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.

Boys                

Girls

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!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

More Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Tweets (@BuckeyePrep)

Lawson, McCoy, Henlon, Wakeel, Graves & Burroughs
-Jaylan Rigdon (5'5"/PG/2024/Maysville, KY) had a big weekend at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase; so much so, he made the final all-star game on Sunday. Great court vision and unselfish best describes what we saw!


-Joseph Boddie (5'0"/PG/2024/Columbus) logged in yet another all-star caliber performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Boddie is aggressive, scrappy and one of Ohio's best!

-Jarred McCoy (6'1"/WF/2024/Rochester Hills, MI) not only made the all-star game, but he was selected as a MVP! McCoy is a skilled big that can also block shots at a high level. A good looking prospect going forward!

-Elijah Hendrix (5'4"/PG/2024/Lansing, MI) attended his first Buckeye Prep- Elite Showcase and played his way into the final all-star game on Sunday. Hendrix was described as a "Playmaker and Ball Handler."

Sharod Barnes (5'5"/PG/2024/Ypsilanti, MI) was another Michigan kid who came down to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and blew up! His high IQ, smooth handle and ability to score the rock got him a nod for the all-star game!

Karl Burroughs (5'3"/PG/2024/Toledo) has had a rep for years, and his play at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase backed that up.  His ability to hit the 3-ball was on full display when he hit 5 treys in one game.  An all-star selection was his award!

- Jason Henlon (5'0"/PG/2025/Sandusky) was not on are rader before the most recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, but his all-star game and MVP caliber performance has us looking closer. Henlon was described has tough & hardnosed by his coach!

-Jordan Johnson (4’9”/PG/2025/Cleveland Heights) was only a 6thgrader, but he played well enough at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase that he made the all-star game. Johnson’s motor was noted by his coach.

-Jahleel Wakeel (4’11”/SG/2025/Columbus) is a perennial all-star at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Wakeel is a vocal leader with great court vision and a high Basketball IQ.  Was selected as “Best Attitude” on his team. One of the top kids in Columbus and the state!

-Stewart Hamilton (5’8”/WF/2024/Canton) was another unknow to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase who burst onto the statewide scene with an all-star performance.   Hamilton has good size, is skilled, and was selected as his team’s “top Prospect.”

-Elijah Graves (5’6”/WF/2024/Cincinnati) excelled at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase to the tune of an all-star game selection. Graves has a good motor, great attitude and plays unselfish basketball.  He was also selected as “Best Defender on his team. We are watching!!

-Arness Lawson (2025/PG/Columbus) continues to standout out at Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases, and always makes the all-star games even when playing against older kids! Lawson is highly skilled, dynamic, with a high basketball IQ.  He is also a good leader and floor general.

-Jerimiah Hughes (4’10”/PG/2024/Cincinnati) demonstrated good all-around skills and motor at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. For his efforts, Hughes was selected to the final all-star game on Sunday.

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.