The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Division was loaded top to bottom. Here’s our third look at our top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Top Performers Part 3
Jaquan Harris Guard (NJ Bulldogs) – Harris is a strong athletic guard that has converted nicely to the point guard position. He is playing above the rim dunking the ball and he has a nice jump shot out to the 3 point line. What really stands out though is his passing ability and court vision throwing a lot of next level passes getting his teammates easy buckets. Right now when you are talking about top guards in the Class of 2022 Jaquan has to be in the conversation. He tallied 12 points in the game we watched and a rack of assists.
Corey Floyd, Jr. Guard (NJ Bulldogs) – Corey is a strong combo guard that is wired to score. He is at his best attacking the rim off the dribble in the half court or in transition where he will throw down a dunk. He caught an alley oop from Harris in the half court and came down the lane and piped one also. We also saw him knock down a 3ball showing that he has a nice stroke from distance. His aggressive attacking style of play makes the NJ Bulldogs tough to guard on the perimeter with 3 scoring options. He finished with 22 points in the game we watched including three 3 pointers.
Joseph Baskerville Guard (NJ Bulldogs) – Joseph is more the jump shooting scorer complimenting Corey Floyd’s aggressive attacking style. He has a smoothness to his game with a nice mid-range pull up off the dribble and is deadly from the 3 point line. We also saw him use a ball fake and then attack the rim finishing through contact for an And 1. Baskerville, Floyd, and Harris make up possibly the best backcourt in the country if they are locked in and focused. They have size, skill and athleticism and all three of them have the ability to guard all three perimeter positions. He finished with 24 points in the game we watched including three 3 pointers.
Joey Callari Forward (NJ Bulldogs) – Joey plays a stretch four roll for his team running a lot of pick and pop scenarios. He can step out and knock down the 3 ball but is tough enough to do some work around the basket. He brings a grit to this team along with skill for his size. He fits in well with this group and if they can add a true post presence to their team they will be tough to beat. He ended up with 9 points in the game we watched.
Zion Cruz Guard (NY Rens) – Cruz is a scoring point guard that puts you in the mindset of Russell Westbrook. He is impossible to stay in front of and is a menace in transition. He has elite athleticism and is at is best attacking the rim. Zion also has a nice mid-range pullup off the dribble and can knock down three pointers off the catch or dribble. He has nice handles which allows him to get anywhere on the floor that he wants. He is considered to be one of the best Point Guards in his Class. He finished with 16 points in the game we watched.
Denver Anglin Guard (NY Rens) – Denver is a nice size guard the complimented Cruz very nicely. He liked to shoot his jumper especially his mid-range off the dribble. We saw he had range out to the 3 point line and Anglin had the ability to draw fouls and get to the FT line. We heard through the Rens coach that they were missing a few impact guys and we can’t wait to see them at full strength with Cruz, Anglin and the missing pieces that were absent. He tallied 14 point in the game we watched.
Silas Sunday Forward (NY Lightning) – Silas is an imposing big man with nice height and strength. We believe that he is still scratching the surface of his potential. He is active in the paint rebounding on both ends of the floor and when he gets opportunities either by an assist from a guard or a rebound put back he displays a soft touch and the ability to finish. He is the anchor of his Lightning team and if he is producing they seem to click on all cylinders. He finished with 10 points in the game we watched along with his share of rebounds.