Nike All-Ohio Slam-N-Jam hosts some of state’s top talent


Findlay Liberty-Benton point guard Aaron Craft

The Nike All-Ohio Slam-N-Jam took place this past Sunday at The U.S.A
Sports Academy in Columbus and the six-court gymnasium was packed
filled with peak talent. Below we list the top performers in the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Nike All-Ohio Slam-N-Jam took place this past Sunday at The U.S.A Sports Academy in Columbus and the six-court gymnasium was packed filled with peak talent.

Each team played four 20-minute games followed by two championship games and close to 60 all-stars were chosen at the end of the day.

Ohio State commit and Findlay Liberty-Benton start Aaron Craft and Lancaster’s Steve Bridgeman led their team to one of the championships over a short-handed squad that featured Columbus East’s Jordan Laster, Columbus Africentric’s Tevin Weind, and Fishers High School (IN) freshman sensation Jalen Brown. The team lost Columbus Marion Franklin’s Elijah Macon early in the day to severe sprained ankle.

In the other championship game, a team led by Gahanna Lincoln’s Stevie Taylor, Lima Senior’s Anton Hutchins, and Hilliard Bradley’s Jake Forest outlasted a star-studded team featuring Ohio State commit and Columbus Northland star J.D. Weatherspoon, Trey Burke of Columbus Northland, Nate Anderson of Teays Valley, and Jake Kretzer of Waverly.

Top 5 2010 Performers:

1. Jared Sullinger (6’9) Columbus Northland (Ohio State)
2. Aaron Craft (6’2)- Findlay Liberty-Benton (Ohio State)
3. J.D. Weatherspoon (6’6)- Columbus Northland (Ohio State)
4. Anton Hutchins (6’4)- Lima Senior
5. Brandon Rushton (6’3)- Reynoldsburg

Other top 2010 performers:

Matt Napier (6’6)- Olentangy Liberty
Darrell Chenault (5’10)- Columbus Centennial
Jordan Laster (6’2)- Columbus East
Doug Thorpe (5’10)- Columbus Eastmoor
Tevin Weind (6’5)- Columbus Africentric
Aaron Cephas (6’2)- Cincinnati Woodward
Jeremiah Chancellor (6’5)- Cincinnati Woodward
Peter Kpan (6’7)- Columbus Brookhaven

Biggest Beneficiaries:

Darrell “Bucky” Chenault and Doug Thorpe are two solid guards that continue to impress. Both had great days and are capable of helping a college program.

Top 5 2011 Performers:

1. Trey Burke (6’0)- Columbus Northland
2. Traevon Jackson (6’2)- Westerville South
3. Brock Ammons (6’7)- Findlay
4. Stevie Taylor (5’9)- Gahanna Lincoln
5. Nate Anderson (6’9)- Teays Valley

Other top 2011 performers:

Michael Bean (6’7)- Bellefontaine
Steve Bridgeman (6’5)- Lancaster
Jakyl Cornley (6’2)- Columbus Northland
Evan Legg (6’2)- Piketon
Isaih Boddie (6’3)- Huber Heights Wayne
Shawn Flemming (6’1)- Dayton Northridge
Shakir Dunning (6’2)- Harvest Prep
Geron Tate (6’5)- Harvest Prep
Jake Forest (5’10)- Hilliard Bradley
Joshua Chancellor (6’7)- Cincinnati Woodward
Demarko Lyshe (5’10)- Westerville South
Trey Lewis (6’1)- Garfield Heights
Adam Westbeld (6’6)- Kettering Fairmont
Xavier Brown (5’9)- Bowling Green
Kyle Schriml (6’3)- Canal Winchester

Biggest Beneficiaries:

Michael Bean continues to fly onto the radar. The Bellefontaine big man should have a big junior year.

Piketon’s Evan Legg is a solid point guard that possesses some old school moves using the spin move to his benefit in the lane. Legg can consistently hit the mid range pull-up.

Hilliard Bradley’s Jake Forest constantly shows his ability to play with anybody. Forest brings a lot of energy to the floor with ability to lead. He pushes the ball in transition with a purpose. He plays solid defense with above average quickness. The kid lacks size but his heart makes up for it and then some.

Top 5 2012 Performers:

1. Elijah Macon (6’8)- Columbus Marion Franklin
2. Matt Rhodes (6’5)- Westerville North
3. Jake Kretzer (6’5)- Waverly
4. Malik London (6’8)- Chillicothe
5. Jalen Robinson (6’8)- Columbus Northland

*Elijah Macon suffered a severe sprained ankle after coming down hard following a violent blocked shot.

Other top 2012 performers:

Matt Bingaya (6’2)- Delaware Hayes
Matt Kurlic (5’10)- Worthington Christian
Nick Neale (6’3)- Dublin Jerome
R.J. Raglin (6’2)- Reynoldsburg
Nick Archer (6’6)- Olentangy Liberty
C.J. Getty (6’9)- Findlay
Isiah “Zeke” Rogers (5’7)- Westerville South
Tyler White (6’2)- Lima Senior
Adam McCall (5’9)- Harvest Prep
Jordan Potts (5’11)- Columbus Northland
Myles Hamilton (6’2)- Lakewood St.Edward’s
Joe Penno (6’0)- Kettering Alter
Mark Lieberman (6’0)- Dayton Christian

Top 5 2013 Performers:

1. Marc Loving (6’6)- Toledo St.John’s
2. Jalen Brown (5’9)- Fishers High School (IN)
3. Evan Bradds (6’6)- Jamestown Greenview
4. Vittorio “Vitto” Brown (6’7)- Bowling Green High School
5. Aaron Jackson (6’3)- Gahanna Lincoln

Other 2013 top performers:

Jermaine Justice (6’3)- Ravenna
Austin Grimes (6’3)- Cincinnati Woodward
Chris McGuire (6’1)- Dayton Chaminade Julienne
Ronnie Stokes (5’9)- Gahanna Lincoln
Matt Gump (6’0)- Bellefontaine
Evan Schick (6’2)- North Canton Hoover
Jaaron Simmons (6’0)- Kettering Alter
Clemmye Owens (5’10)- Toledo Rogers
Theo Williamson (6’1)- Pickerington Central
Antonio Bisutti (6’0)- Dublin Scioto
Patrick Wrencher Jr. (6’6)- Cincinnati Moeller
Deontae Cole (6’3)- Toledo Central Catholic
Tony Kynard (5’10)- Toledo Rogers

Top 9 2014 Performers:

1. Tyler Herron (6’8)- Cleveland (Middle School unknown)
2. Juan Ford (5’10)- Studebaker Middle School (Huber Heights Wayne)
3. Adam Gigax (6’3)- Mason Middle School (Moeller High School)
4. Manuel Powell (5’1)- Gahanna Middle School (Gahanna Lincoln)
5. Devyn Walker (5’7)- Pleasant Run Middle School (Cincinnati Northwest)
6. Brandon Hawkins (5’10)- John R. Lea Middle School (Apple Creek Waynedale)
7. Eric James Jr. (5’10)- Genoa Middle School (Westerville)
8. Matt Cottrill (5’11)- John R. Lea Middle School (Apple Creek Waynedale)
9. T.J. Steele (4’11)- Shaker Middle School (Shaker Heights)

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