Whether or not he grows anymore, McKinley will be one of the first names included in our upcoming Ohio Class of 2024 Watch List, as he projects not only as one of the state’s top 2024’s, but also as one of the most talented players in Greater Cincinnati regardless of class.

Raleigh Burgess – ’24 PF/C Sycamore: With our experience in scouting the Cincinnati area, we’ve certainly developed some strong relationships with high school coaches from the GMC; and, in talking with those coaches, one name we’ve constantly heard about is 6’8 freshman Raleigh Burgess from Sycamore. Even though Burgess got some varsity minutes throughout the season, he’s widely unknown; but that is going to change very quickly! Playing with the Shining Star 15u team, Burgess quickly has established himself as one of Ohio’s top prospects in the 2024 class, as he has a great combination of skill and size at 6’8. Capable of shooting the ball from the perimeter, posting up physically, passing against pressure or running the floor, Burgess showed great offensive instincts on Saturday afternoon. Playing alongside 2022 forward Ben Southerland in the Sycamore front-court, Burgess should establish himself next season as one of the top scoring threats in the GMC.

Mason Shrout – ’24 SG Preble Shawnee: Like Burgess, we had heard a lot of positive things about Shrout from high school coaches but had never evaluated him in a live setting. That changes Saturday, as Shrout played point guard and wing guard for All-Ohio Red at the 15u level. Coming off a freshman season at Preble Shawnee where he averaged 22.5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game, Shrout displayed a well-rounded and extremely skill-oriented floor game in two games on Saturday. Already a knockdown shooter from three, Shrout is more then just a specialist, as the 6’4 combo guard finished with strength at the rim, found the open man as a distributor and used his size and athleticism to produce on the defensive end. Despite being from a smaller high school conference, Shrout is well on his way to becoming one of the more well known class of 2024 prospects in the Buckeye State.

Honorable Mention: Amani Lyles (‘22 Columbus Beechcroft), Sean Jones (’22 Gahanna Lincoln), Michael Bova (’22 Cleveland St. Edward), Paul McMillan IV (’22 Cincinnati Woodward), Rayvon Griffith (’23 Cincinnati Taft), Kyler D’Augustino (’23 Alexander), Cole Rhett (’23 Columbus Bishop Watterson), Gavin Headings (’23 Pickerington Central), Sonny Styles (’23 Pickerington Central), Devin Royal (’23 Pickerington Central), Calvin Little Jr. (’24 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Ace Buckner (’24 Cleveland Independence), Sam Johnson (’24 Worthington Christian), Jonathan Powell (’24 Dayton Chaminade Julienne), AJ McBride (’24 Cincinnati Moeller)

Updated Prospect Databases

10 May

Dailyn Swain is one of Ohio’s top 2023 prospects.

With the Ohio high school season over, and grassroots basketball well underway throughout the region, it’s time for our latest update to our prospect databases (formerly known as our prospect rankings).

As you’ll see by visiting the databases (links on menu bar or below), we’ve done away with ranking prospects based on position and have gone to a two-tiered system with prospects listed alphabetically within the system. 

Our 2022 and 2023 databases for both the state of Ohio and the Cincinnati/Dayton area are now live, with player profiles for most of those listed. 

Over the next few weeks our goal is to continue to add names and profiles to the Honorable Mention section of each list, as well as to create a 2024 watch list. 

Ohio – 2022

Ohio – 2023

Cincy/Dayton – 2022

Cincy/Dayton – 2023

Run-N-Slam Recap

3 May

Reed Sheppard

When you haven’t evaluated prospects at a grassroots event since the middle of last July, an event such as the Run-N-Slam can be intimidating. One of the only weekends of the travel season where top teams from multiple shoe circuits compete against each other, we at Triple Double Prospects tried to simplify the evaluation process by focusing on the top 17u and 16u action in Fort Wayne. As they do every year, Ohio teams fared well in the tournament, with several standout individual performances taking place….

Sean Jones – ’22 PG Gahanna Lincoln: No stranger to this website or the top levels of the travel circuit, Jones has been one of Ohio’s most well known 2022 prospects since he entered high school. That being said, the 5’10 point guard has taken his name to new heights this spring, having already stirred up quite a buzz heading into Fort Wayne. At the Run-N-Slam the Columbus area junior again played a high level, showcasing elite speed and shiftiness with the basketball, as Jones was consistently and at times effortlessly able to get by his primary defender and into the lane for his All-Ohio Red team. A creative scorer who has excellent touch in the in-between game, Jones is a fierce competitor who dominated competition with his understanding of how to use that top-end athleticism to create offense for himself or teammates. Several high major NCAA D1 schools tracked Jones via the live-stream, as Penn State and Virginia Tech have been the latest to join an offer list which also includes Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Mississippi State, SMU, Xavier and more.

Jagger Landers – ’22 SF/PF Antwerp: One of the great things about attending grassroots events in Fort Wayne is that scouts always get to checkout a couple of under the radar prospects from small towns in Northwest Ohio. The star of that group this weekend was Landers, a versatile and skilled forward from the Indy Heat-Red team. The heart and soul of his squad, Landers was called upon to handle primary ballhandling duties, play out of the post, shoot it from the perimeter and rebound the ball, as the 6’7 forward showcased a mature all-around game. Both strong and explosive off of two-feet around the rim, Landers has all of the tools to be an impact college player, and should see his recruitment continue to pickup as college coaches become familiar with where Antwerp sits on the map. Currently, Landers holds NCAA D2 offers from Findlay and Northwood.

Reed Sheppard – ’23 SG North Laurel/KY: We often get criticized for the lack of coverage of Kentucky prospects on this site; fortunately for us, in events we attend in which Sheppard participates that shouldn’t be a future problem, as the guard out of Central Kentucky is going to be one of the most talked about 2023 prospects in the region from now until graduation. The son of former University of Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard, the 6’2 current sophomore is a high level athlete, scorer and competitor who led his Midwest Basketball Club 17u (Sheppard plays up a grade level) to the Platinum Semifinals before falling to an extremely talented Meanstreets EYBL team. Known at the high school levels for scoring around 40 points per night, Sheppard can fill it up on the grassroots level as an explosively athletic and strong guard who can stop on a dime and knockdown the jumper or attack and finish through or above contact at the rim. While his offensive prowess will get the majority of the buzz, Sheppard’s abilities as an on-ball defender have also garnered praise from college coaches; part of the reason why the guard holds early scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Iowa, Iona and more.

Gabe Cupps – ’23 PG Centerville: The other underclass member of the esteemed Midwest Basketball Club 17u backcourt, Cupps compliments Sheppard almost perfectly as a facilitating guard and leader. Having suffered just one loss on the season, winning on the circuit comes naturally to Cupps, who just led his Centerville HS team to the Ohio D1 State Championship in March. At 6’1, Cupps has started to develop physically both with his strength and athleticism, adding versatility to his game which already included a high skill-level and IQ. A top ballhandler and perimeter shooter, Cupps is quickly becoming known in college coaching circles as a prospect who will be highly recruited at the NCAA D1 level due to his combination of skill, intangibles and knack for winning big games; Cupps currently does not have any public college offers, but we’re guessing that will change by the end of the summer season.

Austin Parks – ’23 C St. Mary’s Memorial: He might not have any reported scholarship offers yet, but the time will come soon where Parks will be one of the most sought after big men in the region in the 2023 class; that’s how talented the rising junior post from small-town Northwest Ohio is! First of all, Parks is a big, big boy at a wide-shouldered 6’10. Second, Parks moves pretty well for that size. Third, he’s skilled and tough enough to be very productive at a young age; including leading his Ohio Buckets-Turf team to a huge win over All-Ohio Red on Saturday, in which Parks quickly became the talk of the tournament in Fort Wayne. Parks is only starting to scratch the surface of his exposure, and even though it might be easy for college coaches to overlook him in the age of perimeter-based positionless basketball, Parks is in our eyes a no-brainer for the NCAA D1 level where his size and productiveness makes him a niche player in the modern game.

James Okonkwo – ’23 PF/C Beckley Prep/WV: While he’s neither an Ohio or Kentucky prospect, in fact he’s actually a native of Ireland, the talent and production of Okonkwo for the All-Ohio Red 16u team is without question worthy of mention on this site. An animal on the interior at 6’8, Okonkwo goes for every rebound as if it is the last ball that will ever come off of the rim, showcasing both athleticism and physicality that is elite for his age. While he isn’t the most skilled player on the circuit, Oknokwo’s physical tools make him a man-child to deal with in the paint, as he led All-Ohio Red in rebounds and blocks, while also scoring plenty of points, on the weekend. Already at a prep school where he’ll receive a good deal of recruiting exposure, Okonkwo presently holds scholarship offers from Rutgers and West Virginia on a list which is sure to grow very soon.

Jacob Meyer – ’23 PG Covington Holy Cross/KY: Both another Kentucky high school prospect and another guard from the Midwest Basketball Club, albeit their 16u team, Meyer made a name for himself in a major way this weekend. A big time athlete who can attack you in transition and get to the rim at will, Meyer is explosive and skilled as a finisher who likes to play one way, fast. A more than capable shooter who put up huge scoring numbers this high school season, Meyer made shots from mid-range and at the foul line this weekend, playing the role of primary ballhandler, scorer and distributor for Midwest, on a team that features some elite shooters on the wing. He might not hold any NCAA D1 offers yet, but an argument can easily be made that Meyer is the best guard in Greater Cincinnati in the 2023 class, and college coaches won’t be too far behind in realizing this.

Lawrent Rice – ’23 PG Huber Heights Wayne: Another well known guard for the All-Ohio Red program, Rice is the offensive catalyst of the EYBL team’s 16u group, and, after a slow start in our viewing on Saturday morning against Ohio Buckets, the 6’2 lead guard put on a show against EYBL rival The Family out of Detroit on Sunday. A flashy passer in transition with next level vision, Rice racked up assist after assist, including a high level behind-the-back pass to Okonkwo for a transition dunk, leading Red to a blowout win over one of their rivals. With is mobility and ballhandling, Rice is an attractive prospect for college coaches in the 2023 class, and, as he adds consistency to his game, should see his offer list grow. Currently, Rice holds offers from two high major NCAA D1’s in Purdue and Kansas State.

Sonny Styles – ’23 SF/PF Pickerington Central: Sure, Styles might be a five-star football prospect who will be recruited by who’s who of NFL talent factories; but, for now at least, he still plays basketball and is very good at it! The 6’4 athlete took the court with All-Ohio Red this weekend and was dominant against The Family, showing the ability to do a little bit of everything while physically controlling the game. Styles isn’t just a good athlete, he’s a great athlete with a strong frame, speed, agility and leaping ability; however, what makes him special is his motor, as the rising junior plays the game a little mean, physically defending and hitting the glass for his team. Styles is also a capable scorer who is a matchup nightmare with his size and mobility, as he scored via transition, rebounds, drives and with two jumpers against The Family.

Honorable Mention: Paul McMillan IV (’22 Cincinnati Woodward), Kebba Njie (’22 La Lumiere School/IL), Jared Frey (’22 Hilliard Davidson), Tom House (’22 Centerville), Elmore James (’22 Cleveland Brush), Keyshawn Hall (’22 Cleveland Heights), Caleb Allen (’22 Edgewood), Robbie Cass (’22 Cincinnati Aiken), John Effertz (’22 Cleveland St. Ignatius), Dailyn Swain (’23 Columbus Africentric), Chico Johnson (’23 Toledo Central Catholic), LA Hayes (’23 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Jack Kronauge (’23 Lakota East), Nate Dudukovich (’23 Lakota West), Carson Browne (’23 Cincinnati Elder)