The First Annual Nike All-Ohio City Series Top 40 took place this past Saturday and concluded on Sunday. The event brought together 38 of the top players in Central Ohio and the surrounding areas at the USA Sports Academy.
The 1st Annual Nike All-Ohio City Series Top 40 took place this past Saturday and concluded on Sunday. The event brought together 38 of the top players in Central Ohio and the surrounding areas at the USA Sports Academy. The 38 players were split up on four teams for round robin action on Saturday.
On Sunday, the city series championship was played followed by a game featuring the top 20 rising young players in the area (2012s and 2013s). The day concluded with an all-star of 20 of the best from the weekend.
The inaugural event was a success in most regards considering All-Ohio’s head man (Jerry Watson) just started putting the event together a few weeks ago.
Look for this event to really take off in the next couple years with the hopes of making it a state-wide event. The idea is to have the top players from each metro area meet in Columbus to compete in a state-side city series. Think of the talent that will display in one gym.
In regards to Sunday’s action, the championship game, the team wearing the Carolina Blue coached by Rob Taylor held on in an entertaining final, 79-74.
Taylor’s team beat the team that finished Saturday’s robin action unbeaten. However, Team Grey was without 2011 Columbus Northland point guard Trey Burke and 2012 wing forward Jake Kretzer of Waverly. Burke injured his back late in the day on Saturday, and sat out for precautionary reasons on Sunday.
Take nothing away from Taylor’s outfit, they were outstanding all weekend. Columbus Brookhaven’s Craig Sealy took home the MVP award. The 6-foot-5 Bowling Green recruit scored 15 points in the championship game all coming in the second half.
Sealy’s effort was aided by Dublin Coffman junior Christian Heine’s 15 markers. Heine poured in 13 points in the first half by running the floor and making some great cuts to the basket. Columbus Beechcroft’s Leo Delvin added 13 points including 12 in the first half. The 6-foot-4 Delvin banged the boards all day long keeping several possessions alive by attacking the glass.
Gahanna Lincoln point guard Stevie Taylor (5’9/2011) scored 11 points including three bonus balls.
Taylor, Teays Valley’s Nate Anderson (6’9/2011), and Jake Forrest (5’9/2011) of Hilliard Bradley were members of the All-Tournament team.
Team Grey, in a losing effort, was led by Dublin Coffman’s Michael Green (6’7/2010) 21 points and 2010 Centennial guard Bucky Chenault’s 14 lightings. Reynoldsburg’s Brandon Rushton (6’3/2010) added 10 points.
Green and Chenault were All-Tournament selections for the runner-up.
Coffman’s Green has been tremendous all fall absolutely shooting the lights out from the perimeter and showing the ability to beat his opponent off the dribble and get into the paint. Green has added quite a bit of muscle which allows him to get in the paint and draw a ton of foul calls. He is excellent at the line. Green is an Akron commit.
Some of the other top performers from this weekend’s action were:
Max Van Meter (6’6/2010) of Westerville Central, Dominique Royal (6’5/2010) of Pickerington Central, Kyle Schriml (6’3/2011) of Canal Winchester, Doug Thorpe (5’11/2010) of Columbus Eastmoor, Traevon Jackson (6’3/2011) of Westerville South, Matt Rhodes (6’5/2012) of Westerville North, Rob Brandenburg (6’3/2010) of Gahanna Lincoln, Jordan Laster (6’3/2010) of Columbus East, Gerron Tate (6’5/2011) of Harvest Prep, Kevin Gray (5’11/2010) of Reynoldsburg, Steve Bridgeman (6’5/2011) of Lancaster, Zack Joseph (5’9/2010) of Olentangy Orange, Andrew Delvin (6’6/2010) of Columbus Beechcroft, Shakir Dunning (6’1/2011) of Harvest Prep, Anton Hutchins (6’4/2010) of Lima Senior, Ralph Hill (6’7/2010) of Westerville North, Peter Kpan (6’6/2010) of Columbus Brookhaven, Jourdan DeVoll (6’3/2010) of Westerville Central, Kyle Molock (6’1/2012) of Dublin Coffman, Jeremy Qualls (6’0/2010) of Walnut Ridge, and Oliver McGlade (5’10/2010) of Upper Arlington, and Wes Richter (6’6/2011) of Upper Arlington.
Absent from this weekend’s event were Jared Sullinger and JD Weatherspoon of Columbus Northland. Sullinger was battling sickness this weekend and Weatherspoon is nursing an injury.
Also, absent were Columbus DeSales’ Nick Kellogg and Upper Arlington’s Brian Sullivan.
In addition to the Top 40 Championship Game on Sunday, 20 of the top sophomores and freshmen took part in a heated contest featuring some of the best young talent in Central Ohio.
Trailing (19-2) at one point of the game, Team Green came from way down to overtake Team White, 52-48.
Adam McCall, who was named the game’s MVP, scored 10 points to help lead the comeback. The 5-foot-10 Harvest Prep sophomore is enjoying an outstanding fall that has moved him up the charts among Ohio’s top sophomore point guards.
Columbus Brookhaven’s 6-foot sophomore Khalid King and Olentangy Liberty’s 6-foot-6 sophomore Nick Archer both added 10 points a piece for the winners.
Columbus Northland’s 5-foot-11 sophomore Jordan Potts fueled the comeback with some fierce play and his will to win. He and talented Gahanna Lincoln freshman Aaron Jackson (6’3) evenly divided 12 points.
Columbus Northland’s 6-foot-8 sophomore Devon Scott led Team White in defeat with 10 points and several rebounds. Northland teammate 6-foot-4 sophomore KeChaun Lewis chipped in with seven points and 6-foot-4 Columbus Marion Franklin freshman Marquies Lawrence added seven markers.
Isiah “Zeke” Rogers (5’8/2012) of Westerville South also played well scoring eight points and leading his team at the lead guard spot.
Grant Harris (6’0/2012) combo guard of Harvest Prep was relentless driving the ball to the basket and going to the free-throw line. Harris ended with six points all at the charity stripe.
King, Archer, and Terry Hopewell of Columbus Independence were named to the all-tournament team for the winners and Scott and Lewis were all-tournament selections for the losing team.
Other top performers from the Top 20 game included:
Terry Hopewell (6’7/2012) of Columbus Independence, Nick Neale (6’4/2012) of Dublin Jerome, Channing Doerman (6’3/2012) of Westerville Central, Matt Kurelic (5’10/2012) of Worthington Christian, Jack Gibbs (5’9/2013) of Westerville North, Eric Weisenbach (6’10/2012) of Dublin Coffman, R.J. Raglin (6’1/2012) of Reynoldsburg, Doug Richey (6’0/2012) of Harvest Prep, and Ronnie Stokes (5’9/2013) of Gahanna Lincoln.