Saturday, September 22, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@BuckeyePrep)

Moore, Wenger, Smith, Geisel, Wright & Williams
-Gabe Cupp (5’10”/PG/2023/Dayton) had another outstanding weekend at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Cupp is a great leader, is highly skilled and very coachable.  He should be all of those things as a coach’s son! Cupp should play post high school basketball at some level depending on his continued growth and development.

-Ramon Jones, Jr. (5’11”/PG/2023/Brandy, MD) made the trek from Maryland and did not disappoint. Jones not only was ranked as the #1 player on his squad, he was selected as “Most Skilled,” and was described as a “great kid” and “very skilled” by his coach.  He also made the all-star team as well. We’re happy he made the trip!

-Najah Wright (5’4”/PG/2023/Lorain) logged in another positive performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week.  Quick, skilled with a high bball IQ best describes Wright’s game. According to his coach, Wright was the “Best Defender” and “Most Skilled” on his team.  He is what we thought he was, a next level prospect!

-Jake Cubbison (6’0”/SG/2023/Perry) broke out at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and made the 2023 all-star game. Cubbison penetrates well, is a good decision maker, is team oriented and is very well rounded! He also has good height for an 8thgrader.

-Demarie Thompson (5’9”/PF/2023/Grand Rapids, MI) represented Michigan well with an all-star game appearance. Thompson is athletic, a great defender, attacks the cup well, has a good handle and can create his own shot. Thompson should be tracked early!

-Joshua Jones (6’0”/WF/2023/South Euclid) was not only the #1 ranked player on his team, but he was selected as his team’s “Top Prospect,” which suggests his upside is huge. In fact, Jones was so good he not only made the all-star game, he was named an MVP!  He was not on our radar before the weekend, but he is now!

-Kaden Brown (5’5”/PG/2023/Grand Rapids, MI) is another Michigan kid who came down to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and made some noise. Brown is a shifty guard with quickness who can both defend and make plays. Oh yea, he was selected as “Mr. Hustle” and he made the all-star game!

-Brandon Rose (6’1”/PF/2023/East Cleveland) represented Northeast Ohio with an all-star caliber performance, including MVP honors. Rose is a great defender and is also very athletic; in fact, apparently, he got his first dunk at the event.  He was new to our showcase, but we know where he is now!

-Kellon Smith (5’11”/WF/2023/Shaker Heights) has continued to improve over the past 2 years, and his play at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase confirms he’s still getting better.  Described as a “workhorse” and “super strong” by his coach, Smith made yet another all-star game appearance.  Smith could be an early contributor to a HS team next year!

-Jayvion Moore (6’3”/PF/2023/Maple Heights) has been one of the best players in Ohio in his class, and his performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase still conforms that. A perineal all-star at our events for years, Moore got it done again. A D-I prospect w/ continued growth & development! 

-Braylen Wenger (5’11”/SG/2023/Dalton) demonstrated the ability to shoot the rock and punched his ticket to the all-star game in the process. We always seem to overlook Wenger, but his talent level and continued development suggest we should pay more attention to the kid.  We will!

-Nick Williams (5’8”/SG/2023/West Chester) was an unknown to us before our showcase, but his all-star game appearance and “top Prospect” selection suggests we need to watch him more closely!  According to his coach, Williams is “going to be very good.”

-If you need a shooter, call Gavin Geisel (5’6”/PG/2023/Centerville).  According to his coach, Geisel is a “Great shooter.” He must have been as evidenced by his all-star game selection.

-Xavier Peterson (5’10”/SG/2023/Cleveland) logged in a Top 20 all-star game performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and was described as a good defender, 3-point shooter and great player by his coach.
  

Friday, September 21, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@BuckeyePrep)

Schroeder, Helmick, Reeed-Davis, Albers, Allen & Hughes
-Cole Albers (5’7”/PF/2026/Minster) demonstrated an ability to rebound and block shots at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week.  For his efforts, Albers made the all-star game.

-Mason Hemlock (5’1”/PG/2026/Uniontown) established himself as one to watch at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Hemlick showed the ability to find open teammates and to deliver passes on time and on target. Hemlick also got the all-star game nod.

-Jordan Reed-Davis (5’0”/SG/2026/Galloway) has solid ball skills and is a solid defender. His performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase garnered him an all-star game selection. In addition, Reed was selected as his team’s “Mr. Hustle.”

-Treyton Schroeder (4’8”/PG/2026/Lewis Center) is a standout performer everywhere we see him play.  He did it again at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase where his advanced skill set earned him a spot in the all-star game. “Shooter, great hustle & team player” is how his coach described him!

-Nathaniel Miles (5’2”/SG/2026/Toledo) played his way into the all-star game at the Buckeye Prep Elite showcased last week. According to his coach, Miles was a great defender, handled the ball well and was athletic. Miles was also an all-star game MVP.  Should be ranked among top 10 in Ohio!

-Latrell Hughes (4’10”/PG/2026/Mansfield) excelled at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week, so much so he made the very competitive 2026 all-star game. Hughes could be a good one going forward!

-Rasheed Reed (4’9”/PG/2026/Mansfield) was described by his Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase coach as a, “Flat-out athletic killer!” Based on his MVP performance (scored 10 points) in the all-star game, that description appears to have been on point! Definitely top 10 in the state!

-Kodah Allen (5’1”/PG/2026/Orrville) established himself as a top 10 player in the state with his
all-star & MVP (6 points) performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week.  Allen is on our radar!

-Amari Addy (5’0”/PG/2026/Lima) displayed an impressive skill set at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  In fact, his coach selected him as the team’s “Most Skilled” player.  In addition to playing in the North vs South game, Addy made the final all-star game as well.

-Drake Ahrens (5'0"/PG/2026/Versailles) logged in an all-star caliber performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and justified his place on our "Top 2026 Player List."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@BuckeyePrep)

Bohanon,Taylor, Hurst, Green & Finch 
-E'Moni Finch (5'0"/SG/2023/Westerville) was new to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, but her skill set earned her a spot in the final all-star game!  We hope to get a better look at her at our spring event (March 9th).


-Madison Greene (5'5"/PG/2023/Blacklick) entered the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase as 1 of the top 8th graders in Ohio & did nothing but bolster her reputation. Green is very skilled, shoots the rock well & is a tough defender. Look for Green to start getting college offers soon!

-Zhieyah Rolack (5'7"/PF/2024/Dayton) displayed a strong inside game and good footwork inside.  Oh yea, she made the all-star game cut!  Definitely one to watch going forward!

-Janyah Bohanon (6'0"/WF/2023/Cleveland) has next level written all over her! Already possessing great length, Bohanan also handles the rock well for her size & position.  College coaches should be paying attention!

-Anna Hurst (5'6"/PG/2024/Silver Lake) did her thing at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Hurst played hard and communicated well with her teammates. Hurst was named "Ms. Hustle" and made the all-star game for her efforts!

-Taylor Haynes (5'3"/PG/2024/Cleveland) had a big weekend at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week. In addition to an impressive skill set, Haynes played w/a lot of heart. She also got the all-star game nod as well. We hope to see more of Haynes at our March 2019 event.

-Cici Green (5'6"/SG/2024/Fairfield) logged in an all-star caliber performance at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.

-Savana Gurr (6'1"/C/2023/Westerville) was one of the best defenders at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase!  In fact, she was selected as "Best Defender" by her coach.  She also was selected to the final all-star game on Sunday.  A great looking prospect!

-Autumn Taylor (5'5"/PG/2023/Twinsburg) displayed a solid all around game at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last weekend and was good enough to make the final all-star game on Sunday. She was also selected as "Top Underclassman by her coach.
  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Rankings

Omari Peek-Green, Lawrent Rice, Mason Shrout, Bella Ward & Brayden Fogle
Judging by all of the post-event positive feedback we received, the 2018 fall Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase was a complete success!  We were very excited about the level of competition in the gym as well as the team-oriented play exhibited by the players. The class of 2026 got their first experience with the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and their level of play was outstanding!  The girls division was also very competitive and many of the state’s top girls were at the event.

Below is a link to our final showcase rankings.  In terms of our criteria, in order to be ranked, players had to have participated in the entire event, including the final all-star games.  Those players who left after day one either were not ranked at all, or their final rankings were affected. In order to be ranked in the top 6, players had to not only make the all-star games, but had to have been selected for a Top 6 Award.  After that, we went with the players who made the all-star games, followed by how players were ranked by their coaches.  In most cases, if a player was ranked #1 on their team, they were probably ranked among the top 10.

With so many talented players, the process can be difficult, but we did our best to be fair and non-biased. Congratulations to all of the players who made our final rankings.  For those who did not, you should use the situation as motivation to continue to work on your game, and come back in March intent on showing improvement.


Friday, September 14, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@buckeyeprep)

Whitfield, Davis, Pearson, Jenkins, Williams & McGillis
-Derek Whitfield (4'4"/PG/2026/Gahanna) is a dynamic PG who lit it up in the all-star game.  Quick, skilled with the ability to go get buckets! Made case for top 5 in Ohio.

-LA Hayes (CG/2023/Cleveland) had a HUGH day at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase over the weekend.  Hayes grabbed multiple MVP awards and proved to be elite with D-I potential.  Love his game!

-Sole Williams (5'7"/PG/2023/Cincinnati) logged in another standout performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last weekend. Every time we see her play she excels. College coaches should be paying early attention to this D-I prospect!

-Gwen Jenkins (5'0"/PG/2024?Columbus) keeps racking up MVP awards.  The last time she attended our event in the spring she made the all-star game, and this past weekend she made it 2 for 2? We intend to pay more attention to her going forward.  She could be a good one!

-Mike Bova (6'0"/PG/2022/Avon Lake) has continued to develop! Bova was almost unstoppable to the rim.  Frame and strength allow him to Finnish with contact in the paint.  Not flashy, but can get buckets! Size & athleticism will determine college level.

-Adam Duvall (6'6"/PF/2022/Beavercreek) played well at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Good size early with a developing skill set. Should play college basketball at some level.  With continued growth and development Duvall's stock cold rise!

-Levi Davis (5'3"/PG/2026/Galena) had a breakout weekend at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. A speedy and dynamic PG with a big upside. Easily a top 5 performance in a loaded class!  We plan to keep an eye on Davis!

-Turner Buttry (5'10'/PG/2022/Bowling Green, KY) was impressive in the Ohio vs Kentucky all-star games.  Crafty and skilled is Buttry.  He already had a big name, but he brought his game on Saturday! Should contribute early for a varsity team!

-Bella Ward (5"11"/WF/2022/Blacklick) was one of the top 1, 2 or 3 girls at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last weekend! Good size, aggression and skillful best describes Ward's game.  Should play ball at the next level from what we saw!

-We really liked what we saw out of Athens McGillis (4'11"/SG/2026/Maineville). This kid's game is mature and beyond his years! High basketball IQ and skilled. Great change of pace and direction, with the ability and willingness to pass to open teammates. We loved his decision-making.  

-Malsi Pearson (5'5"/PG/2026/Akron) caught our eye with his poise, IQ and ability to work the pick and roll game at an early age. Pearson was on the court directing teammates and leading his team.  Pearson has a bright future as a floor general w/ continued growth & development.

-The class of 2026 represented BIG TIME at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase over the weekend. Could be a huge class for Ohio going forward. 

-Arguably the best play at the camp, Omari Peek-Green (6’6”/SG/2019/Cincinnati) played above the rim, was unstoppable to the cup and was explosive.  Should be on a college roster next year!  We loved his game!

-Jack Edelen (5'7"/PG/2023/Louisville, KY) played up in the 2022 Ohio vs Kentucky all-star games and not only held his own but took home MVP honors as well. Highly skilled is Edelen. Look for this kid to get varsity minutes early in Kentucky!

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@buckeyeprep)

Williams, Foster, Bruner, Williams, Bower&  Cercone

-Durral Brooks (5'8"/PG/2024/Grands Rapids, MI) played in the 2023 Ohio vs Michigan all-star game at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and took home MVP honors. Very athletic and sound fundamentally is what we saw.  Another good-looking prospect!

-Kamryn Grant (5'9"/WF/2025/Columbus) logged in another solid performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase over the weekend. We love her length and aggression to the cup.  A solid prospect long term!

-Mason Shrout (6'0"/SG/2024/Eaton) was one of the top 7th graders at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Shrout has good size for his position, is skilled and understands the game.  Shrout should be playing college hoops in a few years!

-James Jewell (6'4"/PF/2022/Louisville, KY) showed a lot of promise in the Ohio vs Kentucky all-star games. He could be another good one!

-Hakeem Griggs powered his showcase team to an undefeated run in route to an all-star game nod.  Griggs was yet another good looking prospect at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase!

-Jerry Easter Jr. (5'4"/PG/2024/Toledo) continues to build on his national reputation.  Widely considered the top PG in Ohio in his class, Easter has a national reputation as well. He supported his ranking at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase this weekend. Easter has D-I potential!

-Margo Abrams (5’7”/PG/2022/Cincinnati) played her butt off at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase this past weekend. Her standout performance garnered her MVP honors. Every time we see her she gets better! Love her intensity!

-Willie Wilson (5'7"/SG/2024/Wisconsin) and Lee Bruner IV(5'7"/PG/2024/Grosse Pointe, MI) with had break out performances at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last weekend.  Both were very athletic, highly skilled with big upside potential!

-According to his coach, Shane Cercon e(6'0"/PG/2024/Buffalo, NY) "Can flat out go."  Already possessing national credentials before his rival, Cercone did his thing in Columbus & played his way into the all-star game. Cercone is one to watch going forward!

-Demarr Foster (5'3"/PG/2024/Lima) continues to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. A perennial all-star, Foster made yet another all-star game, at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, while collecting MVP honors. Foster is quick, crafty and excels at get to the cup!

-Kamorea Arnold (5'7"/PG/2023/Germantown, WI) plays hard and excels at several aspects of the game.  Every time we see her play she does not disappoint.  She made another all-star game appearance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last weekend.  Next level potential!

-We saw some good things out of Gigi Bower (5'3/SG/2023/Powell) this past weekend. Highly skilled w/a high basketball IQ is how here showcase coach described Bower.  That's exactly what we saw!

-Tristan Williams (5'0"/SG/2026/Maple Heights) was only a 5th grader playing against older girls, but she not only handled the challenge, she played her way into the all-star game @ the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase! Her coach said, "She has a bright future ahead. Most potential."

-Kelly Ernest (5'8"/SG/203/Cincinnati) logged in an all-star performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase this past weekend, Described as the "Top Prospect on her team, Ernst is a big time scorer. Another one to watch down stream!

-Sparkle Leigh( 5'8"/PG/2021/Trotwood) was the #1 ranked player on her showcase team at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase & was selected as "Top Prospect." For her efforts, she got the all-star game nod. A great looking prospect!

-Shawn Foster (4'5/PG/2026/Lima) got it done at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week and was the #1 ranked player on his loaded team. According to his coach, Foster was a "Shooter!!! Both off the dribble and spot up." Foster also made the all-star game.