OGBR: What region plays the best girls basketball in Ohio? We know

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Tom Jenkins’ Ohio Girls Basketball Report

My good friends Eric Frantz and Matt Natali over at JJ Huddle’s Ohio
High have asked me to write a series of articles to be published every
other week throughout this basketball season. Here goes.


My good friends Eric Frantz and Matt Natali over at JJ Huddle’s Ohio High have asked me to write a series of articles to be published every other week throughout this basketball season.

In determining a format I conducted a set of “rough” but factual studies where we can examine the age-old questions of where is the best high school basketball played in the state of Ohio? Is the best basketball played at public or private high schools? What region in Ohio has the best prospects? What area of Ohio has the best high school coaches? What high school teams were the best of all-time in Ohio?

As we start the 2008-2009 campaign marching towards Value City Arena, the first question we want to address is what region in Ohio plays the best high school basketball. In determining the answer only one criterion can be used… Championships…is a state championship not the ultimate goal every year?

Our starting point in the study we conducted was twenty-one (21) years ago in 1988 which is the year OHSAA went to our current Division system, D-I through D-IV. We also used only the 6 district regions used by the OHSAA (Central, East, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest).

We looked at each division during these 21 years as a whole and then further broke down this period of time into 2 parts, the first 11 years (1988 – 1998) and the last 10 years (1999-2008). The results we found may be surprise many of you.

Division I (199 high schools):
Southwest Ohio = 9 of 21 state championships winning 8 of the last 10 titles.
Central Ohio    = 7 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Northeast Ohio = 4 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Northwest Ohio = 1 of 21 state championships with 0 titles in the last 10 years.
East Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.
Southeast Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.

Division II (200 high schools):
Southwest Ohio = 9 of 21 state championships winning 4 of the last 10 titles.
Northeast Ohio = 7 of 21 state championships winning 3 of the last 10 titles.
East Ohio = 3 of 21 state championships winning 2 of the last 10 titles.
Central Ohio = 1 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Northwest Ohio = 1 of 21 state championships winning 0 of the last 10 titles.
Southeast Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.

Division III (200 high schools):
Northeast Ohio = 11 of 21 state championships winning 8 of the last 10 titles.
Northwest Ohio = 4 of 21 state championships winning 0 of the last 10 titles.
Central Ohio = 3 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Southwest Ohio = 2 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Southeast Ohio = 1 of 21 state championships winning 0 of the last 10 titles.
East Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.

Division IV (201 high schools):
Northwest Ohio = 12 of 21 state championships winning 4 of the last 10 titles.
East Ohio = 5 of 21 state championships winning 4 of the last 10 titles.
Southwest Ohio = 3 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Central Ohio = 1 of 21 state championships winning 1 of the last 10 titles.
Northeast Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.
Southeast Ohio = 0 of 21 state championships.

In making our determination where the best high school basketball is played in the state of Ohio we developed a point scale for each championship. Two (2) points are awarded for each state championship over the last 21 years with additional points on a sliding scale awarded for each state championship over the last 10 years.

Like OHSAA in scheduling the D-I state championship as the marquee state championship game every year we also awarded additional points for state championships in the last 10 years as follows:

D-I = 2 points / D-II = 1.75 points / D-III = 1.5 points / D-IV = 1.25 points

Our “rough” but factual study determines that the Southwest Region is where the best high school basketball is played in Ohio. Our point tally is as follows:

1.    Southwest Region    =    71.75 points
2.    Northeast Region    =    63.25 points
3.    Northwest Region    =    41.00 points
4.    Central Region        =    30.50 points
5.    East Region        =    24.50 points
6.    Southeast Region    =      2.00 points

As always, we welcome your feedback and as well, if you have a different formula in determining what region plays the best high school basketball, we would love to see your results.

Tom Jenkins
Ohio Girls Basketball Report

Next Article to be published on December 11, 2008.

Tom Jenkins is the Executive Director of Ohio Girls Basketball Report (OGBR) a scouting service working for 202 colleges across the United States. Over the last 6 years OGBR has been voted by NCAA D-I head coaches as the No. 1 single-state scouting service in America. Tom can be contacted at ohgbm@aol.com

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