Sylvania Southview beat Anthony Wayne 69-52 for an early season Northern Lakes League victory.
Anthony Wayne was forecasted to be one of the top three teams in the NLL this season, but there appears to be a considerable gap between them and Southview. The Cougars are now 4-0 with quality wins coming tonight and against Toledo St. Francis and Toledo Waite.
- Christian Wagenhauser finessed his way into 20 points tonight. The 6’7” senior forward has a feathery touch around the basket, as he consistently swished home baby hook shots. He’s not an overpowering force near the rim, but he can face-up and hit a mid-range jumper, close-out on shooters, and contest with length. We’ll look to publish a Recruiting Report on Wagenhauser in the coming weeks, who could provide value to a Division III roster.
- Tyson King, a 5’9” junior point guard, controlled this game tonight despite rarely attempting a shot. He has what scouts are looking for from an undersized point guard. He’s quick and aggressive in applying pressure on defense. He has instincts away from the ball, causing a few turnovers on helpside tonight. King has a great feel for the game, as he picked apart the defense with appropriate no-look passes. (King played for All Ohio Gold 16U this past grassroots season.)
- Ryan Fries is a Division I golf prospect who is going to hit the links in college. But, he sets the tone for the Cougars on the basketball floor with his confidence as a shooter. The attention he commands opens the floor for their bigs, Wagenhauser and strong 6’1” senior Zech Miller.
- Southview may be the second best Division I team in Northwest Ohio. Their early season résumé surely backs it up and they passed the eye test tonight. Anthony Wayne somehow hung 52 points on the scoreboard, but Soutview’s defense stifling. Their coaching staff was preaching ball pressure all game in the half-court and they have the athletes to execute. A short bench could hurt them in the postseason, but their top six players are quality. We haven’t mentioned 6’0” guard Tehree Horn (2019), who carved up the defense on his way to the rim when the opportunity presented itself. Also, 6’5” forward Daniel Mullins (2018) provides defense and rebounding with his athletic length off the bench.
Anthony Wayne notes
- The Generals lack a player who can create for others. They have plenty of players who play well off the ball by seeking their own shots, but nobody was there to put pressure on the defense consistently. In turn, they settled for tough 3-point jumpers and contested layups all night.
- Max Denman (2019), a 6’3”-6’4” guard, scored a game-high 17 for Anthony Wayne. Denman has a good ball fake, often looking to set up a pull-up triple. He’s a good athlete who is big enough to defend a few positions.
- Sophomore 6’4″ forward Max Bradfield also played well for Anthony Wayne tonight, finishing with 13 points. He gave up height against Southview’s Wagenhauser but compensated with strength and speed. He looks like he’ll be a house by the time he leaves high school as his frame is already very developed. Bradfield hit an outside jumper, blew past defenders on a coast-to-coast play, and drew contact on straight-line drives.