Dunk 4 Diabetes returns for Year 2 this weekend at Walsh U; Talent? Plenty


2nd Annual Dunk 4 Diabetes

The 2nd Annual Dunk 4 Diabetes will tip off this weekend at Walsh University starting on Saturday morning and concluding Sunday night. Tournament director Chas Wolfe has put together a terrific line up for the two-day event, which consists of 13 high-level games. Some games will air live on Sports Time Ohio.

The 2nd Annual Dunk 4 Diabetes will tip off this weekend at Walsh University starting on Saturday morning and concluding Sunday night. Tournament director Chas Wolfe has put together a terrific line up for the two-day event, which consists of 13 high-level games.

Some games will air live on Sports Time Ohio.

The basketball is sure to be spectacular, but the more important aspect of the event is to raise the level of awareness towards diabetes and start people on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

According to the Dunk 4 Diabetes web site, The Dunk 4 Diabetes is a collaboration between health/sport awareness powered by the American Diabetes Association and Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout that empowers high school boy’s basketball players, there coaches, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against diabetes.

Dunk 4 Diabetes evolved from a concept backed by Wolfe, event director, national talent scout, college basketball consultant, grandson and son of a diabetic. Wolfe started the event by challenging himself to make a healthy lifestyle change in efforts to make a difference within his circle and all those around him.

The American Diabetes Association and the Dunk 4 Diabetes formed a partnership in the summer of 2011 into a regional effort to unite the basketball community across the Midwest in the common mission to provide help and hope to all people fighting diabetes.

Here is a look at the line up.


Game 1 – 11:00 a.m.
Cleveland Central Catholic vs. John Hay

Game Notes:
Cleveland Central Catholic comes into the game struggling a bit with recent losses to Kettering Alter and Cleveland John Adams. After a, 6-0, start, the Ironmen are just, 2-5. John Hay has played a rugged schedule with losses coming to Dayton Dunbar, Cleveland St. Ignatius, and Cleveland VASJ. Both teams are very talented and in need of a nice victory on a big stage.

Top Players:
Cleveland CC: Tervell Beck (6’5/Fr.); Brandon Peters (5’9/Fr.); Antwon Lillard (6’4/So.); and Chelvonte Montgomery (6’2/Jr.).

John Hay: Maurice O’Field (6’4/Sr.)- East Tennessee State; TJ Umar (6’7/Jr.); Josh Lumbus (6’3/Sr.); Emeka Iheama (6’3/Sr.); and Jeremiah Thomas (6’2/Sr.).

Game 2 – 12:30 p.m.
Richmond Heights vs. Gateway (PA)

Game Notes:
Richmond Heights is off to a (10-2) start continuing its terrific three-year run. RH has just two losses on the year to Division I’s Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland Glenville. Gateway’s (11-2) only losses came to Mckeesport (PA) by two points and Brentwood Academy (TN). Delvon Randall is a solid football prospect at cornerback, who recently came out for the basketball team.

Top Players:
Richmond Heights: Rico Jones (5’11/Sr.); Jameel Moore (6’4/Sr.); Frank Barber (6’5/Sr.); and Art Christian (6’3/Sr.).

Gateway: Delvon Randall (6’0/Jr.); DJ Boyce (5’11/Sr.); Deon Cottrell-Baker (6’5/Sr.); Tommy Kromka (6’5/Jr.); Daylon Harris (6’5/So.); and Aiden Howard (6’5/Fr.).

Game 3 – 2:30 p.m.
Akron Firestone vs. Brunswick

Game Notes:
Firestone is (8-6) on the year, but the schedule has been tough and kids have been in and out of the line up. The Falcons have lost to the likes of Lakewood St. Edward, Garfield Heights, Massillon Perry, and Akron Hoban. Two football studs lead the Falcons in Akron-bound Jerome Lane Jr. and Nebraska commit Kevin Gladney. Brunswick has plenty of talent, but a tough December has the Blue Devils at just (7-8). The Blue Devils have defeats to Mentor, Medina, Lakewood St. Edward, Pickerington Central, Westland, Garfield Heights, and Shaker Heights. In addition, things have gotten worse with leading scorer Ryan Badowski being out with injury. Look for Kyle Wheeler and Zach Parker to carry the scoring load.

Top Players:

Firestone: Kevin Gladney (6’1/Sr.); Jerome Lane Jr. (6’5/Sr.), and Evan Kennerly (6’4/Jr.).

Brunswick: Kyle Wheeler (6’4/Sr.), Zach Parker (6’3/Jr.); and Taylor Armagost (6’7/Sr.).

Game 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Barberton vs. Beachwood

Game Notes:
This should be a terrific match up of the two of the best and most underrated guards in Northeast Ohio with Barberton’s Josh Williams and Beachwood’s Johnny Davis. This has a chance to be an outstanding game. Beachwood is (10-2) with losses coming to Division I Lakewood St. Edward (69-66) and Division IV power Richmond Heights (66-59). Beachwood is an extremely young team, but it is ready to win now. Barberton is (8-4) on the year, and looking for a signature win.

Top Players:
Barberton: Josh Williams (6’2/So.); Scott Sabol (6’3/Sr.); and Nate Painter (6’3/Sr.).

Beachwood: Johnny Davis (5’10/Jr.); RJ Jones (6’4/Fr.); Trey Sanders (5’7/Jr.); Jordan Richardson (6’4/Jr.); Julio Stevens (6’1/Jr.), and Jalen Davis (6’1/Fr.).

Game 5 – 6:00 p.m.
Cleveland VASJ vs. Martinsburg (WV)

Game Notes:
This could be the game of the weekend. Cleveland VASJ is absolutely on fire just pummeling the competition. The Vikings (11-2) only defeats came to Division I’s Lakewood St. Edward and Westerville North on a dramatic shot at the buzzer. Cleveland State-bound Demonte Flannigan, Evansville commitment Duane Gibson, and sophomores Carlton Bragg and Brian Parker are all capable of taking over a game. Many regard Bragg, including us, as the top 2015 prospect in Ohio. Martinsburg (12-1) is thought by many basketball pundits as the top team in West Virginia. Its only defeat came on the road to a very good Morgantown team, who it beat earlier in the year. Donte Grantham is being courted by West Virginia among other Division 1 schools, including Villanova, George Mason, Marshall, VMI, Radford, Drake, and James Madison.

Top Players:
Cleveland VASJ: Demonte Flannigan (6’7/Sr.)- Cleveland State; Duane Gibson (6’3/Sr.)- Evansville; Carlton Bragg (6’9/So.); Brian Parker (6’2/So.); and Derek Pardon (6’7/So.).

Martinsburg: Donte Grantham (6’7/Sr.); Jalen Lewis (6’2/Sr.); Jordan Robinson (6’4/Sr.); Denzel Cole (6’3/Sr.); and Jarrell Jones (6’1/Fr.).

Game 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood St. Edward vs. Bishop Kearney (NY)

Game Notes:
Lakewood St. Edward is always one of the finest programs in the state of Ohio, and this year is no different. The Eagles were coming off a disappointing loss to rival Cleveland St. Ignatius, but rebounded on Monday with a monumental victory against previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Mater Dei (CA). Not only did the Eagles win, they dominated. Kipper Nichols was dominant scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 boards. The junior is completely underrated and one of the best rebounders in Ohio. Tim Stainbrook, Marsalis Hamilton, and Tony Vuyancih can also get the job done.  Akron SVSM, Toledo St. John’s, Cincinnati Summit CD, and St. Ignatius are the only teams to beat the Eagles. The Kings are just (6-5), but have plenty of talent. Antwoine Anderson and Alvin English can score the rock, and Chinoso Obokoh and Thomas Bryant are next level players. Bryant is ranked 12th by ESPN.

Top Players:
Lakewood St. Edward: Tim Stainbrook (6’5/Sr.); Marsalis Hamilton (6’4/Jr.); Kipper Nichols (6’6/So.); Tony Vuyancih (6’4/Jr.); and Royal Eddie (6’1/Sr.).

Bishop Kearney: Chinoso Obokoh (6’9/Sr.)- Syracuse; Thomas Bryant (6’8/2015); Antwoine Anderson (6’1/Sr.), and Alvin English (6’3/Sr.).

Game 7 – 9:00 p.m.
Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Mentor

Game Notes:
Huntington Prep (20-2) will play three-straight nights in the Buckeye state starting on Friday in Cincinnati. The Express are coming off an impressive win over a Noah Vonleh-led New Hampton School following a loss to La Lumiere (IN) at the Flyin’ to the Hoop. The nation’s No. 1 player in Andrew Wiggins leads Huntington Prep. Wiggins is considering offers from Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina. Florida State-bound Xavier Rathan-Mayes needs to get back on track as he has really been struggling with his shot. This should be an interesting match up with Mentor’s (12-2) ability to shoot the basketball and its multiple options to do so. Caleb Potter leads the team in scoring followed by Conner Krizancic, Jeff Foreman, Michael Gallagher, and Brody Nelson. The Cardinals two defeats came to Urspring (Germany) and Shaker Heights.

Top Players:
Huntington Prep: Andrew Wiggins (6’8/Sr.); Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6’4/Sr.)- Florida State; Dominic Woodson (6’10/Sr.)- Baylor; Travon Landry (6’1/Sr.); Moses Kingsley (6’9/Sr.)- Arkansas; Montque Gill-Caesar (6’5/So.); and Austin Grandstaff (6’4/So.).

Mentor: Caleb Potter (6’4/Jr.); Brandon Fritts (6’4/Jr.); Conner Krizancic (6’2/Jr.); Jeff Foreman (6’3/Sr.); Brody Nelson (6’5/Sr.); Kade McClure (6’6/Jr.); and Michael Gallagher (6’3/Sr.).


Game 8 – 11:45 a.m. 
Leavittsburg LaBrae vs. Malvern

Game Notes:
This will be a good game to get things tipped off on Sunday. This is a nice small school match up featuring teams that have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years. Malvern (11-4) is coming off a close loss to rival Berlin Hiland, which was its second loss to the Hawks on the year. Max Kapron leads the Hornets in scoring. LaBrae (9-3) started the year red hot, but recent setbacks to Poland, Brookfield, and West Middlesex (PA) should have the team refocused. Peyton Aldridge, who is one of the top rated juniors in Ohio, paces Labrae.

Top Players:
LaBrae: Peyton Aldridge (6’7/Jr.); Carl Brown (5’10/Sr.); John Richards (6’2/Sr.); and Marcell Richardson (6’3/Sr.).

Malvern: Max Kapron (6’5/Sr.); Trey Tucci (6’3/Jr.); and Mitch Loomis (6’6/So.).

Game 9 – 1:30 p.m.
Garfield Heights vs. Gahanna Lincoln

Game Notes:
This has a chance to be a very good contest with plenty of talent gracing the floor. Garfield Heights (11-2) seems to be hitting its stride, and the scary thing is, this is still a young squad. Junior David Bell is really starting to emerge, and he is now drawing the attention of some of college basketball’s big boys. Al Burge, Richard Parker, and Willie Jackson have all been playing well also. The Bulldogs two defeats came to Bedford Chanel in early December and Mentor. Gahanna Lincoln (9-4) has suffered through many trials in the first half of the season, but the roster is now back in full, and Golden Lions should be primed to make a run. Akron-bound Aaron Jackson has refocused and when Javon Bess starts coming back around this is going to be a dangerous club.

Top Players:
Garfield Heights: Willie Jackson (6’5/Fr.); Richard Parker (6’1/Sr.)- Berea; Al Burge (6’3/Jr.); David Bell (6’10/Jr.); David Wright (6’2/Sr.); and Frankie Hughes (6’3/Fr.).

Gahanna Lincoln: Aaron Jackson (6’5/Sr.)- Akron; Javon Bess (6’5/Jr.); Manny Powell (5’10/Jr.); Troy Mundy (6’1/Sr.); Ronnie Stokes (5’10/Sr.); and Nick Ward (6’4/Fr.).

Game 10 – 3:15 p.m.
Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. St. Clairsville

Game Notes:
St. Clairsville is certainly stepping up its competition accepting an invitation to play the Wildcats. The Red Devils (11-1) lost at the buzzer to Columbus Africentric back in mid-December and haven’t looked back since. Danny Monteroso, who is one of the state’s leading scorers, comes into the game averaging around 27 points per game and he is just 15 points shy of 2,000. Sources close to Monteroso’s camp have indicated that Purdue seems to be the new favorite for his football services following a de-commitment from Boston College. St. Ignatius has just three defeats on the year to undefeated Columbus Northland, Akron SVSM, and Our Savior New American (NY). The Wildcats (9-3) will be without leading scorer Alec Papesch (NYU) for 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist according to head coach Sean O’Toole. Ignatius now turns to Francisco Santiago, Derek Sloan, and Eric Black to pick up the scoring slack. This is a still a deep and talented outfit.

Top Players:
St. Ignatius: Francisco Santiago (6’2/Sr.); Derek Sloan (6’5/Sr.); Eric Black (6’6/Jr.); Kyle Berger (6’3/Jr.); and Danny Bova (6’1/Jr.).

St. Clairsville: Danny Monteroso (6’3/Sr.) and Riley Carlton (5’11/Sr.).

Game 11 – 5:00 p.m.
Cleveland Benedictine vs. Huntington Prep (WV)

Game Notes:
Cleveland Benedictine has struggled mightily up against a very difficult schedule. If there were an award for best (3-9) team in the state, the Bengals would be the choice. Junior guard TJ Steele, senior Westley Parr, and junior Tysean Powell lead the Bengals in scoring. Benedictine has one thing going in its favor in this game, and that being Huntington Prep will be playing its third game in as many days.

Top Players:
Benedictine: TJ Steele (5’6/Jr.); Westley Parr (6’7/Sr.); Tysean Powell (6’6/Jr.); Gary Williams (5’10/Jr.); Ashier Poole (6’0/Sr.); and RJ Jones (6’1/So.).

Huntington Prep: Andrew Wiggins (6’8/Sr.); Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6’4/Sr.)- Florida State; Dominic Woodson (6’10/Sr.)- Baylor; Travon Landry (6’1/Sr.); Moses Kingsley (6’9/Sr.)- Arkansas; Montque Gill-Caesar (6’5/So.); and Austin Grandstaff (6’4/So.).

Game 12 – 6:45 p.m.
North Canton Hoover vs. Bishop Kearney (NY)

Game Notes:
North Canton Hoover (13-2) was blazing hot until a Tuesday loss to Federal League foe Massillon Perry. The Vikings are led by the senior combination of Harrison Blackledge, who is the son of ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge, and Akron baseball commit Dom Iero. Hoover will have a tall order against a much bigger Bishop Kearney squad, which will be playing its second game in the Dunk 4 Diabetes.

Top Players:
Hoover: Harrison Blackledge (6’6/Sr.); Dominic Iero (5’11/Sr.); Evan Schick (6’3/Sr.); Jack Fitzpatrick (5’10/Sr.); Nick Evans (5’11/Jr.); and Tony Iero (6’1/Jr.).

Bishop Kearney: Chinoso Obokoh (6’9/Sr.)- Syracuse; Thomas Bryant (6’8/2015); Antwoine Anderson (6’1/Sr.), and Alvin English (6’3/Sr.).

Game 13 – 8:30 p.m.
Shaker Heights vs. Pickerington Central

Game Notes:
The closer should be an outstanding game featuring two teams with identical (10-3) records and plenty of young talent. Sophomore Esa Ahmad has been a dominant force for the Red Raiders along with the talented Rosel Hurley. Senior Kash Blackwell has been solid, and freshman point guard Keith Griffin is one of the state’s best rookie guards. Ohio State commit Jae’Sean Tate, who is just a junior, leads Pickerington Central. Many regard Tate, including us, as the top player in his class. Connor Kern is a lights out shooter, who has added some versatility to his game.

Top Players:
Shaker Heights: Esa Ahmad (6’6/So.); Rosel Hurley (6’5/Jr.); Kash Blackwell (6’5/Sr.); Keith Griffin (5’10/Fr.); and Mel Leach (6’1/Sr.).

Pickerington Central: Jae’Sean Tate (6’5/Jr.)- Ohio State; Connor Kern (6’3/Jr.)- Wheeling Jesuit; Darryl LaVert (6’7/Sr.); Jalen Tate (6’3/Fr.); and DJ Tyree (5’11/Fr.).

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