So I was fortunate to hook up with a source from Elida . I watched both of Dakota's games this weekend although not live . I did listen to them live . Side note I watched Vince Friday night and listened to Isaac's second half Friday night . How good is Dakota I am not sure . I watched Damon Bailey and Larry Bird in high school and have always said they were the two best I had ever seen . I now will make that a three way . No I am not calling Dakota Larry Bird . But they have similar type of games . I am talking about high school only . Both Bailey and Bird were unstoppable and could score every time they touched the ball so can Dakota . Some times you see something so special you know it . I had that feeling when I watched him the first few times but those games were blowouts . I knew when I watched Bird play he was more than just special .
I have watched most of the players to commit and play for coach Painter . None of them are on the same level in High School as Dakota . Mathias see's the whole game . I tweeted Friday when he scored 38 that he could have scored 60 . He only played 3/4 of the game it was a blowout after Dakota scored 17 in the first quarter . He only took three shots in the 2nd quarter . As OG played a three man zone the other 2 players stayed on Mathias the rest of the game . Didn't stop him from scoring 21 more points . Ottawa Glandorf has a 6'7 kid Noah Bramlage 2015 wing said to have Purdue among many others recruiting him . Dakota and him play on the same AAU team . Dakota guarded the bigger wing and all but shut him down . He frustrated Bramlage so much after Mathias stole the ball from him he picked up a technical foul for cussing . Bramlage tried to guard Mathias straight up but picked up 2 fouls in the first 4 minutes . Mathias stayed on Bramlage when ever they were both in the game . I think Bramlage scored 6 while Dakota was on him he averages 17.8 per . Mathias made shot after shot with two players draped on him and fouling him every time I assume the ref's figured they weren't hurting anything so why call it . The best shot was at the end of the first quarter Mathias got a rebound and called time out with 4 seconds left . They had 3 guys on him he caught it made one dribble and drained a 27 footer . He really could have scored the 60 but he passed it because someone was always open . I love the way he can throw it the length of the court between defenders with ease and never a turnover .
Now for the second game Lakota Central Catholic ranked # 4 in Ohio they have a superstar PG Xavier Simpson 2016 . He is a REALLY good player many compare him to Tre Burke me included . He scored 31 and was able to take Dakota off the dribble . Double teamed the entire game he scored 42 and could have added many more . Every time LCC took the lead Dakota just took it back at will . The best play of the game score tied at 69 LCC had the ball with 22 seconds to go . Playing for the last shot Simpson guarded by Mathias drove to the basket Mathias moved his feet quickly and not only cut him off forced him to step out of bounds . Elida ball with 3 seconds left they threw it long to Mathias he was fouled and sank one of two for the win .
It is not just his scoring that makes up his game it is every thing . Passing , defense , leadership , rebounding , ball handling and Basketball sense . He can score whenever he wants and his range is unlimited . He does have a tell when he is going to shoot it . ( He hikes up his right leg as if to kick start a Harley ) but if your watching his leg its to late . IMO he will start every game for us . Painter said when he signed " He could play for us now " I love all the recruits in 2014 and Isaac will be the highest draft pick . But IMO if Dakota was playing for us now he would be the best player we have . His ability to change the flow of the game when the other team has a run going and hit the clutch shot is awesome . WOSN is the site I watched him on they have replays often . I temper this article with this it is high school and as even the great Damon Bailey showed B1G Ten Basketball is a different level . But as of now High school is what we have .