It wasn’t easy for Shawn McCullough to leave his assistant basketball coaching job at Thurgood Marshall for the head position at Stivers. He was part of the family at Thurgood, and the players who had entered the program with him were poised to become seniors.
But the opportunity to become a head coach was too good to pass on — and the presence of the Caldwell brothers at Stivers made the decision a bit easier.
Robert Caldwell, a 5-foot-9 rising senior, averaged 23 points per game last year and is getting interest from Division II schools such as Lake Erie, Marietta College and Davenport. His height is keeping D-I schools from offering, but Penn, Lehigh and DePaul have sniffed around.
“We played them last year at Thurgood, and he had 20 at halftime. He’s an undersized shooting guard, but I don’t think there’s anyone around that can shoot like him,” McCullough said.
His younger brother, 2016 guard Rodrick Caldwell, is already getting looks from Dayton, Xavier, Notre Dame, Rice and most of the Mid-American Conference.
“He’s the best [rising] sophomore point guard in the state,” McCullough said.
And then there’s 6-6 rising sophomore Isaiah Williams.
“He may have the most upside of anyone on the team,” McCullough said.
Sinclair Community College coach Jeff Price hasn’t had a chance to coach Conner Myslowski yet — he’s watched him in open gyms and a few of his games at West Carrollton last season — but he knows he’s got himself a player.
“Everybody looks at him as a shooter, but he’s got a very good basketball IQ,” Price said. “He doesn’t need to have the ball in his hands all of the time.”
Myslwoski averaged 21.7 points last season while leading West Carrollton to one of its best seasons in recent memory. He’s got prototypical shooting ability and size at 6-4, but will need to show Division I scouts he’s athletic enough.
“I think he’s a high D-II talent right now,” Price said.
There’s little question Bishop Fenwick rising junior Katie McCarthy will have the opportunity to play in college, Falcons coach Donn Burrows said. It’s just a matter of which sport she chooses.
McCarthy is a standout at basketball, track and soccer, a natural athlete who could excel at any of the above on the next level.
“She’s just a sensational athlete. You see her run and you go, ‘Wow,’ ” Burrows said.
McCarthy earned All-GGCL honors as a sophomore after leading the conference in assists. Perhaps most impressively, though, she was third in the conference with 1.9 blocks per game — an unusual feat for a point guard.
“She’s got long arms and great timing,” Burrows said. “Any college coaches would be wise to keep an eye on her.”
Trotwood-Madison’s JaMar Hammonds, who averaged 22.3 points last season as a senior, had planned to attend a Division II school. He’ll instead head for junior college with hopes of shoring academics and landing a D-I scholarship, coach Rocky Rockhold said. … Former Dunbar star Norris Cole will hold a pair of local camps in late July and early August. Visit ISGCamps.com for details.