Ohio HS Hoops Insider: Transfers, Verbals, Offers, Visits and NBPA Top 100


It was a big weekend for 2016 prospects as it was the first time they were able to receive direct phone calls from Division 1 coaches. Here is a follow up of the craziness.


Xeyrius Williams (6’7/2015) of Huber Heights Wayne has pledged to the University of Dayton. We’ve said many times before that whoever gets Williams will end up with a steal and we still truly believe that. The long and skilled Williams is just scratching the surface of what he can do. He is starting to attack more on offense and competing more on the glass, which is great to see. He still needs some refining to his skill set and mid-range game, but there is no denying his potential to be a big time player. In two-to-three years Williams could be a kid being talked about as a “how did the BCS schools miss out on this kid.”

Williams scored just over 12 points per game as a junior and added nearly 10 boards. He shot nearly 46 percent behind the arc and 81 percent at the charity stripe. Williams also swatted away two shots per game. We won’t be surprised if his numbers stay the same offensively with the addition of Rodrick Caldwell and the emergence of Trey Landers and Devin Reed as offensive threats.

Holy Name…Holy Cow

Coach Jeff Huber at Holy Name High School has to be ecstatic that incoming freshman Dwayne Cohill Jr. has decided to enroll. Cohill (6’2/2018) is an electric wing with a lightning quick first step. He is an attacker on the offensive end and thrives in the open floor. Coach Huber, needless to say, is looking forward to coaching this young talent.

“I’m really excited about having Dwayne (Cohill),” Huber noted. “He is a great kid in addition to being a really talented player. Thus far he has only enhanced my opinion on his abilities. HIs first step is so quick and his shooting has come such a long way. In our shootouts and scrimmages, he has been one of the best players on the floor every game.”

Cohill Jr. plays with the Ohio Basketball Club on the travel circuit for head coach Kevin Jackson.

Offers and Visits

Markell Johnson (6’0/2017) of Cleveland East Tech got an offer from Cleveland State.

Mark Hughes (6’2/2015) of Youngstown Ursuline notched an offer from Youngstown State.

Yavari Hall (6’3/2016) of Warrensville Heights was offered by East Carolina.

Doug Taylor (6’8/2015) of Columbus Northland will be unofficially visiting Miami (OH) on Friday.

Noah Bramlage (6’7/2015) of Ottawa-Glandorf picked up an offer from Bucknell.

Jalen Avery (2015) of Cincinnati Shroder scored an offer from Miami (OH).

Frankie Hughes (6’3/2016) of Garfield earned an offer from the University of Dayton after his play at its team camp this past weekend.

Jaevin Cumberland (6’1/2015) of Wilmington picked up an offer from Army.

Micah Potter (6’8/2016) of Mentor added an offer from Davidson.

NBPA Top 100 Camp

Carlton Bragg (6’9/2015) of Cleveland VASJ will reportedly be attending Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness in the fall. Bragg averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this past week. Bragg was 7th in scoring, ninth in field percentage, fourth in rebounding, and fourth in minutes played. Overall, a great camp for the senior-to-be according to his stat line.

Esa Ahmad (6’7/2015) was also at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and scored six points and grabbed three rebounds a game. Omari Spellman (6’8/2016) formerly of North Royalton averaged nearly six points and six rebounds in eight games. Derek Funderburk (6’8/2016) of Lakewood St. Edward only played in three games, but did manage to score 4.3 points and grab just over three rebounds in his time on the floor.


James Manns (6’6/2016/WF) has reportedly transferred to Walnut Ridge after two seasons at Marion-Franklin. Manns, a talented lefty, plays for All-Ohio Red on the travel circuit. It will be interesting to see if this sticks as some still say he could end up at another Columbus City League school, and it’s not where you might be thinking.

Trey McBride (6’1/2016) will be transferring from Roger Bacon to Cincinnati Moeller. McBride played with the Crusaders on Saturday in Dayton.

D.J. Tyree (5’11/2016) is transferring from Pickerington Central to Columbus Northland. Tyree was with the Vikings on Saturday.

Xavier Simpson (2016) is leaving Lima Central Catholic, after helping the Thunderbirds to the 2014 DIII State Championship, to play for his father at Lima Senior.

Elijah Pughsley (2015) is also head to Lima Senior to play for his uncle after a season at Cincinnati Hughes. Pughsley averaged nearly 12 points per game as junior for a 15-win Hughes team.

Tre Cobbs (2016) and Dantez Walton (2016), who many expected to transfer to Lima Senior as well, will be staying at LCC according to a close source. Cobbs will have a chance to be the man at guard and Walton has the opportunity for a breakout season.

Braun Hatfield (6’3/2016) is transferring from Willoughby South to Shaker Heights after a sophomore season averaging nearly 11 points per game for the Rebels.


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