Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase II: Recap

The 2010 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase II took place this past Sunday at Gahanna Lincoln High School with 135 of the top youngsters around Ohio showcasing their abilities.

We would like to say, once again, Rob Taylor and his trusted staff put on a tremendous event which was very well run, organized, and filled with plenty of talent.

We would first like to hand out our top player of the event award, which goes to Jack Gibbs III. The 5-foot-10 sophomore sparkled above all the other talent on Sunday. Gibbs, who plays at Westerville North High School, just has an uncanny feel for the game. He showcased his ability to take over a game on several occasions despite the limited playing time in this type of event. Gibbs has incredible ball skills with a knack for making winning plays. He plays with a swag unrivaled by any of his opponents. He isn't overly quick, big, or athletic, but his basketball IQ is very high and he just knows how to make plays. Whether it be making a pretty touch pass or using the bounce pass off the dribble, Gibbs seems to always find the open man for an easy bucket. He has a nice mix of old school game to go along with some present day sauce. The best word to describe his game is crafty. He is very creative in the paint allowing him to finish with a variety of shots and he has added strength to his body. The Westerville North sophomore can also be a lights out shooter with flare for the dramatic in late-game situations. He was very good on defense as well creating several steals and loose balls for easy transition buckets.

Other 2013 and 2014 Prospects which stood out:

Matt Gump (6'3/2013)- Bellefontaine
Keith Richardson (5'9/2013)- Clayton Northmont
DeVon Price (6'2/2013)- Pickerington North
Ronnie Stokes (5'9/2013)- Gahanna Lincoln
Nick Deitsch (6'0/2013)- Olentangy Orange
Terry Cook (6'2/2013)- Cincinnati Hughes
Jaylen Benton (6'1/2013)- Columbus Northland
Marvin Thomas (6'2/2013)- Columbus East
Aaron Jackson (6'4/2013)- Gahanna Lincoln
Daniel Aronowitz (6'3/2013)- Columbus Academy
Ronnie Williams (6'1/2014)- Columbus Brookhaven
Evan Bailey (6'3/2014)- Massillon Jackson
Juan Ford (6'0/2014)- Huber Heights Wayne
Adam Gigax (6'4/2014)- Cincinnati Moeller
Manuel Powell (5'5/2014)- Gahanna Lincoln
Darren Nettles (5'10/2014)- Westerville North
Aaron Oden (2014)- Cincinnati Hughes
Alex Stewart (2014)
Bryce Lonsway (2013)- Tiffin Columbian High School
Nate Axelrod (2014)
Johnny Saucier (2014)
Corey Wise
Trent Slade
Crisshawn Clark
Tony Anderson
John Roberts (Indiana)
Jalen Rhea
Will Hill Jr.
Adrian Cook
Declan Feery
Eric James
KyJuan Grace
Vinay Reddy

Here is a report from Rob Taylor ( on the 8th Grade Division.

The 8th grade division had its share of top performers, including 6'6 big man Nate Fowler from Cincinnati. Fowler was easily one of the top post players at the event, and he has a real good chance of being a long term post prospect.

Following in the foot steps of his older brother Travis, Huber Heights' D'mitirk Trice established himself as one of the to floor generals at the event. Like his older sibling, Trice has a great skill set and a high basketball IQ.

I also really like the poise and skill package of Jea'von McClain, a strong 5'2 PG from Aurora, Ohio. The kid's game just seemed a bit more advanced than his opponents. In terms of guard play, Kyle Stergis, a 5'3 point guard from Shaker Heights is strong with the ball, makes good decisions, and caught the eye of the scouts in attendance.

Kevin "Sticks" Fischer, a 6'4 center from Groveport had a good day, as did Dayton's Asante Patterson and Huber Height's Isiah Fairley. Fairley, a 6'3 swing man, has a nice frame, a high motor and showed he can knock down the mid-range shot.

The other all-star selectees included: Jeavon Peterson, Cameron Fails, Trevon Baker, LaMonte Stone Jr., Brad Smith, Tyrone Cheery, Andrew Franscesconi, Chris Oakley, Cord'e Donald, Caleb Harris, Nick Ward, Xeyrius Williams and Jalen Lewis.