Posted On: 09/9/18 5:00 AM
As we continue to preview the upcoming high school season through the prism of Ohio’s college prospects, it’s time to talk about players in a new role.
Throughout the Role Reversals series, we seek to answer Why and How these prospects will look different this high school season.
[ICYMI: Seniors, Sophomores]
Quentin Richardson, 5’11” PG, Holy Name
Richardson uses speed to make plays on the primary break or in half-court sets and has excellent passing ability.
Why: Junior year is about that time for a kid of Richardson’s caliber to take over as the primary playmaker for his high school program. And, oh yeah, this guy Dwayne Cohill graduated, and he was pretty good.
How: Richardson led the break a lot off the outlet and controlled pace for Holy Name as a junior. But they could always swing it over to Cohill when things broke down in the halfcourt. Now, Richardson will need to use his speed to drive-and-kick and set-up teammates consistently. He’s a really good decision maker who plays with poise in the lane, despite a small frame. Capable outside shooter but most of his impact comes off the bounce.
Dakota Cochran, 6’2” G, Shaker Heights
Cochran is a sneakily athletic guard with a muscular build who has shown flashes of being a big-time scorer for the Red Raiders.
Why: Shaker Heights welcomes in new talent with freshman Danny Young Jr. and transfer Enavell Lighty. However, Cochran is paramount in replacing the production of Christian Guess and Dale Bonner.
How: Cochran was a spot-up shooter last season, mainly from the corner. Standing in the corner waiting for catch-and-shoot opportunities was actually a perfect fit alongside two elite slashers on that team. Now, Cochran might need to do a little more as their top upperclassman. Scoring in transition, occasionally getting to the rim, and being a secondary ball-handler will help their young stars mature as they adapt to the high school game.
Cali Davis, 6’2” G, Africentric
The slippery two-way guard had averages of 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists as a sophomore on a Final Four team.
Why: Tre Baumgardner graduated and left a huge void at the point guard position. The Minnesota State freshman did it all for the Nubians last year.
How: A year after acting as more of a utility guard who made hustle plays and scored at the rim occasionally, Davis will likely be the primary ball-handler this season. Part of his grooming process for that role took place this summer with Hidden Gems Black. He was the starting point guard on an overachieving ball club, leading them with poise and elusive ball-handling skills. He can get to the rim but also isn’t shy with spot-up shooting. Davis is a consistent competitor with quick hands and feet on defense.
Mo Njie, 6’8” C, Centerville
Ohio’s biggest grassroots season stock-riser had a Jaxson Hayes-esque blow-up during his 16U season with C2K Elite, where he went from averaging two points per game in the winter to grabbing an offer from Xavier and appearing in national prospect rankings.
Why: Centerville graduated their two starting forwards from last year’s team. But that reason pales in comparison to the fact that they have a 6’8” MM/HM prospect primed and ready to go.
How: Njie isn’t a player who needs sets ran for him to make an impact — at least he didn’t for C2K this season. Instead, he can out-rebound opposing teams with size and length. He’s an incredible shot-blocker, so he’ll basically eliminate opposing 5s all season. Offensively, he has good basketball footwork, just lacks an ability to put it on the floor for a post move. As he continues cultivating his ball skills, Njie could easily become a 15 to 20 PPG type of guy. Regardless, he should block about five shots a game with his length and defensive prowess.
Hunter Shedenhelm, 6’4” G/W, Pickerington North
Shedenhelm is a promising guard prospect with size, confidence, and scoring ability. In his first year on varsity, he should make an immediate impact.
Why: Pickerington North graduated a lot of talent and the once-very-thin guard is physically ready to play.
How: Shedenhelm will make an impact on both sides of the floor, playing the 2, 3, and maybe even the 4. Using his length, respectable lateral quickness, and strong defensive stance, Shedenhelm does an excellent job of staying in front of guards on defense. He also will occasionally fly in for a weak-side defensive rebound. On offense, he’s a pure shooter with a good release. He can hit off the catch or one-dribble pull-up. Shedenhelm has also shown development in his ability to create his own shot as a finesse three-level scorer.