Saturday, June 28, 2014

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Invitations Extended

The 2014 fall session of the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is fast approaching, and we are busy putting together another fantastic event! Again this year, the event will be held in conjunction with the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) All-Star Weekend, and will host a slate of 5 all-star games in the 6th & 7th grade divisions. New this year is the USA vs Canada all-star game that will feature the top 10-12 players in the United States vs the top players from Canada.  This first of its kind game will be the feature game of the event and will attract international attention. In addition to the top kids from the NYBL, other nationally ranked players like Tyger Campbell and Sharif Kenny  will represent the USA vs Canada.

For those players who did not participate in the NYBL this season, the showcase will give them an opportunity to go head to head against the best in the nation so they, too, can be featued among the best.  As always, the high school divisions will feature many of the region's most elite players, as will be the case with the 4th-5th grade division. If elite competition and unmatched exposure is what you seek, the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is a must!

Below is an an email that was sent out this morning along with an invitation and registration forms. If you have attended past Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases and did not receive an invitation, send an email to For those who feel they have what it takes to compete against the best, email us with your credentials.

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Information Page

Parents, Coaches, Players

We are now a little over 60 days before my September 13th & 14th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase (fall).  Attached is an invitation for your son/player.  As was the case last September, the event will be loaded with talent, and will represent another opportunity for your son/player to compete against the best players from around Ohio, the Midwest and the nation. The last fall showcase attracted over 350 very talented players, and this September’s event will exceed that.  As is the case with every Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, the exposure opportunities will be great, as there will be several scouting services, video guys and small college coaches in the house to document the action.

As I have done before, I will be maintaining a running list of the players who have committed to the event (right hand side of the website).  This list is not official, and will not hold your son/player a spot in the showcase.  Only a full payment of the $129.00 registration fee by the deadline will guarantee a spot. Also, for your convenience, I have placed a Pay Pal link in the upper right hand corner of the website if you would like to pay the fee online with a credit card. There will be a $3.00 surcharge for this method of payment. When using Pay Pal, please enter your son/player’s name, grade, height and position in the space provided, as this will assist me to match your payment with the registration forms. Also, please make sure you note the Pay Pal receipt number on the registration form, and then bring the receipt with you the morning of the event.  If you plan to attend the event, please email with your intentions, provide me with your son’s name, grade, height and position, then send in the registration forms and fee ASAP. Please do not send registration forms without the fee!

Once again, we will be hosting a 2nd-5th grade division for the younger players. Because of the smaller numbers with these age groups, this division will be combined into 1 division. Please help pass the word about the younger division, as most people may not recognize the addition.

As the date of the showcase gets closer, I will be sending out emails and updating the website.  It is very important that you continue to follow the website up until the day of the event ( for updates, as things may change. I know I don’t have email addresses for everybody, and some people don’t use the internet very often; therefore, please help me spread the message and share the information and updates with those parents who you know may not receive the information they need. 

For those of you who have not attended Buckeye Prep showcases in the past, below are a number of links to articles and videos from past events. Please take the time to go through the material as they offer some great insight into the events.  For those you who have participated in the showcases, you know that the competition is fierce; the right people are there watching; and the event is always well run.

Based on the level of participation last September, the positive feedback we received after the event, this event will likely be SOLD OUT. Because of facility limitations, once all of the spots have been filled, I cannot add additional players. Spots will be filled on a “first come, first served basis.” If you have any questions or concerns, emailing me is the best option, but feel free to call me at 614-203-2929.  I hope to see you in March!

PS. I’m always looking for quality coaches.  If you enjoy working with kids, have a coaching background’ can be objective’ and are interested in coaching at the event, please email me. Coaches will receive a showcase T-shirt and free meals and drinks in our “coaches and media only” hospitality room. Please note, you cannot coach your son or player(s), and every attempt will be made to schedule around your son’s games.

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Committed player list and updates
Media & videos from past events: