|Elam, Weaver, Nesbit, Foster & Harris|
Although smaller in numbers, the talent level of the 4th/5th grade division the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase was very impressive. One of the best young players in the gym was Juwan Turner (4’9/PG/Columbus, 2024). Turner ‘s game is mature and predicated on skill and an understanding of the game. Turner already has a good feel for the game and he’s good at either scoring or distributing the rock. From what we saw of Turner, his upside potential is significant. We were also very impressed with the play of Nino Nesbitt (5’0/PG/Pickerington/2024), who has established himself as one of the top floor generals in the state. Nesbitt’s skill set and basketball IQ are beyond his years. He handles the ball extremely well and can either get to the cup or hit the 3-ball. As a reward for a big day, Nesbitt was selected to the all-star game and went on to grab Top 5 honors.
We had not seen much of him, but Nick Harris is firmly on our radar now. Harris is a great rebounder, finishes well near the bucket and is a solid defender. Harris not only logged in an impressive performance during league play, he exploded for 16 points in the all-star game, thus earning a Top 5 Award. Stevie Elam opened some eyes with his dynamic play. Elam runs the floor well and proved to be a proficient shooter. Elam also made the all-star game and was rewarded with a Top 5 Award. Michigan’s James Weaver was another standout and another all-star game selectee and Top 5 Award winner. DeMarr Foster (5’0/SG/2024/Lima) is another one to watch. Foster has a good all around game, but he really showed the ability to create offense. Also playing well during the event were Je’Kel Cotton, Julian Bunton (KY), Cyanda Grren (only the 2nd female in our history to attend the event), Sincere Horrison, Markus Jackson, Javen Vaughn and Ethan Young. It should be noted that Vaughn went home early as a result of an injury. Congrats to all the young guns who represented at the event.