Thursday, August 31, 2017

Future Phenom Camp Highlights: Dug McDaniels Vs Jaden Bradley

McDaniels VS Bradley 

Knasir McDaniels & Jaden Bradley showed out at the 2017 Future Phenom Camp hosted by bballspotlight where the two matched up on day 1 and didn't disappoint. Bradley made it clear that he was the top point guard in the nation while McDaniels showed that he is right on his heels. Both with an extremely high basketball IQ and court vision, I enjoy seeing these two grow in the future. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight brings your more footage and recaps from the camp. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Team Champions

8th Grade Champions

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp crowned four champions over the weekend. First, we would like to congratulate all the teams that come to play because they competed hard. Here are the championship teams. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Team Champions 

8th Grade Champions (Duke): Mason Docks (Michigan), Samar Addulah (New Jersey), Jeremiah Dorsey (Maryland), Jaden Bradley (North Carolina), Bobby Rosenberger (Pennsylvania), Ryan Zan (New Jersey), Amir Payne (New York), Jaden Langley-Thomas (Toronto, CN) Jaquan Harris (New Jersey)

7th Grade Champions: (Minnesota)
Caleb Crawford (New York), Sebastian Robinson (New Jersey), Kanen Wilson (New Jersey), Rashan Locke-Hicks (Minnesota), Kyle Hall (New Jersey), Jaden Barnett (New Jersey), Calvin Moore (New Jersey), Xavier Brown (Connecticut)

6th Grade Champions: (Florida) 
Tyler Williams (New Jersey), Kabrian Goss (New Jersey), Adam Williams (Ohio), Nasiem Grimes (New Jersey), Bryson Brown (New York), EJ Schneeberg (Maryland), Jack Bailey (New York), Dwayne Pierce (New York), Elijah Duval (Delaware), Mikkel Tyne (Toronto, CN) Alexander Massung (New Jersey)

5th Grade Champions: (Oregon) 
Marcus Johnson (Ohio), Noah Perry-Lewis (Massachusetts), Stephon Ashley-Wright (Delaware), Michael Troya (New Jersey), Geremy Clark (Maryland), Steven Mbuyamba (Maryland), Malachi Johnson (Texas)

Free Throw Shooting Champion: Jalen Sams (New Jersey)

Jalen Sams (New Jersey)

Free Throw Shooting Champion: Jalen Sams (New Jersey) (Class 2023) 
Sams had a dominate performance during the preliminary rounds but turned it up even more in the finals. He went 9 for 10 from the charity in front of the entire camp to take the trophy camp to Paterson, NJ. Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Sams for getting the job done.

3 Point Shooting Champion: Luke Fisher (Virginia)

Luke Fisher (Virginia)

3 Point Shooting Champion: Luke Fisher (Virginia) (Class 2023) 
Many shooters around the country couldn’t knock down 9 out of 10 3 pointers in front of 300 campers but most shooters aren’t Luke Fisher. The Virginia native took home the 3 point shooting title by going 9 for 10 and making it look easy. Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Luke Fisher and wish him the best in the future.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 8th Grade Award Recipients


The 8th Grade Division at the Future Phenom Camp topped of the camp in a great way. There was a ton a talent getting ready for the upcoming season. We gave out a lot of hardware and it’s listed below. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 8th Grade Award Recipients

Jaquan Harris (New Jersey) 
Jayden Pierre (New Jersey) 
Jalen Duren (Delaware) 
Antonio Hamlin (Maryland) 
Rodney Rice (Maryland)
Best Playmaker: Dug McDaniel (Maryland) 

Best Prospect: Jalen Duren (Delaware) 

Mr. Hustle: Tony Felder (Massachusetts) 

Best Teammate/Leader: Wade Chiddick (Pennsylvania) 

Best Defender: AJ Pierce (Indiana) 

Best Shooter: Issac Gonzalez (New York)

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 7th Grade Award Recipients

All Camp 7th Grade First Team 

The 7th Grade Division at the Future Phenom Camp brought a ton of hungry players. They showed out on the big stage . We gave out a lot of hardware and it’s listed below. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 7th Grade Award Recipients

All Camp First Team 
Christian Bliss (New York) 
Tahaad Pettiford (New Jersey) 
Aden Holloway (North Carolina) 
Korbyn Samuels (New York) 
Ramir Barno (Pennsylvania)
Best Playmaker-: Dominique Wyatt (Delaware) 

Mr. Hustle: Richard Neismith (New York) 

Teammate-Leader: Benjamin Lyttle-Murrain (New York) 

Best Prospect: Elijah Fisher (Canada) 

Best Defender: Michael Paris (Pennsylvania) 

Best Shooter: Gavin Murphy (Connecitcut)

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 6th Grade Award Recipients


The 6th Grade Division at the Future Phenom Camp had a lot of ballers from around the country. They came to Maryland and put on a show. We gave out a lot of hardware and it’s listed below. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 6th Grade Award Recipients

Samir Thomas (New Jersey) 
Travis UpChurch (Connecticut) 
Carlos Rodriquez (New York) 
Blake Harper (Washington, DC) 
Anthony Saunders (Maryland)
Best Prospect: Amir Williams (Delaware) 

Best Playmaker: Blake Harper (Washington, DC) 

Mr. Hustle: Javon Tunstall (New Jersey) 

Best Teammate/Leader: Tyrik Petteway (Maryland) 

Best Defender: Thomas Sorber (New Jersey) 

Best Shooter: Best Shooter AJ Swinton (Maryland)

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 5th Grade Award Recipients


The 5th Grade Division at the Future Phenom Camp gave us a look at the Baby Ballers. We had some top players in the country in the building. As usual we gave out some serious hardware and the award winners are below. 

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 5th Grade Award Recipients

Jebron Harris (New Jersey) 
Stephon Ashley Wright (Delaware) 
Tai Turnage (New York) 
Semaj Long (New Jersey) 
Mason Douglas (Maryland)
Best Playmaker: Tai Turnage (New York) 

Mr. Hustle: Geremy Clark (Maryland) 

Best Teammate/Leader: Karon Bailey (Maryland) 

Best Prospect: Jebron Harris (New Jersey) 

Best Defender: Semaj Long (New Jersey) 

Best Shooter: Stephon Ashley Wright (Delaware)

Future Phenom Camp Highlights: Christian Bliss VS Elijah Fisher

Bliss vs Fisher

5"6 Christian Bliss showed NO FEAR when taking on the #1 prospect in the class of 2023 Elijah Fisher @ Mike Melton's Future Phenom Camp. Both Bliss & Fisher dominated on the offensive tip where Fisher's length and size took over the first half, whereas Bliss showed off his elite scoring ability and lock down defense in the second half. Bliss helped force overtime where he made his way to the free throw line and took home the victory. Bliss is definitely a name to remember in the tri state area. Fisher is the #1 player in the country.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Name: Jaden Bradley 
Hometown: Concord, NC 
Class: 2022 
Position: Point Guard 
Breakdown: Bradley was the best player at the event and held on to his #1 in the nation ranking. The lanky guard can dominate a game without scoring a bucket. He has a supreme feel for the game and top notch court vision. Bradley can also put the rock in the bucket when he needs to. He can knock down the jumper or score going to the cup. What really makes him special is his willingness to work and humbleness. I think this kid has a huge upside and will be something to watch for years to come.


Name: Elijah Fisher 
Hometown: Toronto, CN 
Class: 2023 
Position: Forward 
Breakdown: Fisher rated as the #1 player in the land on many publications therefore he has a huge target on his back. During the Future Phenom Camp that didn’t stop him from dominating. Fisher showed the ability to score at will, finish on the break and dominate defensively. Right know he projects to be about 6’8 which would be scary. This kid has a super bright future.


Name: Mikkel Tyne 
Hometown: Toronto, CN 
Class: 2024 
Position: Combo Guard 
Breakdown: The fresh face from Canada started the camp with a spark and never let up. Tyne carried defenders to the cup and finished in traffic. The opponents couldn’t contain Tyne especially once he got going forward. He put up serious numbers on his grade level and led his team camp championship. It looks like Toronto has another top guard on the horizon.


Name: Marcus Johnson 
Hometown: Cleveland, OH 
Class: 2026 
Position: Combo Guard 
Breakdown: Two years ago Marcus’s older brother Sonny Johnson won the MVP award at this camp in this same building. This time around Marcus used this stage to shine the brightest. The southpaw led the camp in scoring and even topped the 30 point mark a few times. He drops buckets from all 3 levels and feels very comfortable handling the rock against any kind of defense. Introducing “Money” Marcus Johnson.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Over 300 Players Flock To Future Phenom Camp!

The 4th Annual Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp was a huge success. Over 300 players from around the country traveled to the Discovery Sports Zone in Boyds, Maryland to compete for the weekend. The talent was through the roof and we have tons of coverage to bring you guys over the next couple of weeks. 

We would like to thank our sponsor WGL Energy and our partners AGAME Sports Apparel and Elite Basketball Resources for joining us with this historic event. Stay by your computer, lab top, tablet and phone because we are just getting started. Finally we would like thank all the players and parents for their continued support for Basketball Spotlight events.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Future Phenom Camp Brings Shooting Challenge For Campers And Parents!

The Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will be bringing back the free throw and 3-point shooting contest. They contest will be offered to all campers and parents in attendance. Yes, parents that wish to show their skills and try to win the big trophy. We have two courts set for the contest and campers are encouraged to participate when they are not playing their games. The top two campers and parents will have a shoot off in front of the entire camp on Sunday. The contest will consist of 20 free throws and 20 3-point shots. There’s a $20 fee to participate in each contest.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Tentative Schedule

Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp Boyd's, MD Saturday August 26, 2017 – Sunday August 27, 2017 

PLACE: Discovery Sports Complex
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841 


Saturday 8/26/17 
Registration 8:00am – 10:00am 
Opening 10:00am – 10:15am 
Stretch 10:15am – 10:30am 
Stations/Drills 10:30am – 12:00pm 
Lunch (Not Provided) 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Games 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Games 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Games 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Games 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Games 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Games 6:00pm – 7:00pm 
Games 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Closing 8:00pm – 8:15pm 

Sunday 8/27/17 
Opening 8:00am – 8:15am 
Stretch 8:15am – 8:30am 
Guest Speaker 8:30am – 9:00am 
Games 9:00am – 10:00am 
Games 10:00am – 11:00am 
Games 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Lunch (Not Provided) 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Championship Games 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
All American Games 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Awards/Closing 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Post Season Awards

The Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Circuit was had so much parity it was extremely difficult to do these awards. But after consulting with our scouts here are our awards for the year.   

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Post Season Awards

Team Of The Year: New Heights NYC 
After winning the AAU National Championship few can argue with these guys winning this award. They clicked at the perfect time of the season. Congrats to New Heights for winning the championship and making history.
Player Of The Year: Christian Bliss (Riverside Hawks) 
Bliss got the nod after quarterbacking the Hawks to two Spotlight Championships and being the most consistent player on the circuit. He controls the tempo of the game and understand when to pick his spots.
Most Outstanding Player: Jaiden Williams (New Heights) 
The versatile wing showed he was tough to handle all season. He’s a true matchup nightmare especially when he handling the rock on the wing and attacking the cup. He was a joy to watch this year.
Coach Of The Year: Kenny Satterfield (New Heights) 
Satterfield used his passion to guide his troops to a AAU National Championship. He pushed the right buttons at the right time to make things happen.
Best Newcomer Of The Year: Christian Kirkland (B&B Running Rebels) Kirkland made his presence felt during the two Spotlight tournaments. He has a serious wing span and gets things done on both sides of the floor. Don’t sleep on this kid because he could be a problem.
Best Prospect: DJ Wagner (New Heights) 
Yes, the genes are obvious but Wagner gets it done himself on the floor. The explosive guard grew a few inches entering the season and used it to his advantage on the floor. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching him in years to come.
Best Playmaker: Sebastian Robinson (Team IZOD) 
Robinson held down his name this season. The smooth guard led Team IZOD to the Tip Off Classic Championship. He also proved to be tough to defend when he had the rock because of his size and skill set.
Best Scorer: Caleb Crawford (Riverside Hawks) 
Crawford has proven that he could get buckets against anybody in the country. Once he gets going he’s determined to find the hole. He looks his best in transition while beating a single defender to the cup. He seems to be born to score.
Best Floor General: Jayden Reid (Gauchos/New Heights) 
Reid danced his way through defenses all year. It’s extremely difficult to keep him out the lane. He started the year with The Choz before switching over to New Heights and helping them bring home the crown.
Best Defender: Korbyn Samuels (East Coast Elite) 
His versatility stood out on the defensive end. Samuels has good length and used it to play the passing lanes and guard defend smaller guards on the perimeter. He brought tremendous energy and loved to lock up. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Final Top 10 
1. New Heights NYC 
2. Riverside Hawks 
3. B&B Running Rebels 
4. Sports U 
5. We R 1 (Lehigh Valley) 
6. East Coast Elite 
7. Boston Spartans 
8. NC Red Storm 
9. Team Fidonce 
10. Team Durant

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Post Season Awards

The Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade circuit was filled with talented teams and top ranked players. Here’s a look at our Post Season Awards. 

Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade Post Season Awards

Team Of The Year: New World Unlimited 
NWU won the AC Showcase and was runner up in the Clash For The Cup. They had a good balance of great defense and executing on the offensive end. Their two championship game appearances got them over the top.
Player Of The Year: Zion Cruz (Hilltoppers Heat) 
Cruz was the only player to lead two different teams to Spotlight championships. He was the catalyst as Team Rio National won the Tip Off Classic and did work with Hilltoppers Heat as they won the Gold Ball at the MDC. This kid is one the rise.
Most Outstanding Player: Antonio Sellers (Gauchos) 
Sellers lead the Gauchos to the Clash For The Cup crown. The point forward showed supreme versatility in his game while scoring and dropping dimes at will. His impact was immediately shown when he stepped on the floor.
Coach Of The Year: Ryan Gorham (New World) 
It was Gorham’s first year with this bunch but he had them looking like a well-oiled machine. They emphasized the team first mentality which helped them win the AC Showcase and other championships.
Best Prospect: Dariq Whitehead (Team Magic) 
Whitehead put in work with every team he traveled to Basketball Spotlight with. The wing guard used his size and scoring prowess to get buckets. He shined with Team Magic, Long Island Lightning and won the MDC with the Hilltoppers Heat. He has some star potential.
Most Improved Of The Year: Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs) 
Harris stepped up this year and spreaded his wings. The big two guard scored the rock from three levels and displayed the confidence of a top-notch player. We are looking forward to him stepping up again this season.
Best Scorer Of The Year: Rodney Rice (New World Unlimited) 
Rice lit up the AC Showcase. He was fluid from deep and showed he could attack off the bounce. He has a natural knack to score and displayed it in a big way on the stage. This kid just gets buckets.
Best Defender: Jalen Duren (Team Final) 
Duren anchored the Team Final defense while blocking and altering shots in the lane. He also can get out on the perimeter and guard wing players. This kid seems to have unlimited potential and will be a name to know in the upcoming season.
Best Playmaker: Justice Williams (Hilltoppers Heat) 
Williams put on a show at the MDC. The lanky guard took home Mr. Memorial Day honors as he cut through the defense while getting buckets and dishing the rock. He’s becoming a name to know around the country.
Best Shooter: Ben Roy (NJ Shore Shots) 
Roy will pull the trigger from the cheap seats. He can hit shots off the dribble or once he sets up. He hit some deep bombs against some top teams in the region.
Newcomer Of The Year: Roddy Gayle (We R 1) 
Gayle was the talk of the AC Showcase. The combo showed he could get buckets and get to the hole against anyone in the land. I loved the wiggle in his game, length and willingness to score the rock. Stay on the lookout for him. 

Basketball Spotlight Final 7th Grade Team Rankings 
1. New World Unlimited 
2. NYC Gauchos 
3. Hilltoppers Heat 
4. Team Rio National 
5. We R 1 
6. Team Takeover 
7. NJ Shore Shots 
8. PSA Cardinals 
9. Riverside Hawks 
10. Team IZOD