Month: August 2019

Elite Open Gym Session One: Team Previews

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Tomorrow marks session one of the Triple Double Prospects/275 Hoops Elite Open Gym at Walnut Hills Junior High School. As you may have seen, the rosters are littered with some of the very best local talent. Let’s take a deeper dive into what each team will have to work with on Saturday.

Team Cincinnati

DeAirius BarkerGPrinceton2020
AJ BraunCBishop Fenwick2021
Gabe CuppsGCenterville2023
Rayvon GriffithFTaft2023
Evan MahaffeyFMoeller2022
Will McCrackenFMoeller2021
Greg StewartGAiken2020
Montev WareGWoodward2021

Team Cincinnati will roll out the second youngest group in the building on Saturday. The six upperclassmen is tied for the lowest among the eight teams. However, they do have two rising seniors at their disposal in DeAirius Barker and Greg Stewart. In addition to them, you will find two rising juniors in AJ Braun and Will McCracken that have Division 1 offers under their belt. Montev Ware had no problem filling up the scoring column when we saw him in June and July. Top that off with an immensely talented underclassmen core of Gabe Cupps, Rayvon Griffith, and Evan Mahaffey and it definitely looks like a team that could have a ton of success in transition with their athleticism and pure scoring ability.

Team Indiana

Will BurnsFWoodward2020
Robbie CassGAiken2021
Matt DahlingGSummit Country Day2021
Simon EdwardsFWithrow2020
Tom HouseFCenterville2022
Ivan MasonFWithrow2020
Tyler MontagueGVandalia Butler2021
Tre MunsonGDeer Park2021
Rich RolfFCenterville2022
Kionte ThomasGHughes2020

Team Indiana features a nice blend of players with four rising seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores in their arsenal. This squad has an intriguing few in the backcourt with Robbie Cass, Tre Munson, Kionte Thomas, and Matt Dahling — younger brother of Alex Dahling who is playing Division 2 basketball for Lincoln-Memorial University. Will Burns is a skillful big that will help in the interior. They will also have a top ten scorer in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference last season in Ivan Mason and his Tiger teammate Simon Edwards. Lastly, making their way down from the Dayton area will be a trio of Tom House, Tyler Montague, and Rich Rolf.

Team Kentucky

Aboubacar CisseFWestern Hills2022
Kahlil DavisGPrinceton2020
Willie HillFMeadowdale2021
Trey RobinsonFHamilton2020
Brayden SippleGBlanchester2021
Nekhi SmithFTaft2020
Jakada StoneGAiken2021
Kelvin TurnerGPrinceton2021
Demetrius WatkinsGWestern Hills2020

Team Kentucky will bring in a plethora of upperclassmen into the gym on Saturday led by Trey Robinson, Nekhi Smith, and Brayden Sipple — the Southern Buckeye Conference’s top scorer and a top five rebounder just a season ago. At the guard position, Team Kentucky has some weapons that can attack you in different ways with Kahlil Davis, Jakada Stone, Kelvin Turner, and Demetrius Watkins. Rounding out this crew is the lone underclassman in Aboubacar Cisse and another Dayton area talent in Willie Hill.

Team Louisville

Chanze AmersonGThurgood Marshall2021
Steve GentryGDeer Park2020
Mitchell GreerFMason2020
Greg JohnsonGPrinceton2021
Davion MaceCWoodward2020
Anthony McCombGThurgood Marshall2021
Camron McKenzieGHughes2021
LeRoy WalkerGTaft2021
Mark WiseGDeer Park2020

Team Louisville will present the only cast that does not feature either a rising sophomore or freshman. They are the most experienced bunch with five seniors and four juniors to work with. A trio of top Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference prospects in Davion Mace, Camron McKenzie, and LeRoy Walker stand out immediately. The familiarity of the Deer Park duo of Steve Gentry and Mark Wise should make things a little easier for this squad. The Greater Miami Conference is also well represented here with Mitchell Greer and Greg Johnson. 937 teammates Chanze Amerson and Anthony McComb will also make their way down to compete with this group.

Team Michigan

BJ BransfordGSt. Xavier2020
Maro EgodotayeCCarroll2021
Mike GrantFWalnut Hills2020
Jaylen LemonsGLa Salle2020
Kanye MorelandGWoodward2023
Zavian RicksGFairfield2020
Ben SoutherlandFCHCA2022
Nic SmithCWalnut Hills2020
Kollin TolbertGMount Healthy2022
Aaron WardFWinton Woods2020

Team Michigan will provide some veterans at the guard position with rising seniors BJ Bransford, Jaylen Lemons, and Zavian Ricks. With that being said, the young Kanye Moreland and Kollin Tolbert will have no problem showing that they belong as well. Manning the middle for this group will be Dayton area big man Maro Egodotaye, Ben Southerland, Aaron Ward, Mike Grant and Nic Smith. The latter two will be looking to put on a show to protect their home floor.

Team Ohio State

Jared BaldockGPurcell Marian2020
Kyle CardenasFTaft2020
Carter CombsGLakota West2020
Aaron DavisGWoodward2021
Kodee HollowayGFinneytown2021
Allen LattimoreGStivers2021
Julian MackeyGLakota West2021
Kobe PeckGLakota East2022
Isaiah RameyGCedarville2021
Owen SpencerCTurpin2020

Team Ohio State is loaded with backcourt prospects that can get it done. Coming from Lakota West, you will see the dynamic duo of Carter Combs and Julian Mackey. You can always expect Aaron Davis to get it done defensively and shine in transition opportunities. Jared Baldock, Kodee Holloway, and Kobe Peck round out the gifted collection of guards. Despite being a guard heavy squad, Kyle Cardenas and Owen Spencer — one of the best big men in the area — will look to hold things down on the interior. Allen Lattimore and Isaiah Ramey will join the group from the Dayton area.

Team Purdue

LeBraun BerryFAiken2022
Jacob ConnerGAlter2022
Dre KindellGReading2021
Sellers LittleGTrotwood Madison2021
Kristopher McClureFSt. Xavier2021
Carter MimsGTrotwood Madison2021
Alexander ParksGCovington Catholic2023
Zion ReynoldsGWestern Hills2021
Chandler StarksCCovington Catholic2023
Marjoni TateGRoger Bacon2021

Team Purdue will undoubtedly be the youngest team of the bunch despite having six rising juniors in the fold. Two immensely talented freshman that will run with this group are Alexander Parks and Chandler Starks. At the forward spot, you will see LeBraun Berry and Kristopher McClure. In the backcourt, you will see Dre Kindell, Marjoni Tate, and Zion Reynolds — a long, impressive scorer that shined this past month on the AAU circuit. From the Dayton area, Team Purdue will also welcome Jacob Conner, Sellers Little, and Carter Mims.

Team Xavier

Jackson AmesCWest Clermont2020
Kaleb CrawfordGPrinceton2020
Nate JohnsonGLakota East2021
Max LandGMoeller2020
Michael McCantsFGamble Montessori2020
Paul McMillan IVGWoodward2022
Shawn PhillipsCBelmont2022
Isaiah WalkerFWyoming2021

Team Xavier will come in with an immensely talented cast of characters that includes five players with Division 1 offers — Miami (OH) commit Jackson Ames, Nate Johnson, Max Land, Paul McMillan IV, and Shawn Phillips. At the forward spot, Team Xavier will have two top ten scores in their respective conferences in Michael McCants and Isaiah Walker. Add the attacking and aggressive Kaleb Crawford to that and you have a team that might be difficult to take down.