We just got done seeing the ninth annual “Flyin’ to the Hoop” tournament, held at Trent Arena (home of the Dayton Air Strikers and the Kettering Fairmont Firebirds.) This is a tournament where some of the best teams from around the country play some basketball at the young arena.
Most of the teams do come from Ohio, but there are a nice selection of teams outside the state. There are twelve teams from the Miami Valley, five from Cincinnati, and seven outside these two areas but still in Ohio. Out of those twelve teams in the Miami Valley, eight teams are from the Greater Western Ohio Conference (five Central, three North, and none from the South.)
Ten teams come from outside Ohio, with three coming from Illinois. There’s one from North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, Alabama, New York. There’s also two from Georgia.
The first tournament was held in 2003, but there’s been a lot of players that have gone to play in college. Some have even seen the professional arena lights. A complete list lies here, but some NBA players include Rudy Gay (Memphis), Daequan Cook (Ohio State University, then Oklahoma City), Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee), and Josh Boone (New Jersey). There are a few that went on to play at local colleges, such as Dayton, Wright State, Xavier, and Miami University.
This is a great event for the Miami Valley and for the Dayton area. During the quiet month of January, it’s nice to see something bloom and be successful.
Also, if you are wondering, the GWOC went 3-5 this year; with the Troy Trojans, Northmont Thunderbolts, and Wayne Warriors securing a win. Those three teams secured wins over very solid teams, with Northmont’s opponent (Wheeler, from Georgia) having at least three Division I-caliber players and four state titles since 2002. Wayne’s opponent was Whitney M. Young and had eight players to watch for on the list and four in ESPNU’s top 100. Very good wins for the three teams.
We’ll see the next Flyin’ to the Hoop in 2012, same weekend.
Until next time,