Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ohio's Top 100 Rising Freshmen (2015)

Amos "AJ" Harris

Identifying the elite players in the class of 2015 is becoming much more relavant, as the players in the class will be entering their freshman year in high school in just a few short months.  At this age, college coaches and scouting services really begin taking a look at this class as they attempt to identify the best players in the state.  From my experience, many of the kids featured on the below list will become household names in just a few years. 

Below you will find a link to my list of the top 100 rising freshmen in the state. So far, this class appears to have a good group of guards at the top, as well as a handful of long-term post prospects.  Although Amos "AJ" Harris is considered by many to be the top player in this class, there are a few kids nipping at his heels for this honor.  The names of the top kids in this class may come as no surprise to our regular readers, as many of them have been featured on this site over the past couple of years. Although kids such has Luke Kennard, MaCio Teague, Nate Fowler, Esa Ahmed have become well known names to many of us, guys like Dayton's D'Mitrik Trice, Versailles' Kyle Ahrens, Hilliard's Michael Simon, Columbus' Issac Anderson and Orange's Kipper Nichols could make a push over the next couple of months. 

It is also important to note that there are still a number of very talented players who have not yet burst on to the statewide scene, but they will eventually begin making names for themselves through school ball, AAU events or camps and showcases. In fact, word has it, there are a couple of northern Ohio kids who deserve some love; however, until they get it done on the bigger stages, where people can see and evaluate them, they may remain just under the radar until later in their young careers. Also, as I have said many times, my list represents a "snapshot" of the kids who are consistently getting it done right now, and does not necessarily attempt to predict future success.  Some of the kids on the top of the class will fade, and some other kids will grow and develop their way to the top.  Remember, "the creme always rises to the top!"

Finally, within the next day or so, I will be publishing a smaller list of the top 30 kids in the state.  As I pointed out in an earlier piece, these list will be updated regularly, as I get a chance to see more kids. Finally, I will be turning over a list of the top 50 kids to John Stovall, ESPN Analyst, Nike rep and co-founder of Prep Spotlight Magazine, which he will use as the foundation for his list of the top 50 freshmen in the state.  As always, I encourage kids and parents to be more focused on development than the rankings and stay in the gym, because at the end of the day, it's about you game, not your name!  Enjoy the list!!

Ohio's Top 100 Rising Freshmen

28 comments:

  1. Where is Coy Van Tilburg out of Madison Junior High in Mansfield?

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  2. Mr Taylor...Andrew Francisconi at least 6'3" now And Esa Ahmad closer to 6'5.5.....

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  3. David Dennis Jr. is probably one of the top point guards in the state. He can shoot the three with consistency, has mad handles, and he is a coach's son, so his IQ is well mature for his age. He looks to get people involved in the offense, before he looks for his, totally unselfish. His defense is solid. He just needs to get physically stronger. Tons of schools want him. It will be interesting where he ends up. Good luck young man, I saw you play several weekends ago

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  4. who are those northern ohio kids you mentioned that are still under the radar?

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  5. * Tristin * Tillman

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  6. Check out Joey Burrow 6'1 point guard/shooting guard from athens ,ohio.

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  7. Watch for Logan DeLong out of Celina, OH. He is a 6'3 wing/PF who can play.

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  8. Agree about Logan DeLong out of Celina, OH. Watched him play in the Bath invitational this past season, as well as a handfull of other games. He could score 30 a game if he wanted to but plays on an excellent team and system. Unselfish young man and well coached. Anyone know if he's playing on any AAU circuits? I know of a couple of coaches who would love to get a hold of this kid. Should be ranked in the top 30.

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  9. EUCLID OHIO MO JOHNSON JAMIE BLAXSON JHON ROBERTS SIMON TEXIDOR BIG A. Kipper Esa Paker.The best player in Cleveland Oiho 2015.

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  10. MO Johnson 1 Josh Williams 2 Simon Texidor 3 Kipper Nichols 4 Esa Ahmed 5 Back up C.OAKELY B.Paker A D DOWELL D Locket Anthony J Harris J Bloxson K Stergis J Roberts.

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  11. Check Devin Davie out he plays for Ohio Elite AAU (Green/White) and is entering Pickerington North Highschool as a Freshman this year.

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  12. I read about a lot of players in this comment section, but for those players who want to prove it on the court head to head, plan to attend the Sept 25th elite showcase! RT

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  13. Simon Texidor Euclid Oiho will be attend elite showcase. Bring your A game. SIMON a top 25 player in OHIO. the best shooter in game 6'0 wing/pf 2015.

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  14. Rob, Coy Van Tilburg is a 5'11 forward

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  15. Look out for Mamadou (Tra) Traore a 6'4 forward from Jersey City..Will attend Euclid High

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  16. What about Malik Leisinger and Joseph Malone out of garfield middle school in Lakewood Ohio. Malik is Attending ST.Edwards and Joseph is attending Lakewood high

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  17. I agree, Malone and Lesinger played together for many years and work together very well and Lesinger is 5'5 and Malone is 5'11

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  18. For a showcase invitation, email me at Taylorobe@aol.com. RT.

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  19. Jesery palyer MAMADOU TRA TRAORE hooks up with E.S.P.A.S. SIMON TEXIDOR IV.JAMIE BLOXSON and the rest boys. EUCLID OHIO.

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  20. Jersey /Oiho hooks up MAMADOU TRA TRAORE JAMIE BLOXSON SIMON TEXIDOR IV.and the boys playing E.S.P.A.S. EUCLID OHIO.

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  21. michael simon is number 1 in ohio saw him play at nationals. great kid . great player. enough said

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  22. Where's Carson Ebert of Willard, Ohio? 6'0" guard 165 point guard. lights out from anywhere inside half court. RIDICULOUS SKILLS!

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  23. 6'3" 170 guard for Ohio Gators. Goes to Cardinal Stritch in Oregon. Check him out. Attacks hoop with power, speed, and quickness

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  24. Austin Adams best small forward in the state of ohio. He Goes to Cardinal Stritch highschool.

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  25. Johnny Wordlaw he goes to Worthington Christian and plays for Ohio Varsity

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  26. Lawrence Johnson. Kid is a scoring machine from Holy Name

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  27. Simon Texidor IV D4 CHAMPION IN 2013. A top player in the game 2015.ONE OF BEST SHOOTER in OHIO.

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  28. Simon Texidor IV 2013-2014 IS having a good yr. 4 VASJ

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