Saturday, July 30, 2011
|D'Mitrk Trice has heard from several colleges|
|LaMonta Stone II already has offers|
As part of this piece, I spoke with LaMonte Stone Sr., an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University, and he confirmed my suspicions. Because his son, LaMonte Stone II, plays AAU basketball (All-Ohio Red), the elder Stone is able to attend his son's AAU games, while also checking out the other talent in the gym. "When I'm in the gym, I make mental notes of some of the kids I see," said Stone. "I look at Clark Francis' (The Hoops Scoop) reports and websites like yours (Buckeye Prep Report) to see if what I see matchs up with the rankings," continued Stone. I asked Stone about the value of the questionaires he and his coleagues send out to young prospects and he indicated "they are for imformational purposes. We keep them on file. We can't send them any mail, but in a couple years we know where to find them," offered Stone. Stone also pointed out the some AAU organizations do a better job than others of "putting kids in a good situation" (to get exposure) by playing at events where college coaches maybe watching. According to Stone, "if you expose them early, the recruiting starts early."
Stone can attest to this practice first hand, as his son is ahead of the game having already received actual offers from a couple of MAC schools, including: Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Other schools showing interest include: Michigan State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Iowa State, Duquesne, and Tennessee. Stone is not the only 2015 player receiving early college interest, as D’Mitric Trice, a rising freshmen heading to Wayne High School, has already received questionnaires from Bowling Green, Loyola of Chicago, Toledo and Detroit. In addition, although he has not received any letters to date, Moeller’s Nate Fowler has received interest from Ohio State, Dayton and West Virginia, and exploratory calls to his high school and AAU coach. Moreover, according to his father, Fairfield’s Luke Kennard’s play this summer has not gone unnoticed by college coaches, as the lefty has already received interest from several college programs. Mark Kennard lists Ohio State, Michigan and Dayton as programs that have shown interest in his son.
According to Glenn Galermo, coach of the Cincinnati Knights, he has received multiple calls from college coaches asking about AJ Harris, Kennard and Fowler. He mentioned Ohio State, Michigan, and Dayton as programs that have early interest in the trio. Galermo added, "OSU, Michigan, Dayton and Wright State (coaches) were at all of our games at the AAU Nationals." Galermo also indicated that Wright State has shown a great deal of interest in Harris, stating, "Wright State wants him now," and West Virgina is "all over" Fowler. Finally, Galermo predicts 5-6 of the kids on his Cincinnati Knights roster will recieve D-I scholarships.
|Esa Ahmed being eyed by Cleveland State|
Though he has not received any letters to date, Cleveland State coaches have let it be known that they will be watching Shaker Height’s Esa Ahmed this upcoming AAU season.
There you have it, tangible proof that early exposure can pay dividends, as evedenced by the fact that the players profiled above are all ready garnering major college interest despite never having played one minute of high school basketball. Oh wait, it' not just the class of 2015 getting the looks, I know that Ohio State is tracking Akron's Tervell Beck, only a seventh grader!
By Thursday, four Ohio 16-U teams had punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. Ohio Varsity is in the Final Four vs. BABC Sophomore, the No. 1 rated team in the U.S. In some rankings. All Ohio Red played Ohio Hoopsters in a consolation game yesterday after both teams made the Elite 8 but lost their quarterfinal games. Team CBIZ led BABC at halftime on Thursday but lost by 10, putting them in a consolation bracket where they could still finish 9th overall if they win out. Bottom line, no other state has done as well as the Buckeye State in the 16-U event.
On Friday, with their 36-38 loss to Xpression Elite, Team CBIZ fell one game short from playing for 9th and 12th place. All-Ohio Red defeated the Ohio Hoopsters Cash 65-54 in quarter final action, and will play the 5th/6th place game today against the Garner Road Bulldogs. After loosing to BABC 51-29 in the semi finals, Ohio Varsity White will face the New York Guachos in the 3rd/4th place game later today. The Ohio Hoopsters Cash will match up with Risings Stars Gold in the 7th/8th place game early this morning. Regardless of the final outcome, Ohio will place 3 teams in the top 10! Congratulations to all of the Ohio teams for an outstanding showing!!
In U-17 action, four Ohio teams lost second round games (King James Shooting Stars, All-Ohio Purple, Cincinnati Royals and Ohio Shooting Stars) and will play consolation bracket games later today. Hidden Gems Dahn plays its first round consolation bracket game later todaye as well. All-Ohio Red is still alive in championship bracket play after a 85-66 win over the Florida Rams yesterday. Red will face Houston Hoops in the third round later today.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
|Xavier Holston-Sims & Seth McCoy (2015)|
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Amos "AJ" Harris|
|All-Ohio Purple with the Hardware|
Finally, a shout out also goes out to Coach Demarco Bradley and All-Ohio Purple, who after finishing 1-2 in pool play, ran the table (won 5 games) in the Classic bracket to claim the Classic championship. According Coach Bradley, the experience at the nationals was "Extra special for our players and parents. This was our first year going down to the nationals and words can't even describe the experience." Also, Bradley expressed his gratitude for the support he and his team received from the All-Ohio Red coaches, players and parents, stating, "Coach Francis was very helpful to me, and to see two Ohio teams come together down there was special." Bradley firmly believes that had his team not been placed in one of the toughest pools in the tournament, they made have more success in the championship bracket. Some of the standout performers included: Joey Edmonds, Greg Tribble, Nyles McBride, Demarco Bradley Jr. and Jeff Tyus.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|Cap City Cardinals' Trey Pugh|
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
|Luke Kinnard-Player of the Week for Knights|
From what I understand, Luke Kennard is doing the heavy lifting for the Knights, who are playing without big man Nate Fowler who is sidelined with a foot injury. In the 6 games they have played so far, Kennard was either the leading scorer, or he tied for the honor, including a 30 point outburst against Worldwide Black. Running with the Knights this week are Columbus’ Chris Moxley, Brennan Gillis from Indianapolis and Jaqualus Matlock, a 6’6 center from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Reports are that Matlock and AJ Harris are also playing well for the Knights.
Although they were eliminated from the winners bracket with their 75-53 loss to the Houston Defenders on Monday, All-Ohio Red has a chance to place in the top 10 (10/13th game) if they run the table in the 2nd round consolation bracket. All-Ohio will play Nike Team Florida Tuesday night. All-Ohio had smooth sailing in pool play finishing 3-0, with wins over the Louisiana Bayou Flames (52-38); Alabama Dream Team (50-46) and Team Sneed (58-52). In round one of the championship bracket, All-Ohio defeated Soldierz Elite 71-70 before taking the loss to Houston.
|Esa Ahmed-Player of the Week for All-Ohio|
Coleman is most proud of his team’s pool play performance stating, “We surprised a lot of people winning our pool as the 4th seed.” Coleman is also excited about his team’s overtime victory against the Arkansas Soldierz. In that game, although up 11 points with 6:25 remaining, and after a 30 minute game delay due to a Soldierz injury, Arkansas came storming all the way back to send the game into overtime. In OT, MaCio Teague hit a big shot late, and Esa Ahmed scored to preserve a 2 point victory.
With their stunning defeat over the Cincinnati Knights in the Ohio State AAU State Tournament back in June, Dayton Salvation Army was the highest seeded Ohio team in the tournament. However, they were unable to hold on to the seeding, and were relegated to the Classic (consolation) bracket with a 1-2 pool play record. So far, Army has won two games in consolation bracket play, with wins over the Brevard Storm (forfeit) and Florida TGFB (50-46). Army will face the Southern Kings Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. For the record, Army has been forced to compete with only six players and an injured Kyle Ahrens (hand injury). Ahmed Waggnor is reportedly playing well for Army.
The Cincinnati Lakers finished 1-2 in pool play and missed an opportunity to match up with Salvation Army in the second round after being knocked out of the Classic bracket with a 57-53 loss to Florida TGFB. All-Ohio Purple is out of the tournament after a 1-2 pool record, a trip to the Classic bracket and a final 72-53 loss to Team Nola. Club Ohio Maroon finished 1-2 in pool play and won 1 Classic bracket game against Alamo City Diamonds before dropping a 68-43 loss to the Alabama Dream Team. Columbus’ Ohio Elite went 0-3 in pool play and were bounced from the tournament (Classic bracket) after an 81-66 loss to Richmond Metro Gold.
In division II action, four Ohio teams participated, and three teams are still alive. The Cincinnati Rockerz went 2-1 in pool play, but a 67-48 loss to the North Carolina Warriors in the first round ruined any chance of a championship. The Rockerz’ first game of the 1st round consolation bracket is against T-M-T Express. Ohio Varsity finished 2-1 in pool play, but a first round loss to the Tennessee Edge (83-45) resulted in a trip to the 1st round consolation bracket. Ohio Varsity will face the Carolina Rebels Tuesday Afternoon. The Family II finished 1-2 in pool play and is into the 3rd round of the Classic bracket where they will face the Jacksonville Pistons Tuesday night.
Monday, July 18, 2011
|Deontae Hawkins-^'7 PF|
When asked what he prefers in a school, Hawkins mentioned “coaching staff, atmosphere and a coach who is going to push me to be better.” From my conversation with Hawkins, it would appear he prefers to stay close to home, so "my family can see me play.” However; Hawkins left open the option of going to any program where he can "reach my full potential.” So far, Wichita State, Dayton and Georgia are the schools recruiting Hawkins the hardest. Hawkins has already taken unofficial visits to Ball State and Dayton, and although he plans visits to Wake Forrest, Georgia and Auburn as soon as possible, no formal schedule has been set at this point.
In terms of the upcoming high school season, Hawkins believes his Dunbar team is a state championship caliber team with the transfer of Andre Yates. “I expect a lot of success with the transfer of Andre Yates. He can get the ball to me and (Gary) Akbar, and I think we can reach our goal of a state championship,” says Hawkins. So far this summer, Hawkins has enjoyed his run with All-Ohio Red, and plans to finish July Strong. “I plan to play my hardest during my last tournaments, have fun, and hopefully pick up more offers,” said Hawkins. Hawkins’ summer coach, Quinton Rogers, thinks Hawkins is “tough minded, a good rebounder and a good jumper shooter.” Also, Rogers beleives Hawkins "needs to get stronger and work on ball handling in order to make the transition to the 3.” Look for Hawkins to finish July strong as he heads into the AAU Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals.
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Stephen Clark-Junior PG was Spectacular|
|Terry Rozier-Player of the Week|
|Tony Farmer-Player of the Week|
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|Picture of Houston Hoops v Team Takeover|
Sitting at 2-1 heading into the evening session of the Peach Jam, All-Ohio was positioned well to advance to bracket play on Thursday with a win over 11-4 Georgia Stars. All-Ohio new they would have their hands full with top 100 ranked Tony Parker, but 6’8 Alex Poythress proved to be biggest problem, as he helped the Stars pull away in the second half to claim a lopsided victory over All-Ohio. Although All-Ohio would own a 1 point lead early in the first half, the Stars came racing back and would eventually take a 10 point lead into the break (29-39).
|Rozier (26 points & 7 Rebounds)|
Coming off a big win against Houston Hoops last night session two of the Peach Jam, All-Ohio began session 3 where they left off as they teed it up with the (6-9) Arkansas Wings. Although the Wings opened the game with a layup to take a 0-2 lead, Dayton Dunbar’s Deontae Hawkins came out smoking hot as he drained three deep treys to give All-Ohio early momentum. It wasn't just treys, Hawkins had a couple of put backs as All-Ohio would go on a 17-0 run (21-4) with 10:15 left in the half. The Wings would answer with a run of their own to cut the lead to 15-23 at the 6:02 mark, before a Jalen Robinson layup the next possession extended the All-Ohio lead to 25-15. Another Wings run cut the lead to 4 points (26-22) with 4.50 left, but a Jake Kretzer put back put Red back up 28-22 with 3:31 left in the period. All-Ohio would eventually take a 22-33 lead into the break. Teddy Hawkins and Terry Rozier paced All-Ohio with 13 and 10 half time points, respectively.
All-Ohio’s U-16 squad hooked up with the Baltimore Stars this afternoon, and found themselves in an early hole. Although Red would trail for the entire 1st half, they were able to trim the lead to 4 points (23-27) by the 1:30 mark. The Stars would extend the lead to 7 heading into the break (32-25). Marc Loving scored 6 straight points early in the half as All-Ohio seized a 40-35 lead with 10:55 left in the game. After All-Ohio coughed up the ball 6 times in 10 possessions; the Wings would capitalize and cut the lead to 53-52 with a little over two minutes left in the contest. Baltimore’s Daxter Miles knocked down a jumper with 26 tics left to give the Stars their first lead of the second half (59-58). This game would tighten, as both teams had a chance to get the win late. Coming out of a timeout, All-Ohio had the ball down 1 with 24 seconds left. Marc Loving received a pass on the wing, drove baseline, was fouled and then proceeded to knock down 2 free throws to put Red back in front 60-59 with 10.1 remaining. The Stars in bounded the ball under All-Ohio’s basket, drove the full length of the court, missed a layup, but retained possession with 3.6 left. Baltimore then in bounded the ball at their end of the court, and Kameron Williams got off a desperation shot at .5 that did not look like it had a chance; however, All-Ohio’s Marc Loving fouled Williams in the act of shooting a trey. Williams then stepped to the line and calmly sank all three free throws to put the Stars ahead 62-60 with .5 seconds left. A full court heave missed left and the Stars claimed the hard fought victory. Tony Farmer and Marc Loving both led All-Ohio with 16 points. To see the day 2 pics, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|Terry Rozier finished with 18 pts and 5 asts|
In the second session of the day, All-Ohio Red would face a 12-3 Houston Hoops and a roster full of high major prospects. Duke commit Rasheed Sulamon would open the game with a layup to give Houston the initial lead. However, Teddy Hawkins answered back with a three ball, and Kenny Kaminski would hit a trey of his own to give All-Ohio its first lead at 6-5. Both teams would take turns playing with and loosing the lead, but Houston would take a 33-31 lead into the half. Kaminski scored on a layup and a free throw to give All-Ohio a 34-33 lead to start the second half, but Houston would answer right back with an ally oop to retake a 1 point lead (41-40). Although the lead would exchange hands for most of the second half, All-Ohio held on to claim 71-69 victory.
Michigan State verbal Kenny Kaminski continued his impressive play with a gaudy 30 point outburst. Terry Rozier bounced from a subpar first game to finish with 18 points and 5 assists. Jordan Potts finished with 10 points, followed by Donte Hawkins (9), Myles Hamilton (4) and Leroy Alexander (2). Rasheed Sulaimon led Houston with 24 points, while Brian Bridgewater added 19 and J-Mychal Reese finished with 12. First up for All-Ohio in the morning are the Arkansas Wings followed by the Georgia Stars in the afternoon.
Monday, July 4, 2011
|All-Ohio Red-8th Grade Champions|
In the middle school division, All-Ohio’s U-14 teams was favored to win it all after picking up top 30 ranked Esa Ahmed from Shaker Heights. Although Ahmed played with Team Berea for most of the AAU season, he has joined All-Ohio for the stretch run. As we have already found out on a couple of occasions this weekend, the team with the most talent does not always win. Such was the case early Saturday when Ohio Varsity upset All-Ohio in a shocker. Despite having a front court full of quality bigs (Esa Ahmed, Michael Simon, Kevin Fisher & Tony Anderson) and highly ranked guards, Red took the loss. Although I missed the game, I got it on good authority by many who caught the action that Reynoldsburg's Loyd Chatman went to work and hit All-Ohio for 28 points. What's funny is the fact that several weeks ago I told Chatman I needed to see him excel against better talent before I could upgrade his ranking, so I guess he used that as motivation and got it done against some of the top kids in the class!
|Loyd Chatman Dropped 28 Points on Red|
I did get the chance to catch All-Ohio Red match up with All-Ohio White. This game featured several of Buckeye Prep’s top 30 players among the two teams. Right from the tip Esa Ahmed impacted the game with a layup in the opening possession, followed by a blocked shot on the defensive end. Although Red got out of the gates early and was up 12-4, White battled back and eventually cut the lead to 18-14 with 5:35 left in the half. From there, White would score only one more point in the half as Red went on a serious run to close the first half at 34-15. There was not much drama in the second half as Red would eventually claim a blowout (61-39) victory. Red was led in scoring by Esa Ahmed who finished with 18 points, followed by Hilliard’s Michael Simon who contributed 10. Rodney Coliver Jr. led White with 11 points and Gage Hisey added 9. Adding Ahmed is almost unfair, as no team in the state can come close to matching their size. Also, there are very few teams who can come off the bench with two kids over 6’5. Make no mistake, it’s not just All-Ohio’s post play that makes them a tough out, but their guard play more than solid with Bowling Green’s LaMonta Stone II, and I’m really starting to like Andre Foster (6’1 WG) and JaQuan Harrison (6’3 WF), both of whom have good length, athleticism and big upside potential.
|Esa Ahmed MVP|
|8th Grade All-Tournament Team|
In the 6th grade division, the Capital City Cardinals totally over powered All-Ohio Purple in the championship game, and went on to cruse to an easy 86-38 win. The Cardinals were just too big and physical for the undersized Purple squad. Hilliard's Trey Pugh was simply a monster, and he did pretty much anything he wanted to in the paint. Pugh led the Cardinals in scoring with a game-high 28 points, followed by Ronnie (LNU) (12) and Ryan Alexander (11). All-Ohio Purple's leading scorer was Frank Royals who finished with 10 points, followed Marcus Barton (7). One more word about Barton; what he did on Friday was no fluke, as I saw him knocking down treys all day Saturday as well.
|Trey Pugh-6th Grade|
Although the Inaugural Pre-Nationals Championship was small in numbers, the first-year tournament served as a great tune-up for the elite tournaments in July. Good luck to all the teams that participated in this weekends event. To see some of the handful of pictures I took at the event visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Also, follow us on Twitter.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Congratulations to the King James Shooting Stars' 7th grade team for winning the D-II AAU Nationals. King James finished pool play 3-0 with wins over Team Texas, MM33 and Team Destined for Greatness. In championship bracket play, King James defeated Fast Break 61-62 in round one, knocked off Corns 69-53 in round two, and held off Loudoun Triple Threat 64-59 to punch their ticket to the final four. King James would then beat the Houston Defenders 73-62 in the semis, before claiming the title with a convincing 70-43 win over Gulf Coast Blue Chips.
Congratulations also go out to the Elite Cavaliers for their 9th place finish at the D-I AAU Nationals. After falling to Sports Academy 46-28 in the third round, the Cavaliers went on a 3-game winning streak with wins over the Fairfax Stars Black (61-59), NC Team Felton (57-54) and BWSL New Generation (47-46). For the record, after loosing to the Elite Cavaliers in the second round, the Lakers defeated Impact Basketball 67-64, Athletes First 53-44, before finishing one game shy of the 10/13th place game with a 59-49 loss to The Family out of Michigan. Big ups to all of the Ohio teams who competed at the AAU Nationals this year.
|Ohio Hoopsters-11th Grade Champions|
The second day of the Pre-National Championships was complete with stellar play, upsets and the usual drama that is AAU basketball. In the upset department, All-Ohio’s U-17 squad, ranked in the top 20 nationally, took an “L” at the hands of All-Ohio Purple 60-52. Purple’s Jalean Lowe helped his team to an early 10-2 lead after 3 quick treys. Although Terry Rozier was getting busy early, and finished with 10 half time points, Purple enjoyed a 32-23 leading by the end of the first half. Red started the second period strong, scoring on their first 3 possessions; limiting Purple’s scoring, and cutting the lead to 32-30 by the 18 minute mark. Purple would not score until about 16:45 left in the period. The game would remain close until late when Red was forced to foul. Big Adlophus Washington was a force down low, finishing with a team-high 17 points. Lowe would eventually cool down a little, but he still managed to add 15 markers. Although he did not put up big numbers, Orlando Berry Jr. had a great floor game, and exhibited tenacious defense. Red was led in scoring by Terry Rozier (17), followed by Elijah Macon (13), Teddy Hawkins (9), Jalen Robinson (8) and Jordan Lauf (2). As a side note, despite their win against Red, All-Ohio Purple would back their bags and head south back to Cincinnati, giving up their spot in the final four.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
|Devin Scott-Cincinnati Commit|
As players wind down their involvement with their high school programs and the second half of the AAU season gets under way, the first weekend of July is a time for tune up type tournaments to get teams ready for the final grind of the summer. One such event is the first year Pre-National Championships, a collaboration between All-Ohio and the newly formed Ohio Hoopsters organization. Although small in numbers, the 31-team tournament has some really talented teams at the top. The 2-day tournament has 6 divisions from 2nd/3rd grade all the way up to 11th grade. The following are the results of some of the games I watched on day one.
The U-17 All-Ohio Red tipped off the tournament with a match up with Hidden Gems. Playing with only 5 players, one of which was Jordan Lauf from the U-16 team, red would finish with a convincing 75-50 win. Newly acquired Devon Scott is already making a positive impact on the team since his arrival at the AAU state tournament, and his solid play on day one here is evidence of that. Both Scott and Jalen Robinson were the leading scorers for Red.
|Marcus Barton-6th Grader|
Friday, July 1, 2011
In Classic Bracket play, the Cincinnati Bull Dogs were sent packing after a 46-59 loss to the Hoopdawgs Sports Academy, while Dayton Salvation Army was bounced from the tournament after a 65-53 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Hoyas in the second round.
It was also tough day for the Ohio teams that were competing at the D-II AAU Nationals, as Team Court Vision went down in defeat to Dallas Blue Chips 48-39, while the Ohio Players lost to Texas Suns Select 71-62, and the Ohio Hoopsters-Rockets lost to the NC Hustle 66-71. Hopefully the state can now get behind the Elite Cavaliers as they are the lone representative of the Buckeye state.