Friday, May 13, 2011

Ohio's Top 6th Graders (Class of 2017)

Brett Lauf-2017

Below is an initial list of some of the top fifty 6th graders in the state.  As a disclaimer, the list is just an initial draft, and will be updated as I watch kids play throughout the spring and summer.  As you can imagine, there is no way I can catch every kid who might me appropriate for this list, so if you, your son or your player is not listed, it simply means I have not seen him enough at the various tournaments, showcases and camps.  As we move though the summer, I will be adding to the list, while breaking the list down into the top 50, 20 and top 10. Also, I'm hoping to see more of the northern Ohio kids this summer, so if you know of some big tournaments, showcases or camps in that area please email me with the information.

Kobe Vinegar

Some of the players I've seen the most and am most impressed with so far includes Bret Lauf, a young Steve Nash clone from the Toledo area. This kid has special qualities that will continue to keep him among the top players in the state for years to come.  The Dayton Airmen organization has several players who have a chance to be D-I prospects down the road if they keep developing, including: Keegan Saben, L’Christion Smith, Kobe Vinegar, and Torrey Patton.  Add in Dayton's Jacquel Freeman-Parks and Dujuan Ford, and you have a lot of talent in the Dayton area in this class.  Ben Harris out of Springfield needs to be mentioned among the best, as does Hilliard's Trey Pugh.

Top 6th Graders

Torry Patton

Mykel Anderson-College Hill MS Unknown
Devon Baker 5’1 WG Dayton-North Dayton School of Discovery
Jordan Bailey 4'9 PG Springfield-Northridge Elm
Tony Boddie Dayton-5'8 WF Brunner Catholic
Naz Bohannon 5’6 WF Lorain-Longfello MS
Ethan Bradds 6'2 PF Jamestown-MS Unkown
DeMeak Brandon PG Cincinnati MS Unknown
Desean Brooks 5’7 WF Loraine-Longfello MS
Braden Budd WF Hilliard MS Unknown
Zach Carpenter Toledo
Christian Carter Worthington-Worthington Park MS
Evan Clayborne Dayton-Brunner Catholic
Darious Coker 5’6 WF Grove City-Holt Crossing MS
Daniel Davis 5’9 WG Springfield Roosevelt MS
Preston Easnaugle-Grove City MS Unknown
CJ Fleming WF Cincinnati MS Unknown
Dujuan Ford 4’8 PG Englewood-Northmont MS
Jaqual Freeman-Parks 4’7 PG Dayton-Edison MS
Ben Harris 5’6 WG Springfield-Kenwood MS
Jalen Harris Cleveland Heights-Monticello MS
Nathan Hawkins Nashport-Dresden Elm
Logan Hill 6’0 C Massillon MS Unknown
AJ Hughes 5’3 PG Akron-Revere MS
Nick Irwin-Grove City MS Unknown
Chris Jackson 5’4 WG Dayton-Richard Allen MS
Marreon Jackson 5’3 PG Maple Hgts-Dunham MS
Shemari Jamison 5’7 C Dayton-Rosa Park MS
Raymere Jeters-Madisonville-MS Unknown
Houston King Toledo-Ottawa Hill MS
Robert Littlejohn Columbus-Berwick Alternative MS
Brett Lauf 5’0 PG Toledo-Napoleon MS
Marcus “Deuce” Martin 5’5 PG/WG Loraine-Durling MS
Sam Martin Cincinnati MS Unknown
Michael McKay 4'9 PG Springfield-Perrin Woods Elm
Anthony Mills Jr. 5'2 WG Westerville-Blendon MS
Clayton Noogle 5'3 WF Mt. Vernon-Mt. Vernon MS
Anthony Parker 5’1 PG Trotwood-Trotwood MS
Torry Patton 5’4 WG Trotwood-Trotwood MS
Logan Plummer 4'11 PG/WG Belpre-Belpre Elm
Trey Pugh 6’0 C Hilliard-MS Unknown
Trey Releford-Evanston-MS Unknown
Justin Roberts MS Unknown
Keegan Saben-5-8 PG Beavercreek-Ferguson MS
L’Christion Smith 5’9 WF Huber Heights-Weisenborne MS
Arius Spears 5’4 WG Dayton-Englewood Hills MS
Jace Stockwell
Dawson Tillman 5'8 WG Bellefontaine-Bellefontine MS
Kenny Thompson SG Cincinnati-MS Unknown
Rodney Tucker 5’5 PG Canal Winchester-Canal Winchester MS
Kobe Vinegar 5’6 WF Trotwood-Trotwood MS
Shaylin Waugh 5’4 PG Columbus-St. James MS
Kaleb Wesson 5’11 C Westerville-Blendon MS
Jarrius Ward Lima MS Unknown
Brendon White-WF Olentangy MS Unknown
Thomas Williams Lima MS Unknown
Adam Venturella Lima MS Unknown

Note: if anybody has any updated information on any of the above players, please email me the information at so I can update my list.  Also, continue to return to this list for updates.


  1. Rob Taylor, thank you for putting the spot light on youth basketball. Great Job R.T.

  2. Arius Spears plays up and runs the point for his team. Can penatrate and finish at the rim. One of the best 6th graders in Southern Ohio. Another person to watch is Anthony Dorsey, Northmont Middle School, 5'11 and can jump out of the gym.

  3. Another 6th grader from Northmont Middle School to add to the list is Jalen Garrett who plays for Dayton Nets AAU team. He shoots the ball very well and is crafty with the ball. Jalen can pass and score.

  4. james taylor great deffence of player sharpshooter too when he gets the ball it lights a spark he plays for the dayton airmen aau he is attending dayton early college academy what can you say he stays on his grades too he has all a's and b's......

  5. james taylor 4’7 PG

  6. cj fleming is slow and cant handle. He can shoot though

  7. Jacob McElfresh is a sharp shooter and has incredible range and a great work ethic and is always trying to get better he is a little above average height and can dribble like a point guard and really wants to be recognized.

  8. For a showcase invitation, email me at RT

  9. Justin Roberts class of 2017 middle school is Lincoln Middle School in Indianapolis, IN

  10. jacob mcelfresh 2017 batavia middle school cincinnati,ohio

  11. there is a 6th grader out of Canton,Ohio that people should keep an eye on named Jayvon Graves watched himplay at a tournement in Cincinatti this kid does it all i was very impressed with his skills.

  12. Look out for Jayvon Graves. He plays with a team from Canton, "Go Hard Bulldogs". The kid is a beast. He is great to watch, he has excellent sportmanship too!

  13. Jayvon Graves is 5 7 kind of like a lebron/d rose type of player from Go hard bulldogs aau team...Look out for him he will be on the list soon

  14. aj hughes = bosss

  15. Kenny Thompson in Ciny Ohio,is amazing on the court.Kenny handles the rock and hes an great scorer. Can't wait to see hi play college ball...Amazing kid.

  16. justin miller wellsville ohio can ball

  17. Ryan Martin from Ayersville Ohio is the best player for sure in Ohio. Averages 35 points a game and is 33-39 on his 3-point field goals in his 6th grade career. His most amount of points in one game is 53 against Holgate when he was a 5th grader! He is a stud! not gonna lie, he could probably cross-up Lebron any day! Already has some D-1 colleges lookin' at him too!

  18. Anthony Masterlasco-Liberty Benton Plays AAU for TRIPLE THREAT in nwo, head coach id Don Christie of Toledo Central Catholic. Hes a great athlete and can break any press by himself. He has an amazing drive ans they call him The Human Pressbreaker

  19. CJ Fleming is starting varsity in one of the toughest divisions in the nation as a freshman.