Esa Ahmad, PF, All-Ohio Red – Ahmad capped an impressive weekend by leading his team to the title on Sunday. He continued on Sunday to do what he did all weekend and that was dominate both inside and out, using his new conditioning and athleticism along with his long existing skill set. Ahmad proved to be a matchup nightmare for every other player in the event, and was a dominant force for All-Ohio Red.
D'Mitrik Trice, PG, All-Ohio Red – While Ahmad did a lot of the heavy lifting he was far from alone on the championship squad. Trice was a high level performer as well. The 5-foot-11 floor general is a good distributor and a solid scorer, and used his overall feel for the game to make plays and put his teammates in a good position to make things happen. Overall Trice showed he can run a team, and was a catalyst in getting them to the title game.
Edward Morrow, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Once again Morrow was active and productive on Sunday. The 6-foot-7 power forward gets stuff done by simply outworking people along with his athleticism. Motor is one of the toughest things to contain, and Morrow has a great one. He will need to continue to improve his skill level, but right now Morrow is someone who is in contention to move into four-star territory before it is all said and done.
Marcus White, SF/PF, Wisconsin DTA – A bit of an undersized forward, White was excellent on Sunday. He can really get to the rim using the dribble, and then also rebounds it well and can score in the mid-range. He is a good, not great, athlete who uses energy and effort to get things done, and could be someone who emerges this spring and summer.
Zach Norvell, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – Norvell has always been known for his toughness and ability to attack with the bounce, but now he is shooting the ball at a very high level. Norvell was hitting from well beyond the three point line in a big win, and then also was able to get to the cup. He needs to decide to dominate games as opposed to fitting in at times, but the talent is most definitely there.
Ben Coupet, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Coupet struggled with his jumper all weekend before hitting a fadeaway off balance desperation 22 footer at the buzzer for a big win in the semi-finals. Coupet also had a few nice dunks in transition, and showed that he has the talent, now he just needs to find some consistency going forward.
Nick Robinson, SG/SF, Meanstreets – Meanstreets is one of the hardest playing teams at the 16 and under level, and one of the vital cogs in Robinson. Robinson used his athleticism and length to really be a factor going to the rim, played with energy on defense, and also made enough mid-range shots to keep the defense honest. He isn't a finished product, but his length and frame make him an interesting prospect going forward.
Jason Draggs, PF, St. Louis Eagles – Playing at the 16 and under level, Draggs showed some major potential. He is every bit of 6-foot-7, and pushing 6-foot-8 with good hands, he runs the floor, and has some solid skill level as well. Draggs isn't a finished product yet, and has limited experience at a high level, but as a prospect he definitely proved he is one to watch going forward.
Jayson Tatum, SF, St. Louis Eagles – Tatum didn't have one of his vintage weekends, but he still showed off the elite talent in bursts that makes him one of the top prospects in the country. He can really pass the ball, and then also is good at getting to the rim off the dribble. Right now the growth area for him will be learning how to deal with smaller and stronger defenders who can really pressure him, as that bothered him this weekend at times. Still with his size, IQ, and skill level he made enough plays to help his team get to the finals.
Tyler Cook, PF/C, St. Louis Eagles – As a high school and AAU teammate of Tatum, Cook can get overlooked, but there is a lot to like about him. On Sunday Cook was basically grabbing every single rebound for the Eagles. He is about 6-foot-7 with a strong build, and while not a great athlete, he does have excellent hands, and just a sense for where the ball is coming off the rim. Also he scored it a little bit down low, but it was rebounding and defense that made him stand out.
Quentin Goodin, PG/SG, St. Louis Eagles – A big and physical point guard who likes to play downhill, Goodin did a good job of really attacking the rim. With his strength and athleticism he is tough to contain when he is attacking the rim, and then he also showed solid floor vision. Goodin will need to continue to rep his jumper though to make himself more difficult to guard going forward.
Quentin Goodin noted that Michigan is the schools showing him the most interest so far.