COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The All-Ohio Super Sixteen Showcase had some strong Ohio flavor as practically all of the top programs from the Buckeye State participated, as well as top teams from Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and even New York. This event continues to be a main stop on the spring calendar.
Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer)
2013, PF/SF, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds | Team: All Ohio Red
He is a skilled power forward who is slowly trying to make the transition to the wing. He is able to operate a lot more on the perimeter for his high school team, where he even leads the break at times. However, he plays mostly inside for his All Ohio travel team. Hayes has a very good game in the paint with excellent hands and nice footwork. He has good back-to-the-basket moves, can score well in the paint and has an improving 17-foot jump shot. He is also a good defender who can step out and defend in space.
Marc Loving (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's)
2013, PF/SF, 6-8, 200 pounds | Team: All Ohio Red
College: Ohio State
Loving is very skilled for his age and size. He is a very good shooter with his feet set with range to 22 feet, can put the ball on the floor some against post players and create scoring opportunities for himself. His offensive game is totally face-up. He has very long arms and is a decent rebounder, though he could use more girth. Loving has a diversified offensive game and can really score when he is totally plugged in. He may be the best prospect in the Buckeye State's strong 2013 class.
Tony Farmer (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights)
2013, SF, 6-7, 210 pounds | Team: Ohio Basketball Club
He is a versatile offensive player who has really improved in the past year. He still does not give a consistent effort, but when he is engaged he can impact the game with scoring and rebounding. Farmer is a streaky shooter with range to 20 feet and can put the ball on the floor, especially going right. He is a solid rebounder when crashing in from the wing and is especially good on the offensive glass. He still struggles some in space defensively, but that may be the final piece to the puzzle.
Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin)
2012, PF, 6-9, 220 pounds | Team: All Ohio Red
When fully engaged, he is a bundle of active energy in the paint. Very athletic, he possesses a second leap in the paint that is just as high and powerful as his first. He has average hands but his activity allows him to secure rebounds and passes in the paint. Macon has a solid face-up game that includes a 17-foot jumper and slashes to the basket. Macon has developed into a Top 50 player with the upside for even more improvement.
Sheldon Jeter (Beaver Falls, Pa./Beaver Falls)
2012, SF, 6-5, 190 pounds | Team: King James Shooting Stars
Jeter is a very good scoring wing who many mid-majors and above will be monitoring this summer. He is a solid shooter with range to 20 feet. He has a decent handle for a wing and very good size. Jeter can be a little inconsistent, but has a lot of tools to score the ball. He needs to improve some of the other facets of his game (like rebounding and defense) but he is a nice athlete, so he has the physical ability to improve. He helped King James to the championship game before losing to All Ohio Red.
Players to watch
Devin Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow)
2013, PF, 6-7, 225 pounds | Team: Ohio Basketball Club
He is a powerful player in the paint who is a very good rebounder. Williams has really worked to improve offensively and has a developing face-up game. He has solid hands which help him clean the glass in the paint. He is now a decent face-up shooter to 15 feet who can put the ball on the floor some and get to the cup inside 12 feet. He is developing into one of the best power forward prospects in the 2013 class.
Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North)
2013, PG, 5-9, 165 pounds | Team: All Ohio Varsity
He is a feisty point guard who is very productive. Gibbs is a good scorer and shooter with range to 22 feet who has an excellent feel for the game and is a nice passer with good vision. Gibbs is a winner and a good clutch player. He is a very good defender who is excellent at disrupting his opponents. Gibbs will be a high priority for many of the mid-major schools in the Midwest.
Notes• The hosts, All Ohio Red, took home the U-17 division title by defeating King James 53-50. PG Terry Rozier (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) led All Ohio with 15 and Macon added 12. Jeter lead King James with 19, while SG Devon Carter (Cleveland, Ohio/John Hay) chipped in with 12.
All Ohio Red defeated All Ohio Varsity 49-39 in the U-16 championship. Hayes led All Ohio with 14 points, while SF/SG Aaron Jackson (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) led AOV with 10.
The U-15 division was won by Ohio Varsity as it defeated CBIZ 59-51.
• There were several young players who really stepped up and became big-time prospects. SF/PF Evan Bradds (Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview) and PF/C Zach Garber (Vanlue, Ohio/Vanlue) are a couple of small-school players with big-time talent. Bradds is a versatile, multi-skilled forward who plays with toughness and skill. Garber is a big, strong prospect who takes no prisoners in the paint. He is a powerful rebounder who has no fear. • Marquiez Lawrence (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin) is a raw post player with great upside. He has grown more than two inches in the past year and shows no signs of stopping. He is now a solid shot-blocker and scorer in the paint. Lawrence has a chance to be an impact player if he stays focused and continues to work.
John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.