Thursday, September 11, 2014

Updated Rosters and schedule Published.

Below is an email I sent out to parents and coaches last night.  If you are planning to attend the event, please review. The most recent update can be viewed using the links below.

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Documents  (Last Updated 9-12-14)
NYBL All-Star Game Rosters  (Last Updated 9-12-14)


Attached please find the latest draft of the showcase rosters and schedule. Please double check to insures your son/player is accounted for and is in the correct division. Please check the other divisions as well to insure he's not listed on multiple teams. If you see a player/coaches name and you know he is not planning to attend the event, please contact me ASAP and advise. The final and official information will be posted at the site.  There may still be some minor changes to the rosters as I react to cancellations, no shows, or my errors.  Therefore, it's very important that you check the website ( tomorrow night for updates, then again when you arrive at the site. For players not participating in the NYBL all-star games, you will not have to report until 3:00pm on Saturday to register; all others should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before your all-star game in order to complete the registration and pre-game activities (pictures). In addition, make sure you bring proof of your payment.  Although some players will not play their first game until later Saturday afternoon and evening, we would prefer that you arrive for the opening remarks and guest speaker.  By doing so, it will allow us to take an accounting of the players that report so the rosters are intact.  Moreover, once we get started the games will eventually start early, as we have built in more than enough time between games so we don't run late.  Consequently, we suggest you report for your game at least 45 minutes before start time.  

If you are a showcase coach, you need to be in the gym by 2:30pm and be available for a coaches meeting at 3:30pm. Please plan to sign/check in upon your arrival. You will be provided with a coaches packet, clipboard and t-shirt, and will meet in the media/coaches lounge for the meeting. Additionally, please take a few minutes to read the coaches letter attached to this email.  Also review the ranking/evaluation sheet and be prepared to discuss the same on Saturday. Because I have had a couple of "last minute" cancellations to my coaching staff, I'm still looking for a handful of volunteers. In addition to access to the coaches/media lounge  where you can eat and drink free all day while getting away from the madness,  we are also attempting to set up a location where all of the coaches and media can meet Saturday night to watch the Floyd Mayweather fight together.  I will keep you posted on our progress.  If you are interested, please contact me ASAP at 614-203-2929.  In my experience, coaches have enjoyetheir experience at the event! 

Finally, it will be a long weekend and a lot of people in the gym, so please arrive with a healthy dose of patience and a positive attitude.There will be a $5.00 admission fee each day, so plan accordingly. Although we should be in good shape with seating, it might not be a bad idea to bring a chair just in case. The main parking parking lot will be adjacent to the football field. Cars will not be ticketed. In closing, my staff and I are working hard to make the weekend a positive experience, but we can't do it without your help!  We run a tight ship and will not put up with any foolishness! We invite you to take some time and watch some of the games, as the talent we have amassed for this event is unmatched. Safe travels to everyone and we will see you on Saturday!

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prep Spotlight Showcase Scheduled

Event: Prep Spotlight High School Showcase

Where: Garfield Heights High School
             4900 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH.

When: Thursday September 18th.
            Registration begins at 4:30pm

Cost: $30 per player
Pre-registration: Email Sonnyjohnson32@yahoo,com

This event should have over 30 D2 and D3 coaches in attendance.

Elite Showcase Rosters & Schedules Release (Tentative)

Below is an email I sent out to everybody on my bulk email list about the upcoming Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase.  For those of you with kids/players planning to attend the event, please review the email carefully.

"Below is a link to the initial draft of rosters and schedule for Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase. The initial draft is being released early in order for corrections (i.e., name spelling, division placement, scheduling errors, etc) to be made prior to the event. As you can see from the showcase documents, the event is now SOLD OUT and no additional players can be added at this point. Although the event is sold out, there are still players who have not paid their entry fee. At this point, if I continue to receive interest, I will replace an unpaid player with a paying customer in order to reduce the number of no shows. If your son/player’s name does not appear on a roster, he is not entered in the event. No “walkups” will be accepted.  Also, although some of the rosters reflect 11 players, I always over book each team by one player to account for last minutes no shows.  In most cases, the teams will settle in at 10 players. If you paid your fee using Pay Pal, please have your receipt available as confirmation.

Please review the rosters, schedule and showcase rules very carefully to insure your child/player is listed, was placed in the correct grade division, and his name is spelled correctly. Also, please check the other team rosters as well to insure your child/player is not listed twice.  If you see an error, simply email me at and I will make the correction(s). If a player is listed on one of the rosters and you know he is not planning to attend the showcase for any reason, please email the information so the spot can be made available to a player on the waiting list.

The final rosters for the Saturday all-star games will be released by next week.  For those players who are not participating in the Saturday all-star games, they will not need to arrive at the gym until 3:00pm on Saturday to register. After opening comments and team assignments, the showcase games will tip off at 4:45pm. Every team will play at least 1 game (2 games for some teams) on Saturday. Games will begin at 8:30am on Sunday.  The top 2-4 kids from each team will be selected for a final all-star game on Sunday afternoon. In addition, in most cases, games will start early, so make sure your son/player is in the gym and prepared to play at least 45 minutes before his game is scheduled.

For my coaches, please read the enclosed letter, and plan to report to the facility by 3:00pm on Saturday for a short coaches meeting. Also, please review the rosters for the team you are assigned to insure you are not coaching your son, a friend’s son, a player you coach or anybody else that might represent a conflict of interest. If that’s the case, please contact me so you can be re-assigned. Finally, you will be presented with a camp T-shirt that you will be expected to wear so please dress accordingly.

I hope you and your son/child is excited about the event! As I have pointed out earlier, this event will be our biggest and most competitive ever, with over 530 players attending from across the country. Also, there will be numerous media outlets in the gym to document the action. In closing, please arrive at the gym with a positive and healthy attitude. Because there will be a lot of people in the gym, please bring a healthy dose of tolerance and patience! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at and I will do my best to respond.  See you on the 13tht!"

Rob Taylor

Event Director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Future Phenom Camp-Day #2 Standouts

Z. Harmon, D. Harris, T. Patterson, S.Bouges, G. Large, K. Brantley, A Hoggard,  A. Sellers &  C. Alexander
Day two of the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp featured playoff and all-star games in each division.  I had the opportunity to checkout some of the younger kids and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of young talent.  One of the best players I saw all day was Zion Harmon (2021 PG Maryland).  Harmon dominated the NYBL this season and his performance at this event mirrored that success.  As an example, In one game, Harmon dropped a gaudy 29 points! Harmon can both score the ball, while setting up his teammates for easy buckets. The lead guard has a high basketball IQ and cannot be rattled. I was also really impressed with Darnell Harris (2021 6’1 C Miami, FL), a quality big with a lot of upside potential.  Already possessing good length for his age, Harris is long, athletic, and does a good job of finishing around the cup.

Kahlil Brantly (2021 4’11 PG Charlotte, NC) logged in another good camp, Brantley has the ball on the string and he uses his elite handle to break down defenders and get into the paint where he often makes good decisions with the rock.   He can get you buckets or wow you with his vision and the ability to find the open man. Trey Patterson (2021 6’1 WF Summerset, NJ) is another good-looking prospect.  Like Harris, Patterson has good size, runs the floor well and has good athleticism.  Keep an eye on Patterson; he has a bright future.

In terms of point guards, Carlos Alexander (2021 4’5 PG Baltimore, MD) was one of the best young floor generals at the event.  Trey Thomas (2021 5’2 PG Upper Marlboro, MD) is another quality floor general with a tight handle and ability to live in the paint. Super quick and always in attack mode best describes Alexander’s game.  Any discussion about young PGs has to include Saarmartine Bogues (2023 4’6 PG Baltimore, MD), a dynamic little floor general who is tough to stay in front of. Bogues has a mature game for his age and is fun to watch.

New to the class of 2020, AJ Hoggard (2020 5’10 PG Coatesville, PA) made his debut in the class this weekend, and as expected, he is going to be tough to handle.  A bigger and stronger guard in 2020, Hoggard can play multiple positions and can post up smaller guards.  He still has an elite handle and is still crafty enough to get in the paint on a regular basis. Marquise Walker (2019 5’8 PG Chicago, IL) had a good day on Sunday, including a clutch buzzer beating jumper to help his team advance.  Walker was solid on the opening day, but stepped up his play on the final day. When he makes good decision with the rock, Walker is among the elite floor generals in the country.

After their stellar play on day one, both Justin Moore (2019 6’0 SG DC) and Korbin Spencer (2019 6’0 SG Sandy Hook, KY) continued their excellent play on Sunday.  Paired in the same backcourt, Moore and Spencer led their team to the championship game.  Spencer was one of the best defenders at the camp, while Moore was one of the best scorers.  All in all, the first year event was solid, and should be judged by the amount of talent it was able to assemble and the intriguing match ups it was able to create.

Day Two Standouts:

Sarmartine Bogues (2023 4’6 PG Baltimore, MD)
Antonio Sellers (2022 5’3 C Jersey City, NJ)
Grant Ott-Large (2022 5’3 C Laporte, IN)
Keyon Webb (2022 5’3 WF Durham, NC)
Zion Harmon (2021 5’4 PG)
Darnell Harris (2021 6-1 C Miami, FL)
Trey Patterson (2021) 6’1 WF Summerset, NJ)
Trey Thomas (2021 5’2 PG Upper Marlboro, MD)
Khalil Brantley (2021 4’11 PG Charlotte, NC)
Carlos Alexander (2021 4’5 PG Baltimore, MD)
Trevor Keels (2021 5’8 WF Clinton, MD)
Jake Koverman (2021 5’9 W/PF) Severna Park, MD
AJ Hoggard (2020 5’10 PG Coatesville, PA)
Garrett Ott-Large (2020 6’0 WF Laporte, IN)
Ahmed Fair (2020 5’8 PG Philadelphia, PA)
Marquise Walker (2019 5’8 PG Chicago, IL)

Other Standouts:

John Mobley Jr. (2024)
Khoi Thurmond (2023)
Bryce McGowans (2021)
Travonne Jackson (2021)
Keon Henderson (2021)
Stalin Oaks (2021)
George Cutler (2021)
Jayden Pierre (2021)
Trevor Keels (2021)
Griffin Barouk (2021)
Michael Anderson (2021)
Khalal Farmer (2021)
Ty Wilson (2021)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Future Phenom Camp Load with Talent

M. Mitchell, J. Francis, C. Evans, J. Moore, T. Ingraham, C. Depollao & M. Mitchell
It may only be a first year event, but Mike Melton and Bill Francis exceeded expectations with the amount of talent they attracted to Washington DC for their inaugural Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.  Held at the New 24 facility, the first year event attracted about 260 campers in grades 3rd-8th. Day one of the event kicked off with a skills and drills sessions, followed by a series of games and skills contests.

I spent most of the day checking out the 8th grade action, and one of the best players I saw all day was Makhel Mitchell  (6’7 PF MD).  Mitchell has a great combination of size skill, and is already proficient on both ends of the court.  Mitchell is not an extreme athlete, but he protects the rim and can score consistently on the low block.  His twin brother Makhi Mitchell (6’6 PF MD) is no slouch, and is also productive offensively and defensively.  Both bothers are elite level talents and excellent long-term prospects.  Arguably the top 2019 guard at the event was Jeremiah Francis (5’11 PG Ohio). Francis solidified his status in the NYBL, and he upheld his rep at this event.  Much too strong for most guards, Francis is a stat stuffer, putting up big scoring, assist and rebounding numbers. Although he does most of his damage slashing to the cup, he can shoot it to if he gets any space.

The Mitchel twins weren’t the only quality bigs in the building, as Tariq Engrahm (6’6 PF/C DE) logged in an excellent first day performance. Engrahm has great hands, a soft touch, and unlike most kids with size theses days, he embraces low post post play rather than fading out to the wing for a jump shop.  Engrahm is another great prospect going forward. I had a chance to see Donte Scott (6’4 WF PA) and Che Evans (6’3 WF MD) for the first time and was impressed with both! Evans and Scott are blessed with size and athleticism, are skilled, and should be able to contribute early to a high school program in another year. Justin Moore (6’0 SG MD) was extremely productive on the opening day.  Like he did in the NYBL, Moore relentlessly attacked the cup and finished. Aggressive, strong and athletic best describes this elite shooting guard. 

Add Isaiah Mosely (5’10 SG CN) to the list ballers at the event.  Mosley made his name in the NYBL this year playing with Canada’s Northern Kings. He’s continuing to build on his rep with his performance this weekend.  What’s most impressive is his unselfish and team-oriented play.  Oh, he can get you buckets, but he always seems to make the right play, rather that’s scoring himself or making a play for a teammate.  I just like the kid’s game.

J. Springer, J. Toles, C. Beyers & RJ Davis
I did not get a chance to watch many of the younger kids, but I did catch a glimpse of a handful of outstanding performances.  Both Jaden Springer (5’9 WF NC) and Jordon Toles (6’0 SG MD) are extreme competitors who have the ability to put their teams on their backs in order to get a win.  Both players put up gaudy numbers on day one while solidifying their places among the best in their class. Cameron Beyers (6’4 PF MD) is new to the class of 2020, having run with the 2019  6th Man Warriors in the NYBL last season.  Beyers was good then, but he will be dominant in this class, as evidenced by his strong play yesterday. Also new to the class is Tyler Brelsford (5’8 PG MD), who ran with Team Takeover in the NYBL this past season. Brelsford put up big numbers in at least one of the games I watched and his high basketball IQ is already serving him well in the class of 2020. Finally, keep an eye out for RJ Davis (5’3 PG NY).  I only caught a glimpse of him, but what I did see, I liked. A smart PG with poise and skill is what caught my eye.

Standout Performers:

(2019): Makhel Mitchell (6’7 PF MD), Jeremiah Francis (5’11 PG Ohio), Che Evans (6’3 WF MD), Justin Moore (6’0 SG MD), Tariq Engrahm (6’6 PF/C DE), Donte Scott (6’4 WF PA), Makhi Mitchell (6’6 PF MD), Christian Depollao (6’4 WF MD), Isaiah Mosely (5’10 SG CN), Anthony Byrd (5’10 PG PA), Anthony Johnson (6’4 P/SG PA), Korbin Spencer (6’0 SG KY), James Bishop (6’0 PG MD), Liam Ball (6’4 WF PA), Rob Higgins (5’8 PG NJ). (2020): Jaden Springer (5’9 WF NC), Jordon Toles (6’0 SG MD), Cameron Beyers (6’4 PF MD), RJ Davis (5’3 PG NY) & Tyler Brelsford (5’8 PG MD).

Other Players to Watch:

Carston Kogelnk (2019MD), Marquise Walker (2019 IL), Matt Crowley (2019 NJ), Segfried Reid (2019 MD), Michael Etuaful (2019 MD), Dale Hewitt (2019 CN), Jaheim Tanksley (2019 NJ), Allen Powell (2019 PA), Christian Lngs (2019 PA), & Eric Dixon (2019 PA).

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stovall's Final 2014 Travel Team Rankings

All-Ohio Red U-17
Our good friend John Stovall covers high school basketball extensively, and below he has put together his rankings of the top 5 teams in Ohio in each high school division.  Also listed is Stovall's list of the best travel programs in the state. Let the debate begin!

15 & Under

1.  Team Work
2.  All Ohio Red
3.  King James
4.  Team Unity
5.  OBC

16 & Under

1.  OBC
2. All Ohio Red
3. King James
4. Team Work
5. VCC Ohio Warriors

17 & Under

1.  All Ohio Red
2.  King James
3.  OBC
4.  All Ohio Black
5.  Team Work

Best Programs

1. All Ohio Red
2. King James
3. OBC
4. Team Work
5.  (tie) Hidden Gems

5.  (tie) Queen City