The Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase 6th Grade Division had a ton of young talent. It gave us a great chance to take a look into the future. Here is our second look at the top performers from this grade level.
Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase 6th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Dwayne Ruffin Guard (Philadelphia, PA) – Ruffin challenged Korey Francis for the Most Outstanding Player in the 6th Grade. He is a point guard with great court awareness that is always around the ball. He was using his elite ball handling skills to get anywhere he wanted on the court. Dwayne was knocking down 3 pointers or freezing his defender with his bag of moves and blowing by them for easy finishes at the rim. We look forward to watching this kid over the next few years.
Jezelle Banks Guard (Wilmington, DE) – Banks was quick with the ball and could finish through contact. She understands mismatches and would find the angle to make the interior pass to the post player on her team for easy baskets around the rim. We saw her attack the defense and convert a nifty no look pass. Jezelle locks up on defense and is a gritty competitor
Xavier is a long guard that looked to be one of the better long-term prospects in the 6th grade. He has a smooth game possessing good court vision. He knows how to attack the gaps getting to the basket. Thompson has a nice stroke from distance as he knocked down multiple 3 pointers.
Hazaiah Barbour Forward (Elizabeth, NJ) – Barbour is a nice size wing forward that can handle the rock. He grabs the rebound and pushes the ball leading the break. He has a nice floater and can finish in traffic. He used his spin move to get to the basket and he had good body control attacking with some acrobatic finishes.
Jahlil Thedford Forward (Thorndale, PA) – Jahlil is an agile strong bodied wing forward that knows how to play the game. He always seems to make the correct play. He is highly active on both ends of the floor. At his size we like his ability to handle the ball and pass the rock making plays for his teammates.
Jaden Craft Guard (Downingtown, PA) – Craft is more of a prospect at this point in his development. He is all arms and legs and looks like he has a bright future with continued development. This long skinny guard showed flashes that he will be one to watch over the next few years.
Sean Turner-Savage Guard (Ewing, NJ) – Sean is a lefty true point guard that has great court vision. He did not play his best during the weekend, but he showed flashes of why he is considered a top tier floor general. He is great a surveying the floor and taking what the defense gives him. He can knock down the 3-point shot or attack the defense getting into the paint and either dishing to an open teammate or shooting a floater over the opposing big.