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Sign Up Now For Tier 1 Sports Middle School Showcase! [Oct. 18th]


Basketball never stops and this upcoming weekend is no different, as Tier 1 Sports LLC is putting on a showcase for all basketball players from 5th-8th grade on October 18 at Lima Senior High School. Lima’s own Quincey Simpson (@coachq7) will be helping run the camp, and there will be scouts from all across the midwest to evaluate and analyze those hoopers in attendance.

The cost is now $100, and to register click the following link below:


Video services will also be in attendance, and here is some video from past events.

Matthew Moyer Profile, Part II [Article & Video]

Moyer Slam

Article by Eran Hami

A star athlete and a standout student. Matthew Moyer is dedicated to everything he takes on.

Seen walking through the hallways to the basketball gym, sporting a Syracuse University gym bag that is navy blue with the word “Syracuse” in orange, Gahanna’s Matthew Moyer makes no bones about where his college choice is.

To anyone under 6 feet tall, the 16-year-old five-star forward seems like a giant. He is lanky with a wingspan the size of an albatross’ but lacks a muscular figure. He has short buzzed brown hair with a light black skin tone.

On school days, the 6-feet-8 inch basketball small forward gets a head start with a 4 a.m. workout with his personal trainer, and then follows that up with an eight-hour school day. Moyer starts that school day with music, and not by listening to it, but by playing it as a first-chair violinist in the school’s orchestra.

Moyer said he spends numerous hours on homework each night, but manages to get it all done. He usually studies at home and sits at the polished, dark brown wooden kitchen table that is about four feet high. Moyer sits in the chair that faces towards a glass sliding door, looking out to his suburban backyard. Overflowing with assignments and notes, his plastic red, lime green and purple folders divide up his class duties. At one point he got up to get a navy blue blanket, that felt like felt material, to wrap his long legs up. He pestered his mom several times that the house was cold and the heat needed to be turned on. She resisted saying October is too early for the heat.

The weekends are filled with basketball and social time. Moyer tries to make it out to cheer on fellow Gahanna Lincoln Lions at the football games.

“I just love supporting,” Moyer said about his high school and attending a college with a football program.

Every now and then Moyer will get interrupted on his homework from his friend and teammate Nick Ward. Ward asked Moyer over the phone to give him a “shout out” on Twitter. With the phone on speaker Moyer rolls his eyes and throws his head back and shakes it in a displeased manor.

“You don’t have 1000 followers yet Nick?” Moyer said on the phone joking around with Ward.

“That dude FaceTimes me and calls me all the time,” Moyer said as Skittles rattle around a cardboard box and fall into Moyer’s hand. “How many times does he call me? Once before school, once before workouts, once before I go to bed and then if he can’t sleep he’ll just keep FaceTimeing me until I wake up.”

 On Sundays in the fall, Moyer attends “Coach Vic’s Open Gym”, at the older Reynoldsburg High School. Here, the best basketball players in the Columbus area come together for two hours to showcase their talents with various Division II and Division III college coaches in attendance. Moyer arrived to the gym sporting his royal blue Gahanna Lincoln warm-up jacket, with the school logo stamped on the left side of the jacket on his chest. He found his fellow high school teammate and Division I recruit, Ward, behind the small set of silver bleachers with only four rows. The two laughed liked young kids about a previous basketball trip they attended, while Moyer did some warm-up stretches on his legs using a 4-foot, maroon colored elastic band.

When Moyer is with Ward and his friends he is average height. For an average 5-feet-8-inch man, standing next to him and his friends would be like standing in the Redwood forest. He walks out to the faded wooden court with a lackadaisical appearance, but he doesn’t allow himself to be pushed around in the game. Moyer knows where to be on the court and where the ball needs to go when he receives a pass.

Moyer is involved with so much it is rare to see him just have free time to himself. Yet the student-athlete with a 3.7 GPA and ranked nationally as high as 14th on 247 Sports, maintains his composure and puts in hard work. As school progresses and his junior season approaches, Matt is going to need to find that continual perfect balance.

Xavier Simpson Summer Mixtape [2016/Lima Senior/King James]


2016 point guard Xavier Simpson had quite the summer, picking up multiple high major offers thanks to his play with his King James 16u team, leading them to the Elite 8 of Nike’s Sweet 16, and the Final Four of the AAU Super Showcase. Simpson will be playing for his dad, Quincey, in his junior year at Lima Senior HS, after leading cross-town Lima Central Catholic to a Division III state championship last season.

Special thanks go out to Daren Scarberry as well as Johnny Hines from Courtside Films.

For more on Simpson and King James 16u, stay tuned to Behind the Box Score.

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Elijah Pughsley Mixtape @ AAU Nationals [Video]

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2015 G Elijah Pughsley scorched the nets during the final live period of the 2014 season at the AAU Nationals in Louisville. Pughsley had a 30-point game and also hit six threes in one half for his Queen City Prophets squad. Next year, Pughsley will be attending Lima Senior HS.

For more on the Prophets and AAU Nationals, stay tuned to Behind the Box Score.

Jaevin Cumberland dominates for King James Running Rebels @ AAU Nationals [Video]

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2015 G Jaevin Cumberland scored the rock in many different ways over the weekend in Louisville at the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase, leading his King James Running Rebels squad to a comeback win over the Queen City Prophets in double OT.

For more on the AAU Nationals, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.

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King James 16U advance to Final Four @ AAU Super Showcase [Video]

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With a win over in-state rival VCC Ohio Warriors and a hard-fought victory over UA Grind, the King James Shooting Stars are two steps away from defending their championship in Louisville at the AAU Nationals/Super Showcase.

For more on KJSS and the AAU Nationals/Super Showcase, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.

Xavier Simpson hits deep buzzer-beater three @ AAU Super Showcase [Video]

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Point guard Xavier Simpson came through in the clutch today for his King James Shooting Stars squad, nailing a deep three point shot at the end of the third quarter. Simpson and King James fought off UA Grind 55-48 on Friday to advance to the Final Four.

For more on Simpson and King James, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.

Quindarious “Tookie” Brown Highlights @ Under Armour Finals

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Mississippi State commit “Tookie” Brown showcased his talents during the second live period at the 2014 UAA Finals, leading his Atlanta Xpress team in scoring with 11.8 points per contest. Brown also grabbed 2.6 rebounds per while shooting 56% from the field.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry and NextUpRecruits.

For more on Atlanta Xpress and the UAA Finals, stay tuned to Behind the Box Score.

Diamond Stone throws down monstrous one-handed dunk @ Under Armour Finals [2015/Young Legends]


Top-ranked 2015 big man Diamond Stone showed off his agility on Thursday by getting to the rim quickly and with force, throwing down a huge one-handed dunk at the UAA Finals in Suwanee.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry from NextUpRecruits.

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Help basketball in Columbus: Support and Donate to Coach Vic’s Weekly Showcase


I have been covering basketball high school basketball in Columbus for the better part of five years now, but just last year I was introduced to some great basketball before the regular season starts. On Sunday nights last year at The Hoop on E 5th Ave, former Northland book keeper and player consultant Victor Dandridge put on a weekly open gym/showcase for the top players in Columbus and around the state. 

In order to keep this great event going, Coach Vic is asking for donations of any and all denominations, and the end goal is a total of $5,000.

If you want a direct link to the donation page, visit here: Coach Vic’s Weekly Showcase