COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Boasting the top teams from all over the state of Ohio, Ohio State hosted day one of what looks to be an elite team camp on Thursday. Watching games from 10 a.m. until well after 7 p.m., let's take a look at the top performers from the handful of Central Ohio teams at the event.
Matt Allocco (6'4 PG / Hilliard Bradley / 2020): Allocco has turned a new leaf, which means danger for the rest of the area. Showing the confidence in his jump shot that he had as a freshman, Allocco torched the Ohio State courts all afternoon long, knocking down a high percentage of his three-point shots, while getting any shot he wanted off the bounce in the mid-range area. Allocco is a physical ball handler that loves contact, as he is crafty enough to get by guys despite not being overly quick. The 6-foot-4 guard can really finish at the rim, as he can post up smaller guards and has a reliable turnaround jumper that he uses in the post. Allocco is the consummate teammate and leader, possessing an elite-level IQ and feel for the game. When Allocco is knocking down perimeter shots, we have the confidence to say that he's the top 2020 prospect in Central Ohio.
Trey Woodyard (6'5 WG / London / 2021): Leading London to big wins over Canal Winchester and Northland, Woodyard was absolutely fantastic for the Red Raiders. A big guard at 6-foot-5, Woodyard can do just about everything on the offensive end, operating in a primary ball handler role on Thursday. The Tru Game EYBL product can score it off the bounce as well as any rising junior in the area, showing an ability to stop on a dime and hit pull up jumpers, while flashing impressive finishing ability near the rim. Woodyard is also a knockdown perimeter shooter who was dialed in all day long, giving London the vast majority of its offense in a big day for the program. Mid-major Division I programs should really begin to familiarize themselves with Woodyard, as he has continued to show that he's more than capable of playing at that level.
DJ Moore (6'3 PG / Worthington Christian / 2022): When it comes to making plays off the dribble, Moore might just be the best at doing that among point guards in Central Ohio. The big 6-foot-3 guard had it working for Worthington Christian, punishing a very good Lutheran East team off the dribble, constantly creating separation and getting into the lane where he not only scored, but delivered countless pinpoint passes to open shooters. Moore can do it on both ends of the floor, as his motor never stops running. From end to end, Moore is as fast as they come in Central Ohio, which makes Worthington Christian's offense a blur at times, as the Warriors got off dozens of threes thanks to the tempo that Moore played at. We know its early, but Moore is a sure fire Division I prospect at the lead guard position. The only thing we didn't see Moore do on Thursday was look to shoot from the perimeter, however, we saw enough of that from him in the high school season to be confident in his ability in that area.
Hunter Shedenhelm (6'5 WG / Pickerington North / 2020): Each offseason there seems to be a handful of rising seniors who make major leaps from the season before. In the early stages of June, Shedenhelm seems to fit that bill, as he continued his hot streak of quality play in a great showing for Pickerington North. Already known as arguably Ohio's best shooter, Shedenhelm continued to show that he's not just a one trick pony, as his quality perimeter defense and improved playmaking ablity shined throughout the day. With Jack Sawyer missing in action, Shedenhelm had no problem stepping up and accepting the challenge of being North's top option, knocking down shots from all over and scoring at the rim through contact. The 6-foot-5 wing is receiving plenty of attention from the top Division II programs in the region, however, we would not be surprised to see him begin to attract Division I interest with a big July AAU season.
Jalen Sullinger (5'9 PG / Thomas Worthington / 2021): When it comes to setting the table and making things happen at the point guard position, there may not be a guy better in Central Ohio than Sullinger. Thursday was another big day for the rising junior, proving to be nearly unguardable for any defender in front of him, as Sullinger scored it on all three levels while showing off his next-level handle. Despite lacking for elite size, Sullinger finishes very well at the rim, as he really knows how to use his body to finish over length. Still only 15, Sullinger's best basketball is still ahead of him, which is kind of scary to think about with how well he's played in the last nine months.
Quinn Corna (6'2 WG / Upper Arlington / 2022): Most programs rebuild. Upper Arlington reloads. Meet Quinn Corna. After seeing spot time on varsity this season, Corna is ready for a breakout season as the Golden Bears' best player. Against a long and athletic Cincinnati Hughes team, Corna was the best player on the floor at times, showing a strong ability to put the ball in the basket. We were blown away with Corna's patience around the basket, as he used multiple pump fakes to score against length and athleticism inside, a trait that not too many young players have. Corna is a knockdown outside shooter that does more off the dribble than what we previously thought, as he handled the majority of ball handling duties for the Golden Bears. Closing out a close win over Hughes, Corna hit the timely shots and clutch free throws to lead Upper Arlington. With the graduation of all-time greats Dane Goodwin and Max Martz in back to back classes, Corna has what it takes to be regarded in that category if he keeps improving like he has over the last year.
Dan Wagner (5'9 PG / Africentric / 2022): Thursday was the best showing that we've seen from Wagner yet, as he did it all for Africentric in a win over Zane Trace. The lightning quick 5-foot-9 guard showed off his ability to hit shots, handle the ball through traffic and deliver accurate passes, leading the charge for the Nubians despite being one of the youngest players on the floor. Wagner is a knockdown outside shooter who really dazzles in the open floor where he can handle the ball as well as anyone outside of Sean Jones in his class. Wagner has a lot of shift to his game and a natural toughness that is going to fit well in the City League for years to come. To be completely honest, Wagner might already be the best guard in a really talented backcourt for Africentric.
Bilal Sow (6'5 PF / Canal Winchester / 2020): One of the very best pick and pop bigs in the area, Sow had a very nice showing for Canal Winchester on Thursday. After a breakout junior season in which Sow helped Canal Winchester challenge for an OCC title, the rising senior seems poised to take a major step this season and evolve into the Indians' go-to guy. Sow has an array of tricks in his bag, as his long wingspan allows him to rebound and block shots at a high level, while possessing one of the area's best perimeter jump shots among big men. Division II, III and NAIA programs should take a look at Sow, as he provides versatility and shot making ability inside a 6-foot-10 wingspan.
Jerry Saunders (6'1 WG / Pickerington North / 2022): Saunders continued his stock rising streak on Thursday with another great showing for North. With the Panthers missing three starters in its matchup against Thomas Worthington, Saunders stepped up and showed out, playing an aggressive game on both ends of the floor to lead North to a win in a rematch of last year's district final. Saunders is a hard-nosed guard who gets to the rim and can finish through traffic, but perhaps his best attribute is his defense where he pressures the ball and is a threat in the passing lanes. It's hard to come by young guards who are genuinely tough, however, Saunders is one of those guys, which bodes well for the way Jason Bates likes his teams to play. Look for Saunders to be one of the very best breakout sophomores this winter.
Conner Maciag (6'1 PG / Pickerington Central / 2020): With Pickerington Central graduating a wealth of guard talent, Maciag steps into a primary ball handling role for the Tigers after waiting his turn the last two years. In an overtime loss to Canton McKinley, Maciag had several good moments, scoring it off the bounce and knocking down shots from the perimeter. Maciag has a bit of wiggle to his game, as he is really good at creating space for his shot. With the Tigers having plenty of young talent, Maciag will have to develop into a leader this season, something we think he's capable of doing. The rising senior will have to continue to work on not getting sped up against more athletic defenders, however, we like his toughness and the confidence and swagger that he plays with.
Tyrese Hughey (6'6 PF / Thomas Worthington / 2021): In his first stint of action with Thomas Worthington, Hughey gave glimpses of the type of impact that he's going to provide the Cardinals. The 6-foot-6 man child had a productive afternoon, scoring at will around the basket and showing aggressiveness on both ends. We love the way Hughey gets after it on the glass, as he showed an ability to grab and go, leading a few fastbreaks for Thomas. Hughey knocked down two threes, a shot that he's really improved over the last year, which will make the pick and roll with he and Sullinger that much tougher to guard. With Hughey's addition, Thomas is a legitimate contender in Division I, as we anticipate the rising junior getting into elite shape before the season. Hughey will have to set the tone for the Cardinals defensively, and if he does, this team should be ready for challenge for a district title and more.
Chris Mayfield (6'3 WF / Hilliard Bradley / 2020): Some guys just make winning plays in the biggest moments. Mayfield is one of those guys as he is the ultimate glue for Bradley on both ends of the floor. The massive forward is one of the strongest players in the area, has a high IQ and can play just about any position with the versatile amount of skills that he has. While Mayfield was a high flyer as an underclassmen, due to his high-major football body now, he isn't so much above the rim, however, he has become more impactful for winning on each end of the floor, something that the Jaguars will rely on this year as Bradley is looking to get out of the region for the first time ever. We look forward to watching Mayfield play Big Ten football in the next few years.
Cali Davis (6'1 WG / Africentric / 2020): On a young Africentric team, Davis has clearly evolved into its leader, as we were really impressed with his leadership in the win over Zane Trace. While Davis is a knockdown shooter who can really create for himself and others off the dribble, the one play that stuck out for us was on a turnover. Driving baseline and zipping a pass to freshman Dailyn Swain in the corner, Davis' pass went through the freshman's hands and out of bounds. Swain, playing his first minutes in the game, immediately dropped his head after mishandling the pass. The senior Davis rushed over to him, instantly lifting his spirits and giving him a high five, which gave the freshman Swain the reassurance he needed to put in a productive showing the rest of the way. If Davis had not done that, who knows if Swain would have put together the showing he did, as the senior leader showed love and support for the unproven freshman, something that you don't always see. I love Davis' talents on the hardwood but I'm an even bigger fan of the person that he is, which will mean great things for him at the next level.
Derrick Hardin (6'1 WG / Worthington Christian / 2020): After proving himself as one of the very best shooters in Central Ohio last winter, Hardin has continued to polish his entire offensive game, as he absolutely lit it up in the first half of an impressive win over state runner up Lutheran East. Hardin was a microwave as usual from three, but showed off a few tough athletic finishes near the rim. The 6-foot-1 guard has a quick first step that he uses to create separation, however, his three-point clip will be huge for Worthington Christian this year, as the Warriors are going to play at an insane tempo and get off a ton of threes. With guards like Moore who can create off the bounce, Hardin will get plenty of opportunities to get shots up next season. Division III programs should covet Hardin as an offensive weapon that can really get it going on the offensive end.
Rob Dorsey (5'10 PG / Northland / 2022): One of our very favorite guards in the 2022 class, Dorsey had a solid showing in our viewing of Northland against London. The crafty point guard has a tight handle and was able to use that to produce in a close loss. Dorsey is a tough guard who accepts challenges on both ends, traits that helped him lead Northland to a share of the City League North last season. With the graduation of N'Keeley Elmore, Dorsey will be expected to take a much larger role this season, something we think he is more than capable of.
Magnus Entenmann (6'7 PF / Upper Arlington / 2021): Primarily playing JV last season, Entenmann is a hidden gem in Central Ohio that is ready to break out. Going up against an elite national talent in Hughes freshman Rayvon Griffith, Entenmann accepted the challenge, holding his own and even blocking Griffith at his apex at one point in the game. While Griffith got his own in that game, nearly leading Hughes to the lead, we were impressed with Entenmann's toughness and confidence in the matchup. The 6-foot-7 post moves well for his size, has an ability to block and alter shots and is a solid rebounder in and around his area. We like the skill that Entenmann has shown, as he is a capable mid-range shooter that you can put in the pick and roll and depend on.
Sonny Styles (6'2 WG / Pickerington Central / 2023): Woah buddy. Styles is built for a freshman and is going to be expected to contribute for the Tigers from day one. With what we saw on Thursday, we think Styles is more than capable of doing just that, as the freak athlete played a tough game on both ends. Styles is still developing his feel, however, the physical tools that he possess are intriguing enough to feel that he's good enough to make an impact for an elite program like Central. We still need to see how Styles shoots it, however we can't wait to watch him again with the flashes we saw on Thursday.
Dailyn Swain (6'3 WG / Africentric / 2023): Africentric is really excited about the upside that Swain offers, as the lanky 6-foot-3 guard showed flashes of his ability on Thursday. We saw Swain knock down a few catch and shoot perimeter jumpers, which having the quickness and wiggle to attack the rim off the dribble. On a Nubians team with plenty of guard talent, Swain will likely come off the bench, however, don't be surprised if he develops into one of the very best players in the City League over the next three and a half years.
Avery Musick (5'10 PG / Canal Winchester / 2020), Zach Mansaray (5'6 PG / Thomas Worthington / 2020), Fred Wilkes (5'10 PG / Upper Arlington / 2020), Eli Burke (6'1 PG / Africentric / 2021), Casey George (5'10 PG / Pickerington North / 2021), Ethan Minner (6'3 WG / London / 2021), Makhale Massey (6'3 WG / Northland / 2021), Eldon Boateng (6'0 C / Northland / 2020), Drew Faieta (5'10 G / Worthington Christian / 2021), Keaton Norris (5'10 G / Hilliard Bradley / 2021), Tahleik Walker (6'1 CG / Pickerington Central / 2020), Corey Hudson (5'10 PG / Pickerington North / 2022), Domenic Farley (6'0 PG / Briggs / 2020)