After a successful opening weekend last Sunday, Coach Vic's Weekly Showcase was back at Reynoldsburg High School for another exciting day of basketball. With several out-of-towners from northwest and southwest Ohio making the trip to Columbus on Sunday, week two's competition was no slouch.Check out the video recap from Landon Horton of HWBD Productions below.
Jalon Lewis (6'0 PG / Columbus Eastmoor / 2015):
Playing the best I've ever seen him play, Lewis was arguably the most productive point guard that I watched on Sunday. Scoring with the pull-up jump shot from mid range, Lewis also knocked down several threes from both wings, while attacking the basket with success. Lewis was also active on the glass, while dishing out an array of assists. Primed for a breakout senior season in a talented Eastmoor backcourt, Lewis is an under-the-radar guard to keep an eye on in 2014-15.
Chris Darrington (5'11 PG / Toledo Scott / 2015):
Making the trip down I-75, Darrington impressed in my first ever viewing of the guard. Athletic and active, Darrington forced several turnovers, finishing at or near the rim in transition each time. One of the toughest guards to defend one-on-one, Darrington consistently beat his defender off the dribble, finishing with an assortment of pull-up jumpers and drives to the basket. Alongside high school teammate DeAngelo Blanchard on Sunday, Darrington led his team to several wins over local competition, proving Toledo Scott has a lot to look forward to this season.
Rodrick Caldwell (5'10 PG / Huber Heights Wayne / 2016):
The top junior point guard in attendance, Caldwell brought his A-game to Columbus alongside high school teammate and Dayton commit Xeyrius Williams. The Wayne duo proved to be a dynamite combo, and will only add to the immense talent and depth that the Warriors will possess this season. As Caldwell moves over to Wayne from Dayton Stivers, look for he, junior guard Trey Landers and senior guard D'Mitrik Trice to man arguably the state's top backcourt.
Xavier Holston-Sims (6'0 PG / Columbus Eastmoor / 2015):
The top defensive guard in the gym on Sunday, Holston-Sims gave opponents fits all day long. Constantly staying in front of the opposing ball-handler, Holston-Sims has quick and active hands, shutting down the highest scoring of guards while leading the top team on Sunday, a week after helping Team Dayton roll through competition. On the offensive end, Holston-Sims beat defenders off the dribble, and created scoring opportunities for his teammates. After an up-and-down AAU season, look for Holston-Sims to lead Eastmoor in his senior year.
David Dennis (6'2 PG / Canal Winchester Harvest Prep / 2015):
A returning top performer from last week, Dennis did much of the same teaming up with Grove City's Bapst in the backcourt. Shooting well from the perimeter off screens, Dennis also had his way in the lane, finishing through traffic for scores. Committed to Division II powerhouse West Liberty, look for Dennis to lead Harvest Prep back to the regional finals, where the Warriors hope to make a return visit to the state final four.
Nic Bapst (6'3 SG / Grove City / 2015):
Scorching the nets from three alongside Dennis, Bapst strengthened his case for being considered as the area's top three-point shooter. Whether off the dribble or rolling off screens, Bapst was dynamite from deep, while also attacking the lane on over-aggressive close outs. Look for the 6-foot-3 Bapst to be one of the area's top scorers once again, as he attempts to lift Grove City over the hump on the OCC-Ohio.
Ibi Watson (6'5 SG / Pickerington Central / 2016):
Showing more aggression and athleticism on Sunday, Watson was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses alongside high school teammate Rodney Culver and Northland forward Seth Towns. With the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, Watson operated more out of a slashing role on Sunday, while also finishing high above the rim several times in transition. Holding offers from Akron, Duquesne, Miami (OH), Ohio and Toledo, Watson also reportedly picked up interest from Maryland last week. A lengthy combo-guard at 6-foot-5, Watson is a tremendous addition for a Pickerington Central team that looks to be one of the area's best.
Houston Smith (6'5 SF / Columbus Africentric / 2016):
A returning top performer from last week, Smith had another solid outing on Sunday. As athletic as anyone in the region, Smith took advantage of opportunities around the basket, showing more ability to score in traffic. As Smith continues to play with an improving motor, look for the 6-foot-5 Africentric wing to elevate his game to another level in 2014-15.
Trey Smith (6'5 SF / Delphos Jefferson / 2016):
One of northwest Ohio's top juniors, Smith played at a high level after making the long trek down to Columbus. An excellent shooter from the perimeter, Smith showed to be an active defender and rebounder, always seeming to be somewhere around the ball. With a visit to Air Force scheduled for early October, Smith is an under-the-radar guy to keep an eye on, as his production level in both the high school game and AAU have been quite impressive.
Matt Moyer (6'8 SF / Gahanna Lincoln / 2016):
The talk of the town recently, Moyer played a unique style of basketball on Sunday, playing an unselfish brand to lead all wings in assists on the day. Hard to stay in front of, Moyer handled the ball for a great deal of the day, and repeatedly attacked the basket to create opportunities for teammates around the rim. Two weeks into a commitment to Syracuse, Moyer has continued to show more of the upside that the Orange have been so intrigued with.
DiShon Daniels (6'5 SF / Columbus Northland / 2018):
The lone freshman in the house, Daniels played like someone two or three years his senior on Sunday. A lengthy 6-foot-5 wing with athleticism, Daniels can score in both the half court and in transition, showing a pull-up jump shot from three that he was able to get off over taller defenders. The prized product in Northland's freshman class, expect Daniels to see playing time early for the Vikings off the bench.
Rodney Culver (6'5 SG / Pickerington Central / 2015):
Days after receiving his first Division I offer from Alcorn State, Culver played consistently solid on Sunday, doing whatever his team needed to win. At 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Culver is able to do things on the court that not too many combo-guards at the high school level can do. Still only 16 years old, Culver is a player to keep an eye on, as his upside is still expanding.
Reece Strohm (6'6 SF / Reynoldsburg / 2017):
One of few sophomores in attendance, Strohm played well enough to make it onto the top performer list. Already a knockdown shooter from deep, Strohm did all the dirty work in the paint on Sunday, pulling down several tough rebounds on both ends. As fellow sophomore Jarius Ward leaves the Raiders for Lima Senior, look for Strohm to be expected to step in and produce at a much higher level in 2014-15 after a solid freshman year on varsity.
Will Maynus (6'5 SF / Westerville Central / 2016):
One of the better defensive wings in attendance on Sunday, Maynus used his length to cause problems for opposing guards and forwards. An elite-level athlete, Maynus is still considerably raw on the offensive end, but has shown constant improvement in the last several months. With a great majority of Westerville Central's scoring moving on to college, expect Maynus, and junior guard Erron James to pace the Warhawks in 2014-15.
Seth Towns (6'8 SF / Columbus Northland / 2016):
After watching Towns go up against Trey Burke and several talented grown men on Friday at Kingdom Summer League, the Northland junior was much more comfortable against his peers on Sunday. Knocking down an assortment of jump shots from mid-range and the perimeter, Towns was tough to contain for defenses once he got in a rhythm. As Towns' recruitment is somewhat stagnant at the moment, many in Columbus feel that the 6-foot-8 wing is still leaning toward Michigan, who offered Towns earlier this summer.
Nick Ward (6'8 PF / Gahanna Lincoln / 2016):
Arguably the most consistent post prospect in Ohio's class of 2016, Ward was the usual beast on the block that he's been since last AAU season. Burying defenders on the block, Ward again showed off soft touch and valuable aggression, as he and high school teammate Moyer formed a terrific one-two punch on the pick-and-roll. Adding an offer from Purdue over the weekend, Ward has been a priority with several teams in the Big Ten thus far when it comes to his recruitment.
Jason Carter (6'7 PF / Johnstown / 2016):
Making his first appearance at Coach Vic's, Carter did not disappoint. A 6-foot-7 hybrid-forward, Carter can face up or back down in the post, and did a little bit of both on Sunday. One of the strongest rebounders in attendance, Carter has great touch on the block, especially on offensive put backs. A capable ball-handler and mid-range shooter, look for Carter to explode onto the scene as a junior.
Ulmer Manzie (6'8 PF / Columbus Africentric / 2015):
Showing more ability to put the ball on the floor on Sunday, Manzie was not hesitant to control the rock in transition, something most guys his size would be hesitant to do. Always active in the paint on both ends of the floor, Manzie rebounded at a high level, and continued to show more touch in the post. A definite low-major prospect at this point, Manzie has continued to improve since the end of last season.
Doug Taylor (6'9 PF / Columbus Northland / 2015):
The top rebounding big in attendance, Taylor did exactly what was needed from his team in locking down the block. Taking advantage of limited offensive opportunities, Taylor has not taken any steps back after a successful AAU season with All-Ohio Red. As Miami (OH) and Ohio look to be the leaders in Taylor's recruitment at this point, expect increased production from the 6-foot-9 Northland big in 2014-15.
Tony Anderson (6'9 PF / Oak Hill Academy / 2015):
Spending his last weekend in Columbus before returning to Oak Hill next week, Anderson played at a high level to increase momentum going into his senior year. A thickly-buit 6-foot-9 forward, Anderson has been working on his game to turn into the ideal stretch four that many programs across the country are looking for. Showing more ability to shoot from the perimeter, Anderson played well in both viewings I had of him this weekend, as he played aggressively against older competition on Friday at Kingdom Summer League.
Kaleb Wesson (6'9 C / Westerville South / 2017):
The top post prospect in Ohio's sophomore class, Wesson showed off the signature skills that have coaches in the Midwest gearing up for a run at the 6-foot-9 center. With good footwork and a soft touch around the basket, Wesson has the length and size to give opposing big men fits in the post. With a fearless approach to the game, Wesson has been constantly aggressive on both ends of the floor, while increasing the gap between himself and the rest of Ohio's 2017 posts.