Saturday, October 15, 2016

Henry Has Elite Talent

Christian Henry
The Windy City has always been known as a hotbed for hoops talent, and Christian Henry (5’9/PG/Chicago/2021) has a chance to be another star in a long line of talented players to come out of Chi-Town.  We first saw him earlier this year at the George Hill Invitational Tournament in Indianapolis as he was running the point for Mean Streets  What we saw in Henry was a dynamic PG who is crafty, with a tight handle.  He defends well and can hit the 3-ball if left open.  Henry also does a good job of creating space for his own shot as well as creating scoring opportunities for his teammates with his ability to drive and dish. 

When Henry participated in the fall session of the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, he was ranked as the #1 player on his team, which punched his ticket to the Top 20 All-Star game. Henry’s evaluation from his coach indicated that Henry was a “superior scorer with high energy and good court vision.”  In addition, his camp coach selected Henry as the “Top Prospect” on a loaded team.

This fall, Henry has consistently performed at a high level, with top 20 all-star game selections at both the NEO Elite Showcase and Middle School Hoops TV Camp.  Henry is not only a stud on the hardwood, he’s also getting it done in the classroom, as evidenced by his impressive 3.4 GPA at Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School.  When he’s not hooping, Henry enjoys playing football, video games and relaxing with friends and family.  In terms of his long-term goals, Henry would love to attend Duke University, followed by a NBA career and/or a career in sports management.  We plan to continue tracking Henry’s progress over the upcoming year.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Buckeye Prep Release 2024 Watch List

Jerry Easter Jr., John Mobley Jr., Javen Vaughn & Nino Nesbitt
It’s still very early, and we have only seen a fraction of the top 2024 players in the state, but we feel comfortable releasing our initial 2024 Watch List.  It’s only 26 players deep, but we believe we have discovered a solid list of elite players. Near the top of our list are guys like Jerry Easter Jr. (PG/Toledo) and John Mobley Jr. (PG/Columbus), both of whom have established well-deserved national reputations.  In addition, both Easter and Mobley have elite talent and skill sets well beyond their years.  Highly skilled, competitive and high basketball IQs are just a few of their attributes. 

Dayton’s Delmar Blanton and Javen “Tank” Vaughn have attended several of our events and have consistently logged in all-star caliber performances.  Both players are tough as nails and both play with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor.  We’ve also seen some good things out of Nino Nesbitt (PG/Columbus) and LeVelle Sharpe (CG/Akron), both of whom have also excelled at our elite showcases.  Of course this list will continue to grow as we have an opportunity to see evaluate these young players during the travel basketball season.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Buckeyes Ranked Nationally

Walker, Wilson, Pugh, Johnson, Peeples & Piere
Last week, dropped their updated rankings for the class of 2021, and 7 Ohio-based players received recognition.  Brent Walker (6’5/C/Huber Heights) debuted nationally for the first time and was the highest ranked Ohio player at #18.  Although Walker has not been a main stay on the national camp and showcase scene, his debut at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last March formally announced his arrival to a national audience. Running with Coach Marty Finta’s All-Ohio Red squad last season, Walker ability to score, rebound and defend gained him a big time reputation.  At last month’s Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Walker logged in another all-star performance on his way to MVP honors. Long considered Ohio’s top player, Lorain’s Seth Wilson (6’1/CG) appeared at #28 in the rankings.  Wilson had another fine year with NEO Shooting Stars and proved his game has continued to develop.  Wilson was dominant in the Ohio North vs South and Ohio vs Michigan All-Star Games as evidenced by his 2 MVP selections.

Although he had been considered one of the top players in the nation in the class of 2020, Jack Pugh has reclassed to 2021 and is currently ranked #31 by  Due to an injury, Pugh was absent from the grassroots scene for most of the spring and summer.  However, when he returned, he made an immediate impact and helped lead his Mid-Ohio Pumas team to some big wins against national competition.  Pugh will be attending school in California before returning to Ohio for the 2017 travel season.  Cleveland’s Meechie Johnson checks in at #53 on the list.  The dynamic PG logged in another standout performance at our fall showcase last month and received Top 5 recognition for his efforts.  Both an elite scorer and playmaker, Johnson has long been considered one of the top floor generals in the nation. Rounding out P2bball’s top 120 were Noah Peeples (#67), Raymelle Arnold (#69) and Ronnell “Tae” Perie (#71).  Congratulations to all the players who made the list!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Take a look inside at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  The video below provides some prospective of how the event is run and the talent level that is attracted to the event.  The Buckeye Prep motto, "Elite Competition & Maximum Exposure" is clearly depicted in the video. Come join us March 4, 2017 for our Spring showcase! Enjoy!

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Video

Buckeye Prep Releases 2016 Post Season Awards

Cochran, Livingston, Christenson, Lori, Humphrey, Brandon, Molton, Young & Yauger
Now that the Fall Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is in the books and the 2016 grassroots basketball season has concluded, it’s time for us to release our complete list of post-season award winners.  As some of you may already know, we announced our 1st Team All-Ohio and 1st Team All-Academic Team recipients at the showcase last week. As we indicated at the showcase, selection for our awards was limited to Ohio players, and was based on our observations throughout the spring and summer at Buckeye Prep and other elite events around the state. 

For the most part, selection was about exposure and consistent standout performances. As we know, there are always players who deserve more recognition, but for whatever reason, they often go unnoticed early.  At the end of the day, you and/or your team have to play at the most competitive events as often as possible, and you have to consistently perform at a high level. If you are not playing in elite showcase events or your travel team plays in smaller, less competitive tournaments, you’re not going to get the competition or exposure you need and deserve!

As we have done for more than 15 years, the Buckeye Prep Report seeks to provide a positive platform where young aspiring basketball players can get elite competition and maximum exposure so that they have a better opportunity of reaching their future basketball-related goals.  With that said, we will be the first to admit that early exposure does not guarantee future success; however, exposure allows for hard work and dedication to be recognized and rewarded through invitations to elite events where the best players compete and where people who matter can evaluate them. It’s our hope that the recognition we provide will serve as a source of motivation for players to continue to hone their skills, both athletically and academically.  We will never see every player, but we do our best to attend events where the most talented players should be.

Chris Mayfield, Seth Wilson, Chris Livingston & Gabe Cupps
As a reminder, the following players were selected as Buckeye Prep Players of the Year: Chris Mayfield (2020/Hilliard), Seth Wilson (2021/Lorain), Chris Livingston (2022/Akron) and Gabe Cupps (2023/Dayton).  From our observations, each of the aforementioned players logged in consistently high performances and were key pieces to very successful teams that competed at a high level. In addition, each of these players have already garnered national attention and are well known in elite basketball circles.

Below is a link to our complete list of award recipients.  If your name appears on our lists, we suggest you keep working and developing to move up or to stay on the list.  If you have not yet been recognized or your talent has been under appreciated, we suggest you continue to work hard and your day will come.  Congratulations to all the players, coaches and teams who have been recognized. We hope you have an enjoyable school season and we are already looking forward to the 2017 grassroots season!