A few months 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 continue to publish more detailed rankings city 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 and our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, 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 have now completed our Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo lists and will finish up with Dayton. 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.