Flyin to the Hoop: Day Three

KETTERING, Ohio - Day three at Flyin to the Hoop had some impressive performances. The best came from junior Jarron Cumberland who continued to show his impressive ability to score the basketball.

Class of 2015

Esa Ahmad, PF/SF, Shaker Heights – It was an impressive scoring game for Ahmad who finished with 31 points. The future West Virginia Mountaineer had it working from the mid-range and going to the rim all game long. He was able to use a quickness advantage to create space and driving lanes, and then also hit enough shots to keep defenders honest. He did miss some key free throws in regulation, but Ahmad came back and showed well in overtime to help his team to the win.

JoJo Anderson, PG, 22 Ft. Academy – It was a great second half for Anderson who really put his team on his back. An unsigned senior, Anderson showed the ability to get into the lane and make plays, and then also hit some shots off the dribble. He isn’t super quick or a great athlete, but Anderson is long and crafty with the dribble, and at the right level could find a way to be effective.

Jalen Avery, PG, Schroder – Headed to Kent State, Avery is a kid who has a chance to make a special impact early on in his career there. Avery is an incredible passer with great feel. He made several just spectacular passes to teammates when he got into the lane off the dribble. Also he is a pretty good athlete who plays hard. Now Avery has to really work on his ability to shoot the basketball, but as a point guard he is a very good talent.

A.J. Harris, PG, Dunbar – Headed to Ohio State next year, Harris did a good job all game long despite not scoring too much. When he was at his best the four-star was breaking players down off the dribble, getting into the lane, and setting up his teammates for buckets. Also Harris did a good job of creating for himself with quick moves that allowed him space to get his shot off. The jumper wasn’t falling, but still Harris greatly impacted the game without scoring a ton.

Alex Olesinski, PF, La Lumiere – While several other teammates get more press, Olesinski has been one of the more consistent players all year long for the Lakers, and on Sunday night he was very good. Olesinski converted some key lob plays for buckets, hit shots, and then also did a good job on the glass. At 6-foot-9 he really runs the court well, and is becoming a priority high-major recruit for several schools as we enter the late signing period.

Class of 2016

Jarron Cumberland, SF, Wilmington – There is just no way around it, this kid knows how to get buckets. Cumberland is a physically impressive 6-foot-4 wing who can shoot the ball at a very high level. Not a great athlete or super explosive, Cumberland has a great feel and understanding of the game and he can put points up on the scoreboard in a big way. He did that consistently, hitting shots from deep, and also finishing around the win in his team’s big win.

Quentin Goodin, PG/SG, Taylor Co – For a lot of the evening it was a struggle for Goodin. Still the highly athletic 6-foot-2 combo guard found a way to make an impact late and keep his team in the game. Goodin is very smooth and is showing a better feel for the game than in the past. Now his jumper wasn’t really going down, but Goodin still got to the rim some and hit a few key shots down the stretch.

Sedee Keita, PF/C, 22 Ft. Academy – When he wasn’t saddled with foul trouble, Keita was pretty good. He is long, athletic, and a very good rebounder at 6-foot-9. On offense his footwork needs some refinement, but he still has the ability to be someone who impacts the game on both ends of the floor once he gets more comfortable and more experience playing in the low post.

Isaac Humphries, C, La Lumiere – Dunbar didn’t have the size to matchup with Humphries on the low block and he was able to clearly take advantage of that. He showed off his good hands snatching passes in traffic and rebounds off the glass, and his nice touch by converting on the low block. Also Humphries did a good job of getting to the foul line and making the most of his opportunities there. It was a good step in the right direction for Humphries.

Henry Baddley, SG/SF, St. Vincent-St. Mary – With a host of mid-major coaches looking on, Baddley had one of the better games seen all day. He was absolutely impressive in leading his team to a big win. Baddley showed good athleticism and the ability to hit shots from deep as well. He has solid size for a wing, and really raised eyebrows with how he played.

Class of 2017

DeAndre Ayton, PF, Balboa City – The No. 1 ranked player in the 2017 class didn’t have a monster game from a numbers standpoint as his team got beat badly, but he did show why he is one of the best prospects in all of high school basketball. Ayton has legit size, is a great athlete, has tremendous hands, and showed a good motor as well as a high skill level. While he is still refining his game, he showed the complete package that makes him a potential long term star.

David Sloan, PG, Taylor Co – He isn’t on the ball full time because of Goodin, but when running the point Sloan shows a good feel for the game and also the ability to make shots. Currently about 5-foot-10, Sloan can break you down off the dribble and then makes good passes to teammates. He looks to be an improved shooter and continues to get better as the season goes along.

Faces in the Crowd

It was a big day for coaches at the Flyin to the Hoop. Cincinnati head coach/general manager Mick Cronin, Butler boss Chris Holtmann, West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins, Miami-Ohio's John Cooper, and Kent State boss Rob Senderoff were all in attendance.

Also schools such as Arizona State, Dayton, Xavier, Ohio University, Purdue, and Ohio State dispatched assistants to the event.

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