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Old 01-31-18, 10:32 AM
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Here is what Prep Hoops Ohio had to say;

"Here’s what we know: The race for the Division II State Championship is going to be insane. There’s not much separation between teams 1-8 on our rankings.

Here’s what we don’t know: who exactly is the best team in Division II. Sure, you could say that about all of the divisions and that’s probably not a persuasive way to sell my opinion. But, let’s be real, any of these top eight teams could beat each other, making D-II especially difficult to forecast.

Getting more specific now, numbers 1, 9, and 10 were the least tedious choices to make. Wauseon is the reigning D-II runner-up, they’re undefeated, have four quality wins, and a game-changing player. They’ve earned the top spot. Number 10 was easy-ish, but Lake Catholic just barely made it in over Gilmour Academy, Columbus South, Indian Valley, and Poland Seminary. Why? They’re 12-2 with one of their losses coming when their two best guards were out. Lake Catholic has the most consistent résumé of that group of five.

We rewarded teams 2-4 (Eastmoor Academy, Cincinnati Hughes, and St. Vincent-St. Mary respectively) for finding success against some of the most challenging schedules in the state. They have the three lowest margins of victory, but that’s because they’ve played majority of their games against strong competition. EA has played in nine such games (6-3 record), STVM a whopping 12 (6-6 record including wins over Fairland and Trotwood), and Hughes eight (6-2 record and losses to EA and Cincy Woodward in the opener by 11 total points).

Beechcroft slid off the #1 spot, going 7-1 in January and losing against their lone quality opponent. Division II in Ohio is so good that Beechcroft is #5, guys. The Cougars stayed barely above Trotwood-Madison, Fairland, and McNicholas because of the combination of their one-loss record, two quality wins, and loaded roster.

There’s plenty of reasonable arguments to be made about our top ten, and we’d love to hear those, but that’s our reasoning in the meantime. Just remember that most importantly, get your popcorn ready for the D-II playoffs because it’s going to be a lot of fun for the kids and fans."


1. Wauseon (16-0)

Quality wins: Sylvania Southview, Archbold (twice), Anthony Wayne

Point differential: +25.5

Top prospects: Austin Rotroff (2018), Brooks Gype (2018), Levi Seiler (2019)

2. Eastmoor Academy (14-3)

Quality wins: Hughes, De La Salle (MI), Columbus South (twice), Africentric, Purcell Marian

Losses: Moeller, Upper Arlington, Detroit MLK (MI)

Point differential: +13.5

Top prospects: Taevion Kinsey (2018), Stanley Williams (2018), Tariq Brown (2018), Tim Smith (2018), Randy Olverson (2018), Tripp Hopkins (2019)

3. Hughes (14-2)

Quality wins: Brush, Taft, Indian Hill, Woodward, Cleveland Heights, St. Xavier

Losses: Eastmoor Academy, Woodward

Point differential: +7.9

Top prospects: Giovanni Santiago (2018), Dominic “DJ” Brewton (2019), Arian “AJ” Smith (2018), Shawn Hawkins (2018), Dwayne Rosado (2018)

4. St. Vincent-St. Mary (9-7)

Quality wins: Trotwood, Fairland, Benedictine, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Cleveland Heights

Losses: Wayne, Garfield Heights, Lakewood St. Edward, Cleveland Central Catholic, St. Ignatius, Stow, Pickerington Central

Point differential: +8.0

Top prospects: Seth Wilson (2021), Lunden McDay (2019), Scott Walter (2018), Malaki Branham (2021), Chris Painter (2019)

5. Beechcroft (14-1)

Quality wins: Newark, Northland

Loss: Pickerington North

Point differential: +25.3

Top prospects: Jelani Simmons (2018), DaTrey Long (2018), Elijah Bishop (2018), Teon Jennings (2018), Therron Jennings (2018), Na’Elle Simmons (2019)

6. Trotwood-Madison (13-3)

Quality wins: Fairmont

Losses: Wayne. St. Vincent-St. Mary, McEachern (GA)

Point differential: +29.9

Top prospects: Amari Davis (2019), Myles Belyeu (2018), Justin Stephens (2019), Sammy Anderson (2020), Carl Blanton (2020)

7. Fairland (12-3)

Quality wins: Huntington (WV), Gallia Academy

Losses: St. Vincent-St. Mary, Cox Mill (NC), Lanett (AL)

Point differential: +21.3

Top prospects: Kollin Van Horn (2018), Luke Thomas (2018), Isaiah Howell (2018), Keedrick Cunningham (2018)

8. McNicholas (15-1)

Quality wins: Taft, Fenwick

Loss: Purcell Marian

Point differential: +14.6

Top prospects: Ryan Reidy (2018), Cole Burdick (2018)

9. Unioto (13-1)

Quality win: Chillicothe

Loss: Logan

Point differential: +17.9

Top prospects: Logan Swackhammer (2018), Brandon Kennedy (2018), Peyton Hill (2018)

10. Lake Catholic (12-2)

Quality win: Hoban

Losses: Benedictine, Gilmour Academy

Point differential: +17.4

Top prospects: Luke Frazier (2020), Luka Eller (2020), Brandon Horton (2018)
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Old 01-31-18, 01:24 PM
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This is written thoroughly
EA just beat Africentric on Jan. 30th so they will meet Beechcroft in the city championship game Feb. 17th
Old 01-31-18, 06:16 PM
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Final Four: Wauseon, Akron STVM/MLC/VASJ winner Fairland/Eastmoor/Beechcroft winner Cinn Hughes/McNIchols/Trotwood winner.
Old 02-01-18, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by StarstoShine View Post
Final Four: Wauseon, Akron STVM/MLC/VASJ winner Fairland/Eastmoor/Beechcroft winner Cinn Hughes/McNIchols/Trotwood winner.
One Columbus district winner goes to Dayton (Trotwood, etc) while the other goes to BG (Wauseon) for the regional so neither Eastmoor nor Beechcrofy would see Fairland in the regional.

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