OHSH/JJHuddle Boys Basketball D-II Preview and Preseason Power Poll

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The ohshoops.com & JJHuddle Power Poll

The Division II season ended a year ago with a familiar name
capturing the big, gold trophy. Dayton Dunbar won its third title in
five years. The Wolverines dethroned Akron SVSM, who was the 2009 state title.Both those teams and a cast of others have their sights set on the 2011 state championship. What a deep division.


The Division II season ended a year ago with a familiar name
capturing the big, gold trophy. Dayton Dunbar won its third title in
five years.

The Wolverines dethroned Akron SVSM, who was the 2009 state title.
Dunbar was able to capture the title thanks to seniors Geron Johnson,
Deon Stewart, Ryan Bass, Derrick Benson, and Delve’ Givens. However,
with the returns of juniors Deontae Hawkins and Gary Akbar along with a
plethora of youngsters look for the Blue and White to be back in the mix
once again.

Dunbar gave Southwest Ohio its fifth D2 championship in the past 10
seasons. Since the inception of the four division system (1988), the SW
owns seven D2 gold trophies.

Northeast Ohio’s owns the most D2 titles in the past 23 campaigns
with 10. Akron SVSM, Cleveland Benedictine, and Cleveland VASJ have
combine for seven of those 10.

The Northwest is third with four with its last coming in 2005 thanks
to unbeaten Upper Sandusky led by the state’s all-time leading, Jon
Diebler along with brother Jacob and former Mount Union quarterback
(Greg Micheli).

The Southeast owns the other two including the first in 1988 by
Portsmouth.

The East and Central both have yet to win a D2 championship. The
Central has twice been state runners-up in 1992 and ’93 with Columbus
St. Charles and Whitehall-Yearling, while the East has three runners-up
in ’95, ’98, and ’99 with Cambridge, Dover, and Philo.

What does this season have in store? It appears youth will be served.
Akron SVSM returns the most talent, but has big shoes to fill with the
state’s top player (Jakarr Sampson) transferring to Brewster Academy
(NH). Though, experience wise, no one should be able to match the Irish.
Several kids were key contributors on SVSM’s ’09 state title team.

The Southwest appears to be the deepest district with the likes of
Dunbar, Roger Bacon, Kettering Alter, Thurgood Marshall, Urbana, and
Bishop Fenwick. The first four have either won or played for a
championship in the past 10 years.

The Northeast should also be formidable with SVSM, Cleveland
Benedictine, Akron Buchtel, Kenston, and a handful of others will be in
the mix.

The Northwest will have plenty of parody with no team really standing
out, while the Southeast and East should have some very good teams in
Chillicothe, Vincent Warren, Waverly, Logan Elm, Thornville Sheridan,
Zanesville, and Carrollton. In the NW, after dropping down from D1 due
to unusual circumstances, Toledo Rogers and Toledo Waite could be a big
factor.

The Central District has been carried by Columbus DeSales over the
past five seasons; with the Stallions dropping off a bit will anyone be
able to step up.

Regardless, D2 appears to be wide-open with Sampson changing
addresses, but Akron SVSM is still the likely favorite. Though, we
certainly won’t be surprised to see the winner come from the SW. Recent
history tells us this could certainly be the case.

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OHSH/JJHUDDLE
DIVISION II PRESEASON POWER POLL

1. Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary
2. Dayton Dunbar
3. Cleveland Benedictine
4. Chillicothe
5. Cincinnati Roger Bacon
6. Kettering Alter
7. Dayton Thurgood Marshall
8. Zanesville
9. Akron Buchtel
10. Toledo Rogers

Next Five:
Chagrin Falls Kenston, Urbana, Bishop Fenwick, Akron Hoban, Dayton CJ

PRESEASON
ALL-OHIO TEAMS

First Team
Ricky Johnson Jr. (5’9/Sr.), Akron SVSM
Desmond Ridenour (6’2/Jr.), Cleveland Benedictine
Tanner Gibson (6’1/Sr.), Zanesville
Deontae Hawkins (6’7/Jr.), Dayton Dunbar
Lorenzo Cugini (6’7/Jr.), Akron SVSM

Second Team
Damond Powell (5’11/Sr.), Toledo Rogers
Jaaron Simmons (6’0/So.), Kettering Alter
Cole French (6’5/Jr.), Eaton
Reggie McAdams (6’5/Jr.), Elida
Anthony Kukwa (6’4/Sr.), Perry

Third Team
Jazel Garrett (5’9/Sr.), Akron Buchtel
Jalen Ragland (6’6/Sr.), Chillicothe
Antonio Hearn (5’9/Jr.), Akron Kenmore
Jared Bryant (6’8/Sr.), Cincinnati Roger Bacon
Eric Truog (6’10/Jr.), Chagrin Falls Kenston

TEAM
CAPSULES

Akron
SVSM (17-7, lost in Regional Final)

Head Coach: Dru Joyce (10th Year)
League: Independent
Fun Facts: State Championships- 1984, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2009
Returning Starters: Davonte Beard (6’2/Sr.), Lorenzo Cugini (6’7/Jr.),
Ricky Johnson Jr. (5’9/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Kristian Taylor (6’2/Sr.), Aaron Carey (6’0/Sr.),
Treyvon Crater (6’3/Jr.), Nick Wells (6’5/So.)
Newcomers: D.J. Blanks (6’1/Jr.), Victor Dorsey (6’6/Fr.), Satchel
Pierce (6’8/So.),

OHSH on Akron SVSM: Akron SVSM has been the most well known
basketball program in Ohio over the past 10-plus years and for good
reason. It has not only captured four state championships since 2000,
but it’s also the alma mater of two-time NBA MVP, LeBron James.

The Irish will once again be in the spotlight this season after
finishing last season as regional runners-up to Cleveland Benedictine.
However, there is one glowing absence from that team which is Jakarr
Sampson (6’8/Sr.). The senior elected to play his final year of high
school ball at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

For most schools this would be like flattening all four tires on your
car, but the Irish have more than enough talent to still be considered
one of the state’s best. Actually, we believe they are the best D2 team
in Ohio from top to bottom. There isn’t another school in Ohio who could
lose a national Top 25 player and still be in the conversation for a
state title.

The Akron-based school returns four starters in Ricky Johnson Jr.
(14.0 ppg.), Davonte Beard (10.0 ppg.), Lorenzo Cugini (16.0 ppg.), and
Khristian Taylor (6’3/Sr.). Johnson and Beard were both starters on the
2009 state championship team as sophomores, while Cugini, Taylor, and
Treyvon Crater all got on the floor.

Experience is certainly on the side of the Irish, and depth should be
as well. Coach Dru Joyce has a plethora of options to choose from
including senior Aaron Carey, Crater, junior D.J. Blanks, and sophomore
Nick Wells among other talented younger players. Joyce has a nice
sophomore and freshmen class, but it’s uncertain at this point on how
many of those kids he will use. Freshman Victor Dorsey (6’6) may be a
name which surfaces by the season’s end.

Dayton
Dunbar (25-3, State Champions)

Head Coach: Peter Pullen
League: Dayton City League
Fun Facts: State Championship- 1987, 2006, 2007, and 2010
Returning Starters: Deontae Hawkins (6’7/Jr.) and Gary Akbar (6’5/Jr.)
Other Returnees: Javon Rice (5’9/Sr.), Damarion Geter (6’6/So.), RJ
Williamson (6’2/Sr.)
Newcomers: Jacquan Sims (5’7/Jr.), Davion Young (5’8/Sr.), Breilun
McCole (6’0/Sr.), Laquan Archie (5’9/Jr.), Tayvonne Hunt (5’10/Jr.), and
Keontae Brown (6’4/Sr.)

OHSH on Dayton Dunbar: Dayton Dunbar has been the measuring
stick of success in Division 2 over the last five to six years, and
rightfully so. The Wolverines have claimed three state championships
(’06, ’07, and ’10) in the past five seasons. Dunbar made the state
tournament in 2005, but lost a high scoring contest to eventual
champion, unbeaten Upper Sandusky.

Dunbar is once again coming off a state championship, but a lot of
those stars are gone. Though, this is nothing new to Dunbar. The
Wolverines watched Daequan Cook (Oklahoma City Thunder) graduate in
2006, but managed to capture gold the following season. Norris Cole II
came virtually out of nowhere to star at guard in ’07 landing himself a
scholarship to Cleveland State.

This team has the same kind of feel. With the sensational Geron
Johnson departed along with Ryan Bass (Oakland), Deon Stewart, and
Derrick Benson, the question arises as to who will be the next in line.
Coach Pullen mentioned his team having talent at the guard position, but
lacking in experience. We will buy that statement, but we won’t be
surprised at all to see one, two, or three of the newcomers step in and
put their name in Dunbar lure.

There is no easy way to ease guards into the action, but Dunbar will
have two solid, experienced bigs in Deontae “Teddy” Hawkins (10.2 ppg.)
and Gary Akbar (6.5 ppg.). Both Hawkins and Akbar started as sophomores.

Hawkins is long, athletic, and likes to play inside/out. Akbar, a
lefty, is tough and prefers to eat up space in the paint. Akbar can also
knock down shots. Both were members of All-Ohio Red’s 16-and-under
national runners-up team.

Look for seniors Javon Rice and Roger “RJ” Williamson to tab plenty
of playing time at the guard spots in the early going until the
youngsters get going. Williamson (6’2) is a Michigan State football
commit at defensive back.

Remember the name, Damarion Geter (6’6/So.). This kid has plenty of
upside and could be a future star for Wolverines.

Cleveland
Benedictine (22-5, lost in the state semifinals)

Head Coach: Rob Stircula (6th Year)
League: Independent
Fun Facts: State Championships- 1997 and 1998
Returning Starters: Desmond Ridenour (6’2/Jr.), Luke Heben (6’0/Jr.)
Other Returnees: Winston Grays (6’0/Jr.), Mike Roberts (6’6/Jr.), Mark
Williams (6’8/So.), Westley Parr (6’7/So.), Ashier Poole (5’10/So.), Joe
Fisher (5’9/Sr.)
Newcomers: Eric Coles (6’7/Jr.), T.J. Steele (5’3/Fr.), Steven Stone
(6’3/So.), Gary Williams (5’8/Fr.), Sean Gooden (5’10/Fr.), TySean
Powell (6’2/Fr.), Nick Meek (6’5/Fr.)

OHSH on Cleveland Benedictine: Cleveland Benedictine is coming
off a terrific season, which saw them make the state tournament for the
first time since losing to Philo in 1999. The Bengals led Dayton Dunbar
38-23 at intermission and appeared destined to play for the state
championship. Though, Dunbar had other ideas outscoring ‘Benny (46-24)
in the second half.

Benedictine is hungry, very hungry, but they will have to take care
of its appetite with a different cast of characters. Gone from last
year’s team are the school’s all-time leading scorers in Cameron Wright
(Pitt) and the second leading scorer in Derek Jackson (Central
Michigan). The two combined to score 2,996 career points. Also departed
is Nick Harney (Akron), who played better than any Bengal in Columbus.
Brian D’Amato (Mount Union) and Justin Thomas have also graduated.

How can we have a team which lost so much ranked so high? This goes
to show you what kind of talent Benedictine possesses.

The offense will start with guards Desmond Ridenour (5.1 ppg.) and
Luke Heben. Ridenour has D1 talent who is already drawing offers from
mid-major schools. As a sophomore, Ridenour scored 16 points on 8-of-11
shooting in the state semis loss to Dunbar. Heben is steady and makes
winning plays. He won’t score 30 points, but he has the ability to make
plays for others and standout on the defensive end.

On the interior, sophomore big Mark Williams has potential and the
intelligence to be a very good post player. Williams already has an
offer from Indiana. He has a big body and knows how to play in the
paint. Junior Mike Roberts is another name to consider. Roberts should
really step up this season and become a household name.

Athletic sophomore Westley Parr (6’7) and Lakewood St. Edward’s
transfer Eric Coles (6’7) also bring nice potential to the table. Parr
is a bundle of talent, but it hasn’t translated into production to this
point.

Sophomore Winston Grays will be called upon to knock down big shots.
Grays is a deadly spot-up shooter who can be a zone-buster.

The rest of the crew is unproven at the varsity to say the least, but
they have talent which can’t be taught.

Chillicothe
(13-8, lost in the Sectional Final)

Head Coach: Gary Kellough (6th Year)
League: SEOAL
Fun Facts: 2008 D2 State Champions
Returning Starters: Jalen Ragland (6’6/Sr.), Malik London (6’9/Jr.),
Zack Johnson (6’2/So.), Tyler Manion (5’9/Sr.), Isaac Beverly (6’1/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Max Corcoran (6’2/Sr.)
Newcomers: Milovic Dijovic (6’6/Sr.), Marcus Dunn (6’1/Jr.), Aaron
Elliott (5’11/Jr.)

OHSH on Chillicothe: We must admit, having Chillicothe this
high scares us a bit. The Cavaliers are without question very talented,
but can they mesh, play with a sense of urgency, and put it all
together. In 2008, when they won the state championship, they had a
fearless leader in Anthony Hitchens to run the show and big man in Ray
Chambers who could score.

This team, however, is still looking for a fierce leader like
Hitchens but we aren’t sure there are any personalities of that type on
this team.

Regardless, this team is talented and will be a tough match up for
all teams in Southeast Ohio. The Cavaliers go-to-guys need to be
assertive the entire game, if not, they will falter to a team with far
less talent.

Senior Jalen Ragland (UTEP) needs to be the guy who performed against
All-Ohio Red at the AAU state championships. If he is that guy, look
out. Ragland has a silky, smooth stroke with the ability to light up the
scoreboard. He is long, which makes him a tough guard on the perimeter.

Junior big Malik London (9.0 ppg.) is another kid with a bundle of
talent. London is one of if not the best shot blockers in Ohio. He has
the rare ability to time shots and swat the ball away in the air. If he
is in the paint, nothing is safe. London’s offensive game has improved
immensely, so for him to score 12 to 15 points per game this season is
essential. The junior is considering Indiana, Iowa, Dayton, Nevada, Wake
Forest, and Marquette.

Seniors Tyler Manion and Isaac Beverly along with sophomore Zack
Johnson will round out the starting five. They don’t have to be great,
but Johnson has the ability to score 15 points a game. Manion is a
sneaky scorer as well.

Senior Max Corcoran also returns along with foreign exchange student,
Milovic Dijovic (6’6). We were talking with Ragland and he believes
Dijovic has a lot of talent. He eventually could be the x-factor for
this team.

Cincinnati
Roger Bacon (19-6, lost in the regional semifinals)

Head Coach: Brian Neal (5th Year)
League: Greater Catholic League- Central
Fun Facts: 2002 D2 State Champions
Returning Starters: Jared Bryant (6’8/Sr.), Jabriel Coaston (6’5/Sr.),
Paul Byrd (6’2/Sr.), Gavin Schumann (6’0/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Rashad Peterkin (6’1/Sr.), Brian Bien (6’2/Sr.)
Newcomers: None

OHSH on Cincinnati Roger Bacon: Roger Bacon is tough, plain
and simple. Though, they lost a bit of that toughness with the
graduation of Jorian Hudson the Spartans still return four starters.
Hudson was the GCL- Central Player of the Year.

Roger Bacon has a little bit of everything with exception of depth.

Jared Bryant (13.3 ppg./7.8 rpg.) is a proven commodity in the paint
and will likely land with a D1 program. His offensive game has improved
so look for him to be a huge force down low this season.

Bryant will be joined by forward Jabriel Coaston (9.8 ppg./5.8 rpg.).

The guards are led by one of the most underrated players in Southwest
Ohio in senior Paul Byrd (10.4 ppg./3.2 rpg./3.2 apg.). Byrd is
deceptively long with the ability to stuff the stat sheet. He will be
joined in the backcourt by fellow classmate Gavin Schumann (5.8 ppg.).

Byrd and Bryant were both 1st Team All-GCL a year ago.

Rashad Peterkin (4.3 ppg.) should be the fifth starter giving the
Spartans an all senior starting line up, which is a definite advantage
over most squads.

Coach Neal mentioned depth as concern, which is the only hole we see
in this team at this point.

Kettering
Alter (12-11, lost in the Sectional Final)

Head Coach: Joe Petrocelli (47th Year)
League: Greater Catholic League- North
Fun Facts: State Championships- 1978, 1999, and 2001
Returning Starters: Max Zukowitz (6’0/Sr.), Joe Thuney (6’5/Sr.), Jaaron
Simmons (6’0/So.)
Other Returnees: Trey Freshwater (6’1/Sr.), John LeComte (6’4/Sr.)
Newcomers: Jake Laravie (6’0/Jr.), Greg Heine (6’7/Jr.), Allen Jemison
(6’2/Jr.), Joe Penno (6’0/Jr.), Jason Reboulet (6’3/Jr.), Malik Zaire
(6’2/So.)

OHSH on Kettering Alter: Kettering Alter started last season
just (4-7) before inserting then freshman Jaaron Simmons into the line
up. The Knights went (8-4) following the arrival of Simmons, which is a
big reason for the optimism surrounding this year’s squad.

Alter got wins over Kettering Fairmont, Dayton CJ, Bishop Fenwick,
and Bellbrook during that stretch and nearly knocked off Roger Bacon as
well as Dayton Dunbar in the sectional final. Proof, Simmons’ impact was
felt immensely.

Simmons (10.7 ppg.), who is a D1 recruit,  returns to the starting
line up along with deadly three-point shooter Max Zukowitz (11.8)  and
big man Joe Thuney (6.5 ppg./11.7 rpg.).

Also, returning is three-point threat Trey Freshwater (5.1 ppg.) and
John LeComte (2.6 ppg.).

The Knight will welcome in a stellar junior class which was part of
an (18-2) jayvee squad. Sophomore Malik Zaire is another name to keep an
eye on.

Alter will once again be challenged with a difficult schedule, but
much like others, this will only have them ready for D2 tournament
action. The GCL North will be very competitive this season with Dayton
CJ, Bishop Fenwick, and Dayton Carroll.

Thurgood
Marshall (20-5, lost in the Regional Final)

Head Coach: Darnell Hoskins (1st Year)
League: Dayton City League
Fun Facts: 2009 D2 State Runner-Up
Returning Starters: Jordan Watson (5’9/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Joe Thomasson (6’3/Jr.), Joe Ballard (6’5/Jr.), Mark
Alstork (6’4/So.), Edmund Early (6’1/So.), Gary Green (6’4/So.), Sam
Sanders (5’8/Sr.)
Newcomers: Eugene Whatley (6’7/Sr.)

OHSH on Thurgood Marshall: Thurgood Marshall will be ushering
in a new era this year with first-year boss, Darnell Hoskins. The former
Springfield head coach takes over for John Ralph who departed for
Edison junior college.

Hoskins, who played college basketball at the University of Dayton,
will inherit a squad with just one returning starter in senior Jordan
Watson. Most will think No. 7 is bit too high for a squad with just one
returning starter. We would see their point, but we can’t look past
Marshall’s recent history and the talent of the underclassmen.

This ranking may be based on potential, but we will stand by it. The
youngsters will need to gel and adapt to Hoskins’ new system, so a slow
start won’t surprise us. By January, this will be a team no one is
looking to play.

Watson (8.6 ppg.) is a much underrated guard who is very impressive.
We look for the cat-quick senior to have a breakout year.

Along with Watson, juniors Joe Thomason and Joe Ballard will likely
join the senior in the starting line up. Both are relatively unknown,
but not for much longer. Thomasson is a lengthy guard with unlimited
potential while Ballard (6’5) is a human highlight film who may be the
best dunker in the state.

Sophomores Mark Alstork, Edmund Early, and Gary Green will be in the
mix as well. Hoskins is high on all three prospects.

Seniors Sam Sanders and Eugene Whatley (6’7) will provide depth off
the bench. Whatley is a cousin to the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh.

Zanesville
(17-7, lost in the State Semifinals)

Head Coach: Scott Aronhalt (21st Year)
League: East Central Ohio League
Fun Facts: State Championships- 1995, 1955, 1926
Returning Starters: Tanner Gibson (6’1/Sr.), Cole Carpenter (6’3/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Kade Haddox (6’0/Jr.), Ian McFarland (5’9/Jr.),
Christian Myers (6’2/Jr.), and Josh Barker (6’4/Sr.)
Newcomers: Rian Burrell (6’3/Sr.)

OHSH on Zanesville: The Zanesville Blue Devils are one of the
most successful basketball programs in the state of Ohio, and they
should only further this belief in 2010-2011.

The Blue Devils are coming off an incredible tournament run a season
ago, which ended with a one-point loss to Port Clinton in the state
semis. Zanesville appeared to be heading to the state championship
clinging to a 50-46 lead with just 49 seconds remaining in the game, but
Port Clinton’s Allen Tigner scored the final five points of the game
including the game-winner with just three ticks remaining on the clock.

Needless to say the Zanesville faithful was stunned, but it was
amazing the Blue Devils were even in that position after barley escaping
Maysville in the opening round then upsetting Carrollton and Columbus
DeSales in regional play.

Aronhalt welcomes back two starters in Tanner Gibson (14.3 ppg.) and
Cole Carpenter (7.8 ppg.) along with Columbus Beechcroft transfer, Rian
Burrell.

Gibson earned 1st Team OHSH All-Ohio last season as a junior. Gibson
scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting in semi-final loss to Port Clinton
putting on a pull-up jumper clinic.

Carpenter is a solid, skilled athlete who should average double
figures this season. Burrell is a welcomed addition with his ability
lock down some of the best offensive players in the state with his
length and lateral movement. His offensive game has improved as well.

The question we have does Zanesville have kids with the ability to
step up and fill the other spots? History tells us they always find
someone and this year should be no different.

Akron
Buchtel (23-1, lost in the District Final)

Head Coach: Stephen White (8th Year)
League: Akron City Series
Fun Facts: 2010 D2 AP Poll Champions
Returning Starters: Jazell Garrett (5’9/Sr.), Shawntrail Smith (6’3/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Elijah Bell (6’2/So.), Tyler Jones (So.), Jason Ruffin
(So.), Jalen Grice (So.), Jarod Wilson (Jr.), Mike Norwood (Jr.), Tyler
Jones (5’11/Sr.), Nate Harris (6’2/Sr.), Sean Wiggins (Sr.), Shaq
Riddick (6’6/Sr.), Lance Moss (6’2/Sr.), Jontell Garrett (Sr.)
Newcomers: Aaron Cosey (So.)

OHSH on Akron Buchtel: Akron Buchtel is a tough and gritty
team that will get after you on defense. They proved this last year by
running off 23-straight victories before falling to its nemesis, Akron
SVSM in the district final.

Buchtel picked up some big wins last year including D2 state
tournament participants, Cleveland Benedictine and eventual champion
Dayton Dunbar. It was quite an impressive year for the Griffins, but
losing in the district wasn’t exactly a storybook ending considering the
loss came to rival, SVSM.

Buchtel lost some quality seniors from last year’s team including
Jason Pitts (19.3 ppg.) and Myles Fitten (17.5 ppg.). They will likely
have to replace the lost scoring by committee, but they may not be a
prolem with the depth the Griffins posses.

Buchtel returns two starters in Jazell Garrett (13.0 ppg.) and
Shawntrail Smith and 14 kids in all which played minutes last season.
Garrett is highly underrated at the point guard spot, and is worth the
trip to see to him play. The 5-foot-9 dynamo is an exciting player to
watch who will be the catalyst of this team.

Look for sophomore Elijah Bell to have a breakout season, and step up
as one of Buchtel’s new go-to-guys.

Toledo
Rogers (14-7, lost in the District Semifinals)

Head Coach: Earl Morris
League: Toledo City League
Fun Facts: Former Purdue football head coach, Joe Tiller, is a Rogers’
graduate.
Returning Starters: Damond Powell (5’11/Sr.), Dominique Jackson
(6’1/Sr.), J.R. Rayford (6’0/Sr.), Glandoy Hill (6’3/Sr.)
Other Returnees: None
Newcomers: Clemmye Owens (6’0/So.), Tony Kynard (5’10/So.), Devante
Pratt (6’0/So.), Michael Gary (6’4/Jr.), Taylon Floyd (6’4/Jr.), and
D.J. Tucker (6’2/Jr.)

OHSH on Toledo Rogers: Toledo Rogers will be looking to take
advantage of a rarity in Ohio high school sports. The Rams were told
they will now compete in Division 2 after the OHSA refigured the Toledo
City League’s enrollment numbers with the recent closing of Toledo
Libbey.

Rogers will benefit greatly from playing in a mainly Division 1
conference (Toledo City League). Not only is it a D1 conference, it’s a
very good one at that with the likes of Toledo St. John’s, Toledo CC,
Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Bowsher. Toledo Waite will be joining Rogers
in D2 with the shuffling of the numbers.

Rogers has plenty of talent to make a deep tournament run with a nice
mixture of senior leadership to go along with some very talented
sophomores. The Rams return four starters led by Damond “Flash” Powell
(23.7) ppg.). The senior lit the scoreboard up as a junior trailing only
Toledo Start’s Anthony Henderson (Bowling Green) in the league.

Powell will be joined in the starting line up by fellow classmates
J.R. Rayford, Dominique Jackson, and Glandoy Hill. All four started last
season.

Coach Morris is expecting  big things from his sophomores which
include Clemmye Owens, Tony Kynard, and Devante Pratt. Owens should
really turn some heads.

Chagrin
Falls Kenston (18-4, lost in the District Semifinals)

Head Coach: Josh Jakacki (4th Year)
League: Chagrin Valley Conference
Fun Facts: 2010 Conference Champion
Returning Starters: Justin Brownlow (5’9/Sr.), Jack Rolf (6’1/Sr.), and
Eric Truog (6’10/Jr.)- 14.6 ppg.
Other Returnees: Pierce Cumpstone (6’5/Jr.), Cody Shell (6’1/Jr.), and
Kyle Street (6’1/Jr.)
Newcomers: None

Urbana
(13-8, lost in the Sectional)

Head Coach: Jeremy Dixon (7th Year)
League: Central Buckeye Conference- Mad River
Fun Facts: 1961 AA State Runner-up
Returning Starters: Anthony Marino- (6’0/Sr.)- 16.1 ppg., Brad Massie
(5’10/Sr.)- 10.7 ppg., Cole Winner (5’10/Sr.), Clark Henson (6’2/Sr.),
Zach Stillings (6’5/Jr.)- 14.1 ppg./8.5 rpg.
Other Returnees: Bret Buchanan (5’8/Sr.)- 4.3 ppg., Shane Underwood
(6’2/Sr.), Jake Woodruff (6’1/Sr.), and Karl Singer (6’0/Sr.)
Newcomers: Royce Lucas-Taylor (6’5/Jr.) and Kyle Robb (6’0/Sr.)

Middletown
Bishop Fenwick (16-5, lost in the Sectional)

Head Coach: Patrick Kreke
League: Greater Catholic League- North
Fun Facts: 1982 Class A State Champions
Returning Starters: Brent Langhorne (5’10/Sr.)- 12.0 ppg./5.3 apg., Evan
Ludwig (6’2/Sr.)- 13.4 ppg., and Keith Brinkman (6’5/Sr.)- 5.5 ppg./5.8
rpg.
Other Returnees: Johnny Plump (6’0/Jr.)- 4.5 ppg. and Connor Ridge
(6’2/Jr.)- 3.0 ppg.
Newcomers: None

Akron
Hoban (11-9, lost in the Sectional)

Head Coach: T.K. Griffith
League: North Coast League
Fun Facts: 1989 D3 State Champions
Returning Starters: Greg McMullen (6’5/Jr.), Evan Pannell (6’0/Sr.),
Lucas Sokol (6’2/Sr.)
Other Returnees: LaTroy Lewis (6’4/Jr.), Michael Reaves (5’10/Jr.), Nate
Greczanik (6’2/Sr.), Kolin McMillen (5’11/Sr.)
Newcomers: Evan Luse (6’0/Sr.), Trevor Oldham (6’1/Sr.), Jake Howard
(6’2/Jr.), and Sean Robbins (5’8/Jr.)

Dayton
Chaminade Julienne (16-5, lost in the Sectional)

Head Coach: Joe Staley (26th Year)
League: Greater Catholic League- North
Fun Facts: State Championships- 1966 and 1970
Returning Starters: Tim Szabo (6’1/Sr.)- 3.1 ppg./4.7 apg.
Other Returnees: John Staley (6’4/Jr.)- 4.5 ppg. and Logan Daugherty
(6’3/Sr.)
Newcomers: Michael Russell (6’1/Sr.), Andy Bole (6’6/Jr.), Chris McGuire
(6’2/So.), Austin Piatt (6’0/So.)- Transfer, Phillip Kidd (5’9/Jr.),
Aaron Lassalle (6’1/Jr.) and Justin Bibbs (6’3/Fr.)

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