Ryan Myers (New Heights)
The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 2015 had an enormous amount of talent for the 8th Grade. We will definitely have to break it apart in sections. Here’s Part 1 of our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic Top Performers Part 1
Ryan Myers Guard (New Heights)- I know you saw the video but it didn’t tell the entire story of how Myers was on fire. The lefty started the tournament out scorching CTA Turbo for 25 points and Expressions Elite for 27 markers. That means he went from start to finish giving everyone the business. This kid is getting it done at a high rate right now. He drained 13 treys over the weekend.
Richard Springs Forward (New Heights)- Springs stands 6’7 and still has some growing to do. He shows some versatility and the ability to extend his game to the perimeter. His best scoring outing was an 18 point performance against the Playaz in the semifinals. New Heights has a serious long term prospect in Springs.
Isah Muhammad Forward (New Heights)- Muhammad missed the first day but made his presence felt on Day 2. The 6’9 forward is a defensive problem in the paint by blocking and altering shots. He instantly changes the style of the game. On offense he found his groove versus the NJ Playaz when he finished with 16 points in the victory.
Tyler Jacobs Guard (New Heights)- Jacobs played in the backcourt with Myers. He’s a few more inches taller than Myers and showed he could score the ball. He finished with 12 markers in the finals. Defensively he gives New Heights more length on the perimeter.
AJ Hoggard Guard (Team Final)- If Team Final would have pulled off the championship Hoggard would have taken MVP honors. He totally dominated the competition and raised his stock. First of all Hoggard stretched out and trimmed up and his game shows it. He used his improved quickness and explosiveness to zip past defenders, get in the lane and either score or drop dimes. I also noticed improvement in his outside shot. He had more range and accuracy from deep. Right now he has the nation on notice.
Lynn Greer Guard (Team Final)- I heard a few stories about Greer from the Philly area. During the Tip Off Classic he showed and proved his worth. He has good quickness especially in the open court. He uses a burst of speed and ability to finish with ease with either hand. He can also stretch the defense with his range behind the arc. He teams up well with Hoggard and they should do damage this year.
EJ Evans Guard (Team Final)- Evans has a smooth game off the dribble and shows some explosiveness attacking the rim. When he’s on he can put together a number of points in a hurry. I like his stroke and the way he puts it on the deck. He has a chance to make some noise right now and down the road.
Noah Collier Forward (Team Final)- Noah is naturally a wing but had to bang a little more because Team Final’s lack of size on the blocks. I like the quickness he showed when facing the basket and making moves. This experience will help bring more toughness to his game.