Friday, August 26, 2016
Tonight the top middle school ballers in the nation will take the court for the Middle School All American Games. The Middle School All-American Games, modeled after the McDonalds All-American Game features both top local and national talent in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023. This is the only event in the world where top-ranked middle school basketball players collectively play in a national All-Star game.
Participants were selected via votes by a national panel of scouts and media representatives, who have extensively covered middle school hoops on the grassroots level throughout the spring and summer. Some noted players scheduled to participate, are local up and coming stars Ryan Conway and 6'7 Detwan Montegu as well as national studs and Montverde bound 6'8 Trey Patterson (NJ),Texas' # 1 rated player 6'7 Duncan Powell, and the #1 rated center in the county 6'9 Caleb Furst. Emoni Bates 6'4 (MI) and Bryce Griggs (Tx) #1 rated player in his state, from the class of 2022.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will be holding pre-registration and uniform handout Friday night during the Middle School All American Games. The pre-registration times are from 6:00 PM to 10 PM. Players that have registered only are greatly encouraged to attend and pick up their uniforms.
Event: Camp Pre-Registration and Uniform Pickup
When: Friday August 26th (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)
Place: St. John's College High School
2607 Military Rd. NW
Chevy Chase, DC 20015
CLICK HERE FOR CAMP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Basketball Spotlight has partnered with WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) to green the 2016 Future Phenom Camp. WGL Energy has donated enough carbon offsets to counterbalance conference emissions from energy use at the event space, hotel stays, food and land-filled waste.
This is equivalent to:
- Taking 6 cars off the road for one year, or
- Avoiding the consumption of over 3,263 gallons of gasoline, or
- Planting over 752 tree seedlings that grow for 10 years.
Carbon offsets are an affordable and innovative way to counterbalance emissions resulting from everyday activities such as travel and energy use. Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy specifically are Green-e® Climate certified and derived from verified carbon reduction projects in the waste management sector, which capture and destroy methane from regional landfills. Even better for the environment, WGL Energy invests a portion of the proceeds into the Carbon Reduction Fund, managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and used to develop new projects, such as tree plantings, to improve air and water quality in the region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2010, the Carbon Reduction Fund has supported numerous projects, including the planting of over 19,000 trees throughout Maryland.
To learn more about Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy: CLICK HERE
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Washington, DC------ St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, DC will host the Annual Middle School All-American Games and the regional Top Rising Freshmen Game The Coach Francis Classic on Friday, August 26th. 2016. Four games will be played, the first of which will tip-off at 6:00 PM in the school’s Gallagher Center.
The Middle School All-American Games, modeled after the McDonalds All-American Game features both top local and national talent in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023. This is the only event in the world where top-ranked middle school basketball players collectively play in a national All-Star game. Participants were selected via votes by a national panel of scouts and media representatives, who have extensively covered middle school hoops on the grassroots level throughout the spring and summer.
Some noted players scheduled to participate, are local up and coming stars Ryan Conway and 6'7 Detwan Montegu as well as national studs and Montverde bound 6'8 Trey Patterson (NJ),Texas' # 1 rated player 6'7 Duncan Powell, and the #1 rated center in the county 6'9 Caleb Furst. Emoni Bates 6'4 (MI) and Bryce Griggs (Tx) #1 rated player in his state, from the class of 2022.
Friday night’s finale will be the Coach Francis Classic, a regional All-Star Game featuring the top rising freshmen in the class of 2020 from the Mid-Atlantic region. This game will feature many of the DMV’s top 20 ranked players going head-to-head in their last game ever at the middle school level. Some notable names scheduled to participate are top ranked national prospects 6'11 Hunter Dickinson, 6’6 wing Che Evans who was recently feature on The Undefeated & ESPN (click to read), primetime combo guard Jordan Toles, 6'8 Justin Lewis as well as the 6’6 Terrance Williams and two of the areas sleepers in 6'7 Will Skyes and 6'9 Trevon Todd.
All coaches will receive free admission and have access to players as well as exclusive seating and entry. General admission is $10.00. Media personnel are encouraged to coordinate individual interviews in advance and register for the appropriate credentials.
Join Basketball Spotlight, P2Ball.com, HoopScoop, Slam Magazine, CourtCred, Bleacher Report, Finest Magazine, Hoop Nation and many others for a great night of basketball with the very best talent in the country and the DMV area. Doors Open at 5:30 PM, we look forward to seeing you all in the gym! ~MSAG Promotions
Additional Information can be found at: www.dmvpreps.com, www.p2bball.com, www.bballspotlight.com
Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will take place Saturday and Sunday at the New 24 CLICK HERE for weekend schedule.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Lance Ware proved at the J.E.M. All Star Classic that he was one of the best forwards in the country. The rising frosh plays the game clean with a high motor and showed many intangibles that will translate great to the next level. Ware finished the game with 29 points and took home MVP honors.
Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Lance but also remind him this is just the beginning and he should continue to work hard on and off the court. You will be able to check him out next season as he suits up for Life Center Academy.
The Basketball Spotlight season has officially ended and we are ready to present our end of the year awards. We would like to congratulate all the players and teams that supported our events. The Award Winners are listed below.
Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Award Winners
Player Of The Year: Jordan Toles (Baltimore United)
Toles stepped his game up this season and never took plays off at any Spotlight event. He also took his show on the road as he starred in several big time events around the country. Finally he turned his game from just being regarded as an athlete into an all-around skilled guard. His play on the court and spirit for the game helped him win the POY honors.
Most Outstanding Player: AJ Hoggard (Team Final)
Hoggard’s addition to the Team Final 8th Grade squad instantly took the team to the next level. He became one of the most dominant forces on the floor this season. His play catapulted his name among the top guards in the country. He had a memorable Spotlight career.
Team Of The Year: Team Takeover (Black)
TTO was the most dominant 8th Grade team in the country. They ran through every event in the country and didn’t lose a game on their grade level. There’s no doubt they were the #1 team in America and probably one of the best grammar school teams assembled. They were loaded and had balance.
Coach Of The Year: Keith Stevens (Team Takeover)
Stevens guided his squad throughout the country without losing a game on their grade level. Most importantly he taught them how the team concept is the best way to go. It’s not easy coaching a lot of talent but he seemed to hit all the right buttons at the right time.
Sportsmanship Award: Bryan Hall III (NY Lightning)
Hall played the game the way it was supposed to be played. He left everything on the floor and conducted himself in a great manner. I also appreciate him letting us into his life while contributing to Diary Of A Baller.
Scholar/Athlete Award Winner: Terrence Williams (Team Takeover)
Williams got busy on the court and in the classroom. He demonstrated this in the Spotlight events and on his Diary Of A Baller. We have no doubt with God’s grace Terrence will continue this success in high school and college. One of the best all-around kids to ever come though Basketball Spotlight.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Elijah Everett (Playaz Basketball Club)
Everett had the ability to change the game on the defensive end. He blocked or altered shots in his area while also playing with an enormous motor. The scary part is his best basketball days are certainly ahead of him.
Best Prospect: Lance Ware (Team IZOD)
Ware entered the season as a project but after seeing him at the J.E.M. All Star Classic he made great strides and has become the best prospect in the region. This means he had to be one of the hardest workers around which makes his future look very bright. The sky is the limit for this kid.
Best Fresh Face: Terrence Clarke (Expressions Elite)
Clarke was one of the most natural wings players I saw this season. This kid can get it done off the dribble or in catch and shoot mode. He also appears to have a huge upside and will be a name to know in the New England area.
Team 85 will be hosting AAU Tryouts beginning August 30th. Check out the info below to come and tryout for this emerging organization.
Who: Team 85
What: Open Tryouts
Boys Entering 3rd Grade Thru 8th Grade August 30, 2016 (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
Boys Entering 9th Grade Thru 11th Grade August 31, 2016 (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
Where: Team 85 Wellness and Fitness
8500 K Johnson BLVD
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Contact: www.myteam85.com (609)-298-8585
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Louis Hutchinson IV
Louis Hutchinson IV has been making a name for himself lately. After having a good showing at the AAU Nationals the rising 7th Grade took his game to John Lucas Future Of The Game Camp. At FOTG Hutchinson caught the eye of several scouting services. Now with his confidence sky high Louis has decided to hit the big stage and enter the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.
Hutchinson is a lanky wing that plays the game with high energy. As his skill set and size continues to grow this kid could really turn into an interesting prospect. Stay tuned as we report on Hutchinson and other top prospects that will be attending the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp on August 27th and 28th in District Heights, MD.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp not only brings together the top Middle School players in the country – the nations very best elementary and grammar school Hooper’s in the world will be in attendance this year. These players have already positioned themselves to be recognized as some of the top players in the country at their specific age groups. If you are a YOUNG Future Phenom; this is your proving ground. Building a national profile at a young age and positioning yourself as a player on the national ranking board has paid dividends for hundreds of players.
If you are talented, skilled, and young the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp is your opportunity for national exposure! Click Here To Register
John Mobley Jr. (2024)-after a stellar performance at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp in 2014; Mobley whose game is based on elite level skill, was named the # 1 player in the country in his class. Mobley Jr. has continued to hone his game adding range, quickness, and moves to an already extensive package. Mobley Jr. will return to the Spotlight for a 3rd visit; testing his skills against the nation’s best and looking to maintain his national status.
Peyton Kemp (2026)-is just entering 3rd grade and has already caught the attention of many basketball analysis by showing immense skill at such a young age. Kemp is doing things in games and from training perspective that many have yet to master at much higher levels. You can see the speed and versatility developing right in front of your eyes when you see Kemp play or train. Already considered to be one of the best in class he is already building a lengthy resume that will be further cemented after his arrival at his first Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp – you’re never too young to be a star and competing against players such as Kemp will tell you right where you are on the national landscape.
Brooklyn Vick (2025)-the nephew of NFL Star Michael Vick has hit the circuit and immediately made a name for himself; more than holding his own against the best teams and players in the nation. After a recent battle against the Blue Chips many began to ask the question if Vick was in fact the best player in the country in his age group. Vick will be arriving to the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp to solidify that claim – for class of 2025 players they will get to compete against the top of food chain and make their own class for the #1 spot.
Jerry Easter Jr. (2024)-is a killer and one of the most mature guards we have seen at this age – poised, skilled, high IQ, with great size and length for the position who can take over the game in a multitude of ways both offensively and defensively. Pound for pound you will not find many more complete players at any age – Easter is a future star and rumors have surfaced that a reclass may be in store in the future. Easter Jr. can score at an elite level going to the basket and with the jump shot and has the ability to take over games for long stretches. If you want to see the top of the food change in the class of 2024,2025, and 2026 register for the Spotlight Future Phenom Camp now as the best in the business will be in the building looking to retain their status as the best in the country.