The Inaugural Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Seminar/Showcase took place at Life Center Academy. This event featured sixty 8th Graders that also received some off the court lessons. Here is our final look at the top performers from this event.
8th Grade Seminar/Showcase Top Performers Part 3
Kingston Walker Guard (Windsor, CT)- Okay Connecticut, I really look some attributes this kid possesses. Walker played like a baby version of Lamar Odom. He’s slick enough to get a step on defenders and long enough to pull up mid bounce. If the second-tier defenders play the mid-range defense Walker will glide to the tin. He’s one of those players that if he continues to grow physically and this confidence switch turns high, he could be a major problem.
Patrick Nguyen Guard (Warrenton, VA)- Yes, some players might sleep on Patrick and then get rocked to sleep by his handle and finishing moves. He showed us all facets of his game and I loved his ability to finish in traffic and over shot blockers. He has a good scoring touch.
Rylhe Tibbs Guard (Lumberton, NJ)- Oh yes, the South Jersey product brought his game and excitement to the event. He constantly broke down defenders off the bounce and twisted them with crossovers. In his course of damage, he dropped two defenders and finished the plays off with buckets. His midrange pull up is something to watch.
Clyde Fraiser Guard (Middletown, DE)- Nothing fancy about this kid’s game and it’s very effective. He’s just brings his lunch pail to work everyday and attacks. He plays the point but can also go into scoring guard mode quickly. He’s strong enough to keep defenders at bay and will hit a cutting teammate with a dime.
Jaquan Womack Forward (Bristol, PA)- Womack reminds me of a young Montrelz Harrell in terms being physical on both sides of the ball but showing some skills. At first glance I thought he was just a strong role player capable of defense and rebounding. Then I saw his offensive package take hold and he displayed a handle and scoring ability.
Darren Williams (Philadelphia, PA)- I’m telling you guys now this guard brought his package. First of all, he has good size and athleticism for his position. I like how he handles the rock while showing deep range and finishing in transition. Someone in Philly has a steal with this kid. We look forward to watching him blossom.
Jahaan Green Guard (Swedesboro, PA)- Green started the event out burying his outside shot. Then he opened up and showed us the rest of his game. He has good size for the two-guard spot and can score it from different angles. His aggressive style carries over to the defensive side of the ball especially being able to guard multiple positions.
Julian Rivera Guard (Gainesville, VA)- Rivera showed us a good skillset. He had the outside shot dropping and when the defense over play it he could drive past them for the bucket. This was our fist time really taking notice of the kid and we look forward to hopefully seeing more of him.