Tyler Ulis at John Lucas International camp
On September 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Prep will be holding their second elite showcase of the year. At session #1, more than 200 elite players (6th-9th grade) from across the region participated in the 1-day showcase. The September event will host rising 6th-10th graders. The cost of the event is $85.00 and will again include 3 league games with a possible all-star game in each division. For an invitation, email Rob Taylor at: Taylorobe@aol.com. Spots are limited and this event will sell out.
Despite the camp's focus on development, attention was being paid to the players who stood out and separated themselves during the event. Although I had to get back to the Nike event, I did inquire from the scouts and other observers who the top performers were. From what I heard, Lima's Tyler Ulis, arguably Ohio's top 8th grader, represented the Buckeye State well. According to Clay Dade, founder of the Jr. All-American Camp, Ulis' advanced game was on full display, as he showed an impressive skill package, poise beyond his years, and a high basketball IQ. Below is a list of standout players according to Jim Hicks and Clay Dade.