I had a chance to catch some of the action at Victor Dandridge's open gym on Sunday, and I left impressed with the level of play at the third year event. Out of the 55 kids in attendance, there were about 10 players that caught my attention. Westerville North's Jack Gibbs had a nice day, as did his teammates Tavion Thomas and Matt Rhodes. Cincinnati verbal Devon Scott logged in another solid day of play, along with Upper Arlington's Carter Smith. Eastmore's John Draper continued to open eyes with his play. Although he is only a freshman, Africentric's DeQuan Harrison had a lot of people trying to figure out who he was. Huntington Prep's Elijah Macon was in town to get a haircut and stopped by the gym to get in a quick run before he got back on the road. I'm glad he did, as he treated onlookers to some highlight-worthy plays, all above the rim of course.
Jack Gibbs-Player of the Day
Some of the top teams of the day included the Westerville North led group of Jack Gibbs, Matt Rhodes, Tavion Thomas, Jalen Benton and Isaiah Brooks. The Brookhaven bunch of Ronnie Williams, Kalid King, Randy Clakson Jr., Steve Walzcak and JaQuan Harrison ran off a string of wins that led them from court 5 to the top court. The team of Devon Scott, Jordan Potts, Carter Smith, Keshaun Lewis and Darryl Levert notched several wins as well. On a side note, it was good to see Dublin Coffman's Kyle Molcok back on the court, after missing all of last season recovering from an ACL injury. From what I could tell, Molock did not appear to be slowed by the injury.
Devon Scott, Coach Vic & Elijah Macon
Due to the increased interest, next week Dandridge expects to use all of the facilitie's 6 courts to accommodate another 20 players to the event. As proof that the event is starting to attract more attention, ESPN 's John Stovall and Ty Kish were both in the house checking out the action. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.