The is no shortage of boys basketball talent in Ohio – particularly in the Class of 2010. ESPNU has four Buckeye State cagers ranked in the Super 60, including Jared Sullinger at the top spot.
Jared Sullinger is in pretty good company.
The Columbus Northland power forward joins fellow Ohio cagers LeBron James and O.J. Mayo* as the top high school basketball player in the country in their respective class.
ESPNU updated its Super 60 rankings this week and Sullinger (6-8, 250) claims the top spot amongst the top players for 2010.
He has held down the top spot since the rankings were released in August of last year.
The Ohio State recruit is the son of Northland coach Satch Sullinger and younger brother to ex-Buckeye J.J and Kent State forward Julian. He averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds a game last year earning third team All-Ohio recognition.
Coming off a second team All-Ohio selection season with 15.4 points per game, Dayton Jefferson Adreian Payne is rated as the No. 25 player in the country in Super 60 and is the No. 6 power forward.
Payne (6-9, 215) has not made a college commitment yet and has been tight-lipped throughout his recruitment. He has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Xavier, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Dayton, Indiana and Memphis and is drawing interest from Maryland and Kansas.
Payne has led Jefferson to an early 4-2 record.
Another Ohio State recruit making the cut is Cincinnati Princeton guard Jordan Sibert at No. 41. Sibert (6-3, 180) averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals last year making the Greater Miami Conference second team.
He has led Princeton to an 8-1 mark this season with 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and two steals.
Sibert, who is also rated as the No. 13 shooting guard, considered scholarship offers from Xavier, Cincinnati and Tennessee.
Rounding out the Ohio contingent in the Super 60 at No. 51 is Dayton Thurgood Marshall point guard Juwan Staten. Staten (5-10, 160) exploded for 23.8 points last year and selected the hometown Flyers over Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Indiana.
Staten is rated as the No. 8 point guard in the country.
Payne, Sullinger and Staten were part of an AAU National Championship team in 2007 starring for the All-Ohio Red squad. They won another National championship in 2008 as Sibert joined them on the team.
Other players on the All-Ohio Red team in 2008 included Northland power forward J.D. Weatherspoon (Xavier) and Findlay Liberty-Benton guard Aaron Craft (Tennessee).
Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy point guard Pe’Shon Howard is rated No. 57 in the Super 60.
Howard (6-2, 195) transferred to Oak Hills from Lakewood St. Edward after his freshman year in 2006-07. He saw significant time on the court for the Eagles as they finished 25-1. He scored 14 points in a 67-60 state semifinal loss to eventual state champion Cincinnati Moeller.
Howard, rated as the No. 10 point guard, is considering Ohio State and Indiana.
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* Mayo was rated as the top player in the country as a junior while at Cincinnati North College Hill. He transferred to Huntington (W.Va.) for his senior year and finished high school ranked No. 3 in the country and the No. 2 shooting guard.
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