COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Buckeye Prep events continue to grow with new talent and high-caliber players showing up at each outing. This fall's showcase had some very creative and competitive marquee games, featuring Northern Ohio taking on Southern Ohio and Michigan squaring off with Ohio. Here are some of the top players at the event.
Carlton Bragg (Cleveland, Ohio/Villa Angela-St. Joseph)
2015, PF, 6-foot-8, 205 pounds
Bragg may be the most dynamic talent in Ohio in the 2015 class. He is long and athletic and has improved his motor and intensity since the end of the summer. Bragg is a developing shooter that is pretty good out to 17 feet. He is a good shot blocker who protects the paint effectively. Bragg runs the court like a gazelle and is a monster finisher in transition. Look for this talented big to rise in the rankings if he continues to improve at his current pace.
Omari Spellman (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton)
2016, PF/C, 6-6, 220
Spellman is a New York transplant with a big frame and surprising skill. His game has also really improved since the beginning of the summer. Spellman can score on the low block and step out to 17 feet to hit face-up jumpers as well as a progressing fadeaway. Spellman is a good rebounder and a solid athlete and headlines a very good freshman class in Ohio.
Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights)
2015, PF, 6-6, 205 pounds
Ahmad is a strong, skilled low-post player who can step out on the wing or drive to the paint when guarded by like-sized defenders. Ahmad is working to improve his outside shot, but has solid range out to 15 feet. He can be a dominant player as long as he can consistently play with high intensity.
Up and Comers
Josh Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Consortium)
2016, WF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Jackson is one of the 10 best incoming freshmen in the nation. He is long, athletic and aggressive and has a terrific skill set that allows him to be very effective on the perimeter. His shooting is inconsistent, but he is fantastic when attacking the basket. At the other end, Jackson is a great rebounder and a solid defender. His profile is certain to rise as he gets stronger and improves his all-around game, making him a name to watch the next four years.
Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./Jesuit)
2016, PG, 5-10, 175 pounds
Winston is a super smooth, old school point guard who is equally adept at scoring as he is facilitating. He boasts excellent handle and knows how to work angles and use his body to gain an advantage on his opponent. Winston is not a jet, but he is very good at changing speeds and knifing into the paint. He may be young but Winston has the look of a seasoned vet.
Seth Towns (Columbus, Ohio/Northland)
2016, WF/PF, 6-6, 190 pounds
Towns is a skilled combo forward whose future may very well be at the 3 spot. Towns is a nice athlete and has a solid motor. He is a solid rebounder despite his slight frame and has improved his perimeter shot, though his mechanics still need work. Towns is yet another piece of a very good Ohio recruiting pie in the Class of 2016.
Trevell Beck (Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic)
2016, WF, 6-5, 180 pounds
Beck is an ultra-skilled wing with great size and solid athleticism. He has very good handle and is very comfortable in space. He excels both in the transition game and in slashing to the rim. His shot is a little inconsistent, but he has range out to 20 feet. Beck is extremely talented and only needs to stay focused in order to reach his enormous potential.