The Columbus Dispatch

Meet Super 12 preseason team

- Jarrod Ulrey Thisweek julrey@thisweekne­ @Ulreythisw­eek

The cliché that the team with the best player wins held true in central Ohio boys basketball last season, considerin­g the district Players of the Year in Divisions I, II and III all led their respective programs to the state championsh­ip game and runner up finishes.

Tasos Cook is now at Stetson after taking Westervill­e Central the Division I final. Desmond Watson had Desales in the Division II title game and is now at Davidson. And D.J. Moore left after his junior year to enroll early at Liberty after leading Worthingto­n Christian to the Division III final.

Hoping to follow in their footsteps is Gahanna senior guard Sean Jones, whose effort spurred his team to a regional runner-up finish.

And there aren’t going to be many players in Ohio who can score as well as Dublin Coffman senior guard Ajay Sheldon.

Below is a look at the Super 12 presea- son team.

Drey Carter, Westervill­e South (Sr., F)

Carter was a first-team all-league and second-team all-district honoree in Division I last season when he averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and three assists. A Wright State commit, Carter shot nearly 50% from 3-point range.

Cooper Davis, Olentangy Liberty (Sr., G)

In his first season with the Patriots after previously playing for Reynoldsbu­rg, Davis averaged 11 points and helped the squad earn a Division I district title. Davis has signed with Toledo.

Rob Dorsey, Northland (Sr., G)

A third-team all-district selection in Division I, Dorsey averaged 19 points, three assists and two steals last season as the Vikings finished second in the City-north Division.

Sean Jones, Gahanna Lincoln (Sr., G)

A Marquette signee, Jones averaged 16 points while earning first-team alldistric­t and first-team All-occ-ohio honors with the Division I regional runner-up Lions. He began the season with more than 1,100 career points.

Amani Lyles, Beechcroft (Sr., F)

A first-team all-district honoree who helped the Cougars win the City title last season, Lyles averaged 21.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots.

Cade Norris, Hilliard Bradley (So., F)

Norris and the Jaguars reached a Division I regional semifinal, with Norris averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He was second-team All-occ-central and honorable mention all-district.

Devin Royal, Pickeringt­on Central (Jr., F)

While making first-team All-occbuckeye and third-team all-district in

Division I, Royal averaged 13.9 points and six rebounds and shot 70% from the floor. He has been offered by a list of schools, including Ohio State.

Jerry Saunders, Pickeringt­on North (Sr., G)

Saunders averaged 13.3 points and was first-team All-occ-ohio and honorable mention all-district while helping the Panthers to a Division I district runner-up finish.

Ajay Sheldon, Dublin Coffman (Sr., G)

Sheldon averaged a program-record 23.5 points last season, while also averaging 4.8 assists. A first-team all-district honoree in Division I, he has signed with Ohio University.

Javan Simmons, Gahanna Lincoln (Sr., F)

Providing a presence inside as the Lions went 23-2 last season, the 6-7 Simmons averaged 11 points and six rebounds and shot 66% from the floor. He signed with Toledo after making second-team all-league.

JJ Simmons, Beechcroft (Sr., G)

Simmons averaged 21.5 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Cougars won the City-north and

City championsh­ip game.

Dailyn Swain, Africentri­c (Jr., G)

The Nubians, who won the Citysouth a season ago but could not compete in the City title game or the Division III district tournament because of COVID-19 protocols, have a standout in Swain. He averaged 17.5 points and holds an offer from Ohio State as well as a number of other schools.

Honorable Mention

Zion Blevins, Walnut Ridge (Sr., G); Henry Brandt, Bexley (Sr., G); Tanner Compton, Columbus Academy (Sr., G); Quinn Corna, Upper Arlington (Sr., G); Carsyn Crouch, Granville (Sr., G); Evan Dozer, Bloom-carroll (Sr., G); Julian Heckman, Reynoldsbu­rg (Sr., G); Doogie James, Canal Winchester (Sr., G); Aiden Leslie, Grandview Heights (Sr., G): Tayshaun Mayfield, Hilliard Bradley (Jr., F); Brandon Mclaughlin, Heath (Sr., F); Jayden Nervis, Hilliard Davidson (Sr., G); Chase Ouellette, Wellington (Sr., F); Ayden Parsons, Worthingto­n Kilbourne (Sr., G); Troy Scowden, Buckeye Valley (Sr., F); Nyelle Shaheed, Harvest Prep (Jr., F); Dan Wagner, Africentri­c (Sr., G); L.A. Walker, Linden-mckinley (Sr., F)

 ?? LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK ?? Africentri­c’s Dailyn Swain, right, battles for the ball.
LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK Africentri­c’s Dailyn Swain, right, battles for the ball.
 ?? PAUL VERNON/THISWEEK ?? Pickeringt­on Central’s Devin Royal
PAUL VERNON/THISWEEK Pickeringt­on Central’s Devin Royal
 ?? PAUL VERNON/THISWEEK ?? Beechcroft’s Amani Lyles
PAUL VERNON/THISWEEK Beechcroft’s Amani Lyles

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