The Third Annual Super 60 Combine kicked off this past weekend and featured 60 of the top unsigned prospects from across the state. While the event took place in Northeast Ohio, it was the two Central Ohio teams who had the most to prove.
NEO Spotlight combines with Zach Fleer of 270Hoops.com to bring you a full recap of the Super 60 Combine! Keep reading for top performers, all-combine teams, and the results of the physical testing.
• Leon Hughes (Toledo Whitmer) WF 2019 - An underrated prospect out of Northwest Ohio, Hughes has ideal size and length on the wing or as a small ball 4. Hughes was able to get into the paint almost at will and looked much more comfortable on the perimeter as he showed flashes of a three-point stroke. Alongside Trey Syroka and Eddie Colbert, Hughes and company should be the favorite to make it out of The Glass City.
Jarred Logan with the two-hand finish at the rim via Opique Photo
• Jarred Logan (Elyria Catholic) WF 2019 - Logan was voted by the team coaches as the MVP of Pool A and he was sensational in the final game versus Columbus Red. At 6'5, Logan is an above average rebounder from the wing position and has the ability to start the break off the dribble or advance the ball ahead. His frame has continued to fill out over the last year and more in-state programs are beginning to take notice.
• Kaleb Martin (Green) PG 2019 - Martin wasn't too far from home on Saturday, and he was able to play alongside a familiar face in Perry's Jagger Haynes. One of the top returning players in Stark County's Federal League, the 5'8 guard was in full attack mode throughout the pool play games, and good things tend to happen when the ball is in Martin's hands. In a matchup with Columbus guard C.J. Anthony, Martin showed an improved touch from behind the arc and was able to setup teammates off the bounce, despite the difference in stature.
• Deshawn Nettles (CCC) PF 2020 - Nettles is an intriguing prospect out of the Cleveland area who burst onto the scene back in the Spring with the Hard Work AAU program. On Saturday, the junior forward played with energy and was able to set himself apart in the up-and-down, fast paced style of game. Nettles hasn't been playing organized basketball very long but he's starting to put things together. From challenging shots at the rim to running the floor with stride, Nettles drew the eyes of several programs who were getting to evaluate him for the first time.
• Connor O'Toole (Gilmour Academy) WG 2020 - The breakout performance of the day came from the Gilmour junior as he would go on to absolutely fill it up in all three games. O'Toole proved that he can be more than just a catch-and-shoot threat after displaying a high basketball IQ on both sides of the ball. Check out some highlights of Connor below during his interview with Matt Goul from cleveland.com !
•Pickerington Central (Jaidon Lipscomb WG 2019, Cole Landis PF/C 2019, & Sam Towns PF/WF 2019 - Pickerington Central was well represented on Saturday and these three guys all played solid on the day. Lipscomb impressed with his dead eye shooting, as up tempo events like the Super 60 Combine suit his strengths. Landis continued a hot fall by playing some of his best ball around the basket. He showed more reliability as an inside finisher while also showcasing his pick and pop ability. Towns may not have scored as much as his teammates, however he used his length to block shots, control the glass and score when needed. Towns’ biggest improvement has been in his toughness and motor, which have made him one of the most intriguing late blooming prospects in the 2019 class in Central Ohio (Fleer).
• Quentin Richardson (Holy Name) PG 2020 - Following a strong summer campaign with SMAC Primetime, Richardson has continued to elevate his play this offseason. The 5'10 guard was exceptional on Saturday as he used his speed and quick burst to get paint touches and convert with either hand. About as dynamic of a guard you will find in Northeast Ohio's 2020 class, Richardson looks ready to breakout in 2018-19 and I expect more local and regional programs to take a hard look.
• Jay Rodgers (Pickerington Central) CG 2019 - Rodgers was MVP of the Columbus Maroon team, leading them to a Pool Play title. Rodgers is a score first guard who can light it up when he’s in a rhythm, which was the case on Saturday. Rodgers was the only guard on his team, handling all ball handling responsibilities and helping his team win games (Fleer).
• Brent Walker (Canton McKinley) PF/C 2021 - Despite being just one of four underclassmen invited to the camp, Walker was without a doubt the most physical interior prospect in attendance. Walker, a transfer from Huber Heights Wayne, is a powerful athlete who seeks contact around the rim and had no problem doing so versus the older competition. The 6'5 forward finished a handful of highlight dunks around the rim, including a monster one-hand finish off of an offensive rebound.
• Sahmi Willoughby (Reynoldsburg) WF/PF 2019 - Willoughby has been a breakout player this fall and impressed more in more with each viewing. While it’s his motor that is easiest to notice when you watch him, Willoughby also has more skill than what other outlets have reported. He showed an ability to knock down perimeter shots, both off the catch and off the dribble, and was one of the more versatile defenders in the event. As his confidence continues to improve, look for Willoughby to show off more and more of what he has in his tool bag. The 6-foot-5 wing is an exceptional athlete and has a nice feel for the game (Fleer).
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*SELECTED BY TEAM COACHES*
Jarred Logan (Elyria Catholic)
MVP - Jarred Logan (Royal Blue #26)
JaJuan Rodgers (Pickerington Central)
MVP - JaJuan Rodgers (Maroon #53)
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