Growing HS Hoops Tourney Pours $2M Into Economy

A great article on this year’s Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop event, and the impact it had on the economy.  We are proud to be able to support the local businesses and shine some light on our hometown.

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/more-news/growing-hs-hoops-tourney-pours-2m-into-economy.html

Sports Image® is the parent company of Good Sam Flyin’ to the Hoop

ESPN Recap – Good Sam Flyin’ to the Hoop – John Stovall

The Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament is the #1 showcase event in the Midwest. The Invitational covers 4 days and features 36 teams from 7 different states playing 21 games. Founder Eric Horstman has done a great job building the event to now, on it’s 10th anniversary, it is one of the elite events in the country and the best in the Midwest. The games are played at Kettering Fairmont High School in the James Trent Arena, which is one of the best on campus high school arenas in the United States. There was plenty of high flying action as many of the nation’s standouts had their talents on display.

Flyin’ to the Hoop Recap

Standouts

Andrew Wiggins 6’6 200 -2014- SF – Huntington, W.V. (Prep) – Wiggins is one of the best talents in the country regardless of class. His quickness and athletic ability are rare. His jump shot has been improving as well as the consistency of his effort. The native of Toronto is beginning to make himself special!

Justin Jackson 6’7 190 -2014- SF – Houston, TX. (HCYA) – Smooth is the best way to describe Mr. Jackson’s game. He quietly goes about his business of making the scoreboard move. His collection of mid range jumpshots, off the dribble floaters and 3 pointers allows him to put in 20 to 30 points every game. Justin is an elite scorer and a player that is highly sought after by multiple high major colleges.

Winston Sheppard 6’8 210 -2012- PF – Henderson, NV. (Findlay Prep) – Winton is one of the more highly recruited unsigned “bigs” in the country. He is long and skilled and could possibly be viewed as a small forward in the future but right now he is best as a skilled power forward. Sheppard has improved his production over his career and is now not just potential. He is a player.

Danrad Knowles 6’9 200 -2012- PF/WF – Houston, TX. (HCYA) – signed with Houston – “Chicken” is one of the more intriguing talent in the entire 2012 class. He is very skilled and could easily play the 3 spot offensively. He should be a terror at UH from day 1 and will have a chance to make money at this game as he continues to improve and get stronger.

Gary Harris 6’4 210 -2012- SG – Indianapolis, IN. (Hamilton Southeastern) – signed with Michigan State – Gary is the definition of a “Beast” at the guard position. Harris could have been a big time football recruit with his size and athletic ability but chose basketball to be his sport of the future. And what a future it could be, Harris has improved as a shooter over his career that and his trademark athletic ability make him one of the better wings in the country and a probable McDonalds All American.

Zak Irvin 6’5 190 -2013- SF – Indianapolis, IN. (Hamilton Southeastern) – committed to Michigan – Zak is a big time player in his own right. He, along with Harris, give HSE one of the better 1- 2 punches in High School. Irvin is the master of the mid range jump shot. He can face and hit jumpshots consistently to 17 feet and has added the occasional 3 pointer to his repertoire. He seems perfect for the Beilein system at Michigan.

Devon Scott 6’8 220 -2012- PF – Columbus, OH. (Northland) – signed with Dayton – Scott is an ever improving post player that takes no prisoners inside. His physical style of play is tough on the average high schooler. Devon is an excellent rebounder and shows great effort on his finishes in the paint. His improvement over the years has been great and should continue at UD in the next year.

Lorenzo Cugini 6’5 205 -2012- SF – Akron, OH. (SVSM) – signed with High Point – Lorenzo is back from a leg injury and lit up Cincinnati Taft for 29 in a loss for SVSM. Cugini is a good shooter with range to 22 feet. When he is in rhythm he is a true weapon. With Cugini back making plays for St. V they have a much better chance of repeating their state championship.

Adolphus Washington 6’4 240 -2012- PF – Cincinnati, OH. (Taft) – committed to Ohio State (Football) – I know, I know….the kid is a football player! BUT….the kid is so impactful as a basketball player. He does not pass the look test because he looks like a linebacker (he should because he is!), but he has played against some of the best players in the country and been consistently productive. Washington has great hands and great feet. He is the master of positioning. Adolphus is one of the best finishers in the paint despite being a 6’4 post player. Too bad there are not 2 of him because I would love to see what he could do on a college basketball court.

Isiah Austin 7’0 215 -2012- PF/C – Arlington, TX. (Grace Prep) – signed with Baylor – Isiah is one of the best pure talents in 2012. He is a bit of an enigma because you always want more but he is pretty consistent in his production at this point in his high school career. No one has more upside than Austin in the 2012 class. He projects as a 7 foot skilled 4 man at the NBA level and should be impactful immediately at Baylor next season.

Jordan Potts 5’10 175 -2012- PG – Columbus, OH. (Northland) – signed with UNC-Greensboro – Jordan is a tough point guard that can score and run a team. He has really improved and is now playing with tremendous confidence. Northland is known for its baseline studs (Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott) but Potts is the engine that makes the Northland team run.

Dominick Artis 5’11 175 -2012- PG – Henderson, NV. (Findlay Prep) – Signed with Oregon – D.A. is similar to Jordan Potts in that he is a solid PG that understands when to score and when to pass. He orchestrates the Findlay Prep offense with precision. Artis has always been a nice talent but he has improved his overall game and grown in stature to be the real player he is now.

John Staley 6’5 190 -2012- PF – Dayton, OH. (Chaminade-Julienne) – signed with Northern Kentucky – John is an undersized post player that uses effort and guile to simply get it done. He was the leading scorer of the tournament with 34 points in a game where he could have easily had 40 plus. He is great at gaining position on the low block and finishing in the paint. Staley is a player and should be solid for Division 1 bound NKU.

Players to watch

Jalen Coleman 6’2 170 -2015- SG/PG – Indianapolis, IN. (Cathedral) – Coleman is one of the better freshman in not only Indiana but the country. He was the best player for Cathedral in their game versus Centerville (OH). Coleman had 15 points on mostly mid range jumpers but he showed flashes of  other aspects of his game that could make him an elite level player in the 2015 class.

Luke Kennard 6’4 175 -2015- SG – Franklin, OH. (H.S.) – Luke is arguably the best freshman in Ohio. The lefty plays point guard on his high school team but is more of a natural wing. He is a solid passer but is best when wired to score. He is a good shooter to 20 feet and is a nice slasher in the lane especially when going left. Kennard is good now and has a very nice future ahead of him.

D’Mitrik Trice 5’9 150 -2015- PG – Huber Heights, OH. (Wayne) – Trice is the brother of current Michigan State freshman Travis Trice. He is cut from the same cloth. D’Mitrik is a very good shooter with range to 20 feet. He is also a solid point guard who will show marked improvement as he matures and gets stronger. Mid to high major colleges might as well add Huber Heights to their travel schedules for future years.

Justin Bibbs 6’4 195 -2014- SG/SF- Dayton, OH. (Chaminade-Julienne) – Justin is a lefty wing that is really coming into his own. A role player as a freshman, Bibbs is turning into a real scoring weapon on the perimeter. He has a solid jumper to 17 feet and is an effective slasher when going to his left. He is one to watch in Ohio’s 2014 class.

Emmanuel Mudiay 6’4 190 -2014- PG – Arlington, TX. (Grace Prep) – Mudiay is one of the best point guards in the 2014 class. He has great size and skill. Mudiay needs to improve his decision making and the consistency of his jumper shot but his athleticism, skill and size are unmistakable and elite.

Mark Alstork 6’4 195 -2013- WF/WG – Dayton, OH. (Thurgood Marshall) – Mark is a tough wing that is truly wired to score. He is a solid and strong athlete that finishes well at the rim. He has a streaky jumpshot with range to 20 feet. Alstork is an up and comer and one of the more underrated players in Ohio.

Surprises

Jaaron Simmons 5’11 165 -2013- PG – Kettering, OH. (Alter) – Jaaron is a scoring point guard that has really improved his jumpshot and decision making since the end of the summer. Simmons is a good athlete and a very good slasher. He is effective scoring in the paint and creating for others in the half court.

Mikayle McIntosh 6’6 215 -2013 – SF/PF – Creedmoor, N.C. (Faith Christian) – McIntosh is a combo forward that will be a tough match up, not only in high school, but in college. He has a strong frame and can power his opponent in the paint. He is also athletic and skilled enough to attack from the wing. The more consistent his jumper gets the higher the level of his recruitment.

Mike Davis 5’11 185 -2012- SG – Garfield Heights, OH. (H.S.)– signed with Northern Illinois – This kid is a powerful and athletic scoring machine. When he is dialed in he is very tough to stop at the high school level. Davis is a streaky shooter with range to 20 feet. He is an effective slasher that can finish well above the rim. He is a real weapon on the
offensive end.

Maverick Morgan 6’10 235 -2013 – C – Springboro, OH. (H.S.) – The big fella is getting better. Morgan is solid finisher in the paint. He scores mostly over his right shoulder inside 12 feet. He is developing a solid face up game and has a very nice touch. He still needs to be a little more aggressive inside. When he starts dunking the ball in the paint…look out….monster alert!

Evan Bradds 6’6 190 -2013- SF – Jamestown, OH. (Greenview) – committed to Ohio University – Evan is a solid forward that can do a lot of things well on the court. He is a good athlete that rebounds, scores and handles the ball solidly. Bradds needs to become more consistent on his jump shot but his total game is improving steadily. The kid is a player.

Notes

Franklin high school just outside of Dayton Ohio is the home to one of the nations better freshmen in Luke Kennard. He is not the only feature player on the squad though. 6’7 twin forwards, Jake and Justin Rossi are definitely players in the their own right. Jake is a lefty post that can step out and Justin is a righty high post player. They are both signed to play at Northern Kentucky.

The Flyin’ to the Hoop All Tournament Team was: Gary Harris 6’4 Sr. SG – Indianapolis Hamilton Southeastern, John Staley 6’5 Sr. PF Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Devon Scott 6’8 Sr. PF Columbus Northland, Andrew Wiggins 6’6 So. SF Huntington Prep, Justin Jackson 6’7 So. SF HCYA, Adolphus Washington 6’4 PF Cincinnati Taft

Cincinnati Taft is one of the better high school teams in the state of Ohio and Adolphus Washington is with out question the best player on the team. But the key to the team and the energetic catalyst is 5’7 Sr. PG Orlando  Berry. Berry is a defensive dynamo that is non stop action. He score more point in the paint than anyone on the team not named Washington. Berry is tough and is going to make some college and great energy change of pace player.

ESPN’s Recap of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop

Check out ESPN’s article which distinguishes some of the top competitors of the 2011 Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament. 

Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop is a subsidiary of Sports Image®

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/news/story?id=6037828

SLAM Magazine’s Overview of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop

Check out the below SLAM article which discusses the top seniors that competed at the 2011 Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament. 

Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop is a subsidiary of Sports Image®

http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/high-school/2011/01/flyin-to-the-hoop-top-seniors/

Gary Harris Dunk-Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop 2011

Another angle of the Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop dunk by Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern that everyone has been talking about. 

Sports Image® is the parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop.

Preview of Days #1 and #2 of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop

Sports Image®, parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop, would like to thank Kurt Stubbs from Ohio High School Hoops, for creating an overview of the first two days of the tournament.   Check out his previews below:

The 2011 Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop extravaganza will get underway this Saturday at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena. The 9th Annual hoops smorgasbord will take place this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday featuring 34 high caliber teams in what should be 19 terrific encounters.

If you plan on attending or are thinking about attending we will get you set for the best three days of the high school basketball regular season. If you have never attended and love hoops or even like round ball, this is a must see.

We would be hard-pressed to find a place where you can see 19 of the best games in high school basketball for just 36 dollars. If you only choose one day, how can you beat 12 dollars especially on Saturday when you get to witness seven contests?

Eleven teams ranked in Ohio High School Hoops’ Top 10 will be taking center court along with eleven of the top national teams around the country.

Without further ado, here is a look at the line up and the match ups.

Saturday January 15, 2011:

10:15 a.m.- Troy, OH (6-3) vs. Lee, AL

The Troy Trojans will be making its third appearance at the Flyin’ to the Hoop, but just its first since 2006. The Trojans will meet Lee of Alabama in the morning’s opening contest.

Troy is led by senior Lance Carter who is averaging 18.6 points, 7.7 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per contest. Junior Cody May, who is also the school’s quarterback, averages 15.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. Another junior, Marcus Foster, is ripping the cords for 14.6 a night.

Junior Zach Martinez and sophomore Tyler Miller are getting 9.4 and 6.9 points per game respectively.

The Trojans will face a stiff test in trying to stop Illinois verbal, Devin Langsford (6’7/Sr.). Coach Greg Brown’s squad is (13-5) on the year.

12:00 p.m.- Chillicothe, OH (7-1) vs. Springfield, OH (2-6)

Ohio High School Hoops No. 6 ranked Chillicothe Cavaliers will meet the Springfield Wildcats in a battle of Buckeye schools.

The talented Cavs have not lost to an Ohio team this year with their only setback coming to Bowman (IN) this past weekend at the Wellston Classic. Springfield has lost four of its six games by six points or less, so they certainly can’t be taken lightly.

Chilly is led by 6-foot-6 senior Jalen Ragland, who is committed to play at UTEP. The silky-smooth senior is capable of getting 20-plus each time out and has already turned a couple 30-point efforts in this season.

He is aided by talented 6-foot-8 junior Malik London, who is a high-major Division 1 prospect. London is getting serious looks from the Big 10, Big East, and the Atlantic 10.

Sophomore Zach Johnson, who scored a career-high 21 points in a win against Vincent Warren a week ago, is a more than capable scorer.

Savvy point guard Tyler Manion and guard Isaac Beverly are quality role players with the ability to score if needed for the Cavs.

The Wildcats are led by 6-foot junior Brantley Davis, who is averaging 17 points an outing. 6-foot-3 senior Akeem Freeman is getting 12.7 points and 4 rebounds a night, while 5-foot-11 junior Ryan Minney is adding nine points.

Bryon Thompson (6’3/Sr.) is chipping in with 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Antonio Ferrell (6’6/Sr.) is adding 8.5 points and 8.7 boards.

1:45 p.m.- Kettering Alter, OH (5-2) vs. Our Savior New American, NY

Kettering Alter will be making its fourth appearance at the prestigious Flyin’ to the Hoop festival, while Our Savior New American will be making its sixth showing.

The New York-based squad, when the event was a tournament from 2003-2005, was the bracket winner three-straight years.

Alter comes into the event ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by Ohio High School Hoops (OHSH) having only two losses. The Knights were defeated by Cincinnati Moeller and St. Xavier out of Kentucky.

6-foot sophomore point guard Jaaron Simmons leads the way for the Alter Knights. Simmons, who is arguably the best 2013 point guard prospect in Ohio, is averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. Simmons has an offer from Dayton and interest from Ohio State, Cincinnati, and Xavier.

6-foot senior Max Zukowitz adds 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for the Knights. Zukowitz is one of the best three-ball shooters in the state.

6-foot-1 junior Jake Laravie is averaging 12.7 points per game, while 6-foot-6 senior Joe Thuney is getting eight points and 11.6 rebounds. 6-foot-1 senior Trey Freshwater is adding seven points.

For Our Savior, St. John’s verbal Jevon Thomas (5’11/Jr.) leads the way. Also, keep an eye on 6-foot-10 senior Daouda Soumaoro who is drawing low to mid-major looks.

3:30 p.m. Huntington Prep, WV vs. Cincinnati Withrow, OH (7-1)

Cincinnati Withrow comes into the contest ranked No. 15 in Division 1 by OHSH with its only loss coming to unbeaten Cincinnati Taft. Huntington Prep enters the contest with a (12-2) mark. The Express have lost to Quality Education Academy (NC) twice.

The Tigers of Withrow are led by Florida State verbal Aaron Thomas (6’5/Sr.) and his 24.5 points and nearly five rebounds per outing.

6-foot-7 sophomore Devin Williams follows with 14.1 points and 13.1 boards. Williams is capturing the attention of plenty of Division 1 schools including Ohio State, Cincinnati, and Xavier.

6-foot-5 senior Carl Porter and 6-foot-3 senior Kevin Jones provide an added punch. Porter, who will be one of the best leapers this weekend, is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds. Jones is averaging 7.5 points and five caroms.

Junior guard Damon Gooch (5’10) and junior big Rozelle Nix (6’9) give the Tigers depth.

Prep is a team stockpiled with Division 1 talent and commits. Seniors Charles Lee (5’9) and Jeremiah Davis (6’3) have already committed, while junior Negus Webster-Chan has done so as well. Lee is on his way to Cleveland State, Davis to Cincinnati, and Webster-Chan will be headed to Louisville in two years.

Other top talent for the Express includes Jaylen Beckham (6’1/Jr.), Stefan Jankovic (6’10/Jr.), Maurice Aniefok (6’5/Sr.), Sim Bhullar (7’4/Jr.), and Ibrahima Djimde (6’9/Sr.). All of the players listed are getting high-major interest.

Hamilton Southeastern (IN) vs. Cincinnati Taft, OH (10-0)

Cincinnati Taft comes into the game ranked No. 1 in Ohio Division 3 by OHSH with an unblemished (10-0) record. The Senators will face their toughest challenge to date when they meet (9-1) Hamilton Southeastern out of Indiana.

Taft will be making its second Flyin’ to the Hoop appearance. The Senators, who play in a mainly Division 1 conference, are led by five juniors and two seniors.

6-foot-6 junior Adolphus Washington, who is the most dominant player in D3, leads the way in the paint for the Senators. The man-like Washington would likely be a mid-major basketball prospect, but the football offers will be too good to overlook. Washington owns offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, Texas AM, Boston College, and Michigan State on the gridiron.

Juniors Orlando Berry (5’8), Dwayne Stanford (6’5), Jalean Lowe (6’3), and Jermaine Freeman (5’10) are the remaining four members of the talented quintet.

Stanford is another elite football prospect with offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Purdue. The 200-pound junior would also play D1 basketball if weren’t for his ability on the football field.

Seniors Chris Lowe (6’4) and Kadeem Palmer (5’8) are also heavy contributors for the Senators.

Hamilton Southeastern, who has tasted defeated just once and that was to unbeaten North Central (IN), brings in one of the top prospects in this year’s field. Gary Harris, a 6-foot-4 junior, is ranked No. 16 by ESPNU for the Class of 2012. Hamilton is averaging 20.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. He has offers from the Big 10, Big East, SEC, and Atlantic 10.

Sophomore Zak Irvin (6’5) is another player to watch for the Indiana-based school. Irvin, who is a Top 50 prospect by most, averages 10.7 points per contest. He currently holds offers from Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (FL), Purdue, and Xavier.

5-foot-9 junior point guard Jacoby Bledsoe has been solid all year. Bledsoe is averaging 8.7 points and 4.6 assists. The junior has offers from Colorado State, Dayton, Drake, Oregon State, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan.

6-foot-6 senior Randy Gregory is good for 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds, while 6-foot-4 senior Josh Dather is averaging 7.8 points.

Southeastern will making its first Flyin’ to the Hoop appearance.

7:00 p.m.- Perspectives Charter (IL) vs. Dayton Meadowdale (6-3)

Dayton Meadowdale will meet Perspectives Charter out of Illinois in both squads initial Flyin’ to the Hoop game.

Perspective Charter may not be a national-power, but they will have the best player over the course of the three days. 6-foot-10 senior Anthony Davis, who is signed to play with Kentucky, is ranked No. 2 overall by ESPNU.

Davis, who grew from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-10 in about 18 months, is averaging 33 points, 20 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game.

Meadowdale, who will be a local favorite, is led by 6-foot-5 senior Richard Weaver. The powerful Weaver is averaging 15.3 points a game. 6-foot-3 senior Jaquill King follows with 10.5 points. Senior Dewayne Martin (6’5), junior Nick Thornton (5’9), and senior Mike Montgomery (6’0) are top support at 9.3, 8.8, and 8.0 points respectively.

Odis Shine (6’2/Jr.) adds 5.5 markers an outing.

8:30 p.m.- Garfield Heights (8-0) vs. Trotwood Madison (6-1)

The nightcap on Saturday features two Ohio big school powers. It will be Northeast versus Southwest when Garfield Heights meets up with Trotwood-Madison.

Trotwood, who is ranked No. 17 by OHSH in D1, will be making its sixth consecutive appearance at the Dayton-area event, while Garfield, who is ranked No. 8 in D1, will be making its third trip to Kettering.

The Bulldogs of Garfield Heights are led by 6-foot-2 senior Trey Lewis, a Penn State signee. Lewis is averaging over 20 points per game.

6-foot-7 sophomore Tony Farmer is coming along nicely and drawing interest from a lot of D1 heavyweights including Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan.

Mike Davis (6’1/Jr.) is another talented Bulldog receiving D1 interest along with 6-foot-9 junior Jermaine Davis. 6-foot-6 senior Mike McQueen is a hardworking, blue-collar type player for Heights.

Trotwood has been led in scoring by 6-foot-4 sophomore Ja’Mar Hammonds and his 13.9 points an outing. 6-foot-1 junior Andre Yates follows with 13.7 points and 5.7 assists from the lefty.

James Brown Jr. (6’0/Jr.) provides scoring punch with his 9.6 lightings and Marcus Graham (6’2/Sr.) adds 8.3 tallies and 5.3 boards. Senior guard Michael Booze (6’1) chips in with 6.3, while Bam Bradley (6’2/Jr.) and Warren Wilson (6’1/Sr.) are both getting 5.3 points a night.

Both Graham and Bradley are highly sought after football recruits. Bradley, who is just a junior, already has offers from Northwestern and Tennessee.

Also, keep an eye on 6-foot-2 freshman Dezhontae Bennett.

Day 2 of the Flyin’ to the Hoop:

11:30 a.m.- Dublin Coffman, OH (7-0) vs. Our Savior New American (NY)

In the opening game, on Sunday morning, Dublin Coffman, who is ranked No. 18 by Ohio High School Hoops, will meet Our Savior New American of New York.

Coffman may or may not be unbeaten coming into this contest as they will meet unbeaten Upper Arlington two days prior to this game in a battle of two rivals.

The Shamrocks bring in one of the top guards in Central Ohio in senior Zach Riddle (6’1). The Bishop Watterson transfer has really flourished in the absence of Purdue verbal, Kyle Molock (6’1/Jr.) who is out with a torn ACL. Riddle is averaging 17.7 points and 4.6 assists per game.

The rest of the Coffman regulars are all capable of being the lead guy on any given night. 6-foot-1 senior Christian Heine, 6-foot senior Matt DiThomas, and 6-foot-6 senior Adam Hall are all capable of being legitimate threats.

Also, keep an eye on 6-foot-10 junior Eric Weisenbach. The junior has worked extremely hard to improve and has done just that.

6-foot-2 sophomore Jason Hall and 5-foot-9 junior Brad Schulze are also viable options.

Our Savior will be playing its second game in as many days. The New York-based squad will play Kettering Alter on Saturday before meeting the currently unbeaten Shamrocks.

St. John’s verbal Jevon Thomas (5’11/Jr.) leads the way for the Pioneers. Also, keep an eye on 6-foot-10 senior Daouda Soumaoro who is drawing low to mid-major looks and 6-foot-9 junior Christopher Obekpa.

Our Savior has plenty other talented kids including Nick Lewis (6’1/Jr.), Felix Balamou (6’2/Jr.), LeBrent Walker (6’2/Jr.), Will Martinez (6’2/Sr.), Eyimofe Edukugho (6’6/Sr.), Jonathan Slexader (6’5/Jr.), and Shakeel Simmons (6’3/Sr.).

1:15 p.m.- Cleveland Heights, OH (10-2) vs. Kettering Fairmont, OH (2-8)

Cleveland Heights will meet the host school, Kettering Fairmont, in an all Ohio battle. The Tigers are off to a (10-2) start, while Fairmont is just (2-8). Though, the Firebirds won’t roll over on the home floor.

Cleveland Heights, who is ranked No. 20 by OHSH, is led by junior point Tyree Gaiter (5’7), and seniors Cody Martin (6’6), Aaron Ashley (6’5), and Sam Collins (6’5). Those four along with talented sophomore Maurice Ofield (6’4) all have taken turns leading the team in scoring.

6-foot-7 junior Kevin Clark and 6-foot junior Najeeb Johnson provide depth for the talented Tigers.

Fairmont is led by 6-foot-7 senior Adam Westbeld and his 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. 6-foot-2 junior Jacob Roalef adds 12.6 points and 5.8 boards.

5-foot-7 junior Jordan Glazer is getting 7.1 points and senior Aaron Valerio (5’11) adds 6.7 markers.

Sophomore Aaron Abbott (5’10) is a kid to keep an eye on.

3:00 p.m.- Cincinnati Aiken, OH (5-4) vs. Vandalia-Butler, OH (8-2)

Cincinnati Aiken will lock horns with Vandalia-Butler in a match up of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference versus the Greater Western Ohio Conference.

Three of Aiken’s four losses are to unbeaten Taft, once-beaten Withrow, and Laurel (IN).

6-foot-4 sophomore Austin Grimes has been a monster for the Falcons since transferring over from Cincinnati Woodward this past summer. Grimes is averaging 16.2 points and 15 rebounds a night with season-highs of 26 points and 20 rebounds. 6-foot-3 sophomore Willie Moore, who oozes with potential, has been good for 15.2 points, 9.9 boards, and 3.4 assists.

Both Grimes and Moore are drawing Division 1 interest.

Olifemi Thompson (6’4/Sr.) and Gene Primus (6’0/Sr.) are the glue for the Falcons. Thompson averages 9.8 points and 7.4 rebounds and Primus is getting 7.2 tallies.

Juniors Landon Gauldon (5’10) and Stevon Nelms (5’10), senior Keron Hicks (6’0), sophomore Michael Thompson (6’4), and freshman Tyonte Robertson (6’0) will all impact the game in one way or another.

Robertson is considered the top 2014 guard in Ohio by Prep Spotlight’s John Stovall.

Butler is off to a good start with its only losses coming to Fairborn and Troy.

The junior-laden Aviators are led by 6-foot-9 junior Taylor Decker and his 16.7 points and 7.7 boards per contest. Junior Jake Greer (6’3) does a little bit of everything (10.3 ppg; 4.3 apg; and 4.2 rpg.).

Juniors Dylan Cloud (6’0) and Ryne Pugh (6’1) have also been solid. Cloud averages 6.7 points and Pugh notches 6.5 points and 3.5 assists.

Butler’s depth comes from seniors Jeff Frank (6’3), Chris Mayhill (6’2), and Brian Long (6’8) along with juniors Mark Tindall (5’9), Sam Hershberger (5’11), and Taylore Cherry (6’9).

4:45 p.m.- Christian Faith Center Academy (NC) vs. Centerville, OH (5-5)
Christian Faith Center Academy and Centerville are scheduled to tip just before evening. CFCA is under .500, but brings in plenty of talent while Centerville is still a mystery and trying to find its identity at this point.

For CFCA, freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6’3), who is ranked No. 71 by ESPNU, will be one to watch. Rathan-Mayes is averaging 16.8 points per game for the (7-11) North Carolina-based outfit.

Seniors Kevin Thomas and Rashid Williams are also noteworthy.

The 6-foot-7 Thomas, who has offers from Arkansas, Texas, Marquette, and Wake Forest, averages 11.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, while Williams has been good for 7.5 points a night.

6-foot-1 sophomore Kaza Kajami-kean is averaging 11.8 tallies, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 boards and 6-foot-6 classmate Mikyle McIntosh is notching 8.6 points and 4.1 caroms

Seniors Rainier Croft (6’5) and Ben Davis (6’5) are averaging 7.5 and 6.0 points per encounter respectively.

Centerville is in the midst of a very strange season thus far. The Elks lost their first two games followed by five-straight victories. However, Centerville has now suffered three consecutive defeats. One key thing to note is Centerville’s five setbacks have come to teams with a combine record of (34-10).

The Elks suffered a defeat before the season even started when last year’s leading scorer, Matt Sullivan, decided not to play.

Centerville has nary a kid averaging double figures, but six kids are getting between 6.1 and 9.9 points a night.

6-foot-3 junior Will Hobby leads the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds.

6-foot senior Jim Staley adds 8.1 points, junior Brett Kubaszewski (6’1) chips in with 7.9 lightings, junior Mike Replogle (6’3) with 7.1 markers, junior Conner Lash (6’0) netting 6.9 points, and 6-foot senior Mike Clark accounting for 6.1 points.

In addition, 6-foot-11 junior Jake Campbell is a kid to keep an eye on.

6:30 p.m.- Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary’s, OH (5-5)

Huntington Prep will play its second game in as many days when it faces nationally-known Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary’s. The Irish have won four Ohio state championships in the past 11 years and is the alma mater of LeBron James.

The Irish are certainly no stranger to playing national powerhouses as they have already hooked up with DeMatha out of Maryland earlier this season.

SVSM is currently ranked 5th in D2 by OHSH despite its (5-5) mark. The Irish have lost to Ohio D1s Garfield Heights, Warren Harding, and Lakewood St. Edward along with Pennsylvania power Gateway and the aforementioned DeMatha.

The Akron-based school defeated Shaker Heights and Mentor this past week, which should be a big boost coming into a big weekend for the Irish. SVSM will play unbeaten St. Paris Graham on Saturday followed by this game and then a match up with Harvest Prep on Monday.

The Irish are led by senior guards Davonte’ Beard (6’2) and Ricky Johnson Jr. (5’9) along with 6-foot-7 junior Lorenzo Cugini. Beard is having a breakout year and leading the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game, while Johnson (13.5 ppg.) and Cugini (14.6 ppg.) can both score the basketball.

Senior guards Khristian Taylor (6’2) and Aaron Carey (6’1) along with juniors DJ Blanks (6’1) and Treyvon Crater (6’3) are also solid for the Green and Yellow.

Forwards Nick Wells (6’5/So.) and Victor Dorsey (6’7/Fr.) will be counted on to battle with Prep’s superior size.

Prep is a team stockpiled with Division 1 talent and commits. Seniors Charles Lee (5’9) and Jeremiah Davis (6’3) have already committed, while junior Negus Webster-Chan has done so as well. Lee is on his way to Cleveland State, Davis to Cincinnati, and Webster-Chan will be headed to Louisville in two years.

Other top talent for the Express includes Jaylen Beckham (6’1/Jr.), Stefan Jankovic (6’10/Jr.), Maurice Aniefok (6’5/Sr.), Sim Bhullar (7’4/Jr.), and Ibrahima Djimde (6’9/Sr.). All of the players listed are getting high-major interest.

8:15 p.m.- Simeon (IL) vs. Dayton Dunbar (9-1)

Dayton Dunbar, who is ranked No. 1 in D2 by OHSH, will meet nationally-ranked Simeon in the headline game on Sunday night. The Dunbar Wolverines played nationally-ranked Whitney Young in this game a year ago and left no doubt as to which team was superior on that particular night. Dunbar rolled the Chicago-based school 98-76 in what was one of the finest performances in recent memory.

This year, it’s Simeon out of Illinois who will try its hand against Dunbar. Make no mistake; Simeon is good, real good.

The Dunbar Wolverines are led by 6-foot-4 senior guard Keontae Brown. The first-year and talented guard is averaging 14.8 points per game. Deontae “Teddy” Hawkins, a 6-foot-7 junior, leads Dunbar in scoring at 16.1 points a game.

6-foot-5 junior Gary Akbar has been good for 10.5 tallies. Sophomore Damarion Gerter (6’5) nets 7.6 points and senior guard Roger Williamson (6’1) is getting 7.3 markers a contest. Williamson is committed to play football at Michigan State.

6-foot-2 senior Shawn Fleming follows at 6.6 points an outing and guard Javon Rice (5’9/Sr.) has been solid with 5.7 a game.

Dunbar’s lone setback of the year came to Huron (MI), 59-58.

The Simeon Wolverines, who have won 19-straight dating back to last year, bring in a spotless (12-0) record into this showdown.

The headline player for Simeon is 6-foot-6 sophomore Jabari Parker, who is ranked 6th overall by ESPNU. Parker is terrific, but is by no means the only primetime player for Simeon.

The list of talent includes Steve Taylor (6’7/Sr.), Darien Walker (6’3/Sr.), Kendrick Dunn (6’2/So.), Jelani Neely (5’10/Jr.), Terrell Green (6’2/Sr.), Ahman Fells (6’6/Sr.), Tywon Pickney (5’10/Sr.), and Kendall Pollard (6’4/So.).

Simeon finished (34-2) a year ago, and will be by far the best team Dunbar has played this season.

Head Coach of Thurgood Marshall High School, Darnell Hoskins, Interviews With ESPN

Darnell Hoskins, head coach of the Thurgood Marshall high school basketball team, was recently interviewed by 1410 ESPN radio (Dayton, Ohio).  You can listen to the interview below and hear his nice thoughts about the Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop event. 

Sports Image® is the parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop.

Darnell Hoskins Interview

Wayne High School Head Coach, Travis Trice, Interviews With ESPN Radio

Travis Trice, head coach of the Wayne high school basketball team, was recently interviewed by 1410 ESPN radio (Dayton, Ohio), and had some great things to say about the Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop event.  You can listen to the interview below.

Sports Image is the parent company of the Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop.

Travis Trice Radio Interview

Good Sam Flyin to the Hoop Fast Approaching; Free Tickets!

The Good Samaritan Hospital Flyin’ to the Hoop, a subsidiary of Sports Image®, is fastly approaching, but there is still time for ticket giveaways.  Check out the article below for news on the event and the opportunity to win tickets for the tournament.

http://www.miamivalleysports.com/index.php/2011/01/4149/good-sam-flyin-to-the-hoop-fast-approaching-free-tickets