|King James-2016 AAU Super Showcase Champs|
For those of us who have watched the Ohio’s 2016 class play over the past several years it comes as no surprise that the class continues to make an impact on the national scene. Exhibit #1; a few days ago Ohio’s Team Work captured the championship of Adidas Invitational Classic. Exhibit #2; last Saturday, Coach Quincy Simpson’s King James squad won the championship of the prestigious AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, Florida.
On their trek to the championship King James defeated MC Warriors (75-33), Central Florida Tar Heels (66-36) and Team Ontario (58-23) in pool play; then they ran the table in bracket play with wins over Nike Team Florida (73-33), E1T1 Flash (62-34), Southern Phenoms (59-34), Team Forrest (45-32) and YAAACE 47-38). Some of the key players on that team includes: Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior Catholic), Anthony Christian (Hoban), Seth Towns (Northland), Derek Funderburk Jr. (St. Edwards) and Trey Cobbs (Lima Senior Catholic).
Recently, OBC’s 2017 team capped off a great season with a championship at the Adidas All-In Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the season, OBC finished with an overall record of 59-11, including 3 championships and 2 runner-up finishes. Some of the key players on that squad include: Tommy Schmock, Tyrell Ajain, Jaden Sayles, Antwon Smith Jr. Tyler Knetch, Dylan Dupler and Trey Pugh.
|Buckeye Prep-7th Place D-II AAU Nationals|
While I’m giving shout outs, my 4th grade Buckeye Prep team finished 7th at the D-II AAU Nationals in Charlotte, NC last week. The roster includes: Damian Davis, Mark Small, Daaron Brown, Makhale Massey, Deon Thorpe, Magnus Entenmann, Termir Allen, Jaden Hawking-White, Will Miner and Davion Pirtle. Congrats to Coach Aaron Brown and his team for a great run. Finally, All-Ohio Red’s 4th graders finished 11th at the D-I AAU Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky. Congratulations to all of the coaches, players, parents and fans for representing Ohio basketball!