Posted On: 10/2/17 11:29 AM
The weather took a turn to the cooler side, but the action in area prep gyms continue to warm as the season nears.
Few team’s in the area will have a Big Three as accomplished as the one at Brush High, the Lyndhurst, Ohio High School coached by Chet Mason, who played professionally overseas and was a co-player of the year in the state of Ohio his senior year in high school.
The Arcs are led by the trio of sophomore post player John Hugley; junior wing/guard Andre Harris and junior point guard D.J. Dial.
Hugley, a 6’9” power forward deluxe at just the age of 15 and entering the 10th grade would appear to be the gem of the group. He’s ranked No. 5 overall in prephoop.com’s rankings of the Ohio’s class of 2020 He’s drawn the interest of Big Ten schools Ohio State and Michigan State and other Division I programs.
“He has excellent hands and excellent feet,” said Mason.
Said one AAU coach: “He needs to run the floor. He’s a good shooter. Somebody big will take a chance on him because he’s big.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but Hugley’s measurables, height, weight, make him a surefire prospect.
Harris is a 6’3” athletic wing. He can get to the basket, plays very hard and will check his opponent’s best player. He also has a decent jump shot, according to a local AAU maven. He does have plenty of hops. His highlight films show instances of him getting the ball in transition and slamming over an opponent and even pulled off a one-handed ally-oop slam as a junior.
Dial stands 5-8 and but makes up for the lack of size with his quickness. He’s also a good passer. He’s drawn the interest of Division-I schools but nothing is etched in stone at this point when it comes to his college future. As a squad, Brush is coming off an 18-5 season and has the look of a team that could compete for a conference title and make a deep tournament run.