|Jordan Hale-Frater-2022 Cincinnati|
You know the old adage, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” Exhibit one, when the 2017 season gets under way later next month, Coach Paul McMillian’s 2022 All-Ohio Red roster will include Jordan Hale-Frater (6’3/C/2022/Cincinnati), one of the best players in Ohio in his class. Many of you may remember him from All-Ohio Purple last year when he was beasting guys in the class of 2021. At the 7th grade level, Hale-Frater should be a monster!
We last saw Hale-Frater at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last September when he participated in the Ohio North vs South all-star game. In addition, Hale-Frater also punched his ticket to the final all-star game on Sunday, and then went on to grab Top 5 honors. We did not see much of him on the summer circuit, but we knew he was good enough playing up with Purple that he deserved his selection as Third Team All-State. Finally, we currently have Hale-Frater ranked among our top 10 players in the state.
We had this to say about Hale-Frater when saw him and his All-Ohio Purple squad in Cincinnati late last season, “Probably the best prospect on the team is one of the youngest players on the team in Jordan Hale-Frater (6’0/C/2022/Cincinnati). Hale-Frater has a massive frame for his age, and can both score the ball in the low post as well as protect the rim; much like Adolphis Washington did for Berry a few years ago. He’s a force playing up with Berry’s 2021 team, but when he suits up for a 2022 team watch out! We can’t wait to see what Hale-Frater does when he laces them up for the South squad in the Ohio North vs South All-Star Game next month.”
In terms of All-Ohio’s upgraded roster, from our earlier reporting, McMillian has also added Adam Duvall (6’4/PF/C/Beavercreek), giving All-Ohio possibly the biggest frontcourt in the state. They have also added Bowen Hardman (6’2/WF/Cincinnati), and Ja’Viontae Ruffin (6’0/WF/Cincinnati). It’s important to remember, All-Ohio Red’s roster already included Paul McMillian IV (top 5), Kahlil Luster (top 10), Cameron Myles (top 10), Josiah Harris (top 20), Jerry Saunders Jr. (top 30), and Kollin Tolbert. With their roster upgrades and returning players, All-Ohio will have significant depth and versatility. “Adding Jordan will give us a big bruising tough guy who is hard to get around, scores near the rim and will allow Adam [Duvall] and Josiah [Harris] to step out and stretch the floor,” McMillian said.
According to McMillian, there should be no doubt that his team should get the No. 1 spot when we release our pre-season rankings next month. “It ain’t going to be anybody in the state who can beat us. I will play anybody,” said McMillian. “It will take a well oiled machine to beat us,” continued McMillian. You will be able to catch many of the All-Ohio players in action at our March 4th elite showcase as well as the entire team at our March 31st-April 2nd Buckeye Prep Invitational tournament. We can’t wait to get our first look at this team!