Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown Taking Registrations


UA Next Combine South Standout Performers 6-20

 Jalen Breazeale, Miles Versa, Garrison Powell, Oliver O'Brian & Jalen Hood
Yesterday we featured our picks as the top 5 players that attended the UA Next Combine Series in Atlanta, GA on Saturday.  Today, we would like to list players 6-15, including several players who made our Honorable Mention squad.  It’s always difficult in events like these to see everybody enough to accurately evaluate each player.  We do our best to see everybody, but we understand we often fall short.  Players need to understand that the window of opportunity to shine often closes quickly, so a slow start early, rest in the middle, or being too fatigued to give their maximum effort for an entire event could all conspire to produce under recognition and exposure.  Of course, some players are simply off their game for some reason.  With that said, let’s take a look at whom and what we saw on Saturday.

We over heard a coach describe Jalen Breazeale (5’8/PG/2021/Mauldin, SC) as the top PG at the camp.  Although we can’t confirm that, based on the standout performance logged in by Khalil Brantley, we can confirm that Breazeale was quite impressive!  He’s supper quick with excellent ball handling skills, and he excels at breaking down his defender and getting into the lane for a layup or dish. Breazeale is also athletic, and his ability to find open teammates and then deliver accurate and timely passes makes him an excellent playmaker.  He’s also explosive, and his knack for finishing wrap around passes in a crowd is exciting to watch. Breazele is a high energy player who seems to make a lot of things happen on the court.  Moreover, he defends at a high level.  Take a look at the highlight video below and we’re sure you will agree that Breazeale has game!

Miles Versa (5’10/PG/2021/Athens, TN) logged in a fine performance as well. Versa has a nice looking mid-range jumper, and he’s also aggressive at attacking the cup. He has an explosive first step and he does a good job of finishing plays.  He also sees the floor well and is a very capable and willing passer.  Versa also has good body control, and he plays with solid motor. We also saw some good stuff out of Garrison Powell (6’2/CG/2021/Roswell, GA). Powell, has good length, is athletic and finishes well through contact.  Powell is a bigger guard, and he finishes at the free throw line.

He may not scare anybody getting off the bus, but few players were more productive on Saturday than Oliver O’Brien (6’1/CG/2021/Davidson, NC). From what we saw, the highly skilled O’Brien just makes plays.  We did’nt keep his scoring numbers, but every time we looked up he was scoring the ball and making highlight plays.  The son of a high school basketball coach, it’s clear O’Brien has been in the gym doing skill work.  

Tony Watters II, Trayvien Curry, Jalen Clark, Robert McCray & Jaden Thomas
Any discussion about the top PGs at the event has to include Tony Waters II (5’9/PG/2021/Charlotte, NC).  Watters put in work on Saturday! He got to the cup on a consistent basis, hit mid-range jumpers off the bounce, set teammates up for easy buckets, scored in transition and was generally difficult to guard. Watters is also quick, explosive and relentlessly attacks the cup where he finishes at a high rate.  Teamed up with Breazeale, the duo gave teams problems all day.  We expect some good things out of Watters in the future. 

Just outside our top 10 were Trayvien Curry (6’4/PF/2021/Cleveland, TN) and Jalen Hood-Schifino 6'0/PG/2022/Charlotte, NC). Curry has good length, a solid frame and was at his beat protecting the rim against would be scorers.  He’s not just a good defender, Curry was seen finishing plays with his left hand. Curry appears to still have plenty of room to grow, so it would not surprise us at all to see him playing college basketball in a few years. Boyd also did enough to catch our eye on Saturday.  He’s well built, strong and he has a nice touch on his jumper. He’s also smooth, poised and plays with nice pace.  Although he did some nice things, everything tells us he had more in him that he did not let go.  Boyd could be another good one with continued growth and development.

Ashton Williams, Marcus Stewart, Anthony Hopson, Collin Albert, Ja'Sean Morris
We were also impressed with Jalen Clark (5’7/PG/2021/Indianapolis, IN), who caught our eye early. Clark is a great floor general, who plays the pick and roll well, is patient, keeps his head up in search of cutting teammates, and he does a good job of making plays.  He pushes the ball well in transition, but still understands how to play with good pace.  Robert McCray (5’11/PG/2021/Columbia, SC) was another solid PG who showed us flashes of talent. McCray was at his best driving to the basket.  He’s also fast, athletic and aggressive. Rounding out our top 15 is Jaden Thomas (6’0/CG/2021/Indianapolis, IN), who is another one to watch going forward.  Thomas has good size for his position, has a great motor, long arms, and he does a good job pushing the ball in transition.

Our Honorable Mention list includes: Justin Dobbins (6’5/PF/2021/Indianapolis, IN), Ja’Monti Wright (5’10/PG/2021/Louisville, KY), Anthony Hopson (5’10/PG/2021/Indianapolis, IN), Marcus Stewart (6’2/CG/2021/Columbus, OH), Colin Albert (5’10/PG/2021/Beachwood, OH), and Quante Berry (5’10/CG/2021/Cleveland, TN). 

Although the event did not have a lot of the big named kids due to a couple of big competing events, we were still please with the overall talent level. The UA Next Combine Series heads to the west coast (LA) nest week for the Memorial Day weekend.  From what we understand, the talent level should be significant!


Monday, May 22, 2017

UA Next Combine Rolls into the ATL

Khalil Brantley, Camden Blount, Joshua Beadle, Korey Richardson & Shayne Monsanto
The second leg of the UA Next Combine Series tipped off at Milton High School in Atlanta. GA on Saturday and played host to a number of talented ball players.  Although he was one of the smallest players at the event, Khalil Brantley (5’10/PG/2021/Jamaica, NY) made a compelling case as the event’s top guy.  Brantley is well known nationally, so it comes as no surprise to us that he excelled on Saturday.  Brantley dominated on both ends of the floor, and he not only scored the ball, his playmaking skills were on full display as he found open teammates consistently.  Brantley is a smart PG who is highly skilled and plays with an elite motor. He’s also crafty and he has the rock on a string.  At his current rate of development, Brantley projects no worse than a mid-major prospect.  In fact, word has it he has already secured an offer form Iona as an 8th grader!

Right behind Brantley in performance was Camden Blount (6’4/combo forward/2021/Smyrna, GA), a strong and athletic combo forward who plays with a lot of energy.  Blount is solidly built, rebounds in bunches, runs the floor with purpose, handles the ball well and finishes at a high rate around the basket. Blount also has a nice little mid-range shot to boot.  Another good prospect with continued growth and development.

We saw some really god things out of Joshua Beadle (6’1/PG/2021/Columbia, SC). Beadle already has good size for his position at an age, and he’s smooth, athletic and possess an impressive skill set.  We saw a three-level scorer who also doesn’t mind sitting down defensively. He excels at 1 dribble pull-ups or knocking down catch and shoot treys.  If left unguarded after he crosses half court, he is more than capable of stepping into a trey with little hesitation.  We also loved his motor and explosive first step! Kory Richardson (6’2/CG/2021/Columbia, SC) balled out Saturday as well.  Richardson showed the ability to create space with a nifty step back jumper. He also has a nice mid-range game including a, effective floater.  He’s got nice size already, rebounds well, and is super smooth.

Rounding out our top 5 is Shayne Monsanto (6’0/WF/2021/Columbia, SC), who is strong, and understands how to use his football-type frame to dominate in the paint.  Monsanto is also full of energy and is more than willing to do the dirty work.  He rebounds well for his size, is a solid defender and feasted on put backs all day. He also finishes plays through contact, is active in transition and has a great motor. We're not sure if Monsanto will stay the course with basketball or end up playing on the grid iron, but for now, he's nice! Although we have featured only our top 5 players, we will feature the rest of our top 10 tomorrow.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Baldwin has Next Level Potential

Patrick Baldwin, Will Jeffress, Dionte Hughes, Caleb Furst & Chris Hodges
Earlier we profiled the top guards that attended the UA Next Combine in Chicago, but it was clear there were a number of quality bigs and wings in the house as well. In terms of long-term prospects, Patrick Baldwin (6’6/WF/2021/Evanston, IL) legitimately could have been the top prospect in the gym.  Baldwin is long, agile, and has a good touch around the rim. He can also handle rock, pass, and he fills the lane on the break at a high level.  With a father who coaches at Northwestern University, it’s easy to understand why Baldwin has since an impressive skill level, IQ and upside potential. 

While we’re talking about long-term prospects, William Jeffress (6’5/WF/2021/Erie, PA) has a high ceiling as well. We’ve caught Jeffress in action on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with his athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to finish at the rim at a high level. Jeffress is long, defends well and can guard multiple positions.  Look for Jeffress on a college campus in a few years! Dionte Hughes (6’6/WF/2021/Indianapolis, IN) is another one to watch.  An athletic combo forward, Hughes finishes well around the rim with dunks, grabs more than his share of rebounds and can push the rock from baseline to baseline off the rebound.

Caleb Furst (6’8/C/2021/Ft. Wayne, IN) has long been considered one of the top bigs in the country, and his play in Chicago did not hurt his reputation.  Furst is a lefty with a soft touch on his jump shot.  He also rebounds well, has some nice back to the basket moves, and he make his free throws.  Furst is also a solid long-term prospect with high major potential. Chris Hodges (6’8/C/2021/Schaumberg, IL) attracted some attention in Chi Town. Hodges was biggest big at the combine. He moves well, shows toughness, finishes around the rim and defends the paint.

We should have already mentioned Max Christie (6’2/PG/2021/Arlington Heights, IL) among the top PGs at the event, but we will say it here; the kid can ball! Christie already has good size for his position, can score from all three levels and looks like another long-term prospect.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that Christie’s mother played college ball at Northwestern!  We have to give a shout out to Noah Peeoples (6’2/WF/2021/Akron, OH), who traveled to Chicago and re-established himself as a national talent.  Peoples continues to demonstrate his ability to handle and score the ball away from the cup.  He’s an undersized power forward who is developing wing skills.

Pierre Brooks II (6’4/WF/2021/Detroit, MI) also logged in a solid event and did nothing to harm his growing reputation. We also saw some flashes from Makail Cottingham (6’0/PG/2021/Parma, OH), A.J. Braun (6’6/PF/2021/Springboro, OH), Glenn Bynum Jr. (6’3/CG/2021/Mint Hill, NC), Skyler Schmidt (6’6/PF/2021/Goshen, OH), Jaden Winfield (6’1/CG/St. Louis, MO) and Gregory Johnson (5’11/PG/2021/Cincinnati, OH).  Now that Chicago is in the books, we are now looking forward heading to Atlanta for the South Regional Combine.  Stay tuned!

Midwest Combine Player Pictures

Johnson Excels at Under Armour Combine

Meechie Johnson, Bryce Hopkins, Keon Henderson, Paul McMillan IV & Chris Livingston
Out of the 40 elite 8th graders who attended the UA Next Combine in Chicago last Saturday, Meechie Johnson (5’11/PG/2021/Garfield Heights, OH) may have out performed them all.  Although the event featured several nationally ranked players, including some of the top floor generals in the country, Johnson’s skill set, vision, ball skills, play making and ability to score was on full display.  Johnson is fully confident in his abilities, and his style of play is fun to watch.  He not only has the ball on a string, his ability to find open teammates and deliver pinpoint passes is at an elite level.  If that's not enough, Johnson appears to have stretched out a bit, and if he gets anywhere close to his father's height, he's going to be a problem. He has sat atop the Ohio-based rankings for years, but his national profile has continued to rise.  At this point in his career, Johnson clearly projects as a D-I prospect.  (See video)

Speaking of elite PG’s, we have to recognize Jalen Blackmon (6’1/CG/2021/Ft. Wayne, IN), who logged in another solid performance on the day. Blackmon is scoring combo guard, who possess very nice handle, has all the moves to get his shot off, is deadly from the 3-point line, and benefits from good blood lines.  We also really liked Bryce Hopkins (6’2/CG/2021/Montgomery, IL), who is a big strong point guard and a natural playmaker.  Hopkins also has a nice handle, he attacks basket or hits pull up off dribble, plays with great poise, and may have been the best long-term guard in attendance!

We also saw some good things out of Keon Henderson (5’11/PG/2021/Detroit, MI).  We’ve seen Henderson on numerous occasions, and he continues to make his case as one of the top point guards in the nation. Henderson is a quick point guard, who understands the role of distributor, but can knock down the jumper or get to the basket. He was only 1 of 2 seventh graders invited to the event, but Paul McMillan IV (6’0/CG/2022/Cincinnati, OH) more than held his own against the big boys. McMillan is one of the top 7th grade point guards in the country, and he continues to move up the national rankings as more people see his talent. McMillan has a very high IQ, can either knock down the jump shot or attack the rim. We also saw him excel at the drive and kick game, while also making correct reads going full speed.

Speaking of elite 7th graders at the event, Chris Livingston (6’3/CG/2022/Akron, OH) not only played very well, he was clearly better than a number of 8th graders at the event.  On Saturday, Livingston, a top 10-ranked player in the class of 2022, played above the rim, and proved he could score the rock, lock down defenders and can guard multiple positions.  With continued handwork and development, Livingston has a chance to play high major basketball in a few years.  Jaden Hameed (5’10/CG/2021/Northfield, OH) found a way to standout among a lot of talent.  Hameed has burst of speed, is quick, and is a guard that likes to attack the cup. Hammed is strongly built, and is a tough defender on an opposing guards.  Stay tuned as we profile some of the bigger players who attend the event.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

UA Next Combine Series-Midwest Underway

Jalen Blackmon, Caleb Furst, William Jeffress, Pierre Brooks& Meechie Johnson
We’re only halfway through the day of the UA Next Combine Series Midwest and it’s already clear there are some serious ballers in the house! The second year event tipped off at the Quest Multisport facility in Chicago, IL.  On the same court as the NBA Combine earlier this week, 40 elite 8th graders from around the region assembled for the first of 5 regional combines. Under Armour’s new partnership with the NBA and Jr. NBA is clearly evident and the upgrade in resources is quite impressive! Another nice touch was the presence of Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jernami Grant and former NBA great Antonio Davis, who offered their insight and experience to the campers.

So far this morning, players and parents have been treated to informative workshops designed to impart knowledge and valuable information about what kids and parents can expect going forward.  In addition, players are being put through a series of skill and drills as well as the same combine testing as the future NBA guys experienced this past week.  The 9 stations include shuttle drills, vertical jumps, 40-yard dash, wingspan and height measurements and several others.   After lunch, players will begin practicing before the 3 rounds of games begin in the afternoon.

The opening event has attracted some of the some of the top 8th graders in the region including: Jalen Blackmon (6’1/PG/Ft. Wayne, IN), Caleb Furst (6’8/C/Ft. Wayne, IN), William Jeffress (6’5/WF/Erie, PA), Meechie Johnson (5’11/PG/Garfield Heights, OH), Pierre Brooks II (6’4/WF/Detroit, MI), Keon Henderson (5’11/PG/Detroit, MI), Skyler Schmidt (6’6/PF/Goshon, OH), Patrick Baldwin (6’6/WF/Evanston, IL), Glenn Bynum Jr. (6’3/CG/Mint Hill, NC), Chris Hodges (6’8/C/Schamburg, IL) and Jaden Winfield (6’1/CG/St. Louis, MO). In addition to the 8th graders, 2 nationally ranked 7th graders made the cut.  Chris Livingston (6’3/CG/Akron, OH) and Paul McMillan IV (6’0/PG/Cincinnati, OH) will have the opportunity to pit their talent against some of the best the class of 2021 has to offer.  With all the talent in the gym, we can’t wait for the games to jump off later this afternoon!  Stay tuned for our post event report.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Huffman Receives First D-I Offer

Grant Huffman-Freshman St Edwards
We’ve watched him play for several years now, so it comes as no surprise to us that Grant Huffman (6’3/SG/St. Edwards/2020) received his first D-I scholarship offer from Miami of Ohio after his freshman year at St Edwards.  Huffman has always impressed us with his skill set and basketball IQ. As most of our avid readers know, Buckeye Prep has had Huffman ranked in our top 10 for several years. As a starter for Malcolm Walter’s King James Shooting Stars team for several years, Huffman carved out a national reputation for himself that put him on college coaches’ radars early.  In addition, Huffman was a perianal all-star and Top 5 Award recipient at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases, and it was clear early on that he possessed D-I potential.  We would like to congratulate Grant and his family for what will be the first of man offers in the next couple of years!

While we’re talking about early scholarship offers, we have to give a shout out the Khalil Brantley (5’10/PG/NC/2021), who as only an 8th grader, has already received a D-I scholarship offer from Iona.  Like Huffman, Brantley has performed at the highest level nationally for several years, and we’ve enjoyed seeing his progress and development right before our eyes.  We will get our next look at Brantley at the UA Next Combine in Atlanta next week. These early scholarship offers should serve as motivation for young players to continue to hone their craft, with the belief that college coaches are following their development even at an early age!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Big shake up in 2022 Power Rankings


Dayton Wolves Program Enjoy Big Weekend
In response to the results of the American Cage Classic in Cleveland and the Dayton Metro Roundball Classic in Dayton this past weekend, there have been some significant changes to the Buckeye Prep Power Rankings.  In Dayton, the Dayton Wolves knocked off then #2 ranked North Coast Blue Chips 52-42 in the championship game. In that game, Mekhi Elmore dropped a gaudy 27 points, while Sellers Littles finished with 11 points and 7 assists and Dontez Jones finished with 10 points and 11 assists.

The American Cage Classic had 5 teams listed in Buckeye Prep’s Power Ranking, including: the TNBA Shooting Stars, Court Leaders, Another Level, Dawg Days Basketball, and Hard Work Basketball. Below are the individual team results for each team for the weekend.

TNBA Shooting Stars- Beat Court Leaders in pool play and lost 55-38 to Another Level in the semi finals. This followed their loss to a very marginal VSN Trailblazers team (Youngstown, OH) in the Dru Joyce tournament last weekend.

Court Leaders- Lost 40-28 in pool play vs TNBA Shooting Stars, and lost 47-45 in the quarterfinals vs ABC Argento. Based on ABC Argento’s play at the event, they have cracked our Power Rankings for the first time this season. From what we understand, they are a really solid team and have similar personnel to the SMAC Akron Elite team we profiled on our site last week.

Another Level- Were clearly the best team in this tournament. Their closest game was 65-49 in the finals vs Dawg Days Basketball. They beat Hard Work Basketball, TNBA Shooting Stars, and Dawg Days Basketball (twice) by very comfortable margins over the weekend. Based on their performance, Another Level has made a huge jump in our rankings. 

Dawg Days Basketball- Defeated Hard Work Basketball 65-54 in pool play and lost 66-26 vs Another Level in pool play. They then defeated ABC Argento 59-50 in the semifinals before losing to Another Level in the finals. Dawg Days Basketball has played an absolutely brutal schedule, has strung together two good weekends in a row and is playing much better than what we saw earlier in the season. In fact, they have wins the last two weekends against Hard Work Basketball, Lakeshore 185, Michigan Mustangs, and ABC Argento, all very quality wins.  Based on their recent run, Dawg Days Basketball has also made a move up our Power Rankings.

Hard Work Basketball- They got stuck in a tough pool this weekend. Both of their pool losses vs Dawg Days Basketball and Another Level eliminated them from even advancing to the bracket. Two teams from their pool played in the finals.  Below is a link to the updated Power Rankings.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trio of Ranked Teams Win Again

2024 SMAC Premier
Danny Young’s 3rd ranked 2022 Ohio Basketball Club team (OBC) has collected yet another tournament championship. This time, OBC finished 5-1 on their way to the 8th grade championship of VAC Great Lakes Championship near Cleveland.  In pool play, OBC got by Team Fusion (94-20) and VAC-Schenz (76-34), before being upended by 20th ranked Team Cure (59-57).  In bracket play, OBC went on a 3-0 run with wins over Lake Erie Defenders (49-19), Ohio Panthers (57-51) and a rematch with Team Cure in the title game (52-50). Although Coach Young describes the results as a “…great team win,” standout performers included: Elmore James, Nolan Williams and Danny Young Jr. Other solid performers included: Trey Martin, Jordan Huff, Deon Horn, Preston Taylor, Aiden Lai and Jonah.

Coach Brad Downs’ 7th ranked 2024 SMAC Premier squad also grabbed gold last weekend at the Caveman North Pittsburgh Classic in Pittsburgh.  SMAC’s 6-0 run went through Caveman-Carr (46-14), Steeltown Basketball Club (58-39), Caveman Kaprose (54-15), SMAC Showtime (51-26) and Mahoning Valley Elite (41-31).  Standouts for SMAC included: Luke Skaljac, Bryson Curry, Evan Oravecz, Gavin Buckles and Devin Zahursky.  To date, SMAC has an impressive 30-4 overall record. 

On another note, Coach Tony Dixon’s 3rd ranked 2021 Dayton Wolves won the 8th grade division of Dayton Metro’s tournament on Sunday. Also, Coach Nathan Kaple’s 12th ranked Extreme Heat Neon got a tournament win Sunday at Ohio Youth Basketball’s Tyger Challenge. The Heat beat Donald Graham & Associates by 28 points in the championship game. T.J. Pugh scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the final game.

Monday, May 8, 2017

UA Next Combine Series-Midwest Tips Off Saturday


This coming Saturday, Under Armour’s UA Next Combine Series Midwest will tip off at the Quest Multisport Facility (2641 W. Harrison St) in Chicago, IL.  The second year event will host forty elite players from around the region and will involve skill and drills, workshops for players and parents, a guest speaker and 3 rounds of games.  In terms of the roster breakdown, there are 14 players from Illinois, 14 players from Ohio, 6 from Michigan, 3 from Indiana, 2 from Missouri and 1 player from Pennsylvania. Although the combine is primarily an 8th grade event (2021), 2 nationally ranked 7th graders (2022) have been invited to participate. Each player will receive free Under Armour gear ($200 value), including shoes, a uniform, t-shirt and lunch.

In addition to being highly competitive, the event will receive a high level of exposure. Not only will the Buckeye Prep Report be covering the event, Middle School Hoops will also be in the house providing video coverage.  In addition, players will be competing for an opportunity to participate in Under Armour’s prestigious UA Next Experience at the Elite 24 this August in New York City.  The nation’s annual premier high school basketball showcase, Elite 24 is a three-day basketball event in its 12th year that offers the world’s best players an opportunity to experience the energy and spirit of authentic playground basketball.

Finally, the Jr. NBA will partner with Under Armour in year two of this prestigious event to provide skills and drills to the players. The following week, (May 20th) the combine series will move to Maynard H. Jackson High School (801 Glenwood Ave. SE) in Atlanta, GA.  Invitations are currently being extended for this event.  Make sure you return to this site for the post event reports on Saturday’s action!


The event schedule is as follows:
8:00-8:45-Registration
8:45-9:00-Transition Workshop
9:00-9:40-NBA Player Development Workshop
9:40-10:00-Stretching for combine testing
11:00-11:50-Combine Testing
11:50-12:00-Transition to Lunch
12:00-1:00-Lunch
1:00-1:15-Prep for Practice
1:15-2:00-Practice
2:00-3:00-Round 1 Games
3:00-4:00-Round 2 Games
4:00-5:00-Round 3 Games
5:00-5:15 Closing Remarks

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Luster Impresses at National Camp

Khalil Luster-2022 PG Lima
Apparently, Khalil Luster (5'1/PG/2022/Lima) is turning heads at the John Lucas International Middle School Combine in Houston, TX.  According to his camp coach, Luster is demonstrating his full array of skills, including: vision, passing, ball handling, playing making, shooting and defending.  Even in a camp type environment, Luster is running his team like a true floor general, getting other players involved, communicating and defending at a high level. Luster’s performance is getting attention from camp staff and scouting services there to cover the event.  Of course we have covered Luster frequently over the past several years and we’ve seen him excel at a high level at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases and tournaments, so we know this kid can ball. He may be diminutive, but Luster has all the tools necessary to play at the D-I level.  We plan to continue to follow Luster’s development going forward.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cincinnati Royals Open Run N Slam with Win

2021 Cincinnati royals-Blue
Despite missing 3 key players, including starter AJ Braun, Coach Dave Ducco’s # 5 ranked 2021 Cincinnati Royals Blue squad opened the Bill Henley Memorial Run N Slam 1-0 after a 72-18 win over the Gym Rats 2021-Dream Big.  The Royals rode a “total team effort” to erase an early 5-0 deficit and go on to get the lopsided victory.  Playing for the Royals this weekend is big Wil Sizer, who formally ran with Marty Finta’s All-Ohio Red squad.  Sizer will add lost post scoring and rebounding to an already solid team.

In terms of other Ohio-based teams, All-Ohio Gold, Pro-Bound 2021 and Hidden Gyms-Black are also 1-0, while NW Ohio, Hardwork Basketball, All-Ohio Red, Hidden Gyms 2021, Ohio Hoopsters-Cook, Ohio Stampede, Ohio Varsity/Shooting Stars, and Ohio Hoopster-Tillman are all 0-1 after Friday action. We hope to follow all of the Ohio teams during the course of the weekend.



UA Next Combine Returns for Year 2



Under Armour’s Invite Only “UA Next Combine Series” for Basketball’s Next Generation

This May, Under Armour Basketball in conjunction with the Junior NBA will introduce the “UA Next Combine Series” for select middle school basketball players. The second annual Combine Series is an invite only program that will offer eighth graders high-level teaching, instruction and competition.  The program will run for a full day in each of the following five cities nationwide, including: Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

The “UA Next Combine Series” is for current eighth grade players (Class of 2021) and 40 total players will be selected at each location. Players will compete for invitations to the prestigious “UA Next Experience” at the Under Armour Elite 24 this August in New York City.  Under Armour’s Elite 24 event is the nation’s premier annual high school basketball showcase that offers the world’s top prospects an opportunity to experience the energy and spirit of authentic playground basketball, while competing on the biggest stage of the summer.

“UA Next Combine Series” is the latest program from Under Armour’s Grassroots Basketball platform. It joins ongoing nationwide events, including the UA Association League, NBPA Top 100 Camp, SC30 Select Camp, UA All American Camp and the UA Elite 24. It is the purpose of these events to provide youth basketball players with the opportunity to hone their skills and maximize exposure in high-level teaching and competitive environments.  The platform aligns with Under Armour’s mission to “Make All Athletes Better.”


For more information please visit the UA Next tab on www.theuaassociation.com or email uanextcombineseries@underarmour.com