— SpireMbb (@SpireMbbAcademy) July 24, 2017
(7-26-17) Spire Academy, Ohio’s best known prep school basketball program, just recruited two of the top ranked guards in Ohio for the upcoming season, Dayton Dunbar’s Devon Baker and Caleb McConnell.
The two Wolverine Senior guards led Dunbar to a 24-4 season as Juniors before losing to Trotwood-Madison in an OHSAA Division II regional final game the year. A 6-foot-2 guard, Baker averaged 16.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while at 6-5 McConnell scored 13.9 points a game, with 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Devon Baker told the Dayton Daily News:
“We (saw) that it was better for us. We can learn more and get more exposure and get stronger and faster.”
The two will play for the Spire Academy high school team, which will play other prep schools around the country, they are not a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The two guards will not have to miss any games, since Spire is not a part of any governing association. Spire also fields a post-graduate program and has top players who be a part of that team. Both programs continue to grow and bring in quality players. Top rated players around the US are continuing to go this route and now Ohio has a ‘big-time’ player in the mix.
Spire is located in Ashtabula County near Cleveland.