COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a rematch of the 2012 district finals, Reynoldsburg and Northland squared off for a highly-entertaining scrimmage on Tuesday at Northland. Going for six 10-minute periods, Reynoldsburg had the edge, 70-63, as both teams went hard for the duration of the evening.
Let's take a look at top performers from each team.
Jamiel Goliday (6'0 PG / 2018): A hard-nosed and tough lead guard that we've been high on since middle school, Goliday was impressive on Tuesday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Goliday plays his butt off on every possession, as he can really stretch the floor and knock down shots. Goliday is strong with the ball, doesn't make mistakes and plays with the type of unselfishness that should help Reynoldsburg compete in the top half of the OCC-Ohio this winter.
KJ Walker (5'10 PG / 2017): After injuries watered down his junior season, Walker looked to be the player that we were high on last summer. Knocking down shots, handling pressure and defending on the wing, Walker set the pace for Reynoldsburg, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Walker and Goliday form a very solid duo in the backcourt for the Raiders.
Reece Strohm (6'7 SF / 2017): A player that has been at Reynoldsburg for what seems to be 20 years, Strohm was his usual solid self on Tuesday. A knockdown perimeter shooter that can mix it up inside as well, Strohm hit the shots late to keep Reynoldsburg ahead. Committed to Walsh, Strohm will be a really solid player at the Division II level.
Treauhn Williams (6'6 PF / 2018): An improving prospect in the post, Williams was impressive on Tuesday. Playing with a great motor and with high energy and belief, Williams was a force to deal with in the post, as he throws his body around and does not show any intimidation. After a strong summer, Williams is primed for a breakout season this winter.
Ben Fort (6'4 SF / 2019): With great length and versatility, Fort has shown the makings of being a stellar wing guard in Central Ohio's 2019 class. While he didn't score a whole lot of Tuesday, Fort made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, as his length, energy and athleticism make a difference. Fort will start as a sophomore on a Reynoldsburg team that should be much improved from last season.
Cole Crosby (6'7 SF / 2018): Still a developing prospect on the wing, Crosby is a player that we saw for the first time on Tuesday, as he impressed us with his versatility and upside. With good hands and feet, Crosby moves well on defense, showing an ability to defend quick guards on the perimeter and bigger forwards in the post. Crosby's offensive game is still coming along, but he showed to be a reliable shooter, knocking down two shots from behind the arc.
Brandon Waugh (6'1 PG / 2017): Waugh might just be the most improved guard in all of the City League. After playing a big role on last season's Northland team, Waugh has taken over the Vikings backcourt and we see that paying big dividends for the senior guard. With great quickness and shifty ball-handling ability, Waugh can get places off the dribble, showing to be a solid scorer off the bounce on Tuesday. Waugh finished with a scrimmage-high 15 points, knocking down three triples, hitting a few pull-up jumpers and getting to the rim and scoring. Waugh would be worth a strong look at the Division II and NAIA levels.
Quentin Jones (6'8 PF / 2017): Jones told me back in the late summer that he was going to develop into a stretch four that could knock down jumpers. He did just that. Jones did all of his damage offensively from 15 feet and out, knocking down four mid-range jumpers and a three-point field goal. With broad shoulders and above-average athleticism, Jones has a great deal of upside, as his body transitions to the next level, and he is developing the type of jump shot that will make him versatile. Jones could have a breakout season and end up being Northland's leading scorer this season if he stays out of foul trouble.
Jejuan Weatherspoon (6'3 SG / 2018): Once he got going, Weatherspoon was very solid for Northland. Able to get any look he wants when he is aggressive, Weatherspoon scored all 14 of his points in the last three periods. Getting to the rim and finishing, Weatherspoon also knocked down two three-point field goals for the Vikings. The only upperclassman in the City League with a Division I offer, Weatherspoon will need to play like it to lead Northland to another City title, and that will rely greatly on his motor and aggressiveness.
Gabe Towns (6'8 PF / 2018): Taking awhile to get in a rhythm, Towns was solid in the second half of the scrimmage, knocking down two threes and finishing with 10 points. Towns is still looking for his niche on the floor, but we think he can make an impact as a stretch four for this Northland team that will need scoring to remain elite. We would like to see Towns mix it up more in the post and become more of a front court threat.
William Mfum (6'2 SG / 2019): While Mfum struggled to score on Tuesday, he made up for it with his defensive efforts and athleticism on the glass. Mfum has as much upside as any wing in the 2019 class, as it will come down to his development of his ball skills on the perimeter to see how good he can be.