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Posted On: 05/7/18 1:19 PM
There’s no way to properly recap or summarize the Bill Hensley Memorial Run n’ Slam event. You just have to be there, at least once in your life. The Spiece Fieldhouse hosts all of the top high school teams from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. Meanwhile, there’s several other pristine basketball venues with plenty quality college prospects.
Anyways, over the next couple of days, we’ll do our best to capture the action, by spotlighting just over 65 Ohio prospects who exceeded expectation. We’ll call them “Standouts,” and segment them by state region throughout the early week.
Johnson’s activity level on the defensive side of the floor is impossible to ignore. He’s constantly flying around trying to trap a ball-handler and is usually tasked with guarding the other team’s best player.
On offense, Johnson does a nice job of operating the baseline as a cutter and loves to use the spin move to finish through traffic. His hops are an asset near the basket as a finisher. Johnson’s handle doesn’t blow you away, but they trust him to as a secondary ball-handler to facilitate the offense when he grabs the defensive rebound.
Kinsway was outstanding around the basket this weekend as a rebounder and finisher. He usually flies in for weak-side offensive rebounds and uses his uniquely strong upper body to run through opponents. They also were able to post Kinsway up against smaller guards, and he scored with power from the block. Very athletic prospect.
Kershner has a long build and uses it to play disciplined defense. The high-academic recruit can defend 2-4 quite well, and likely even the point guard. He contributes on the scoreboard by staying active off-ball and diving to the rim on cuts. At the basket, Kershner is a versatile finisher with a soft touch. Love his competitiveness.
Drees is, without question, one of the top D-II prospects in Ohio’s 2019 class. Furthermore, possibly a kid D-Is might regret not recruiting. He showcased versatility on both ends of the floor by rebounding and defending multiple positions while being the primary ball-handler. He sees the court well and is unselfish. Drees also knows when to dive into the block for a post-up, where his right-handed hook shot was money.
The questions about Davis coming into the spring: outside shooting and handle. Well, he’s now able to attack the rim and dribble through short spaces by using his body, especially a spin move through the chest of his opponent. On the spin, Davis consistently converts contested shots from weird angles. Also, he can shoot it now from deep, especially the corner. Davis is also a versatile athlete because of his combination of strength and speed.
Wallace continuously beat the defense with his relentless speed. He just never stops sprinting, whether it’s in transition or simply to the corner to set up the offense. The result: Wallace scores a ton of points on the secondary break, on coast-to-coast drives or long outlets. He has exceptional finishing ability and is starting to see the pass better on the drive, especially to teammate Jack Sawyer.