Nazi Reid (Team IZOD)
The Class of 2018 capped off their Basketball Spotlight tournament careers at the Grand Finale. Here’s a look at who make our list of top performers in their final appearance.
Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 8th Grade Top Performers
Nazi Reid Forward (Team IZOD)- The top prospect in the region once again turned in an impressive outing. He showed dominance on the defense end by blocking shots and snatching near double figures in rebounds. On the other end of the floor he ran the floor well and finished off a couple of plays above the rim. I also see he has become more comfortable pushing the rock up the floor and trying to make decisions. His stock should only continue to rise as he enters the high school ranks.
Luther Muhammad Guard (Team IZOD)- Muhammad finished the Grand Finale off with a dunk. Yes he threw it down. Once known as purely a defensive stopper, Luther has put in the work and improved his offensive game. His shot is now falling from the perimeter and he’s showing some decision making skills at the point. It will be interesting to see how he develops.
Luis King Forward (Team IZOD)- Another intriguing prospect with this bunch. He has stepped up his rebounding ability and actually looks good playing on the weak side of Reid. I think he’s still a few years away from a finished product but I know colleges are going to be intrigues by his size and perimeter potential.
Markquis Nowell Guard (Playaz)- Nowell teamed with James to give the crowd a real treat. In the semifinals he got hot from deep even nailing treys off the dribble. I like the explosiveness he shows when attacking the cup and he’s showing some point guard instincts that were in question before. He has been a very exciting player throughout his Spotlight career.
Omar Silverio Guard (New Heights)- Silverio led NH in scoring with 16 points in their semifinals loss. He’s a smooth guard that plays within the team’s system. He has breakdown and finish at the cup ability. I also like his size for the position he plays.
Idan Tretout Guard (New Heights)- Tretout is another big guard on this New Heights roster. He can score in a variety of ways including from deep. Idan seems to be comfortable playing with guard spot and contributing.