GROVEPORT, Ohio -- The 270 Hoops Fall League is nearing a close, as Week 4 has come and gone and we are now only four days away from the win or go home playoffs. Let’s take a look at our fourth rendition of the Hard Work Report.
Marlon Elliott (6’0 G / Groveport / 2022): Marlon played great on ball defense and came up with two steals in a game that went down to the wire against the Lakers. He also added five points, three rebounds and an assist. Elliott has been one of the most consistent players all fall league long, bringing high energy and effort every time he steps on the floor.
Luke Kuhlman (6’2 WG / Dublin Jerome / 2023): Luke has been one of the breakout freshman from the fall league. His offense wasn’t going but he still contributed as he was active around the rim, pulling down four rebounds and swatting a shot. We like the length and activity level of Kuhlman, as he’s yet another talented young player for the Celtics.
Evan Dozer (6’0 G / Bloom Carrol / 2022): Dozer is a high IQ guard. He made all the right plays on the offensive end and defensively he made some great rotations and was always in help, as he came up with two steals. Evan combined for 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists in our viewing of the sophomore.
Elijah Hinton (6’6 PF / Newark / 2021): Hinton is a lanky, athletic, high-effort forward who is an absolute stud on the boards. He is the prototypical Jeff Quackenbush player, as he is aggressive and intelligent both on and off the ball on defense and seems to always know the right angles to position himself, whether it be for a rebound or an off-ball cut. He has a constant motor and takes pride in doing the dirty work for his team. He combined for 18 points and 15 rebounds in North Carolina’s two wins on Sunday in which he was a large factor.
Isaac Settles (6’5 WG / Thomas Worthington /2021): Settles didn’t light it up in the scoring column but he didn’t let that affect his effort level . He was all over the glass grabbing boards and pushing the pace. He finished with three points, seven rebounds and two assists. At 6-foot-5, Settles has great athletic tools and a great frame. As long as his effort and motor stays where it’s been lately, Settles should find himself to be much more productive.
Trevell Adams (5’11 G / South / 2020): Adams is always relentlessly in attack mode, as that was the case this past week as he had his fingerprints all over the stat sheet. He was stellar on the defensive end coming up with two steals and a block. He added six points, two assists and grabbed six rebounds, four of those coming on the offensive end before going for 27 points in his final game of the day in a win over Kansas. Adams is an athletic playmaking guard that Division II programs should be looking at.
Magnus Entenmann (6’8 PF/ Upper Arlington / 2021): Entenmann led all players in rebounds this past Sunday, pulling down 19 of them in two games. He made defenders second guess driving to rim as he blocked a shot and altered a few others. Most impressive was the three assists he had, taking his time and finding his teammates for good shots out of the post. Entenmann has plenty of tools, great length at 6-foot-8 and a high IQ, which should all help him as his body continues to mature and get stronger.
Derrick Hardin (6’2 WG / Worthington Christian / 2020): Hardin played a key role in Villanova going 2-0 on Sunday, including a win over Ohio State. He was a spark defensively where he managed to come up with two steals and a block. He chipped in eight points and two rebounds as well to round out a stellar showing. Division II, III and NAIA programs should take a look at the 6-foot-2 Hardin.
Adam Benschotter (6’3 WG / Teays Valley / 2020): Benschotter always finds a way to affect winning. He does whatever is necessary for his team to win as this week that came in the form of scoring and rebounding as the senior had 11 points and snagged four rebounds as the short-handed Pacers held on to defeat the Hawks. Benschotter simply plays the game the right way, whether that’s setting a good screen and rolling hard, boxing out everytime, being in help defensively, running the floor hard on the break, providing good spacing, or making the extra pass. We’re excited to see what the senior can do for Teays Valley this year.
Evan Henry (5’11 G / Wellington / 2021): Henry played a huge part in helping the Celtics snap their three game losing streak in a win over the Bucks. He hit the boards hard coming up with five rebounds. Offensively he ran the show and got guys involved as he dropped off three assists. Defensively he pressured the ball and was able to get a steal. The Celtics face a tall task against the Raptors and they’ll need Henry to bring the same effort level next week in order to pull off the upset.
Cole Metzler (6’5 PF / Canal Winchester / 2020): In two really close games for his Michigan State squad, Metzler did a lot of the dirty work on the defensive end as he blocked guys out, brabbed rebounds and made good choices throughout. The 6-foot-5 forward has a good motor and is stronger than you may think at first glance. He makes the right plays on offense, doesn’t force things and is a reliable finisher around the rim who creates second chance points with his motor, all things he showed us on Sunday. We like how he competes in the paint on the defensive end as he isn’t afraid to be matched up with some of the best bigs in the area. Now that Canal Winchester is without former guard Brady Snyder, the Indians will look for more out of Metzler on both ends of the floor as he has the tools and work ethic to become a double-double machine this season.
Troy Scowden (6’6 PF / Buckeye Valley / 2022): Scowden put together a solid stat line of 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks on Sunday as he got after it on both ends. We love the way that the 6-foot-6 big both crashes the glass and runs the floor as he can be a terror in the open floor at times. He showed us his willingness to hit the glass on both ends, get after loose balls and compete on the defensive end on Sunday, all things that elevate a good big man to a whole new level. On a Buckeye Valley squad where he’s the best big out of three really talented ones, we expect Troy to dominate a majority of his matchups this season.
Tylar Foster (6’2 WG / Olentangy Liberty / 2021): Foster was really impressive as a two-way wing on Sunday as he grabbed four steals on the defensive end to go along with 16 points on the offensive end in two showings. The 6-foot-2 guard has good length to go along with quick feet which really benefit him on the defensive end. He was effective in half-court traps as it’s hard to pass over or around his length. Foster does all the little things well as he makes the extra pass when it’s needed, rebounds hard and is a reliable finisher around the rim. We are a big fan of his potential and motor on both ends of the floor.
Gilbert Oduro (6’5 PF / Bishop Watterson / 2022): Oduro got after it on the boards for his 76ers squad Sunday as he finished with 15 rebounds in two contests. The 6-foot-5 forward has an excellent motor, runs the floor and has the athletic ability to dominate the glass in the open east. We like his versatility on defense as he can defend bigger forwards in the paint but also can step out the perimeter and hold his own. Oduro is one of those guys who immediately catches your eye with how hard he gets after it on both ends and this should benefit him greatly in a Bishop Watterson program that values exactly that.
Maurice Charlton (6’3 WF / Gahanna / 2023): Despite only scoring two points in two wins on Sunday, Charlton was a monster on the glass as he snatched down 11 rebounds, eight of which came in a convincing win over the Nuggets. Charlton picks his spots well, seals off guys inside and finishes second chances around the rim when he gets the opportunity. We love the energy he plays with as he’s very aggressive on both ends and can always be found around loose balls in the open floor and in the paint. Charlton has a promising future ahead of him at Gahanna as his motor will really help him improve as he adds skill.
Isaiah Johnson (5’11 WG / Westerville South / 2022): Johnson was the hardest working player on the floor for the entire game in a tough one point loss to the Nuggets as he went for 11 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists. The sophomore just seems to always be around the ball as he likes to crash the glass just as much as he likes to defend on the perimeter and get into the lane on offense. In a game that didn’t really have any true big men, a spectator who hasn’t seen Johnson play before very well could’ve mistaken the 5-foot-11 wing for a power forward as he did all the dirty work for his team and was always around the rim and trying to move guys around and fight for position inside. Johnson also scored 11 points, pulled down four rebounds, came up with two steals and blocked a shot in a tough matchup with a Clippers squad who is full of elite young wings like Devin Royal and Elias Lewis. We hope to see Johnson make his gritty mentality and non-stop motor an every game thing as it could really take his game to the next level.
Andrew Wade (6’4 WF / Olentangy Liberty / 2021): Wade did a little bit of everything for the Raptors on Sunday as he came up with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in two games. The 6-foot-4 wing has excellent length on the perimeter and uses it to bother opposing wings as he’s also skilled enough to sit down and stay in front of his man on the defensive end. We like the tools he’s shown us as he has a natural feel and is an excellent finesse finisher around the rim. Wade runs the floor, makes the right passes and stays active on the glass with his length, all which are things we saw him do on Sunday. We’re excited to see how he fits into the rotation this year at Olentangy Liberty as we think the junior can add some real value for the Patriots on both ends.
Charlie Bean (6’3 WG / Fairfield Union / 2021): Bean did a little bit of everything for the Pacers on Sunday and was a big factor in their 2-0 day. He scored 14 points by way of four very efficient three-pointers, snatched nine rebounds, dished out three assists and came up with two steals on the day. The 6-foot-3 wing has length on the perimeter, is a deadly shooter who can score off the bounce and is always hustling all over the floor. We like how he knows his role on the offensive end and doesn’t try to overdo things. Bean is aggressive on both ends and can always be found filling lanes in transition. We’re excited to see where he fits this season on a Fairfield Union team with more talent than some may expect.
Chris Mitchell (6’3 PG / Bexley / 2022): Mitchell is a new name that we learned about in the fall league and we have been impressed with the 6-foot-3 sophomore lead guard thus far. With great size for the lead guard spot, Mitchell has a good handle, can put pressure on the defense and really excels as a perimeter defender. We loved the toughness and physicality he showed defensively for the Cavaliers, accepting the matchup against TJ Pugh and making him work hard on that end. We look forward to watching Mitchell develop going forward.
Jevin Beard (6’1 PG / Buckeye Valley / 2022): One of the top stock rising sophomores in the fall league, Beard was terrific once again in leading the Lakers to a strong showing. Beard is a tough competitor that is comfortable playing all thre guard positions, as he bring stellar effort and IQ, makes good decisions and is a guy you can trust late in the game. We loved the battle that he and Elliott put on, as the sophomores challenged eachother on each end of the floor.
Paul Burris (6’5 PF / Delaware Hayes / 2020): A player that has been very solid for each week, Burris continued his upward rise on Sunday in helping North Carolina go 2-0 and secure the top seed in next Sunday’s tournament. Burris has great length and has become both quicker and stronger, things that have helped him become a better scorer off the bounce and shot blocker near the rim. North Carolina’s roster is unique in that it allows Burris to play the three, which has helped him become quite the help side shot blocker. Burris can knock down the perimeter jumper with consistency but has really rounded out his game and become a more complete player over the course of the offseason. Ashland has continued to track Burris closely, as he figures to be a stretch four at the next level.
Zakai Alexander (6'3 WF / Pickerington Central / 2021): Alexander is a junior prospect that has really come on strong in the last year, going from a player we hadn't heard much about a year ago in the open division to a guy who has made a big-time impact for his Villanova team in the invite only league. Alexander is a physical wing with a football build that embraces being a scrappy role player. The 6-foot-3 wing is a tough defender that is a threat as a weak side shot blocker, as we saw him beat multiple shot attempts off the glass in our viewings of him. Offensively, Alexander plays with a great motor, has a good IQ and can make plays for himself and others. This is a player to keep an eye on as we think he will really help Pickerington Central this winter.