COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As we passed the midway point of the 270 Hoops Fall League, players and teams alike have begun to emerge from the pack. Let's take a look at the top performers from Week 4.
Tre Williams (6'7 PF / Reynoldsburg): Williams has been the model of consistency this season, as it seems like he puts up 15 points and 10 rebounds each time out. A physical post with good feet and plus level bounce, Williams has emerged as the area's top prospect for Division II programs, as D1s are starting to pay attention too.
Eli McNamara (6'9 PF / Pickerington North): McNamara might just be the biggest stock riser from this event, as the 6-foot-9 post has dominanted at times, both on the perimeter and inside. On Sunday, McNamara stepped up big-time for Team Work in a come from behind win over Arch City, connecting on three-straight threes in a spirited rally. There really isn't much of a matchup out there for McNamara, as he has gotten it done time after time for Team Work, who improved to 7-1 after Sunday's action.
PJ Jones (6'1 PG / Grove City): Jones has been one of the more consistent players in his class since his freshman year, as he was very productive on Sunday. Controlling the boards, finding open teammates and scoring when he needed to, Jones did what he had to do for his short-handed team to compete. Look for a strong senior season out of Jones, as he is Grove City's top returning player.
JT Shumate (6'7 SF / Newark): Shumate has dominated this league for the most part this season, as the rise he has made from the end of the summer until now has been pretty incredible. A mismatch both on the perimeter and in the paint, Shumate gets it done and will let you know about it. An aggressive finisher inside that is looking to dunk everything as of late, Shumate has added additional layers to an already polished offensive game.
Jerome Hunter (6'7 SF / Pickerington North): Hunter is making a case to be the league's MVP, as he is among the elite in scoring, rebounding and assists up to this point. Sunday was a big day for Hunter, as he put up double double performances in each game, while also leading his team in total assists. An absolutely elite two-way prospect that makes the toughest of acts on the floor look routine, Hunter is only continuing to get better.
Jelani Simmons (6'5 SG / Beechcroft): Simmons has been a big asset to Shift Team so far, as he has provided for leadership and scoring ability through four games. An elite level athlete with a smooth game, Simmons has made one of the biggest rises out of any prospect since this time last season. The best is yet to come for Simmons still, as he has a chance to lead Beechcroft to a City championship this winter.
Cameron Brooks-Harris (6'7 SF / Zanesville): Brooks-Harris had his best showing yet in the fall league, going for 19 points in the opener. An elite-level athlete with tons of upside, Brooks-Harris is becoming more and more polished as an offensive player, while his performance on the defensive perimeter has been nothing short of elite. Brooks-Harris could end up being a top three player from this class when it's all said and done.
Taevion Kinsey (6'4 SG / Eastmoor): The most consistent player on Offers Only, Kinsey is a big reason why his squad is one of the hottest in the league. A big-time athlete and playmaker, Kinsey has impressed on both ends of the floor thus far. Fresh off a junior season in which Kinsey emerged as an elite prospect in this class in leading Eastmoor to the state final four, the expectations are even higher for Kinsey this winter. Kinsey and the Warriors have enough to get back to Columbus for the state tournament.
Thomas Hickman (6'2 PG / Westerville Central): Hickman has been all-around productive on both ends of the floor all season, as he is among the league leaders in assists through eight games. A steady two-way point guard who is consistently productive in one way or the other, Hickman is due for a major senior season in which he should be more than able to help Westerville Central get back to its winning ways.
Aronde Myers (6'2 SG / Zanesville): All season long, Myers has contributed at a high level for an Offers Only team that is catching fire at the right time. With an old school feel to his game, Myers gets it done near the basket, in the mid-range and from three when necessary. Look for Myers and Brooks-Harris to form a big time duo for Zanesville in Division II.
Chase Rankin (6'1 PG / Gahanna): We all knew Rankin could pass the ball, as he is one of the area's very best at sharing the rock, but on Sunday in the finale, Rankin showed his ability to put pressure on a defense as a scorer. A quick ball handler that can control tempo and feed the open man, Rankin was impressive as a secondary scorer. Rankin is a very solid all-around guard that has emerged as the best in a talented 2018 class for Gahanna.
Jaedyn Carter (6'0 PG / South): Sunday was Carter's best showing yet this season, as he averaged 12 points per game and helped his team go 2-0. In attack mode all afternoon, Carter got it done as a scorer off the dribble near the rim, and as usual, brought high energy and toughness to the defensive perimeter. In a crowded backcourt at South this season, it will be interesting to see what Carter's role will develop into for the defending City League champions.
Morgan Safford (6'3 SG / Bishop Hartley): Safford continued his reign of terror on the league with 56 points in two games on Sunday. A relentless scorer that is looking to put the ball in the bucket every time he touches it, Safford has really impressed in this fall league. Despite only playing six of eight games, Safford has scored 11 more points than any other player in the league. An elite level athlete that can really explode in the open floor, Safford is emerging as possibly the best pure scorer in the 2019 class in the area.
William Mfum (6'2 PG / Northland): Mfum had his breakout game in the opener on Sunday, going for a season-high 22 points. An elite-level athlete that is still only a few years into the game, Mfum gets better every time out. Look for a breakout junior season for him at Northland as the Vikings are looking for a bonafide leader on offense.
Tre Watkins (6'0 PG / South): After missing last week's action, Watkins broke out on Sunday in an 18 point performance in the opener. A volume shooter who can fill it up when he's in a rhythm, look for Watkins to build on an historic sophomore season in which he helped lead South to its first City championship in more than 30 years.
Jordan McMillian (6'1 PG / Westerville South): McMillian may have entered the league as a fill-in guy, but he is going to leave as one of the very best guards in 2019. Much like Magwood, McMillian is a pest on both ends of the floor, as his elite quickness and speed affect the game. McMillian had an elite defensive performance in the opener on Sunday, guarding the opposing team's best wing player, who had five inches on him, and holding him on a season low. In the next game, McMillian put up 15 points and showcased impressive three-point shooting in a win over Tar Heel Elite. McMillian is a guy you can put on the opposing team's best player and immediately see a difference.
Josh Corbin (6'3 SG / Gahanna): Knockdown Corbin was at it again on Sunday, going for 40 points in two games as his team was limited to five players. Corbin's scoring as been a thing to watch this season, as he is third in the league in points per game thus far. A shifty ball handler that can score in bunches, Corbin has a chance to lead the OCC-Ohio in scoring this season as Gahanna will need him to contribute in a big way.
Sean Marks (6'0 PG / Olentangy): Marks is another player that is always consistent and always seems to find a way to get it done. A tough guard that knows how to play, Marks can punish you as a scorer and passer, as he is able to get by defenses, hit shots and convert at the basket. After a breakout sophomore season at Olentangy last season, look for Marks to put up big numbers this winter.
Ben Wight (6'8 C / Thomas Worthington): We continue to be impressed by Wight, as the 6-foot-8 post is getting stronger and becoming more effective on both ends of the floor. The top shot blocking threat in the league, Wight has been one of the fall's best on the boards as well, as he has carved out space and rebounded at a high level. As he continues to stretch out and add strength, look for Wight to really blossom as a prospect.
Max Martz (6'6 SF / Upper Arlington): After struggling a bit in the opener on Sunday, Martz got back to his scoring ways in the finale, leading his team with 17 points in a close win. We've said all we can say about Martz up to this point, as we have been really impressed with his play all season long. We see a big junior year coming out of Martz and Upper Arlington.
JaJuan Rodgers (6'0 PG / Springfield): The only player in the event from outside the area, Rodgers was very solid on Sunday, leading his team in assists and scoring when needed. A talented player that has a good feel for the game, Rodgers is only going to improve as he matures and gets stronger. We really like his upside as a prospect.
Jaidon Lipscomb (6'0 SG / Pickerington Central): The league's leader in three point field goals was at it again on Sunday, knocking down seven threes in a win over Next Gen to finish with 21 points. Lipscomb's strong suit is his long range ability, as teams have to really close out hard on him or he will make you pay. Look for Lipscomb to excel in this role for Pickerington Central this winter, as the presence of Jeremiah Francis and Adrian Nelson will leave him open.
Von Cameron Davis (6'5 SF/PF / Walnut Ridge): Davis is strong and efficient around the basket, as that was the case once again on Sunday. A relentless finisher that just gets it done each time out, Davis continued an impressive fall league in which he leads all 2020 prospects in points and rebounds per game.
Qian Magwood (6'1 PG / Walnut Ridge): Magwood is just a warrior, man. Two days after catching two touchdown passes in a win over Briggs, Magwood led a five-man squad for Arch City and gave it all he had for all 60 minutes of action. On both ends of the floor, Magwood puts pressure on opponents, he is a terror in transition and controls tempo. Magwood is a guy you would want to go into battle with because you know what you're going to get from him.
CJ Anthony (6'0 PG / Harvest Prep): On an Offers Only team with a lot of weapons, Anthony has been the guy to spread the wealth, as he excelled as a passer on Sunday, racking up a ton of assists. A physical point guard that excels both in the half court and full court, Anthony has adjusted well as his team's primary facilitator the last few weeks. Look for a big-time sophomore season out of Anthony this winter.
Tyreese Hughley (6'6 PF / Licking Heights): With his team only having five players, Hughley had to step up as his squad's biggest player and he did just that. Finishing inside at a high level, running the floor well and defending the post against players two and three years his senior, Hughley was the biggest stock riser among freshmen in the event. At 6-foot-6 and with some intriguing tools in his bag, Hughley has as much upside as any prospect we've seen in 2021 thus far.
Kobe Buford (6'2 PG / Upper Arlington): Buford is another freshman that is ready to contribute right now, as he scored, assisted and rebounded at a high level in the finale on Sunday. Buford passes the look test, is in great physical shape for a freshman and can handle the rigor and physicality that comes with big-time varsity ball. Look for Buford to be an impact guy for Upper Arlington this winter.