Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Future Phenom Camp Highlights: Fisher Holds It Down!

Elijah Fisher

Elijah Fisher toured the country letting it be known that he is the #1 7th Grader in the nation. His last stop was the Future Phenom Camp where he showed his total dominance. Fisher has the tools and the size to be something special one day. Check out his highlights below.

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Prince Samuels

Prince Samuels

This was Prince Samuels first appearance at the Future Phenom Camp and he used it as his coming out party. He finished ranked #14 in the camp and participated in the AGame All American Game. Here is his input from the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Prince Samuels 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
PS: I thought it would be just another camp that does the same thing as the other basketball camp. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
PS: The drills were good. It was a real workout that made me sweat. It helped me building my form. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
PS: The best player I faced was Jaquan Harris. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
PS: The game play. 

BS: How does the Futurhe Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
PS: I have attended many camps and I would definitely attend this camp again. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
PS: Skillful!

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Gavin Murphy

Gavin Murphy

Gavin Murphy returned to the Future Phenom Camp from Connecticut to prove he improved from the year before. The pure shooter showed other facets of his game while finishing ranked #16 in the camp and making an appearance in the AGame All American Game. Check out what he said about the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Gavin Murphy 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
GM: I wanted to do well. Had a good national tournament and CP3 camp and wanted to prove that I got better from the previous year. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
GM: I liked it, and thought the aggressiveness and intensity of the drills were really good. Some of the drills we now do when we work out at home. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
GM: I thought Franklin Etoh was really good. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
GM: The competition and the games! 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
GM: I thought the camp had the best competition I had seen. Equal to CP3 and John Lucas. I thought the camp was equal to the best around. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
GM: Competition!

Diary Of A Baller: Jayden Pierre (Roselle, NJ) Entry #2

Jayden Pierre

Good morning Spotlight world, 

It's Jayden "JP" Pierre back with entry #2 of my Diary. 

On Monday school went by pretty smooth. After school, the girls’ varsity team had open gym in front of college coaches, I stayed and watched, this was my first time seeing them play, they are really good. After the girls were done, I had a workout with coach Decker, we worked on me being more efficient off the dribble, creating space, and my mid-range pull-up game. It was a very good workout. Afterwards, I went straight to another workout with TTA (Training Today's Athletes) we worked on my core and legs. On my way home, I stopped and grabbed something to eat, once I got home I did my homework, after I was done, I did my push-ups, sit ups, dips, and toe raises, took a shower and went straight to bed. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Elliot Cadeau

Elliot Cadeau

Elliot Cadeau is known in the Garden State as one of the best playmakers. He came to the Future Phenom Camp for some national recognition and accomplished that and more. He finished ranked in the Top 10 and appeared in the AGame All American Game. We asked him about the Future Phenom Camp and here’s what he had to say. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Elliot Cadeau 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
EC: My mindset coming into the camp was to dominate everybody I saw no matter what number they were ranked or how good they were. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
EC: I think that the drills got me better and I think they were not too long, not too short and it was perfectly planned out. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
EC: I think the best player at the campus was Toby Ojukwu because he was really quick and hard to guard, he was also one of the best defenders at the camp. He is really underrated. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
EC: My favorite aspect was the competition, it was the best out of every other camp and it had the best players in the country. 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
EC: The phenom camp is the best camp this whole summer. It was the most talent packed camp out of any other one. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
EC: Challenging!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spotlight Alum King Headed To University Of Oregon!


Basketball Spotlight Alum Louis King has committed to University Of Oregon. King started on the Spotlight circuit with F.A.C.E.S before going over the Team IZOD for the duration of his middle school career. The smooth wing forward exploded late but has taken off since then. He’s currently ranked as one of the top players in America while also being a potential McDonald's All American and Jordan Brand Classic participant. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Louis and his family on his commitment and wish him the best in the future. Remember this is just the beginning and keep working hard. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight brings you more former Spotlight stars that have committed to colleges.

Spotlight Alum Muhammad Selects Ohio State!


Basketball Spotlight Alum Luther Muhammad has committed the Ohio State University. Muhammad started on the Spotlight circuit with We Run before moving to King Street Kings and finally ending up with Team IZOD AKA Supreme Team. Luther won Player Of The Year honors in 6th Grade and was known as one of the best defenders in the country. He played his high school career with Hudson Catholic and with Team IZOD before moving to the NY Rens this season. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Muhammad on his selection to Ohio State and wish him the best in the future. Just remember this is just the beginning and continue to work hard. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight brings you more former Spotlight stars that have committed to college.

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat. Hassan Jackson

Hassan Jackson

Hassan Jackson was a newcomer to the Future Phenom Camp and made sure he didn’t waste his visit. The combo forward showed supreme versatility as he played his way to the AGame All American Game. We sat down with the Rhode Island resident to get his take on the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat. Hassan Jackson 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
HJ: My mindset going into the camp was to outwork everyone and be the best player in the camp. I really wanted to leave my mark on the camp and as well as my peers. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
HJ: The drill session was amazing. It was efficient, effective and intense. It definitely helped my game and added a few new tools. After speaking with others at the camp I can say with confidence that my opinion is not a one-off. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
HJ: There was quite a few very talented players in attendance but if I had to pick one it would be Jaden Bradley. He is an explosive and talented combo guard that gets the job done in multiple ways. I had a great deal of fun competing with several players but I especially enjoyed the games with him. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
HJ: The games were my favorite aspect of the camp. I was given the opportunity to network, use some of the skills I’ve been practicing on in game situations and ultimately Improve which is always the goal. It also showed me so areas that I need to improve in. 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
HJ: The Future Phenom Camp is definitely one of the top camps I have attended if not the best. It was very well organized and systematically designed which is a testament the staff and organization as a whole. I would most definitely suggest to anyone who can attend this camp to do so if for no reason but the great volume of learning that happens in just two days! 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
HJ: One word to describe the camp would be “organized”. The camp provided an extraordinary experience and I greatly appreciate you and your entire staff for allowing me to participate in it and helping me improve my game. Thank you.

Friday, September 22, 2017

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Anthony Saunders

Anthony Saunders

Anthony Saunders has been attending the Future Phenom Camp for a few years and seem to getting better each trip. The floor general once again proved he was among the best in the country as he finished ranked #3 and made an appearance in the AGame All American Game. We sat down with the Maryland lad to get his take on the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Anthony Saunders 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
AS: My mindset is to get focused, not to come there to play around and get in my game mode because this is a big deal for me. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
AS: The drill session was good. I wanted to do more shooting but still had fun, the 1 on 1 drill and the defensive drill we did with the really large ball were my favorite drills. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
AS: Travis Upchurch. Because every time I play against him it’s a battle, last year and this year! It’s like we play hard at each other to earn our respect. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
AS: The games are my favorite part because you get to show off your talent and prove people wrong. 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
AS: I think people take Future Phenom camp MORE serious than the other showcase camps because when I see the competition I more familiar faces from AAU tournaments and the players are better overall compared to other camps I've been to. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
AS: Competitive!

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: "Tai Turn-Up” Turnage

Tai Turnage 

Once Tai Turnage had the rock in his hands he was primed to bring the business to the defense. The NYC point guard used his ball handling and quickness to make defenders disappear. He immediately caught our attention and forced his will on opponents. He created so much excitement we would like to introduce Tai Turnage AKA Tai Turn-Up because he was a joy to watch. We sat down with Tai and got his insight in the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: "Tai Turn-Up” Turnage 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
TT: I wanted to be the top player in the camp and get noticed nationally. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
TT: They were good because everyone was trying to be the best. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
TT: The best player I faced at the camp was Marques Johnson. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
TT: The best part of the camp to me was playing games and playing in the All-American Game. 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended? 
TT: This was my first summer going to any camps like this. I went to Junior Phenom to. I made all-star at both but you had an all-American game and that was fun. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
TT: Fun

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Jebron Harris

Jebron Harris 

The Future Phenom Camp was Jebron Harris’s first experience in the camp atmosphere. He’s the youngest brother of Spotlight legend Jamir “Terminator” Harris who’s a freshman at the University of Minnesota. We sat down with Jebron to get his first take on the Future Phenom Camp. 

My Future Phenom Camp Experience Feat: Jebron Harris 

BS: What was your mindset coming into the camp? 
JH: It was my first camp so I was excited and a little nervous. I knew I was going to give it my best. 

BS: How did you like the drill session? 
JH: The drills were exciting and the coaches showed me a lot. 

BS: Who was the best player you faced at the Future Phenom Camp? 
JH: The best player I played against was Stephon Ashley Wright. He is a really good shooter and a good PG. 

BS: What was your favorite aspect of the camp? 
JH: I like playing the games the most because I was able to play against a lot of good players. 

BS: How does the Future Phenom Camp stack up against other camps you have attended?
JH: The Future Phenom Camp was my first camp that I attended. I really had a great time. 

BS: Give me one word to describe the Future Phenom Camp. 
JH: Litttt!

Future Phenom Camp Highlights: Prince Samuels Shows Up!

Prince Samuels

Prince Samuels traveled from Rhode Island hungry to show he could bang with the top players in the country. The wing forward showed all facets of his game including scoring, rebounding, running the floor and creating plays. Check out his highlights from the Future Phenom Camp.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What Did We Learn At The Future Phenom Camp?


The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp is in the books and the talent was in the building. The players competed on the highest level and we zeroed in on a lot of the talent. Here are some of the things we learned down in Maryland. 

What Did We Learn At The Future Phenom Camp?


Bradley Holds Down His Spot! 

Jaden Bradley came into the Future Phenom Camp with a lot on the line. He was ranked the #1 player in the country on our website and he was just coming off of winning an AAU National Championship. The point guard did more than handle his business at the Future Phenom Camp, he solidified himself as the #1 player in the land once again. He came, saw and conquered.


Trio To Crash National Rankings! 

The Future Phenom Camp is the last spot we see players before we drop our national rankings. Three players from the Class Of 2022 that will be making their debut in our rankings are Jaquan Harris (New Jersey), Alex Karaban and Rory Stewart. All three players starred at the Future Phenom Camp and finished ranked in the Top 10.


Canada Shows Dominance! 

#1 Player in the Class of 2023 Elijah Fisher and Mikkel Tyne of Canada both took MVP honors at the Future Phenom Camp. The Canadian invasion became popular with the emergence of Andrew Wiggins and most recently RJ Barrett. Now these two players among others seem to be holding down the future for our neighbors from the north. Fisher and Tyne should be warm with those MVP Varsity Jackets.


"Money: Marcus Makes His Own Mark!

4th Grader Marcus Johnson has been on the National scene for a few years but was over shadowed by his older brother Sonny Johnson Jr. and cousin Meechie Johnson. But at the Future Phenom Marcus let the country know that he’s a budding star on the horizon. He played in the 5th Grade Division and totally dominated the competition while taking home the MVP honors.
Future Phenom Camp Continues To Grow! 

The Future Phenom Camp 2017 topped over 300 campers. This numbered increased nearly 100 from 2016. We are humbled by this increase and will continue to try and bring you the best event and coverage. We also know there’s always room improvement and will be evaluating our structure and process.