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Posted On: 10/31/17 9:00 PM
The Greater Cleveland Conference was won a year ago by an Elyria team which bid adieu to a couple of all-conference players from a team that went 21-5 and lost in the regional semifinals.
The conference should again be ultra-competitive with some of the better teams in Northeast Ohio calling it home.
The Pioneers return big man, Justin Koepp but lose clutch shotmaker supreme Antonio Blanton and Josh Lotko.
Shaker Heights after a down year a season ago in which it won just five conference games and finished under .500, should bounce back. Senior Christian Guess is an all-district type player who at 6’5” can do it all. The Red Raiders also feature Dale Bonner, considered one of the best guards in the area, and Kevin Bishop, a 6’5” forward who missed much of last year with a foot injury after a productive freshmen year.
Medina won 18 games a year ago and welcomes back one of the top big men in the conference in 6’7” Tyler Kaminski (2018), a stretch 4, who can go inside and outside.
Brunswick features and inside/outside duo of Zak Zografos (2018) and Kyle Goessler (2019). Zografos at 6’7” has a strong inside game, according to his coach, and Goessler is a Division-I prospect who has started on the varsity since his freshman year
Mentor is always tough and this year will be no exception. Tadas Tadarunas and Caden Kryz return for the Cardinals.
Euclid gets a new coach and returns one of the best underclassman in the state. T.J. Kwasniak, who played and coached at Villa-Angela St. Joseph is the new coach for the Panthers who won just two games a year ago. The good news is they return Garvin Clarke (2020), who is rated as one of the best players in the state of Ohio’s class of 2020, according to PrepHoops.
Strongsville is also coming off a tough season after winning just six games a year ago and winning just two conference games. Omari Peek, a 6’6” athlete who can rebound and score, should be one of the better players in the conference. He’s originally from the Cincinnati area and played AAU basketball with Darius Bazley, the top-rated player in Ohio’s 2018 class by PrepHoops and No. 9 in the country in the ESPN 100.
Solon finished 17-8 a year ago and 8-6 in the conference but returns arguably the best player in the conference in Sincere Carry, a 6’0” guard, who was all-district a year ago.