Friday, February 27, 2015
The Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase once again will be hosted by the beautiful Sheraton Hotel. The hotel sits right in the middle of the Atlantic City Shopping Outlet stores and has long been the place to stay in America's Playground. Make sure your register quickly for your room because they will be going quickly. Hotel booking deadline is March 13th. After this date the rate is subject to change.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such.
Basketball Spotlight 5th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel
1. Havoc City: HC will be hitting the road next month for a big tournament in Miami. They still have the hottest squad in the region and will be a great addition if they head down to the AC Showcase.
2. Riverside Hawks: The Hawks lost a tough one in the finals of Winter Warz to NY Rens. Their body of work still has them at the #2 spot. A championship at AC Showcase would make things interesting.
3. NY Rens: The Rens moved up 5 spots after winning Winter Warz. Now they will try to reach the top spot after a good showing in Atlantic City.
4. Team Durant: Formerly Banneker Kings, this group have enough weapons to make a run to the championship. They have been every close I the past.
5. Hilltoppers Heat: HH made a good impression at the Winter Warz, making it to the final four. They have a good core group with these young fellas.
6. B’More Finest: I love the way this young tough squad rocks. They impressed us at the Clash and hopefully we see them in Atlantic City.
7. USA National Select: We are ready to see this team return to the Spotlight. The National Select boys are still in search of their first Spotlight title.
8. Team IZOD: TI seems to be getting things together. They had a decent showing at Winter Warz should be in attendance in Atlantic City.
9. 60 Elite: These boys won their two pool games in impressive fashion before leaving the event.
10. NJ Shore Shots: The Shore Shots bring up the rear but do have a few good pieces that might move them up the ladder.
Judah And Friends At Nick Sports
Hello Basketball World - This is your fellow basketball player Judah signing in.
A lot has happened since we last spoke and it would take days to talk about it. However, I am going use this time to highlight a little of what happened this week. Weekend – Nickelodeon Press Release and screening of Little Ballers I was involved in the press of Little Ballers and I had several things I had to do for the event. First we got to Chelsea Piers at 1 pm and prepared for what would an incredible evening. I met the stars kid reporters of Nickelodeon, Skylar Diggins was there, Rev Al Sharpton ( A real MVP) was there. Jr. Smith, Galloway, and other stars were there to name a few. A few of our friends from Team Rio also came through to support. We had to do video taping with Byron Davis ( A NBA Legend) as well. Did I mention the food? There was food for Kids. I was very excited. The screening went well. We were able to enjoy the day with some many guests and stars that came through.
Monday – School was great! I actually enjoyed school. I practiced with my Middle School team and prepared for the last 2 games of the season. When I got home, my dad and I went to the gym to work on my endurance. Jump ropes and thread mill was all I did for 2 hours. I was exhausted!
Tuesday – Today was a bit more challenging in school. I was learning about rocks in science. This was not going very well. I had exams that I had to study for Wednesday and some of the things I did not know very well. So I had to use study hall time to get help from teachers who made themselves available to help. I was grateful for that. I did not workout on Tuesday, I had too much homework and studying to do.
Wednesday - I was ready for tests! Well that’s I thought. The ELA and Math tests went well but the Science review on rocks was not good. I knew this was a problem. The worst part is that I have to bring the test grades home to show my parents. I had a game after school – which we won by 35 points. I actually worked out after the game because I felt that I did not get a good run in the game.
Thursday and Friday – I got sick eating some bad pizza on Wednesday night. I haven’t felt this bad in years. I was throwing up and my to ask my dad for help. My mom and dad do not believe in us taking a whole bunch of medicine, only if it is necessary. So he boiled me some Chamomile tea with honey. He told me to drink lots of fluids and let the bug pass through my system. They were right!
Saturday – I stayed home and relaxed. Then went to my friend, dinner birthday party at a restaurant. Of course you know I did not eat much of anything!!!! Well you know this week is the big week – ‘LITTLE BALLERS WILL PREMIER ON NICKOLODEON.
The Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such.
Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel
1. Team Durant: This proposed combination of Slam City Elite and Annadale Bulldogs has to be considered one of the top teams in the country. We will get our first look at this bunch during the AC Showcase in a few weeks.
2. New World Unlimited: New World will be looking to get a shot at Team Durant very soon. I don’t have them scheduled for the AC Showcase but that could change at any time.
3. Philly Triple Threat: PTT crashed the party during Winter Warz by bringing home the crown. Now they will be looking to take over the top spot if they win the AC Showcase.
4. Team IZOD: Team IZOD fell short at Winter Warz but I think the return of the #2 Player in the Country Trey Patterson might left their chances.
5. Gauchos: The Choz exploded on the scene with a championship game run during Winter Warz. I like some of the pieces they possess.
6. Hilltoppers Heat: A final four run at Winter Warz has the Heat aiming at the Top 5. They might get in if they mount a good run in Atlantic City.
7. B’More Finest: This tough bunch remains in the in the 6th spot but does have a shot to move up. They might make the trip to Atlantic City.
8. Team Takeover: TTO has a few players that really have us intrigued. They might be following a few of their other teams to Atlantic City.
9. NY Rens: The Rens are really better than what they showed during Winter Warz. Hopefully they come around and start clicking soon.
10. Havoc City: HC should be ready to rumble when the AC Showcase rolls around. I see them moving up this ladder quickly.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are based on our opinion and should be taken as such.
Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel
1. Team Durant: The “Terror Squad” had a shocking loss during the semifinals of Winter Warz. I think this will make them more eager to win the AC Showcase when they travel down in April.
2. PSA Cardinals: The Cardinals lost in the finals of Winter Warz. When AC Showcase rolls around they might have their chance to cross over into victory lane.
3. Team IZOD: TI lost in the semifinals of Winter Warz. I think they can put it all together and run the table in America’s Playground.
4. King Street Kings: KSK came into the Winter Warz unranked and ran the table. They now enter the Top 5 but can they maintain their status.
5. DC Premier: Premier didn’t play in Winter Warz but impressed us enough to stay in our Top 5. We expect them to want to increase their worth in Atlantic City.
6. Gauchos: Gauchos have been traveling to their own beat after playing in the Tip Off Classic. Right now they check in at #6, hopefully we will see them again soon.
7. NY Rens: This is a team I will try to keep my eye on. I really like some of their pieces and the effort they put forth on the floor.
8. Dream Chasers: This VA squad showed us some grit during the Clash For The Cup. We will be reaching out to them for the AC Showcase.
9. 023 Feet: This team is a squad that you cannot sleep on. They can come to Atlantic City and spoil the party for everyone.
10. Team Takeover: TTO has the tools to move up in the rankings. Traveling to the AC Showcase will give them that chance.
The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 is listed below. Please remember these rankings are based on our opinion and should be taken as such.
Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel
1. Team Rio National: Rio made their debut at Winter Warz and proved to be too much for the competition as they hammered everyone in sight. They are truly the #1 team in the region. They are expected to return to action at the loaded AC Showcase.
2. Harlem Jets: The Tip Off Classic champions made it to the finals of Winter Warz and it would surprise me if they didn’t take the trip down to America’s Playground.
3. DC Premier: They won the Clash in impressive fashion and still haven’t lost a game on the 8th Grade level. They are also slated for the AC Showcase.
4. New Heights: NH was absent from Winter Warz but still seem like a Top 5 team in the region. We will be waiting to see if they join the loaded field in Atlantic City.
5. NY Rens: I really feel that the Rens are hungry and due for a championship. I think when they travel to Atlantic City for the Showcase they can get it done.
6. Play Hard: PH showed they were more than a Blue Division winner as they made a final four run at Winter Warz. They are playing like they belong with the elite in the region.
7. I 10 Celtics: The Celtics were absent from Winter Warz but seem to be taking care of business out west.
8. Hilltoppers Heat: HH proved to stay relevant as they made a quarterfinal run during Winter Warz. I can see them lining up with the best at the AC Showcase.
9. Philly Triple Threat: PTT came to play at Winter Warz and showed why they were highly rated during our pre-season rankings.
10. Newark Pharaoh: The tough boys from “Brick City” didn’t back down from anyone at Winter Warz. They are a difficult win from any squad facing them.
The 4th Annual March Madness Tournament presented By Team RIO National will take place March 14th and 15th in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tremendous prizes will be given to the winners including $500 AMEX Gift Cards for the winners of the 7th and 8th Grade.
Event: March Madness
Date: March 14th and 15th
Grades: 3rd Thru 8th
Place: Scranton, PA
Cost: $325 (Code: SPOTLIGHT)
VISIT: www.iamtraining.org/marchmadness TO REGISTER
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Scottie "The Show" Lewis
Scottie Lewis is an 8th grader with basketball skills and athleticism that are almost unbelievable. Scottie Lewis dunked for the first time in 6th grade and hasn't looked back since. The 6'4 fourteen year old plays for Team Rio National on the AAU circuit and has dominated prestigious camps and tournaments including John Lucas Camp, Buckeye Prep, BBall Spotlight, and the NYBL. Lewis has the skills and length to be a big time prospect in high school, but for now let’s enjoy the way this young man plays the game.
Check out Lewis and his teammates as they travel down to America's Playground for the AC Showcase.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lebron James Jr. led his team to the John Lucas All Star Weekend Championship. The poised point guard showed passing ability that is similar to his father. His court vision and ball handling seems top notch for a player this young. It must run in the blood.
Basketball Spotlight is proud to announce Little Ballers will be released February 25th on Nickelodeon. Set against the backdrop of New York City, LITTLE BALLERS tells the story of 4 diverse eleven-year old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. For these young men, basketball is more than a game. It is a deep passion that holds a special meaning for each of them: escaping poverty, getting an education, living the American dream and bonding with a father, but more than anything, basketball offers them hope.
LITTLE BALLERS features interviews with NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, JR Smith, Chamique Holdsclaw and includes perspectives from NY Times columnist William C. Rhoden, Award-Winning journalist Roland Martin, Black Enterprise President and CEO Butch Graves, Rogue Sports agent Travis King, ESPN senior writer Pablo Torre and HBO Sports Senior VP Kery Davis among others.
Due to circumstances beyond my control the Basketball Spotlight DMV Jamboree is cancelled for March 7th and 8th. Teams that have registered online can either request a refund or use their payment for the Atlantic City Showcase scheduled for April 4th and 5th. We are sorry for the inconvenience and wish everyone a great rest of the season. See you guys at the Atlantis City Showcase.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Basketball Spotlight loves to post interesting videos and we came upon this rare footage of Jabari Parker in 7th Grade. Though he wasn’t athletic and looking like a stud at this point you could see this youngsters feel for the game and natural jump shot. Most of all you could see he enjoyed himself and had a passion for the game.
The Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase is slated for April 4th and 5th. This event has attracted national teams and should be extremely loaded this year. Please make sure you register quickly because this event is sure to sell out. Tournament deadline is March 15th.
8th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. CP 3 All Stars
2. Team RIO National
3. Bos Basketball
4. Team Florida
5. DC Premier
6. SC Trotters
7. Team Final
8. Brooklyn Rens
9. Philly Triple Threat
10. B’More Finest
12. Drums "D"estroyers
13. Harlem Jets
14. Team Philly
15. Rising Stars
16. New York Lightning
17. CIA Bounce
18. NJ Bulldogs
19. ESYC Elite
20. Boston Spartans
21. Buffalo Bounce (CIA)
22. City Rocks (Utica)
23. Long Island Positive Direction
24. Newark Pharoah
25. Rising Stars
7th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. Team Durant
2. MSU Skyliners
3. George Hill Rising Stars
4. Team IZOD
5. Brooklyn Rens
6. Gym Ratz Basketball
7. Boston Spartans
9. Miami City Ballers
10. Boston Bobcats
11. Mass Premier
13. Hilltoppers Heat
14. DC Premier
15. PSA Cardinals
16. King Street Kings
17. Chester Select
18. Team Philly
19. Team Takeover
20. New York Lightning
21. Wiz Kids
22. CIA Bounce
23. NJ Bulldogs
24. Worldwide Wildcats
25. RIP City
26. 6th Man Warriors
27. Team Final
28. ESYC Elite
6th Grade Teams (Orange and Blue Division Available)
1. Team Durant
2. Team IZOD
3. Chester Select
4. Philly Triple Threat
5. Hilltoppers Heat
6. NY Rens (Kat)
7. Riverside Hawks
8. Boo Williams Marvels
10. Team Philly
11. New York Lightning
12. NJ Bulldogs
13. ESYC Elite
14. Boston Spartans
16. B'More Finest
1. Team Durant
2. NY Rens
3. Boston Finest Basketball Club
4. Riverside Hawks
5. 60 Elite
6. Hilltoppers Heat
7. Team Loaded
8. George Hill Rising Stars
9 Team Philly
10. Team NWK
11. ESYC Elite
12. Boston Spartans
13. Team Final
14. Team Future
15. Maryland Finest
1. Team Durant
2. Team Loaded
3. Boston Bobcats
4. NY Rens
5. Riverside Hawks
6. Team Philly
7. Boston Spartans
8. Team Final
9. D School Elite
10. B'More Finest
11. Play Hard
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Logan Curtis is a 2019 Prospect for B More's Finest. At the 2015 BBall Spotlight Winter Warz event Logan showed that he could play with the best in the country as he had a very good performance against a loaded Team Rio National squad. Stay tuned as we bring you more action from Winter Warz.
Friday, February 20, 2015
On April 4th and 5th the “Greatest Show On Earth” will be returning to the Atlantic City, New Jersey. Last Year the Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase was touted as the best middle school showcase tournament in America. This year will be no different as top teams from around the country are already lining up for this event. Already slated to attend is Two Time National Champion CP 3 All Stars, We All Can Go All Stars, Team Rio National, DC Premier, Slam City Elite, George Hill All Stars and many more. Don’t miss your chance to register and attend the #1 middle school showcase tournament in the country. Click Here To Event Register!
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Event: AC Showcase
Date: April 4th and 5th
Place: Atlantic City, NJ
Ages: 4th Grade Thru 8th Grade (Two Divisions Available)
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Jordan Toles is one of the top players in the Class of 2020 Basketball Rankings. At the 2015 BBall Spotlight Winter Warz event Jordan Toles was absolutely electric. Playing for the mega team Terror Squad alongside many top 2020 prospects Jordan Toles' athleticism and grit were apparent. Stay tuned.
The Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz is in the books and we had a chance to gather some useful information for the event. This is what we learned from Winter Warz.
What Did We Learn From Winter Warz?
Team RIO National made their Basketball Spotlight season debut and dismantled the competition by mercy ruling every opponent. They are stacked with possibly the top 3 prospects in the region and have a supporting cast un-matched by any other squad. Their success is beginning to draw comparisons to other great Spotlight 8th Grade teams such as the “Supreme Team” (Team IZOD), “The MOBB” (DC Assault) and that loaded Team Scan squad aka 72 Dolphins. It’s obvious we can’t go back in time and have these matchups but talking about it is great.
When the season kicked off the Terror Squad predicted they would be the first team in Spotlight history to go through the Road To The Grand Finale without a loss. They were off to a remarkable 34-0 and two Spotlight titles before Elijah Everett’s Ralph Sampson type turn around ended their dreams in the semi-finals. Now the Basketball Spotlight streak survives one more year. Maybe next season another brave group will step up and crack the Spotvinci.
King Street Kings cracked our list at #6 because of their reputation and play as Team IZOD last season. After a dismal performance in their season debut at Clash For The Cup they were bounced from the Top 10. They then came to Winter Warz on a mission and left with victories over #3 PSA Cardinals and #1 Terror Squad while taking the title. KSK will definitely be back in our rankings when the new ones are released and should be there to stay.
The 6th Grade Division of the Spotlight circuit seems to be wide opened. We had three tournaments and had 6 different squads in the finals. Tip Off Classic (Glory and Team IZOD), Clash For The Cup (New World Unlimited and B’More Finest) and Winter Warz (Philly Triple Threat and Gauchos). Maybe by the DMV Jamboree we will have someone take charge of this grade level. We will keep you guys updated.
The 6th Annual J.E.M. All Star Classic will be returning in August and will once again commemorate the careers of the rising 9th Grade players. So far this year on the circuit we have seen some top players that will definitely land invites to this exclusive event. Stay tuned as we begin to let you know who the players are that earned invites.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The 6th Grade Division Of Winter Warz gave us a chance to see a lot of new talent on the horizon. Here’s the Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team from this event.
Winter Warz 6th Grade Best Of The Best
Best Performer: Zaakir Williamson (Philly Triple Threat)
The big guy put the squad on his back and took them to the championship. He also saved his best game for the finals against the Gauchos. We will be watching him closely.
Best Shooter: Malachi Smith (Gauchos)
The NYC guard showed he had a serious ratchet during the Winter Warz has he burned the net with trey balls. He’s capable of filling it up very quickly.
Best Impact: Khalil Farmer (Philly Triple Threat)
Farmer brought his national name to this event and proved to be worthy. He was seen putting constant pressure on the defense all weekend.
Best Playmaker: Justice Williams (Team IZOD)
Whether he was scoring or making things happen for teammates, Williams proved to be a superior play maker. His stock is continuing to rise as we speak.
Best Scorer: Tristan Jeffries (Team IZOD)
The wing was ready to go once again. The absence of Trey Patterson caused him to want to step up even more. He has a very fluid approach.
Winter Warz 6th Grade All Tournament Team
Zaakir Williamson (Philly Triple Threat)
Khalil Farmer (Philly Triple Threat)
Jalen Warley (Philly Triple Threat)
Chris Evans (Philly Triple Threat)
Malachi Smith (Gauchos)
Jake Tavroff (Gauchos)
Justice Williams (Team IZOD)
Tristan Jeffries (Team IZOD)
Al-Fatir Connor (Team IZOD)
DeAndre South (Hilltoppers Heat)
Zion Cruz (Hilltoppers Heat)
Ray Ford Jr. (Hilltoppers Heat)
Judah At Nickelodeon Event
Wassup World, Im back this week, really excited for AllStar weekend and the movie premiere of the documentary “Little Ballers” which I will talk about later.
On Monday, I woke up and, got ready for school and then I was told I had a 2 hour delay, which I was happy for but I was mad because I already woke up. But, then my school called and said that we were closed and I had off. i was really happy and went back to sleep. During the day, I caught up on some of my future homework that was due later that week. I also, had a really good conditioning workout that I went to. I did 2 miles on the treadmill, worked with regular and 2 pound ropes for over 30 minutes along with a circuit of other conditioning drills.
On Tuesday, it was back to school and my Spanish teacher was proud of me because I scored the highest on my most recent quiz(I got a (98%). But, I wasn’t too ecstatic for the next couple of periods because I created a less than disappointing science project and I was really hard on myself about it and so was my teacher. Later that day, I had a game at my school which was a relatively easy game for us and I ended up with 19 points and 7 assists along with us winning by 30. I also went to the Hard2Guard celebrity game. It was pretty fun and there were some pretty well known celebrities like, Fat Joe, Troy Ave, Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings, DJ Khaled, and CC Sabathia. It was a fun night.
Wednesday, was another sort of rough day for me in school because I did not get two of my test signed in math and my math teachers were really upset about that. The day ended on a very good note though because I did really good on my English essay that we wrote in class the day prior(97%). We had a game against a horrible team and we won by 40 so, I did not play much.
Thursday, I was hyped about playing RiverDale, a school that one of my Rens teammates, Sam Klores, plays on. When we got to their gym, the trashtalking already began. Throughout, the game, Sam and I were talking trash to each other and my goal was to shut him down, so he did not have bragging rights going back to Rens practices and such. I ended up shutting him down, even though we lost by 5. I had a pretty good game scoring 18 points, 5 assists, and 6 boards. On the way home though I was not feeling to well and I felt really weak. When I got home I went to sleep and I kept getting up to throw up and I really was not feeling good.
Friday, I stayed home and got better for this weekend. Saturday, I woke up real early to go get a haircut in Brooklyn. I came back home to get ready for this movie premiere of “Little Ballers” that will be airing on Nick on February 25th at 9 p.m. Nickelodeon was hosting the event and it was extremely fun. We got interviews from people from NBA TV, Nick Sports, New York Post, WPIX, Real Talk NY, and much more. We did some funny clips with Baron Davis, along with making some mini commercials for ourselves. Players like Skylar Diggins, Andre Drummond, and J.R Smith were there along with so many different kid actors/actresses and promoters, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Following this event, I went to the All Star festivities with a couple of my friends and had such a good time in amazing seats. It was one of the best All Star Saturday’s in my opinion in a couple of years and I was there to witness it. After, I was fortunate enough to be able to go into the VIP club and see and meet so many famous people in one place, It was great.
Sunday, I went around to different Modell’s meeting different players like Zach Lavine (which I got to take a picture with the Slam Dunk Trophy), Al Horford, Mason Plumlee, Trey Burke, and Michael Carter Williams. I was able to meet and talk to them they were all really humble, hardworking guys. Later, I went to the All Star game with my dad and had a lot of fun. I also met up with people that I knew were there in the arena, it was the best way to cap off such a great weekend. I need everyone to please tune in into Nickelodeon on Wednesday the 25th and watch the documentary “Little Ballers” at 9 p.m it is and will be truly appreciated. I also want to shout out Crystal MccraryAnthony for allowing all of us in the documentary to be a part of such a great experience.
See Ya’ll Next Week
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Monday, February 16, 2015
The 7th Grade Division of the Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz was exciting end to end. Here’s the Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team from the event.
Winter Warz 7th Grade Best Of The Best
Best Performer: Elijah Everett (KSK)
Everett delivered for his team at the correct time. He proved to be more of a problem as the tournament progressed. His stock definitely picked up steam.
Best Scorer: Zion Bethea (KSK)
Bethea showed he could score from any kind of circumstances. It seems to be natural for him to put the ball in the hole.
Best Floor General: William White (KSK)
White has fun breaking down defenders at Winter Warz. Once he got into the lane at ease he either finished at the rim or dropped a dime.
Best Shooter: Jaylen Murray (PSA Cardinals)
Please don’t leave this kid open or he will make you pay. Murray proved to be very accurate and show deep range.
Best Impact: Posh Alexander (PSA Cardinals)
When you see Posh play you can understand how his name appeared here. When Alexander is playing his play causes changes in the defense and usually helps his team.
Best Inside Presence: Cameron Byers (Terror Squad)
Byers continued to be a load to handle in the paint. Once he makes his mind up to get the ball in the hole it’s hard to hold him down.
Best Versatility: Jordan Toles (Terror Squad)
Toles used speed and athleticism to put in work at this event. He played defense, scored from the perimeter and in traffic. He can guard several positions.
Winter Warz 7th Grade All Tournament Team
Elijah Everett (KSK)
William White (KSK)
Zion Bethea (KSK)
Luke Koloja (KSK)
Jaylen Murray (PSA Cardinals)
Posh Alexander (PSA Cardinals)
Jordan Toles (Terror Squad)
Cameron Byers (Terror Squad)
AJ Hoggard (Terror Squad)
Shane Dezonie (Team IZOD)
Richie Greaves (Team IZOD)
Qaadir Maneri (Team IZOD)
Kareem May (Brooklyn Rens)
The Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 8th Grade Division had some of the best players in the country. Here’s a look at the Best of The Best from that division and All Tournament Team.
Winter Warz 8th Grade Best Of The Best and All Tournament Team
Best Performer: Bryan Antoine (Team RIO National)
Antoine answered the bell as perhaps the best guard in the country. The scariest aspect of the statement is that he made it look easy.
Best Versatility: Scottie Lewis (Team RIO National)
Lewis showed once again that he’s one of the best at getting it done on both ends of the floor. His motor and instincts are difficult to duplicate on this level.
Best Scorer: Cole Anthony (NY Rens)
Anthony finished the weekend scoring 25 points a clip. He’s a complete offensive machine and one of the best scorers in the country.
Best Inside Presence: Tariq Ingraham (Team RIO National)
His steady improvements have turned him into the best inside prospect in the region. At times he looked virtually unstoppable in the paint.
Best Floor General: Elijah Wenn (Harlem Jets)
Wenn returned to the Spotlight circuit after missing the Clash and once again guided the Jets to the championship game. I guess when Elijah is in the building the Jets know how to win.
Best Shooter: Jalen Gaffney (Team Rio National)
Gaffney made a big splash at Winter Warz especially when it came to tickling the twine. His deep bombs stretched the defense and nailed the coffin for several opponents.
Best Impact: Jamil Riggins (Philly Triple Threat)
Riggins made his Spotlight debut and PTT had their best outing of the season. The lefty came right in and went to work. He was explosive and played above the rim on the regular.
Winter Warz 8th Grade All Tournament Team
Bryan Antoine (Team RIO National)
Scottie Lewis (Team RIO National)
Tariq Ingraham (Team Rio National)
Ahmadu Sarnor (Team RIO National)
Jalen Gaffney (Team RIO National)
Elijah Wenn (Harlem Jets)
Adeleye Oyekanium (Harlem Jets)
Jamil Riggins (Philly Triple Threat)
Donte Scott (Philly Triple Threat)
Fatayn Wesley (Play Hard)
Mikeal Jones (Play Hard)
Papie Roberts (Newark Pharoah)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Bryan Antoine has been one of the top guards in the country for the last year, but at BBall Spotlight's Winter Warz he showed that he has become a superstar. The 6'2 eighth grader has a deadly outside shot, finishes very well in transition, and is consistently playing above the rim. Team Rio National is stacked with talent, and with a loaded roster any player can step up in a given game or tournament. Last weekend in New Jersey belonged to Bryan Antoine and a star was born.
Zaakir "Shaq" Williamson (Philly Triple Threat)
The Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Division presented us with a new champion and gave us a chance to see some new talent. Here’s a look at the top performers from the weekend.
Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 6th Grade Top Performers
Zaakir "Shaq" Williamson Forward (Philly Triple Threat)- Williamson aka "Shaq" continued his attempt to make a name for himself as a dominate big man in his class. He displayed an improved overall motor and back to the basket moves. Shaq lead Philly PTT with 16 points in a tough championship win over NY Gauchos.
Jalen Warley Guard (Philly Triple Threat)-Warley has been running with Philly PTT since the fall and gives the team the big guard that they need. His high ball IQ and ability to make plays was on display throughout the weekend. Jalen showed the ability to score when needed, handle pressure and most importantly got his teammates easy buckets. If he decides to join this group full time, we may be talking about this team throughout the year.
Chris Evans Forward (Philly Triple Threat)-Evans is a match up problem at this stage and age. Although he mostly plays the forward position, he has the skill set and the ability to put the ball on the floor and hit the jump shot. In many tight games Chris was given the ball in clear out situations and was able to take his defender off the bounce with ease. With continued development, Evans should develop into a wing player with a good skill set.
Christian Clover Guard (Philly Triple Threat)-Clover is the definition of a "face up" forward. The smooth lefty is most comfortable facing the basket. Throughout the weekend he finished around the rim and hit the mid range jumper. In a tough game vs NY Rens, Clover hit several late game fouls shots to help seal the win.
Justice Williams Guard (Team IZOD)- Williams is playing like the best 6th Grade lead guard in the region. He has the total package in terms of handling, scoring and dishing the rock. His feel for the game and aggressiveness is something to admire. He led the team in scoring over the weekend and increased his stock. He averaged near 18 points a contest.
Tristan Jeffries Forward (Team IZOD)- Jeffries was second in scoring for IZOD. The wing can get it done from all three levels and has the frame to absorb contact. He averaged 14 points a game over the weekend. I like his scoring prowess.
Al-Fatir Connor Guard (Team IZOD)- Connor is small stature but gets things done on the floor. He’s very heady and takes great care of the rock. His skill set is obvious and he understands his weaknesses therefore stays away from trapping situations.
Malachi Smith Guard (Gauchos)- Smith is possible the best shooter in the class. Once again he used this weekend to burn the nets. He saved his best game for the championship in which he drained 4 treys and ended the contest with 19 points. FOI, please don’t leave him open.
Jake Tavroff Forward (Gauchos)- Tavroff got things going inside for the Choz. He’s willing to bang and score when close to the hole. His efforts in the paint helped his squad make it to the finals. He finished the championship game with 12 points.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Jordan Toles (Terror Squad)
The 7th Grade Division of the Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz had some serious talent. Here’s Part 1 of our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 7th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Jordan Toles Guard (Terror Squad)- Toles explosive play was on full display. His signature move was catching the rock on the baseline and attacking the rim. He did a good job of using the rim at a protector against the shot blockers while finishing with the reverse layups. I also saw him display more confidence with his outside shot which is important to his development. He tallied 15 points versus Milbank and another 15 markers in their loss to KSK.
AJ Hoggard Guard (Terror Squad)- During this event Hoggard looked to score the rock a little more than usual. In their game against Seed USA Hoggard came down and banged home three straight treys. His jump shot looked effective but as he gets older he will have to get a higher release.
Shane Dezonie Guard (Team IZOD)- Dezonie caught fire against the Rens in the quarterfinals. He got out in transition and scored while also getting it done in the half court set. When his outside shot is falling he’s a dangerous player. He finished with 22 points in the victory.
Richie Greaves Guard (Team IZOD)- Greaves did a good job running the show for IZOD. He runs the detail offense very efficiently and took good care of the rock. He didn’t have a great shooting weekend from the perimeter but I think he will get better in that aspect.
Kareem May Guard (Brooklyn Rens)- May is a straight scoring machine. He caught fire against KSK when he nailed 6 treys and finished the game with 25 points. The smooth guard can also lend his hand playing the point for this squad but scores so easy.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
James Bishop (B'More Finest)
James Bishop is a scoring guard who showed his scoring prowess at the 2015 BBall Spotlight Winter Warz event in New Jersey. James Bishop is a 6'0 guard who can absolutely fill it up, which he proved this past weekend playing for Baltimore's Finest scoring in a variety of ways. Stay tuned for more from James Bishop and Winter Warz coming soon from MiddleSchoolHoops.
Elijah Everett (KSK)
The 7th Grade Division of the Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz had some serious talent. Here’s Part 1 of our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 7th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Elijah Everett Forward (King Street Kings)- Everett led his team to the finals by knocking down a buzzer beater and sending home the mighty Terror Squad. Then in the championship he feasted on the PSA Cardinals lack of size. He dominated the glass, got put backs and knocked the short jumper. He’s very productive and still doesn’t have full control of his body yet. He finished with a game high 26 points. KSK might have another top prospect on their hands in Everett.
William White Guard (King Street Kings)- White has the keys to KSK’s engine. He drove through pressure defenses all weekend and made the defense pay. He has unique breakdown ability and really shows his worth in the open floor. He’s strong enough to absorb contact and still finish off the play.
Luke Kolaja Forward (King Street Kings)- Kolaja really hurt the Terror quad during the semifinals. He knocked down several jump shots from the free throw area as the DMV squad dared him to shoot. The southpaw’s presence on Day 2 was a major factor in how KSK won the championship.
Jaylen Murray Guard (PSA Cardinals)- Murray once again to put together a good weekend especially from the perimeter as he nailed 6 treys for 22 points against Milbank and dropped another 18 markers on Riverside Hawks in the semi-finals. He has proven to be one of the best wings players in the region.
Posh Alexander Guard (PSA Cardinals)- The ferocious guard fought hard for the Cardinals in the finals. He attacked the lane and was willing to sacrifice his body to get a bucket. His quickness, toughness and athletic ability makes him a very unique guard. He will be a lot to deal with for the next few years.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Cole Anthony is a Class of 2019 Prospect with deep range, big time athleticism, scoring ability, and advanced court vision. While Cole Anthony has been overlooked in some rankings, he is one of the best prospects in the country in the eyes of Middle School Hoops. He is a pure scorer who takes and makes difficult shots on a regular basis. Stay tuned for more from MiddleSchoolHoops and Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz coming soon.
Cole Anthony (NY Rens)
The Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 8th Grade Division featured some of the top players in the country. Here’s Part 2 of our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Cole Anthony Guard (NY Rens)- Anthony has yet to deliver his team a crown this year but it’s not because of his play. The prolific scoring guard once again put up enormous numbers. He pumped in 26 points against the NY Dragons, 25 markers against Team Phenom and finished with a game high 28 points in their quarterfinal loss to nemesis Harlem Jets. Defenses are set up to slow down the determined scorer but to no avail. He loves the contact which he displayed while burying 24 free throws over the weekend.
Papie Roberts Guard (Newark Pharaohs)- The Lil Warrior brought his game against some of the best comp in the region. He still managed to penetrate the lane at will and score over shot blockers. Roberts also possess the ability to get teammates involved. He brings the toughness “Brick City” guards are known for.
Mikeal Jones Forward (Play Hard)- Jones proved no matter the competition he’s still capable of putting up numbers and leading his team to victories. The polished forward scored 16 points in their pool victory over Harlem Jets, 14 in their win versus Brooklyn Rens and 15 in their final four lost to Team RIO National.
Fatayn Wesley Guard (Play Hard)- Wesley is a Spotlight veteran and let that be known at the Tip Off Classic. He used this weekend to show his skills as a sniper. He nailed 3 treys against Harlem Jets for 15 points and also drained another 5 treys for 15 markers against the NY Dragons. He made teams pay for doubling down against Jones.
Bryan Antoine (Team RIO National)
The Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 8th Grade Division featured some of the top players in the country. Here’s Part 1 of our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Winter Warz 8th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Bryan Antoine Guard (Team RIO National)- It’s a far gone conclusion that Antoine is the top prospect in the region and probably the best guard in the United States of America. He showed his full arsenal at Winter Warz. He has top notch tools including length, athleticism, feel for the game and a mean ratchet. Since he has the swagger of a stud it’s hard to find a weakness in his game right now. He put on a dunk fest in their game against Baltimore Finest. He might be joining that elite club of ours. Stay tuned.
Tariq Ingraham Forward (Team RIO National)- Ingraham has transformed himself from project status to the most dominant inside force in the region. Standing near 6’7 Tariq has trimmed all the baby fat and has developed legit foot work. His soft hands and touch helped him torch opponents all weekend. Once he sealed defenders under the bucket they were at his mercy. His quick movement and court awareness helped him beat most double teams.
Jalen Gaffney Guard (Team RIO National)- Speaking of improvement, Gaffney had a very solid weekend. He’s grown a few inches and his added size has boasted his confidence. His outside shot was wet off the dribble or during the catch and shoot situation. I was really impressed with his improved point guard skills. He made good decisions and set the tempo. He made sure their full arsenal of talent was able to eat.
Elijah Wenn Guard (Harlem Jets)- After missing the Clash For The Cup, Wenn returned to have a good outing this weekend. The point guard was able to run the show and score when needed. I like the confidence he shows in his outside shot which keeps the defense honest. He nailed seven treys in their come from behind victory over Philly Triple Threat and a 24 point outing in their victory against NY Rens. He has a serious will to win and knows how to impact the game immediately. He should make a nice transition into high school.
Adeleye Oyekanium Forward (Harlem Jets)- Adeleye showed flashes over the weekend. The high energy forward beat defenders off the dribble and muscled up for shots. He also had a huge outing versus PTT with a 22 point effort. He has put together a good season on the Spotlight circuit and will be rewarded for his efforts.