Mar 29, 2011

Spring AAU Preview:

Cincy Prep Hoops Report is excited to be the exclusive provider of all things AAU related in this city, here is a look at who the top teams in Cincinnati are at the 15u, 16u, and 17u levels. Check back in as early as this weekend for coverage from the first set of tournaments.

17u (Rising Seniors)

Queen City Prophets: Team members include Aiken SG Landen Gaulden, West High SF Keevin Tyus, West High PG Darrell Bullock, Shroder PF Ladell Griffin, Withrow C Rozelle Nix, Withrow SF Erron Nichols, Middletown SG Jaihlen Teague (who will be attending prep school), and Mason SF Alex Woelk.

Cincinnati Knights (Gold): Very talented team led by Winton Woods PG Semaj Christon and Lakota East PG Mike Boyd (both of whom will be going prep). This team features four big men from the Dayton area as well as a seven foot African native. Other players include Moeller SG Ben Galemmo, Clark PF Paul Woodson, and Mason SF Darrin Harris.

Cincinnati Knights (Black): Team members include Shroder PF Randale Griffith, West High PG Bubba Hill, Shroder PG Trey Dees, Winton Woods PF Zach McCorkle, Loveland SG Anthony Lamachia, and Aiken SF Mikey Thompson (’13).

All-Ohio Purple: This team is led by Ohio’s POY in Adolphus Washington of Taft who is joined by Taft teammates Orlando Berry Jr (PG), Jermaine Freeman (SG), Jalean Lowe (SF), and Dwayne Stanford (PF). LaSalle PG Josh Lemons and Summit SG Tommy Kreyenhagen also return to the six-time State Champions (who have also won two National Titles). Since all the Taft players cannot play together again until June expect to see either a very different Purple roster in the spring or not see AOP at all until June.

GameTime Magic: New team that features Princeton's Malcolm Smith (SG) and Tank Young (C) and also has Deontez McGee (Norwood SG), and Louis Walker (North College Hill PG).

A few players will play for Columbus based teams as Willy Moore (Aiken SG) will be playing with the Ohio Hoopstars who also have Jalen Robinson, Ke’Shaun Lewis, Andre Yates and Gary Akbar. Geovonie McKnight (Middletown SG) and Mark Minch (Lakota East SG) will join a loaded All-Ohio Red team featuring stars like Elijah Macon, Kenny Kasminski, Devon Scott, Jordan Potts, Deante Hawkins, and many more.  
16u (Rising Juniors)

Queen City Prophets (Davenport): The entire squad returns from last year’s team, which was very successful. This team is led by Moeller SF Joshua Davenport and includes prospects like Tim Coleman (Withrow PG), Deontae Bolling (St. Xavier PG), Sterling Gilmore (Walnut Hills PG), Ramar Hairston (Northwest SG), Nick Fredrick (PG Covington Catholic), Terry Cook (Hughes SG), Marquez Carpenter (West High PF), and Cortez Adams (West High C) who will be joined by new additions like Joe Cossins (Anderson PF) and Trey Kilgore (St. Xavier SF).

All-Ohio Grey: One of the most talented teams in the state, Grey will feature the core from last year's Team Toledo squad that finished in the top ten at nationals. Grey will start the year with just one Cincinnati player on its roster, Aiken PG Tyonte Robertson (a '14 prospect) will be playing up an age group with All Ohio. This team also features stars like PF Vitto Brown (Bowling Green), PF Jackson Lamb (Bedford, MI), SF Deontae Cole (Toledo Central Catholic), Tony Kynard (Toledo Rogers), Clemmye Owens (Toledo Rogers), Keith Towbridge (Toledo Central Catholic), and Mark Alstork (Thurgood Marshall).

At the 16u level several of Cincinnati’s top players will be playing for out of town teams. Aiken SF Austin Grimes and Lakota West SG Monty Boykins will suit up for an All-Ohio Red team that features superstar big men Marc Loving, Nigel Hayes, and Taco Charlton to go along with guards Charles Tucker and Jarron Simmons. DJ Wingfield will return to lead his team, Martin Wolverines (last year’s Team Jordan), which is based out of Zanesville. Wingfield will be joined by his brother Antonio Woods (Summit PG ’14) who will play up with the Wolverines. Kevin Johnson a PG from Summit will return to his Ohio Basketball Club team that is led by Cleveland stars Tony Farmer, Mark Williams, Damonte Flannigan, and Elijah Brown; Withrow PF Devin Williams and Woodward PF Trent Donald will join OBC.

Last year’s Cincinnati Lakers squad finished Top Ten in the AAU Nationals but took some heavy recruiting losses; this year’s team is led by Dorian Jordan (PG Princeton), Keith Watkins (PG Moeller), Dylan Wedlock (SG Lockland), Isaiah Johnson (C Walnut Hills), and Ricardo Hill (SG Walnut Hills).

15u (Rising Sophomores)

Queen City Prophets: Kevin Daniels (Hughes SG) will lead this team which also features Ronnie Roussaeu (Winton Woods PG), versatile foward Lucas Gould (Indian Hill) and Isaiah Jones (PG rising freshman).

Cincinnati Knights: Athletic SF Treyvon Hudson of Colerain and emerging PF Bruce Williams of Georgetown will lead a team that also has Wyoming PG Ahmad Frost, and Princeton SG Isaiah Revels.

Ohio Tarheels: This squad has two stars in Middletown SF Vince Edwards and St. Xavier SF Roderick Mills who are both 6-6.

Cincinnati Lakers: The defending State Champions lost Tyonte Robertson but still have players like Summit PF Mike Barwick, Winton Woods SF Martin Jones, and Winton Woods PF Daniel Cage to go along with several talented guards.

Ohio Crossover Athletics: Winton Woods' Devon Goodson and Demetrius Seusberry lead this team.

Team Queen City: Aaron Oden (Hughes PG) and Devin Pike (Reading PF) lead this talented team.

Team Pit Bull: This team lost a lot of its firepower but still has Hughes PF David Mitchell.

Moeller PF’s Adam Gigax and Blake Simpson, along with Wilmington SG Zach McCormick, will be playing for Columbus’ All-Ohio Red

Several other AAU programs such as Shining Star Sports, run by former UC player Alex Meacham, Club Ohio, The Cincinnati Royals, and more will be playing in and around Cincinnati this spring and CPHR will have full coverage of them as well. 

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