The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Division had some serious talent especially from the New England area. Here is our look at the Top Performers.
Basketball Spotlight MDC 8th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Torran Bosworth Guard (New England Playaz West)- Bosworth ran the point efficiently and also was able to knock down the trey ball when left opened. He put constant pressure on the defense with his dribble drives and the lefty knew how to lock down on the other end of the floor. He got it done on the big stage.
Joseph Griffin Forward (New England Playaz West)- Griffin is a versatile forward that excels from the foul line extended area but also can drop or two. His comfort zone is near the baseline or paint where he uses body control to finish. He finished with 14 points in the championship and seems to have decent upside.
Jo-Paul McKrieth Forward (New England Playaz West)- The versatile wing is similar to Griffin but has a little better ratchet from deep. His outside shot is soft but he also gets it done charging the lane. He has good size for his position and he led his team in scoring during the finals with 20 markers.
Keyonte Bates Guard (Team New England)- This lefty was outstanding in the finals. He got into the lane whenever he wanted and scored after absorbing contact. He’s wired to score and showed it in the finals. He finished with a game high 28 points in the championship. He also showed he could shoot from deep with 3 treys.
Tony Felder Guard (Team New England)- This youngster runs the show like no other. He gets everyone involved and knows how to also get his own buckets when needed. His handle is tight and always looking to get into the lane. He has made good strides since we saw him last summer. Felder can go.
Taquan Williams Guard (Team New England)- The backup point guard brought a lot of energy to the game. The southpaw played heavy defense and attacked offensively. His quickness was needed and shown in the big games. I like the energy he brings.
Abdullah Mohammed Forward (Team New England)- I love this kids upside. He has great size and was able to finish at the tin. His showed quickness against other bigger forwards and has a nice touch when scoring. His best days of basketball are ahead of him.