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Insider Prep Elite 80 Showcase
By: Rob Taylor
By most accounts, the Insider Prep 80 Showcase was a success. The one day showcase event was held at the Hoop in Columbus and drew approximately 95 players from several areas around the state. Other than one player from Cincinnati, the majority of the talent was from northern and central Ohio.
In terms of the format, the camp began with a couple of hours of skill and drill station work, followed by two league games. Unlike most events of this kind, every team participated in a single elimination tournament to crown a champion, as opposed to an all-star game format. The 76er's prevailed as showcase champions on the strength of the inside/outside play of Jared Sullinger and Stevie Taylor.
In addition to the handful of scouting services on hand, there were several D-II and DIII college coaches in the gym evaluating and interacting with players and parents. Some of the colleges that were represented were Dennison, Columbus St., Notre Dame College, West Liberty St., and Walsh.
In addition to some of the bigger named players in attendance, such as Jared Sullinger, Jordan Siebert, JD Weatherspoon, Stevie Taylor, Treavon Jackson, and Trey Burke, there was a good mix of high, mid, and low major D-1 talent in the gym.
Ther were also a number of young talented players who based on their performance at the event are poised for a productive freshman season. Some of the young standout players included: Elijah Macon, Jalen Robinson, Isiah Rogers, Mike Davis, Kenny Kimenski, Davonte Peterson, and Jordan Potts.
Top Twenty Performers
*Nate Anderson (2011) 6'7 PF Teays Valley (OH) Teays Valley HS
*Trey Burke (2011) 5'10 PG Columbus (OH) Northland HS
*Darion Carthon (2009) 5'10 PG Columbus (OH) Canal Winchester HS
*Brendan Cooper (2009) 6'5 WF Parma (OH) Parma HS
*DJ Cunningham (2009) 6'9 C Waterford (OH) Waterford HS
*Andre Flowers (2011) 6'5 PF Cleveland (OH) Rhodes HS
*Dimond Hale (2009) 6'3 WF Columbus (OH) Northland HS
*David Jackson (2010) 6'6' PF Cleveland (OH) Rhodes HS
*Traevon Jackson (2011) 6'2 PG Westerville (OH) South HS
*Trey Lewis (2011) 5'10 PG (OH) Garfield Heights HS
*Elijah Macon (2012) 6'7 WF Columbus (OH) Marion Franklin HS
*Jalen Robinson (2012) 6'8 PF Westerville (OH) South HS
*Jordan Siebert (2011) 6'5 WF Cincinnati (OH) Princeton HS
*Cody Smith (2010) 5'11 PG Lima (OH) Shawnee HS
*Jared Sullinger (2010) 6'8 PF Columbus (OH) Northland HS
*Stevie Taylor (2011) 5'9 PG Gahanna (OH) Lincoln HS
*JD Weatherspoon (2010) 6'6 WF Columbus (OH) Northland HS
*Will Weeks (2011) 6'6 PF Cleveland (OH) Garfield Heights HS
*Tre Weiman (2009) 6'4 WF Groveport (OH) Madison HS
*Anthony Williams (2009) 6'6 PF Portsmouth (OH) Portsmouth HS
*Trey Burke - Solid PG, crafty, scorer, high IQ
*Darion Carthon - Strong and physical PG with nice mid-range game.
*Treavon Jackson - Too big and strong for opposing guards, good slasher and passer.
*Elijah Macon - Good length and can score on the perimeter.
*Trey Lewis - Strong and agressive PG with solid frame.
*Jordan Siebert - Not his best day but showes flashes of brilliance, athletic scorer, slasher.
*Cody Smith - Super skilled PG with nice mid-range game, good defender.
*Jared Sullinger - Unstoppable in the post, superior outlet passer, soft touch.
*Stevie Taylor - Super quick PG who can create, scorer and great passer.
*JD Weatherspoon - Freak athlete, put on a show with his highlight dunks.
Other Players to Watch
*Cameron Black (2010) 6'8 C Kent (OH) Roosevelt HS
*Rapheal Carter (2010) 6'8 PF Olentangy (OH) Orang HS
*Mike Davis (2012) 5'10 PG Cleveland (OH) Cleveland Heights HS
*Channing Doerman (2012) 6'3 WF Westerville (OH) Central HS
*Jake Forest (2011) 5'9 PG Columbus (OH) Central Crossing HS
*Kevin Gray (2010) 5'11 PG Reynoldsburg (OH) Reynoldsburg HS
*Ricky Johnson (2011) 5'9 PG Akron (OH) St. Vincent St. Mary HS
*Kenny Kimenski (2012) 6'6 WF Medina (OH) Medina HS
*Evan Legg (2011) 6'2 WF Piketon (OH) Piketon HS
*Anthony McGrath (2010) 5'10 PG Pickerington (OH) Central HS
*Matthew Murrell (2010) 6'5 WF Cleveland (OH) Rhodes HS
*Jordan Potts (2012) 5'7 PG Columbus (OH) Northland HS
*Isiah Rogers (2012) 5'6 PG Westerville (OH) Westerville HS
*Jay Springs (2010) 5'11 WG Toledo (OH) St. Johns HS
*Blake Vedder (2009) 7'2 C West Geuaga (OH) Geuaga HS
*Jarmod Woodley (2009) 6'4 WG Canal Winchester (OH) Canal Winchester HS
*Davonte Peterson (2012) 5'8 PG Hilliard (OH) Davidson HS
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