Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Diary Of A Baller: Bryan Hall (Hartford County, CT) Entry #6

Trey Hall With Hall Of Famer Jim Calhoun

What's up Basketball World? 

I'm glad to welcome you all back for another entry of my Basketball Spotlight diary. I started the week thinking it would be slower than most since we didn't have a tournament over the weekend. However as I write this I can say I was mistaken....the week went just as fast and I'm just as tired. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 8th Grade Orange Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 8th Grade Orange Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL Q 
1. NJ SHORE SHOTS 
2. TEAM FINAL (BLACK) 
3. GYM RATZ 

POOL R 
1. NY LIGHTNING 
2. NJ SOLDIERS 
3. CBC 

POOL S 
1. TEAM FINAL (BLUE) 
2. NJ SHOREBOYS 
3. TEAM IZOD 

POOL T 
1. WE R 1 
2. NJ ELITE 24 
3. BROOKLYN RENS 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
1:40 PM Q1-Q2 (HGH 1) 
1:40 PM R1-R2 (HGH 2) 
1:40 PM S1-S2 (HGH 3) 
1:40 PM T1-T2 (HGH 4) 
4:00 PM Q1-Q3 (HGH 1) 
4:00 PM R1-R3 (HGH 2) 
4:00 PM S1-S3 (HGH 3) 
4:00 PM T1-T3 (HGH 4) 
6:20 PM R2-R3 (HGH 2) 
6:20 PM S2-S3 (HGH 3) 
7:30 PM Q2-Q3 (HGH 2) 
7:30 PM T2-T3 (HGH 3) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
8:00 AM 3RD S-3RD T (HGH 2) 
8:00 AM 3RD Q-3RD R (HGH 3) 
11:20 AM 1ST Q-2ND R (HGH 1) POOL Q 
11:20 AM 1ST R-2ND Q (HGH 2) POOL R 
11:20 AM 1ST S-2ND T (HGH 3) POOL S 
11:20 AM 1ST T-2ND S (HGH 4) POOL T 
1:50 PM POOL Q-POOL T (HGH 2) 
1:50 PM POOL R-POOL S (HGH 3) 
4:10 PM 8TH GRADE ORANGE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 3)

Sites: (HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 8th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 8th Grade Blue Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL U 
1. BOSTON SPARTANS
2. SOUTH JERSEY TITANS 
3. ROLE MODEL BASKETBALL 
4. MSU SKYLINERS 

POOL V 
1. JERSEY FORCE 
2. SPARTANS 14U 
3. TEAM DELAWARE 
4. NX LEVEL 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
4:00 PM U1-U2 (MC) 
4:00 PM U3-U4 (AC) 
5:10 PM V1-V2 (MC) 
5:10 PM V3-V4 (AC) 
6:20 PM U1-U3 (MC) 
6:20 PM U2-U4 (AC) 
7:30 PM V1-V3 (MC) 
7:30 PM V2-V4 (AC) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
11:30 AM U1-U4 (MC) 
11:30 AM U2-U3 (AC) 
12:40 PM V1-V4 (MC) 
12:40 PM V2-V3 (AC) 
3:00 PM 1ST V-2ND U (MC) 
3:00 PM 1ST U-2ND V (AC) 
5:20 PM 8TH GRADE BLUE CHAMPIONSHIP 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753 
(MC) Our Lady Mount Carmel Church 1201 Asbury Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 
(AC) Academy Charter School 1725 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 7th Grade Orange Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 7th Grade Orange Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL K 
1. JERSEY FORCE 
2. NJ SOLDIERS 
3. NY LIGHTNING 
4. BROOKLYN RENS 

POOL L 
1. NY DRAGONS 
2. MBK KNIGHTS 
3. WE R 1 
4. NY RENS 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
2:50 PM K1-K2 (HGH 1) 
2:50 PM K3-K4 (HGH 2) 
2:50 PM L1-L2 (HGH 3) 
2:50 PM L3-L4 (HGH 4) 
5:10 PM K1-K3 (HGH 1) 
5:10 PM K2-K4 (HGH 2) 
5:10 PM L1-L3 (HGH 3) 
5:10 PM L2-L4 (HGH 4) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
12:40 PM K1-K4 (HGH 1) 
12:40 PM K2-K3 (HGH 2) 
12:40 PM L1-L4 (HGH 3) 
12:40 PM L2-L3 (HGH 4) 
3:00 PM 1ST K-2ND L (HGH 2) 
3:00 PM 1ST L-2ND K (HGH 3) 
5:20 PM 7TH GRADE ORANGE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 3) 

 Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 7th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 7th Grade Blue Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL M 
1. MSU SLYLINERS 
2. BOSTON SPARTANS 
3. SOUTH JERSEY TITANS 

POOL N 
1. RIVERSIDE HAWKS 
2. HOOPS ACADEMY 
3. TEAM BIG DREAMS 

POOL O 
1. PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT 
2. NX LEVEL 
3. NJ SHORE SHOTS 

POOL P 
1. NWK 
2. HOOP KINGZ ELITE 
3. WALL 2 WALL 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
9:00 AM M1-M2 (MC) 
9:00 AM N1-N2 (AC) 
10:10 AM O1-O2 (MC) 
10:10 AM P1-P2 (AC) 
11:20 AM M1-M3 (MC) 
11:20 AM N1-N3 (AC) 
12:30 PM O1-O3 (MC) 
12:30 PM P1-P3 (AC) 
1:40 PM M2-M3 (MC) 
1:40 PM N2-N3 (AC) 
2:50 PM O2-O3 (MC) 
2:50 PM P2-P3 (AC) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
8:00 AM 3RD M-3RD N (HGH 1) 
9:10 AM 1ST M-2ND N (MC) POOL M 
9:10 AM 1ST N-2ND M (AC) POOL N 
10:20 AM 1ST O-2ND P (MC) POOL O 
10:20 AM 1ST P-2ND O (AC) POOL P 
1:50 PM POOL M-POOL P (MC) 
1:50 PM POOL N-POOL O (AC) 
3:00 PM 3RD P-3RD O (HGH 4) 
4:10 PM 7TH GRADE BLUE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 4) 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753 
(MC) Our Lady Mount Carmel Church 1201 Asbury Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 
(AC) Academy Charter School 1725 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 6th Grade Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 6th Grade Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL G 
1. TEAM IZOD 
2. BAYSHORE BULLDOGS 
3. SOUTH JERSEY TITANS 
4. NY LIGHTNING 

POOL H 
1. NJ SHORE SHOTS 
2. BOSTON SPARTANS 
3. TEAM PHILLY 
4. TEAM LOADED 

POOL I 
1. RIVERSIDE HAWKS 
2. STATEN ISLAND STINGRAY 
3. WALL 2 WALL 
4. TEAM FINAL 

POOL J 
1. HILLTOPPERS HEAT 
2. TEAM DELAWARE 
3. GAUCHOS
4. WE R 1 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
9:00 AM G1-G2 (HGH 1) 
9:00 AM G3-G4 (HGH 2) 
9:00 AM H1-H2 (HGH 3) 
9:00 AM H3-H4 (HGH 4) 
10:10 AM I1-I2 (HGH 1) 
10:10 AM I3-I4 (HGH 2) 
10:10 AM J1-J2 (HGH 3) 
10:10 AM J3-J4 (HGH 4) 
11:20 AM G1-G3 (HGH 1) 
11:20 AM G2-G4 (HGH 2) 
11:20 AM H1-H3 (HGH 3) 
11:20 AM H2-H4 (HGH 4) 
12:30 PM I1-I3 (HGH 1) 
12:30 PM I2-I4 (HGH 2) 
12:30 PM J1-J3 (HGH 3) 
12:30 PM J2-J4 (HGH 4) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
9:10 AM G1-G4 (HGH 1) 
9:10 AM G2-G3 (HGH 2) 
9:10 AM H1-H4 (HGH 3) 
9:10 AM H2-H3 (HGH 4) 
10:20 AM I1-I4 (HGH 1) 
10:20 AM I2-I3 (HGH 2) 
10:20 AM J1-J4 (HGH 3) 
10:20 AM J2-J3 (HGH 4) 
1:50 PM 1ST G- 1ST H (HGH 1) 
1:50 PM 1ST I-1ST J (HGH 4) 
4:10 PM 6TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 2) 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 5th Grade Orange Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 5th Grade Orange Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL E 
1. RIVERSIDE HAWKS 
2. TEAM LOADED 
3. NY LIGHTNING 
4. CBC 

POOL F 
1. TEAM IZOD 
2. WE R 1 
3. NY RENS 
4. TEAM DELAWARE 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
4:00 PM E1-E2 (AS 1) 
4:00 PM E3-E4 (AS 2) 
5:20 PM F1-F2 (AS 1) 
5:20 PM F3-F4 (AS 2) 
6:20 PM E1-E3 (HGH 1) 
6:20 PM E2-E4 (HGH 4) 
7:30 PM F1-F3 (AS 1) 
7:30 PM F2-F4 (AS 2) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
10:20 AM E1-E4 (AS 1) 
10:20 AM E2-E3 (AS 2) 
11:30 AM F1-F4 (AS 1) 
11:30 AM F2-F3 (AS 2) 
3:00 PM 1ST E-2ND F (AS 1) 
3:00 PM 1ST F-2ND E (AS 2) 
5:20 PM 5TH GRADE ORANGE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 1) 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753 
(AS) All Sports NJ 1750 Brielle Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 5th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 5th Grade Blue Division Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL C 
1. T TOWN BALLERS 
2. MSU SKYLINERS 
3. LV KINGS

POOL D 
1. JERSEY FORCE 
2. SOUTH JERSEY TITANS 
3. BOSTON SPARTANS 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
9:00 AM C1-C2 (AS 1) 
9:00 AM D1-D2 (AS 2) 
11:20 AM C1-C3 (AS 1) 
11:20 AM D1-D3 (AS 2) 
1:40 PM C2-C3 (AS 1) 
1:40 PM D2-D3 (AS 2) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
8:00 AM 3RD C-3RD D (HGH 4) 
12:40 PM 1ST C-2ND D (AS 1) 
12:40 PM 1ST D-2ND C (AS 2) 
3:00 PM 5TH GRADE BLUE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 1) 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753 
 (AS) All Sports NJ 1750 Brielle Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 4th Grade Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic 4th Grade Schedule is listed below. Make sure you travel early because of the holiday traffic. 

POOL A 
1. NJ SHORE SHOTS 
2. MSU SKYLINERS 
3. BOSTON SPARTANS 
4. SOUTH JERSEY TITANS 

POOL B 
1. NY RENS 
2. TEAM DELAWARE 
3. SILVERBACKS 
4. RIVERSIDE HAWKS 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 
10:10 AM A1-A2 (AS 1) 
10:10 AM A3-A4 (AS 2) 
12:30 PM A1-A3 (AS 1) 
12:30 PM A2-A4 (AS 2) 
2:50 PM B1-B2 (AS 1) 
2:50 PM B3-B4 (AS 2) 
6:20 PM B1-B3 (AS 1) 
6:20 PM B2-B4 (AS 2) 

SUNDAY MAY 29TH 
8:00 AM A1-A4 (AS 1) 
8:00 AM A2-A3 (AS 2) 
9:10 AM B1-B4 (AS 1) 
9:10 AM B2-B3 (AS 2) 
1:50 PM 1ST A-2ND B (AS 1) 
1:50 PM 1ST B-2ND A (AS 2) 
4:10 PM 4TH GRDAE CHAMPIONSHIP (HGH 1) 

Sites: 
(HGH) Hoop Group Headquarters 1930 Heck Ave Neptune, NJ 07753 
(AS) All Sports NJ 1750 Brielle Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Diary Of A Baller: Bryan Hall (Hartford County, CT) Entry #5

Trey Hall 

Hello again Basketball World! 

Welcome back for the fifth week of my basketball diary. As school winds down for the year I'm finding myself even more busy with class work, but a few weeks from now I'll be able to put the textbooks down for the summer. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spotlight Alum Karl Anthony Towns Wins NBA Rookie Of The Year!

Karl Anthony Towns 

Basketball Spotlight Alum Karl Anthony Towns was a unanimous choice for NBA Rookie of the Year. Towns competed in Basketball Spotlight with Team NJABC and finished his middle school career by dominating the J.E.M. All Star Classic. Towns went on to have a stellar high school career at St. Joseph’s Metuchen before heading off for one year at the University of Kentucky. 

Last summer Towns was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 1st overall pick. It didn't take Towns very long to make an impact. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the second game of the season, a victory over Denver, and though many rookies hit a wall in the middle of the long, grueling NBA regular season, Towns got better as the season went on. He averaged 21.3 points on 55 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds in the final 31 games of the season. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Towns on his success and wish him more in the future.

NY Rens Take Stand Against Gun Violence!

It’s a well-known fact that gun violence has been a serious problem in our country for years especially in the inner city. One basketball program has decided to step up. The NY Rens have decided to wear orange patches throughout their program to give awareness of gun violence. Their effort has not only affected their program but many teams throughout the country have also joined the movement. They were recently featured on ESPN and you can check out the video below. Basketball Spotlight is extremely proud of the NY Rens Organization and will like to help out anyway we can.

Is Isaiah Todd The #1 Player In America?

Isaiah Todd (Team Loaded)

This past fall when we released our Class of 2020 player rankings we talked about Isaiah Todd having the ability to one day reach to top of this list. This day might be sooner than later. The 6’9 forward is developing his wing game and preparing his game for the high school level and beyond. He currently resides in Richmond, VA and has become one of the building blocks for Team Loaded. Well known scout William Francis of P2Bball.com feels that the skills Todd is learning will benefit him beyond high school. “The drills and the way they are developing him is grooming him for the major college or NBA level. He’s learning how to do things that are advanced than the normal high school player. The scariest aspect of his game is that he hasn’t scratched the surface of his potential” said Francis. 

In terms of rankings Francis also gives Todd the nod. “Right now I would have to say he’s the #1 player in the country for the Class of 2020 and it could be a spot he could hold on for a long while” he finished. Basketball Spotlight will be keeping an eye on top prospect Isaiah Todd and other top players in the country. We will really see if he’s #1 in the country. Stay tuned as we bring you the inside look to more top players in the country.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Zion "The Lion" Harmon Strikes At Nike EYBL!

Zion "The Lion" Harmon

7th Grader Zion Harmon made a huge statement on the national scene as he tallied 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists to lead We All Can Go All Stars over Team Takeover 68-67 in the Nike EYBL 17U Division. Harmon capped his big day off by making the game winning shot on a follow up. Check out the video below of his game winner. He also made history being the first 7th Grader to play on the Nike EYBL 17U level. 

Zion’s father Mike Harmon feels blessed about his son’s performance, “I knew Zion could play and has poise but I didn’t know he could turn in a performance like this on this huge stage. We are very blessed but he understands that it’s a long road and he must continue to work hard” he finished. Basketball Spotlight will keep you updated on Harmon’s success as he continues to make history.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Diary Of A Baller: Trey Hall (Hartford County, CT) Entry #4

Trey Hall & Friends At John Lucas IMSC

What's up Basketball World? 

My apologies for the delay with this diary entry, but as always I'm excited to update you all on the week I've had since my last check in. It was another important week of preparation for me with the John Lucas Camp being only 5 days away. 

My Camp Experience: Tyler Brelsford (Ellicott City, MD)

Tyler Brelsford At John Lucas IMSC

Tyler Brelsford of Ellicott City, Maryland traveled to Houston, Texas for the John Lucas International Combine. Basketball Spotlight reached out to Brelsford and here’s his experience.

Friday 5/6/16 
On Friday, I went to school and was thinking about the camp all day. After School I went home and got packed for the trip to Houston, TX. I had a good week of training and I was confident and felt well prepared. Our flight was at 8:00pm and when my Dad and I got to the airport I saw one of my buddies Cam Byers, who was on the same flight. We were talking and catching up with each other. We landed in Houston around 12 midnight. I got to the hotel and went straight to bed.
Saturday 5/7/16 
I got a good night sleep and I was glad the camp didn’t start until 12 noon. My dad and I woke up around 9:30am and went to IHop to eat breakfast. We got to the camp about 11:15am to get registered and get my jersey. The day was really long, we had a 5 hour workout of conditioning, dribbling and shooting drills, and some 1 on 1 action. During the 1 on 1, I was off and couldn’t really make a shot, but I knew that wasn’t going to last the whole weekend. We had dinner around 5pm and then it was time for games. My first game I played good. I shot the ball well, got my teammates involved and was a good leader. The second game I couldn’t really hit a shot, but I did other things to help my team. John Lucas ended the games a little early due to selfish play and players being out of shape. He then gave us a speech and let us go home. After camp I went to the hotel and chilled with my friend Ryan Conway. We ate pizza and talked about the day.


Sunday 5/8/16 
I woke up around 6:00am, the camp started at 7:30am. I wanted to be early so I could get some extra work in. We did drills for two hours and then we played two games. My first game was my best game all weekend, I couldn’t miss. I got to be on the same team with some of my buddies, Trey Hall and John Wilson, and that was fun. We had some guest speakers, Justin Jackson (UNC) and Troy Williams (Indiana) and the camp ended at 12noon. After that my friend and I, Terrance Williams went to the mall and got something to eat. Out flight wasn’t until 8pm. I landed at around 12 midnight and then had to get ready for school the next day. I had a really good experience at the John Lucas IMSC.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Basketball Spotlight MDC Deadline May 15th


The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic is slated for May 28th and 29th and many teams have already committed. Please make sure you register early because this event is likely to sellout. Deadline is May 15th!

Basketball Spotlight MDC Committed List 

8th Grade Teams 
1. We R 1 (Blue) 
2. We R 1 (White) 
3. MSU Skyliners 
4. Jersey Force 
5. South Jersey Titans 
6. Boston Spartans 
7. Spartans 14U 
8. NJ Shore Shots 
9. NY Lightning
10. Milbank Flyers
11. Team IZOD
12. Team Final (Blue)
13. Team Final (Black)
14. Team Delaware
15. Gym Ratz
16. Role Model Basketball 
17. NJ Soldiers 
18. Brooklyn Rens
19. SJ Domination
20. NJ Elite Team 24
21. NY Lightning
22. CBC

7th Grade Teams 
1. Philly Triple Threat
2. We R 1 (White) 
3. NY Rens Kat 
4. MSU Skyliners 
5. South Jersey Titans 
6. Boston Spartans 
7. Jersey Force 
8. NJ Shore Shots 
9. Hoop Kingz Elite
10. Milbank Flyers
11. Wall 2 Wall 
12. NY Dragons
13. Learners Always Win
14. Team Delaware
15. NJ Playaz
16. NJ Soldiers 
17. Hoops Academy Lightning
18. NWK
19. Brooklyn Rens 
20. Riverside Hawks
21. SJ Domination
22. MBK Knight
23. Team Big Dreams
24.

6th Grade Teams 
1. Riverside Hawks 
2. Boston Spartans 
3. South Jersey Titans 
4. NY Rens (Kat) 
5. NJ Shore Shots 
6. Team Final  
7. Wall 2 Wall
8. We R 1
9. Team IZOD
10. Team Delaware
11. NY Lightning
12. NJ Playaz 
13. Bayshore Bulldogs
14. Staten Island Stingrays 
15. Gauchos
16. Team RIO National
17. Team Loaded
18. SJ Domination
19. Team Philly 
20

5th Grade Teams 
1. Riverside Hawks 
2. Boston Spartans 
3. Jersey Force 
4. NJ Shore Shots 
5. MSU Skyliners 
6. NY Rens KAT 
7. Milbank Flyers
8. We R 1 
9. South Jersey Titans
10. T Town Ballers 
11. Team IZOD
12. Team Delaware
13. Team Loaded 
14. NY Lightning
15. SJ Domination
16. 

4th Grade Teams 
1. NY Rens Kat 
2. Boston Spartans 
3. NJ Shore Shots 
4. Riverside Hawks 
5. South Jersey Titans 
6. Team Delaware
7. Silverbacks
8.