DAYTON, OH - Hoop4u Sports Academy will host the first standardized, NBA-type evaluation combine of its kind in the area. The Rising Stars Combine and Shootout will bring together basketball players, grades 6 through 9, to showcase their skills against the area’s best competitors. This co-ed combine takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 7thand 8that Meadowdale High School, 3873 Whitestone Ct, Dayton, OH 45416. Youngsters will participate in fitness and speed drills, and a 2-game Shootout. The cost of instruction for this two day event is $110.00.
On the First day, physical measurements, timed shuttle run, vertical jump, among other position specific skills will be evaluated. On day two, players will be placed on teams where they will compete against each other. This is also an incredible opportunity for your child to be taught and mentored by superior coaches and players. Dwight “The Blur” Anderson and Marlon “Shack” Shackelford will be the guest coaches. Anderson, former NBA player and University of Kentucky superstar, will be speaking about the path to success and its pitfalls, and helping kids perfect their form. Shackelford, peace ambassador and Street Souljah’s architect, speaks to youth on substance abuse, violence prevention, respect, and healthy choices.
The Rising Stars Combine is the brain child of Lorenzo Smith, head coach of the Dayton Airmen AAU program, and founder of Hoop4U Sports Academy. Hoop4u24.com is a basketball information disseminating site that features players, events, sports education, and game scores. The site gives high school players in this area an avenue to get their stats and accomplishments on the radar of scouts and colleges, and middle school players an opportunity to pique the interest of scouts at a young age. A complete combine report will be generated and placed on Hoop4u24.com and sent to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and a national database that over 300 division I, II, and III schools and junior colleges have access to.
Combines are measuring sticks for scouts and recruiting services, but also give coaches a chance to mold players into star competitors. The base measurements recorded will allow players and coaches to quantify performance so that coaches can focus on areas that need developing. Performance goals can be set, and improvement can be measured from one year to the next. This is also a chance to play against the best basketball players that the Miami Valley has to offer. Several nationally ranked players will be attending. L’Christian “Blue” Smith, Nick Pluta, Storm Cook, and Floyd Scott are just a few of the area’s best players that will showcase their talents at the Rising Stars Combine.
Registrations are being accepted athoop4u24.comor by phone at (877) 636-9151. Coaches and sponsors interested in more information can contact Coach Smith at (937)248-1402.
Report: AAU 'power broker' arrested on drug trafficking charges
The man behind the D.C. Assault AAU basketball team, home to scores of college players and multiple pros, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges, according to multiple media reports.
Assault founder and coach Curtis Malone was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration for a year before law enforcement officials finally closed in on Friday, The Washington Post reported.
According to its website , D.C. Assault counts among its alumni NBA players Jeff Green, Keith Bogans and Nolan Smith -- nine McDonald's All-Americans in all.
According to court documents cited by the Post, a wiretap revealed a man was visiting Malone's home in Upper Marlboro, Md., to buy drugs. After the man left Malone's house carrying a bag, police made a traffic stop and discovered the man's bag contained one kilogram of cocaine.
Officers, armed with a search warrant, then went to Malone's home, where they say they found one kilogram of cocaine, 100 grams of heroin and drug-distribution-related materials.
Malone, co-founder of the Assault in 1993, was convicted of drug-related charges three years before starting the team and served a short sentence. Along with several other legal problems since, Malone also ran afoul of NCAA rules in 2012 for sending money to a former Assault player, Kansas State's Jamar Samuels.
The Post described Malone as a "youth basketball power broker." The proliferation of AAU programs across the country has been bemoaned by basketball critics for creating such power brokers who have unchecked influence to steer the best talent to college programs.
A couple of years ago, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of AAU coaches : "They don't answer to anybody. Who is funding them (and) what are their goals? What race are they running?"
NBA STARS DAEQUAN COOK AND NORRIS COLE TEAM UP AT THE LOCAL LEGENDS GAME
Dayton, OH – The second annual Local Legends Game at Dunbar High School brings the shining stars of the Dayton basketball community together for a good cause and a great evening of entertainment. Fans at the game will be given the chance to win several pairs of autographed sneakers and Tshirts, participate in raffle drawings, and get autographs from hometown superstars. This charity event will take place on Saturday August 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 1400 Albritton Drive Dayton, OH 45417. The cause to benefit from this charity exhibition is the Cook Scholarship Fund at Dunbar High School which helps scholars and athletes achieve their college aspirations.
Organizers have compiled impressive team rosters that will ensure an exciting on-court performance. Chicago Bull Shooting Guard and 3-point Shootout Champion Daequan Cook and his Dunbar High School contemporary Norris Cole, Point Guard for the Miami Heat, team up to dazzle the crowd, and bring a taste of professional basketball to Dayton. Southwest Ohio produces an enormous amount of basketball talent from its high schools and colleges, yet has been unable to support a professional team of its own since the 1970’s. Perhaps, the annual Local Legends can spark the interest of investors and fans alike in order to bring pro basketball to Dayton, a city that has not only birthed several superstars but is hungry for the sport’s return. Other local legends in attendance are Chris Wright, Carl Edwards, Kenny Hayes, Cashmere Wright, Josh Benson, Mark Anderson, Dwight Anderson, Nate Miller, Rhonda Price, Steve Wright, Aaron Pogue, Dionte Vaughn, John Diebler, Brandy Hoskins, Chris Pearson, Daquan Walker, and Earl DJ Bandcamp.
Prior to the game, Daequan Cook and Revival Ministries International will sponsor a Back To School Giveaway where they will give the first 50 boys and 50 girls backpacks brimming with the necessary supplies needed to start the school year off right. Other sponsors involved in the Local Legends Game are Roosters, Coca Cola, Elite Sports and Entertainment, Stafford Jewelers, Original Thought Required, Corporate Got-Em, Eric Bowling and associates, and SYL resources, LLC. The giveaway will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at which point the doors for the game will open and the game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the door for $5.00 kid’s admission, and $7.00 adult admission.
If you’d like to get involved, and help sponsor a charitable event with DC4three contact www.dc4three.com or call (773)332-7456. For more information on the Local Legends Game, contact Coach Herbert “Chuck” Richardson at (937)776-7364.
L'Christian "Blue" Smith Next Level/Spiece Heat (top left) has made unofficial visit to Indiana, UD and Xavier. Reggie Crawford AI9/Spiece Heat has been contacted by several major D1 Schools
Evanston 8th grader Nojel Eastern Spiece Heat (below) on Northwestern’s radar and Eastern has made unofficial visit to Depaul, Indiana
Indiana basketball offers scholarships to Paul Scruggs and Zach Gunn
Two of the top basketball players in the incoming high school freshman class received scholarship offers from Indiana on Monday.
Indiana coach Tom Crean offered two players — 6-3 Southport freshman-to-be Paul Scruggs and 6-6 Hamilton Southeastern freshman-to-be Zach Gunn — three weeks after Scruggs and Gunn took an unofficial visit to the school.
Mike Peterson, the pair’s AAU coach for the Indy Hoosiers, said Indiana has been interested in both players since last year; the NCAA allows coaches to recruit seventh- and eighth-graders.
“Indiana has been watching Paul and Zach since seventh grade, especially (assistant coach Tim) Buckley,” Peterson said. “They’ve shown a lot of interest. When we went down there for a visit, they took them through and asked them if they wanted to be Hoosiers.”
Peterson said Crean and the staff did not pressure the players to make a commitment now. Several other schools, including Xavier, Purdue, Ohio State and Memphis, have shown heavy interest in both Scruggs and Gunn. Last summer IU offered North Central’s Eron Gordon prior to his freshman season.
“The talks we’ve had with the family is that it would put a lot of pressure on them to commit as eighth graders,” Peterson said. “There are a lot of eyes following you and it can be tough if you aren’t ready for that. So it’s probably best to let them see other things and let them get bigger and stronger. (Crean) said he wants them to make the appropriate decisions, but that he also wants them to be Hoosiers.”
The Indy Hoosiers took third at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., last week. Kris Wilkes, an incoming freshman at North Central, and Justin Roberts, an incoming freshman at (Indy Spiece Heat)Pike, are also getting early Division I interest.
Peterson said Scruggs and Gunn are two of the top players he has seen nationally in that age group.
“Scruggs is one of the best combo guards in the country as far as all-around skill and rebounding,” he said. “And Zach Gunn is a really smooth lefty shooter. He sort of has a game like (former Brebeuf Jesuit and Indiana standout) Alan Henderson going inside and outside.”
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Congratulation to Chuck Painters Dayton Metro team for finishing 6th place in the AAU D-II National Tournament in Memphis, Tenn..............Last year Painter team finished 9th they follow up with a 6th place finish this year without guards Daushawn Parker and Daruis Quisenberry. I look for big things out of this group in the coming years. Congratulations to John Alessandro, Joe Alessandro, Storm Painter, Cade Morgan, KJ Redmon, TK Robinson , Klye Lawson, Jack Campbell, Alex Reigelsperger and Drew Ashurst......
We were unable to get out the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic this past weekend due to prior obligations, but there was some greatcoveragearound the Midwest from arguably the best stop on the springtravelcalendar. Here is a quick overview in case you missed it.
We were unable to get out the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic this past weekend due to prior obligations, but there was some great coverage around the Midwest from arguably the best stop on the spring travel calendar.
Here is a quick overview in case you missed it.
All-Ohio Red (AOR) continued to progress as a team capturing the 17-and-under Gold Bracket following a (4-1) weekend in Hampton, Virginia. AOR avenged a loss from the NY2LA event handily defeating the Illinois Wolves in pool play.
AOR defeated the SYF Players, Team Work (78-72), the Louisville Magic, Spiece Indy Heat, and Team Thad to win the event. By plenty of reports,the gamewith Indy Heat was a classic. Five-star prospect Trey Lyles returned frominjurythis past weekend for Indy Heat making the game much more intriguing. Louisville Magic and Team Thad are both high level teams and Team Work is a solid program.
According to several reports, Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington Central) and Vince Edwards (Middletown) created plenty of buzz with their play throughout the weekend, and Javon Bess (Gahanna Lincoln) and Evan Bailey (Massillon Jackson) got some ink as well.
Tate has committed to Ohio State and it’s no secret that Edwards is mulling options from Michigan and Purdue. Bess and Bailey are both drawing plenty of mid-major looks with some mid-major plus teams showing some interest as well.
Northwest Ohio Basketball Club (NWOBC) was another majorplayerthis past weekend in Fort Wayne thanks to Elida’s Dakota Mathias and solid group of players that play an enviable brand of basketball.
Coach Al Welch’s club made the Final 4 of the 17U Gold Bracket with wins over Team Blaze Select, the Michigan Mustangs (Allison), and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors before losing to Team Thad (TN) in the semis.
According to most, Mathias put on an offensive clinic helping his team advance. Following the loss to Team Thad, he ended a memorable weekend by committing to Purdue.
According to ESPN/Prep Spotlight’s John Stovall, Columbus Grove’s Will Vorhees, Lima Central Catholic’s Martyce Kimbrough, Liberty-Benton’s Ryan Geise, and Lima Bath’s Taren Sullivan were all key contributors for the NWOBC.
Team Work had another productive weekend making the Sweet 16 in Gold Bracket play with a win over Team NLP (MA) before falling to AOR. Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg LaBrae) and Gavin Skelly (Westlake) continue to shine and gain national attention.
Ohio Varsity White, the Ohio Basketball Club, the Ohio Hoopsters, and Nitro USA all made the Gold Bracket, but dropped opening round decisions. OV White lost to the Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels, who are led by Kevon Looney- one of the best prospects in the country. OBC lost to Team Thad, who finished runners-up.
Stovall mentioned Ohio Varsity players Ty Hairston (Columbus Northland) and Teddy Metzen (Newark) as top performers, while calling Metzen a definite Division 1 player.
Multiple reports mentioned Justin Bibbs- a Dayton native- for having an outstanding weekend. Bibbs played his juniorseasonat Montverde Academy (FL). Stovall noted Antonio Woods (Summit CD) and Victor Dorsey (Akron Springfield) giving quality contributions as well.
In the 17-and-under Silver Bracket, the Ohio Stampede made the Final 4 and DB Hoops advanced to the Elite 8.
The 16-and-under division was won by a very good Indiana Elite 2015 squad, which also won the event as 15 year-year-olds a year ago. Elite is led by 6-foot-3 guard Jalen Coleman (Indianapolis Cathedral), who is being recruited by Ohio State along with frontrunner Indiana.
The top finishers in this age bracket were All-Ohio Red and the Ohio Basketball Club, who both made the Elite 8. AOR fell to Spiece Indy Heat and OBC fell to the Louisville Magic. Neither were bad losses by any means. AOR’s loss was in overtime to a good Indy Heat team led byBrownsburgHigh School’s K.J. Walton.
Stovall noted Jordan Dartis (Newark) asstandingout for AOR and Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ) and Maverick Rowan (Lincoln Park, PA) as notables for OBC. Bragg garnered the attention of nearly every scribe on hand. Almost every publication covering the event mentioned the 6-foot-9 stretch four-man. It wasn’t surprising considering his talent level and the fact that Indiana just offered a day before the event. The aforementioned Rowan is a 2016 prospect.
The Ohio Stars- a team featuring 6-foot-9 Luke Knapke of Maria Stein Marion Local- made the Gold Bracket, but was handed an opening round defeat by Indiana Elite.
King JamesShooting Stars(Love) dropped its opener to Chicago Lockdown, who eventually finished runners-up. Josh Williams (Barberton), Devon Andrews (Lorain), and Chris Oakley (Lyndhurst Brush) drew praise from Stovall.
All-Ohio Black- another solid squad- lost to the Louisville Magic. Who Got Game (Austin) and Who Got Game (Dennis) also lost in the first round.
Team Work’s 16U made the Final 4 of the Silver Bracket behind Beau Justice (Peebles) and Austin Adams (Oregon Cardinal Stritch). Justice is a perimeter assassin, while Adams is a relentless slasher.
VJSports- also playing in the Silver Bracket- lost in the Elite 8. Triple Double Prospects’ Corey Albertson raved about the potential of Montrell McCrae (Cleveland MLK). The 6-foot-8 rising junior is rumored to be transferring to one of the better Division I schools in the Cleveland area.
In the 15-and-under division, the King James Shooting Stars enjoyed another solid weekend finishing runners-up in the Gold Bracket. Coach Quincy Simpson’s squad defeated Spiece (Hopkins), the Ohio Basketball Club, Illinois Wolves, and MartinBrothersbefore losing to an outstanding Indy Elite 2016 team.
Nearly all the major services mentioned the King James’ inside duo of Derrick Daniels (6’7/Thurgood Marshall) and Derek Funderburk (6’8/Lakewood St. Edward). Both players are extremely talented with plenty of upside.
Stovall mentioned point guard Xavier Simpson (Lima CC), Anthony Christian (Akron Hoban), Henry Baddley (Akron SVSM), and DJ Hoskins (Thurgood Marshall) as other kids that performed very well for King James.
All-Ohio Red’s run ended in the Elite 8 thanks to Indy Elite. AOR defeated the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in tournament play. Willie Jackson (Garfield Heights) and Keith Griffin (Shaker Heights) led the way according to Stovall with Tervell Beck (Cleveland CC) also having his moments.
Indy Elite defeated arguably Ohio’s three best teams in the 15U group in King James, All-Ohio Red, and Team Work (pool play). The guard trio of C.J. Hedgepeth (Bloomington South), D.J. Wilkins (Merrillville), and Tucker Blackwell (Evansville North) is one of the best in the country. Blackwell scored 20 points in the championship game against King James.
The Ohio Basketball Club had another solid weekend behind Wilmington stud Jarron Cumberland, who is just too strong for most guards his age. OBC defeated a good Nova Village team before losing to King James in a close contest.
Team Work dropped its opener in overtime to Martin Brothers, who eventually made the Final 4.
Ohio Elite Black also made the Gold Bracket losing to Mac Irvin in the opener.
In the 15U Silver Bracket, HIdden Gems Black made the Final 4 losing to the Louisville Magic and the Ohio Hoopsters advanced to the Elite 8.
The 14-and-under sector also had some good finishers. King James Shooting Stars lost to Spiece Indy Heat in the finals of the Gold Bracket after knocking off perennial powers Meanstreets, Ohio Basketball Club (West), and The Family.
All-Ohio Red continued its quality spring with wins over Spiece (Yeoman) and Triple Threat before dropping a decision to Indy Heat in the Final 4.
OBC made the Elite 8 defeating the Wisconsin Playground Warriors then losing to King James.
The Ohio Stampede was also a Gold Bracket qualifier, but fell to Triple Threat in the Sweet 16.
In the Silver Bracket, Team Lima Kings reached the Final 4 losing to Mac Irvin and DB Hoops got to the Elite 8 dropping a nod to the Randolph Boys. The Team Lima Kings beat a very good King James Shooting Stars (Williams) squad in the first round of bracket play.
*All results were courtesy of Gym Rats Basketball Association.
*Carlton Bragg (Cleveland VASJ) received an offer from Indiana at the end of last week and is hearing from Michigan, Memphis, Wisconsin, and Missouri this week.
*The Ohio Phenoms (17U) played in the Adidas Spring Classic going (5-1) for the weekend and winning the Silver Bracket.
AAU Update: Who Shined at the 2013 Buckeye Prep Invitational Tourney?
The 2013 Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament took place this past weekend at four sites in Central Ohio and featured some of Ohio’s top up-and-coming talent in grades 4th-11th.Who and what we saw...
Columbus, Ohio – The 2013 Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament took place this past weekend at four sites in Central Ohio and featured some of Ohio’s top up-and-coming talent in grades 4th-11th.
Tournament director Rob Taylor always puts on fabulous events and the hospitality is second to none. Taylor’s April event often features some of the top junior high talent, while some of the top teams in the older groups either choose not to play that weekend or in All-Ohio Red’s case, it was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the NY2LA event.
However, there was still some top talent in all the divisions making for a great weekend of basketball in Columbus. Here is arecapand a look at some of the top performers.
Championship Sunday of any AAU event is always survival of the fittest, and this was certainly evident yesterday with Ohio Varsity White surviving a heated match up with Hidden Gems Black in the semis to escape with a, 52-51, victory.
Hidden Gems Black played the weekend without its two top inside forces in Toledo Central Catholic’s Nate Harris and Ottawa Hills’ Geoff Beans. In addition, Black had just played a rivalrygamewith Hidden Gems Orange just 30 minutes prior. Regardless, with the first stop at the Ohio’s Best Basketball League coming up this weekend, OV and Hidden Gems Black could be seeing a lot of each other this spring/summer with a rivalry inevitably looming.
After dispatching of Black, Ohio Varsity met Elite Skills Select in the title game. Elite Skills Select, a team comprised of Cleveland-area ballers, earned its way to the championship with wins over a good Dayton Nets squad along with a semifinals victory over a solid Team Blaze Select outfit from Indiana. East Tech’s Johnell Free led ESS with a game-high 21 points. Kyauta “K.T.” Taylor- another East Tech standout- hit for 13 points, including a game-winning step-back triple in overtime. Warrensville Heights’ C.J. Franklin also tallied 13 points.
Ohio Varsity was able to win the 2013 Buckeye Prep Invitational with a convincing win over the Cleveland-based squad.
OV got great play all weekend from ColumbusNorthlandguards Ty Hairston and Derek McKeithen, Brookhaven guard Ronnie Williams, Newark forward Teddy Metzen, Tri-Valley forward Avery Williams, and Licking Heights guard Babe Murphy.
Other key contributors for OV came from DC Wilson, DeAnthony Hosley (Licking Heights), Travis Gleason (Reynoldsburg), and Landon Brazille (Thurgood Marshall).
With All-Ohio Red in Milwaukee, All-Ohio Black stepped up for the organization and captured the 16U division with a win over a scrappy Dayton Nets Taylor outfit.
Head coach Shaun O’Connell, who is also the headman at Dayton Ponitz High School, rallied his troops in the semis against Ohio Varsity Blue. AOB trailed by 12 points, but rallied for a, 46-43, triumph. Xeyrius Williams (Huber Heights Wayne) and Ryan Mikesell (St. Henry) carried the load for Black in the scoring department.
In the championship game, AOB and the Nets went back-and-forth for much of the contest, but All-Ohio was able to pull away late for a, 54-43, victory. Troy Christian guard Grant Zawadzki was instrumental in the win handling the Nets’ pressure and cashing in some key freebies in the second half. Zawadzki led Black with 14 points. Dayton Dunbar’s Dorian Dawson added nine points, and Mikesell chipped in eight counters.
Williams, Archbold’s Luke Fisher, Africentric’s Jaquan Harrison, and Marion Franklin’s Shawon Wilson also played big forthe winners.
The Dayton Nets got key contribution throughout the weekend from guards Henry Alexander (Springfield) and Daesean Jackson (Springfield) along with forwards Isiah Fairley (Huber Heights Wayne) and Corde’ Donald (Miami Valley).
The freshmen division came down to afinal fourof All-Ohio Black, Dayton Metro, the Toledo Ruff Riders, and Nova Village. Black was able to comfortably get by Metro in the semis, while the Ruff Riders survived against Nova Village with a, 51-50, victory.
All-Ohio Black held on for a, 55-52, win over a game Ruff Riders squad in the finals. Bellbrook’s Michael Pryce, who has the body of a grown man, led Black with 15 points, and Darius Dunson (Kettering Fairmont) and Malik Harrison (Walnut Ridge) each scored 11 points. Dayton Dunbar’s Terrance Landers capped an impressive weekend with seven tallies.
The Toledo Ruff Riders, who came into the weekend a bit of an unknown, impressed throughout the weekend with a pool play victory over Black and a tournament victory over a very good Nova Village squad. Keith Smith (Toledo St. John’s) led the Ruff Riders in defeat with 13 points, and Trey Buford and Jalen Daoust (Toledo Central Catholic) each netted nine points. Westerville South guard Jordan Humphrey chipped in seven and Groveport-Madison’s Trey Charles Martin was good for six. 14-and-under
It’s always fun to look at the next crop of freshmen coming into high school, and there were afew goodlookingprospectsin the 8th grade division, which was won by head coachBrooksHall’s Next Level team.
Next Level got by a good M.A.T.T.S Mustangs squad in the finals with a 62-55 triumph. The Mustangs- a team based in Kentucky- are coached by John Adkins, a legendary name in AAU circles. Adkins coached the highly successful Tallahassee Wildcats before moving back to the Bluegrass state.
L’Christian “Blue” Smith (Huber Heights) led Next Level with 22 points and Ethan Bradds added 16 points for the winners. Bradds is the younger brother of Belmont signee Evan Bradds (JamestownGreeneview). Dayton Fairborn’s Ryan Profitt and Centerville’s Sam Lash also turned in stellar showings. Profitt is a physical, 6-foot-2 post player and Lash is a lights out shooter.
The Mustangs got 18 points from Lawrence County, Kentucky’s Timmy Dalton (6’2), who played varsity ball as an 8th grader. Trenton Russell (6’4) added 13 points. Russell played varsity at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville, Kentucky and averaged 11 points and nearly seven rebounds per game. Point guard Colin Miller (Liberty Casey County, KY) also turned in a solidperformancethroughout the weekend.
Two Ohio kids are playing for the Mustangs in Turner Horn (Berlin Hiland) and Michael Karl (New Philadelphia).
Two others 14U squads we got a couple looks at were the Cincinnati Royals, who made the final four, and the Team Lima Kings.
The Royals had a solid roster featuring Keegan McDowell, who is the brother of former Cincinnati Moeller standout Quinn McDowell, Matt King (Mason), Dan Sichterman (Kings), Matt Dotson (Centerville), Sean Clifford (St. Xavier), and Matt Sichterman (Kings).
Team Lima Kings got key contributions from the attacking Jarious Ward (Lima), shooter Jake Fisher, and the versatile Dak Prichard.
In a highly anticipated match up, the Queen City Prophets defeated Murphy AC. We were able to watch QCP a couple times throughout the weekend, and actually got to see the championship game, which the Cincinnati-based Prophets won, 75-71.
Other Top Performers: (We saw)
17U: Terrell Richardson (6’4/G-F/Cleveland Collinwood)- Elite Skills Select ZachWhiteside(6’5/F/East Cleveland Shaw)- Elite Skills Select Ian Bell (6’2/G/Hawken)- Elite Skills Select Grant Sims (6’2/PG/Bloomington North HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Bret Barclay (6’6/F/Crown Point HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Isaiah Gooch (6’6/F/Bloomington South HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Erik Bowen (6’6/F/Kokomo HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Tyler Truesdale (6’2/G/Bloomington North HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Saikou Jallow (6’3/G/Bloomington North HS, IN)- Team Blaze Select Isaiah Walton (6’3/G/Elyria)- Hidden Gems Black Manny Powell (5’9/PG/Gahanna Lincoln)- Hidden Gems Black Anthony Glover (6’0/G/Toledo St. John’s)- Hidden Gems Black Nate Jameson (6’3/F/Eastmoor Academy)- Hidden Gems Black Mario Davison (5’10/G/Mansfield Senior)- Hidden Gems Orange Jordan Jones (6’1/PG/Thurgood Marshall)- Hidden Gems Orange Akil Cornish (6’1/G/Africentric)- Hidden Gems Orange Charles Holland (6’2/G/Columbus West)- Columbus Kings Madison Nate Axelrod (5’7/PG/Dublin Coffman)- Columbus Kings Madison
16U: Malik Bocook (6’4/F/Zanesville)- Who Got Game Dennis Case Chamblin (6’3/F/Marysville)- Who Got Game Dennis Drew Mellen (6’6/C/Marysville)- Who Got Game Dennis
15U: Gabe Kennard (6’0/G/Toledo St. John’s)- All-Ohio Black Kaleb Younger (6’1/G/Walnut Ridge)- All-Ohio Black Drew Rackley (5’11/PG/John Glenn)- Ohio Hoopster Black Kyran McClure (6’0/G/Westerville South)- Nova Village Tarik Wright (6’2/G/Walnut Ridge)- Nova Village Bryson London (6’3/G/New Albany)- Nova Village Nick Ward (6’6/C/Gahanna Lincoln)- Nova Village Trey Landers (6’2/G/Huber Heights Wayne)- Dayton Nets Darius Harper (6’6/C/Springfield)- Dayton Nets Malik Quisenberry (6’0/PG/New Carlisle Tecumseh)- Dayton Nets
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Are you Aware Of The Latest Academic Standards
Written by Ron Crawford AAU Treasurer
Now that the clock starts in ninth grade. The new standards are:
*2.3 GPA for Division 1, up from 2.0
**2.5 for Division II, up from 2.3
***An athlete also must finish 10 core classes prior to his or her senior year. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, Math and Science.
Parents and Coaches have a much larger burden under these new guidelines, simply because young people that are 14 and 15 years old are not aware of what academics mean to their futures as they will later in High School----When it's too late..
Lo'Ron Smith has received Player of the Week honors once before.
Tue, Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM - [Men's Basketball] - by Patricia Constantin
WACO, TEXAS (Feb. 18, 2013) --Lo'Ron Smithof Our Lady of the Lake University has been selected as the Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for Feb. 11-17. Marcus O'Key from Jarvis Christian College shares this award with Smith. This is the 14th weekly award of the season.
Smith, a senior guard from Dayton, Ohio, topped the 1,000-point mark for his career last week while averaging 18.5 points per game. He notched 16 points and six rebounds in a 109-95 win over LSU Shreveport then reached his career milestone with 21 points and 15 boards in an 84-78 victory at Langston University. The Saints now sit in fourth place in the RRAC standings at 14-6 with an overall mark of 18-10.
Smith graduated from Warren High School in San Antonio. He is majoring in Business Management at OLLU.
AAU PROGRAMS IN THE AREA
Parents be reasonable about your child level of play when choosing an AAU program. Take in consideration your level of commitment and economic status when choosing a team. Expect to make a $350 to $700 investment not including travel, shoes and food. Make sure that the you are getting more bang for you buck.
GIRLS HOOP TRYOUT GEM CITY Basketball Club will be holding tryouts for girls, all grade at Dakota Center 33 Barnett Street 3rd/4th grades Feb 25 6-7:30. 5th/6th grades Wed Feb 27 6-7:30 7th/8th Grades Friday Mar 1st 6-7:30 9th/10/11th Grade Mon Mar 4th 6-7:30 $10 regristration fee due that day for more information contact Damon Parker 937 610-8488 or Anthony Clements 937 603-5090
GIRLS HOOP TRYOUT Next Level Adidas affiliate 7th-11th grade for more information contact Paul Brumfield 937 831-3091
BOYS HOOP TRYOUT Springfield CelticsAdidas affiliate 6th-8th grade for more information contact Paul Brumfield 937 831-3091
Ohio Hoyas ELITE? Boys 14U-8th Grade AAU Tryouts will be held: Sunday February 17th & 24th, 2013 Location: Ohio Dominican University-Alumni Hall 1216 Sunbury Rd. Columbus, Oh 43219 Registration: 9:30am 10:15am Tryout Start Time: 10:30am-1:00pm To pre-register & additional info contact Coach Walker at: 614-357-3309 email@example.com
DAYTON AIRMEN MLK TOURNAMENT 2013 results and highlights
3rdGrade Champion: Dayton Airmen
3rdGrade Runner up: Salvation Army
4thGrade Champion: Springfield Game Faith
4thGrade Runners up: Salvation Army
5thGrade Champion: Dayton Airmen
5thGrade Runners up: Dakota Swish
6thGrade Champion: New Birth Columbus
6thGrade Runners Up: Salvation Army
The Dayton Airmen had it annual MLK basketball tournament this pasted weekend. I was on hand to witness some good basketball and coaching....Some of the top players in the area as well as Ohio invaded Corinthian gym.
Airmen 5th grade took home a championship trophy with a convincing win over a good Swish team. leading the way Keshwaun and Keonte Huguely the twin were raining three's all tournament. Watch in the next year these three guards will be some of the best in the area...................
Dakota Swish took home the runners up trophy, Carter Mims is one of the best 5th grade points in Ohio, his running mate Samuel Anderson is not far behind. Watch next year to see these six in the top rankings in the state....
Jerome Francis II
Salvation Army was runner up in the 6th grade division BJ Johnson had a steller performance in the tournament but was in foul trouble the championship game. Jaren Smith continues to show that he one of the best points in the area.
New Birth game into the tournament with a high power offense as well as defense, the team from Columbus took home there second straight MLK tournament championship. With three of the best players in Ohio Coach Bradley's team can score and defend.
Ryan Bass Oakland University
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
High School: Dunbar
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 170
Top Athletic Performance Scoring 30 points versus Massanutten Military Academy
Personal Full Name:Ryan Phillip Bass Birthdate:June 27, 1992 Parents:Russell Bass and Bettina Long ? Cousin Daequan Cook played college ball at Ohio State and was an NBA first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Sixers. He currently plays for the Oklahoma Thunder. Sister:Brittany Price (24)
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Sat out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining
Outstanding point guard who passes the ball extremely well
Extremely fast up and down the floor
Was able to practice and learn WVU's system last season
At West Virginia (2011-12):
Sat out 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules
Played for the East Coast All Stars who competed in Estonia in summer of 2012
At Dayton (2010-11):
Started 34 games as a freshman
Led the Atlantic 10 in assists with 190 for the season
Finished second in the final NCAA statistics in overall assists among freshmen and was 30th overall in the NCAA in assists per game at 5.4
Playing 29.1 minutes per game, averaged 8.5 points per game in leading Dayton to a 22-14 record and an NIT appearance
Was named to the Atlantic 10 all-Rookie Team and earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors three times
Had a career-best 17 points at Xavier, while he had 10 assists in games against Fordham and Florida A&M
Had seven assists or more in a game 13 times for the Flyers
Had a double-double against Florida A&M with 10 points and 10 assists
Scored double figures 13 times
In High School:
Helped lead Oak Hill Academy to the No. 1 ranking in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 29-4 record overall, including an undefeated record at home
Helped Oak Hill to a No. 7 national ranking according to USA Today and a No. 12 national ranking by ESPN
As a junior at Thurgood Marshall, he led the team to the Ohio Division II state finals where he finished with 28 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal while playing all 32 minutes of the 59-53 loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High
During that same season, he was selected as the Dayton Area Division II Player of the Year and second team all-Ohio Division II while averaging 21 points and 9.3 assists
Was selected to the all-Ohio Division II third team while averaging 24 points and nine assists
Averaged 19 points and seven assists as a high school freshman
Son of Billy Staten and Cecilia Hill
Birthday is May 21
Enrolled in public relations
Born: July 14
Weight: 225 lbs. / 102,1 kg.
Home: Dayton, Ohio
LoRon Smith leads OLLU men's basketball to conference win against Southwest
Mon, Dec. 3, 2012 - [Men's Basketball] - by Patricia Constantin
HOBBS, N.M. (Dec. 1, 2012) -- Lo'Ron Smith led the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team to a 90-86 victory over the University of the Southwest on Saturday evening in Hobbs, N.M.
The win moves the Saints to 3-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Southwest drops to 3-2 and 0-1 in the conference.
Head Coach Russell Vanlandingham said, "Like all road games, it was good to steal one in Hobbs. We need to have a much better effort tonight against Texas Wesleyan to get two on this trip, but our main focus is improvement."
55 Geron Johnson
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
High School: Dunbar
Last College: Garden City Community College
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 197
Junior College Played his junior college career at Chipola College (Fla.) in 2010-11 and Garden City Community College (Kan.) in 2011-12 ... Played in 25 games at Garden City in 2011-12 ... Led the Broncbusters in scoring with a 19.6 average and also posted a 5.6 rebounding average (fourth on team) ... Also tops on the Garden City team in assists (4.6 apg), field goal percentage (51.4) and free throw percentage (76.4) ... The Broncbusters finished the 2011-12 season with a 17-12 record ... In 2010-11 at Chipola College, averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists ... Shot 39 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line ... Helped lead the Indians to a 25-6 overall record and the Panhandle Conference championship ... Chipola's season ended in the NJCAA Region 8 title game.
High School Prior to junior college, played at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio ... As a senior in 2009-10, was rated among the top-100 players in the country (Rivals.com No. 100; ESPN.com No. 56) ... Also ranked among the nation's top-25 shooting guards (Rivals.com No. 25; ESPN.com No. 18) ... Led his high school to the Ohio Division 2 state crown in 2009-10 ... Scored 24 points and dished out seven assists in helping the Wolverines win the state title over previously unbeaten Port Clinton ... For his performance, was named the Ohio Division 2 state tournament MVP ... Named to the Ohio Division 2 All-State first team ... Averaged 16.8 points, 4.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in helping lead Dunbar to a 25-3 overall record and a perfect 10-0 Dayton City League mark ... The Wolverines also won the Dayton Public League crown and finished the year as the No. 3 team in the state of Ohio ... Selected theDayton Daily NewsDivision 2 Player of the Year ... As a junior in 2008-09, averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals ... Dunbar finished the year with a 14-6 overall record and a 6-2 Dayton City League mark ... Honors earned as a junior included Dayton City League Player of the Year, All-Dayton City first team, Division 2 Southwest Ohio first team,Dayton Daily NewsDivision 2 All-Dayton first team and Ohio Division 2 All-State honorable mention.
Personal Son of Duana Hancock ... Birthday is August 9 ... An Interdisciplinary Studies major.