Monday, September 12, 2011

Central Ohio Open Gym-Week 5 Standouts

Caris Levert-6'3 Shooting Guard

Although there were a number of quality players missing from this week’s Central Open Gym, there were several standout performances worth mentioning.  Pickerington Central's Caris Levert put on a show. The 6’3 sophomore had to convert over 80 percent of his shots over the course of the day.  Levert is really starting to turn some heads with his athleticism and ability to score the ball, and I over heard a couple of observers comment that he might be the best shooting guard in the city.  I mentioned last week that Levert has an offer from Alabama State, but I have to think his recruitment will pick up in a hurry once the high school season tips off. Pick Central will be loaded this year as evidenced by the stellar play of sophomore Conner Kern, a 6’0 shooting guard.  As soon as I thought Kern was just about the jump shot, he showed me more depth in his game, and an ability to get to the basket and to play solid defense.  Also, Kern appears to be a little more athletic than he looks.

Jaylen Benton-6'1 PG

Westerville North’s Jaylen Benton had a huge day as well.  Benton, a 6’1 PG and recent transfer from Northland, had every aspect of his game clicking. He took guys to the cup and finished; he had his jumper dialed in, and his defense was stifling.  Watching Benton dominate in the first 3 games was very entertaining.  All I can say is; Westerville North is going to be a tough out this year!  I have to give a shout out to his teammate, Matt Rhodes, who shot the cover off of the basketball.  Rhodes is not just a spot up shooter,on no, his use of the jab step moves and head fakes are next level, and he shoots it well off the bounce.  I also saw him attacking the cup a lot more on Sunday.  There have to be some programs pout there looking for a kid like Rhodes! Click on the link below to see the other players of the day as well as the top team.

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