NW Ohio High School Hoops Power Rankings
Presented by @CoachDarrenK
2/15/16 – Poll #7
#1 Lima Senior
The Spartans are getting closer to running the table in the regular season – 2 games left vs Clay and a talented Mansfield Senior led by Mario Young.
#2 St John’s
The Titans have made it clear they are the best team in the Toledo area, yet only good enough for 2nd in the TRAC. One more vs rival CCHS before the state tourney. A Lima Sr/SJJ rematch in bracket play is not unlikely.
Rarely does a team this talent only muster up a 3rd place league finish. This is not a knock on the Panthers, rather an indication of how strong the top of the TRAC is. Very nice ball club that is capable of a deep state tournament run if they rebound better.
#4 St. Francis
Coach Lewis deserves a lot of credit for steady improvements in each year he has been at the helm for the Knights. They have a very short bench but Coleman-Graham is a difference maker and when Burnham shows up, this is a solid club.
The Bulldogs have won 6 league games in a row and 7 out of 8 overall. They have to be the favorite to win the City League tournament this week despite Rogers’ fantastic start. My attention is on the state tournament though, I would love to see Wells, Green, and Hawkins all play well in the same game – that could lead to a long tournament run in Division 2.
Northview is trying to hold off Napoleon to win the NLL after dropping one in OT to Southview. The Wildcats should be able to take care of Bowling Green, the question is can a pesky Perrysburg club do them a solid by knocking off Napoleon.
The Wildcats have a tough Archbold squad in a non-league match-up before closing out the NLL vs Perrysburg and Maumee in their quest for at least a share of the league crown. A match up vs CCHS or Scott could be a tough one in the district semi’s for the #1 seed in the state tournament.
The Rams have lost 3 of 4 despite Cameron Copeland being named District Player of the Year in Division 2. They will have to win 2 this week, however Bowsher will not be an easy out in the Semi’s, to claim the City League Tournament crown, before hosting Shaker Heights in a non-league game to close out the regular season.
The Bulldogs have won 11 straight including a nice win over TAAC leading Ottawa Hills. This club has the fire power to be district champions in Division 3 if they play together and ride on the shoulders of junior, Gunner Oakes.
The Trojans are nice ball club likely heading to a 5th place finish in the TRAC but would certainly be a championship contender in all of the other area conferences. Meeting Northview should be a fun first round match-up in bracket play.
Knocking on the door:
Wauseon has won 9 straight and have put together a nice overall season and Springfield who have had some bad loses, but also own the best non-league wins in the NLL.
15 Unsigned Senior Basketball Prospects Hoping to Play Themselves into a College Uniform (alphabetical order by school)
- Jamarr Parker – Central Catholic
- Rico Stafford – Lima Senior
- Jaylin Thomas – Lima Senior
- Marquavious Wilson – Lima Senior
- Cameron Copeland – Rogers
- Larry Green – Scott
- Chance Hawkins – Scott
- Jay Wells – Scott
- Matt Schaffer – Southview
- Aaron Thompson – St. John’s
- Bryce McComb – Swanton
- Keith McClure – Toledo Christian
- Montrece Collins – Whitmer
- Sam Hickey – Whitmer
- Daijour Whittington – Woodward
Northern Buckeye (8), Northern Lakes League (8), Northwest Ohio (9), TRAC (8), Toledo Area, (8) Toledo City (6) – 47 total teams considered
Disclaimer: This poll is the sole opinion of Coach Darren Kohne who has over 20 years of experience coaching, scouting, recruiting, and evaluating at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. This is an unofficial poll produced in good nature to help provide positive recognition and shed light on the quality basketball teams in NW Ohio as well as promote spirited interscholastic competition.