Thursday, October 31, 2013

ETU Select Joins Team Takeover!

ETU Will Be Wearing Team Takeover Threads

The Nike brand has struck again as 7th Grade squad ETU Select has decided to join the Team Takeover organization. After a successful season on the Spotlight circuit ETU Select made a great run at the AAU Nationals while finishing #8 in the country. Head Coach Junior Burroughs is ecstatic about joining a successful program like Team Takeover’s. “We joined arguably the best organization in the country to help our players get to the next level” said Borroughs. 

Team Takeover does have a vast history of success and was the home of Orlando Magic first round pick Victor Oladipo. Their success of the Nike EYBL circuit has been apparent since its inception but Burroughs is not looking that far down the road. He’s just concentrating on this season, “This move will give us the best chance to be a final four contender at the 7th Grade AAU Nationals in Memphis this summer” he finished. 

Basketball Spotlight will like to congratulate ETU Select and wish them well in their new move. We also will keep you guys posted on their progress.

Tip Off Classic Flashback: Tremont Waters Pouring It On!

Tremont Waters used the Tip Off Classic to show off his wicked handle. This kid can dribble through a key hole with ease. He play made CT Select a threat every time they entered the Spotlight events. I wonder which guard will show the flash like Waters during this year’s Tip Off Classic. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players that starred in the Tip Off Classic.

Tip Off Classic Flashbacks: Unique Mclean Flying High

Few dazzled the Spotlight crowds like Unique Mclean. The high flying wing guard spot on a show at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic. His play helped Team Scan capture the crown and go on to win the Grand Finale banner. This year’s Tip Off Classic is also loaded with talent. Stay tuned as we bring you more flashbacks from the Tip Off Classic.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carolina Preps Joins The Swoosh Family!

Carolina Preps Now CP3 All Stars 

CP3 All Stars the top Nike Program in North Carolina just added to their arsenal with the addition of the Carolina Preps. The Carolina Preps Class of 2019 squad won the 6th Grade AAU Nationals Championship last summer and possess some of the top talent in the country. 

Carolina Prep’s Coach Keyford Langley loves the move for his squad, “The Preps decision to join CP3 was an easy one. CP3 is the organization you want your kids to be a part of. Their body of work speaks for itself. They are high character people that have kid’s best interest at heart and they will continue to nurture student’s athletes while developing their talents on the floor” said Langley. 

 Most young teams love the allure of Nike Grassroots because of the famed EYBL circuit but Langley sees more. “The competition on the circuit is tough for their older groups but we are a few years away. I like the fact they have created an organization that provide young men an opportunity to participate in the sport of basketball while gaining valuable life skills that improve their quality of life. We are excited about to be a part of the CP3 family” he finished. 

Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Carolina Preps on their progress and we will keep you posted on their progress.

Super Skillcase Almost At Capacity (Confirmation List Included)

The 2nd Annual Super Skillcase is nearing capacity. Below is a list of the confirmed participants in this event. Please don’t get left out there are only a few spots remaining. Click on the link below to register. 

Click Here To Register 

Confirmation List Below

Super Skillcase Becoming Star Studded Event!

Nazi Reid (Asbury Park, NJ)

The 2nd Annual Super Skillcase is shaping up to be a superb event. Basketball Spotlight is excited because this will give us a chance to some nationally ranked players do battle while giving some under the radar prospects a chance to jump into our April rankings. Here’s a look at who will be bringing their game to AC.

Nazi Reid: Yes the #1 prospect in the region and #3 in America will be making his second Super Skillcase appearance. This kid continues to show strides on the perimeter and expand his game. A dominate performance in AC and a few good showings on the circuit might make him the regions first #1 grammar player in America since Tyreke Evans.

Armoni Sexton: “The Live Wire” checks in at #11 on our national list. His potential is enormous and he brings a burst on energy when he steps on the floor. Right now he has his sights set on stepping into that Top 10 and challenging Reid for regional supremacy. We look for some exciting things from Sexton in AC.

Atiba Taylor: Taylor enters the Skillcase labeled as the #1 point guard in the country. His play last year earned him the crown and now he’s looking to keep the momentum going into the Super Skillcase. He has many guards chomping at his heels but I’ve seen this kid is pressure packed situations so he will be fine.

Jahvon Quinerly: Quinerly has to be one of the most exciting guards in the region and capable of pumping in 30 on any given night. He currently holds the #25 spot and could possibly crack into the Top 20 by the spring. 

Cameron Reddish: Reddish upside is through the roof and this event is his chance to show he’s ready to move from “The Prince” to “The King”. His fluid game and natural feel will give him the chance to dominate whenever he wants. He’s currently #29 on our list.

Damon Harge: Harge relishes in this environment. His breakdown ability and range has made him a national name for many years. He’s currently #31 on our list while others believe he’s a Top 10 talent. Now it’s his chance to turn us into believers. 

Aaron Clarke: After watching a recent event we might Clarke a little too low at #40. So I caution defenders to beware in AC. This lefty has a serious ratchet and improved quickness on both ends of the floor. This could his national coming out party. 

Mikey Watkins: Watkins will be ready to show that true point guards can shine in this up and down event. He has proven to be able to take care of the rock and make good decisions. He’s looking to move up from his #53 spot in the spring. 

Ja’quaye James: James didn’t crack our Top 70 list, which means the Big Apple product has a checklist of prospects to go after. His hunger and swagger on the floor could help him crash the party and jump into our spring rankings. 

Tysyon Eitenne: If Eitenne catches fire in AC he stock could surely rise. The combo guard scores in bunches and can get past defenders with the blink of an eye. He also will be looking to crack into our next list.

Monday, October 28, 2013

8th Grade Program Preview: Guess Who's Baaccck?

Team Scan 

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Team Scan 
Hometown: Bronx, New York 
Coaches: Jason Forde and Issac Hayes 
Last season tournament wins: N/A 
Key Returning Players: Tyler Bourne, Nazi Reid, Atiba Taylor, Aaron Clarke, Walter Tally, Tristan Issac 
Key Additions: Tyler Washington, Dallas Watson, Isiah Mucius 
Key Departures: N/A 
Scheduled Tournaments For This Season: Basketball Spotlight Circuit, Boo Williams, AAU States and Nationals, Basketbull Circuit, MIT, Nike 15u Circuit, etc 

Coaches Outlook: These young student-athletes are consistently embracing the everlasting journey of their final middle school season. With a consistent diet of gym work on their individual development, it has become inevitable that their team success will come along with it. They are improving on mentally impressing the challenge of competing on the 15u level, playing in front of college coaches and being prepared to help ones High School varsity team in September. Needless to say, we are taking one day at a time! 

Spotlight Analysis: After a year away from the grammar school scene Team Scan returns with an impressive roster featuring the #3 overall player in the country (Nazi Reid), #1 point guard in the land (Atiba Taylor) and perhaps the best pure shooter on the East Coast (Aaron Clarke). They also feature nationally Top 35 prospect Walter Tally and spark plug guard Tyler Bourne. Expectations will be sky high for this bunch as they should join the Playaz one of the favorites for the Grand Finale banner. We will visit that topic later. 

Middle School Event Of The Year Only Two Weeks Away!

The Middle School Event Of The Year is two weeks away and there are only a few spots left. Some of the top ranked players in the country will be in the building and you don’t want to be left out. Log onto to register. The event itinerary is below. 

Saturday, November 9th 
9am-10am 5th&6th Grade Registration Opens and Player Photo Shoot 
10am-12pm 5th&6th Grade Skills Session with Micah Lancaster 
12:00-2:15pm 5th&6th Grade Lunch Break 
2:15pm-5:00pm 5th&6th Grade Game Play 

11am-12:15pm 7th&8th Grade Registration Opens and Player Photo Shoot 
12:15-2:15pm 7th&8th Grade Skills Session with Micah Lancaster 
2:15pm-5:00pm 7th&8th Grade Lunch Break 
5:00pm-7:45pm 7th&8th Grade game Play 

Sunday, November 10th 
9am-11am 5th&6th grade Skills Session with Micah Lancaster 
11am-1pm 5th&6th grade Lunch Break 
1pm-3pm 5th&6th grade Game Play 

11am-1pm 7th&8th grade Skills Session with Micah Lancaster 
1pm-3pm 7th&8th grade Lunch 
3pm-5pm 7th&8th grade Game Play

8th Grade Program Preview: "The Bank" Looking To Cash In!

Milbank Flyers

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Milbank Flyers 
Hometown: Harlem New York, NY 
Coaches: Preston Sharp, Raymond Bosco, Roosevelt Byers (Coach Rose) 
Last season tournament wins: Rod Strickland Runner Up, New York City 7th Grade Division 1 Regional Runner Up, 2013 Team Hunc Champions 
Key Returning Players: Tyrese Whitaker , Terrance Trice, Jayden Reaves, Naishawn Campbell, Darius Lee, Dijon Francis 
Key Additions: Cameron Thompson 
Key Departures: Daquan Campbell 
Scheduled Tournaments For This Season: BBall Spotlight, Fun-Sport, Rumble in the Bronx, MIT 

Coaches Outlook: Our 8th grade team will continue the rich tradition here at Milbank which is to play with lots of energy, fight and dedication on the court. They are very aggressive team with a very aggressive style of play and we will compete and expect great results. 

Spotlight Analysis: Milbank teams of the past always played hard and left everything on the floor. Hopefully this group can carry on the tradition. Tyrese Whitaker brings a wealth of experience at the point guard position while Terrence Trice is one of the most underrated scoring guards in the region. The kid gets buckets.

Diary Of A Baller: Myles Dread (Burtonsville, MD) Entry #8

Myles Dread 

Dear Basketball World, 

I had a fun week this week. I went to St. John’s Catholic high school on Thursday. I loved the school! The students and teachers were friendly, entertaining, and hardworking. The classes were very challenging and looked fun. Reese Mona was my host. He did a good job of showing me the school from a student’s perspective. Also showing me what it would be like if I went there. I saw some of the coaches during the day and they talked to me briefly about basketball but it was mainly school work. 

This weekend I went to my dad’s college homecoming at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. I got to meet my dad’s old friends from college. I spent most of the weekend with my grandma. We went to the homecoming football game, ate pizza, and went to my dad’s day party for a few hours. My dad looked like he had fun and I’m happy for him. He’s working my brother and I out so much that we take away from his free-time sometimes. 

I took this week off from workouts. My knee has been really bothering me. My dad says it’s because I’m growing. All I know is that it hurts! I have been icing it three times a day and stretching it out. I hope I can play at 100% this week at practice. We have a tournament coming up and I don’t want to miss out because of my knee. 

 Until next time, 
 Myles Dread

Friday, October 25, 2013

8th Grade Program Preview: Team DEMI Wants More!

Diamonds In A Rough

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Team DEMI 
Hometown: Boston, MA 
Coach: Shawn Brown 
Last Season Championships: New England AAU Super Regionals, Hoop Group Providence Jamfest, Basketbull Best Of The Best 
Key Returning Players: Shandon Brown, Maurice Works and Julian Howell 
Key Additions: Malik Rogers, Jayvonte Lucein and James Tan 
Key Departures: None 
Scheduled Tournaments: Basketball Spotlight Circuit, MIT, AGame Super Shootout and King James Classic 

Coach’s Outlook: Our goal is to build our first years success. To be considered the best you have to compete against the best and beat the best. That's exactly what we'll set out to do this year as we've put together a rigorous and competitive schedule that will challenge our guy’s game in and game out. Competing against some of the top teams and prospect across the country will prepare our guys for what they will face at the next level in high school whether it's prep, private or public. 

Spotlight Analysis: Team DEMI made a good impression during their time at Basketball Spotlight and other spots on the circuit. They possess the toughness that Bean town is known for, especially their dynamic backcourt of Maurice Works and Shandon Brown. This duo will need to take their games to the next level for DEMI grab that elusive Spotlight banner.

Basketball Spotlight and NC Runnin Rebels Present The "Carolina Collision"

Basketball Spotlight has teamed up with the NC Runnin Rebels to present the Carolina Collision. We are excited to be making our second trip to North Carolina and working with a class organization as NC Runnin Rebels. This tournament should attract the top teams in the Southeast Region and give us a great chance to see some new talent. Registration coming soon!

Event: Carolina Collision
Date: May 30th thru June 1st 2014
Place: Raleigh, NC
Ages: 4th Grade Thru 8th Grade
Cost: $250 (Per Team) 

8th Grade Program Preview: Boston Spartans Have Something To Prove!

Boston Spartans

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name – Boston Spartans 
Hometown – Boston, MA 
Coaches – Al Rue and Buddy Murphy 
Last Season Tournament Wins – Basketball Spotlight MDC (Blue Division), Zero Gravity Nationals, Score 4 More Middle School Tourney and Montreal Classic 
Key Returning Players – Dominic Jones, Andrew Ficklin and Darion Jordan Thomas 
Key Additions – Dana Tate Jr. and Damon Tate 
Key Departures – Greg Schranze 
Scheduled Tournaments – Basketball Spotlight Circuit, Basketbull Circuit, Hoop Group Circuit, AAU Super Regionals, States and Nationals 

Coach's Outlook : "My goal is to get my kids to continue improving daily in life and as basketball players. Furthermore, using basketball as a vehicle to further their education and help accomplish their future goals on and off the court. We also aspire to receive national recognition by competing against the best!" 

Spotlight Analysis: The Spartans earned their way into the Orange Division after winning the Blue Division crown at the MDC. Now they must prove they are capable of banging with the big boys. The have a talented wing guard (Dominic Jones) and he will be looking to make a national name on the circuit this year.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

8th Grade Program Preview: NC Runnin Rebels Ready To Roll!

NC Runnin Rebels

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: North Carolina Runnin’ Rebels 
Hometown: Raleigh, NC 
Coaches: Aaron Clyburn 
Last season tournament wins: NC AAU Division 1 State Championship, Team Richmond Mid-Atlantic Shootout, Final Four (#4) Division 1 AAU National Championship 
Key Returning Players: Andrew Tuazama, , Kenyon Burt, Marque Maultsby, Jomaru Brown, DeMichael Johnson, Jabari Brown 
Key Additions: Chris Paul Barnette - (Will also be having tryouts Dec. 14 & 15) 
Key Departures: None 
Scheduled Tournaments For This Season: BBall Spotlight Tip-Off Classic, BBall Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase, Primetime Super 60, AAU Div. 1 NC State Championship, AAU Div. 1 National Championship, AAU Super Showcase 

Coach's Outlook: We realize that we don’t get the shine of some of the other teams so we’re just going to continue to work hard and let our performances speak for themselves. This year’s team could prove to be even more special than last year’s team. We are bringing back everyone from last year’s final four team and have a couple of other great pieces that are expected to join in the near future. Just like last year, we’ll be starting a lot later than most other 8th grade teams so we’ll have to get our new pieces to gel and shake off some of the rust early in the season. By playing the best competition from the start and throughout the season, we expect nothing less than for us to be clicking on all cylinders by mid season and making another deep run at Nationals. 

Spotlight Analysis: The NC Runnin Rebels cashed in when it counted last season. First they won the NC State Championship before heading to Memphis and making a Final Four run. This season they return the core of their team including talented forward Andrew Tuazama. One of the great aspects of this team is their unselfishness and willingness to play together. We will get our first look at them during the Tip Off Classic.

Team Final Tryouts Coming In November

The Nike squad Team Final will be holding tryouts soon. The dates and times are on the flyer above. There will be a $20 registration fee for each tryout. For more information contact Orlando Hildago at (609)-509-1859 or email at 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

8th Grade Program Preview: The Playaz Prepare To Grab The Banner!

Playaz Basketball Club

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Playaz Basketball Club 
Hometown: Paterson, NJ 
Coaches: Kiela Brevard, Jorel Spencer and Tommie Patterson 
Key Returning Players: Armoni Sexton, Tavon Jones, Mikey Watkins, Rob Miller, Tyson Eitenne and Twan Grier 
Key Additions: Justin Winston, Jahvon Quinerly, Ja’quaye James and Shelton Applewhite 
Key Departures: Kris Banks 
Last year championships: Spring Fling, Basketball Spotlight MDC 
Scheduled tournaments: Basketball Spotlight Circuit, Hall Of Fame Classic, MIT, Boo Williams, and more. 

Coach’s outlook: The goal as a program is to have our kids ready to play varsity High school basketball. We are still jelling as a team and learning off of each other. We want to win games and events but we want are kids ready for the next level.... 

Spotlight Analysis: After tough outings at the Tip Off Classic and Clash For The Cup Coach Brevard promised me his team would improve quickly. He delivered on those words when they took home the Gold Ball from the MDC. Now this season they have a loaded roster and high expectations. They return one of the most talented forwards in the country (Armoni Sexton) and acquired two highly touted players via the Supreme Team (Jahvon Quinerly and Justin Winston). I’m also hearing a lot of noise about this guard Ja’quaye James. Last but not least the Playaz have added the expertise of veteran coach Tommie Patterson to help on the bench. On paper this team looks scary and seems like one of the early favorites to take home the Grand Finale banner.

8th Grade Program Preview: WE R 1 Still On The Grind!

We R 1 

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: We R 1 
Hometown: Wilmington, DE 
Coaches: Darnell Vaughn and Robert Turner 
Key Returning Players: Jamal Whittlesey, Chris Cropper, Darius Kinnel and Trevon Alderman 
Key Additions: pending (November tryouts) 
Key Departues: Jordan Haynes 
Last year championships: Philly Fight “Take Flight" Tournament / AAU Mid Atlantic Districts / Best of Bowie Memorial Day 
Tournament Scheduled tournaments: Basketball Spotlight Circuit / AAU Super Regional / AAU District Championships / AAU Nationals 

Coach’s outlook: Started from the bottom several years back, crept up very close to the top a couple years ago and expect to go out with a bang to close our spotlight careers. We want to thank spotlight for the experience because without it our kid’s wouldn't be near the caliber of players have become thus far. 

Spotlight Analysis: This group is officially known as W R 1. Last season they had their moments including winning the Mid Atlantic Regionals. This year they return with a familiar roster and their experience of playing together should help them strive. Jamal Whittlesey and Darius Kinnel caught national attention on the camp circuit while Trevon Alderman seems like a budding star. All in all they have brought attention to Delaware basketball.

8th Grade Program Preview: Mass Shooting Stars Ready To Rumble!

Mass Shooting Stars

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Mass Shooting Stars 
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Coaches: Paul Durkee and Quinton Burton
Last season tournament championships: P.A.T. Invitational, Hall Of Fame New England Championships, New England Hoops Festival 
Key Returning Players: DeVandre Edmonds and Paul Durkee 
Key Additions: Scott Graziano, Robert Hodin Key 
Key Departures: N/A 
Scheduled Tournaments For This Season: Hoop Group Circuit, Basketball Spotlight circuit, Hall of Fame Circuit, MIT events, P.A.T Invitational, Rumble Bronx, Nike EYBL 

Coach's Outlook: Our players strive to improve each day through practice, hard work, a desire to compete, a commitment of fundamentals and the willingness to fail in pursuit of success. 

Spotlight Analysis: MSS showed they could be a dangerous team last year even though they weren't as successful as their 6th Grade season. This season they added a few bodies including forward Scott Graziano, he will team with the dynamic duo of DeVandre Edmonds and always improving Paul Durkee. We look for this squad to give teams fits on the Spotlight circuit and throughout AAU.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

8th Grade Program Preview: Wall 2 Wall Is Hungry Again!

Wall 2 Wall 

This season Basketball Spotlight would like to start our program previews. We will give you a look into the top programs in the region and let you know what to look forward to. 

Team Name: Wall 2 Wall 
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Coaches: Chuck Rockmore and Andre Cooper 
Last season tournament championships: Harrisburg Super Regional, Mid Atlantic Elite Classic and Mountain BBall Tournament. 
Key Players: Kevin Kern, Aidan Ellwood and Alex Serrano
Key Additions: Jay Vaughan and Dat Lambert 
Key Departures: Mikey Esquilin 
Scheduled Tournaments For This Season: Turkey Tip Off, Spotlight Circuit, AGame Super Shootout, MIT, Mid Atlantic Districts, and AAU National Championship. 

Coach's Outlook: I think we will be still very competitive team like we always been. As you say “The Darkhorse”, still getting pieces right, once we get everyone back from football and injuries. We will be fine... I can’t worry about other teams and how loaded they are... We entered the fire so we have to play in it... 

Spotlight Analysis: W2W came into last season with some high expectations. They had the underdog label removed but didn't get a chance to grab any Spotlight banners. This season they have some decent pieces but will be without the services of the spark plug guard Mikey Equillin. They Allentown boys are back in a position with something to prove.

Showboat Hotel To Host Super Skillcase

The hotels for the 2nd Annual Super Skillcase are listed below. Please make sure you register early because the rooms are going fast. Once they are totally booked the it will be extrememly difficult to find rooms especially at a great rate. 

Showboat Hotel & Casino 
801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 
Friday night $150.00/Saturday night $175 
Group Code: LS11SK3 

Holiday Inn Express Atlantic City 
6811 Black Horse Pike, Atlantic City, NJ 
$85.00 per night 609-484-1500
Group Code: Skillcase Basketball

Monday, October 21, 2013

Basketball Spotlight Returns To Pennsylvania

On the January 18th and 19th Basketball Spotlight will be a stop in Chichester, PA for the 2nd Annual MLK Classic. Last year the MLK Classic brought out some of the top talent in the Northeast especially from the Mid Atlantic region. We definitely look forward to seeing some of the top talent again in Pennsylvania. 

Event: MLK Classic 
Date: January 18th and 19th 2014 
Place: Chichester, PA 
Ages: 4th Grade Thru 8th Grade 

Click Here To Register

Diary Of A Baller: Myles Dread (Burtonsville, MD) Entry #7

Myles Dread At Home

Dear Basketball World, 

This week was a calm week at the Dread house. This week we only had four days of school because of teacher appreciation day. On Tuesday I finally got my English grades back. I finally have an A in the class! I officially have all A’s in all of my classes. My mom said that she was proud of me and told me to keep up the good work. My dad said, “That’s what you’re supposed to do!’’ That’s his way of saying good job. It was really important to me to get straight a’s this semester because I wanted to make a good impression on my teachers at my new school. 

This week in practice Coach Keith put in a lot of new plays in our offense. At first it was a lot to handle but now I think I get the idea of the new offenses. He really does a good job of making sure the whole team knows the plays before he goes on to the next one. I have to make sure my team knows every play before we scrimmage in practice. I think this is going to be a very good season for us. 

After early morning practice on Sunday, my dad made his world famous chocolate-chip pancakes. My dad, my brother, and I sat down and stuffed ourselves with the delicious pancakes as we watched football. I ate the most because I have the biggest appetite. Oh I almost forgot Monday is pajama day at school! 

Until next time, 
Myles Dread

Playaz Make Statement With Roundball Title

Playaz Are Crowned

The Playaz Basketball Club 8th Grade team won the Gauchos Roundball championship with a 54-46 victory over the Rens. The Playaz had were led my Jahvon Quinerly (Game MVP), Armoni Sexton (Tournament MVP), Tavon Jones (All Tournament Team) and Ja’quaye Jaes (All Tournament Team). The Playaz have some of the best talent around and should be a force on the Spotlight circuit.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Glory Boys Headed To Super Skillcase

Zion Harmon (Team Glory)

The “Glory Boys” will be the attendance at the Super Skillcase in Atlantic City. This group will be led by Zion Harmon the #1 5th Grader in the country and premier 6th Grader Dimingus Stevens. Harmon has been a force to be reckon since entering AAU basketball. This kid has chopped up competition all around the country while taking home several MVP trophies. Stevens also has come into his own as one of the top shooting guards in the nation. He recently finished Top 5 in the Buckeye Prep report Camp in Ohio. Stay tuned as we bring you more young players headed to Atlantic City for the Super Skillcase.

Dimingus Stevens

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Super Skillcase Nears Sellout!

The 2nd Annual Super Skillcase set for Atlantic City November 9th and 10th is about to sellout. Last year this event brought together the talent on the East Coast and this year the competition level has risen. There are only a few spots left and this is an event you don’t want to miss. To register click on the Super Skillcase logo in the right column.

Spotlight Alum: Kid Mamba USA Camp Highlights

Kid Mamba

Basketball Spotlight Alum Tyus Battle recently participated in the USA Basketball Development Camp in Colorado Springs. was on hand and provided some nice highlights from the event. The former Diary Of A Baller had a legendary grammar school career on the Spotlight circuit and is currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally on every website.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sexton Set On Super Skillcase!

Armoni Sexton (Playaz Basketball Club)

The Super Skillcase talent continues to grow as Armoni “Live Wire” Sexton has joined the event. Sexton of Paterson, NJ and the Playaz Basketball Club finished last season off as one of the top wing players in the country. He checked in at #11 on our list of top players in America. Now he will have the stage to prove the he is worth the price of admission. 

The Super Skillcase will kick off November 9th and 10th in Atlantic City, NJ. This talent this year is through the roof and we can’t wait to give you the feedback. This is no doubt the #1 exposure event in the country. Don’t miss out! 


Monday, October 14, 2013

CJ Hawks 4th Grade Tryouts Coming Soon.

The Central Jersey Hawks, 4th grade reigning West Coast National Champions, are seeking several advanced 4th grade players. Tryouts are October 26th and there’s no tryout fee. For location and time please contact Brian Klatsky at 732-904-0950 or

Tip Off Classic Flashback: "La Smoove" Had Something To Prove!

NyRhique “La Smoove” Smith put on a show at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic. He was new to the Playaz organization but didn’t waste any time getting things done. His smooth play helped the Playaz reach the final four of the Tip Off Classic and edged his name in Basketball Spotlight stone. Stay tuned because we have more flashbacks from the Tip Off Classic.

Tip Off Classic Flashback: Bryce Aiken Breaking Ankles!

Bryce “Capo” Aiken took NJ High School Basketball by storm this season while winning the Freshman Of The Year Award. But before that he was a Basketball Spotlight star leading Team Scan to the Grand Finale crown. Their march to the title started at the Tip Off Classic in which Aiken guided his troops to a finals win over the powerful DC Assault. Stay tuned as we bring you more Flashbacks from the Tip Off Classic. The Tip Off Classic is almost at capacity, don't miss your chance to register.

Diary Of A Baller: Myles Dread (Burtonsville, MD) Entry #6

Myles Dread

Dear Basketball World, 

This week was an interesting one at the Dread house. My parents went to Las Vegas on vacation last weekend. So we spent most of the week with my Nana. This week I got my schedule changed so I could move to advanced English. At first I was nervous about the change. But then I realized that it worked out for the better. My schedule helps me to get from class to class faster so I can be prepared. 

At practice I had a minor setback from finishing the whole practice. I dove after the ball and I got a knee in the eye! When I first got up I felt fine. When I was running around in the drills, I started to get dizzy and light-headed. My coaches told me to sit out. After they went over plays they started scrimmaging. My dad told me checked me out to see if I was ok. He then asked me if I thought I could be a leader from the sideline not cheering for my team mates. I thought about what he said and realized my head was ok and I got back out on the floor with my team. I felt better as we started to play. He challenges me like that a lot. It frustrates me sometimes, but I see the results paying off. When practice was over my team mates were laughing at me. I had a shiner from getting a knee in the eye! Thanks a lot Stevie! 

This weekend my parents and I sat down and decided to narrow down my choices for high schools. We started with eleven schools and ended up with six. We looked at a few criteria that a school must have that my parents and I like for me to keep it on my list. Then we started on the application process for some of the schools. I have four schools that I really like and I think would be cool to go to. Hopefully I make the right choice. 

Until next time, 
Myles Dread

Friday, October 11, 2013

Carolina's Top 5th Grader Headed To Super Skillcase

Khalil Brantley (Charlotte, NC)

Khalil Brantley of Charlotte, NC has decided to his game to the East Coast Super Skillcase. The point guard of the Worldwide Wildcats recently played at the Buckeye Prep Showcase and finished as one of the Top 10 players in the event. He has flash and the determination to make his teammates better. Basketball Spotlight is very anxious to see this youngster put in some work. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players headed to Atlantic City.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NYBL All Star Game Highlights

The Inaugural NYBL All Star Games took place last month in Columbus, OH. This event brought together the top players in the country from the Class of 2019. Here’s the highlight video provided by the great Ty Kish of Middle School Hoops.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Paterson, NJ's Quartet Joins Renaissance Movement!

Armoni Sexton, Dejournal Cook, Ta'wan Grier & Germir Robinson

A few years ago the closing of Paterson Catholic ended an era of one of the dominate programs in North Jersey. Tommie Patterson, a former coach at Paterson Catholic is looking to bring the legacy back by up starting a brand new basketball program at the Paterson Charter School Of Science and Technology (K-12). Patterson understands that this program is in the beginning stages but he’s happy to return home. “I choose to work at PCSST because we have a reputation of discipline and structure within the community. Parents look forward to sending their kids to our school. It feels good to be back home where I started and another chance to do it all over again" said Patterson. 

While other basketball coaches of new programs would focus on transfers to get going Patterson has decided to take his time and rebuild with the youth. This year he has landed four of the top grammar school players in the city of Paterson. They are 8th Graders Armoni Sexton and Ta’wan Grier and joining them will be super talented 7th Graders Dejournal Cook and Germir Robinson. Patterson is enthused that these youngsters have come aboard. “This is great for the program and it’s just the beginning. We have so much young talent in the city and I enjoy watching these youngsters mature. I just want to encourage them to excel in the classroom and on the floor. I believe these four have started a new trend and now a lot of the top younger players will want to come to PCSST"  he finished. 

The Paterson Quartet will be seen on the Basketball Spotlight circuit playing with the Playaz Basketball Club. We will keep you updated on their progress and wish them luck in bringing the pride back to the “Silk City”.

Here Comes Jordan Montgomery!

Jordan Montgomery has been shaking and baking the Class of 2019 for some time. Many regard Montgomery as the top point guard on the west coast and one of the best in America. Now as the new season is upon us, Basketball Spotlight will make it our business to check this youngster out on the AAU circuit. Stay tuned as we bring you more from Jordan Montgomery and other top players throughout the country.

Introducing Tristan Miller (Class of 2018) Toronto, Canada

Tristan Miller is an 8th Grade point guard from Toronto, Canada. He currently rocks with Canada Grassroots organization. He appears to have an aggressive style of play with a good basketball IQ. Last season his play helped the Canadian squad win several tournaments including the Rumble In The Bronx. Hopefully the Canada Grassroots will take a trip down to the Basketball Spotlight circuit so we can see them up close and personal.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Diary Of A Baller: Myles Dread (Burtonsville, MD) Entry #5

Justin Moore and Myles Dread

This was a tough week for me. I had to take most of the week off from practice and workouts because I pulled my groin. Man that is a painful injury! I haven't had to sit out like that for a few years. The last time I missed a bunch of time was when I broke my thumb in the 5th grade. I was especially worried about getting healthy so I could play in my first tournament with Team Takeover this weekend. But after a few days off and a lot of ice, I was 100% for my tournament this weekend. Thanks Mom! 

NYBL Season #2 Ready To Kick Off In The Spring

Columbus, Ohio (October 6, 2014) – Season #2 of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) promises even more competition and exposure, as the league will expand from 3 sessions and one 24-team division, to 4 sessions and up to 100 teams in 3 grade divisions. Beginning in Washington DC on March 22, 2014, the league plans to host 40 seventh grade teams (2019), 32-40 sixth grade teams (2020) and 20 fifth grade teams (2021). In terms of the competitiveness of the league last season, of the 8 teams that advanced to Elite 8 at the 6th grade AAU Nationals in Jully, 7 of those teams participated in the NYBL this year, including both teams in the tournament finals and the reigning Nationals Champions! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

"The Prince" Prepping For Super Skillcase

Cameron "The Prince" Reddish

Cameron Reddish has always showed promise and over the summer he saw his stock rise. The lanky lead guard had good reviews from the CP3 and Jr. All American Camp. He currently holds the #29 slot on our Class of 2018 National Player Rankings and has a good chance to move up this spring. 

Reddish aka “The Prince” will be taking his game to the Super Skillcase in Atlantic City, NJ November 9th and 10th. This event is bringing together the absolute to players in the country to improve their skills and do battle. Where do you fit in with the best?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hoop Group Jr. Elite Jam Fest 8th Grade Recap: Team Scan Continues Hot Start

Team Scan Wins Crown 

The Hoop Group Jr. Elite Jam Fest took place this weekend and Basketball Spotlight stopped by to take in the action. Here’s a list of the top performers we saw down in Neptune, NJ. 

Hoop Group Jr. Elite Jam Fest Top Performers 

Nazi Reid Forward (Team Scan)- The top prospect in the region lived up to his billing. He has added to some flavor to his offensive game, now he handles the ball on the perimeter with more confidence and makes cleaner plays in the open floor. Most buckets that were layups last season are now automatic dunks. On defense he’s a tower inside while he continues to block and alter shots. He also snags double-digits in rebounds each time he touches the floor. 

Aaron Clarke Guard (Team Scan)- First off, I must commend this youngster on the conditioning work he has done on his frame. He’s trimmed up and it definitely has affected his game. He’s quicker on both ends of the floor and now even shows some point guard instincts occasionally. His bread and butter is still his jump shot which had its moments from the mid-range and 3 point range. I can’t wait to see him at the Tip Off Classic. 

Atiba Taylor Guard (Team Scan)- The #1 point in the country is actually getting close to 6’3. He also plays the game a little quicker than last year. I like how he fed his big guns in transition and after penetrating the defense. He’s also dangerous because he can score in the lane himself if the offense breaks down. Taylor does seem to double clutch a lot when finishing but that should change as he gets stronger. 

Walter Tally Forward (Team Scan)- Tally is relishing in his role as a big time weak side rebounder. Reid commands so much attention that Tally finds himself taking advantage of several match up mismatches. He’s definitely a hard worker that isn’t afraid to get grimy inside. . 

Paul Durkee Guard (Mass Shooting Stars)- Durkee didn’t back down against the powerful Team Scan. He drained the outside shot while also pump faking and settling for the midrange jumper. I like his aggressiveness and toughness. 

Devandre Edmonds (Mass Shooting Stars)- It was the tale of two halves for Edmonds. The first stanza he attacked the TS frontline showing off his good footwork and soft touch. In the second half he was a little too unselfish which allowed Reid and Tally to sag back in the zone. He needs to stay aggressive if they want to knock off some of the big guns.

Fresh Faces 

Tyler Washington Guard (Team Scan)- Washington is a solid guard that helps his squad in many different ways. He either fills in for the point guard duties or can also score from the wing. He should only get better and gain confidence as the season goes on. Something tells me the ceiling is very high for this kid. 

Dallas Hoffman Forward (SHA Elite)- Hoffman has good hands and a soft touch near the basket. He loves kissing his shot off the glass after using a spinning post move. He's very efficient while on the floor.

Paul Mucahy Guard (SHA Elite)- Paul stepped up big in their comeback win over NYC Elite. He got his hands on a couple of steals and knocked down some big shots as they overcame the huge deficit. 

Alex Schachne Guard (SHA Elite)- Schachne also played big to help the North Jersey team reach the finals. He’s not pretty but he’s an effective floor general. He forces the action at times but today it paid off. 

Youngsters Shine (7th Graders) 

Jake Betlow Guard (SHA Elite)- Betlow had the gym on fire yesterday with his shooting ability. He sent the Boston Spartans packing after dropping 30 points and nailing 8 treys. Today he didn’t shoot it as well but he did knock down big treys in their comeback win. 

Dejournal Cook Forward (Playaz)- Cook didn’t back down against TS massive front line. Instead he challenged the 8th Graders and let his presence be known. He showed some athletic ability but hasn’t scratched the surface of his basketball potential. If this kid develops properly you guys better watch out.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Why Super Skillcase? Just Ask Some Of The Best!

Dwayne Wade, Micah Lancaster and Mario Chalmers  

Micah Lancaster has become one of the hottest training names in the country. That’s why we at Basketball Spotlight are proud to partner with I’m Possible Training for the East & West Coast Super Skillcase. Lancaster not only trains amateurs but also works with NBA players. Check out some of the testimonials from a few of them and a training session video featuring Kyrie Irving.
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) 2011-12 NBA Rookie Of The Year: “Micah Lancaster is one of the best in the business…hands down.”
Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat): “The thing that stands out the most about Micah is his commitment to getting people better. When he worked me out last summer it’s the best I’ve felt in a while. He’s very energetic and you know he’s going to make you challenge yourself.
Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers): “Micah Lancaster has some of the most amazing workouts I’ve ever seen. There are no limits to his imagination to get you better.”

Nolan Smith (Portland Trailblazers): “Micah Lancaster is a great trainer. If you have a chance to work with him and he’s in a city near you, get in the gym with him. Even one time and he’ll show you the way.” 

Don’t miss your chance to see him in action at the 2013 East & West Coast Super Skillcase.

Basketball Entertainment: Michael Jordan Teaches Young OJ Mayo A Lesson

Michael Jordan Schooling OJ Mayo 

On Sportscenter recently Michael Jordan told the story of his killing OJ Mayo at his Flight School Camp when Mayo was in high school. Apparently Mayo told Jordan that he couldn’t check him and Jordan responded by saying “You might be the best high school player but I’m the best player in the world.” Jordan went on to torch the youngster. The video is below.

Basketball Spotlight Headed To Hoop Group Jr. Elite Fall Jam Fest

This weekend Basketball Spotlight will be headed to Neptune, NJ for the Hoop Group Jr. Elite Fall Jam Fest. We are very excited about checking out some action on the court. We can’t wait to see teams like newly formed Team Scan, Rens of NY, Mass Shooting Stars, Boston Spartans and hopefully a few surprises. Stay tuned for full recaps from this event.

Introducing Cassius Stanley (Encino, CA)

Cassius Stanley 

Word from the west coast is that Stanley is the #1 8th Grader in California. The bouncy guard gets anywhere he wants on the floor and can finish over top of the defense. Standing 6’3 with good explosiveness already, this guard has a chance to be something special down the roads. Last spring he showed his stuff at John Lucas International Combine in Houston, TX. 

Basketball Spotlight will be checking on Stanley this year as he has a great chance of cracking into our spring rankings when they are released in April. This video was provided by Ty Kish of City League Hoops (Hottest In The Game).

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Super Skillcase Filling Up Fast! (Don't Miss Out!)

Basketball Spotlight and I’m Possible Training have joined forces to bring you the Middle School Hoops Event of the year! 

The East & West Coast Super Skillcases 

The 2013 East & West Coast Super Skillcases, directed by world renowned skills coach, Micah Lancaster, will feature the same advanced teaching and instruction that is offered at Nike skill academies and NBA workouts. Micah Lancaster has directed a Nike related training academy with Kobe Bryant and has worked with NBA players such as Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Mario Chalmers, Evan Turner, Avery Bradley, Ben McLemore and Nolan Smith along with many others. Now players, grades five through eight, will have the same opportunity as NBA, college, and high school stars to experience Micah's innovative skill training and teaching techniques. The Skillcase is designed to make every player feel like they are alone in the gym with Micah. 

Players will be brought through elite skills training in the morning and a competitive five on five game sessions in the afternoon all under the watchful eye of Mike Melton's Basketball Spotlight. Camp video highlights and player analysis will be posted on at the conclusion of the event. Through innovative NBA skills training, organized competition, and the presence of Basketball Spotlight, each player will be given the unique opportunity to "skillcase" themselves by flashing their talents, improving their skills, and showcasing their game like never before! 

I'm Possible is elevating youth players’ skills across the nation with the right training tools and innovative training methodology to help them develop a vision to reach their goals. In 2013, the 3rd Grade Central Jersey Hawks and the 6th Grade AGAME Team USA both won the West Coast AAU National Championships (Level 1) in Las Vegas. All players from both teams were trained by I'm Possible's national trainers and several also trained at the 2012 Skillcase. At all of the 2013 AAU nationals from 2nd grade through 8th grade, many of the top performers were I’m Possible trained and Skillcase alumni. 

West Coast – October 26-27, 2013, Orange County, California
East Coast – November 9-10, 2013, Atlantic City, New Jersey 

Click here for more info and to register online now! Click Here To Register

Kobe Langley Quick Hitter

Kobe Langley showed his athletic ability at the 2013 NYBL Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Langley showed the ability to finish in transition with both hands and demonstrated his body control with several big time finishes during the NYBL’s finale in Ohio. Kobe Langley is a member of the class of 2019 and plays for the Carolina Preps in the National Youth Basketball League.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Zion "The Lion" Harmon Pegged As Next Star

Zion "The Lion" Harmon

Zion “The Lion” Harmon has showed his game on many occasions on the Basketball Spotlight circuit. The talented 5th Grader played two age divisions for Team Glory while leading them to the Grand Finale Final Four. His play earned him a story on NBC News In Washington, DC. Check out the video and story below.  

Newscast Article

Team Scan Wins Basketbull Hall Of Fame Crown

Team Scan Wins Crown 

Newly formed Team Scan got off to a great start by winning the Basketbull Hall Of Fame Tournament in Philadelphia. They defeated Mass Shooting Stars 54-36 to win the crown. All five starters averaged double figures in points (Atiba Taylor, Aaron Clarke, Nazi Reid, Walter Tally and Tyler Bournes), while Tally also hit the double figure mark in rebounds.

Playtime Panthers Tryouts Coming Soon

Playtime Panthers Tryouts

Dates: October 5th and 12th 

Place: 250 Colonial Court (Teaneck, NJ 07666)

$10 Tryout Fee

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