Monday, August 22, 2016

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Award Winners

The Basketball Spotlight season has officially ended and we are ready to present our end of the year awards. We would like to congratulate all the players and teams that supported our events. The Award Winners are listed below. 

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Award Winners 

Player Of The Year: Jordan Toles (Baltimore United) 
Toles stepped his game up this season and never took plays off at any Spotlight event. He also took his show on the road as he starred in several big time events around the country. Finally he turned his game from just being regarded as an athlete into an all-around skilled guard. His play on the court and spirit for the game helped him win the POY honors. 

Most Outstanding Player: AJ Hoggard (Team Final) 
Hoggard’s addition to the Team Final 8th Grade squad instantly took the team to the next level. He became one of the most dominant forces on the floor this season. His play catapulted his name among the top guards in the country. He had a memorable Spotlight career. 

Team Of The Year: Team Takeover (Black) 
TTO was the most dominant 8th Grade team in the country. They ran through every event in the country and didn’t lose a game on their grade level. There’s no doubt they were the #1 team in America and probably one of the best grammar school teams assembled. They were loaded and had balance. 

Coach Of The Year: Keith Stevens (Team Takeover) 
Stevens guided his squad throughout the country without losing a game on their grade level. Most importantly he taught them how the team concept is the best way to go. It’s not easy coaching a lot of talent but he seemed to hit all the right buttons at the right time. 

Sportsmanship Award: Bryan Hall III (NY Lightning) 
Hall played the game the way it was supposed to be played. He left everything on the floor and conducted himself in a great manner. I also appreciate him letting us into his life while contributing to Diary Of A Baller. 

Scholar/Athlete Award Winner: Terrence Williams (Team Takeover) 
Williams got busy on the court and in the classroom. He demonstrated this in the Spotlight events and on his Diary Of A Baller. We have no doubt with God’s grace Terrence will continue this success in high school and college. One of the best all-around kids to ever come though Basketball Spotlight. 

Defensive Player Of The Year: Elijah Everett (Playaz Basketball Club) 
Everett had the ability to change the game on the defensive end. He blocked or altered shots in his area while also playing with an enormous motor. The scary part is his best basketball days are certainly ahead of him. 

Best Prospect: Lance Ware (Team IZOD) 
Ware entered the season as a project but after seeing him at the J.E.M. All Star Classic he made great strides and has become the best prospect in the region. This means he had to be one of the hardest workers around which makes his future look very bright. The sky is the limit for this kid. 

Best Fresh Face: Terrence Clarke (Expressions Elite) 
Clarke was one of the most natural wings players I saw this season. This kid can get it done off the dribble or in catch and shoot mode. He also appears to have a huge upside and will be a name to know in the New England area.