Dec 4, 2011

Weekly Recap/Updated Power Rankings

Can anyone challenge Taft for the top spot in our power rankings? Is Kevin Daniels going to be the breakout sophomore in the city this season? Who is deserving of the top spot in Division I? Our take on these questions and more in our weekly recap with top performers, our new team rankings, and a special announcement....

Moeller junior Josh Davenport
had a huge opening night offensively
Week 1 Top Performers:

1.      Adolphus Washington- ’12 Taft C: “Diesel” didn’t earn his reputation yesterday, he’s had it for a while; and one thing is for sure, it’s only getting bigger and bigger. Adolphus was a man amongst boys as he dominated Friday against Taft with 20 points and 19 rebounds in a blowout win; then followed up with a passionate 29 point and 18 rebound outing against a West High team (including two monster dunks) that had no answer, as Taft cruised again.
2.      Orlando Berry Jr- ’12 Taft PG: The senior has big plans to repeat as State Champions and proved that they are the favorites with two convincing wins over Aiken and West High. Berry has been un-guardable in the half and full court so far and through two games is averaging 22.5 points and over 5 assists and 5 steals.
3.      Kevin Daniels- ’14 Hughes SG: The Big Red have won as many games already as they did last season (1) as they defeated Oyler on Friday and lost by one to Woodward on Saturday. Daniels scored the ball at a prolific rate over the weekend as the sophomore recorded 28 on Friday and followed that up with another 26 in Saturday’s loss.
4.      Josh Davenport- ’13 Moeller SG/SF: The junior scoring wing proved that he is ready to handle the offensive load as he led the way in a surprisingly lopsided win over Winton Woods. Davenport scored 22 points, on an efficient 10-14 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.
5.      Geovonie McKnight- ’12 Middletown PG/SG: A great start to his senior season as he scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and recorded 5 assists in a win over Beavercreek. Those numbers should help the reputation of one of Ohio’s top unsigned senior prospects.
6.      Vincent Edwards- ’14 Middletown SF: The versatile sophomore showed his complete game with 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists in a win over Beavercreek. These type of numbers are what makes Vince one of, if not the, top sophomores in Ohio.
7.      Alex Fultz- ’12 Glen Este SG: Even though his team took a tough loss the senior shooter torched Mt. Healthy for 35 points in a thrilling FAVC opener.
8.      Zach McCormick- ’14 Turpin SG: In his first game as a Spartan the sophomore picked up where he left off at Wilmington by scoring 23 points, in only a half of playing time, in a blowout win over Amelia. McCormick is one of the early favorites to lead the city in scoring.
Hughes sophomore Kevin Daniels is
averaging 27 points through two games
9.      Max Hassell- ’12 Clark PG: The senior is determined to keep Clark relevant as he scored 25 points in a convincing home win over a talented Madeira squad. 
10.  Luke Kennard- ’15 Franklin SF: The freshman scored 26 in his first varsity game, a victory over Waynesville. At 6’5 Kennard is running the point for his Wildcat team and looks to have a monster first season.

Week 2 Power Rankings (12/4/11)

Division I

1.      Withrow- Took care of business on Friday vs Woodward and should again this week against Shroder. 8 players scored at least 6 points in their win, highlighting their impressive depth and talent; although Moeller is pushing them for their spot.
2.      Moeller- Gained momentum towards the number one spot with a statement win over Winton Woods. Another performance like that and the top spot could be theirs. Remember, PG Keith Watkins is about to return to action!
3.      Middletown- Solid win over Beavercreek, as their “Big 2” carried them, was enough to move them up one spot over Princeton.
4.      Princeton- Got the win, but not by as much as they should’ve, against Centerville. They drop behind Middletown but this team should improve throughout the year.
5.      LaSalle- Stayed in the same spot, first game is on Tuesday, a tough test against a talented Walnut Hills team.
6.      Mason- Impressive margin in their win moves them up as all their “Big 3” scorers all reached double figures. Tough test this Friday against Colerain looms large.
7.      Winton Woods- Can’t drop them too far after losing to Moeller on the road. This team will only get better as they gain experience. Need to take care of Bacon this Tuesday.
8.      Walnut Hills- Kept their same spot after handling their business Friday. A high profile Tuesday matchup with LaSalle should tell us a lot more.
9.      Lakota East- Huge margin in win over Lockland turned some heads.
10.  St. Xavier- Stayed in the same spot, first game is on Tuesday.
Just Missed: Colerain, Lakota West, Turpin, Northwest, West High, Fairfield

Division II-IV 

Clark senior Max Hassell is off
to a great start this season
1.      Taft- The gap between #1 and rest of the field is huge as the Senators flexed their muscles. The speed they play at, the presence of Adolphus Washington, and the acceptance of roles of their other players make them look like a well oiled machine. 
2.      Franklin- Freshman SF Luke Kennard showed out in the opening win. Their schedule is favorable early, but how good is this Wildcat? Still undecided on this end.
3.      Aiken- A no show loss on Friday then a passionate win on Saturday leaves us a little confused. They have the week off to find their true identity, they belong in this spot right now but have no idea if they’ll move up or down from there.
4.      Summit- Good, but not great, first game against Reading. A tough week with Seven Hills and Lockland on the schedule will challenge their focus.
5.      McNicholas- First game will be this Tuesday, a Friday matchup with Turpin should tell us a lot more about this Rockets team.
6.      North College Hill- The Trojans turned heads with a dismantling of Wyoming, two more blowouts are expected this week, can they handle the expectations?
7.      Lockland- Hard to take much from a loss to a school like Lakota East but Lockland did show signs of life. We’ll learn a lot more this week as they face two ranked teams in Summit and Clark.
8.      Roger Bacon- Nice win over Finneytown, we’ll see what they’ve got Tuesday on the road against a talented Winton Woods team.
9.      Indian Hill- Started season with a convincing win over Sycamore, still sort of an unknown but appear to be CHL favorites at early stage.
10.  Clark- Blowout of Madeira earns them a spot in the top ten. Can they handle Lockland on Tuesday?

Just Missed: Hughes, Shroder, Finneytown, Seven Hills, Madeira, Badin, Cincinnati Christian

CPHR’s Newest Staff Member
We are pleased to announce that beginning this week CPHR’s new student intern, Purcell Marian senior Daniel Watkins, will be joining us as a special correspondent. Watkins, an aspiring journalism major, brings a breadth of knowledge as he traveled the AAU circuit for years as a student-assistant coach for the Queen City Prophets and is an avid fan, and researcher, of Cincinnati high school basketball. Look for big things coming soon from Daniel……..

1 comment:

  1. Daniel Watkins will be a great addition to the Cincy prep hoops report and suprisingly looks like Barack Obama.