Huge weekend on tap for Ohio hoops; All-Star Games, AAU and more…


Benedictine senior Derek Jackson and several other Ohio standouts will suit up in the North-South games this weekend.

While many people put the basketball balls away weeks ago and locked
the doors, others partake in round ball year-round. Fortunately for us,
we fall into the latter. For the Buckeye state, which completed its state tournament three
weeks ago, this is a huge weekend for some of the state’s top ballers.

While many people put the basketball balls away weeks ago and locked the doors, others partake in round ball year-round. Fortunately for us, we fall into the latter.

For the Buckeye state, which completed its state tournament three weeks ago, this is a huge weekend for some of the state’s top ballers.

On tap, is the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Top 100 Showcase on Saturday followed by the North-South All-Star games on Sunday. In Pittsburgh, the Pitt JamFest taking place Friday-Sunday will be showcasing some of the top AAU talent in the country including some of Ohio’s best players and teams. Finally, Saturday night, the Jordan Brand Classic will take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden including Columbus Northland’s Jared Sullinger.

Here is a brief look at some of the events and what/who to look for at top-notch events.

Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Top 100
Site: Capital University
Date: April 17, 2010
Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The 2010 OHSBCA Top 100 will showcase 95 of top underclassmen in Ohio. Each of the 16 districts will be represented by at least three players per district.

A look at some of the top players:
Cody Dillon (6’3/2012)- Newton Falls- 15.2 ppg.
Curtis Oakley Jr. (6’4/2012)- Lyndhurst Brush- 15.1 ppg.
Eric Truog (6’9/2012)- Chagrin Falls Kenston- 15.2 ppg.
Collin Barth (5’11/2011)- Olmsted Falls- 18.2 ppg.
Cole Krizancic (5’11/2011)- Mentor- 26.6 ppg.
Ronnie Willoughby (6’4/2011)- Avon Lake- 17.0 ppg.
Tim Goff (6’6/2012)- Burton Berkshire- 17.0 ppg.
Kristian Cross (6’4/2011)- Carrollton- 14.1 ppg.
Anthony Monaco (6’4/2011)- Dover- 20.8 ppg.
Marvin Owens (5’9/2011)- Marion Harding- 19.1 ppg.
Josh Ingle (6’5/2011)- Shelby- 19.1 ppg.
Trey Howard (6’1/2011)- Lima Shawnee- 20.3 ppg.
Konnor Baker (6’3/2012)- Ada- 19.4 ppg.
Ronnie Drinnon (6’6/2012)- Jamestown Greeneview- 14.2 ppg.
Marcquise Taylor (6’0/2011)- Columbus Africentric- 17.1 ppg.
Conner Litt (6’8/2011)- Fairfield Union- 14.0 ppg.
Zak Kirkbride (6’5/2012)- Zanesville Rosecrans- 13.0 ppg.
Tyler Kelly (6’2/2011)- Pickerington North- 9.0 ppg.
Matt Bingaya (6’3/2012)- Delaware Hayes- 18.0 ppg.
Jake Heagen (6’4/2011)- John Glenn- 17.0 ppg.
Tanner Gibson (6’1/2011)- Zanesville- 15.0 ppg.
Nathan Copley (6’2/2011)- Chesapeake- 18.7 ppg.
Colin Kennedy (6’7/2011)- Chesapeake- 12.0 ppg.
Blake Barnes (6’0/2011)- South Point- 19.1 ppg.
Austin McMaster (6’4/2012)- Chesapeake- 17.0 ppg.
Harrison Martin (6’4/2011)- Waverly- 17.0 ppg.
Blake Blevins (6’6/2011)- Manchester- 18.4 ppg.
Blake Yates (6’2/2012)- Lucasville Valley- 18.8 ppg.
Kyle Sloan (6’2/2011)- Washington CH- 19.0 ppg.
Philip Cook (6’3/2011)- West Chester Lakota West- 13.0 ppg.
Andre Yates (6’1/2012)- Trotwood-Madison- 8.0 ppg.
Justin Rossi (6’8/2012)- Franklin- 11.2 ppg.
Jacob Rossi (6’7/2012)- Franklin- 11.4 ppg.
Kendrick Williams (6’0/2012)- Dayton Fairborn- 22.2 ppg.
Zach Baker (6’2/2011)- Milford- 13.0 ppg.
Austin Piatt (6’0/2013)- Miami Valley- 17.4 ppg.

2010 Jordan Brand Classic

Saturday night, 20 of the top prep hoopsters around the coutry will take part in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

For Columbus Northland’s Jared Sullinger (6’9), it has been a whirlwind the past three weeks starting with the McDonald’s All-American Game held in his hometown of Columbus then off to Portland, Oregon the following weekend for the Nike Hoop Summit and will culminate with the Jordan Brand Classic.

Sullinger, who is an Ohio State signee, scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in earning Co-MVP honors at the McDonald’s game along with tallying 22 points and eight caroms last weekend in Portland.

The rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic are similar to that of the McDonalds minus a few changes.

Sullinger will suit up for the East squad along with fellow Buckeye signee DeShaun Thomas out of Bishop Luers (IN). Other East members are Reggie Bullock (North Carolina), Kyrie Irving (Duke), Perry Jones (Baylor), Jelan Kendrick (Memphis), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), C.J. Leslie (Undecided), Roscoe Smith (Connecticut), and Dion Waiters (Syracuse). The East will be coached by Greg Wise of Yates High School (Houston, TX), who finished the year No. 1 in the country despite having nary an All-American.

The West will feature Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), Will Barton (Memphis), Terrence Jones (Undecided), Cory Joseph (Undecided), Doron Lamb (Undecided), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina), Josh Selby (Undecided), Josh Smith (UCLA), and Tristan Thompson (Texas). Tobias Harris (Tennessee) is on the roster, but will not play due to a broken foot. They are headed up by Findlay Prep’s Michael Peck.

Ironically, four of the five undecided players in Saturday night’s game list Kentucky as one of their finalists. Lamb and Selby will announce their decisions at the game, while we still must wait for Jones, Leslie, and Joseph. 

Lamb is likely to commit to Kentucky, but Kansas and West Virginia are still in the running. Selby lists Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut, and Tennessee. Selby hasn’t taken a visit to UK, so we wouldn’t consider them a likely candidate. Many believe the Jayhawks are tops on his list.

Jones will announce with high school teammate Terrance Ross, who played at Jefferson High School in Portland (OR), on either April 23 or April 30. Both Jones and Ross have Kentucky has one of their final choices as well.  Both list Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, while Jones has UCLA and Ross has Kansas as his other school.  Most believe Jones is down to Kentucky and Washington, but don’t’ count out Oregon despite not having a coach.

Joseph is the lone undecided player that doesn’t have the Wildcats on his list. Speculation is the 6-foot-3 guard from Findlay Prep (NV) is deciding on Texas and Minnesota, though he lists Connecticut, Villanova, and UNLV as well.  Texas has already landed Joseph’s best friend, high school teammate, and fellow Canadian in Tristan Thompson, while the Golden Gophers have Joseph’s older brother Devoe Joseph.

Leslie is likely to pick between UK, North Carolina State, and Oregon. He was originally an NC State commit, but backed out though they are still in the running. Kentucky looks to be the obvious choice since they are in need of a four-man and the 6-foot-8 Leslie fits the bill. Leslie attended Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh (NC), which is the same school former Wildcat John Wall attended.

Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game

Site: Capital University
Date: April 18, 2010
Time: Boy’s Division III/IV- 3:45 p.m. and Boy’s Division I/II- 5:30 p.m.

The 2010 OHSBCA North-South games will take place this Sunday at Capital University with girl’s Division III/IV tipping at noon followed by the female’s Division I/II contest at 1:45 p.m.

The boy’s action gets underway at 3:45 with the D-3/D-4 game. The game features 20 of the top D-3/D-4 seniors in Ohio including three D-1 signees and four D-2 inksters.

North Roster:
Ben Gysin (6’5)- East Palestine
Chall Montgomery (6’3)- Cleveland Central Catholic (Navy)
Corey Caldwell (6’4)- Caldwell
Jacob Bolyard (6’1)- Orrville
Adam Wackerly (6’0)- Malvern
Brook Turson (6’3)- Plymouth (Robert Morris)
T.J. Short (6’5)- Antwerp
Aaron Craft (6’2)- Findlay Liberty-Benton (Ohio State)
Chad Mossing (6’3)- Metamora Evergreen
Greg Kahlig (6’5)- Fort Recovery (Findlay)
Coaches: Mike Kanney (Coldwater) and Bernie Tarr (Bedford Chanel)

South Roster:
Derek Billing (6’2)- Anna (Lake Superior State)
Joe Graessle (6’3)- Columbus Bishop Ready (Tiffin)
Riley Thomas (5’10)- Cardington Lincoln (Lake Erie)
Justin Andes (6’3)- Shadyside
Tim Kochendoerfer (6’3)- Ironton
Wes Loop (6’1)- South Webster
Mark Maloney (6’4)- Middletown Madison
Jess Chadwell (6’4)- Georgetown
J.P. McFarland (6’5)- South Charleston SE
Kyle Ondera (6’1)- Oak Hill
Coaches: Matt Meyer (Anna) and Ed Andes (Shadyside)

The D-1/D-2 encounter is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Like the others, the finale will showcase 20 of the top D-1/D-2 hoopsters in the Buckeye state including eight D-1 and two D-2 signees.

North Roster:
Niko Fatimus (6’1)- Poland Seminary (Clarion)
Derek Jackson (6’1)- Cleveland Benedictine (Central Michigan)
Tyler Ferrell (6’6)- Brunswick (Wheeling Jesuit)
Mark Henninger (6’8)- Massillon Jackson (Kent State)
David Brown (6’1)- Coshocton
Darrin Harris (6’2)- Mansfield Senior
Anthony Henderson (6’1)- Toledo Start
Anton Hutchins (6’4)- Lima Senior
Kevin Gray (5’11)- Reynoldsburg (Morehead State)
Rob Brandenberg (6’3)- Gahanna Lincoln (Virginia Commonwealth)
Coaches: Sean O’Toole (Cleveland St. Ignatius) and Tim Birie (Galion)

South Roster:
D.J. Martinez (6’6)- Troy
Ralph Hill (6’6)- Westerville North (Dayton)
Taylor Rieger (6’0)- Olentangy Orange
Clay Cameron (6’0)- Tri-Valley
Dylan Newsome (6’1)- Jackson
Adam Blake (6’1)- Logan Elm
Quentin Rollins (6’0)- Wilmington (Miami, OH)
Jordan Sibert (6’4)- Cincinnati Princeton (Ohio State)
A.J. Pacher (6’9)- Vandalia Butler (Wright State)
Geron Johnson (6’3)- Dayton Dunbar
Coaches: Kevin Thuman (Westerville North) and Doug Stiverson (Logan Elm)

2010 Pitt JamFest

The 2010 Hoop Group Pitt JamFest will take place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the campus of Pitt University along with surrounding area schools and colleges.

The 17-and-under division appears to be a talented field including 10 Ohio teams.

Top 25 U17 Teams:

1.Team Final (PA)
2.Playaz Red (NJ)
3.All-Ohio Red (OH)
4.CP3 All-Stars (NC)
5.Team Loaded (VA)
6.CT Basketball Club (CT)
7.New Heights NYC (NY)
8.SYF Players (IN)
9.LI Lightening-Dingle (NY)
10.Ohio Basketball Club (OH)
11.Spiece Select (IN)
12.Gauchos (NY)
13.Team Detroit (MI)
14.Westchester Hawks (NY)
15.Team United (NC)
16.Jersey Shore Warriors (NJ)
17.Delaware Team Takeover (DE)
18.DC Assault- Blue (DC)
19.Eric Gordon- Fastbreak (IN)
20.WV Wildcats (WV)
21.Spiece Indy Stars (IN)
22.Sports U All-Stars- White (NJ)
23.Team Philly (PA)
24.Crusader Nation (MD)
25.East Coast Fusion- Lemecke (VA)

Other Ohio Teams:
All-Ohio Swag, Mustang Ballers, Buckeye Ballers, MAC Ohio Basketball, All-Ohio White, Hidden Gems, Ohio Arsenal, and All-Ohio Force.

Other West Virginia Teams:
Nelson Jordan Center

What you need to know:
The 17U action gets underway Friday night at 6:15 p.m. and tourney play starts Saturday at 3:35 p.m. Gold Bracket play starts at 6 p.m. and follows with games at 9:30 p.m. and then on Sunday at 11 a.m., 1:20 p.m., and concludes at 3:45 p.m. with the championship game.
The 16-and-under sector has plenty of Ohio flavor including two of the top four ranked team coming via the Buckeye state.

Here is a look at the top 15 U16 teams:

1.All-Ohio Purple (OH)
2.Team Final (PA)
3.DC-Assault Gold (DC)
4.All-Ohio Red (OH)
5.Sports U All-Stars (NJ)
6.Playaz Red (NJ)
7.Spiece Select (IN)
8.CP3 All-Stars (NC)
9.Jersey Shore Warriors (NJ)
10.CT Basketball Club (CT)
11.SYF Players (IN)
12.Spiece Indy Heat (IN)
13.WV Wildcats (WV)
14.Team Respect (WV)
15.DC-Assault Blue (MD)

Other Ohio Teams:
Shooting Stars, Hidden Gems, Mustang Ballers, All-Ohio Black, Ohio Basketball Club (No. 21), All-Ohio Gold, and Team Toledo

Other West Virginia Teams:
WV Wildcats- Elmore

What you need to know:
The 16U play starts Friday at 5 p.m. Gold Bracket action gets underway at 6 p.m. followed by 7:10 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s Gold play will begin at 9:45 a.m., then 12:10 p.m. and the championship beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Ohio has the top rated team coming into this event in All-Ohio Red, who owns two overall championships and one Silver Bracket title thus far in 2010.

Here is a look at the top 10 U15 teams:

1.All-Ohio Red (OH)
2.Team United (NC)
3.Spiece Gym Rats (IN)
4.Playaz Red (NJ)
5.Grassroots Canada (CN)
6.Ohio Basketball Club (OH)
7.Team Loaded (VA)
8.DC Team Takeover (DC)
9.Eric Gordon Central Stars (IN)
10.Gauchos (NY)

Other Ohio Teams:
Team Jordan, Millenium Fire, Hidden Gems, All-Ohio White, TNBA East, Columbus Aces, Nitro USA, and Team Toledo.

Other West Virginia Teams:
WV Wildcats (No. 12)

What you need to know:
The event gets going at 5 p.m. on Friday with Gold Bracket play starting at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday and continuing at 8:20 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s action will tip off at 9:45 a.m. followed by semis at 1:20 p.m. and the championship at 3:45 p.m.
Ohio owns the top rated team in the 14-and-under division as well.

Top 6 14U Teams:

1.All-Ohio Red (OH)
2.DC-Assault Gold (DC)
3.Grassroots Canada (CN)
4.King of the Court (OH)
5.Ohio Basketball Club (OH)
6.Team Takeover (DC)

Other Ohio Teams:
Millenium Fire Basketball Club and Dayton Salvation Army.

What you need to know:
Pool play starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and Gold Bracket play starts at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday with the semis slated for 11 a.m. on Sunday and the title game at 1:20 p.m.

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