Posted On: 12/3/19 5:01 AM

Northeast Ohio basketball is special for countless reasons. The magic can be boiled down to two things, though — talent and the community’s enthusiasm for the game.

Because of it, there’s no other place I’d rather be on opening weekend. Great Lakes Classic, a 12-game opening-weekend event at Cleveland Heights, brings together well-known recruits versus eager underdogs with a backdrop of edge-of-their seat spectators ready to lose their minds for anyone who provides a highlight.

Today's two-part New Discoveries recap touches on the freshly discovered prospects that we went to Cleveland in search of.

Jamol Coles (2020) | 6-5 C | Cleveland Heights
stats: 8 points, 3 rebounds (two games)

Coles' combination of broad shoulders, length, and very springy legs are intriguing. He has room to fill-out, yet is already an effective rebounder who tracks down the ball. Showed speed and ball skills going coast-to-coast for a finish on Friday. Runs with a smooth stride.

Davon Smith-Johnson (2021) | 6-5 SF | Cleveland Heights
stats: 6 points, 6 rebounds (two games)

Smith-Johnson is their physical wing, who is most effective using his body around the basket. He defends both forward positions and can

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