Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dimonde Hale Highlights-Junior at Denison Univ.

Highlights of junior wing Dimonde Hale of Denison University in Granville, OH. Hale is a Columbus Northland grad, class of 2009. Hale lead his team to the NCAC tournament runner-up trophy. Look for Dimonde to have a huge senior year.

Dimonde Hale Highlights

2012 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase

The final rosters and schedules have been posted for the Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase. The showcase will be Sunday, March 4th at Central Crossing High School (OH). Games will start right around 9:00 am. There will be three divisions (6th/7th), 8th and (9th/10th/11th). Check out all the rosters and schedule below.

2012 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase

Ohio Playoff scores from 2/25

Boys Basketball Recap from 2/25

By the Columbus Dispatch

Romulus' Ray Lee Commits

The 6'3" senior guard has committed to Eastern Michigan University. Below are some highlight of Ray.

Summer Highlights
Season Highlights
Ray Lee's Dunk vs Hyde Park

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seth Towns Highlights-Class of 2016

Here are some highlights of Seth Towns from Columbus Kenwood High School (OH). He is one of the top 8th graders in the state and will most likely be heading to Northland next year. Right he is a 6'4 forward who can do multiple things and has a solid skill set.

Seth Towns-Class of 2016

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vince Hunter vs Robichaud Highlights

Hunter is a 6'6" junior (2013), guard from Detroit Consortium. Here are some highlights from Consortium's recent win over Dearborn Heights Robichaud.

Vince Hunter puts on a show

Special Thanks to Prep Hoops TV, you can follow them on twitter @PrepHoopsTV.

Shabazz Muhammed Highlights

Shabazz Muhammed is a senior at Bishop Gorman HS in Nevada. The 6'6" SF is ranked by many as the number one or two player in the class of 2012. He is currently undecided on where he will be playing next year. He was also named to the McDonalds All American game and the Jordan Brand Classic game. Here are some highlights of him from the summer.

Shabazz Dunks on Defender
Shabazz Muhammed 2012 Bishop Gorman
Shabazz Dunks on Michian Commit McGary
Shabazz Dunks Everything at Adidas Invite

Special thanks to Prep Hoops TV

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Highlights of Northland's 6th Straight City Title

Here are some highlights from last Saturday's Columbus City League Championship game between Northland and Walnut Ridge. Northland won by a final of 66-55, to make it six straight city league titles for the Vikings.

Northland vs Walnut Ridge City League Championship

Special thanks to Ohio Preps for the video.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Romulus's Ray Lee In National Dunk Contest

Senior guard Ray Lee was one of 16 players in the country who were selected to be in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship. The contest starts with a bracket of 16 players, who each post highlight videos of their best dunks. Every Monday the votes are counted and the player with the most votes between the two move on. The championship round will air on CBS Sports on April 1st. Help out the Michigan native by voting now on Facebook.

Vote Now

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Northland Makes It 6 Straight

By The Columbus Dispatch

The City League championship game yesterday, featuring two of the state’s top five Division I teams, wasn’t all that it was supposed to be. Northland made sure of that with a fiery second-half defensive effort that left Walnut Ridge flat on its feet.

Although the new-look Vikings under first-year coach Sean Taylor are better known for an up-tempo style, their hard-nosed defense was most responsible for carving out a somewhat ragged 66-55 victory before a capacity crowd at East. It marked a record sixth straight City title for Northland.
There were nine lead changes in the first half, but Northland used a 13-1 run in the third quarter to take command.

“In the first half, we were too tentative because we were trying to avoid foul trouble,” said Devon Scott, a 6-foot-8 senior center. “In the second half, we were determined to play our style. We challenged ourselves to show a little pride in our defense and not let them get rebounds and second-chance points. From there, everything else fell into place.”

Added Scott’s 6-8 bookend, Jalen Robinson: “You’ve heard the old saying, ‘Defense wins championships?’ Our old coach (Satch Sullinger) used to say that all the time. That held true today.”
The second-half scenario became all too familiar: Unable or unwilling to run any semblance of set plays, Walnut Ridge settled for hurried jump shots and one-on-one moves. In turn, Northland dominated the glass, sprinted downcourt in transition and got easier scoring opportunities. A snowball effect ensued, presenting a big advantage for the top-ranked Vikings (19-1).

Scott was the chief beneficiary, finishing with 23 points and seven rebounds. Robinson added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both were defensive forces, blocking shots and swatting away interior passes. The Dayton-bound tag team also assisted each other on several high-low plays.

Read the full article here

Thursday, February 16, 2012

ESPN's Top 10 Sophomore Highlights

City League Hoops recently put together a highlight of the ESPN top ten players in the nation for the class of 2014.

ESPN's Top 10 Sophomores

Special thanks to City League Hoops and everyone that helped with the video.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Huron's Lewis Shows up Big

Ann Arbor Huron relied on their big guns to pull out a win over Melvindale ABT, 87 to 75. Senior Mike Lewis finished with 34 points while classmate and Northwood Uniersity commit Andre Bond had 20 points.

Ann Arbor Area Boys Basketball Scores and Recaps

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wiggins and Huntington Prep Highlights

City League Hoops has started a new series covering Huntington Prep and the Prep Life. Below is a link to episode one.

Prep Life Episode 1

Andrew Wiggins is a 6'7" guard/wing who is ranked by many as the number one sophomore in the nation. Here are some of highlights of his season and from this past summer.

Sophomore Season
Summer Highlights

Huntington Prep is loaded with D1 talent and have a handful of highly commited seniors. Elijah Macon-West Virginia, Javonte Hawkins-South Florida, Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan-Both to Missouri.
Here are some more highlights of the team.

Huntington Prep vs Tilton

Xavier Rathan Mayes 6'2" SG Class of 2013

Crossover of the Year
Xavier Rathan Mayes Full Highlights

Special Thanks to City League Hoops

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tyquone Greer Class of 2014 Highlights

Greer is a 6'5 sophomore from Chicago Orr (IL) and is one of the rising stars in the Midwest. He is a name to remember this spring and summer.

Tyquone Greer Highlights

Special Thanks to 14judge for the video

McDonalds All American Rosters and Highlights

The McDonalds All American game rosters were announced last week. Here are a couple notes about the selections:
-No player from Michigan or Ohio was named to the final roster.
-Michigan State commit Gary Harris from Hamilton Southeastern was named to the east team.
-NC State had three players named to the All American game. (Lewis, Warren and Purvis).
-Michigan Commit Mitch McGary was not eligible to play.
McDonalds All American Rosters by ESPN
Highlight Preview

Special Thanks to City League Hoops TV and everyone who helped with the video.

Columbus and Ohio State Division 1 Tournament Bracket

Ohio High School Boys Basketball selection Sunday was yesterday, in which coaches met and decided what route they will be taking in the state tournament. Here are the final Division 1 tournament brackets.

Central District of Ohio
Ohio Regional, Semi and Final Bracket

All Division Brackets

District games will start Feb. 23rd.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Northland vs Walnut Ridge Preview Player Highlights

Highlights of Northland
Jalen Robinson 6'8" 2012 University of Dayton
Tip Slam
Fall Highlights
Devon Scott 6'9" 2012 University of Dayton
Highlights vs Linden
Jordan Potts 5'11" 2012 UNC Greensboro
Fall Highlights of Potts, Lewis, Scott and Robinson
Coach Vic's Open Gym 
Ke'Chaun Lewis 6'4" 2012
Posters Defender

Highlights of Walnut Ridge
Roy Alexander 6'4" 2012
AAU Highlights
Malik Dime 6'9" 2012
Dunk vs Africentric

Special thanks to City League Hoops TV

Ohio Boys High School Basketball Rankings

JJHuddle Boys Basketball Power Poll: Week 10
In Division 1 Columbus Northland still stands at the top of the state at 16-1. City League rival Columbus Walnut Ridge is right behind at #2 with a record of 16-0. These two teams will square off in the City League Championship next Saturday, Feb. 18th, to settle the battle of the city. Northland is heavily favored having won the past 5 city championships.

One team that might stand out because of their record is Lakewood St. Edward at #6 with a record of 10-6. Don't let their record fool you, they made it a point this year to play all the top team around the state. Even taking on some out of state teams such as Huntington Prep from WV.

In Division 2 the very talented Dayton Dunbar still stands alone at the top with a record of 17-0. Cincy Taft comes in at #2 with a record of 12-4 and Franklin is right behind them at #3 with a record of 15-0.

Below is the link to JJHuddle to check out the top ten from all four divisions along with other notable teams to watch in that division.

JJHuddle Boys Basketball Week 10

Walnut Ridge's size counters Africentric's speed

From the Columbus Dispatch

In Africentric’s sauna-like cracker box of a gymnasium, crowd noise projects to heavy-metal-concert levels, and 6-foot-9 basketball players look like giants.

For the better part of a City League South Division showdown last night, the host Nubians used their quickness to trap the wings, steal the ball and sprint down the short court for easy baskets.

But down the stretch, Walnut Ridge’s space-eating big men proved too much to handle on both ends of the floor, and the Scots surged late for a 51-42 victory. They earn a rematch against Northland in the City championship game on Feb. 18 at East.

“The strength we had over them was our bigs, and that turned out to be the difference with the game on the line,” Walnut Ridge coach Jason Bates said after improving his record to 7-1 against his brother, Michael, the Africentric coach.

“During our surge in the fourth quarter, our guards did a great job beating their initial pressure and getting it over the top, and we were making the extra pass to get it to those guys for easy baskets. The big guys also played a big, big role in our defense stepping up at the end, too. Nobody wants to shoot over those long arms.”

Africentric (15-3, 11-2) managed only one field goal and four points in the final six minutes.
The Nubians led 39-38 when Alassane Kah and Malik Dime, 6-9 bookends from Senegal, delivered back-to-back dunks to spur an 8-0 run for the Scots (17-0, 13-0). Both dunks, and the next basket, by 6-7 Kai Turner on an assist by Dime, resulted from nifty interior passes.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Michigan High School Basketball Rankings

Rankings by ESPN Week 8:

1. Detroit Pershing 15-0
2. Lansing Sexton 11-1
3. Romulus 12-2
4. Flint Beecher 14-0
5. Lansing Catholic Central 12-0
6. Saginaw High 12-1
7. Clarkston 12-1
8. Petoskey 14-0
9. Lansing Eastern 11-2
10. Wyoming Godwin Heights 13-0

Powerade Michigan Boys Basketball Rankings Week 8

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Flyin' to the Hoop Highlights

Highlights of some of the top players from the Flyin' to the Hoop in Dayton, OH. All videos by City League Hoops TV.

Isaiah Austin 7'0" Grace Prep (Texas)-Top 5 player in 2012 (Baylor Commit)
Justin Jackson 6'6" HCYA (Texas)- Top 10 player in 2014
Gary Harris 6'4" Hamilton Southeastern (IN)- Top 15 player in 2012 (Michigan State Commit)
Zak Irvin 6'6" Hamilton Southeastern (IN)- 2013 (Michigan Commit)

Special Thanks to City League Hoops and Flyin' to the Hoop

Updated Eagles Highlights

Highlights from the first half of the current season.
Ray Lee Senior 6'3" Guard
EC Matthews Junior 6'4" Guard
Wes Clark  Junior 6'0" Guard

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase

The BPR Annual Elite showcase is only a month away. This showcase attracts some of the top talent from around the Midwest. The showcase is scheduled for March 4th, 2012 with a location to be determined but in the Columbus Area. Players from 6th-11th grade are welcome to come and show off their talents. The showcase is one of the top around, numerous scouting services and media outlets will be in attendance. Rob Taylor does a great job every year with this showcase and makes sure it is competitive at all levels. For more information or questions about the camp please check out the link below.

Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase

McDonald's All-American Game Nominees

Here is a complete list of McDonald's All-American Game Nominees by State.
Matt Costello -Bay City Western (Michigan State)
Sherron Dorsey-Walker -Detroit Pershing (Iowa State)
Jordan Hare -Saginaw Arthur Hill (Rhode Island)
Spencer Krannitz -North Muskegon
Kellen McCormick -Notre Dame Prep (Western Michigan)
Denzel Valentine -Lansing Sexton (Michigan State)

Terry Rozier -Shaker Heights (Loiusville)
Kenny Kaminski -Medina (Michigan State)

-One interesting note is that Kaminski made the list but is sitting out this season because of shoulder injury.

Full List of Nominees

Jordan Brand Classic Roster

The Jordan Brand Classic game rosters were announced  earlier today. It was a little shocking that no players from either Michigan or Ohio made the roster but Michigan State pledge Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern (IN) made the east team. Spartans fan can tune into the game April 14th.

JBC Roster

A couple 2013 Michigan Stand Outs

James Young
Guard 6'6" Troy High School

Monte "Man-Man" Morris
Guard 6'1" Flint Beecher

Martez Walker
Wing 6'6" Detroit Pershing

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Columbus Boys Basketball Scores from 1/31/12

-Khalid King of Brookhaven had 31 in a city league win over Beechcroft. King '12 has committed to North Carolina A&T.

-Northland with another blowout win, Potts lead the way with 7 3's and 25 points. Jordan has committed to UNC Greensboro. The Dayton commits Robinson and Scott had 19 and 14 respectively.

-Walnut Ridge used their outside shooting of Brooks and Hardgroove, with three 3's a piece, to pull out a late win over Eastmoor.

-Rutherford of Gahanna Lincoln finished with 14 in a win over Chillicothe.

-More scores from around the area and the state.

Columbus Dispatch

Romulus Highlights

Highlights of EC Matthews, Ray Lee, and Wes Clark.

Ray Lee 6'3" Guard 2012
Ray Lee
Ray Lee's Dunk vs Hyde Park

EC Matthews 6'4" Guard 2013
EC Matthews 10-11
EC Matthews First Half of 11-12

Wes Clark 6'0" Guard 2013
Wes Clark 10-11