The 8th grade division had its fair share of top performers, including 6'6 big man Nate Fowler from Cincinnati. Fowler was easily one of the top post players at the event, and he has a real good chance of being a long term post prospect. Following in the foot steps of his older brother Travis, Huber Heights' D'mitirk Trice established himself as one of the top floor generals at the event. Like his older sibling, Trice has a great skill set and a high basketball IQ. I also really like the poise and skill package of Jea'von McClain, a strong 5'2 PG from Aurora, Ohio. The kid's game just seemed a bit more advanced than his opponents. In terms of guard play, Kyle Stergis, a 5'3 point guard from Shaker Heights is strong with the ball, makes good decisions, caught the eye of the scouts in attendance. Kevin "Sticks" Fischer, a 6'4 center from Columbus had a good day, as did Dayton's Asante Patterson and Huber Height's Isiah Fairley. Fairley, a 6'3 swing man, has a nice frame, a high motor and showed he can knock down the mid-range shot. The other all-star selectees included: Jeavon Peterson, Cameron Fails, Trevon Baker, LaMonte Stone Jr., Brad Smith, Tyrone Cheery, Andrew Franscesconi, Chris Oakley, Cord'e Donald, Caleb Harris, Nick Ward, Xeyrius Williams and Jalen Lewis. Although he just missed making the all-star game, Afrocentric's Tony Anderson, a 6'4 PF made enough noise to win one of 5 Special Awards.
Although the 6/7th grade division was the smallest in terms of numbers, there was no shortage of talent. Arguably the top player in the division was 7th grader Hunter Lampley. Not only did Lampley's stellar play earn him a spot in the all-star game, he led that team to a win, on the way to Top 5 honors. Remember this kid's name, he could be a good one. Right behind him was Westerville's Jelani Rogers who put up a couple of 20 point plus games in league play. A crowd favorite, Rogers has a lot of tricks in the bag and can get you buckets. I have to mention Cincinnati's Rashaad Ali-Shakir, a 7th grader who has played consistently when ever we have seen him play. Ali-Shakir is a skilled PG with a solid handle and a good feel for the game. Kiston Branson, a 5'6 wing guard from Lansing, Michigan was a steam roller who used a strength and aggression to get to the cup and score. Branson was simply stronger and more determined than most of the other kids and he used his gifts to grab Top 5 honors in the all-star game. Also, special mentioned goes out to Justin Roberts, who as the only 6th grader, played his way to Top 5 honors. You might also want to keep an eye on David Dials Jr. from Cleveland. Like his older cousin Carl "Tay Tay" Jones, Dials has a lot of skill at a young age. Although he is just a 4th grader, Dials did not back down from the older player, and for his efforts he received 1 of five Special Awards. The other all-star selectees included: Erron James, Justin Roberts, Mitch Weber, Marcus Dempsey, Devin Taylor, Jake Fisher, Corey Benton, Mitch Peterson, Drew Helweger, Hershey Green, Matthew Moyer, Blake Bickett, PJ Jones, Seth Towns, David Rowlands and Ariuos Spears. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Also, click on the highlighted link to view Kurt Stubb's post event report , and re-visit this site to view multiple highlight mix videos from Ty Kish. Check out the latest mix tape.