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Posted On: 11/24/18 10:30 AM
The All Ohio Slam N Jam Preview was hosted by the Wellington School in Upper Arlington last night. With a tremendous slate of games and great talent these four players stood out as the top overall performers at the event.
Javohn Garcia 6’3″ G 19′ Pickerington Central
This was my first opportunity to check out are No. 10 prospect in the state of Ohio and he did not disappoint. Garcia set the tone early on against Detroit Cass Tech with his defense. He was all over the floor coming up with several blocks. Even though he was somewhat quiet on the offense end of the floor, Garcia picked his spots well. He was able to get wherever he wanted with the ball in his hands knocking down a 3, mid range pull up, and a few finishes at the rim.
It would be hard to dispute that Garcia was not the best player all day. The hard nosed defensive point guard recently decommitted from Miami OH and could grab a few more D1 offers on what appears to be a strong upcoming season for Pick Central.
Ben Fort 6’5 G/W ’19 Reynoldsburg
Fort was the other central Ohio prospect playing at this event today with Division 1 offers. Another player who I was able to see for the first time yesterday, Fort put on an absolute show in the first quarter against Detroit Wayne Memorial. He looked fantastic offensively driving the lane with force where he has the potential to finish above the rim. Along with showcasing some passing vision off the dribble. Most importantly though, Fort looked extremely comfortable shooting off movement.
Fort cooled off in the second half, but had a great performance on both ends of the floor. He is a 6’5″ wing that can guard multiple positions. If he can continue to shoot well off movement throughout the season, that’s a deadly combination any D1 college coach would want.
Jack Sawyer 6’5″ F ’21 Pickerington North
Sawyer had an outstanding game in Pick North’s win against Canton McKinley. He was unstoppable in the mid and low post area offensively. Showing off a tremendous turnaround jumpshot and finishing below the rim with finesse. He also made his presence felt on the defensive end against the quicker McKinley players.
Sawyer also possesses multiple D1 offers, but for football. He’s a stretch four right now. It’s unlikely Sawyer gets high major offers he has in football. However he deserved a lot of credit for an excellent performance.
Jamiya Neal W 6’5″ ’21 Toledo St. Francis
Neal stood out from the second he walked onto the court. A slender body, but long arms, and great size for a young wing prospect. As the game went on, it was clear that Neal was much more than an impressive athlete with encouraging measurables. He was deadly in the open court where he showed off a solid handle for his size and a willingness to attack the rim and get to the free throw line.
I look forward to hearing about Neal as the season progresses. Another two way wing, but still has a lot of time to mature and develop his game. He is definitely a name to remember and keep an eye on.