Spiece: Day One

FT. WAYNE, IN - The Spiece Run N Slam kicked off with some quality 17 and under basketball on Friday night. Leading the way for All-Ohio in a big win was Nigel Hayes.

Nigel Hayes, PF, All-Ohio Red – Offensively he has moments that flash the potential of how good he can be. Still at times he tends to not assert himself like he should. Overall though, Hayes did have a good game as he is a versatile defender who can do a variety of different things. Hayes scored from the outside with a three, hit a mid-range jumper, and then rebounded fairly well. Still he can do more, but it was another step in the right direction for him.

Marc Loving, PF/SF, All-Ohio Red – He can get a bit mechanical at times, and almost it looks as though he is thinking and not reacting, but for 6-foot-8 he is super skilled. Loving shoots it very well from deep and also can bounce it into the mid-range jumper. He does need to be better on the glass, but from an offensive standpoint he is going to be a mismatch problem.

Jaaron Simmons, PG, All-Ohio Red – Simmons got All-Ohio off to a good start hitting two jumpers, and he never looked back from there. He got teammates involved, pushed the tempo, and was a pest on defense. Not the most gifted player, Simmons made big plays and showed more signs of being a true floor leader.

Mark Donnal, PF, Indiana Elite – It was a tough game for his team overall, but Donnal showed why he could be in line for a bump in the rankings the next time they come out. He will be a weapon as a pick and pop interior player from three, and also he has some nasty to him inside. Multiple times Donnal drop stepped and went through a defender's chest for the bucket. With his skill and ability down low he should be a good addition for Michigan.

Arrell Hennings, PG, Seattle Rotary – He is small, but man is he quick and can he see the floor. Hennings made several very nice passes, though he can get a bit too flashy at times. Also he is a very good shooter and knows exactly how much rom he needs to get his shot off. Hennings battled foul trouble, but when he was on the floor Rotary was a completely different team.

Daeshon Hall, PF, Seattle Rotary – Hall had maybe the play of the night coming across the lane to block a shot that was well above the rim. He is a long and athletic player who plays hard and also hit a few mid-range jumpers. Hall is still somewhat raw, but there are a lot of tools to like, and he is someone who should get a lot of attention on the West Coast.

Kwan Cheatham, PF, Shining Stars – Cheatham had an excellent outing. The skilled forward was hitting shots from the mid-range and the outside, and then also rebounded some as well. Not a great athlete or super tough, he does have the skill to be a problem on the offensive end. He now needs to continue this performance with another like it as consistency has been an issue with him.

Cha Cha Tucker, PG, R.E.A.C.H Legends – A scoring point guard, Tucker made several shots today and then also was able to get into the lane using the dribble. Now he did get into the lane without much of a plan sometimes and that led to turnovers, but he also had several nice passes. Tucker can hit in the mid-range and from deep, and has a pretty good understanding of what pace to play at from the point guard position.

Martez Walker, SG/SF, R.E.A.C.H Legends – A very intriguing player, Walker didn't have his best game shooting the ball, but he is still long, can get to the rim, and has a good looking release on his shot. Not an unreal athlete, he is more than adequate for a wing. Walker had a better second half than first half and is someone who no doubt will continue to pull in high-major attention.

Arrell Hennings listed Oregon State, Seattle, California, and Weber State.

Daeshon Hall noted Washington, Washington State, Oregon, and Texas.

Kwan Cheatham has interest from Xavier, Cincinati, Kent State, Kennesaw State, and Central Michigan

Jaaron Simmons listed Ohio University, Kent State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Iowa.

Martez Walker has offers from Providence, USC, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Iowa State, and others.

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