The 7th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic featured some future big time players and some of the top teams in the country. Here’s a look at some of the top players that were in attendance for the Tip Off Classic.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 7th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Cameron Byers Forward (Slam City Elite)- Any loss in pool could have meant the end for any of these teams so the Terror Squad needs to thank Byers. The bruising forward saved the day against the pesky Brooklyn Rens. He received the ball on the blocks, lowered his shoulder and then exploded up for easy buckets. After a slow first half he scored 14 points in the second stanza to help them win it all.
Zion Harmon Guard (Slam City Elite)- After winning the 6th Grade Championship Harmon walked over and virtually led the Terror Squad to the 7th Grade title. Poised beyond his years, Zion drained 6 treys and hit a clutch floater to finish with a game high 22 points. He saved his best outing for the big stage.
Isaiah Todd Forward (Slam City Elite)- Todd continues to show strides that could make him the best prospect in the region. He’s using his length to rebound, alter and block shots. He’s also running the floor better and finishing off plays. I can’t wait to see this youngster a couple of years from now.
Tyler Brelsford Guard (Slam City Elite)- After a tough outing against Brooklyn Rens, Brelsford rebounded for his best outing against Boston Titans. In this contest he shot the lights out connecting on 5 treys and finishing with 21 points. He also shot the ball well early on their semifinal win over the Gauchos.
AJ Hoggard Guard (Slam City Elite)- Hoggard once again helped his team reach pay dirt. During the weekend hit did just enough of everything to help them get over the hump. His best offensive outing came against Philly Triple Threat as he tallied 17 markers in their lopsided win.
Demon Clowney Forward (Team IZOD)- Clowney was an instant impact for his new team. He was an inside force on both ends of the floor and displayed some decent offensive moves. He plays the game with a big chip on his shoulders.
Qaadir Maneri Guard (Team IZOD)- Maneri is getting adjusted to playing for a new coach and system but still had his moments. His aggressive style adds continuous pressure on the defense. He was often seen attacking the lane and trying to score in traffic. I think if he sticks to the plan he might turn out to be a nice added piece
Shane Dezonie Guard (Team IZOD)- Shane appears to have slimmed up from last season which has improved his quickness and explosiveness when finishing. Now he’s more dangerous in the open floor and creating plays for others. Dezonie will be heavily depended on this season to make things happen and help IZOD reach that next level.
Austin Allison Guard (Team IZOD)- I was curious to see how Allison would respond to this atmosphere and he reacted well for the most part. Yeah he needs to get a little more comfortable handling the ball but he definitely shot the rock well when given the opportunity. His outside shooting will be vital to the success of Team IZOD.