’19-’20 All-Cincinnati Teams

10 Feb
Duncomb

D1 POY: Logan Duncomb

With the tournament drawing taking place this past weekend, the regular season for Ohio high school basketball is essentially over. By the end of next week, teams will begin looking towards the Sectional Tournament and beyond, with the top teams dreaming of playing at the Schottenstein Center in late March for a chance at a State Title. As we do every year, the end of the regular season means it’s time for Triple Double Prospects to release our All-Cincinnati Teams; which, as always, are separated based on OHSAA divisional assignments.

In Division I, the Player of the Year award could’ve gone to multiple players, with three Moeller teammates all competing against each other for the honor. Ultimately, we thought the consistency and two-end impact of Logan Duncomb was just too much to be denied the award, as the 6’9 junior earned the title on a first-team full of talented prospects.

In Divisions II-IV, last year’s winner, Paul McMillan IV, repeats at Player of the Year; however, McMillan will be sharing the honor this year with Blanchester’s Brayden Sipple, as both prospects averaged well over 30 PPG during the regular season. Additionally on the Division II-IV first team, notice that all players listed are underclassmen, meaning the well of talent in Cincinnati basketball will be strong again next season.

Without further delay, here are Triple Double Prospects annual All-Cincinnati Teams….

D1 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Logan Duncomb – ’21 C Moeller ***
Nate Johnson – ’21 PG/SG Lakota East
Max Land – ’20 SG Moeller
Alex Williams – ’21 PF Moeller
Trey Robinson – ’20 SF Hamilton
Julian Mackey – ’20 SG Lakota West

***Player of the Year***

D1 All-Cincinnati 2nd Team
Hank Thomas – ’20 PF Saint Xavier
Deairius Barker-Randle – ’20 PG Princeton
Nic Smith – ’20 C Walnut Hills
Alex Mangold – ’20 PF Lakota East
Will McCracken – ’21 SF Moeller
Bowen Hardman – ’22 SG Princeton

D1 Honorable Mention: Jackson Ames (’20 West Clermont), Adonis Caneris (’21 Oak Hills), Dominic Cantrella (’21 Turpin), Aboubacar Cisse (’22 West High), Carter Combs (’20 Lakota West), Jack Cooper (’20 Mason), Deshawne Crim (’23 Fairfield), Kahlil Davis (’20 Princeton), Kelen Dietrich (’20 Oak Hills), Derek Eddings (’20 LaSalle), Kaden Fuhrmann (’20 Lakota East), Mitchell Greer (’20 Mason), Andrew Harp (’22 Elder), Jackson Holt (’21 Turpin), David Larkins (’21 Elder), Jaylen Lemons (’20 LaSalle), Justin Lovette (’21 LaSalle), Owen Murray (’22 Walnut Hills), Jeff Queen (’20 LaSalle), Zavian Ricks (’20 Fairfield), Kobe Rogers (’21 St. Xavier), Ayden Schneider (’21 LaSalle), Owen Spencer (’20 Turpin), Kollin Tolbert (’22 Mount Healthy), Aaron Ward (’20 Winton Woods), Demetrius Watkins (’20 West High)

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Woodward ***
Brayden Sipple – ’21 SG Blanchester ***
Camron McKenzie – ’21 SG Hughes
Isaiah Walker – ’21 SF Wyoming
Rayvon Griffith – ’23 SF Taft
Jakada Stone – ’21 PG Aiken

***Co-Players of the Year***

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 2nd Team
Skyler Schmidt – ’21 C Clermont Northeastern
Steve Gentry Jr – ’20 PG Deer Park
Curtis Harrison – ’20 PF Seven Hills
Grant Whisman – ’20 PF Middletown Madison
AJ Braun – ’20 C Bishop Fenwick
Evan Prater – ’20 SF Wyoming
Kionte Thomas – ’20 PG Hughes
Kodee Holloway – ’21 PG Finneytown

D2-D4 Honorable Mention: Danny Austing (’22 Taylor), Jared Baldock (’20 Purcell Marian), Evan Brunot (’20 McNicholas), Kyle Cardenas (’20 Shroder), Roemello Carleon (’20 Taft), Robbie Cass (’22 Aiken), Damien Crayton (’21 Wyoming), Deanza Duncan (’21 New Miami), Sean Ealy (’20 Clark Montessori), Ani Elliott (’21 Deer Park), Anthony Felder (’20 Hughes), Cole Fisher (’20 CHCA), Evan Isparo (’23 New Richmond), Max Megowen (’21 Mariemont), Tre Munson (’21 Deer Park), Nekhi Smith (’20 Taft), Xavier Smith (’21 Gamble Montessori), Greg Stewart (’20 Aiken), Leroy Walker (’20 Taft), Montev Ware (’21 Woodward), Logan Woods (’22 Cincinnati Christian)

Rankings Update

4 Feb

The month of January is always a great time for scouting services, such as this one, to get a look at the top talent in the state of Ohio, via events such as Flyin’ to the Hoop, the Play-by-Play Classics and other showcases. One of the goals for us in attending these showcases is to move towards updating our prospect rankings for each of Ohio’s four classes. 

In today’s update of these prospect rankings, many things stayed the same (particularly in the senior and junior classes of 2020 and 2021). However, changeups were prevalent in the class of 2022, as new names often pop up during their sophomore year; while at the same time we’re excited to release our first watch list for the class of 2023. 

For a look at our rankings, click on the link below, or on the rankings tab at the top of the page.

OHIO RANKINGS

Flyin’ to the Hoop ’20

21 Jan
Branham

Malaki Branham

The 18th annual Flyin’ to the Hoop showcase brought the majority of Ohio’s top talent to Trent Arena in Kettering this past long weekend, as Dayton area basketball fans celebrated Martin Luther King Day with the tradition of watching tomorrow’s college stars play some high school ball. While the Ohio teams posted some good and some not so good results against the out of state powerhouses, the top individual talent was on display as always. Here’s a look at some of the in-state talent who shined at FTTH….

Von Cameron Davis – ’20 PF Columbus Walnut Ridge: The Kent State signee and Mr. Basketball candidate is not the tallest forward you’ll find at 6’4; however, there aren’t many more productive players than VCD, who finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a Walnut Ridge drubbing of Cincinnati Woodward. Cameron Davis was sensational in the mid, high and low post on the afternoon, catching the ball in spots where he can face-up and attacking the defense to draw fouls or finish at the rim. A volume rebounder and all-around tough guy on the court, scoring is something that Cameron Davis does exceptionally well at the high school level, but we believe it is his rebounding prowess (a skill known to translate to the next level) that will earn him his playing time with Kent State next season.

Malaki Branham – ’21 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: With Branham entering the game as Ohio’s top ranked junior, and a multitude of scholarship offers to his name, there wasn’t a whole lot that the Akron STVSM product could do to boost his stock. Somehow however, Branham was able to defy those odds, as the 6’4 junior wing guard exploded for 44 points and 11 rebounds in a win over defending state champion Trotwood Madison. What we liked most about Branham’s scoring performance was not just the point total, but the fact that he did so by attacking the rim. Trotwood is usually a team known for being the aggressor, but Branham and STVSM went right back at the Rams, as Branham barreled his way to the basket and used his fluid athleticism to score in traffic or on the break. Already ranked nationally among the top-50 prospects in 2021, performances like Branham’s on stages this big can lead to even larger national accolades.

Jalin Billingsley – ’21 PF Cleveland Lutheran East: One of the most talented prospects in the event, in or out of the state of Ohio, basketball fans in the Cleveland area have been waiting for Billingsley to put all the pieces of his vast talent together in a big setting. On Saturday, Billingsley did just that, as the 6’8 junior forward tallied 20 points and 5 rebounds in a win over a solid Kettering Alter team. Billingsley knocked down a pair of threes on the day, but it was his focus on going inside-outside that excited scouts, as Billingsley possesses an exceptional combination of size and mobility to go with a big frame. A skilled forward who is great in the high post, Billingsley has the upside to be a completely versatile offensive player from the power forward spot at the next level. Already holding offers from West Virginia, Dayton, VCU, Akron, Ohio, Youngstown State and Eastern Michigan, if Billingsley can keep being consistently productive with an even more consistent motor then his recruitment is going to skyrocket.

Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Cincinnati Woodward: There’s not really any denying that Saturday’s game was a poor one for Woodward HS, as they fell to Columbus Walnut Ridge by a significant margin. However, if there was one bright spot for the Bulldogs, it was the play of sophomore guard Paul McMillan IV who totaled 29 points on the afternoon. McMillan is having a monstrous season so far, averaging around 33 PPG, and was able to post the numbers he did against Walnut Ridge by doing what he does best, get to the foul line. McMillan excels at creating contact off the dribble, whether in transition, isolation, pick-and-roll or in Woodward’s set offense, the sophomore guard lives at the foul stripe. Also a crafty finisher who loves the floater and euro-step, McMillan has a mature offensive game and plays with a killer mentality; part of the reason why he’s not only our top ranked point guard in Ohio’s 2022 class, but also holds early scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Xavier, Ole Miss and Dayton.

Rayvon Griffith – ’23 SF Cincinnati Taft: Fans had to wait until Monday evening to get a glimpse of Griffith, a highly regarded prospect since middle school on social media. The wait proved well worth it, as Griffith’s Taft squad posted an impressive win over Dayton Thurgood Marshall in a fun, fast-paced contest. Griffith was the main catalyst for Taft on the day, finishing with 25 points and 16 rebounds on the evening. A big time athlete with a slashing game, Griffith showcased more of a polished skill-set then most realized he had, as the 6’6 freshman knocked down multiple long-range jumpers and showed an offensive IQ as a passer as well. That being said, at this stage in his development what Griffith does best is use his exceptional motor and athleticism to attack, as his ability to defend multiple positions, rebound in traffic and push the pace once he grabbed one of those rebounds was the biggest difference in the game. Earning praise from some national scouts as one of the better freshmen they’ve seen nationally so far this winter, look for Griffith to continue to generate plenty of hype heading into the travel circuit season.

Honorable Mention: John Hugley (’20 Cleveland Brush), Devontae Blanton (’20 Cleveland St. Edward), Kaveon Ross (’20 Columbus Walnut Ridge), Connor Maciag (’20 Pickerington Central), Sammy Anderson (’20 Trotwood Madison), Carl Blanton (’20 Trotwood Madison), Grant Huffman (’20 Cleveland St. Edward), Raheim Moss (’20 Spire Institute), Brandon Gibson (’20 Dayton Chaminade Julienne), Jakada Stone (’21 Cincinnati Aiken), Tyler Jackson (’21 Garfield Heights), Camron McKenzie (’21 Cincinnati Hughes), Andy Barba (’21 ISA Academy), Josh Thorbahn (’21 Ottoville), Garner Wallace (’21 Pickerington Central), Jerry Saunders (’21 Pickerington North), Anthony McComb (’21 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Ryan Suever (’21 Ottoville), Kebba Njie (’22 Centerville), Jacob Conner (’22 Kettering Alter), Keon Wright (’22 Kettering Fairmont), Bowen Hardman (’22 Cincinnati Princeton), Ramar Pryor (’22 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Mekhi Elmore (’22 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Gabe Cupps (’23 Centerville), Lawrent Rice (’23 Huber Heights Wayne)

Cleveland PBP

6 Jan
Pryor

Ramar Pryor

After spending the month of December watching the top teams and players from Southwest Ohio, we at Triple Double Prospects always look forward to the first weekend in January, where we get to travel to Cleveland for the Play-by-Play Classic to get a look at some of Northeast Ohio’s premiere talent. This year the event was played at Euclid High School, with seven games featuring all NE Ohio teams, with the exception of First Love Christian Academy (PA). Talent packed as always, here’s a rundown of our top individual performers from Sunday…

John Hugley – ’20 C Lyndhurst Brush: An early candidate for Ohio’s Mr. Basketball award, Hugley was simply dominant in Brush’s matchup with Cleveland Heights; and, even though Brush lost a close game, his performance was both the most effective and entertaining of the day. The Pittsburgh signee was a man amongst boys around the rim, finishing with 32 points with many of them being paint finishes. However, despite his 6’9 frame and thick build, Hugley also showed plenty of skill, knocking down multiple perimeter shots and scoring with touch from ten-feet and in. His motor is running at a better pace then it ever has before, and Hugley has really begun to take on an alpha-male like demeanor; if this continues then we expect him to be the most productive player in Ohio for the rest of the winter.

Devontae Blanton – ’20 SF/PF Cleveland St. Edward: An unsigned senior who has been on the NCAA D1 radar for some time now, Blanton has been hampered with injuries pretty much since last March. Sunday was our first chance since then to see Blanton at full health, as the 6’5 forward out-worked his opponent in Ed’s win over First Love Christian (PA). Blanton finished with 23 points on the afternoon to lead his Ed’s team, as the senior showed touch as an open shooter as well as the toughness to get inside and score at the rim. Arguably the most dominant inside-outside forward in an Ohio senior class full of this type of player, Blanton makes winning plays for his team and has a mature style where he doesn’t try to over-do things on the offensive end. Blanton might not be the most explosive player on the court in most games, but we fully expect him to sign an NCAA D1 letter of intent before he graduates.

Garvin Clarke – ’20 PG Cleveland Heights: Clarke didn’t produce overwhelming stats in Cleveland Heights win over Brush, but he played exceptionally well down the stretch of the game, and we love the way he controls the pace of the high school game. A pure point guard who wants the ball in his hands in the fourth quarter, Clarke is a pass first guard with some shiftiness with the ball, but he also made some key shots, including a buzzer beater to end the third quarter and give his team massive momentum, as the senior finished with 15 points. Already signed with Akron for next season, Clarke is as good of a point guard as we have in Ohio high school basketball right now, and is one of the few throwback true point guards on the circuit right now.

Ramar Pryor – ’22 SG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: There was some tension early in the Akron STVSM win over Lorain, as Lorain’s leading scorer on the season played his last two seasons at St. V’s; however, despite all the hype around some of the older, more heralded players in this matchup, it was the sophomore Ramar Pryor who stole the show. Pryor came out with a vengeance from the opening tip, knocking down shots from three, finishing above the rim in transition and showing both athleticism and a motor, as he scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. Going into the game we knew Pryor was as athletic as any player in Ohio’s 2022 class, but we did not realize that he’s also a skilled all-around basketball player, capable of making shots with confidence from behind the arc. If Pryor can continue to score at this pace, not only will Akron STVSM continue to be major favorites in Ohio Division II, but he could see his recruitment grow to rival that of teammates Malaki Branham and Sencire Harris.

Jamal Sumlin – ’22 PG Cleveland Rhodes: Heading into Sunday’s action we had heard rumblings of Sumlin’s talent but had not seen the young guard yet, except for a flash on social media from 3rdCoastHoops. In a competitive game with Shaker Heights, Sumlin lived up the hype as one of the top young guards in Cleveland, as the 6’0 floor general was flashy as a passer, looking for lobs to 6’7 super-athlete Amarion Dickerson. Perhaps the most talented and skilled player on a very good (and fun to watch) young team out of Cleveland’s City League, Sumlin showed he can make shots, he’s shifty with the ball and has vision; enough for us to consider him a candidate for our next player rankings update among Ohio’s 2022 point guards.

Honorable Mention: Connor O’Toole (’20 Cleveland Gilmour Academy), Hunter Drenth (’20 Richfield Revere), Gbolahan Adio (’20 Richmond Heights), Anthony Maxie (’20 Richmond Heights), Grant Huffman (’20 Cleveland St. Edward), Tyreek Crump (’20 Brush), Manny Hill (’20 Cleveland Heights), EJ Farmer (’21 Cleveland Heights), Tyshawn Smiley (’21 Cleveland Glenville), Seth Wilson (’21 Lorain), Amarion Dickerson (’21 Cleveland Rhodes), Keyshawn Hall (’21 Cleveland Rhodes), Malaki Branham (’21 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Sonny Johnson Jr (’22 Garfield Heights), Tavian Tatum (’22 Garfield Heights), Aaron Whitehead (’20 Lorain), Michael Bova (’22 Cleveland St. Edward), Danny Young Jr (’22 Shaker Heights), Jaiden Cox-Holloway (’22 Euclid)