Ohio always brings the talent to center stage, and last weekend was no different. The PGH Top 250 Expo has a lot of talent on display, and here are some of the juniors and seniors who caught my eye.
Raziah was a player who was very comfortable taking the outside shot and she had a variety of shots from the midrange to out behind the arc. She communicated well on the court and displayed a scrappiness on the defense side of the ball. A player who I think is a hard worker and wants to continue to improve her game, which I think she will.
This was the second time I have seen her this summer and the first since I saw her at the OGBR Top 64 in July. Her game is polished and has the whole package. She plays great defense and can connect from downtown, smooth with confidence. Very good mechanics, a strong crossover dribble and loves to attack the lane and get to the line. Great passer and teammate.
Ni’rah has incredible length and high-level athleticism. She has the ability to change shots because of her outstanding blocking. She has a high ceiling and two years still in front of her in high school. The sky is the limit. Her defense is a bigtime problem, and offensively she is money inside. Very good footwork which helps her maneuver around the paint.
Paige is a player who does a really nice job finishing at the rim on penetration to the rim. Does a nice job positioning herself well against her opponent in the paint to seal, catch and score. A player who is on the rise at Strongsville and heading into her junior season, look for a chance to improve. She is a smart player with a good basketball IQ.
Her role in high school calls her solid leadership as she heads into her junior season, and I expect that to happen. Her confidence is better and her game has improved. She has good quickness and despite her size, she is not afraid of getting in the paint and playing through contact. She can score from the perimeter and has good handles, able to push the ball in transition.
Sophia has excellent dedication for the game and wants to continue to improve. She is a smart heady player and has good basketball IQ. She can score from the perimeter and is aggressive, always gives top effort and her work ethic can lead to success with active hands. She makes the move to Loudonville this season and will contribute to her new club.