In year two of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL), 5 Ohio-based teams will represent the Buckeye State in the league’s 2 divisions. All-Ohio Red, Ohio Basketball Club, Ohio Hoopsters Elite, Riverside Flyers and the Mansfield Cavs (6th grade) will all lace em up against the most elite teams in the country. Only 2 Ohio teams participated in the elite league last year (All-Ohio & Murphy AC), with All-Ohio taking home the championship in the league’s inaugural season.
Modeled after Nike’s very popular Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), the NYBL is a national middle school league that brings together the best teams in the country. In terms of the level of competition, last year at the 6th grade AAU Nationals, 7 of the 8 teams that made it to the tournament’s Elite 8 all participated in the NYBL. Although a lot of teams profess to want to play the best competition they can fine, that’s not always the case. The 5 teams representing Ohio are participating in the league in order to compete at the highest level and to help develop their players and position them to play high school and college basketball.
In addition to the elite competition, the NYBL offers big time exposure, as many of the nation’s top scouting services attend the events. Once again, the Buckeye Prep Report is proud to be a founding sponsor of the NYBL. This year, the league has expanded from 24 to 32 teams in the 2019 division; has added a 2020 division, and has added a 4th session. Session 1 tips off this weekend in Washington DC; followed by session #2 in Atlanta, GA; session #3 in Louisville, KY; and session #4 here in Columbus, OH. For recaps of each session, continue to follow the Buckeye Prep Report and the official NYBL website (www.nyblelite.blogspot.com). Good luck to all of the Ohio teams as they represent the great state of Ohio!