Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pair of Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Alums Commit to HM Programs

Wendell Moore Jr. & Scottie Lewis
As most people know by now, the alumni list for the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is long and elite.  In fact, we have a number of pros, high major, mid-major and commitments from numerous smaller programs among our alumni.  In terms of the class of 2019 (currently high school seniors), 2 of the top players in the country have recently made their college decisions.  

North Carolina’s Wendell Moore Jr, and New Jersey’s Scottie Lewis have committed to Duke and Florida, respectively.  Both players were all-stars at our 2013 fall elite showcase, have continued to develop, and have gone on to attract interested from many of the top college programs in the country.  We always keep track of our alumni, and we are thrilled to see both players reach their goals. Congratulations Wendell and Scottie; we’re proud of you!

Easter Tops National 2025 Rankings

Jerry Easter, Jr. 5'10" PG 2025 Toledo
Recently, the Naismith National Youth Report undated their class of 2025 individual player rankings to include 3 Ohio players.  Number 1 on their list was Jerry Easter, Jr. (5’10”/PG/2025/Toledo), who has garnered national attention for several years now. Of course, we are well aware of Easter’s talent, as he has participated in our Buckeye Prep events for a number of years and has excelled each time we’ve seen him play.  Moreover, last travel season Easter led a very talented 2024 Super Friends squad that notched some big-time wins.  Next season, Easter will split time between a 2024 and 2025 Super Friends team.  We can’t wait to see Easter and his Super Friends team at the March 21st-31st Buckeye Prep Invitational!

Most recently, Easter participated in our elite showcase where he demonstrated an advanced skill set.  Specifically, Easter displayed a tight handle, an ability to score at all 3 levels, while also creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.  Additionally, Easter is also crafty, is great in transition, can create his own shot, and his court vision, IQ and passing skills are impressive.  In addition to being a scoring machine, which includes a consistent 3-point shot both off the bounce and in catch and shoot situations, Easter is a willing defender as well.  When he’s not getting it done on the hardwood, Easter is lighting up the gridiron as well, where he dominates on both sides of the ball.

Also ranked were Cincinnati’s Jaiden Arnold (5th) and Paul Rusinko (12th). Although we’ve seen Arnold play on the circuit and can confirm his talent, we have not yet been able to evaluate Rusinko. What we do know, however, is that Arness Lawson (5’0”/CG/2025/Columbus) has established himself as one of the top kids in Ohio, and is more than worthy of national recognition, in our opinion!  In any case, shout out to the 4 Ohio kids who made the list.  As an advocate for Ohio and Midwest basketball, we will continue to serve as a platform for exposure.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Buckeye Prep Report Updates Player Rankings

LA Hayes, Mason Shrout, Mari Bickley, Gwen Jenkins, Jerry Easter Jr. & Brayden Fogle
In the wake of our 2018 Buckeye Prep Invitational and Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases, we have recently completed updates to our individual player rankings.  Specifically, names of the players who made our “Star Watch” list during our April tournament and/or made the all-star games at the elite showcases have been added to our lists.  

As always, we do our best to identify the top players in the state, and although we attempt to find players at any event we attend/scout, we tend to identify the most players from our own events.  If we have any inaccurate information in our lists, please send the correct information to Buckeyeprep@yahoo.com. Congratulations to all of the players who made our lists.



Monday, October 8, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets-HS Division (@Buckeyeprep)

Tristen Stipe, Myles Garrett, Justin Becker, Sean Ealy, Andru Markum, & Corey Hudson
-D.J. Telford II (6'0"'PF/2022/Louisville, KY) got busy at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase 2 weeks ago! Tilford was scrappy and played off the ball well.  In addition, he played his way into the high school division all-star game. Very talented!

-Isaiah Ingram (5'5"/PG/2022/Huber Heights) demonstrated a great motor and attitude, as evidenced as his team's selection as "Mr. Hustle " and "Best Attitude." That's not all, Ingram also played well enough to make the high school division's all-star game.

-A.J. Clayton (6'7"/PF/2022/Roseville, OH) had a productive weekend @ the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase that included a Top 40 All-Star Game MVP! Clayton is a skilled big w/ a nice touch around the rim. He was also selected as his team's "Top Prospect." College ball is n his future!

-Sean Ealy (5'11"/SG/2020/Cincinnati) had a big weekend at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase! Not only was he described as an "...all out scorer," he was very sound defensively as well.  For his efforts, Eally made the all-star game  & was selected as an MVP!

-Andru Markham (6'2"/WF/2022/Louisville, KY) logged in not only an all-star caliber performance; he took home MVP honors as well at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase! Markham was also selected as "Most Skilled" & "Top Prospect" on his team! Should play college ball!

-Corey Hudson (5'11"/PG/2022/Pickerington) has always been a great playmaker, however, his coach @ the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase described him as the "Best Shooter."   Hudson also punched his ticket to the all-star game. Should play early for his HS team!

-Hakeem Griggs was impressive at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase!  He also ran the tame in terms of team awards including, "Best Defender, Most Skilled," and "Top Prospect." He was also an all-star!

-Darrell Scroggins (6'0"PG/202) was impressive at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Scroggins has a high motor, is versatile and also made the all-star game.

-Tristin Stipe (6'6"/C/2022/Avon, OH) was one of the biggest kids at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Stipe is big and physical and has a nice touch around the rim. Stipe made the all-star game and should play post high school basketball!

-Justin Becker (6'5"/PF/2022/Germantown, KY) balled out @ the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase & rode his size & skill set in the post to an all-star game selection. Becker is skilled both inside and outside & he has a high basketball IQ. Was selected as "Most Skilled & "Top Prospect!"

-Myles Garrett (6'2"/SG/2021/Reynoldsburg) demonstrated willingness to sit down & defend @ the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  In fact, he was selected as his team's "Best Defender." He was also described as having a great motor & ability to finish @ the rim. Also an all-star.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ohio Kids Ranked Nationally

Shelby Humphrey & Mari Bickley
Recently, the Naismith National Youth All-American Report updated their Girls 2023 Super 75 rankings and included several Ohio girls.  Ohio’s class of 2023 is absolutely loaded with talent, so it comes as no surprise to use that the Buckeye State is represented on the list. Shelby Humprey (5’11”Post/ 2023/Cincinnati) is the highest ranked Ohio player at 11th, followed by Mari Bickley (5’10”/WF/2023/Akron) at 13th, Jessica Roper (67th) and Makayla Lute (69th).  Of course we’re well aware of Humprey’s and Bickley’s talent, as both players not only attended our spring Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, but excelled, and are currently ranked among the top 5 in our Buckeye Prep 2023 Top Player List. 

From what we understand, the Naismith National Youth All-American Report is a credible source of information for both boys girls basketball, and their staff has actually seen and evaluated every player they’ve ranked.  On another note, although they are not currently ranked, we would be surprised if there are 75 players nationally better than Margo Mattis and Janyah Bohanon!  We’re just saying! Also, it’s interesting to note, the same organization has 3 Ohio-based team ranked among their top 25, including All-Ohio Xpress (8th), Dayton Lady Hoopstars (15th) and All-Ohio (now Ohio Lady Dream) (17th). Congratulations to all of the players and teams who received this national recognition!