Monday, December 28, 2015

Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Best Of The Best & All Tournament Team

The Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup brought together some of the top 8th Grade teams regardless of sneaker affiliation. Some players really made a name for themselves over the first weekend in December. Here’s our 8th Grade Best Of The Best and All-Tournament Team. 

Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Best Of The Best 

Best Performer: Ryan Myers (New Heights)- The southpaw was known to score last season but took it up notch during the Clash. He led the tournament in scoring while also helping his team win the championship. He has started this season out on a bang and has the early for POY consideration. 

Best Playmaker: AJ Hoggard (Team Final)- Hoggard also made an early case for POY. The lanky point guard danced on opponents all weekend while finishing with passes and big time buckets. We expect a big time season from this kid. 

Best Fresh Faces: Lynn Greer Jr (Team Final) and Noah Farrakhan (NJ Playaz)- Both guards made incredible impacts their first weekend at a Spotlight event. Greer provided TF with a scoring punch and play making ability in the open floor. Farrakhan showed he also was a top notch performer. He got busy in transition and the half court set. He scores from all three levels and makes it look easy at times. 

Best Defender: Isah Muhammad (New Heights)- The intimidating shot blocker and rebounder made a huge impact on Day 2. He anchored the defense for the champions and should help them be a force during this season. 

Best Floor General: Kareem May (Brooklyn Rens)- “That Dude” had a breakout weekend. He was noticeable last season but now he has taken the game to another level. He’s currently breaking down defenders with ease and finishing in traffic. 

Best Prospect: Justin Lewis (Baltimore United Thrill)- Lewis continues to thrive each time I see him. His explosiveness and improved play making off the dribble is something to see. He name is ringing bells now and it only will get louder as the season progresses. 

Clash For The Cup 8th Grade All Tournament Team 
Ryan Myers (New Heights)- MVP 
Richard Springs (New Heights) 
Tyler Jacobs (New Heights) 
Isah Muhammad (New Heights) 
AJ Hoggard (Team Final) 
Lynn Greer Jr. (Team Final) 
EJ Evans (Team Final) 
Noah Collier (Team Final) 
Justin Lewis (Baltimore United Thrill) 
Jordan Toles (Baltimore United Thrill) 
Rahim Ali (Baltimore United Thrill) 
Cameron Byers (Baltimore United Thrill) 
Noah Farrakhan (NJ Playaz) 
Elijah Everett (NJ Playaz) 
CJ Wilcher (NJ Playaz) 
Ray Figures (NJ Playaz)