Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Emoni Bates Showing Off!

Diary Of A Baller: Jaquan Harris (North Brunswick, NJ) Entry #4

Jaquan And Friends

What’s Up Basketball Spotlight World, It’s Jaquan Harris and I’m back with my Diary Of A Baller. Here’s how my week went. 

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Point Totals Update!


The Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale is back. This exclusive event will bring together to Top 4 point recipients in each grade division. Teams receive points by their placement in the Basketball Spotlight events. Below is the point total list after the Tip Off Classic. The Grand Finale will take place June 23rd and 24th and he winner of each division will win Custom Uniforms Courtesy of AGame Team Apparel. 

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Point Totals 

8th Grade Points 
Riverside Hawks (7 Points) 
Team Loaded (7 Points) 
Team Thrill (5 Points) 
NJ Bulldogs (5 Points) 
NJ Playaz (5 Points) 
New Heights (4 Points) 
Team Final (3 Points) 
NY Gauchos (3 Points) 
We R 1 (3 Points) 

7th Grade Points 
New Heights (7 Points) 
Riverside Hawks (7 Points) 
Team Thrill (5 Points) 
Team Durant (5 Points) 
Middletown Finest (5 Points) 
NJ Playaz (4 Points) 
Team IZOD (4 Points) 
Philly Triple Threat (3 Points) 

6th Grade Points 
NY Gauchos Orange (10 Points) 
Jersey City Boys And Girls Club (7 Points) 
Fidonce Basketball (7 Points) 
Riverside Hawks (5 Points) 
Playtime Panthers (4 Points) 
Rising Stars Elite (4 Points) 
NJ Bulldogs (3 Points) 
NY Gauchos Black (3 Points) 

5th Grade Points 
NY Gauchos Croft (8 Points) 
Silverback Nationals (7 Points) 
NY Gauchos Mitchell (6 Points) 
Team Durant (5 Points) 
King Street Kings (5 Points) 
Philly Triple Threats (3 Points) 
845 Elite (3 Points) 
NY Rens (3 Points) 

4th Grade Points 
Riverside Hawks Blue (7 Points) 
Riverside Hawks (3rd) (6 Points) 
New World (5 Points) 
NY Rens (4 Points) 
Philly Triple Threat (4 Points) 
Team Takeover (3 Points) 
Maryland Wizards (3 Points)

Monday, February 19, 2018

What Did We Learn At The Clash For The Cup?


The Clash For The Cup is in the books and it was a great event. It also gave us the chance to learn a few things about after this event. 

 What Did We Learn At The Clash For The Cup?


Team Thrill Is Real! 

Every so often a team comes along that catches our attention because of their style and pure domination. During the Clash For The Cup that team was Team Thrill based out of Baltimore, MD. Thrill punished most of their opponents all weekend with their smothering defense and explosive offensive style. They mercy ruled all but one opponent before cruising to the crown. If there’s a better 8th Grade team in America please point them out. Coach Mookie’s crew have joined the land of elite in terms of nicknames. Introducing Team Thrill AKA Legion Of Dome (LOD).


Garden State Is Guard Crazy! 

After looking over my notes from the Clash it came to my attention that the NJ Class of 2022 is loaded with high level guards. The NJ Bulldogs possess Jaquan Harris, Corey Floyd and Joe Baskerville, NJ Playaz send out talented duo Will Richardson and Desean Lecque. Team Rio Brings Jayden Pierre and Ben Roy to the table while the NY Rens showcase super guard Zion Cruz and Denver Anglin. It seems like the Garden State will be in good hands for years to come.


NY Gauchos Chasing Greatness! 

The Gauchos 6th Grade crew has won the Tip Off Classic and Clash For The Cup. They have gone undefeated through both events which is significant because no team has ever gone through the entire Spotlight circuit without taking a least one loss. The Atlantic City Showcase, Memorial Day Classic and Grand Finale stands in their way of greatness. Will the Choz run the table?
DMV Showing Dominance! 

During the Clash For The Cup it was evident that the DMV area had some dominant teams. They won the 7th Grade (Team Durant) and 8th Grade (Team Thrill) championships. While also impressing us with the play of Team Loaded and New World. The area is loaded with serious talent for teams and players. You can put this area up against any around the country right now.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Spotlight Alums Antoine and Lewis Put On Dunkfest!

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 6th Grade Best Of The Best & All-Tournament Team



The Clash For The Cup had some good talent in the 6th Grade Class. Here’s our Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 6th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Nas Simmons (NY Gauchos)- Simmons put in the work to help The Choz win back to back Spotlight tournaments. He showed he could boogie with the best of them. 

Best Prospect: Jaylen Mayo (JCBC)- Mayo was a man-child over the weekend. He fought off double teams and sagging defenses to get buckets. 

Best Playmaker: Dwayne Pierce (NY Gauchos)- Pierce is a supreme playmaker. He makes things happen with his all-around play. This kid does it all. 

Best Shooter: Gabe Ferencz (Rising Stars Elite)- Gabe showed off his mean ratchet throughout the weekend. He isn’t afraid to pull the trigger from anywhere. 

Best Scorer: Umar Sabree (Fidonce Basketball)- Sabree got buckets as usual. He drained shots from all over the floor. He’s a certified bucket getter. 

Best Floor General: Naim Parrish (NJ Shore Shots)- Parrish is known to get everyone involved. He sets the tempo and sees the floor with the best of them. 

Best Defender: Donovan Freeman (JCBC)- The rim protector was a problem for the opposition all weekend. His length presents a lot of problems. 

Best Fresh Face: Jordan Howe (Rising Stars Elite)- Howe made his splash at the Clash and now he’s on our radar. We will be keep our eye on him moving forward. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 6th Grade All-Tournament Team 

Nas Simmons (NY Gauchos) 
Dwyane Pierce (NY Gauchos) 
Danny Carbuccia (NY Gauchos) 
Aamyr Sullivan (NY Gauchos) 
Johnuel Fland (NY Gauchos) 
Umar Sabree (Fidonce) 
Anthony Finkley (Fidonce) 
Khaafiq Myers (Fidonce) 
Jaliek Mattox (Fidonce) 
Jaylen Mayo (JCBC) 
Donavan Freeman (JCBC) 
Malcolm Ford, Jr. (JCBC) 
Jayden Ramirez (Riverside Hawks) 
A.J. Rodriquez (Riverside Hawks)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 7th Grade Best Of The Best & All Tournament Team


The Clash For The Cup had some good talent in the 7th Grade Class. Here’s our Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 7th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Ace Valentine (Team Durant)- Valentine’s Day came early as Ace lead the crew to the Clash For The Cup. Kid can flat out get it done. 

Best Prospect: DJ Wagner (Team Final)- Wagner showed it’s definitely in the genes. DJ can score from all three levels but also possesses point guard principals. 

Best Playmaker: “Slick” Nick Padilla (Riverside Hawks)- Padilla had the crowd buzzing with his showman style. If you love wiggle in the game check out “Slick” Nick. 

Best Shooter: Dylan Seay (NY Rens)- This kid showed he could shoot the lights out. His size makes it a little easier to get it off. 

Best Scorer: William Norman (NJ Bulldogs)- Norman got busy all weekend putting up heavy numbers. Once he gets started the points just pile up. 

Best Floor General: Christian Bliss (NY Rens)- Bliss quarterbacked his squad to the final four. He literally coached his squad on and off the floor. 

Best Defender: Imeru McManus (New Heights)- McManus can guard multiple positions and hit the glass hard. His play helped them reach the final four. 

Best Fresh Face: Mackenzie MgBako (Riverside Hawks)- This kid opened our eyes up. He’s truly an intriguing prospect. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 7th Grade All-Tournament Team 

Ace Valentine (Team Durant) 
Amani Hansberry (Team Durant) 
Del Jones (Team Durant) 
Cameron Gillus (Team Durant) 
Nathan Guerengomba (Team Durant) 
Nick Padilla (Riverside Hawks) 
Mackenzie MgBako (Riverside Hawks) 
Jomani Wright (Riverside Hawks) 
Caleb Crawford (Riverside Hawks) 
Nico Andrews (Riverside Hawks) 
Dylan Seay (NY Rens) 
Dante Green (NY Rens) 
Christian Bliss (NY Rens) 
Imeru McManus (New Heights) 
Jaiden Williams (New Heights) 
Kenny Satterfield Jr. (New Heights)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Best Of The Best & All Tournament Team


The Clash For The Cup had some of the best talent in the 8th Grade Class. Here’s our Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Jarace Walker (Team Thrill)- Walker made a point to show he arguably the best player in the country. He put on a show. 

Best Prospect: Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs)- Since Walker took home MVP, we will give the best prospect nod to Harris from Jersey. The big point guard versatility will take him a long way. 

Best Playmaker: Will “The Real Deal” Richardson (Playaz)- “The Real Deal” was worth the price of admission. The kid has a lot of game with him. 

Best Shooter: Christian Winborne (Team Thrill)- Winborne stroke kept the defense on their heels and he torched the zones. He can knock it down from a different area code. Best Scorer: 

Best Scorer: Issac Gonzalez (New Heights): Gonzalez is known for getting buckets and did it again at the Clash For The Cup. He’s one of the best scorers in the country. 

Best Floor General: Rodney Rice (Team Loaded)- Rice ran the show all weekend for Loaded. His size makes him real intriguing at the point. 

Best Defender: Sammy Scott (Team Thrill)- Scott gave ball handlers fits all weekend. He locked in a like pit bull. He was a nightmare for the opposition. 

Best Fresh Face: Favour Aire (New World)- The 6’10 8th Grader caused a lot of chatter around the gym at the Clash. He was a problem especially on the defensive end and a name to know in coming years. 

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade All-Tournament Team 
Jarace Walker (Team Thrill) 
Sammy Scott (Team Thrill) 
Christian Winborne (Team Thrill) 
Antonio Hamlin (Team Thrill) 
Andrew Rheubottom (Team Thrill) 
Issac Gonzalez (New Heights) 
Chisom Okpara (New Heights) 
Lucious Gibson (New Heights) 
Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs) 
Corey Floyd (NJ Bulldogs) 
Will Richardson (NJ Playaz) 
Desean Lecque (NJ Playaz)

Baby Baller: Alert: Judah Bontemps (Riverside Hawks)

NAME: JUDAH BONTEMPS 

AAU TEAM: RIVERSIDE HAWKS 

GRADE: 4TH 

POSITION: GUARD 

EVENT: CLASH FOR THE CUP 

BREAKDOWN: TYPICAL AT EVERY SPOTLIGHT EVENT THAT WE HAVE TREMENDOUS GUARD PLAY. THE RIVERSIDE HAWKS JUST SO HAPPEN TO HAVE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUARDS ON ONE TEAM, BUT DON'T LET THAT TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM YOUNG MR JUDAH. EVEN WHEN HE’S ON THE SAME TEAM WITH THOSE OTHER GREAT GUARDS HE'S STILL "THE PG" ... JUST SO FLAT OUT STRONG AND SKILLED WITH THE BALL IN HIS HANDS. THIS YOUNG DYNAMO IS ELECTRIC IN THE OPEN FLOOR. ALREADY DISPLAYS THE BBALL IQ TO TAKE WHAT THE COACH DRAWS FROM THE CLIPBOARD TO THE COURT. ROUTINELY BEATS THE PRESS WITH HIS SPEED AND BALL HANDLE SAVY. BUT WHAT I LIKE MOST IS HIS "WANT" TO HAVE THE BALL IN HIS HANDS IN THE PRESSURE SITUATIONS. ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVS.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baby Baller Alert: Johnny Magna (Riverside Hawks)

NAME: JOHNNY MAGNA AKA "TV JOHNNY" 

AAU TEAM: RIVERSIDE HAWKS 

GRADE: 4TH 

POSITION: GUARD 

EVENT: CLASH FOR THE CUP 

BREAKDOWN: THE BIGGER THE GAME THE BIGGER THIS KID PLAYS. SO THAT'S HOW I CAME UP WITH THE NICK MANE "TV JOHNNY" THIS KID WILL MAKE A TREMENDOUS PG OR SG. SHOOTS THE BALL EXTREMELY WELL WITH RANGE. HANDLES THE BALL WITH THE BEST OF THEM. JUST ASK THE KID HE AND 1 MIXED TAPPED AND MADE FALL IN THE SEMI FINAL GAME AND HAD THE GYM GOING CRAZY. WEATHER ITS A CLUTCH 3 OR A BIG ASSIST TV JOHNNY DELIVERS ON THE BIGGEST OF STAGES.

Clash For The Cup Highlights: Rice Cooking At The Clash!

Rodney Rice

Rodney Rice stock is on the rise and he showed it during the Clash For The Cup. The big guard proved he could also run the point and score the rock when needed. Check out his highlights and stay tuned as we bring you more coverage from the Clash For The Cup.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spotlight Alum Quinerly Commits To Villanova!


Basketball Spotlight is proud to announce the Alum Jahvon Quinerly has committed to Villanova University. Quinerly spent his grammar school career starring on the Spotlight with Playtime, Team Elite, King Street Kings, and Sports U AKA Supreme Team. The point guard took home several titles while claiming the Spotlight POY as an 8th Grader. His play has edged his name in stone of Spotlight legacy. Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Jahvon and his family on this commitment and for all his future endeavors. Remember this is just the beginning and continue to work hard. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight bring you more former stars making their college commitments.

Dreams Do Come True 🙏🏼 @theunguarded #HappyVDay

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Diary Of A Baller: Jaquan Harris (North Brunswick, NJ) Entry #3

Jaquan Harris

Hello Bballspotlight World, 

It’s Jaquan Harris and I’m Back with Week 3 of my Diary Of A Baller. Here’s how my week went. 

Monday: I woke up at 6:00 like usual getting ready for school. I had to be focused because next week I have exams and I have to good on it there’s no other option. The school day was one of the days that I really had to work hard and make sure I understood everything that I was being told. So, when I got home I studied until I had to go to boxing at 7:00. I ended the day with my family watching basketball as usual. 

Baby Baller Alert: Jermel "Mel Mel" Thomas (845 Elite)

NAME: JERMEL THOMAS 

AAU TEAM: 845 ELITE 

GRADE: 4TH 

POSITION: GUARD 

EVENT: CLASH FOR THE CUP

BREAKDOWN: THIS KID IS ONE OF 3 PG'S THAT CAME THROUGH SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK IN THEIR AGE DIVISION AND THEY ALL IMMEDIATELY CATCH YOUR ATTENTION. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS KID KNOWN AS MEL ,,,,, DYNAMIC WITH THE BALL IN HIS HANDS ,,,,, HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS HE WANTS AT THIS LEVEL ….. THIS KID CAN SCORE AT WILL OR HE CAN BE THE PERFECT EXTENSION OF A COACH BY RUNNING THE TEAM AND GETTING EVERYONE ELSE INVOLVED ….. THIS KID VERY WELL MAY BE THE BEST PG IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF NY, AS HE GROWS SO WILL HIS LEGEND …… HE CHRIS MULLIN SEND THE OFFER RIGHT NOW ,,,,, TRUST ME

Baby Baller Alert: Jahmil Owusu (Riverside Hawks)

NAME: JAHMIL OWUSU 

AAU TEAM: RIVERSIDE HAWKS 

GRADE: 4TH 

POSITION: GUARD 

EVENT: CLASH FOR THE CUP 

BREAKDOWN: JUST MAY BE THE BEST GUARD AT HIS AGE IN THE STATE OF NJ. OF COURSE HE DISPLAYS THAT CLASSIC NORTH JERSEY BALL HANDLE, BUT DON’T LET THAT FOOL YOU. ITS NOT JUST “FLASH” OVER SUBSTANCE WITH THIS KID. HES ALWAYS THE MOST SKILLED KID WHEN HES ON THE COURT BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HES ALSO THE SMARTEST KID ON THE COURT AS WELL. SO HERE I GO AGAIN BOOK IT ….. TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS POST …. MARK IT DOWN RIGHT NOW. HE WILL ONE DAY BE RATED THE #1 RATED HIGH SCHOOL PG IN THE STATE OF NJ IN THE NEXT 4 TO 5 YEARS! …. HEY KEVIN BOYLE REMEMBER A KID NAMED KYRIE WHATS HIS NAME?