The Basketball Spotlight Spring Invitational 8th Grade Division produced a new faces. Here’s our first look at the top performers.
Spring Invitational 8th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Ian Jackson Guard (Wiz Kids) – Jackson showed this past weekend that he could arguably be the best player in the region as he led his team to win the championship. Standing at 6’4, he is a long athletic wing guard that plays both ends of the floor and showed that he has the ability to takeover games and will wins for his team. He can score from all three levels but is at his best either attacking the rim or pulling up with his mid-range game. We like his ability to handle the ball and make plays for his teammates as he has very good court vision. Jackson scored 20 points in their semifinal game that we watched and had 25 points in the game before.
Elijah Moore Guard (Wiz Kids) – Moore is a big combo guard that has a killer instinct and really knows how to score the ball. He can score from all three levels, but he is good at knocking down the three ball which opens driving lanes for Jackson. Elijah is always in attack mode, plays hard, and can also get to the basket. He knocked down 4 triples in the semifinal finishing with 20 points keeping his team in the first half until they were able to come back and win it in the second half.
Jeremiah Peoples Guard (Wiz Kids) – Peoples is a high IQ point guard but also showed he can play off the ball. He has good handles and we really liked that he moved well without the ball. Giving the Wiz Kids a third option scoring the ball by either knocking down the three point shot or attacking the rim and finishing, Jeremiah showed he can also take over the game as he got hot in their semifinal game scoring most of his 16 points in the second half.
Touari “Deuce” Ketner Forward (K Low Elite) – Deuce could be pegged as the top prospect in the region. Standing already at 6’6 with room to grow he is a matchup problem. He is a wing forward that can handle the ball as we saw him grab a rebound and lead the break. Ketner plays both ends of the floor and he knows how to score the ball as he had 19 points including three triples in the semifinal game, we watched along with another 19 points in the game before that.
Jay Chiles Guard (K Low Elite) – Chiles is a nice size wing guard that I can see moving over to play the point as he gets into high school. He is active on both ends of the floor and can score from all three levels as we saw him finish around and through contact at the rim, hit a pull up in the lane and knock down a trey ball finishing with double digits in the game we watched. We also saw him attack getting into the lane and drop a nice pass off for a layup which shows his play-making ability off the bounce.