The opening night of the Buckeye Prep Invitational tipped off on Friday night at New Covenant Believers Church in Columbus, Ohio with a slate of 6 games. The first round of games saw the 6th grade Y-Elite Superstars defeat Hidden Gems 58-14, and Charg1ng Elite 2031 get a win over the Ohio Hoopsters Underdogs 36-8. In the second round of games, the 2032 Buckeye Prep Hoopsters easily defeated the Y-Elite Superstars 30-11, while the 6th grade Gem City Heat took down the Ohio Hoopsters Legends 59-54.
The 3rd round of games were the most competitive of the night and were not decided until the last few seconds of the game. Specifically, the 7th grade Gem City Heat squeaked by the Midwest Basketball Club 54-53, while the Ohio Hoopsters-Monarchs took down Charg1ng Elite for the second time in a period of a week by a score of 34-29. As is always the case, several players logged in noteworthy individual performances on the opening night. Below is a list of players that caught our eye. Day II is already shaping up to be very competitive. Stay tuned for our Day II Report. You can also follow our coverage on IG @robt1.
|William Peagler Jr.||5’7″/PG||2029||Dayton, OH|
|Zahkai Hussein-Bey||6’2″/C||2029||Cleveland, OH|
|Senoj Jones||4’10″/PG||2029||Columbus, OH|
|Keonte Smith||6’2″/C||2028||Dayton, OH|
|Kypton Norris||5’6″/PG||2028||Hilliard, OH|
|David Johnson III||4’9″/SG||2032||Worthington, OH|
|Jordan Taylor||4’8″/PG||2032||Gahanna, OH|
|Caleb Towns||4’4″/PG||2033||Columbus, OH|
|Joshua Towns||4’8″/WF||2032||Columbus, OH|
|Keshawn Babbs||5’5″/PG||2029||Columbus, OH|
|Dalen Cranford||5’4″/PG||2029||Dayton, OH|
|Landon Miller||5’0″/WF||2031||Dublin, OH|
|Nolan Moore||4’10″/SG||2031||Reynoldsburg, OH|
|Trey Deloney||5’7″/CG||2029||Columbus, OH|
|Robert Simpson||4’8″/CG||2032||Columbus, OH|
|Pilot Bates||4’9″/WF||2032||Cleveland, OH|
Standout Performer Pictures
William Peagler Jr.
David Johnson III