Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Class of 2021 Top Performers Part 2

Carter Whitt (North Carolina)

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp is in the books. The top talent in the country brought their game to District Heights, MD and we have tons of coverage to release. Here is Part 2 of our Class 2021 report. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Class of 2021 Top Performers Part 2 

Carter Whitt Guard (North Carolina)- Whitt is a player you never get tired of watching. His unique feel for the game, court vision and shooting ability makes him one of the top guards in the country. He has the knack to see the game two or three plays ahead. He has some flair but doesn’t overdue it. His game definitely translates to the next level and beyond. I can see him playing at Cameron Indoor one day. This kid has the goods.


Rasool Diggins Guard (Pennsylvania)- Diggins was voted as the best shooter in the camp and for good reason. This kid has a mean ratchet from deep while also scoring from the other areas of the floor. He’s gets it done with quickness and sharp precision. Team Final has a nice one in this kid and I can’t wait to see him next year on the Spotlight circuit.
Juan Reyna Guard (Texas)- Reyna adjusted to the great competition and stepped his game up. The southpaw can run the team and hit the open jumper. He seems to always make the right pass or take the correct shot. His basketball IQ is in place and he’s willing to play both sides of the ball while locking down on defense. He kept his hot camp streak going as he made the Top 20 All Star Game. He was a joy to watch.
Nick Thomas Forward (New Jersey)- Thomas is a space eater that hammers the glass and scores close to the hole. He has some touch facing the basket and has developing foot speed. I like his size and the motor he plays with on the floor. He stuffed a stat sheet with points, rebounds and blocks. He should be one to watch PSA Cardinals next fall.
Jayden Brown Guard (New Jersey)- Brown has made the transition to being a true point guard. He sets up defenders with crafty dribble moves before exploding to the hole. When the defense backs off he will hit the jumper. He has a strong frame which helps shield off defenders and shot blockers. He did work as usual as he grabbed a spot in the Top 20 game and one of the top overall players in the camp.
Jakai Washington Forward (Connecticut)- Washington showed off his athleticism all weekend especially in the all-star game. He runs the floor like a deer and attacks the rim when he ready to finish. He has the size and energy to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Very, very athletic player.
James Madill Guard (New York)- Madill may be small in size but he didn’t let that slow him up on the floor. He stuck the outside jumper and also got into the gaps on the defense to make plays. He had enough speed and craftiness to stay away from traps and turnovers. This kid has a steady game.

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Class of 2021 Top Performers Part 1

Ryan Conway (Maryland)

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp is in the books. The top talent in the country brought their game to District Heights, MD and we have tons of coverage to release. First we will start with the top performers from the Class of 2021. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Class of 2021 Top Performers Part 1

Ryan Conway Guard (Maryland)- One of the top scorers in the country stayed true to his name at the Future Phenom Camp. He was efficient from all three levels and also showed take over the game ability. He topped over 20 several times over the weekend. I like how he expanded his game by developing his ball handling and decision making. Becoming more of a point guard could be in his future but keep in mind he’s a natural scorer and does it well. He burned down the nets at the New 24 facility.


Caleb Furst Forward (Indiana)- The most dominant inside force at this event, Furst let it be known early that he eats in the paint. He had great post position while using a great southpaw touch, footwork and size to get the job done. I also like how he runs the floor rim to rim and puts the ball on the deck. He averaged over 20 markers a game. I can’t believe he has another year of middle school left. Opponents are in trouble.
Donnell Harris Forward (Florida)- Harris was once again dominant inside at this event. I like his size and speed on the baseline. He also has developed some ball handling and makes plays off the dribble. He has confidence in his outside shot and finishing in traffic. I like the work he is putting in on his perimeter skills and it will only prepare him better for the high school level down the road.
Brayon Freeman Guard (Washington, DC)- Freeman was one of the smoothest guards I saw in this event period. He plays both guard spots very well but I love him better at the point. He can breakdown defenders before finishing or deliver a dime. He tortured ball handlers on defense by ripping them blind with 94 feet of pressure. His poise and play making ability will carry him a long way in this game. This kid has some special instincts.
Julius Ellerbe Forward (Maryland)- Ellerbe is a pure wing with good size especially on this level. He can score on all three levels but also has enough handle to get into the lane at will. I like his feel for the game, versatility and explosive moves. If he continues to work I see him projecting into something special down the road. Not many can play both ends or possess his all-around versatility. 
Marcus Dyers Guard (New York)- The Big Apple Native opened up in Maryland. He was an absolute scoring machine for his squad. Defenders had no idea on how to slow him down because he could hit the jumper or finish at the rack. He has mean drive game and the frame to absorb contact in traffic. This kid is totally wired to score with supreme body control.
Freddie Young Jr. Guard (New Jersey)- Young showed some prowess especially from the perimeter with his soft jumper. He knows how to find his spot before letting it go. This kid can also go off the bounce while creating for teammates and himself. He possesses good size and craftiness with the pill. I look for him to take the next step during his 8th grade season. It should be his breakout year.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Middle School All American Games Tip Off Tonight!


Tonight the top middle school ballers in the nation will take the court for the Middle School All American Games. The Middle School All-American Games, modeled after the McDonalds All-American Game features both top local and national talent in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023. This is the only event in the world where top-ranked middle school basketball players collectively play in a national All-Star game. 

Participants were selected via votes by a national panel of scouts and media representatives, who have extensively covered middle school hoops on the grassroots level throughout the spring and summer. Some noted players scheduled to participate, are local up and coming stars Ryan Conway and 6'7 Detwan Montegu as well as national studs and Montverde bound 6'8 Trey Patterson (NJ),Texas' # 1 rated player 6'7 Duncan Powell, and the #1 rated center in the county 6'9 Caleb Furst. Emoni Bates 6'4 (MI) and Bryce Griggs (Tx) #1 rated player in his state, from the class of 2022.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Pre-Registration and Uniform Pickup (Friday, August 26th)


The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will be holding pre-registration and uniform handout Friday night during the Middle School All American Games. The pre-registration times are from 6:00 PM to 10 PM. Players that have registered only are greatly encouraged to attend and pick up their uniforms. 

Event: Camp Pre-Registration and Uniform Pickup 
When: Friday August 26th (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM) 
Place: St. John's College High School 
2607 Military Rd. NW 
Chevy Chase, DC 20015 

CLICK HERE FOR CAMP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WGL Energy Greens Future Phenom Camp!


Basketball Spotlight has partnered with WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) to green the 2016 Future Phenom Camp. WGL Energy has donated enough carbon offsets to counterbalance conference emissions from energy use at the event space, hotel stays, food and land-filled waste. 

This is equivalent to: 

  • Taking 6 cars off the road for one year, or 
  • Avoiding the consumption of over 3,263 gallons of gasoline, or 
  • Planting over 752 tree seedlings that grow for 10 years. 

Carbon offsets are an affordable and innovative way to counterbalance emissions resulting from everyday activities such as travel and energy use. Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy specifically are Green-e® Climate certified and derived from verified carbon reduction projects in the waste management sector, which capture and destroy methane from regional landfills. Even better for the environment, WGL Energy invests a portion of the proceeds into the Carbon Reduction Fund, managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and used to develop new projects, such as tree plantings, to improve air and water quality in the region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2010, the Carbon Reduction Fund has supported numerous projects, including the planting of over 19,000 trees throughout Maryland. 

To learn more about Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Middle School All American Games Drawing National Attention!


Washington, DC------ St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, DC will host the Annual Middle School All-American Games and the regional Top Rising Freshmen Game The Coach Francis Classic on Friday, August 26th. 2016. Four games will be played, the first of which will tip-off at 6:00 PM in the school’s Gallagher Center. 

The Middle School All-American Games, modeled after the McDonalds All-American Game features both top local and national talent in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023. This is the only event in the world where top-ranked middle school basketball players collectively play in a national All-Star game. Participants were selected via votes by a national panel of scouts and media representatives, who have extensively covered middle school hoops on the grassroots level throughout the spring and summer. 

Some noted players scheduled to participate, are local up and coming stars Ryan Conway and 6'7 Detwan Montegu as well as national studs and Montverde bound 6'8 Trey Patterson (NJ),Texas' # 1 rated player 6'7 Duncan Powell, and the #1 rated center in the county 6'9 Caleb Furst. Emoni Bates 6'4 (MI) and Bryce Griggs (Tx) #1 rated player in his state, from the class of 2022. 

Friday night’s finale will be the Coach Francis Classic, a regional All-Star Game featuring the top rising freshmen in the class of 2020 from the Mid-Atlantic region. This game will feature many of the DMV’s top 20 ranked players going head-to-head in their last game ever at the middle school level. Some notable names scheduled to participate are top ranked national prospects 6'11 Hunter Dickinson, 6’6 wing Che Evans who was recently feature on The Undefeated & ESPN (click to read), primetime combo guard Jordan Toles, 6'8 Justin Lewis as well as the 6’6 Terrance Williams and two of the areas sleepers in 6'7 Will Skyes and 6'9 Trevon Todd. 

All coaches will receive free admission and have access to players as well as exclusive seating and entry. General admission is $10.00. Media personnel are encouraged to coordinate individual interviews in advance and register for the appropriate credentials. 

Join Basketball Spotlight, P2Ball.com, HoopScoop, Slam Magazine, CourtCred, Bleacher Report, Finest Magazine, Hoop Nation and many others for a great night of basketball with the very best talent in the country and the DMV area. Doors Open at 5:30 PM, we look forward to seeing you all in the gym! ~MSAG Promotions 

Additional Information can be found at: www.dmvpreps.com, www.p2bball.com, www.bballspotlight.com 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will take place Saturday and Sunday at the New 24 CLICK HERE for weekend schedule. 

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lance Ware Spreads His Wings At J.E.M. All Star Classic!

Lance Ware 

Lance Ware proved at the J.E.M. All Star Classic that he was one of the best forwards in the country. The rising frosh plays the game clean with a high motor and showed many intangibles that will translate great to the next level. Ware finished the game with 29 points and took home MVP honors. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Lance but also remind him this is just the beginning and he should continue to work hard on and off the court. You will be able to check him out next season as he suits up for Life Center Academy. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Award Winners


The Basketball Spotlight season has officially ended and we are ready to present our end of the year awards. We would like to congratulate all the players and teams that supported our events. The Award Winners are listed below. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Award Winners 

Player Of The Year: Jordan Toles (Baltimore United) 
Toles stepped his game up this season and never took plays off at any Spotlight event. He also took his show on the road as he starred in several big time events around the country. Finally he turned his game from just being regarded as an athlete into an all-around skilled guard. His play on the court and spirit for the game helped him win the POY honors. 

Most Outstanding Player: AJ Hoggard (Team Final) 
Hoggard’s addition to the Team Final 8th Grade squad instantly took the team to the next level. He became one of the most dominant forces on the floor this season. His play catapulted his name among the top guards in the country. He had a memorable Spotlight career. 

Team Of The Year: Team Takeover (Black) 
TTO was the most dominant 8th Grade team in the country. They ran through every event in the country and didn’t lose a game on their grade level. There’s no doubt they were the #1 team in America and probably one of the best grammar school teams assembled. They were loaded and had balance. 

Coach Of The Year: Keith Stevens (Team Takeover) 
Stevens guided his squad throughout the country without losing a game on their grade level. Most importantly he taught them how the team concept is the best way to go. It’s not easy coaching a lot of talent but he seemed to hit all the right buttons at the right time. 

Sportsmanship Award: Bryan Hall III (NY Lightning) 
Hall played the game the way it was supposed to be played. He left everything on the floor and conducted himself in a great manner. I also appreciate him letting us into his life while contributing to Diary Of A Baller. 

Scholar/Athlete Award Winner: Terrence Williams (Team Takeover) 
Williams got busy on the court and in the classroom. He demonstrated this in the Spotlight events and on his Diary Of A Baller. We have no doubt with God’s grace Terrence will continue this success in high school and college. One of the best all-around kids to ever come though Basketball Spotlight. 

Defensive Player Of The Year: Elijah Everett (Playaz Basketball Club) 
Everett had the ability to change the game on the defensive end. He blocked or altered shots in his area while also playing with an enormous motor. The scary part is his best basketball days are certainly ahead of him. 

Best Prospect: Lance Ware (Team IZOD) 
Ware entered the season as a project but after seeing him at the J.E.M. All Star Classic he made great strides and has become the best prospect in the region. This means he had to be one of the hardest workers around which makes his future look very bright. The sky is the limit for this kid. 

Best Fresh Face: Terrence Clarke (Expressions Elite) 
Clarke was one of the most natural wings players I saw this season. This kid can get it done off the dribble or in catch and shoot mode. He also appears to have a huge upside and will be a name to know in the New England area.

Team 85 AAU Hosting Tryouts


Team 85 will be hosting AAU Tryouts beginning August 30th. Check out the info below to come and tryout for this emerging organization. 

Who: Team 85 

What: Open Tryouts 
Boys Entering 3rd Grade Thru 8th Grade August 30, 2016 (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM) 
Boys Entering 9th Grade Thru 11th Grade August 31, 2016 (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM) 

Where: Team 85 Wellness and Fitness 
8500 K Johnson BLVD 
Bordentown, NJ 08505 

Contact: www.myteam85.com (609)-298-8585

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hutchinson Ready For Future Phenom Camp

Louis Hutchinson IV

Louis Hutchinson IV has been making a name for himself lately. After having a good showing at the AAU Nationals the rising 7th Grade took his game to John Lucas Future Of The Game Camp. At FOTG Hutchinson caught the eye of several scouting services. Now with his confidence sky high Louis has decided to hit the big stage and enter the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. 

Hutchinson is a lanky wing that plays the game with high energy. As his skill set and size continues to grow this kid could really turn into an interesting prospect. Stay tuned as we report on Hutchinson and other top prospects that will be attending the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp on August 27th and 28th in District Heights, MD.