Charles Pride (Gym Ratz)
The AC Showcase 8th Grade Division had some of the best talent in the country. Here’s Part 3 of the top performers and our final look at this grade level.
AC Showcase 8th Grade Top Performers Part 3
Charles Pride Guard (Gym Ratz)- This kid helped his team reach the finals and he continues to show he’s on an elite level. Pride was one of the top scorers in the tournament including a 25 point performance against WE R 1 and 26 markers against Expressions in the final four. He scores the ball from all three levels and will take the trey during the big moments. He has shown that he is a bona-fide scoring machine. He seems to be gaining more and more confidence each time he steps into a Spotlight event.
Naz Johnson Forward (Gym Ratz)- The intimidating force inside clears space for that dynamic backcourt to operate. He’s a workhorse inside and a capable scorer on the blocks. He stayed in the double digit department in the scoring column.
Shaquest Chavis Guard (Team Twelve)- This lefty has been known to get buckets in a hurry and Team DEMI can confirm that. He hit the New England squad for 30 points including 5 treys. When he is on it’s very difficult for anyone to slow him down. Chavis is just a natural scorer hands down.
Tanahj Pettway Guard (Team DEMI)- Pettway had one of the best scoring outings of the tournament when he scorched We All In for 30 markers. He can hit you up from deep or get to the hole and score. The guy just gets buckets.
Devrae Burns Guard (Team DEMI)- Burns also contributed for Team DEMI. This guard showed the ability to really stroke the rock. In their matchup with We All In he knocked down 5 treys and made it look easy. He can really stretch the defense.
Quashawn Lane Guard (Joey’s Angels)- Lane's crew won the Blue Division crown and the guard was a major part of their success. He handled the rock, knocked down a smooth pull up and finished with the floater. He has an air of confidence about his game that cannot be taught.
Reggie James Forward (Joey’s Angels)- James was Lanes sidekick in the finals. He’s the size of a forward but does have good play making ability. He was a match up problem for the Wiz Kids all in the finals. He was too versatile for the big men and too big for their guards. He managed to score the ball in a variety of ways. I’m hearing he will join Lane at Trenton Catholic Academy next fall.
NOTE: Devrae Burns, Tanahj Pettway and Julian Howell photos appear courtesy of Hooprootz.net.