Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NYBL Session #1 Day 1 Recap

M. Price, B. Antoine, M. Mitchell, D. Harmon, K. Coulibaby, I. Okoro, C. Harris, N. Day & S. Lewis
By most accounts, session #1 of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) was a huge success! From the feedback we received from coaches, parents, players and innocent bystanders, the talent assembled in Washington D.C. was unmatched by any middle school event in the country.  Eighty-eight teams from as far as California, Texas, Florida and Canada battled it out in hopes of landing favorable seeding for the NYBL National Championship in June.  Fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to evaluate a number of new players who have not yet received the national recognition they deserve.  Although a few big name teams did not return to the league this year, it was clear to everyone in attendance that the league is absolutely loaded with talent! In fact, the 2019 division expanded from 32 to 36 teams this year, while the 2020 division went from 16-28 teams, and the league added a 24-team 2021 division.  At the end of the day, there are simply more good players in the league this year than past years!

Anytime you match-up elite teams and players you’re bound to create a great deal of intensity and some special moments. Just like the storylines being played out in March Madness across the country, no team is immune from upsets in the NYBL.  One of the biggest storylines of the weekend was the turnaround logged in by Mike Dobbins’ Team Loaded squad, who despite having been blown out by Team Rio 80-26 in the opening game on Saturday, came back 2 hours later and took down a stacked D.C. Premier 60-53. For those kids to dig down deep and turn it around in such a short time is both a testament to the players and their will to win.  It also illustrates that in the NYBL if you have a let down and don’t come to play, you can get beaten regardless of your reputation!

It wasn’t an upset, put the Team Texas vs Team Teague matchup right out of the gate on Saturday was very competitive, required overtime, and really set the tone for the entire day.  Despite the efforts of Mike Moreno (6’5/PF/KY/2019), the stellar guard play of Tyrees Maxey, Chris Harris and Devion Harmon proved too much for the Indiana-based Teague.  Another good one on day one pitted 2019 D.C. Premier against Team Florida. This game featured 2 of 2019’s best post players in Balse Koprovica (7’0/C/2019/FL) and Makhi Mitchell (6’7/PF/C/MD/2019). The game was highly contested until the end, but D.C. Premier was ahead 42-47 by the time the horn sounded. Mitchell and Koprovica played well the entire day and did nothing but strengthened their national reputations.

K. Walker, Z. Harmom, J. Harris, S. Morrow, P. Dawson, L. Manuel, T. Notarainnu, C. Ellis, & J. Pugh
Bmores Finest’s James Bishop (6’0/PG/2019/Bmore) hit the ground running on Saturday and proved to be his team’s primary scoring option. The super crafty guard can get in the paint consistently and get others involved, but he can also put up big numbers if required to do so. Butler Elite returned for a second season in the NYBL and their two-headed monster of Demonte Hudson (5’9/SG/2019/Racine, WI) and Noble Days (6’8/C/2019/Racine, WI) gave teams problems all day. West Coast Elite’s 2021 team has a good one in Latrelle Moore (5’9/PF/2021/Houston, TX) and Chris Page (6’2/WF/2021/CA). Moore is an explosive athlete with a mature game that makes an impact both offensively and defensively. Also, we plan to follow E1T1’s Leonard Manuel (6’2/WF/2020/Ocala, FL) over the next couple of sessions as he proved to be a great looking athlete with a big upside. Team Durant’s Anthony “AJ” Hoggard (5’9/PG/2020/Philly) was one of the best 2020 guards we saw all day.  A big guard with an elite handle, Hoggard has no problem breaking down his defender and getting into the paint for a score or dish.  The Worldwide Wildcats are loaded with elite prospects including Dwon Odom (6’1/SG/2020/ATL), Chase Ellis (6’0/PF/2020/ATL) and Jeremy Roach (5’8/SG/2020/GA) to name a few and all three of them are worth tracking going forward.

In the 2019 division, several teams went to bed Saturday night with an undefeated record.   Some of those teams included New World, Team Rio, Philly Triple Threat, Team Texas and Butler Elite.  Some of the 2020 teams joining the ranks of the undefeated after day 1 included Team Durant and the Oakland Solders, while some of the 2021 teams included New World, Team Takeover and the West Coast All-Stars. In addition, Team Izod 2021 is absolutely loaded with elite talent with the likes of Trey Patterson (6’3/C/2021/Summerset, NJ) , Darnell Harris (6’3/PF/2021/Miami, FL) and Kahlil Farmer (5’8/PG/2021/Philly).  Izod is long and athletic and will be tough to beat the rest of the NYBL season. We were also pleasantly surprised with teams like 2019 New World and Triple Threat who we had heard and read about but had not had a chance to see them play.  Both teams have legitimate bigs with long-term potential. We wrote about Team Charlotte a few days ago and their play in session #1 confirmed what we had heard.  They took a 72-66 hit from Bmores Finest in the opening game, but would not loose again the rest of the weekend.

D. Patterson, J. Blackman, D. Harris, M. Branham, N. Peeoples, D. Booker, S. Jones, C Houston, & D. Johnson
The 2020 Mid-Ohio Pumas shocked a couple of teams with their team-oriented brand of basketball.  They may not have a roster full of bigs or extreme athletes, but they excel at executing their offense and distributing the ball to open teammates. The West Coast All-stars found that out the hard way as they went down to the Columbus, Ohio-based team 72-66.  Jack Pugh (6’0/W/PF/2020/Plain City, OH) is the primary stud on that team, but he gets big time support from a solid core of skilled players. Although the Pumas would take one on the chin against Steve Wade’s San Diego Select team later in the day, they would finish the nightcap with a comeback win over God First Crusaders.  San Diego is well built with the requisite floor general in Alex Wade (5’5/PG/2020/San Diego, CA) and consistent scoring from Thomas Notarainni (6’0/SG/2020/San Diego, CA), but this team also has great post play and plays as a cohesive unit. San Diego is clearly one of the best 2020 teams in the league and has a solid chance at the title.  We have to mention the Oakland Solders who were clicking on all cylinders on day one. If a roster of Shemar Morrow and Khari Walker wasn’t enough, the Soldiers have gone out and added more top 10 talent in Zion Harmon and Jaden Springer.  Although a few teams manage to hang with Oakland early in games, by the time the horn sounds Oakland is often comfortably ahead. Simply too much talent on this team for most teams!

Day 1 featured far too many compelling games and match-ups to mention here; however, we will take a shot of highlighting some of the standout performers we saw. As we have often stated, we love seeing talented kids for the first time and digging out those diamonds in the rough.  Add New World’s Karim Coulibaly (6’7/C/MD/2019) to that list, as Coulibaby was a straight beast in the games we saw. Long, with a nice touch around the basket and the ability to finish at a high clip, Coulibaby’s potential is through the roof. We also really liked AOT’s Isaac Okoro (6’3/PF/C/Atlanta/2019). Okoro has a strong frame, is very athletic and handles the rock well for his size.  Although only 7th graders, AOT’s backcourt features the Cooper brothers, who despite their diminutive size, provide solid backcourt play to the Atlanta-based squad. We had heard about team Charlotte’s Zeb Graham Jr. (5’11/PG/Charlotte/2019), and he was as good as advertised. Justin McKoy (6’3/WF/Cary, NC/2019) was another intriguing prospect. McKoy has good size, is strong, and has a nice touch around the cup and great footwork.

Team Rio’s Bryan Antoine (6’4/SG/2019/NJ) had a huge day one and continues to make a case as one of the top players in the league.  Antonie has continued to stretch out, is deceptively explosive, super smooth and has really perfected his outside shot.  The elite shooting guard has turned into a big time scorer.  In should be mentioned that on Saturday, Antonie had back-to-back breakaway dunks.  Also really impressive on day one was D.C. Premiere’s Marvin Price (6’3/SG/2019/Bmore) who was in straight beast mode.  Price is an elite athlete with loads of potential and represents serious matchup problems for most teams, as he is too big for most guards and is too quick for bigs.  The Cincinnati, Ohio-based SWO Elite finished 2-1 on Saturday and was powered by a trio of players including Joey Edmonds (5’8/PG/2019/Wyoming, OH), Alec Pfriem (6’3/SG/2019/West Chester) and Nick Thelon (6’4/PF/C/2019/Edgewood, KY). Although none of the above have national reputations, they all are consistent performers with a chance to play college ball at some level.

With 88 teams in the league playing on 12 courts, it’s extremely hard to see every team and player. Over the course of league play, our media partners and we will do our best to provide exposure to every player that deserves it.  We also plan to publish a day 2 report in a few days that will highlight the play of more players.  Also, keep an eye out for highlight videos from Ty Kish and Middle School Hoops.  If what went down in session 1 is any indicator, the teams and players in the NYBL are in for a serious treat!

Standout Performers:

2019: Bryan Antonie-Team Rio: Scottie Lewis-Team Rio; Makhi Mitchell-D.C. Premier; Karim Coulibaly-New World; Isaac Okoro-AOT; Donte Scott-Philly Triple Threat; Mike Moreno-Team Teague; Jay Heath-New World; Tyrese Maxey-Team Texas; Chris Harris-Team Texas; Devion Harmon-Team Texas; Bishop James-Bmores Finest; Zeb Graham Jr.-Team Charlotte; James Mungo-Bmores Finest; Joey Edmonds-SWO Elite; Alec Pfriem-SWO Elite; Nick Thelon-SWO Elite; Josh Burkhart-SWO Elite; Justin McKoy-Garner Road Bulldogs; Triston Miller-CBC Havoc; Jacob Ray-West Coact Stars; EJ Jackson-West Coast Stars; Horne-Garner Road Bulldogs. 2020: Shemar Morrow-Oakland Soldiers; Khari Walker-Oakland Solders; Jaden Springer-Oakland Solders; Anthony Hoggard-Team Durant; Gervon Dexter-E1T1; Cone-Worlwide Wildcats; Dwon Odom-Worldwide Wildcats; Leonard Manuel-E1T1; Chuck Harris-023 Feet; Chase Ellis-Worldwide All-Stars; Jeremy Roach-Team Durant; Alex Wade-San Diego Select; Thomas Notarainni-San Diego Select; Jack Pugh-Mid-Ohio Pumas; Chris Mayfield-Mid-Ohio Pumas; Matt Allocco-Mid-Ohio Pumas; S. Cooper-AOT; O. Cooper-AOT; Tramon Mark-God First Crusaders. 2021: Trey Paterson-Team Izod; Darnell Harris-Team Izod; Kahlil Farmer-Team Izod; Malaki Branham-Buckeye Prep; Jayden Hawkins-White-Buckeye Prep; Caleb Houston-S Elite; Latrell Moore-West Coast All-Stars; Chris Page-West Coast All-Stars; Blackman-Team Teague; Drake Booker-Oakland Solders; and Caleb Houston-S Elite.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Team Charlotte 2019 Poised for Breakout in the NYBL

Team Charlotte 2019
After a great showing at CP3’s tournament this past weekend in Winston Salem, NC, where Antijuan Love's 2019 Team Charlotte team stood toe to toe with some of  2019’s elite, the Charlotte, NC based team could make some serious noise when the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) season  tips off this weekend.  In Keyford Langley’s event, Team Charlotte defeated the defending AAU National Champion CP3 by a comfortable margin; later took down the Upstate Warriors and the Queen City Thunder, before losing to Team Florida in the championship game.  For the sake of full disclosure, Langley’s team was incomplete and was not expected to compete in the tournament portion of the event, but was forced into action after All-Ohio Red was an unexpected no-show.  With that said, Team Charlotte’s performance in Winston Salem was nothing less than impressive.

Team Charlotte is best described as “an up-tempo team that loves to get out in transition, press, trap and get up in your face defensively,” said Coach Love.  Team Charlotte’s top guy is Zeb Graham Jr. (5’11/PG/Fort Mill, SC) who has been described as one of the best PGs in a state full of talent. According to Love, Graham finished with 32 points against CP3 and dropped another 29 points on Team Florida. Other key pieces to Love’s squad includes Raquan Brown (6’2/SG/Charlotte, NC), who is big and can reportedly play all 5 positions; Matthew Smith (6’3/PF/Charlotte, NC), who is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker; and Nas Tyson (6’0/SG/Monroe, NC), who is described as super-fast.

Formally known as Charlotte Elite, Team Charlotte is sponsored by former NBA and Tarheel great Jeff McInnis and Under Armour, and is off to a 10-4 start to the new season.  That does not include an impressive run at the winter league in Charlotte where Love’s team only lost 2-3 games against high school aged players. When Love’s team arrives in Washington D.C. on Saturday for the tip-off of the NYBL they will be a virtual unknown.  When asked how competitive his team would be in the NYBL Love responded, “I have no clue how competitive we’ll be; I don’t know what’s out there. I know we will be competitive,” continued Love.  We just want to fly under the radar,” said Love.  With guys like Keyford Langley picking you as his “NYBL sleeper team,” we’re not sure how long Love expects to sneak up on teams. Team Charlotte will make their NYBL debut Saturday morning at 9:15am when they face off against Bmores Finest.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Buckeye Prep 2021 to Represent Columbus in NYBL

Patrick Daniels, Jayden Hawkins-White, Azzan Daniels, Malachi Branham & Will Miller
When the third season of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) tips off in Washington D.C. next week, Columbus, Ohio will be well represented by Coach Aaron Brown’s 6th grade Buckeye Prep squad.  Brown’s team has seen steady improvement over the past 2 years as evidenced by their 7th and 15th place finishes at the D-II AAU Nationals.  In addition, this past weekend, Brown’s squad played up in the 7th grade division of Ohio Youth Basketball’s Dot.com Classic and more than competed against older kids. In fact, Brown’s team won the 7th grade Shootout Bracket.

Although Brown has been able to maintain a good core group of kids over the past 3-4 years, with the addition of more size in the post in the form of Malachi Branham (5’9 PF) and Elijah English (5’9 PF), Brown believes he has closed the talent gap on other 6th grade teams in the city and around the state. As further proof of his team’s talent, in the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week, 5 of Brown’s players were selected to the prestigious all-star game, while Patrick Daniels’ game-high 14 points garnered him top 5 honors. Buckeye Prep’s core group includes Daaron Brown (5’2/P/SG), Azzan Daniels (5’2/PG), Patrick Daniels (5’7/WF) and Jayden White-Hawkins (5’5/SG). The rest of the roster includes Will Miller (5’9 C), Makhale Massie (5’9/WF), Damion Davis (5’2/PG), Mark Small (5’5/PF) and Jake McCon (5’1/G).

“This is by far my best team yet!!! I don't think anyone can argue we may be best team in our area,” said Brown. Other Ohio-based teams/programs headed to the NYBL this season include the Mid-Ohio Pumas, Ohio Basketball Club, SWO Elite, All-Ohio Red, King James, The Truth, Rail Cities Attack, EBO Hoops and the Dayton Wolves.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Rankings

MVPs-Cameron Carlisle, Kaleb Martin & Sean Jones
Below is a link to the 2015 Spring Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase rankings. The rankings were based on where each player was ranked by their respective coach.  In general, #1, #2 and #3 ranked players were ranked in the top 20.  Also, for the most part, #1 ranked players from each team made the top 10.  In addition to the top 20 and top 10 rankings, a number of players were designated as "Best Defender," "Most Skilled," "Top Prospect," "Mr. Hustle," "Best Attitude" and "Top Underclassman." These special awards are designed to provide additional recognition for certain aspects of the game.  Congratulations to all the players that made the lists!

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Rankings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Recap

Julian Malone, Corey Davis, Dylan Carter, Cameron Carlisle, Steve Stewart & Malik Johnson
Although the numbers were a little smaller than normal for the spring event, there definitely was no shortage of talent at Otterbein University last Saturday for the spring edition of Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Not only were there some of the more established players in the gym, we had the opportunity to get our first look at some really talented kids. 

Late in day on Saturday, Julian Malone (5’9/PG/2018/Westerville) put on a show with his ability to score the ball. In fact, at one point, Malone scored at least 14 straight points.  Highly skilled with ample athleticism, Malone had the gym buzzing. Cameron Carlisle (5’10/SG/2018/Gahanna) had a breakout season for Gahanna Lincoln High School this past year as he lead his freshman team to an undefeated season and a tournament championship.  Carlisle’s play on Saturday was just as impressive as he took command of his team.  He scored the ball, distributed to his teammates and demonstrated an all-around game. We were also really impressed with Alex Johnson (6’4/WF/2017/Cincinnati) who has good size, great footwork and can step outside and knock down a jump shot. Cory Davis (6’4/SG/2018/Cincinnati) arrived late, but his performance was right on time. We’ve seen Davis play on several occasions and he continues to get better every time we seem him.  Davis can either get to the cup or he can shoot from the perimeter. One of the most athletic players we saw all day was Dylan Antoine (6’0/P/SG/2015/Akron). In addition, Antoine plays hard and has a consistent motor.  Some of the other standouts in the high school division included: Steve Stewart, Malik Johnson, Dylan Carter and Collin Woodside.

K. Martin, Z. Loveday, D. Blanton, R. Hampton, I. Kennedy,  R. Bryant, C. Painter & M. Key
We saw him 2 weeks ago in Cleveland and were very impressed, but the work he put in on Saturday was nothing short of amazing.  As was the case 2 weeks ago, Kaleb Martin (5’5/PG/2019/Green) had the gym buzzing. We knew he was a wizard with the rock and we knew he had great vision and was a willing passer, but we were amazed with Martin’s ability to shoot from deep with great accuracy.  If that wasn’t enough, Martin is also a great defender who plays extremely hard.  Pound for pound, Martin has convinced us he is one of the top 2019 floor generals in the state! You know the old saying, “you can’t teach size.” Well, Zach Loveday (6’7/C/2020/Gallipolis) has plenty of that, particularly as just a 7th grader.  He’s not just big, but Loveday demonstrated the ability to knock down the 12 footer with consistency. He still has a lot of work to do and will need to continue to develop his thin frame, but we would not be surprised to see Loveday as a high major prospect in a few years.

Two weeks ago at the Buckeye Prep Winter Showcase Ronald Hampton (5’7/PG/2019/Huber Heights) was one of the best players at the event.  On Saturday, Ronald Hampton was one of the best players at the event. The last time we saw him play we were impressed with his ability to score; this week we were impressed with his on ball defense and toughness.  Oh yea, he still scored on Saturday, but his motor and athleticism are equally as impressive. Hampton scored a team-high 9 points in the all-star game. We also saw Jason Morton (6’6/C/2020/IN) for the first time. We had heard some good things about him, and his play on Saturday confirmed what we had heard.  Great size, strong, finishes around the cup and moves well for his size. Morton’s play garnered him a spot in the all-star game where he finished with a game-high 12 points. We had not seen Russell Cooper (5’5/PG/2019/Akron) before, but the strong, athletic guard was really impressive. Although Cooper was quick and relentlessly attacked the basket, he played under control and made good decisions with the ball. There were several quality bigs at the event and that list should include Michael Key (6’4/PF/2019/Toledo). Key is a big, strong lefty who is aggressive around the cup and finishes with contact.  Ryan Bryant (6’3/SG/2019/Ironton) is not a “big,” but he is big and handles the ball as well as many of the smaller guards we have seen. Great footwork and his ability to pass the ball at his size separated him from other shooting guards on Saturday.

Isaiah Kennedy (5’8/PG/2020/Beavercreek) had another impressive showing on Saturday as evidenced by his all-star nod and Top 5 Award.  Kennedy’s skill set coupled with his size gives him an advantage over smaller guards.  When his motor is running and he chooses to play closer to the bucket, Devonte Blanton (6’3/PF/2020/Cleveland) can be a problem.  Good size, strong and skilled, Blanton has all the tools to be a star.  He has proven he can hit the outside shot, but he can make more money right now finishing near the rim.  The younger brother of Delvon Roe, a Michigan State standout, Blanton has the genetics and raw materials to be a good one.  Darrion Henry (6'3/PF/2020/Cincinnati) logged in another solid performance in Columbus last weekend.  In Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago Henry impressed us with his size, athleticism and ability to get up and down the court. Henry should be a great addition to Malcom Walter’s Kings James squad this season. He’s only a 6th grader, but Noah Peeoples (5’8/PF/2021/Akron) played up in the 7th/8th grade divisions and more than held his own.  He was still strong in the paint and was still able to finish against bigger and stronger defenders, but his perimeter shot surprised us.  It’s no wonder he is virtually unstoppable at the 6th grade level! We also really liked Alex Pfriem (6’3/SG/WF/2019/West Chester), Andre O’Danial (5’7/PG/2020/Kettering), Payton Harris (6’1/PF/2019/Springfield), Kyle Adkins (5’10/SG/2019/Ironton), Jake Younkin (5’2/PG/2020/Loveland) and Sammy Anderson (5’8/PG/2020/Dayton).

S. Jones, D. James, C. Livingston, N. Rittinger, Q. Clark & P. Daniels
For the second time in as many weeks we had the opportunity to evaluate Chris Livingston (5’7/PF/2022/Akron) and his play on Saturday proved that he was who we thought he was, a big time prospect. Although he competed against 6th graders, Livingston’s length and athleticism were still evident. Livingston is fluid and runs the floor like a deer.  His consistent play warrants a statewide ranking, and national recognition should not be far behind. Sean Jones (4’10/PG/2020/Reynoldsburg) had another big weekend.  Everywhere we went people were talking about the dynamic PG.  Jones has the ball on a string and has a box full of dribble moves he use to get by his defender.  With continued work and development, Jones should be a great looking prospect going forward. We had not seen him before, but Malaki Branham (5’9/WF/2021/Columbus) is a prospect worth keeping an eye on. Long, athletic with a high motor best describes his game right now. In addition, we were really impressed with his ability to attack the basket and finish with a bump at a high rate.  From what we saw, Branham has the potential to be ranked among the best in the state. Noah Rittinger (5’4/PG/2021WV) was one of the better young guards at the event.  Rittinger does a great job of running a team, he makes great decision with the rock and he can shoot and pass at a high level.

We saw him in Lima several weeks ago and his performance in Columbus was equally impressive. Quincy Clark (5’0/PG/2021/Gahanna) has an elite handle; he easily gets into the paint and is adept at creating his own shot or good looks for his teammates.  One of the better lead guards in the showcase, Clark has a bright future with continued work and development.  The showcase was loaded with elite guards, and two such guards were Derrick James (4’0/PG/2020/Columbus) and Khalil Luster (4’6/PG/2020/Lima), both of who are highly skilled, quick as lighting and excel at finding open teammates.  John “The Show” Mobley did it again on Saturday.  Although the kid is only a 3rd grader, and is forced to play up against elite 4th, 5th and 6th graders, the kid finds a way to separate himself from the pack.  I guess it doesn’t really matter how big you are, if you can handle that rock, shoot the ball with range and make good decisions you can compete with anybody.  Mobley’s reputation and national ranking are well deserved! We have to add Tae Perie (5’3/PG/2021/Akron) to the list if elite guards at the event. Perie, a lefty, played with poise, showed great vision and was strong. We have to acknowledge the play of Patrick Daniels (5’2/W/PF/2021/Columbus). Daniels displayed great footwork, nifty post moves and the ability to finish at a high rate. For his efforts, Daniels was selected to the all-star game where dropped a game-high 14 points and received Top 5 honors.  Other standouts included Travon Jackson (5’5/PG/2021/Columbus, Azzon Daniels (5’2/PG/2021/Columbus), Jaden Hawkins-White (5’4 SG/2021/Columbus), Damaryea Gadson (4’11/PG/2021/Akron), Collin Albert (5’3/PG/2021/Cleveland) and Trey Robinette (5’3/SG/2021/Cincinnati).

Top 5 Award Winners

(HS) Dylan Carter, Corey Davis, Cameron Carlisle, Steve Steward and Malik Johnson. (7th/8th Grade): Kaleb Martin, Isaiah Kennedy, Ryan Bryant, Chris Painter and Michael Key. (4th/5th/6th Grade): Derek James, Quincy Clark, Patrick Daniels, Trey Robinette, and Sean Jones.

Other Players to Watch

Derick Jones, Caden Johnson, D’Marco Howard, Nick Morris, Jordan Pomroy, Lucas Thopmson, Noah Thomas, Arian Smith, Tyrus Tony, Derick Jones, PrinceDemonte Antoino, Trey Mack, Anthony Garrett, Carlton Wilks, Malik Lewis, Omar Abuhaamdeh, Devin Myers, Evan Leist, Micah Wallace, Jared Moman, David Miller, Braylon Wenger, Grant Huffman, Luke Frazier, Chris Painter, Dominiq Penn, Josh Thomas, Austin Speed, Josiah Mobley, Elijah English, Jarious Jones, Will Miller, 

Showcase Rankings

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Buckeye Prep Spring Elite Showcase Rosters & Schedule (Initial Draft)

Below is link with the initial draft of the showcase rosters and schedule. Parents, coaches and players should continue to visit the website to obtain event updates.  Also, below is an email that went out today regarding the upcoming elite showcase. Let's do it!!

Showcase Roster & Schedule (Revised 3-7-15)


Attached please find the “initial draft” of the showcase schedule and rosters.  I say initial draft because there could be some changes between now and Saturday.  As players are added (there are still a few spots available), rosters may change as well as the schedule.  The numbers are a little lower for the spring event this year because many high school players are still participating with their high school teams, and there are a couple of new tournaments this year scheduled at the same time as the showcase.  In fact, because of the OBC tournament in northeast Ohio and a tournament in Indiana, there are not enough elite kids from that area to move forward with the Ohio North vs South all-star games.  I will try to bring those back at another time. With that said, I’m excited about the level of talent committed to the event, and the smaller numbers will give different kids a better shot at exposure.

Please read the attached documents very carefully to insure your child/player is accounted for; is listed in the correct division, and his name is spelled correctly.  If you see any mistakes, simply email me at taylorobe@aol.com with the issues(s) and I will make the corrections prior to the event. In addition, it’s very important that you continue to visit the website (http://www.buckeyeprep.blogspot.com) between now and Saturday in order to check for updates, as I will be posting changes up until the night before the event.  Also, attached is another copy of the registration forms.  Please have them completed prior to your arrival on Saturday.

The facility is located at the Rike Center (1 South Grove Street Westerville, OH 43081) on the campus of Otterbein University. Registration will open at 7:30am; I will give opening remarks by 9:30am; and the first round of games will tip off at 10:00am. On another note, there will be an $8.00 admission charge, but $3.00 of that will be waived if you bring 3 can goods (fruits and vegetables preferably).  We are using the event as a fundraiser for a local food pantry and we would prefer the can goods over the money!  In addition, this year’s event is being sponsored by Sylvia Garrett Insurance Agency L.L.C.  Also, I still have the need for a coach or two of anyone is interested.  In closing, my staff and I are looking forward to another great event and we hope you and your son/player is excited as well. Please arrive with a healthy dose of patience and positive energy as it will be a long day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 614-203-2929.