Monday, December 18, 2017

DV45 Claims First Championship

2022 DV45 Gymrats Holiday Festival Champions
We all know them as the 2022 Lansing Prospectors, but based on their standout performances at major events last season like the Nike Made Hoops tournament, Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and Summer Showdown, Coach Ted Docks’ squad has been rewarded with sponsorship. Denzel Valentine, a former standout with Michigan State, will sponsor Docks’ team for the 2018 season, which will run as “DV45,” a combination of Valentine’s initials and his current uniform number. Docks’ DV45 squad will be Nike sponsored and the only program sponsored by Valentine.  Depending on the team’s success, Valentine may use the team as a model for additional team sponsorship.

DV45 took their show on the road for the first time last weekend and competed in the Gymrats Holiday Festival at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, IN.  For the weekend, DV45 finished 5-0 on their way to the championship.  Their path to the title went through Antelope (65-15), Gymrats Ramer (62-40), Hoosier Premier Red (58-37), Gymrats LaGrange (60-19) and Indy Heat Black (57-42).

In the championship game, Mason Docks led the team with 17 points; Mike Williams added 11 points and 15 rebounds followed by Jacob Wallace with 10 points.  In addition, Ashton Atwater finished with 9 points and played with an intensity all weekend that was unmatched while adding critical baskets down the stretch.  Also, Alex Watters assisted with strong performances and guard play all weekend.  Juwan Maxey was huge leading up to the championship game with strong play in the semi-final game along with Max Burton and Carson Sanders. 

New comers to the team in 6’5” Ben Canty Jr. and 6’3” Tommy McIntosh were great additions to the squad and gave quality minutes throughout the weekend to help secure the team’s first championship.  Congratulations to coach Docks and his team for their early season success. Also, we look forward to catching DV45 in action at the April 13-15th Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Welcomes Girls

For the first time in Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase history, when our March 10th event tips off in a few months, it will include girls! Based on our need to select 8th grade girls for a national shoe company sponsored event this summer, we need to identify elite level girls to invite this exclusive event.  Please help us pass the word to all of the top female players in the region so they have an opportunity to participate.  Also, look for additional information in January.  Also, we are looking for partners to help us idnetfy and recruit girls for this event.  Call us at 614-203-2929 if yu can help our efforts. We’re very excited to included girls at our event!

Shaker Heights Poised for Playoff Run

Danny Young Jr. 5'10 CG 2022 Shaker Heights
Sitting at 12-2 in Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC) play, Coach Kevin Foster’s Shaker Heights Middle School Raiders are well positioned to make a deep run in the playoffs and to capture back-to- back GCC championships.  Although the Raiders’ 2 losses came at the hands of both Euclid middle school teams, Coach Foster is confident his team can get it done this year.  “It’s not 100%, but I would say it’s 90% that we will win it all,” said Foster.

Having lost both of their big men from last season, Shaker Heights is riding the outstanding guard play of Danny Young Jr. (5’10/CG/2022) and Jalen Brown (5’6/PG/2022).  Young is averaging an impressive 28 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 8 rebounds per game.  The Raiders are 38-2 over two seasons, were undefeated last year and are favorites to win the GCC when the tournament tips off the week of January 9th.  In addition, Shaker Height's 7th grade team is a perfect 14-0 in league play and is also favored to make a deep post season run.  Good luck to Coach Foster and Coach Jeremy Hill and the Raiders in their upcoming playoffs!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Warriors' Season off to a Hot Start

6th Grade New Birth Warriors Thanksgiving Shootout Champs
This past weekend, Coach Scott Bradley’s 6th grade New Birth Warriors squad kicked off their season with a championship at the Thanksgiving Shootout at Kingdom Sports in Franklin, Ohio. The Warriors ran into a buzz saw in their opening game against Team Dose, a Columbus based team, eventually suffering a 67-41 defeat in pool play.  New Birth would go undefeated the rest of the way with 2 wins over Springboro, a 44-42 win over the Team Dose  in the semi-finals and a 44-38 win over  the Dayton Swish in the championship game.

The star of the tournament was Arness Lawson (5’2”/PG/2025/Columbus) who averaged nearly 18 points per game for the tournament, including 21 points in the championship game and 19 points in the semi-finals.  Not only did Lawson put up big numbers offensively, coach Bradley was most impressed with Larson’s defensive efforts.  “I can’t tell you how many steals he had, he just kept ripping people” said Bradley.  Of course we’re not surprised at Lawson’s play as evidenced by the feature we published on him back in October! Bradley also mentioned the solid play of Nino Nesbitt (5'4/PG/2024/Columbus), Juwan Turner (5'5/PG/2024/Columbus) and Maceo Harper (5'6/WF/2024/Columbus).

Lawson, Nesbit & Turner
The rest of the New Birth roster includes: Nathan Isahac (5'6/PF/2024/Columbus), Nathan Erdos (6'6/C/Columbus), Brandon Roddy (5'3/PG/2025/Columbus), Chris Brown (5'6/PF/2024/Columbus), Darius Graves (5'4/SG/2025/Columbus), Mekhi Johnson (5'8/PF/2024/Columbus) and Mykell Murphy (5'8/PF/2025/Columbus). Although Bradley knew his team had talent, his team’s ability to comeback from a devastating loss in the opening game surprised him. “They [his team] proved a lot to me.  To loose like we did to Dose and to come back really pleased me,” continued Bradley.  Now that New Birth already has an early season championship under their belt, they will open regular season play this week.  We intend to keep an eye on Bradley’s team, as they have several Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase alums on the roster.  Congratulations to coach Bradley, his players, staff and parents for the victory.

6th Grade Rebels
We also need to give a shout out to Coach Alphonso Williams and his 6th grade Rebels Basketball team for taking home a championship of their own last weekend in northeast Ohio.   Leading the way for the Rebels were Ken Giles (2025) and De’Erick Barber (2026).  We’ve not yet got look at either Giles or Barber, but from what we understand, the two can go!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Team Thrill off to a Hot Start

2022 Team Thrill
Team Thrill, a UA sponsored program based in Baltimore, MD, has captured their first championship of the season. This past weekend (11/11 – 11/12), Thrill completed a 5-0 record to capture the A game Super Shootout. Coach Donnell “Mookie” Dobbins may have assembled one of the best teams in the country. Headlined by Jarace Walker a 6’5 wing that can do it all. This kid anchor’s their defense and causes major problems with anyone getting past their frontline which is a task in and of itself. Antonio Hamlin sparks the offensive with his penetrating style and gets to the basket whenever he wants to.

Carlos Alexander is a flashy guard that draws attention while creating problems for opposing guards. Samuel Scott is built for the long haul, is kid is extremely strong for his age, can push any guard off their path and normal takes what he wants.  Christian Winborne is another slasher that can get to the basket, but can also stretch the defensive when teams decide to pack it in.  Kai Brooks, a sniper from the outside, is as reliable as they come and can hurt you if left open. 

Andrew Rhuebottom is a physical and active forward that rebounds out of area and consistently scores in the paint. Kids have a hard time containing him.  John Thomas provides the intangibles that are not always shown in the stat sheet and is up and coming. Derrick Moore is the most imposing player on the floor at 6’5, 250 pounds. Although this football/basketball player is new the AAU scene, he is quickly catching up.  We plan to keep an eye on Thrill this up and coming season.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shrout’s Game Continues to Develop

Mason Shrout 5'9 SG 2024 Eaton
Surrounded by a roster full of elite players on last season’s 2023 MVP Dynasty team like Tyron Barnes, Tyrin Sturdivant and Dre’Sean Roberts, Mason Shrout (5’9/WF/2024/Eaton) has found a way to standout.  The last couple of times we’ve evaluated him it’s been clear that Shrout has continued to grow and develop.  Case in point, at the Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown Tournament in June, Shrout caught our eye with a standout performance. In addition, at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September, Shrout not only made the Top 20 All-Star Game, his showcase coach selected him as the “Top Prospect” and “Mr. Hustle.”

At our 2016 fall elite showcase Shrout was noticed by Get M e Recruited’s Lamont Taylor who had this to say about Shrout: “Mason Shrout (Preble Shawnee Intermediate/West Elkton, OH) 2023 5'5 CG - Mason may have been the scrappiest, hard-working kid at the entire Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase. He literally gave 100% effort on every play. Mason would run down what opponents thought were uncontested layups to poke the ball out. He snatched rebounds and dived for the ball like his life depended on it. But make no mistake about it, he's more than a hustle guy as he also drained some jumpers, played aggressive defense, lead the break, and finished one transition play with a spin move for the and-1. In short, any coach would love to have a kid like Mason on his squad!”

According to Aaron Perry, Shrout’s travel team coach, Shrout has shown remarkable improvement since joining his squad. “Mason is definitely offensive-minded.  He has a great outside shot and is a 3-point threat,” said Perry. “He’s definitely gotten better. When we first got him on our team he was all about offensive, but since then, his game has really opened up,” continued Perry. 

From what we’ve seen, Shrout was easily a top 15-20 player in the class of 2023; however, we have confirmed that he has reclassified to the class of 2024. With this move, Shrout should be one of the best 6th graders in the state!  Also, Shrout is also a standout in the classroom as evidenced by his impressive 3.97 GPA at Preble Shawnee Middle School. 

This winter Shrout will be playing with his community team in the Dayton Metro League, and this spring he will be returning to Aaron Perry’s team.  It should be noted that Perry has left the MVP Dynasty program and will be starting a new program named Emerge Elite.  According to Perry, all of his top players will be coming with him to the new organization.  We intend to continue to follow Shrout’s development and his new place among the class of 2024.