(3-2-18) Ohio’s SPIRE Institute recently was selected as an at-large bid to participate at the 2018 National Prep Championship in New London, Connecticut from Tuesday, March 6th – Thursday, March 8th. Twelve teams will participate to win the national title.



SPIRE (22-6) will play Tuesday, March 6th at 3:15 PM  vs. Hargrave Military Academy (VA).


Putnam Science Academy (CT) is the top  overall seed, finishing the regular season with a 31-4 record.

Spire Bracket

This past year saw two highly regarded Dayton Dunbar guards and DI prospects transfer to SPIRE for their Senior season, for them it has paid off with a trip to the nationals.

DeVon Baker, who just received an offer from Siena, and Caleb McConnell, had the pair stayed at Dunbar their season would have already been over. The OHSAA ‘booted’ the Wolverines out of the state tournament this week. Dunbar, who is already on probation, used an ineligible player in their most recent tournament game. It is not the first time Dunbar has been ousted from an OHSAA tournament, last season it was during the the state football playoffs for the same violation.

Executive Director of SPIRE Academy Bob Bossman:

“College recruitment is such an important part of a strong high school or prep program. Players want to play for programs where they know they will develop and see college coaches on the sidelines at practice, and that is what SPIRE Academy’s culture is”

In contrast to traditional Ohio high school sports, Prep Schools, such as SPIRE, are allowed to incorporate 5th year students, or ‘Post-Graduates’, onto their athletic rosters.

SPIRE and other prep schools around the country continue to grow in popularity, seeing multiple players leaving their traditional high schools to concentrate and play basketball at this level.

SPIRE’s Director of Basketball, John Kopcso:

“Our national schedule speaks for itself. When it comes to competition, we have always felt that to be great you have to play against the best. Win or lose, you know that you competed against the best in the country every night. The true national championship for us is getting students placed into college programs, and competing at the highest level nationally helps develop our student-athletes into college-ready players.”

Spire schedule