The following email was sent out this morning to all of the registered girls (boys to follow). Please read and forward to those players listed on the "Committed Player List" who may not have yet registered/paid for the March 10th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. This is going to be a great event!
This email should serve as an update for the upcoming Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. First and foremost, words can't express how happy and excited I am for your participation in this event! Although this event will be the first to formally host girls, I could not be happier at the level of participation. By the time the event tips off on March 10th, we could have 150 girls in the gym, many of whom are the best Ohio (and Kentucky) has to offer. This will allow for an unmatched level of competition, while creating significant exposure opportunities. So you will have a better idea what will happen leading up to and during the event, I wanted to send this email with a little information. By Monday night you should expect to receive (will also be posted on the website) an initial draft of the schedule, team assignment and rosters. This will only be an "initial draft," as I will expect some changes (additions and deletions) prior to the event. This information will provide you with more specific information about what to expect.
It looks like we will be able to host a series of early morning all-star games to start the event. Specifically, as it stands now, we will host Ohio North vs South all-star games in grades 6th & 7th as well as Ohio vs Kentucky all-star games in grades 6th-8th. The rosters for theses games are almost finalized and will be published 1 week prior to the event. Players selected for this game are widely considered to be the top 10-20 players in the state based on feedback and recommendations we received from the coaches of the top AAU teams. To be clear, we did our best to select the best girls we could find, but we had to rely on coaches feedback since this event will be the first time we get a look at girls. Keep in mind, final all-star games will be played Saturday night and will be based solely on performance during the 3 league games. There will be no automatic participation in the final games for the girls who played in the Saturday morning games. On another note, we are close to able to have at least 2 grade divisions (i.e., 7th/8th and 5th/6th), but it depends on our final numbers. Worst case scenario, all 3 grades will be combined. I should know by this weekend.
In terms of the schedule and format, registration will open at 7:30am and will continue until the showcase games tip off about 2:00pm. For those of you who will participate in the specialty all-star games, you need to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of your game. For everybody else, unless you want to watch the early morning all-star games, you don't need to arrive until about 1:00pm. After the all-star games we will have a coach's meeting, followed by opening remarks and the showcase tipoff (about 2:30pm). For my coaches, please click on the link below and take a few minutes to read my letter. I may still have a spot or 2 for coaches if your interested. Coachs will not have to pay the entrance free, will receive a free t-shirt and will have access to the coaches/media room where they can eat ands drink (non alcoholic beverages lol) throughout the day.
Although all of you have registered (hence this email), there are still a few of you who have not paid the registration fee. You need to do so as soon as possible before I finalize the rosters this weekend. Also, there are a number of players who are listed in the "Committed Player List," who have not registered or paid. Those players will not be placed on a roster unless they register/pay. If you need to send the payment by mail, make out to Rob Taylor and send to 585 Tall Oaks Dr. Gahanna, OH. 43230 ASAP! I tell you guys this so you can help spread the word to your friends and teammates. Finally, because the Buckeye Prep Report is new to girls basketball, we hope you all will help spread the word about the event and our website. Word of mouth is powerful to friends and teammates. If you could, if you could share the attached flyer on your social media platforms (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, etc) to help us get the word out; that would be very helpfull! Again, I hope you are as excited as we are! Rest assured that my staff and I are working hard to make your experience a positive one! If you have any questions or concerns please email or call me at 614-203-2929.