Friday, November 21, 2014

Word On The Street: Lights, Camera, Action!


The AAU season is right around the corner and in this segment of Word On The Street we will take a look at player movement and other interesting topics concerning middle school basketball. 

Word On The Street

Williams On The Move! 

Word from out of Potomac Valley is that highly ranked 7th Grade forward Terrence Williams has decided to part ways with Slam City Elite. My sources say that Williams will run a little with Team Rio National 8th Grade group until settling in with his former squad Team Takeover. This could be an immediate blow for the Terror Squad as Williams was the most dominant 7th Grade player in the region. We will keep you posted on this move.
Allison and Clowney Head North! 

It also seems like Slam City Elite has lost some of their depth as guard Austin Allison and tough forward Demon Clowney have decided to head up Interstate 95 and join Team IZOD. Coaching and recruiting guru Reggie Carter has returned to the middle school level and is looking to once again make his presence felt. He was the mastermind behind the famed Supreme Team now I’m hearing he has something else brewing. The addition of Allison (shooter) and Clowney (inside) gives them a step in the right direction.


A & E Crew To Follow Rio Pair! 

Word out of the Garden State is that A&E has been spotted at the Ranney School to do an elite player documentary on Team Rio’s Alex Klatsky and Scottie Lewis. As you know Lewis arrived in NJ last season and sent shockwaves through the middle school basketball scene. It will be very interesting to see how this final project turns out. Basketball Spotlight will keep you posted as this transpires.


Rio Heading Abroad?

We also got word that Team Rio National will likely be heading to Europe this summer for the European Legend Fabien Fond Basketball tour. These stops would include Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. The European Legend Fabien Fond group is currently in Boston working with the Celtics through I’m Possible Training. This should be an interesting experience for these youngsters.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From Basketball Spotlight To The Big Time: Where Are They Now? Class of 2013!


In this ever changing youth basketball world there are always new tournament concepts, websites and companies emerging. Through these times Basketball Spotlight has always brought you the top talent to the floor. Year after year we our circuit and events help prepare the top players for the future. Here’s a look back at some of the top players from the Class of 2013 and where they ended up. 

Where Are They Now? Class Of 2013!

Austin Colbert Forward (Virginia) 
Colbert made a splash during the Basketball Spotlight All Stars Classic and finished #1 in our regional rankings. The lanky forward was highly touted heading into St. Patrick High School. He played for St. Patrick’s for a couple of years before making a stop at Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and finally graduating from Gil St. Bernard’s in NJ. After some heavy recruiting Colbert decided to attend the University of Illinois where he’s currently a reserve forward.

Jared Sina Guard (New Jersey) 
Jared spent several years on the Spotlight circuit with Hoop Heaven while also playing in the Elite 80 Expo and the Basketball Spotlight All Star Classic. He was ranked #7 in our regional rankings. For high school he attended Gil St. Bernard and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. After graduating high school Sina decided to stay home and attend Seton Hall University where he currently starts in the backcourt.

Rondae Hollis Jefferson Forward (Pennsylvania) 
Jefferson literally grew up in the Spotlight circuit. He played with Educated Athletes which eventually became Team Nelson. The southpaw helped them capture a few championships, while also playing in the Elite 80 Expo and Basketball Spotlight All Star Classic. He finished #8 in our regional rankings but ended up as the best player. His next stop was Chester High School, which he turned into a national power, while becoming a McDonalds All American. He chose the University of Arizona where he currently starts at the forward position. 

Reggie Cameron Forward (New Jersey) 
Cameron was one of the best shooters to come through our circuit. As you know he rocked with the Playaz Basketball Club and helped his squad become a regional power. He also played in the Elite 80 Expo and Basketball Spotlight All Stars Classic. He finished as the 10th best player in our regional rankings. He attended Paterson Catholic and then transferred to Hudson Catholic after PC closed. His play in high school and on the Nike Circuit with the Playaz earned him a scholarship to Georgetown University where he plays the wing position.

Dwayne Foreman Forward (New York) 
DJ Foreman was seen on our circuit playing with the Trenton Hurricanes and Westchester Hawks among others. He played in the Elite 80 Expo and the Basketball Spotlight All Star Classic. He was ranked #22 on our regional list and seems to have projected better than many that were ahead of him. He bounced around a little in high school before settling at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. He ran on the Nike circuit with Boo Williams and stretched to 6’9. He chose to play at Rutgers University in the Garden State where he currently starts at the forward spot.


Davon Reed Guard (New Jersey) 
Reed played on our circuit with the KBR Fliers. He was definitely one of the players that we projected wrong as we had him ranked #56 in the region. Once he got to Princeton Day School his game took off. He also rocked with Team Final on the Nike circuit. After a memorable scholastic career at the Princeton Day, Reed decided to attend the University of Miami. He was a projected starter this season before getting injured.

From Basketball Spotlight To The Big Time: Where Are They Now? Class of 2012!


In this ever changing youth basketball world there are always new tournament concepts, websites and companies emerging. Through these times Basketball Spotlight has always brought you the top talent to the floor. Year after year we our circuit and events help prepare the top players for the future. Here’s a look back at some of the top players from the Class of 2012 and where they ended up. 

 Where Are They Now? Class Of 2012!

Kyle Anderson Guard (New Jersey) 
Nicknamed Slo-Mo this former Diary Of A Baller came through our circuit with the famed Long Island Lightning and represented himself in the Clash For The Cup All Star Classic. He finished #1 in our regional ranking and was awarded NJ Player Of The Year. He next won a National championship in high school while becoming a McDonalds All American. He signed with UCLA and was a Bruin for two seasons before getting drafted this past summer by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round.


Omar Calhoun Guard (New York) 
This pure scorer from over the bridge got busy under our lights with several New York teams including New Heights, Rich Soil and D1 Sports. Omar finished #8 in our regional rankings which now seems to be a little low. Calhoun’s size and ability to make get clean looks helped him star in high school with Christ The King and on the AAU circuit with the Gauchos. He currently plays for reigning NCAA national champions UConn as a starting guard.


Amile Jefferson Forward (Philadelphia) 
Jefferson starred on our circuit with Philly Finest which later joined Team Philly. He anchored this squad which was won of the toughest teams in the region to defeat. He finished #4 in our final regional rankings. The lanky forward also became a star in high school at Friends Central before becoming a McDonalds All American and selecting Duke University where is currently a starting forward.


Kerwin Okoro Guard (New York) 
Okoro was one of the most dominating middle school players during his time at the Spotlight. His play also hit the national scene while helping Long Island Lightning to two AAU National Championships. He finished #2 in our Top 50 regional rankings behind his teammate Kyle Anderson and was awarded our Metropolitan Player Of The Year. He spent his high school tenure playing at St. Raymond’s and on the AAU circuit with the Lightning. He originally chose Iowa State before opting to come closer to home and play at Rutgers University where he currently starts at the guard spot.


Savon Goodman Forward (Pennsylvania) 
Goodman was the big name on Team Finals first 8th Grade squad. The athletic wing showed off his hops every chance he got. His play on the floor and potential had him ranked #3 on our regional list. He played a few AAU squads in high school before ending his career with the Playaz Basketball Club. He originally chose the bright lights of Las Vegas and UNLV before transferring to Arizona State where he will be eligible to play next season.


Daniel Dingle Forward (New York) 
Dingle was the 3rd piece of the Long Island Lightning three headed monster. His versatility allowed him to play both forward positions helped them win several titles on the local and national level. He finished number 10 in our regional rankings. He joined Okoro at St. Raymond’s and for the Long Island Lightning. For college he took his talent to Philadelphia and Temple University.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Princess Signs Letter Of Intent!

Dejane "Snoop" James (Hartford, CT)

Basketball Spotlight has long been the home for the Future Phenoms when it came to boys’ basketball. But we also had a girl who broke through our circuit and caused havoc. Her name is Dejane “Snoop” James. James starred with CT 300 and CBC during her early years hooping. Now the Weaver High School player has just signed a letter a Letter of Intent to Hampton University in Virginia. James was not only able to hold her own but outshine a lot of the boys competing at the time. Despite protest by several coaches Basketball Spotlight found no wrong in letting the young lady get busy. After leaving the Spotlight circuit and playing AAU basketball and high school ball for Capital Prep and Weaver High School. 

James relishes her moments at the Spotlight circuit, “Spotlight was my first time playing at an elite level. Playing against players like Tyus Battle and Jamir Harris made me and Shaquana realized that we could be special. I think I became a D1 player at Spotlight. Even though we lost, every time I came back I got love from players and parents were all happy to see a girl play against elite boys” she finished. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate “Snoop” on her accomplishment and would like to crown her the official Princess Of Basketball Spotlight.

Basketball Spotlight Class Of 2022 (5th Grade) Top 25 National Player Rankings


Basketball Spotlight got a chance to watch the Class of 2022 at several national events including the Future Phenom Camp. Below is our list of the Top 25 5th Graders in America. Please remember this ranking is just our opinion and should be taken as such. Also remember these players are very young and have a lot of room to grow. Stay tuned as we update these rankings in April. 

Basketball Spotlight Class of 2022 Top 25 National Player Rankings 

1. Antonio Sellers Guard (New York) 
2. Kameren Rodriquez Guard (New York) 
3. Knasir McDaniel Guard (District Of Columbia) 
4. Keyon Webb Forward (North Carolina) 
5. Bryce Griggs Guard (Texas) 
6. Jaden Johnson Guard (Maryland) 
7. MyKel Kelley Guard (Pennsylvania) 
8. Jacob Newman Guard (North Carolina) 
9. Josiah Johnson Guard (California) 
10. Sonny Johnson Jr. Guard (Ohio) 
11. Grant Ott Large Forward (Indiana) 
12. Sammy Scott Guard (Maryland) 
13. Josiah Harris Forward (Ohio) 
14. Devon Williams Guard (Maryland) 
15. Donovan Leak Guard (Virginia) 
16. Ramel Lloyd Guard (New York) 
17. Jason Moore Forward (Maryland) 
18. Dean Newsome Guard (Pennsylvania) 
19. Sean Jones Guard (Ohio) 
20. Farrell Crowell Guard (District Of Columbia) 
21. Chris Winborne Guard (Maryland) 
22. Javon Tracy Guard (Indiana) 
23. Isaiah Freeman Guard (Pennsylvania) 
24. Cameron Johnson Guard (Ohio) 
25. Evan Young Guard (Utah)

Diary Of A Baller: Marquise Walker (Chicago, IL) Entry #10

Marquise Walker (Chicago, IL)

Wassup its Marquise Walker with my weekly diary. 

On Monday, I woke up and I was really sleepy. I got to school and I went into the locker room and chilled on my phone for a little bit. I got to my first period and we talked about how we are supposed to do fingerprints and we did some vocabulary words on how to figure out a crime. We usually use forensic science in Mr. Dargo's class. All of the other classes were not as exciting. After school I went to practice and we worked on a lot of offensive plays and a little bit on defense. After practice I went home, ate some dinner and took a bath before going asleep. 

On Tuesday, I woke up ate some breakfast, got ready for school, and headed out the door. I went to school and went to talk to some of my teammates. In school today I got a C+ on my test and that was not good enough for me at all. I will not accept that so I told my teacher I will be going to the retakes on Friday. I really like that my teacher would give me a second chance of doing my test. After school I went to practice and just went with the flow today. We did a lot of defense and afterwards I was really tired. I went home, ate out and then played 2k before going asleep. 

On Wednesday, I woke up and ate some waffles. I had a little extra time to go to sleep for at least 15 minutes. I woke up and went to school. School was fun but it was slow and it was a drag. In my Graphic Design class we worked on movie posters of you. I did mine on Hoop Dreams and put my pictures on the movie title and around it. After school I went home, played my game and fell asleep. I woke back up and drunk some water and watched TV a little bit then fell asleep for good. 

On Thursday, I woke up and went straight to school. School was fun but it was really hard to understand especially in Mrs. Prophet’s math class. I was really confused at first with the problems and situations until I finally asked her to break it down a little more so I could understand. Once she did that I got it right away. After school we had practice again and it was fun. We did a lot of scrimmaging and a lot of defense. Basically we did a lot of up and down. Afterwards we ran a little bit. Then when practice was over I went home and fell asleep quickly. 

On Friday, we woke up late. Today was the day I had to retake my math test. I am really nervous. I really think I will do well because I studied all last night. I went to school and went through my classes and turned in all my work. Then after school and I took my test it was pretty easy after I actually looked at it. I think I did really well. After the test I hurried to practice. Then we had a little 5 on 5 workout and then after that practice was over. Then I went home and got ready for the football game. It was really cold at the football game but I didn’t care it was a good game. After the game I went home and fell asleep. 

On Saturday, I went to the middle school basketball games. I saw Veto from WACG and he was doing really well. Then I played some 1 on 1s with my friends. Then I watched my middle school team play against Vito's team and we lost, I didn't play though. After the game we went to the movies and we went to get something to eat. We finished up at the bowling alley. I had fun that night also. Afterwards I went home and fell asleep. 

On Sunday, I slept in. And I really did nothing until practice. In practice we played against some college players and we did kind of good even though we lost. After Practice I went home played the game and got on my phone and fell asleep. And I was so anxious to find out what I got on my test on Monday. 

See You Guys Next Week 
Marquise Walker

Moore Goes Backdoor For Dunk!

Wendell Moore currently checks in at #2 in our Class of 2019 National Player Rankings. This kid has been outstanding throughout the years and still continues to show improvement. Recently he showed off his athleticism by catching a backdoor lob for a dunk. It should be an exciting year with Moore and his CP3 All Star teammates.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic Is At Capacity!


The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic is filled to capacity. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support as we work to bring you the absolute best in middle school basketball. 

8th Grade Teams 
1. DC Premier 
2. Philly Triple Threat- White
3. Slam City Elite 
4. Brooklyn Rens 
5. NYC Rens 
6. Northeast Finest
7. I 10 Celtics 
8. Playtime Panthers 
9. MJ Mavericks 
10. Bos Basketball
11. Turbo/CTA 
12. NYC Gauchos 
13. Philly Triple Threat- Blue
14. Team Twelve Watchmen
15. NJ Warriors 
16. New Heights
17. Hilltoppers Heat
18. St. Michaels 
19. Harlem United 
20. Severn Elite
21. Give and Go
22. Harlem Jets 
23. Newark Pharaohs 
24. MABC
Closed

7th Grade Teams 
1. Slam City Elite 
2. Team Final 
3. Havoc City (Red)
4. I 10 Celtics 
5. Playtime 
6. PSA Cardinals 
7. Brooklyn Rens
8. Bos Basketball 
9. Philly Triple Threat
10. New Heights
11. Hilltoppers Heat
12. NY Rens 
13. St. Michaels 
14. Wiz Kids 
15. Team Philly
16. Boston Bobcats 
17. Havoc City (Blue)
18. Gym Rats Basketball 
19. Metro Mavericks 
20. Team IZOD
21. Ocean Elite
22. Gauchos
23. Milbank
24. Chester Elite
Closed

6th Grade 
1. Rens - Harris
2. Havoc City 
3. Rens - Kat
4. Playtime 
5. S Elite 
6. Team IZOD
7. YBE
8. Philly Triple Threat
9. Hilltoppers Heat
10. Gauchos
11. Brooklyn Kings
12. Milbank 
Closed

5th Grade 
1. Rens 
2. Havoc City 
3. Playtime Panthers 
4. Riverside Hawks
5. Philly Triple Threat
6. NJ Shore Shots
7. Hilltoppers Heat
8. Bannaker Kings 
9. CMEK
10. Playaz 
11. Metro Mavericks
12. Team IZOD
Closed

4th Grade 
1. Rens - White
2. Havoc City 
3. Playtime Panthers 
4. Riverside Hawks (National Champs)
5. Philly Triple Threat
6.  Rens-Blue
7. New Heights 
8. MADE Signature
Closed



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Class 2021 (6th Grade) Top 35 National Player Rankings


The Class of 2021 is still shaping but seems to have a lot of talent on the horizon. Basketball Spotlight got a chance to watch these youngsters during the Spotlight circuit, NYBL, Future Phenom Camp among other events. Here’s our list of the Top 35 players in America. Stay tuned as we expand this list to 50 in April. Remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such. 

Basketball Spotlight Class of 2021 Top 35 National Player Rankings 

1. Zion Harmon Guard (Washington, DC) 
2. Trey Patterson Forward (New Jersey) 
3. Donnell Harris Forward (Florida) 
4. Seth Wilson Guard (Ohio) 
5. Paris Dawson Guard (California) 
6. Khalil Brantley Guard (Georgia) 
7. Josh Davis Guard (Indiana) 
8. Trey Thomas Guard (Maryland) 
9. Khalil Farmer Guard (Pennsylvania) 
10. Jalen Hall Forward (Washington, DC) 
11. Keon Henderson Guard (Michigan) 
12. Kennedy Chandler Guard (Tennessee) 
13. Ahmad Harrison Forward (Maryland) 
14. DJ Jackson Guard (California) 
15. Bryce McGowan Guard (South Carolina) 
16. Brayson Freeman Guard (Maryland) 
17. Justice Williams Guard (Pennsylvania) 
18. Caleb Furst Forward (Indiana) 
19. Darius Johnson Guard (Virginia) 
20. Adrian Griffin Forward (Illinois) 
21. Meechie Johnson Guard (Ohio) 
22. Carlos Alexander Guard (Maryland) 
23. Ty Wilson Guard (Virginia) 
24. Jayden Pierre Guard (New Jersey) 
25. Travonne Jackson Forward (Ohio) 
26. Christopher Ford Forward (North Carolina) 
27. Jalen Smith Guard (Florida) 
28. Trevor Keels Forward (Maryland) 
29. Michael Anderson Guard (Pennsylvania) 
30. Malik Jones Forward (Tennesse) 
31. Patrick Baldwin Guard (Illinois) 
32. Al Fatir Connor Guard (New Jersey) 
33. Noah Rittinger Guard (West Virginia)
34. Antonio Sanders Forward (Florida) 
35. George Cutler Guard (Virginia)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hotel Rooms Going Fast For Tip Off Classic


The Hotel Unlimited Group has decided to host the Tip Off Classic. The group has several hotels under their umbrella with great deals. Below is a list of the hotels and the rate that have. Please register quickly because they will sell out soon especially with the rate. ASK For BBS Code!

Doubletree by Hilton Tinton Falls 
700 Hope Road Tinton Falls, NJ 07724  (732)-544-9300
Basketball Spotlight Team rate: $89 + tax including Hilton’s Hot Deluxe breakfast (up to four guests) Beautiful Full Service Hilton hotel featuring Aqua Restaurant and Lounge 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Long Branch 
294 Route 36 West Long Branch, NJ 07764  (732) 542-1234
Basketball Spotlight Team Rate: $79 + tax including Hot Express Start Breakfast Nice clean hotel with indoor pool and complimentary WiFi 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Neptune 
3510 Route 66 Neptune, NJ 07753  (732)-922-9600
Basketball Spotlight Team Rate: $79 + tax including Hot Express Start Breakfast Newer, super clean hotel with indoor pool and complimentary WiFi

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Diary Of A Baller: Marquise Walker (Chicago, IL) Entry #9



On Monday I woke from a good practice on Sunday. It was a great feeling. So I woke up and ate some breakfast and headed to school. School was fun. My first period is CSI and we talked about the railroad killer. He murdered 15 people in the U.S and Mexico. He was a really bad person. He was sentenced to death. After school I went over to practice and my boy Mike foot is hurt and my bro Brandon Stacker hurt his arm. So are two key players are not playing. Practice was really good we worked on some defenses and some up and down situations. I did really well on the fast breaks. After practice I went home and I finished my homework. After that I talked to my brother. I played 2K15 and took a bath and went to sleep. 

The next day I woke up and thanked God for another day. Then I went to school and now in my first period we talked about The Barefoot Bandit. He stole cars; he robbed houses, and stole airplanes. Some people actually talked good about him and he outran the police force for two years. After school I went to practice and we went to the weight room. I did 100 pushups and 100 sit-ups. I also ran for a little bit. Then I went home finished my homework and went to bed.   

On Wednesday I felt sick. I didn’t say anything about it though. At school my head was hurting a lot. I took aspirin and it didn’t work. After a sick school day I went to practice, and it was actually pretty good to be sick. I’m progressing with the team. I’m learning my personnel way better. After practice I went home and did my homework. Then I played 2k15 and fell asleep. 

The next day I went to school and I had a very good day at school it was very fun. I went to practice and we did some running. Then we did some scrimmaging and I pushed the ball a lot. After that I went into the weight room. Then I went to the middle school basketball game. After that I went home ate some food, took a bath and went to sleep. 

On Friday school was okay. It was just really boring. After school I went home because we had no practice. I played some 2k for like two hours and then I went to a Bonfire party. It was really fun. We had hot dogs and we talked by the fire and we ate some sweets. After the Bonfire I went home and played some more 2k until I fell asleep. 

On Saturday I woke up and played some Call of Duty. And then I got ready to go to Coach Carlos’s son football game. While I was there I was hanging out with Ray, Jawuan, and Darius. The game was good but we loss by 3 it was a very good game. Afterwards we went to Dave & Busters and we hanged around for hours it was really fun. I got home around like 12:30 A.M. and I talked on the phone for a little while and fell asleep. 

The next day I woke up later so I could get extra sleep in for practice. Then I went to practice and it was slow at first but then we picked it up and the starting 5 finished slow. So coach made us run and do defensive slides with the back of our hands touching the ground. If you messed up you had to do it over. Then I went home finished playing 2K15, Madden 25, did my diary and fell asleep. 

See You Guys Next Week, 

Marquise