Tuesday, September 1, 2015


According to my sources in the DMV area, there is a new player on the AAU scene.  Coach Mookie Dobbins and his Nationally Ranked 3rd and 7th grade teams have separated themselves from the Bmore’s Finest Brand, and have taken their talents to “Team Thrill.”  Earlier reports had Mookie and his teams merging with the MD Playmakers, however, reports that the NBA’s Will Barton was looking to start a program in his hometown resulted in a shift of plans. If you don’t know who Will Barton is, Will Barton is the shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets and a Baltimore native who is adamant about giving back to the place where he grew up.  Baltimore has not had a lot of bright spots over the last few months and we all know what I’m talking about, but Barton wants to change that and give kids hope, not just in basketball but in life. This is just the first step in his attempt to give back to the city that raised him.

Coach Dobbins will not be alone in this move, as Coach Woody Gunter will be joining him, and along with Gunter he will be bring the 2014/2015 4th Grade West Coast Champions. Gunter and his team were crowned West Coast Champs approximately  two hours before Dobbins 6th grade did the same.  We wish Coach Mookie and Gunther well in their new endeavors.  You can catch several of Team Thrill’s top players at the upcoming Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase on September 12th.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Last Call

The field for the September 12th & 13th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is filling in nicely, and promises to be one of the most competitive events of the year!  below is an email I sent out a couple of days ago reminding parents and coaches about the upcoming deadline. Please review the same and contact us at 614-203-2929 or taylorobe@aol.com ASAP of you still have interest in the event.

Parents and Coaches,
We are now just 4 short weeks away from the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase/NYBL All-Star Weekend, and I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the event format and schedule. As a reminder, the event is scheduled for September 12th & 13th at Otterbein University.  Registration will open by 7:30am, with the NYBL All-Star games scheduled to tip off about 9:30am, followed by the elite showcase about 5:00pm (still very tentative).  We will start back on Sunday about 8:00am and finish up with the final all-star games by about 5:00pm.  

I plan to have an initial draft of the rosters, team assignments and schedule posted at least 1 week prior to the event.  The only names that will appear on the rosters will be those players who have submitted the registration forms and fee. Although I have posted a tentative participant list on the website (see below), that list is not official, so if your son/player’s name is listed there, but you have not sent in the forms and/or fee, they will not have a spot in the event.  In addition, I have to place the jersey order by August 24th and I cannot order a jersey if I have not received the registration fee and forms. Therefore, you still have time, but you must act quickly if you still want to get your son/player registered.

If you son/players is participating in one of the NYBL All-Star games, he may be receiving a custom jersey and shoes (depending on the game); therefore, we need to know his uniform and shoe size by tomorrow!  
Also, I know a number of you have paid the registration fee via Pay Pal, but have not yet sent in your registration forms.  If that’s the case,  I need you to do so as soon as possible so I can match the forms I received with your son/player’s name, and get them on my official participant list. If you have/or will pay your fee via Pay Pal, please make sure you bring the receipt with you when you register your son/player.  If you son'player's name is listed among the "Committed Player" list and your plans have changed, please do us the courtesy of letting us know that. In addition, if you have submitted your interest and your son/player's name is not listed, please contact me and I will update the list.  Finally, in case you have misplaced the invitation and registration forms, I have attached another copy to this email.
If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to email or call me at 614-203-2929.

Rob Taylor

Information Page Link:

NYBL All-Star Game Rosters:

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NYBL Announces All-Star Game Rosters

By most accounts, the 3rd season of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) was another huge success!  Not only did the league almost double in size in terms of the number of teams participating, the level of individual competition was nothing short of amazing.  In order to celebrate the league's abundance of individual talent, while also creating yet another platform for national exposure, the NYBL will again sponsor its very popular NYBL All-Star Weekend.  The event will run in conjunction with the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase and is currently scheduled for September 12th & 13th at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature a series of all-star games Saturday morning and early afternoon, followed by the elite showcase late Saturday afternoon. 

In terms of the format, there will again be  "Top 20" and "Top 40" games in each division, including a "NYBL vs The Nation" game. The rosters for Team Nation teams are still very fluid, as we continue to invite/take commitments from other elite players who did not play in the league this year.  In addition, participation in the NYBL All-Star Weekend is open to every player who participated in the league the last 3 seasons, as the weekend includes not just the NYBL all-star games, but participation in the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase as well.  

At the conclusion of the NYBL all-star games, all of the players who participated in the all-star games will be mixed in with the other showcase participants and placed on 10-player teams, where they will play 4 additional games.  During the course of the games, each player will be evaluated and ranked, with the top 2-4   players selected for a final all-star game on Sunday. Below is the initial draft of the rosters as well as an invitation letter and registration forms.  Also below is a link to the event information page where we will post updates and the status of committed players. Last year the event attracted over 500 players and will likely sell again this year.

Players selected for the games have until Sunday, August 9th to register and confirm their intentions to participate in the event.  After this date, spots will be opened up for players selected as reserves. Primarily, the first reserves taken from the list will be those reserves that have already registered and paid for the elite showcase.  Selection to the NYBL All-Star Games is a great honor and will serve has a significant platform for national exposure!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bmore’s Finest 2021 wins 2015 AAU West Coast Nationals

Bmores Finest-6th Grade West Coast AAU Champions
After an impressive third place finish at the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) Championships this past June in Columbus, Bmore’s Finest traveled out west to compete in the 2015 AAU West Coast Nationals.  By the end of pool play, the Finest had made an positive impression on the teams in attendance. Being true to their style of play, the Finest forced double-digit turnovers for each team they faced. Fresno Next Level, the #9 ranked team on the West Coast was overwhelmed by the speed and ball pressure applied by the boy’s from Baltimore.  Bmore’s Finest finished their run with a 5-0 record and the West Coast Championship.  Congratulations to Bmore’s Finest 2021!!!!!

Once again, the NYBL has been well represented in youth basketball.      

Monday, July 20, 2015

McMillian Propels All-Ohio to 7th Place Finish

Paul McMillian IV-2022 PG Cincinnati
By the time their run ended at the U-10 AAU Nationals in Cocoa Beach, Florida earlier this week, John Mobley’s 5th grade All-Ohio Red squad  had secured a 7th place finish. Mobley’s squad rolled though pool play with a 4-0 record, and was into the second round of bracket play before falling to the New Your Gouaches in a close one. A second set back in as many games to Marylands Finest landed then in the 7th/8th place game, where All-Ohio would right the ship with an easy win and a top ten finish.  It should come as no supervise that All-Ohio is one of the elite teams in the country in the class of 2022, as at least 6 of the players listed on their roster are currently ranked in our 2022 Watch List.

By most accounts, the central Ohio based team was powered by the outstanding play of Cincinnati’s Paul McMillan IV (5’4/PG/Cincinnati/2022), who averaged roughly 21 points over the course of the week long tournament. As evidence of his production, in at least 2 games, McMillan dropped 30 plus points on the opposing team, including three 20 plus point games.  McMillian was more than just a scorer, as he rebounded and dropped dimes at a high rate. Coach Mobley is apparently a big fan, as he raved about McMillan’s game. “They [opposing teams] could not guard him at all,” said Mobley. “The speed of his game; he was aggressive and he’s just mentally tougher since he has been playing up a grade for several years,” continued Mobley. Mobley also added that during the game against Marylands Finest, the defending national champions, “he just took over. “Easily, he [McMillian] was one of the top 5 players there [AAU Nationals].  He separated himself from a lot of guys in the class,” Mobley said. 

Holden, Keene, Francis, Johnson, Jones & Mobley
Also on their games in Cocoa Beach were Sean Jones (4’9/PG/Columbus/2022) and Dior Connors (5’6/WF/Columbus/2022), both of whom averaged about 10 points.  You have to add John Mobley Jr. (just a 3rd grader) to the list of standouts as evidenced by the fact that he went for 18 points during a pool game.  In terms of McMillan’s national reputation, if his name does not appear in top 100 national rankings at the end of the season, somebody is not doing their job! Congratulations to Coach Mobley and his entire team for represented the great state of Ohio!

All-Ohio is not the only program out there reppin Ohio, as Meechie Johnson’s Hardwork Basketball programs sent 2 seventh grade teams to Las Vegas last week and both squads brought home championships at the AAU West Coast Nationals.  The White team finished 4-1 and was led by Meechie Johnson (5’8/PG/Garfield Heights/2021), Nehemiah Benson (6’2/SG/WF/Streetsboro/2020), and William Jefferies (6’2/SG/Erie, PA/2021).  The Blue team finished 5-0 and was paced by Shama Scott (5’9/PG/Solon/2020,  Nick Ferguson (6’2/PF/Shaker Heights/2020) and Sean Johnson

Hardwork Basketball-2015 West Coast AAU national Champions
While we are giving shout outs, big props to DeMarko Bradley’s 2019 All-Ohio Red squad for a 3 tournament stretch run that ended with a 16-1 record and 2 championships. All-Ohio began their southern trek at the Nike Elite Tournament in Augusts, GA, where they finished 6-1 overall. Bradley’s squad lost a 35-18 half time lead to Team Takeover in the Elite 8 before losing 53-45.  Next up was Big Shots I in Atlanta, where All-Ohio went 5-0 on their way to the U-16 championship.  All-Ohio finished their run with a 5-0 record and the championship in the U15 division of the Big Shots II. Tanner Holden was named MVP of if the first tournament, while Jeremiah Keene and Jeremiah Francis shared the honor in the second event. For the season, Bradley’s team finished the season an impressive 65-9, having won 10 of the 15 tournaments the team entered.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Plans Under Way For Elite Showcase

Plans are currently under way for the the 2015 Fall Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  This event should be our biggest and most competitive ever, as many of the nation's top players will be attending! Our reputation as a "must attend" event is well documented, and this year will be no different. We are looking for the best players to compete in our events. The showcase is scheduled for September 12th & 13th at Otterbein University in Columbus Ohio. For more information, please visit the event information to the right of this website.  There you will find a committed player list as well as event updates.

Below is an email that was sent out today to everyone on on our bulk email list.  If you have attended past Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases and did not receive the email, contact Rob Taylor at taylorobe@aol.com and an invitation will be sent out to you.  For other ranked players who feel they have what it takes to compete at the highest levels, fell free to contact us as well

Parents, Coaches, Players,

We are now a little under 60 days before my September 11th & 12th Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase (fall).  Attached is an invitation for your son/player.  As was the case last September, the event will be loaded with talent and will represent another opportunity for your son/player to compete against the best players from around Ohio, the Midwest and the nation. The fall showcase attracted over 500 very talented players, and this September’s event will exceed that.  The addition of the NYBL’s top kids will only make this event that much more competitive. As is the case with every Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, the exposure opportunities will be great, as there will be numerous scouting services, video guys and small college coaches in the house to document the action.

As I have done before, I will be maintaining a running list of the players who have committed to the event (right hand side of the website).  This is not an official list and will not hold your son/player a spot in the showcase.  Only a full payment of the $145.00 registration fee by the deadline will guarantee a spot. Also, for your convenience, I have placed a Pay Pal link in the upper right hand corner of the website if you would like to pay the fee online with a credit card.  When using Pay Pal, please enter your son/player’s name, grade, height and position in the space provided, as this will assist me to match your payment with the registration forms. Also, please make sure you note the Pay Pal receipt number on the registration form, and then bring the receipt with you the morning of the event.  If you plan to attend the event, please email with your intentions, provide me with your son’s name, grade, height and position, then send in the registration forms and fee ASAP. Please do not send registration forms without the fee!

Once again, we will be hosting a 2nd-5th grade division for the younger players. Because of the smaller numbers with these age groups, this division may be combined into 1 division. Please help pass the word about the younger division, as most people may not recognize the addition.

As the date of the showcase gets closer, I will be sending out emails and updating the website.  It is very important that you continue to follow the website up until the day of the event (http://www.BbuckeyePrep.blogspot.com) for updates, as things may change. I know I don’t have email addresses for everybody, and some people don’t use the internet very often; therefore, please help me spread the message and share the information and updates with those parents who you know may not receive the information they need.  If you know of a ranked player, or any kid who may be talented enough to attend the event, have them contact me for an invitation.

For those of you who have not attended Buckeye Prep showcases in the past, below are a number of links to articles and videos from past events. Please take the time to go through the material as they offer some great insight into the nature of the events.  For those you who have participated in the showcases, you know that the competition is fierce; the right people are there watching; and the event is always well run.

Based on the level of participation last September, the positive feedback we received after the event, this event will likely be SOLD OUT. Because of facility limitations, once all of the spots have been filled, I cannot add additional players. Spots will be filled on a “first come, first served basis.” If you have any questions or concerns, emailing me is the best option, but feel free to call me at 614-203-2929.  I hope to see you in March!

PS. I’m always looking for quality coaches.  If you enjoy working with kids, have a coaching background, can be objective and are interested in coaching at the event, please email me. Coaches will receive a showcase T-shirt and free meals and drinks in our coaches and media only hospitality lounge. Please note, you cannot coach your son or player(s), and every attempt will be made to schedule around your son’s games.

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Committed player list, updates, media & video links from past events: