|Ohio Varsity 15U Champions. (Photo by OHSH)|
Columbus – This past weekend Ohio High School Hoops was in the house at the All-Ohio Nike Super 16 Showcase held at multiple sites around Central Ohio. The event was top shelf as always with most of Ohio’s top teams partaking in the annual smorgasbord of hoop talent.
The two-day event started on Saturday with pool play and concluded Sunday evening with the championship games in each group at Ohio Dominican University. OHSH spent most of its Saturday watching the Class of 2015, which will be the incoming freshmen crew. We were also able to catch a little variety later in the night. Sunday afternoon we set up shop at Ohio Dominican and watched Gold Bracket action in all four age groups (14-17U).
The following is a recap of each age division.
The elder division was much of the same in terms of recent history as All-Ohio Red captured another U-17 Gold crown at the Super 16 Showcase. Red stormed through pool play before handling the Columbus Mustang Ballers in the quarterfinals and the Ohio Hoopsters in the semis.
Red met the King James Shooting Stars in the championship tilt. The Northeast Ohio-based squad got by All-Ohio Purple in the semis to advance. Taft’s Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford were at a football camp, so Purple was down a couple studs.
All-Ohio got off to a slow start in the championship contest, but picked up its play taking a 35-24 halftime advantage behind Shaker Heights’ guard Terry Rozier. King James wouldn’t go quietly as they started a comeback which saw them eventually take a 45-41 lead in the second half.
Red was able to string off a 12-5 run to the end the game thanks to Columbus Northland’s Jordan Potts and Jalen Robinson giving them a 53-50 victory.
Rozier led the winners with 15 points, Elijah Macon followed with 12, Robinson chipped in eight, Potts netted seven, and Toledo Whitmer’s Leroy Alexander added six.
King James got a game-high 19 points from Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls (PA). Cleveland John Hay’s Devon Carter tallied 12 and Lakewood St. Edward’s Mike Newton was good for eight.
Rozier was named tournament MVP, while Macon, Lakewood St. Edward’s Myles Hamilton, and Medina’s Kenny Kaminski were awarded All-Tournament along with Jeter and Newton.
The West Virginia Wildcats Select were able to bring home the Silver Bracket title behind Columbus Northland’s Devon Scott who was named MVP. The Wildcats defeated the Northern Kings out of Canada, 57-55.
News and Notes:
*All-Ohio Black pulled off a pool play upset over the Ohio Basketball Club on Saturday evening. It was a rough weekend for OBC’s 17U as they were bounced in the quarterfinals of the Gold Bracket by the Ohio Hoopsters.
*Jake Kretzer was back this weekend for All-Ohio Red after suffering an injury a few weeks back. The Waverly standout wasn’t close to 100 percent, but he showed some good signs.
*Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls (PA) is an intriguing prospect. Jeter is long and can knock down shots. He can guard multiple positions with his length, which should make him a top priority for a lot of schools.
Top Performers: 17U
**Players we saw
Alan Andrix (6’7)- Amanda-Clearcreek/Columbus Hawks
Andre Yates (6’0)- Dayton Dunbar/Ohio Hoopsters
Andy Bosley (6’4)- Olentangy Orange/All-Ohio Gold
Anthony Dallier (6’5)- North Allegheny (PA)/Ohio Basketball Club
Christian Graves (6’4)- Westerville Central/Ohio Hoopsters
Devon Carter (6’2)- Cle. John Hay/King James SS
Dylan Kaufman (6’4)- Berlin Hiland/Team CBIZ
Elijah Macon (6’9)- Columbus/All-Ohio Red
Eric Siefert (6’3)- Bishop Hartley/Columbus Hawks
Gary Akbar (6’5)- Dayton Dunbar/Ohio Hoopsters
Jalen Robinson (6’8)- Columbus Northland/All-Ohio Red
Joe Thomasson (6’3)- Thurgood Marshall/Ohio Hoopsters
Joey Vuyancih (6’1)- Mentor Lake Catholic/Team CBIZ
Jordan Potts (5’10)- Columbus Northland/All-Ohio Red
Justin Fritts (6’1)- Mentor/Team CBIZ
Khalid King (6’1)- Columbus Brookhaven/All-Ohio Gold
Leroy Alexander (6’2)- ToledoWhitmer/All-Ohio Red
Malik London (6’8)- Chillicothe/Ohio Basketball Club
Matt Bingaya (6’2)- Delaware Hayes/All-Ohio Gold
Matt Kurelic (5’11)- Olentangy Orange/All-Ohio Gold
Matt Rhodes (6’5)- Westerville North/All-Ohio Gold
Mike Newtown (6’0)- Lakewood St. Edward/King James SS
Pharoah Brown (6’6)- Lyndhurst Brush/King James SS
Seger Bonifant (6’7)- Berlin Hiland/Team CBIZ
Sheldon Jeter (6’6)- Beaver Falls (PA)/King James SS
Terry Hopewell (6’8)- Columbus Independence/All-Ohio Gold
Terry Rozier (6’0)- Shaker Heights/All-Ohio Red
Theo Pinson (6’5)- North Carolina/CP3 All-Stars
Tyler White (6’2)- Lima Senior/Ohio Hoopsters
Zach Garber (6’8)- Vanlue/Ohio Hoopsters
Zak Kirkbride (6’5)- Bishop Rosecrans/Columbus Hawks
The championship game for the Class of 2013 was a rematch of last year’s classic, but this time the outcome was a bit different. All-Ohio Varsity knocked off All-Ohio Red a year ago, but Red was up for the challenge this time around and for the second time in three weeks All-Ohio’s 16U team was crowned champions. Red is now 2-0 this year against its fierce rival as they defeated OV in the semis of Spiece en route to the Gold trophy as well.
All-Ohio Red was able to battle by a very talented Ohio Basketball Club outfit in the semis, 55-41 behind 19 points from Jaaron Simmons. Marc Loving followed with 11, Jordan Lauf added nine, and Nigel Hayes chipped in seven. Tony Farmer led OBC with 16 points. Devin Williams tallied eight and Demonte Flanningan finished with seven.
|Jaaron Simmons of Kettering Alter. (Photo by OHSH)|
All-Ohio Varsity escaped a hard fought battle with All-Ohio Toledo in quarterfinals before racing past Team CBIZ in the semis, 53-36. Jack Gibbs paced OV with 24 points. Isaac McGlone led CBIZ with 14 and Evan Bradds added nine.
In the championship game, OV got off to a torrid start and looked primed to finish off what they started in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, Red remained calm and patiently got back into the contest.
OV always fuels itself off the play of Westerville North’s Jack Gibbs, but he was unable to deliver on this day. The team lacked its usual high energy and dog mentality, which is an essential against the talented Red bunch.
OV looked exhausted after a day of hard fought battles and Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson was hobbled most of Sunday. Red took full advantage by racing the ball up-and-down the floor for easy transition buckets behind guards Simmons, Keon Johnson, and Charles Cha-Cha Tucker. Austin Grimes, Nigel Hayes, Marc Loving, Jordan Lauf were the recipients of several transition opportunities.
As the buzzer sounded, All-Ohio Red was able to earn a 49-39 victory.
Hayes paced the winners with 14 points. Jackson scored 10 points in defeat and Gibbs tallied nine.
Simmons was named MVP, while Tucker, Hayes, Loving, Jackson, and Gibbs were All-Tournament honorees.
|All-Tournament Team. (Photo by OHSH)|
The Ohio Hoopsters won the Silver by defeating the West Virginia Rising Stars, 57-56. Mikey Wells of Delaware Hayes was named MVP. Will Hill of Thomas Worthington, Brian Marshall of Pickerington Central, and Nick Dietsch of Olentangy Orange earned All-Tournament status.
Top Performers: 16U
**Players we saw
Aaron Jackson (6’4) Gahanna Lincoln/All-Ohio Varsity
Deiondray Martin (6’3) Lima Senior/All-Ohio Varsity
Demonte Flannigan (6’6) Cleveland VASJ/Ohio Basketball Club
Devin Williams (6’8) Cincinnati Withrow/Ohio Basketball Club
Evan Bradds (6’6) Jamestown Greeneview/Team CBIZ
Isaac McGlone (6’1) Bloom-Carroll/Team CBIZ
Jack Gibbs (5’11) Westerville North/All-Ohio Varsity
Jordan Lauf (6’4) Napoleon/All-Ohio Red
Keon Johnson (5’6) Mansfield Sr./All-Ohio Red
Marc Loving (6’8) Toledo St. John’s/All-Ohio Red
Nigel Hayes (6’7) Toledo Whitmer/All-Ohio Red
Wendell Davis (6’3) Reynoldsburg/All-Ohio Varsity
Adrian Cook (5’9)- Westerville North/All-Ohio Varsity
Austin Grimes (6’3)- Cin. Aiken/All-Ohio Red
Charles “Cha-Cha” Tucker (5’11)- Lansing Eastern (MI)/All-Ohio Red
Jaaron Simmons (6’0)- Kettering Alter/All-Ohio Red
Jake Phillis (5’11)- Bishop Rosecrans/Columbus Hawks
Jaylen Benton (6’1)- Columbus Northland/All-Ohio Varsity
Kevin Johnson (6’2)- Cin. Summit CD/Ohio Basketball Club
Marquiez Lawrence (6’7)- Marion-Franklin/All-Ohio Varsity
Monty Boykins (6’4)- Lakota West/All-Ohio Red
Randal Clarkson (5’9)- Columbus Brookhaven/All-Ohio Varsity
Thomas Nolan (5’10)- Col. DeSales/Columbus Hawks
Tony Farmer (6’7)- Garfield Heights/Ohio Basketball Club
News and Notes:
*According Devin Williams, he recently picked up an offer from Illinois.
The Class of 2014 in Ohio is still looking for an identity, and this past weekend proved once again that things are wide-open in this class. All-Ohio Red was down its top player in Louisville’s D’Angelo Russell and the King James Shooting Stars was down three of its top players in Trey Grundy, Jordan Green, and Christian Cunningham all of whom are from the Bluegrass State. This certainly opened the door for a potential newcomer to the front of the pack.
Ohio Varsity and Team CBIZ saw the opening and ran with it. Both teams advanced to Sunday’s championship contest.
Ohio Varsity consists of a group of hard-working and tough young men always ready to battle, while CBIZ has perhaps the best size of any of the Ohio 15U teams along with some terrific shooters.
OV got to the finals by torching the King James Shooting Stars in the semis, 56-33. It was a total team effort by OV. CBIZ pulled off the shocker of the weekend by knocking out Ferrari out of Chicago in its Final Four game. CBIZ got some timely shooting and was able to come from behind and escape one of the best teams in the country. Ferrari is led by high major recruits Paul White and Paul Turner.
After a long two days of basketball, OV was able to survive in the championship bout with a 59-51 victory over CBIZ. Lakewood St. Edward’s Tony Vuyancih was forced to sit out the title game with an ankle injury after shooting CBIZ to victory in the semis.
OV got 12 points from Alex Murphy. The Norwalk connection of Jeff Thomas and Ben Haraway added 11 and 10 points respectively. Peyton Aldridge and Ryan Badowski evenly split 24 counters for CBIZ.
Columbus Northland’s Ty Hairston was named MVP and Ronnie Williams, Haraway, Thomas, Brandon Fritts, and Aldridge were named to the All-Tournament circle.
TNBA won the Silver with a 54-52 triumph of Hidden Gems. Brian Kelly of Avon earned the MVP trophy and Cameron Kuhn of Vermilion, Jace Russell of Avon Lake, Brad Hamilton of Avon Lake, Jahmal Hughes of Eastmoor, and Akil Cornish of Africentric were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Top Performers: 15U
**Players we saw
Alex Murphy (6’4)- Licking Heights/Ohio Varsity
Alex Stewart (6’4)- Westerville North/Ohio Varsity
Ben Haraway (5’10)- Norwalk/Ohio Varsity
Dymiere Finch (6’1)- Walnut Ridge/King James SS
Gavin Skelly (6’7)- Westlake/Team CBIZ
Grant Benzinger (6’1)- Cincinnati Moeller/Ohio Tarheels
Jaesean Tate (6’4)- Pickerington Central/King James SS
Jeff Thomas (6’4)- Norwalk/Ohio Varsity
Juan Ford (6’0)- HH Wayne/King James SS
Javon Bess (6’4)- Pickerington Central/King James SS
Kevin Vannatta (6’2)- Upper Arlington/Team CBIZ
Luke Saseen (6’4)- Wheeling Park (WV)/Team CBIZ
Nate Jamison (6’3)- Columbus Northland/Ohio Hoopsters
Paul Turner (6’4)- St. Joseph HS/Ferrari
Paul White (6’8)- Whitney Young/Ferrari
Peyton Aldridge (6’6)- La Brae/Team CBIZ
Rod Mills (6’5)- Cin. St. Xavier/Ohio Tarheels
Ronnie Williams (6’2)- Col. Brookhaven/Ohio Varsity
Ryan Badowski (6’0)- Brunswick/Team CBIZ
Tony Vuyancih (6’3)- Lakewood St. Edward/Team CBIZ
Travis Gleason (5’7)- Reynoldsburg/Ohio Varsity
Ty Hairston (6’2)- Columbus Northland/Ohio Varsity
News and Notes:
*D’Angelo Russell, Trey Grundy, Jordan Green, and Christian Cunningham were all playing at the Kentucky AAU State Tournament for the Louisville Magic.
*Look for our full 14-and-under report tomorrow.