As I have mentioned before, Ohio's class of 2016 is absolutely loaded, and may be one of the best classes we have seen in many years. By most accounts, Team Lima, All Ohio Elite and the Cincinnati Lakers are the top eighth-grade teams in the state; however, the Cleveland based SMAC Primetime has been making some noise recently and deserve a little ink. Below is a team profile of Primetime.
From what I hear, this team has tremendous chemistry and a solid core of talent. So far this season, SMAC has sought out and competed against some tough competition around the Buckeye state. Specifically, while playing in the Bearcat Classic in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago, SMAC defeated the Toledo Ruff Riders, All-Ohio Purple, Nova Village and the Ohio Crush in the semi-finals before losing to the Cincinnati Lakers in the finals. In addition, recently, SMAC participated in the King James Shooting Stars Classic, finished first in their pool and advanced to the Gold bracket where they were later bounced from the tournament after a loss to #1 ranked Team Lima.
|Devin Stover-6'1 SG/WF Cleveland|
SMAC's starting 5 includes: Devon Stover, (6'1" SG/WF lefty), Tyler Tupa (5'8 PG), Justin Layne (6'1 PF), Ben Seaman (5'9 PG), and Mark Kostelac (6'7 C). SMAC is coached by SMAC Director, Doni Moody. We first got a glimpse at Stover last year at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, and his solid play that day got him noticed by a couple of the scouts who were in the gym covering the event. 6'7 Mark Kostelac already has the size to become an impact player; he just needs to continue to gain strength and improve his skill set. I hope to get a closer look at SMAC before the end of the summer.