Sunday, February 17, 2019

Last Call For Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase

Below is an email that was sent out yesterday announcing the last call to register for the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  If you'er interested in sending your child/player to the event, you must act quickly!  Don't miss the action!


We are now just 3 short weeks away from the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase! If you still intend to send you child to the event you must register ASAP!  I have to order jerseys next week and I cannot order jerseys for players who have not registered and/or paid.  Please use the link below to register your child.  Also, we are still looking for volunteer coaches.  As always, coaches get into the event for free ($10.00 value), receive an event t-shirt, and will have access to the media/coaches lounge where they can eat and drink during the course of the day.  Also, it’s a chance to work with the most talented kids in the state!

Also, in grades boy's 3rdand 4th, we will be hosting Ohio North vs South All-Star games. Invitations have been extended and those players invited have to register for the event ASAP!  Those games will precede the showcase.  We will be posting final rosters by the end of next week.

Also please note that there has been a venue change.  The event will now be held at the recently opened Gahanna Sports Factory located at 176 Morrison Rd. in Gahanna.  Registration will open at 8:00am and will run through the start of the event.  For players participating in the North vs South games, you should plan to arrive at the gym at least 1 hour prior to your game in order to complete the registration process, get your jersey and warm up. For everyone else, you will not need to show-up until about 45 minutes before the start of the showcase. I will be posting a detailed schedule, rosters and team assignments 1 week prior to the event, so it’s important that you continue to visit the website for updates.  

As always, my staff and I are working hard to create a competitive and enjoyable event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at buckeyeprep@yahoo.comor call us at 614-502-9359.  We hope to hear from you soon!"

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Warriors Remain Undefeated with MLK Championship Win

2025 New Birth Wairriors-Dayton Airmen MLK Tourney Champions
With their 3-0 run at the Dayton Airmen MLK Tournament in Dayton this past weekend, Scott Bradley’s New Birth Warriors squad not only took home the 6th grade championship on Monday, but they also ran their overall season record to an impressive 24-0. 

Because of poor weather conditions on Saturday, the Warriors were unable to participate in their 2- pool games on Saturday.  Consequently, they were seeded last in the division, and needed a 3-game run on Monday to claim the title. 

New Birth’s trek to the title included wins over Team Dayton Blue (38-18), Northridge Heat (36-14), and Ohio Kings (50-42).  The Warriors were led in scoring by the outstanding play of Arness Lawson who averaged 18 points per game over the weekend.  In the championship game, Lawson led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, and was described as “unstoppable,” according to Coach Bradley.  Finally, with his 18-point average on Monday, Lawson has now moveed up to 4th place on New Birth's all-time scoring list with 734 points over 2 seasons.  Also playing well for the Warriors were JR Bates, Jaylen Sims and Mykell Murphy.

According to Bradley, his team “started slow with the first game, but by the championship game, we were clicking on all cylinders.”  In the championship game, the Warriors had to get by a very talented Ohio kings team, while contending with a standing room only crowd and a hostile environment.  Next up for the Warriors is the President’s Day tournament in Cincinnati in a few weeks.  Congratulations to New Birth on their championship run!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Renaissance University MLK Classic Standouts

Moment, Thomas, Mattucci, Perkins, Daniels & James

On Monday, we had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at New Covenant Church checking out the action at the 2nd Annual Renaissance University MLK Classic.  Over the course of the day, sixteen 4th-6th-grade teams participated in an 8-game slate, which featured some of the top Central Ohio Boys Basketball (COBBA) teams in Central Ohio.  Over the 2 games we watched, below is a list of standouts we saw.

William Moment (6thgrade)
Khani Thomas (5thgrade)
Marco Mattucci (5thgrade)
Tyson Perkins (5thgrade)
Khalil Daniels (5thgrade)
Diante James (5thgrade)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Buckeye Prep 2028 Watch List Published

Woloschuk, Tucker, Hamrick, Garnett, Burroughs & Ross
We had so much success and support for our initial 4th and 5th grade "Watch Lists" when we released them late last year, that we decided to keep the momentum going and get a big head big start with our 3rd grade/2028 list.  Because it’s still very early for the class of 2028 we agian relied heavily on feedback from coaches in this class to help us compile our list.  However, with the start of the 2019 travel season, we will attempt to rely more heavily on our own personal evaluations by scouting our events and others in order to better fine tune our list.  Because a majority of the top Ohio teams and players will be attending our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament (March 29th-31st) and elite showcase (March 9th), we will have the opportunity to evaluate the kids both listed and not list more closely.

We may have only just started paying attention to the players in this class, but there are already a few players who have already grabbed attention and have the potential to be future top 50 players. Some of those potential players include: Chase Woloschuk (4'4"/PG/2028/Akron); Gabriel Tucker (4'7"/PG/2028/Reynoldsburg); Maurice Hamrick, Jr. (4'6"/PG/2028/Columbus), Marlin Jackson (SG/2028/Garfield Heights), Anthony Burroughs (4'8/WF/2028/Toledo); Trey Bentley (4'9"/SG/2028/Zanesville); Danny Bentley (4'9"/SG/2028/Zanesville); Evan Allgood (4'8"/WF/2028/Hamilton Twp); Winfield Garnett IV (5'1"/WF/2028/New Albany); Xavier Steele (PG/2028/Bedford); Brian Ross Jr. (4'3"/PG/2028/Cincinnati); Jordan Taylor (CG/2028/Twinsburg); Lorenzo McMullen (WF/2028/Cincinnati); Ascen Lomack (4'8"/CG/2028/Akron); and Dashawn Riley Jr. (4'3/PG/2028/Dayton).

Of course, we are well aware that not all of the top kids are represented on our initial list; however, the kids we have identified so far are kids that coaches from the top teams have put forward.  In the future, we will be adding to and modifying the current list as we see and hear about other kids.  As a matter of fact, we will get our first real opportunity to evaluate 2028 kids at our March 9th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, where the class of 2028 will be featured for the first time.  We will be going a step further by adding an Ohio North vs South all-star game in that class, which will feature the top 3rd graders from all over Ohio.  Invitations are currently being extended to the top 24 players in the class.  

It has always been our hope that our top player lists serve as both recognition and inspiration to players who are talented, and who are working hard to develop their games with the future goal of playing high school and college basketball.  As always, we invite feedback.  If you want to provide any input, suggest corrections or make general comments, please feel free to email us at

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Shaker Heights MS Raps up Impressive Season

Shaker Heights Middle School Team
Shaker Middle School completed their season last Thursday, and while they did not achieve their goal of finishing 33-0, they did play one of the best middle school games of the season against Garfield Middle School (15-3). Garfield edged them out by one point 47-48. 

Shaker Middle School dominated the likes of other GCC Conference foes over the course of two seasons beating Garfield Middle, Euclid Blue, Euclid Gold, and Mentor Memorial four times. In addition, they defeated Mentor Shore and Solon six times over the two-year span. There were also several other teams who feel prey to Raiders over the two years. 

Shaker Middle was lead by a solid duo of players who have been together since 3rd grade. Cody Head and Kellon Smith were the stabilizers. Raliegh Guice III, Imanu Lewis, Nolan James, Carmelis Proctor, Adam Sopenski, Jayse Thomas, Randy Morrison, Derrick Smith, Daniel Thompson, Adrien Cooper, and Xavier Peterson were all members of the Travel Program. Edward Robinson, Kylan Marshall and Ricardo Johnson were also on the squad this season. Coach Ryan Hines stated, “This group was fun to coach. I look for them to do big things at the next level.”  Shaker Varsity Coach, Danny Young, is excited to receive such an accomplished group. “They know how to win and they really know how to compete” said Young.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

COBBA League Standouts

Lawson, Murphy, Ivery, Cornett, Tucker & Youngblood
On Sunday, we spent a few hours at the Douglas Recreation Center in Columbus checking out several Central Ohio Boys Basketball (COBBA) games.  In addition to some players we had seen previously, we found several other players who deserve some recognition.  

The 3 games we watched involved the teams Renaissance University programs in grades 3rd-6th. Game #1 pitted the 3rdgrade Reynoldsburg Raiders against Renaissance.  For the second time in as many weeks, we had the opportunity to watch Reynoldsburg’s Gabriel Tucker (4’7”/PG/2028/Reynoldsburg) put in work.  As was the case the last time we saw him play, Tucker proved to be the best player on the court.  Highly skilled, Tucker again demonstrated the ability to score on all 3 levels.  He may be able to get his team buckets, but Tucker is also an elite on ball defender who can also get find teammates for easy buckets.  We really like this kid!  

Tucker’s teammate, Evan Allgood (4’8”/WF/2028/Hamilton Twp) is a big time scorer as well. We liked Allgood’s aggression to the cup and his ability to use his size and strength to put points on the board.  In fact, when we release our 2028 Player Watch List next week, All-good’s name will be listed among the top 40 players in the state. We also saw some good things out of Isaiah Giavana (SG/2028/Grandview heights), who showed a nice skill set, which included a nice handle, ability to knock down treys and an attacking attitude toward the cup.

For Renaissance, we were also really impressed with the play of Brandon Youngblood (4’4”/PG/2028/Columbus), who was quick, crafty, and had the rock on a string.  He’s smaller, but he got everywhere he wanted to get to, and either scored with layups or found open teammates for easy shots. Youngblood is gritty, is the clear leader on his team, and was the primary scoring option for his squad. With continued growth and development, Youngblood has a chance to be really good! 

We’ve heard some good things about Winfield Garnett IV (5’1”/PF/2028/New Albany), and his play on Sunday confirmed his place among the best players in the class in Ohio. He’s big, rebounds well, and cannot only initiate the fast break, but he can dribble the rock coast to coast and finish.  Based on his father’s size, Garnett has a good chance of being a long-term post prospect going forward.

We’re going to put it out there right now; keep an eye out for Tyson Cornett (SG/2029/Westerville).  Although he’s only a second grader, you could not tell it from his play.  Great size and length for his age, Cornett impacted the game in a positive way.  From what we saw, Cornett has a chance to be special.  Finally, we saw his parents, and they both have good size!

Cornett, Hodges, Turner, Brooks, Giavana & Peterson
The second game of the day featured a matchup between the 4thgrade Renaissance and Newark, and although the game got out of hand right from the tip, there were several players who caught our eye. The best of them all was Caden Ivery (SG/WF/2027/Columbus), who is very skilled, athletic, with solid ball skills and the ability to score. In the game we watched, Ivery put up big numbers and made it look easy!  Clearly, Ivery is a potential top ten talent in the state, and we look forward seeing him participate in the Buckeye Prep Ohio North vs South All-Star Game on March 9th!

Ivery was not the only stud for Renaissance, as Tony Cornett III (4’8”/PG/2027/Westerville) showed great upside potential as well.  Like his younger brother, Cornett has good size for his position and excels at scoring the ball.  He’s athletic, aggressive and should also show well in the North vs South game in March.

Newark may have been a bit over matched as a team, but Ty Brooks ( 4’2”/PG/2027/Newark) and Kolton Peterson ( 4’5”/WF/2027/Newark) were able to compete.  Peterson is a skilled floor general with a tight handle, while Peterson is a bigger guard who can handle the rock, and he uses his size to power his way to the cup. Both players were extended invitations to the Buckeye Prep Elite showcase based on what we saw on Sunday.

The final game of the day featured a matchup between the 6thgrade New Birth Warriors and Renaissance.  To be honest, there was little doubt the undefeated Warriors would get the win, however, we were excited to get a look at the individual players. As expected, Arness Lawson (5’2”/CG/Columbus/2025) was simply dominant! We’ve seen him on several occasions at our elite showcases, and from what we saw on Sunday, Lawson has continued to grow and develop.  We did not catch the final scoring numbers, but we have to believe Lawson was the leading scorer in the game.  Lawson appeared powerful to the cup and he feasted on transition buckets. He’s not only an elite scorer, but he has great vision and is a willing and able passer.  Finally, we were very impressed with Lawson‘s game, and he should be an early contributor to a varsity squad in a few years if he continues to work hard!

We were also really impressed with Mykell Murphy (6’0”/C/2025/Columbus), who is an athletic big who rebounds well, runs the floor like a dear, blocks shots and finishes at a high rate around the rim. We love his length, motor and soft touch! If he continues to grow, Murphy could represent a long-term post prospect down the road.  When new Birth went with their second waive of players, Amari Hodges (5’3”/WF/Columbus/2025) provided the scoring.  We intend to keep an eye on Hodges going forward. Other players to watch include Nasir Turner (5’6”/CG/2025)/Columbus), Jaden Calloway (5’2”/CG/2025/Columbus), Antwon Pollard (PG/Columbus/2027), Trey Thorpe (WF/2027/Columbus).  Look for many of the above players to be participating in the March 9thBuckeye Prep Elite Showcase.

Standout Players

Arness Lawson (6th Grade)
Mykel Murphy (6thGrade)
Nasir Turner (6thGrade) 
Caden Ivery (4thGrade)
Tony Cornett III (4thGrade)
Gabriel Tucker (3rdGrade)
Winfield Garrett IV (3rd Grade)
Evan Allgood (3rdGrade)
Isaih Giovana (3rtd Grade)
Brandon Youngblood (3rd Grade)
Tyson Cornett (2ndGrade)
Ty Brooks (4thGrade)
Kolton Peterson (4th Grade)
Amir Hodges (6thGrade)
Antown Pollard (4thGrade)