GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Central Ohio Fall league powered by Nova Village and 270 Hoops continued action this past weekend on Saturday. There was a lot of very competitive players to watch, and lots of underrated players that stood out. Let’s take a closer look at the top performers from Week 3 of the High School Divisions.
Tommy Anthony (6’2 PG / Worthington Christian / 2022): Tommy Anthony showed some growth in his game this weekend. He put on some nice performances where he displayed his shooting ability along his playmaking skills. After a state run with Worthington Christian last season, look for Anthony to be a local veteran player in Central Ohio to continue the race for a state title.
Jared Rose (6’2 PG / Bloom Carroll / 2022): Jared Rose was another impressive player to watch on Saturday. He was great at creating his own shot and was very efficient from mid-range as he drained multiple shots off the dribble. Rose is going to be a returning player for a solid Bloom-Carroll team in the MSL-Buckeye division.
Jayden Nervis (6’5 WF / Hilliard Davidson / 2022): Jayden Nervis is an elite three-level scorer. He showed a lot of versality in his game in being able to play down low, take defenders off the dribble and shoot the ball with confidence. Nervis is also an impressive athlete and is great in transition. Coming into his senior year strong, his stock will only continue to rise.
Dante Collier (6’4 G / Licking Heights / 2022): Dante Collier can flat out hoop. The Licking Heights senior was very tough to guard in a half court setting. As an added benefit, his size at the guard level allows for him make tough contested shots and make big plays. Expect for Collier to have huge season for the Hornets.
Brandon McLaughlin (6’8 F / Heath / 2022): Brandon McLaughlin is a player to keep your eyes on. He displayed elite skill, athleticism and had some impressive dunks in transition. His shooting ability was also impressive to watch. The 3rd team All Ohioan is looking to have a more dominant year this upcoming season.
Other notable performers: Caleb Miller (6’1 G / Thomas Worthington / 2023), Jerry Saunders Jr (6’3 G / Pickerington North / 2022), LB Towns (5’9 PG / Linden / 2022), Amani Lyles (6’7 F / Beechcroft / 2022), Trenton Collins (6’3 PG / Utica / 2023), Gavin Headings (6’7 F / Pickerington Central/ 2023)
Will Baden (6’10 C / Big Walnut / 2022): Will Baden had a dominant performance on Saturday. His long, athletic frame allowed to him get a plethora of offensive rebounds and second chance points in the paint. Currently holding 1 offer from Mount Union, Baden is one of the late bloomers that will make some noise this year.
Andrew Hedgepath (6’2 G / Pickerington Central / 2023): Andrew Hedgepath’s court vision and basketball IQ was excellent. Hedgepath sees the court very well and has a strong feel for the game which earned him 2 game MVP performances. He also put on a nice show from beyond the arc and drained multiple threes. It should be an exciting year at Pick Central for Hedgepath as he continues to showcase his talents.
Marlon Elliott Jr. (6’3 G / Groveport Madison / 2022): Marlon Elliott Jr. is a tough guard that plays with a lot of heart and energy. He was very active defensively and is not afraid of attacking the rim to draw fouls and opportunities to score. Coming into his senior season at Groveport, his contribution will be a huge aid to compete in the OCC.
Jeff Amapps (6’3 G / Pickerington North / 2023): Jeff Amapps is an explosive guard who can play well on both sides of the ball. He has a great motor, rebounds well and can do whatever is needed for his team to win. With a Pick North squad that includes Saunders, Hudson and Conners, their guard play may be one of the best in the state this upcoming season.
Luke Ruth (6’2 G / Bishop Ready / 2023): Luke Ruth has a confident offensive game. He was very efficient in knocking down shots off the dribble, finishing through traffic and moving without the ball to make open shots. Having spent the past two seasons on the varsity squad for Ready, it is now more of an opportunity for Ruth to further develop his game for the next level.
Other notable performers: Lachlan MacDonald (6’0 G / Dublin Jerome / 2023), Atticus Schuler (6’7 F / DeSales / 2022), Dayjuan Anderson (6’1 PG / Ponitz Career Tech / 2023), Jayden Buchanan (6’4 SG / Ponitz Career Tech / 2023), Gilbert Oduro (6’6 F / Bishop Watterson / 2022), Jett Lori (6’0 PG / Caldwell / 2023), Sohn McGee (6’5 W / Central Crossing / 2022), Handy Toissaint (6’8 F / Worthington Christian / 2022) Evan Adair ( 5’11 W / Liberty Christian / 2023) Kenyatta Whiteside ( F / Groveport Madison / 2022)
Derek Goodman (6’2 SG / Olentangy Berlin / 2024): Derek Goodman was a sniper from three this past weekend. He shot the ball very well and was able to create a lot of shots off the dribble. His performances proved why he played at such a high level for Olentangy Berlin as the program continues to develop.
Jakob Legron (5’10 G / Mansfield Senior / 2025): Jakob is a smooth guard that understands the game at a high level. He knows when to make the right plays and has a nice tempo with the basketball in his hands. These are all great qualities to have and will help him as he develops over the next couple of years.
Isaiah Brown (6’4 F / Olentangy Berlin / 2024): Playing alongside Goodman, his high school teammate, Isaiah Brown also put together a nice performance. His athleticism was on full display with some highlight dunks in transition. Combining his athleticism with Goodman’s game is going to be intriguing to watch for Berlin this year.
Conor Watters (6’1 SG / Big Walnut / 2024): Conor Watters was another sniper from this weekend that displayed some high level of skill. He made a lot of difficult, contested shots off the dribble and showed some major confidence when the ball was in his hands.
Jase Becker (6’0 PG / Granville / 2024): Jase Becker played with a lot of energy this weekend. He made some great plays coming off pick and rolls, hustled defensively which led to some nice throwdowns for the Granville guard. Becker is underrated and plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Other notable performers: Tai Perkins (5’7 PG / Westerville North / 2025), Juwan Turner (5’10 PG /Pickerington Central / 2024), Max Atanasoff (6’5 F / Gahanna Lincoln / 2024), Jaden Calloway (5’11 G / Bishop Hartley / 2025), Everett Patton (6’0 F / Whetstone / 2024)