Over 30 of the area's top juniors poured into Akron for a tuneup scrimmage at St. Sebastian's School.
With some notable tournaments taking place during what was the first weekend of travel ball for a lot of local teams, the 17U programs from OBC Urban, OBC Black, and Akron Bobcats participated in a competitive tuneup.
All three teams would be without a few key players, with Pete Nance, Robby Carmody, and Austin Rotroff being the most notable, there was still plenty of talent at St. Sebastian's on the west side of Akron.
Take a look at a few highlights and the top performers from the scrimmage!
Sincere Carry (Solon) 6'0 PG, OBC - Projected by us to be major stock riser from the area this summer, Carry was the most impactful player on the floor for the majority of the contest. The savvy guard uses his innate ability to change directions and get into the lane where he is proven to be an above average finisher and setup guy. Carry surveyed the floor and was able to be the catalyst for getting his teammates out in transition. If his shot continues to fall similar to has it been over the last few months, expect a big time summer from arguably the state's most under appreciated guard.
Dwayne Cohill (Holy Name) 6'1 CG, OBC - Having Carry back on the floor takes some of the playmaking load off of Cohill's shoulders and allows him to more freedom to play off the ball and get to his spots. It also appeared to have an impact on the defensive end where Cohill harassed primary ballhandlers with his length and activeness. With an added bounce to his step, Cohill made a living at the rim or using his burst to setup a pullup jumper. Consistency is key for the state's top combo guard as he works towards becoming a complete scorer from all three levels.
Christian Guess (Shaker Heights) 6'5 WG, OBC - When he's engaged, Guess is a top 10 prospect in the state for the 2018 class, and he will have another summer with OBC to make that crystal clear. A few quick finishes at the rim to start off opened up the outside game for Guess Sunday night. Typically known for his dynamic athleticism in transition, the Shaker Heights wing showed he can be a formidable catch and shoot threat in the halfcourt as well as a distributor off the bounce.
Mason Lydic (Woodridge) 6'1 WG, Akron Bobcats - Lydic has appeared to carry over some momentum from his breakout junior season. After leading Woodridge to a 22-2 season, Lydic was back in the gym doing what he does best: making shots. The size and length of the OBC guards didn't seem to affect his shooting stroke or shot selection as he consistently drilled tough shots throughout the scrimmage. Using his strength, Lydic was able to make up for his lack of burst by using his frame and instincts to strip or block a number of shot attempts near the rim.
Tyler Williams (Brush) 6'5 PF/WF, OBC Black - Moving to OBC Black for this spring and summer, Williams will have a chance to continue developing his skillset and pick up some reps in the Gauntlet's Silver Division. His play gradually improved as the day went on, showing a more fluid stroke from the perimeter to go along with his ability to get into the lane.
Zak Zografos (Brunswick) 6'6 PF, Akron Bobcats - Perhaps the surprise of the day, Zografos had the best showing out of the bigs in attendance. He drew a tough matchup early on with 6'8 Mark Mayle but his strength and physicality allowed him to play sound, vertical defense without fouling. Offensively, Zografos showcased an ability to stretch the floor, much like he did with Brunswick this season, but he also scored efficiently from the low post.
Looking forward to the Adidas Summer Championships (Birmingham) and UAA Finals (Atlanta)! Going to be a fun live period.