The finale of the 11th annual Good Samaritan Flyin’ To The Hoop brought us a few out of state teams, a few greater Dayton teams, and a ton of outstanding basketball. Wrapping up at 10pm on Monday night, Flyin’ To The Hoop brought us 20 games of amazing basketball combined with outstanding hospitality, which is why Flyin’ To The Hoop has been a staple of my high school hoops coverage over the better part of the last decade.
Here’s a look at some of the top performers from the final day:
Jordan Mickey, 6’8, PF, Prime Prep (TX), 2013- The top performance of the final day of action had to go to Mickey, who simply dominated Huber Heights Wayne in the paint. The LSU recruit seemed to have everything fall within 10 feet of the rim, blending in a few short jumpers with a number of powerful dunks. His 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks showed the impact that he’s going to be able to have on both ends of the court in the SEC, where he will pair with 6’9 Jarrell Martin and Johnny O’Bryant to give the Tigers one of the toughest front lines in the conference.
Cheick Diallo, 6’9, C, Our Savior New American (NY), 2014- While Justin Jackson was our MVP, there may not have been a player who emerged more than Cheick Diallo. Considered by many to be a defensive specialist, Diallo showed throughout the weekend that he has no problem putting points on the board, culminating that observation with a 21 point outing against Beavercreek. He was outstanding running the floor, converted with both hands around the rim, and showed the ability to make a turnaround jumper out of the post. There’s still a considerable amount of work to do offensively, but his combination of size, defense, and ability to score around the rim should land him in the top 50 once 2015 rankings are updated.
Jaaron Simmons, 6’2, PG, Kettering Alter (TN), 2013- One of the best unsigned seniors left in the state of Ohio, Simmons paced Alter to a W over a more talented Cleveland Central Catholic squad. Scoring 22 points and handing out 4 assists, Jaaron controlled the tempo of the game and constantly put pressure on defenders by attacking the rim. He utilized his strong frame to absorb contact and play tough defense, proving why he is one of the hotter unsigned seniors in the state of Ohio.
Elijah Thomas, 6’9, PF, Prime Prep (TX), 2015- Elijah didn’t quite dominate the way that he did at the Cancer Research Classic, but continued to show us that there may not be a more productive player in the sophomore class on a per minute basis. Elijah has to pick his spots carefully on a loaded Prime Prep team, showing great poise in the post and making the right decisions nearly every time that he got the ball on the block. His ability to finish with both hands makes him a nightmare to guard on the blocks and his play this season has cemented him as a top-10 player in the class of 2015.
Antwon Lillard, 6’5, SG, Cleveland Central Catholic (OH), 2015- Playing for one of the best young teams in the city of Cleveland, Antwon Lillard showed off a super efficient game in Central’s loss to Kettering Alter. His 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists not only showed his talent, but showed off how he can affect the game in so many different ways. His super smooth game has already gotten him mid-major offers, with high-major schools beginning to inquire about this emerging sophomore.