Thursday, April 23, 2015

Memorial Contribution Site and Basketball Classic Set Up For Memory Of Armoni Sexton!

The basketball community was struck a hard blow with the tragic death of rising star Armoni Sexton. The alleged person responsible for Sexton’s death has been arrested but his family still needs the help of the basketball community. The Sexton family has developed a Go Fund Me Account to help with the ceremony and other aspects concerning his unfortunate death. Please find it in your heart to help this family during this tough time. Below is the link for you guys to send your donation. I’m sure any amount will be greatly appreciated. 

The Armoni Sexton Classic is set for May 2nd at East Side High School in Paterson, NJ. The City League Game is slated for 12:00 PM and the High School is set for 1:30 PM. Any high school players interested in participating please contact Sam White at 973-460-5780. 

Armoni Sexton Memorial Link

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Walker And Campbell Best Backcourt In America?

Tyger Campbell and Marquise Walker

Marquise Walker and Tyger Campbell are two of the top guards in the country, and now they both play for We All Can Go. Together they are possibly the best backcourt in the country. Both players have national reps and have put on a show at Spotlight events. Are they currently the best backcourt in the country? I guess we will find out at the Grand Finale in June!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spotlight Exclusive: Coach Francis Speaks Out About AC Showcase!

Coach Francis (Terror Squad)

Many people including myself wondered how the Terror Squad would respond at the AC Showcase. They were coming off a stunning loss during the semifinals of Winter Warz and word spread about players exploring other options. Things looked bleak after a lopsided loss to George Hill Rising Stars and a belief that they were eliminated from the tournament. They returned to action Sunday and rebounded to win the championship. Basketball Spotlight sat down with Coach Francis and here’s what he had to say about the AC Showcase. 

Basketball Spotlight MDC Reduces Rate Because Of EBC Situation!

Due to the Elevate Basketball Circuit situation Basketball Spotlight has decided to discount the entry fee for the Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic. We understand that the circumstances has caused several teams to lose money therefore we have reduced our entry fees for a single team entry from $400 to $325 and our multi-team discount has been reduced from $350 to $300. The new registration links are below and we hope that this helps out some of the teams that were affected by the closing of the EBC. Any teams that registered under the original rate will be given a refund of their balance at the event. 

MDC Registration (Single Team) 

MDC Registration (Multi Team Discount)

Diary Of A Baller: James "Buckets" Bishop (Baltimore, MD) Entry #1

James "Buckets" Bishop (B'More Finest)

Hello everyone my name is James Bishop IV and I would like to start off by saying thanks to Bball Spotlight for giving me the opportunity to tell you guys a little bit about me. I’m in the 8th Grade from Baltimore and play AAU for B’More Finest. We are sponsored by Under Armor. I feel as though this year is a huge year of basketball for me because next year I would be entering high school at Mount Saint Joseph’s. My brother Jevaun (mentor and trainer) and I have been working very hard. We do a 3 a day workout schedule, so I wake up at 6:00 AM and work on my ball handling for about an hour. I then attend school (I’m Homeschooled), after that I find a local gym to work out at for two hours. My final workout consists of cardio and exercise. I run two miles, do pushups, sit ups, calf raises and lunges. I’m finally ready to go home, eat, study, shower and get some sleep. 

This Saturday was a long day for me. I had my usual 6:00 AM workout and then about 8:00 I went to get my haircut. After leaving the barbershop I went straight to workouts at the Y with Troy Parker, he’s another trainer I work on my game with. We went hard from 10-12 then I took a little break and got back at it from 12:30-2. After that I went to visit my grandmother for a couple of hours and then hung out at the movies for the rest of the evening. 

Sunday was a real laid back day. I just went to the Banneker Community Center and worked out. Thanks again for entering my world. I will see you guys next week with more details. 

James “Buckets” Bishop IV

Monday, April 20, 2015


Today is a sad day for the basketball community as we are mourning the death of Armoni Sexton of Paterson, NJ. Armoni first appeared on the Basketball Spotlight scene as a 7th Grader for the Playtime Panthers. After a couple of good outings he moved over to the national power Playaz Basketball Club. Once he arrived at the Playaz his name and game reached new levels. His coming out party was the Memorial Day Classic in which he dominated and received the Mr. Memorial Day Award (Main Picture Up Top). Sexton also took his game on the road and became a name to know on the camp circuit. His electric play on the court earned him the nickname “Live Wire”. During his 8th grade season his play flourished even more on the Spotlight circuit as he made All Tournament for every event they entered and had a dominating performance in the J.E.M. All Star Classic. 

In a recent article his AAU and high school coach Tommie Patterson expressed his grief. “I’m at loss for words,” said Patterson. “I don’t even know what to think.” The coach said his mother too doesn’t is in disbelief and what to make of her son’s untimely death. He said his mother is coping with the pain by imagining he went to basketball camp and would return to her. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to send our condolences to the Sexton family, Playaz Basketball Club especially Tommie Patterson, Kiela Brevard and Jimmy Salmon. The basketball community is here to support you guys through this tough time. This is my experience of writing one of these stories and I hope it is the last. Rest In Peace Armoni “Live Wire” Sexton.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Road To The Grand Finale Point System Update!

The AC Showcase was the 4th stop on the Basketball Spotlight Road To The Grand Finale. We would like to congratulate all the teams the picked up points towards the Grand Prize. The Grand Finale will take place June 20th and 21th. The Top 8 teams in each division will be invited with the discount rate of $250. We also will be having open bids for top teams that want to go for the crown at the cost of $375. Our last stop before the Grand Finale will be the Memorial Day Classic in Neptune, NJ. 

8th Grade Teams 
Harlem Jets (15 Points) 
Team RIO National (12 Points) 
NY Rens (8 Points) DC Premier (8 Points) 
Play Hard (8 Points) 
Philly Triple Threat (7 Points) 
New Heights (7 Points) 
CP3 All Stars (6 Points) 
Team Final (5 Points) 
Team Takeover (5 Points) 
CTA Turbo (5 Points) 
Hilltopper Heat (5 Points) 

7th Grade Teams 
Team Durant (18 Points) 
Team IZOD (9 Points) 
DC Premier (7 Points) 
PSA Cardinals (7 Points) 
King Street Kings (7 Points) 
Hilltoppers Heat (7 Points) 
Brooklyn Rens (7 Points) 
Gauchos (5 Points) 
NY Rens (4 Points) 
Dream Chasers (3 Points) 
RIP City (3 Points) 
Wiz Kids (3 Points) 

6th Grade Teams 
Team IZOD (12 Points) 
Team Durant (10 Points) 
New World Unlimited (8 Points) 
Hilltoppers Heat (8 Points) 
B’More Finest (7 Points) 
Philly Triple Threat (7 Points) 
Team Takeover (7 Points) 
Gauchos (6 Points) 

5th Grade 
Riverside Hawks (11 Points) 
Havoc City (10 Points) 
NY Rens (10 Points) 
Team Durant (6 points) 
60 Elite (6 Points) 
New Heights (6 Points) 
Maryland Finest (5 Points) 
Gauchos (4 Points) 
National Select (3 Points) 

4th Grade Teams 
Riverside Hawks (15 Points) 
Made Signature (8 Points) 
Team Takeover (8 Points) 
NY Rens (8 Points) 
Havoc City (7 Points) 
Gauchos (3 Points) 
B’More Finest (3 Points) 
Hilltoppers Heat (3 Points) 
National Select (3 Points) 
SJ Domination (3 Points)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What Did We Learn At The AC Showcase?

The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase once again went down as they event of the year. It also had a lot of interesting happening and aspects to go along with the weekend. Here are some of the things we learned in America’s Playground. 

 What Did We Learn At The AC Showcase?

AC Showcase #1 Event In America! 

The AC Showcase went to the next level this year with 3 reigning national champions, over 40 nationally ranked teams, over 100 nationally ranked players and combined all three sneakers companies. The atmosphere was epic and the games were very entertaining. It would be hard for any single weekend event to bring together this type of luster. We owe all this success to you guys and greatly appreciate it.

Patterson True #1 In The Country! 

After watching Trey Patterson this weekend and factoring in his apparent enormous potential it’s safe to say he will be our Class of 2021 #1 player in the country when we update our rankings soon. Patterson was very dominant at times and has improved his motor while under the tutelage of Reggie Carter. He has the ability to play any position on the floor. The scary part is this kid still has a ways to go. We are going to enjoy this journey.
Terror Squad Controversy! 

The craziest things always seem to occur at the AC Showcase. In this year’s episode the Terror Squad was informed that they were eliminated from the tournament because of the point system. This information was a fault of mine and I take full responsibility. A phone call at 10:00 am from their team manager alerted me of the error I then had to hold up their 10:20 quarterfinal game for their arrival. I stepped in because I was at fault and would have done the same for any other squad in the event. The Terror Squad ended up winning the championship and the saga continues.

CP3 All Stars Hit The Road! 

After defeating Team Ennis, Team Rio National and Team Takeover, CP3 All Stars felt their work at the AC Showcase was done and hit the road for Greensboro, NC. They cited travel time and the fact that they played everyone they wanted to play and the championship would have been just a possible rematch against Team RIO. The Team Rio crew wanted another shot at the national champs after coming up short by 3 points in their pool play meeting. Was CP3 bored and ready to hit the road or were they trying to leave America’s Playground without a loss. I guess no one will really know and this would add to the allure and irony of the AC Showcase.

The Spotlight Team! 

The Spotlight team epidemic begun with Team Battle, then was followed by Team Final, Supreme Team, Team RIO National and now apparently the Terror Squad. The Spotlight team is the squad the others feel get unwarranted website attention and preferential treatment during our events. But if you really look at these teams you will notice that they all have one thing in common, they win. Basketball Spotlight just as ESPN or any other media outlet promotes winning teams. Therefore if you feel like these types of teams are getting too much attention knock them off the pedestal and I will gladly be in your corner when your hand is raised. I’m like Don King, (Champion Chasers.)

In The Spotlight: Moore Delivers In The Clutch!

Name: Jason Moore  

AAU Team: Maryland Finest 

Grade: 5th 

Position: Forward 

Breakdown: In the finals of the AC Showcase the defending National Champions Maryland Finest we seeking their first Spotlight title against the hungry Gauchos. Jason Moore looked at this as his opportunity to step up and get them over the hump. The polished forward responded with a solid 19 point effort to help them secure the win. He has edged his name in one of the big moments in the AC Showcase history.

In The Spotlight: Dynamic Duo Helps Riverside Hawks Fly!

Caleb Crawford and Christian Bliss

The Riverside Hawks continued their dominance on the Spotlight circuit by winning the AC Showcase 4th Grade Championship. Part of the Hawks success came from the play of Caleb Crawford and Christian Bliss. In their semifinal showdown against crosstown rival Gauchos the pair exploded while combining for over 40 points. Caleb controlled the perimeter with 16 points and Bliss did the all-around damage finishing with a game high 26 points. They two are just a small part of a talented bunch trying to run the table at the Spotlight circuit.


AC Showcase 6th Grade Best Of The Best & Super 15 Player Performance Rankings

The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 6th Grade Division was exciting all the way through. Here’s a look at the Best Of The Best and the Super 15 Player Performance Rankings. 

AC Showcase 6th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Trey Patterson (Team IZOD)- Patterson made his return to the Spotlight and had a great weekend. The versatile forward showed off some of his guard skills and scoring prowess. He’s really making a claim at being #1 in the country. Stay tune on this matter. 

Best Playmaker: Darius Johnson (Team Takeover)- Johnson has the rock on a string therefore he gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Once he got through the first line of defense he has the option of either scoring or dishing to teammates. He’s one tough guard to defend. Best Scorer: 

Jaylen Hall (New World Unlimited)- Hall had another weekend where he got buckets with ease. He’s too skill and strong for these defenders on this level. He breaks through the defense like a running back and finishes with the best of them. 

Best Interior Force: Donnell Harris (Team IZOD)- Harris is also making a move for #1 and his play this weekend backed that up. His motor and size allowed him to dominate the paint while scoring with ease. Teaming with Patterson make them perhaps the best duo in America. 

Best Shooter: Christian Moore (B’More Finest)- Moore has a fluid and natural motion on his shot. When he gets an open look and sets his feet you can usually put it in the books. He came up big for the Baltimore squad over the weekend. 

Best Fresh Face: Jeremiah White (Boo Williams Marvels)- What else needs to said this kid came to the biggest stage in the country and put up numbers. No one really knew him before but now he might have created national name. 

Best Defender: Raayan Lane (B’More Finest)- Lane is a ball handlers worse nightmare. He pressures the rock and makes the opposing guard have to make quick decisions. You need to have a tight handle trying to get past this kid. 

Best Versatile: Trevor Keels (Team Takeover)- Keels can play multiple positions in the TTO backcourt. He’s also big enough to sneak inside and grab rebounds. He gets it done anyway necessary for his team to win. 

Super 15 Player Performance Rankings 
1. Trey Patterson (Team IZOD) 
2. Donnell Harris (Team IZOD) 
3. Jaylen Hall (New Unlimited) 
4. Christian Moore (B’More Finest) 
5. Trevor Keels (Team Takeover) 
6. Trey Thomas (Team Takeover) 
7. Bray Freeman (New World Unlimited) 
8. Darius Johnson (Team Takeover) 
9. Kennedy Chandler (Team IZOD) 
10. Jeremiah White (Boo Williams Marvels) 
11. Raayan Lane (B’More Finest) 
12. Kino Lilly (Team Takeover) 
13. Jalen Warley (Philly Triple Threat) 
14. Maurice Doby (Riverside Hawks) 
15. Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AC Showcase 7th Grade Best Of The Best & Super 20 Player Performance Rankings

The AC Showcase 7th Grade gave us a look at some of the top talent on the horizon. Here’s our look at the Best Of The Best from the event and the Super 20 Player Performance Rankings. 

AC Showcase 7th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Jordan Toles (Team Durant)- Wire to wire Toles played the game with great intensity. He could be seen attacking the rim in transition and in the half court set. When he is own it’s very difficult to slow this team down. 

Best Playmaker: AJ Hoggard (Team Durant)- Whether he was dropping dimes or scoring Hoggard knows how to make plays especially in big moments. In the finals he stepped up big to help the Terror Squad avenge a pool play lost to George Hill Rising Stars. 

Best Floor General: CJ Robinson (Gauchos)- When this kid is clicking he looks like the best point guard in the country. His strength combined with great dribbling skills and penetrating ability makes him a special player to watch. 

Best Scorer: Kieves Turner (RIP City)- This kid is so natural at scoring that it’s kind of scary. He’s very fluid going to the hole and if you try to back off he will nail the trey ball. He gave Team Durant fits in their semi-final matchup. 

Best Shooter: Mike Saunders Jr. (George Hill Rising Stars)- Saunders Jr. had a radar under his jersey as he nailed treys from everywhere. His seven treys in the finals almost single-handily snatch the championship away from the Terror Squad. 

Best Defender: Isaiah Todd (Team Durant)- He has been known to block or alter shots but the play he made in the semi-finals saved the life of the Terror Squad. He raced the length of the floor to block a Kieves Turner lay-up. 

Best Fresh Face: Josh Rubio (Team CLT)- The big fella was very nimble on his feet and impressed us with his soft hands inside. The more I watched him the more I wanted him to get the rock. I look forward seeing him at the Future Phenom Camp. 

Super 20 Player Performance Rankings 
1. Jordan Toles (Team Durant) 
2. Kieves Turner (RIP City) 
3. AJ Hoggard (Team Durant) 
4. Mike Saunders Jr. (George Hill Rising Stars) 
5. CJ Robinson (Gauchos) 
6. Hunter Jackson (George Hill Rising Stars) 
7. Andrew King (RIP City) 
8. RJ Davis (Gauchos) 
9. Delonie Hunt (DC Premier) 
10. Tristan Maxwell (Team CLT) 
11. Josh Rubio (Team CLT) 
12. Tyler Brelsford (Team Durant) 
13. Kareem May (Brooklyn Rens) 
14. Xavier Pina (Team Final) 
15. Micah Johnson (NJ Bulldogs) 
16. Zion Bethea (KSK) 
17. Dee Givens (Team CLT) 
18. Juilan Thomas (ESYC Elite) 
19. Brevin Jefferson (George Hill Rising Stars) 
20. Isaiah Todd (Team Durant)


AC Showcase 8th Grade Best Of The Best & Super 25 Player Performance Rankings

The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase featured some of the players in the country especially in the 8th Grade Division. Here’s a look at our Best Of The Best and Top 25 Player Performance Rankings. 

AC Showcase 8th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Bryant Antoine (Team RIO National)- Once again Antoine proved to be a step above the rest in this event. His take over the game ability was very apparent. He has one best total packages in the country. 

Best Prospect: Balsa Koprivca (Team Florida)- When you are 6’11, can put it on the floor and step back to hit the trey it’s hard to find a better prospect in the building. Balsa not only passed the look test he also showed and proved on the floor that he’s one of the best in the country. 

Best Versatility: Scottie Lewis (Team RIO National)- Lewis not only showed prowess on the offensive end but is turning into one of the best defenders in the country. The unique aspect of his game is that he doesn’t think he’s above doing the little things to succeed. 

Best Surprise: Khyree Temple (Team Final)- Temple appeared to be a good prospect last season but this year he leaped to the next level. The tools and athleticism he showed in America’s Playground might have shot into the Top 20 I the country. 

Best Playmaker: Kobe Langley (CP3 All Stars)- Langley saved his best game for the big stage against RIO. In that contest he stepped up and either scored or delivered the rock to teammates. He got anywhere he wanted on the floor. 

Best Scorer: James “Buckets” Bishop (B’More Finest)- Yes Bishop has earned a nickname and none is more fitting. He once again torched the competition at a Spotlight event. The lefty is capable of blacking out at any moment. 

Best Fresh Face: Jaden Campbell (Team Ennis)- This was my first look at this lad. His team didn’t have that much success but each opponent remembers this kid. He scored the ball on all three levels and put together was good moves. He represented Canada to the fullest. 

Best Shooter: Avan Nava (Team Ennis)- Campbell teammate made a living catching and shooting this weekend. He showed range and accuracy against some of the best 8th Grade defenses in America. The kid can let it fly. 

Super 25 Player Performance Rankings 
1. Bryant Antoine (Team RIO National) 
2. Balsa Koprivca (Team Florida) 
3. Scottie Lewis (Team RIO National) 
4. Kobe Langley (CP3 All Stars) 
5. Justin Moore (Team Takeover) 
6. Khyree Temple (Team Final) 
7. Wendell Moore (CP3 All Stars) 
8. Jaden Campbell (Team Ennis) 
9. Marvin Price (DC Premier) 
10. Jalen Gaffney (Team RIO National) 
11. Elijah Wynn (Harlem Jets) 
12. James Bishop (B’More Finest) 
13. Tariq Ingraham (Team RIO National) 
14. Mike Green (CP3 All Stars) 
15. Xavien Flowers (Team Florida) 
16. Adeleye Oyekanium (Harlem Jets) 
17. Terrence Williams (Team Takeover)- 7th Grader 
18. Chris Hinton (CP3 All Stars) 
19. Fahmir Ali (Team Final) 
20. Fatayn Wesley (Play Hard) 
21. Anthony Harris (Team Takeover) 
22. Keyshawn Langley (CP3 All Stars) 
23. Avan Nava (Team Ennis) 
24. Papie Roberts (Newark Pharoah) 
25. Matthew Morsell (DC Premier)


Basketball Spotlight MDC Getting Early Interest!

The Basketball Spotlight Memorial Day Classic returns this year May 23rd and 24th and should be another dandy. Several top organizations have committed to this event. Please register early and don’t get locked out. You can register in the right column of the website. Team Listing is below. 

8th Grade Teams 
1. Rens 
2. Brooklyn Rens 
3. CIA Bounce 
4. NY Lightning 
5. We R 1 
6. Jersey Force 
7. MSU Skyliners 
8. Playaz Basketball Club 
9. MJ Mavericks 
10. NJ Shore Shots 
11. Northeast Finest 
12. NJ Connection
13. New Heights 
14. Bos Basketball 
15. Boston Spartans
16. GPU Steelrivers 

7th Grade Teams 
1. Rens 
2. Brooklyn Rens 
3. NJ Shore Shots 
4. NY Lightning 
5. We R 1 
6. Jersey Force 
7. MSU Skyliners 
8. Playaz Basketball Club 
9. Hilltoppers Heat
10. NJ Connection
11. PSA Cardinals 
12. Boston Spartans

6th Grade 
1. Riverside Hawks 
2. Rens 
3. NY Lightning 
4. Jersey Force 
5. MSU Skyliners 
6. NJ Shore Shots 
7. Hilltoppers Heat 
8. NJ Connection
9. WE R 1
10. Boston Spartans
11. Team Final
12. Bay State Hoyas 

5th Grade 
1. Riverside Hawks 
2. NJ Shore Shots 
3. Jersey Force 
4. MSU Skyliners
5. MJ Heat
6. Hilltoppers Heat 
7. Team Future 
8. Boston Spartans
9. Team Final

4th Grade 
1. Riverside Hawks 
2.  Boston Spartans 
3. Jersey Force 
4. MSU Skyliners 
5. MJ Heat 
6. Team Future