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Posted On: 06/28/18 4:42 PM
Lorain High, fresh off it’s trip to the Division I Final Four, welcomes back two of the top 30 players in the state in the class of 2019.
Devon Grant, a 6’2” guard, and Taevon Pierre-Louis, a 6’6”, 220-pound, guard/forward, were both in action on June 27 as the Titans knocked off a gritty and athletic Warrensville Heights squad, 57-46 in the Terry Rozier Summer League.
Pierre-Louis, ranked No. 21 in the prephoops.com Ohio 2019 class rankings, dominated the action in the first half showing off his ball handling, rebounding and playmaking skills as the Titans built a small lead.
College offers have not been flowing in for Pierre-Louis, who is playing AAU this summer for OBC.
“I think I’d bring energy, heart, toughness; things you can’t teach,” Pierre-Louis said when asked how he could help out a college program.
Playing a key role in leading his team to a state title did increase his recruiting profile.
“I got some letters,” said Pierre-Louis, who recorded a double-double (10 points,13 rebounds) in Lorain’s loss to eventual state champion Cincinnati Moeller in the state semis.
But as of now, he has no offers from any schools.
“He’s 6’6” and can handle it, he can play,” said Lorain coach John Rositano.
At this point, Pierre-Louis appears to be headed the JUCO route.
Grant had a breakout game in the state semifinals when he scored 17 and dominated the action with his ability to dribble penetrate. Making his effort all the more impressive was the fact he played the final 12 minutes of the game with a broken right hand.
In Lorain’s win over Warrensville in the summer league, Grant dominated the action in the second half scoring on drives to the basket, pull-up jumpers and coming away with deflections and steals on the defensive end.
Just one school (Kent State) has offered Grant to this point.
Grant, who is playing AAU for OBC, said he’s working on his explosiveness and jump shot this summer.
Point guard Ramelle Arnold (2021) continues to impress. Fresh off a trip to an invitation-only camp at the University of Michigan the 5’10” Arnold kept his team close with several pull-up jumpers in his team’s loss to Lorain. He also showed the ability to get the basket when he broke down a defender with a smooth behind-the-back dribble and converted a floating layup.
Michigan coaches told Arnold they planned on inviting him to campus to take in some games this coming season and eventually have him even practice with members of the team.