Posted On: 10/31/17 11:20 AM
The GCL-South is always regarded as one of the top conferences in the city, a conference full of next level talent. And as the 2017-18 will show us, nothing has changed for the storied conference. The talent will again run deep in this conference this season, but as you will see one school will again dominate our list of the top returning players. Can you guess which program that might be? Here is our list of the top returning players in the GCL-South.
Jeremiah Davenport 6’5 F- Archbishop Moeller High School (#27 Class of 2018)
The Wright State commit is part of a starting five that is among the best in the state. Davenport is at his best when he is not only attacking the rim and crashing the offensive glass. But that is not to say that he cannot knock down jumpers from that 12-17ft. range. A talented piece to a team that is looking to make the repeat trip to Columbus, just a different ending.
Brandon Gilbert 6’7 W- St. Xavier High School (#96 Class of 2018)
With the graduation of Daniel Keyes, I expect this young man to have a very, very good season. Gilbert has good length and perimeter skills with the ability to shoot the ball with range. A talented player that should wind up as one of the league leaders in scoring. Brandon is a player that programs at the D-II/NAIA/JUCO level will want to pay attention to.
Zach Harp 6’3 G- Elder High School (Class of 2018)
The leading returning scorer for the Panthers (12.1ppg), Harp knocked down nearly 36% of his three-point attempts last season. Zach can really shoot the ball from deep, and can hit shots off one and two dribbles.
Jaxson Hayes 6’10 F/C- Archbishop Moeller High School (#8 Class of 2018)
The fastest rising recruit in the country, this Texas commit will be running the court, dunking everything in sight and swatting away shots for Coach Kremer. This young man will be in contention for numerous post-season awards and should be in the running for Mr. Basketball as well.
Bobby Jefferson 6’3 F- St. Xavier High School (Class of 2018)
Once available after the football season, Jefferson will be a part of what will be a much-improved Bombers team. Jefferson a lot of the things that does not show up in the stat sheet such as set screens and such, but is also a solid finisher and rebounder. And like most of the players in the GCL, Bobby plays with a very high understanding of the game as well. A very important piece for St. X.
Miles “Deuce” McBride 6’2 G- Archbishop Moeller High School (#4 Class of 2019)
Named a Preseason Mr. Basketball candidate by Prep Hoops earlier this month, McBride is the best two-way player in his class in the state. He can play both backcourt positions but is at his best off the ball when he can play in attack mode.
Isaiah “Sleepy” Payton 5’10 G- Archbishop Moeller High School (#57 Class of 2019)
Now do you see the reason surrounding the hype with Moeller. Payton, an Indiana Wesleyan commit, lead the conference in assist last season at over 4 per game and look for that number to rise with the athletes surrounding him this season. And let’s not forget that Payton last year had a shooting line of 49/45/80 last season as well.