Another year, another listing of outstanding players in the Miami Valley.

We recently held the 3rd annual Dayton Top 50 basketball banquet at Tippecanoe High School, which brought together nearly 80% of those who were selected to the prestigious list of top players in the Dayton area.

First of all, I am very honored that everyone who was there would take a couple of hours out of their very busy schedules to attend. Not only did we honor the players, but it was a great reunion of players who haven’t seen each other in a few months from back in the summer.

Thanks to Tippecanoe High School, AD JD Foust and head coach Andy Holderman for the use of that awesome facility. I am proud of my alma mater and it was great to bring all the best players into the gym.

Also huge thanks to our sponsors Valley Real Estate Services, Korporate Kasuals and Subway.

Thanks to our great speakers, Dr. James Klosterman and from the OHSAA, Director of Sport Management Jerry Snodgrass.

Also thanks to Doug Brown from the Gem City Sports Network for broadcasting this event live to the world on the web. In fact, you can listen on demand at and go to the On Demand area.

You can hear Dr. Klosterman talk about ACL injuries, repair, and the latest recovery. Mr. Snodgrass discussed a lot of very interesting topics that many people wanted to know about: the latest rules, the new 35-point mercy rule, transfers, apparel, 2-quarter JV games, the shot clock and AAU involvement during the high school season. I strongly suggest that everyone listen to that interview. It starts at the 23 minute mark on the on-demand taping.

So what does the Top 100, or even the Top 50 mean? It is simply my opinion of who the elite of the elite are in the area. As I have released the Top 100 and Freshman to Watch list every year for several years, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I took the top 50 out of the 100 to highlight those players with a special banquet in their honor.

We are very blessed to have some amazing players, coaches and parents who have supported this endeavor for many years, and as the new season begins, I look forward to not only promoting the cream of the crop when it comes to upperclassmen, but a very talented younger group and future stars in the area.

Now as we begin, my next major release will be February 11, as the annual Dabbelt Report All-Area teams will be announced. I will have the top 10 players in each division selected as the first-team group, and the second 10 named as second-team. For this award, it will be for all high school players, freshman through seniors. The preseason list does not include freshman in the Top 100 as they have their own separate list.

One of the commonly asked questions is “can my daughter make the post-season award if she did not make the Top 100?” The answer is a resounding YES. They are two separate things, and the February list is based on performance, while the pre-season list is just a prognostication of what I think will happen. Many times a player will have a great regular season and land on the all-area team.

I will also be handing out additional awards in February, including the Player of the Year award in each division, the 2018 Ms. Basketball Award, and for the first time, a very special award that will be awarded this season. More info on that later.

But for now, I leave you with a saying that players should take to heart when making anyone’s opinion-based ranking or list:

“The easiest part of the game is making someone’s list…the hardest part is proving you belong”.