Prospect Rankings Update: Southwest Ohio 2018 Stock-Risers

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Posted On: 08/17/17 6:00 AM

Here, we’ll catch you up on which 2018 prospects from southwest Ohio jumped in our Prospect Rankings and why that is. It’s really that simple.

NR → #8 Jaxson Hayes, 6’9” F/C, Archbishop Moeller / Twenty Two Vision

First of all, Hayes should’ve been in our last update of the rankings. It was an oversight on our part. However, he didn’t even see many minutes last season for Moeller! According to Cincinnati.com, Hayes averaged 1.1 points (29-11-31 shooting splits), 2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks as a junior. Yet, he was a rim protecting, alley-oop catching, floor running machine during the grassroots season. In turn, Hayes racked up 20+ offers since our last update, including one from the new staff at Ohio State.

#51 → #34 Jon Alessandro, 6’7” W/F, Beavercreek / Shining Star (Price)

Alessandro is lean, athletic, quick, and tough. His mixture of physical tools allow him to defend 3-5 effectively. Also, Alessandro can push the ball after grabbing a rebound and spread the floor in the the half-court.

Purdue Northwest and Christian Brothers have offered him, and either one would be getting a steal if he commits. Alessandro is legit.

#111 → #42 Jarrett Cox, 6’3” G, Lakota East / All Ohio Black

Since April, Cox has established himself as a potential stud at the Division II level. If he were just a bit taller, his scoring ability from the wing would probably even translate to the Division I level. He has a complete arsenal as a scorer.

He’s received offers from Fairmont State, Tiffin, and Findlay since the last update.

#66 → #43 Myles Belyeu, 6’3” hybrid, Trotwood Madison / C2K Elite

Belyeu defended the rim time and again for Trotwood last season. He proved capable again this spring and summer at a high level of AAU basketball. Belyeu should be considered one of the top Division II prospects in Ohio.

Ashland and Cedarville have offered Belyeu thus far.

#164 → #74 Darweshi Hunter, 6’4 G, Cincinnati Princeton / VCC Ohio Warriors Pro Bound

Hunter scores the basketball against any level of competition. His jump shot and straight-line drives have proven to be a translatable skill.

Long Island Post and Assumption have offered Hunter over the past month. If he continues scoring at a high level, Hunter could see other programs enter the offer sheet.