The 7th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic was some of the most competitive basketball of the weekend. Here’s our first look at the Top Performers.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 7th Grade Top Performers Part 1
DJ Dormu Guard (Team Thrill)- In the championship Dormu got things going early for the champs by nailing a couple of treys and helping them extend the lead. I like the way his game is transforming and way his frame is looking on the floor. He’s now playing with a higher level of confidence. He led the team in scoring with 13 markers in the finals.
Mike Williams Guard (Team Thrill)- Williams was one of two scoring guards that impressed for this Baltimore squad. He has excellent size for the position and scores over defenders with ease especially in transition. He had a solid 8 points in the championship game.
Isaiah Williams Guard (Team Thrill)- Williams was the other scoring guard that caught my attention. He’s a matchup nightmare on this level but also gets it done on the defensive end. He brings a rugged style that changes the game into his favor. He also had 8 points in the finals.
Karim Harris Forward (Team Thrill)- In the second half Harris made his presence felt on the blocks on a few positions. He demonstrated soft hands and good footwork. He also has a nose for the ball. He came alive just when New Heights were about to make a run.
Johnathan Lamothe Forward (Team Thrill)- Lamothe didn’t light it up in the finals but looked like the team’s best prospect throughout the weekend. He has a natural smoothness to his game and can score from all three levels. He also doesn’t look like he’s no where near done growing.
Kenneth Satterfield Guard (New Heights)- Satterfield is a natural shooter with unlimited range. He came equipped to the finals as he nailed 3 treys on his way to 14 points. I also like his floater game and his ability to dribble into the teeth of the defense.
Naazir Robinson Guard (New Heights)- The floor general and leader of these troops is like and coach extension on the floor. He knows how to direct traffic and deliver the rock at the correct time. He’s also a ball hawk on the defensive end of the floor. He had a solid weekend scoring 10 points in the semifinals.
Jaiden Williams Forward (New Heights)- The scoring wing forward also had a big semifinals game with 13 markers to help New Heights knock off stubborn East Coast Elite. I love how he attacks from the wing and he’s difficult to contain once he’s going downhill. He was too shabby in the finals finishing with 8 points.
Imeru McManus Forward (New Heights)- McManus is the enforcer for this squad. He gets deep post position while using his strength and energy to out work opponents. He delivers with put backs and spends a lot of time at the charity stripe.
Daniel Batista Forward (New Heights)- Batista best basketball is still to come. He’s a nice-looking prospect that helps his team more on the defensive end with blocking and altering shots. He has a decent midrange game and should be able to contribute more when he gets stronger.