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.

Khani Thomas-2026

Deon Johnson-2027

Maurice Hamrick Jr.-2028

Deloni Pughsley-2029

Names in Red Denotes Current Profile (Click to View)

Class 2026 Class 2027 Class 2028 Class 2029
Khani Thomas/PF/Groveport Deon Johnson/WF/Columbus  Maurice Hamrick Jr./PG/Hilliard Deloni Pughsley/PG/Columbus
Jaden Shoults/SG/Columbus  Ben Mirgon/CG/Hilliard Gabriel Tucker/PG/Reynoldsburg Dallas Stewart/CG/Pickerington
Brody Fields/SG/Teays Valley Tony Cornett III/WF/Columbus  Xavier Jones/PG/Westerville Gabe Stumph/2029/Columbus
Jordin Bowins/C/Reynoldsburg Keon Bonner/PF/Westerville Mekhi Roddy/SG/Columbus Ashland Hanna/CG/Lewis Center
Levi Davis/PG/Olentangy Luca Filia/CG/Westerville   Nysean Pollard/SG/Columbus Antonio Williams/PF/Pickerington
Treyton Schroeder/PG/Lewis Center Landon Evans/WF/Columbus Malachi Washington/SG/Groveport Tyson Cornette/PG/Columbus
Alex Campanelli/PG/Gahanna Luke Mitchell/CG/UA Evan Allgood/SG/WF/Pickerington Steve Blackmon/PG/Reynoldsburg
Darek Whitfield/PG/Gahanna TJ Ward/PF/Whitehall Kypton Norris/PG/Hilliard Quincy Balcomb-Prichard/CG/Gahanna
Jason Bates Jr. /PG/Pickerington Carter Myers/WF/Columbus Ethan Stewart/PF/Columbus Brandon Youngblood/PG/Columbus
Cole Nungester/W/PF/Ashville Michael Daniels/PG/Groveport Grant Patterson/Columbus AJ Stumph/CG/Big Walnut
Gabe Schmidt/CG/Dublin Charlie Freiberger/PG/UA Paxton Federer/SG/Big Walnut Mike Sellers Jr/WF/Columbus
Tejaun Barbour/SG/Columbus Jeffery Reynolds/C/Columbus Jaden Reed-Davis/G/Hilliard Blaize Jones/SG/Pickerington
London Sears/SG/New Albany Carson Scholl/SG/WF/Columbus Jackson Rollins/CG/Pickerington Maxwell Davis/PG/Columbus
Titus O’Neal/WF/Pickerington Eli Stumph/WF/Johnstown Winfield Garrett IV/WF/New Albany Tyler Postell/PG/Columbus
Elijah McCree/PG/Westerville Amir Clark/PG/Columbus Elijah Smith/CG/Pickerington Roman Perryman/WF/Gahanna
Cole Nagalae/PF/Gahanna Brice Wells/C/Columbus Parker Barr/PG/New Albany Justin Martin/PF/Pickerington
Hilton Benardo/C/Gahanna Albert Moore/CG/Columbus Brody Booth/SG/Columbus Trey Delany/CG/Columbus
Derron Gray/PF/Columbus Caden Ivery/SG/Columbus Mark Pinkston/PG/Gahanna Conner Chainey/CG/Columbus
Xavier McKinney/WF/Pickerington Thai Davis/SG/Columbus Anderson Felix/Hilliard XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Jahki Calloway/Columbus Jackson Bowers/C/PF/Big Walnut Jordan Wagner/G/Groveport XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Jason Singleton/WF/New Albany Andrew Brooks/SG/Mansfield Maxwell Davis/Columbus XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Diaunte James/PG/Canal Winchester Antwon Pollard/SG//Columbus Tyler Johnson/CG/Whitehall XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Aaven Snyder/PG/Pickerington Jack Schuler/C/Columbus Will Meyers/2028/Big Walnut XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
MC Walker/WF/Westerville Wyatt Adams/WF/Columbus Carson (LNU)/C/Zanesville XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Next Up/Additional Evaluation Required

Player/Class/City Player/Class/City Player/Class/City Player/Class/City
Brealand Heller/2027/Columbus Jayce Fisher/2030/Columbus Kevin Smith/2027/Pickerington Jordan Sanders/2027/Pickerington
Rush Anstine /2031/Westerville Marquice Anderson/2031/Columbus Zander Pughsley/2031/Columbus Landon Miller/2031/Dublin
Chauncey Cumberlander/2033/Columbus Kevin Smith/2027/Pickerington Rondale Parsons/20?/Columbus Tekoah Thykeo/2030/Columbus
Lee Debro/2030/Pickerington Tanner Kellte/2027/Ashville Ashton Spiva/2030/Columbus Rashard Perry/2028/Columbus
Pharoahe Zaire/2027/Columbus Luke Barnt/2027/New Albany Jayden Morrison/2027/Teays Valley Jack Schuler/2027/New Albany
Jack Shaker/PG/2031/Powell Derrick Perryman/2031/Gahanna Elliott Tratuner/PG/2031/New Albany Will Graves/2027/UA
Jase Owens/2032/Columbus Jedi Haynes-Lee/2032/Columbus Rush Anstine/WF/2031 Beckett Conrad/2032/Dublin
King Kendrick/2026/Columbus Braylon Lopez/2026/Olentangy Carmine Liannirino/2032/Columbus Declan Hardy/2031/Columbus
Isaiah Jones/2032/Columbus Quinn Schweiter/2027/Columbus David Johnson III/2032/Dublin 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 Jaden Tonyemba/PG/Columbus Antonio Jones Jr./2031/Columbus
Nolan Moore/WF/2031/Blacklick John Sumner/C/2031/Worthington Robert Sumner/C/2031/Worthington Kyle Darfus/PG/2031/Lancaster
Chris Blalock/WF/2031/Pickerington Caleb Towns/PG/2033/Columbus Joshua Towns/WF/2032/Columbus Kallen Parker/PG/2031/Columbus