Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, opportunities to play and watch elite level basketball are still available. Case in point, Courts 4 Sports in Mason, Ohio played host the Bates Fundamental sponsored Hell’s Kitchen Tournament this past weekend, and talented teams and players were in abundance. Moreover, what was impressive about the event is the fact it attracted teams from as far as San Diego, CA in grades 2nd to 10th. On Sunday, we watched more 4th, 5th and 6th grade games and could not have been more impressed with the number of very competitive games.
In the 4th grade division, we watched the Cincinnati Dominators take down a nationally ranked George Hill Indy Elite squad that was absolutely loaded with talent. It’s important to note that the Dominators were fortunate to have received the services of William Peagler Jr. and Colten Clevenger, both of whom run with the very successful and Dayton-based BNU squad that we featured on our website last week. In the games we observed, both Peagler and Clevenger were difference makers. Also, over the course of the day, we identified a number of standout performers and have listed them below with a few evaluation notes. Fortunately for us, many of the players we were most impressed with will be attending our March 6, 2021 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase where we can further evaluate their talent. All in all, it appeared to be a nice event.