We were unable to get out the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star
Classic this past weekend due to prior obligations, but there was some
great coverage around the Midwest from arguably the best stop on the
spring travel calendar. Here is a quick overview in case you missed it.
We were unable to get out the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic this past weekend due to prior obligations, but there was some great coverage around the Midwest from arguably the best stop on the spring travel calendar.
Here is a quick overview in case you missed it.
All-Ohio Red (AOR) continued to progress as a team capturing the 17-and-under Gold Bracket following a (4-1) weekend in Hampton, Virginia. AOR avenged a loss from the NY2LA event handily defeating the Illinois Wolves in pool play.
AOR defeated the SYF Players, Team Work (78-72), the Louisville Magic, Spiece Indy Heat, and Team Thad to win the event. By plenty of reports, the game with Indy Heat was a classic. Five-star prospect Trey Lyles returned from injury this past weekend for Indy Heat making the game much more intriguing. Louisville Magic and Team Thad are both high level teams and Team Work is a solid program.
According to several reports, Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington Central) and Vince Edwards (Middletown) created plenty of buzz with their play throughout the weekend, and Javon Bess (Gahanna Lincoln) and Evan Bailey (Massillon Jackson) got some ink as well.
Tate has committed to Ohio State and it’s no secret that Edwards is mulling options from Michigan and Purdue. Bess and Bailey are both drawing plenty of mid-major looks with some mid-major plus teams showing some interest as well.
Northwest Ohio Basketball Club (NWOBC) was another major player this past weekend in Fort Wayne thanks to Elida’s Dakota Mathias and solid group of players that play an enviable brand of basketball.
Coach Al Welch’s club made the Final 4 of the 17U Gold Bracket with wins over Team Blaze Select, the Michigan Mustangs (Allison), and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors before losing to Team Thad (TN) in the semis.
According to most, Mathias put on an offensive clinic helping his team advance. Following the loss to Team Thad, he ended a memorable weekend by committing to Purdue.
According to ESPN/Prep Spotlight’s John Stovall, Columbus Grove’s Will Vorhees, Lima Central Catholic’s Martyce Kimbrough, Liberty-Benton’s Ryan Geise, and Lima Bath’s Taren Sullivan were all key contributors for the NWOBC.
Team Work had another productive weekend making the Sweet 16 in Gold Bracket play with a win over Team NLP (MA) before falling to AOR. Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg LaBrae) and Gavin Skelly (Westlake) continue to shine and gain national attention.
Ohio Varsity White, the Ohio Basketball Club, the Ohio Hoopsters, and Nitro USA all made the Gold Bracket, but dropped opening round decisions. OV White lost to the Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels, who are led by Kevon Looney- one of the best prospects in the country. OBC lost to Team Thad, who finished runners-up.
Stovall mentioned Ohio Varsity players Ty Hairston (Columbus Northland) and Teddy Metzen (Newark) as top performers, while calling Metzen a definite Division 1 player.
Multiple reports mentioned Justin Bibbs- a Dayton native- for having an outstanding weekend. Bibbs played his junior season at Montverde Academy (FL). Stovall noted Antonio Woods (Summit CD) and Victor Dorsey (Akron Springfield) giving quality contributions as well.
In the 17-and-under Silver Bracket, the Ohio Stampede made the Final 4 and DB Hoops advanced to the Elite 8.
The 16-and-under division was won by a very good Indiana Elite 2015 squad, which also won the event as 15 year-year-olds a year ago. Elite is led by 6-foot-3 guard Jalen Coleman (Indianapolis Cathedral), who is being recruited by Ohio State along with frontrunner Indiana.
The top finishers in this age bracket were All-Ohio Red and the Ohio Basketball Club, who both made the Elite 8. AOR fell to Spiece Indy Heat and OBC fell to the Louisville Magic. Neither were bad losses by any means. AOR’s loss was in overtime to a good Indy Heat team led by Brownsburg High School’s K.J. Walton.
Stovall noted Jordan Dartis (Newark) as standing out for AOR and Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ) and Maverick Rowan (Lincoln Park, PA) as notables for OBC. Bragg garnered the attention of nearly every scribe on hand. Almost every publication covering the event mentioned the 6-foot-9 stretch four-man. It wasn’t surprising considering his talent level and the fact that Indiana just offered a day before the event. The aforementioned Rowan is a 2016 prospect.
The Ohio Stars- a team featuring 6-foot-9 Luke Knapke of Maria Stein Marion Local- made the Gold Bracket, but was handed an opening round defeat by Indiana Elite.
King James Shooting Stars (Love) dropped its opener to Chicago Lockdown, who eventually finished runners-up. Josh Williams (Barberton), Devon Andrews (Lorain), and Chris Oakley (Lyndhurst Brush) drew praise from Stovall.
All-Ohio Black- another solid squad- lost to the Louisville Magic. Who Got Game (Austin) and Who Got Game (Dennis) also lost in the first round.
Team Work’s 16U made the Final 4 of the Silver Bracket behind Beau Justice (Peebles) and Austin Adams (Oregon Cardinal Stritch). Justice is a perimeter assassin, while Adams is a relentless slasher.
VJ Sports- also playing in the Silver Bracket- lost in the Elite 8. Triple Double Prospects’ Corey Albertson raved about the potential of Montrell McCrae (Cleveland MLK). The 6-foot-8 rising junior is rumored to be transferring to one of the better Division I schools in the Cleveland area.
In the 15-and-under division, the King James Shooting Stars enjoyed another solid weekend finishing runners-up in the Gold Bracket. Coach Quincy Simpson’s squad defeated Spiece (Hopkins), the Ohio Basketball Club, Illinois Wolves, and Martin Brothers before losing to an outstanding Indy Elite 2016 team.
Nearly all the major services mentioned the King James’ inside duo of Derrick Daniels (6’7/Thurgood Marshall) and Derek Funderburk (6’8/Lakewood St. Edward). Both players are extremely talented with plenty of upside.
Stovall mentioned point guard Xavier Simpson (Lima CC), Anthony Christian (Akron Hoban), Henry Baddley (Akron SVSM), and DJ Hoskins (Thurgood Marshall) as other kids that performed very well for King James.
All-Ohio Red’s run ended in the Elite 8 thanks to Indy Elite. AOR defeated the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in tournament play. Willie Jackson (Garfield Heights) and Keith Griffin (Shaker Heights) led the way according to Stovall with Tervell Beck (Cleveland CC) also having his moments.
Indy Elite defeated arguably Ohio’s three best teams in the 15U group in King James, All-Ohio Red, and Team Work (pool play). The guard trio of C.J. Hedgepeth (Bloomington South), D.J. Wilkins (Merrillville), and Tucker Blackwell (Evansville North) is one of the best in the country. Blackwell scored 20 points in the championship game against King James.
The Ohio Basketball Club had another solid weekend behind Wilmington stud Jarron Cumberland, who is just too strong for most guards his age. OBC defeated a good Nova Village team before losing to King James in a close contest.
Team Work dropped its opener in overtime to Martin Brothers, who eventually made the Final 4.
Ohio Elite Black also made the Gold Bracket losing to Mac Irvin in the opener.
In the 15U Silver Bracket, HIdden Gems Black made the Final 4 losing to the Louisville Magic and the Ohio Hoopsters advanced to the Elite 8.
The 14-and-under sector also had some good finishers. King James Shooting Stars lost to Spiece Indy Heat in the finals of the Gold Bracket after knocking off perennial powers Meanstreets, Ohio Basketball Club (West), and The Family.
All-Ohio Red continued its quality spring with wins over Spiece (Yeoman) and Triple Threat before dropping a decision to Indy Heat in the Final 4.
OBC made the Elite 8 defeating the Wisconsin Playground Warriors then losing to King James.
The Ohio Stampede was also a Gold Bracket qualifier, but fell to Triple Threat in the Sweet 16.
In the Silver Bracket, Team Lima Kings reached the Final 4 losing to Mac Irvin and DB Hoops got to the Elite 8 dropping a nod to the Randolph Boys. The Team Lima Kings beat a very good King James Shooting Stars (Williams) squad in the first round of bracket play.
*All results were courtesy of Gym Rats Basketball Association.
*Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ) received an offer from Indiana at the end of last week and is hearing from Michigan, Memphis, Wisconsin, and Missouri this week.
*The Ohio Phenoms (17U) played in the Adidas Spring Classic going (5-1) for the weekend and winning the Silver Bracket.