A few weeks ago we published our updated statewide player rankings in several classes.  In an effort to spotlight more kids and to refine our statewide rankings, we decided to take a closer look at players across the state based on their city of residence. To this end, over the next several weeks we will be publishing more detailed rankings by city.  By drilling down city by city, we will be better able to more accurately determine the statewide rankings. Below you will find our initial step in the process as we highlight the top 25 players in Columbus in the classes of 2025-2028.  With respect to presentation, although the names of the better players tend to appear higher on the list, we are not yet ready to rank players from 1-25.  What this means is the names are listed “in no particular order.” Once we have completed this city by city project, we will be updating our statewide rankings to reflect the changes we found.

On another note, we are often asked, “How do you determine the rankings?” First and foremost, we do our best to scout not only our own events (i.e., Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases and Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament), but we try to attend other elite showcases, camps and tournaments around the state where we’re able to evaluate the talent on hand.  In addition to our own personal observations, we rely on a statewide network of top school and AAU coaches who provide us with input into their team and players as well as other team’s players.  It’s important to note, you should expect changes/updates to this list as we’re able to see, evaluate and re-evaluate players on a week-to-week basis.

Over the next several weeks we will be reaching out to coaches in other major cities to begin compiling more lists.  We intend to start with Cincinnati, followed by Dayton, Northeast Ohio and Toledo.  If you coach one of the top teams in your area or aware of the top players in your area please reach out to us at Buckeyepreprpt@yahoo.com and provide us with your cell number.  This will help us in our efforts.  Also, if you see any errors in our list, please use the Comment” section of this website to provide us with more accurate information. In closing, our lists and rankings are primarily designed to recognize players for their hard work while also inspiring them to continue to work toward their dreams. We hope that parents, coaches and players keep this in mind.

Arness Lawson-2025

Khani Thomas-2026

Deon Johnson-2027

Maurice Hamrick Jr.-2028

Names in Red Denotes Current Profile (Click to View)

Class 2025 Class 2026 Class 2027 Class 2028
Arness Lawson/PG/Columbus Khani Thomas/PF/Groveport Deon Johnson/WF/Columbus  Maurice Hamrick Jr./PG/Hilliard
Mikell Murphy/PF/Colmbus Jaden Shoults/SG/Columbus  Ben Mirgon/CG/Hilliard Gabriel Tucker/PG/Reynoldsburg
Brandon Roddy/PG/Columbus Darek Whitfield/PG/Gahanna Tony Cornett III/WF/Columbus  Xavier Jones/PG/Westerville
Nino Nesbit/PG/Columbus Alex Campanelli/PG/Gahanna Luca Filia/CG/Westerville   Mekhi Roddy/SG/Columbus
Jordan Fisher/SG/Reynoldsburg Brody Fields/SG/Teays Valley Landon Evans/WF/Columbus Nysean Pollard/SG/Columbus
Kent Hairston/CG/Columbus Jordin Bowins/C/Reynoldsburg Luke Mitchell/CG/UA Malachi Washington/SG/Groveport
Aaron Foster/PG/Dublin Jason Bates Jr. /PG/Pickerington TJ Ward/PF/Whitehall Evan Allgood/SG/WF/Pickerington
PJ Noles/SG/Columbus Cole Nungester/W/PF/Ashville Carter Myers/WF/Columbus Kypton Norris/PG/Hilliard
Andreas Gordon/SG/Grove City Levi Davis/WF/Olentangy Keon Bonner/PF/Westerville Ethan Stewart/PF/Columbus
Alex Edge/PG/Columbus Tejaun Barbour/SG/Columbus Michael Daniels/PG/Groveport Grant Patterson/Columbus
Talil Spikes/PF/C/Columbus Gabe Schmidt/CG/Dublin Amir Clark/PG/Columbus Paxton Federer/SG/Big Walnut
Isaiah Crawford/W/PF/Columbus London Sears/SG/New Albany Charlie Freiberger/PG/UA Jaden Reed-Davis/G/Hilliard
Moussa Sidime/WF/Columbus Titus O’Neal/WF/Pickerington Eli Stumph/WF/Johnstown Jackson Rollins/CG/Pickerington
Preston Devito/WF/Heath Kenny LaRue III/CG/Hilliard Jeffery Reynolds/C/Columbus Winfield Garrett IV/WF/New Albany
Landon Vanderwalker/WF/Delaware Treyton Schroeder/PG/Lewis Center Brice Wells/C/Columbus Elijah Smith/CG/Pickerington
Denzel Osang/C/Pickerington Elijah McCree/PG/Westerville Carson Scholl/SG/WF/Columbus Parker Barr/PG/New Albany
Macio  Harper/WF/Columbus Cole Nagalae/PF/Gahanna Albert Moore/CG/Columbus Brody Booth/SG/Columbus
Tai  Perkins/PG/Columbus Hilton Benardo/C/Gahanna Thai Davis/SG/Columbus Mark Pinkston/PG/Gahanna
Malachi McCord-Dillard/CG/Gahanna Derron Gray/PF/Columbus Caden Ivery/SG/Columbus Anderson Felix/Hilliard
Julian Johnson/PG/Dublin Xavier McKinney/WF/Pickerington Jackson Bowers/C/PF/Big Walnut Jordan Wagner/G/Groveport
Gerold Blankson/C/Worthington Jahki Calloway/Columbus Andrew Brooks/SG/Mansfield Maxwell Davis/Columbus
Devin Brown/SG/Olentangy Jason Singleton/WF/New Albany Antwon Pollard/SG//Columbus Tyler Johnson/CG/Whitehall
Jaden  Calloway/Columbus Diaunte James/PG/Canal Winchester Jack Schuler/C/Columbus Brandon Youngblood/PG/Columbus
Micah Young/Westerville Aaven Snyder/PG/Pickerington Wyatt Adams/WF/Columbus Will Meyers/2028/Big Walnut
Jaylen Gamble/PG/Columbus MC Walker/WF/Westerville Ramone Perez/PF/Licking Heights Carson (LNU)/C/Zanesville
Braydon Hodge/CG/Columbus London Sears/SG/New Albany XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Next Up/Additional Evaluation Required

Player/Class/City Player/Class/City Player/Class/City Player/Class/City
Brealand Heller/2027/Columbus Antonio Williams/2029/Pickerington Kevin Smith/2027/Pickerington Jordan Sanders/2027/Pickerington
Rush Anstine /2031/Westerville Jayce Fisher/2030/Columbus Zander Pughsley/2031/Columbus Landon Miller/2031/Dublin
DeLoni Pughsley/2029/Columbus Marquice Anderson/2031/Columbus Rondale Parsons/2023/Columbus Tekoah Thykeo/2030/Columbus
Tyson Cornette/2029/Columbus Steve Blackmon/2029/Reynoldsburg Ashland Hanna/2029/Lewis Center Gabe Stumph/2029/Columbus
Trey Delany/2029/Columbus Tyler Postel/2029/Columbus Mike Sellers Jr./2029/Columbus AJ Stumph/2029/Columbus
Chauncey Cumberlander/2033/Columbus Conner Chaney/2029/Columbus Ashton Spiva/2030/Columbus Will Graves/2027/UA
Lee Debro/2030/Pickerington Kevin Smith/2027/Pickerington Jayden Morrison/2027/Teays Valley Jack Schuler/2027/New Albany
Pharoahe Zaire/2027/Columbus Tanner Kellte/2027/Ashville Luke Barnt/2027/New Albany Rashard Perry/2028/Columbus
Blaize Jones/2029/Pickerington Quinn Schweiter/2027/Columbus Elliott Tratuner/PG/2031 Grayson Bates/PG/2031
Xavier Agulia/PG/Lewis Center Jaxon West/2028/Big Walnut Casey Brickner/SG/Galloway Gavin Dennis/PG/2031
Xavier Rogers/PG/Worthington Tai Perkins/2025/Westerville Zion Robinson/2026/Pickerington Jordan Taylor/2032/Gahanna
Kaiden Graves/2032/Columbus Carter Watson/2032/Reynoldsburg David Johnson III/2032/Dublin Antonio Jones Jr./2031/Columbus
Isaiah Jones/2032/Columbus Braylon Lopez/2026/Olentangy Carmine Liannirino/2032/Columbus Declan Hardy/2031/Columbus
King Kendrick/2026/Columbus Brain Granger/2025/Columbus XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX