2014 Player Rankings (OH)

Point Guard
  1. Antonio Woods – 6’1 Cincinnati Summit Country Day - One of the top PG's in the Midwest. Woods is a very skilled passer who makes the right decisions. Excellent ball handler with a great change of speed. He is developing a more consistent jump shot on the perimeter whereas he has already proven to be to be able to finish from 15 ft in. Woods is just a flat out winner on the basketball court and football field. 
  2. Angel Rivera - 5'8 IMG Academy (Florida) - One of the purest point guards you will find. Rivera can shake off any defender with his smooth hesitate and go moves, makes very good decisions and has outstanding court vision. He is a very good shooter from three and though he is small, he can finish at the rim with 6'8+ guys. Must continue to get stronger and quicker as he gets ready for the next level. 
  3. RaChaun Martin – 5’10 Dayton Thurgood Marshal -  A pass first, defensive minded point guard. Martin uses his quickness to create turnovers on opposing ball handlers. Martin has a great feel for the game and is capable of making his teammates better in the half court or in transition. He is a conisistenly good decision maker who rarely makes bad passes or take bad shots.
  4. Shemar Waugh – 5’9 Columbus Northland - Handles the ball like it's on a string and can position him or a teammate for a good shot. Waugh has a very quick crossover that keeps defenders honest. He has as much upside as any point guard in the state.  True point guard who can heat it up at any minute
  5. Ronnie Rousseau – 5’11 Cincinnati Winton Woods - One of the quickest and more explosive guards in this class. Rousseau has a great handle and can fill up stat sheets quickly with his scoring and shooting ability. Is an average passer but must improve if he wants to be an elite guard at the next level.
  6. Tyler Williams – 6’1 Cincinnati Lakota West - Very talented overall point guard. Williams does not have any major flaws in his game, a versatile guard that can get the job done on both ends of the floor. 
  7.  Gary Williams – 5’9 Cleveland Benedictine
  8. Tyonte Robertson – 6’1 Cincinnati Withrow - Has as much upside as any guard in this class. Robertson is a skilled ball handler than create shots for hisself or teammates. He also plays lock down defense, uses his quickness and lenght to harrass opposing point guards. Robertson must continue to work on his outside shooting. 
Shooting Guard
  1. Evan Bailey – 6’5 Massillon Jackson - One of the top scorers in the state. Bailey is a pure shooter and can fill it up from deep. Plays hard from the beginning horn until the end horn. He has become a better ball handler but must continue to improve in this area. 
  2. Rosel Hurley – 6’4 Cleveland Shaker Heights - One of the top scoring wings in the state. His length and his athleticism makes him a match-up problem for opposing defenders.  Hurley has a quick first step and is an excellent finisher around the rim. Has an above average pull and mid-range jumper but must continue to improve on his outside game. 
  3. DaKota Mathias - A pure scorer. Mathias can play several positions on the floor. He can handle the ball out front at the point or he can spot up as shooter as a wing. He can even post upside when the opportunity is there. Mathias began his junior season with three consecutive games with 40+ points. 
  4. Zach McCormick – 6’1 Cincinnati Turpin - Very skilled combo guard that can get the job done on both ends of the floor. McCormick is not only a shooter but a flat out scorer. He can score it form the outside and he plays above the rim. The way he defends reminds us of Aaron Craft, just a hard-nosed defender that gets after it. 
  5. Willie Green – 6’1 Dayton Dunbar - Very talented and athletic combo guard out of Dayton. He's not one of the best shooters you will find around but the way slashes makes him tough to guard. He has an above average mid-range jump shot and finishes around the rim. 
  6. Kevin Daniels – 6’2 Cincinnati Hughes - Has natural offensive scoring abilities and has an average shooting touch. Daniels uses his quick first step and quick crossover to blow by defenders. He is able to get his shot off over any defender and will defend the opposing teams best player. Daniels has more potential than most players in the state with his body frame and natural instincts as an scorer.
  7. Ty Hairston – 6’2 Columbus Northland - Skilled combo guard with a nasty crossover that can create shots off the dribble. Hairston's ability to make his teammates better in phenomenal and he capable of scoring at will. Not the quickest wing but his understanding of the game is what separates him on the court. 
  8. Grant Benzinger – 6’3 Cincinnati Moeller - One of the better shooter Cincinnati has. Benzinger can heat up at any point during game and he is also capable of attacking the rim. He is a tough guard and a good defender and gives opposing guards fits. 
Small Forward 
  1.  Jae’sean Tate – 6’6 Columbus Pickerington Central - Left handed wing who has committed to Ohio State. Tate is a skilled combo forward that plays  above the rim and has the ability to play any position on the court. Not a great consistent shooter from outside but has as a great touch on his mid-range game. Has more upside than any player in the state. 
  2. Vincent Edwards – 6’6 Middletown - Edwards is physical, versatile wing with a great basketball body. Skilled wing that is capable of playing any position on the floor. He has a great shot and attacks the rim and finishes through contact. Edwards is a high major prospect that will contribute right away at the next level. 
  3. Javon Bess – 6’5 Columbus Gahanna Lincoln - A tough, long physical wing. Bess has the skill of a point guard and the size of forward. Bess is a great passer and ball handler that finishes through contact at the rim. He also can guard any position on the court, has a ton of potential. 
  4. Jeff Thomas – 6’6 Norwalk - Athletic wing with a great deal of potential. Thomas is an explosive slasher who loves to get to the rim and finishes with contact. He is not a great shooter but but if he gets hot can put up numbers quickly. He needs to improve on his outside game in order to make an immediate impact at the next level. 
  5. Deshone Kizer – 6’2 Toledo Central Catholic - Slasher, capable of playing mulitple of postions on the floor. Kizer is great when he is attacking the rim and has an above average mid-range game.Must continue to improve on the pareimeter but all in all one of the hardest working wings. 
  6. Eric James - 6'5 Westerville Central - Is a great perimeter talen, one of the best scorers in central Ohio. James can get to the basket with ease and has a good mid-range game. 
  7. Brandon Fritts – 6’3 Mentor - Physical forward that can defend multiple positions. Fritts has already verablly committed to play football at North Carolina. He is great defender and is excellent from 15ft in. 
Power Forward
  1. Peyton Aldridge – 6’7 Warren LaBrae - Highly skilled forward that knows the game. Aldridge has a high IQ and can play any position on the floor. If he has a big man guarding him he can bring the ball up the court and if a smaller defender is on him he goes to the post. This is his big upside and why he will be an impact player at the next level. 
  2. Jalen Tucker – 6’7 Columbus Northland - Skilled post player with good hands. Tucker is a great offensive rebounder and finishes strong at the basket. A finesse but physical offensive player that is consistently attacking the glass. 
  3. Roderick Mills – 6’8 Cincinnati St. Xavier - Skilled, versatile post player. He has great length and above average ball handling allows him to be able to play some on the perimeter  Mills is a good shooter from mid-range and capable of knocking down the three but he needs to continue to get stronger. 
  4. Victor Dorsey – 6’8 Akron Springfield - Dorsey is a dangerous high-low post player. He has good foot work that allows him to use his length and body to score in the post. He also has a good shooting touch and can extend a defense out to the three point line. 
  5. Blake Simpson – 6’7 Cincinnati LaSalle - Big bodied post player with great strength. Simpson has the ability to face up in the post and score with his back to the basket. He must continue to improve in both areas. Simpson could be one of the top post prospects in the state. 
  6. Devin Pike – 6’7 Cincinnati Elder - One of the states best defenders. Pike uses his length and foot speed to guard wings and post players. He is a very good rebounder that must improve on offensive scoring ability. 
  7. TJ Umar – 6’6 Cleveland John Hay

  1. David Bell – 6’10 Cleveland Garfield Heights - One of the top centers players in country. David Bell is a long, physical post player that has great offensive and defensive ability. He is capable of scoring with his back to the basket or catching the ball at the high post and getting to the basket of a couple dribbles. Bell has verbally committed to the Ohio State University
  2. Gavin Skelly – 6’8 Cleveland Westlake - Skilled post player that can step outside and knock down the three. Skelly ability to shoot the ball keeps opposing teams honest and allows his guards to make plays. 
  3. Nate Harris – 6’7 Toledo Central Catholic - Athletic, raw post player. Harris's athleticism and strength sets him apart from other post players his size. He plays above the rim and and plays through contact. 
  4. Tyler Bowling – 6’7 Cincinnati Lakota West - Physical post player with great upside. Bowling is one the states best rebounders, his feel for where the ball is makes him a good post player. He must improve on inside scoring ability. 
  5. Landon Brazile – 6’7 Dayton Thurgood Marshall - An elite defender for his size. Brazile is a physical post player that rebounds the ball at both ends well. To be 6'7 Brazile also see the floor well and has the ability to make his teammates better. He must continue to develop his mid-range game. 
  6. Dwight Nared – 6’7 Cincinnati Hughes - Nared is an athletic and long post player that will out work and out run most big men. Nared must add on some weight and improve his ball handling to play at the next level. He plays above the rim and is developing as an outside threat. 

    1 comment:

    1. Aaron Oden ( Cincinnati Taft H.S) is a sleeper in the state of Ohio.