The All-Ohio 16 and under team is one of the top programs in it's age division. With a starting lineup of five Division I players it is easy to understand how and why the team does so well. Forward J.D. Weatherspoon has played a large part in his team's success so far this AAU season.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Columbus (Ohio) Northland High School is the perfect compliment to Ohio State bound big man Jared Sullinger and promising big man Adreian Payne.
Weatherspoon has shown an ability to bang inside and sky above the rim with his high-level athleticism. Along the way, the big man has shown an ability to pick and pop in the midrange and, at times, out to the three point line.
The class of 2010 prospect was quick to point out that his team's success isn't the doing of one single player either.
"We've won seven tournaments so far," Weatherspoon said. "So, yeah, I think we are doing pretty good. Our chemistry is really good. We've been playing together now for two years and we have a good time together. We help each other out every chance we get. If someone is down, we are going to help that person out until we get it right again. It's that chemistry."
Winning and playing on Sundays in the spring has also opened doors on the recruiting front. Weatherspoon said there is an advantage to playing on the big stage during the evaluation period.
"It's been a lot of fun. We played hard and we've been able to play in the main gyms at some of these big tournaments where the coaches can see us play," Weatherspoon said. "You get to play against the best players and you get a lot more looks."
Weatherspoon said he has offers from Akron, James Madison and Bowling Green while Syracuse, Xavier, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Baylor turned up the heat after the spring period. Ohio State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and West Virginia are also keeping tabs on him.
While it is still early, he said he's keeping his options open and looking at each situation closely.
"I have family all over the place. It doesn't matter where I go. I have support pretty much anywhere I end up going to. I want to go somewhere that has good team chemistry," Weatherspoon said. "I'll be looking at how the players work with the coaches and how the coaches work with the players. That's important to me."