Monday, December 22, 2014
The Clash For The Cup is Basketball Spotlight’s first stop into the DMV area and this event has already received some commitments. Below are the teams that have already enter the January 10th and 11th event. Deadline December 20th. This event will feature two divisions.
8th Grade Teams
1. DC Premier
2. Philly Triple Threat
3. Team Twelve
4. 6th Man Warriors (DC)
5. 6th Man Warriors (MD)
6. Playmakers (VA)
7. Playmakers (DC)
8. Playmakers (MD)
9. Team Orange
10. Slam City Elite
11. Hilltoppers Heat
12. I 10 Celtics
13. Severn Elite
15. NY Rens
16. Dream Chasers
17. Harlem Jets
18. Maryland Finest
19. VA Hokies
20. New World
7th Grade Teams
1. Slam City Elite
2. 6th Man Warriors (DC)
3. 6th Man Warriors (MD)
4. Havoc City (Red)
5. Havoc City (Blue)
6. Team Takeover
7. DC Premier
8. Team Final
9. Hilltoppers Heat
10. I 10 Celtics
11. King Street Kings
12. Dream Chasers
1. Unlimited Glory
2. Team Orange
3. Team Takeover
4. Playmakers (VA)
5. Playmakers (MD)
6. Havoc City
7. New World Unlimited
8. 6th Man Warriors
9. Hilltoppers Heat
10. Annadale Bulldogs
11. Virginia Panthers
12. Dream Chasers
13. Class Acts
14. B More Finest
1. Unlimited Glory
2. Team Takeover
3. Havoc City
4. 6th Man Warriors
5. New World
7. National Select
8. Hilltoppers Heat
9. Columbia Ravens
10. B More Finest
1. National Select
2. Havoc City
4. New World
5. 6th Man Warriors
6. MADE Signature
7. B More Finest
8. Riverside Hawks
9. D1SA Spartans Premier
10. DC Premier
1. Havoc City
2. New World
4. B More Finest
1. B More Finest
Friday, December 19, 2014
The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic is in the books. We had a lot going on in Neptune, NJ. Here are some of the interesting storylines from that weekend.
What Did We Learn From The Tip Off Classic?
A scheduling conflict with a first year 8th Grade league allowed some new teams to enter the big stage of the Tip Off Classic. Some of the players on these teams used this opportunity to introduce themselves to the world. We got a chance to see talented wing Luis Reyonso from Northeast Finest, point guard Elijah Wenn of the Harlem Jets, Papie Roberts of Newark Pharaohs and Precious Achiman Of New Heights to name a few. Great Job Fellas!
It wasn’t pretty but the “Terror Squad” found a way to win the Tip Off Classic and stretch their unblemished record to 21-0 They had two-point victories over Gauchos (semifinals) and Team IZOD (championship). They are trying to become the first team in Basketball Spotlight history to go through our entire circuit undefeated. Their next stop is the Clash For The Cup on their home turf in Maryland.
Team IZOD rolled out their grammar school programs for the first time this season and I must say they were impressive. The 7th and 6th Grade teams were a combined 3 points away from winning both championships and their 5th Grade squad showed some promise even in defeat. They are packing up the talent from each age group and might be one move away from not only locking down NJ but the region (More On That Later). Reggie Carter has proven to one of the best recruiters ever.
Empire Strikes Back!
A few years ago I read an article stating that New York basketball was dead for good, well at the Tip Off Classic their squads represented to the fullest. They won 4 out of the 7 championships and had two other teams that lost in the finals. Harlem Jets (8th Grade Orange), CTA/Turbo (8th Grade Blue), Metro Mavericks (7th Grade Blue) and Riverside Hawks (4th Grade). I guess we are witnessing the resurrection.
“The Lion” Is Different! Zion “The Lion”
Harmon was remarkable at the Tip Off Classic has he carried two teams to championship game victories. What makes the feat so great is that Harmon is far from a decoy so everyone in the building knows he’s going to shoot the rock and he’s still able to not only put up numbers but also lead his team to victory.
Special Note: Basketball Spotlight would like to send shout out to those 8th Grade players that will miss most of the Spotlight Circuit due to circumstances beyond their control. We did miss you guys and hopefully we will get a chance to meet up again at the AC Showcase in April.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Best Of The Best And Top 10 Player Performance Rankings
The 6th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic featured the Top 3 players in America and they all lived up to the hype. Here’s a look at 6th Grade Best Of The Best and Player Performance Rankings.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Best Of The Best
Best Performer: Zion Harmon (Unlimited Glory)
The legend continues as Harmon led his squad to another crown in spectacular fashion. “The Lion” is determined to win and he seems to always find a way to get it done. When it’s all said and done he has a chance to be one of the best guards to come through Basketball Spotlight.
Best Prospect: Trey Patterson (Team IZOD)
Patterson was always looked at as a good prospect down the road but really took a bigger step in that direction when he displayed his guard skills during the Tip Off Classic. It’s kind of scary how good he could be if he keeps working harder.
Best Inside Presence: Donnell Harris (Team IZOD)
Harris made his Spotlight debut and was impressive. He dominated the paint on both ends of the floor. I think we will be seeing a lot of him soon as he will be joining TI on a full time basis.
Best Floor General: Jayden Pierre (Hilltoppers Heat)
Pierre is one of the toughest and most focused floor generals around. He’s definitely a player that leaves it all on the floor each time he takes the court. I have no doubt he will be successful in this game of basketball.
Best Shooter: Joshua Bascoe (S Elite)
Bascoe can let it go from the cheap seats. If you leave him open and let him set his feet it’s usually money in the bank.
Best Fresh Face: Zaakir Williamson (Philly Triple Threat)
Williamson made a name for himself at the Tip Off Classic. Shaq proved when in the right position he can score buckets in a hurry.
Best Scorer: Caleb Houston (S Elite)
Harmon actually scored the most points in the event but in terms of spreading the love we decided to focus on Houston’s output. The good looking prospect from the North led his team in scoring and helped them reach the final four.
Best Playmaker: Justice Williams (Team IZOD)
Williams showed the ability to score and create his teammates. On this squad he will have the chance to show more of the point guard side of his game.
Best Defender: Afamdi Achufusi (Havoc City)
His versatility allows him to guard different positions on the floor. He’s capable of defending a perimeter player and also getting down and dirty on the post.
Tip Off Classic Top 10 Player Performance Rankings
1. Zion Harmon (Unlimited Glory)
2. Trey Patterson (Team IZOD)
3. Donnell Harris (Team IZOD)
4. Caleb Houston (S Elite)
5. Tristan Jeffries (Team IZOD)
6. Joshua Bascoe (S Elite)
7. Jayden Pierre (Hilltoppers Heat)
8. Justice Williams (Team IZOD)
9. Zaakir Williamson (Philly Triple Threat)
10. Afamdi Achufusi (Havoc City)
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 7th Grade Best Of The Best And Top 15 Player Performance Rankings
The 7th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic featured some of the best players and teams in the region. Here’s our Best Of The Best from the 7th Grade Division at the Tip Off Classic.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 7th Grade Best Of The Best
Best Performer: Chris Robinson (Gauchos)
As stated in my write up Robinson was the best guard I saw during the weekend. He blistered the defense from all three levels and did the damage at his own pace. His team lost in the final four against the eventual champions.
Best Floor General: Tasheem Pickett (PSA Cardinals)
Pickett once again guided PSA Cardinals to the final four. His job is to win and keep his teammates happy and he seems to do well at it.
Best Prospect: Isaiah Todd (Slam City Elite)
Todd has caught the eye of every opposing coach and scout in the building. When he’s playing and running the floor you can see the potential oozing from his veins.
Best Scorer: Jordan Toles (Slam City Elite)
Toles averaged close to 15 points over the weekend and none were bigger than the buckets he scored in their final four show down against the Gauchos. He virtually put the team on his back and got things done.
Best Playmaker: Kareem May (Brooklyn Rens)
This guard caught my eye as he made things happen for the Brooklyn Rens. He made the defense pick their poison on rather they were going to let him score or allow him to set up teammates.
Best Fresh Face: Posh Alexander (PSA Cardinals)
I don’t know where the Cardinals found this kid but he gave them instant offense. He broke through the defense like a running back and scored in various ways.
Best Passer: AJ Hoggard (Slam City Elite)
Few see the floor like the big guard from Pennsylvania. Once he gets to the second layer of the defense his teammates need to get ready to get fed.
Best Defender: Demon Clowney (Team IZOD)
Clowney plays defense old school style. He moves his feet well and loves crashing the boards for rebounds.
Best Shooter: Austin Allison (Team IZOD)
Austin stroked the rock well in his TI debut. He got into a comfort zone and wasn’t afraid to let it fly.
Tip Off Classic Top 15 Player Performance Rankings
1. Chris Robinson (Gauchos)
2. Jordan Toles (Slam City Elite)
3. Cameron Byers (Slam City Elite)
4. Qaadir Maneri (Team IZOD)
5. Posh Alexander (PSA Cardinals)
6. Kareem May (Brooklyn Rens)
7. DJ Bailey (Gauchos)
8. Tasheem Pickett (PSA Cardinals)
9. Isaiah Todd (Slam City Elite)
10. Shane Dezonie (Team IZOD)
11. RJ Davis (Gauchos)
12. AJ Hoggard (Slam City Elite)
13. Demon Clowney (Team IZOD)
14. Tyler Brelsford (Slam City Elite)
15. Austin Allison (Team IZOD)
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Best Of The Best And Top 20 Player Performance Rankings
The 8th Grade Division of the Basketball Spotlight had a ton of talent and gave us a look at some fresh faces. Basketball Spotlight is always excited to bring you new players that are on the horizon. Here’s our 8th Grade Best Of The Best and Top 20 Player Performance Rankings.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Best Of The Best
Best Performer: Cole Anthony (NY Rens)
His team lost in the final four but few can argue anyone impacted the game more than Cole Anthony. On some stretches he looked totally unstoppable. I can see a big year for the NYC guard.
Best Floor General: Elijah Wenn (Harlem Jets)
Wenn proved to be a good floor general because he guided his team to the title. Whether he was scoring or running the show he did whatever needed to get the job done.
Best Prospect: Luis Reysono (Northeast Finest)
I’ve been around long enough to know a good prospect and Reysono seems to be on his way. His developing body and feel for the game indicates that he might have a high ceiling. Mark my words you will be hearing about this kid.
Best Scorer: Papie Roberts (Newark Pharoah)
The determined guard from “The Bricks” went on a scoring barrage this weekend especially the 33 points he dropped on Team Phenom. The kid simply got buckets.
Best Playmaker: Khalif Battle (New Heights)
Battle had all facets of his game on display. He scored the rock and threw some good passes over the weekend. He’s very fluid with the rock and the game comes natural to him.
Best Fresh Face: Precious Achiman (New Heights)
Achiman is another good prospect for New Heights. I love his athleticism and the fact that he’s nowhere near a finished product.
Best Passer: Judah McIntyre (NY Rens)
I kind of unfair because few will be able to win this award over McIntyre because he sees the floor so well. He actually lives to pass the rock to cutting teammates.
Best Defender: Adeleye Oyekanium (Harlem Jets)
Adeleye ability to defend multiple positions helped the Harlem Jets get it done. He plays like a Ben Wallace type with a little more offense.
Tip Off Classic Top 20 Player Performance Rankings
1. Cole Anthony (NY Rens)
2. Elijah Wenn (Harlem Jets)
3. Khalif Battle (New Heights)
4. Adeleye Oyekanium (Harlem Jets)
5. Precious Achiman (New Heights)
6. Joe Touissaint (NY Rens)
7. Luis Reysono (Northeast Finest)
8. Papie Roberts (Newark Pharoah)
9. Philip Joseph (NY Rens)
10. Eric Dixon (Philly Triple Threat)
11. Dyondre Dominquez (Bos Basketball)
12. Ryan Myers (New Heights)
13. Marty Silvera (Northeast Finest)
14. Lucas Monroe (Team Phenom)
15. Alexander Rice (New Heights)
16. Jorman Solano (Hilltoppers Heat)
17. Glenn Anderson (Harlem Jets)
18. Taj Anderson (Team Twelve)
19. Chris Ings (Team Phenom)
20. Alex Stoddard (Northeast Finest)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Last summer the Riverside Hawks 3rd Grade Squad won the AAU National Championship. This year they decided to start their season off at the Tip Off Classic and once again took home the championship. We reached out to their head coach Daniel Colon and here’s what he had to say:
One On One Feat: Daniel Colon
BS: How did it feel for you guys to win the National Championship?
DC: Winning the national championship was an amazing feeling. Our team went through a lot of adversity during the season. Sometimes it was even frustrating just trying to get through a practice. But our coaching staff kept working, our boys kept fighting, our parents kept believing and we were able to put a National championship run together. It was an even better feeling winning a Championship for our Historic Program and for our city!!
BS: Who are some of your top players returning from the National Championship team?
DC: Some of our top players returning are Caleb Crawford (PG), Brandon McCreesh (F), Christian Bliss (F) and Jack Guevara (F). We also added some Key pieces Jeremiah Dorsey (PG) Ian Abreu (F) and Josh Thigpen (C)who have helped our team tremendously. But the biggest thing is that we pretty much have our entire nationally championship roster back. On our team 1-12 can ball so our strength really comes in #s.
BS: What attracts you to the Basketball Spotlight circuit?
DC: We love the spotlight circuit, it’s one of the toughest circuits around. We get to play quality competition while also having the ability to get our boys some exposure.
BS: You guys are off to a great start to the season, how many championships to you think you can win this season?
DC: We really don’t look that far, in terms of counting championships before we get them. We just want our boys to compete at a high level whenever they take the floor and when we do that we are extremely hard to beat!!! We have racked up 4 championships and we honestly think if we play our style of ball we can win every tournament we enter.
BS: What teams out there are you looking forward to play against?
DC: We would love to play ASA out of Atlanta and Washington Evolution.
BS: How do you feel about the new AAU rules and how will it impact your program?
DC: We like new AAU rules, we feel it does level the playing field. Just wish they didn’t drop the bomb out of nowhere. Rules don’t affect our team much. Lost a couple players but still have 90% of our roster returning.
BS: If you could change one thing about the climate of AAU basketball, what would it be?
DC: I would change the age cut off for nationals!! Don’t like that Sept 1st date.
BS: Give me one word to describe your 4th Grade bunch.
Antonio Sellers AKA Baby Briscoe
The Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic gave us a look at some of the upcoming baby ballers. Here’s a look at some of the top 5th Graders that brought their game to the Spotlight.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 5th Grade Top Performers
Antonio Sellers Guard (Havoc City)- One of the new trends in showcase tournament is teams bringing top talent for the weekend. Havoc City did just that by having the #1 player in the country drive down I-95 for the Tip Off Classic. Yes Antonio Sellers AKA Baby Briscoe was in the building. Sellers didn’t waste any time getting adapted and eventually did his thing. In the finals he led all scorers with 20 points. When he’s on his game, his combination of size and skill makes him difficult to stop on this level.
Obinna Chuke Guard (Havoc City)- While the trio up top made the defense collapse, Chuke made them pay with the deep ball. He knocked down 4 treys on his way to 18 points in their championship victory. He found the right time to shoot lights out.
Kameron Rodriquez Guard (Riverside Hawks)- It was his half court buzzer beater that launched Riverside Hawks into the finals. This kid loves the big moment and tends to deliver when it comes. His team came up short in the finals but once again he made it to the big dance.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Caleb Houston (S Elite)
The 6th Grade Division of the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic was deep with talent. Here’s Part 2 of the top performers from the weekend in Neptune.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Caleb Houston Guard (S Elite)- Houston led the team in scoring over the weekend. He’s a long athletic guard that can hit the outside shot or finish in traffic with a floater. He’s also willing to stick his head inside for rebounds and show versatility on the defensive end. His best game was a 17 point outing against NY Panthers.
Xavier Fearon Guard (S Elite)- Next up in the scoring column was Fearon. The lefty averaged close to 11 points a game. He finishes off plays well in the lane while also hitting the jumper consistently and passing the rock well. This is a terrific trio.
Jayden Pierre Guard (Hilltoppers Heat)- Pierre once again put in some serious work over the weekend. This pure gym rat has shown and proved throughout this short season. He’s the opposing guard that many opponents hate to see in front of them. Because he’s coming hard and will make you step your game up.
Afamdi Achufusi Guard (Havoc City)- Afamdi Achufusi had another solid weekend at the Spotlight. He averaged about 12 points per game along with double figures in rebounds. His versatility keeps Havoc City alive in most games they play.
Mike Myre Guard (Havoc City)- Mike got into the action for Havoc City with a well-rounded floor game. He averaged 10 points as well as several rebounds and assist. He will need to keep up this production for HC to stay on pace as one of the top teams in the region.
Malcolm Fork Guard (Philly Triple Threat)- Fork just joined PTT this year and gave them a taste of what he could do the first game. The swing guard that’s known for playing hard dropped in 15 points in their first game victory over NY Panthers.
Zaakir Williamson Forward (Philly Triple Threat)- Nicknamed Shaq for his bubbling personality, Williamson feasted inside like the future Hall Of Famer. He went berserk against NY Panthers going 20 markers with 18 of them coming in the first half. He’s one we will keep our eye on.
Michael Jackson Guard (Hilltoppers Heat)- No not the singer but Jackson can make the net sing from deep. He’s a 3 point specialist that found his groove. He was able to drain enough triples to help Hilltoppers Heat make a deep run at the Tip Off Classic.
Zion "The Lion" Harmon (Unlimited Glory)
The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Division had a dramatic finish and gave us a glimpse at some of the future stars on the horizon. Here’s a look at the 6th Grade Top Performers from the Tip Off Classic.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 6th Grade Top Performers
Zion Harmon Guard (Unlimited Glory)- “The Lion” was remarkable this weekend on the 6th Grade level. One of my colleagues predicted that he would win it all before the tournament tipped off and I thought the task would be too large. But “The Lion” proved him right as he hit up Canadian power S-Elite for 40 points in the semifinals before scoring 30 markers and hitting two free throws with no time left on the clock. His game winning free throws came with him alone on the floor and IZOD followers screaming in front and behind him. His play was totally clutch this weekend.
Trey Patterson Forward (Team IZOD)- Patterson entered this event as one of the top players in the country and didn’t do anything to hurt his status. He played 6th and 7th Grade for Team IZOD and looked good while doing it. I love his improved motor and willingness to push the rock from the guard position. The more comfortable he gets on the perimeter the more his stock will soar later on. He has a chance to be a very special player through hard work.
Donnell Harris Forward (Team IZOD)- Harris made the trip up from Florida to hoop with IZOD and had a successful weekend. He has one of the best motors in the glass and is beginning to show vast improvement in his offensive skill set. Word is that he will be relocating here on a permanent basis and if this is true than there’s no doubt that TI will help his game reach its full potential. We definitely look forward to seeing more of this kid.
Justice Williams Guard (Team IZOD)- Williams has the job of operating the big time machine and did a good job his first time out. I like the pace he played the game with and was also willing to look for his own shot. He scored 11 points in the final pool game against Philly Triple Threat and 12 in the championship loss to Unlimited Glory.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Basketball Spotlight is serious about gaining exposure for players therefore we often reach out to other media services to attend our events. Up and coming site P2Bball.com once again graced Basketball Spotlight with their presence for the Tip Off Classic. They have released three great features already and stay tuned because they are just getting started.
The Lion’s Continues To Build A Legacy
Trey Patterson Shines In The Spotlight
Brelsford and Hoggard Best Backcourt In America?
Hello World, and this is Judah McIntyre with my weekly diary. This week was a lot of studying and gearing up for my MidTerms and my music concert that was on Sunday.
Monday was a pretty tough day in regards to school, mainly because I received a lot of homework. Thankfully, I finished most of it in my study hall meaning I had more time to study for my math midterm that was on Wednesday. Even though it was a rough day, I had school basketball practice that made it a lot better. After my practice, I had basically the whole gym to my self for a good 45 minutes. I worked mostly on attacking with my off hand and pulling up going at full speed. Since this week required a lot of studying, after school would be really the only time this week I would really get to work on my game. Once, I got home I put my head in the books and got to studying, and that really was the end of my night.
Tuesday, was a similar day to Monday with the exception of realizing that Parent Teacher Conference was on Friday. So, realizing this I had a lot of being a teachers pet to do(haha). After school today, I had practice, which most of the time isn't that great of a workout. So, I stayed again after practice to work on my game for another hour and a half. Throughout my mini workout, I worked a lot on improving my range and working on making my moves quicker and more elusive. Later that day, I finished up my homework and really reviewed my last notes before my test on Wednesday.
Wednesday, I had math last period which gave me a little more time to study for my exam. I haven't gotten my test scores back yet but I definitely think I did well on it. I was so relieved that my math test was done but I realized that I had an oral spanish exam that next day. So, after school I went to my friends house and we had a little study session but we also had a lot of fun. I ended up sleeping over their house and they brought me to school the next day.
Thursday, because of Parent Teacher Conferences, we had a half day(1:30). During first period I took my Spanish Speaking midterm which I later got a 93 on. After that, I had a dress rehearsal for my concert on Sunday, which took up the rest of the school day. Later that night, with my mom and older sister, I went to my little sister's band concert. They played ok, but they are still not as great as me.
Friday, I hung out with some of my friends from school since we had the day off. Since I had practice that night, I met up with my teammate Jordan, and we took the train to practice. Practice that night was good for us because we worked on a lot of game type situations, which I really think we needed and I think it helped us for our games this weekend.
Saturday, was a really light day for me, I woke up really early for a game in Brooklyn that ended up being a forfeit which I was pretty upset about. But, I came home and I slept for a good 5 hours. Once I woke up, I was told that I had to do some housework, which isn't always fun but in my house is a must. So, for the next 2 hours I was cleaning and organizing my house to the standards of my mother.
Sunday, was an eventful day for me, It started off with me playing in my mandatory concert. I played in an African Drumming piece and I also played in a HandBells ensemble. I was told that both acts that I was in were the best performances by far. This was great to hear but while I was on stage I was really worried about my team playing the Gauchos in the Funsport Tournament. They played great and beat the Gauchos by 16. I thank God that they won because we were able to advance to the semifinals against Metro Flyers a rival of ours. After my concert finished I rushed down to Brooklyn just in time for our game. It was a very slow/odd game, but we ended up pulling out a victory anyway. Since we won, we are on to the Barclays Center, where we will play on the 23rd against Team Rio, a very talented team that we definitely want revenge against.
Until Next Time, Judah McIntyre "Use Basketball Don't Let Basketball Use You" Follow My Life @j_macvip
Saturday, December 13, 2014
On February 7th and 8th Basketball Spotlight will return to New Jersey for the Winter Warz. This tournament will feature some of the top teams in the region. Please don’t wait too long to register because it will have limited spots. The Hoop Group Headquarters will be the primary location for this event. Note: (All 4th and 5th Grade Games will be played at Hoop Group Headquarters).
Event: Winter Warz
Date: February 7th and 8th
Place: Neptune, NJ
Ages: 4th Grade Thru 8th Grade
Price: $375 Per Team ($325 Multiple Teams)
Click Here To Register