The Dunk 4 Diabetes high school boys basketball invite will invade Walsh Univeristy in Canton on Sunday. A slate of six standout games makes up the scedule. See who is playing who and when…it’s must-see and on TV.
What: Dunk 4 Diabetes
Where: Walsh University
When: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Cost: $10 for students & $12 for adults
TV: All games will be live on STO.
Game 1 – 11:00am Medina (OH) vs. Warren Harding (OH)
Game 2 – 1:00pm Bishop O’Connell (VA) vs. Cleveland Benedictine (OH)
Game 3 – 3:00pm Allderdice (PA) vs. Stow-Monroe Falls (OH)
Game 4 – 5:00pm Cleveland VASJ (OH) vs. Lyndhurst Brush (OH)
Game 5 – 7:00pm Pickerington Central (OH) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (OH)
Game 6 – 9:00pm Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Lakewood St. Edwards (OH)
Medina (3-9) vs. Warren Harding (8-3)
*Medina is on a two-game winning streak, and with a win over Solon on Friday it could be a personal best, three-game strea. Medina’s losses have come to opponents with a combine 77-32 record. 6-1 junior Billy Geschke is averaging nearly 20 points per game. 6-4 senior Mason Schreck is averaging 15.3 points per contest over his last three contests. Also, keep an eye on juniors Mike Ellenbest (6’3) and point guard Logan Winkler (5’10). Michigan State signee Kenny Kaminski has been out for the year with a shoulder injury suffered during football.
*Warren Harding is led by 6-8 senior center Rashid Gaston and 6-9 senior forward Shaheed Davis (Duquesne) along with senior guards Rasaun Smith and Jesse Hardin. 6-4 senior Delshawn Bell has been a nice addition along with recently eligible Arthur Cook (6’5/Sr.). The Raiders have just three losses on the year coming to Shaker Heights (twice) and Lakewood St. Edward.
Bishop O’Connell (8-5) vs. Cleveland Benedictine (8-3)
*Romelo Trimble leads O’Connell in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Other top prospects include 6-7 junior Rashard Kelley, 6-8 sophomore Steve Osu, 6-8 junior Cam Gregory, and 6-7 freshman Leroy Butts. O’Connell is coached by Joe Wootten, the son of Morgan Wootten. Wootten’s father is a former coach at DeMatha High School (MD) and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
*Cleveland Benedictine is off to another strong start behind seniors Desmond Ridenour (6’1) and Shooting guard Winston Grays (6’1). The Bengals get quality inside play from 6-6 senior Mike Roberts. Benny’s three setbacks have come to Brush, Mentor Lake Catholic, and Mentor.
Allderdice, PA (12-4) vs. Stow (8-3)
*Allderdice is led by 6-2 senior Justin Dobbins and 6-5 senior Ben Mickens, who are arguably the two best players in the city. Dobbins recently went over 1,000 points for his career. Tevin Bell is another option along with sophomores Javaughn and Davaughn Moultrie. Taylor Allderdice has won back-to-back Pittsburgh City League championships.
*Stow will likely be getting back the services of 6-6 senior David Walker (Northeastern), who has been out for over a month with a wrist injury. In his absence, 6-1 senior Kyle Scelza has taken his game to new heights. Scelza scored 31 points in his last game out against Twinsburg and had 38 points against Kent Roosevelt including 11 three-point field goals earlier in the year. Stow started the season 6-0, but is just 2-3 since. However two of those losses (Glen Oak and Brush) came by a combine four points.
Cleveland VASJ (5-6) vs. Lyndhurst Brush (9-3)
*The Vikings are one game below .500, but don’t let the record fool you, this is a solid basketball team. VASJ started the season 5-1, but has now lost five-straight. Bedford Chanel, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Central Catholic, and nationally ranked Tilton and Huntington Prep has been the schedule since the quality start. The Vikings are led by juniors Demonte Flannigan (6’8) and Duane Gibson (6’1) along with seniors Mel Burke Jr. (5’11) and Karlton Garner (5’10). Freshmen Brian Parker (6’1) and Carloton Bragg (6’6) have also been key contributors.
*The Arcs started the year 9-0, but have lost their last three contests. Chagrin Falls was a shocker, but Akron SVSM and Mentor are more than quality teams. Brush will play Lakewood tonight before entertaining VASJ on Sunday. The Arcs are led by 6-4 senior Curtis Oakley and 6-7 senior Pharaoh Brown along with 6-3 junior Jameel Moore. Brown is committed to play football at the University of Oregon.
Pickerington Central (13-0) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (8-2)
*The Tigers will meet the Wildcats on the hardwood with a little less than on the line considering they played for the Division I state football title just two months ago with St. Ignatius coming away with a 34-13 victory. Pickerington Central is unbeaten to this point led by 6-4 senior wing Caris Levert (Ohio University). Levert, a deadly shooter, is averaging close to 20 points per game. 6-4 sophomore Jae’sean Tate is one of the better prospects in his class. Tate’s father (Jermaine Tate) played two years at Ohio State and two years at Cincinnati. 6-0 senior Chad Nelson (Ohio Domincian) is another option along with 6-2 senior Zach Beaver and 6-7 junior Taco Charlton. 6-4 sophomore Javon Bess is another budding prospect for the Tigers along with 6-2 classmate Connor Kern.
*St. Ignatius has just two losses on the year (Warren Harding and Lakewood St. Edward) by a combine seven points. The Wildcats will play a host of kids, but are led by 6-6 junior Alec Papesch, 6-3 junior Derek Sloan, and 6-2 senior Jack Tupa. 6-1 junior Francisco Santiago, 6-3 senior Eric Williams, 6-5 sophomore David Black, 6-2 senior Mike Svetina (Miami OH, FB), and 6-0 senior Brian Joseph will all log serious minutes and make contributions.
Huntington Prep, WV (16-1) vs. Lakewood St. Edward (8-4)
*The Express are without a doubt one of the most talented teams in the country and ranked No. 6 by the USA Today. Huntington Prep recently participated in the Flyin’ to the Hoop and destroyed Trotwood-Madison (97-38) and Middletown (84-30) in the process. The Express just beat Cleveland VASJ by 30 points at the Mountaineer Showcase in Morgantown, WV. They are led by 6-7 sophomore Andrew Wiggins and 22 points per game. Wiggins is regarded by nearly everyone as the top prospect in his class. 6-3 junior Xavier Rathan-Mayes follows with 16 points an outing and 6-9 senior Elijah Macon adds 13 points and eight rebounds. Macon, who has committed to West Virginia, is former Columbus Marion-Franklin standout. 6-5 senior Javontae Hawkins (South Florida) averages 11 points and 6-6 senior Negus Webster-Chan (Missouri) nets eight points, seven boards, and six dimes. 6-10 senior Stefan Jankovic (Missouri) comes off the bench to the tune of eight points and six rebounds a night.
*Lakewood St. Edward will no doubt have its hands full, but this isn’t its first rodeo against national competition. The Eagles have lost to Toledo St. John’s, Cleveland Heights, St. Augustine (LA), and Scott County (KY). Ed’s is led by 6-2 senior Myles Hamilton (Kennesaw State) and 6-3 senior Mark Murray. 6-6 senior Mike Mason, 5-11 senior Mike Newtown, 6-4 senior Kevin Craighead, 5-10 senior James Crawford, 6-5 junior Tim Stainbrook, 6-2 sophomore Tony Vuyancih, and 6-3 sophomore Marsalis Hamilton can all contribute and put up numbers on any given night.