Ohio High School Hoops made the trek across the border this past weekend
for the prestigious Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic
at the Spiece Fieldhouse and other surrounding schools. Desite a slow start, the Buckeye State came roaring back…
Fort Wayne, Indiana – Ohio High School Hoops made the trek across the border this past weekend for the prestigious Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic at the Spiece Fieldhouse and other surrounding schools.
The beautiful, eight-court Spiece facility hosted some of the weekend’s elite games and players providing an exciting three days of basketball in the Hoosier state. A select 64 teams participated in each of the 15, 16, and 17-and-under pools and 24 teams took part in the 14-and-under festivities. The top two finishers in each pool made the Gold Bracket, while the third and fourth place teams competed in Silver Bracket action.
Despite a bit of a slow start for some Ohio teams in pool play; the Buckeye state came roaring back late Saturday evening on into Sunday afternoon. With a tournament stockpiled with high profile players and elite teams, Ohio found a way to bring the 15U and 16U titles back across the state line.
In a state filled with basketball junkies and where round ball comes second to almost nothing, it had to be a bit painful to watch Ohio once again enjoy so much success in its state. However, the state of Indiana certainly didn’t go home disappointed as its favorite team (Indiana Elite- Team Indiana) sent a message to Buckeye fans early Sunday morning when Indy Elite took All-Ohio Red’s 17U behind the woodshed in a Gold Bracket quarterfinal contest with a plethora of IU fans surrounding Court 2 at the Spiece Fieldhouse. Indiana Elite- Team Indiana features five 2012 IU commits, but only three of them played. Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, and Hanner Perea put on a show for the IU faithful. Both Jeremy Hollowell and Peter Jurkin are expected to return very soon.
Gold Brackets Results:
17U- All Iowa Attack defeated TP Elite in a double overtime thriller featuring several elite level players.
All Iowa Attack was led by guards Marcus Paige, Mike Gesell (6’1/South Sioux) and Kale Abrhamson (6’7/WDM Valley) along with Adam Woodbury (7’1/SC East), Daniel Jansen (6’9/MOCFV), and Jerel Moore (6’6/Tate) up front.
Jansen led the Iowa-based squad with 30 points in the finals.
TP Elite, which consisted of mainly 2013 prospects, was terrific all weekend led by guards Jarvis Garrett, Jequan Carson, and Anthony Carroll along with ultra athletic freak Deonte Burton (6’5/Brewster Academy) and 2011 prospect Jameel McKay.
Carroll led TP Elite, who were donning the “Rip City” jerseys, with 20.
16U- All-Ohio Red completed a dramatic turnaround this weekend by winning the 16U championship after falling to TNBA East in pool play and trailing All-Ohio Varsity by 16 points in the semis.
Marc Loving (6’8/Toledo St. John’s) led All-Ohio Red with 19 points including five triples in the championship game victory over a solid Meanstreets squad after a sub par semifinal contest against All-Ohio Varsity. Loving scored 16 of his 19 in the first half.
Loving led them in points, but it was Nigel Hayes (6’7/Toledo Whitmer) who dominated the paint and the contest for that matter. Hayes scored 16 points showing an array of offensive post moves and even knocked down a couple face up jumpers. He also controlled the boards and protected the rim very well. Hayes dominated the paint in the semifinal win over an undersized All-Ohio Varsity squad before fouling out.
Guards Keon Johnson (5’6/Mansfield Senior) and Jordan Lauf (6’4/Napoleon) were terrific on Sunday. Johnson and Lauf both hit huge shots against Ohio Varsity in the dramatic comeback along with making several winning plays. Johnson is small, but nails tough and Lauf can flat out play.
Jaaron Simmons (6’0/Kettering Alter), Austin Grimes (6’3/Cincinnati Aiken), Monty Boykins (6’4/Lakota West), and Cha-Cha Tucker (5’11/ Eastern Lansing) all had their moments as well.
The aforementioned semifinal game we featured heated rivals All-Ohio Red and All-Ohio Varsity. Red is more of the diva team, while All-Ohio Varsity is undersized but they come at you like a bunch of crazed dogs.
Ohio Varsity was able to build up a 16-point lead behind guards Jack Gibbs and Randal “Poonie” Clarkson along with Deiondray Martin, Wendell Davis, Aaron Jackson, and Jaylen Benton, but Clarkson was knocked out of the game and later taken out on stretcher and Gibbs fouled out leaving the door open for a stunning Red triumphant comeback.
Team CBIZ 16U made a shocking run to the Final 4 defeating several quality opponents along the way including the Mac Irvin Fire before losing a close contest with Meanstreets.
Evan Bradds (6’6/Jamestown Greeneview) was straight “killin it” as the kids would say. Bradds continues to raise his stock. His name is very familiar in the Mid American Conference circle, but look for some mid-major plus schools to start getting into the mix.
Point guard Isaac McGlone (6’1/Bloom-Carroll) is performing at a high level. The kid just knows how to play. The AAU circuit will be huge for him playing for a small high school and he is taking full advantage of his stage time.
Ryan Logan (6’5/Fredericktown) also enjoyed a solid weekend doing a lot of ball handling and taking advantage of some mismatches leading to easy drive in baskets.
Chase Lawson (6’2/Eastern Brown) had a good weekend shooting the basketball and bigs Tyler Sherman (6’7/Norton), Jett Speelman (6’7/Newark Catholic) and Max Kapron (6’5/Malvern) did a nice job controlling the glass and keeping possessions alive.
It’s also a nice luxury to have a guard like Austin Gardner (6’0/Toledo St. John’s) to play alongside McGlone. Gardner is a solid point guard with a high basketball IQ. He won’t wow you, but he makes winning plays.
When or if 6-3 Danny Monteroso (St. Clairsville) returns to the team this will be a club to keep an eye on. Monteroso had shoulder surgery following another stellar high school campaign.
Interesting to note, Shining Star Sports- Schaefer finished runner up in the 16U Silver Bracket.
15U- All-Ohio Red somehow, someway found a way to win the 15U Gold. Red forfeited its first game of the weekend in pool play due to lack of players, but never lost again despite a field consisting of some of the best teams in the Midwest. Red won four games on Sunday which included consecutive wins over Mac Irvin Fire, Milwaukee Running Rebels, and IBA Select.
Red was probably not a favorite against Mac Irvin and most definitely wasn’t favored in its games against the Running Rebels and IBA Select. Red used overtime to defeat both teams.
The Running Rebels are led by one of the top freshmen in the country in Kevon Looney and IBA Select handed Meanstreets its lunch earlier in the day. Meanstreets is one of the best 15U teams in the country led by former Lima, Ohio guard Tyler Ulis and Michigan wing Drake Harris.
Red was led by dynamic 6-3 point guard D’Angelo Russell out of Louisville, Kentucky. Russell is a lanky lefty who has court vision beyond his years. At this point, he seems more comfortable being a pass first guard but has the ability to get buckets when need be. He is just an average shooter at this point, but his IQ for the game is anything but average. The 2014 version of All-Ohio Red isn’t its most talented, which shows just how good Russell is as a young kid who can lead a team.
6-3 wing Rosel Hurley is one of the more impressive players on this team in our humble opinion. Hurley isn’t consistent at this point, but all the attributes are there. He is a kid that knows how to get buckets and can do it in a bevy of ways. We are hoping with maturity the consistency will come. If that happens, Hurley has a chance to be Top 5 in the state.
The rest of the team is made up gritty and tough kids who know their role, which is a major reason to like what head coach George Howard has done with this team. Guard Connor Kern (6’1/Pickerington Central) can come off the bench and knock down shots, and kids like William Green (6’1/Dayton Dunbar), Kendrick Mallory (6’0/Trotwood-Madison), JeMichael Blanton (6’2/Thurgood Marshall), Blake Simpson (6’5/Cincinnati Moeller), Donovan Benson (6’4/Mansfield Senior), and Mario Davison (5’9/2Mansfield Senior) can score some but are more apt to provide the winning plays.
Top 15 Ohio Performers: 17U
**Players we saw.
Adolphus Washington (6’4/Cincinnati Taft)- All-Ohio Purple
Curtis Oakley (6’4/Lyndhurst Brush)- Ohio Basketball Club
Dylan Kaufman (6’4/Berlin Hiland)- Team CBIZ
Elijah Macon (6’9/Columbus)- All-Ohio Red
Jalen Robinson (6’8/Northland)- All-Ohio Red
Jordan Barham (6’3/University School)- Ohio Shooting Stars
Jordan Potts (5’11/Northland)- All-Ohio Red
Kenny Kaminski (6’7/Medina)- All-Ohio Red
Leroy Alexander (6’2/Toledo Whitmer)- All-Ohio Red
Matt Bingaya (6’3/Delaware Hayes)- All-Ohio Gold
Pierce Cumpston (6’5/Kenston)- Ohio Shooting Stars
Reggie McAdams (6’5/Elida)- Northwest Ohio
Seger Bonifant (6’7/Berlin Hiland)- Team CBIZ
Terry Rozier (6’0/Shaker Heights)- All-Ohio Red
Winston Grays (5’11/Cle. Benedictine)- Ohio Basketball Club
Top 15 Ohio Performers: 16U
**Players we saw.
Aaron Jackson (6’4/Gahanna Lincoln)- All-Ohio Varsity
Damarion Geter (6’6/Dayton Dunbar)- Shining Star Sports- Schaefer
Deiondray Martin (6’3/Lima Senior)- All-Ohio Varsity
Demonte Flannigan (6’6/Cleveland VASJ)- Ohio Basketball Club
Devin Williams (6’8/Cincinnati Withrow)- Ohio Basketball Club
Evan Bradds (6’6/Jamestown Greeneview)- Team CBIZ
Isaac McGlone (6’1/Bloom-Carroll)- Team CBIZ
Jack Gibbs (5’11/Westerville North)- All-Ohio Varsity
Jordan Lauf (6’4/Napoleon)- All-Ohio Red
Keon Johnson (5’6/Mansfield Sr.)- All-Ohio Red
Marc Loving (6’8/Toledo St. John’s- All-Ohio Red
Mark Donnal (6’9/Anthony Wayne)- Indiana Elite South
Nigel Hayes (6’7/Toledo Whitmer)- All-Ohio Red
Ryan Logan (6’5/Fredericktown)- Team CBIZ
Wendell Davis (6’3/Reynoldsburg)- All-Ohio Varsity
Top 6 Ohio Performers: 15U
**Players we saw.
Blake Simpson (6’5/Cin. Moeller)- All-Ohio Red
D’Angelo Russell (6’3/Louisville Central)- All-Ohio Red
Jae’Sean Tate (6’4/Pickerington Central)- King James Shooting Stars
Jordan Green (6’5/Henry Clay)- King James Shooting Stars
Rosel Hurley (6’3/Shaker Heights)- All-Ohio Red
Trey Grundy (6’6/Henry Clay)- King James Shooting Stars