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!

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