FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Bringing a great majority of the Midwest’s top AAU programs together under one roof, the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam at the Spiece Fieldhouse delivered once again this past weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the event’s top performers from Central Ohio.
Jared Frey (6’4 WG / St Charles / Nova Village / 2022)
Coming off a freshman season that saw him average 17.6 points per game, Frey showed again why he might be the best all around scorer in the class of 2022. The scoring ability he possesses already is just simply scary, as Frey got things going in our viewing of him with back to back threes from NBA range. He was money on catch and shoot opportunities and worked really well as the ball handler in pick and roll action. When matched up one on one in isolation, he was all but unstoppable. Frey showed plenty of patience in the triple threat and was able to get his spots consistently. He also showed the ability to consistently get to the line, where he went a perfect 12-for-12 and knocked down three free throws to seal the game. Frey finished the contest with a game-high 32 points, and followed that up with a 34-point outing vs EYBL Mac Irvin Fire. Despite not being overly quick, Frey plays with an advanced feel and has a litany of tricks in his bag. The 6-foot-4 guard’s play helped him earn an offer from Ohio on Monday.
Quinn Corna (6’2 CG / Upper Arlington/ Nova Village / 2022)
Even though he was plagued with foul trouble, Corna was very impressive in my viewing of him . He was very efficient scoring the ball only missing two field goal attempts. He has a very quick first step and wasted no time blowing by defenders. The efficient freshman didn’t play around with the ball, as he made one move and converted straight line drives that either resulted in points or fouls. When the defender gave him any space to counter his first step, he simply rose up and knocked down the three. Corna showed great effort defensively getting after his man full court on every possession. With Upper Arlington graduating one of its best all-time players in Max Martz, look for Corna to take a major step up next season as the Golden Bears will be looking for offensive production.
Josh Whiteside (6’6 F / Gahanna / Nova Village / 2022)
The first thing that immediately stood out to us about Whiteside was his improved motor. He didn’t take any plays off and had his nose in a little bit of everything. Whiteside also caused the defense problems as he was all out sprinting down the floor as a rim runner, giving maximum effort to finish our viewing with eight points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. As Whiteside continues to show off his athletic gifts, maximum effort will only elevate him in the state’s 2022 class. Josh gave maximum effort as he finished the game with eight points , 12 rebounds , and four blocks .If Josh continues to with this type of effort the sky's the limit for him.
Trevell Adams (5’11 G / South / Hidden Gems / 2020)
A little more than a month removed from the state tournament where Adams officially broke onto the scene, the 5-foot-11 guard was a hound on the defensive end, applying great ball pressure and forcing turnovers in our viewing at Spiece. Adams was a nightmare for the opposing team in transition, as he had his way finishing at the rim consistently. Much was the same in the half court as he got to the rim at will using his great body control to finish through traffic. He’s already put the state on notice and will look to have a breakout senior year. We would love to see Trevell shoot the perimeter shot more often and with more confidence, which would make him an even tougher cover. With one Division II offer already, Adams should become a top priority for programs looking for a tough leader who you can plug and play at the next level. Winner.
Tegan Myers (5’10 G / Logan / Mid Ohio Pumas / 2022)
We were only able to catch the second half of our viewing of Myers, however, in that short time the Logan freshman did not disappoint. Stepping up for lead guard Ajay Sheldon, who was out with an injury, Myers showed creation ability as a lead ball handler, getting past guys with his crafty handle and drawing fouls. He went 8-for-8 from the free throw line and poured in 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half of a win over OBC. He is the cousin of Logan stud and Malone signee Bo Myers, the program’s all-time leading scorer. Look for Tegan to try to fill some of that void next year for the Chieftains, who graduate an accomplished senior class.
Idris Lawrence (5’10 G / Pickerington North / Ohio Hoopsters / 2021)
Lawrence approaches every game with a bulldog-like mentality on both ends of the floor. He did all he could to try and secure an upset victory over All Ohio. The sophomore guard was very aggressive off the bounce and All Ohio simply didn’t have a guy that could stay in front of him. Lawrence finished very well at the rim in a number of ways . He had a stretch where he scored eight consecutive points finishing with a game-high 20 points. Lawrence is a key piece of the puzzle makes up our early favorite to win the region in Pickerington North.
Sam Towns (6’8 PF / Pickerington Central / Nova Village / 2019)
Towns was impressive, as he was making plays off the bounce more than I’d ever seen before. He looked really comfortable putting the ball on the floor. The senior was money on catch and shoot looks and finished well around the rim. He and Jay Rodgers connected on a nice alley-oop, which we saw a lot of before he and his nephew were ruled ineligible by the OHSAA due to their transfer from Springfield. Towns looked extremely comfortable guarding on the perimeter where he has above average lateral quickness for his size. Altering shots at the rim, Towns showed off defensive versatility that will make him highly marketable at the next level.
Hunter Shedenhelm (6’4 WG / Pickerington North / Nova Village / 2020)
Although his bread and butter is from beyond the arc where he knocked down five threes enroute to scoring 30 points against EYBL Mac Irvin, Hunter impressed in later games by not settling for just the three. In a later viewing he was tagged as a shooter and consistently ran off the three point line, Shedenhelm adjusted and rose up for the mid range jumper making some big shots late in a close quarterfinal game. He held his own defensively all weekend as he has grown into one of the areas best wing defenders. Hunter’s confidence is trending up heading into his senior year with Pickerington North, as the Panthers will have plenty of offensive firepower to make a run to the state tournament.
Jay Rodgers (6’2 G / Pickerington Central / Nova Village / 2019)
An ultra confidant scoring lead guard, Rodgers was on fire all weekend with his most impressive moment coming in a the quarterfinal matchup with the game on the line. Waving off a screen , Rodgers attacked the defender and put a dagger in the opponent with a James Harden-esque stepback jumper to win the game. He was aggressive all weekend long, balancing setting up his guys and determining when to get his. His biggest game came in a semifinal matchup against All Ohio Red, where he poured in 30 points to advance to the 17u platinum championship game where they’d eventually fall short to heavily favored Indiana Elite. While a strong bet to enter the postgrad prep ranks, Rodgers is an improving lead guard with scoring and distributing ability and solid length.
Marcus Johnson (6’4 WF / South / All-Ohio Red / 2020)
Johnson has taken full advantage of the EYBL and has seemed to establish a niche as a tough, gritty and versatile wing defender with plenty of upside on that end. This past weekend, Johnson was terrific on that side of the floor, bothering ball handlers, beating shots at the rim and really making anything and everything tough for his opponents. The 6-foot-4 wing is a great teammate, makes solid decisions with the ball and always seems to win no matter the situation. Picking up a new offer from Akron last week, Johnson’s stock is rising with in-state mid-majors looking for defensive versatility and top of the line athleticism on the wing.
Dior Conners (6’1 G / Pickerington North / Indiana Elite / 2022) Dior missed a majority of the high school season with an injury, this weekend was my first opportunity to get to see him play extended minutes outside of our 270 Hoops Fall League . He looked really good as a lead guard setting his teammates up for easy looks . Conners has a great frame at 6-foot-1 with broad shoulders and quick feet. The Pickerington North freshman has a great first step and can get into the lane at will, which reminds us a bit of Javohn Garcia at the same age. He was also able to create his own shot and held his own on the defensive end of the floor.
Julian Binford (5’8 PG / Eastmoor / Hidden Gems Black / 2020)
Binford has been no stranger to the lead guard role, keeping the ball on a string since his freshman season at Eastmoor. For Hidden Gems Black, Binford is the straw that stirs the drink, as he had an excellent weekend as a creator and distributor. Binford, despite not having great size, has elite quickness and is a shifty handler. He knows how to get into the lane and what to do when he gets there. With guys like Adams, Binford, Walnut Ridge’s Kaveon Ross and Africentric’s Cali Davis, Hidden Gems Black has a City League South identity and tough players who have helped them become one of the most accomplished units in the state over the last year.
Cali Davis (6’1 CG / Africentric / Hidden Gems Black / 2020)
Davis is one of the area’s best outside marksmen, where he can really get it going in a hurry. Davis really made his presence felt on the defensive end of the floor, where came up with four steals in the first half of action. His defense was the anchor allowing his team to get out in transition, as they raced past Wisconsin Playground Club 75-45. Look for Davis to lead a pack of talented guards next year for Africentric.
AJ Clayton (6’6 PF / Philo / All-Ohio Red / 2022)
The top overall freshman standout at Battle for the City in late March, Clayton had a strong weekend for All-Ohio Red in Fort Wayne. A nearly automatic shooter from the mid-range area, Clayton is a multi-dimensional big that can do a little bit of everything in the post, in the mid-range and on the perimeter. Clayton has broad shoulders, a strong frame and good hands/feet, which help him turn entry looks into easy points. Holding an offer from Ohio already, Clayton is more than likely a sure bet for mid-major programs, as he is only going to improve his body from here on out which will make him one of the best players to come out of eastern Ohio in the last decade.