In order to provide exposure, and to serve as a source of information for players, coaches and parents, this season, we tracked teams and players in the 3rd grade division of the Central Ohio Basketball Association (COBA). In addition to the team rankings that we developed and updated from week to week, we also wanted to identify the standout players on each of the D-I teams.

Below we have highlighted the top players we saw over the course of the season in the form of four “All-COBA Teams.”  In most cases, we were able to watch and evaluate players on multiple occasions. For the most part, the players are listed in the order of performance,  Simply put, the players on the “First Team” represent the top 5 players in the league. The MVP decision was very close between Gahanna’s Derrick Perryman and Olentangy Blue’s Jack Shaker.  Ultimately, we decided to award Co-MVP, as both players proved to be integral to their team’s success, and they both clearly separated themselves from the rest of the players in the league!

In general, the top teams had multiple standout performers; consequently, they placed more players on the various All-COBA Teams.  We did our best to be as inclusive as possible, and in some cases, we consulted with the respective coaches and used their input in the final list.  We hope this list serves as motivation for players to continue to work hard on their games.  Congratulations to all of the players who made the list; it will be interesting to follow the development of these kids over the next several years!

(Final Team Rankings).

First Team

Derrick Perryman-Co-MVP

Gahanna Lions

Jack Shaker-Co-MVP

Olentangy Blue

Elliott Trautner

New Albany

Chris Blalock


Robert Sumner

Worthington Red

Second Team

Gahanna Lions

Noland Moore


John Sumner

Worthington Red

Kyle Darfus


Beckett Kistner

New Albany

Third Team

Jordan Davies

Olentangy Blue


Ryan Parsons


Malachi Hartings

Worthington Christian

Cael Turk

Olentangy Berlin Blue

Fourth Team

James Upshaw II

Gahanna Lions

Declan McGary

Olentangy Berlin White

Logan Green


Uriah Hill

Olentangy Orange

Ryder Hill

Olentangy Liberty

Honorable Mention

Name Team
Tony Jones Jr. Reynoldsburg Raiders
Graham Ridgeway Upper Arlington Black
Kaiden Graves Reynoldsburg Raiders
Conner Corcoran Worthington Red
Xavion Weber Newark Wildcats
Beck Old Upper Arlington Black
Chris Pace Newark Wildcats
Lucca Pentello Big Walnut
Mason Latviska Big Walnut
Evan Yekisa Gahanna Lions
Cooper Theobald Olentangy Orange
Parker Green Olentangy Liberty