All-Area team always a tough call

Basketball in the Dayton area is alive and striving to continue their excellence as we begin the sectional tournament this week at area high schools.

As we turn our focus to the quest for a state championship, which is the highlight and goal of every team, this is also the time of year that The Dabbelt Report turns the attention on the top players that shined on the courts this season. The 14th annual Dabbelt Report Miami Valley All-Area team was unveiled last weekend, and one thing is for sure. If there was every any doubt how talented the Dayton area truly is when it comes to girls’ hoops, the talent on the team this year is incredible.

Every year, I take pride in trying to represent Dayton area hoops the best way possible by honoring as many of the top players as possible. The all-area team consists of 22 players in each division honored as first-team players, plus a countless number of kids on honorable mention. I had someone ask me why do I name so many players to such a prestigious list? The answer is very simple.

The purpose of this media outlet is to promote the game, and to promote the players. Anyone can put together a list of like the top 20 kids and run with it, but the talent level is so deep here in the Miami Valley, I want to give a true perspective of who the best players are.

Also, several of the all-area kids have no other media outlet to promote their game. This is the lone publicity and exposure that most of these kids will get their entire high school career. Many of the regional college coaches utilize this website to get an idea of the talent in Dayton. A lot of these kids would have no other avenue to get their names out to those who can offer them an opportunity to compete at the next level.

So what makes a player an all-area player? Several factors go into the selection of the team.

The easiest avenue to use are stats, which is a good measuring stick on how good a player is. Clearly, just because you score a lot of points doesn’t make you a great player. In contrast, there are several outstanding players who don’t score a lot of points, but their other stats are legit because they bring a lot to the game. Offense is easy to measure: how many points do you score, do you pass to your teammates as a point guard and have a lot of assists? If you are a post player, are you dominating on the glass?  Then there are the players who are known for their defense, which often at this level wins games.

Also, WHO you play does play a part of any selection process. While I have always stated it is unfair to hold against a player who they play, if a player goes out every game against the best competition and produces, they will get noticed before a player who shines against much weaker competition. That’s just the way it is.

I am honored to be able to help promote your kids, and whether I am right on spot, or if I miss a kid or two, I have always received a lot of support from the community and that makes me want to continue to be the most reputable online source for girls’ hoops in this Buckeye state.

But for me, I will always take care of our Dayton kids first.

Oh yeah….only nine months until the Top 100 is released for next season. If you aren’t on the list now, there is plenty of time for freshman, sophomores and juniors to work toward a spot on the Top 100 in November. Also, if you are on the list, it doesn’t mean you will necessarily stay there. You need to work in the off-season so you don’t get passed up by the hungry players who are wanting to prove themselves.


AAU tryout info

As info is recieved on AAU tryouts for the spring, it will be posted here.

Please remember that you should not tryout for any non-OHSAA basketball activity until after your final game of your school season.


Miami Valley Hawks

Sunday February 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – 7th and 8th Grade
Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade
All Tryouts are at Miami East High School

Day of Champions registration open

I am happy to announce that the registration for the 2017 Day of Champions is now underway! The DOC will be held the weekend of March 25 and 26 at Bethel High School, and this event, considered the premier training event in Ohio in the spring, will feature a rare appearance in the Dayton area from Sports City U trainer Jim Clayton.

Players can choose which day they would like to attend, as we will be following the same agenda each day. Jim Clayton is the top basketball trainer in the Midwest, and will be in town to make your game stronger as we all head into an important month of April, which is the start of the spring basketball season.

In addition to several hours of extensive training, we will also be doing classroom sessions on various subjects. One will be a very important discussion about social media, recruiting, and a couple of other key topics that will be revealed when you arrive.

I will also be doing coverage of the event, and this will be the first look at players in the off-season for the prestigious Dayton Top 100, something that most Dayton players strive to achieve every season.

This has been established as the key event in Ohio to be a part of when it comes to training and learning, so I welcome you to be a big part of this event. In a world where everyone is throwing together events, I encourage you to be a part of something where I will be with you 365 days a year promoting your game.

This is not just for Dayton kids, anyone around the region may attend.

If you would like a registration form, please email me at We are only taking 35 kids per day.  Anyone can train, but not everyone can train with the Day of Champions!

Note: The dates on the initial form was incorrect. The dates are Saturday March 25 and Sunday March 26.

Urbana to host 2nd annual Underclass All-Star game

March 23 will be a big night for Miami Valley area underclassmen, as the 2nd annual Dabbelt Report Underclass All-Star Game will be held back at Urbana High School, with two games that evening starting at 6 p.m. Girls in grades 9-11 are eligible and will be chosen based on their season this year.

Much more info will be released as we get closer to the event. Mark your calendars now!