Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gunning For #1: Easter Comes Early To Future Phenom Camp!

Jerry Easter (Ohio)

Sometimes in life you simply know that you about to find yourself in a situation; with confirmation that Easter will be in the building a lot of barbershop arguments will be settled. The perimeter stars are deep in this class, and Easter is the cream that is quickly rising to the top. Heady, crafty, with IQ Easter knows how to use his body and play the angles. One of the best finishers you will find in the class; he constantly presses the paint and finds ways to score for himself and his teammates. He carries himself like a pro and has a level of maturity that you just won’t see in a kid his age; he is different but there is swag in what he does and he does it at the highest levels. Is prolific in the mid-range and understands the value of high percentage shots, a pure scorer who can also step behind the three point strip. Jerry does a lot of things that translate already and he is ready to have the competition speaking his language – if you come to Basketball Spotlights Future Phenom Camp to see Jerry Easter you better have your Rosetta Stone ready as he will come at you in many different ways and all of them will be tough to stop. 

Easter has the ability to score from all over off the catch and with the bounce; he excels in transition by both running and leading the break, he is special with the ball in the hand. He can run a team in the half court and he likes to use the crossover as well as the in-and-out and can finish with either hand. Easter will go the well until you stop him as his well seldom runs dry. Impactful as a defender his completeness as player will put him in the Spotlight – anyone looking to steal his shine could be in for a dark day bring your hardhat and flashlight cause Easter wants the Spotlight all to himself.


Gunning For #1: Lone Star State's LeBlanc Bringing His Game To The Future Phenom Camp!

Isaiah LeBlanc (Texas)

A lot of big time talent has been coming out of Texas recently at the college and pro level; Leblanc is another example of the Texas machine. Isaiah has all the physical tools, a diverse skill set that allows him to be a multi-category contributor, and the genetic pipeline that will have him playing two-levels at the division one level. Leblanc plays the game the right way, has solid mechanics, and is dedicated to the process of improving. He will hurt you from all three levels and is his very best when the pressure and the stakes are at its highest. Pressure burst pipes but it also makes diamonds and Leblanc is no cubic zirconia he is a real true VS rated player and he will be shining for the world to see come August 22nd and 23rd. When Leblanc steps into the gym the scouts immediately check out Leblanc’s cut, clarity, color, and carat if you can handle him watch your value expand nationally exponentially. 

Isaiah shoots well enough to space the court, passes well enough to make defenses pay for helping on penetration or close outs. He finds gaps off penetration and can stop and pop or use the floater game to finish. Big enough to guard multiple positions he is dedicated equally on both sides of the ball. An excellent rebounder who can fit into any system and help a team win – very complete player who still continues to develop additional facets to his game. If you love basketball you will love Isaiah LeBlanc if want to play against the best you will be at Spotlights Future Phenom Camp.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gunning For #1: Keels Will Be On Their Heels At Future Phenom Camp!

Trevor Keels (Maryland)

The Swiss army knife of the 2021 class, Keels can play face forward and with his back to the basket. He can post you and break your press, he can facilitate and he can finish. He is a full buffet of talent and impacts the game positively every time he takes the floor; and he can change the game without scoring a single bucket yet he has the talent to drop a 20-spot on you real quick. Possessing great size, and diverse set of skills – if you don’t respect him he will find you and he will “kill you”; the name has been has been under the radar for some time but no more. Trevor’s time is now and he’s prepared for the target being on his back and he is prepared for the Spotlight – but keep in mind he will have a target on the competition too, so step lively keep your eye open cause he has a certain set of skills that will have you guessing where he will come from next. 

More of a natural small forward he is a skilled enough that can play all three perimeter positions. He is a great passer with excellent court vision and is a good decision maker and is probably best playing a 'point forward' position where he is a match up problem that no team or player can solve. Wonderful mechanics and willingness to rebound and play both ends of the court ensure he contributes and looks good each time out. He will be there this year not to make a name but to scratch a few off only show up if you can handle the truth because Keel is nothing but.


Gunning For #1: Isaiah Kennedy Representing Ohio At Future Phenom Camp!

Isaiah Kennedy (Ohio)

Peel back the skin and you will see that this kid has wires inside, he is a workout warrior and a machine that has been programmed to seek and destroy; Kennedy has a great feel for the game and can be counted to be a coach on the floor. A General who takes orders, gives orders, and makes such that the mission get accomplished. A shooter who shoots the same shot every time can knock it down from anywhere. A great frame and strong body allows him to not be knocked off course and get to anywhere he want to on the floor is also one of his best assets when attacking the paint and the basket – he finishes what he starts and does so with class personified as he respects the game and is a student of it. He comes to the Spotlight planning on teaching some folks a few things and move to the head of the 2020 class literally; if study long you will study wrong come prepared for the Kennedy test because he will be looking to fail anyone who steps into his classroom. 

Ultra-strong athlete who is diligent in affecting the game with his assertiveness and IQ – great strength, quickness, and an all-out all the time motor makes him a maven on the both ends. He pushes the ball well in transition, kicks out passes in a timely manner, and he scores it well from all levels and has a creative finishing package which includes pull-ups and floaters. Coming from the Midwest the rumor is that a chip has developed on his shoulder and he has something major to prove to himself and the rest of the country.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gunning For #1: King Khoi Returns For The Crown!

King Khoi Thurmond (Chicago)

One of the most special and exciting players regardless of class has to be the “King” who was introduced to the nation at last year’s Basketball Spotlights Future Phenom Camp. Prior to his arrival his intent was clear he was laser focused on becoming the top player in the class – well people in the desert want ice water too; so when Thurmond took the floor he couldn’t request what he wanted he had to take it; he was forced to kill what he ate – and eat he did putting on show each and every time he took the floor. He showed a complete game and skill set that included much more than scoring, he dished it, he defended, and most impressive was his communication, leadership, and will to win. He is a born leader and winner and looks like he has played this game before, he’s an old soul who stays in the gym working on his craft and has no plans whatsoever of relinquishing his current position as the #1 player in the class. He is not running, he is not hiding he will be in attendance August 22nd and 23rd to prove he is still that guy, the message if you want his spot come and take it! 

Khoi is constantly in attack mode on the offensive end of the floor. He leads the break and can finish on the break equally as well, he gets to the rim at will and proved he knock down open or contested threes. His mid-range is strong and he has next level confidence in his game. Even with such a diverse skill set and high level of offensive talent Khoi would rather set up a teammate to score, a young player who understands the value of making those around him better. For those that understand the value of playing against the best it gets know better than the “King” and it gets no better Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Gunning For #1: Florida's Harris Back For More Spotlight!

Donnell Harris (Florida)

Will the South Rise again? Donnell Harris will be returning to the Spotlight this year after taking home Camp MVP honors in 2014. A year older, wiser, and more experienced is not good sign for players who are not ready for the high motor, talented, multi-skilled forward. His commitment to the Spotlight Camp is just like a champ defending his title against the best available opponents – he comes battle tested and battle ready as he arise first class from Florida. 

Appreciate the frame when you see him walk into the gym yet, once the ball is tip you will appreciate much more than that. He eats glass on both ends and could be one of the best around in this aspect, the offensive end is where he has improved and this is what has opponents shaking in their boots – how do you guard someone who can go around, over, or though you? We shall find out August 22nd and 23rd at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gunning For #1: Rising Carolina Star Cone Ready For Spotlight Camp!

Jalen Cone (North Carolina)

Nothing could be finer than this next level shooting guard with the pro-style game from North Carolina who has made a commitment to give the nation the business at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. Watch his for five minutes and you know the kid is a problem, he gets is done with great efficiency while shooting a high percentage and can hurt you anywhere on the floor – he finishes with a combination of strength and athleticism, but most importantly he does it with a skill set that has been honed from hours in the gym. One of the nation’s best players but also one of its hardest workers, Cone stays ready. 

A very mature and seasoned guard, he will impress equally with his IQ as well as his offensive prowess – a natural jump shooter with a ton of bounce he can create his own space and works well in it. Love the style and combination of shooter & scorer who does in it in the context of the offense. Cone has be considered a problem waiting to happen; the problem has occurred who will fall victim at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.


Gunning For #1: Chase Ellis Ready To Shine In The Spotlight!

Chase Ellis (Atlanta, GA)

Ellis is one of the most respectful and high character kids that you will ever meet. He is winner at life and has a bright future ahead of him, but do not for one second take his kindness for weakness because when he steps onto the hardwood he will slit your throat without a second thought. He attacks both boards with relentlessness and can finish in a crowd and through contact, also possessing a soft jump shot he plays within himself and is ultra-effective from 18-feet and in. With an improving handle he is dangerous whenever he touches the ball, always focused on winning he may give you 20 points one game and 10-asssit the next. Out of the Georgia the 6’4 forward could start for any team in the country due to how he plays the game. The competition yet must understand when Ellis arrive in Maryland for the Spotlight Future Phenom Camp, he has no plans of playing with anyone – this is a business trip and he plans on taking names and rising up the national board in the process. 

Equally strong as a back-to-the-basket player as he is facing up the offensive skill package is diverse and effective – very strong shooting with either hand and does well on the move showing excellent hands. We like what he does in transition and how he competes on the defensive end; coming to the Spotlight from Dirty South things could get murky for anyone trying to stop Ellis rise to the top.


Gunning For #1: Nevada's Anderson Returns To Future Phenom Camp!

Tommy Anderson (Las Vegas)

The West Coast scoring machine has been making big noise on the left coast for a while but has brought the raucous to the rest of the nation going on a tour that has made him a name that requires national attention. He heats up real quick, and has some old-school vinny Johnson like scoring exploits and plays the game frankly in a similar style. Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp played host to Anderson coming out party last year and the combo guard has every plan on coming back to continue his assault on the national ranking board. This is a player who wants to compete against the best and welcomes every match-up; whoever can handle one of the best in the west the Spotlight has opening for that position – only qualified applicants need apply. 

Anderson is extremely comfortable anywhere on the floor and can handle scoring or ball distribution responsibilities. He is able to work off the block as a back to the basket guy and knows already how to utilize pin downs and isolations. A bigtime scorer more so than a shooter, which he does well also, we love the scoring efficiency he work with while still being a willing passer. That wanting a top spot in the class of 2020, the road goes though Vegas; are you ready for the gamble? Because what happens at the Spotlight isn’t a secret its national news – if you come, come ready cause Nevada’s Tommy Anderson Aka TA “Baracus” he won’t “Pitty the Fool” .


Friday, July 24, 2015

Gunning For #1: Michigan's Towns Taking On All Comers!

Jahkary Towns (Michigan)

He shifts gears and plays without fear; a blur that comes at you at 100 mph Towns only know one way to the play the game and that’s at full speed. In the class of 2023 you must consider the combo guard as one of the top guards in the nation. Three level scoring ability; combined with a solid push/pull game that is further accentuated by his ability to penetrate and finish. Solid off the catch he is one of the few at the age that can work off the bounce and is remarkable uncanny at scoring off the dribble. Last summer the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom camp, Jakhary came in with much national hype using the Spotlight as his stage he solidified his reputation on the court removing any doubt that he was who he who he said he was. 

We love the passing ability of Towns who is a great passer with excellent court vision and exhibits good decision making – long term we like him as a 21st century scoring lead guard. With a diverse skill set for such a young guard, there is no one that competes or plays harder than Towns – great natural instincts and anticipation offensively combined with the ability to create space and scoring lanes for himself and others forces defenders to be on high alert anytime the rock finds itself in his hands. The ability to shoot a high percentage from beyond the 3-point stripe with the aforementioned make him one of the toughest covers you will see. Think you can guard him? Prove it August 22nd and 23rd National Scouts in attendance will be watching, the Jahkary camp has been working hard and expects it to simply to be another night on the Town!


Gunning For #1: John Mobley Jr. Makes Move To Spotlight Stage!

John Mobley Jr. (Ohio)

The nations #1 player in the class of 2024 hasn’t done anything to relinquish the title; playing up two to three age groups all season long he has continued to put together jaw dropping performances and display a skill set that rivals any player in any class. His play is not reliant on physical attributes; it’s built on the foundation of skill, IQ, speed, and agility all transitional traits that will serve him well on any level he plays now and in the future. From a pure basketball standpoint he is one of the most advanced and skilled players you will see on the circuit and he will put it all on the line August 22nd and 23rd at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. Like a championship prize fighter he is taking on all challengers for his title and anyone who desires to be in this conversation must come see him – they all will have the chance come August if they are truly up to the challenge. 

With moves on moves and counters to those, he relentlessly attacks the opposition, stopping on a dime and using all the angles to his advantage. Even at this young stage he operates beyond the stripe, in the mid-range, and already owns a solid pull up game and floater package to go along with his sick range. Difficult to impossible to stay in front of this guy will flat out punish you with the rock in his hand. Do not let the tiny frame fool you – he is a finisher who does it with both hands and shows phenomenal body control. Scouts will be on the sideline to see what the 2015 version looks like meaning those vying for a top 2023 spot will have every opportunity to prove there are who they think they are – are you the Future Phenom or will Mobley remain undisputed, find out in less than 30 days if you dare.


Gunning For #1: Evans Eager To Deliver At Spotlight Future Phenom Camp!

Che Evans (Maryland)

“The CEO” will make his Future Phenom Camp debut in his home state, but clearly won’t be making anyone feel at home during their stay. The players like Evans in the class of 2020 you can count on one hand; he joins the party after playing the 2015 season in the loaded 2019 class. Opponents have no need to apologize, don’t be sorry be careful as Evan’s poses a problem on both ends of the floor and is will immediately be considered one of the most versatile players in the class. Just as happy to drop it off as he is to finish which he does very well. We are looking at a top 5, top 10 kid potentially and this is where he intends to prove it August 22nd and 23rd. 

At 6’6 handles like a PG, but can defend multiple positions on the other side as well he is a defensive problem especially from the weak-side. You see that he is being groomed for two-levels up and you can see he has the tools to make it happen, the upside is ridiculous for the kid as Evans is a consistent jump shot away from being one of the most dominant players in the country. Only problem? The jumper is looking better each time we see it. This is the type of talent you will see at the Spotlight we hope the country is ready.


Gunning For #1: Roach Ready To Take On Countries Best At Future Phenom Camp!

Jeremy Roach (Terror Squad)

One of the hottest names in the country right now is Jeremy Roach who had a breakout year making an impact on the national scene; Roach has competed in every top event and impacted the outcome with his dynamic play. Roach will make his Spotlight debut joining the star-studded list of camp commits out of Virginia. Roach’s recent performance in leading his Team Melo squad to the national championship was epic; the question is no longer “is he the best guard in the DC Metro area?” rather it’s “is he the best guard in the country”. 

Jeremy is effective at all 3-levels and possesses a handle and range combined with a nose for the paint – yet his IQ allows him to make the necessary reads to make the right play for himself or his teammates and he remains a willing passer even with his elite level status. If you considered him under the radar before, many knowledgeable basketball minds have seen this coming for years, he is now center stage and be careful you may be starring in his next video if you take the floor against him; August 22nd and 23rd only real players need apply to go head to head against this guy.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gunning For #1: Hoggard Ready To Hold It Down At Spotlight Future Phenom Camp!

AJ Hoggard (Pennsylvania)

We all know the name and you have to love the game the PA native has to be considered one of the toughest covers in the country. The big PG can flat out do it and has flat out done it all year long often saving his very best for the biggest stages and biggest games. The Team Melo/Terror Squad did it all year with a target placed squarely on his back and responded with big performance after big performance. One of the best natural passers regardless of the class – this is truly his marker and separator showed he can score with the very best out there. With swag personified coming face to face with Hoggard will be a daunting task for anyone in the building during the Spotlight Phenom Camp weekend. I'm sure folks won’t be scared, or will they? 

One of the craftiest ball-handler out there he does a lot with the ball in his hands - spaces the floor well with the ability to bang the jump shot, shows a high level of proficiency in the mid-range and with the floater and has the frame to absorb and finish through contact . A seasoned floor general who’s played in big game after big game and gotten the job done AJ makes the most of opportunities – he can lead the team in scoring as well as assist any time out, one word? Special. One camp? Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.


Gunning For #1: Evan Young Ready To Represent Utah At Future Phenom Camp!

With a heavy national contingent of players expected from all across the country Young will be joining the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp out of Utah. Long considered one of the best pure shooters in the class, we love the fact that each time we see him he has something more to his game. Working off the jumper, he is able to hurt you in multiple ways as this must always be honored – a underrated ball-handler with great court vision he finishes in the paint and can does a lot of great things in the mid-range and with the floater. The proverbial gym rat will put Utah on the map without question come August 22nd and 23rd at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. 

In the gym range combined with the ability to give you a bucket anywhere on the floor we like the size and strength combination as well. He never gives up on a play and does it every possession of every game displaying a next level motor. Those who love the game will love Evan as he plays as hard as any player in any age group in the country; bring your hardhat to Phenom Camp as Young will be there waiting for all comers.


Gunning For #1: Moore Brings Texas Flavor To Spotlight Future Phenom Camp!

Latrell Moore (Texas)

The Texas native is already considered one of the nations and will be in attendance at this year’s Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. Moore walks into the gym already with a national reputation; he will be expecting to build on that with more impressive performances. 

We love his athleticism and his strength; he has exhibited impressive body control and does a ton of things off the dribble. One of the best pure transition players in the class due to the high motor and energy that he brings to the game – he brings it on both ends where he is solid guarding multiple positions. The IQ is also apparent and plays a big part of his success within the 94-feet. He is coming to the Spotlight as a player who respects the game and enjoys the process of getting better. Anyone stepping on the floor with this kid come August better bring their A-Game as Moore only knows how to play one way and that’s hard. 

We’ll be watching to see who can keep up. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players coming to the Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.


Gunning For #1: Trey Patterson Enters Future Phenom Camp!

Trey Patterson (New Jersey)

Join us from out of New Jersey is the highly ranked and versatile forward Trey Patterson. Pushing 6’6 with a next level wing span one of the biggest question facing the country is, is this the year that Patterson claims the nations #1 spot. He clearly has the tools and has combined it with a resume that would impress anyone. He will be looking to take care of business with whomever he finds standing in his way at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. 

Patterson is as smooth as it comes and place the game at his own pace rarely allowing the defense to speed him up; he can be found gliding into the painted area where he will kindly “drop you off at the basket”, he works well out to 20-feet and is a natural catch and shoot guy but has improved rapidly with what he does off the bounce. A bigtime scorer and talent he is the macaroni with the cheese - how many will try this dish come August? The country will see at the Future Phenom Camp as Patterson too has committed.