The Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Division is loaded with talent and here’s our second look at the Top Performers.
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Anthony Gikes Forward (New Heights) – Gilkes could have arguably been the top prospect in the event this past weekend. Standing at 6’7 this wing forward is oozing with potential and he is not even close to reaching his ceiling. The scary part is that his production is already at a high-level right now. Anthony has a sweet stroke from three and he is playing about the rim. We also like his ability to guard multiples positions or play at the top of a zone. He scored 12 points in both games we watched.
Quentin Duncan Forward (New Heights) – Duncan is a long wing that does a little bit of everything to help his team win. He is at his best from the mid-range or slashing to the basket. When we spoke to him, he said that he is working on extending his range out to the 3-point line. Defensively he can guard multiple positions and he makes the right decisions with the ball in his hands.
D’Andre Gibbs Guard (New Heights) – Gibbs is a quick combo guard that can score the ball from all three levels. In the games we watched he hit two threes in one of them and scored double figures in both. He understands how to get his shot off and take what the defense gives him. We also like his demeanor on the floor never getting rattled with the ball in his hands.
Jeremiah Jenkins Guard (Expressions) – Jenkins is a do it all point guard that is fun to watch. He could arguably be the top PG in the region and in the conversation for nationally as one of the top point guards. His most natural skill is his court vision and his ability to pass the basketball. He is elite at it. With his team missing three of their high-level players Jeremiah understood he had to score more, and he did just that. He scored 27 and 23 points in the games we watched.
Matt Raffa Guard (Expressions) – In today’s game the three-point shot is very important if you want to win games. Raffa is Expressions 3-point snipper. He has a sweet stroke and playing alongside Jenkins he gets plenty open looks from behind the arc. In the two games we watched he knocked down 6 totals threes and scored 14 points in one of the games.
Naasir Cunningham Forward (KYDA) – Naasir is a big-time prospect standing about 6’5. This long wing forward has a chance to be considered one of the best at his position nationally. He can knock down the three ball or slash to the basket finishing above the rim with dunks. As he continues to get stronger his game will become even more of a problem for the opposing team to game plan against to try and stop him. He finished with double digits in the game we watched.
Abraham Rosario Forward (KYDA) – Rosario is a problem for opposing teams standing at 6’7 and blocking everything that comes into the paint. He also cleans the glass on the defensive end and gets his fair share of offensive rebounds. He was arguably the best defender in the event. Offensively he also gets it done scoring at a high percentage around the basket or in transition. Abraham finished with a triple with 14 points and double-digit rebounds and blocks.
Savod Godwin Forward (KYDA) – Godwin is a go hard wing that does a little bit of everything to help his team win. We like his ability to guard different positions and he doesn’t need the ball to be effective. He is just scratching the surface of his game. His production and consistency will continue to rise as he improves his overall skill level by continuing to work on his game. He tallied 11 points in the game we watched.
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