By most accounts, the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase II was a great success. Despite the fact that football season is in full awing, approximately 100 players descended on Gahanna Lincoln High School for a day of competitive basketball.
One of the goals of the elite showcase is to get young aspiring players as much early exposure as possible. To this end, there were several prominent scouting services in the house including: Prep Spotlight's John Stoval, Hoop Scoop's Chris Johnson, Ohio High School Hoops' Kurt Stubbs II, High Major Scoop's Chaz Wolfe and Bucknuts.com's Jeff Rapp.
In terms of the format, the one-day showcase featured 3 league games and concluded with all-star games in each of the 2 divisions. In the 8th/9th grade all-star game, Jalen Rhea, Aaron Jackson and Keith Richardson Jr. led the Red team to a 65-36 victory over the White squad. In the 6th/7th grade all-star game, Isiah Jones, Nate Fowler and Macio Teague paced the Red team over the White team 74-57.
8th/9th Grade All-Stars: (Pictured) Darryl Long, Ronnie Stokes, Aaron Jackson, Jalen Benton, Jack Gibbs III, Trevon Bluiett (Indiana), Jalen Rhea, Manuel Powell, Austin Gardner, Ronnie Williams, Isaiah Johnson, Terry Cook, Adrian Cook, John Elmore, Keith Richardson Jr.,(Michigan), Jordan Tyson, Jaylen Jones, Brice Bailey, Austin Gutting & TJ Steele.
Top Five Award Recipients: Aaron Jackson, Jalen Rhea, Keith Richardson Jr., Ronnie Stokes, & Ronnie Williams.
Top 8th Grader Award: Darryl Long & Ronnie Williams.
Top Ten Performers: Aaron Jackson, Trevon Bluiett, Jalen Rhea, Jalen Benton, Jack Gibbs III, Ronnie Williams, Darryl Long, Ronnie Stokes, Austin Gardner and Manuel Powell.
Other Players To Watch: Nate Axelrod, Mario Davison, Austin Taylor, Breon Robinson, DeVon Price, Drexler McColly, Devon Rogers, Julian Scott & Adam Gigax.