The Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Division was loaded. Here’s our first look at the top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Ahmad Nowell Guard (Team Final) – Nowell is a “DOG”. He seems to always will his team to a victory playing both ends of the court with fire and passion. He is a 3-level scoring combo guard that can also move over to the one and be the primary ball handler if needed. Ahmad has a high school ready body and what he does on the court translates to wins. Wherever he goes for high school will get a proven winner and all coaches love that. He scored a game high 14 points in the championship and 16 points in the semifinal.
Dylan Seay Forward (Team Final) – Seay is a wing forward that understands how to score efficiently and get to his spots on the floor where he can knock down shots. He navigates the high post better than anyone I have seen this year. When he catches it at the free throw line, he can knock down the shirt jumper or drive to the basket. He has range out to the 3-point lines and he is very good in transition. He dropped 20 points in their semifinal win.
Mike Jones, Jr. Guard (Team Final) – Jones is Nowell’s backcourt mate and they fit very well together. They both play hard and make the right plays. Neither are selfish and both have high IQ, so they are both trying to make the winning play. Mike can play either guard position. He has a nice 3 point shot and he is a pest on defense. He is very quick, so he is hard to stay in front of.
Anthony Gikes Forward (NJ Scholars) – Gikes has a national reputation as one of the best players in the country. Standing at 6’6 he and Cunningham make up the best wing tandem in the country. He can score from all three levels and he can also play point forward handling the ball and facilitating for his teammates. He finished with 16 points in the game we watched.
Naasir Cunningham Forward (NJ Scholars) – Cunningham is a high-level prospect that can do about anything on the court. Standing at 6’6 he has a pretty stroke from three and is playing above the rim. He is very long and athletic which helps him on both ends of the court. We like that he can also play point forward and be a facilitator. He had 15 points in their come from behind quarterfinal win.
Abraham Rosario Forward (NJ Scholars) – Rosario is a 6’7 forward that controls the paint for the Scholars. He is very good defensively getting every rebound and blocking shots protecting the rim. He is efficient finishing around the rim and has good hands where he can catch drop off passes from his driving teammates. Abraham has great potential as a long-term prospect.
Nico Pena Guard (NJ Scholars) – Pena is a wing guard that can really shoot it from both long range and mid-range. We like his one and two dribble pull up. He has a good approach to the game as he stays aggressive looking to score but he can also handle the ball and make the right pass to his teammates.