Sunday, April 20, 2014

AC Showcase Highlights: Bagley Brings Down The House!



Marvin Bagley had the highlight of the day at the 2014 Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase when he put down this monster dunk against Team IZOD in front of a wild crowd. We should also mention that Marvin is a 6'9 eighth grader and many consider him to be the #1 player in the Class of 2018 Basketball Rankings.

Day 1 Play Of The Day: Quinerly Nails Game Winner!



Jahvon Quinerly this step back three at the buzzer in overtime to lift Team IZOD to a one point win over We All Can Go at the 2014 Atlantic City Showcase. Much more from this crazy game and great event hosted by Mike Melton of Basketball Spotlight.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AC Showcase Special Announcement! (Includes Site Change) Please Read!


The Atlantic City Showcase has a few very special announcements that concern every team in this event. Please take notice to these listings. Please don’t ignore. 

 1. ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER AT ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE YOUR FIRST GAME. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A RECEIPT YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY YOUR FIRST GAME. 
Atlantic City High School 
1400 N Albany Ave 
Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

2. All teams must have all team paperwork including birth certificates and report cards. 

3. All Games Scheduled For The AC Boys and Girls Club (BGC) have been moved to Holy Spirit High School. 
Holy Spirit High School 
500 S New Rd 
Absecon, NJ 08201

AC Showcase Rules and Regulations



Refunds: There will be no refunds for any team pulling out of this event.

Forfeits: Forfeits will be enforced to keep the games on time. Any teams that purposely forfeits because of non pool advancement will not be allowed to enter any other Basketball Spotlight Events. Forfeits are worth 15 points for the winning team.

Playing Times: All Games Use Stop Clocks

10U Division- 2 (12 Minutes Halves)
11U Division- 2 (13 Minute Halves)
12U Division- 2 (14 Minute Halves)
13U Division- 2 (14 Minute Halves)
14U Division- 2 (14 Minute Halves)

Fouls:Foul Out- 5 Fouls
1-1 Bonus- 10 Fouls
Double Bonus- 13 Fouls

Game Time and Grace Period:Each Team is responsible of being at the gym at least 15 minutes before their scheduled game. There will be no grace period allowed for any games. There will only be a 5 minute warm up time before the game and 2 minutes at halftime.


Overtime: 3 minutes.

Time Outs:
There will two full timeouts a half (4 per game) for each team. No carry over and no 30 seconds time outs.


Uniforms: Each Team must have two sets of uniforms (light and dark).

Mercy Rule:
If a team is ahead by 20 points or more with 2 minutes remaining in the contest the game will be called at that point. The team ahead by 20 will be awarded the victory.

Player Ejections:
Any player ejected from a game will be suspended the next game. Any player involved in or ejected for fighting will be suspended the remainder of the tournament.

Birth Certificates:All teams must have birth certificates for each player on their roster in case of a challenge. Each team will be allowed unlimited grade exceptions. Grade Exceptions must have paperwork. AAU Rules are enforced in terms of age.

Challenges: Must be made before the game and will cost the challenging team $60. If the challenging team is correct their money will be refunded.

Daily Admissions: $10 per day ( No Weekend Passes)


Tie Breaker Criteria (In Order):1. Won-Loss Record
2. Head to Head Competition
3. Point System (Margin Of Victory)- Any team winning by more than 15 points will only be rewarded 15 points for the victory. So if you win by 20 points you still will be rewarded only 15 points.
4. Least Amount of Points allowed in Pool Play
5. Coin Flip


Attention: Any teams that don't complete the tournament including 3rd Place games will be subject to be omitted from future Basketball Spotlight Events.

Any rules not mentioned above will be worked out fairly at the discretion of the tournament director.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AC Showcase 8th Grade Orange and White Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 8th Grade Orange and White Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool Z 
1. Team IZOD 
2. Playaz 
3. G3IE 
4. WACG 

Pool AA 
1. Team Twelve 
2. We All In 
3. Team DEMI 

Pool BB 
1. WE R 1 
2. GYM RATS 
3. Mass Shooting Stars 

Pool CC 
1. Expressions 
2. New Heights 
3. CMEK 

Pool DD 
1. Hilltoppers Heat 
2. Hoop Heaven Elite 
3. Boston Spartans 

Saturday April 19th 
9:00 AM AA1-AA2 (ACHS 2) 
9:00 AM CC1-CC2 (MLK) 
10:10 AM BB1-BB2 (ACHS 2) 
10:10 AM DD1-DD2 (MLK) 
11:20 AM AA1-AA3 (ACHS 2) 
11:20 AM CC1-CC3 (MLK) 
12:30 PM BB1-BB3 (ACHS 2) 
12:30 PM DD1-DD3 (MLK) 
1:40 PM AA2-AA3 (ACHS 2) 
1:40 PM CC2-CC3 (MLK) 
2:50 PM Z2-Z3 (ACHS 2) 
2:50 PM DD2-DD3 (MLK) 
4:00 PM BB2-BB3 (ACHS 2) 
5:10 PM Z3-Z4 (ACHS 2) 
6:20 PM Z1-Z2 (ACHS 2) 
6:20 PM 3RD CC-3RD DD (MLK) 
7:30 PM 3RD AA-3RD BB (ACHS 2) 
8:40 PM Z1-Z4 (ACHS 2) 

Sunday April 20th 
10:20 AM Z1-Z3 (ACHS 2) 
10:20 AM Z2-Z4 (MLK) 
11:30 AM 1ST AA-2ND BB (ACHS 1) POOL AA 
11:30 AM 1ST BB-2ND AA (ACHS 2) POOL BB 
11:30 AM 1ST CC-2ND DD (ACHS 3) POOL CC 
11:30 AM 1ST DD-2ND CC (MLK) POOL DD 
12:40 PM 1ST Z-4TH Z (ACHS 2) SEMIFINAL 
12:40 PM 2ND Z-3RD Z (MLK) SEMIFINAL 
1:50 PM POOL AA-POOL DD (ACHS 2) 
1:50 PM POOL BB-POOL CC (MLK) 
3:00 PM 8TH GRADE WHITE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 2) Z POOLS 
4:10 PM 8TH GRADE ORANGE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 2) 

Sites: 
ACHS: Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

MLK: Dr. Martin Luther King School 
1700 Marmora Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401

AC Showcase 8th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 8th Grade Blue Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool EE 
1. Team 85 
2. Hard 2 Guard 
3. Reading KTG 
4. Wiz Kids 

Pool FF 
1. NY Vipers 
2. Edison BBall 
3. Kingdom Elite 
4. Joeys Angels 

Saturday April 19th 
11:20 AM EE1-EE2 (PHS 1) 
11:20 PM EE3-EE4 (PHS 2) 
11:20 AM FF1-FF2 (PMS) 
11:20 AM FF3-FF4 (PREC) 
2:50 PM EE1-EE3 (PHS 1) 
2:50 PM EE2-EE4 (PHS 2) 
2:50 PM FF1-FF3 (PMS) 
2:50 PM FF2-FF4 (PREC) 

Sunday April 20th 
8:00 AM EE1-EE4 (PMS) 
9:10 AM EE2-EE3 (PMS) 
10:20 AM FF1-FF4 (PMS) 
11:30 AM FF2-FF3 (PMS) 
3:00 PM 1ST EE-2ND FF (PHS 1) SEMIFINAL 
3:00 PM 1ST FF-2ND EE (PHS 2) SEMIFINAL 
5:20 PM 8TH GRADE BLUE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 2) 

Sites 
PHS: Pleasantville High School 
701 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232 

ACHS: Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

PMS- Pleasantville Middle School 
801 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232

AC Showcase 7th Grade Orange Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 7th Grade Orange Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool P 
1. Team Nelson 
2. Gauchos 
3. DC Premier 

Pool Q 
1. Metro Flyers 
2. New Heights 
3. Team Takeover 

Pool R 
1. WACG 
2. Hilltoppers 
3. Expressions 
4. Team Final 

Saturday April 19th 
4:00 PM P1-P2 (ACHS 1) 
4:00 PM Q1-Q2 (ACHS 3) 
5:10 PM R1-R2 (ACHS 1) 
5:10 PM R3-R4 (ACHS 3) 
6:20 PM P1-P3 (ACHS 1) 
6:20 PM Q1-Q3 (ACHS 3) 
7:30 PM R1-R3 (ACHS 1) 
7:30 PM R2-R4 (ACHS 3) 
8:40 PM P2-P3 (ACHS 1) 
8:40 PM Q2-Q3 (ACHS 3) 

Sunday April 20th 
9:10 AM 1ST P-2ND Q (ACHS 1) POOL P 
9:10 AM 1ST Q-2ND P (ACHS 3) POOL Q 
9:10 AM R1-R4 (ACHS 2) 
9:10 AM R2-R3 (MLK) 
12:40 PM 3RD P-3RD Q (PMS) 
1:50 PM POOL P-2ND R (ACHS 1) SEMIFINAL 
1:50 PM POOL Q-1ST R (ACHS 3) SEMIFINAL 
4:10 PM 7TH GRADE ORANGE CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 3) 

Sites 
ACHS: Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

MLK: Dr. Martin Luther King School 
1700 Marmora Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

PMS- Pleasantville Middle School 
801 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232

AC Showcase 7th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 7th Grade Blue Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool S 
1. Young Runners 
2. W R 1 
3. NY Watchmen 

Pool T 
1. RJS 
2. Reading KTB 
3. Team Scan 

Pool U 
1. Team Philly 
2. ESYC Elite 610ers 
3. Gym Rats 

Pool V 
1. Team Nation 
2. Team Phenom 
3. Boston Spartans 

Saturday April 19th 
10:10 AM S1-S2 (PHS 1) 
10:10 AM T1-T2 (PHS 2) 
10:10 AM U1-U2 (PMS) 
10:10 AM V1-V2 (PREC) 
1:40 PM S1-S3 (PHS 1) 
1:40 PM T1-T3 (PHS 2) 
1:40 PM U1-U3 (PMS) 
1:40 PM V1-V3 (PREC) 
5:10 PM S2-S3 (PHS 1) 
5:10 PM T2-T3 (PHS 2) 
5:10 PM U2-U3 (PMS) 
5:10 PM V2-V3 (PREC) 
7:30 PM 3RD U-3RD V (PHS 1) 
7:30 PM 3RD S-3RD T (PHS 2) 

Sunday April 20th 
10:20 AM 1ST S-2ND T (PHS 1) POOL S 
10:20 AM 1ST T-2ND S (PHS 2) POOL T 
11:30 AM 1ST U-2ND V (PHS 1) POOL U 
11:30 AM 1ST V-2ND U (PHS 2) POOL V 
1:50 PM POOL S-POOL V (PHS 1) SEMIFINAL 
1:50 PM POOL T-POOL U (PHS 2) SEMIFINAL 
4:10 PM 7TH GRADE BLUE CHAMPIONSHIP (PHS 2) 

Sites 
PHS- Pleasantville High School 
701 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232 

PMS- Pleasantville Middle School 
801 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232 

PREC- Pleasantville Recreation Center 
400 W. Brighton Ave. Pleasantville, NJ 08232

AC Showcase 6th Grade Orange Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 6th Grade Orange Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool H 
1. Team IZOD 
2. Boston Titans 
3. Team Glory 

Pool I 
1. WACG 
2. Rip City 
3. Team Takeover (Orange) 

Pool J 
1. G3IE 
2. Team Scan 
3. Team Takeover (Black) 

Pool K 
1. Team Nation 
2. Hilltoppers Heat 
3. Gauchos 

Saturday April 19th 
9:00 AM H1-H2 (ACHS 1) 
9:00 AM I1-I2 (ACHS 3) 
10:10 AM J1-J2 (ACHS 1) 
10:10 AM K1-K2 (ACHS 3) 
11:20 AM H1-H3 (ACHS 1) 
11:20 AM I1-I3 (ACHS 3) 
12:30 PM J1-J3 (ACHS 1) 
12:30 PM K1-K3 (ACHS 3) 
1:40 PM H2-H3 (ACHS 1) 
1:40 PM I2-I3 (ACHS 3) 
2:50 PM J2-J3 (ACHS 1) 
2:50 PM K2-K3 (ACHS 3) 

Sunday April 20th 
8:00 AM 1ST H-2ND I (ACHS 1) POOL H 
8:00 AM 1ST I-2ND H (ACHS 2) POOL I 
8:00 AM 1ST J-2ND K (ACHS 3) POOL J 
8:00 AM 1ST K-2ND J (MLK) POOL K 
10:20 AM 3RD H-3RD I (ACHS 1) 
10:20 AM 3RD J-3RD K (ACHS 3) 
12:40 PM POOL H-POOL K (ACHS 1) SEMIFINALS 
12:40 PM POOL I-POOL J (ACHS 3) SEMIFINALS 
3:00 PM 6TH GRADE ORANGE CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 3)

 Sites 
ACHS- Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

MLK- Dr. Martin Luther King School 
1700 Marmora Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401

AC Showcase 6th Grade Blue Division Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 6th Grade Blue Division Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool L 
1. Winslow Township 
2. W R 1 
3. New Heights 

Pool M 
1. Kingdom Elite 
2. Wiz Kids 
3. D&B All Stars 

Pool N 
1. ESYC Elite 610ers 
2. House Of Sports 
3. KSK 

Pool O 
1. Team Philly 
2. Expressions 
3. Gym Rats 

Saturday April 19th 
9:00 AM L1-L2 (PHS 1) 
9:00 AM M1-M2 (PHS 2) 
9:00 AM N1-N2 (PMS) 
9:00 AM O1-O2 (PREC) 
12:30 PM L1-L3 (PHS 1) 
12:30 PM M1-M3 (PHS 2) 
12:30 PM N1-N3 (PMS) 
12:30 PM O1-O3 (PREC) 
4:00 PM L2-L3 (PHS 1) 
4:00 PM M2-M3 (PHS 2) 
4:00 PM N2-N3 (PMS) 
4:00 PM O2-O3 (PREC) 
6:20 PM 3RD L-3RD M (PHS 1) 
6:20 PM 3RD N-3RD O (PHS 2) 

Sunday April 20th 
8:00 AM 1ST L-2ND M (PHS 1) POOL L 
8:00 AM 1ST M-2ND L (PHS 2) POOL M 
9:10 AM 1ST N-2ND O (PHS 1) POOL N 
9:10 AM 1ST O-2ND N (PREC) POOL O 
12:40 PM POOL L-POOL O (PHS 1) 
12:40 PM POOL M-POOL N (PHS 2) 
4:10 PM 6TH GRADE BLUE CHAMPIONSHIP (PHS 1) 

SITES 
PHS- Pleasantville High School 
701 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232 

PMS-Pleasantville Middle School 
801 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232 

PREC- Pleasantville Recreation Center 
400 W. Brighton Ave. Pleasantville, NJ 08232

AC Showcase 5th Grade Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 5th Grade Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool E 
1. Team Glory 
2. We R 1 
3. EYSC Elite 610ers 

Pool F 
1. Playtime 
2. House Of Sports 
3. Team Philly 

Pool G 
1. WACG 
2. Team Nation 
3. Expressions 
4. Chester Select 

Saturday April 19th 
4:00 PM E1-E2 (NY AVE) 
4:00 PM F1-F2 (HS) 
5:10 PM G1-G2 (NY AVE) 
5:10 PM G3-G4 (HS) 
6:20 PM E1-E3 (NY AVE) 
6:20 PM F1-F3 (HS) 
7:30 PM G1-G3 (NY AVE) 
7:30 PM G2-G4 (HS) 
8:40 PM E2-E3 (NY AVE) 
8:40 PM F2-F3 (HS) 

Sunday April 20th 
10:20 AM G1-G4 (NY AVE) 
10:20 AM G2-G3 (HS) 
11:30 AM 1ST E-2ND F (NY AVE) POOL E 
11:30 AM 1ST F-2ND E (HS) POOL F 
1:50 PM 3RD E-3RD F (PMS) 
1:50 PM POOL E -2ND G (NY AVE) SEMIFINAL 
1:50 PM POOL F- 1ST G (HS) SEMIFINAL 
4:10 PM 5TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 1) 

SITES 
NY AVE- New York Ave. School 
411 N. New York Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

HS- Holy Spirit High School 
500 S New Rd, Absecon, NJ 08201

MLK- Dr. Martin Luther King School 
1700 Marmora Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

 ACHS- Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

PMS Pleasantville Middle School 
801 Mill Road Pleasantville, NJ 08232

AC Showcase 4th Grade Schedule


The Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase 4th Grade Schedule is below. Please make sure you are early for you games and keep in mind of the holiday traffic. Both teams should bring both light and dark uniforms. 

Pool A 
1. WACG 
2. Team Future 
3. Rens 

Pool B 
1. Gauchos 
2. Expressions 
3. Team Glory (3rd Grade) 

Pool C 
1. MJ Heat 
2. House Of Sports 
3. Team Glory 

Pool D 
1. Playtime 
2. CMEK 
3. Riverside Hawks 

Saturday April 19th 
9:00 AM A1-A2 (NY AVE) 
9:00 AM B1-B2 (HS) 
10:10 AM C1-C2 (NY AVE) 
10:10 AM D1-D2 (HS) 
11:20 AM A1-A3 (NY AVE) 
11:20 AM B1-B3 (HS) 
12:30 PM C1-C3 (NY AVE) 
12:30 PM D1-D3 (HS) 
1:40 PM A2-A3 (NY AVE) 
1:40 PM B2-B3 (HS) 
2:50 PM C2-C3 (NY AVE) 
2:50 PM D2-D3 (HS) 
4:00 PM 3RD A-3RD B (MLK) 
5:10 PM 3RD C-3RD D (MLK) 

Sunday April 20th 
8:00 AM 1ST A-2ND B (NY AVE) POOL A 
8:00 AM 1ST B-2ND A (HS) POOL B 
9:10 AM 1ST C-2ND D (NY AVE) POOL C 
9:10 AM 1ST D-2ND C (HS) POOL D 
12:40 PM POOL A-POOL D (NY AVE) SEMIFINAL 
12:40 PM POOL B-POOL C (HS) SEMIFINAL 
3:00 4TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP (ACHS 1) 

SITES 
NY AVE- New York Ave. School 
411 N. New York Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

HS- Holy Spirit High School 
500 S New Rd, Absecon, NJ 08201

MLK- Dr. Martin Luther King School 
1700 Marmora Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

ACHS- Atlantic City High School 
1400 Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Diary Of A Baller: Ja"Quaye James (Englewood, NJ) Entry #8

WHO BUT ME 

Yo wassup it's your boy Mr. Jellyfam signing on. 

Oh man this week was a week of lessons to be learned. I got a lot of schooling this week about politics that go along with being a basketball player I guess "whatever" I just gotta keep working and play my position. It will work out for me. 

Getting past all the craziness going on during this week on weather I was gonna play with the 9th grade team or 8th grade team, regardless I had to get ready to play in our tournament that the PLAYAZ host; The Spring Fling. We ended up playing up and went 2-1 and lost to the team that took the chip. So we had an ok weekend I would say. I had a lot of fun just being in the gym with my bros. from Playazfam. Watching them turn up on some new competition. We been going at each other all week in practice, so I think we all needed to see some new faces. I would say the tournament was great. 

We all got to see where we are against other AAU programs and what to expect from this upcoming season. This week is my last week of school before our lil spring break, so I am planning ahead getting my week lined up. Can't wait, always good to have some time off from school. LOL much needed!!! With that being said I am out. Atlantic City Showcase this weekend. Turn up time. 

Men lie women lie numbers don't 

 Ja'Quaye James aka Jellyfam Guwop 

PS: New York City Players ain't never fell off, you'll better respect my city. 

Photo Credit 2 my guy (8eye JB) and go check his YouTube/Jaimeboyer.....

Monday, April 14, 2014

AC Showcase 8th Grade Preview: The Moment Of Truth Has Arrived!

Team IZOD Ready For AC!

The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Division is something serious. It features some of the top teams in the country and should be something to watch. Here’s a look at who is coming down to Atlantic City for this showdown. 

Atlantic City Showcase 8th Grade Preview 

Team IZOD: The Supreme Team enters the AC Showcase with several titles under their belt including the Clash For The Cup and Maryland Invitational. Now they must step up to the plate against the big dogs G3IE and WACG. You already know the stacked roster that this team sports. Now we will see if they can continue their winning ways. Keep an eye Nazi Reid, Atiba Taylor, Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad.

We All Can Go All Stars: Yes WACG is headed east with revenge on their mind. Team IZOD ended their national title dreams with a final four defeat now they are looking for the big payback. Their roster is loaded with national talent and we know they will be ready to explode. They feature Marvin Bagley, L'Christian Smithj, TJ Moss, Mark Freeman, Camron Johnson, Gavin Schoenwald and Darius Garland.
G3IE: Attention this team plays defense like no other in the country. I can’t wait to see them lock horns with Team IZOD, WACG and the Playaz. I know that they don’t play any games when they step on the floor. They are very old schooled. Look for Kevin Easley, Antwaan Cushingberry and K.J Coleman.
Playaz: PBC will be an exciting team to watch and with the addition of Markquis Nowell there’s no telling how far they can go. We anticipate them to go up and down all weekend and leave everything on the floor. Ja’Quaye James has been scoring the ball a lot lately.
Hoop Heaven Elite: This squad formerly SHA Elite brings a calculated style full of deep bombs and backdoor cuts. They won the Clash For The Cup Orange Division crown and have a chance to win another one in AC. They are the team you hate to see in your pool when the schedule comes out.
We R 1: The Delaware boys have took home a couple of championships and big man Jamal Whittlesey has been balling. I like their chances in the Orange Division of this event especially if Chris Cropper and Darius Kinnel come to play. 

Mass Shooting Stars: I like the way this team has been looking the last few times I saw them. Paul Durkee continues to shine and DeVandre Edmonds has found his stride. We look for them to make a deep run in the Orange Division.

Team DEMI: Yes Team DEMI returns with the top backcourt in New England in Shandon Brown and Maurice Works. The cousins give defenses fits and have DEMI in a position to win most games. 

New Heights: I haven’t seen this bunch this year but New Heights is known for bringing a good product to the floor. Coach Of The Year winner Rahme Anderson supposed to be back the controls and all he wants to do is win.

Gym Rats: The Syracuse boys are another team many don’t want to see. Their backcourt of Mike Adams and Charles Pride are one of the best in the region and capable of opening up against any team in this event. 

CMEK Bulls: The Bulls had some good moments during their last showing at the Spotlight Clash for the Cup. I hope they can carry their momentum to Atlantic City because the competition down there is very thick.
Boston Spartans: The return of Dominic Jones has the team looking for the winners circle. The have the other pieces to go around the talented wing guard to get the job done. The last time they were in the AC Showcase Kahari Buford broke the Spotlight record scoring 51 points. 

Team Twelve: This team brings the energy on both ends and have a dynamic duo of Theodore Senior and La’Vauhn Miller. They are still in search of their first Spotlight championship and they do have a chance in the Orange Division. 

We All In: Yes Wall 2 Wall and ESYC has combined to form this new squad. Both teams had some good pieces last year so this should be interesting to watch. We will feel you in after watching them rock.

AC Showcase 7th Grade Preview: The Title Is Up For Grabs!

Team Takeover Ready For More Titles

The 7th Grade Division at the AC Showcase will feature some of the top teams in the region. This field is deep and talented. Here’s a breakdown of the top teams and players headed down to America’s Playground. 

AC Showcase 7th Grade Preview 

Team Takeover: TT won the DMV Takeover and should be ready to continue their hot streak down in AC. Justin Moore, Terrence Williams and Anthony Harris form a great trio while Tyler Brelsford runs the show. They have to be considered one of the favorites for this division.

DC Premier: This 7th Grade bunch recently won the Potomac Valley regional championship and a few others. The Mitchell Twins ( Makhel and Makhi) cause problems for most teams they face. They have a great shot of winning it all.
Gauchos: The Choz won the Tip Off Classic Blue Division crown but now they are in their with the big boys. Jullien Crittendon and KC Ndefo are the pair to look out for. Don’t sleep on this crew but they might crash the party. 

Team Final: Fahmir Ali and Khyree Temple have Team Final knocking off opponents and taking home chips. They really have to be considered as the most improved team in the region. The AC Showcase can only add to their achievements.

We All Can Go All Stars: Tyger Campbell is considered the best point guard in America for this class. Now he enters the world of Basketball Spotlight and let’s see if he can lead these boys to the crown. The Spotlight pressure can be a different animal at times.

Metro Flyers: I’ve been waiting for Metro Flyers to pop off and this could be their weekend. Dajuan Piper, Danny Rodriquez and Barry Evans Jr. are one of the best trios in the region. Now it’s time for them to put some championships behind their name.
Team Nelson: The reigning Grand Finale champs are still searching for their first Spotlight championship of the season. Mark Bradshaw and Kasim Tolliver control the backcourt but the player to watch might be Donte Scott. This kid looks better every time he steps on the floor. 

Expressions Elite: The X missed out on the Clash now they are hungry for some Spotlight action. Deveon Ford and Dyondre Dominguez make it hard for anyone to knock this team off. Dominguez is a budding star on the horizon. 

Hilltoppers Heat: The Heat have been on a winning streak lately and performed well at the AGame Super Shootout. Now it’s on to the heavyweights. Hopefully they can bang out with the best. 

New Heights: I’m curious to see this team in action. I heard they added some pieces and I want to see how they gel.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

AC Showcase 6th Grade Preview: Only The Strong Will Survive!

G3IE Heads To AC Showcase 

The 6th Grade Division of the AC Showcase is the most stacked top to bottom. We are champions from everywhere and they are set to do battle. Check out who will be making the trip to America’s Playground. 

AC Showcase 6th Grade Preview 

George Hill All Stars: The #3 team in the country needs no introduction as they head to the AC Showcase. Hunter Jackson, Michael Saunders and Brevin Jefferson helps make this team a heavy favorite. This is their Spotlight debut but they seem more than ready.

Team IZOD: The Class of the Garden State is coming off a Clash for the Cup Championship and will be looking to add more. Their quartet of Niels Lane, Zion Bethea, Shane Dezonie and flashy guard Richie Greaves will give opponents fits. Can Jersey finest bring it home?
Team Takeover (Black): The DMV Takeover champs come down to the AC Showcase hungry after losing their regional championship. Their trio of Justin Lykes, Ishmael Leggett and Canin Reynolds are capable of carrying them. The heat is on! Can they handle the pressure?
Team Glory: TG will be looking to crash the party. They will use their trapping style and up tempo offense to get the job done. Their trio of Darius Miles, Zion Harmon and Dimingus Stephens are certified tough.
Team Nation: Fresh off a good appearance at the NYBL these youngsters got something to prove. Trey Patterson is one of the best in America and he has help in Nashawn Holmes and QaaDir Maneri. This could be their national coming out party.
Gauchos: The Pride of the Bronx has a Tip Off Classic Championship under their belt and want some more. They are loaded with DJ Bailey, RJ Davis, DeMarco Watson, CJ Robinson and Malachi Smith. Look for the Choz to attack the competition.
We All Can Go All Stars: This well known squad is here to prove they are among the best in the country. Marcus Bagley comes in as one of the best players in the nation with a sweet stroke. Many teams will be looking to knock them off.
RIP City: The boys from Pennsylvania always brings the energy. Rahdir Hicks has shown for years that he is one of the best guards in the region. Hopefully his teammates will be ready to help him conquer this serious field. 

Boston Titans: The Titans wanted to be a part of this field in the worse way and now they got their wish. They will dive deep into the water with the sharks. 

Team Scan: TS will be in the building with the big boys. They made a good impression at the Tip Off Classic so we are curious to see if they handle the heavyweights. 

Team Takeover Orange: Malcolm Dread and Darius Johnson form a good backcourt and made their name known in the past Basketball Spotlight tournaments. They came close to winning the title and maybe their luck with cash in during the AC Showcase. 

Hilltoppers Heat: HH made a good run during the Tip Off Classic but this competition is a little stiffer. They will get tested early and often at this event.

Friday, April 11, 2014

AC Showcase 5th Grade Preview: It's About To Go Down!

WACG 5th Grade Has National Rep!

The 5th Grade Division will feature some of the top ballers in the country. I can’t wait to see what happens when the smoke clears in this one. Here’s a look at the teams headed down to Atlantic City. 

AC Showcase 5th Grade Preview 

We All Can Go All Stars: The national ranked duo Jaden Springer and Kennedy Chandler leads the WACG into battle. They have traveled the country whipping out all opponents and collecting titles. Now they are ready to make their Spotlight debut which could lead to a potential showdown with East Coast heavy weight Team Glory. 

Team Glory: Speaking of TG they are fresh off of the Potomac Valley title and the Basketball Spotlight DMV Takeover championship. Now they will be chasing another Spotlight banner on their way to the Grand Finale. Look for Zion Harmon and company to make a deep run in this event. 

Playtime Panthers: The Panthers should ready to go in AC. Right now they have to be the top 5th Grade bunch in the Garden State. Now it’s time for them to represent. 

Chester Select: Ballers from Chester always bring their game. So I know this situation should not be any different. They will be deep in the trenches with this treacherous field. 

ESYC Elite 610ers: The Allentown area boys got in at the right time if they want some action. In this age group only the strong will survive so hopefully they can swim. Good luck fellas. 

Team Philly: TP making their Spotlight debut this year and are faced with a rugged field. Hopefully they will be ready to rep the City Of Brotherly Love. 

Expressions: We got the boys from Boston in the building and they will be ready to show us what they have. Most teams from the X organization bring the noise. 

Also Look Out For: Team Nation, We R 1 and House Of Sports

Team Glory 5th Grade 

Harmon Versus Springer! Who's Really #1? Find Out At AC Showcase!



The top 2 5th Graders in the country will likely to battle at the AC Showcase. Zion Harmon (Team Glory) and Jaden Springer (WAGC) are regarded as the #1 and #2 players in the Class of 2021. In the Atlantic City Showcase they are likely to meet and settle this debate once and for all. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players and teams that will be balling in America’s Playground.

AC Showcase 4th Grade Preview: The Baby Ballers Are Ready To Go!

Can "LIL Dug" Help Glory Raise The Trophy In AC? 

The Basketball Spotlight 4th Grade Division gives a look into the future and promises to have some serious battles. Here’s a look at the top baby baller teams headed down to AC. 

AC Showcase 4th Grade Preview 

Team Glory: Fresh off their Potomac Valley Championship these boys come in as definitely one of the favorites. Their guard play is tremendous including the nations #1 floor general Knasir “Lil Doug” McDaniels. I know they will be ready for some work. 

Riverside Hawks: We haven’t seen the Hawks since they won the Tip Off Classic and now they will be trying to add some hardware at the AC Showcase. They will be bringing that New York fire to this event and we can’t wait. 

We All Can Go All Stars: Better believe that this squad is bringing the noise from Tennessee. We expect some full court pressure combined with some running and gunning. Let’s get at it. 

Gauchos: This bracket has to include the Choz. The Bronx Club is searching for their first Spotlight championship of the season. The water at this tournament is filled with sharks so hopefully they can make it to the other side. 

MJ Heat: The coach of the Heat says this team is one of the best in the region. We haven’t seen them this season but this event will really put them to the test. 

Playtime Panthers: The Green and Black are known to bring the noise. This program has been a mainstay on the NJ young basketball scene for years. 

CMEK: These young guys are relatively new on the scene but feel they are ready for the big bump. They got what they want because this field is loaded. 

Also Look Out For: Expressions, Rens, Team Future and House Of Sports.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We All Can Go All Stars Looking To Cash In At AC Showcase!

WACG Headed To The AC Showcase 

The AC Showcase reached another level with the addition of the well-known We All Can Go All Stars. The Nashville, TN based team jumped on the scene three years ago after winning the 5th Grade National title and has been in the final four every year afterwards. This is their first trip to America’s Playground and they are looking to bring some fireworks. They have several top ranked players including the #1 8th Grade prospect in the country Marvin Bagley, L'Christian Smithj, TJ Moss, Mark Freeman, Camron Johnson, Gavin Schoenwald and Darius Garland. Check out the WACG Highlights below. 

Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight bring you more teams and players headed down to America’s playground.

Taylor and Quinerly: Best Backcourt In America?



The past two seasons Atiba Taylor and Jahvon Quinerly have toured the country and collected championships. The backcourt of the “Supreme Team” has been known as a force to be reckoned with throughout the nation. Now they have their sights set on the AC Showcase, where they will to on some of the best players in the country. Are they truly the best backcourt in America? We shall see next weekend.