As part of our efforts to closely follow the class of 2032, below is our initial efforts at team profiles for the top 10 ranked teams in Ohio. The profiles are designed to provide a short description of each team; highlight the key players; and to provide an update on the team’s progress over the course of the season. We will do our best to update the profiles with each team’s results. Coaches should feel free to send updates for their respective teams. As always, this information is provided to coaches, players and parents as way to keep track of the class, not to ridicule any team. It’s just for fun people!.

Team Profiles (Top 10)

Notes: So far this season, the Buckeye Prep Hoopsters have won 7 titles (Nike Grassroots, Buckeye Prep Invitational, Dru Joyce Classic, Adidas Spring Stripes, Coaster Classic, Gym Rats Run & Slam, Under Armour Summer Slam) along with 3 runner-up finishes (Music City Premier, Spooky Nook Classic, Nike Cup) and a Final 4 and Elite 8. Currently ranked 7th in the country by Coast2Coast Preps, the Hoopsters are currently 50-8 overall. Buckeye Prep is known for their balanced scoring, stellar ball movement, team play, stingy defense and extreme man-to-man pressure. In addition, because anyone of the starters can lead the team in scoring in any given game, game planning for the Hoopsters can be difficult. Finally, multiple players on this squad are now legitimate 3-point threats making this team very dangerous.

Starters Position City
Rhett Bradley PG Big Walnut
Tony Jones Jr. PG Columbus
Jordan Taylor PG Gahanna
David Johnson III SG Worthington
Will Harding WF Northmont
Reserves: Alec Moore, Durant Smith, Christian “JR” Morrow Jr., Hayes Emmons & Aiden Williams

Ohio Hoopsters-Monarchs

Note: The Monarchs are a scrappy bunch of kids who play hard and defend at an elite level. So far this season, the Monarchs have finished runner-up at the Nike Grassroots tournament and made a final 4 run at the Buckeye Prep Invitational and the Dru Joyce Classic. The Monarchs have also notched a good win against Charging Elite. What’s also impressive with this team is the fact they are led by two 2nd graders! Caleb Towns is the heart and sole of this team as he significantly impacts the game on both ends of the floor. Additionally, the Monarchs’ ball movement and defense are definitely strengths. This team is one or two pieces away from elite and the ability to consistently win on a national level.

Starters Position City
Chauncey Cumberlander Jr. (2033) PG Pickerington
Caleb Towns (2033) PG Columbus
Joshua Towns WF Columbus
Hammon Russell IV WF Reynoldsburg
Charles Couizens PF Dublin
Reserves: Cruz Kaplan, Noah Cain & Dior Carr

TNBA Elite

Notes: TNBA has several tournament championships under their belt this season including the OBC Classic, Make It Rain, Buckeye Classic and a runner-up finish at the Buckeye Prep Invitational. Steve Vega’a squad is well coached; they play team-oriented ball and can apply significant full court pressure. In addition, TNBA can put points on the board with a balanced scoring attack from an offense led my Jayden Vega. Muck like most successful teams, TNBA plays team-oriented ball and they do a solid job with ball movement and finding open players. According Head Coach, Steve Vega, “Our goal as a team is to get better every game and every weekend.”

TNBA Elite Position City
Jayden Vega-PG PG Avon
Ari Anderson-SG SG Avon
Charlie Lombardy-WF WF Avon
Jason Lewis-CG CG Westlake
 Luke Garlitz-PF PF Avon
Reserves: Justin Gaulding, Lawson Walton, Tyler Durkin & Bryce Karls

The Program

Notes: This will be a new program for 2024 and is rumored to have several players from the former All-Ohio and Charging Elite programs, including: Jedi-Haynes-Lee, Jase Owens, Zion Lancaster and Robert Simpson.

Starters Position City
Jedi Haynes-Lee WF Columbus
 Jase Owens PF Columbus
Reserves: Unknown

Y-Elite Superstars

Notes: Y-Elite's strength lies with their guard play, as they have 2 of the better guards we've seen in the state this season, and DJ Bird and Chris DePalma represent a solid backcourt. Also, at times, Y-Elite's defense can be impressive. This 1st-year team has had some early success, with a Bronze championship at this year's Dru Joyce Classic; a championship at the Tiger Cup, and runner-up finishes at the VAC Tip-Off and the OBC Classic. Y-Elite also had a final four finish at the Make It Rain Jam Fest and an Elite 8 finish at our Buckeye Prep Invitational. Keep an eye on this team!

DJ Bird-PG
Chris DePalma-SG
Alec Nemec-PF
Carter Abernathy-WF
Pilot Bates-WF

Gem City Heat

Notes: We‘ve only seen the Gem City Heat on a couple of occasions, but one thing is clear’ they’re scrappy as heck and bring a lot of defensive pressure.

Starters Position City
Kamar Lee PG Dayton
Mark Lakes CG Dayton
My'kell Whitfield CG Dayton
Antonio Jackson CG Dayton
Donnell Tisdale WF Dayton
Reserves: Josiah Washington (WF), Josiah Hopson (WF), Charles Smith (CG), Qaydin Petty (C), Parris Shephard (CG) & Syon McCoy (WF)

The Island

Notes: The Island's recent title run at the Bearcat Classic announced their arrival on the Ohio scene. With a roster that includes nationally ranked CJ Downing, Kanin Joyce and Cooper Kavanagh, this Cleveland-based team has a chance to make runs on championship Sunday. As long as this team can retain all of their horses, they should remain among the top of this class. Because this team has played so few tournaments, they are still somewhat of an unknown. Time will tell if they still have an impact in this class going forward.

Chris Downing Jr.-PG
Kanin Joyce-PG
Christian Young-WF
Cooper Kavenough-CG
Braden Voss-C

Ohio Elite Basketball

Notes: Ohio Elite Basketball (OEB) 2032 was established this year and came out strong, losing in their first tournament only to the ranked Cincinnati Royals. The team then went on to win the OYB Dublin Easter Classic, Coaster Clash, and the Ballin in the Creek tournament. They continue to take on challenging tournaments and have a 26-8 record. With the focus on development as the priority and winning as a result of positive coaching and strong team dynamics look for these kids to continue to improve as the season continues.

Starters Position City
Treyven Harris PG Xenia
Chase Evans SG Beavercreek
Paxton Heflin PG Columbus
Brody Krznarich WF Mad River
Preston Raehll SG Delaware
 Carter Watson  G/F Reynoldsburg
 Ra'mir Williams C Groveport

Ohio Basketball Club

Notes: OBC is a well coached team with a couple of real solid pieces. Ron "RJ" Houston is the man on this team and is capable of willing his team to a win if he's not accounted for. In addition to Houston, Abrielle Taylor holds it down the post, and not only rebounds at an high level, he adds solid low post scoring as well. We look for this team to continue to get better as the season progresses.

RJ Houston-PG
Britton Gillford-SG
Mason Purins-WF
Ryan Picha-PF
Abrielle Taylor-C
Reserves: Ryan Picha, Jude Walker, Aidon Parker & Walter Boykins IV

Cincinnati Royals

Notes: We have not seen the Cincinnati Royals on the statewide tournament trail just yet, so we don't have much information about the team. What we do know is the Royals have won all but 1 tournament they have entered, including the Cincy Hoop Classic, Under Armour Kickoff and March Madness. Also, the Royals also finished 2nd at the Bearcat Classic this year. Hopefully we will get a chance to see the Royals play some of the better teams around the state this season.

Trayon "TJ" Goodwin-PG
Dion Goins-SG
Dean Schwartz-SG
Brady Baumann-G
Maxwell Ratica-PF
Reserves: Tre Setters, Lennox Brown & Taylor (LNU)

Midwest Basketball Club-Wyant

Notes: Although we have not yet seen the MWB team in action, from what we have heard, they have a couple of quality players, and have been competitive in local tournaments. Specifically, they have final-4 finishes at the Bearcat Classic and Pacers jam Fest.

Braxton Wyatt-PG
Asher Riess-PG
Jett Darbyshire-SG
Beckham Seay-WF
Clayton Clark-G
Reserves: Micah Greenberg, Winston Erb, Ethan Hill

Midwest Basketball Club-Cummins

Notes: We have not yet seen the Midwest Basketball Club in action just yet, but we understand they have some of the better kids from the COBA League. We may get a chance to see them soon. MWBC are 14-4 with 2 tournament titles including Pickerington Classic (OYB) and Spring Sizzle (BR).

Adam Kennedy-PG
Eddy Williams-G
Abram Grunden-G
Henry Wisler-WF
Anderson Swartz-WF
Reserves: Valentino Williams, Bryce Villanueva, Kam Cummins, Conner Hardy & Tyler Balmert