For the most part, basketball is between seasons, as the AAU season rapped up in late July and the 2010/2011 high school season does not get started until November. However, elite level basketball players must continue to seek out competition in an effort to hone their game as they prepare for both the upcoming prep season as well as college basketball this time next year. This past Sunday about 30 of central Ohio's top players met at the USA Sports Academy for a day of competitive hoops. Victor Dandridge, affectionately known as Coach Vic, worked the phone lines and assembled a group of elite Columbus-area players for a very competitive run. It's not a formal fall-type basketball league, but competitive basketball was in the house as invitations were made to a number of the area's top players. For about 2 hours, and on 3 seperate courts, players competeted in 5 very competitive games. Some of the players who participated in the first of 5 scheduled sessions included: Northland's Trey Burke, Jalen Robinson (Pictured), Devon Scott, Jordan Potts; Westerville South's Isiah Rogers & DeMarkio Lyshe; Marion Franklin's Elijah Macon, Dwayne Bazemore, Austin Traylor & Isiah Brooks; Gahanna's Tre Warr & Jamel Morris; and Upper Arlington's Brian Sullivan. Word on the street says Northland's Jalen Robinson had a big day as he dominated every other post player in the gym. Devon Scott reportedly played well, as did Walnut Ridge's Austin Traylor, Dwayne Bazemore & Isiah Brooks and Northland's Trey Burke. When asked about his motivation for facilitating these series of elite open gyms, Dandridge indicated he is "only interested in helping players to develop and while providing a chance for the kids to have fun in a safe and competitive open gym setting. If you want more in depth coverage of Dandridge's furture open gyms, visit Buckeye Prep next week.
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