Friday, February 3, 2017

Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Top Performers Part 3

Kurt Hemderson

The Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Division featured some of the top players in the country. Here’s a look at Part 3 of our 8th Grade Top Performers. 

Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Top Performers Part 3 

Kurt Henderson Guard (Expressions) – Kurt could be considered as a top 10 point guard in the class of 2021. He already has a high school ready body with strength and athleticism. Henderson had to take on more of the scoring load this past weekend with the absence of Reyes and Constant. He seems to always get in the paint either scoring with an array of finishes at the rim with either hand or driving and kicking to open shooters. He navigates the pick and roll and seems to always get his shoulders square and attacks the defense. He excels in transition and he relied less on his jumper even though he can knock it down out past the three point line. He finished with 24 and 16 points in the games we watched.

 Terrence Clarke Forward (Expressions) – There is no denying that Clarke is a Top 5 talent in the 8th Grade. He is ultra-skilled standing at 6’6 with a nice stroke for three and he has good elevation on his mid-range jumper. He is a really good athlete finishing well above the rim with a high IQ and good passing ability from the wing forward spot. Sometime Terrence settles for the long range jumper versus attacking and putting pressure on the defense.

Dkhari Brown Guard (Expressions) – With Reyes and Constant not in attendance Brown stepped up his game as one of the primary scorers for his squad. He is a big wing guard that can knock down his jumper out to the 3 point line. His did most of his work inside the arc using his size and strength to cause mismatches against who was guarding him.
Kyle Colbert Guard (HC Elite) – Kyle is a crafty point guard that has a nice handle. He maneuvers through the defense using his high IQ never giving up his dribble until he is ready to shot or pass to an open teammate. He has a very nice pullup that we saw him hit with a defender in his face and he can knock down the long ball from behind the arc. He tallied 17 points in the game we watched.
Evan Ichrist Guard (HC Elite) – Evan is a combo guard that has good size and understands how to play to his strengths. He can handle the ball and score from all three levels. Ichrist takes what the defense gives him and has a good feel for the game. In the game we watched he knocked down two three pointers and made five free throws finishing with 15 points.
Amare Marshall Guard (NJ Playaz) – Amare has to be considered one of the top point guards in the Northeast. The minute we watched him we knew he could go. He has elite size for the 8th grade allowing him to attack the basket with his quick first step and nice handle. Marshall has range out to the three point line and he makes his free throws which is very important for a PG. He had 10 markers in the game we watched against a tough Team Takeover.