Ohio Hoops Spring Wrap: Recruiting, Transfer, AAU, Prospect News & More

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JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

With July getting ready to come full force, we figured now would be a good time to recap all the latest news, notes, commitments, transfers and inside basketball information from a turbulent spring. Everything you need to know from the last few month can all be found right here…


With July getting ready to come full force, we figured now would be a good time to recap all the latest news, notes, commitments, transfers and inside basketball information from a turbulent spring. Everything you need to know from the last few month can all be found right here…

2012 AAU STATE TOURNAMENT RECAP

All-Ohio Red made a clean sweep through the 15, 16, and 17U divisions in early June to once again prove its dominance in the state of Ohio.

LATEST 2013 COMMITMENTS:

Marc Loving (Ohio State) and Mark Donnal (Michigan) were the only two commitments in the class for quite some time, but recently business has picked up. Kevin Johnson of Cincinnati Country Day made the call to the University of Cincinnati, Maverick Morgan of Springboro decided on Illinois and new head coach John Groce, while Evan Bradds of Jamestown Greeneview pulled the trigger to Belmont. Bradds was a former Ohio University pledge before Groce left for the Illini.

Zack Denny is the latest 2013 to commit as he just popped for Bowling Green. The Valley View High School scoring machine soaked up the spring for all its worth playing with the state’s number one team, All-Ohio Red. Denny proved to be a momentum changing shooter, in big games against elite competition, in the prestigious EYBL leading many D1s to come calling.

A little over a week ago, Toledo landed two big commitments from Vanlue’s Zach Garber and Napoleon’s Jordan Lauf. Both play for All-Ohio Red on the circuit.

2012 West Virginia commit Elijah Macon will be attending Brewster Academy for post graduate school. Recently Brewster has been the home of former Ohio products Jakarr Sampson (Solon/Akron SVSM), Semaj Christon (Winton Woods), and Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati Aiken/Withrow). Macon will join former Walsh Jesuit standout Evan Payne at Brewster. Payne spent part of last year at Huntington Prep before enrolling at Akron Firestone.

Rasheed Brooks (6’5) of Lexington, also a 2012 graduate, will enroll at Saint John’s Military in Wisconsin and 6-11 Rozelle Nix of Cincinnati Withrow will head to Kingdom Prep Academy in Georgia.

Former 2012 Cleveland State commit Malik London of Chillicothe will now be attending Missouri State- West Plains Junior College. London signed his letter of intent on June 21st.  Westerville South’s Isiah Rogers also signed at Missouri State- West Plains on the 21st joining earlier signees Devaugntah Williams of Canton Mckinley and Kristopher Frazier of Cleveland East Tech.

This past Friday Newark Catholic’s Jett Speelman committed to Ashland joining Wade Gelhaus of Fort Recovery (Findlay) as the only two DII commits in the class. Speelman will join 2010 Plymouth graduate Brook Turson, who just recently committed to Ashland.

THE REST OF THE BIG BOARD:

Plenty of more big names are still available in the Buckeye State. Here are some of the spring’s biggest stock risers at each position.

Point Guard:
Keon Johnson (5’7) of Mansfield Senior, Tony Kynard (6’1) of Toledo Rogers, Austin Gardner (6’0) of Toledo St. John’s, Duane Gibson (6’2) of Cleveland VASJ, Isaac McGlone (6’1) of Bloom-Carroll, and Edmond Early (6’0) of Dayton Thurgood Marshall.

Shooting Guard:
Monty Boykins (6’4) of Lakota West, Dontonio Wingfield (6’5) of Walnut Hills, Jalen Rhea (6’3) of New Albany, Zack Denny (6’2) of Valley View, Tyler Ptacek (6’3) of Padua, and Chase Lawson (6’2) of Eastern Brown.

Forwards:
Josh Davenport (6’4) of Cincinnati Moeller, Aaron Austin Grimes (6’4) of Cincinnati Aiken, Aaron Jackson (6’5) of Gahanna Lincoln, Jamar Hammonds (6’4) of Trotwood-Madison, Ryan Logan (6’6) of Fredericktown, and Devin Williams of Montverde Academy (FL).

Centers:
Vitto Brown (6’7) of Bowling Green, Isaiah Johnson (6’9) of Walnut Hills, and Ellis Williams (6’8) of Columbus South.

TRANSFERS:

It use to be transfers were narrowed down to a nearby school or in an extreme case a school somewhere within the state. However, the new trend for top players is to join “super teams” around the country. Ohio is certainly not immune to this growing trend.

*Devin Williams, who has more offers than any other uncommitted player in the state, decided to bolt for Montverde Academy in Florida. Williams, a rugged 6-8 power forward, was expected to be the centerpiece of a loaded Withrow squad. The Ohio Basketball Club standout holds many offers, but Xavier, UCLA, and now Florida appear to be his favorites.

*Within hours of Williams deciding to play for head coach Kevin Boyle, one of the state’s top 2014 prospects shocked almost everyone and elected to head south to Montverde as well. Justin Bibbs, a dynamic 6-4 wing at Dayton Chaminade Julienne, will be vying for minutes with some of the country’s top players on a roster loaded with future professionals.

Boyle coached the likes of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyrie Irving at St. Patrick’s in New Jersey.

The in-state transfers have been relatively light for the most part. As always, there are some wishful thinking scenarios, but mostly things have been pretty quiet.

*Dontonio Wingfield Jr. is one of the bigger names to transfer as the 6-5 wing who has been rumored to return home to play for a loaded Walnut Hills squad, who could be the front runner in Southwest Ohio. Wingfield spent a season at Cincinnati Country Day and two at Lockland. The Wingfield transfer isn’t 100 percent certain at this point according to our source, but he did play some in June with the team.

*Shemar Waugh, a solid lefty point guard, was rumored to be headed to Pickerington Central, but ended up at Columbus Northland to join AAU teammate Jaylen Tucker. The Waugh situation hasn’t been finalized, but it’s likely the former Canal Winchester point guard will be in a Viking’ uniform.

*MaCio Teague is back in Cincinnati after a year at IMG Academy in Florida. Teague will join a loaded Cincinnati Summit Country Day team looking to repeat in Division III. Teague is one of the state’s top 2015 prospects performing with the much heralded Cincinnati Knights/King James Shooting Stars on the AAU Circuit.

*Javon Bess (6’5) left Pickerington Central following a solid sophomore campaign for the reigning state champs, and returned home to Gahanna Lincoln. Bess has plenty of upside and has improved leaps and bounds over the past year, so look for him to play a major role for what should be a very good Lincoln team.

*Satchell Pierce has transferred from Akron SVSM to Barberton. The 6-10 Pierce continues to improve and will certainly help a very underrated Barberton squad led by sophomore Josh Williams.

*Junior Tyonte Robertson could possibly enroll at La Lumiere (IN), which would make his third school in three years (Aiken and Withrow).

*Cincinnati Winton Woods will be extremely deep on paper, and appear to have added Dylan Wedlock (Lockland) and Latrell Tidwell (North College Hill) with a chance of one more on the way.

*Isaiah Jones, one of the state’s top 2015 guards, has left Cincinnati Northwest for Woodward and Jermaine Britton also formerly of Northwest has went to Taft.

*Sophomore Devin Reed has left Centerville and will be playing for Huber Heights Wayne. Reed will help a young and talented Wayne squad on the hardwood, but is also a rising prospect as a quarterback.

*The biggest newcomer will likely be a rising freshman in VJ King, who will enroll at Akron SVSM after spending the last two years at United Faith Christian in Charlotte, North Carolina. King, a silky, smooth 6-7 wing, is one of the top prospects in the country. We introduced King to Ohio over a year ago now, and he certainly hasn’t disappointed. He plays AAU with All-Ohio Red’s 15U team playing up a division.

TOP 2014 AND 2015 NAMES TO REMEMBER:

2014: Antonio Woods of Summit Country Day, RaChaun Martin of Dayton Thurgood Marshall, Tyler Williams of Lakota West, Angel Rivera (Hughes), Ben Haraway (Norwalk), Evan Bailey (Massillon Jackson), Zach McCormick (Turpin), Ryan Badowski (Brunswick), Grant Benzinger (Moeller), Nic Williams (Sandusky Perkins), Carlas Jackson (Roger Bacon), Daniel Sapp (NDCL), Vincent Edwards (Middletown), Dakota Mathias (Elida), Rosel Hurley (Shaker Heights), Jeff Thomas (Norwalk), Eric James (Westerville Central), Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington Central), Peyton Aldridge (LaBrae), Rodrick Mills (St. Xavier), Victor Dorsey (Akron SVSM), TJ Umar (John Hay), Tysean Powell (Cleveland Benedictine), Manny Powell (Gahanna Lincoln), Brady Arnold (West Holmes), Joey Schmitz (Bloom-Carroll), Donvyn Benson (Mansfield Senior), and Gavin Skelly (Westlake).

2015: AJ Harris (Dayton Dunbar), LaMonta Stone (Bowling Green), Isaiah Jones (Woodward), MaCio Teague (Summit CD), Kyle Ahrens (Versailles), Noah Bramlage (Ottawa-Glandorf), Jaevin Cumberland (Wilmington), Nate Fowler (Cincinnati Moeller), Luke Kennard (Franklin), Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights), Myo Baxter (Lakota East), Josh Williams (Barberton), Jordan Dartis (Newark), Gage Hisey (Dublin Coffman), Devon Andrews (Lorain), Kipper Nichols (Lakewood St. Edward), Derek Pardon (Cleveland VASJ), Michael Simon (Hilliard Davidson), Chris Oakley (Brush), Ahmad Wagner (Wayne), Brian Parker (Cleveland VASJ), Austin Adams (Cardinal Stritch), Isaac White (Ashland), Isaac Anderson (Groveport-Madison), Ryan Mikesell (St. Henry), Tony Anderson (Marion-Franklin), Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ), Beau Justice (Peebles), Brogan Scott (Medina Highland), and D’Mitrick Trice (Wayne).

LOADED:

There are numerous top names in Ohio’s 2016 class, which has a chance to be one of the best the state has seen in years. The class is loaded at almost every position. A lot can happen in the next four years, but the potential is definitely present with the likes of VJ King, Trevell Beck, Willie Jackson, Derek Funderburke, Rodrick Caldwell, Xavier Simpson, Jarron Cumberland, Ashon Riggins, Seth Towns, James Manns, Derrick Daniels, Anthony Christian, Brandon Peters, and Keith Griffin.

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