The 2011 Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop Boys Basketball
Invitational gets underway
Saturday at Kettering’s Trent Arena. The 9th Annual hoops smorgasbord
features 34 teams and 19 games over three days…here’s what
you need to
know about Day 3.
Let the good times roll.
2011 Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop extravaganza will get
underway this Saturday at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena. The 9th
Annual hoops smorgasbord will take place this Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday featuring 34 high caliber teams in what should be 19 terrific
If you plan on attending or are thinking about
attending we will get you set for the best three days of the high
school basketball regular season. If you have never attended and love
hoops or even like round ball, this is a must see.
We would be
hard-pressed to find a place where you can see 19 of the best games in
high school basketball for just 36 dollars. If you only choose one
day, how can you beat 12 dollars especially on Saturday when you get
to witness seven contests?
Eleven teams ranked in Ohio High
School Hoops’ Top 10 will be taking center court along with eleven of
the top national teams around the country.
Without further ado,
here is a look at the line up and the match ups.
Day 3 of the
Flyin’ to the Hoop:
a.m.- Lakota East, OH (9-0) vs. Lee (AL)
West Chester Lakota East will meet up with Lee of Alabama in Monday’s
opening contest, which will be Lee’s second game inside Trent Arena in
The Firebirds, who are currently ranked 10th by Ohio High School Hoops,
continue to fly under the radar despite their quality wins and unbeaten
record. Lakota East owns wins over Cincinnati Princeton and Huber
Heights Wayne along with a rout of Middletown. Those three teams are a
East is deep and everyone that steps on the floor can play so there is
no need to hide anyone. It makes it very difficult for opponents because
everyone is capable of being the go-to-guy. Ten kids are playing over
eleven minutes and no one plays for more than twenty-four. Those 10 kids
are averaging anywhere between 3.6 and 11.7 points per game.
The Firebirds are certainly benefitting from the return of senior point
guard, Mike Boyd who missed almost all of last season with a torn ACL.
Boyd leads the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game, assists at 3.3
hand outs a night, and steals with 2.1. The 5-foot-11 senior also chips
in with 3.1 rebounds.
6-foot senior Jalen Goodwin follows with 8.7 markers and 6-foot-4 junior
Allante Foster is getting 8.6 points and 4.3 boards. Foster is a
transfer from Cincinnati Princeton.
6-foot-3 senior Cameron Lee adds 7.9 tallies and 5 caroms.
6-foot-3 sophomore Stedman Lowry has also been solid averaging 6.9
points an encounter in just 13 minutes of action. 6-foot-1 senior R.J.
Leppert notches 6.1 points and 4.6 rebounds, while talented junior Mark
Minch (6’4) is netting 5 points a contest in just 12 minutes of floor
Minch has been hampered by injury.
Senior Brian Evans (6’3) and Jeff Cargill (6’8) along with sophomore
Robbie Harpring (6’1) combine for 12.5 points a game.
Lee is led by Illinois verbal, Devin Langsford (6’7/Sr.). Coach Greg
Brown’s squad is (16-5) on the year and the defending Alabama 5A State
The Huntsville-based squad also gets solid production out of seniors
Josh Perry (5’11), Dominic Bass (6’2), and Joshua Jackson (6’0) along
with junior Bobby Strickland (5’11).
Also noteworthy is 6-foot-4 sophomore Buck Johnson, who is the son of
Alphonso “Buck” Johnson Jr. The elder Johnson played in the NBA for the
Houston Rockets and Washington Bullets scoring over 4,000 points.
p.m.- Cincinnati Roger Bacon, OH (7-3) vs. Bowling Green, OH (8-2)
Cincinnati Roger Bacon out of the Greater Catholic League will meet
Bowling Green from the Northern Lakes League. This will be a rare
regular season match up of Southwest versus Northwest Ohio.
BG has just two losses on the season and they came on back-to-back days
when the Bobcats fell to unbeaten Toledo Whitmer by four points and then
made a trip to Westerville where they lost to the Warhawks by four.
Bowling Green is led by 6-foot-4 senior Chauncey Orr, who is the son of
Bowling Green University head coach, Louis Orr. Orr is having a monster
The Bobcats have also got quality play from seniors Xavier Brown (6’0)
and Max Beattie (5’11).
Sophomore Vitto Brown (6’7) is a kid to keep an eye on as several D1
schools are showing interest in this kid.
Senior Alex Augsburger (6’8) and junior Tyler Dunn (5’10) are regulars
in the Bobcat line up along with seniors Kurt Fairchild (6’0) and Bill
Peet (6’4) and sophomores Nolan Dill (6’5) and Andrew Herringshaw.
Cincinnati Roger Bacon, who is ranked 13th in D2 by OHSH, has played a
tough schedule to this point with its losses coming to D1 Cincinnati
Winton Woods, once-beaten Cincinnati North College Hill, and Kentucky’s
No. 1 team, Jeffersontown. Despite the loss to Jeffersontown, Bacon
enjoyed a good week last week defeating Cincinnati Elder and St. Xavier.
Paul Byrd (6’2/Sr.) has led the way all year for the Spartans with 15.6
points, 5.5 boards, 2.4 assists, and 2 swipes a contest. Byrd, who may
be one of the most underrated players in Ohio, leads the team in
scoring, assists, and steals.
6-foot-6 senior Jabriel Coaston averages 11.9 points and a team-high 7.5
rebounds, while 6-foot-8 senior Jared Bryant gets 7.6 markers and 5.9
caroms along with a team-leading 1.3 swats.
6-foot-1 senior Gavin Schumann has also been good scoring 9.7 points a
night and senior Rashad Peterkin (6’2) adds 5 tallies.
6-foot-1 senior Brady Garner and 6-foot-3 sophomore Jake Westerfeld have
also been solid along with 6-foot senior Brian Bien and 6-foot-2
sophomore Erik Edwards.
p.m.- Wheeler (GA) vs. Clayton Northmont, OH (7-3)
Nationally-ranked Wheeler out of Georgia will meet Clayton Northmont in
what could be a battle of David versus Goliath. The five-time Georgia
state champions will bring a host of talent to Kettering to face a tough
but undersized Northmont outfit.
Wheeler, who is currently (10-3) on the season, is led by seniors K.K.
Simmons (6’3) and Nigel Snipes (6’5) along with junior Charles Mitchell
Simmons, who is signed to play at UNC-Wilmington, averages 21.9 points
Snipes, a Western Kentucky signee, is scoring 11.3 points and grabbing
5.9 boards. The 6-foot-5 senior transferred over from Paideia before the
season started along with fellow classmate Kharon Butcher (6’2).
Butcher leads the team in assists (3.0) and steals (2.4).
Mitchell averages 20.9 points and a team-high 11.6 caroms. The 6-foot-8
talent is being courted by the SEC, ACC, Big 10, and Atlantic 10.
Mitchell has offers from Clemson, Georgia and Western Kentucky along
with interest from Ohio State.
Chris Longoria (6’4/Sr.) has done a little bit of everything for the
Wildcats since transferring over from McIntosh before the start of the
campaign. Longoria is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 boards, and 2.8 assists
Junior Derrick Evans (5’8/Jr.) and senior Tevin Reeves (6’1) are getting
7.7 and 7.5 points respectively.
Wheeler’s three losses are to Dr. Phillips of Orlando, Florida and Rice
out of New York by a combine two points along with a nine-point setback
to Lexington Catholic (KY).
For Northmont, junior Jamal Trammell (6’3) leads the team in both
scoring (11.8) and rebounding (10.4).
Junior guards Devon Carter (5’7) and Solomon King-White (5’8) have been
solid. Carter averages 9.5 points and 4.6 assists, while King-White is
notching 8.7 tallies, 3.8 boards, and 3.5 helpers.
Senior Cameron Taylor (6’0) is netting 9.2 points per game and fellow
classmate Nick Tingle (6’4) is adding 7.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Sophomore Troy Mangen (6’4) is chipping in with 5.4 markers.
Sophomore Keith Richardson (5’9), freshman Cameron Taylor (5’11), and
seniors Jaron Isaac (6’1) and Josiah Riggins have provided depth for the
The Thunderbolts have just three setbacks on the year with two of them
coming to unbeaten Moeller and once-beaten Wayne while the other coming
p.m.- Miller Grove (GA) vs. Dayton Thurgood Marshall, OH (7-2)
Nationally-ranked Miller Grove of Georgia will meet Dayton Thurgood
Marshall who is ranked 2nd in Division 2 by OHSH in what should be an
Miller Grove is loaded with talent, size, and depth, while Thurgood
Marshall is talented on an Ohio scale but it remains to be seen how they
will stack up against one of the nation’s best.
Miller Grove, who has climbed as high as 3rd in the national polls, is
(13-0) on the year and the two-time defending Class AAAA State Champions
in Georgia. In addition, the Wolverines recently won the prestigious
Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and hold a victory
over one of the best teams in the country in Milton (GA).
Miller Grove is headlined by 6-foot-8 junior Tony Parker, who is ranked
15th in his class by ESPNU. Parker averages 18.9 points, 15 rebounds,
and 3.3 blocks a game. Parker had a game of 27 rebounds in the Beach
Parker has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Florida
State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee,
and West Virginia among interest from several other high-major schools.
Junior Brandon Morris (6’5) is another kid high on the radar of several
D1 schools. Morris, who is an incredible leaper and won the Beach Ball
Classic slam-dunk contest, is averaging 10.1 points and 7.7 boards for
Morris has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia,
Georgia State, Memphis, Nevada, North Carolina State, and Wichita State
along with interest from many others.
6-foot-8 senior Henry Brooks has been solid as well averaging 12.8
markers and ripping down 5.5 boards. Brooks has offers from Georgetown,
Harvard, Maryland, Northwestern, Oregon State, Rice, Virginia
Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, and Xavier.
Senior point guard Thomas Marshall (5’11) is one of the most underrated
players in Georgia according to some. Marshall is a stat-sheet-stuffer
with 8.5 points, 7 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.8 steals a night.
6-foot-3 senior Devon Provost averages 8.9 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.2
steals for the Wolverines and junior Davante Provost is another option.
Juniors Justin Colvin (6’2), Christian Houston (5’11), and Tony Evan
(6’5) provide depth for the talented Georgia-based school.
Jordan Watson (5’9/Sr.) leads Thurgood Marshall in scoring at 16.1
points per night.
6-foot-4 sophomore Mark Alstork follows at 12.7 points a game and
juniors Joe Ballard (6’5) and Joe Thomasson (6’3) are getting 10.7
points and 10.4 counters respectively.
Watch out for the Joe Ballard and Brandon Morris match up. These two
both have terrific leaping ability.
Sophomore Edmund Early (6’1) adds 9.3 points and senior Sam Sanders
(5’8) nets 6 lightings. Sophomore Gary Green (6’4) is another viable
option for the Cougars.
Thurgood’s two defeats are to No. 1 Dunbar by three points and
Michigan’s Romulus by four.
p.m.- Hamilton Southeastern (IN) vs. Westerville South, OH (9-0)
Hamilton Southeastern, one of the top teams in Indiana, will meet OHSH’s
Division 1 and 4th ranked Westerville South.
Westerville South has not played anyone near Southeastern’s caliber to
date, but the Wildcats have played in and won two overtime contests so
they are battle-tested. Furthermore, we would be hard-pressed to find a
team that plays harder and with more effort than the undersized
South is led by senior Traevon Jackson and his 17.4 points and 4.6 dimes
a game. Jackson, who has signed to play at Wisconsin, can do a little
bit of everything and basically anything head coach Ed Calo needs him to
Jackson is flanked by junior point guard Isiah “Zeke” Rogers (5’8),
sophomore Marcus Ball (6’2), and seniors Damarkeo Lyse (5’9) and Jaren
Edwards (6’1). Rogers is a heady point guard that can make big shots
while Edwards has been a pleasant surprise in the scoring department.
Lyshe is a relentless defender that gets the majority of his points off
turnover and transition and Ball has a knack for being in the right
place at the right time.
Sharpshooter Ben Jones (5’11) comes off the bench and is capable of
providing a spark with his deadly three-point shooting ability.
Also, keep an eye on junior Stephen O’Daniel (6’0), senior Donnie
Fitzgerald (6’1), and freshman Darryl Long (6’3). O’Daniel is really
starting to come in his own as a shooter for the Wildcats.
Hamilton Southeastern, who has tasted defeated just once and that was to
unbeaten and nationally-ranked North Central (IN), brings in one of the
top prospects in this year’s field. Gary Harris, a 6-foot-4 junior, is
ranked No. 16 by ESPNU for the Class of 2012. Hamilton is averaging 20.5
points and 5.4 rebounds. He has offers from the Big 10, Big East, SEC,
and Atlantic 10.
Sophomore Zak Irvin (6’5) is another player to watch for the
Indiana-based school. Irvin, who is a Top 50 prospect by most, averages
10.7 points per contest. He currently holds offers from Baylor,
Illinois, Indiana, Miami (FL), Purdue, and Xavier.
5-foot-9 junior point guard Jacoby Bledsoe has been solid all year.
Bledsoe is averaging 8.7 points and 4.6 assists. The junior has offers
from Colorado State, Dayton, Drake, Oregon State, Western Kentucky, and
6-foot-6 senior Randy Gregory is good for 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds,
while 6-foot-4 senior Josh Dather is averaging 7.8 points.
p.m.- Whitney Young (IL) vs. Huber Heights Wayne, OH (7-1)
The Flyin’ to the Hoop finale will once again feature Huber Heights
Wayne, but this time around they will meet arguably the most talented
team at the event in Whitney Young out of Chicago, Illinois.
The Dolphins are (10-3) on the year with losses to Southeastern (IL),
St. Patrick’s (NJ), and The Christ School (NC).
Whitney Young is led by 6-foot-7 senior Sam Thompson, who is signed to
play at Ohio State. The bouncy Thompson averages 13.5 points, 5.6
rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.9 blocks an outing. Thompson is ranked 61st
6-foot-7 senior Luke Hager is getting it done as well with 11.1 points
and 3 assists. Hager is signed to play at UNC-Wilmington.
6-foot-10 sophomore Thomas Hamilton is drawing major interest and is
ranked 8th in his class by ESPNU. Hamilton is scoring 10.1 points a game
and snaring 6.6 boards. Hamilton has offers from Illinois and Michigan
State with interest from a plethora of other schools.
A pair of ultra-talented freshmen will also be on display for Whitney
Young in Jahlil Okafor (6’9) and Paul White (6’7). Okafor is ranked 7th
by ESPNU and White 8th.
Okafor was offered by Depaul as an 8th grader and has offers from
Illinois and Michigan State as well. White has an offer from Illinois
along with heavy interest from almost all of the Big 10 schools and some
from the Big East.
6-foot senior Kwai Pearson has also been very good for the Dolphins
averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 dimes. 6-foot-8 junior Jermaine Morgan has
been good for just over 4 points a contest and seven rebounds and
6-foot-1 junior Gabriel Snider is getting 5.4 tallies.
Juniors Jordan Smith (6’3) and Nate Brooks (6’6) provide depth for the
According to Prep Spotlight and ESPN’s John Stovall, almost the entire
Whitney Young roster is receiving D1 interest whether it is low, mid, or
Wayne, which is a suburb of Dayton, is certainly not without talent,
skill, and ability, but will definitely be an underdog in its backyard.
The Warriors, who are ranked in 11th in D1 by OHSH, are led by 6-foot-1
senior Travis Trice Jr. and his 24.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 swipes
a game. Trice has signed to play at Michigan State.
Trice is aided by Providence verbal Markus Crider (6’6/Sr.). The
ultra-talented Crider averages just over 13 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.3
assists, 2.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks an evening.
Freshman Juan Ford (6’0) follows at 8.5 points a game and senior Isiah
Boddie (6’2) adds 7.3 lightings. Justen Hollins (6’3/Sr.) notches 7.1
points and 6.5 caroms.
Ford is one of the top freshman in Ohio.
Juniors Keith Clements (5’9) and Ryan Gabbard (6’4) have also been very
productive. Clements is good for 6.4 points a game and Gabbard nets 5.9
lightings and 3.5 boards.
Junior Malcolm Pittman (6’5) and senior Jason Bitsko can also get the
job done for the Warriors.
Wayne has just one loss on the year and that was to unbeaten Lakota