|Malachi Branham-2021 SG Columbus|
Although we’ve mentioned him on this website on several occasions, Malachi Branham’s (6’1/WF/2021/Columbus) continued development and long-term potential have convinced us that he warrants more attention. In addition to his outstanding play this past summer with Aaron Brown’s Buckeye Prep squad, Branham is lighting up the Columbus Public Middle School League this season to the tune of 23 points per game. Branham’s combination of size and skill, in addition to a focus on his academics (has a 3.0 GPA), make him a legitimate college prospect going forward. In terms of his place among Ohio’s elite, right now, Branham is a prospective top 10 player in the state.
What’s most impressive about Branham is the fact that his versatility, length, athleticism, speed, and ability to shoot and pass allows him to play multiple positions. This past summer, Branham demonstrated the ability to spot up and knock down the 3-ball. He also uses his length to shoot over top of opponents, and he proved to be his team’s most consistent scorer and best 3-point option this past season. According to Coach Aaron Brown, Branham “stays in the gym.” In addition, Branham not only excels at playing in a team format, his individual talent has been on display at prior Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases, where he has garnered MVP honors.
|Jaden Hawkins-White & Patrick Daniels|
While we are on the subject of “under the radar kids,” Branham has a couple of teammates who have been under exposed as well, including Patrick Daniels (5’10/WF/Columbus) and Jaden Hawkins-White (6’0/SG/Columbus), both of whom have proven to be key pieces to Buckeye Prep the past couple of years, and either can lead the team in scoring in any given game. With other up and coming guys like Mikhale Massie, Azzon Daniels, Daaron Brown, Will Miller and Elijah English, Buckeye Prep has a great chance of cracking our top 5 when we release our preseason Power Rankings in a few weeks. This summer Branham and his teammates have a chance to do some special things. We will be watching.