|D. Goodwin, G. Tipton, K. Johnson, I. Speelman, S. Tyson, C. Mott, K. Smith, J. Pugh & A. Nelson|
The 16th Annual Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament tipped off in Columbus Ohio on Friday night and the talent level in the gyms was significant. This year’s event attracted approximately 110 teams and is being held at 7 different facilities across central Ohio. Day I featured mostly blowout situations but the individual talent was on full display. Buckeye Prep Goodwin (2018) had no problem getting by All-Ohio Black 56-35. Ohio State commitment Dane Goodwin (6’4/WF/2018/Upper Arlington) was at it again as evidenced by the 20 spot he dropped on Black. Hilliard’s Isaiah Speelman contributed with 11 points. Ed Lyshe’s 2018 Buckeye Prep squad also had an easy go of it on opening day, beating Nova Village Black 53-31. Garrett Tipton (6’4/WF/2018/Bishop Hartley) was a man among boys and continues to display deceptive athleticism and the ability to finish at the rim. We had our first real look at KJ Johnson (6’1/SG/2018/Westerville North), who displayed a healthy dose of athleticism and the ability to drive to the bucket and finish with contact.
Adrian Nelson (6’3/WF/2018/Pick Central), with his length, speed and athleticism, may be the best prospect on the Nova Village Black squad, but Sean Tyson (5’1/PG/2018/Gahanna) was the best player in the game we saw. Quick as lighting, crafty, with the ball on the string, Tyson is fun to watch. As an organization, the Mid-Ohio Pumas produce quality teams and players. On Friday night, both the 2021 and 2020 teams cruised to easy victories. The 7th graders were up 35-0 at the 4:20 mark in the first half before an out-manned Dayton Nets/Buckeye Prep team could get on the board. Stifling man-to-man defense resulted in easy layups for the Pumas. Chance Mott (6’4/C/2020/Mansfield) and Jack Pugh (6’1/PF/2020/Plain City) inflicted most of the damage with layups and put backs. Matt Allocco (5’5/PG/2021/Hilliard) carved his way through the Dayton Nets’ defense and is clearly the catalyst on that team. The 2022 team was equally as successful as they took down Hidden Gems going away. Lorenzo Styles (5’3/SG.2021/Pickerington) was a defensive hawk and accounted for numerous steals. He also got it done on the offense side, finishing with a game-high 16 points. Garner Wallace (5’7/PF/2021/Pickerington) caught our eye and was the second leading scorer for the Pumas in the game we watched. We were moving around pretty quickly last night, but saw snippets of talent from guys like Christopher Anthony Jr. (5’7/SG/2020/Columbus) and Kevin Smith (6’0/PG/2016/Gahanna). Saturday’s action should be more intense as the top seeds start to collide. Below is a complete list of standout performers.
Day I Top Performers
2016:Kevin Smith-Ohio Hoopsters. 2018: Dane Goodwin-Buckeye Prep Goodwin, Isaiah Speelman-Buckeye Prep Goodwin, Garrett Tipton-Buckeye Prep Lyshe, Cameron Carlisle-Buckeye Prep Lyshe, KJ Johnson-Buckeye Prep Lyshe, Chase Rankin-Buckeye Prep Lyshe, Sean Tyson-Nova Village Black, Adrian Nelson-Nova Village Black, Juan Elmore-Ohio Hoopsters. 2020: Christopher Anthony Jr.-Ohio Bulldogs, Jack Pugh-Mid-Ohio Pumas (2020), Chance Mott-Mid-Ohio Pumas, Matt Allocco-Mid-Ohio Pumas. 2021: Lorenzo Styles-Mid-Ohio Pumas, Garner Wallace-Mid-Ohio Pumas & Elijah English-Buckeye Prep. 2022: Dior Connors-All-Ohio Red, John Mobley Jr.-All-Ohio Red, Jaylen Gilbert-Hidden Gems, Jaivon Miller-Ohio Hoopsters, Isaiah May-All-Ohio Red, Trey James-All-Ohio Red & Jaiden Guice-Ohio Hoopsters.