Myles Belyeu, yet another outstanding Trotwood-Madison High School basketball player, was taken aback when he cracked the Rams’ formidable starting lineup as a sophomore. To take his considerable game to the next level is a bonus.
“It’s another opportunity to continue playing basketball and doing something that I love,” Belyeu said after signing with Saginaw Valley State University and celebrating with family, friends and school administration on Thursday. “It’s unbelievable. This process has been great.”
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A thick and rugged 6-foot-2 guard/forward, Belyeu was part of a high-scoring core unit that was most responsible for the Rams advancing to the Division II state final four each of the past two seasons. He led Trotwood in scoring (24.5) and rebounding (7.1) as a senior and was first team All-Ohio.
Trotwood (26-4) lost the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the D-II state title game. The Irish also beat the Rams in a D-II state semifinal in 2017.
Belyeu amassed 1,572 points in three seasons and ended his Rams’ career by scoring in double digits in 68 consecutive games. He was the Greater Western Ohio Conference American South Division and All-Area D-II player of the year as a senior.
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He teamed with junior Amari Davis to form one of the area’s best backcourts. Davis also is being heavily recruited, mostly by Mid-American Conference programs. He remains uncommitted.
“We couldn’t be happier for Myles,” Trotwood coach Rocky Rockhold said. “He’s put in the work in the classroom and the court and at a high level in both. Myles is an easy kid to recruit. He’s an easy kid to sell as a head coach. I’m just so happy that he’s turning the page for the next chapter, although I’m a little sad that our chapter has ended.”
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Myles’ father, Scott Belyeu, and uncle, Shareef Martin, also excelled in basketball at Trotwood. They graduated in 1989 and played for then-Rams coach Jim Staley. Scott Belyeu played at Miami for Jerry Peirson and Joby Wright.
“He has a lot of upside and it’s something we look forward to seeing the growth in,” said Scott of his son. “It’s a great honor to watch him follow my footsteps. He broke my records. He’s a great kid and he deserves it.”
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SVS is an NCAA D-II program and charter member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Former Thurgood Marshall standout and freshman guard D.J. Hoskins was second in scoring (11.2) for the Cardinals (12-17) last season.
Besides Davis, 6-2 sophomore Carl Blanton (9.2 points) also rocketed up the recruiting radar last season.
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Another starter, 6-6 junior Justin Stephens (7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds), has become a big-time football recruit. A tight end, last fall was his first season to play for the Rams. Trotwood (15-0) won a D-III state football championship.
Stephens was scheduled to huddle with an Ohio State football assistant at school on Thursday.
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• Torrey Patton, a two-time, first team All-Ohioan and 2017 Trotwood grad, has yet to announce where he’s transferring to after playing basketball at Akron this past season.
Who: Trotwood-Madison H.S. senior.
What: Signed to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State (Mich.).
Stats: 24.5 points, 7.1 rebounds as a senior.
Honors: First team All-Ohio D-II, GWOC American South, All-Area player of the year.
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