Flyin to the Hoop: Day Four

KETTERING, Ohio - There has never been a doubt about DeAndre Ayton as as prospect, and he proved that in a big way on Monday. Also the day was highlighted by a big upset of Findlay Prep.

Class of 2015

MaCio Teague, SG, Walnut Hills – It was a career day for the unsigned senior scorer. Teague went for 51 points and was absolutely incredible. He was actually very efficient on his way to that huge number, and showed some impressive shot making as well as enough savvy to get to the rim off the bounce. Teague isn’t a great athlete, but he knows how to play, and should really emerge on some upper mid-major radars this season.

Horace Spencer, PF/C, Findlay Prep – Spencer has always been more of a rebounder and shot blocker, and he was just that on Monday night. He didn’t get many chances to score on the offensive end, but he did fill his role on defense and showed that he should make an immediate impact at Auburn with his toughness and athleticism.

Ahmad Wagner, PF/SF, Wayne – In a big win over Findlay Prep, Wagner played a huge role. He scored a few buckets on the low block at a key time, and then also used his athleticism to finish above the rim. Add in that he was physical on the glass and is a versatile defender, and Wagner could carve out a roll when he gets to Iowa.

Class of 2016

Nick Ward, C/PF, Gahanna Lincoln – With a whole host of coaches looking on, Ward had a very solid game. He battled foul trouble, but he still showed off the skills that make him a no brainer high-major recruit. Ward has tremendous hands and a great touch on the low block. Also he looks to still be growing and continues to get his body in better shape. Ward has some refinement left to do in his game, but the tools are there to be a great low post scorer at the college level.

Matthew Moyer, PF, Gahanna Lincoln – Moyer was in foul trouble a lot of the game, and struggled to convert away from the rim, but the Syracuse pledge had a few good moments. Moyer can really run the floor and has a tremendous wing span. Also his handle has really improved. Now he has to continue to get the jumper working and also play hard every possession, but there is talent there to work with.

Ibi Watson, SG/SF, Pickerington Central – Ohio is simply loaded with wings in the 2016 class and one who continues to emerge is Watson. Watson got off to a fast start and never really cooled off despite his team having some struggles. He made numerous deep jumpers, showed some ability to get to the rim, and proved to have above-average athleticism. Watson continues to get better, and after missing a good part of the summer, is primed to be a potential breakout player.

Derryck Thornton, PG, Findlay Prep – Despite the loss, Thornton was clearly Findlay’s best player, and showed very well for himself. Thornton was excellent on the defensive end forcing several turnovers, and then shot the ball well on the offensive end. Beyond that Thornton was in complete control, and only foul trouble was able to slow him down.

Trey Landers, SG/SF, Wayne – Clearly the highlight of the evening was Landers’ tip slam to basically bring the house down. It was as impressive as any dunk you will see. Beyond that though the 6-foot-4 wing did a little bit of everything. He defended very well, got to the rim, and rebounded from his wing spot. A big time athlete with toughness, Landers is sure to get a lot of looks going forward.

Rodrick Caldwell, PG, Wayne – In the first half it was Caldwell that was the best player on the floor against Findlay Prep. Caldwell was making every shot he took, and absolutely was in control. While he was hot from deep, he also didn’t force things and got others involved. They don’t get much tougher than Caldwell who did a lot to impress the coaches in attendance.

Sedee Keita, C/PF, 22 Ft. Academy – He is no doubt raw, but there is a ton of potential here. Keita is a legit 6-foot-9 with elite athleticism and extremely long arms. He has some decent post moves when given time to work, though his footwork can get inconsistent. Also he must improve his hands, but he has a good touch and all the physical tools you can want.

Frankie Hughes, SG, Garfield Heights – It was an interesting game for Hughes who is absolutely loaded with talent. At first he was absolutely scorching the net from three, and then he cooled off. When that happened he started to make better decisions and get to the rim and make plays. Hughes has good size and good athleticism, now he just has to be consistent with his game on a possession to possession basis.

Class of 2017

DeAndre Ayton, PF/C, Balboa City – Even though he isn’t surrounded by great talent, there is no denying how good Ayton is. In fact he is one of the best prospects you will see in all of high school basketball. Ayton is a big time athlete, can score with his back to the basket, runs the floor like a guard, and is an incredible rebounder. There is just so much that he does well on a basketball court for his age it is almost scary.

Faces in the Crowd

Rick Pitino was present to watch Derryck Thornton. He was joined by an assistant from Michigan.

Chris Mack, Mick Cronin, and Tom Izzo were in attendance for Nick Ward. Also assistants from Iowa and Ohio State were courtside.

Also Andy Toole of Robert Morris and assistants from Dayton, Butler, Bowling Green, and Duquesne were seen throughout the day.

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