Ohio HS Hoops Insider: Coaching Updates, New Offers, New Verbals and More


Boys Basketball News & Notes from around the state

stubbs_colThe Coaching Carousel Continues

*Von Graffin, former head coach at Bowling Green HS, is the new boss at Port Clinton, a school that was the Division II state runner-up in 2010.

*It didn’t take Shawn Allen very long to find a new job as the ex-Lima Senior boss will be taking over at Lima Bath.

*Ben Gerken was recently named the head coach at Findlay Liberty-Benton. Gerken will replace the recently retired Steve Williman. Gerken, a longtime assistant of Williman, will be replacing a coach that won 551 games in his 33-year coaching career, which included a state championship in 1995 and a runner-up in 2007.

*Dan DeCrane, who was an assistant at Bishop Hartley, will be the new head man at Bishop Ready after Don Worstell left to take over at Marion Harding. Ready is coming off a final four appearance.


*Ryan Bricking (6’1/2014) of Cincinnati Princeton committed to D2 Alderson-Broaddus. Bricking averaged nearly 17 points per game this past winter.

*Manny Powell (5’10/2014) of Gahanna Lincoln has committed to Dayton Sinclair Community College.

*Nate Jameson (6’4/2014) of Columbus Eastmoor Academy will be furthering his playing career at Capital.

*Carlas Jackson (6’3/2014) of Cincinnati Roger Bacon is expected to reclass and head to prep school next fall.

*Terrence Gholston will be transferring from Cincinnati Aiken to Fairfield for his senior year according to Triple Double Prospects’ Corey Albertson.


*Kyle Ahrens (6’6/2015) of Versailles picked up an offer from St. Joseph’s.

*Omari Spellman (6’8/2016) of North Royalton added an offer from Virginia Tech after a successful weekend in Hampton, Virginia with Team Scan out of New York.

*Luke Knapke (6’10/2015) of Marion Local picked up an offer from Northern Kentucky adding to several MAC offers.

*Donovan Mitchell (6’3/2015) of Brewster Academy, NH was offered by Xavier.

*Trey Moses (6’8/2015) of Eastern HS, KY noted on his Twitter account that he will be visiting Cleveland State on June 20th.

News and Notes

*Esa Ahmad (6’7/2015) of Shaker Heights and Luke Kennard (6’5/2015) of Franklin have both been invited to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy for the Top 25-30 high school wings in the country along with the Top 10 college wings. The academy will take place June 27th-29th in Washington, DC.

Ahmad recently visited West Virginia University and his father, Ibrahim Ahmad, noted the visit was real nice. This followed a visit to the University of Maryland over the weekend.

“They have beautiful facilities and an excellent atmosphere,” Ibby told us.

Ahmad’s next three stops will be Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.

*Derek Funderburk (6’9/2016) of Lakewood St. Edward has been invited to the prestigious National Basketball Players Association Camp next month.

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