Ohio standouts announce presence at inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest


Team Toledo 15U Team Champions

The inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest concluded last week, and for being in its
first year, the event was thought by most to be a success. The Hoopfest, which took place in Columbus (OH), brought in 34 teams
covering age groups (15U-17U) to take part in the first-year event. HERE’S WHO DID WHAT – AND WHO WON…

Columbus – The inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest concluded last week, and for being in its first year, the event was thought by most to be a success.

The Hoopfest, which took place in Columbus (OH), brought in 34 teams covering age groups (15U-17U) to take part in the first-year event. The amount of teams was pretty good considering it took place the same time of the Adidas Invitational, 15U Nationals, the King James Skills Academy and King City Classic. Not to mention, the Hoopfest only became an NCAA sanctioned event just 30 days ago.


In the end, it was All-Ohio Red standing alone in the 17-and-under division following a hard-fought 71-68 victory over the West Virginia Wildcats.

Red stormed through pool play winning by an average margin of 23 points per game in wins over Drill 4 Skill (PA), XBA Elite, and the Runnin Rebels.

After an opening round win over XBA Elite, Red met up with St. Louis Gameface in highly anticipated match up featuring Trey Burke, Stevie Taylor, and George Fant of Red meeting up with BJ Young and Danteil Daniels of Gameface.

With plenty of college coaches on hand, Red got the best of the St. Louis-based team with a 68-57 triumph. Burke led the way with 24 points followed by Fant with 14. Taylor, who was plagued all week by an injured calf muscle, notched 12 points. 6-foot-9 Nate Anderson added 11 markers including nine in the 2nd half.

Young led St. Louis with 25 points followed by Daniels with 20.  Young led the Hoopfest with a scoring average of 26.8 points per game. Several schools made the trip to keep an eye on the electric Young. Indiana, Marquette, Arkansas, Southern Illinois, and Illinois State all made the trek to Columbus to watch the rising prospect.

Burke and Fant also sparked interest from Arkansas as well. The Razorbacks will be on hand this week at the Peach Jam to see more of the All-Ohio Red duo.

Red followed its win over the Gameface with a nail-biting 57-55 victory over an underrated Buckeye Ballers squad. All-Ohio needed a Trey Burke top of the key pull-up with 1.6 seconds remaining in the game to advance to the finals.

Burke led Red once again with 14 points followed by Brandon Neel (6’4/2011) of Cincinnati LaSalle with 13, Taylor with 11, and Elijah Macon (6’8/2012) of Marion Franklin notching 10.

Larry Nance Jr. (6’7/2011) of Revere led the Ballers with 17 points and Otis Barrow (6’4/2011) of Shaker Heights contributed 11.

Zach Wasson (6’6/2011) of Orrville led the Ballers on the week with 12.3 points per outing. Nance was next with 11.2 ppg.

The WV Wildcats beat a good Hidden Gems team in the quarters (63-56) and then rolled by an exhausted Friends 4 Life squad in the semis (77-53). The Wildcats opening round win was a 78-63 triumph of the Wildcats 16U team.

The title game brought a little extra with Traevon Jackson (6’2/2011) of Westerville South playing against his old squad for the first time. Jackson, a Wisconsin commit, won a national championship with All-Ohio Red last year before making the jump to the WV Wildcats this year.

The game was nip-and-tuck much of the way, but All-Ohio found a way earn its 2nd championship of the year. Taylor led the way with 17 points including a gutsy long-range three-ball late in the game to seal the deal.

Burke added 16 points, and Macon and Neel evenly split 24 counters.

Anthony Monaco (6’4/2011) of Dover led the Wildcats with 15 points with Jackson tallying 12, Chris Hester (6’4/2011) of West Mifflin (PA) adding 11, Kalif Wright (6’6/2011) of Oak Hill (WV) with 10, and TyQuane Goard (6’7/2011) of Mountain State (WV).

Note, Paul Honigford (6’8/2011) of Garaway was not in Columbus due to a hand injury. Honigford plays for the WV Wildcats.

For All-Ohio, Burke averaged 18.7 points per game for the week. Macon was good for 11.5 and Fant 11.4.

The Wildcats, who play unbelievably as a team, were led by Chase Fischer (6’4/2011) with 14.4 points per game, Wright at 13.7, Goard with 11.9, Jackson at 11.7, Hester at 9.7, and Monaco checking in with seven ppg.

In the Silver Bracket, the Ohio Valley Heat defeated Humungous Columbus Force to capture the title.

Other Top 17U Performers:
Collin Barth (5’11//2011)- Mentor- 21.3 ppg. (TNBA West)
Nate Spears (6’5/2011)- Marion Franklin- 20.3 ppg. (Runnin Rebels)
Aaron Johnson (6’4/2011)- Moon Twp.- 18.5 ppg. (CBIZ)
Matt Palo (6’4/2011)- Norwin (PA)- 17.5 ppg. (Drill 4 Skill)
Austin Cunningham (6’0/2011)- Warren Local- 17.5 ppg. (OV Heat)
Rob Davis (6’2/2011)- Toledo Bowsher- 16.6 ppg. (All-Ohio Force)
Nick Levin (6’0/2011)- Tree of Life- 14.3 ppg.- (College Bound)
Devon Scott (6’7/2012)- Columbus Northland- 13.8 ppg. (WV Wildcats)
Dominique McDonald (6’1/2011)- Pickerington Cent.- 13.5 ppg. (All-Ohio Swag)
Rian Burrell (6’3/2011)- Zanesville- 13.4 ppg. (All-Ohio Force)
Trent Waybright (6’3/2011)- Pickerington North- 13.2 ppg. (MAC Ohio)
Jake Heagen (6’4/2011)- John Glenn- 12.8 ppg. (Columbus Storm)
James Long (5’11/2012)- Woodberry Forest- 12.8 ppg. (WV Wildcats)
Jake Forrest (5’10/2011)- Hilliard Bradley- 12.4 ppg. (All-Ohio Force)
Shakir Dunning (6’1/2011)- Harvest Prep- 12.3 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Christian Heine (6’2/2011)- Dublin Coffman- 12.3 ppg. (Columbus Storm)
Xavier Brown (6’0/2011)- Bowling Green- 12.3 ppg. (All-Ohio Swag)
Brian Sullivan (6’0/2011)- Upper Arlington- 12.0 ppg. (CBIZ)
Ned Tomic (6’6/2011)- North Royalton- 11.8 ppg. (CBIZ)
Mycol Madison (5’11/2011)- Columbus East- 11.8 ppg. (College Bound)
Jazzell Garrett (5’9/2011)- Akron Buchtel- 11.7 ppg. (Friends 4 Life)

More Top 17U Performers:
Dareon Jones (6’5/2011)- Toledo Whitemer (All-Ohio Force)
James Young (6’1/2011)- Independence (All-Ohio Swag)
Anton Grady (6’8/2011)- Cleveland CC (Friends 4 Life)
Giovanni Rose (6’6/2011)- Cleveland Rhodes (Friends 4 Life)
David Jackson (6’6/2011)- Cleveland Rhodes (Friends 4 Life)
Jamel Morris (6’1/2011)- Gahanna Lincoln (Hidden Gems)
Trey Warr (6’4/2011)- Gahanna Lincoln (Hidden Gems)
Chris Hamilton (6’3/2011)- Bellbrook (Hidden Gems)
Carnell Willoughby (5’11/2011)- Linden McKinley (Humungous CF)
Reco Spears (6’3/2011)- Walnut Ridge (Humungous CF)
Tanner Gibson (6’1/2011)- Zanesville (MAC Ohio)
Tyler Kelly (6’2/2011)- Pickerington North (MAC Ohio)
Kamorin Harris (6’0/2011)- Westerville Central (Runnin Rebels)
Trey Thornton (6’0/2011)- Independence (College Bound)
RJ Kauffman (6’1/2011)- Avon (TNBA West)
Matt Solden (6’2/2011)- Mentor (TNBA West)
Zach Grossenbacher (6’7/2012)- Parkersburg (WV) (WV Wildcats)
Ke’Chaun Lewis (6’4/2012)- Columbus Northland (WV Wildcats)
Cam Shannon (6’2/2012)- Woodrow Wilson (WV) (WV Wildcats)
Craig Ponder (6’2/2011)- Hargrave Military (WV Wildcats)
Ulysses Thomas (6’4/2011)- Cincinnati Princeton (XBA- Team One)
Femi Thompson (6’3/2011)- Cincinnati Aiken (XBA- Team One)


In the 16U sector, 4-Deep ran away and hid from the rest of the field en route to the championship among the eight-team field.

4-Deep started its quest with a 79-74 win over Team Toledo followed by victories of 27 and 53 in the next two pool play games.

In tournament play, 4-deep rolled by the Canton Wolfpack (MI) in the quarters (86-48) followed by a 74-51 throttling of Humungous Columbus Force in the semis.

In the finals, Victor Dandridge’s bunch got a repeat win over Team CBIZ, 73-57.  CBIZ advanced to the finals with a 75-63 victory over Hidden Gems in the quarters and then upset a very good Drill 4 Skill team in the quarters.

Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland led 4-Deep in the title game with 21 points. The West Virginia commit was outstanding all week averaging 14.3 points per game.

Jake Kretzer (6’7/2012) of Waverly added 15 points in the championship game concluding another good tournament for the rising wing forward. Kretzer scored 13 and 21 points respectively in the other two tourney contests.

Cam Wilson (6’1/2012) of Dublin Jerome was next with 12 followed by Jordan Potts (5’10/2012) of Columbus Northland with 10. Leroy Alexander (6’1/2012) of Toledo Springfield added nine.

Mark Minch’s (6’4/2012) of Lakota East week was cut short due to injury. Minch was on his way to another scoring onslaught before injury finished his week.

CBIZ got 16 points from Seger Bonifant (6’6/2012) of Strasburg and 14 by Dylan Kaufman (6’4/2012) of Berlin Hiland.

After a sluggish start to his week, Kaufman came alive in a big way on Wednesday night.  Kaufman was held to just two points in the first half against Hidden Gems and the team fell way behind. However, the Kaufman took over with 22 points in the 2nd half en route to a comeback victory.

Mark Lieberman (6’0/2012) of Dayton Christian also enjoyed a solid week averaging 8.7 points per game.

Perhaps the biggest buzz in the 16U division came from Barnett Harris (6’9/2012) Gateway High School (PA). Harris, playing for Drill 4 Skill, wowed college coaches with skill to handle the ball in transition and his offensive motor in the open floor. Harris averaged 11.8 points per game for the week, but it was all his intangibles making coaches drool.

Other Top 16U Performers:
Isiah Brooks (5’8/2012)- Walnut Ridge (4-Deep)
Allasane Kah (6’8/2012)- Walnut Ridge (4-Deep)
Devon Carter (5’9/2012)- Clayton Northmont- 9.7 ppg. (Dayton C-Hawks)
Ben Klimchock (5’11/2012)- Greensburg Central (PA)- 19.4 ppg. (Drill 4 Skill)
PJ McGlaughlin (6’7/2012)- Greensburg Central (PA)- 15.2 ppg. (Drill 4 Skill)
Jordan Cowgill (6’9/2012)- Thomas Worthington- 11.0 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Spencer Kirksey (6’4/2012)- Reynoldsburg- 15.0 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Connor Dahn (6’3/2012)- Worthington Kilbourne- 10.5 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Julius Turner (5’11/2012)- Toledo Christian- 8.8 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Roy Alexander (6’4/2012)- Walnut Ridge- 10.4 ppg. (Humungous CF)
Grant Harris (6’1/2012)- Harvest Prep- 8.6 ppg. (Humungous CF)
Eric Hopkins (2012)- 17.3 ppg. (Team Toledo)
Darrin Bonds (2012)- Toledo St. John’s- 12.7 ppg. (Team Toledo)
Demond Crisp (5’8/2012)- Toledo Start Team (Team Toledo)
Tim Goff (6’6/2012)- Burton Berkshire (CBIZ)
Austin McMaster (6’5/2012)- Chesapeake (CBIZ)
Paul Baumgart (6’6/2012)- Canton HS (MI) (CBIZ)


Team Toledo came to Columbus and didn’t waste any time making its presence felt en route to the 15U championship. The Toledo-based squad opened the week with a 70-51 win over Nitro USA followed by a 50-point triumph before finishing pool play unbeaten with a 78-73 win over a very good WV Wildcats team.

Team Toledo got a first round bye in tournament action before handling Humungous Columbus Force in the semis. Humungous got by the Columbus Aces in the quarters.

T-squared once again would face the WV Wildcats, but this time with the championship on the line. In a similar game, the result would be the same with Team Toledo handing the Wildcats a 74-68 defeat to secure the inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest title.

Team Toledo got 24 points from Jordan Lauf (6’4/2013) of Napoleon en route to victory. Jackson Lamb (6’8/2013) of Temperance (MI) added 11 points followed by Tony Kynard’s (6’0/2013) of Toledo Rogers with 10 and Keith Towbridge (6’4/2013) of Toledo CC with a like amount.

Clemmye Owens (6’0/2013) of Toledo Rogers scored just seven points in the finals, but enjoyed a solid weekend averaging over 16 points per game.

Team Toledo was reignited by the return of L-squared (Lauf and Lamb). Lauf sat out the spring with a back injury, while Lamb was performing on the diamond. Lamb reportedly throws in the low 90’s as a pitcher at Temperance High School in Bedford, Michigan not to mention he is a mid-major plus prospect on the basketball court.

The Wildcats got 17 points a piece from Mark Winters (6’6/2013) of Magnolia (WV) and Ryan Switzer (5’9/2013) of George Washington (WV). Trevon Reese (6’1/2013) of South Charleston (WV) and Andrew Johnson (5’9/2013) Woodrow Wilson (WV) evenly split 24 counters, while Luke Eddy (5’11/2013) of George Washington (WV) added nine markers.

Winters was very good all week averaging 19.6 points per game, while Eddy and Switzer were equally as good both scoring at 13.8 points per contest..

The Wildcats got to the finals with a 76-50 triumph of Nitro USA in the semis.

The Wildcats were without the services of Nathan Adrian (6’7/2013) of Morgantown (WV) and Juwan Walton (6’3/2013) of Woodrow Wilson and Team Toledo was missing Austin Gardner (5’9/2013) of Toledo St. John’s.

Other Top 15U Performers:
Troy Miller (6’3/2013)- Troy- 13.5 ppg. (Columbus Aces)
Daniel Aronwitz (6’3/2013)- Columbus Academy (Columbus Aces)
Nick Fisher (5’7/2013)- Tipp City Tippecanoe (Columbus Aces)
Jake Butt (6’6/2013)- Pickerington North- 14.0 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
DeVon Price (5’11/2013)- Pickerington North- 10.5 ppg. (Hidden Gems)
Lance Leslie (5’7/2013)- Thomas Worthington (Hidden Gems)
Marquiez Lawrence (6’7/2013)- Marion Franklin- 10.8 ppg. (Humungous CF)
Jaron Dukes (6’4/2013)- Hayes (Humungous CF)
Dominique Cartier (6’3/2013)- Harvest Prep (Humungous CF)
Isaac McGlone (6’1/2013)- Bloom-Carroll- 12.8 ppg. (Nitro USA)
Jordan Tomlinson (6’1/2013)- Buckeye Valley (Nitro USA)
Marcael Dent (6’5/2013)- Pickerington Central (Nitro USA)
Trey Miller (5’9/2013)- New Albany (Nitro USA)
Matt Freville (6’3/2013)- Thornville Sheridan (Nitro USA)
DeShone Kizer (6’3/2014)- Toledo CC (Team Toledo)
Domonique King (5’8/2013)- Toledo Maumee (Team Toledo)

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