Ohio AAU giants battle it out for 2012 All-Ohio Nike title; Who impressed?

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Garfield Heights’ Tony Farmer

The 2012 All-Ohio Nike AAU event concluded this past weekend in Columbus. When the dust settled, two of Ohio’s best were left standing battling for the championship. Here’s a look at who did what and who stood out…


The 2012 All-Ohio Nike concluded this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. When the dust settled, two of Ohio’s best were left standing battling for the championship.
 
All-Ohio Red and King James (formerly known as Ohio Varsity) rekindled their heated rivalry on Sunday with AOR leading almost start-to-finish for a 79-60 victory. This likely won’t be the last meeting between the two heavyweights.
 
Red got a game-high 18 points from the state’s leading scorer, Zach Denny of Germantown Valley View. Kettering Alter’s Jaaron Simmons and Garfield Heights’ Tony Farmer each added 16. Maurice Ofield of Cleveland John Hay chipped in a loud 11 points.
 
Brookhaven guard Randal Clarkson paced King James with 10 points and Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson added nine.
 
Interesting to note, Ohio State commit Marc Loving (Toledo St. John’s) didn’t play in the title game due to a nagging ankle injury and Keon Johnson of Mansfield Sr. was absent as well. King James was without its catalyst Jack Gibbs of Westerville North, who is still recovering from an ACL injury suffered back in December. Penn State commit Geno Thorpe (Pennsylvania) also missed the weekend along with Marion-Franklin’s Marquiz Lawrence.
 
AOR defeated All-Ohio Red’s 16U team in the semis in convincing fashion, while King James outlasted the West Virginia Wildcats 17U bunch.
 
Farmer earned MVP honors and Denny, Simmons, Toledo Whitmer’s Nigel Hayes (All-Ohio Red), Reynoldburg’s Wendell Davis (King James), and Richmond Heights’ Mark Williams (King James) were named to the All-Tournament team.
 
Top Performers:
 
Tony Farmer of Garfield Heights/All-Ohio Red (6’6/2013)- WF-
Farmer has always passed the look test, but up until this year it was more look than production. Things have changed. Farmer has now turned all that potential into production. The assertiveness he is showing on the floor will have college coaches drooling this spring/summer. Farmer used his size/strength to score over/through smaller defenders and used his quickness to get by taller defenders using a perimeter face-up game. The form on his shot continues to get better and his consistency of making shots is improving. Farmer’s recruitment should blow up in the next couple months.
 
Zach Denny of Germantown Valley View/All-Ohio Red (6’2/2013)- Combo-
It’s clear why Denny terrorizes opponents in the Southwestern Buckeye League. Denny led the state of Ohio in scoring as a junior and it’s obvious why that would be the case. To be honest, we weren’t sure how well Denny would fit in with All-Ohio Red, but after watching his performance this past weekend and from the reports we received from his production in Milwaukee, Denny is here to stay. He appears to be just what the doctor ordered with his ability to knock down shots. He was a little streaky on Sunday, but once he made one, the floodgates opened. Denny has range up to 22-feet and is sneaky off the dribble-drive. He is deceivingly quick, which allows him to get into the lane and get buckets or create for a teammate. Playing with Red will certainly increase his chances of landing with a solid Division I program.
 
Jaaron Simmons of Kettering Alter/All-Ohio Red (6’0/2013)- Combo-
Simmons has the ability to play the 1 or 2, but at his size, he will be better suited to play the point at the next level. Simmons’ decision making is improving with each game he plays. He plays on a high school team at Kettering Alter where he has to be the guy and get buckets for his team to win. With Red, he doesn’t have to be the guy rather just one of the guys. He certainly has the capabilities of scoring, but his decision making on when to be assertive and when not to are improving. When Simmons doesn’t settle for threes or deep jump shots, he is at his best. He showed the ability to get in the lane and score along with distributing when the timing was right. Simmons has good body control in the paint, which allows him to make some difficult shots and draw fouls. His athleticism around has improved greatly over the past year as well. Once he fully transforms into a point guard, he is going to make a D1 college very happy.
 
Isaac McGlone of Bloom-Carroll HS/King James Shooting Stars (6’1.5/2013)- PG- McGlone is relatively unknown outside of his league and basketball aficionados around the state, but there is no denying, this kid can go. McGlone plays for a well-coached, small high school in Fairfield County, but his talent is far from small. He is transitioning from a team formerly known at Team CBIZ to the King James Shooting Stars this season, which will allow him to play and be seen in the prestigious Nike EYBL. McGlone is your typical old-school guard. He is best at the point spot, but more than comfortably playing the 2. He is able to guard bigger 1s and 2s due to his length. McGlone is definitely a pickpocket artist. He is a very efficient shooter from distance off the catch-and-shot, and extremely crafty in the lane. McGlone isn’t overly quick, but is usually able to get the defender on his hip and from there he will use his craftiness to make shots in the lane or use his length to distribute back to the perimeter. He always seems to make the right play and winning plays. McGlone is the type of kid that would be a D2 All-American, but has a definite chance to be a winning kid at a D1 program.
 
Zac Carter of Ironton/King James Shooting Stars (5’8/2013)- PG-
Carter has always been known as a scorer. At Ironton HS, the cat-quick guard is capable of going off for 30 points on any given night. However, the question remained, how would he react playing with a team (King James) that had been together for years and has other kids capable of scoring. Could he play a lead guard position? Carter more than answered those questions this past weekend. He showed a very good understanding of the game situation. More often than not he made the right play. We really loved the way he distributed the ball and put teammates in position to score. When Carter scores between 8-12, King James will be at its best. He also showed a lot of effort on the defensive end, which isn’t always the case on his high school team. Carter is lethal off the dribble-drive followed by a 15-foot pull-up. It’s not certain how much he will be able to show this with King James, but this is one of the best aspects of his offensive package. Carter will have options at the next level. He has a chance to be a program changer for a D2 school, but don’t be surprised if sneaks into a D1 program.
 
Other Top Performers:
Maurice Ofield (6’4/2013)- Cleveland John Hay/All-Ohio Red
Nigel Hayes (6’7/2013)- Toledo Whitmer/All-Ohio Red
Aaron Jackson (6’4.5/2013)- Gahanna Lincoln/King James Shooting Stars
Mark Williams (6’8/2013)- Richmond Heights/King James Shooting Stars
Wendell Davis (6’3/2013)- Reynoldsburg/King James Shooting Stars
Chase Connor (6’2/2013)- Shady Spring (WV)/WV Wildcats
Mark Winters (6’5/2013)- Magnolia (WV)/WV Wildcats
Nathan Adrian (6’8/2013)- Morgantown (WV)- WV Wildcats (WVU commit)
David Meurer (5’9/2013)- Newark Catholic/Ohio Aces
Mikey Wells (5’7/2013)- Delaware Hayes/Ohio Hoopsters
Jae’Sean Tate (6’4/2014)- Pickerington Central/All-Ohio Red 16U
William Green (6’1/2014)- Dayton Dunbar/All-Ohio Red 16U
Donovyn Benson (6’4/2014)- Mansfield Sr./All-Ohio Red 16U
Eric James (6’5/2014)- Westerville Central/All-Ohio Red 16U
Ahmad Wagner (6’5/2015)- Huber Heights Wayne/All-Ohio Black 15U
Jaquan Harrison (6’2/2015)- Columbus Africentric/All-Ohio Black 15U
Grant Zawadzki (5’10/2015)- Troy Christian/All-Ohio Black 15U
Dez Wright (5’11/2015)- Gahanna Lincoln/Ohio Hoopsters 15U
Carmel Thomas (6’5/2015)- Groveport-Madison/Ohio Hoopsters 15U
Gage Hisey (6’4/2015)- Dublin Coffman/Ohio Hoopsters 15U
Jordan Dartis (6’2/2015)- Newark/All-Ohio Red 15U
Esa Ahmad (6’6/2015)- Shaker Heights/All-Ohio Red 15U

On the Horizon:
VJ King (6’6/2016)- Akron SVSM/All-Ohio Red 15U
Jarron Cumberland (6’2.5/2016)- Wilmington/All-Ohio Elite
James Manns (6’5/2016)- Southfield MS/Marion-Franklin/Hope All-Stars
Kameron Moore (6’4/2016)- Middletown/All-Ohio Elite
Malik Harrison (6’3/2016)- Columbus/Hope All-Stars

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