Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Young Guns Get Their Turn At Open Gym

I spent most of session three watching some of central Ohio's up and coming 9th graders (pictured). In addition to the 40 varsity-level players who showed up, 22 freshmen had a chance to get in some quality work. Of course there were some of the usual suspects such as Gahanna's Manual Powell, Northland's Ronnie Williams and Nate Jamison, but a couple of new kids caught my eye. One of the best 9th graders in the gym was Dymiere Fitch, a 6'2 combo guard from Walnut Ridge. This kid has game! Fitch has good length, is very fluid, has a nice handle and a few nifty dribble moves which he uses to beat his man off the dribble and get to the cup. I also liked the the fact that Fitch was a willing and able passer and did a good job of communicating with his teammates. Also playing well was Jaeson Tate, a 6'2 PF at Pickerington Central. Tate is aggressive, has decent size and benefits from good genetics. Northland continues to attract local talent, as evidenced by the play of Octavius Luke, a 5'6 point guard. Luke shot the ball well and made several other nice plays. I also got a chance to watch an entertaining matchup of undersized point gurads, as Manuel Powell and Xavier Holston-Sims (8th grader) went at it. I also caught a little of the high school action, and noticed that Northland's Devin Scott was still getting it done. Scott flashed a nice mid-range jumper, finished around the cup more times than not, and might might be the most improved player I have seen this fall. I also thought Westerville North's Matt Rhodes shoot the ball well. Ohio State's Jarred Sullinger dropped by the gym for a run and looked every bit the high major player we have watched play for years. To see some of the pictures I took on Sunday, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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