The 2010 All-Ohio Super Sixteen took place this past weekend at the USA
Sports Academy in Columbus showcasing some of Ohio’s best talent from
the junior high ranks to high school juniors. Here’s who impressed…and won.
COLUMBUS – The 2010 All-Ohio Super Sixteen took place this past weekend at the USA Sports Academy in Columbus showcasing some of Ohio’s best talent from the junior high ranks to high school juniors.
Last year, All-Ohio Red was crowned victorious in the 14, 15, 16, and 17U divisions giving them a clean sweep of its own tournament. This year there were a couple changes, a 13-and-under sector was added to the card and Red wasn’t as fortunate.
Red did manage to capture the 17-and-under championship along with the 14-and-under title. In the 16U division, All-Ohio Purple staked its claim as the best with a title game victory over Ferrari out of Chicago. Ohio Varsity White pulled off an upset in 15U action by upending the ultra-talented All-Ohio Red bunch. The 13-and-under gold went to Buckeye Prep.
Ohio High School Hoops was on hand for the two-day festivities. Here is a look at the top teams and performers.
We spent most of our weekend watching and analyzing the 15 and 16 groups, but we didn’t totally disregard the 17s.
The game of the weekend, in 17U, was without question a pool play game featuring All-Ohio Red and the Buckeye Ballers.
Red appeared dead in the water against a game Ballers squad led by talented 2012 prospect Kenny Kaminski. The 6-foot-7 Medina product enjoyed a terrific weekend practically willing the Ballers to a win over Red. Kaminski, who has offers from Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan State, scored 15 points in the contest and grabbed several rebounds. We were certainly pleased to see him taking the ball to the basket knowing he can already shoot the outside shot with his wet stroke. Kaminski’s usual team, Indiana Elite, was off this weekend.
However, Kaminski’s efforts went for not, thanks to Columbus Northland’s Trey Burke. With Red trailing 56-54 with seconds remaining, the Penn State commit calmly took a hard dribble left at the top of the key and knocked down a triple as time expired giving Red a 57-56 triumph.
AOR went unbeaten in pool play then ripped through the Derrick Rose All-Stars, All-Ohio White (69-49), and Eric Gordon Fastbreak in Gold Bracket action.
With both squads exhausted, Red was able to get by the Indiana-based team (Eric Gordon Fastbreak) in the final by a count of 56-42.
Eric Gordon was coming off a runner-up finish in the Adidas May Classic.
Burke led the way in the title game with 14 points and five rebounds followed by Gahanna Lincoln’s Stevie Taylor with 11. The inside combination of George Fant (6’7/Warren Central, KY) and Elijah Macon (6’8/2012) of Marion Franklin was good enough to get the job done. Fant contributed nine and six, while Macon added nine and five.
We were pleasantly surprised by Macon’s play after a couple weeks off. The high-major prospect showed a lot of energy on the offensive glass with two follow up dunks. Macon usually requests breaks throughout the game, but in Sunday’s finale the big man was in high gear.
Brandon Neel (6’4/2011) of Cincinnat LaSalle and Cheatham Norills (6’1/2011) of Toledo St. John’s brought energy in the final contest. Neel scored just five points, but added nine boards along with several hustle plays. Norills was able to push the issue in transition with his above average north-south speed finishing with six points.
Burke was named MVP and Taylor, Fant, and Macon received All-Tournament awards.
For Eric Gordon, Dominique Blackmon led the team 11 points and Brandon Smith added nine and Richard Thomas chipped in with seven counters. Louisville commit, Ryan Taylor, was held to just two points and was basically a non-factor.
Blackmon and Taylor were named to the All-Tournament, but the 5-foot-11 Smith was very impressive in the championship game.
Other 17 pool winners were the Derrick Rose All-Stars (IL), CBIZ, and the King James Shooting Stars. The second place pool teams, who also advanced to Gold Bracket play, were All-Ohio Force, All-Ohio White, Buckeye Ballers, TNBA West, and the West Chester Hawks (NY).
The Hawks were without its terrific backcourt of Jabarie Hinds and Chris Martin.
Other noteable absences included Jakarr Sampson, Ricky Johnson Jr., and Nyles Evans all from King James. Sampson, the best prospect in Ohio, and Johnson and Evans serving as King James’ backcourt.
Despite the absence of three of its best players, King James found a way to make the Final Four before losing to Eric Gordon in a very uninspiring contest. Neither team seemed interested. King James lost its only true guard, Terry Buchanan (6’3/Kalamazoo, MI), to a broken rib.
Throughout the weekend, Zach Price (6’9/Lakewood St.Edward’s), Darius Carter (6’7/Akron Firestone), Markus Crider (6’5/Huber Height Wayne), and Shonn Miller (6’5/Cleveland St.Ignatius) all had their moments.
Though, it was Brock Ammons that caught our eye most of the time. Ammons is a proven shooter, but is now starting to show the initiative to put the ball on the floor. Twice against Eric Gordon he drove the lane and tried to dunk in traffic. This is a good sign for the 6-foot-7 Findlay High School prospect. Keep an eye on this kid.
All-Ohio White also made the Final Four losing to Red. White got solid weekends out of guards Demarkeo Lyshe (5’10/Westerville South) and Chauncey Orr (6’4/Bowling Green) along with power forward Adam Westbeld (6’6/Kettering Fairmont).
White defeated CBIZ in the quarters. CBIZ is struggling right now, but don’t count them out. CBIZ boss Brian Bishop told us they are really hurting right now when the three-point shot isn’t falling. The team is loaded and built around three-ball shooters, but when they aren’t falling things can look ugly for CBIZ.
They did manage to win its pool and got quality play from Brian Sullivan (6’0/Upper Arlington), Blake Justice (6’2/Peebles), and Ned Tomic (6’6/North Royalton).
In a Gold Bracket play-in game, the Buckeye Ballers were able to get by a well-coached TNBA West squad, 63-58.
Tyler Trutza’s TNBA squad ran a lot of very good sets with plenty of Princeton spin-off plays.
TNBA got solid play from Cole Krizancic (5’11/Mentor), Danny Montgomery (6’1/North Ridgeville), Collin Barth (5’11/Olmsted Falls), and Wes Williams (6’3/Padua).
For the Ballers, it was Kaminski along with Jack Bentz (6’1/University School), DJ Bettinger (6’1/Rever), Zach Wasson (6’6/Orrville), and Shawtrail Smith (6’3/Akron Buchtel).
Though, All-Ohio Force was beat in the play-in game, they did offer up the surprise of the tournament. Vinny Zollo (6’8/Scott County, KY) was sporting the Force uniform this weekend. The former Greenfield McClain and Kentucky commit laced it up with Force this weekend with his Indiana Elite team taking the weekend off.
Zollo showed a nice skill set on the block and even played some above the rim. In addition to Zollo, Jake Forest (5’10/Hilliard Bradley) and Jamare Mills (6’5/Dublin Scioto) had solid weekends.
In the Silver Championship, MAC Ohio came out victorious with a victory over the Columbus Storm. Steve Bridgeman (6’5/Lancaster) was named MVP. In games we saw, AJ Ireland (6’4/Bloom-Carroll), Christian Keller (6’0/Newark), Conner Litt (6’8/Fairfield Union), and Michael Walker (6’0/Canal Winchester) played well.
Ireland, Pickerington North’s Trent Waybright (6’3/2011), and Jake McCullough (6’0/2011) were All-Tournament selections for MAC Ohio. Matt Allen (5’10/2011) of Hilliard Darby and Jake Heagen (6’4/2011) of John Glenn were All-Tourney for the Storm.
All-Ohio Purple is not new to winning titles considering they are the defending 15-and-under national champions, and yesterday they added one more trophy to the case claiming the All-Ohio Super 16 despite the absence of Cincinnati Taft’s Adolphus Washington (6’6/2012). Washington is having issues with his wrist.
Purple won its pool then defeated NPBC Caveman, All-Ohio Gold (52-46), and Ferrari (IL) in the championship game (63-52).
We sat down and caught Purple’s game with Gold and the second half of the title game. Without Washington, Orlando Berry Sr.’s team needed a team-effort which is exactly what they received.
Guards Josh Lemons (5’10/Cincinnati LaSalle) and Orlando Berry Jr. (5’8/Cincinnati Taft) ran the show and wings Jalean Lowe (6’2) and Tommy Kreyenhagen (6’2/Cincinnati Sumit Country Day) shot the ball well from the perimeter.
Kreyenhagen’s shot is pure, while Lowe shoots more of a knuckle ball.
Willie Moore (6’2/Cincinnati Aiken) showed signs of his high-major potential with some silky-smoothe drives to the bucket and a couple pull ups.
Dwayne “Too Tall” Standford provided the energy pleasing the crowd on several occasions with high-wire dunks. Standford served up an emphatic facial on a Gold player in the semis putting the onlookers into a frenzy.
Purple led 26-20 at the intermission against Gold then stretched the lead to double digits before Bill Kurelic’s squad issued a comeback. Though, the effort came up short in a 52-46 setback.
In the championship game, Purple roared out to a 35-17 lead at half but Ferrari started the second half on a 12-1 run thanks to four early triples from guards Derrick Randolph (5’7/Whitney Young, IL) and Reggie Norris (5’11/Simeon, IL). Randolph finished the game with five triples and Norris added four with all nine coming into the second half.
Randolph finished with 19 points including 17 in the second half and Norris addded 14.
Lemons led Purple with 15 points including 13 in the first half. Lowe and Berry added 11 and Moore chipped in with 10. Standford tossed in nine.
Kreyenhagen was named MVP with Lemons, Berry, and Lowe being selected to the All-Tourney team.
Ferrari won its pool then got by King James and All-Ohio Red before losing in the title tilt.
They got fine play from Randolph and Norris along with Curtis Jones (6’1/Orr, IL), Nate Brooks (6’5/Whitney Young, IL), and Jermaine Morgan (6’8/Whitney Young, IL).
Ferrari’s game against Red was an overtime encounter with the Chicago-based team escaping with a 58-55 triumph. The squads played to a 47-all score at the end of regulation.
In the games we saw, Red was being led by Jordan Potts (5’10/Columbus Northland), Myles Hamilton (6’1/Lakewood St.Edward’s), Jake Kretzer (6’6/Waverly), Gary Akbar (6’4/Dayton Dunbar), and Deontae Hawkins (6’6/Dayton Dunbar).
Scoring guards Leroy Alexander (6’1/Holland Springfield) and Cam Wilson (6’2/Dublin Jerome) showed the ability to get to the rim, but didn’t do it all the time. Jalen Robinson (6’8/Columbus Northland) struggled against Ferrari, but we didn’t see enough of him the rest of the weekend.
One new addition to the squad was guard Chris Harrison-Docks (5’10) of Okemos, Michigan. Harrison-Docks was an outstanding addition to the club. He is a point guard that understands the game with a winner’s mentality.
One of Red’s top scorers, Mark Minch (6’3/Lakota East), was absent for the event.
Red got pool play started off right with a win over All-Ohio Black and eventually won the pool then defeated the Columbus C-Hawks in the quarters before losing to Ferrari.
All-Ohio Gold also won its pool then beat CBIZ (64-62) in the quarters before losing to Purple. Matt Bingaya (6’3/Delaware Hayes) really hurt CBIZ with his ability to get into the paint and score the basketball. The lefty continues to impress us, but for some reason isn’t getting much publicity.
Other top Gold performers were: Matt Rhodes (6’5/Westerville North), Konnor Baker (6’2/Ada), Ty O’Connor (6’3/Lima CC), Matt Kurelic (5’11/Worthington Christian), Matt Gump (6’1/Bellefontaine), and Terry Hopewell (6’8/Columbus Independence).
Second place 16-and-under teams making Gold Bracket play were CBIZ, King James, NPBC Cavemen, and the Columbus Hawks.
CBIZ lost to All-Ohio Gold (64-62) in the quarters. Dylan Kaufman (6’4/Berlin Hiland), Seger Bonifant (6’6/Strasburg), and Mark Lieberman (6’1/Dayton Christian) stood out for CBIZ.
King James was bounced in the quarter finals after losing to Ferrari. We saw bits and pieces of King James’ pool play game with All-Ohio Gold in which Gold won 55-35. King James was lethargic, and played with little passion. Gold shot the ball well, but King James was helping its cause.
We also witnessed pieces of the Columbus Hawks. This is a team with three 2013 kids on the team, who play very well as a unit to make up for the lack of a bonafide star. Charles Chandler (6’2/2012) of Columbus DeSales and Marcus Ball (6’3/2013) of Westerville South were both productive in the time we saw.
In the Silver bracket, All-Ohio Black knocked off Hidden Gems (46-45) to capture another Silver title.
Head coach Anthony Lavender joked, “we might as well change our name to All-Ohio Silver.”
At any rate, it was another productive weekend for the Black despite playing without talented guard Tyler White of Lima Senior. White is nursing an injury.
Blake Yates (6’3/Lucasville Valley) was named MVP of the bracket, and Khalid King (6’3/Columbus Brookhaven), Nick Archer (6’7/Olentangy Liberty), and RJ Raglin (6’2/Reynoldsburg) made the All-Tournament team.
Archer really stood out to us. He was very active around the basket and can also step out and shoot the basketball. Keep an eye on this kid.
Doug Richie (6’2/Harvest Prep), Carter Smith (5’10/Upper Arlington), Taivion Thomas (6’5/Westerville North), CJ Getty (6’10/Findlay), and Allasane Kah (6’8/Walnut Ridge) all had their moments and produced in some way.
For Hidden Gems, Ryan Carter (6’7/Reynoldsburg) and Jordan Cowgill (6’9/Thomas Worthington) made All-Tourney. Cowgill improves everytime we seem him and guard Grant Harris (6’1/Harvest Prep) also stood out. Other Hidden Gems who played well include Jake Bischoff (6’1/Olentangy Liberty) and Ke’Chaun Lewis (6’3/Columbus Northland).
One other noteworthy game in the 16-and-under was the West Virginia Wilcats- Elmore versus Air Indiana Express. Ott Elmore, a 6-foot-2 rifle man, from South Charleston (WV) did it all for the Wildcats. He knocked down long range triples, and used a variety of old school ball fakes in the paint to get shots off. Elmore finished with 31 points in a 77-58 victory. His brother, Jon (6’1), is an 8th grader who was playing with the 16-and-under squad.
We must admit the majority of our time this past weekend was spent salivating over the potential of the Class of 2013. This is without question Ohio’s deepest class with the most future potential.
Ohio most talented class is headlined by Ohio’s most talented AAU team (All-Ohio Red). Even with all the future potential and present ability, it wasn’t enough to overcome a nails tough and scrappy Ohio Varsity White outfit.
Ohio Varsity raced out to a 21-10 lead in the first half and eventually held a 31-22 advantage at the break. Red did mount a comeback in the second stanza and took the lead 41-40, but Ohio Varsity answered back taking a comfortable lead late into the contest.
Red once again would mount a furious rally and had a chance for a tie, but VJ Beachem’s triple came up short and OV held on for a 54-51 upset of Red.
Ohio Varsity is undersized at almost every position, but makes up for its ability to scrap and claw. This team is one of the most aggressive young teams around.
Guards Jack Gibbs (5’10/Westerville North) and Randal Clarkson (5’10/Columbus Brookhaven) controlled the game by constantly attacking the basket. Both are tough guards, which love to penetrate and get into the lane. Both can score in the lane and knock down the little pull up.
Gibbs plays with swag and Clarkson loves to push the issue.
While Gibbs and Clarkson were maintaining the backcourt, it was Wendall Davis (6’4/Reynoldsburg) and Aaron Jackson (6’3/Gahanna Lincoln) getting it done in the paint. Both players are very active around the basket and no rebound is a lost cause. Jackson has more range than Davis, but the Reynoldsburg sophomore-to-be can get it done on the offensive boards.
Guards Ty Pack (5’10/Columbus East), Khaleed Franklin (6’2/Columbus Beechcroft), and Darren Lee (6’2/New Albany) also played key roles along with inside kid Mike Smith (6’3/Reynoldsburg).
Clarkson led OV in the finals with 13 points with Davis and Gibbs evenly splitting 20. Jackson added seven and Pack chipped in with six.
Davis was named MVP and Gibbs, Clarkson, and Jackson were All-Tournament.
Marc Loving (6’7/Toledo St. John’s) led Red with 19 points and a plethora of rebounds. Cha-Cha Tucker (6’0/Eastern, MI) scored nine and Nigel Hayes (6’7/Toledo Whitmer) added eight.
Loving and Hayes were named All-Tournament for AOR.
Ohio Varsity won its pool and then knocked off CBIZ, The Playmakerz, and All-Ohio Red en route to the gold.
We were able to watch All-Ohio Red for three full games over the course of the two days. Despite the loss, there is no reason to not believe this team is going to be very special down the road. It isn’t like they haven’t won plenty of tournaments already in 2010.
In Saturday’s opener, AOR made quick work of CBIZ jumping out to a big lead to start the game. Loving and Hayes scored at will on the interior with post games and offensive put backs. Tucker and Jaaron Simmons (5’10/Kettering Alter) were pushing the tempo allowing for easy transition buckets and VJ Beachem (6’6/Paul Harding, IN) was knocking down spot up triples.
Red got by the West Chester Hawks (NY) in the quarters of tournament play before playing an upstart TNBA Elite East team. The Cleveland-based squad was coming off a beat down of King James, which had its confidence sky high.
Red wasted little time jumping out to big lead allowing them to hold a 31-15 lead at half time. The quick start was all Red needed to cruise to a 55-40 win in the semis.
Loving did whatever he wanted scoring 20 points. Hayes added 13 and Beachem scored eight including two three-point goals.
Loving’s light is starting to come on, so look out. This kid oozes with long term potential and he is pretty good now. In the past, his assertiveness and aggression has come into question, but those days seem to be over. Loving knocked down threes with his pretty stroke, scored in the lane over either shoulder, showed the turnaround fade away, and even put the ball on the floor finishing with dunks in traffic. Loving rebounded the ball very well on both ends of the floor and with added strength this kid is going to be a nightmare for opponents. The game appears too easy for Loving at times, and his frame with tremendous length has many believing the sky is the limit for this Toledo city kid.
Hayes played well, but appeared injured in the title game. Nothing serious, but just seemed like something was nagging at him. In the prior games, Hayes was very active scoring around the basket, rebounding, dunking, and knocking down 10 footers. The Whitmer prospect has tremendous length with a very high motor. He was able to score over his left shoulder, but when given the opportunity to make an easy bucket going over the right shoulder he wasn’t able to use the left hand. One thing to know about Hayes is he was willing to take a charge up by 20 points midway through the second half of a game.
Beachem, who was playing in just his second tournament with Red, showed high-major potential as well. The kid from Fort Wayne is very long with a wet stroke. He is very thin at this point and at times can disappear, but his potential is unquestionable.
As we mentioned, TNBA Elite was coming off a big win over King James and really played well all weekend. Mark Williams (6’7/Cleveland Benedictine) was dominant in spurts, and had nine points in the loss to Red. Several people commented to us how impressed they were with Williams.
Daniel Bailey (6’1/Bedford Chanel) was another kid, which caught our eye. Bailey scored eight against Red and played well in the win over King James.
Other than Bailey and Williams, no one played very well against Red. Though, the games before TNBA got solid contribution from Alec Papesch (6’5/Cleveland St.Ignatius), Aaron Beidleman (5’8/Bedford), and Hayden Diedrich (6’2/West Geauga).
Papesch knocked down several threes against King James as did Diedrich.
King James, before the rough loss to TNBA, won its pool rather easily.
Tony Farmer (6’7/Garfield Heights) showed several signs of his high-major ability. Farmer scored with moves over his left shoulder in the paint and on offensive boards. No matter how you order them, Farmer, Loving, and Hayes are the top 2013 prospects in Ohio.
Maurice Ofield (6’3/NDCL), Elijah Bell (6’3/Akron Buchtel), and Nic Wells (6’5/Akron SVSM) stood out for King James as well.
The Playmakerz made a surprise trip to the Final Four, but unfortunately we weren’t able to see a lot of this rising team. From most accounts, Jaylen Benton (6’1/Columbus Northland) had an outstanding weekend.
The Playmakerz beat a very good Team Toledo squad in the quarters.
CBIZ also made the Gold Bracket, and welcomed back the services of Dan Monteroso (6’1/St. Clairsville). Monteroso was far from 100 percent, and for a player which hinges on his athletic ability it was tough playing on a 70 percent ankle. Monteroso broke his ankle back in early April.
Jett Speelman (6’5/Newark Catholic), Robert Geoghegan (5’11/Owosso, MI), and Max Kapron (6’5/Malvern) all had their moments for CBIZ.
In the Silver Bracket final, TNBA West was able to grab the medal with a 69-66 win over Nitro USA.
TNBA was led by MVP Cody Bender, and All-Tournament selections Branden Smith, Austin Adams, Royal Eddie.
Nitro was led by Issac McGlone (6’2/Bloom-Carroll), Jacob Matuska (6’5/Bishop Hartley), Matt Freville (6’2/Triad), and Marcael Dent (6’4/Pickerington Central). McGlone and Matuska made All-Tourney.
All-Ohio Red defeated the West Chester Hawks (NY), 55-52 in the Gold Bracket title game.
William Green was named MVP for AOR and Austin Taylor, Jhustice Cornely, and Airius Moore were All-Tournament.
In the Silver, Ohio Varsity defeated All-Ohio Black, 41-38.
Octavius Luke for Ohio Varsity was MVP with Malik Mills, Deanthony Hosley, and Justin Robinson was All-Tournament.
For AOB, Martice Kimbro and Jesse Philpot earned All-Tourney honors.
Buckeye Prep beat Ohio Varsity Blue, 38-37 to gain the gold.
Kevin “Sticks” Fisher was named MVP. Jalen Lewis, Chris Cook, Isaac Anderson were All-Tournament.
Tyrone Cherry and Lloyd Chatman earned the honors for OVB.