Isaiah Johnson, C, Walnut Hills – At times during the summer Johnson showed why high-major schools had interest, but eventually he picked Akron. If he can continue what he did on Sunday the Zips got a huge steal. The massive Johnson dominated down low and showed his impressive touch and great understanding of how to play. Johnson had a double-double in Walnut Hills' impressive upset win and was one of the best performers on the day.
D.J. Wingfield, SG, Walnut Hills – An athletic guard, when Wingfield is locked in he is very good, and Sunday he was definitely locked in. Wingfield was hitting deep jumpers, getting to the rim, and was active on defense. Ohio University is getting someone with a lot of potential, and when motivated there is a lot to like about Wingfield.
Maverick Morgan, C, Springboro – Morgan had a daunting test going up against the Prime Prep frontline, but he more than passed it with his play. He was very good on the offensive end scoring at will and he did it both facing the rim and with post moves. Now he still needs to do better rebounding the ball, but Morgan is huge and went up against a lot of bodies and got the best of the them.
Jordan Mickey, PF, Prime Prep – Prime Prep wasn't locked in early, but Mickey began to get it going in the second quarter and continued in the second half. With ridiculously long arms and great timing, Mickey blocked shots, and then finished around the rim. Also he mixed in an impressive jump hook that no one in the building could have blocked. He has all the tools, and needs to continue to play to his strength.
Justin Jackson, SF, HYCA – The performance of the day clearly came from Jackson who was just unreal. He scored 41 points and did it every way possible, and did it in clutch moments during the fourth quarter and in overtime. Jackson probably has the best mid-range game in the class and he was unstoppable with it on Sunday, and then he also hit a huge three to tie the game with time running out. Overall Jackson showed why he is an elite five-star prospect.
Jalen Hudson, SG, St. Vincent-St. Mary – All the tools are there for Hudson to be a high level prospect. He has the athleticism, the natural ability to make shots, and a good enough handle. The problem is Hudson isn't always locked in. After being near dominant in the first half he disappeared some in the second half. Still he can make shots and is a big time athlete. High-major schools are definitely ready to take notice with mid-majors ready to throw out offers.
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – With Prime Prep struggling early, Mudiay simply decided it was time to take over. He did it at first with his defense and then with his passing, and then with one of the most ridiculous dunks you will ever see in which he posterized some poor kid in an impressive way. Mudiay is simply dominant with everything he does, he just needs to do it on a consistent basis every single possession down the floor.
David Bell, PF/C, Garfield Heights – He is 6-foot-9, runs the floor, blocks shots, and has an excellent frame. Bell is still raw, but boy has he come a long way in 12 months. He hit free throws, blocked shots, and rebounded at a good level for Garfield. He isn't quite at the high-major level yet, but he is getting there, and the sky is the limit. Bell was a big time breakout performers.
Michael Nzei, SF, Our Saviour – He doesn't get the attention of some of his teammates, but Nzei can do some good things. He is a good, not great, athlete but has good length and knows how to finish around the rim and from the mid-range. Nzei is just now figuring out how to play, and it is beginning to come together for him.
A.J. Harris, PG, Dayton Dunbar – He is small, and some people will really question him because of it, but Harris just flat out knows how to play. He threw a 50 feet pass on a rope to the block for an easy bucket that was as impressive a look as you will ever see a high school player make, and on top of that he shot threes, got into the lane, and has a tremendous floater. Overall his feel for the game is simply incredible, and makes up for his lack of size.
Malachi Richardson, SG, Roselle Catholic – While his team didn't perform like they hoped, Richardson was excellent. Known mostly as a shooter, he definitely did that at a high level, but also he showed he can do more off the bounce than a year ago. Also Richardson looks a little bit bigger and more athletic from the summer, and is making the improvements to his game that were needed. His play kept his team in the game, and Richardson looks every bit of a big time player.
Cheick Diallo, PF/C, Our Saviour – Some of the nuances of the game can be lost on him, but Diallo does so much that simply can't be taught. He blocked shots, finished well above the rim, and got rebounds in traffic. Focus has to kept over an entire game, but Diallo continues to take his game to a new level and is having an excellent sophomore year with Sunday being no different.
V.J. King, SG, St. Vincent-St. Mary – For a freshman he is simply special. King dominated at times with his athleticism and ability to get to the rim. He is an excellent athlete and a good passer, but scoring is his thing. King can score from all three levels and already has a college ready body as a freshman. He has matched up with some very highly touted upperclassmen already this year, and has held his own meaning the sky is the limit for him.
Willie Jackson, SF, Garfield Heights – His numbers weren't huge, but there is major upside with this freshman. Jackson is a very good athlete and someone who can make shots from the mid-range and off the dribble. Now he needs to continue to rep his jumper, but his size, athleticism, and youth make him a very intriguing prospect going forward.
Asante Gist, PG, Roselle Catholic – Gist and his team didn't pull out a win, but this young floor general is very solid. He can attack the rim with his quickness, and then also has solid floor vision to see open shooters. Beyond that Gist is good off the catch as a deep shooter. He still needs to learn about valuing every possession, and his size will be a concern to some, but this is a very good player who should only get better with experience.
Kentucky boss John Calipari was watching Emmanuel Mudiay.
Ohio State head man Thad Matta made sure to check out top prospect Justin Jackson.
Dayton head coach Archie Miller was present for A.J. Harris and Jalen Hudson.
Also assistants from Duquesne, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, Dayton, Detroit, Tulane, and others were spotted around the gym.