The Basketball Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase 8th Grade Division was loaded with talent. Here’s our second look at the Top Performers from that division.
AC Showcase 8th Grade Top Performers Top Performers Part 2
Rayvon Weir Guard (Milbank) – This kid deserves much respect as he is a winner. Milbank continues to surprise people making it to the Final 4 in all the Spotlight events but now we can see why. Weir is a tough nosed strong compact combo guard that is wired to score. He can turn the corner off the pick or just simply break down his man one on one. He is always putting pressure on the other team because he is in attack mode trying to get to that cup. His athleticism allows him to finish high at the rim in transition or hang in the air and challenge defenders when getting to the rack in the half court. Jelly Fam is alive and well at Milbank and Rayvon got next.
Chris Harvin Forward (Milbank) – Harvin is a strong forward that can handle the ball. Right now he excels when he is straight line driving to the basket and he finishes very well through contact with either hand. Chris also showed he has the ability to play really good defense blocking shots and just using his good size and strong frame making it difficult for opposing offensive players. He also knocks his free throws down when he gets to the line.
Terrence Clarke Forward (Expressions) – Clarke has a bright future. His athleticism, skill set and IQ are off the charts and standing 6’6 makes him a tough cover seeing he is a wing guard or wing forward. His has a smooth stroke from mid-range out to the 3 point line and he dunks everything in transition. Terrance also has the ability to be a lock down defender.
Kurt Henderson Guard (Expressions) – Kurt reminds us a lot of Kemba Walker. He is a scoring point guard with that burst which allows him to blow by you and get to the rim. He has great elevation on his jump shot and has range out to the three point line. Henderson can also turn into a facilitator if his teammates are hot from the field. With his strength and speed he also can give the opposing point guard a rough time when he is on the defensive end.
Alexis Reyes Forward (Expressions) – Reyes is one of those athletic stretch fours that can handle the ball well enough in space and attack the basketball. He also has above averaging passing skills, blocks shots, and rebounds at a high level. Alexis has nice mechanics on his jumper and he has range out to the 3 point line.
Jalen Bradberry Guard (NY Lightning) – Jalen is a certified sniper from behind the 3 point line. If you give him an inch he is going to knock it down in your eye. In the game we watched he made six triples but don’t let him rock you to sleep because he can put the ball on the deck and get in the paint where he will drop off a nice pass to the big or shoot up a soft floater. We are excited to track Bradberry’s progression as he has the skill set and shooting ability to be a really good prospect down the road if he continues to work hard.
Aaron Carter Guard (Gauchos) – Carter is a strong bodied tough NY point guard that can really score the ball. His go to is his 3 point shot but he can score in a variety of other ways. He has a nice handle that he uses to navigate through the defense which allows him to get to his scoring spots on the floor. He also can run the team and facilitate getting the ball to his teammates. He finished with 20 points including 4 three pointers in the game we watched.
Avery Brown Guard (Gauchos) – Brown is an athletic nice size wing guard that excels attacking the basket in the half court or in transition. His ball handling is good enough to be a secondary ball handler and create his own shot when he is looking to score. Defensively Avery can be a lock down defender that can guard the two backcourt positions. He is good at anticipating the passing lanes and he also knocks down his free throws. He finished with 13 points in the game we watched.