MVP Boys Basketball Preview 2010


Jefferson senior Cody Latimer is a preseason first team All-Miami Valley pick.

Last year Dunbar (D-II), Lima Central Catholic (D-III) and Jefferson
(D-IV) delivered the Miami Valley state basketball titles. Who follows
with an encore this winter?
Here’s a quick look at the area basketball scene complete with
preseason All-Miami Valley teams, a preseason Top 10 regardless of
division and a quick look at every team in the Miami Valley. It’s
tip-off time…

Last year Dunbar (D-II), Lima Central Catholic (D-III) and Jefferson
(d-IV) delivered the Miami Valley state basketball titles. Who follows
with an encore this winter?

Here’s a quick look at the area basketball scene complete with
preseason All-Miami Valley teams, a preseason Top 10 regardless of
division and a quick look at every team in the Miami Valley. It’s
tip-off time…


First Team All-MVP Preseason
Travis Trice Jr. (6’0/Sr.), PG, Wayne (Michigan State)
Markus Crider (6’6/Sr.), SF, Wayne (Providence)
Kendrick Williams (6’0/Jr.), PG, Fairborn
Deontae Hawkins (6’7/Jr.), Dunbar
Cody Latimer (6’3/Sr.), Jefferson

Second Team All-MVP Preseason
Ty O’Conner (6’3/Jr.), F, Lima Central Catholic
Ronnie Drinnon (6’7/Jr.), PF, Greeneview
Evan Bradds (6’6/So.), SF, Greeneview
Cole French (6’5/Jr.), SF, Eaton
Jaaron Simmons (6’0/So.), PG, Alter

Click here for the All-Miami Valley Third Team and Others To Watch

“PRESEASON” TOP 10 TEAMS (Regardless of Division)

1. Wayne (20-3 last season, D-I district finalist)
Returning Starters: Travis Trice (6’0/Sr.), Markus Crider (6’6/Sr.),
Keith Clements (5’9/Jr.), Isiah Boddie (6’2/Sr.), and Jason Bitsko
Other Returnees: Justen Hollins (6’3/Sr.), Malcolm Pittman (6’6/Jr.),
and Marcus Bonner (6’2/Jr.)
Newcomers: Ryan Gabbard (6’4/Jr.), Crisshawn Clark (6’0/So.), and Juan
Ford (6’0/Fr.)
OHSH on Wayne: Wayne’s season ended a year ago with more controversy
than a week in the National Football League. Two of Wayne’s main players
were suspended during the tournament due to ineligibility issues, and
the team consequently fell apart in its game against Cincinnati St.
Xavier in the district final.
Without question, Wayne was one of the more talented teams in Ohio last
year. It was the last team to beat eventual state champion Massillon
Jackson, and it did so inside the Schottenstein Center at the
Play-by-Play Classic in January.
The Warriors welcome back Trice Jr. (22.0 ppg./4.3 apg.), a Michigan
State recruit, and Crider (14.1 ppg./8.1 rpg.), a Providence commit.
Expectations are high.

2. Dunbar (25-3, D-II state champions)
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 Dunbar: Dunbar has been the measuring stick of success in D-II
over the last six years, and rightfully so. The Wolverines have claimed
three state championships (’06, ’07, and ’10) in the past five seasons.
Dunbar is coming off a state championship, but a lot of stars are gone.
This is nothing new to Dunbar. There is no easy way to ease guards into
the action, but Dunbar will have two solid, experienced bigs in Hawkins
(10.2 ppg.) and Akbar (6.5 ppg.). Both started as sophomores. Repeating
is tough to do, but Dunbar has proven just within the last five years it
is capable of handling the task. Last year’s team was one of the best
in the state regardless of division, though this team won’t be as
heralded, it certainly has the talent to get the job done once again.

3. Alter (12-11, D-II sectional finalist)
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
OHSH on Alter: The Knights started 4-7 last season before inserting
Simmons into the line up. The Knights went 8-4 after that, which is a
big reason for the optimism surrounding this year’s squad. Simmons (10.7
ppg.), who is a D-I recruit,  returns as does deadly 3-point shooter
Zukowitz (11.8)  and big man Thuney (6.5 ppg./11.7 rpg.).
Also, returning is 3-point threat Freshwater (5.1 ppg.) and LeComte (2.6
ppg.).  The Knight will welcome in a stellar junior class, which was
part of an (18-2) jayvee squad. Zaire is another name to keep an eye on.

4. Lima Central Catholic (23-4, D-III state champions)
Returning Starters: Bubba Krieg (5’10/Sr.), Jon Steiger (6’4/Sr.), Tyler
O’Connor (6’3/Jr.)
Other Returnees: Austin Stolly (6’0/Sr.), Billy Taflinger (6’0/Jr.),
Derek Allen (6’4/Sr.), John Kidd (6’3/Jr.)
Newcomers: Tre’on Johnson (5’8/So.)
OHSH on Lima CC: Lima CC was just 3-4 at one point last season, but
ended with a 20-game win streak, which provided longtime head coach Bob
Seggerson his first state title in 32 years. Seggerson promptly retired
after the game. Enter longtime assistant Frank Kill. Kill inherits a
team that returns a ton of talent and three starters Krieg (9.0 ppg.),
Steiger (6.0 ppg.) and O’Connor (10.5 ppg.). Stolly (7.3 ppg.) also
returns after serving as a terrific sixth man last season. LCC doesn’t
have a bona fide superstar, but they have nails tough kids who will
compete to the bitter end. They are certainly talented enough to get
back to Columbus, but repeating is obviously not easy to do.

5. Jefferson (17-10, D-IV state champions)
Returning Starters: Cody Latimer (6’3/Sr.), Joby Jackson (6’3/Sr.),
Dwight Johnson (6’1/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Juan Gay (6’0/Sr.), Deontay Roberson (6’4/Jr.), David
Prichett (6’4/Sr.)
Newcomers: Larry Harris (6’0/Sr.), Jalen Ware (6’2/Jr.), Davion Colter
OHSH on Jefferson: The Broncos have plenty of pieces to replace after
winning the program’s third state title last season. Gone is standout
prospect Adreian Payne (Michigan) and up-and-soming junior Devin Foster
(moved to Louisiana). Still, Jefferson has enough talent left to make a
run at another state championship. The Broncos are that deep. Latimer is
the best small school front court player in Ohio and a force. Jackson
will certainly help after averaging 12 points per contest as a junior.
Gay will likely be another starter after providing a spark off the bench
last year. A transfer from Thurgood Marshall, he scored 18 points
against Bedford Chanel in the state semis. Look for Gay to really
breakout this year.

6. Thurgood Marshall (20-5, D-II regional finalist)
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: Marshall will be ushering in a new era with
first-year head coach Darnell Hoskins. The former Springfield coach
takes over for John Ralph who departed for Edison junior college.
Hoskins, who played at CJ and then at the University of Dayton, will
inherit a squad with just one returning starter. Most will think
Marshall doesn’t deserve a Top 10 spot with just one returning starter,
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.

7. Trotwood-Madison (19-5, D-I District finalist)
Returning Starters: Marcus Graham (6’2/Sr.), 8.0 ppg., Andre Yates
(6’1/Jr.), 6.2 ppg., and James Brown Jr. (6’1/Jr.), 4.7 ppg.
Other Returnees:Michael Booze (6’0/Sr.), Warren Wilson (5’11/Sr.), and
Kevin Steward (6’6/So.)
Newcomers:Ja’Mar Hammonds (6’4/So.), Anthony Payton (6’6/Sr.), Jarrod
Calhoun (6’3/Sr.), and Dazhonetae Bennett (6’4/Fr.)
OHSH on Trotwood: The Rams have established themselves as one of
Dayton’s top programs and this year will be no different. Fourth-year
head coach Mark Baker returns a solid cast. It may take the Rams a while
to get their basketball legs though, since the football team advanced
to the D-II state championship game.

8. Greeneview (18-4, D-III district finalist)
Returning Starters: Ronnie Drinnon (6’7/Jr.), Evan Bradds (6’6/So.),
Eric Green (5’11/Jr.), Zach Raynor (6’2/Sr.)
Other Returnees: Kenny Lawson (6’2/Jr.), Garrett Hudson (6’1/Jr.)
Newcomers: Adam Elzey (6’2/Jr.), Alex Vanderwissell (5’11/Jr.), Jason
Bradds (5’11/Sr.)
OHSH on Greeneview: The Rams return four starters including inside
powerhouses Drinnon and Bradds. Together they may be the best duo in the
post in D- III. Bradds averaged around 15 points per game as frosh and
Drinnon was good for 14. Their games are a bit different as Bradds likes
to work from the outside-in and is more of a face-up big, while Drinnon
does most of his damage in the paint. Green and Raynor also return to
the starting line up. With three underclassmen returning to the starting
line up and five of the next seven being juniors it’s clear the Rams
are set for at least a two-year run.

9. Urbana (13-8, D-II sectional)
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.)
OHSH on Urbana: Looking for the area’s surprise team this year – the
Hillclimbers might be it. Urbana returns its top three scorers from a
year ago and all five starters.

10. Fenwick (16-5, D-II sectional)
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
Other Returnees: Johnny Plump (6’0/Jr.), 4.5 ppg. and Connor Ridge
(6’2/Jr.), 3.0 ppg.
Newcomers: None
OHSH on Fenwick: The Falcons are looking to remove the bad taste of last
season’s early tournament exit (lost to Oakwood in the first round).
Fenwick returns four of its top five scorers including Langhorne and
Ludwig. That duo was first team Greater Catholic League North Division
last year.







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