Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Diary Of A Baller: Adrissa Traore (Harlem, NY) Entry #6

Adrissa Working Hard

What's up, Basketball World. 

Welcome to diary entry #6. 

The beginning of my week I took care of business with school. I did my homework and took care of what I needed to so that I can prepare for my weekend at the Made Hoops League Tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

On Thursday, I had a good day at school and went to work out and get ready for the weekend. On Thursdays at the gym I work out in, the high schoolers have open gym & play a lot of 5 on 5. I stayed and played because I felt it would help me prepare for Made Hoops and my upcoming school game the next day. 

On Friday, I had a calm day at school and was ready for my school game. Some of my teammates were out sick so I knew I had to step it up in order to keep my goal of an undefeated season alive. It was an exciting game, I played every well. I had a put back dunk and another dunk that had the crowd going crazy. It felt good playing well in front of the home crowd. Even some of the teachers were surprised, they never really saw me play before. 

On Saturday, it was the start of session 2 of Made Hoops in Springfield, Massachusetts. We woke up early and headed up to the tournament to play our first game of the weekend against a very talented Expressions team. They move the ball and can shot the ball very well. Unfortunately, we lost. We were missing some of our teammates that were playing for their school teams that day. However, they were able to make it for the rest of our games on Sunday and we won our remaining 2 games which puts us in a good position to make the playoffs going into our finals session in February. 

Before I go, I want shout out PSA Cardinals Class of 22. They also participated in Made Hoops and think they are a very talented team and have potential to be top in the country. 

Alright, that's it for this week. Peace.

Monday, January 16, 2017

FIVE Spotlight Alums Headed To McDonalds All American Game!

The 2017 McDonalds All American Game featured 5 Basketball Spotlight Alumni. Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, Quade Green, Mohammad Bamba and Lonnie Walker all earned their stripes in Basketball Spotlight events. Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate all the above players for this honorable selection. 

Spotlight Alumni In McDonalds All American Game 

Trevon Duval: Duval played on our circuit with several teams including DC Assault, Team Rebels, Team Final and Team IZOD. He then went on to become one of the best high school players in America. His college status is still uncertain but he has a serious list. 

Quade Green: Green started on our circuit Philly Select but later went to Nike power Team Final. He was one of the best combo guards on our circuit period. In high school Green transformed into a complete point guard and shot up the charts. He eventually picked the University Of Kentucky and should be ready o once he reaches Lexington in the fall. 

Wendell Carter: Carter played in the Basketball Spotlight CB Spider Classic with Atlantic Celtics. He was pegged back then as one of the best big me in the country. He had a dominant high school career and will be headed to Duke University. We are proud of this kid on and off the court. 

Mohammad Bamba: Bamba got busy on the Spotlight circuit with Milbank. He was an offensive project then but had potential written all over him. In high school he joined PSA Cardinals and exploded on the national scene. Now some project him as the #1 player in the country. He hasn’t picked his college yet but it’s down to Kentucky and Duke. 

Lonnie Walker: Walker entered the Spotlight circuit with MCB Elite before making an appearance with Metro Flyers. The wing showed good promise back then but really took his game to the next level in high school. He played with the Team Final crew on the Nike EYBL circuit. He just signed to play at the University of Miami.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree Ready For Registration

The Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree is ready for registration. This event will be bringing together the top teams in the country. Please make sure you guys register early because this event will definitely sellout. The registration info is below. 

Event: Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree 
Date: March 11th and 12th 
Ages: 2nd Grade (8U) Thru 8th Grade (14U) 
Place: District Heights, MD 
Cost: $375 Per Team (Multiple Team Discount Available) 
Contact: Mike Melton at 609-532-5122 For Registration 3 Teams Or More

Single Team Registration 

Multi-Team Registration

Holiday Inn Express To Host Clash For The Cup!

The Hotel Unlimited Group has decided to host the Clash For The Cup. The group has several hotels under their umbrella with great deals. Below is a list of the hotels and the rate that have. Please register quickly because they will sell out soon especially with the rate. ASK For HHG Code! Or Use The Link Below

Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Long Branch 
294 Route 36 West Long Branch, NJ 07764  (732) 542-1234
Basketball Spotlight Team Rate: $79 + tax including Hot Express Start Breakfast Nice clean hotel with indoor pool and complimentary WiFi 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Diary Of A Baller: Adrissa Traore (Harlem, NY) Entry #5

Adrissa and His Teammate

Hey Basketball World!! 

I hope you all had a blessed week. I have been doing alright, I won't complain. Let's dive into my week. 

On Monday, I was spent time with my brother, playing ball in the house with the mini hoop we have. I enjoy playing with him but you know I have to show him he can't beat me. Then went to the gym, we worked on rebounding and starting the break, going coast-to-coast. He is learning quickly and I am proud of him. Lastly, we went to Coach Greg's house to hang out and video games with Isaac Santiago, also plays with the PSA Cardinals. We've known and played with each other since the 4th grade and we have a strong relationship, watch the kid going through a lot and got way better as a person and a ball player. I will always love that kid. 

On Wednesday, I stayed home to finish up some homework because the next day I was going to have school. My friends came over so we can finish the word and after we were done with the school work we went to school practice to work on all our plays. We were working on breaking the zone defense and our press breakers. 

On Thursday, I started school, it was just a normal day. We had our first game of the season. I played well and so did my other teammates. We won by 20 but honestly we should have won by 40. We have to remain focused for the entire game. We got a little lazy defensively end and they start scoring more. 

On Saturday, my teammates and I had our 2nd game. It was an exciting game even though you were up the whole game. And after I went to my friends game, in the Bronx. He played very well and I could see how much better he has gotten. That was nice to see. 

On Sunday, I did a lot of weight lifting, getting my weight up and getting my upper body stronger. I have to get ready for High School and getting stronger is a big part of that. Until next time. I hope you all have a great week.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup Picking Up Steam

The Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup is getting major early attention. Some of the top teams in the country will be in attendance. Please register early because SPACES ARE LIMITED AND A SELL OUT IS IMMINENT. 

8TH Grade Teams 
1. Team RIO National 
2. Team Takeover (Black) 
3. PSA Cardinals 
4. New Heights 
5. Team Final (Black) 
6. Milbank 
7. Riverside Hawks 
8. Team Future 
9. Brooklyn Rens 
10. NY Lightning 
11. Expressions Elite
12. Blue Devils
13. We R 1 
14. NY Rens
15. NY Gauchos
16. HC Elite

7th Grade Teams
1. Team RIO National 
2. Team Takeover (Orange) 
3. Team Takeover (Black) 
4. PSA Cardinals 
5. Team Final 
6. Riverside Hawks 
7. Team Future 
8. Milbank
9. Brooklyn Rens 
10. NJ Playaz 
11. NY Lightning 
12. NJ Shore Shots (Cooper)
13. NJ Shore Shots (Russo)
14. Team IZOD
15. New World (Reloaded)
16. We R 1 
17. 3DHB
18. Hoop Kingz
19. Elmcor Basketball

6th Grade Team
1. Team Durant 
2. Riverside Hawks 
3. Brooklyn Rens 
4. T Town Ballers
5. NY Rens 
6. Team Future 
7. Stack 6 
8. NJ Shore Shots
9. Team IZOD
10. New Heights 
11. NJ Racers
12. Milbank
13. WE R 1 
14. B&B Running Rebels
15.  RYZE Basketball
16.  S E Starz
17. Elmcor Basketball 

5th Grade Teams
1. Hoop Nation NYC
2. Playtime Panthers 
3. Riverside Hawks 
4. NJ Shore Shots
5. Team IZOD
6. NY Rens
7. Milbank
8. NY Gauchos 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In The Spotlight: Jerry Easter (Toledo, OH)

Jerry Easter

Jerry Easter is labeled as the Top 5th Grade Guard in the country. The polished floor general can control the court with his play and presence. He has toured the country and banged out with the best. We like the way he handles the pill and decides to score or gets buckets himself. His playmaking and poise is top notch. This Ohio Native seems to have the goods. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players from around the country.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Diary Of A Baller: Adrissa Traore (Harlem, NY) Entry #4

Adrissa With His Teammates!

What's up Basketball World!! 

Welcome to my 4th Diary Entry. 

Happy New Year to all and I wish a bless year to everyone. My New Year's resolution is to get my younger brother, Soumana, ready to play basketball. He is nine and really likes the game and wants to learn. I look forward to working with him during the year.