Friday, February 27, 2015

Sheraton The Host For AC Showcase (Book Your Room ASAP) Deadline March 13 (No Exceptions)


The Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase once again will be hosted by the beautiful Sheraton Hotel. The hotel sits right in the middle of the Atlantic City Shopping Outlet stores and has long been the place to stay in America's Playground. Make sure your register quickly for your room because they will be going quickly. Hotel booking deadline is March 13th. After this date the rate is subject to change. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such. 

Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel 

1. Havoc City: HC will be hitting the road next month for a big tournament in Miami. They still have the hottest squad in the region and will be a great addition if they head down to the AC Showcase. 

2. Riverside Hawks: The Hawks lost a tough one in the finals of Winter Warz to NY Rens. Their body of work still has them at the #2 spot. A championship at AC Showcase would make things interesting. 

3. NY Rens: The Rens moved up 5 spots after winning Winter Warz. Now they will try to reach the top spot after a good showing in Atlantic City. 

4. Team Durant: Formerly Banneker Kings, this group have enough weapons to make a run to the championship. They have been every close I the past. 

5. Hilltoppers Heat: HH made a good impression at the Winter Warz, making it to the final four. They have a good core group with these young fellas. 

6. B’More Finest: I love the way this young tough squad rocks. They impressed us at the Clash and hopefully we see them in Atlantic City. 

7. USA National Select: We are ready to see this team return to the Spotlight. The National Select boys are still in search of their first Spotlight title. 

8. Team IZOD: TI seems to be getting things together. They had a decent showing at Winter Warz should be in attendance in Atlantic City. 

9. 60 Elite: These boys won their two pool games in impressive fashion before leaving the event. 

10. NJ Shore Shots: The Shore Shots bring up the rear but do have a few good pieces that might move them up the ladder.

Diary Of A Baller: Judah McIntyre (New York, NY) Entry #9

Judah And Friends At Nick Sports 

Hello Basketball World - This is your fellow basketball player Judah signing in. 

A lot has happened since we last spoke and it would take days to talk about it. However, I am going use this time to highlight a little of what happened this week. Weekend – Nickelodeon Press Release and screening of Little Ballers I was involved in the press of Little Ballers and I had several things I had to do for the event. First we got to Chelsea Piers at 1 pm and prepared for what would an incredible evening. I met the stars kid reporters of Nickelodeon, Skylar Diggins was there, Rev Al Sharpton ( A real MVP) was there. Jr. Smith, Galloway, and other stars were there to name a few. A few of our friends from Team Rio also came through to support. We had to do video taping with Byron Davis ( A NBA Legend) as well. Did I mention the food? There was food for Kids. I was very excited. The screening went well. We were able to enjoy the day with some many guests and stars that came through. 

Monday – School was great! I actually enjoyed school. I practiced with my Middle School team and prepared for the last 2 games of the season. When I got home, my dad and I went to the gym to work on my endurance. Jump ropes and thread mill was all I did for 2 hours. I was exhausted! 

Tuesday – Today was a bit more challenging in school. I was learning about rocks in science. This was not going very well. I had exams that I had to study for Wednesday and some of the things I did not know very well. So I had to use study hall time to get help from teachers who made themselves available to help. I was grateful for that. I did not workout on Tuesday, I had too much homework and studying to do. 

Wednesday - I was ready for tests! Well that’s I thought. The ELA and Math tests went well but the Science review on rocks was not good. I knew this was a problem. The worst part is that I have to bring the test grades home to show my parents. I had a game after school – which we won by 35 points. I actually worked out after the game because I felt that I did not get a good run in the game. 

Thursday and Friday – I got sick eating some bad pizza on Wednesday night. I haven’t felt this bad in years. I was throwing up and my to ask my dad for help. My mom and dad do not believe in us taking a whole bunch of medicine, only if it is necessary. So he boiled me some Chamomile tea with honey. He told me to drink lots of fluids and let the bug pass through my system. They were right! 

Saturday – I stayed home and relaxed. Then went to my friend, dinner birthday party at a restaurant. Of course you know I did not eat much of anything!!!! Well you know this week is the big week – ‘LITTLE BALLERS WILL PREMIER ON NICKOLODEON.

Stay tuned.

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel 

1. Team Durant: This proposed combination of Slam City Elite and Annadale Bulldogs has to be considered one of the top teams in the country. We will get our first look at this bunch during the AC Showcase in a few weeks. 

2. New World Unlimited: New World will be looking to get a shot at Team Durant very soon. I don’t have them scheduled for the AC Showcase but that could change at any time. 

3. Philly Triple Threat: PTT crashed the party during Winter Warz by bringing home the crown. Now they will be looking to take over the top spot if they win the AC Showcase. 

4. Team IZOD: Team IZOD fell short at Winter Warz but I think the return of the #2 Player in the Country Trey Patterson might left their chances. 

5. Gauchos: The Choz exploded on the scene with a championship game run during Winter Warz. I like some of the pieces they possess. 

6. Hilltoppers Heat: A final four run at Winter Warz has the Heat aiming at the Top 5. They might get in if they mount a good run in Atlantic City. 

7. B’More Finest: This tough bunch remains in the in the 6th spot but does have a shot to move up. They might make the trip to Atlantic City. 

8. Team Takeover: TTO has a few players that really have us intrigued. They might be following a few of their other teams to Atlantic City. 

9. NY Rens: The Rens are really better than what they showed during Winter Warz. Hopefully they come around and start clicking soon. 

10. Havoc City: HC should be ready to rumble when the AC Showcase rolls around. I see them moving up this ladder quickly.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are based on our opinion and should be taken as such. 

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel 

1. Team Durant: The “Terror Squad” had a shocking loss during the semifinals of Winter Warz. I think this will make them more eager to win the AC Showcase when they travel down in April. 

2. PSA Cardinals: The Cardinals lost in the finals of Winter Warz. When AC Showcase rolls around they might have their chance to cross over into victory lane. 

3. Team IZOD: TI lost in the semifinals of Winter Warz. I think they can put it all together and run the table in America’s Playground. 

4. King Street Kings: KSK came into the Winter Warz unranked and ran the table. They now enter the Top 5 but can they maintain their status. 

5. DC Premier: Premier didn’t play in Winter Warz but impressed us enough to stay in our Top 5. We expect them to want to increase their worth in Atlantic City. 

6. Gauchos: Gauchos have been traveling to their own beat after playing in the Tip Off Classic. Right now they check in at #6, hopefully we will see them again soon. 

7. NY Rens: This is a team I will try to keep my eye on. I really like some of their pieces and the effort they put forth on the floor. 

8. Dream Chasers: This VA squad showed us some grit during the Clash For The Cup. We will be reaching out to them for the AC Showcase. 

9. 023 Feet: This team is a squad that you cannot sleep on. They can come to Atlantic City and spoil the party for everyone. 

10. Team Takeover: TTO has the tools to move up in the rankings. Traveling to the AC Showcase will give them that chance.

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are based on our opinion and should be taken as such. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel 

1. Team Rio National: Rio made their debut at Winter Warz and proved to be too much for the competition as they hammered everyone in sight. They are truly the #1 team in the region. They are expected to return to action at the loaded AC Showcase. 

2. Harlem Jets: The Tip Off Classic champions made it to the finals of Winter Warz and it would surprise me if they didn’t take the trip down to America’s Playground. 

3. DC Premier: They won the Clash in impressive fashion and still haven’t lost a game on the 8th Grade level. They are also slated for the AC Showcase. 

4. New Heights: NH was absent from Winter Warz but still seem like a Top 5 team in the region. We will be waiting to see if they join the loaded field in Atlantic City. 

5. NY Rens: I really feel that the Rens are hungry and due for a championship. I think when they travel to Atlantic City for the Showcase they can get it done. 

6. Play Hard: PH showed they were more than a Blue Division winner as they made a final four run at Winter Warz. They are playing like they belong with the elite in the region. 

7. I 10 Celtics: The Celtics were absent from Winter Warz but seem to be taking care of business out west. 

8. Hilltoppers Heat: HH proved to stay relevant as they made a quarterfinal run during Winter Warz. I can see them lining up with the best at the AC Showcase. 

9. Philly Triple Threat: PTT came to play at Winter Warz and showed why they were highly rated during our pre-season rankings. 

10. Newark Pharaoh: The tough boys from “Brick City” didn’t back down from anyone at Winter Warz. They are a difficult win from any squad facing them.

4th Annual March Madness Tournament


The 4th Annual March Madness Tournament presented By Team RIO National will take place March 14th and 15th in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tremendous prizes will be given to the winners including $500 AMEX Gift Cards for the winners of the 7th and 8th Grade. 

Event: March Madness 
Date: March 14th and 15th 
Grades: 3rd Thru 8th 
Place: Scranton, PA 
Cost: $325 (Code: SPOTLIGHT) 
VISIT: www.iamtraining.org/marchmadness TO REGISTER

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scottie "The Show" Lewis Official Mixtape Volume 1

Scottie "The Show" Lewis

Scottie Lewis is an 8th grader with basketball skills and athleticism that are almost unbelievable. Scottie Lewis dunked for the first time in 6th grade and hasn't looked back since. The 6'4 fourteen year old plays for Team Rio National on the AAU circuit and has dominated prestigious camps and tournaments including John Lucas Camp, Buckeye Prep, BBall Spotlight, and the NYBL. Lewis has the skills and length to be a big time prospect in high school, but for now let’s enjoy the way this young man plays the game.

Check out Lewis and his teammates as they travel down to America's Playground for the AC Showcase. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

5th Annual AGame Super Shootout


The 5th Annual AGame Super Shootout is back on the last weekend in March at the largest facility in the country, The Spooky Nook SportsComplex. Compete against the top teams in the Northeast region with teams traveling from 12 different states. Many teams have already committed so you don’t want to miss the chance for your team to win a set of AGame Fully Custom BBall Uniforms. Last March 2014 Tournament drew over 200 teams for this event. Its more than worth it....do not miss it!!!! 

WHEN: MARCH 28th & 29th 
WHERE: SPOOKY NOOK SPORTS COMPLEX (Largest Indoor Facility in the Nation!!!) 30 Full Courts (ALL UNDER 1 ROOF) 
AGES: 9U to 17U Two Divisions (A Level / Div. 1) & (B Level / Div. 2) 
COST: $399 per team (Multiple Team Discounts) 
DEADLINE: March 18th (No Exceptions) 
FEATURES: -30 FULL Size Basketball Courts ALL UNDER 1 ROOF (projected amount of 300 teams will be in participation) 

-FREE set of fully customized AGame Game Uniforms will be awarded to the winning teams of each division (over $900 in value) 
-3 Game Guarantee (Complete Pool Play games followed by Playoff Rounds) 
-Real Time Scoring Updates (courtesy of Tourney Machine) 
-New AAU Age-Based Rules will be enforced 
-Playoff Games will be Live Video Streamed 
-Certified Referees 
-Basketball Spotlight & other recruiting services will be in attendance 
-3 Certified Athletic Trainers will be on site 
-FREE AGame apparel & giveaways throughout the tournament 
-Discounted Hotels (10 min. away from Major Outlet Malls, Restaurants, plus more...) 
-Log onto to: www.agamesupershootout.com to see the List of Committed Teams 
 REGISTER NOW: 1. Log onto: www.agamesupershootout.com -or- 2. Submit via mail to: AGAME / 8480 Limekiln Pike / #523 / Wyncote, PA 19095 

For any questions or concerns contact: Carl Hines (Tournament Director) 267.257.4360 direct 877.898.4082 carlhines@agamesupershootout.com 

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL SUPERSHOOTOUT COMMERCIAL - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub1bc0RyBZ8 

DON'T WAIT, REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY, SPOTS ARE VERY LIMITED...WE WILL SELL OUT!!!!!!

Lebron James Jr. Shows Court Vision Is Hereditary!

Lebron James Jr. led his team to the John Lucas All Star Weekend Championship. The poised point guard showed passing ability that is similar to his father. His court vision and ball handling seems top notch for a player this young. It must run in the blood.

Little Ballers To Be Released Wednesday Night


Basketball Spotlight is proud to announce Little Ballers will be released February 25th on Nickelodeon. Set against the backdrop of New York City, LITTLE BALLERS tells the story of 4 diverse eleven-year old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. For these young men, basketball is more than a game. It is a deep passion that holds a special meaning for each of them: escaping poverty, getting an education, living the American dream and bonding with a father, but more than anything, basketball offers them hope. 

LITTLE BALLERS features interviews with NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, JR Smith, Chamique Holdsclaw and includes perspectives from NY Times columnist William C. Rhoden, Award-Winning journalist Roland Martin, Black Enterprise President and CEO Butch Graves, Rogue Sports agent Travis King, ESPN senior writer Pablo Torre and HBO Sports Senior VP Kery Davis among others.

Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree Is Cancelled!


Due to circumstances beyond my control the Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree is cancelled for March 7th and 8th. Teams that have registered online can either request a refund or use their payment for the Atlantic City Showcase scheduled for April 4th and 5th. We are sorry for the inconvenience and wish everyone a great rest of the season. See you guys at the Atlantis City Showcase.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Before They Were Pros: Jabari Parker In 7th Grade

Basketball Spotlight loves to post interesting videos and we came upon this rare footage of Jabari Parker in 7th Grade. Though he wasn’t athletic and looking like a stud at this point you could see this youngsters feel for the game and natural jump shot. Most of all you could see he enjoyed himself and had a passion for the game.

Atlantic City Showcase Getting Early Interest!


The Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase is slated for April 4th and 5th. This event has attracted national teams and should be extremely loaded this year. Please make sure you register quickly because this event is sure to sell out. Tournament deadline is March 15th. 

8th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. CP 3 All Stars 
2. Team RIO National 
3. Bos Basketball 
4. Team Florida 
5. DC Premier 
6. Play Hard 
7. Team Final 
8. Brooklyn Rens 
9. Philly Triple Threat 
10. B’More Finest 
11. Gauchos
12. Drums "D"estroyers
13. Harlem Jets
14. Team Philly
15. CMEK
16. New York Lightning 
17. CIA Bounce
18. NJ Bulldogs
19. ESYC Elite 
20. Boston Spartans 
21. Buffalo Bounce (CIA)
22. City Rocks (Utica)
23.
24. 

7th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. Team Durant 
2. MSU Skyliners
3. George Hill Rising Stars 
4. Team IZOD 
5. Brooklyn Rens 
6. Gym Ratz Basketball 
7. Boston Spartans 
8. Havoc City 
9. Miami City Ballers 
10. Havoc City (Blue) 
11. Riverside Hawks
12. Milbank 
13. Hilltoppers Heat
14. DC Premier 
15. PSA Cardinals 
16. King Street Kings
17. Chester Select
18. Team Philly
19. Team Takeover 
20. New York Lightning 
21. Wiz Kids
22. CIA Bounce 
23. NJ Bulldogs 
24. ESYC Elite
25. RIP City
26. 6th Man Warriors 
27.
28. 

6th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. Team Durant 
2. Team IZOD 
3. Chester Select 
4. Philly Triple Threat 
5. Hilltoppers Heat
6. NY Rens (Kat) 
7. Riverside Hawks 
8. Havoc City 
9. Milbank 
10. Team Philly 
11. New York Lightning 
12. NJ Bulldogs 
13. ESYC Elite
14. Boston Spartans
15.Team Final 
16. 

5th Grade 
1. Team Durant 
2. NY Rens 
3. Havoc City 
4. Riverside Hawks 
5. 60 Elite
6. Hilltoppers Heat
7. Team Loaded 
8. George Hill Rising Stars
9 Team Philly 
10. CMEK
11. ESYC Elite
12. Boston Spartans 
13.
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15.
16. 

4th Grade 
1. Team Durant 
2. Team Loaded 
3. Havoc City 
4. NY Rens 
5. Riverside Hawks 
6. Team Philly 
7. Boston Spartans
8.
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10. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Logan Curtis Showing Some Promise At Winter Warz

Logan Curtis is a 2019 Prospect for B More's Finest. At the 2015 BBall Spotlight Winter Warz event Logan showed that he could play with the best in the country as he had a very good performance against a loaded Team Rio National squad. Stay tuned as we bring you more action from Winter Warz.