Below is our initial release of our 2021 Buckeye Prep Power Rankings. Over the course of the season we will use the following criteria to update our rankings: head to head results; results from common opponents; margin of victory; final placements in tournaments; number of ranked players on a roster; and level of competition played. Unfortunately, many of the top teams in the state fail to play against each other during the season.  This happens for several reasons.  In some cases it’s just fate, as teams lose early in tournaments and just don’t meet, while some teams intentionally avoid playing in some of the better tournaments where they may be forced to play other top teams in the state.  We will monitor that situation and factor it in accordingly. At the end of the day, teams and programs know where the competition is playing! In addition, although we attempted to use historical data from previous seasons, that’s difficult because of the high roster turnovers as players change teams.  Also, in many cases, players grow and get better which potentially impacts a team’s overall talent level.

Because we can’t be present at every event, we must rely on information from a network of coaches and sources around the state.  In order to produce credible updates, we need coaches and parents to send us accurate and unbiased information at the conclusion of weekend tournaments.  To this end, we have produced a “Tournament Results Link” (see below) designed to capture the information we need to update our rankings and produce feature stories for the website.  If we can get coaches and parents to buy in and put forth the effort to get the information we need, then we can more accurately track both team and individual progress.  This will help insure that teams and players get credit for their efforts.  At the end of the day, if your team is not playing in the top events against the top teams, and is not providing us with your team’s results, you can’t complain about where your team is ranked (or not ranked)!

It should go without saying that we have done our best to be fair and accurate with our rankings.  We mean no disrespect to any team with respect to where we have them ranked.  If you feel you have been unfairly ranked, simply enter tournaments where the ranked teams are playing and beat them.   Our initial release is based on what we know at this point and in some case based on a team’s ranking last season.  As information flows in about who beat whom, we will update the information almost daily.

If your team is unranked or under ranked and you have beaten some ranked teams, simply forward that information to us, we will verify it, them update our rankings.  We’re excited about this project and we hope it inspires and motivates players, coaches and parents to seek out the highest competition possible and elevate to level of play in the state.  Finally, please feel free to offer your feedback at Buckeyepreprpt@yahoo.com, and please remember, we put the rankings together as a FUN way for teams to follow the season’s progress of Ohio teams.  Let the debate begin!!

Power Rankings Registration Link

Rank 8th Grade/2025 7th Grade/2026 6th Grade/2027 5th Grade/2028 4th Grade/2029 3rd Grade/2030
1 Super Friends Edmond Sumner Select Edmond Sumner Select Akron Infantry Team BNU Team BNU
2 Phenom Acd Wildcats Ohio Basketball Club Team BNU Gem City Heat Swish Parker Elite Akron Infantry
3  All Ohio Red All Ohio Red Bates Ohio Bball Club-Black Ohio Basketball Club Y-Elite Superstars Team Charging
4 Midwest Bball Club C2K-Elite Cincinnati Royals All Ohio Toledo All Ohio Red Cincinnati TTP
5 Nova Village C2K Lima  Hard Work Basketball Alliance Ohio Hoopsters Ohio Bball Club
 6 TNBA Select Quality Sports Academy Nova Village-Filia All Ohio Buckeyes Ohio Basketball Club Royal Kings
 7 Mid Ohio Pumas-Sever Team Blaze Elite Ohio Bball Club-White R4L Pioneers All H.E.A.R.T. Bball NWO Bball Club
 8 HG Stockman All H.E.A.R.T. Bball NWO Bball Club CLE Blue Devils R4L Pioneers All Ohio Toledo
 9 C2K Lima Blue Miller Factory Buckeye State Elite All Ohio Cleveland Ohio Mambas Intact Stars
10 Miller Factory NWO Elite All H.E.A.R.T. Bball All Ohio Penom Mid Ohio Pumas Swish Parker Elite
HM Quality Sports Academy Mid Ohio Pumas R4L Pioneers Swish Parker Elite Phenon Academy Wildcats TNBA West
HM Stark County Premier All Ohio Cleveland Akron Infantry Elite Grind Cincinnati Royals Buckeye State Elite
HM ALL H.E.A.R.T Nova Village-Snyder Renaissance University XXXXXXXXXXXX TNBA East Black Ginn Elite
HM R4L Pioneers Nova Village-Harris Mid Ohio Pumas XXXXXXXXXXXX Cincy Phenoms Nova Village
HM NEO Rebels All Ohio Elite Huntsman Select XXXXXXXXXXXX Gem City Heat All Ohio Red
HM Akron’s  Finest C2k Thunder XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX Hardwork Bball R4L Pioneers
 HM Team Flyght R4L Pioneers XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX All Ohio Cleveland Nati Elite
HM Ohio Buckets XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX