Adidas Regional

15 Apr

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

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)

’19 State Tourney Recap

24 Mar

Amari Davis

The 2018-2019 Ohio high school basketball season ended on Saturday evening with a bang, as not only were four State Champions crowned, but fans were treated to thrillers in both the D1 and D2 games. In D1, Cincinnati Moeller came from behind to closeout Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, for the Crusaders second-straight State Title, as Big Moe finished the season 29-0. Next, in D2, Trotwood Madison won the first title in school history, defeating Columbus South in one of the most memorable, and fast-paced, games in recent history. In the small school divisions, Columbus Harvest Prep defeated Cleveland Lutheran East for the D3 title, while Convoy Crestview handled Berlin Hiland in the D4 finale. As always, the State Tournament was filled with many great individual performances; here’s a look at the key standouts in our eyes from this past weekend…

Deuce McBride – ’19 PG Cincinnati Moeller: McBride, a West Virginia signee, capped off a distinguished career with 16 points in the final and 13 points in the semi-final, as the senior ended his career with just one loss as a starter, as well as back-to-back D1 State Titles. One of the most dominant winners we’ve seen in Ohio in the nearly a decade we’ve been doing this, McBride continued to show throughout the final four that he can control a game while hardly ever taking a shot. Whether it’s his on-ball defense, rebounding, ability to create for others as a passer, or his consistent shooting stroke on mid-range pull-up jumpers, McBride had as good of a senior season as anyone in Ohio, and certainly cemented his legendary status in his final two games.

Ben Roderick – ’19 SF Olentangy Liberty: The only senior on this not presently committed to a school, Roderick had the most on the line individually on Friday night, and put together a valiant effort, scoring 25 points in a loss to Akron STVSM. A smooth slashing guard who can make shots, create with his strong body and finish around the rim with touch, Roderick has some pure scoring instincts that coaches cannot teach, and his will alone kept Liberty in the game, as his team featured limited scoring options outside of shots that Roderick personally created. Immediately following the game, Roderick received new scholarship offers from Saint Bonaventure and Ohio University’s new staff, as the 6’5 scoring wing will likely be the most highly recruited 2019 prospect in Ohio still on the board.

Amari Davis – ’19 SG Trotwood Madison: Playing in the State Tournament for the third year in a row, Davis was finally able to help his team break on through and capture a title in his senior campaign, as the athletic lefty slashing guard scored 33 points in a blowout win over Akron Buchtel on Thursday and then again led Trotwood in the final, scoring 24 points in that matchup. Davis, a Green Bay signee, is not only a dynamic athlete, but a prospect who also brings effort, defense and energy to the floor, as he’s a deadly transition player who thrives in Trotwood’s unbelievably fast tempo. Capable of scoring in bunches, especially slashing to his left-hand, this title might be enough to put Davis in consideration as to arguably the most accomplished high school player in Trotwood history (along with 2007 graduate Chris Wright).

Javin Etzler – ’19 SF/PF Convoy Crestview: With his team trailing at the half to Richmond Heights in the semifinal, the talk of the arena was that Etzler, a Miami (OH) signee, had not scored a single point yet. The talk after the game was regarding just how much Etzler had scored, as the 6’7 forward poured in 25 points to lead the come-from-behind victory, as Etzler made skilled play after skilled play around the rim, showcasing his ability to shoot the ball as well as to operate out of the mid-post. In the finals, Etzler came out locked in and ready to go, finishing with a double-double (10 & 11) in a blowout Crestview victory.

Alec Pfriem – ’19 SG/SF Cincinnati Moeller: While there’s no denying that Deuce McBride was Moeller’s best all-around player and team MVP, Pfriem was, both this weekend and all season long, the Crusaders leading scorer, as the Bellarmine signee finished his career off with 19 points in the finals and 20 points in the semi-finals. A pure scoring guard with a great feel for the game and a knack for finishing at the basket, the Pfriem-McBride tandem will be talked about for years to come not only at Moeller, but throughout Ohio basketball, as Big Moe finished undefeated this year, undefeated in the state of Ohio last year, and back-to-back State Champions in Pfriem’s two years at the school.

Lunden McDay – ’19 SF Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: A defensive workhorse who effects the game in many different ways, we’ve always been high on what McDay brings to the table; however, it was his scoring prowess early in the semifinal win over Olentangy Liberty, and the finals loss against Moeller, that stood out to us; with the Ohio University signee showing that he’s a versatile scorer to follow on the next level. McDay is both strong and mobile attacking the rim, while also being one of Ohio’s most polished players, in that he knows his roles and plays to his strengths on the offensive end. A former state champion from the 2017-2018 season, McDay will bring a winning mentality to Athens next year.

CJ Anthony – ’20 PG Columbus Harvest Prep: The first non-senior on this list was also our top performer in January at Flyin’ to the Hoop, as well as the AP Poll’s Ohio D3 Player of the Year; so, there should be no surprise that Anthony’s name appears in bold in this recap. As hard-nosed of a guard as you’ll find anywhere, Anthony dominated both the semifinal win over Cincinnati Purcell Marian and finals win over Cleveland Lutheran East, to lead Harvest Prep to their first ever State Title. While Anthony’s numbers of 17 points in the semis and 21 in the finals aren’t eye-popping, it was his overall point guard play, leadership and toughness as a strong guard who can make shots, defend and control tempo that all stood out to make him our top performer from this weekend out of the junior class. Already holding an NCAA D1 scholarship offer, don’t be surprised to see Anthony’s name mentioned again by this publication by the end of the circuit season.

Trevell Adams – ’20 PG Columbus South: While Anthony was already a known commodity state wide heading into this weekend, Adams was without question the pleasant surprise of the weekend out of the 2020 class, as the junior point guard showed heart, explosive athleticism, playmaking ability and some charisma, in leading Columbus South to the finals. Even though the Bulldogs came up just short in the title game, Adams was spectacular, scoring 16 points but also making impact defensive plays, finishing in transition and getting to every loose ball, as Adams’ ideal style of play coincides with the frantic pace that both South and Trotwood Madison love to play at. College coaches were already inquiring about Adams following the conclusion of his performance Saturday, as the 5’10 scoring point guard could become a big name in Ohio’s 2020 class on the recruiting scene.

Honorable Mention: Alex Williams (’21 PF Cincinnati Moeller), Max Land (’20 SF Cincinnati Moeller), Logan Duncomb (’21 C Cincinnati Moeller), Seth Wilson (’21 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Chris Painter (’19 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Malaki Branham (’21 SF Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s), Demetrius Terry (’19 SG Cleveland St. Edward), Grant Huffman (’20 SG Cleveland St. Edward), Devontae Blanton (’20 PF Cleveland St. Edward), Nick Nakasian (’19 SF Olentangy Liberty), Carl Blanton (’20 SG Trotwood Madison), Sammy Anderson (’20 PG Trotwood Madison), Treohn Watkins (’19 PG Columbus South), Marcus Johnson (’20 SF Columbus South), Chris Livingston (’22 SF Akron Buchtel), Ronnell Perie (’21 SG Akron Buchtel), Landen Russell (’21 SF Thornville Sheridan), Ethan Heller (’19 PG Thornville Sheridan), Javonta Lyons (’19 SG Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Bryan Warah (’19 PF Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Soul Hines (’19 SG Columbus Harvest Prep), Joey Holifield (’20 SG Toledo Cardinal Stritch), Little Anderson (’19 PF Toledo Cardinal Stritch), Nehemiah Benson (’20 PF Cleveland Lutheran East), EJ Farmer (’21 SG Cleveland Lutheran East), Andy Miller (’19 PG Berlin Hiland), Sam Habeger (’20 PF Berlin Hiland), Caden Niekamp (’19 C Saint Henry), Curtis Houston (’19 SG Richmond Heights), Gblahan Adio (’20 SG Richmond Heights), Wade Sheets (’19 SF Convoy Crestview), Kalen Etzler (’21 PF Convoy Crestview)

Top Available: 2019

18 Mar
Roderick copy

Ben Roderick

By our count, there are currently 21 seniors from the state of Ohio (OHSAA schools – not counting places like Spire Institute) who are committed to NCAA D1 colleges. While there is still time before the final signing deadline, and even more time before next school year begins, this number is well on the low end for what we historically see from Buckeye State prospects. That being said, there are still a few prospects on the board whom we believe will end up signing with NCAA D1 programs sooner than later, highlighted by some explosive perimeter scoring guards. Here’s the rundown of the best available prospects in Ohio’s senior class of 2019….

Ben Roderick – ’19 SG/SF Olentangy Liberty: As the only player on this list who will be playing in this weekend’s Ohio State Tournament, Roderick has the most fluid situation, as he could play his way into more offers within the next few days. As of now, Roderick has seen an explosion in his recruitment this winter, as both mid and high-major NCAA D1’s have tracked his progress, after he missed most of the high school season last year. Ohio’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Roderick is a big, physical scoring wing who led the city of Columbus in points this year as a senior. Heading into the State Tournament, Roderick lists Ohio State and Xavier among the high-major programs recruiting him the hardest, while Wisconsin and West Virginia have also been in touch; additionally, Roderick holds a slew of mid-major offers, including Ohio and Miami (OH).

Javohn Garcia – ’19 PG Pickerington Central: Garcia is the big enigma amongst all of the names on this list, as the big and athletic point guard from the Columbus area, coming off a strong summer in the Nike EYBL, committed to Miami (OH), and then de-committed, choosing to re-open his recruitment, right before the fall signing period. Since then, Garcia put up huge numbers in his senior campaign at Pickerington Central, leading his squad to a Regional Semifinal showing, while also adding new offers from Toledo, Akron and James Madison. Like many of the names on this list, prep school is a potential option for Garcia, who reportedly is looking to add to his offer list this spring by re-entering the travel circuit for one more go-around in April. A playmaker with size and length who can get to the rim and defend, Garcia should attract offers from most mid-majors looking to add a guard late in the recruiting cycle.

Greg Tribble – ’19 PG Huntington Prep (WV): After leaving Cincinnati Winton Woods just days before the start of the season to play at prestigious prep program Huntington Prep (WV), Tribble was able to earn a starting role and play in some elite exposure events – including two high level games at Flyin’ to the Hoop. This added exposure has helped boost Tribble’s recruitment, as he has interest at both the mid and high-major NCAA D1 level heading into April. Currently Tribble lists high-major interest coming from both Iowa State, VCU and Purdue, as well as mid-major interest from Murray State, New Mexico and Chattanooga. Since he’ll be graduating high school at just 17-years old, prep school is still on the table for Tribble as well, who is likely to suit up on the travel circuit this spring. An explosive leaper with the quickness to make plays as a slasher at the rim or as a perimeter defender, Tribble is an athletic point guard who likely will generate more recruiting buzz as the process goes later and later.

Morgan Safford – ’19 SG Columbus Bishop Hartley: Safford capped a big tournament run and senior season in leading his team to the D2 Regional Semifinals, drawing interest from college coaches all season long, as he established himself as one of Ohio’s most efficient shooting guards. Capable as an athlete, a perimeter shooter and a two-way wing guard, Safford is a solid and versatile prospect who is effective in every aspect of the game; and, despite playing on a slower-paced high school team, Safford still showed he could score in bunches, including standout performances this fall at the 270 Hoops Fall League. Heading into this week, Safford does not hold any NCAA D1 offers, but we expect that to change, as Safford told TDP that Youngstown State, Ohio, Wofford and Presbyterian are all tracking him closely; before the end of the spring expect one (or more) of these schools to pull the trigger with an offer.

Raheim Moss – ’19 SF Springfield: One of the state’s most rugged and powerfully explosive athletes (in a class full of high-flyers), Moss put together a great senior season at Springfield, leading his team to the SW Regional Semifinals. With NCAA D1 interest in both football and basketball, the dynamic and versatile athlete is still unsure as to where he will enroll next year. Moss told TDP this week that he is still considering playing both scholarship football and walk-on basketball at Cincinnati or Toledo, as well as prep school options at Spire Institute. Due to his frame, athleticism and motor, Moss is seen by many as more of a football prospect; however, as his skill-set matures, Moss has become a more and more consistent basketball prospect who is capable of contributing in a role.

Abba Lawal – ’19 C Cincinnati Withrow: Since immigrating to the USA from Nigeria as a freshman, Lawal has always been seen as a project with long-term upside, as he had limited basketball experience before arriving in Cincinnati. Lawal made progress as a shot-blocker and rebounder, as well as a fluid floor-runner, during his high school career, but still has work to be done; so, Lawal will be attending a to be determined prep school next year to continue to add weight and develop his game. Prior to this decision, Lawal was weighing different mid-major offers from in-state schools.

Jordan Mitchell – ’19 SF Montverde Academy (FL): To be honest, we don’t know a whole lot about what has happened with Mitchell’s game or his recruitment since leaving Gahanna Lincoln and his Columbus home for prep powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida two years ago. We do know that Mitchell, ranked as one of the elite prospects in Ohio’s 2019 class before his departure, has not received much playing time in his two seasons with Montverde Academy; and, as a result, we’re not quite sure where his recruitment stands. A long, mobile and skilled forward, rumors have surfaced that have linked Mitchell to playing a fifth year of prep ball somewhere; if he does, and the pieces of his game come together, he’s a very talented prospect to monitor.

Honorable Mention: Eddie Colbert (SF Toledo Whitmer), Milton Gage (PG Dayton Chaminade Julienne), Alex Dotson (PG Cincinnati Purcell Marian), DJ Dial (PG Cleveland Brush), Ben Fort (SG Reynoldsburg), Ryan Hall (SG Kettering Fairmont), Derek Van Lerah (SF Dublin Coffman), Jayson Woodrich (SF Cleveland Beachwood), Taevon Pierre-Louis (SF Lorain), AJ Garrett (PF Cincinnati Purcell Marian), Na’elle Simmons (C Columbus Beechcroft), Kevin Davet (C Cleveland St. Ignatius), Demetrius Terry (SG Cleveland St. Edward), Ibrahima Athie (SF Cincinnati Deer Park), Chris Painter (Akron STVSM), Sam Towns (PF Pickerington Central), D’Marco Howard (SG Hamilton)

Rankings Update

5 Mar

Akron Buchtel’s Chris Livingston is one of the headliners of our 2022 Watch List.

With District Finals week underway in the state of Ohio, the majority of high school basketball teams have already been eliminated from this year’s State Tournament. With that in mind, it’s time for the latest update to our Triple Double Prospect player rankings.

Today we’ll be looking at all four high school classes, with in-depth rankings by position for the current seniors, current juniors and current sophomores, as well as our introductory watch list for the current freshman (which, as always, will be sorted alphabetically).

These lists are sure to evolve as the circuit season in April rapidly approaches; however, for now, we’re comfortable that our lists contain the best of the best of current college basketball prospects playing in the state of Ohio.

For those wondering about prospects from Spire Academy and/or ISA Osborne Academy (a pair of prep schools out of the Cleveland are), please note that we limited our rankings to players who have or are currently participating with OHSAA member schools.

The classes of 2019 and 2020 have already been pretty well defined with the prospect ranking pecking order before this update; but we’ve still seen movement nonetheless. Players like Cleveland Brush’s Andre Harris have taken big steps in their final season’s of high school ball; while North Carolina transfer Jaelyn Withers of Cleveland Heights makes his rankings debut near the top of the 2019 class. In 2020, Wyoming’s Evan Prater and Mentor Lake Catholic’s duo of Luke Frazier and Luka Eller all made big jumps, rising to the top of their perspective position groups.

As for who made the list among underclassmen, there was movement within every position group in each class; however, the biggest shakeup would have to be the 2021 class, where several new names debut on this site. Prospects such as London’s Trey Woodyard have burst onto the scene this year; while previously ranked prospects such as Cincinnati Aiken’s Jakada Stone and Lakota East’s Nate Johnson are ascending rapidly up our lists.

With our 2022 watch list, almost every name is new; as only a select few freshmen have been mentioned in our event recaps throughout the high school season. Prospects such as Akron Buchtel’s Chris Livingston, North Canton Hoover’s Sencere Harris and Cincinnati Hughes’ Paul McMillan IV have gained statewide recognition as top 2022’s; but that list should only continue to grow, as we see 2022 as a class with several high-end talents.

For a look at our complete rankings lists, click on the link below:


’19 All-Cincinnati Teams

16 Feb

D2-D4 Player of the Year: ’22 Hughes PG Paul McMillan IV

With the regular season officially over, it’s tournament time in the state of Ohio. This winter was a special season in Greater Cincinnati, with multiple teams showing that they have the talent to make a deep run towards the state tournament next month in Columbus. As we try and do every winter, it’s time to take a look at the top individual performers from this winter. Here are Triple Double Prospects nominations for our annual All-Cincinnati Teams, where, for the first time in our history, a freshman captured one of the two Player of the Year awards….

D1 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Deuce McBride – ’19 PG Moeller ***
Alec Pfriem – ’19 SG/SF Moeller
Bash Wieland – ’19 SF Lakota East
Landen Long – ’19 PG Mason
Deairius Barker-Randle – ’20 PG Princeton

***Player of the Year***

D1 All-Cincinnati 2nd Team
Nick Haddad – ’19 PG Turpin
Jackson Holt – ’21 SG Turpin
D’Marco Howard – ’19 SG Hamilton
Greg Phelia III – ’19 SG Walnut Hills
Jaylen Robinson – ’19 PG Hamilton
Alex Williams – ’21 SF Moeller

D1 Honorable Mention: John Aicholtz (’19 West Clermont), Jackson Ames (’20 West Clermont), Jacob Berkemeir (’19 Oak Hills), Keyshawn Bourrage (’19 Northwest), Rashaun Brown (’19 Winton Woods), Will Cluxton (’20 Elder), Kaleb Crawford (’20 Princeton), Kahlil Davis (’20 Princeton), Kelen Dietrich (’20 Oak Hills), Logan Duncomb (’21 Moeller), Kaden Fuhrmann (’20 Lakota East), Jalen Greiser (’19 Loveland), Steven Huxell (’19 Milford), Will Johnston (’19 Lakota East), Aaron Jones (’19 Middletown), Max Land (’20 Moeller), Brandon Lanier (’20 Mount Healthy), Jaylen Lemons (’20 LaSalle), Ivan Mason (’20 Withrow), Matt Minick (’19 Mason), Zach Moeller (’19 Oak Hills), Trey Robinson (’20 Hamilton), Nick Smith (’20 Walnut Hills), Nate Stockman (’19 St. Xavier), Hank Thomas (’20 St. Xavier), Jaheim Thomas (’20 Princeton), Matt Toigo (’19 Loveland), Nathan Vogelphol (’19 LaSalle), Leroy Walker (’20 Winton Woods), Montev Ware (’21 West High), Aaron Ward (’20 Winton Woods), Demetrious Watkins (’20 West High), Rodney Wiley (’19 Colerain)

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Paul McMillan IV – ’22 PG Hughes ***
Evan Prater – ’20 SF Wyoming
Nekhi Smith – ’20 SF/PF Taft
AJ Garrett – ’19 PF Purcell Marian
Jakada Stone – ’21 PG Aiken
Kaden Warner – ’21 PG Gamble Montessori

***Player of the Year***

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 2nd Team
Ibrahima Athie – ’19 SF Deer Park
D’arris Dean – ’19 SG Aiken
Alex Dotson – ’19 PG/SG Purcell Marian
Joey Edmonds – ’19 PG Wyoming
Camron McKenzie – ’21 SG Hughes
CJ Napier – ’19 SF/PF Bishop Fenwick
Noah Pack – ’19 C Georgetown
Chris’seon Stringer – ’20 SG/SF Taft
Mark Wise – ’20 SG Deer Park
Grant Whisman – ’20 SF Middletown Madison

D2-D4 Honorable Mention: Meechie Battle (’19 Shroder), DeMarco Bradley Jr (’19 Taft), AJ Braun (’21 Bishop Fenwick), Johnny Bultema (’19 Indian Hill), Josh Burkhardt (’19 McNicholas), Kyle Cardenas (’20 Shroder), Cole Fisher (’20 CHCA), Steve Gentry Jr (’20 Deer Park), Cameron Harris (’19 North College Hill), Curtis Harrison (’20 Seven Hills), AB Harouna (’19 Hughes), Brice Hill (’19 Seven Hills), Clark Jefferson (’19 Purcell Marian), Javonta Lyons (’19 Purcell Marian), Marlin Lyons (’19 Clark Montessori), Dionte McBride (’19 Woodward), Muhammad Metz (’20 Taft), Michael McCants (’20 Gamble Montessori), Steven Noung (’19 Madeira), Justin Pappas (’19 Badin), Jordan Robinette (’21 New Miami), Brandon Ross (’19 Reading), Skyler Schmidt (’21 Clermont Northeastern), Brayden Sipple (’21 Blanchester), Tremaine Smith (’19 Aiken), KJ Swain (’21 Cincinnati Christian), Isaiah Walker (’21 Wyoming), Bryan Warah (’19 Purcell Marian), Niarh Williams (’20 Oyler), Logan Woods (’22 Cincinnati Christian), Rylan Woods (’19 Summit)

Flyin’ to the Hoop

22 Jan

CJ Anthony

As readers of this site will surely know, Flyin’ to the Hoop is an annual staple of the Ohio high school basketball season. This year history stood tall, as neither snow nor the circus that surrounds LaVar Ball and Spire Academy could stop FTTH from going on in Kettering from Friday-Monday at Trent Arena. Highlights from the weekend included some high profile prep team battles, the host school Kettering Fairmont taking down a Canadian prep school, an epic ending to the Garfield Heights/Huber Heights Wayne game, and, of course, some top individual performances by Ohio’s top prospects. Here’s a look at some of the standout performers from Flyin’ to the Hoop….

Samari Curtis – ’19 SG Xenia: Some are going to argue that Curtis took too many shots, and that his team did not win their game (albeit against tough competition in First Love Christian Academy/PA), but scoring 44 points is impressive no matter what the circumstances are; and that’s exactly what Curtis did on Saturday morning, as fans who braved the elements go to watch Curtis erupt offensively. The Cincinnati signee got to the rim at will off the dribble, getting to the foul line or scoring at the rim with his combination of athleticism and strength as a 6’3 scoring combo guard. Curtis’ jumper can be streaky, but when he’s hitting that shot there isn’t much opponents can do, as he’s so quick with his dribble that he can create a shot for himself whenever he wants. One of Ohio’s most dynamic guards and personalities, Curtis’ career will be interesting to follow next year with the Bearcats.

Javohn Garcia – ’19 PG Pickerington Central: The top unsigned point guard in all of Ohio, Garcia led his loaded Pickerington Central team into a statement win by a large margin over Trotwood-Madison in the FTTH finale, as Garcia showed that he has a combination of tools at his disposal. A big time athlete as a 6’3 guard, Garcia looked a step faster then everyone else (impressive as Trotwood’s kids aren’t exactly athletic slouches), as he got to the rim in transition, blew by defenders and finished plays off with assists, and made a defensive impact with blocks and rebounds. Garcia’s 32-point game was enough to earn a new scholarship offer, as the Toledo Rockets extended an offer Garcia’s way on Tuesday morning. If Garcia continues to play at this level, don’t be surprised if Pickerington Central makes a push at a third straight State Tournament appearance.

Javin Etzler – ’19 PF Convoy Crestview: Coming out Northwest Ohio, Etzler is a 6’7 forward who has signed with Miami (OH) known for his ability to shoot the basketball. Shooting the ball is exactly what Etzler did in a win over Minster, as the senior forward knocked down shot after shot, showing fans that he could put the ball on the floor after a shot-fake, find a spot-up shot or come off a screen, making a case for himself as Ohio’s top shooter in the 2019 class. With Etzler and his brother, 2021 Kalen Etzler (arguably Ohio’s top sophomore prospect), combining for 43 points it’s hard not to like Crestview’s chances as the State Tournament approaches.

Ryan Hall – ’19 SG Kettering Fairmont: A bouncy 6’4 wing with some swag to his game, Hall started the event off in style on Friday night, going for 28 points, including a 22 point first half, against heavily favored Crestwood Prep (CAN), leading Fairmont in the upset win. Hall is known most as a lefty slasher, but he made a couple of jumpers once he got into rhythm, and his ability to drive the ball at his size, and with his great leaping ability, was very intriguing to some of the college coaches in attendance. Hall’s league, the GWOC, is full of high scorers, but don’t forget about this unsigned senior wing guard.

Greg Tribble – ’19 PG Huntington Prep (WV): After leaving Cincinnati Winton Woods to attend Huntington Prep (WV) in the fall, Tribble made sure that SW Ohio fans still remembered who he was, totaling 16 points in Huntington Prep’s matchup with #2 nationally ranked IMG Academy (FL). Even though H-Prep came up short, Tribble, a 6’1 senior point guard, proved that he can match up with even the nation’s most athletic players, as Tribble possesses quickness and explosive leaping ability found by only a select few prospects in the Buckeye State. Playing on a team full of talented perimeter players, we were impressed with Tribble’s aggressive approach, as he also played major minutes in his team’s second game at FTTH, a win over Bella Vista Prep (AZ).

CJ Anthony – ’20 PG Columbus Harvest Prep: While some thought that maybe Harvest Prep’s game against Middletown Madison was going to be an afterthought, junior point guard CJ Anthony made sure a lasting impression was made, dominating the matchup en route to a 32 points performance. Simply put, Anthony did it all; whether it was knocking down shots, getting in the lane and making plays or locking up defensively. Anthony, a 5’11 strong and tough guard, also showed some athleticism we didn’t know he had, particularly when he finished a two-foot dunk in transition and then sprinted all the way back to take a charge on the other end. Anthony already holds a pair of NCAA D1 offers, and his progress will certainly be reflected in our next online rankings update.

Meechie Johnson – ’21 PG Garfield Heights: After his school had taken a few tough losses at this event over the previous couple of seasons, Johnson’s late game heroics sent his uncle, Coach Sonny Johnson back to Cleveland with a win (as well as a famous FTTH strawberry smoothie). Johnson scored 8 points in the final 90-seconds of the game, and had an assist to his cousin, 2022 Sonny Johnson Jr, to top it off. Over the last ten seconds of the game, Johnson used his great quickness and tight handle to create space to launch a game-tying three pointer, and then ended up getting a steal at the other end and taking it in for what became the game winning layup. Arguably Ohio’s top sophomore guard prospect, Johnson finished the evening with 26 points, created a memorable FTTH moment and, most importantly, booked a win for his team!

Ohio’s 2022 Class: A lot has been said about Ohio’s class of 2022, as this year’s crop of freshmen has already seen several prospects ascend to the ranks of team leaders. With a few of the Buckeye State’s elite youngsters taking the floor at Trent Arena, the class furthered their assertion that this group deserves the hype, with the following performances. Akron Buchtel 6’5 wing Chris Livingston finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a heartbreaking loss to Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Cincinnati Hughes 6’1 guard Paul McMillan IV scored 24 points in a win over Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights point guard Sonny Johnson Jr scored 14 points in the previously mentioned win over Wayne, and, finally, Dayton Thurgood Marshall guard Mekhi Elmore totaled 16 points in his team’s victory against Pace Academy (GA)

Honorable Mention: Kellen Bochenek (’19 Kettering Fairmont), DJ Brewton (’19 Cincinnati Dohn Prep), Darweshi Hunter (’19 Cincinnati Dohn Prep), Jason Sneed (’19 Centerville), Bobby Cole (’19 Huber Heights Wayne), Amari Davis (’19 Trotwood Madison), Milton Gage (’19 Dayton Chaminade Julienne), Raheim Moss (’19 Springfield), Nathan Bruns (’19 Marion Local), Ronnie Hampton (’19 Huber Heights Wayne), Rayshawn Brown (’19 Cincinnati Winton Woods), Nigel Martin (’19 Cleveland Heights), Mo Njie (’20 Centerville), Zach Loveday (’20 Huntington Prep), Nekhi Smith (’20 Cincinnati Taft), Jalan Minney (’20 Springfield), Grant Whisman (’20 Middletown Madison), Trevon Ellis (’20 Dayton Stivers), Kalen Etzler (’21 Convoy Crestview), Anthony Macomb (’21 Dayton Thurgood Marshall), Camron McKenzie (’21 Cincinnati Hughes), Demari Martin (’21 Cincinnati Winton Woods), Garner Wallace (’21 Pickerington Central)