According to my sources, a number of Ohio’s top players made the trek over to Indianapolis this weekend to participate in Jr Prep Hoop’s 1st ever Midwest 2016 Showcase. Approximately 70 players participated in the 2-day event which included skill workouts by Lima’s Quincy Simpson, guest speakers, 3-point and dunk contests and league and all-star games. The camp culminated in Top 20 and Top 40 all-star games on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, Dunk Dog’s Spencer Pulliam selected ten players he thought performed the best on day one, and 4 Buckeyes made the cut, including: Derick Daniels (#2); Seth Towns (#4); Derek Funderburk (#6); and Xavier Simpson (#7). The rest of the 1st day standouts included: Josh Jackson (#1-MI); Cassius Winston (#3-MI); Reggie Jones (#5-IN); Kyle Woodruff (#8-MI); Hunter Christ (#9-IN); and Erin Gordon (#10-IN).
In addition to the above standouts, several other Ohio kids played their way into either the Top 20 or Top 40 all-star game. Those players included all of the players previously listed, plus Trey Cobb, Rodrick Caldwell, Trey Smith, Dantez Walton, DJ Hoskins and Matt Moyer. Congratulations to Chad Weaver for pulling together a quality event. For the record, Michigan’s Josh Jackson won the slam dunk contest and was chosen as the Top Performer at the event, and according to some in attendance, Jackson's performance over the weekend solidified him as a top 5 player nationally. Finally, you can catch Jackson and most of the other top players at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase on September 22nd and 23rd here in Columbus.