There could be numerous women’s college basketball scouts in the stands at Africentric Early College on Jan. 20.
In a game scheduled to start at 8 p.m., the host Nubians will play Detroit Edison Academy in the finale of the second annual Nubian Classic.
The six-game event features 10 central Ohio programs along with Springfield and Edison Academy, which is ranked No. 19 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings.
“They (have) one of the best players in the nation on their team,” Africentric coach Will McKinney said. “They’re really good. … They’re the type of team I like to play.”
Edison Academy is 8-1 and actually has two players who are considered among the best in their respective recruiting classes in junior wing player Rickea Jackson and freshman point guard Damiya Hagemann.
Jackson is 6-foot-2 and averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds last season as Edison Academy won the Class C state championship. She is a five-star prospect and ranked No. 9 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings for the 2019 class.
Hagemann, who is 5-7, is on the ESPN HoopGurlz watch list for the 2021 class.
Sophomore Gabrielle Elliott is a 5-10 forward who averaged 18 points last season.
Ohio State is among the 30 schools that have offered Jackson, and the Buckeyes also have offered Hagemann. Elliott holds five Big Ten offers, including from Michigan and Michigan State.
However, the best player on the floor Jan. 20 might be Africentric junior Jordan Horston, a 6-1 guard who is ranked No. 6 in the 2019 class by ESPNHoopGurlz. She has offers from more than 30 schools, including Ohio State.
The Nubians are 11-0 heading into their game Jan. 18 against Briggs. They also play Marion-Franklin on Jan. 19.
Africentric-Edison will wrap up an event that also features intriguing matchups between Northland and Hartley at 4 p.m. and Eastmoor Academy against Westerville South at 6 p.m.
Northland is 12-1 and is led by seniors Jeana Weatherspoon (guard/forward) and Charlea Henley (guard) and junior Alexia Hamilton (point guard). Hartley is 9-4 and features senior point guard Kennedy Taylor, a Miami University signee.
Eastmoor is 9-4 and now is competing in Division I after being a Division II district runner-up last season. Senior Allayah Hughes (guard) and juniors Hailey Jordan (forward), Mchale Grant (guard/forward) and Samaria Rodgers-Gossett (guard) lead the way.
Westerville South is 9-5 and is led by juniors Sommer Pitzer (guard) and Peyton Guice (guard) and sophomores Gabby Hutcherson (post player/guard) and Anyssa Jones (guard).
Hutcherson and Jones both have been offered by Ohio State, and Guice has committed to Ohio University. Pitzer was the OCC-Buckeye Division Player of the Year last season.