St. Francis Summer League Week 3

June 18, 2015
St. Francis Summer League - Week 3
 
 
 
The third week of the St. Francis Summer League took place Monday night and was the final regular evening of play as the League ends next week with a Tournament format. It is becoming clear some teams and players are using the opportunity to improve, while others aren't so much. Here is what stood out on the third night of the League:
 
Scott High School looks ready to surprise some people in the City League and throughout the area this upcoming season. Many are counting them out as they lost a solid senior bunch and First Team All-Ohio guard Chris Darrington (now at JUCO powerhouse Vincennes). However, last night the Scott backcourt looked to be in good hands with senior to be Larry Green sliding over from the point guard position to the two guard where Darrington relished a season ago. Taking over the reigns for the Dogs will be sophomore Carl Banks, an undersized but gifted player that saw limited action as a freshman at the varsity level last season. Green looks very comfortable at the two guard position, one which could be argued is his more 'natural' position. He was knocking down outside shots with consistency last night, getting out in transition for some easy scores at the rim, and being a disruptive defender. Banks will bring a better court awareness to the lineup as he can handle the ball well enough to deal with virtually any ball pressure thrown his way, while setting up teammates. Mix in big bruiser Jay Wells, a 6'2" forward in a football players body, and bouncy wing Chance Hawkins, and the reigning City League Champions shouldn't surprise anyone if they end up close to the top once again.
 
Springfield High School is literally developing a team chemistry right before the audiences eyes in this League thus far and Week 3 was more of the same. Ricky Lightner who will be asked to carry the point guard duties looked the part of a capable scorer but must get stronger around the rim. Mason Durden was the most impressive for Springfield throughout as he was hitting outside shots at an improved rate, playing under control, and he carried a poise that his team certainly could use in the coming months. A more than capable slasher to the basket, Durden has the potential to pick up a lot of the scoring left on the table with the departure of Bowling Green State University signee Demajeo Wiggins. Springfield has been known as of late to play more guard oriented, for better or worse, and this coming season they will truly need to do just that. However, with guards like Lightner and Durden bringing a wealth of experience and with the help of a few other solid pieces that return, they should see a nice deal of success this upcoming season.
 
Ottawa Hills has been one of the more successful small school programs in Ohio throughout the past few seasons, even producing a handful of D1 players at the next level. While this team doesn't look to have the firepower to experience the success of teams past; they may just have another D1 prospect in combo guard Hunter Sieben. He is special with the basketball in his hands, and can just about create a shot for himself on every possession. While his outside shot was off for the majority of play last night, he showed he can knock it down with ease at times and has great rotation on the ball. The clear leader of the team only as a soon to be junior, Sieben has many of the tools to produce at the D1 level someday.  
 
By: Ethan Knopp
 

 

 

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