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Posted on July 22, 2018
He’s a 6’6 stretch wing, with a lights out jumper, great decision maker, has his own clothing brand, and still maintains a 4.0 GPA while attending Benedictine High School. Andy Barba does it all, literally. When I got a chance to talk with Andy, and ask him how he maintains basketball and his business he told me, ”During the basketball season and school I wasn't able to really pay much attention to the goat brand because I was so busy, but now that I have a little more time I'm able to balance both.” Just let this sink in, this is a high school student athlete, that has a long summer due to basketball, has his own business, and still has the will and want to succeed in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA. He also understands what he needs to improve on to get to the next level, when I talked with his trainer Dave Schierbaum (MAQ Training) he basically told me Andy has the potential, with his size and jump shot to go as far as he wants. Including saying, ”Compared to the other 100’s of pro athletes we’ve had at that age he is right on track.” I asked Andy what the team goal was for Benedictine this season, his simple answer, ”Nothing less then a state championship.” Andy Barba isn’t your average high school athlete, he’s flat out special. Between the lines he expects nothing but perfection from himself. Dave told me, ”In 17 years of training athletes he is top 1%. He chooses growth and development of his craft before anything outside of school and family, and in this generation with all of the distractions that is rare,” when asked about Andy’s work ethic. Is this the year the “best student section in Ohio,” according to Andy makes a state championship push?
Will "Raise the Roof" be back in NEO?
Posted on July 21, 2018
No Christian Guess, no Dale Bonner, but does this really worry head coach Danny Young? If you ask me personally I thought it would. I mean these two guys where the heart and soul of Shaker High School basketball a.k.a Raise the Roof High, but when I asked coach Young himself his answer shocked me. Specifically asking him, what attitude did Christian Guess Bring to Shaker and do you expect that same attitude this year? Coach Young replied saying, "Christian brought a lot of toughness and energy each and every night. We expect to sustain that effort and energy this upcoming season. This year's team has a lot of toughness and fight in them." Dakota Cochran is big on coach Young's board of suspected leaders, after shooting 45% from deep last year, improving his overall game over the summer, and maintaining a 3.5 GPA in all advanced classes. Having shooters is all good and what not, but do you have anybody to get those shooters the ball, create for others and get their own shot to keep the defense honest. Coach Young told me Danny Young Jr has all of the tools to be not only a special player in Northeast Ohio, but a special player in the state, and after watching his mixtapes (filmed by 3rdCoast and WesView) seeing what this freshman has done in the summer against varsity competition is a treat for any basketball fan and scout. Coach Young also told me fans should expect an aggressive defensive style that turns defense into offense, which could equal high scoring games and some high flying. Will Dakota, Danny and the rest of Shaker Heights Basketball have enough to bring, "Raise the Roof High" back to Northeast Ohio.
How far can Dial go?
Posted on June 30, 2018
He's a 5'9 crafty all-around guard with gifted ball handling skills, the ability to break down defenders and get to his spot to take his shot. This is what makes him a top guard 10 guard in Northeast Ohio. In an interview with Javier Collins assistant varsity coach (via text) I asked him who do we credit to Dial's success on the court, the first thing he said was, "DJs parents have been extremely pivotal in his development. They believe in hard work, dedication and consistency in the classroom." Which brought me to ask the Arcs senior what his GPA was. Dial responded telling me has maintained a 3.2. Coach Collins also emphasized how well DJ plays on defense saying, "As skilled as he is on offense, his defensive motor and IQ is a game changer. Simply put DJ Dial is a special two-way player." The Arcs senior point guard told me in an interview that the athleticism, scoring, and defending from Andre Harris (Wright State Commit) combined with the rebounding and inside presence from John Hugely are huge contributors to his success on the court. DJ also credited head coach Chet Mason saying, "He turned me into a real point guard." So the question still remains, how far can Dial go?
The Return Is Near
Posted on June 28, 2018
This upcoming season of high school basketball in Northeast Ohio will be special. That word gets thrown out around here often, and for much credit to the great talent of players and coaches that come through Northeast Ohio. With coaching and player combos that are scary to hear in the same sentence let alone, have to go up against the coaching knowledge and top flight talent that keeps their respective program going forward.
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Posted on June 28, 2018
Posted on October 6, 2015

Jaylen Fisher final 6, decision Oct., 7, 2015



Posted on October 6, 2015


Posted on October 5, 2015

2016 6'10 PF Maciej Bender Warsaw (Mountain Mason) Poland committed to WVU



Posted on October 5, 2015

2016 6'4 PG David Minzt Hunterville (North Mecklenburg) NC., committed to Creighton.

Posted on October 2, 2015

By David Mariotti

After a summer of standout AAU play landed Maishe Dailey 20 Division I offers, the Beachwood senior has decided to reclassify for the class of 2017, with intentions of enrolling inprep school next year.

Though the 6-foot-6 guard says this plan is in place, he’s not exactly sure where he’ll play to start the 2016 season.

“I don’t have a time frame on a decision yet,” Dailey said. “Right now I’m just gathering information on a few schools.”

Schools have been gathering information on him as well. 

Entering the summer with zero Division I offers, Dailey remained confident in his ability to play at the next level andknew he had something left to prove.

“I felt kind of nervous knowing that this would be my last chance to get a D I offer,” Dailey said. “I was a little nervous, but I knew that I had a couple Division I schools following me. They said they’d come see me play.”

Following his productive play at an AAU tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in early July, Dailey picked up his first offer from High Point on July 10. 

Since then, he has received offers from Robert Morris, Bryant, Winthrop, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Rider, Toledo, Youngstown State, George Mason, Loyola (Ill), Delaware, Western Michigan, Ohio University, Northern Iowa, UTEP, Buffalo, Duquesne and Northeastern.

College coaches are drawn to his length, high-basketball IQ and ability to score. The flood of offers in such a short time framehas motivated Dailey even more.

“It was overwhelming at times but I liked it,” Dailey said. “It feels good to be wanted.”

There could be more offers on the way.

“I took an unofficial visit to Michigan this past Sunday,” Dailey said. 

Even with the attention Dailey’s summer play has garnered and his plans to reclassify, he’s focused on his senior season at Beachwood. 

“It’s either state championship or bust,” Dailey said. 

His lofty expectations for this season have been years in the making. 

“Our whole varsity team is seniors and we’ve been talking about winning a state championship since sixth grade,” Dailey said. “We’ve been together since then. We feel like we have the right pieces in place to win a state championship this year.”

The Bison finished the 2014-15 season at 19-6 after a district final loss to Villa-Angela-St. Joseph.

Dailey feels the Bison will build on last season. He also believes they improved in the offseason with the addition of senior point guard Desmond Crosby, a transfer from Cleveland Central Catholic.

“We have another piece added,” Dailey said. “It will be toughness and chemistry with all of our players now. It’s just going to be a matter of how fast we can get the chemistry going.”

He’ll also have to avoid the types of injuries that sidelined himduring last season. In February, Dailey sustained a stress fracture in his foot. In April, he broke his right wrist. But thosesetbacks have strengthened Dailey’s mental and physical approach.

“The injuries have been tough to deal with mentally,” Dailey said. “It just seemed like one happened after the other. I just have to be patient with my body and not rush anything. I’m doing a lot of stretching and yoga lately.”

With Dailey having yet to select a prep school and no time frame on a college decision, he does have an idea as to where he’ll spend his last summer playing on the AAU circuit.

“I think I’m going to play with OBC [Ohio Basketball Club].” Dailey said. 












Posted on October 2, 2015

2016 6'8 PF Sagaba Konate Hermitage (Kennedy Catholic) PA., committed to West Virginia.



Posted on October 2, 2015

2016 6'6 SF Jeriah Horne Overland (Barsrow) KS., committed to Nebraska.



Posted on September 30, 2015

As is always the case, the Hidden Gems Fall Showcase was once again a complete success. Over fifty college coaches were on hand as the event continues to churn out opportunities at a rate that is arguably the best in the state when it comes to Showcase events. The talent was certainly not lacking either, as multiple high-major D1 players participated along with dozens more who will also find themselves playing at the collegiate level regardless of Division. Lucius Jones and his Hidden Gems crew once again put on a first class event as it continues to seemingly improve upon itself each and every year. Here are a number of the players who stood out on Saturday:
'16 F Seth Towns (Northland) - The Harvard commit is as advertised as he is just a special type of kid you don't find very often. Towns was a scoring machine all afternoon making it look easy mixing in step-back jumpers, acrobatic finishes at the rim, and filling it up from deep. Perhaps more impressive to watch than his play was his body language and interaction with his teammates. He was encouraging, supporting, and having fun throughout the day; his play on the court aside, a regular observer would not have known Towns is a Top 100 talent nationally, as he doesn't carry the arrogance and entitlement found in many student-athletes at his level.
'16 PF Nick Ward (Gahanna-Lincoln) - Ward easily asserted his dominance in the paint as he consistently bullied defenders and punished the rim. The Michigan State commit was limited to one game on the afternoon after he tweaked an ankle, but it only took one game to see why he is considered by many to be a Top 50 prospect nationally. Showed a good face up game and a quick first step to get to the rim. Virtually unstoppable when he gets on the block.
'16 G Charles Aden (Harvest Prep) - An intriguing prospect, Aden was consistent throughout play on Saturday. Stays active and involved on both ends. Can shoot it from the outside but is perhaps at his best slashing to the basket. Going to be an in demand JUCO prospect for area teams. Expect a big season from him at a historically successful Harvest Prep program.
'16 Samer Jabbo (Bedford, MI) - Jabbo was a pleasant surprise on Saturday, having seen him in recent weeks he continued his strong play and gained some college interest along the way. A good frame, with deceptive quickness, Jabbo is a more than capable scorer around the rim. Has a plethora of moves around the basket that he goes to confidently. Can also shoot it from the outside to keep defenders honest. Doesn't do much talking, just gets the job done.
'16 Erron James (Westerville Central) - James was one of the most impressive prospects all day on Saturday. He projects as a scoring point guard at the next level. Was deadly from three point range, can get to the basket with ease and create for teammates. Has a good build and uses it to his advantage. James should make a quality D2 program very happy, wouldn't be surprised if he gains some D1 interest as the year progresses. Comes from a basketball family.
'16 G/F Kameron Singleton (Defiance) - Singleton was active and fundamentally strong throughout play as is usually the case for him. Showed efficiency scoring the basketball once he gets a foot in the paint. Has a deceptively quick first step and has more 'bounce' than meets the eye. One of the best inside/out players in Northwest Ohio. Going to find himself on a D2 or D3 roster at the college level.
'16 Daijour Whittington (Toledo Woodward) - Whittington got his first taste of some big time basketball this weekend and held more than his own. Was trouble for opponents when leading the fastbreak, he operates best in the open floor. Jump shot is still a work in progress but is ever improving. When he's locked in defensively he can be special as well. Going to be a quality JUCO prospect when all is said and done.
'17 BJ Duling (Newark) - Had someone tell me Duling reminds them of a 'mini Shawn Kemp' and that assessment is spot on. Duling is flat out explosive and is one heck of an athlete. It comes as no surprise that schools like Iowa and others are involved in his recruitment. Needs to improve his jump shot, and bring his energy every possession. Does most of his damage on the glass at either end; he is a special prospect.
'16 G Sam Saxton (Grove City) - He is a specialist from deep and did not disappoint. Hitting 3's with consistency all afternoon, he showed a quicker and improved release, and lets it fly confidently. A coaches son with an above average basketball IQ, he carries a pretty sound skill set, but it is no secret where he is most lethal. A lock to play at the D3 level, he could even sneak onto the radar of D2 coaches with a good start to the high school season.
'18 Jerome Hunter (Pickerington North) - Probably the best prospect in Columbus that was the least talked about until this weekend. Hunter already stands 6'7" with a good reach and length that make you believe he still has room to grow even more. Has a solid jump shot, but tends to fade away more than needed, something that will be fixed as he continues to develop. Finished well on the offensive end and can face up to the basket and make a play. Needs a higher degree of awareness on the defensive end. With plenty of room for improvement, this young prospect will more than likely find himself at a high-major D1 program in the next three years.
'16 Jason Carter (Johnstown Monroe) - Carter is tough and doesn't shy away from anyone out on the floor. The Ohio University commit showed good strength and toughness all afternoon in the paint ripping down rebounds and finished through contact. Smart, heady competitor, Carter will be a nice fit in the MAC.
'16 James Manns (Walnut Ridge) - Manns has been a staple at Hidden Gems events in the past and always performs well, Saturday was no exception. An ever improving jump shot and a well toned body make him a matchup problem for opponents out on the perimeter. Powerful down on the block, he can score in a variety of ways. Holds a handful of D1 offers currently.
* The focus on Saturday was the Junior/Senior age group, but in the limited action seen of the younger division two kids really stood out. The first was N'Keeley Elmore who is a freshman at Northland this year. He was nothing short of sensational when the ball was in his hands. He had his share of 'ooohhhs and ahhhss' from the crowd with no look passes and flashy plays. He will be one to follow over the next couple of years. The second young fella that stood out to no surprise was 7th grader Prince Penn, the son of Ohio State legend Scoonie Penn. With game way beyond his age, Penn ran the show directing teammates, setting them up, and picking his spots to score. Rumored to be set to attend Dublin Coffman High School when the time comes, Penn will be a household name in years to come.
Posted on September 29, 2015

2016 6'9 PF Brison Gresham New Oreals (McDonogh) LA., committed to U/Mass.


Posted on September 29, 2015

2016 6'5 WG Brandon Robinson Douglasville ( County) GA., committed to North Carolina.



Posted on September 29, 2015

2016 6'1 PG Breein Tyree Metuchen (St.nJoes) NJ., committed to Ole Miss.



Posted on September 29, 2015


2016 6'7 PF Irshad Hunte Saddlebrook (Valley Christian) CA., committed to Wyoming.


Posted on September 28, 2015


2016 6'2 PG Malik White Richmond (George Wythe) VA., committed to Providence.

Posted on September 28, 2015

2016 6'9 PF Javin DeLaurier Charlotteville (St. Anne's-Belfield) VA., committed to Duke. Javin commitment has now moved Duke to #1 recruiting class in 2016.


Posted on September 28, 2015


Posted on September 28, 2015

2016 6'3 Maliek White Fredericksburg (Christian) VA., narrowed his choices to Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, ODU and Providence.

Posted on September 28, 2015


Posted on September 28, 2015


2016 6'9 PF Michael Cage Jr., Santa Ana (Mater Dei) CA., committed to Oregon.


Posted on September 25, 2015

2016 SF Xavier Sneed Hazlewood (Centrak) MO., will pick from Kansas State, Illinois and Xavier on Monday.




Posted on September 25, 2015

2016 6'6 SF Malik Smith Cleveland Heights (HS) OH., committed to UNC-Asheville. 


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