Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stars Shine All-Ohio Slam & Jam

Keon Johnson-Junior Mansfield Senior
Last week before I shot down to Cincinnati to cover the Queen City Superstars Showcase, I spent a little time at Jerry Watson’s All-Ohio Slam & Jam event at Whitehall High School.  Before I left, I noted that the gym was chalked full of talent. Roughly 150 players from as far as Toledo made the trek to Columbus to compete, and from what I heard, there were a number of standout performers. 

Maurice O'Field-Junior Cleveland Heights

Apparently, Keon Johnson, a 5’6 junior PG from Mansfield Senior, stole the show. Because of Johnson’s dead eye shooting (someone told me he may have gone 25 of 27 on the day), he led his team to a 4-0 finish, and he could be considered the event’s unofficial MVP. Also, Cleveland Height’s Maurice O’field reportedly had a big day and impressed onlookers with his power and athleticism. Louisville commit Terry Rozier’s play solidified his place atop the PG list in the state, while Dayton Dunbar’s Teddy Hawkins shot lights out all day long.

Marc Loving-Junior Toledo St. Johns

In addition to the usual standouts, there were a few sleepers who emerged from the event, Jack Thome, a 6’6 junior from Chagrin Falls made some noise, as did 6’6 junior Trey Fletcher and AJ Ireland, both from Ironton. Also, keep an eye on 6’5 Rasheed Brooks from New Lexington. Some of the other standouts included: Elijah Macon, Marc Loving, Devon Scott, Wendall Davis, Malik Dime, Matt Rhodes, Zeek Rogers, Jalon Robinson, Jack Gibbs, Jae’son Tate, JB Best, Randal Clarkson Jr. and Christian Gaines.

Noah Bramlage-Freshman Ottowa Glandorf

There were several young guys who stepped up their games on Sunday and more than held their own against the big boys. Some of the top young guns included: Ottowa Glandorf’s Noah Bramlage, Tony Anderson, JaQuan Harrison and Brandon Peters (8th grader). Look for many of the above players at the 3rd Annual All-Ohio City Series event in a couple of weeks. 

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