Recruiting News and Notes

*2019 G Alek West of Sylvania Northview High School has received an offer from Lake Erie College.

*2021 F Kalen Etzler of Convoy Crestview High School has received an offer from Miami (OH).

*2019 G Payton Moyer of Toledo St. Johns High School has committed to Capital University.

*2020 C/F Jackson Sizemore of Perrysburg High School is currently receiving interest from Air Force, Ashland, Cedarville, and others.

Hidden Gems Spring Showcase

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The annual Hidden Gems Spring Showcase takes place next weekend, on Saturday, March 24th at Thomas Worthington High School.

This Showcase has earned the reputation as one of the best in Ohio over the years, and rightly so, as dozens of college coaches and college contacts across all levels, congregate in Columbus to evaluate and get a look at dozens of prospects spanning from all parts of the state and beyond.

From the experiences here at E Hoops Ohio, no other showcase does as good of a job as Hidden Gems and owner Lucius Jones does at putting prospects in front of college coaches and providing them with that valuable exposure. As is the case every year, all it takes is a special effort from one student-athlete, to catch the eye of one college coach, and scholarship offers and opportunities come available at this showcase.

Numerous big time and big name individuals have participated in the showcase over the years, including; Jared Sullinger, Trey Burke, Stevie Taylor, Byron ‘BJ’ Mullens, Nick Ward, and Seth Towns.

Some names more recently that have set themselves apart early in their High School careers at this showcase include guys like Jerome Hunter, and Khalil Iverson, both of whom now play in the Big Ten.

For more information you can visit the Hidden Gems basketball website.


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Below are videos done by E Hoops Ohio at Hidden Gems Showcases in years past:

Regional Games Are Set Across NW Ohio

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The Sectional and District rounds of the OHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament were completed over the weekend, meaning that Regional play begins this week across the state, as teams try to punch their ticket to Columbus. Below are the Regional games for Northwest Ohio:

Akron/Toledo Regional (Region 1, Division I)

Lima Senior vs. Toledo Start – 3/13 at 7:00 p.m at the University of Toledo

Bowling Green Regional (Region 6, Division II)

Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Lima Shawnee – 3/14 at 8:00 p.m at Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green Regional (Region 10, Division III)

Grandview Heights vs. Cardinal Stritch – 3/13 at 6:15 p.m at Bowling Green State University

Coldwater vs. Willard – 3/13 at 8:00 p.m at Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green Regional (Region 14, Division IV)

Columbus Grove vs. Maumee Valley Country Day – 3/12 at 6:15 p.m at Bowling Green State University

Hicksville vs. Convoy Crestview – 3/12 at 8:00 p.m at Bowling Green State University

Perrysburg Surprises, Northview Moves On

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On Friday night at Lake High School, a pair of highly anticipated Sectional contests in the Toledo 2 District in DI took place. In the opening game #2 Sylvania Northview took the floor against #10 Toledo Central Catholic, with #8 Toledo St. Johns taking on #11 Perrysburg in the second game of the night. 

The opening period would result in one of the more efficient, high level quarters of basketball that you might see all season, with offense aplenty. Fred Overton for Central Catholic, and Sam Clear for Northview would each display their ability to knock down the perimeter shot, as both teams would settle in to what the other was doing. Toledo Central Catholic would lead Sylvania Northview 18-14 after the 1st.

The second quarter would be the exact opposite of the first, as offense would be hard to come by, a credit to the scouting done by either coaching staff, and a slower pace of play overall. Northview would take the lead, and hold the advantage over Central Catholic 23-20 at the half.

Sylvania Northview senior standout Alek West would stuff the stat sheet on this night, but struggle from the field in the first half, but that would begin to turn in the third quarter. West would do what he does, making plays for teammates, and picking the times to go and get his. The efforts of he, along with Clear, and freshman big man Sean Craig would help Northview widen their margin, as they would lead Central Catholic after the 3rd 41-29.

Central Catholic would get a good outing out of junior Dominique Cole and Cameron Awls in particular, but Northview would be too much on this night. Sylvania Northview would defeat Toledo Central Catholic 54-41 to advance; Alek West would lead them with 17 points, along with 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Dominique Cole would finish with 10 points to lead Central Catholic, followed by Cameron Awls with 9 points.


Perrysburg would take on Toledo St. Johns in the second game of the night, featuring plenty of talent between the two teams, as well as two of the best head coaches and coaching staffs the greater Toledo area has to offer. Perrysburg’s patented zone defense would look pretty strong in the opening period, as St. Johns would struggle to knock down perimeter shots. Perrysburg would lead 11-7 after the 1st quarter.

The second quarter would be much of the same, as sophomore Brady Lichtenberg would try to provide a lift for St. Johns with his energy and offensive output. Perrysburg would answer with tough buckets on the interior and a patient pace of play. They would maintain their lead, up 22-18 heading into the halftime break.

In the third period, Perrysburg’s talented junior big man Jackson Sizemore would really begin to make his mark on this game. Sizemore would anchor that Perrysburg defense all night, while knocking down perimeter shots, and finishing on the interior to help them fight off the St. Johns effort. Caleb Smith would get cooking, really displaying the mid-range game, on his way to a valiant second half effort. However, Perrysburg would still lead St. Johns 34-33 after the 3rd.

The experience and shot making of St. Johns would help them finally gain an advantage over Perrysburg early on in the final quarter of play. Caleb Smith would continue his offensive barrage, and senior Payton Moyer would provide steady play for St. Johns. Offense would be hard to come by in the closing minutes for either side, as this one would come down the final seconds. With Perrysburg trailing 41-42 with only a few ticks left on the clock, Preston Evans would get a tough one to fall in the paint, giving Perrysburg the lead 43-42. St. Johns would turn the ball over on the ensuing possession, and Perrysburg would defeat Toledo St. Johns 43-42 to advance. Jackson Sizemore would lead Perrysburg with 17 points in the win, while Caleb Smith would finish with 15 points for St. Johns in the loss, with all of his points coming in the second half.

Defiance, Wapakoneta Roll

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On Wednesday night, a pair of Sectional games took place at Findlay High School in the DII Ada District. In the first game of the night, #3 Defiance took the court with #13 Maumee, while in the nightcap, #4 Wapakoneta squared off with #8 Kenton.

Defiance would jump out to a quick 10-0 lead over Maumee to begin the first game of the night, as junior guard Will Lammers got hot from the outside. Defiance would lead 13-4 after the 1st quarter, as Maumee struggled to find offense. Maumee would be without junior guard David Walker due to off the court issues, really hindering their chances in this game, and it would show.

Luke Metzger would do all he could to keep Maumee within reach throughout the first half with 9 points, and ultimately throughout the game. Lammers and junior standout Tyrel Goings would continue to lead the charge for Defiance, who would lead Maumee 29-13 at the half.

The same trend from the first half would continue into the third quarter as Defiance opened up their margin even further. Lammers would continue to light it up from the perimeter, with Maumee struggling to find answers. Metzger would continue his efforts for Maumee, but they would trail 21-42 after the 3rd.

With the game all but over, starters on both sides would check out minutes into the final quarter of play. Defiance would cruise to a 56-30 victory to advance. Tyrel Goings would deliver a 12 point and 14 rebound performance for Defiance in the win. Luke Metzger would finish with 19 points for Maumee in his final high school game.


The second game of the night would be filled with high energy and plenty of competitive juice from both sides as the Western Buckeye League foes went to work. The opening quarter would be very much a back and forth pace, with Aaron Good and Camron Pulfer doing the bulk of the damage for their teams. The game would be tied between Wapakoneta and Kenton at 11-11 after the 1st.

Wapakoneta would make the first big run of the game early on in the second period, courtesy of talented senior Adam Scott, helping them jump out to a double-digit lead. Scott and the aforementioned Good, would take over the game on both ends of the floor, with Kenton struggling to get anything going. The game would all but be decided by the halftime break with Wapakoneta leading 42-13.

Kenton standout Jaron Sharp would finally begin to get involved in the third quarter, but it would be all too late, as the senior would finish his high school basketball career in a disappointing way. Kenton sophomore guard Jaden Cornell would knock down some perimeter shots along the way, but Wapakoneta would be too much on this night, leading Kenton 56-24 after the 3rd.

Wapakoneta would go to their bench early in the fourth quarter with the game in hand, as Aaron Good would check out with 20 points and Adam Scott with 21 points; the senior duo looked really good in all facets on this night. Wapakoneta would roll to defeat Kenton by a final score of 64-29 to advance to a date with Defiance.