Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Livingston to Build Case for #1 Spot at Buckeye Prep Event

Chris Livingston-2022 WF Akron
With his outstanding play this season playing up 1 to 2 grade levels for We All Can Go, Chris Livingston (6’5/WF/2022/Akron) has been building a case for the #1 spot in the nation for the class of 2022. According to some [Coast to Coast Preps] the questions begs to be answered; “Is Chris Livingston the top 2022 in the nation?” In September, Livingston will get another opportunity to add to his resume and bolster his case as the nation’s top rising 8th grader when he suits up for Team Ohio in the prestigious Ohio vs Michigan All-Star game, which will be held in conjunction with the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Livingston will join on a loaded roster of Ohio’s top 8th graders as they battle Team Michigan in the annual interstate grudge match.

Of course we’re no stranger to Livingston’s talents, as he has excelled at our Buckeye Prep events for several years now.  In fact, we selected Livingston as our “Player of the Year” last season based on what we saw during the course of the season.  Moreover, we extended him an invite to the UA Next Midwest Regional Combine earlier this year, an event designed for elite other graders, and as a 7th grader, he made a significant impact at the event. 

Alongside nationally ranked guys like Paul McMillan IV, Khalil Luster and Sonny Johnson Jr. as well as under the radar guys like Sincere Harris, Raymar Pryor and Trey Dennis, Team Ohio could be the favorite to get the win over Team Michigan in a few weeks!  With that said, Coach Ted Docks has assembled a quality Team Michigan squad that expects to do more than just compete.  Can’t wait to see that one!  On a final note, we will be releasing the full rosters of participants for both teams in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

UA Next Experience All-Star Game Rosters Released

Just today, Under Armour released their official list of players who will be participating in the UA Next Experience rising freshman all-star game scheduled for August 19th at Georgetown Preparatory School in the Washington D.C. area.  A majority of the 20 players selected for the event excelled at 1 of 5 regional combines.  In addition, all of the players have been mentioned among the most elite players in the class of 2021 for several years.  In addition to the actual game, the 2-day slate of activities includes, practices, bowling, hanging in the exclusive player’s lounge and a tour of Under Armour’s headquarters. Below is a complete list of players who will be participating in the event.

All-Star Game Rosters: Amar’e Marshall, Brayon Freeman, Jalen Blackmon, Malik Thomas, William Jeffress, Jr., Julious Ellerbee, Duncan Powell, Mohammed Aminu, Nnanna Njoku, Victory Naboya, Meechie Johnson, Carter Whitt, Ryan Conway, Darius Tilgham, Langston Love, Trevor Keels, Trey Patterson, Javonte Brown, DeTwan Montague and Jai Smith.  Having watched theses player hoop for the past several years, we’re confident the level of play will be elite and the game will be very entertaining!  Congratulations to all of the players who made the cut.

Brooks to Attend Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase

Pierre Brooks II-2021 Detroit, MI
Coming off an impressive performance at a recent national event (see highlight video below), Pierre Brooks II (6’3/CG/2021/Detroit, MI) will be returning to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase set for September 9th and 10th at Otterbein University. Brooks has been a consistent standout at previous Buckeye Prep events, but in September, he will try to lead his Team Michigan team to a victory over Team Ohio in the prestigious Ohio vs Michigan All-Star Game.  Last year, Team Michigan (2020) mounted a furious comeback to defeat Team Ohio in the same event to even the interstate series. Brooks will be joined on the Team Michigan squad by nationally ranked Keon Henderson and a host of other elite Michigan-based players. We can’t wait to see Brooks and his fellow Team Michigan teammates in action in a few weeks!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Power Hoops Proud of 2017 Season

2021 Power Hoops
Although they won 4 of the 8 tournaments they participated in during the 2017 season and finished 12th at the AAU Nationals, Walt Bonner’s 2021 Power Hoops squad is more proud of their community service record and their approach to the game. “We want kids to understand not just about basketball, but how basketball translates to life. Our main focus is getting them ready for high school [basketball],” said Bonner. While most travel programs focus most of their efforts on playing games and winning, the Cleveland-based Power Hoops has carved out time to complete community service projects.

As an example, this summer at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL., Bonner’s team was chosen from 110 teams to participate in the AAU Cares program. As part of the program, the team shared time and handed out lunches and keepsakes to the children in Oncology Ward and throughout Florida’s Children’s Hospital.  According to Coach Bonner, “We got the opportunity to see how truly blessed we are and how great it feels to be a blessing to others!  The kids got some of the most valuable gifts they could ever receive way beyond medals. They received original drawings, tremendous words of gratitude, ingratiated smiles and pride of knowing they contributed to easing the hospital stay if just for a moment for the children and parents of Florida.” We applaud Coach Bonner and his team's effort to develop kids and serve their community!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All-Ohio Gold Makes Noise in Inaugural Season

U-15 All-Ohio Gold
In only their first year of existence, Eddie Norrils’ All-Ohio Gold (AOG) program has made a significant impact on the Ohio travel basketball scene.  In their first year, All-Ohio Gold fielded teams in 3 divisions including U-14, U-15 and U-16. The Toledo-based program is collaboration between Norrils’ former Team Toledo (2020) team, Tony Scruggs’ Toledo Ice (2019) team and Derek Kizer’s Toledo Wildcats (2021) team. It’s safe to say, AOG’s U-16 team was the most successful in year one based on their multiple tournament championships and #2 state ranking by Ohio Preps.  Although the U-15 squad only won 1 tournament, they made the championship game in at least 5 tournaments, including the Buckeye Prep Invitational in April when they finished second to C2K Elite.

All-Ohio Gold was formed with the intent of keeping the top northwest Ohio kids together and to get them more exposure and recognition. “We recognized that our team would get more exposure with All-Ohio on our chest,” said Norirls. In terms of expansion, Norrils would like to add a few younger teams from the area.  However, there are no current plans to expand statewide. We asked Norrils why he decided to partner with All-Ohio versus some of the state’s other shoe-company-sponsored programs and he pointed to long-term relationships with guys who were already affiliated with All-Ohio.  We can’t wait to see how All-Ohio Gold grows in year two.  Congrats to Coach Norrils for giving northwest Ohio kids more options for competition and exposure.

Monday, August 7, 2017

DICK’S Sporting Goods Sponsors Elite Showcase for 2nd Year

The Buckeye Prep Report is proud to announce our continued partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods for the upcoming Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase currently scheduled for September 9th & 10th. Dick’s Sporting Goods (DSG) is the leader in the sporting goods industry and their participation in the elite showcase will continue enhance the overall participant experience.  As part of the sponsorship package, DSG will provide 20% off the entire purchase of any items purchased during their exclusive Buckeye Prep In-Store Shopping Days at Easton Town Center and Polaris stores for all showcase participants on Saturday and Sunday of the event. In addition, there will be several give aways during the event including DSG Bonus Certificates and various DSG merchandise.  The Buckeye Prep Report looks forward long and prosperous relationship with this iconic brand!