Monday, April 26, 2010

King James Classic-Final Day

After reflecting on the weekend's event, I have to give props to Drew Joyce and his army of volunteers who made this tournament happen. Once again, the King James Classic attracted some of the top teams and individual talent in the country. With that said, I also have to give props to OBC's U-17 squad for being the last team standing in what turned out to be a very competitive Gold bracket. On their way to the championship, OBC (7-0) defeated the likes of the King James Shooting Stars, Hurricane Running Rebels, All-Ohio Force, CP3 All-Stars, Team Takeover, and The Family. In order to claim the championship of this tournament, OBC's needed solid guard play from PJ Boutte and Jehvon Clarke and superior post from Chane Behanan and unsigned senior Nick Harney, and that's exactly what they got. Harney and Behanan terrorized teams this weekend and should remain a force to be reckoned with all summer long. It should be noted, in their first two tournaments of the season, OBC has reached the championship game twice, and has established themselves as one of the top teams in the country. I also have to recognize OBC's U-16 squad for making a final four run. The U-16 squad was upended by CP3 in the semi-final, as they came up 7 points short. Although Westerville South's Isiah Rogers went for 25 points in the contest, it was not enough to get his team to the Chip. Columbus' own Hidden Gems made an impressive run in the U-17 Bronze division before being knocked out by Mac Ohio, another central Ohio-based team.

News and Notes:

Some of the top individual performances of championship Sunday included Michigan's Carlton Brundage who put his team on his back in the quarter-final game against All-Ohio Red, when he dropped a cool 37 points on Red to help his team advance to the semi-final game (70-64). Not to be out done, Trey Burke logged in his best performance of the young AAU season when he went for a game-high 39 points of his own. Burke was not only red hot from beyond the arc, but he consistently attacked the cup and finished. I'm not sure what his stats were, but King James' Jakarr Sampson looked awfully good in the semi-final game against The Family. His ability to handle the rock on the perimeter with his size makes him a very tough match-up. Sampson drove to the cup at will where he finished more times than not. In the CP3 vs OBC semi-final game, the North Carolina-based squad appeared to be without the services of some of their post players. I'm not sure what happened to Jacob Lawson on Sunday, but I did not see him in action or on the bench for the OBC game. Without their full complement of bigs, their chances of handling Behanan and Harney were not very good. For a more complete recap of the tournament from an Ohio perspective, visit Ohio High School Hoops and read Kurt Stubs' piece. Also, to see pictures of the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Finally, Ty Kish was in Akron doing his thing, so look for another hot video coming soon. The entire tournament results can be found by clicking on the hyper link.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

King James Classic-Day Two

U-17 Division:

In the U-17 division the second day of the King James Classic started pretty much they way day-one ended in terms of competitive games. Some of the first round of games included match ups between Ohio's Friends 4 Life vs DC Assault, the New York Gauchos vs the Milwaukee Spartans and All-Ohio White vs Riverside Fastbreak from New York. DC Assault fought off an aggressive Friends 4 Life team to claim a 71-59 win, while the Gauchos beat the Spartans 76-56 and All-Ohio White was defeated by Riverside 49-42. Quinn Cook was the difference for DC Assault.

In their second game of the tournament All-Ohio Red enjoyed a hard fought 59-54 victory over the Rising Stars JG from Chicago. Stevie Taylor was hot early, and along with backcourt mate Trey Burke, paced All-Ohio Red. Teas Valley's Nate Anderson had his pick and pop game going while George Fant aggressively attacked the cup. After the Rising Stars rebounded in their third game of the tournament to upend the CP3 All-Stars, a three way tie left All-Ohio third in their pool. Once into single elimination bracket play, All-Ohio Red went to work, beating a feisty NEO Ballers 70-58. The next hurdle came in the form of the Milwaukee Spartans who had recently beaten All-Ohio Red by 1 point in the NY-2-LA Swish & Dish tourney a couple of weeks ago. Led by Stevie Taylor who was virtually unguardable, Red dominated the Spartans to the tune of 19 points. Elijah Macon played with more fire than I have seen in a while, George Fant got busy down low, and of course Trey Burke helped hold it down in the backcourt. Next up for All-Ohio were the West Virgina Wildcats who had shooters at virtually every position. After a 53-46 win in the night cap, All-Ohio Red was into the Elite Eight where they will face Michigan's The Family to get to the Final Four.

Other news and Notes: A Shane Larkin-led Florida Assault jumped all over Carolina Flight and finished with a 70-43 victory. Although the New York Gauchos got by the Wisconsin Hurricanes early in the day, they were tripped up in their last game of the night by an impressive CP3 All-Stars squad. Before notching a win against New York, CP3 avoided elimination with a win over a Quinn Cook-led DC Assault team in the second round. In that game, Jacob Lawson had one of the nasties dunks in the tournament! The Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) had too much size for All-Ohio Force as they cruised to a 53-46 win. Aaron White and Nick Harney were the culprits for OBC, while Austin Traylor did the damage for the Force. The standout performance of the day had to come from Aaron Thomas' ridicules performance in Queen City Prophets' loss to All-Michigan. Though Ozie Davis had his team ready from the opening tip, and actually took a 44-36 lead into the locker room; "the team from up north" came storming back to win it 77-78. It did not help the Prophets when Brandon Neal went down midway through the first half with a nasty cut to his forehead. Although no individual scores were tabulated (None were kept the entire weekend), Thomas may have gone for about 40 points, most of which were either deep treys or off dribble penetration. Columbus, Ohio's Running Rebels were at it again trying to be giant killers. This time they had an early lead on The Family before injuries set in and The Family went on the cruise to the victory. Ohio Basketball Club's U-16 squad finished first in their pool after defeating Team Detroit and have now advanced to Sunday on the strong play of Chillicothi's Malik London. All-Ohio Red's U-16 team lost by 1 point to the Carolina in the first round of bracket play. All-Ohio Pruple is out as is All-Ohio Red 15's after dropping a 1 point contest.

Middle School Action:

I had some time to run over to Kent to check out some 8th grade action. When I arrived, Syracuse Select was dominating Basketball Stars of America on their way to a 49-20 blowout win. Jamel Chambers led Cuse with 10 points. Gary Scott's Buckeye Prep team held on to defeat We Got Game 52-57. Buckeye Prep was lead in scoring by Ronnie Williams (13 points), Alex Stewart (12 points) and Darryl Long (10 points). It should be noted the Long was a rebounding machine as he notched double digit rebounds. Young (19 points) and Cox were the high men for We Got Next. To check out the pictures of the tournament visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

King James Classic-Day One

The King James Classic tipped off tonight, and because of the 6 or 7 super pools in the U-17 division, lucky fans were treated to some very competitive, and final four-type action on day one. Right out of the box the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) faced off against the home town King James Shooting Stars. Playing without studs Chane Behanan, Jordan Manuel and Ronald Ross, OBC held off King James to claim a tough 50-55 victory. In that game, 6'6 Nick Harney, an unsigned senior from Cleveland Benedictine, exploded for a game-high 21 points. Right behind Harney in scoring was Canton Timkin's Jehvon Clarke who contributed 18 points. ASVSM Junior Jakarr Sampson paced King James with 15 points, while Darius Carter added 15 points.

All-Ohio Red dropped a double over time thriller to North Carolina's CP3 All-Stars. All-Ohio Red had 2 chances to win it; one in regulation (2 turnovers), and one in the 1st over time (fouled a 3 point shooter at the buzzer), before letting it slip away. Bishop Daniels, PJ Hairston and Desmine Wells and 2013 Rodney Purvis were standouts for CP3, while All-Ohio's dynamic backcourt of Trey Burke and Stevie Taylor were their team's leading scorers (no individual scores were kept). Next up for All-Ohio is Rising Stars JG out of Chicago. Although George Fant got to the game at half time, he contributed solid play after he warmed up, and 2013 Elijah Macon played big in the second over time period.

Other News & Notes:

The West Virginia Wildcats, playing without Perry Henry who is still recovering from a compartmentalized contusion he suffered last week in Pittsburgh, outlasted Team Takeover. Chase Fischer logged in a standout performance, as he had his outside shot clicking. The New York Gauchos held on to defeat the KC Keys, and the Michigan Mustangs hit two late-game free throws to edge CBIZ. Alex Molone played well down the stretch for CBIZ. Columbus, Ohio's Hidden Gems lost a close one (66-59) to Michigan's Reach Legends, and HC Columbus Force came away with a win of their own over Crons Coleman from PA. Although D-I college coaches were prohibited from attending the event by the NCAA, there were a number of D-II and D-III college coaches in the house looking to complete rosters. I know there is still a lot of talent in this tournament, but the fact that there are no games being played on the campus of the University of Akron is a big let down, and the tournament definitely has a different feel! Most of the top scouting services returned this year including ESPN, Rivals, Scout, Slam Magazine, Ohio High School Hoops and the highlight video guys. To see pictures of the tournament visit the Buckeye prep facebook Fan Page.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pittsburgh Jam Fest-News & Notes

Many of the top teams in the country made their way to Pittsburgh this weekend for Hoop Group's Pittsburgh Jam Fest. In Saturday action, All-Ohio Red's U-17 team rolled into town with only six players, as Treavon Jackson was side-lined with an ankle injury and Elijah Macon could not make the trip. In the first game, the shorten bench did not hinder All-Ohio as they began the day with a 69-43 win over New York's Abyssinina Church. In the win, Trey Burke finished with a game-high 17 points, follwed by Stevie Taylor, George Fant and Nate Anderson, all with 14 points. The leading scorers for Abyssinian Church were Geerell Martin (16 points) and Geoff Tolentino (14 points).

Ken Taylor's Ohio Basketball Team got of to a nice start with a 71-60 victory over East Coast Fusion. In that contest, University of Detroit pledge PJ Boutte dropped a team-high 17 points, followed by Jordan Manual (13 points), Chane Behanan (10 points), Ronald Ross (10 points) and Kristien Taylor (9 points). For the first time this season, OBC unvailed a revised roster, which included several of Indiana's top talent in Boutte, Manual and Ross. The leading scorer for East Coast Fusion was Andre Roberts who finished with a game-high 21 points. With the late Saturday night results, OBC would appear to be the favorite to win it all.

Day two of the Jam Fest put a scare into the tournament's top seed, as Columbus, Ohio's own Running Rebels went toe-to-toe with Team Final, before dropping a highly contested (and a bit controversial) game Team Final. For the sake of full disclosure, Team Final was without the number one player (2011) in the country in Michael Gilchrest, and elite prospect Rakeem Christmas; however, the fact that the Running Rebels were leading most of the 1st half, and was tied 24-24 going into the second half, is a great story. If not for 3 technical fouls late in a four point game, the Rebels might have pulled off the shocker of the tournament.

The New Jersey Playez Gold got off to a good start with a 81-47 victory over YAAACE, before being upset in the second round of the tournament by 2012 Team Philly. In the YAAACE game, the leading scorers were Myles Davis (19 points), Miles Mack (14 points), Vaughn Gray (10 points) and Kyle Andersion (10 points).

In their second game of the day, All-Ohio Red defeated a very scrappy and hot shooting Basketball Stars of America (BSA) by a score of 68-58. The leading scorers for Red were Trey Burke (25 points), Stevie Taylor (20 points) and George Fant (14 points). The first round of bracket ended in a 60-46 win over the Staten Island Stingrays. Leading scores were Trey Burke (20 points), and Stevie Taylor and George Fant both with 15 points. All-Ohio Red's run in the tournament was interrupted in the second round as they were soundly defeated by a more athletic and motivated Westchester Hawks, who they had beaten four times last summer. Before going down with an ankle injury, Jabarie Hinds was spectacular and virtually unguardable.

OBC advanced to the second round with a 59-47 win over East Coast Elite. After knocking off New York's New Height's, OBC moved into the quarter-finals. On Friday night, All-Ohio Purple notched a 76-57 win over the PG Bulls. Adlophus Washington led all scorers with 24 points, followed my Willie Moore's 15 points and Orlando Berry Jr's 8 points. The U-17 All-Ohio Force defeated NJABC 63-59, and All-Ohio's U-16 squad romped over the Buffalo Dragons 71-51. Kyle Molock's 19 points were a game-high, followed by Deontae Hawkins' 16 points and Drake Kretzer's 10 points. All-Ohio Purple's bid for a championship ended with a 2 point loss to CP3 on Sunday. Aldolphus Washigington's 35 points, while impressive, was not enough to combat CP3's guard play. All-Ohio Red's 16 squad lost by 2 points to Eric Gordan All-Stars last night in second round play, and the U-15 Red team lost on a buzzer beater to Eric Gordan All-Stars. In the U-17 final four, OBC will face the Westchester Hawks and Team Loaded will match up with Jersey Shore Lighting. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Check out Ty Kish's highlight video.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boo Williams Invitational-Final Day

Let me just say this, there was no let down on day three of the Boo Williams Invitational, or the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for the U-17 division. While I'm at it, I think the general consensus regarding Nike's new EYBL is that innovative league concept is a keeper. If you were not sold on the new concept when you arrived in Hampton, after the spirited play on Sunday, you are probably going through some basketball withdrawal this morning, and can't wait for the second leg of the event in Houston in May.

The biggest game of the day featured a match-up between Each 1 Teach 1 and the St. Louis Eagles, and the highly anticipated match-up between Austin Rivers and Bradley Beal. Although St. Louis enjoyed a significant lead for most of the game, Each 1 Teach 1 stayed in the fight and cut the lead to a few points with a little more than a minute left in the game. The Eagles clinched the win after two late-game technical fouls, one by a player and the second against the coach who was ejected from the contest. The primary storyline in the game was the spectacular performance of Bradley Beal who dropped a game-high 37 points. Not to be out done, Austin Rivers kept his team in the hunt with a team-high 34 points. From this evaluator's perspective, St. Louis plays with more of a team concept and has more contributing players than does River's team, who seem to count too much on their star player's for point production.

St. Louis began the day with an easy 85-61 win over All-Ohio Red, who had beaten the Eagles the previous weekend in Milwaukee. This time around, St. Louis was more motivated and energized, as All-Ohio could not hit shots and appeared fatigued. In the game, Bradley Beal finished with a team-high 19 points, followed by Ben McLemore with 13 points, Roosevelt Jones with 12 points and Shaqualle Boga with 9 points. All-Ohio Red was led in scoring by Stevie Taylor who got hot late and finished with a game-high 23 points. Backcourt partner Trey Burke went for 14 points and Treavon Jackson added 8 points.

One of the best games of the weekend was one of the last games of the weekend, as the Drew Gooden Soldiers squared off against All-Ohio Red. Without the services of Treavon Jackson, a starter and high-major recruit (ankle injury), All-Ohio shocked the crowd who had already given the nod to the Soldiers, who boasted at least five high-major recruits in the starting lineup. With names like Josiah Turner, Jabari Brown, Nick Johnson, Kyle Wiltjer and You Tube sensation Kiwi Gardner, you really can't blame fans for expecting a blowout. However; shaking off a disappointing loss earlier in the day, All-Ohio shot out of the gate and jumped to a lead which they never relinquished. This game was won in the backcourt, as All-Ohio's less heralded guards went to work. Stevie Taylor's breakout performance was the catalyst for the upset win, as he had everything clicking in this game. Not only was Taylor's three ball falling (6 treys), he consistently got into the paint where he either pulled up for a jumper, went with a floater, or found open teammates. At the end of the game, all of Taylor's 37 points were needed, as All-Ohio Red held on to a 1 point lead to claim the 75-74 win. Also in the game, Bowling Green's Geroge Fant logged in his best game of the tournament with an impressive 16 point output. Also, Fant's high-flying act and momentum changing plays were a big part of the win. Penn State commit Trey Burke continued his stellar play with backcourt support, solid defense and 11 points. I have to mention the play of Elijah Macon (2012) who had a couple of highlight plays of his own, and Cheatum Norrils who filled in for Jackson and added solid guard play. For the weekend, All-Ohio went 4-1. On a side note, All-Ohio's U-15 Squad won the silver division of the tournament.

Other News and Notes: I caught some of the New York Gaucho vs Mac Irvin Fire game. NYC got the 83-70 win. The high man for the Gauchos was Omar Calhoun who finished with a game-high 18 points, followed by Dustin Hogue (16 points) and Derrick Wilson (13 points). George Marshall, a Wisconsin pledge, and Wayne Blackshear both scored 16 points, followed by Mike Shaw with 8 points. Houston Hoops, with several top 2012 players (LJ Rose & Rasheed Sulaimon), were leading the Arizona Stars when I left. I noted the fact that Rose has a smooth shot as he hit multiple treys during the game. Also, J.Michael Reese was on the bench in street clothes during the contest. The King James Shooting Stars dropped 2 more games on Sunday to finish the weekend with a 0-5 record. I'm not quite sure what the problem is for this team, as the roster has a number of high-major guys. To close; an impressive collection of teams and players graced the courts at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va., and the next chapter of the EYBL is highly anticipated. To see more pictures of the tournament visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Check out's story about the event. Also, check out the video highlights of the event, including Ty Kish's higlight video.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Boo Williams Invitational-Day Two

The day began the same way it finished last night, with competitive team play and standout individual performances. For All-Ohio Red's 17s, the day started with a 57-51 win over Memphis YOMCA. All-Ohio survived a sluggish 14-0 start to get the win. Trey Burke's 27 point outburst was the catalyst for the comeback and ultimately the win. Stevie Taylor heated up in the second half and finished with 14 points. Both Treavon Jackson and George Fant contributed 4 points and Elijah Macon added 2 points. The top gun for YOMCA was Telvin Wilkerson who finished with a team-high 15 points. In the second game of the day, All-Ohio fought off a pesky Wisconsin Playground Warriors squad to claim a 52-15 victory. As was the case in the first game, All-Ohio got off to a slow start. Trey Burke's 16 points paced Red, followed by Stevie Taylor's 9 points, Geroge Fant's 8 points and Cheatum Norrils' 6 points.

Unfortunately for the All-Ohio U-16 team, the day began with another loss, this time at the hands of the Jackson Tigers. Although they finished the day on a positive note with a win over the Long Island Lighting, a 1-2 pool record was not good enough to advance to Sunday. All-Ohio's U-15 squad picked up three more wins on Saturdays, as the defeated the Carolina Hoyas in the morning before thumping Team Swag by over 30 points in the afternoon and finishing with a win over Team Mello. According to Coach Q, a "team effort" has them sitting at 3-1. All-Ohio Purple finished 3-0 in pool play after a 81-60 victory over The Family. However, in the 1st game of bracket play, Purple ran into a Chris Bolden-led Georgia Stars team that pulled off the 67-57 shocker against the defending national champions. The Stars' Chris Bolden logged in the individual performance of the tournament with a 42 point scoring exhibition. Bolden did most of his damage from the perimeter, but he also got to the cup at will, and even punched on as he drove down the middle of the lane. I first saw Bolden last year at the True Hoopers basketball camp in Atlanta, and I knew then the kid could be special!.

News & Notes: In other action, the Drew Gooden Soldiers held on to defeat the Charlotte Stars 68-62. 6'9 Kyle Wiltjer was seen knocking down treys while Jabari Brown was still putting in work to the tune of 19 points. Josiah Turner finished with a game-high 20 points. Charlotte's Marcus Burton was the main man with 19 points, followed by Griffin Pitman with 13 points.

The Southern Kings dropped their second game of the tournament with a 15-19 point loss to Athletes in Action. The King James Shooting Stars (Pictured) dropped a game to the Tennessee Travelers. When I left at half time, the score was 36-27. From what I could tell, ASVSM's Jakarr Sampson is the engine that makes that team go. Also, 6'10 James Price, a Louisville commit, is still more of a defensive weapon than an offensive threat at this point. Marcus Crider comes off the bench, and although they have good length in the front court, guard play could be an issue for King James. By the end of the night, King James had finished 0-3. Lets just say, it's been a tough couple of days for King James.

The St. Louis Eagles had a big win in the morning as they smashed D-One Sports. Oh yea, Bradley Beal was NICE! Also, I got a chance to watch the Seattle Rotary vs Team Final game which featured a match-up between Michael Gilchrest and Tony Wroten. Partly because this weekend's games were the firsts for Wroten since his return from a knee injury, and partly because Gilchrest had the better numbers, I have to give the match-up edge to Gilchrest who had a solid performance. The Southern Kings are 0-3 heading into Sunday. The New jersey Playerz are 3-0, as are Howard Pulley. Spiece Indy Heat is 2-1 on the strength of Marguis Teague's standout performances. The Jackson Tigers are 1-2. Look for another competitive day of basketball on day three!

Boo Williams Invitational-Day One

If there was any questions that the AAU basketball season was underway, the start of the Boo Williams Invitational settled the issue. Boo Williams, one of Nike's flagship tournaments, tipped off tonight with much fan fare. For the first time in the tournament's history, teams in the U-17 division were not playing for championships, but instead, league supremacy was the name of the game. Nike's new Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) was unveiled tonight with much anticipation.

Although there was a small slate of games tonight, the competition level was already in full swing. Some of the marquee games tonight included a match up between an Austin Rivers-led Each 1 Teach 1 versus a Michael Gilchrest-led Team Final. Let me just say this, Austin Rivers is the real deal! Rivers has a full arsenal of attack moves that he employs to get buckets. Tonight, Rivers was just too tough as he led his team to victory.

By the time the gyms cleared, the All-Ohio organization had finished the night 2-2. The U-17 Red squad easily handled the Tennessee Travelers, to the tune of a 82- 56 victory. Although the Travelers made several runs, All-Ohio never trailed in this one to claim their first EYBL win. Trey Burke led all scorers with 24 points, followed by Stevie Taylor (14 points) and Treavon Jackson (11 points). I have to give props to Bowling Green Kentucky's George Fant who was solid in the post and brought tremendous energy to the contest. Next up for Red is YOMCA in the morning and Wisconsin Elite in the afternoon.

All-Ohio Red's U-16 squad overcame a 20 point deficit in the first half against Team Takeov, only to come up a few points short in a 57-54 loss. All-Ohio had a chance to win this one but missed clean looks late and made a couple of key mistakes. Although Team Takeover's Patrick Holloway, a Stephon Curry clone, had his way in the 1st half (12 points), Jordan Potts put on the defensive clamps in the second half, holding Holloway scoreless. Leading scorers for All-Ohio were Jalen Robinson with 11 points and Dontae Hawkins with 10 points. Although I did not see the game, All-Ohio Purple claimed victor, while the U-15 Red team dropped their opening game.

The King James Shooting Stars (U-17) opened the tournament 0-1 with a 50-39 loss to Chicago's Mean Streets. Leading scorers for King James were Niles Evans (12 points), Ricky Johnson (8 points) and James Price (8 points). The Drew Gooden Soldiers crushed D-One Sports 76-60 on the strength of Jabari Brown's 27 point explosion. Nick Johnson had 9 points for the Soldiers while Quincy Miller led D-One with 12 points. City Rocks defeated Team Texas 84-72. Team Texas was led by Shai Fields' 19 points and Jamal Branch's 11 points. Finally, Miles Mack dominated for the Playerz Club as they soundly defeated Boo Williams. It should be noted that Boo Williams was without the services of James McAdoo. On a side not, Tony Wroten is back after an ACL injury last year, but the star guard was unable to lead his Seattle Rotary team to a win, as Howard Pulley got the opeing win. All-in-all, it was a great opening day of basketball. To see pictures of the tournament as well as our college tour, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

All-Star Saturday Enjoys Another Great Year

Last Saturday, Richard Crockett's All-Star Saturday event kicked off at the Bruce Howard Recreation Center in Columbus. In addition to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, the event featured all-star basketball games in four age/grade divisions (6-8, 9-11, Middle School & High School). By some accounts, this year's series of games were more competitive than in years past. Also of note, for the first time in the event's history, two girls received MVP honors. Madison Greene and Amani Burke (Pictured) were selected as MVPs in the 6-8 and 9-11 divisions, respectively. This is most impressive since both young ladies were playing with the boys at one of the city's most competitive recreation centers. If the Burke name sounds familiar, it should, as Amani's older brother is Northland's Trey Burke, one of the state's top players. Keep an eye on these two young ladies, as they have a bright future in basketball if they continue work hard. Below is a list of the all-star game participants.

6-8 Division: Madison Greene, Gerard Reynolds, Elijah Hairston, Kennedy Taylor, Zion Bangura, Montell Edwards, Fred Wilkes, Percy King, Jesse Prewitt, Raymell Byrd, N'Keeley Elmore, Ja'Mal Buttrum, Xavier Prince, Jordan Horston, Miicah Coleman, Travis Easterley, Richie Young, Seven Harper, Melquan Scott and Chuck Shull. 9-11 Division: Amani Burke, Raylin Jarrett, Adrian Jarrett, Curtis Jones, Elijah Sampson, Jalen Carter-Henley, Tyion Palmore, Juan Elmore, Elijah Burton, Kierra Houston, Jaden Manley, Chandler Browning, Melik Scott, Javon Forester, Kobe Prentiss, Keshawn Moore, D'Anthony Williams, Bryan Battle, Charles Prater, Julan Johnson, Jawaad Jabber, David Brown, Melia Scott and Sean Tyson. Middle School Division: Ronnie Williams, Julian Scott, Brice Bailey, Danny Hummer, JB Bess, Alex Stewart, Darryl Long, Cameron Ball, Manual Powell, William Green, JeMichael Blanton, Jhustice Cornley, Mylan Smith, Austin Taylor, Asante' Patterson, Chris Little, Airius Moore, Nate Jameson and Adam Gigax. High School Division: Isiah Boddy. Anthony Jackson, Damon Powell, DeMarkeo Lyshe, Devon Benson, Garrin tate, Chaester McFadden, Andrew Bendolph, Isaiah Rogers, Rob Brandenburg, Matt Ryan, Buckey Chenault, Desmond Pack, Diallo "Freck" Ford, Cameron Robinson, Doug Thorpe, Dwayne Basemore and Chauncy Orr. To see pictures of the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament Final Results

From all of the positive feedback received about the event, the 6th Annual Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament enjoyed another year of success. Despite the fact that Easter fell on the 1st weekend in April (the traditional weekend of the tournament), over 60 teams made their way to Columbus for this annual event. Not only were their a number of talented teams from the Buckeye Sate, but Michigan and West Virgina sent some of their best teams to participate in the tournament. This year there were 7 divisions from 5th-6th grades. Below are the final results including the champions, runner-ups, all-tournament teams and MVPs: 1th Grade Division: Champion-All-Ohio Force. Runner-ups- All-Ohio White. All-Tournament Team-Rob Davis, Jamarie Mills, Damon Powell, Chancey Orr. MVP-Rafel Carter. 10th Grade Division: Champion-All-Ohio Purple. Runner-ups-All-Ohio Gold. All-Tournament Team-Matt Bingaya, Matt Rhodes, Dwayne Stanford, Jalen Lowe. MVP- Josh Lemons. 9th Grade Division: Team Toledo. Runner-Ups Queen City Prophets. All-Tournament Team-Sterling Gilmore, Joshua Davenport, Denotae Cole, Keith Towbridge. MVP- Clemmeye Owens. 8th Grade Division: Champion-Dorians Pride (Michigan). Runner-ups-All-Ohio Red. All-Tournament Team-Adam Gigax, Airus Moore, Joe Powell, Mike Johnson Jr. MVP-Keyon Addison. 7th Grade Division: Champion-Buckeye Prep. Runner-up-Dayton Salvation Army. All-Tournament Team-D'Mitrik Trice, Corde Donald, Trey Avery, Kevin Fisher. MVP-Chris Moxley. 6th Grade Division: Champion-OBC/No Limit. Runner-Up-Dayton Nets. All-Tournament Team-Eric Allman, Cole Flannagan, Kyle Tomshack & Larneil Nizay. MVP-Michael Ryan. 5th Grade Division: Champion-Dayton Salvation Army. Runner-ups-Showtime Basketball. All-Tournament Team-Tony Boddie, Evan Clayborne, Peyton Young & Chandler Fointno. MVP-Djuan Ford. To see pictures of the event visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Check out the tournament recap from Ohio High School Hoops.