Ohio boys basketball recruiting news: AAU season nearing an end


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As the AAU basketball season is nearing a close, here is the latest news and offerings regarding boys basketball prospects in Ohio. Who has new offers? Who is still unsigned? What underclassmen are getting noticed? We have all the answers.

As the AAU basketball season is nearing a close, here is the latest news and offerings.

The Class of 2010 still has quite a few top unsigned players.

Columbus Brookhaven’s Craig Sealy, who is a 6-foot-6 power forward, was offered by Bowling Green this past week. There are several other schools interested in this lengthy, high-flying senior.

Coldwater’s Eric Lefeld was offered by Ball State for basketball, despite committing to Cincinnati to play football. The 6-foot-7 Lefeld plays for Team CBIZ.

Raphael Carter, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Olentangy, is hearing from Wright State and James Madison. However, he may go the prep school route to get his grades in line. Carter plays with the All-Ohio Red 16-and-under squad, but will be a senior.

James “JD” Weatherspoon is still on the board and weighing his options. He is certainly a high major type player that could still end up at his original choice, Xavier.

The highest ranked player still on the board is Dayton Jefferson’s 6-foot-10 Adreian Payne. The big fellow is considering offers from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisville. Though, Connecticut is starting to come into the picture. Payne and his highly touted All-Ohio Red 17-and-under unit will be in Orlando for the AAU Nationals.

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Point guard Juwan Staten has transferred from Thurgood Marshall to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Staten is still holding true on his commitment to Dayton.

Cleveland Benedictine’s Derek Jackson signed with Central Michigan. The Bengals’ point guard is the only commitment of a loaded team now that teammate Cameron Wright has opened up his recruiting after previously committing to Ohio State.

Wilmington point guard Quinten Rollins accepted an offer from Miami (OH). The 5-foot-10 Rollins will spear-head a loaded Hurricanes team in 2009-2010.

Lexington senior Courtney Avery has now signed with Michigan. The 5-foot-10 senior originally committed to Stanford to play both football and basketball.

Top point guards still out there are: Lynhurst Brush star Nate Tait, Canton Glen Oak’s Storm Sanders, Lima Shawnee’s Cody Smith, Toledo Start’s Anthony Henderson, and Anna’s Derek Billing.

The wing position has only one commitment from the Class of ’10 in Cincinnati Princeton’s Jordan Sibert. The 6-foot-3 silky smooth Sibert is verbally committed to Thad Matta and the Buckeyes. Sibert is still recovering from a broken leg suffered in April at the Boo Williams Invitational.

There isn’t an overwhelming stock of high major talent at the wing, but there are still some solid prospects in the field.

Cameron Wright has plenty of big offers including Wisconsin and Indiana. He is the biggest name left of the wings. Wright, according to High Major Scoop, recently got offers from Michigan State and Pittsburgh. The Benedictine combo wing has enjoyed a very nice spring and summer, and continues to improve his overall game.

Others to consider are: the fast rising Rob Brandenburg of Gahanna Lincoln, Geron Johnson of Dayton Dunbar, Brook Turson of Plymouth, Kevin Gray of Reynoldsburg, Jordan Berlin of Wilmington, Anthony Jackson of Gahanna Lincoln, Jay Springs of Toledo St. John’s, Alex Davis of Tipp City Tippecanoe, and Ryan Vanderhorst of New Knoxville to name a few.

The wing forward spot is top heavy with Northland’s Weatherspoon, Westerville South’s Ralph Hill, Cincinnati Winton Woods’ Allen Payne, Lima Senior’s Anton Hutchins, and Cleveland Heights’ Aaron Ashley.

Hill accepted an offer to play for Brian Gregory and the Dayton Flyers. The 6-foot-6 Hill, who plays for Team CBIZ on the AAU circuit, can be as good as he wants.

The 6-foot-6 Payne, who is loaded with talent but doesn’t get the hype, has offers from Dayton, Penn State, Virginia Commonwealth, Oklahoma State, Akron, Ball State, St. Joseph’s, and Ohio University. Payne is currently in Orlando with the Queen City Prophets.

Hutchins has raised his stock by playing with All-Ohio Red, while Ashley has been sidelined from AAU recovering from an injury.

Others under the radar are: Fort Loramie’s Mark Frilling, Thurgood Marshall’s Greg Gainey, Fort Recovery’s Greg Kahlig, and Cleveland East Shaw’s Maurion Johnson and David Goodwater.

The power forward position has four Division I commitments and Lefeld committing for football. 6-foot-8 Jared Sullinger leading the way, as most people know, the fundamentally sound coach’s son will be taking his talents to Ohio State.

Massillon Jackson’s Mark Henniger is headed to Kent State, while high school teammate Josh Egner has issued his word to Keith Dambrot at Akron to join Dublin Coffman’s Michael Green.

There are still plenty of talented power forwards around the state. The aforementioned Sealy and Carter, along with Cleveland Benedictine’s Nick Harney who enjoyed a solid spring, and Brunswick’s Tyler Ferrell would all be top notch gets.

The big man category has no signees. Payne is certainly the headliner, but Cincinnati Moeller’s Griffin McKenzie is quickly gaining steam. The latter missed most of last basketball season with an injury. He recently earned offers from Ohio State and Vanderbilt to go along with offers from Northwestern, Cincinnati, Xavier, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Kentucky, Miami (OH), Ball State, and Wright State.

Toledo St. Francis’ Storm Stanley is hearing from a lot of schools, and owns offers from James Madison and Toledo. The 6-foot-10 center has earned a career 4.389 grade point average thus far.

Others to consider are: Vandalia Butler’s A.J. Pacher, St. Henry’s Victor Fortkamp, Cincinnati Taft’s Corey Hunter, and Kent Roosevelt’s Cameron Black.

Latest Underclassmen News:

One of the biggest stories came from Cincinnati commit Chane Behanon who has left Cincinnati Aiken for Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 6-foot-7 power forward, who was regarded by many as the top player in his class (’11) for Ohio, is ranked in the top 100 nationally along with Zach Price of Lakewood St. Ed’s.

James “Zach” Price has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.

2011 wing Blake Justice of Peebles received an offer from Albany this past week, and Akron, Miami (OH), and Eastern Michigan are also very interested. Justice is a sharp-shooting scoring machine from southeast Ohio.

Trey Burke of Columbus Northland has several offers on his plate including: Butler, Akron, James Madison, Ohio University, Cleveland State, Kent State, and Miami (OH). The 2011 point guard has elevated as high as anyone over the course of the spring and summer. The All-Ohio Red point guard has yet to be offered by Ohio State.

Traevon Jackson of Westerville South, who is arguably the top wing in the Class of ’11, has been offered by Akron. Jackson is the son of Ohio legend Jimmy Jackson.

Garfield Heights’ 2011 point guard Trey Lewis has offers from Cleveland State and Kent State. Rumor is Lewis was recently offered by Providence, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Lewis played well at the Peach Jam for his All-Ohio Red 16-and-under squad scoring 17 points in a finals loss to The Family out of Michigan.

Strongsville’s fast rising junior Aaron White has been offered by Akron and James Madison. The 6-foot-6 wing forward also has strong interest from several Big Ten schools and other high majors.

2012 big man Elijah Macon has committed to West Virginia, but the offers will still roll in for the Marion Franklin star in the making.

One of the hottest young post players in the state is Columbus Northland’s Jalen Robinson. The 6-foot-7 Robinson has offers from West Virginia, Kent State, Akron, and Ohio University. Robinson is very skilled in the post.

Macon and Robinson join Chillicothe’s Malik London on All-Ohio Red’s 15-and-under unit culminating one of the best young front lines around.

Berlin Hiland’s Dylan Kaufman has been offered by Akron and Miami (OH) and Butler is also very interested in the 2012 combo guard.

2011 Headliners in no particular order

Trey Burke- Columbus Northland- Point Guard
Stevie Taylor- Gahanna Lincoln- Point Guard
Travis Trice- Huber Heights Wayne- Point Guard
Trey Lewis- Garfield Heights- Point Guard
Cheatum Norrils- Toledo St. John’s- Point Guard
Traevon Jackson- Westerville South- Wing
Jehvon Clark- Canton Timken- Wing
Blake Justice- Peebles- Wing
Markus Crider- Huber Heights Wayne- Wing Forward
Will Weeks- Garfield Heights- Wing Forward
Aaron Thomas- formerly of Cincinnati Aiken- Wing Forward
Aaron White- Strongsville- Wing Forward
Paul Honiford- Garaway- Power Forward
Anton Grady- Cleveland Central Catholic- Power Forward
Jakarr Sampson- Akron SVSM- Power Forward
Junior Fortunat- Akron SVSM- Power Forward
Zach Price- Lakewood St. Edwards- Center
Kirby Wright- Middletown- Center
Nate Anderson- Teays Valley- Center

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