ETNA, Ohio -- The All-Ohio Super Sixteen is consistently one of the best spring events to track local prospects on the AAU scene. This year was no different, as we got to take a look at a handful of prospects on multiple teams.
All-Ohio Red swept the program event at the high school levels, as its 16u team really shined above the competition.
Let's take a look at the top performers from Central Ohio.
Sean Jones (5’11 PG / Gahanna / 2022): I have said it for quite some time now, but at this point in time nobody can convince me that there is a single point guard in Ohio better than Sean Jones. Doing whatever he wanted with every matchup he faced over the weekend, Jones used his combination of quickness, skill, IQ and athleticism to create tons of offense for himself and others and to wreak havoc on the defensive perimeter. Jones is practically unguardable on the perimeter with the way he changes speeds, knows how to attack matchups and handles the ball and that was on display all weekend, earning him an offer from Marquette on Monday night. We expect this list to continue to grow all summer as Jones will have a chance to compete against some of the top guards in the country on the Nike EYBL circuit and will continue to establish himself as one of the nation’s premier point guards in the 2022 class.
Jared Frey (6’4 WG / Hilliard Davidson / 2022): One the state’s best shooter regardless of class, Frey was lighting it up from deep efficiently over the weekend, similarly to what we saw him do a few weeks back in Fort Wayne. Frey is as deadly as they come from beyond the arc as he can knock down shots comfortably from anywhere within halfcourt off of both the dribble and the catch. A true three level scorer with nice length and a good handle at 6-foot-4, Frey scored it from the mid-range off the dribble a couple of times and had a nice finish through contact in transition. Frey is a really, really intriguing prospect for Division I programs to stay familiar with as he currently holds offers from Miami Ohio, Toledo and Ohio University.
Amani Lyles (6’7 PF / Beechcroft / 2022): Playing on a loaded All-Ohio Red EYBL team, Lyles may fly under the radar a bit but he was very impressive in Red’s final pool play game of the day on Saturday. Leading the team in scoring, Lyles finished relentlessly around the rim, altered interior shots on defense and ran the floor like he’s capable of. The Beechcroft rising senior was the most impressive player at the 270 Hoops Proving Grounds last fall and carried that over in the high school season where he helped lead Beechcroft to a City League title. Lyles has an offer from Cleveland State but is hearing from plenty of Division I programs. A few strong showings in the live period could help catapult his recruitment to a new level.
Eddie Brown (6’4 WG / Olentangy Orange / 2022): Brown has good basketball IQ and great movement without the ball. He shoots a good looking three ball and has the ability to finish at the basket through the defense. Brown and fellow wing Atticus Schuler form a daunting 1-2 punch for Central Ohio AAU, who picked up an eye-opening win over The Family EYBL on Sunday in bracket play. Look for Brown to be one of the top breakout players for Orange this winter as the Pioneers will have to replace a large chunk of senior offense.
Atticus Schuler (6’6 WF / DeSales / 2022): Schuler has great lateral movement for his size. He is one of the craftier players in the 2022 class, as he strongly attacks the basket and can hit from the mid-range area off the bounce with consistency. In AAU, Schuler has takeover ability, as not many teams can match up with his size, mobility and length on the wing. The next step for Schuler to really expand his game will be to add a consistent three-point shot, however, he is very effective when he sticks to his strengths. He and Brown were dynamite all weekend long for Central Ohio AAU.
Drew Panning (6’7 WF / Westland / 2022): Panning is one of the more intriguing athletic wing prospects in Central Ohio, as it seems like he improves with each viewing. This past weekend Panning showed great court vision and had a handful of transition assists for All Ohio Select. Panning has a consistent three-point stroke that he utilized this past weekend, while still having his intriguing athleticism that makes him one of the more unique players in his class. Panning and classmate Sohn McGee form a solid 1-2 duo for Westland that should have the Cougars more competitive next year.
Carsyn Crouch (6’3 G / Granville / 2022): Crough is a super athletic guard with great size. The Granville rising senior was one of the better transition passers that we saw all weekend long for Hidden Gems Brown. Crouch finishes strong inside over tough defense and fights hard for offensive rebounds and put backs. Granville has traditionally been among the best teams in the LCL and that should not change with Crouch running the show next season.
Alonzo Thorpe (6’6 C / Eastmoor Academy / 2022): Thorpe was one of the most tenacious interior players that we scouted all weekend long, as he was a force on the offensive glass for Hidden Gems Brown. The Eastmoor rising senior has a great presence on the interior and is one of the more relentless rebounders in the area. The Warriors have a bevy of big bodies on the interior and Thorpe should pair nicely with fellow rising senior Dennis Asoro, as the two should give Eastmoor a chance to compete at the top of the City League.
Max Roth (6’1 PG / Findlay / 2022): Roth gets a rare out of town mention here at 270 Hoops, as he was one of the elite floor generals that we saw all weekend for Ohio Buckets. The Findlay rising senior has a calm and confident demeanor on the floor, as he’s not afraid to run the show and take his time for a clean look for the offense. Roth is a super athletic finisher around the rim, but was most impressive as a passer, as he not only has great vision but is as creative a passer as we’ve seen all spring and summer. Roth plays a complete game, fights hard on defense, can hit shots when he needs to and can run the show at the point guard spot. No brainer scholarship prospect.
Miles Poindexter (6’7 PF / Westerville Central / 2022): Poindexter quite possibly had the best weekend of his career for Ohio Buckets. The 6-foot-7 forward shot the cover off the basketball from three in our viewings of him, but was most impressive on the interior as his physical, chiseled frame at 6-foot-7 give him an advantage over most high school prospects. With the threat of his three-point shot, Poindexter can stretch a defense, which gives him great value with his ability to defend guards, wings and bigger post players. A high academic kid with a great work ethic and motor, Poindexter seems to be peaking at the right time, which should help Westerville Central remain among the contending teams in the area after a run to the state title game.
Chase Ouellette (6’6 WF / Wellington / 2022): Ouellette is a confident ball handler on the wing and in transition, which is really impressive for his size. The Ohio Buckets forward was a relentless finisher and all around scorer in our viewings of him, finishing around the rim with both hands, showing off strong mid-range and post footwork while hitting clutch threes when they needed them. Ouellette is enjoying a breakout summer and has been one of the best 2022 prospects on the circuit. His versatile offensive game gives him great value at the next level, as he can play multiple positions and can attack a defense in any way.
Dailyn Swain (6’6 WF / Africentric / 2023): One of Ohio’s top prospects in the class of 2023, Swain was absolutely dominant in the two viewings we had of the 15 year old sophomore playing for All-Ohio Red’s 16u squad. With the perfect blend of size, length, mobility and skill, Swain possesses the build of a wing built in a lab as he is a perfect fit in today’s game and put his full arsenal on display over the weekend. Throwing down a handful of highlight reel dunks, using his smooth handle to get past defenders and finish through contact and showing off his shooting ability from the perimeter, Swain had his way with every matchup he faced in pool play where he led his squad to an unblemished 3-0 record. He also isn’t afraid of any matchup on the defensive end as build allows him to excel there as well and he takes pride in difficult matchups. Currently just holding offers from Ohio and Toledo, we expect this list to grow for Swain as he is the clear cut best 2023 prospect in Columbus and has schools such as Ohio State, Indiana and Arizona calling.
Sonny Styles (6’4 WF / Pickerington Central / 2023): While he has been busy racking up what seems like every Power 5 football offer this spring, Styles has continued to shine on the hardwood for All-Ohio Red’s 16u squad alongside Swain. When playing in AAU against kids his age, Styles is basically a created player on 2k as his size, strength and unreal athleticism allow him to dominate inside on both ends of the floor and to make some highlight reel plays in the open floor. Despite being only 6-foot-4, I would be confident in Styles defending a lot of big men given how physically and athletically gifted he is. Despite the fact that he is going to be pursuing football at the next level, the Pickerington Central sophomore certainly possesses all the tools to be a Division I caliber prospect on the basketball court as well.
Devin Royal (6’5 WF / Pickerington Central / 2023): Another local standout playing for All-Ohio Red 16u, Royal was very impressive over the weekend as well. He showed off his athleticism by throwing down a lob in transition, created second chances and was a force on the interior and most impressively showed off his continually improving handle in a couple impressive driving scores while attacking from the perimeter. While Royal was dominant on the interior at times for Pickerington Central as a sophomore, he will need to continue to add wing skills before next season, so Saturday’s showcase was very pleasing to see. Also hit a spot up three from the corner in rhythm.
Buba Bangura (6’2 WG / Westerville Central / 2023): Sitting behind a loaded senior class at Westerville Central that led the Warhawks to the cusp of a state title, Bangura got great experience watching history unfold this past season. He entered the Super Sixteen with a chip on his shoulder and delivered, helping Nova Stavroff roll to big wins over The Family EYBL, Mid Ohio Pumas Adidas Gold and All-Ohio Select. Bangura is a relentless slashing scorer that was one of the elite finishers that we saw all weekend. While his outside shot still isn’t the best part of his game, Bangura is a high motor, high energy player that greatly impacts winning. The 6-foot-2 rising junior is an incredible athlete with a long wingspan, as added improvement to his perimeter skill could help him make a junior and senior year rise much like his high school teammate Tasos Cook. Look for Bangura to be one of the top breakout players in the OCC next winter.
Gavin Headings (6’7 PF / Pickerington Central / 2023): Seeing Headings live for the first time in a while, it was great to see his progression as he has stretched out to a legit 6-foot-7 and was one of the better rim protectors that we watched all weekend. Headings has a versatile offensive game, as his handle for his size is impressive, while having the ability to knock down shots both off movement and off the bounce where he uses his length to shoot over smaller defenders. Headings was most impressive as an interior finisher, as he handled contact and finished through it on both sides of the rim. The Pickerington Central rising junior looked as confident and physical as we’ve ever seen him, two things that will help elevate him in the 2023 class.
Sasha Stavroff (5’9 PG / Dublin Jerome / 2023): Stavroff put on a scoring display in Friday night’s win over Mid Ohio Pumas Gold, knocking down five threes and punishing the defense. The 5-foot-9 rising junior is a confident shot making lead guard that plays with a swagger and chip on his shoulder. Stavroff can facilitate and make plays for others, but seemed to be most dangerous coming off action and hitting catch and shoot triples. Stavroff is a high IQ player that helped the Nova offense flow, as he is effective both as a scorer and passer. His older brother Seve was one of the best guards to ever come out of Dublin Jerome, and Sasha appears to have some of the same ability that made his brother so effective.
Davion Bridges (5’10 PG / Northland / 2023): Bridges was quite simply the best passer that we scouted all weekend long. The 5-foot-10 guard came off the bench for Nova Stavroff and added a massively positive impact on the games we watched. Bridges is a great teammate that really knows how to feed his teammates, as he connected on several highly impressive passes, showing great floor vision and command. While Bridges can score it, he is best served as a traditional point guard that creates for others. On a Northland team that has a ton of smaller guards, Bridges may not shine as much as he did this weekend, but make no mistake, he’s one of the very best facilitating guards in the 2023 class. If you want an unselfish winner with a high IQ who makes others better, Bridges can be that guy for you.
Luke Kuhlman (6’3 WG / Dublin Jerome / 2023): The 6-foot-3 wing Kuhlman has enjoyed a very good AAU season for the Mid Ohio Pumas and Friday’s showing was another example of that. Kuhlman is one of the better pure wing scorers in the class, as he can shoot the leather off the ball on the perimeter but has also improved as a scorer off the bounce. Going up against top competition all spring, Kulhman has really impressed on the offensive end of the floor. If he can begin to grow on the defensive end and improve in that area, it will make him one of the most highly sought after wing prospects in the class.
Luke Ruth (6’1 G / Bishop Ready / 2023): Ruth was very impressive in Ohio United’s win over Ohio Hustle, as his ability to get to the rim and score was apparent. Ruth has a confident offensive game, as he can hit shots off the bounce, can finish through traffic and knows when to move the ball to find a better shot. The rising junior has spent the last two seasons on varsity for a reason, as he has a chance to develop into a really intriguing college prospect. While Bishop Ready has a lot of talent to replace in the 2021 class, Ruth and fellow classmate Kaleb Schaffer should help the Silver Knights remain competitive in the Central Catholic League.
Kaleb Schaffer (6’5 WF / Bishop Ready / 2023): College coaches who have seen Ohio United have raved about Schaffer, who according to one head coach “plays like his hair is on fire.” That was the case once again on Saturday, as Schaffer was a relentless finisher inside, using his frame to punish defenders. Schaffer has expanded his game from the days when he won “The Best Big” award at the 270 Hoops Intro in 2019, as he is now a consistent perimeter shooter that can stretch the defense. Schaffer’s physical frame, no stop motor and ability to play through contact make him one of the most productive players on the 16u circuit, as he has helped Ohio United pick up some great wins over local competition. Look for Schaffer to develop into one of the better players in the CCL over the next two seasons.
Jason Inbody (6’5 PF / Olentangy Berlin / 2023): Inbody played a major part in two pieces of history for Olentangy Berlin basketball this year. First, in late December, Inbody hit the game-winner to power Berlin to its first ever OCC win over Delaware Hayes. A few months later, Inbody helped the Bears win their first-ever tournament game in the sectional semifinals. The 6-foot-5 forward is a very productive player that doesn’t go outside of his strengths, as he understands how to positively impact the game. Inbody has been very solid all AAU season for Ohio United and was productive once again on Saturday. Inbody can score it inside, has a reliable mid-range jumper and is a versatile defender that can guard both wings and bigs. The rising junior Inbody and rising sophomore Derek Goodman form a dynamic 1-2 punch for Berlin.
Xzander Ream (6’3 WG / Zane Trace / 2023): Ream is an athletic wing with great length who showed us a unique ability to hit shots. In our first viewing of Ream, it was nice to see the talent that we had heard about in the past, as he was the best player that Ohio Hustle had in a tough matchup against Ohio United. Ream has a certain swagger to him that helps him stand out, along with a scoring package that should help him put up big numbers for Zane Trace the next two years.
Derek Grimes (6’1 G / Pickerington Central / 2023): The athletic Grimes is the best prospect on Ohio Hustle, as he had a strong showing all weekend long. Grimes is a hybrid guard, who can both score and facilitate, but looks for the former more than the latter. The rising junior can break a defense down off the dribble in the half court, but is most dangerous in transition where he’s a stellar finisher with great quickness, athleticism and burst. The Tigers are loaded with young talent and an improvement in Grimes’ game could help Central win their first district title since 2019.
Will Scott (6’2 WG / Gahanna Lincoln / 2023): Athletic wing guard that helped All Ohio Select nearly overcome a 20-point deficit in a close loss to Nova Stavroff. Scott can really attack the rim, as he was very effective in transition and was able to finish on both sides of the rim. The rising junior knocked down a three and was one of the better scorers that we saw all weekend. With Gahanna returning so much talent, Scott could give the Lions yet another offensive boost on a team that is not short of fire power.
Juwan Turner (5’9 PG / Pickerington Central / 2024): Turner is a rare young guard who has an old man’s game. The 5-foot-9 freshman has one of the greatest feels for the game that we’ve ever seen at his age, as he thoroughly dominated Shining Star in our viewing of Nova Joseph. Turner is super talented with the ball in his hands, but is just as effective off the ball where he knows how to cut to get open, while also showing some post skills, backing down smaller guards and finishing through them. It’s not often that a freshman has a complete game, but Turner looks to be one of those guys, as he impacts the game in every way and has an aura about him that’s hard to find for young players. Look for Turner to garner heavy minutes in the backcourt for a Central team that is as loaded as any in the area.