|Darious Brazley, Jyare Davis, Zion Harmon, Sonny Johnson & Sarmaritine Bogues|
Judging from the number of elite players who made the trek to Columbus to participate in the 2015 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, as well as the numerous scouting services in the building to document the action, the annual evert was a complete success! Not only were there some of the traditionally big name kids present and accounted for, but there were some hidden gems unearthed during the 2-day event as well. In terms of breakout performances, no one made more of the opportunity to impress than Jyare Davis (6’5/WF/Delaware/2020). Although Davis was a standout with his Rip City squad this past season, no one knew just how explosive Davis could be. Davis plays with a high motor, both on offense and defense, and when he’s not protecting rim, he’s trying to tear in down on offensive. Based on his current size, skill set and athleticism, Davis projects well as a division I athlete. If Davis was #1, Jordan Toles was #1A. Toles had another spectacular weekend and did nothing to hurt his considerable reputation as one of the top handful of players in his class in the country. Relentless to the cup with a developing midrange game best describes Toles at this stage in his development.
Also making quite a name for himself this past weekend was another Philly product in Jamil Riggens (6’6/WF/Philly/2019). Like Davis, Riggens plays hard, is a jumping jack and has good size for his position already. Look for both players to make a steady climb up the rankings going forward. Talk about under the radar guys; who knew Darious Brazley (6’7/PF/Cincinnati/2018) was such a stud. In terms of the high school division, the long and lankly Brazley was hands down the top player in the division. Defensively he was a problem, but his ability to handle the rock for his size was notable. He’s still young, but Brazley needs to be on somebody’s recruiting board!
|J. Toles, A. Davis, M. Cottingham, K. Martin, C. Rankin, C. Livingston, S. Wilson & P. McMillian|
The battle for the top spot in the 7th grade division involved a rematch which started at the Basketball Spotlight Camp last week, when the consensus #1 ranked player in the nation, Zion Harmon went head-to-head with the newcomer Ryan Conway. As was the case in southern Maryland, Harmon and Conway traded jump shots and layups as each attempted to stake claim to the top spot. By most accounts, Harmon gets the nod in the Columbus, Ohio battle. Both guys are tenacious, can shoot the rock and can get to the rack at will. Conway is the bigger, stronger and more athletic of the two, while Harmon’s skill, IQ, maturity and experience gives him the edge. Both were exciting to watch and should have a bright future with continued hard work and development.
Arguably the top two 6th grade PGs in Ohio were at the showcase and both players held serve. Sonny Johnson Jr. and Paul McMillian IV both had outstanding weekends and more than justified national recognition. Johnson is more dynamic, crafty with a more advanced handle and a desire to find open teammates, while McMillian is bigger, stronger and faster from baseline to baseline than anybody we’ve seen in the class. Both lead guards can shoot it from deep and are excellent playmakers. In terms of their ability to score in the paint, McMillian powers his way to the cup, whereas Johnson usually tricks his defenders then drives by them. Although we did not see them matchup this past weekend, we’re giving Johnson the nod as the top guy “for this weekend.” For the second consecutive year, Baltimore’s Samaritine Bogues (PG/2023) made the trip to Columbus and hauled away his fair share of hardware and ink. Already known nationally, the super slick floor general continues to get the job done. For his efforts, number 1 baby!
|D. Scott, D. Holloway, J. Hairston, D. Henry, C. Byers, C. Furst, N. Peeoples & M. Johnson|
There was far too much talent in the gym to document in 1 article, but many of the scouting services in attendance will further break down the standouts. Below is a link to the final showcase rankings. For the most part, those players ranked highly by their showcase coach were listed, including performance in the Sunday all-star games. While there were some standout performances in the NYBL all-star games on Saturday, our rankings are based on showcase performances only. Look for additional reports coming soon.
Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Rankings
Other Showcase Media
Other Showcase Media