Monday, January 18, 2016

Roberts Heads List of Loaded Dayton 2023 Class

Dre'Sean Roberts-2023 Piqua
The Dayton, Ohio area has a long history of producing D-I basketball players.  It’s still real early, but Dayton’s class of 2023 looks to be special.  Right near the top is Piqua’s Dre’Sean Roberts (5’0/SG/2023/Piqua).  Roberts burst onto our radar after a breakout performance at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September, when his talent garnered him an all-star game appearance and a top10 final ranking. In addition, we are so high on Roberts that when we release our initial 2023 Watch List next week, Roberts will not only be represented, he will be listed as a potential top 10 player.

Roberts is an offensive-minded shooting guard who can also sit down on defense and cause problems. He’s also very skilled, with the ability to knock down open jumpers and a willingness to find open teammates.  Last summer, Roberts led his MVP Dynasty team with a 20-point scoring average, and so far this winter, Roberts is leading his 10-1 Piqua Indians community team (25 ppg) in the Dayton Metro Winter Basketball League, the area’s most competitive league.  With Robert’s as the leader, the MVP Dynasty has a chance to be well represented when we release our preseason Power Rankings early next month.

As we mentioned earlier, Dayton’s class of 2023 appears to be more than solid. Some of Dayton’s other standouts include: Gabe Cuppe; Shawn Thigpen; Obie Bronston; Tyron Barnes; Dalton Delong; Kaden Christensen; Elias Lewis; Tyren Brown; Mason Shrout; Jameson Rivers; Paul Woodard; Darryl Cooper; Akio Perry; Stourm White; and Delamar Blanton.  Because it’s so early with this class, we’re sure we have not yet unearthed all of the talent this talent-rich area.  With that said, look for several of these players to make one of our Buckeye Prep All-State Teams, as well as a roster spot in the prestigious Ohio North vs South All-Star game. We also expect to see Roberts at our March 12th elite showcase as well as his MVP Dynasty team in our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament April 1-3rd.

While we are talking Dayton area basketball, let us take the opportunity to mentioned a couple of hidden gems.  Carter Gray (6’2/ 2020); Grant Delk (6’4”/PF/2020); Ryan Delong (6'2"/PF/2020); Cameron Miles (2022/Lima); Jansen Kincer (2021); and Trey Robertson (2022/Waverly) are all players we have heard about, but want to see more of this upcoming season.

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