The Basketball Spotlight Spring Invitational 8th Grade Division produced a new faces. Here’s our second look at the top performers.
Spring Invitational 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Richard Brisco Forward (NY Broncos) – Brisco was the best big man that we saw this past weekend. Standing at around 6’8 he is athletic and has a high basketball IQ. He tracks the ball great on rebounds and gets a lot of his points on offensive rebound put backs. Defensively he clears the glass and understands how to keep the ball high and get a quick outlet to one of his guards so they can push the pace. Richard also does a great job of being patient when he gets the ball deciding whether to score or pass when they bring the double team.
David Johnson Guard (NY Broncos) – Johnson is a high IQ point guard that understands when he needs to score or be a playmaker and get his teammates involved. We like how he drives and kicks to open shooters or when the defense is sagging, he will pull the trigger from deep as we saw him knock down two deep threes. David rebounds his position and converts at the free throw line when he gets fouled.
Isaiah Braithwaite Guard (NY Broncos) – Isaiah is a do it all big wing guard that can move over and play the one if necessary. We like the fact that he is very unselfish competitor and just wants to make the right basketball play. He is always in attack mode getting into the paint either dropping it off to Brisco for an easy layup or finishing through contact at the rim. Isaiah rebounds a high rate and can also stretch the defense knocking down the 3 ball.
Jeremy Clayville Guard (Hilltoppers Basketball Club) – Clayville is aggressive scoring guard that keeps coming at you. He can score form all three levels and he has all the shots in his bag. Using his floater package, pull ups off the dribble or his quick release 3-point shot, Jeremy knows how to put the ball in the hoop. We also like that he attacks the rim and can finish with either hand. He dropped 20 points including 5 threes in the game we evaluated.
Reggie Selden Guard (Hilltoppers Basketball Club) – Selden is a nice size point guard that plays with a great pace. He understands when to go fast or slow it down surveying the floor finding his shooters like Clayville for an open three. Reggie can also knock down the long ball as we saw him knock down 4 in the game, we watched one being a tough fade away three in the corner. He finished with 20 points in their semifinal loss to the eventual champions.
Philip Unangst Forward (Hilltoppers Basketball Club) – Philip is a pick and pop four man that can knock down the three off the pop or roll to the basketball and finish in traffic. He understands how to draw contact as he seemed to live at the free line in the game we watched. He also fights hard for rebounds and gets a lot of offensive rebound put backs.