PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With six games and more than 12 hours of basketball being played, Saturday's All-Ohio High School Hoops Showcase offered a platform for the area's top players to showcase their talent. Let's take a look at the day's top performers.
Game 1 - Reynoldsburg 71, Legacy Christian 37
Game 2 - Grandview Heights 65, Africentric 49
Game 3 - Harvest Prep 82, Northland 78
Game 4 - Pickerington Central 64, Springfield 46
Game 5 - Huber Heights Wayne 46, Upper Arlington 45
Game 6 - Pickerington North 89, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 58
CJ Anthony (6’0 PG / Harvest Prep / 2020): Fresh off a sophomore season that saw him average 20 points per game, Anthony showed no signs of slowing down. Anthony was the top performer in the event, exploding for a double-double performance of 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a win over Northland. Anthony was unstoppable getting to the rim, finishing a plethora of tough shots. He also looked extremely comfortable behind the three-point line knocking down shots. Anthony is a physical guard who is as strong as you'll find in the area. Look for Anthony and Harvest Prep to make another run to the state tournament, while the junior guard will be the runaway favorite to be the Division III district player of the year.
Jack Sawyer (6’5 F / Pickerington North / 2021): Sawyer has fully embraced the departure of the 2018 class, as it is clearly now his time to shine, and shine he did. Sawyer turned in a monster 31-point, 8-rebound performance in a 30-point win over Cleveland power Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Sawyer had some expected above the rim finishes and dominated inside, however, Sawyer has took his game to a level that I’d not seen from him. He showed off his touch via one-foot Dirk Nowitzki type fadeaways. At one point in the game he hit a pull up three in transition. Watch out for the sophomore to end up one of the area's leaders in scoring this year as there won't be too many teams with an answer for him.
Jay Rodgers (6’0 PG / Pickerington Central / 2019): In a matchup against his old school Springfield, Rodgers played one of his best games of his career. The smooth lefty was ready scoring nine first quarter points and finishing with a team- high 21 points in an 18-point win. There aren't too many guards in the area that you could name that provide instant offense like Rodgers. Pick Central is still hopeful to retain Rodgers for the whole season (see our feature story in the 270 Hoops Magazine on Rodgers and 6-foot-8 forward Sam Towns). With him and Javohn Garcia forming one the state’s best backcourts, the Tigers are primed for a state championship run.
Sean Moore (6’4 W / Reynoldsburg / 2020): Moore was very impressive in my viewing of him. Sean is an athletic wing who thrives in transition finishing at and above the rim. Most impressive was the shooting from beyond the arc. He has a great motor and cleans up the glass well. Moore led Reynoldsburg in scoring totaling 22 points and seven rebounds. He’s a guy to keep an eye on as he may be a breakout player in the area as he has established himself as a top option in Reynoldsburg’s offense. Look for Moore to really breakout next year as a senior when this will become his team.
Luke Lachey (6’6 WF/PF / Grandview Heights / 2020): Lachey was a man amongst boys in Saturday’s statement win over Africentric. With the Nubians having no player taller than 6-foot-3, Lachey did exactly what he should have by dominating the paint and finishing around the rim consistently. The son of Ohio State football legend Jim Lachey, Luke Lachey is a powerful athlete who excels in every sport that he plays, but has really become an intriguing basketball prospect. He ended with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks, being the imposing matchup that Africentric had no answer for. Lachey projects to be a mid-to-high major football prospect, but for now he’ll lead Grandview on a quest for a district title and more, which could help heat up his recruitment on the hardwood.
Makhale Massey (6’4 W / Northland / 2021): Known for his athleticism, it was no surprise that Massey grabbed seven rebounds, and altered shots defensively. The sophomore totaled a team-high 18 points, as he knocked down three triples, two of which coming late in clutch moments of Northland’s loss to Harvest Prep. If Northland hopes to return back to the City League Championship, Massey will have to keep turning in performances like the one he had on Saturday. As Massey continues to add to his perimeter game, his ability to knock down shots will be vital for Northland.
Brian Collier (5’10 PG / Grandview Heights / 2020): Collier has improved a lot since last season, which was very evident on Saturday in the win over Africentric. We were impressed with his ability to score it against an Africentric program notorious for perimeter defense. Collier is a confident shot maker from beyond the arc, as he did not hesitate to shoot it from NBA range. He showed the ability to finish at the rim as well with multiple and-one scores. The duo of Collier and Lachey is one to take serious in Division III. Collier finished with a game high 24 points, playing with a confidence and swagger that his teammates fed off. Collier is another guy in a talent rich 2020 guard class to keep an eye on.
Cali Davis (6’1 CG / Africentric / 2020): Davis was all over the floor causing havoc doing all he could to keep Africentric close against Grandview Heights. Davis is known for his superb shooting ability, as he knocked down multiple threes, but we were most impressed with his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the line. With the absence of Tre Baumgardner this season, much will be expected from Davis as he leads this young talented group of guys. The junior combo guard finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Max Martz (6’6 PF / Upper Arlington / 2019): The Penn commit Martz adjusted well to being ‘the guy’ for the first time in his career at Upper Arlington. He poured in 26 points of Upper Arlington’s 45 points, as the Golden Bears lost in heartbreaking fashion to Huber Heights Wayne. Martz mixed it up by scoring from everywhere on the floor, as he will have to put Upper Arlington on his back all season, as the Golden Bears are adjusting to life without 2018’s Mr. Basketbal in Dane Goodwin. In an OCC-Central division where there aren’t many matchups for him, Martz will continue to put up big numbers and should be someone who challenges the top scorers in the area.