Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 Buckeye Prep Invitational Final Results

J.J. Loudon, Xavier Bowman, Jordan Briggs, Taylen Kinney & Austin Sloane 
By all accounts, the 2018 Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament was a huge success, and one of the most competitive tournaments in the region this year! In terms of the top teams in the state, just about everybody was here.  Not only did the event host 96% of the state’s top teams, we had some of the best teams from Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to the top teams, the tournament hosted the top players in the Buckeye state.  

Below is a link that lists the champions and runner-ups in both the Gold and Silver divisions, as well as the tournament MVPs and All-Tournament Teams.  We’re extremely proud of this event in terms of both the competition and the exposure we were able to provide. Based on the results of the tournament, our Buckeye Prep Team Power Rankings have been updated.  Also, our Top Player lists will be updated as well. Next up will be our Summer Showdown scheduled for June 9thand 10th. Congratulations to all of the teams, players and coaches who collected hardware on championship Sunday.  See you in June!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hamilton Powers SMAC Akron over Another Level in OT

Brayden Hamilton, Connor Sams, Deitrich Hurst & Sam Marbury
Leading for most of the game, 2022 SMAC Akron needed 3 clutch free throws and over time to get by a scrappy Another Level squad in Gold Bracket play at the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament in Columbus. Up by 2 points with under 3 seconds left, a Another Level player fouled a 3-point shooter, and after 3 clutch freebies, the game entered OT.  SMAC would control the overtime period to advance to the semifinals.  SMAC was led in scoring by Braden Hamilton (6’1”/SG/2022/Brunswick), who was smoking hot from beyond the arc and scored a team-high 18 points.  Behind him in scoring was Aiden Palmes (11 points) and Connor Sams (9 points).  This SMAC Akron team is very well coached, fundamental, talented and has a roster is full of high skill guys who can all shoot, pass and dribble.

We were also really impressed with Another Level who is also well coached, physical and play hard. The man for the Cleveland-based team was Deitrich Hurst (6’1”/WF/2022/Cleveland), who was too big, strong, physical and athletic to keep from scoring at the rim.  Hurst dropped a game-high 24 points.  Also playing well for Anther Level was Sam Marbury (6’1”/SG/2022/Cleveland), who finished with 12 points.  They gave the game away at the end, but from what we saw from Anther Level, they should receive top 10 consideration when we update our Power Rankings next week.

On another note, Ed Heban's TNBA Ohio Shooting Stars exacted some revenge on the Ohio Basketball Club from a loss last week with a 66-65 squeaker in Gold Bract Play. Despite a monster effort from Elmore James IV (19 points) and Danny Young Jr. (18 points), OBC went down.  Michael Bova was a stud, finishing with a game-high 22 points in the win.  Three other players were in double figures including Raymar Pryor and Jalen Wenger.  Two very competitive games!

Wenger Leads Shooting Stars in Win Over Blue Chips

Jalen Wenger 6'1" WF 2022 Dalton
It wasn’t an upset, but TNBA, ranked #2 in the Buckeye Prep Power Rankings, was wounded after an upset loss (27-59) in pool play to 13th ranked Ohio Hoopsters-Hill, when they took the court against the 5th ranked North Coast Blue Chips.  The score was close through out the game, and in fact, the score was knotted at 52 with 9 seconds left.  TNBA would hold on to secure the 54-52 victory on the strength of Jalen Wenger’s (6’1”/WF/2022/Dalton) game-high 16 points.  Wenger showed the ability to shoot it from deep and finish at the rim on drives.  We always new he was good, but his outstanding play today re-confirmed his status as one of the best players in the state.  In support, Raymay Pryor poured in 11 points. Ray Green III and Sean Jones were the leading scorers for the Blue Chips with 11 points each. Next up for TNBA is a rematch between the 3rd ranked Ohio Basketball Club, who is fresh off a win over 10th ranked C2K Elite in the opening game of the Gold Bracket.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament Star Watch



As part of Buckeye Prep’s commitment to provide a high level of exposure for our events, we plan to maintain a running list of the standout performers “Stars” we see during the course of the tournament. Coaches are encouraged to text us the name, height, position, grade, team, city and score/stat of their standout performers who log in big time stats from game to game (614-203-2929).  We’re excited to try this approach for the first time!  Stay tuned!



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Get Me Recruited Returns to Columbus to Cover Buckeye Prep Tourney


We have confirmed that Lamont Taylor and his Get Me Recruited organization will be retuning to Columbus to cover our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament this weekend. Get Me Recruited is one of the top scouting services in the country and their presence at the event will afford our tournament participants a significant level of national exposure!  Taylor and his staff have scouted many of our events for several years and have always done a fantastic job providing exposure.  Below is just a sample of the exposure they provided our elite showcase last month. We’re happy to welcome back Taylor and his staff!

Get Me Recruited Elite Showcase Coverage


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blue Chips Take Bearcat Classic

2023 North Coast Blue Chips-2018 Bearcat Classic Champions
In preparation of this weekend’s Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament, Coach Shawn Thigpen’s 2022 North Coast Blue Chips (NCBC) squad not only participated in the Bearcat Classic in Cincinnati, they won the 8th grade division title. NCBC’s trek to the title went through Team Next (51-23), APEX Basketball (51-25) in pool play, and Mid-Oho Pumas (53-48), Team Rise (55-45) and SMAC Premier in the championship game (54-43).

According to Coach Thigpen, Sincere Harris was dynamic every game, especially against Team Rise and SMAC. In the Team Rise game, Harris went on a one-man, 14 straight point run and ended up with a game-high 21 points.  Said Coach Harris “He also dominated SMAC Premier. This kid does it all and plays the right way.  To be honest, he could average a triple double in AAU.  He was electric and is the most underrated players in the county. I would put him up against any player in the country.”

Also playing well for NCBC was Trey Dennis, who is back and healthy after an injury. Coach Harris mentioned that Dennis “…played well this past weekend in every game.  He shot the ball well and dominated the person guarding him, and he couldn’t be stopped.”  Other standouts included Elijah Brown and RG3.  With Harris on the roster, NCBC is one of the favorites to claim the 8thgrade championship at the Buckeye Prep this weekend.  I can’t wait to get another look at this team with Harris on the roster!