Monday, May 24, 2010
All-Ohio Sweet 16 tournament recap
By John Stovall ESPN Recruiting
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The All-Ohio Sweet 16 Tournament has grown to be one of the better spring events in the Midwest. The event has only 16 teams in each age group -- U-13 through U-17. This year's event featured teams from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The All-Ohio program won every age group, but not without some struggles and challenges. Plenty of college prospects displayed their talents on the six courts in the USA Sports Academy.
As Marc Loving adds strength and becomes more consistent, the sky is the limit for him.
Marc Loving (Toledo, Ohio/Saint Johns)
2013, SF/PF, 6-foot-7, 190 pounds | Team: All-Ohio Red
Loving is a very skilled player. He has a solid handle for a power forward, which allows him to handle the ball comfortably in space. He is a solid shooter when his feet are set with range to 20 feet, and he has added the dribble-drive to his repertoire. He can ball-fake, put the ball on the floor and then dunk on his opponent. Loving is also very effective posting up, where he can turn over either shoulder and shoot right over his opponent. He has become a solid rebounder, although he could use more strength to compete better under the boards. Loving is a solid athlete who has all the tools for greatness.
Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland)
2011, PG, 6-1, 170 pounds Team: All-Ohio Red
Burke is a strong point guard who is wired to score and always in attack mode. What sets him apart is his toughness, moxie and competitiveness. He is a streaky shooter who can pull up and nail jumpers from as far out as 23 feet. Burke is also very good at getting into the lane and either pulling up for his patented jumper or getting the ball all the way to the basket and finishing at the rim. He is good at changing speeds to get himself open and generally looks to score first but can be effective setting up his teammates. On defense, Burke's competitiveness and strong, quick hands make him a good on-the-ball defender, and he is strong and tough at the point of attack. He also showed his mental toughness, nailing a 3-pointer with two seconds left to give his team a one-point victory in pool play.
Kenny Kaminski (Medina, Ohio/Medina Senior)
2012, PF/SF, 6-7, 215 pounds | Team: Buckeye Ballers
Kaminski is an offensive machine and an excellent shooter out to 22 feet with his feet set. When he is aggressive on offense, he can put the ball on the floor and create for himself with two or three dribbles, which is just enough to free himself for his patented jump shot. He has a good basketball IQ and is a good passer -- both inside and on the perimeter. Kaminski also can post up and score on the low block. He prefers to shoot over his opponent or perform short drives off ball fakes to score at the rim. Kaminski is also a decent rebounder, but that is not the main reason he is on the floor.
Chris Harrison-Docks (Okemos, Mich./Okemos)
2012, PG, 5-10, 175 pounds | Team: All-Ohio Red
Harrison-Docks is a solid point guard who understands when to pass and set up his teammates, and when to look to score. Harrison-Docks is a solid passer and is at his best when penetrating into the lane and finding an open teammate for a score. He has solid quickness and uses his dribble-drive to get around his opponent. He has a solid pace to his game and is smooth. He is a solid shooter with range on his jumper to 19 feet. Defensively, he is pretty good, but he does struggle at times with extreme quickness. Harrison-Docks is a winner and the type of point guard you want on a championship level team.
• U-17 division: All-Ohio Red defeated Eric Gordon Fast Break (Ind.), 56-42.
• U-16 division: All-Ohio Purple defeated Ferrari (Ill.), 63-52.
• U-15 division: All-Ohio Varsity defeated All-Ohio Red, 54-51.
• In the U-15 championship, All-Ohio Varsity upset the highly-touted All-Ohio Red squad. The All-Ohio Varsity squad is one of the toughest teams you will ever see. The team is undersized at every position but uses its quickness and tenacity to contest every shot, drive into the lane and rebound. All-Ohio Varsity was led by freshman guards Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio/North) and Randall Clarkson (Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven), who were unguardable the entire tournament, created havoc on defense and lived in the lane offensively.
John Stovall is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He has worked as part owner and director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.