Thursday, October 1, 2015

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Individual Awards

J. Riggins, N. Days, C. Davis, C. Depollar, M. Cottingham, L. Pellott, J. Lipscom, K. Wyatt & A. Nelles
Although the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase is known for attracting and recognizing the top middle and high school talent in the country, there continues to be a holistic emphasis relative to what it takes to be well rounded and to possess long-term potential.  As we all know, size, length and athleticism are basic building blocks for future success; however, without intangibles such as skill set, defense, hustle and attitude, more long-term success can be elusive.  To this end, in addition to the all-star selection process and overall showcase rankings, a number of players have been recognized for possessing several other basketball related assets.  Below is a link to a list of award recipients who exhibited several positive qualities over the course of the event. Congratulations to all of award recipients!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Buckeyes Garner National Attention

Sonny Johnson Jr., Chris Livingston & Paul McMillian IV
The State Ohio has long been known for producing elite level football players; however, the Buckeye State can also lay claim to pumping out quality hoops talent as well.  Three days after logging in outstanding performances at the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, three of the state’s top 6th graders were rewarded with national rankings from  Sonny Johnson Jr. (4th), Chris Livingston (7th) and Paul McMillan IV (38th) were all highly ranked after the Buckeye Prep Showcase and national media has taken notice.  While Johnson and McMillian are known for their ability to score and handle the rock from the guard position, Livingston is a long, athletic wing prospect with a big upside. 

Although Johnson has been on the national radar a little longer, McMillian and Livingston are new to the national stage and are the beneficiaries of exposure generated through this website and success during Buckeye Prep events. Based on each of their advanced skill sets already, each player projects as a D-I athlete with continued growth and development.  Other Buckeye receiving recognition includes: Sean Jones (55), Josiah Harris (62) and Derrick James (69). 

Seth Wilson, Meechie Johnson and Noah Peeples
The same media outlet recently released their 7th grade list, and again, Ohio was well represented. Seth Wilson (7), Meechie Johnson (39) and Noah Peeples (65) were the most highly ranked of the 5 players who made the list.  Moreover, all 3 players highly ranked at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last week. Omar Abuhamdeh (72) and William Jeffries (77) were the other 2 guys who made the list.  Congratulations to all of the Ohio players who made the 2 lists!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Rankings

Darious Brazley, Jyare Davis, Zion Harmon, Sonny Johnson & Sarmaritine Bogues
Judging from the number of elite players who made the trek to Columbus to participate in the 2015 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, as well as the numerous scouting services in the building to document the action, the annual evert was a complete success! Not only were there some of the traditionally big name kids present and accounted for, but there were some hidden gems unearthed during the 2-day event as well. In terms of breakout performances, no one made more of the opportunity to impress than Jyare Davis (6’5/WF/Delaware/2020).  Although Davis was a standout with his Rip City squad this past season, no one knew just how explosive Davis could be.  Davis plays with a high motor, both on offense and defense, and when he’s not protecting rim, he’s trying to tear in down on offensive. Based on his current size, skill set and athleticism, Davis projects well as a division I athlete.  If Davis was #1, Jordan Toles was #1A. Toles had another spectacular weekend and did nothing to hurt his considerable reputation as one of the top handful of players in his class in the country.  Relentless to the cup with a developing midrange game best describes Toles at this stage in his development.

Also making quite a name for himself this past weekend was another Philly product in Jamil Riggens (6’6/WF/Philly/2019).  Like Davis, Riggens plays hard, is a jumping jack and has good size for his position already.  Look for both players to make a steady climb up the rankings going forward.  Talk about under the radar guys; who knew Darious Brazley (6’7/PF/Cincinnati/2018) was such a stud. In terms of the high school division, the long and lankly Brazley was hands down the top player in the division.  Defensively he was a problem, but his ability to handle the rock for his size was notable. He’s still young, but Brazley needs to be on somebody’s recruiting board!

J. Toles, A. Davis, M. Cottingham, K. Martin, C. Rankin, C. Livingston, S. Wilson & P. McMillian
The battle for the top spot in the 7th grade division involved a rematch which started at the Basketball Spotlight Camp last week, when the consensus #1 ranked player in the nation, Zion Harmon went head-to-head with the newcomer Ryan Conway.  As was the case in southern Maryland, Harmon and Conway traded jump shots and layups as each attempted to stake claim to the top spot. By most accounts, Harmon gets the nod in the Columbus, Ohio battle.  Both guys are tenacious, can shoot the rock and can get to the rack at will. Conway is the bigger, stronger and more athletic of the two, while Harmon’s skill, IQ, maturity and experience gives him the edge.  Both were exciting to watch and should have a bright future with continued hard work and development.

Arguably the top two 6th grade PGs in Ohio were at the showcase and both players held serve. Sonny Johnson Jr. and Paul McMillian IV both had outstanding weekends and more than justified national recognition.  Johnson is more dynamic, crafty with a more advanced handle and a desire to find open teammates, while McMillian is bigger, stronger and faster from baseline to baseline than anybody we’ve seen in the class.  Both lead guards can shoot it from deep and are excellent playmakers.  In terms of their ability to score in the paint, McMillian powers his way to the cup, whereas Johnson usually tricks his defenders then drives by them.  Although we did not see them matchup this past weekend, we’re giving Johnson the nod as the top guy “for this weekend.”  For the second consecutive year, Baltimore’s Samaritine Bogues (PG/2023) made the trip to Columbus and hauled away his fair share of hardware and ink.  Already known nationally, the super slick floor general continues to get the job done.  For his efforts, number 1 baby!

D. Scott, D. Holloway, J. Hairston, D. Henry, C. Byers, C. Furst, N. Peeoples & M. Johnson
There was far too much talent in the gym to document in 1 article, but many of the scouting services in attendance will further break down the standouts.  Below is a link to the final showcase rankings.  For the most part, those players ranked highly by their showcase coach were listed, including performance in the Sunday all-star games.  While there were some standout performances in the NYBL all-star games on Saturday, our rankings are based on showcase performances only.  Look for additional reports coming soon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NYBL Co-Founder Severs Ties to Youth Basketball League


NYBL Co-Founder Severs Ties to Youth Basketball League

COLUMBUS, OH. (September 15, 2015) - With the conclusion of the NYBL all-star games this past weekend, Buckeye Prep Report Founder, Rob Taylor has severed all ties with the National Youth Basketball League, and will no longer have any involvement with the day-to-day operations of the 3-year old league. Although Taylor is extremely proud of his role in taking a raw idea, selling the vision of the league to coaches, and spearing heading significant growth over the past 3 years, he has concluded that it is now time to move on and focus on further strengthening the Buckeye Prep Report brand. 

Anybody who knows anything about Rob Taylor and the Buckeye Prep Report knows that he and his events are synonymous with integrity, fairness, passion and organization. In the wake of the recent Elite Basketball Circuit (EBC) debacle, and being unwilling to compromise his principles and risk tarnishing his hard-earned reputation, Taylor has decided to step away from a league in which he was instrumental in building and managing. “I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and parents who helped in the realization of the vision, while simultaneously playing a role in “changing the face of middle school basketball!” said Taylor. 

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase All-Star Game Rosters

J. Riggins, A. Davis, Z. Davis, K. Martin, D. Scott, J. Toles, AJ Hoggard, S. Boguess, P. McMilliam
When an event has numerous elite players from around the country and a player makes an all-star team, that accomplishment becomes significant.  Such was the case at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase this past weekend where a handful players logged in great weekends and were awarded with coveted spots on an all-star squad. If making an all-star game at a Buckeye Prep Event is special, then being selected a MVP is truly the pinnacle. Below is a link to the all-star game rosters including players chosen as Top 5 Award winners and MVPs.