Posted On: 09/29/21 12:27 PM

I closed out a busy September by taking in the Hidden Gems Showcase in Columbus last Saturday. Lucius Jones puts on this event and allows multiple players from Central Ohio to be seen by several attending coaches. This being my first time attending, I was impressed with guys I’ve seen before as well as some new names worth watching in the future.

DeAndre Gaines (2023) 5’8 Akron Firestone

Saturday served as my first time evaluating Gaines as he was one of a few Akron area players competing in Columbus. Gaines has great quickness and explosiveness on the drive. Utilizes his speed and dribble to get by guys on the perimeter. Makes an impact on both ends of the floor as he is a great on-ball defender too. Pest with his active hands and footwork to stay with attackers. 

Sohn McGee Sohn McGee 6'4" | SG Westland | 2022 OH (2022) 6’4 Central Crossing

McGee debuted with Central Crossing after transferring over from Westland this offseason. McGee was one of the more athletic players in the gym. Great finisher around the rim and had several crowd energizing dunks during the game I watched. Great frame and combines that athleticism with the size to be a true mismatch for

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