The Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase took place this past weekend and was loaded with talent. Here’s our final look at the some of the top 8th Graders.
Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase Top 8th Graders Part 4
Jaylen Harrell Forward (Boston, MA) – Harrell was one of the best all around players in the event. He affected the game in a multitude of ways. He is one of those guys you can call a 5-category player when you look at the box score. He can handle the ball and has a nice mid-range jumper off the bounce. Jaylen has good court vision being able to play a point forward position. Defensively he rebounds, blocks shots and is continually active causing problems for the opposing team.
Osa Idada Forward (Brockton, MA) – Osa is a strong forward that rebounds everything enabling his team to get out and run on the fast break quicker. He is highly active with a high motor on both ends of the floor. His energy permeates throughout his team. Idada finishes at a high rate around the basket and with hard work he will continue to evolve on the offensive end.
Devan Williams Guard (Uncasville, CT) – Williams was probably the player that we saw play the hardest every play throughout the showcase. He was rewarded with multiple wide-open layups because he ran the floor so hard. He was able to knock down many 3 pointers throughout the event and he also showed his great court vision with some elite level passes. Devan also rebounded at a high rate for his position. He is a coach’s dream.
Amir Panagiotis Guard (Pawtucket, RI) – Amir was one of those players that was always around the ball. The big guard had a high motor and we saw him dive on the floor for a loose ball. He was always in attack mode and he was great in transition. Panagiotis also had the ability to knock down the 3-point shot.
Sean Akey Guard (Elmont, NJ) – Akey is a big guard that displays a nice jump shot. We like how he rebounds and pushes the ball downhill making the correct decision either passing or scoring. We saw him make one of the nicer passes of the event when he made a no look bounce pass on the break for an easy two points. He also kept his eyes up and made a few nice lead passes for easy baskets.
Jacob Carmona Guard (Englewood, NJ) – Carmona is a big scoring guard that attacks the rim hard. He plays with toughness and we like how he uses his spin moves off the dribble to get to the rim in the half court. Jacob is always looking to attack the defense and score in bunches. He also excels finishing in transition.
Myles Blackley Forward (Summit, NJ) – Myles is a sturdy wing that has a nice handle for his size. He can grab the rebound and lead the break. We like his ability to stretch the floor and knock down the 3-point shot. He is a mismatch because he can take a smaller defender off the dribble or take a bigger defender out to the perimeter.