Thursday, August 16, 2018

DICK’S Sporting Goods Returns as Sponsor of Elite Showcase

Buckeye Prep Report Shopping Days Coupon Below
As part of DICK'S Sporting Good’s sponsorship of the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, they have set up 2 exclusive “Buckeye Prep Report Shopping Days” for Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase participants and website followers.  Click on the link below to download a coupon for 20% off on almost everything in the store (Easton & Polaris locations only) during the 2 days of the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  With school starting and basketball and football seasons right around the corner, what better time to do your sporting goods shopping and to save money!


DICK’S Sporting Goods Sponsors Elite Showcase for 3rd Year

The Buckeye Prep Report is proud to announce our continued partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods for the upcoming Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase currently scheduled for September 8th & 9th. Dick’s Sporting Goods (DSG) is the leader in the sporting goods industry and their participation in the elite showcase will continue enhance the overall participant experience.  As part of the sponsorship package, DSG will provide 20% off the entire purchase of any items purchased during their exclusive Buckeye Prep In-Store Shopping Days at Easton Town Center and Polaris stores for all showcase participants on Saturday and Sunday of the event. In addition, there will be several give aways during the event including DSG Bonus Certificates and various DSG merchandise.  The Buckeye Prep Report looks forward long and prosperous relationship with this iconic brand!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Get Me Recruited Returns to Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase

We have confirmed that Lamont Taylor and his Get Me Recruited organization will be retuning to Columbus to cover our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September. Get Me Recruited is one of the top scouting services in the country and their presence at the event will afford our participants a significant level of national exposure!  Taylor and his staff have scouted many of our events for several years and have always done a fantastic job providing exposure.  Below is just a sample of the exposure they provided our elite showcase last month. We’re happy to welcome Taylor  and his staff back!

Get Me Recruited Elite Showcase Coverage

Young Makes Noise at National Event

Danny Young, Jr. 6'0" PG 2022 Shaker Heights
From what we understand, Danny Young, Jr. (6’0”/PG/2022/Shaker Heights) performed well at the invitation-only CP3 Camp last weekend and caught the attention of several talent evaluators. Heres what Rodger Bohn had to say about Young: 6'0 2022 PG Danny Young Jr. From Shaker Heights HS (OH)/ OBC has been impressive in drill play. Nice burst, knows how to pick his spots, and clearly has the IQ of a coach's son.”

Of course we’ve seen Young in action for a number of years and are well aware of his skill set and basketball IQ.  The son of a high school coach, Young is a floor general who understands the game, and can not only make plays for teammates, but can get his own offense as well.  Not only is Young ranked among the best in the class in our rankings, he has been extended an invitation to participate in the prestigious Buckeye Prep Ohio North vs South All-Star Games in September.  Also making noise at the CP3 event was Chirs Livingston (6'4"/WF/2022/Akron) who has been collecting high major offers since the summer.  Livingston has also committed to participate in the Ohio North vs South game and 3-State Challenge at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Congrats to Young and Livingston for highlighting Ohio Basketball.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Returns (September 8th & 9th)

The fall edition of the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is scheduled for September 8th & 9th at Otterbein University.  This event will host both boys and girls and will attract the best players in the state and region. As his the case every fall, the event will kick off with a series of boy's all-star games which pit the best players in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky against each other in both intra and interstate all-star games.  The class of 2022 will feature the 3-State Challenge, where all-star teams from Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky will engage in round robin competition.  In the class of 2023, in addition to an Ohio North vs South game, and Ohio vs Michigan game will also be featured.  Right now, we have a 2026 Ohio North vs South game scheduled, and are working on the same games in 2024 and 2025.  All participants in the early all-star games must be registered, paid and must participate in the showcase portion of the event.

For more information about the event and to register, please visit our event Information Page using the link below. Also, below is an email that went out this morning to everyone we have on our bulk email list.  If you have not received the email send us your email address.  This event will be very well attended and will offer a significant level of competition and exposure.  Register now!

Information Page
Registration Link


We are now just about 4 weeks away from the fall session of Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the event format and schedule. As a reminder, the event is scheduled for September 8th& 9that Otterbein University located at 160 Center St. Westerville, Ohio 43081. On that Saturday, registration will open by 7:30am and will run through about 3:30pm. After the boy’s all-star games have concluded, we will have opening remarks and the showcase games are scheduled to begin around 4:00pm (tentative).  

I plan to have an initial draft of the rosters, team assignments and schedule posted on our website ( at least 1 week prior to the event.  The only names that will appear on the rosters will be those players who have registered and paid. Although I will be posting a tentative participant list on the website, that list is not official, so if your child’s name is listed there but you have not registered or paid the fee, they will not have a spot in the event. 

Finally, I’m always in need of coaches for these events if you’re interested on know someone who may be interested please let me know.  In addition to the satisfaction of working with young people, coaches receive free admission to the event ($20 value), a t-shirt and access to the media/coaches lounge where they can relax and enjoy complimentary food and drink the entire 2 days. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at buckeyeprep@yahoo.comor 614-203-2929 for an invitation.  Hope to see you there!

Showcase Information Page


Rob Taylor

Past Events:

Court U Camp Standouts

Darius Parham, Jake Nowak, Myles Coleman, Zakai Alexander, Tyler Kindberg & Garnison Budd
On Monday, we spent some time checking out the action at the Court U Camp at Ohio State.  In addition to guest speakers and skills and drills, the roughly 30 high school players in attendance also played a series of 5-on-5 games. The best player we saw was Darius Parham (6’1”/WF/2021/Bishop Reedy), who excelled at attacking the cup and finishing.  Parham also has good length, is athletic and handles the ball well.  In addition, Parham can create his own shot and was very active on both ends of the court.  We also really liked Jake Nowak (5’8/PG/2019/Worthington Christian), who was the consummate floor general who also showed great court vision and a willingness to create plays for his teammates.  Nowak also displayed solid ball skills.

Zakai Alexander (6’3”/WF/2021/Pickerington Central) impressed us as well with his size and skill set.  Alexander is powerful, aggressive to the cup and possess strong frame.  In addition, Alexander handles the rock well for his size and showed the ability it hit the pull up jump shot. Myles Coleman (5’11”/PG/2019/Centennial) was another good one, and showed excellent ball skills and the ability to beat his defender off the bounce and get to the rack.  We also loved his drive and dish game. One of the best shooters at the camp was Garrison Budd (5’11”/PG/2021/Bishop Reedy), and he proved that  by winning the 3-point shooting contest with ease.  As the morning went on, Budd showed he was more than a shooter as he got to the rim on several occasions.  Other standouts included Tyler Lindberg (6’3”/WF/2021/Worthington Christian).  

From what we saw, Chris Joseph’s the 3-day Court U Camp is a must attend event for talented central Ohio high school players.  The event offers a great message, great skill development and great Competition.  We would like to thank Chris and Kelly Joseph for inviting us to speak and for offering central Ohio kids such a great opportunity to learn and develop!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

DV45 Finishes Season with Championship

2022 DV45- 2018 Bigfoot Las Vegas Classic Champions
DV45 entered the Bigfoot Las Vegas Classic Tournament with a 62-8 overall record.  Their first game in pool play consisted of a 53-49 win vs Dallas Mustangs-Henderson, but a loss to Seattle Stars 53-46 slowed their momentum the following game.  After regrouping for day-2, DV45 beat YBA Elite 64-18 as Carson Sanders (15pts) found his range to pace the team to finish pool play in 2nd place, which moved them on to the Platinum Premier Bracket. 

After meeting up with former Michigan State University All-American Denzel Valentine for dinner and a pep talk, on day-3, DV45 went on to beat Dallas Mustangs 70-58 behind strong performances from Jacob Wallace (24pts), Mike Williams (19pts), and timely 3-point shooting by Juwan Maxey (8pts).  In the Elite 8, DV45 defeated Team Buckner 58-41, putting them in the Final Four vs Seattle Rotary.  Behind a strong performance by Alex Waters (18pts), DV45 defeated Seattle Rotary 64-47 to find themselves in the championship game against #3 ranked Indiana Elite 2022, who defeated #1 ranked Drive Nation at the buzzer to advance to the championship game.   

In the championship game, DV45 found themselves down 13 before rallying to get the lead down to 4, trailing 25 to 29 with their aggressive defense and crafty shots by Mike Williams (8).  However, in the second half behind strong guard play by Jacob Wallace (16pts), Mason Docks (15pts), and Alex Watters (13pts), DV45 took the lead.  DV45 sealed the win with a huge 3-pointer by Ashton Atwater (4pts), timely stops, and clutch free throws down the stretch. 

Of note: DV45 picked up highly touted JJ Louden from Indianapolis for the Las Vegas Classic.  Their coach described his contribution to the team’s win as immeasurable.  Stating, “the kid is the perfect teammate, who made everyone better.  He is a high IQ player who can play multiple positions.  His defense is way beyond his years, and JJ possesses a rare quality of impacting the game without dominating the ball.  Truly had a Draymond Green effect for our team.” 

Coach Docks stated, "These young men were a special group and blessing to coach.  I'm hopeful lessons learned on the court will serve them well off the court and the bonds of brotherhood formed over the course of the season will last a lifetime.” You can catch most of DV45’s player in action at the September 8th & 9th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, as they will be suiting up for Team Michigan against team Ohio and Team Kentucky in the Inaugural “3-State Challenge.”  Congratulations to Coach Docks, his player and parents for a fantastic season!


Monday, July 30, 2018

McMillan Secure First Offer

Paul McMillan IV 6'2" PG 2022 Cincinnati
Having watched Paul McMillan IV (6’2”/PG/2022/Cincinnati) dominate the class of 2022 both statewide and nationally since the 4th grade, we knew it was only a matter of time before D-I college coaches started taking notice!  In fact, according to his father, McMillan received his first D-I scholarship offer from the Coach DeAndre Walker and the University of Tennessee Martin this week, after having a great showing playing up at the U-17 level with D-Miller Elite during both NCAA live periods.   

From what we know about McMillan’s game, it’s only a matter of time before the MAC coaches coming calling, and we would not be surprised if McMillan eventually gets some high major looks.  As a matter a fact, McMillan will be visiting West Virginia within the next couple of weeks. Congratulations to McMillan and his family for what is likely to be the first of many offers!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Buckeye Prep Ohio Top 50 Fifth Graders (2026)

Jeacarious Reeves, Denmarko Small, Dontrell Hughes, Rasheed Reed, Willie Foster
It’s still very early, but we have recently reached out to the coaches of the top 5th grade (2026) teams in the state with the intent to identify receive feedback relative to the top rising 5th graders in the state of Ohio.  In addition, we saw a number of the kids who are listed at our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament last April. Below is our initial list of what we believe to be the best players in the class of 2026 based on the input we have received so far.  

Of the roughly 50 players we listed, there are about 10 of them who have the potential of being future top 10 the state. Everybody we talked to really liked the Ohio Rebels’ Braydon Fogle(5’5”/C/2026/Lexington).  In addition, everybody knows the history of Marcus Johnson(5’1”/CG/2026/Garfield Heights) who has dominated the class for several years. Other potential top10 players include TJ. Crumble (5’4”/C/2026/Cleveland), Willie Foster (4’11”/PG/2026/Lima), Elijah McCree(4’5”/PG/2026/Westerville), Taylen Kenny (5’0”/CG/2026/Cincinnati), Athens McGillis (4’5”/PG/2026/Cincinnati), Jaylen Mercer (5’0”/PF/2026/Cincinnati), Mai’si Pearson (4’8”/PG/2026/Akron), Gabe Schmidt (4’11”/SG/2026/Dublin), and Demarko Small(4’8”/PG/2026/Columbus).

Of course, we realize there are a number of other kids who may deserve to be on this list; however, the kids who have made our initial list have performed well enough at elite tournaments, showcases and camps to catch the attention of area coaches. In addition, this list will continue to grow as we identify other elite players.  It has always been our hope that lists like these will serve as motivation for players to keep working hard to develop their skills. If you want to catch these kids in action make plans to attend the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase on September 8th& 9thas many of these kids will be competing. Finally, invitations are being extended for the prestigious Ohio North vs South All-Star Game.  Let the debate begin!

Ohio North vs South All-Stra Games Return

On September 8th, the Buckeye Prep Report will once again play host to the very popular Ohio North vs South All-Star Games in grades 5th-9th.  In fact, a number of invitations to this prestigious event have already been submitted to the top players in each of the above-mentioned classes. This event was developed as a platform to feature the top players in the state of Ohio based on their geographical residence and graduation class.  Participation in this event is an honor and will provide selected players with an unique opportunity to compete against the best players in the state in their respective classes, while also receiving exposure from local and national media outlets.  Past participation in this event as represented a springboard to middle school, high school and college success. 

Players who have received an invitation to the event must confirm participation ASAP in order to retain their spot. After August 28th, a new round of invitations will be extended and rosters will be finalized.  In addition to the Ohio North vs South games, Ohio vs Michigan games for rising freshmen is also scheduled. These games will include the top players from both Ohio and Michigan.  Past participants have gone on to play major college basketball and the NBA. This is an invitation you want!  As soon as rosters have been solidified they will be posted along with player profiles.  This is a unique, one-of-a-kind event that has a long linage of excellence. Look for additional details in the next few weeks.

2018 North vs South Rosters (Under Development)
Buckeye Elite Showcase Information Page

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Pumas Claim Kentucky Title

2022 Mid-Ohio Pumas-2018 All in Hoopfest Champions
This past weekend, the 2022 Mid-Ohio Pumas-Sheldon traveled south to the Bluegrass State, where they ran through the competition in route to a Platinum Bracket championship at the All in Hoopfest tourney in Louisville, KY. The Pumas’ path to the championship included wins over Southwest Rebels (55-44), Quinn Anvils (80-51), Evansville Future (49-22), Charlotte Ky Court (66-46) and Indiana Elite-Side 2022 (63-42).  Standouts for the Pumas included Ajay Sheldon, Tegan Myers, Noah Lawrence andLike Lyall.  Congratulations to Coach Sheldon and the Pumas for repping the Buckeye State!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lady Hoopsters Compete at a High Level

2025 Ohio Lady Hoopsters
Although we’re a bit late with posting this story, it’s never too late to recognize success and talent!  To this end, we would like to recognize Coach Chanel Collins and the 2025 Ohio Lady Hoopsters for logging in a very successful season.  When last we checked, the Lady Hoopsters had compiled an impressive 31-6 overall record, and had just come off of a runner-up finish in the Silver Bracket of the GBA Nationals in Cincinnati.  As a reward for their season-long record, the Lady Hoopsters are solidly positioned in the top 10 of our Buckeye Prep Power Rankings.  Congratulations to Coach Gibbs and the Ohio lady Hoopsters!