Lakota Standouts Chichester, Dews Attend Nike

Two of the state's top junior basketball prospects hail from neighboring high schools. Lakota East's James Dews and Lakota West's Josh Chichester are teammates during the summer and rivals during the winter. Click here for more on these two outstanding prospects.

Two of Ohio's top underclassmen attended the Nike Camp last week. Although they are from the same school district, these two top Ohio juniors attend rival high schools.

James Dews is a 6-3 shooting guard from Liberty Twp. Lakota East, while 6-8 power forward Josh Chichester plays for West Chester Lakota West. They are teammates on the AAU All-Ohio Red squad and were matched on a team at Nike Camp. Here are updates on these two prospects:

* Dews -- Dews averaged 23.2 points per game as a sophomore, showing he may be the top pure shooter in the state of Ohio. He is the state‘s No. 5 junior, according to

"Everybody here is very talented and very good," Dews said. "This is a great experience for me."

When asked about his game, Dews said, "I think I'm a good athlete and a good shooter."

In discussing his college choices, Dews listed Dayton, Xavier, Ohio State, Purdue and Notre Dame. He discussed Thad Matta‘s move from Xavier to OSU.

"I was really surprised," Dews said. "I didn't know he was going to leave. I was already looking at Ohio State and Xavier yet anyway, so it's not a big deal. I've talked to (new Xavier coach Sean) Miller a little bit. That's not bad."

When asked if Ohio State would be among his final choices, Dews said, "Yes, I would probably say that."

Dews said it is important, from a player's standpoint, to look in the stands and see coaches on hand representing their favorite schools at summer events.

"It is very important because I know they are there to watch me," he said.

As for the rest of the summer, Dews was planning on joining All-Ohio Red, which also features seniors Chris Knight of Cincinnati Withrow and Jamelle Cornley of Columbus Brookhaven, at the Nike Showcase and the 17-and-under AAU nationals in Orlando.

"Playing in games like this, it makes me a lot better player," Dews said. "The games are a lot more physical when you play against great players like that."

* Chichester -- Chichester is ranked as Ohio's seventh-best junior prospect, according to

"It's really hard," Chichester said of the competition at Nike. "I'm just coming off my sophomore year and to come out here and compete with these guys, I can't really play my game. It's kind of hard for me.

"I normally play the five for my high school. I'm in the post and it's kind of easy for me up there (in high school). But now, playing against guys from all around the country, it's hard."

Chichester listed Cincinnati, Illinois, Purdue and Xavier as some of his early favorites.

"I have grown up following Cincinnati, pretty much," he said.

Ohio State had not been in touch, but Chichester believed that could change with Matta in charge.

He talked about playing with Dews in summer ball -- and against him in high school games.

"It's cool because we've been playing together since the eighth grade," Chichester said. "I know what he's capable of doing and he knows what I'm capable of doing. We're pretty much best friends.

"Over the summer, they (Lakota East) played us and beat us. But I think this upcoming season, we're going to beat them."

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