AAU Report: Top players & performances from the Spiece Memorial Run-n-Slam Classic

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Summit Country Day’s Kevin Johnson

The 2012 Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic concluded this past weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which featured some of the best talent in the Midwest and surrounding state. Here’s who did what…


The 2012 Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic concluded this past weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which featured some of the best talent in the Midwest and surrounding states.

When the dust settled, the Michigan Mustangs (17U), Louisville Magic (16U), Indiana Elite Team Indiana (15U), and All-Ohio Elite (14U) captured the prestigious Gold Bracket titles at one of if not the best events the spring has to offer.

The Buckeye state was blanked of earning Gold with the exception of a talented 14U All-Ohio Elite squad featuring Wilmington’s Jarron Cumberland (6’2/WF).

17U:

The Ohio Basketball Club was the top Ohio finisher losing to The Family (Michigan) in the Final Four, 71-69 in what was a terrific encounter between two high level clubs. Parma sharp-shooter Tyler Ptacek paced OBC with 14, and Devin Williams (Cincinnati Withrow) and Josh Davenport (Cincinnati Moeller) each tallied 13. Though, it wasn’t enough to overcome one of the nation’s top prospects, James Young. The silky smooth guard dropped a game-high 28 points including the final two to help The Family to victory.

**The Family forfeited the championship game to the Michigan Mustangs due to players cramping up.

OBC reached the Final 4 by knocking off one of the nation’s top teams in the MAC Irvin Fire, 73-67. The Fire features top recruits nationally in Jabari Parker (2013) and Jahlil Okafor (2014).

All-Ohio Red had another solid weekend advancing to the Elite 8 before falling to The Family, 68-54. Red defeated a very good Cincinnati Phenoms team in the tournament opener and Team Work in the second round. Red did drop a pool play game to a good Dorian’s Pride squad.

Team Work proved it was one of Ohio’s best with a signature pool play win in overtime over the King James Shooting Stars. Former Ohio University commit, Evan Bradds (Jamestown Greeneview), dropped 18 points in the contest with several coming in clutch situations. Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson was equally impressive countering with 20 points for King James in a losing effort. Team Work eventually had its weekend ended in the Sweet 16 by All-Ohio. The game was tied with under a minute to play before Red closed on a 6-0 run.

King James also reached the Sweet 16 in tournament play before dropping a nod to Dorian’s Pride following a triple overtime thriller against the Iowa Barnstormers.

Shining Star Sports Schaefer had a solid run as well defeating Seattle Rotary in pool and knocking off the Grand Rapids Storm in the tournament before losing to OBC.

Hidden Gems Black lost a tight contest to the Michigan Mustangs in the tournament opener, Northwest Ohio fell to Dorian’s Pride in the opening round, and a very good Martin’s Wolverines outfit dropped a decision to The Family in the lead off.
 
16U:

All-Ohio Red continues to impress on the national level despite being dismal at times a year ago. The addition of two of the state’s top players (Jae’sean Tate/Evan Bailey) along with rising star Eric James (Westerville Central) and holdover from last year’s team Rosel Hurley (Shaker Heights) has put this All-Ohio Red club on the map. Following a Final Four appearance at Boo Williams, Red advanced all the way to the championship game of the Run-n-Slam before falling to a very talented Louisville Magic squad. Ironically, one of the Magic’s better players is D’Angelo Russell, who played for All-Ohio Red for a part of last season. However, Russell is still in school at Montverde Academy (FL) and was unable to attend this past weekend. Red’s runner-up path included wins over the Ohio Gators, Michigan Mustangs, Peoria Irish, and a more than solid Mac Irvin Fire outfit.

Team Work, who is arguably the best 16U team in the state along with Red, cashed in on another strong weekend. TW rolled through pool play before nearly escaping a first round meltdown. Leading by 24 points at half, TW watched its lead melt away and was forced to win overtime against the Seattle Rotary. Team Work, who is led by the versatile 6-7 Peyton Aldridge (LaBrae), slipped past a strong Iowa Barnstormers team late, Saturday night and rolled by the Indiana Fire on Sunday morning. The reigning King James Shooting Stars Classic champs were unable to overcome the plethora of talent owned by the Louisville Magic and fell by nearly the same score as AOR.

King James Shooting Stars, who may be the most talented 16U team in Ohio, lost in the Sweet 16 in one of the most entertaining games of the weekend to the Louisville Magic. The game had the pace and scoring efficiency of a 1980’s Lakers/Celtics match up. King James defeated MBA Green in the tournament opener. The one black eye on the weekend was a nearly 20-point defeat at the hands of a solid Ohio Varsity White squad.

Ohio Basketball Club reached the Sweet 16 as well losing to a fundamentally sound Peoria Irish team. We were unable to see OBC this past weekend.

Mid Ohio Blue, Ohio Gators, Hidden Gems Black, Northwest Ohio, and Shining Star Sports Black all advanced to the Gold Bracket, but lost in round one.

In Silver Bracket play, Ohio was home to three of the final four teams. The Cincinnati Phenoms, a team to definitely keep an eye on, defeated Ohio Varsity White in the championship game. The Phenoms knocked off Reach (Michigan) in the semis and OV outlasted Shining Star Sports Blue.

15U:

The King James Shooting Stars/Cincinnati Knights, one of the nation’s best teams, was Ohio’s best placer falling in the semifinals to Indiana Elite Team Indiana, 84-66. King James simply ran out of gas after leading much of three quarters. King James, who is known around the country as the Cincinnati Knights, defeated Ohio Varsity White, Indiana Elite Blaze, and an ultra talented Eric Gordon Central Stars (Indiana) before dropping a nod to Indiana Elite, a team who hasn’t lost a game this spring. 

All-Ohio Red, Ohio Varsity White, All-Ohio Purple, King James Shooting Stars II, Who Got Game- Dennis, and DB Hoops Williams all were first round Gold Bracket casualties.

In the Silver Bracket, Ohio Varsity lost to the Wisconsin Bulldogs in the championship game and Hidden Gems Black fell to the same team in the semis.

Top Performers:

Kevin Johnson (6’3/2013)- PG- Cincinnati Summit CD/Ohio Basketball Club
One word to describe Johnson’s game is efficient. Johnson, who was JJHuddle’s Division III high school player of the year, has used an outstanding high school season to catapult him into a fabulous spring thus far. We were able to get a good look at Johnson this weekend on several occasions. The kid is silky smooth, and has improved immensely at running a team. Johnson is long and lean with the ability to knock down pull up 20-footers and mid-range shots along with being able to get to the bucket seemingly at ease. The beautiful thing about the evolution of Johnson’s game is he picks and chooses his spots to attack and has concerned himself more now with getting his teammates involved. At the defensive end, the Summit Country Day senior-to-be will lock you down with his quickness and length. With all due respect to the injured Jack Gibbs, who hasn’t played since a December knee injury, Johnson has vaulted to the top guard spot in his absence. Johnson will have an excellent chance to end up at a high major school.

Tyler Ptacek (6’3/2013)- Wing- Parma/Ohio Basketball Club

Ptacek is one of the most improved players in Ohio. He is a big time shot maker with a deceptive quickness and athleticism. Ptacek uses his long-range shooting to his advantage allowing him to set up defenders for drives to the basket. We were able to see him quite a bit this past weekend and only remember him missing one triple try. Ptacek can really change the momentum of the game with his ability to knock down shots off dribble penetration from Johnson, Duane Gibson, and Major Canaday. It’s not crazy to believe a mid-major will take a chance on this kid. There is a premium on putting the ball in the basket, and he can certainly do just that.

Josh Davenport (6’4/2013)- WF- Cincinnati Moeller/Ohio Basketball Club
Not sure if it was the black uniforms OBC was wearing or what, but Davenport was flat nasty this past weekend when we were on hand. We saw a different side of Davenport this weekend. The Moeller senior-to-be was locking guys up at the defensive end, including arguably the nation’s No. 1 player in Jabari Parker. Davenport is long and athletic and showed a degree of toughness we were yet to see. Davenport is a classic team/glue guy that makes winning plays against top notch competition. Davenport is efficient offensively with the ability to score when need-be. He was at his best when catching the ball at the high post, facing up, and attacking the rim. As stated above, Davenport has a high major ability to defend with his versatility, which leaves little doubt of him being a priority for several schools.

Ryan Logan (6’5/2013)- WF- Fredericktown/Team Work
Logan is not a household name around Ohio, but the small town of Fredericktown has a nice hidden gem. Logan’s versatility allows him to bring great value to the court each time he suits up. Offensively, Logan played all five spots at one point or another on Saturday against King James and All-Ohio Red. Logan handles the ball effectively for his size and was a match up problem for most guys who tried to guard him. He was able to put the ball on the floor and create against bigger defenders and shoot three-point shots and mid-range jumpers against smaller opponents. Logan did a nice job of creating for teammates as well when he was forced to handle the rock to relieve a short-staffed guard spot. Logan is very versatile on defense as well. He can go from running the point at one end to battling in the paint on the other. He does an excellent job of clearing the defensive boards and always seems to be around the basketball. Logan is just one of those kids that makes any team better with all the things he can do. At this point, he should be a high D2 priority, and look for some D1 schools to be feeling around. 

Aaron Jackson (6’4/2013)- WF- Gahanna Lincoln/King James Shooting Stars
Jackson is one of fiercest competitors in the state, a kid who never backs down from a challenge. Offensively, Jackson has showed the ability to do almost everything, but consistently knock down jumpers. On Saturday, Jackson scratched that off his list. The wiry strong wing knocked down big shot after big shot to keep King James close in an overtime loss to Team Work in pool play. Jackson was dialing up from long-range with confidence. He plays with a confidence, enthusiasm, and swag rivaled by very few in the state and always appears to be enjoying himself on the court. In the past, the shot has always looked good, but it wouldn’t consistently drop. If shot making becomes a consistent part of Jackson’s game, he is going to be a match up night mare at 6-foot-4. Defensively, he is tough and competes. There is no substitute for a kid who wants and thrives off competing. Look for more-and-more schools to get involved in his recruitment.

17U:
Kyle Davis (6’1/2013)- Morgan Park HS/Mac Irvin Fire
Jahlil Okafor (6’11/2014)- Whitney Young HS/Mac Irvin Fire
Jabari Parker (6’8/2013)- Simeon HS/Mac Irvin Fire
DeMonte Flannigan (6’7/2013)- Cleveland VASJ/OBC
Devin Williams (6’9/2013)- Cincinnati Withrow/OBC
Duane Gibson (6’3/2013)- Cleveland VASJ/OBC
Monte Morris (6’1/2013)- Beecher HS/Michigan Mustangs
Denzel Watts (6’1/2013)- Flint Carman Ainsworth HS/Dorian’s Pride
Lavante Davis (6’8/2013)- Ypsilanti HS/Dorian’s Pride
Jalen Johnson (6’8/2013)- Ypsilanti HS/Dorian’s Pride
Zach Denny (6’0/2013)- Germantown Valley View/All-Ohio Red
Jaaron Simmons (6’0/2013)- Kettering Alter/All-Ohio Red
Jordan Lauf (6’5/2013)- Napoleon/All-Ohio Red
Nigel Hayes (6’7/2013)- Toledo Whitmer/All-Ohio Red
Bronson Koenig (6’3/2013)- Aquinas/Wisconsin Swing
Nick Fuller (6’7/2013)- Sun Prairie/Wisconsin Swing
Monty Boykins (6’4/2013)- Lakota West/Cincinnati Phenoms
Mark Alstork (6’4/2013)- Thurgood Marshall/Cincinnati Phenoms
Isaac McGlone (6’1/2013)- Bloom-Carroll/King James Shooting Stars
Wendell Davis (6’3/2013)- Reynoldsburg/King James Shooting Stars
James Young (6’6/2013)- Troy High/The Family
Wes Clark (6’0/2013)- Romulus HS/The Family
Elbert “EC” Matthews (6’4/2013)- Romulus HS/The Family
Austin Price (6’3/2013)- Detroit Country Day/The Family
Leo Edwards Jr. (6’8/2013)- Romulus HS/The Family
Jalen Rhea (6’2/2013)- New Albany/Martin’s Wolverines
Cole Murray (6’7/2013)- Delphi HS/Martin’s Wolverines
Maverick Morgan (6’10/2013)- Springboro/Martin’s Wolverines
Edmond “JR” Early (6’1/2013)- Thurgood Marshall/Shining Star Sports Schaefer
Wade Gelhaus (6’4/2013)- Fort Recovery/Team Work
Evan Bradds (6’7/2013)- Jamestown Greeneview/Team Work
Chase Lawson (6’2/2013)- Eastern Brown/Team Work
Tyler Sherman (6’8/2013)- Norton/Team Work

16U:
Jalen Coleman (6’2/2015)- Cathedral HS/Spiece Indy Heat
Brady Arnold (5’9/2014)- West Holmes/Team Work
Peyton Aldridge (6’7/2014)- Leavittsburg LaBrae/Team Work
Gavin Skelly (6’8/2014)- Westlake/Team Work
Craig Owens (6’2/2014)- Trinity HS/Louisville Magic
Christen Cunningham (6’0/2014)- Henry Clay HS/Louisville Magic
Trey Grundy (6’6/2014)- Henry Clay HS/Louisville Magic
Jordan Green (6’5/2014)- Henry Clay HS/Louisville Magic
Brandon Hatton (6’2/2014)- Dixie Heights HS/Louisville Magic
Quentin Snider (6’1/2014)- Ballard HS/Louisville Magic
Zach McCormick (6’1/2014)- Cincinnati Turpin/King James Shooting Stars
Jae’Sean Tate (6’4/2014)- Pickerington Central/All-Ohio Red
Evan Bailey (6’5/2014)- Massillon Jackson/All-Ohio Red
Rosel Hurley (6’5/2014)- Shaker Heights/All-Ohio Red
Eric James (6’5/2014)- Westerville Central/All-Ohio Red
Alex Stewart (6’5/2014)- Westerville North/Ohio Varsity White
Ethan Happ (6’7/2014)- Rockridge HS/Iowa Barnstormers
Casey Schlatter (6’8/2014)- Iowa Falls-Alden HS/Iowa Barnstormers
Justin King (6’5/2014)- Bowman Academy/Meanstreets Wilburn
Nick Spitzley (6’2/2014)- Pewamo HS/Michigan Titans
Eugene Artison (6’7/2014)- Franklin HS/Seattle Rotary
Jacob Lampkin (6’8/2014)- O’Dea HS/Seattle Rotary
Jawan Stepney (6’2/2014)- Kentridge HS/Seattle Rotary
Nalm Ladd (5’8/2014)- Rainier Beach HS/Seattle Rotary
Jerrelle DeBerry (6’5/2014)- Destiny HS/Wisconsin Playground Elite

15U:
Michael Benkert (6’4/2015)- Center Grove HS/Eric Gordon Central Stars
Brennan Gillis (6’6/2015)- Ben Davis HS/Eric Gordon Central Stars
Ryan Welage (6’6/2015)- Greensburg HS/Eric Gordon Central Stars
Eron Gordon (6’1/2016)- Westlane Middle School/Eric Gordon Central Stars
Jordan Ash (6’2/2015)- St. Joseph/Illinois Wolves
Roosevelt Smart (6’3/2015)- Palatine/Illinois Wolves
Hyron Edwards (5’10/2015)- East Chicago Central/Indiana Elite Team Indiana
Chandler White (6’2/2015)- Fort Wayne Carroll HS/Indiana Elite Team Indiana
Brady Ernst (6’6/2015)- Clinton HS/Iowa Barnstormers
Spencer Haldeman (6’0/2015)- West Dubuque HS/Iowa Barnstormers
Luke McDonnell (6’7/2015)- Dubuque Senior HS/Iowa Barnstormers
Nate Fowler (6’8.5/2015)- Cincinnati Moeller/King James/Cincy Knights
Luke Kennard (6’4.5/2015)- Franklin/King James/Cincy Knights
AJ Harris (5’8/2015)- Dayton Dunbar/King James/Cincy Knights
Trevor Manual (6’8/2015)- Lansing Sexton/Meanstreets Buggs
Bronson Kessinger (6’7/2015)- Corydon Central/Spiece Indy Heat
Darrian Ringo (6’0/2015)- Brownsburg HS/Spiece Indy Heat
KJ Walton (6’3/2015)- Brownsburg HS/Spiece Indy Heat
Isaac White (5’11/2015)- Ashland/Team Work
Beau Justice (6’0/2015)- Peebles/Team Work

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