Thursday, August 17, 2017

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Post Season Awards

The Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Circuit was had so much parity it was extremely difficult to do these awards. But after consulting with our scouts here are our awards for the year.   

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Post Season Awards

Team Of The Year: New Heights NYC 
After winning the AAU National Championship few can argue with these guys winning this award. They clicked at the perfect time of the season. Congrats to New Heights for winning the championship and making history.
Player Of The Year: Christian Bliss (Riverside Hawks) 
Bliss got the nod after quarterbacking the Hawks to two Spotlight Championships and being the most consistent player on the circuit. He controls the tempo of the game and understand when to pick his spots.
Most Outstanding Player: Jaiden Williams (New Heights) 
The versatile wing showed he was tough to handle all season. He’s a true matchup nightmare especially when he handling the rock on the wing and attacking the cup. He was a joy to watch this year.
Coach Of The Year: Kenny Satterfield (New Heights) 
Satterfield used his passion to guide his troops to a AAU National Championship. He pushed the right buttons at the right time to make things happen.
Best Newcomer Of The Year: Christian Kirkland (B&B Running Rebels) Kirkland made his presence felt during the two Spotlight tournaments. He has a serious wing span and gets things done on both sides of the floor. Don’t sleep on this kid because he could be a problem.
Best Prospect: DJ Wagner (New Heights) 
Yes, the genes are obvious but Wagner gets it done himself on the floor. The explosive guard grew a few inches entering the season and used it to his advantage on the floor. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching him in years to come.
Best Playmaker: Sebastian Robinson (Team IZOD) 
Robinson held down his name this season. The smooth guard led Team IZOD to the Tip Off Classic Championship. He also proved to be tough to defend when he had the rock because of his size and skill set.
Best Scorer: Caleb Crawford (Riverside Hawks) 
Crawford has proven that he could get buckets against anybody in the country. Once he gets going he’s determined to find the hole. He looks his best in transition while beating a single defender to the cup. He seems to be born to score.
Best Floor General: Jayden Reid (Gauchos/New Heights) 
Reid danced his way through defenses all year. It’s extremely difficult to keep him out the lane. He started the year with The Choz before switching over to New Heights and helping them bring home the crown.
Best Defender: Korbyn Samuels (East Coast Elite) 
His versatility stood out on the defensive end. Samuels has good length and used it to play the passing lanes and guard defend smaller guards on the perimeter. He brought tremendous energy and loved to lock up. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Final Top 10 
1. New Heights NYC 
2. Riverside Hawks 
3. B&B Running Rebels 
4. Sports U 
5. We R 1 (Lehigh Valley) 
6. East Coast Elite 
7. Boston Spartans 
8. NC Red Storm 
9. Team Fidonce 
10. Team Durant

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Post Season Awards

The Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade circuit was filled with talented teams and top ranked players. Here’s a look at our Post Season Awards. 

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Post Season Awards

Team Of The Year: New World Unlimited 
NWU won the AC Showcase and was runner up in the Clash For The Cup. They had a good balance of great defense and executing on the offensive end. Their two championship game appearances got them over the top.
Player Of The Year: Zion Cruz (Hilltoppers Heat) 
Cruz was the only player to lead two different teams to Spotlight championships. He was the catalyst as Team Rio National won the Tip Off Classic and did work with Hilltoppers Heat as they won the Gold Ball at the MDC. This kid is one the rise.
Most Outstanding Player: Antonio Sellers (Gauchos) 
Sellers lead the Gauchos to the Clash For The Cup crown. The point forward showed supreme versatility in his game while scoring and dropping dimes at will. His impact was immediately shown when he stepped on the floor.
Coach Of The Year: Ryan Gorham (New World) 
It was Gorham’s first year with this bunch but he had them looking like a well-oiled machine. They emphasized the team first mentality which helped them win the AC Showcase and other championships.
Best Prospect: Dariq Whitehead (Team Magic) 
Whitehead put in work with every team he traveled to Basketball Spotlight with. The wing guard used his size and scoring prowess to get buckets. He shined with Team Magic, Long Island Lightning and won the MDC with the Hilltoppers Heat. He has some star potential.
Most Improved Of The Year: Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs) 
Harris stepped up this year and spreaded his wings. The big two guard scored the rock from three levels and displayed the confidence of a top-notch player. We are looking forward to him stepping up again this season.
Best Scorer Of The Year: Rodney Rice (New World Unlimited) 
Rice lit up the AC Showcase. He was fluid from deep and showed he could attack off the bounce. He has a natural knack to score and displayed it in a big way on the stage. This kid just gets buckets.
Best Defender: Jalen Duren (Team Final) 
Duren anchored the Team Final defense while blocking and altering shots in the lane. He also can get out on the perimeter and guard wing players. This kid seems to have unlimited potential and will be a name to know in the upcoming season.
Best Playmaker: Justice Williams (Hilltoppers Heat) 
Williams put on a show at the MDC. The lanky guard took home Mr. Memorial Day honors as he cut through the defense while getting buckets and dishing the rock. He’s becoming a name to know around the country.
Best Shooter: Ben Roy (NJ Shore Shots) 
Roy will pull the trigger from the cheap seats. He can hit shots off the dribble or once he sets up. He hit some deep bombs against some top teams in the region.
Newcomer Of The Year: Roddy Gayle (We R 1) 
Gayle was the talk of the AC Showcase. The combo showed he could get buckets and get to the hole against anyone in the land. I loved the wiggle in his game, length and willingness to score the rock. Stay on the lookout for him. 

Basketball Spotlight Final 7th Grade Team Rankings 
1. New World Unlimited 
2. NYC Gauchos 
3. Hilltoppers Heat 
4. Team Rio National 
5. We R 1 
6. Team Takeover 
7. NJ Shore Shots 
8. PSA Cardinals 
9. Riverside Hawks 
10. Team IZOD

Spotlight Alum Bagley Joins The Blue Devils!

Basketball Spotlight Alum Marvin Bagley Jr. has committed to Duke University. Bagley starred at the Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase with the famed We All Can Go All Stars. Bagley left middle school rated as the #1 player in the country and held on to that title through high school. He also has decided to forgo his senior year and enter Duke this fall. Marvin holds the title of being the most dominant 8th Grader to ever come through Basketball Spotlight. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Marvin Bagley and his family on their commitment. It was a joy to have you at Basketball Spotlight and we wish you the ultimate best in years to come. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight bring you more former stars as they make their college commitments.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Post Season Awards

The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade circuit was one of the best we have seen in recent years. Here is a look at our 8th Grade Award winners for the season. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Post Season Awards

Team Of The Year: (NY Rens) 
The NY Rens displayed a dominant performance at the Clash For The Cup as they mercy ruled just about every opponent. They went on to also dominate in other major tournaments while capturing several championships. This was a very serious squad.
Coach Of The Year: Everton Browne (NY Dragons) 
Browne led the Dragons to the AC Showcase Championship while knocking off several top-notch teams on his way. He also ventured out and play in other top events in the country while putting his squad on the national map.
Player Of The Year: Terrence Clarke (Expressions) 
This was a tough one but we gave Clarke the nod because he came out to play against the best competition at every event. The smooth wing guard had some big games and proved to be one of the best players in the country.
Most Outstanding Player: Mousa Cisse (NY Rens) 
This forward sent shock waves through the Clash For The Cup. He was the most dominant force we seen this season on both ends of the floor. He has a name we should be hearing for years to come. A total beast.
Most Improved Player Award: Noah Harris (NJ Bulldogs) 
Harris improvement in his game showed at the Tip Off Classic with Team Rio and the AC Showcase with NJ Bulldogs. The combo guard gave us a taste of his range and ability to break down defenders. Once he got hot it was very difficult to slow him down.
Best Prospect Award: Trey Patterson (Team Rio National) 
In Patterson’s only Spotlight appearance, he showed he was simply on a different level. He displayed good versatility and was virtually unstoppable when his jump shot was falling. Look for him to be in the Top 5 of many ranking list in the fall.
Best Scorer Award: Jalen Hammond (New York Phenoms) 
Regardless of what team he suited up for Hammond made sure he got buckets. He was a monster going to the basket and especially in transition. He has a swift handle and good change of speed moves. He’s capable of putting any team on his back.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Jai Smith (NY Dragons) 
Smith was ferocious on the defensive end and on the boards. He was able to guard multiple positions and block shots in his area. He played with big energy and understands his role on the floor. Keep an eye on this kid.
Newcomer Of The Year: Mohammad Aminu (Dynamic Disciples) Aminu was a beast on the Spotlight circuit. He attacked the rim like Dwayne Wade and scored against some of the best teams in the country. He had the swagger and killer instinct that carried the Disciples deep in a few tournaments. He has a bright future ahead of him.
Best Playmaker Award: Bray Freeman (New World Unlimited) Freeman was on a mission this year and has put his name in discussion as the best floor general in the region. His handle is superb and he can either score the rock or drop a nice dime. He put on a show at the Tip Off Classic. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Final Top 10 Team Rankings 
1. NY Rens 
2. Team Takeover 
3. New World Unlimited 
4. NY Dragons 
5. Team Final 
6. We R 1 Bulldogs 
7. Milbank 
8. Expressions Elite 
9. PSA Cardinals 
10. Dynamic Disciples

Friday, August 11, 2017

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Tentative Schedule

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Washington, DC Saturday August 26, 2017 – Sunday August 27, 2017 


Saturday 8/26/17 
Registration 8:00am – 10:00am 
Opening 10:00am – 10:15am 
Stretch 10:15am – 10:30am 
Stations/Drills 10:30am – 12:00pm 
Lunch (Not Provided) 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Games 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Games 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Games 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Games 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Games 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Games 6:00pm – 7:00pm 
Games 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Closing 8:00pm – 8:15pm 

Sunday 8/27/17 
Opening 8:00am – 8:15am 
Stretch 8:15am – 8:30am 
Guest Speaker 8:30am – 9:00am 
Games 9:00am – 10:00am 
Games 10:00am – 11:00am 
Games 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Lunch (Not Provided) 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Championship Games 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
All American Games 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Awards/Closing 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sonny Johnson Jr. Prime For Future Phenom Camp!

Sonny Johnson Jr. 

Class of 2022 beware, Sonny Johnson Jr. has just registered for the Future Phenom Camp. The Ohio native recently led Hardwork Basketball to the Fab 48 8th Grade Championship. Johnson has been a national name for the past few years and has dominated many camps and showcase events. Johnson currently ranks 21st on our national list and has a great chance to move up. Now he will be coming to the Spotlight to battle the best. 

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will take place August 26th and 27th in Boyd’s, MD. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players that will be entering this event. 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spotlight Alum Quinerly Picks Arizona!

As the world found out last night Spotlight Alum Jahvon Quinerly has committed to the University Of Arizona. Quinerly spent his grammar school career starring on the Spotlight with Playtime, Team Elite, King Street Kings, and Sports U AKA Supreme Team. The point guard took home several titles while claiming the Spotlight POY as an 8th Grader. His play has edged his name in stone of Spotlight legacy. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Jahvon and his family on this commitment and for all his future endeavors. Remember this is just the beginning and continue to work hard. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight bring you more former stars making their college commitments.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Future Phenom Camp Hotels Ready To Go!

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp hotels are listed below. Please make sure when you call the hotel you mention the Future Phenom Camp to get the rate. Get your rooms quickly because they will sell out fast. 

14975 Shady Grove Road 
Rockville, MD 20850 

960 North Frederick Avenue 
Gaithersburg, MD 20879