Columbus, OH- This weekend Rob Taylor and Buckeye Prep made a splash in youth basketball yet again hosting the National Youth Basketball League Championship Session and the Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown all under one roof at the USA Sports Academy.
The NYBL tour featured the nation’s top class of 2019 teams battling it out at 3 locations over the past 3 months. It started with 24 teams and ended with All Ohio Red facing off against the Carolina Preps today in the championship game of the league. After Carolina Preps took an early advantage and led by 6 at the intermission All Ohio Red came storming back to capture the inaugural NYBL Championship on their home court.
Running in conjunction with the NYBL Championship Session the Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown featured the top 7th grade teams in Ohio. Coached by Lamont Tillman, the Ohio Hoopsters took the title with an upset victory over Team Excel (Buckeye Preps no. 1 ranked 7th grade team in the state).
The two events made for a fun weekend of basketball and there was plenty of young emerging talent on display. Below are the names that caught MSH’s eye:
NYBL TOP PERFORMERS
Jason Harris (AZ Monsoon) C/O 2020
Jordan Mitchell 6’2″ WF Columbus, OH C/O 2019 - ALL OHIO RED:
A long and lean prospect with nice upside, Mitchell, is starting to produce more and more and take charge in games. Since last year he has developed more confidence and a very nice stepback jumper. Much credit goes to the work that he has put in and the people working with him. Top 5 player in the event and the country.
Jeremiah Francis 5’8″ PG Pickerington, OH C/O 2019 - ALL OHIO RED:
With his old man game and basketball savvy, Francis, is a key player for his team’s championship success. Always hitting clutch shots, making the right pass and grabbing a crucial rebound. He also has notable size for a lead guard his age.
Gerard Reynolds 5’10″ C/PF Columbus, OH C/O 2019 - ALL OHIO RED:
Reynolds was MVP of the event and rightfully so. A physical big man, Reynolds, battled in the paint and used his solid frame to his advantage. He is a consistent interior scorer with good footwork and a great motor.
Jaidon Lipscomb 5’1″ G Columbus, OH C/O 2019 – ALL OHIO RED:
Lipscomb is a shooter supreme and shoot is what he did on Saturday! With his team down versus Team HOS out of New York he recorded 10 3s and was the difference in the game.
Wendell Moore 6’1″ WF Charlotte, NC C/O 2019 - Carolina Preps:
Christopher Hinton (Southern Stampede) C/O 2019
A wing with size, Moore attacked the rim relentlessly and as a result scored a lot of points at the charity stripe. According to his Mom, he already practices with the high school team and holds his own against his older counterparts. With good growth potential, skill and athleticism, Moore, is one of the top players in his class at this point.
Chaz Gwynn 5’11″ G Winston Salem, NC C/O 2019 – Carolina Preps:
Gwynn is a guard with size and good finishing ability around the rim. One of the more aggressive players offensively in the championship game, he is always attacking off the dribble and has the type of scoring talent to take over a game at this level. He needs to continue to develop his perimeter jumpshot.
Max Farthing 6’3″ F Fuquay Varina, NC C/O 2019 - Carolina Preps:
A forward who can play inside and out, Farthing (who is already big for his grade) looks like he has a lot of growing left to do. His combination of skill, size and mobility make him one to watch for years to come.
DaVion Harmon 5’7″ SG Dallas, TX C/O 2019 – Deron Williams Elite:
A key part of Deron Williams Elite’s recent success including a championship at the prestigious NOLA Super 60 in New Orleans, Davion “Big D” Harmon is a long guard with a well rounded skillset and good size for his grade. Both prospect and productive, Harmon, separates himself with his energy and versatility.
Christopher Hinton 6’2″ PF Alpharetta, GA C/O 2019- Southern Stampede:
The baby beast! Hinton is a monster in the paint for his Georgia-based squad. The son of former All-Pro offensive lineman Chris Hinton, the young Hinton looks to have a bright future with continued growth. Though, at this point, it’s hard to say which sport he will eventually play. Hinton showed out this past weekend using his strong physical frame and advanced power game to bully his way to points in the paint. Hinton looks to have plenty of more growing to do, which is bad news for his counterparts. We will continue to monitor this youngster.
Scotty Lewis 6’3″ WF Rex, GA C/O 2019- GCA:
Lewis, the son of former Dayton Univ. basketball player George Lewis, is a very athletic 6th grader with great length. A mismatch problem with his developing pullup jumpshot and ball skills, Lewis, oozes potential and can impact the game in a variety of ways.
Kyle Sturdivant 5’10″ G Stone Mountain, GA C/O 2019- Southern Stampede:
A developed athlete and scorer at the guard spot, Sturdivant, is a strong finisher around the rim and very difficult to stop in his age group. A big guard with skill he will be one to watch going forward.
Bryce Wills 5’9″ G White Plains, NY C/O 2019- House of Sports Elite
Yet another guard with good size, Wills, is a long guard with good growth potential. He can knock down the perimeter jumpshot and has a budding skillset.
Jason Harris 5’10″ WF Phoenix, AZ C/O 2020- AZ Monsoon
One of the top West Coast talents in the building, Harris frame oozes potential and even more so when you find out he is a 5th grader playing up an age group. With a great basketball frame and good activity for such a youngster, look for him to be in the discussion in the class of 2020 for a long time.
BPR Summer Showdown Top Performers
Dane Goodwin 5’11″ W Upper Arlington, OH C/O 2018 - Team Excel
Goodwin is an exceptional shooter with size for his age. The son of Dane Goodwin Sr. head basketball coach at D-III Capital University he showed the willingness to mix it up inside and if height in the family is any indicator he should be in for a good growth spurt.
Isaiah Speelman 6’4″ PF Hilliard, OH C/O 2018 - Team Excel
The first thing that stands out when you watch Speelman is his high energy and willingness to make hustle plays. A hybrid four man, he can step out and knock down a shot or attack off the dribble from the high post.
Matt Allaco 4’11″ PG Upper Arlington, OH C/O 2020- Team Excel
Only a 5th grader playing up two age groups, Allaco, looks as if he is too small to play with the big boys but, then the ball is tipped and all concerns go out the window. Forget his stature, the size of his heart is what stands out. Very skilled with a high bb iq and leadership skills, Allaco makes an impact when you expect him to be way overmatched.
Martell Ferrell 6’3″ SF Cleveland, OH C/O 2018- Mr. Basketball Academy
Already 6’3 in the 7th grade with budding yet raw wing skills, Ferrell, looks like he just started growing and has only been playing basketball for a year. With the right development and supervision he could develop into a very nice prospect.
Jacoby Kelly 5’5″ PG Van Wert, OH C/O 2018- NWO
A confident, strong guard with an extra gear and the ability to fill it up, Kelly, carried a large load for his NWO squad. He is zoned to attend Van Wert high school in two years.
Be sure to check out the site in the coming days for video coverage of the NYBL.