With Kansas coach Bill Self making a surprise appearance in Cincinnati on day two of Adidas All In, the Jayhawks' head man was there for one reason. Carlton Bragg. As Ohio State's top target in the 2015 class led his OBC squad to consecutive wins on Saturday, several other talented players outside of Bragg put in impressive performances in a day filled with quality hoops. Let's take a look at some of Saturday's top performers.
Carlton Bragg (6'9 PF / Cleveland VASJ / 2015):
The top prospect in the entire event, Bragg certainly lived up to the hype with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance in an 83-69 win over the West Virginia Wildcats on Saturday morning. Playing in front of coaches from Kansas, UCLA, Ohio State, Illinois, West Virginia, and more, Bragg consistently found his way to the free-throw line, in addition to remaining active on the offensive glass. While Bragg can sometimes fall too far in love with the outside shot, the 6-foot-9 forward was in attack mode Saturday morning, helping his OBC squad enjoy an advantage in points in the paint. While Kansas, Kentucky and Illinois remain "locks" in Bragg's top five, which he hopes to unveil in September, Self's appearance at the event on Saturday should certainly help the Jayhawks' in their pursuit of Ohio's top prospect.
Jarron Cumberland (6'3 SG / Wilmington / 2016):
Fresh off receiving his first Big Ten offer from Purdue earlier in the week, OBC's Cumberland did what he does best on Saturday...get buckets. Scoring a game-high 25 points in a blowout win over PA Warhawks, Cumberland was able to knock down the outside shot with consistency from either wing, in addition to attacking the basket and drawing fouls. Cumberland's thick, muscular build makes the 6-foot-3 guard a tough matchup for most defenders, as he can bully his way to the rim, and can hit the perimeter three when given the space. With Purdue being the first high-major school to pull the trigger on Cumberland, look for more programs on the same level to take a deeper look into Wilmington's prized product.
Katwan Singleton (6'5 SF / Defiance / 2015):
One of Ohio's more unheralded prospects is Defiance's Singleton, who put in one of the day's top performances in a win over the Michigan Mustangs. Going for a game-high 20 points, in addition to five rebounds and three assists, Singleton made the difference in a 64-52 win for the King James Runnin' Rebels. Showing an ability to knock down shots from any spot on the floor, Singleton did the most damage around the rim, showing improved body control on several difficult finishes. Receiving interest from Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky, Singleton had his best performance of the weekend in front of several Division I coaches, including Kent State and Western Carolina, among others.
Seth Towns (6'8 SF / Columbus Northland / 2016):
If there was one word to describe Towns game, it would have to be none other than 'smooth.' As the Northland product is incredibly skilled on the perimeter, Towns was a major part in three-straight wins for his VCC Ohio Warriors on Saturday. Paired with Gahanna forward Matthew Moyer, the lengthy duo combined to score 68 points on Saturday, doing damage both from behind-the-arc, and around the basket in transition. As VCC's starting lineup includes four players 6-foot-5 and taller, Towns is a major piece to a team that has been rolling with momentum as of late. Fresh off a championship at the Philly Invitational a week ago, Towns has VCC in position for yet another deep run on Sunday. Playing in front of Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer for the last two games on Saturday, the Wolverines seem to be the favorite for the 6-foot-8 forward at this point in the recruiting process.
Jalen Avery (6'1 PG / Cincinnati Shroder / 2015):
Arguably the fastest rising point guard in Ohio's 2015 class, Avery did nothing to hurt that momentum in leading his Ohio Cougars squad to back-to-back wins on Saturday. Totaling 10 assists and nine steals in a blowout win over Wolves Elite in the morning, Avery struck back with 15 points and eight assists vs. Pocket City Basketball later in the day. What I like most about Avery's skill set is the guard's command of the game. With a unique ability to see things happen before they unfold, Avery consistently puts his teammates in positions to score, while also having the ability to score whenever he wants to. With Kent State being the latest MAC program to offer the 6-foot-1 guard, look for Avery's stock to continue to rise throughout the month.
Carlik Jones (6'0 PG / Cincinnati Aiken / 2016):
The more I see Jones, the more I am impressed with the scrawny, but feisty point guard from Cincinnati. Leading his OBC 16u squad to a dominating 100-42 win over the PA Warhawks, Jones nearly finished with a triple-double, notching eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists, in addition to five steals. While Jones is generously listed at 6-foot, the Cincinnati native is one of the better rebounding guards that I have seen all year long, and has a great knack for making the correct pass. Unselfish and unflappable to tight on-ball pressure, Jones is the perfect guard for an OBC team complete with an arsenal of offensive firepower. While his ranking has fluctuated among various scouting services, Jones is a sure-fire top five point guard in the state of Ohio.
Maverick Rowan (6'7 SF / Pittsburgh Lincoln Park / 2016):
Bragg's sidekick on the 17u OBC squad, the Pitt commit Rowan turned in impressive performances in back-to-back wins. Going for 21 points in the victory over the West Virginia Wildcats, Rowan would come back with 15 points and seven rebounds in a win vs. Pocket City Basketball. Adding on noticeable height and athleticism since last summer, Rowan has elevated his game to a different level this summer, and should only continue to improve. While Rowan has always been a reliable shooter, the 6-foot-7 forward has improved his scoring off-the-dribble since last summer, which was one of his noticeable weaknesses a year ago.
Matt Moyer (6'8 PF / Gahanna Lincoln / 2016):
Several days after receiving six scholarship offers in less than 24 hours, Moyer should expect his phone to keep buzzing after a strong showing on Saturday. Doing the most damage along the baseline, Moyer put his impressive length and explosion to use in helping lead VCC to three-consecutive wins. Alongside Towns, Lima Central Catholic forward Dantez Walton and Columbus Walnut Ridge forward Malik Harrison, VCC enjoys a size advantage in most of their matchups, which has been a major reason for the team's success this summer. While Moyer's outside shooting is still a work in progress, the 6-foot-8 forward has looked more comfortable shooting from the perimeter, knocking down threes in each game on Saturday.
Chase Harler (6'3 SG / Wheeling Central Catholic / 2016):
One of the few players that I had not ever seen prior to Saturday, Harler is certainly the real deal. The top scorer on a gritty West Virginia Wildcats team, Harler would score a team-high 19 points vs. OBC, proving to be a difficult matchup for whoever the defense put on him. With the ability to pull up and shoot from anywhere on the floor, Harler is also a skilled finisher around the rim. Playing in front of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on Saturday morning, Harler has picked up interest from the Mountaineers, in addition to receiving offers from James Madison, Marshall and Winthrop.