All-Ohio Super 16 Showcase: 5 Standout Performers

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The All-Ohio Super 16 Showcase took place this past weekend in
Columbus
and surrounding cities with a plethora of Ohio’s top talent taking part
in Jerry Watson’s annual hoopla. The two-day hoopfest featured some of
the state’s elite teams, prospects, and players, and as usual, the cream
rose to the top…


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All-Ohio Super 16: Standout Performers

AJ Harris (5’9/PG)- Dayton Dunbar/King James Shooting Stars 16U
Harris delivered the goods on Sunday in the championship game scoring 23 points. He is virtually impossible for the defender to stay in front of him when he is knocking down perimeter shots. At 5-foot-9, he is already low to the ground, but he plays even lower. Harris knocked down shots behind the arc and got into the lane at ease against All-Ohio Red. The one thing that can be an issue is his shot selection when the perimeter shot isn’t dropping. With all the talent he has around him, he doesn’t need to take ill-advised shots. On defense, Harris takes great pride in his on-the-ball defense with his quickness and strength.

Jordan Dartis (6’2/Combo)- Newark/All-Ohio Red 16U
We undervalued Dartis slightly before this weekend. After the All-Ohio Super 16 Showcase, it’s clear that he is an elite guard in this class and a big game performer. First and foremost, his demeanor on the court is what stands out the most to us. He never gets too high or too low on the floor appearing to always be in control. He is a very good spot up shooter behind the three-point line, and has an innate ability to get to the basket. He isn’t the best athlete on the floor, but he is crafty and patient. Dartis will pick his spots to attack and his highly efficient at converting in the lane. He is also very good in transition. We would like to see him shoot a little more off the dribble as right now he either shoots the triple or goes all the way to the basket.

Anthony Christian (6’2/Guard)- Akron Hoban/King James Shooting Stars 15U
The lefty can impact the game in a variety of ways. He has a very good motor and really thrives on the defensive end. Christian creates plenty of steals, which lead to a lot of easy transition buckets for the rising sophomore. He is very good at hitting the floater in the lane and athletic enough to score around the rim in traffic. He is even starting to show the ability to knock down perimeter shots. His shot looks good, but it’s not consistent at this point. Above all, the hustle plays he makes throughout a game can’t be measured in the scorebook.

Willie Jackson (6’3.5/WF)- Garfield Heights/All-Ohio Red 15U
It was great to see Jackson come out with a “dog” mentality in the championship game. If he was able to play with that demeanor and fire in every game, there would be very few in his class able to contain him. Jackson is long, athletic, and strong. He has no problem scoring in the lane by using his leaping ability, length, and strength. He had several drive-in baskets where he scored over defenders in the title tilt. Jackson has all the tools to be an elite wing prospect and he has great length to be a terrific defender. He scored 24 points and proved to be the most productive player in the finals. Jackson has very good rotation on his perimeter shot, but it’s a little flat and needs to become more consistent. If he can develop a consistent perimeter jumper and be engaged in every game, Jackson has a chance to be an elite prospect.

Caleb Swanigan (6’8/C)- Homestead High School (IN)/Spiece Indy Heat

The Indiana big man is one of the elite big fellow prospects in the Midwest. Swanigan works double duty playing for both the 17 and 15-and-under teams for Spiece. This weekend, however, he was with the 15U team with the 17’s taking the weekend off. Swanigan is 6-foot-8 and close to 300 pounds with elite post moves and a great feel for his position. He uses his body very well in the paint and if you play behind him, well, it will most likely be a bucket. He isn’t a great athlete, which should go without saying at that size, but knowing how to play and moving pretty well laterally makes up for the lost athleticism. He did appear to be laboring a bit getting up-and-down the floor, but that could certainly be growing pains. We look for him to grow another two or three inches, but he will still need to trim down a little bit. Swanigan is an elite football prospect as well, but is said he prefers basketball. We won’t be surprised if his gridiron days are nearing the end.

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All-Ohio Super 16 Showcase Home

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