Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Postseason Awards Winners
The Basketball Spotlight Tournament Series was amazing this year. It’s now time for us to release our end of the season awards. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and we look forward to seeing you guys next season. Let’s begin with the players that competed on the 8th Grade level.
2018 8th Grade Postseason Awards Winners
8th Grade Team Of The Year: Riverside Hawks- The Hawks won the Tip Off Classic by defeating some of the top teams in the region. They also made a championship game run during the AC Showcase.
8th Grade Coach Of The Year: Andrew Mungin (Riverside Hawks)- His squad didn’t have the highly ranked players on paper but they got it done as a team. He motivated this squad to some big-time wins.
8th Grade Player Of The Year: Jaquan Harris (NJ Bulldogs)- This was a tough call but Harris performance throughout the season helped the NJ Bulldogs to their most successful campaign in years. The big guard’s versatility and play making ability helped him be regarded as one of the best guard’s in America. He proved he could do it all the floor.
8th Grade Most Outstanding Player: Darrell Victory (Riverside Hawks)- This point guard was the keys to Riverside Hawks engine. He was probably the most difficult player in the region to contain. He guided them to a Tip Off Classic title and a championship game appearance at the Atlantic City Showcase.
8th Grade Most Dominate Performer: Jarace Walker (Team Thrill)- Walker’s performance at the Clash For The Cup was on another level. He totally dominated the event on both ends of the floor. He played above the rim and showed some finesse on the perimeter. He has a huge upside.
8th Grade Surprise Player Of The Year: William Richardson (NJ Playaz)- I heard rumbles about Richardson stepping up his game but he certainly showed it on the floor. He dazzled the crowd and gave opponents fits with his ball handling, play making and scoring prowess. He was the “Real Deal”.
8th Grade Most Versatile Player Of The Year: Antonio Sellers (NY Gauchos)- Sellers performance at the Tip Off Classic was one to remember. He literally played all five positions and almost singlehandedly led them to the championship. This kid is a big problem.
Floor General Of The Year: Jayden Pierre (Team Rio National)- Pierre showed he could lead a squad against some of the best in the country. His penetration skills and court vision set him apart from most of his peers. He could also score the rock when he had too. He’s a going to be a major problem at Patrick’s School.
8th Grade Best Prospect Of The Year: Jalen Duren (Team Final)- The 6’9 forward is considered one of the best in the country. He showed it during the first day of the Tip Off Classic. He helped them reach the final four of this event.
8th Grade Best Scorer Of The Year: Issac Gonzales (New Heights)- You don’t have to worry about this kid not getting a bucket because he scores it from all three levels. He topped the 30- point mark on several occasions and can go on a scoring tear in no time. He’s a primetime bucket getter.
8th Grade Most Improved Player Of The Year: Corey Floyd (NJ Bulldogs)- Improved size and confidence has caused this kid to take his game to another level. He exploded especially in the Atlantic City Showcase as he led them to the championship.
8th Grade Defensive Player Of The Year: Favour Aire (New World)- The 6’10 figure was a huge problem for penetrating guards and inside scorers. He blocks or alters shots from anywhere in his range.