We took a trip south to Northern, Kentucky on Saturday to check out the action at the Coast 2 Coast President’s Day Hoops Palooza.  Although we only had a couple of hours to spare, the 80-team tournament provided us with a good opportunity to see some elite teams and a number of very talented players.  Bates Fundamental’s 2025 squad is loaded with prospects including Trey McKenny (6’3”/WF/2025/Flint, MI), Sharod Barnes (6’2”/PG/2025/Ypsilanti, MI) and Jayce Brunson (6’2”/SG/EF/2025/Lansing, MI), all of whom are extremely athletic, skilled, and can go get a bucket.  It should be noted that earlier in the day, Coach Ryan Sidney’s squad knocked off the #11th ranked North Coast Blue Chips by a score of 77-38, so it looks like somebody needs a rankings upgrade!

In their second game of the day, Bates Fundamental faced off against an equally talented E1T1 team that took them right down to the wire (54-44) and has an impressive roster as well, with headliners like Jamier Jones (6’6”/SG/WF/2025/Bradenton, FL) and Kieran Granville (6’8”/C/2025/Cincinnati, OH).  Jones has great size for his position, plays a physical brand of basketball and excels and getting to the cup.  Granville is an explosive athlete who plays above the rim. He’s big, strong and moves well for his size. We already had him on our top player list, but from what we saw on Saturday confirms Granville has been undervalued.  We’ll fix that!  Both Jones and Granville are legitimate prospects and should be tracked by college coaches right now.

While we’re talking about loaded rosters, the Pittsburg, PD based FCAA Elite has several studs on their rosters including Amari Evans (6’3”/WF/2025/Pittsburg, PA); Meleek Thomas (6’2”/WF/2025/Pittsburg, PA); and Jaden Nickens (6’2”/WF/2025/Oklahoma City, OK). In a game we watched, FCAA got by Kentucky based Team Breakdown.  We were super impressed with the marksmanship of Luke Fawns (6’4”/WF/2025/Mt. Sterling, KY), who converted 5 of 5 treys, most of which were contested.  Just when we thought Fawns was just a catch and shoot threat, he put the rock on the floor and got to the rim.  We see college basketball in this kid’s future.

Edmond Sumner Select’s 2026 team is also loaded and may have one of the biggest front courts in the country. In the post are James Turner (6’5”/C/2026/Cincinnati, OH) and Brayden Fogle (6’3”/C/2026/Mansfield, Oh).  Turner is a supreme rim protector who blocks multiple shots per game.  However, he’s more than just a defender, as his soft touch around the rim makes him a scoring threat as well.  Fogle is more physical in the post, but he too finishes well near the basket.  Edmund Sumner Select also has quality guard play with Taylen Kenny (5’7”/SG/2026/Northern Kentucky) knocking down 3-pointers and Randy Livingston (6’0”/PG/2026/Wellington, FL) gettin to the rack and finishing.  We’ve seen Livingston twice in as many weeks and he continues to shine in multiple platforms.

Michigan’s D Rice Elite 2025 is a well-built team with solid post presence, guard play and wing scoring. Lance Stone (5’4”/PG/2025/Canton, MI) is a threat from beyond the arc, Armoni Portis (6’1”/SG/2025/Port Heron, MI) can score from the wing via the jumper and dribble drive, while Parker Lepla (6’5”/C/2025/Goodrich, MI) is a load in the post.  Finally, Carolina Heights 2025 has a couple of kids we really liked including JD Bowden (5’9”/PG/2025/Charlotte, NC) and Johnniyus Sharpe (6’0”/WF/2028/Chapel Hill, NC).  Indiana Elite is blessed with talent both from Ohio and the Hoosier State.  Deon Johnson (5’11″/WF/2027/Columbus, OH) is one of the headliners, as is Maurice Hamrick Jr. (5’4″/PG/2028/Hilliard, OH), Cash Daniels (4’11″/PG/2227/Indianapolis, IN) and Amir Clark (5’3″/PG/2027/Columbus, OH).  In the game we watched, Johnson led the team in scoring and rebounding, while Danials handled the point and running the offense.  We were impressed with Daniels’ ball skills and his ability to get to his spots. Hamrick knocked down at least 1 triple and made a couple of plays while we were watching.  Finally, one of the better floor generals we saw was Brandon Davis (5’2″/PG/2027/Louisville, Ky).  Davis was highly skilled, quick and made it tough for defenders to stay in front of him. His first step is deadly and he lived in the paint. We were only in the house for a short time, but we found several gems that made our trip well worth the drive.

Player Pictures

Kieran Granville

Trey McKinney

Amari Evans

Luke Fawns

James Turner

Jamier Jones

Armoni Portis

JD Bowden

Elijah Lovemore

Brandon Davis

Jayce Branson

Deon Johnson

Name Hgt/Pos Class City/State Evaluation Notes
Kieran Granville 6’8″/C 2025 Cincinnati, OH Great size, strong frame, explosive athlete, plays above rim, finishes thru contact, soft touch
Trey McKenny 6’3″/WF 2025 Flint, MI Strong, physical, athletic, goes strong to cup, tough, aggressive, can score
Luke Fawns 6’4″/WF 2026 Mt. Sterling, KY Shoots the cover off the ball, hit 5 of 5 treys, can put the ball on the floor, solid handle
Amari Evans 6’3″/WF 2025 Pittsburg, PA Wiry, explosive athlete, solid ball skills, dunks in traffic, good court vision & passing skills
Jamier Jones 6’6″/SG/WF 2025 Bradenton, FL Great size for position, solid ball skills, goes hard to the bucket, fluid, good body control
Jayce Branson 6’2″/WF 2025 Lansing, MI Explosive athlete, solid ball skills, can get buckets
James Turner 6’5″/C 2026 Cincinnati, OH Great length, elite shot blocker, runs floor well, can handle the ball in transition & soft touch around the rim
JD Bowden 5’9″/PG 2025 Charlotte, NC Long, lanky, smooth, athlete, gets to the cup, can shoot it off the bounce, poised, works pick & roll
Armoni Portis 6’1″/SG 2025 Port Heron, MI Good size, athletic, strong & plays physical finishes well
Brandon Davis 5’2″/PG 2027 Louisville, KY Dynamic PG w/excellent ball skills and feel for the game, lives in the paint & high bball IQ
Sharod Barnes 6’2″/PG 2025 Ypsilanti, MI Fluid athlete, shoots well off the dribble, solid on-ball defender & plays w/confident
Deon Johnson 5’11″/WF 2027 Columbus, OH Good length, can score the rock, rebounds well, aggressive to cup, versatile, scorer
Elijah Lovemore 6’0″/PG 2025 Chicago, IL True PG, handles rock well, fluid, hits treys off bounce & off pick & roll, changes speed & direction well
Parker Lepla 6’5″/C 2025 Goodrich, MI Good size, skilled in the post, finishes at a high clip & runs the floor well
Meleek Thomas 6’2″/WF 2025 Pittsburg, PA Good length, athletic, good court vision, handles ball well, passes
Jaden Nickens 6’3″/WF 2025 Oklahoma City, OK Strong, athletic, physical, players inside & outside, bangs in the post, gets garbage buckets
Brayden Fogle 6’3″/C 2026 Mansfield, OH Good size, finishes well around the rim, strong in the post, good footwork, tough as nails
Lance Stone 5’4″/PG 2025 Canton, MI Hit multiple 3-pointers in a game we watched.  Solid skill set
Cash Daniels 4’11″/PG 2027 Indianapolis, IN Quick PG w/ solid ball skills
Baylor Nolan 5’8″/C 2027 Smithfield, KY Good length, scores around the basket, scored 13 points in a game we watched
Dereck Bishop 6’0″/CG 2025 Mundelin, IL Athletic, shoots it well, physical, strong, solid handle, scored 25 points in opening game
Randy Livingston 6’0″/PG 2025 Wellington, FL Skilled PG who can score, nice pace of play and feel for the game, has good range from beyond arc, defends
Ashton Flowers 5’8″/PG 2026 Chicago, IL Handles ball, scorers well, tough
Tyler Kenny 5’7″/SG 2026 Northern, KY Great at knocking down catch & shoot treys, hit multiple triples in game we watched, defends well
Johnniyus Sharpe 6’0″WF 2025 Chapel Hill, NC Long, smooth, athletic, finishes w/both left & right hands
Dawson Tucker 5’2″/PG 2027 West Chester, OH Showed flashes
Maurice Hamrick, Jr. 5’2″/PG 2028 Hilliard We saw flashes of Hamrick, saw him drain a triple and drop a dime

Sharon Barnes

Johnniyus Sharpe

Jaden Nickens

Randy Livingston

Parker Lepla

Cash Daniels

Meleek Thomas

Tyler Kinney

Brayden Fogle

Lance Stone

Dereck Bishop

Ashton Flowers