LEWIS CENTER, Ohio -- With each week, the level of competition at the 270 Hoops Fall League seems to improve. Six games into the season, let's take a look at who stood out in Week 3 of the Invite Only Division.
Morgan Safford (6'3 SG / Bishop Hartley / 2019): Safford most likely slammed the door shut on the MVP race on Sunday, as he went for an insane 35 points to lead Kentucky over Ohio State. Safford, who has scored 300 points in his last 14 fall league games dating back to last year, has been the most dominant player in the league through three weeks. A relentless scorer who played an excellent game on the defensive perimeter in our viewing of him, Safford is a Division I talent with a motor to match.
CJ Anthony (6'0 PG / Harvest Prep / 2020): Some guys just have the "it" factor. Anthony is one of those guys. The Harvest Prep point guard is a winner in every sense of the word, as not many players in the 2020 class can match his consistent energy, toughness and competitiveness. In addition to that, Anthony has been as tough of a matchup on the perimeter as there is in the league. A warrior in the weight room, Anthony overpowers opposing defenders to the rim, but can also stretch the floor and knock down perimeter jumpers. Anthony brings it on defense, challenging opposing ball handlers away from the rim, which more often than not leads to turnovers and points the other way. You can find other guys who are more athletic, quicker and more skilled, but you won't find anyone who wants to win more than Anthony.
Sean Jones (5'9 PG / Gahanna / 2022): Backcourt mate of Anthony on Michigan State. Showed little to not discomfort in his opening weekend, taking on veteran guards and still being able to do what he does. Exceptionally gifted ball handler who can change speeds and direction at the drop of a hat. Becoming a consistent shooter, both off the catch and off the dribble, which has turned him into a nightmare to defend. Almost more impressive is his defensive quickness and instincts, which combined with his cat like reflexes, will make him into the state's best perimeter defending point guard sooner rather than later.
Darius Parham (6'4 SF / Bishop Ready / 2021): Sunday was a bit of a breakout day for him. Showed an ability to make open jumpers on the perimeter, but got things done with his signature motor. Tough to keep off the offensive glass. Provides a lot of energy and is only getting better. Should have a breakout sophomore season for the Silver Knights.
Myles Martinez (6'7 PF / Centennial / 2019): Perhaps the top senior stock riser in the event so far. Martinez has impressed with his ability to run the floor like a guard and finish in transition. Tougher finisher around the rim than we previously thought. Has really improved in a lot of areas. Holds his ground in the post well and is a capable shooter from distance. Solid lefty post to keep an eye on. Committed to Ohio Dominican as a left handed pitcher in baseball.
Nate Griggs (5'10 PG / Delaware Hayes / 2020): Quality guard who can really shoot it. Led Duke from behind in the win over Michigan State with back to back threes to close it out. Not exceptionally quick but gets places off the dribble. Had a very good sophomore year but is expected to make even more strides this season. Tough and composed guard who understands the game.
Sean Marks (5'11 PG / Olentangy / 2019): Might just be the best scoring guard under 6-foot that we have seen in the last five years. Marks is stronger than he looks, can handle contact all the way to the rim and will finish when he gets there. Creates separation really well and can hit contested jumpers. Has takeover ability and is one of the clutchest players in the area. Shot greater than 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line as a junior. Great find for Ohio Dominican.
Josh Corbin (6'3 SG / Gahanna / 2019): Big guard with lots of game. Elite shooter who won't miss two in a row. Really improved as a scorer off the bounce and is hitting mid-range jumpers more this year than ever before. Impressed last week to lead North Carolina to a win in the opener. Has matured on the floor and has a no-nonsense type attitude that will take him far at the next level. Removed flair from his game and replaced it with toughness in recent months.
Keaton Turner (5'9 PG / Dublin Coffman / 2020): Crafty guard who has really stood out since the summer. Very quick with the ball, skilled passer with a nice feel. Knockdown outside shooter who has really matured since last season. Needs to trust his ability because he can really play when he gets into a zone.
Hunter Shedenhelm (6'4 SG / Pickerington North / 2020): Big wing guard who has really improved since last season. Not just a three-point shooter anymore, as he has learned how to use his size to overpower opponents and score at the rim. Motor and confidence have improved and has made strides with his strength. Could have a big season as he is Pickerington North's top returning option on the perimeter.
Dominiq Penn (6'0 PG / Dublin Coffman / 2020): Very talented offensive guard who is shooting the ball at a great clip right now. Penn has matured this offseason and is a better all-around point guard. Gifted passer on the move who can make the most difficult feeds look routine. Has plenty of options at the mid-major level in addition to an Ohio State offer. Could create some separation between himself and the rest of the guards in his class this winter.
Jahvon Garcia (6'3 PG / Pickerington Central / 2019): Dominated the aux gym in both games to lead Indiana to a 2-0 record on the day. Got to the rim whenever he wanted, knocked down open jumpers and put as much effort into defense as he did offense. Garcia has really figured it out and is playing the best basketball of his career right now. Will be interesting to see if he can keep leading this Indiana team to the top of the league. Miami (OH) got a steal in Garcia.
Kobe Buford (6'4 WG / Upper Arlington / 2021): Buford had a bit of a breakout day for Kansas, knocking down shots and scoring at his best level through three weeks. Didn't play AAU this past summer and chose to work on skill development instead, which seems to have paid off. Buford has good size on the wing and is settling into his game. Should contribute a lot for Upper Arlington this season and will have a chance to become a top offensive option.
Evan Conley (6'1 PG / Fairfield Union / 2019): Conley is one of the more underrated guards across the state in 2019. Rarely makes mistakes, is a willing passer and defender, and knows how to run a team. Will knock down open jumpers and has the ability to score against contact at the basket. Should be one of the elite guards in the MSL this winter and could be due for a big senior season.
Chance Groce (6'5 SG / Beechcroft / 2021): Played all three guard positions on Sunday. Knocked down a trio of catch and shoot threes and showed great versatility. Does a little bit of everything, as he defends, rebounds, steals, assists and scores. Reminds us of former West High legend Ike Jefferson in that way. Very talented and a gifted athlete for 6-foot-5. Will only continue to turn heads as he matures and gains more experience.
Luke Bartemes (6'3 SF / Dublin Coffman / 2019): A star at the Coffman open gyms, Bartemes has really broke out onto the radar in the last month or so. An absolutely lethal shooter who doesn't need much space to make you pay. Improved athletically and in the best shape of his career. Still don't really know what position he will play and defend at the next level, but with the type of shooting ability that he has, Bartemes will still find a way to get on the floor. Ultimate floor space with great confidence. Beginning to see his recruitment heat up among Division II and NAIA programs.
Dapreis Owens (6'3 PF / Dublin Scioto / 2019): Undersized four man who plays hard and gets things done. Reminds us a bit of Von Cameron Davis in that sense. Owens' handle and outside shooting ability have improved since the end of his junior season. Owens competes and finds a way to be productive regardless of the type of scoring game he's having. Could put up big numbers this season at Scioto and will have a chance to earn first team All-OCC honors. Division III programs have begun to really inquire about him through three weeks of the fall league.
Paul Burris (6'6 PF / Delaware Hayes / 2020): Stock rising four man who can really shoot the ball. Added a few pounds of muscle since last year and is more physical than he was before. Has to work on being more productive but has all the tools to really make a rise over the next year. If he can become a little more tough, Burris will really blossom.
Bryson Lane (5'9 PG / Olentangy Orange / 2019): Had a great showing in Duke's 67-65 win over Kansas. Gets under opposing guards' skin, as he is a hard nosed ball handler and defender. Can hit open threes, finishes at the rim at a solid level and competes defensively. Should find a home at the Division III level.
Elijah Glenn (6'5 PF / Harvest Prep / 2019): Glenn has been a stock riser since the beginning of last season. Has good hands and feet and is very nimble for his size. Wide frame, big body post who has really become a consistent shooter from distance. Intriguing option at the Division III and NAIA levels. Could really blossom as a senior with his improved condition, which will allow him to stay on the floor for longer stretches, even with the tempo of HP's offense.
Jaidon Lipscomb (6'2 SG / Pickerington Central / 2019): Talented catch and shooter player who might be the most deadly shooter in the area, if not the state. Almost scores exclusively from behind the three point line, but has improved as an all-around guard. Lipscomb is a competitor and gives max effort each time out. Could be due for a few big-time scoring performances this winter as it doesn't take him long to get going with his devastating shooting ability.
Jalen Sullinger (5'9 PG / Thomas Worthington / 2021): Recovered from a foot injury that kept him sidelined for most of his freshman season, Sullinger is back to normal and is one of the very best sophomore guards around. Has a veteran presence in the backcourt and a good understanding of pace. Keeps a tight handle and is a quality passer. Should really help Thomas Worthington this season with his IQ and shooting ability.
Tahleik Walker (6'2 PG / Pickerington Central / 2020): Walker has consistently improved since his freshman season and was a surprise in the Pickerington Central starting lineup as a sophomore, but played well enough to retain that spot throughout the state tournament run. Walker is a playmaking guard who can make things happen for himself and others. Has the ability to score it on multiple levels and has only gotten better as his confidence has improved. As Pickerington Central loses Josiah Fulcher to Lima Senior, look for Walker to have a chance to fill the void that Fulcher leaves behind, which could increase his stock even more.