Wednesday, March 18, 2020

VonCameron Davis Selected as Ohio Mr. Basketball

VonCameron Davis-2020 Ohio Mr. Basketball
The Buckeye Prep Report would like to congratulate VonCameron Davis on his selection as Ohio Mr. Basketball.  We had the pleasure of watching Davis develop over the past several years and were impressed with his play at our elite showcases and tournaments.  We could tell very early on that Davis had DI talent.  In fact, you can catch Davis in action at the next level, as he has committed to Kent State University. Congratulations to VonCameron, his family and coaches for this significant honor!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Buckeye Prep Invitational Postponed (June 5th-7th)

Due to the nature of the Corona Virus, the Buckeye Prep Invitational has be rescheduled until June 5th-7th. Please see the email below for more specifics. Please be safe!


As you probably expect, due to the nature of the Corona Virus scare, the Buckeye Prep Invitational will have to be “POSTPONED.”  Although I was holding out hope that my facilities would honor our dates, due to public safety concerns, the various universities and high schools I intended to use have shut down for several weeks.  Despite my disappointment in having to postpone the event, it is my hope that we can hold our tournament later this summer. In fact, I have set a tentative date for June 5th-7th.  With that said, this date is tentative until I can confirm with my facilities that those dates are available.

I know that traditionally, most teams are wrapping up their seasons by June, but with the situation with the virus so far, which has resulted in missed tournaments in March and April, I hope you will also adjust your schedules and extend your season in to June in order to salvage at least some of the season for your players and parents. I know that many of you have already made plans, but I hope you will make the adjustment and add this event to your revised schedule.  Bottom line, basketball is shut down for the next several weeks, so I have to think there will be a serious pent-up demand to get back in the gym as soon as possible. You should know that I have already talked to several coaches, who plan to attend our event in June!

Finally, rest assured that you can expect a full refund (minus 2.9% + .30 for Pay Pal payments) within the next 2 weeks unless you intend to attend our event in June and you want us to retain your payment to hold your spot. Unless I hear otherwise, I will begin processing refunds by the end of next week. One last request, in response to this email, can you let me know if your team/organization will consider attending our event in June?  I would like to restart a "Committed Team" list and resume promotion. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in June.  Please be safe during these unprecedented times, and God Bless you and your family

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Friday, March 6, 2020

Superfriends Start Season With Spartan Showcase Classic Title

Superfriends 2025 Spartan Showcase Classic Champions
On Sunday, on the strength of a 6-0 run, the 2025 Superfriends captured an early season championship with a 67-54 win over Bates Fundamental in the Platinum Division finals of the Spartan Showcase Classic in East Lansing, Michigan. Superfriends’ trek to championship included wins over Sky’s the Limit  (61-28), Michigan Warriors (62-35), Bates Fundamental (59-44), Grand Park Premier (57-28), Quest 2025 (55-52) and Bates Fundamental (Championship game).

Standout performers for superfriends included: Jerry Easter II. Cameron Sparks, Cydan Loescher, Damion Porter and Lcare Bakadisula. According to Coach Jerry Easter Sr., his squad’s success can best be attributed to the team’s “…high basketball IQ and their willingness to play as a team.”  With that lethal combination, Superfriends has amassed an impressive 53-0 record since the beginning of last season.  Next up for Superfriends is the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament in Columbus the weekend of March 27th-29th, where they will attempt to defend their 2019 title.  We can’t wait to catch them in action!

While we’re at it, we have to give a shout out to the Ohio-based 2026 Bates Fundamental for taking the 6th grade Bronze Championship of the same tournament.  Also, All-Ohio Red's 2027 team brought back a championship to the Buckeye State as well.  Congrats to both teams for a job well done!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Holloway Already Ahead of the Game

Askia Holloway Jr 2029 PG Dayton
From what we hear and what we see in the mixtape below, Askia Holloway Jr. (2029/PG/Dayton) is already ahead of many players in his class.  Not only is his handle elite for his age (8), his ability and willingness to find open teammates is nothing less than spectacular.  Moreover, he already changes speed and direction and understands how to create space at a high level.  But that’s not all; he also defends well, and just when we thought he was just all about dropping dimes, we learned that he’s offensively gifted as well, with his ability to get to the cup create space shoot from deep. 

This past winter, Holloway played in the local Dayton Metro League and averaged about 18-19 points per game, and in the summer, he ran with All-Ohio Red, where averaged about 9 points per game. This summer, he will play for his father and the Cincinnati-based Bates Fundamental. We hope to get a closer look at Holloway later this summer.  Shout out to T3TV for keeping us updated on the top young talent in the state! T3TV and his team will be covering the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament March 27th-29th.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Warriors End Season with Championship

New Birth Warriors-6th Grade Presidents Day Cup Champion
This past weekend, Coach Bradley’s 6th grade New Birth Warriors team capped off the 2019/2020 winter season with a 4-0 run and a title at the MWX Presidents Day Cup Tournament in Cincinnati. With wins over Crossover Elite (86-5), Kentucky Show (by 17 points), Team Breeze Elite (57-45) and Cincy Shock (57-42), New Birth ran their season long record to an impressive 33-1.  According to Bradley, despite being shorthanded and down 2 players, one of which was a starter, his team…”played strong, with tempo and pressured all weekend.”  Standouts for the Warriors included Darek Whitfield, Alex Campanili, JR Bates and Khani Thomas.  Congrats to New Birth for a great season!

R4L Pioneers Take Down #1 to Claim Title

R4L Pioneers KBC C2C President's Day Tourney Champs
With their 5-0 run at the KBC C2C President’s Day Hoops Palooza in Lexington, KY this past weekend, the Cincinnati-based 2027 R4L Pioneers brought back a championship to the Buckeye State.  On their trek to the title, R4L had to take down 2 nationally ranked teams, including the #15 ranked Memphis Basketball Association in the semi-finals (41-35) and the #1 ranked Indy Premiere in the championship game (52-50).  In their other wins, R4L defeated Team Rise (40-11), Team Sac (50-15) and KBE Academy (52-33).

Having combined with Mike Hill’s Cincinnati Elite organization for this tournament, R4L arrived in Lexington with added firepower. However, according to Assistant Coach Carlos Davis, despite competing a combined team, “the team played very well together.” Standout performers for R4L included Joshua Tyson (2027/G/Cincinnati) and Bryce Curry (2027/WF/Cincinnati).  You can catch R4L in action at our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament scheduled for March 27th-29th.  Congratulations to both organizations for the win!