’18 State Tourney Recap

25 Mar
Sincere Carry

Sincere Carry

The four newest Ohio State Champions were crowned at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, as another high school basketball season came to a close. Fans were treated to a thrilling 2OT contest in the D4 title game, with Marion Local defeating Cleveland Cornerstone Christian, followed by a come from behind victory for Cincinnati Deer Park over Columbus Africentric in the D3 championship. The final two games, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s win over Trotwood Madison in D2 and the D1 game in which Cincinnati Moeller handily defeated Solon were not as close, but there will still plenty of top performances to discuss. Here’s a look at the best of the best from Thursday through Saturday in Columbus… 

Jeremiah Davenport – ’18 SF Cincinnati Moeller: Davenport capped his legacy at Moeller with a State Championship as the youngest of the three brothers has officially ended his career with Moe. A 6’5 senior wing signed with Wright State, Davenport finished off a dominant tournament run with 22 points in the title win over Solon, finishing above the rim with several transition dunks and showcasing an ability to play inside or outside. An energetic and athletic wing with a lot of passion, expect Davenport to make an impact on both sides of the floor at the college level. 

Jaxson Hayes – ’18 PF Cincinnati Moeller: The Crusader’s man in the middle also deserves mention for his play, as the freaky athletic 6’10 senior center controlled the paint on Moeller’s wins over Lorain and Solon, finishing with a team high 16 points in the semifinals and 14 points in the finals. A Texas signee, Hayes improved considerably as the season unfolded, and no one in Ohio shows as much interior upside as the lanky 6’10 post, who can block shots, rebound in and out of area and is tremendous in the open court with running the floor and finishing alley-oops for highlight dunks.

Sincere Carry – ’18 PG Solon: Leading his team to a 28-2 record and a runner-up in the D1 State Final, there is no question that Carry was this weekend’s MVP, as the 6’0 senior point guard totaled 29 points and 11 assists in a come from behind win over Pickerington Central and 27 points in the finale against Moeller. A competitive, strong and tenacious lead guard who can shoot with range, attack off the dribble and who is an excellent distributor, Carry is one of 2018’s top point guards. With a knack for making his teammates better and his leadership abilities, look for Carry to be a playmaker early in his career at D2 powerhouse West Liberty (WV).

Adrian Nelson – ’18 SF Pickerington Central: The 6’6 combo forward from the Columbus area put on a show in the first half of what eventually became a semifinal loss for his Tigers, as Nelson logged 21 points in the first frame. A super athlete who has expanded his game to being able to knock down jumpers with confidence, Nelson is a threat to rip and run on every rebound, plays with terrific energy and has as much long-term upside as just about anyone in Ohio’s senior class. Signed to play with Detroit Mercy next year, Nelson is the latest D1 product from Pickerington Central who we believe will have a standout college career with his athleticism, versatility and emerging skill-set.

Michael Bothwell – ’18 SG Cleveland Cornerstone Christian: While CCA’s quest for a second straight championship fell just short in a double-overtime heartbreaker, there’s no shortage of compliments that can be attributed to Bothwell. The 6’3 combo guard who is signed to play at Furman was spectacular in both outings, finishing with 22 points in the semifinals and 23 points in the finals on an array of pull-up threes and crafty finishes. An elusive ballhandler with a slippery game and a dangerous jump-shot, Bothwell can flat out score the ball and should be able to do so at the college level right away.

Damani McEntire – ’18 SG Cincinnati Deer Park: One of Ohio’s most tenacious defenders, many fans weren’t familiar with McEntire before this weekend, as he moved into Cincinnati over the summer from his native Indianapolis; however, by weekend’s end everyone knew his name as the super athletic 6’2 senior guard hounded ballhandlers and forced turnovers, propelling Deer Park to their first ever championship. With a D1 offer from Texas Southern and other D1 interest, look for McEntire to sign with a D1 school within the next few weeks.

Tre Baumgardner – ’18 PG Columbus Africentric: Like Carry and Bothwell, Baumgardner’s team fell a little short in the title game, but not due to his play, as the fiery 6’0 scoring point guard led his Nubians team on a magical tournament run, single-handedly defeating Columbus Harvest Prep in the semifinals and scoring 17 points in the loss to Deer Park. A sharpshooter with unlimited range and a lot of confidence, Baumgardner plays a scoring role for Africentric, but is a capable pure point guard as well. While he might be playing his college ball a ways away from at D2 Minnesota State, this will not be the last time you hear from this high scoring guard.

Lunden McDay – ’19 SF Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: One of the state’s most under-mentioned juniors, McDay is a not a kid who plays a flashy game or shows a lot of emotion; but man can he play. The 6’3 wing is an elite defender with deceptive athleticism and plenty of length, as well as a do-it-all offensive talent who can shoot when open from the perimeter but is best at attacking off the dribble and using crafty finishes to draw defenders. McDay is a kid who simply makes the right play and has no major holes in his game, part of the reason why we expect him to receive multiple D1 offers by the end of the summer.

Nathan Bruns – ’19 SF Marion Local: The unquestioned breakout player of the weekend, Bruns put his name on the map in a big way, leading his team to a come from behind win in a thrilling double-overtime game against Cleveland CCA. Bruns, a 6’5 wing with length and fluidity, hit the game tying three to end regulation and force the extra time, and then carried his team down the stretch, demanding the ball on the wing or in the high post. A lanky wing who can shoot, handle and pass, Bruns can score in different ways, and despite not being an elite athlete, knows how to play the game on both ends. Look for Bruns to accumulate significant D1 and D2 interest after this weekend’s play.

Amari Davis – ’19 SG Trotwood Madison: Davis capped a tremendous tournament run, in which we watched him dominate two regional games, with back-to-back twenty point games in Columbus, as his Trotwood team was bounced by Akron STVSM for the second time in as many years. A 6’2 bouncy athlete, Davis is a high-wire act who can dunk on you driving to his left at any time, while also being his team’s best perimeter defender and playmaker. Most of his game revolves around his athleticism and passion, but Davis has been a winner on all level and has he fine-tunes his skill-set expect his offer list, which already includes many mid-major D1 programs, to continue to grow.

Javohn Garcia – ’19 PG/SG Pickerington Central: We knew Garcia was a good junior guard; however, we didn’t know how good he was until Friday evening when, in a heartbreaking loss to Solon, Garcia finished with 20 points while also leading his team in assists and steals. A long 6’3 combo guard with some burst to his step, Garcia can make defenders look silly with his ballhandling, while getting into the lane to create for himself or others. A versatile all-around threat, Garcia is a streaky shooter; but, if he can hone that jumper during the AAU season, his offer list, which already has D1’s on it, will lengthen.

Devon Grant – ’19 PG Lorain: Another up and coming 2019 guard, Grant led his young Lorain team to a semifinal appearance and posted 17 points against a good Moeller defense, showing the ability to hit perimeter jumpers and get to the paint off the dribble. While he isn’t the biggest or most athletic guard, Grant is a skilled ballhandler who can score with his floater and can create a jumper for himself almost at will. Already with an offer from Bowling Green, Grant’s name has been mentioned by several college coaches of late.

Mark Wise – ’20 SG Cincy Deer Park: The only sophomore to make this list, Wise was dominant for Deer Park in their semifinal win over Cleveland Lutheran East, in which he scored 16 points (13 of them in the first eight minutes) and added 7 points and 8 assists in Deer Park’s championship win over Columbus Africentric. A strong combo guard who can score off the dribble and who uses his aggressive mindset to put pressure on the defense, Wise has already earned an offer from Kent State and has many of the Golden Flashes’ league rivals looking at him early as well.

Other Top Performers: Isaiah Payton (’18 PG Cincy Moeller), Deuce McBride (’19 PG/SG Cincy Moeller), Mike Bekelja (’19 Solon), Seth Wilson (’21 PG/SG Akron STVSM), Myles Belyeu (’18 SF Trotwood-Madison), Justin Stephens (’19 C Trotwood-Madison), Dorian Holloway (’19 SF Columbus Africentric), Steve Gentry Jr (’20 PG Cincy Deer Park), Joe Hocker (’19 C Cincy Deer Park), Jalen Rose (’18 SF Cincy Deer Park), Tyler Mescher (’18 C Marion Local), CJ Anthony (’20 PG Columbus Harvest Prep), Cade Stover (’19 SF Lexington), Drew Johnson (’18 SG Pandora Gilboa), Taevon Pierre-Louis (’19 SF Lorain)

’17-’18 All-Cincinnati Teams

26 Feb

Darius Bazley

With the ’17-’18 Ohio HS basketball season already moving towards this week’s sectional tournament semifinals and finals, it’s time to look back and recognize some of the individual excellence achieved by players this winter. Focusing in on the Cincinnati area, here is TDP’s list of all-city teams for D1 and D2-D4….

D1 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Darius Bazley – ’18 SF Princeton ***
Jeremiah Davenport – ’18 SF Moeller
Kameron Gibson – ’18 SG Walnut Hills
Jaxson Hayes – ’18 PF/C Moeller
Jarrett Cox – ’18 Senior SG/SF Lakota East
Greg Tribble – ’19 PG Winton Woods

***Player of the Year***

D1 All-Cincinnati Second Team
Isaiah Payton – ’18 PG Moeller
Alec Pfriem – ’19 SG/SF Moeller
Darweshi Hunter – ’18 SG Princeton
Nick Deifel – ’18 PG/SG Oak Hills
Riley Haubner – ’18 SG LaSalle
Abba Lawal – ’19 C Withrow

D1 Honorable Mention: EJ Williams (’18 C Middletown), Nathan Stockman (’18 SG St. Xavier), Chase Wolf (’18 SG St. Xavier), Jeffrey Mansfield (’18 SF Wilmington), Jay Tiemeyer (’18 SG West Clermont), Gabe O’Neal (’18 PF Princeton), D’Marco Howard (’19 PG Hamilton), Jaylen Robinson (’19 PG Hamilton), Jaylen Mason (’18 SG Winton Woods), Zubi Nwankwo (’18 C Walnut Hills), Nick Smith (’20 PF Walnut Hills), Noah Harp (’18 SF Mason), Tanner Knue (’18 PG Mason), Zach Harp (’18 SG Elder), Mike Hill (’19 SF Withrow), Carlos Garcia (’18 SG Moeller), Bash Wieland (’19 SF Lakota East)

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 1st Team
Terry Durham – ’18 PF Woodward ***
Mark Wise – ’20 SG Deer Park
Joey Edmonds – ’19 PG Wyoming
Ryan Reidy – ’18 PG McNicholas
Damani McEntire – ’18 SG Deer Park
Giovanni Santiago – ’18 PG Hughes
Chris’Seon Stringer – ’18 SF Taft

***Player of the Year***

D2-D4 All-Cincinnati 2nd Team
Evan Prater – ’20 SF Wyoming
DJ Brewton – ’18 SG Hughes
DeMarco Bradley Jr – ’19 PG Taft
Steve Gentry Jr – ’20 PG Deer Park
Lorenzo Sparks – ’18 SG North College Hill
Colin Shaw – ’18 SG Indian Hill
Brice Hill – ’19 SF Seven Hills
Javonta Lyons – ’19 SG/SF Purcell Marian

D2-D4 Honorable Mention: AJ Garrett (’19 PF Purcell Marian), Dashawn Lawrence (’18 PG Taft), Derrick Heard (’18 PG Taft), Shawn Hawkins (’18 SF Hughes), AJ Smith (’18 SF Hughes), D’Arris Dean (’19 SG Aiken), Jakada Stone (’21 PG Aiken), Charlie Tripp (’18 SG Mariemont), Jalen Rose (’18 SF Deer Park), Trey Smith (’19 PG CCD), Blake Adkins (’19 SG CCD), Greg Stewart (’20 SG St. Bernard), Deanza Duncan (’21 SG New Miami), D’Shawnti Hawkins (’19 PG Clark), Kaden Warner (’21 PG North College Hill), Dearius Barker (’20 PG North College Hill), Jacob Haussler (’18 PG Taylor), Jack Cravaack (’18 C Madeira), Kyle Johnson (’18 SF Madeira), Bryce Hunt (’18 PF Reading), Grant Whisman (’20 SF Middletown Madison), Skyler Schmidt (’21 PF Clermont Northeastern), Xavier Johnson (’18 PG/SG Summit), Brandon Doss (’18 PG Shroder), Nekhi Smith (’20 SF Shroder), Cole Burdick (’19 SG McNicholas), Noah Pack (’19 PF Georgetown), Brayden Sipple (’21 SF Blanchester)

Two 2019’s Commit

6 Feb

Deuce McBride

It seems to be a little early for Ohio’s top 2019 prospects to be committing to colleges, but that has been the case in the last 24-hours, as two high profile wing guards from the Southwestern part of the Buckeye State have made verbal pledges, becoming the third and fourth NCAA D1 commits in the current junior class.

6’3 SG Samari Curtis out of Xenia HS was the first to pull the trigger, committing to the Xavier Musketeers on Monday night. A pure scoring wing averaging 30 PPG in his junior season, Curtis has set the GWOC (Dayton’s D1 public league) on fire this season with his ability to make perimeter shots as well as slash to the rim and create opportunities for himself or teammates. An All-Ohio Red product on the Nike circuit, Curtis also considered interest/offers from Cincinnati, Dayton and many top mid-majors programs before selecting the Musketeers.

Less than 24-hours later, Cincinnati Moeller’s Miles “Deuce” McBride, a 6’1 combo guard, joined Curtis as a high-major 2019 commitment from Ohio, as McBride chose to pledge to West Virginia. A tenacious defender with athleticism and versatility, McBride should fit perfectly into the “Press Virginia” style that Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins favors, while McBride also showed an ability to make shots in bunches this past July playing with the Cincinnati Lakers. While McBride has missed this entire season with a foot injury suffered during football, expect his return this spring to solidify his standing as one of Ohio’s top 2019’s.

Curtis and McBride join two Columbus area prospects in Pickerington Central PG Jeremiah Francis (North Carolina) and Upper Arlington SF Max Martz (Penn) as 2019 prospects from Ohio who are committed to NCAA D1 programs, while they also join Wyoming PG Joey Edmonds (NCAA D2 powerhouse Findlay) as the second and third basketball prospects to commit to colleges from the Cincinnati/Dayton area.

Cincinnati 2018: Best Available

25 Sep

Giovanni Santiago

Yesterday, TDP profiled the top available prospects from the 2018 class in the state of Ohio. Since that article’s release, we’ve seen Versailles SF Justin Ahrens become the 14th Ohio senior to commit to a NCAA D1 school, as Ahrens chose Ohio State on Saturday afternoon.

Today we’ll be narrowing our focus a little bit to look at the top available prospects in the city we reside, Cincinnati. It’s already been a busy fall in Greater Cincinnati, as three prospects have committed to high-major NCAA D1 schools in Princeton’s Darius Bazley (Syracuse) as well as the Covington Catholic (KY) duo of CJ Fredrick (Iowa) and Jake Walter (Xavier). Additionally, Burlington Cooper (KY) guard Adam Kunkel (Belmont) and Simon Kenton (KY) post Zach Kelch (Navy) have also committed to NCAA D1 schools, while Lakota East wing Jarrett Cox (Fairmont State) and Cincinnati Moeller PG Isaiah Payton (Indiana Wesleyan) have made verbal pledges as well.

Now, with all of that dust settled, here’s a look at which players in the Queen City area are still on college coaches recruiting boards heading into the fall signing period….

 Jaxson Hayes – ’18 PF/C Cincinnati Moeller: Hayes was near the top of the list of top available prospects statewide yesterday, as the 6’10 (and growing) post with tremendous athleticism and upside has narrowed his list of schools to Xavier, Butler, Kentucky, Texas and Georgetown. The most heavily recruited player in Ohio who has yet to make a decision, we expect Hayes to choose a school by the end of the fall signing period.

 Jeremiah Davenport – ’18 SF Cincinnati Moeller: Hayes’ teammate at Moeller, and one of the best all-around wings in the state, Davenport has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket in the last year thanks to a strong junior season at Moeller and a solid spring and summer on the circuit. An athletic and versatile forward who can defend multiple positions and score in different ways off of the dribble, Davenport is a long 6’5 forward with great upside. Currently with offers from Tennessee-Tech and Presbyterian, several other D1’s are actively recruiting Davenport, who could be Moeller’s second leading scorer this season.

Kameron Gibson – ’18 PG/SG Cincinnati Walnut Hills: A smooth and skilled guard with length at 6’3 and the versatility to play either guard position, Gibson excels off of the dribble as a scorer from the mid-range, but is just as capable at making his teammates better with the drive and kick game. Already with an offer from Maryland Eastern Shore, plus other NCAA D1 interest from Miami (OH) and Northern Kentucky, Gibson is a potential breakout recruit to follow this winter, as he should lead a talented Walnut Hills team in scoring.

Omari Peek – ’18 SG/SF Strongsville: While Peek technically lives in the Cleveland area, he’s included on this list since he lived in Cincinnati until the end of his sophomore season at Walnut Hills HS. A big wing forward who can score from three levels and has NCAA D1 size and athleticism, Peek certainly looks the part of a big time player. Peek, like Gibson, has one D1 offer from Maryland Eastern Shore, but should see his recruitment continue to develop, as NEO Spotlight ranks him as the top senior small forward in the Cleveland area. 

Bryce Hunt – ’18 PF Reading: A raw but extremely talented 6’6 power forward with a mature frame and excellent athleticism, Hunt will be debuting at Reading this season after spending his first three seasons at Cincinnati Purcell Marian. Hunt has all the tools that college coaches want to see, including a motor, a knack for playing with physicality and the ability to face up in the mid-range game; all the reason why several NCAA D1’s have inquired about the under the radar senior this fall for workouts; also a candidate for prep school due to his age, there’s a possibility that Hunt ends up as a 2019 prospect. Don’t be surprised if Hunt finishes among Cincinnati’s top scorers this season, especially at the D3 HS level.

Giovanni Santiago – ’18 PG Cincinnati Hughes: One of the most exciting offensive players in all of Ohio, Santiago is a flashy playmaking point guard who makes his teammates better with pinpoint passes off the dribble; however, he’s also a proven scorer who shoots it well from deep and is adept at using his crossover to create space to shoot the ball. While Santiago still needs to add strength to his frame, he’s proven time and time again that he’s among Ohio’s elite floor generals, part of the reason why D1 Maryland Eastern Shore has extended a scholarship offer Santiago’s way, and several other D1 and D2 programs have inquired about him. Expect his recruitment to likely go past the high school season, but we believe that Santiago is another prospect who will end up signing with a D1 program.

DJ Brewton – ’18 SG Cincinnati Hughes: An under the radar wing guard whose praises we’ve been singing for some time now, Brewton is still raw but has as much upside as any guard in Ohio who has yet to commit to a college program. A natural scorer with excellent athleticism and an explosive first-step, Brewton can get anywhere he wants off of the dribble, and while his jumper is streaky, he has the ability to score in bunches when he’s in attack mode. Transferring from Mount Healthy to Cincinnati Hughes for his senior year should only enhance Brewton’s exposure, as alongside Santiago he’ll make up half of one of Ohio’s most exciting backcourts. Brewton has yet to earn a scholarship offer; however, we expect that to change by the end of the winter.

Terry Durham – ’18 SF/PF Cincinnati Woodward: A week ago we would have led this paragraph by talking about Durham’s toughness, elite strength and elite athleticism; however, things can change quickly in a week in recruiting, and that’s exactly what’s happened with Durham. Playing his first season of high school football, Durham has recently received an offer from Cincinnati, and per his high school coaches has had many of the nation’s top programs call about him in the last week. A double-double machine on the basketball court who demands more than one body to defend him on the block, look for Durham to have options in both sports this spring.

Damani McEntire – ’18 SG Deer Park: A name that is more than likely not familiar to readers, McEntire is a new addition to Deer Park via transfer, as the Indianapolis product spent last season at the famed Oak Hill Academy (VA). A tough and strong-bodied scoring guard who can really create off of the dribble, McEntire is deceptively explosive in transition and constantly plays in attack mode as a crafty, aggressive and consistent scorer. Not much is known about his recruitment at this point, but McEntire should generate some buzz on a loaded Deer Park team this winter.

EJ Williams – ’18 C Hargrave Military Academy (VA): The big fella from Middletown who has spent his last two years at the prestigious Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia hasn’t been seen around Cincinnati much lately, but his name has popped up on the circuit, as Williams spent his final year of AAU with Chicago based Mac Irvin Fire. A massive post prospect at 6’11 and in the neighborhood of 300-lbs, Williams has size that cannot be taught. Williams only offer at the D1 level right now, to our knowledge, is from Samford, but that could change at Hargrave, where Williams will face the nation’s best on a nightly basis this winter.

Dylan Beaugard – ’18 PG Wilmington: One of the toughest guards you’ll ever see, Beaugard is undersized but a flat out winner as a pass-first point guard with strength and quickness in a small frame. After a great first three years at Wilmington, and a standout 17u AAU season this past spring with Ohio Unity, NCAA D2 coaches are enamored with Beaugard ability to distribute, defend and manage the game from the point guard position. His lack of size and consistent jumper will likely mean he’ll end up at the D2 level, but this kid is a winner who will be highly, highly recruited during his senior season as both a basketball and football prospect.

Me’Kell Burries – ’18 PG/SG Newport (KY): With most of Northern Kentucky’s senior talent having already made verbal commitments, Burries becomes the most talented available prospect, as the 6’0 scoring point guard from Newport broke out in his junior season, and should average north of 20 PPG this season. A score-first slashing guard who can lull you to sleep with the dribble, make shots with range and is explosive off the floor, Burries has big time playmaking ability. He’ll have to continue to refine his all-around point guard play, but both NCAA D1 and D2 programs have been checking out this scoring combo guard, who will contend to lead the entire region in scoring this winter.

Honorable Mention: Xavier Johnson (PG Cincinnati Summit), Stevie Stewart (PG Cincinnati Taft), Noah Pedelty (SG Mason), AJ Smith (SG Cincinnati Hughes), Darweshi Hunter (SG Princeton), Dean White (SF/PF Cincinnati Moeller), Dominic Pierce (SF/PF Princeton), Shawn Hawkins (SF Cincinnati Hughes), Jalen Rose (SF Deer Park)

2018: Best Available

24 Sep
Ahrens 200

Justin Ahrens

Heading into the last week of September we’ve already seen 13 players from the Ohio senior class of 2018 commit to NCAA D1 school, as well as nearly the same number having pledged to NCAA D2 or NAIA schools. However, even with that many prospects having already made their decision, this senior class is still full of future college players who have yet to make a commitment to a program. In fact, five of the top ten ranked 2018 prospects on our TDP Player Rankings are still available, meaning that fans can expect a lively fall recruiting period as we approach the early signing period. Here’s a rundown of Ohio’s top available prospects….

Christian Guess – ’18 SG/SF Shaker Heights: Claiming offers from DePaul, Kent State and Toledo, the recruiting wire has been surprisingly quiet for Guess, the #5 ranked prospect in the senior class on this site. A 6’5 wing with elite physical tools in terms of size and athleticism, Guess is a passionate player who really came into his own as a scorer during our viewings of him in the July evaluation period with Ohio Basketball Club. While he still has some developing to do, Guess has high-major D1 upside and could very well end up landing on that level with a big senior year.

Justin Ahrens – ’18 SF Versailles: The former Ohio State commit checks in at #7 in our senior rankings and announced a few weeks ago that he was unofficially down to a final three of Ohio State, Michigan and Xavier. Having already visited each school multiple times, including an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, we expect a decision out of Ahrens sooner than later. A sharpshooting wing with size and a developed, diverse skill-set, Ahrens shooting ability, versatility and basketball IQ could earn him a role early in his career at the high-major level.

Editor Note: An hour after posting this article, Ahrens committed to Ohio State. 

Jaxson Hayes – ’18 PF/C Cincinnati Moeller: Possibly underrated at #8 on our senior rankings, Hayes has seen his recruitment sky-rocket, even adding an offer from Kentucky’s John Calipari this past week. Per the Moeller coaching staff, Hayes is down to five in Texas, Kentucky, Xavier, Butler and Georgetown; with Hayes having taken at least an unofficial to all of the schools listed except possibly Georgetown. A hyper athletic 6’10 post with unlimited upside, some doctors have gone as far as to project that Hayes could end up 7’3 before all is said and done. While he has yet to start a game for last year’s State Runners-Up at Moeller, expect a big senior season from Hayes, a late bloomer who will only get better with time.

Caleb McConnell – ’18 PG/SG Spire Academy: Ranked #9 in our senior rankings, McConnell is a long and versatile combo guard with a smooth feel for the game and a confident attitude who moved to the Cleveland area to attend Spire Academy after three seasons at Dayton Dunbar. McConnell presently boasts a lengthy offer list including West Virginia, Wichita State, Kent State, Toledo, Rhode Island, Buffalo, Ohio University and Wright State, although the leaders in his recruitment have yet to emerge publicly. A prototypical big guard, McConnell’s length and IQ make him a candidate to be a really good college player, especially as he adds weight to his frame. While we probably won’t see much of him this year on the prep school scene, McConnell will get every opportunity to showcase his game to colleges on the prep school circuit.

Vince Williams – ’18 SF/PF Toledo St. John’s: Closing out our top ten at the #10 spot, Williams is a hard-nosed and versatile forward with a strong frame and a winning mentality. Although his size at 6’5-6’6 has slowed his recruitment down a tad, there’s a lot to like about the productivity that Williams showcased in the Nike EYBL with All-Ohio Red. Since the summer the two schools that have been constantly mentioned with Williams are Wichita State and VCU; however, the combo forward also lists offers from Duquesne, Richmond, Akron and his hometown team, Toledo.

Honorable Mention: Taevion Kinsey (#13 SG/SF Columbus Eastmoor), Jeremiah Davenport (#14 SF Cincinnati Moeller), Cameron Brooks-Harris (#16 Zanesville), Yahel Hill (#19 PG Cleveland Heights), Elijah McNamara (#20 PF Pickerington North), Kameron Gibson (#21 PG/SG Cincinnati Walnut Hills)

Updated Ohio Rankings

31 Jul
Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes

It’s been a while since our last post on this site, as both the April and July 2017 evaluation periods of come and passed. While our basketball duties have limited our chance to update the site, Triple Double Prospects was able to spend the spring and summer checking out Ohio’s top talent from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes on the AAU circuit.

The 2018 class has continued to prove that Ohio’s top tier talent can match up with anyone, as four players have already committed to high-major NCAA D1 programs, with up to another six rising seniors having a chance to end up at that level before all is said and done. While known players such as Darius Bazley, Jerome Hunter, Dane Goodwin and Dwayne Cohill made headlines on the circuit yet again, none of them were the biggest stock boosters from the NCAA live periods.

Instead, it was Cincinnati Moeller’s Jaxson Hayes (pictured) and Shaker Heights’ Christian Guess who both saw major changes in their recruitment at the mid and high-major level, thanks to their strong play in the Adidas Gauntlet. Another player who came on strong in July was Pickerington Central forward Adrian Nelson, as the Columbus area athlete established himself as one of the state’s premiere mid-major prospects.

Heading into August, six 2018’s from the Buckeye State have already committed to NCAA D1 schools, but expect that number to rise above twenty by the time the fall signing period rolls around.

In the younger classes we saw enough talent to have us excited about the future, as Garfield Heights’ Alonzo Gaffney and Pickerington Central’s Jeremiah Francis also both thrived on the Adidas circuit; while prospects like Cincinnati Moeller’s Deuce McBride, Winton Woods’ Greg Tribble and Gahanna Lincoln’s Josh Corbin all saw their stock rise in the eyes of college coaches, as each accumulated multiple NCAA D1 offers.

While it’s always hard to rank rising sophomores, 6’11 center Zach Loveday debuts in the top spot on our list, as we love his combination of size, fluidity, skill and energy.

For our complete rankings for Ohio’s 2018-2020 classes you can click on the icon at the top of the page or on the following link: CLICK HERE

Ohio Prospect Rankings

6 Apr
Pete Nance

Pete Nance

With the high school season over, and the AAU live evaluation period set to begin in just two weeks, it’s time for us at Triple Double Prospects to unveil our latest Ohio prospect rankings. Heading into the April recruiting period, here is a look at the top juniors and sophomores (plus our annual freshman watch list) from the Buckeye State that college coaches will have their eyes on. Click on the link below (or at the top of the page in the menu) for access to our latest rankings: LINK

So, who were the biggest stock risers in the latest rankings? Well, 2018 continues to be one of the most difficult classes we’ve ever had to project; as you could make an argument for forwards Darius Bazley, Jerome Hunter or Pete Nance as the class’ top player, while guards Dane Goodwin and Dwayne Cohill are certainly in consideration as well. However, of those players, Nance is the biggest stock riser in the group; as the 6’8 versatile forward from the Akron area has gone from almost completely unknown a year ago to a bonafide high-major recruit being tracked by some of the nation’s top college programs. Given that Nance is both the son and younger brother of NBA players, this shouldn’t be a surprise; however, Nance’s name has still floated under the radar to some extent, as he does play at a small town high school and for the most part does not participate on the major AAU circuit, instead choosing to stay local with the Akron Bobcats program.

Other names to watch for in 2018 include guards Taveion Kinsey and DJ Brewton, as well as massive post Austin Rotroff, all three of whom had huge junior seasons, and should see an increase in their recruitment heading into the spring and summer.

In the 2019 class we rewarded guards like Greg Tribble and Max Martz for their stellar play this past season, while athletic forward Brison Waller also made a huge leap in the rankings; going from unranked to a top-three power forward in his class.

Finally, the 2020 rankings are simply a watch list sorted alphabetically by position. This list contains only prospects that we at TDP have evaluated ourselves, and we expect this list to grow and change significantly as the 15u AAU season kicks off into full gear.

Have someone that is not in the rankings that should be? Email us at tripledoubleprospects@gmail.com to give us the scoop.