Flyin to the Hoop: Day One

The Flying to the Hoop Tournament had some impressive performances. One player came absolutely out of nowhere to put on a show, and then of course Gary Harris did his thing as well including an unreal way to seal a victory for his team.

Anthony Davis, PF, Perspectives – It is just tough to gauge how Davis is at times because he is asked to do so much for his high school team. With his guards facing a press, Davis had to handle it up the floor and then work to create the offense as well as attack the boards. He did however show an ability to handle in space and finish, rebounded well, and of course had some highlight reel athletic moves. Even without being able to play to his strength, Davis was extremely impressive.

Aaron Thomas, SG, Withrow – The Florida State signee had it working early. He can get separation from a defender for a shot anytime that he wants, and Thomas did that making a good percentage early on. He cooled off a bit late, but still was the sole person keeping Withrow in the game. His offensive game is so diversified now with an improved handle to complement his outside shot and athleticism. There is no doubt he will be able to provide a scoring punch for the Seminoles when he arrives next year.

Charles Lee, PG, Huntington Prep – He can be a bit out of control at times, but Lee flat out had it working. The Cleveland State pledge was a difference maker for Huntington Prep. He had a big role in slowing down Thomas, and also on offense he was really making shots. Right now he plays all at one speed, and that is 1000 miles per hour, and he has to slow it down some, but there is no doubt he can lock up on the defensive end and make shots using his quickness to get a clean look.

Jeremiah Davis, SG, Huntington Prep – Davis relies on power and toughness to get into the lane and get numbers. For the most part he played a supporting role and simply tried to facilitate, but he was able to get a few jump shots to fall and was solid on the defensive end. It definitely wasn't his best outing, but he did show toughness and filled in at times on the ball.

Devin Langford, SF, Lee – Langford is a unique case because he plays on the ball so much for his high school team, but looks to project best on the wing in college. Offensively he didn't assert his will as might have been needed at times, but he did play hard and really hit the glass. Langford finished with a double-double, and that was impressive, but his shot wasn't falling and he seemed to settle instead of going aggressively to the rim.

Jalen Ragland, SF, Chillicothe – Headed to UTEP next season, Ragland is noted mostly as a shooter, and is someone who is capable of getting streaky in good and bad ways with his shot. In the first half he was off on his jumper and he seemed to not be able to find a consistent release point. Then as Chillicothe began to pull away Ragland got it going and was able to seal the victory for his squad.

Gary Harris, SG, Hamilton Southeastern – It was a spectacular day for Harris. The 6-foot-4 wing had his entire game working. He was being aggressive, using his freakish athleticism, and also knocking in jumpers to the tune of 26 points. Also Harris rebounded quite well, and finished the game off with a sickening posterization of a Taft defender that in essence sealed the win. Quite simply Taft is a team loaded with big time athletes and had absolutely no answer for what Harris was able to do.

Sim Bhullar, C, Hunting Prep – Bhullar doesn't change ends of the floor real well, but he more than handled his own against Withrow. He is just such an enormous human that he causes a ton of problems on the defensive end. Also on offense he gets great position with his sheer size and strength and that allows him to finish around the rim. Conditioning will always be an issue due to his size, and he needs to add a nasty streak to his game, but it was an impressive outing for Bhullar.

Christopher Obekpa, PF, Our Savior – He has just been in the country since October, but Obekpa showed serious potential in a big win. He is a legit 6-foot-8 with a big time motor and a lot of athleticism. While he isn't super skilled, he did bang in a three ball from deep, and handled it a little bit. Right now he is a bit raw, but the native Nigerian has a huge future considering he already has somewhat of a feel for how to play. Last year Gorgui Dieng exploded at this event, this year it could be Obekpa.

Jevon Thomas, PG, Our Savior – The St. John's verbal commitment has good size at the point guard position and is also a good athlete. While known as someone who can really score, Thomas spent most of the game setting up others. He needs to be more consistent with his energy and effort on the defensive end, but offensively he showed good things and did a good job of running the show for OSNA.

Malik London, C/PF, Chillicothe – He needs to add strength in a big way before he can compete down low at the college level, but London has a knack for blocking shots. London finished with nine blocked shots for the game, and seemingly had more. Also London did rebound the ball which has been a growth area for him. Offensively he is raw, but his long arms and athleticism make him tough to defend around the rim. He must get stronger, but it was a good game for London.

Stefan Jankovic, PF, Huntington Prep – He is definitely in the mold of a finesse power forward. Jankovic can score off the dribble driving from the wing, has a nice shot, and then is big enough to shoot over defenders. Now he does try to avoid contact at all costs, and strength could have something to do with that, but the skill level is undeniable.

Adolphus Washington, PF/DE, Taft – Football players tend not to get too much love on this part of the network, but Washington deserves it. He is Antonio Gates re-incarnated and was an absolute machine down low for Taft. He has legit basketball skills facing the rim and on the post, but his future no doubt is on the gridiron. Still Washington is a double-double machine and was one of the best performers on the day.

Devin Williams, PF, Withrow – Williams is a 6-foot-7 and 215 pounder who struggled with the 7-foot-4 Bhullar down low, but that is not something he sees on a daily basis. He has excellent footwork, a decent touch from outside the lane, and runs the floor very well. Right now Williams isn't extremely bouncy, but he gets up well enough. Overall it was rough with Bhullar on the floor for Williams, but he still showed well for himself.

Jaaron Simmons, PG, Kettering Alter – When the effort is consistently there, Simmons is tough to contain. He is quick, has a good enough shot to keep you honest, and has a nice handle going in either direction. Now he can struggle with physicality when going against a bigger defender, and at times Thomas gave him issues, but still it was a solid game for the sophomore.

Zak Irvin, SF, Hamilton Southeastern – Irvin was more aggressive going to the rim than he has been much of the season and that is a god sign. Still he hasn't been able to get untracked shooting the basketball, but his length and skill set should set up for him to be a multi-dimensional offensive player. His numbers weren't huge, but Irvin showed that he can make some things happen on the floor.

Tony Farmer, SF/PF, Garfield Heights – Quite simply Farmer is a grown man on the floor. He has a chiseled 6-foot-6 frame and is a big time athlete. Not a high skill level guy, Farmer does most of his damage from the mid-range and in, but his skill set does look somewhat improved, and his motor is noticeably better than it was last season.

Zak Irvin has offers from Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Butler, Miami-Florida, and Baylor

Devin Williams has early interest from Detroit, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio State, and West Virginia.

Jaaron Simmons has an offer from Dayton and interest from Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio University, and Iowa.

Malik London has interest from Cincinnati, Nebraska, Dayton, Ball State, Clemson, and Xavier.

After a win over LSU, Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari and two assistants made the trek to Dayton.

Assistants from Butler, Wright State, Cincinnati, and Miami-Ohio were also spotted in the gym.

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