|Easter, Mobley, Arnold, Campbell-Finch, Vaughn & Nesbit|
We’ve only just begun to take a serious look at Ohio’s class of 2024, and we won’t release our initial 2024 Watch List until after the September 17th & 18th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, but already the point guard group appears very strong. Watching several of the state’s top floor generals compete at the Coast 2 Coast Preps League Finals this past weekend finally convinced us the state is absolutely loaded with PG talent. Skilled, dynamic with high basketball IQs best describes what we’ve seen all summer with Ohio’s elite point guards. Near the top of the list are Jerry Easter Jr. (Toledo) and John Mobley Jr. (Columbus), two of the most recognized players in the country. Both Easter and Mobley boast of an elite skill set that includes an incredible handle, court vision and the ability to shoot from deep. The debate continues about who get’s the top spot, but you can’t argue that they are both very talented. It should be noted, since both players will be participating in the upcoming Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, we will take a close look at both PGs and make the call relative to the top spot. Stay tuned.
Easter and Mobley may get the lion’s share of the ink, but guys like Jaiden Arnold (Cincinnati), Isaiah Campbell-Finch (Columbus), Javen “Tank” Vaughn (Dayton), Nino Nesbit (Columbus) and Juwan Turner (Columbus) are all extremely talented and worthy of national attention. The big difference between Easter and Mobley at this point and the rest of the top guards in the state is the amount of exposure. We’ve seen a lot of Vaughn recently and have been really impressed with his toughness and grittiness; they don’t call him “Tank” for nothing; the kid is a bulldog! We’ve seen very little of Arnold, but the things he did in Louisville this past weekend was nothing short of amazing. Arnold has the ball on a string, and excels an breaking down his defender with his elite handle and getting into the paint for a score or dish. We have also caught Campbell-Finch a couple of times this summer and are convinced he has special talent. He’s not as flashy as some, but boy is he skilled and smart with the rock! We’ve highlighted about 7 PGs, but there are other guys waiting for their moment to shine. Jalen Hightower (Copley), Koy Beasley (Cincinnati), Kent Hairston (Columbus), Matt Ellis (Cleveland), Andre Miller (Lyndhurst), Reginald Person (Dayton), and Isaiah Marshall are all talented and worth tracking. We hope to get a better look at these elite floor generals in a few weeks at our elite showcase!