Thursday, December 5, 2013

Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Preview: The Gloves Are Off!

Is It The Playaz Time? 

The 8th Grade field at the Tip Off Classic has never been better. Its loaded from top to bottom and will be featuring some of the top players in America. Here's a list of teams to look for this weekend. 

Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Preview 

Playaz: The Playaz enter this event with the most team experience. They have played in several events leading up to the Tip Off Classic. Now they have the chance to show they are truly the elite team in the region. Their match up with Team IZOD on Sunday should be epic. 

Team Scan: The departures of Atiba Taylor and Nazi Reid would hurt most teams but I think Coach Munch will have something up his sleeves this weekend. The place will be packed and we will see if Team Scan can conquer this huge mountain. This could be Aaron Clarke's personal playground. 

Team IZOD: The return of Taylor and Reid along with the loaded crew they had makes IZOD a national power once again. They are looking to be labeled the "Supreme Team" again and a championship at the Tip Off Classic might be a move in the right direction. I can't wait to see Luther Muhammad and I'm hearing Tyrek Chambers is a beast right now. 

I 10 Celtics: Last time a team came to the Spotlight from California they dropped bombshells on the East Coast. I heard this group is loaded and looking to get revenge on IZOD from 20 point loss in Utah last year. We will see when they tip off Saturday night. I hear Antwain January is the name to know. 

NC Runnin Rebels: The #4 team in the country will be in Neptune. They better be ready for a dog fight once they exit the van. But you can't ever count out the two time NC State Champs. Andrew Tuazama brings the pain. 

Team Takeover: TT is coached by one of the best in the business in Keith Stevens. Their talent is through the roof and they should make a deep run in this event. Their Sunday match up with Team Scan should be something to watch. The Myles Dread and Donovan Toatley combination could be deadly.

Team Final: TF is here to show they are among the elite teams in the country. They have a tough hill to climb but they should be up for the task. They face Team Takeover from the gate so they better be ready. Cameron Reddiah should be ready to in this one. 

Rens: This battle tested group will go out swinging as we know. They get a taste of IZOD from the beginning which should take us back down memory lane. Nayshon Hamlet would be looking to show his skills.

Orange Division 

Mass Shooting Stars: Word is MS retooled on the front line. Now they should be threat to win it all. I have to be looked at as one of the favorites. 

WE R 1: Formerly ECE this group would love to start their season off with a Tip Off Classic Championship. This is very possible if everything comes together. 

Boston Spartans: The Spartans won the Blue Division MDC crown now they are looking for an Orange banner. They are known to rumble so these games should be right up their alley. 

New Heights: This group showed some promise last year now they should be ready to go over the top. They have the ability to be a dangerous team. 

SHA Elite: I saw this team early in the fall and if they get hot they could take home the crown. This is the type of team everyone hates to play.