To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.
Quincy Simpson has the scoop.
Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.
That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be prospects from schools in the Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area, so we gave Simpson a call to get an update on their progress.
Here’s what he had to say:
Samari Curtis, Xenia guard
“Samari is kind of like a bully, but in a good way,” Simpson said of the GWOC’s two-time leading scorer. “He’s a guy you need on a team that is going to challenge the other team’s best player. He’s gonna challenge anybody on the team verbally He’s gonna do all those things.”
“He’s gonna have a lot of interest coming in July,” Simpson said.
Simpson identified Dayton, Ohio State, Florida and Virginia Tech as schools who have shown interest recently.
“I’ve taken a lot of calls on him,” Simpson said. “Those teams haven’t watch him a lot because he was already committed, so now they’re looking forward to seeing him in July. I think if he plays well, which I believe he will, he’s gonna have something very special for himself.”
Before committing, Curtis had offers from Akron, Toledo, Kent State and Cincinnati along with XU.
Amari Davis, Trotwood-Madison guard
“He is a left-handed kid that can finish really, really well in transition,” Simpson said.
“I like coaching all the guys, but he’s very coachable. Extremely coachable. That’s just kind of what he brings to the table for our group. Left-handed, transition guy, can finish well around guys bigger than him.”
Davis has already displayed a strong midrange game, but he is working on adding the 3-pointer to his arsenal before his senior season for the Rams.
“Huntington Prep will do wonders for him just from a competition standpoint,” Simpson said. “That school is going to have some of the best players there, so you’re playing against those guys every day. That means you have no choice but to get better.
“Not taking anything away from Sidney, but he needed to go where he could improve as fast as he can.”
With his stock on the rise, he decided to reclassify as a member of the class of 2019 and spend a year in prep school.
“He was probably by far the kid that improved the most during the season. He made a big jump and people got an opportunity to see what he could do,” Simpson said. "I think he kind of wanted to play at a higher level. It was nothing at all against Wright State. They’re a tremendous school, but he’s young age-wise, and he felt another year of developing, another year of getting better could only enhance his chances to play at that higher level.”