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Posted On: 05/29/18 5:00 AM
After quite a few miles on the Chrysler Sebring this spring, it’s time to release the Ohio team rankings over the next three days.
Here we go.
Although the EYBL Circuit hasn’t been kind to All Ohio Red — they are 5-11 in the Nike circuit, a record that is tied for last in Division C — they pretty much solidified their no. 1 spot with a Run N’ Slam Championship.
Red’s roster full of Division I prospects has been led by Ohio State verbal commit Alonzo Gaffney, rising guard Josh Corbin, and Reynoldsburg graduate Tre Williams. A win against Drive Nation in Hampton last week gives them a signature victory against a national top 25 team.
The first of three Nova teams to make the list has two quality tournament wins: Indianapolis adidas Gauntlet Silver Session II and the Super 16. Although we fully expect to experience some online ridicule for not ranking all the shoe teams one through three, Nova has proven capable of beating circuit teams like Indy Heat and Illinois Wolves. Also, Nova (James) has two wide-margin victories over top ten teams All Ohio Gold and TNBA Ohio.
TNBA Flash is 32-6 and has won the Solon Cage Classic, NEO Make It Rain Fest, and Showdown in Massillon. Although those aren’t headliner events, their record is undeniable and deserving of the no. 3 spot.
C2K Elite was a secure no. 2 a couple weeks ago. However, the UAA affiliate has faltered lately with a combined record of 2-5 at the Run N’ Slam and C2K Classic. Digging deeper into the box score, they played in super pools in both of those events and still have signature wins against circuit opponents.
Nova (Russell) started out the spring strong with a championship at the Battles for Borders. They continued their stellar play at various Hoop Group events and the Run N’ Slam, despite being shorthanded on most weekends.
Both of these All Ohio affiliates hardly ever lose on Saturdays. It’s a toss-up between the two. All Ohio Cincinnati is a problem when former Hughes point guard Giovanni Santiago is in the lineup. He led this group to a semifinal appearance at the Run N’ Slam, for example. Meanwhile, All Ohio Gold had arguably the best weekend of any Ohio 17U team at the Pitt Jam Fest back in late April.
NW Ohio, headlined by Marion Local 6’7” wing Nathan Bruns, gets the bump after a nice weekend at the Memorial Day event at Spiece. They have also posted winning records at highly competitive tournaments like the Nike Midwest Takeover and Run N’ Slam.
Meanwhile, it’s been hard to truly get a read on OBC because they’ve only played 12 games all spring because of injuries. They’ve won just 25 percent of those games. Regardless, Ohio’s adidas Gauntlet Gold affiliate cracks the top ten for a couple impressive wins and D-I talent.
There’s very little separation here in Tier 5, which also includes unranked teams Hidden Gems Orange and TNBA East Black.
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