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The Best High School Basketball Players In Ohio: Meet The State’s Top Playmakers – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings

By Ryan Isley

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a post-post review of some of Ohio’s top high school basketball players.

We started with the goalkeepers, and now we’re going to focus on the point guard.

There are hundreds of notable male basketball players in Ohio, and these lists don’t claim to be exhaustive! Use the comments section to discuss other point guard worthy of fan attention in 2021-2022.

Pictured above is Gahanna Lincoln’s Sean Jones (photo by Jeff Harwell).

Michael Bova, St. Edward, senior, 6’2 “

Was named an All-Ohio Honorable Mention last season after averaging 18.8 points per game during the season. He raised his level of play in the playoffs, averaging 26.7 points to help St. Edward advance to the regional semifinals. He is twice captain of the Eagles and signed to play at the University of Bellarmine.

Solomon Callaghan, Wadsworth, junior, 6’1 “

Honorable Mention All-Ohio last season, he averaged 16 points per game. Salomon has a unique ability to score the ball in different ways. He can pull it, drive it and stop. He has an incredible vision of the pitch and is also an elite passer.

Dior Connors, North Pickerington, senior, 6’1 “

A nifty PG with great size and great feel for the game, he can score from all three levels as well as facilitate. Has faced injury issues and is hoping to be healthy this season for the first time in his high school career.

Gabe Cupps, Centerville, junior, 6’2 “

Selected for the All-Ohio first team last season, Cupps averaged 15.2 points and 4.9 assists per game, while shooting 82 percent from the line and 35 percent over 3s. He’s tough, composed and shows leadership for Centerville. He’s committed to playing college ball for Indiana.

Luke Denbow, Ashland, senior, 6’1 “

Average 23 points, 6.3 assists, three steals and 4.8 rebounds per game last year and won second-team All-Ohio honors. Great competitor with a very high engine and playing extremely hard. He has a great knowledge of the field and an incredible ability to score as well as create for his teammates.

Mekhi Elmore, Taft, senior, 6’0 “

Was an All-Ohio second team selection last season despite playing just eight games due to Thurgood Marshall’s transfer. In those games, he averaged 21.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Josh Harlan, Pickerington Central, senior, 5’10 “

A strong ball handler and shooter who can score across all three levels, Harlan also has the ability to pass the right pass to his teammates at the right time. His high basketball IQ also makes him a defensive force on the court.

Sonny Johnson Jr., Garfield Heights, senior, 5’10 “

Johnson is a point guard looking to go first, but can also be a deadly shooter for Garfield Heights. He’s pledged to play college ball for Detroit.

Sean Jones, Gahanna Lincoln, senior, 5’10 “

Average 17 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds last season to win All-Ohio first team honors. He is also a two-time conference player of the year. He’s a quick keeper who can create for himself or his teammates and also defends length to the ground. He is attached to Marquette.

Sean Keller, Elder, senior, 5’11 “

Keller was Elder’s main playmaker last season on offense and the leader on defense. A left handed shooter, he can shoot the dribble from a distance and is a confident shooter. He also has the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Play with the heart of a champion.

Khalil Luster, Lima Senior, senior, 5’6 “

Won All-Ohio third-team honors last season averaging 16 points and five assists and was also a finalist for Conference Player of the Year. Small but has always known how to get to its places and has a lion’s heart.

Paul McMillan IV, Cincinnati Woodward, senior, 6’3 “

After briefly leaving Woodward for Hillcrest Prep in Arizona, McMillan is back in Cincinnati and has already made an impact this season. Twice selected for the All-Ohio First Team, he’s now surpassed 2,000 career points. Although he is a volume scorer, he also has the ability to make plays for his teammates and make the right pass.

Lawrent Rice, Wayne, junior, 6’3 “

In his sophomore year, he averaged 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last year and shot 46% of 3. He makes everyone around him better. He is extremely humble and his teammates love to play with him. Already holds offerings from over 15 Division I colleges.

Trey Robertson, Waverly, senior, 5’11 “

A two-time conference and district player of the year, Robertson won the All-Ohio first team last year averaging 25.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 steals per game. He always puts what the team needs first and has a high basketball IQ. His tenacity (mental and physical) is what separates him from other great players.

Max Roth, Findlay, senior, 6’1 “

An explosive athlete who can finish at the rim, he averaged 14 points per game last season finishing with honorable mention All-Ohio, conference second team and All-Northwest Ohio second team. He enlisted at the University of Findlay.

Ajay Sheldon, Dublin Coffman, senior, 6’1 “

Average of 23.5 points per game last season being named All-Ohio first-team selection. He is a versatile goalscorer who can shoot or remove his defender from the dribble. Once on the edge, he’s a good finisher. He pledged to play at Ohio University.

Jamal Sumlin, Rhodes, senior, 6’2 “

Returning to Rhodes after being transferred to Cleveland Heights and eventually Ypsi Prep a year ago as Rhodes has not had a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his sophomore at Rhodes, he averaged 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game and started every game. A true leader, Sumlin should lead the way for Rhodes this season.

Dailyn Swain, Africentric, junior, 6’8 “

A great leader, he averaged 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, as well as 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals. Swain is a great passer and facilitator, handles the ground well and is a good finisher in transition. He is extremely selfless and constantly seeks to keep his teammates engaged. Due to his size and athleticism, he can keep all five positions if necessary.

Khoi Thurmon, Buchtel, junior, 6’1 “

Honorable Mention All-Ohio in his sophomore year at Copley while also winning Conference Player of the Year, Thurmon transferred to Buchtel. He goes to the Griffins after averaging 18 points, five assists and four rebounds per game last season.

Daniel Young, Shaker Heights, senior, 6’2 “

Average 25.4 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals per game last season to earn the Lake Erie League Player of the Year and All-Ohio Second Team honors. Had eight games with at least 20 points and four games with at least 30 points last year, including a 33-point performance against St. Edward, who was in the state’s top 5 at the time.