Ohio stars shine at All-Ohio Nike Slam-N-Jam Challenge


Marion-Franklin’s Elijah Macon was one of several players who shined at the All-Ohio Nike Clam-N-Jam.

The annual All-Ohio Nike Slam-N-Jam Challenge took place this past
Sunday on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. 160 prospects made
the trek to ODU to participate in Sunday’s event in hopes of catching
the eye of some of the D-II, D-III, NAIA schools, and scouts in
attendance. See who did what…

The annual All-Ohio Nike Slam-N-Jam Challenge took place this past Sunday on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. 160 prospects made the trek to ODU to participate in Sunday’s event in hopes of catching the eye of some of the D-II, D-III, NAIA schools, and scouts in attendance.

The majority of the kids fell in the 9th through 12th grade range; however, a few 7th and 8th graders were sprinkled in trying to prove they belong with the big boys.

Top Players:

The one-day extravaganza was filled with talented players, but none better than Michigan commit Trey Burke.

Burke was outstanding in the two-plus games we were able to see him participate. Teaming with Northland teammate Devon Scott (6’8/Jr.) and Westerville North sharp-shooter Matt Rhodes (6’5/Jr.), Burke came to eat. The 6-foot senior spent most of his time knocking down face up triples with defenders right in his face, but also got to the bucket when needed. Burke has the rare knack for wanting, taking, and making the big shot. He proved this time and time again on the AAU circuit.

Rhodes dazzled many onlookers yesterday with his play.  Rhodes is a deadly shooter whether it is face-up or with his back to the basket hitting Kobe Bryant-like faders from 15-feet. We aren’t exactly sure how many buckets Rhodes scored yesterday, but it was a large amount.

Scott is a fast-rising junior. The 6-foot-8 junior has longed been known for his high-motor and physical play, but now he is adding an offensive game in the paint and starting to show the ability to knock down mid-range shots. Scott’s stock is starting to take off. According to many accounts, Scott loves the weight room and his added strength is showing.

Another junior big man, Elijah Macon (6’9/Marion Franklin), also performed extremely well. Macon seemed much more focused yesterday. Every time we looked up, the athletic freak was throwing down another thunderous dunk. Macon is extremely athletic for a kid his size. He even wowed the crowd with his ability to handle the ball in a full-court pressure situation. Macon’s talent is far superior to anyone in his class, but needs to continue to stay focused on things outside of basketball.

It seemed like this kid was going unnoticed for much of the day, but Jelani Carpenter (6’6/Sr.) of Detroit Cody was outstanding. Carpenter ran the floor extremely well, is very athletic, and finished above the rim on several occasions. The senior was very active and was a force in the paint all afternoon.

Another kid who caught our eye was freshman Dylan Portwood (6’3/Scott County, KY). We were very surprised to look at the roster sheet to see Portwood was only a frosh. He was playing like a solid junior.

Manual Powell
(5’5/Fr.) of Gahanna Lincoln performed very well amongst many bigger kids. Powell will likely be the heir apparent to Stevie Taylor at Gahanna, so Lions head coach Tony Staib should feel extremely good about that. Powell makes plays and has the ability to create for others along with the ability to knock down shots.

Kyle Stergis
(5’4/8th) of Shaker Middle School showed the ability to perform against the big boys. Stergis is a savvy point guard with a good IQ for the game.

Dion McKinley
(6’5/Jr) of Portsmouth is name little known to people outside of Southeast Ohio, but the lefty who knows how to play in the paint. He gets good position and has the ability to finish very well going over his right shoulder.

Jack Gibbs
(5’10/So.) of Westerville North was showcasing his game once again. Gibbs, who has some sauce to his game, was making tough shots, throwing crowd-pleasing passes, and getting it done on defense. Gibbs is a winner who is tough and makes winning plays.

Mark Lieberman
(6’1/Jr.) of Dayton Christian had a nice day as well. Lieberman was knocking down face-up triples with a hand in the face, and getting to the basket.

Zach Denny (6’0/So.) of Germantown Valley View had an outstanding day. Denny knocked down spot-up threes along with getting to the basket and scoring in transition. It was the first time we were able to see Denny, and we were very impressed. It appeared he has a good overall IQ for the game. Denny averaged a little over eight points per game as a frosh.

Isiah Boddie
(6’2/Sr.) had a real good day shooting the basketball. Boddie took quite a few shots from behind the arc, but he made several. We were happy to see him being aggressive and assertive.

Kyle Schriml (6’3/Sr.) of Canal Winchester is a pure athlete. Schriml was very active yesterday and pulled off several highlight-reel dunks. He even knocked down a few perimeter shots, though; his shot is still a bit flat.

Schriml almost had the play of the day when drove down the middle of the lane and soared up into the air trying to serve up a facial on his buddy Devon Scott. Schriml missed the one-handed dunk and returned back down the court with a smile on his face as Scott was waving his finger telling Schriml, “not in my house.”

Andrew Bolka (6’6/Sr.) of Xenia was extremely active in the paint. Bolka, who is a lefty, was getting buckets with his hard work and relentless pursuing of the ball coming off the glass. Bolka has real nice touch on the interior and showed he can score in traffic.

Kalomo Figueroa-Jackson
(6’4.5/Sr.) of Columbus Africentric caught our eye as well. It was the first time we watched Jackson at much length. He was a very smooth operator when he was on the court. He didn’t do a ton of scoring when we watched him, but he was outstanding at distributing the basketball. His size allows him to make passes over defenders to players cutting to the basket. He also made several nice bounce passes to get easy buckets for his teammates. Jackson always made the right pass or play. We really like the way he plays.

Kadeem Palmer (5’6/Sr.) of Cincinnati Taft defines the term floor general. Palmer did a great job of controlling the tempo and allowing his teammates to eat. He is a pest on defense creating several steals and deflections for easy buckets in transition.

Andre Yates
(6’2/Jr.) of Trotwood-Madison is a kid we really like. Yates is crafty with the basketball. The junior can create and knock down shots off the pull-up. He is at his best in transition.

Teammates yesterday and likewise during the high school season, junior Mike Nicholas (5’9) and sophomore Paris Lee (5’11) of Proviso East (Illinois) put on a show. Both guards were tremendous and at times it was easy to get one confused with the other. Nicholas and Lee were both able to penetrate and score seemingly whenever they wanted. Keep an eye on these two youngsters.

Other top performers OHSH was able to see:
**Obviously, we most likely will miss a few kids because it’s not only hard to see everybody, but even if you do there is a good chance we may catch them during a bad game.

2011 Prospects:
Julian Harris (6’4)- Dayton Christian
Shawn Fleming (6’1)- Dayton Northridge
Evan Mills (6’4)- Pickerington North
Steve Bridgeman (6’5)- Bloom-Carroll
Robert Holloway (5’11)- Columbus Brookhaven
Zach Riddle (6’1)- Dublin Coffman
Dwayne Bazemore (6’9)- Columbus Walnut Ridge
DeMarkeo Lyshe (5’11)- Westerville South
Clint James (6’1)- Columbus DeSales
LaVincent Daniels (6’5)- Cincinnati Finneytown
Warren Wilson (6’1)- Trotwood-Madison
Garrett Stephenson (6’6)- Milton Union
Chris Lowe (6’3)- Cincinnati Taft
Evan Legg (6’2)- Piketon
Adam Westbelt (6’6)- Kettering Fairmont
Keith Brinkman (6’6)- Middletown Bishop Fenwick
Michael Booze (6’1)- Trotwood-Madison

2012 Prospects:
Orlando Berry (5’7)- Cincinnati Taft
James Brown (6’1)- Trotwood-Madison
Jalen Robinson (6’8)- Columbus Northland
Doug Richey (6’1)- Columbus Eastmoor
Cody Blizzard (6’5)- Ashtabula Lakeside
AJ Ireland (6’3)- Bloom-Carroll
Marquez Johnson (6’2)- Cincinnati Taft
Eric Weisenbach (6’10)- Dublin Coffman
Jalean Lowe (6’3)- Cincinnati Taft
Drazen Frankovitch (6’6)- Weirton Madonna (WV)
Josh Kipfer (6’5)- Wadsworth
Trevon Banks (6’5)- Cass Tech (MI)
Adam McCall (5’10)- Harvest Prep
Grant Harris (6’2)- Harvest Prep
Jordan Potts (5’11)- Columbus Northland
Caleb Schillace (6’6)- LaGrange Keystone
CJ Getty (6’11)- Findlay

2013 Prospects:
Damarion Geter (6’5)- Dayton Dunbar
Zacc Carter (5’9)- Ironton
Ronnie Stokes (5’11)- Gahanna Lincoln
KeJuan Skinner-Byrd (5’6)- Harvest Prep
Tyler Sherman (6’8)- Norton
Keon Johnson (5’6)- Mansfield Senior
Isaac McGlone (6’1)- Bloom-Carroll
Kevin Stewars (6’5)- Trotwood-Madison
Elijah Brown (6’2)- Lakewood St. Edward’s
Ravonne Lovett (6’2)- Trotwood-Madison
Kyle Rollins (6’0)- West Jefferson
Corey Wise (6’2)- Hamilton
Kevin Marsh (6’3)- Dublin Coffman
Trey Fletcher (6’6)- Ironton
Evan Van Orman (6’3.5)- Bellville Clear Fork
Matt Gump (6’3)- Bellefontaine

2014 Prospects:
Connor Schurman (6’2.5)- Scott County (KY)
Jason Sandridge (6’3)- Toledo Bowsher
DeAnthony Hosley (5’10)- Licking Heights
JeMichael Blanton (6’3)- Thurgood Marshall
Jimmer Ryan (5’11)- Gahanna Lincoln
DaJuan King (5’6)- Toledo Bowsher
Nate Allen (6’2)- Toledo Bowsher
DeAndre Kizer (5’8)- Toledo Bowsher
Ronnie Williams (6’2)- Columbus Brookhaven
Adam Gigax (6’4)- Cincinnati Moeller
Nick True (6’6)- Highlands (KY)
Chris Moxley (5’10)- Columbus Bishop Hartley
TJ Panell (5’3)- Columbus DeSales
Trenton Gilbert (6’1)- Scott County (KY)

Here is a listing of the other 7th and 8th Graders who participated:

2015 Prospects:
Melvin Shiver (5’3)- Tree of Life (Columbus)
Tyler Dunlap (5’10)- West Middle (Lima)
David Richardson (5’4)- Ridgeview (Pickerington)
Eric Marshall (5’8)- Ridgeview (Pickerington)
Jalon Tuttle (5’9)- Indian Lake (Indian Lake, Ohio)
Asante Patterson (5’10)- Dayton Early
Connor Bowen (5’7)- Lake (Toledo)
Rodney Culver Jr. (5’10)- Ridgeview (Pickerington)
Seth McCoy (5’11)- Canal Winchester
Nick Hudson (6’0)- Georgetown (KY)
Tony Anderson (6’5)- Columbus Africentric
Andrew Francesconi (6’2)- Tallmadge Middle School
Ivan Reichert (6’2)- Indian Lake (Indian Lake, Ohio)

2016 Prospects:
K’Rye Allison (5’7)- Portsmouth Middle School

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