Monday, September 5, 2011

Central Ohio Gym-Week #4

Walnut Ridge's Roy Alexander had a big day

Week # 4 of Vic Dandridge’s open gym was the best yet in terms of both the amount of talent in the gym as well as the level of play. The competition was enhanced with the participation of a Cincinnati/Kentucky based team of Devin Williams, Willie Moore, Tyonte Robertson, Paul Woodson, Nick Ruthsatz (Ky) and Nick Fredrick (KY) The team ended the day with a 4-2 overall record. A shout out to Cincinnati Prep Hoops’ Corey Albertson for bring the kids up to Columbus to participate. This week, I thought I would try a new format for listing the team and players of the day.  Please click on the link below for that information.  Let me know what you think in the “comment” section below.  

I have to mention a couple of other things.  First, I really enjoyed watching the Rossi twins play.  Jacob and Justin, both 6’8 centers, attend Franklin HS, and both logged in a solid day of basketball.  Look for a feature of the two in a few days.  Also, Northland’s Ke'Chaun Lewis’s dunk over Devon Scott was simply nasty!  Click on the red highlight to check it out; I’m sure you will agree.  It was all in good fun thou, as the 2 teammates were seen laughing about it later.

DJ Blanks-6'2 ASVSM 

I got a chance to watch ASVSM’s DJ Blanks play for the first time and was very impressed with the young man’s game. Arguably the top 2 teams of the day were the Jack Gibb’s led team #7 (including Matt Rhodes, Steve Wolscak, Jake Bischoff & Jaylen Benton), and team #5 with Jordan Potts, DJ Blanks, Jacob Cashen (Norwalk), Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson.  Team #5 grinded it out all day, while having to play 3 sudden death games on the day. Also, the match up between Gibbs and Potts was a good one!

6"9 Malik Dime-Walnut Ridge 

The pair of Walnut Ridge kids represented the red & white well.  6’4 Roy Alexander had a big day while 6’9 Malik Dime showed flashes of something special.  I also noted several D-II & D-III coaches in the gym checking out the talent. I saw coaches from Walsh, Dennison and Cincinnati State to name a few. It’s always nice for kids to get college looks. I spoke to Pick Central's Caress Levert and he mentioned he had received an offer from Alabama State recently.  The way the kid has been playing, that should be the first of many offers coming his way.

Finally, in case you have not heard, there were several college commitments this past week. Elida’s Reggie McAdams pulled the trigger for Akron; big CJ Getty verbaled to UNC Wilmington, and Pickerington Central’s Chad Nelson committed to Ohio Dominican University.  Congrats to Coach Artie Taylor and his staff at ODU. In closing, the way it is going, I can't wait to see what goes down in week #5!


  1. I want to thank you Rob Taylor for the coverage of the event. It is through efforts like yours to get the information out there that allows events like this to happen and to get better and better. Thanks for everything.

    Coach Vic.

  2. Like the new format Rob...GREAT EVENT VICTOR!!!