|Cory Hudson, AJ Clayton & Adam Duval|
We had the opportunity to spend some time at Reynoldsburg High School on Saturday, and although we were expecting to see a great game between the 2022 North Coast Blue Chips and All-Ohio Black, it was evident early that was not going to be the case. When fully loaded with studs like Shawn Jones, Sincere Harris and Sean Jones, the North Coast Blue Chips are one of the top 3 teams in the state. However, Harris and Jones were not in the gym, and Trey Dennis was sidelined with an injury; consequently, All-Ohio Black had their way with the Blue Chips.
By the time Coach Shawn Thigpen called his first timeout in the first period, All-Ohio Black was already up 18-5, and by halftime, the score was a lopsided 44-23. Early on, Cory Hudson (5’10”/PG/2022/Pickerington) was balling, and had already dropped 14 points before the break. In the post, AJ Clayton (6’7”/PF/C/2022/Zanesville) was getting it done to the tune of 12 half-time points. We would like to say things were different in the second half, but by the time the horn sounded, All-Ohio had secured an easy 78-46 win. W
Hudson was spectacular on his way to scoring a game-high 26 points. Hudson impressed us with his skill set, playmaking and ability to knock down the 3-ball both off the bounce and in catch and shoot situations. Hudson was also patient, poised and under control the entire contest. Clayton demonstrated a soft touch around the basket, the ability to knockdown high and mid-post jumpers and the pass out of the post to spot up jumpers. In addition to being a scoring threat (finished with 14 points), Clayton exceled at protecting the rim as well. We were so impressed with Clayton’s game that we invited him to participate in our September Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, and even offered him an early spot in the prestigious Ohio North vs South All-Star Game. e also liked what we saw from Adam Duval (6’6”/WF/2022/Beavercreek) who is still working on his perimeter skills. Duvall is handling the ball well for his size and can knock treys if left unguarded. Ernest Brown and Rico Coulter were the standouts for the Blue Chips with 13 and 11 points, respectively.