Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jackson Getting it Done at UAA Challenge

Zeb Jackson-2020 PG Toledo
The Buckeye Prep Report has an extensive alumni list dating back over almost 2 decades.  A majority of the top players in the state have participated in our elite showcases, and we try our best to keep up with their progress as they rise through high school, college and the professional ranks. One such alumnus is Toledo’s Zeb Jackson (PG/2020/Toledo) who started attending our events when he was in the 3rd or 4th grade.  Although he was very young and undersized, Jackson was skilled and gritty enough to compete with much older and much bigger kids.

The highlight video below shows why Jackson is racking of scholarship offers by the boatload, many of which are from high major programs.  Jackson is a dynamic PG who can score at all three levels or make plays for his teammates. He’s always been a wizard with the rock in his hand and he has always understood the game.  We couldn’t be more proud of Jackson and can’t wait to see him excel at the next level!

OBC Takes National Championship

2027 Ohio Basketball Club-GRBA National Champions
Congratulations to Coach Mike Lee, Coach Winston Grays and the 2027 Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) for taking home the GRBA National Championship last week. OBC mounted a 7-0 run, including a victory over a beefed up All-Ohio Red squad to claim the title.  For the season, OBC has compiled a gaudy 35-4 overall record.  OBC has now vaulted into the top 5 of our Buckeye Prep Team Ranking with their recent title.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Xpress Enjoys Inaugural Season Success

2023 All-Ohio Xpress
Experience has taught us that the creation of “super teams” does not always lead to success.  However, Coach Kelly Peeks’ 2023 All-Ohio Xpress squad has proven that a team made up mostly of star players can succeed if handled correctly. Case in point, so far this season All-Ohio Xpress has reached the championship game of each of the 12 tournaments the team has entered.  In addition, in all but 2 of those tournaments All-Ohio won the title.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Xpress team only played their age division 1 time, and played up in the 8thand 9thgrade divisions in most events.

When Coach Kelly assembled this team earlier this year one of the primary goals centered around finding the best competition available. To that end, over the course of the season All-Ohio routinely faced national level competition. Specifically, All-Ohio defeated Alabama Southern (by 11 points), who were not only the 2017 AAU National Champions, but were widely considered the #1 or #2 ranked team in the country. Moreover, on that team was Madison Booker, one of the top 7thgraders in the nation.  It’s safe to say, based on their body of work this season, All-Ohio in not only the consensus #1 ranked team in Ohio, but they can make the case for top 5 nationally.

Obviously, in order to achieve the level of success the Xpress has enjoyed this season the roster has to have talent.  According to our own Buckeye Prep 2023 Top Player list, a majority of the players on this team are ranked.  The Xpress roster includes: Raven Raye-Redmond, Taylor Stanley, Carly Prows, Zyaire Miller, Gabby Martin, Lasonja Hill, Grace Barnes, KylaIrby, Mekhia Shipp and Kesha Francisco. We’ve had a chance to evaluate most of these players, as they excelled at our elite showcase back in the spring.  

We asked Coach Kelly to describe her team's style of play; to what she attributes her team's success; and her coach philosophy. "Controlled Up-tempo and organized transition is our style; however, they are prepared to play any team at any tempo," said Peek.  "We play with passion and control the controllablessuch as defense, conditioning, making smart plays, rebounding and winning 50/50 opportunities. If shots don't fall, all those things players can control when they step on the court - this will keepthem close in every game. If you are doing these things you are having fun," Peek said.  In terms of their success, "...same fundamentals taught at every position (i.e., ball handling, shooting and post work); strong basketball IQ of the PGs; tenacious defense; we can run the floor at every position; and we plan and play each game with 3 words, energy, effort and execution," continued Peeks.

All-Ohio will wrap up their season next week playing in a U14/U15 division at an exposure event in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to the All-Ohio Xpress and Coach Kellyfor their outstanding season!  We hope to see most of the above players at are fall elite showcase scheduled for September 8th& Camp; 9th.

Angels Finish 8th Nationally

With an outstanding season already in the bag, the 2024 Cincy Angels put a cherry on the top of a great season last week with a 4-3 run at the AAU Nationals and an 8th place finish.  The Angels started the tournament on fire with a 3-0 run through pool play, which included victories over Illinois Xcitement Buckets Crew (43-32), North Texas Tar Heels Elite Platinum (48-28) and Oklahoma’s OLBE 2024 (46-36).

The Angels got off to a great start to bracket play with a 43-35 win over Indy Lady Gym Rats-Gray, before they were upended by Indiana Flight (31-28) in the second round. For the record, the Flight would go on to finish in second place.  After being knocked out of contention, the Angels would take 2 additional losses against Florida Lighting (29-32) and Texas’ Cy-Fair Elite (32-47) in the 8th/9thplace game.  Standouts for the Angels included Zhieiyah Rolack, Leandra Curnutte, Rylie Homan and Laila Harrison.

Next up for the Angels is a trip to Louisville, KY. for the Roses Rising Stars Nationals, where they are sure to face more stiff competition. For the season, the Angels have amassed an impressive 29-4 overall record.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

OGBR Skills Camp Standouts

Alysia Lawson, Autumn Taylor, Sole Williams & Neuah Brown
Although we only had the opportunity to spend a little time at the OGBR Skills Camp at Reynoldsburg High School on Friday, we were still able to discover a few gems! One of the best players we saw was Alysia Lawson (5’7”/SG/2022/Toledo). Lawson was highly skilled, showed great court vision, the ability and willingness to pass the rock.  She also defended well on ball, and knocked down multiple catch and shoot treys.  We were also really impressed with Autumn Taylor (5’4”/PG/2023/Twinsburg), who was fast, aggressive to the cup and stayed in the paint. She also ran the court with a purpose and shot the ball well out to the three point line.

We’ve seen Sole Williams (5’6”/PG/2023/Cincinnati) play on several occasions, but her play at this event was eye opening.  She has the rock on a string, attacks the cup aggressively, and she has several dribble moves she uses to separate from her defender. She also plays hard, pushes the rock in transition and excels and dribble drives and dishing. We didn’t see much of her, but what we saw out of Nauaeh Brown (5’6”/PG/2023/Westerville) was impressive. Brown drove to the cup often and finished with contact at a high rate. Brown also showed the ability to use a euro step to finish in the lane.  

Although we did not get to see her play, it was clear from the comments form those who caught her in action that Madison Greene (5'5/PG/2023/Blacklick) was one of the better young players at the event.  So much so, she was the only underclassman player to make the final all-star game, which was made up of mostly players from the class of 2021.We also recognized several other players who we had a chance to evaluate at our last elite showcase such has Kamryn Grant,  Kendell Braden, Rylee Bess and Taylor Stanley just to name a few.

There were several other standouts at the event but because we did not have access to rosters and uniform numbers, it was difficult to identify players for this report. With that said, once we receive additional information from OGBR we will post additional information. From what we heard, the event was great and the skills and drills portion of the camp was a hit.  We hope to see all of the above girls at our September 8th& 9th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.