Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bova’s Play Draws Attention

Mike Bova-Avon Lake
Up until recently, discussions about elite guards in Ohio’s class of 2022 have not included Michael Bova (5’8/combo guard/Avon Lake/2022).  However, with his MVP performance in the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Top 40 All-Star game in September, and his play in the Ohio North vs South All-Star game (second leading scorer with 13 points), Bova has now muscled his way into the conversation.  In terms of consistency, Bova also logged in a standout performance at a recent NEO event in Cleveland, where he parlayed a top 20 finish into an all-star game selection. Moreover, Bova averaged 22 points per game in the Ohio Shooting Stars Fall League, and averaged 16 points per game at the AAU Nationals last season.

Bova might not look the part to some, but his skill set, which includes a consistent stroke out to the 3-point line, a tight handle, court vision and playing making ability, are all attributes in a top guard.  In addition, Bova is a hardnosed competitor who aggressively attacks the basket.  According to Ed Heben, Bova’s AAU coach, Bova can play both guard positions, is coachable and is a “great and willing passer.” According Paul McMillian, Head Coach of All-Ohio Red 2022, who has had an opportunity to compete against Bova, “…the kid can play. He’s a solid shooter who is above average and will not back down,” McMillian said.

Because Bova’s Learwood Middle School team does not open their season until January (girls play first), we don’t have any stats; however, Bova is not just good on the hardwood, he’s also a big time scorer on the grid iron, as evidenced by 20 touch downs this past middle school season.  Bova also takes his studies seriously, and he has an A/B average as proof.  You can catch Bova in action at our March 4th elite showcase, and again when his Ohio Shooting Stars team attends the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament March 31st-April 2nd.  We plan to keep an eye on Bova’s development.

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