COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State hosted the best team camp that we have ever attended on Thursday and Friday. With more than 40 teams from all over the state attending, let's take a look at the top Central Ohio performers from Friday's action.
For a rundown of Thursday's top performers, read our Day 1 recap here. For sake of brevity, we are only detailing top performers from teams that did not play on Thursday (with the exception of Pickerington Central's Tahleik Walker, who was outstanding on Friday).
Let's get into the action!
Sean Jones (5'10 PG / Gahanna / 2022): I feel like I'm repeating myself when I say that Jones is special. However, that's simply the case, as the 5-foot-10 guard dominated every single opposing point guard on Friday, using his elite quickness, hands, body control and athleticism to help Gahanna to a really productive day. At least one member of Ohio State's staff was on hand for each of Jones' games and he had to have left a good impression with what we saw in multiple showings. Jones can get anywhere he wants off the dribble, has an elite feel and IQ that is beyond his years and can really, really pass the ball. The rising sophomore has improved as a jump shooter, most notably with his mid-range pull up, albeit his three-point shot still being a bit inconsistent. Despite that, I will say right now, and remember this, Jones is good enough, even if he doesn't grow another inch, to play college basketball at the highest of levels. I'm confident enough to say that because I know how hard Jones works at his craft, and when you combine that with his excellent support system, this is a kid that is destined for great things. I get some Zavier Simpson vibes when I watch Jones. Tough kid, winner, makes people better and can run a team. I'm just happy I get to chronicle this part of his journey.
Ryan Cutler (6'5 WG / Olentangy Orange / 2020): There was not one player who broke out more than Cutler on Friday. In a primetime matchup where he guarded and was guarded by Cincinnati Hughes' freshman phenom Rayvon Griffith, Cutler accepted the challenge and ended up being the best player on the floor in the second half to lead the Pioneers to a hard fought win. Cutler is a skilled wing who has continued to get better over the course of the last two years, as he put it all together in Friday's showing. Attacking the basket and finishing with either hand through significant contact, Cutler showed true multi-level scoring ability, as he remains a shooting threat on the perimeter. Cutler's confidence is running high right now and after Friday, he just might be the breakout player of the year in the OCC. Hey coach Calo, you said Cutler is the guy nobody talks about, well consider that statement null and void after Friday, as he has officially arrived on not only our radar, but hopefully the radars of the top Division III programs in the region.
Desmond Watson (6'5 pure wing / DeSales / 2021): One of my favorite parts of doing what I do is seeing talented kids go through an "aha" moment where everything seems to click for them. This week might have been that moment for Watson, who was one of the very best performers on the day, drawing rave reviews from Pickerington North head coach Jason Bates after his battle against Jack Sawyer. In our viewing of the 6-foot-5 wing against Team Point (MI), Watson was physical and aggressive from the opening tip, attacking off the bounce and using his strength and size to punish defenders in the lane. After playing in the post for a large part of his sophomore year, Watson played on the wing for the majority of the day and was clearly comfortable doing so, as we got to see him play with the ball in his hands. The rising junior is a quality shooter, passer and playmaker and might just be the guy to break out and lead DeSales this winter in the CCL.
Azzan Daniels (6'1 PG / Bishop Ready / 2021): I'm a big fan of Daniels' game. The 6-foot-1 guard just really knows how to play the point guard position, as he was the best player on the floor at times in Ready's win over Dublin Coffman. Proving to be the best passer that we saw all weekend, Daniels made some excellent reads to the weakside of the floor, drawing help defense and firing a few missiles into the corner which led to a handful of Ready's 15 threes in the win. We were really impressed with the way Daniels communicated on defense, as he directed his teammates all over the floor, calling out screens and helping the Silver Knights lock down on that end of the floor. It's really hard to get young players to buy into off ball defense, but that is not the case for the young Ready guard, which is a good sign for his progression going forward. Daniels is a strong ball handler with a little bit of wiggle to his game, as he was able to create separation and make things happen for his teammates. We even saw Daniels knock down a catch and shoot three, showing good confidence in his shot. If Daniels can consistently keep his motor at the level it was on Friday morning, he is going to be a really impactful player for the next two years.
VonCameron Davis (6'5 WF / Walnut Ridge / 2020): It's a thing of beauty when Davis gets rolling and puts Walnut Ridge on his back in big games. That was the case on Friday as the area's most productive player helped the Scots avenge a loss to Pickerington Central with a big win over a very talented Cleveland Heights team in the following game. Davis is just too damn strong around the basket, as he's the best under the rim finisher anywhere in Central Ohio, finishing at will despite guys hanging all over him. Davis has improved as a shooter, knocking down a momentum three in the first half and showing a more natural release than what we've seen in the past. We think Davis would thrive at a Division I program with big guards where he could alternate between playing the 3 and 4 positions. Davis may not have a true position but damnit, he's a good basketball player that ALWAYS produces. He reminds us of Jae'Sean Tate in that way. You can always count on Davis to give you 20 and 10, no matter the setting.
Darius Parham (6'3 WG / Bishop Ready / 2021): Parham is really good and everything he does on the floor positively impacts winning. In our viewing of Ready against Dublin Coffman, Parham came out of the gates hot, grabbing down offensive rebounds for close range put backs on the first two possessions of the game. From there on, Parham was a force in all facets of the game, controlling the glass, converting from all over and showing soft passing touch in transition. There's not a lot of things Parham can't do on the floor, as he can play and defend multiple positions. If Parham can continue to improve his three-point shot, he will turn into one of the very best all-around, two way players in the 2021 class. Look for Parham to lead a very talented Ready team into a 2019-20 season where the Silver Knights should contend in not only the CCL, but Division III.
Brandon Noel (6'7 PF / Chillicothe / 2020): Noel could be the highest upside prospect in the 2020 class. For those familiar with the progression of big men, more often than not, it's a slow cook for them. Noel fits that category as he has gradually improved each year in his career, and at this moment right now, he's his most dominant. In our viewing of the Cavaliers against Westerville North, Noel was a man amongst boys, operating from 10 feet and within (tip to my guy Mike Roth), showing off his soft touch from mid-range and scoring easily around the rim. The 6-foot-7 post has good handling coordination, is a quality passer and has the ball skills to be able to take slower footed defenders to the rim from the wing. If Noel can play with an elite motor from here on out, he will really really blossom.
Noah Lawrence (5'9 PG / Westerville North / 2022): Lawrence is instant offense and quite frankly is a whole lot of fun to watch. The quick trigger guard had a very strong showing in our viewing of Westerville North against West Branch, knocking down a handful of jumpers and passing the ball at a high level. Lawrence seems to really love the game, as he has clearly put time into his craft, improving as a playmaker and ball handler since our last viewing of him late in the regular season. With the graduation of one of the Warriors' best all-time players in Jeremiah Keene, Lawrence will now lead the Westerville North backcourt by himself. We think he's capable of not only succeeding but helping the Warriors remain competitive in the always tough OCC-Buckeye.
Kaveon Ross (6'6 PF / Walnut Ridge / 2020): Ross is genuinely tough and one of our favorite guys in the 2020 class. In the win over Cleveland Heights, Ross did not show an ounce of intimidation, taking it right to the Tigers and powering the Scots to a win. Ross is a big-time athlete with a college-ready body, which when you combine his improvement over the last year, make him a legitimate target for the best Division II programs in the region. With Ross, you'll never have to worry about effort or motor, as he gives you 100 percent no matter the setting. Ross has even shown progress with his outside shooting and ball handling, as he's clearly put in the time to get better. The 6-foot-6 forward is a strong rebounder, a very good rim runner and has great hands. And while he has Division I opportunities for football, Ross is a kid that loves basketball and is open to any possibilities for the programs interested in recruiting him.
Andre Irvin (5'8 PG / Olentangy Orange / 2021): Despite coming into high school with a lot of hype from his middle school days, Irvin had to wait his turn and develop under veteran guards Bryson Lane and Luke Ballinger. Irvin's patience and commitment to the process is beginning to pay off, as the rising junior is getting his just due as the lifeblood of the Orange offensive attack for the first time in his young career. Handling the vast, vast majority of ball handling duties for the Pioneers, Irvin handled tight pressure from Hughes, getting where he needed to off the dribble and helping Orange get into its offensive sets. A high quality ball handler who has never lacked for confidence, Irvin is also a threat to get hot from deep, as he did just that in the Pioneers' final game of the camp, knocking down six threes and scoring 31 points in yet another win. The Orange floor general is a hard working kid who loves the game and will continue to improve under Anthony Calo's tutelage. In an era of instant gratification, we have grown to really appreciate kids who put the time in to get better and are capable and willing to overcome adversity, no matter how hard it gets. Irvin is one of those kids and thanks to that, he's only going to keep shining.
Tahleik Walker (6'2 PG / Pickerington Central / 2020): Spending the last two seasons in a complimentary role as a 3&D guy and Pickerington Central's top wing defender, Walker is evolving right before our eyes and did an outstanding job leading the short handed Tigers to a very good day. Walker played the best basketball of his career on Friday, hitting shots, scoring at the rim and leading the young Tigers on both ends of the floor, as it finally clicked for him that he's not only a quality scorer but is more than capable of being Central's best player. The 6-foot-2 guard already had plenty of value for college programs with his defensive accolades, however, if he keeps scoring like he did on Friday, he's only going to become more sought after. This is a kid that I fully endorse and believe will only continue to improve. Good teammate, winner and does all the little things.
Tasos Cook (6'2 WG / Westerville Central / 2021): Watch your head when Cook is coming down the lane. The uber athletic 6-foot-2 wing guard left a lasting impression on me in the Warhawks' big win over Zane Trace. Attacking off the dribble and showing to be a capable shooter, Cook had perhaps the biggest dunk of the weekend on a huge alley-oop slam in the second half of our viewing. Cook has Jaquan Harrison (real ones know) type explosiveness, and enough skill to warrant plenty of playing time this winter. This could be a late blooming break out guy in the OCC if he can continue to polish his perimeter game to match his athletic gifts.
Jarious Jones (6'5 pure wing / Gahanna / 2021): Jones popped out on my radar a year ago at the Dayton team camp and has clearly improved in the time since. While he still has the motor and toughness that initially caught my eye, Jones has added some skill and versatility to his tool bag, as he showed the ability to hit pull up jumpers and operate as the screener and initiator in the P&R. Jones showed flashes of the stalwart wing defender that I think he can become, as he has good athletic gifts and a build that reminds me of former Gahanna great Javon Bess, who just wrapped up his college career this past season at Saint Louis as one of the nation's best wing defenders.
Qian Magwood (6'1 PG / Walnut Ridge / 2020): Despite participating in Ohio State's invite only football camp the day prior, Magwood took no days off by running the point for Walnut Ridge in our viewing of the Scots against Cleveland Heights. Magwood had one of his more efficient showings, playing on and off the ball and making good reads on the offensive end. The quick guard thrives in uptempo games, and when you add a little bit of trash talk to the equation, Magwood gets that much better. That was the case on Friday, as he seemed to spark a rally for the Scots with back to back tough buckets at the rim to overcome a double-digit deficit. Walnut Ridge is at its best when Magwood is making quick, decisive moves off limited dribbles. That's exactly what he did on Friday, which really helped the Scots get its senior front court involved and in rhythm. A soon to be four year starter at the point for Walnut Ridge, Magwood is the x factor for the Scots. When he's playing well, 4841 is tough to beat.
MJ Davis (6'5 WF / Westerville Central / 2021): Davis gets a much deserved mention due to his big-time motor in our viewing of the Warhawks. Coming off the bench and providing Westerville Central with much-needed energy, Davis made an impact on both ends of the floor, defending Zane Trace's top ball handler and scorer, making it difficult for him to get much of anything going. Davis is super lengthy, has good athletic tools and a terrific motor that helped him produce in all areas of the game. We even got to see Davis knock down an open catch and shoot three, something that will only make him more marketable as a prospect. The 6-foot-5 wing should be able to cement his place in the Warhawk rotation with continued performances like Friday.
Maceo Williams (6'5 PF / Gahanna / 2021): Playing the best basketball that we've seen from him, Williams was very effective for Gahanna in our viewings of him. The wide bodied post has good feet, good hands and is not opposed to contact. Showing good touch around the basket and having the strength to finish through guys, Williams had a really good day as the Lions' primary big. The 6-foot-5 sophomore operated very well with Jones in the P&R, getting plenty of easy looks due to excellent screens. If Williams ends up being the top post for Gahanna, he should be able to really contribute with the strides he's made since last season. The biggest improvement that I noticed from Williams was his confidence, as he wasted no time in going after defenders on the block.
Jesse Hains (5'10 PG / Dublin Coffman / 2020): Hains took advantage of his opportunity to play extended minutes for a shorthanded Coffman team, stepping in and providing the Rocks with a scoring boost. Hains knocked down two threes, a mid-range jumper and scored it in transition, showing a bit of scoring promise for a Rocks team that could use his contributions this season. The rising senior possesses a quick first step and played with confidence on Friday. We're excited to check him out once more with the way he played in the matchup against Ready.
Tanner Roush (6'3 WG / Lancaster / 2020): I really liked the tools that Roush showed off in Lancaster's win over Eastmoor. A strongly built 6-foot-3 wing who finished effectively at the rim, Roush looked like Lancaster's best player in our viewing. He plays with a lot of confidence, can lead the break in transition and is capable of hitting perimeter shots to stretch the floor. Lancaster ran some really good offensive action and thanks to smart players like Roush, were able to pick up a few quality wins this weekend at Ohio State. Coach Kent Riggs will look to rely on Roush and others as the Gales should compete in lower half of the OCC-Ohio.
Charles Perkins (6'5 PF / Westerville North / 2020): It seems like Perkins has played at Westerville North for nine years, although he's only going into year three with the Warriors. Part of that is due to his consistent play as a solid post playmaker with a unique style. In the Warriors' win over West Branch, Perkins had a very good showing, using his size and strength to push defenders out of the way for buckets inside. Perkins should continue to do a lot of that for North this season, as there is really not another team in the OCC-Buckeye with a similar matchup for him. The 6-foot-5 post has a reliable 10 foot jumper that he can hit, as he has clearly worked hard at refining his all-around game. We really like this kid and think a small college should take a chance on him.
Jaekwon Coleman (5'10 WG / Lancaster / 2021): Getting our eyes on Coleman for the first time, we were pleased with what we saw from the rising junior guard in Lancaster's win over Eastmoor. Already helping lead the Gales over Africentric earlier in the day, Coleman had a strong showing in our viewing of him, impacting the game with his motor and high-level hustle. Coleman plays with confidence, is a capable shooter and showed us enough athletic tools to believe that he can factor into Lancaster's rotation this season.
Mikey Miller (5'6 PG / Chillicothe / 2022): An alum of The Intro, it was nice to see Miller for the first time since he stood out in the event for rising freshman last August. The 5-foot-6 guard is still the sparkplug that he was that afternoon, giving Chillicothe great minutes off the bench with his motor, energy and ability to handle the ball. On a Cavaliers team with a terrific senior trio of Noel, Jayvon Maughmer and Tre Beard, Miller may have to wait his turn this year for significant playing time, but this is a name to remember in southern Ohio.
Gavin Headings (6'3 WG / Dublin Coffman / 2023): Although Headings is still very much a baby deer, we were intrigued with what we saw from the young freshman on Friday. Headings is a fluid ball handler with a ton of length, as he grabbed a rebound and immediately led the break in transition on his first possession of the game. Headings moves extremely well for his size and doesn't appear to be done stretching out. The 6-foot-3 freshman has great handling coordination, makes difficult moves look very smooth and played with a lot of confidence in only his second day with the varsity team. Headings showed to be a capable shooter in our viewing of him, possessing tools that are going to take him places in a Coffman program that does an outstanding job with player and skill development.
Semaj Council (6'0 PG / Westerville North / 2023): Council has an infectious smile and an East Coast style to his game that matches his confidence and swagger. Watching him come off the bench on Friday was fun, as Council was able to come in and help the Warriors maintain a strong P&R game, delivering good reads and showing the ability to get to the basket. The 6-foot guard is a capable perimeter shooter and looks to have what it takes to contribute early on in the Warrior rotation. We look forward to watching he and Lawrence together for the next three years.
Anthony Lowery (5'11 PG / Eastmoor / 2023): In our viewing of Lowery against Lancaster, we were impressed with his confidence, toughness and scoring potential off the bounce. Lowery was the best ball handler on his team and showed an ability to create offense for himself and others. While the Warriors have graduated a whole lot of talent over the last two classes, Lowery is a young player that Eastmoor should be able to rely on for years to come.