The Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Division was loaded. Here’s our second look at the top performers.
Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Johnuel Fland Guard (PSA Cardinals) – Fland was arguably the best pure point guard in the 8th grade division. He does a great job of mixing scoring and facilitating and he does it at the right times. He has an advanced feel for the game and high basketball IQ that are born not taught. Fland can get anywhere on the court with his high-level handle and he can really knock it down from deep. He scored 12 and 17 points in the games we watched.
Nasir Pettigrew Guard (PSA Cardinals) – Nasir is an aggressive scoring wing guard that complements Fland well in the backcourt. He is at his best attacking the rim in the half court or in transition. Although not his strength at this point the lefty can knock down an occasional long ball to keep the defense honest. He also is a good on ball defender.
Darmani Santiago Guard (Team Spartans) – Santiago is the point guard that makes the Spartans go. He led them to a semifinal appearance with his presence on both ends of the floor. He understands what is needed for his team to win the game whether it is being a playmaker or picking up his scoring. He scored 11 points in the game we watched.
Jakeel Martin Guard (Team Spartans) – Martin is a high energy scoring guard that is always putting pressure on the defense. He can score from all three levels and we like his ability to stretch the floor knocking down the 3 ball as he hit three of them in their semifinal game against the NJ Scholars. He finished with 18 points in that game.
Nahkeem Singleton Forward (Team Spartans) – Singleton is a space eater in the paint for the Spartans that rebounds and scores around the rim at a high level. He can rebound on the defensive end, outlet the ball and transition to the offensive end very well getting into position to be effective for his squad. He had a big 21 points in their win against the NJ Playaz.