Thursday, August 16, 2018
Basketball Spotlight 2018 7th Grade Postseason Awards Winners
2018 7th Grade Postseason Awards Winners
Team Of The Year: Riverside Hawks- The Hawks got the nod after making it to the final four of the Tip Off Classic, championship game of the Clash For The Cup and winning the banner at the AC Showcase. This was a close race but Hawks were the most consistent.
Coach Of The Year: Everton Browne (East Coast Elite)- Browne guided East Coast Elite to a great season. They made the finals of he AC Showcase before winning the championship game of the MDC. He definitely deserves this accomplishment.
Player Of The Year: Nick Padilla (Riverside Hawks)- Padilla took his game to another level this year. He had the rock on a string and either scored or dropped dimes. His play helped Riverside make a least a final four appearance in every event they attended.
Most Outstanding Player: Tarik Watson (East Coast Elite)- Watson played up but still dominated on the floor. His inside presence on both ends of the floor helped ECE to their most successful season thus far. The rising 7th Grader was a true beast on the Spotlight circuit.
Most Dominant Player Of The Year: William Norman (NJ Bulldogs)- Norman established a huge name for himself with his play in the paint. He was a true double-double machine while playing with a chip on his shoulder. He definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.
Best Prospect Of The Year: DJ Wagner (Team Final)- Wagner is really a clone of his father. The scoring guard proved he could get buckets against any competition. He got it done on all three levels while also showing some point guard skills. The sky is the limit with this kid.
Playmaker Of The Year: Ace Valentine (Team Durant)- Ace put on a show during the Clash For The Cup while leading Team Durant to the crown. When they needed point guard play he made sure his teammates were happy. Then he put on his scorer’s hat when buckets were needed.
Best Scorer Of The Year: Rashan Locke-Hicks (Fidonce)- The speedster was a supreme bucket getter. He excelled in transition and the half court set. Once he has the defender back peddling it’s usually curtains. He put up big time numbers all season long.
Most Improved Player: Dante Green (NY Rens)- Green showed big strides this year as his game displayed more skill and confidence. I even saw him takeover a few games during the circuit. If he keeps this up he should shoot up on some national rankings.
Best Shooter Of The Year: Jo Jo Wright (Riverside Hawks)- Wrights shooting barrage at the AC Showcase helped Riverside take home the crown He was deadly from behind the arc especially from the corner. He nailed about 10 treys that weekend.
Best Defender Of The Year: Akil Watson (East Coast Elite)- Watson can guard 1 thru 5 and use his long arms to play the passing lanes. When he’s around the rim he helps out on blocking shots and hitting the boards.
Surprise Player Of The Year: Jonathan Lamothe (Team Thrill)- Lamothe made his appearance at the Tip Off Classic and made his mark. The smooth wing was very fluid pushing, scoring and passing the rock. He made us remember his name while taking home the best performer of the event.
Best Versatility Of The Year: Jaiden Williams (Team Different)- Williams gets it done everywhere on the floor. On offense he’s a true wing player equipped with a handle and passing skills. On defense he can guard multiple positions.