Springboro Scrimmage Fest Coming Saturday

If you are looking for some top high school basketball this weekend, you might want to make your way to Springboro as several of Ohio's top players will be in action in the Springboro Scrimmage Fest.



This 16-team preview on the 15th is arguably the most convenient event for Ohio State and high school basketball fans to check out the entire season.

This preview, located in the Southwestern Ohio town of Springboro, brings together as many as eight teams with players who are current or potential future Ohio State recruiting prospects.

Bob Weiss of Ohio Roundball Prep has assembled an amazing collection of action that will run all day long.

The event is comprised of four sessions of scrimmaging, with four teams in each session beginning at 10:00 A.M.

10:00 A.M. – Canton McKinley, Centerville, Cincinnati Elder, Middletown

The highlight of this session is without question the appearance of Canton McKinley, who last season made an appearance to the state Final Four in Division I behind super sophomore Raymar Morgan.

Morgan, now a 6-7 junior, has a lot of help this season as Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas star Rickey Jackson, a 6-5 wing, is now playing for McKinley.

Besides Jackson and Morgan (who visited Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State thus far this fall), the Bulldogs have several other good players, the best of which being 6-4 Todd Brown.

Centerville also has 6-5 Justin Johnson, an up-and-coming forward who might be D-I material.

1:00 P.M. – Cincinnati St. Xavier, Dayton Dunbar, Lakota West, Reynoldsburg

St. Xavier features 6-2 guard John Wolf, a terrific shooter who is one of the top seniors in the state of Ohio.

Dunbar, of course, features 2006 star Daequan Cook, a 6-4 shooting guard considered amongst the nations elite. He is ranked sixth nationally by Scout Hoops.

His teammates, Mark Anderson and Aaron Pogue, are also both highly regarded players to keep an eye on. Anderson is the nephew of former Dayton star in the 70's, Dwight Anderson. He is a 6-5 wing that is getting interest from Florida, Oklahoma, and several other high major programs.

Pogue, meanwhile, is one of the top players in the class of 2007 both nationally and in the state of Ohio. He is a 6-8 270-pounder who Cincinnati, Ohio State, Dayton, and many other top programs have sought after.

Aside from Dunbar's trio of stars, perhaps the most interesting player to watch is 6-8 Josh Chichester of Lakota West.

Chichester is considering the Buckeyes and is one of the more highly regarded players on the Ohio State wish list for the class of 2006. He is also a standout football player as he is the star receiver on the football team.

Reynoldsburg has a talented guard by the name of Evan Washington, who is a 5-11 junior.

4:00 P.M. – Beavercreek, Cincinnati Western Hills, Lakota East, Springboro

The highlight of this flight is easily Lakota East guard James Dews.

Dews, the 6-3 junior, is probably the top pure shooter in all of Ohio. He has drawn interest from Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Michigan, N.C. State, and Ohio State.

Western Hills also brings in one of the top guards in the class of 2006 in the state with 6-3 Jamar Howard. Chris Johnson of Hoopscoop Online ranks Howard as one of the top 10 players in the class of 2006 in the state of Ohio.

Western Hills also has an up-and-coming 6-9 junior center by the name of Orlando Allen. Allen is one of the better post players in the greater Cincinnati area.

The host, Springboro High School, features a 6-6 power forward by the name of Jake Ballard, who some consider to be a Division I prospect. Ballard is also a very talented football player.

7:00 P.M. – Cincinnati Hughes, Cincinnati Roger Bacon, Cincinnati Sycamore, Sidney

Cincinnati Roger Bacon has a pair of talented juniors in 5-8 point guard Ben Haarman and 6-7 center Nick Duffy.

However, with all due respect to McKinley or Dunbar, perhaps the most talented team in the entire event is Cincinnati Hughes.

Hughes features 6-5 swingman Adrian Graves, who is one of the top 10 players in the class of 2006. He has gone up against O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker several times and reportedly held his own.

Graves is showing early interest in the Buckeyes as well as Tennessee, Michigan, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Xavier, and many others.

Along with Graves, Hughes has one other very talented junior in 6-6 power forward Brandon Russ.

In the sophomore class, Hughes has 6-7 forward Christian Siakim, a native African who Hughes is hoping is declared eligible by the OHSAA. Siakim is one of the top three or four players in the class of 2007, although it's unclear whether or not he will be playing.

The fourth, and arguably the most talented player on the entire team, is freshman sensation Yancey Gates. Gates, a 6-8 power forward, performed along with B.J. Mullens (the recent Ohio State commitment from the class of 2008) very nicely this summer in several national events. Gates could likely end up being a top-50 recruit by the time his senior year comes around.

If you're not tied down to the Buckeyes and you want to see some exciting high school basketball, this will be the place to be!

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