Antwerp senior and future Findlay Oiler Jagger Landers will compete at one of the biggest stages of his career this weekend as the all-Ohio striker was selected to play for the Ohio boys team in the 29th annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star play Saturday at 19.00 at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Landers, who averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. match for the Archers en route to the school’s first state tournament ever, will play on a roster of players across all four divisions of the Ohio hoops in the event’s first action since 2019 following cancellations in 2020 and 2021.
The doors open for the match at 16, where the girl game tips at. 17 and the boys at. 19 Saturday night. A Slam Jam Festival will be held Friday night with a dunk contest, 3-point shootout and one-on-one and three-on-three contests. There is free admission to the event.
Landers is one of only a handful of Northwest Ohio standouts to be selected for the game, after Crestviews Javin Etzler (2019), Elidas Reggie McAdams (2012) and Dakota Mathias (2014), Lima Seniors Xavier Simpson (2016), Bowling Greens Vitto Brown (2013), Anthony Wayne’s Mark Donnal (2013), Liberty-Benton’s Aaron Craft (2010) and twin brothers Eric and Tim Pollitz from Ottawa-Glandorf in 2004.
The boys team will be coached by Canal Winchester Harvest Prep head coach David Dennis with Waverly mentor Travis Robertson as assistant coach. The Ohio team is filled with Division I prospects and senior state standouts, as 12 of the 15 players on the Ohio list were all-Ohio honorary recipients, including six first-team players.
Future power conference players will fit Ohio in Centerville’s Tom House (Florida State commit), Cincinnati Moellers Evan Mahaffey (Penn State) along with future MAC players in Dublin Coffmans Ajay Sheldon (Ohio), Gahanna Lincoln’s Javan Simmons (Toledo) and Covington Catholic striker Mitchell Rylee (Miami) for Kentucky. Kentuckys 2022 Mr. Basketball winner, Turner Buttry from Bowling Green, will fit the Kentucky All-Stars.
The girls’ all-star game will feature a number of big names, including the double Ohio Ms. Basketball KK Bransford, a Notre Dame commit from Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, and Ms. Basketball finalist Mari Russell of Reynoldsburg, who was recently released from West Virginia and is a target at Ohio State.
Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American Chance Gray of Cincinnati Winton Woods, who is committed to Oregon, will also play for the Ohio team, along with Virginia Tech commit Maddie Vejsicky of Newark and Ohio State Commit Mya Perry of Reynoldsburg .
The Kentucky girls team is also very packed with 5-10 senior guards Amiya Jenkins from Anderson County High School, a University of Kentucky commit and 2022 Kentucky Miss Basketball.
INSTRUCTIONS: TMU is just across the Ohio-Kentucky border, in the Crestview Hills, 3 hours and 13 minutes drive from Defiance. Those interested in participating can drive on I-75 South and retain the right to stay on I-75 into Kentucky. Merge onto I-275 East via Exit 185 for 1.6 miles before taking Exit 82 KY-1303 / Turkeyfoot Road for 1.7 miles. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Hospital / Thomas More College, and merge onto KY-1303 / Turkeyfoot Road for 0.2 miles before using the two left lanes to turn left onto Thomas More Parkway.
Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game
(Height, position, high school, 2022-23 college, if required)
Luke Denbow (6-1, guard, Ashland, West Liberty State); Bowen Hardman (6-3, guard, Cin. Princeton, Ohio State); Tom House (6-5, striker, Centerville, Florida State); Derrick James (5-10, guard, Canal Winchester, Ashland); Jagger Landers (6-7, striker, Antwerp, Findlay); Evan Mahaffey (6-6, striker, Cin. Moeller, Penn State); Brandon McLaughlin (6-8, center, Heath, Malone); Jacob Pleiman (6-5, striker, Botkins, Tiffin); Aiden Porter (6-0, guard, Proctorville Fairland, Rio Grande); Trey Robertson (5-10, guard, Waverly,); Rich Rolf (6-7, striker, Centerville, unsigned, released from Drexel); Louie Semona (6-8, striker, Cin. St. Xavier, Missouri-Kansas City offer); Ajay Sheldon (6-1, guard, Dublin Coffman, Ohio University); Javan Simmons (6-7, center, Gahanna Lincoln, Toledo); Logan Woods (6-4, guard, Fairfield, Wright State).