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Friday, June 27
8th Grade Big Shots Tournament Champions!



 

 

 

Photo: Team final Big Shots 8th grade champions

Team Final 8th grade Wins the Big Shots 8th Grade Championship taking down Arch Rival WE R 1!  

 



Friday, June 27
Team Final 5th grade falls short of winning the The Grand Finale Championship



Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 5th Grade Top Performers
Justice Williams (Team Nation)

The 5th Grade division of the Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale featured a lot of young talent new to the Spotlight website. It gave us a great look into the future of Basketball Spotlight. 

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 5th Grade Top Performers 

Justice Williams Guard (Team Nation)- If first impressions are lasting then Williams gave me something to think about. The lead guard is as smooth as they come and plays with the confidence of a kid older in age. He sliced through the defense and made the correct pass or scored at will. The way be broke down defenders and had enough skill level to finish set him apart from other guards in this event. His game can translate for years to come. His play earned him an invite to the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. 

Tristan Jeffries Forward (Team Nation)- The Mr. Memorial Day winner also brought his game to the Grand Finale. He finishes with the best of them but also showed a little willingness to put the pill on the floor. He lit things up in the finals finishes with 15 markers and he also showed up in the semifinals against We R 1. This name will be one to remember in the next few days. The Future Phenom Camp is calling his name.




Zion Cruz Guard (Team Nation)- The big guard loves to flash his ball handling and can play either guard position. During the weekend it seemed unfair to see him pushing the rock in transition. The defense was too weak to stop him from getting to the cup or setting up teammates. Size matters with Cruz and we want to see that size in Maryland at the Future Phenom Camp.




Elizah Perkins Guard (Team Nation)- Team Nation caused many turnovers during the weekend and Perkins played a major role. The athletic guard played the passing lanes and plucked ball handlers. On the offensive end he ran alongside Williams while finishing off plays and making things happen with the rock in his hand.




John Camden Guard (Team Final)- In the semifinals Camden proved to be a double threat (inside/outside). He can score after penetrating or hit an outside shot. He plays with a lot of aggression and toughness when handling the pill. Sometimes he penetrates too deep and gets into trouble but he will learn how to pick is spots better as he matures.





Kyle McCord Guard (Team Final)- McCord once again showed he can shoot the rock. His sweet spot seemed to be the corner and he let it go. His shooting stretched the defense and made the Hilltoppers pay for double teaming or slow rotation. This kid has range.

Jordan Longino Guard (Team Final)- Longino was a scoring machine in the semifinals. He powered through defenders and had enough strength to finish off at the rim. He’s a streaky scorer and gains confidence once he gets going. As he gets older he will have to decide whether he will become a point guard or scoring guard.






Jaden Pierre Guard (Hilltoppers Heat)- Wow, Pierre breaks down the defense like few in his class. He exploded through the gaps and showed good pass first instincts. When the defense over played his passing he had the presence of mind to drop the floater. His breakdown ability was something to watch. I can't wait to see him again.

Christian Cevis Guard (Hilltoppers Heat)- Cevis shot the pill well in their loss to Team Final. He showed good range and accuracy when the ball was rotated his way. He knows how to step in well once he receives the rock.

Ryan Ruame Guard (Hilltoppers Heat)-Ruame is a Steve Nash type point guard with some flair to his game. He made it his business to get into the lane and dish the rock when someone was open. He has a good shot from the perimeter be only had one opportunity. He should have received the rock a little more.





David Cuttino Guard (WE R 1)- The Delaware squad had a tough day but Cuttino played to the final buzzer. He dribbled through the pressure defense and made some good passes. He’s still young so he couldn’t complete some of his plays but when his body matures he should be a fine guard. Keep an eye on this kid.

Griffin Barrouk Guard (WE R 1)- Barrouk also showed some promise on Saturday. He nailed the deep ball when it was rotated his way. I love the poise and confidence he showed in this high paced game. 

Special Note:
All the players in the above article impressed us enough to earn invites to the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. Use the link below to register. 



Friday, June 27
Mid Atlantic 7th Grade AAU Regional Championship Recap: Team Final Wins Thriller!



Mid Atlantic 7th Grade AAU Regional Championship Recap: Team Final Wins Thriller!
Team Final Wins Thriller!

The game of weekend came down to the wire as Team Final defeated Team Nelson 61-60 to win the Mid Atlantic 7th Grade AAU Regional Championship. Congrats to both teams for making it to the finals. 

 Top Performers

Fahmir Ali Guard (Team Final)- What a weekend for this kid. He truly has made the transition to the point guard position. In the finals he controlled the tempo for the most part while using nifty moves including a hesitation dribble to negate the quicker defenders. Ali didn’t settle for the jump shot but instead got into the lane and used the floater. His court vision was outstanding because he actually enjoys watching teammates score. The Team Nelson guards tried throwing different looks but they couldn't rattle him or speed him up. He only got in trouble when he drove to deep in the lane and tried to finish over TN’s long/athletic front line. He looked like a young John Bagley.

Shawn Johnson Guard (Team Final)- Johnson once again proved to me too much for the opposition. He punished and carried defenders to the cup while finishing. He’s difficult to press because he can dribble through or see over top of the defense. One of his best weapons is his ability to rebound and start the fast break himself by pushing the rock. He’s a real match-up problem on this level.

Amin Dandridge Forward (Team Final)- Dandridge is a player that doesn’t have to have the ball to impact the game. He used his speed and leaping ability to battle on the boards and play great defense. He has quickness along the baseline that allows him to contribute buckets. I like his unselfish play and the way he sacrifices for the team.

Tariq Ingraham Forward (Team Nelson)- The gentle giant is most effective when he gets deep low post position. Then he can use one move to score and use his touch off the glass. When he's rolling he's very difficult to stop. If he gets the rock too far from the rim it’s difficult because he hasn’t learned how to put on the floor or clear out space by backing the defender down. The good part is with Team Nelson and they are known for developing players.

Jamil Riggins Forward (Team Nelson)- This new addition plays a Stacy Augmon type of game. He slashes through the lane and tries to finish high above the rim. In the finals he sparked Team Nelson by finishing off plays (16 points) and grabbing numerous rebounds. He one of the quickest leapers I saw this weekend. Once his skill set catches up with his explosiveness and athleticism it could get ugly for opponents.

Donta Scott Forward (Team Nelson)- Scott now has extended his game further on the perimeter. He looks very comfortable shooting the trey ball. When he attacks off the dribble he could a little out of control but you learn to deal with it because his potential is evident. If this kid continues to grow and develop it could be scary when the game slows down for him. At quick glance he might be a Top 5 Mid- Atlantic region prospect regardless of class.

Titus Beard Guard (MJ Mavericks)- Beard impressed us against Team Nelson in the semi-finals. He showed poise while playing both guard positions and caught a string of scoring. His size and handle allows him to get a clean look from the 3 point area and when scoring in traffic. I like his poise and the confidence he’s showed against some of the best guards in the region.

Dominic Wright Guard (MJ Mavericks)- Wright is a fresh face for the Mavericks and made his presence felt. He’s play maker with that size that can nail the three-ball also. During their early lead over Team Nelson it was Wright putting pressure on the defense and dribbling through the pressure. This was a great pickup for the Mavs


Friday, June 27
Mid Atlantic 5th Grade AAU Championship Recap: Team Final Cruises!



Mid Atlantic 5th Grade AAU Championship Recap: Team Final Cruises!
Team Final Regional Champs

Team Final got off to a great start and didn’t look back as they defeated Philly United 57-43 to win the Mid Atlantic 5th Grade AAU Regional Championship. Congrats to both teams for a making to the championship game. 

 Top Performers

Jordan Longino Guard (Team Final)- Jordan came off the bench but was the weekends top performer in this age group. He used his powerful frame and deep crossover dribble to get anywhere on the floor. He charged the basket and scored at will with strong finishes at the rim or a nice jumper from the perimeter. The game changed into Team Finals favor each time he stepped on the floor.

Keshon Griffen Forward (Team Final)- Griffen was a load to handle inside all weekend. He scored on the blocks, blocked shots and grabbed rebounds. He also has good touch from the charity stripe. He’s very young so he moves a little awkward and a ways to go in terms of foot work on the post. But let’s keep in mind he’s a only a 5th Grader. He looks to have a bright future.




Nasir Cowan Guard (Team Final)- After a quiet semifinal, Cowan woke up in the championship. He controlled the tempo like a true floor general but he really hurt Philly United with his deep shooting. He hit 3 treys from the top of the key that broke the back of the opposition. He waited for the right time to step up.

John Camden Guard (Team Final)- While Cowan was quiet in the semifinals Camden picked up the load. He flourished while running the floor and finishing off plays. He has no problem driving down the throat of the defense and initiating contact. I was impressed with his play Saturday.

Kyle McCord Guard (Team Final)- McCord is a deadeye shooter that makes you pay when you leave him open. Logino did a good job of drawing the defense which helped Kyle get open and knock shots down. Every good team needs a shooter like McCord.






Edward Holland Guard (Malvern Legends)- Holland showed me some flashes some of the things he could do. He scored in the lane and in transition. He really surprised with his toughness and willingness to rebound. He fought through some big opponents to get to the glass. But ultimately I think he will become a two guard. 



Khalil Farmer Guard (Malvern Legends)- Farmer didn’t have his best outing in front of me but it’s my job to see the talent and he’s fits the bill. I like his size and how comfortable he looks handling the ball and playing on the perimeter. He’s definitely a player that you will see more on my website.

Omari Banks Guard (WE R 1)- Banks went on a scoring tear Saturday in their semifinal loss. He gave us a taste of his deep range and transition scoring. He helped his team dig out of a huge hole and make the game respectable. He finished the contest with 22 points.


Friday, June 27
Team Final 4th Grade settles for the Silver



Team Final 4th grade suffer a tough lost in the Mid Atlantic district Championship game. They were missing one of their main players due to illness. Still these boys competed and were in the game until the end. Congratulations boys for winning the silver Medal


Friday, June 27
Team Final 7th grade wins the Mid Atlantic District Championship



Team Final 7th Grade won the Mid Atlantic District Championship. This Group has made tremendous stride getting better and is one of the Surprise teams in AAU Basketball. They dethrone Team Nelson who dominated their division for years and had won several Mid Atlantic District Championship until Team Final knock them out. Congratulations to Team Final 7th grade keep up the good work!


Friday, June 27
Team Final class of 2021 wins the Mid Atlantic District Championship



Team Final 5th Grade won the Mid Atlantic District Championship Dominating the competition. Every game was won by no less than 15 points a game. This was the first time that all the players this group were there to play in the Final 4. The Future looks very bright for this group!


Friday, June 27
Nike Invitational tournament Boo Williams VA





Friday, June 27
Team Final 8th grade at the DMV Tournament


Friday, June 27
Team Final 5th Grade Wins the KD Championship in Winslow NJ with just 6 players.
Team Final 5th grade played in the KD Tournament in Winslow NJ against some tough competition a few days ago. The boy were short handed all weekend but that did not stop them from pulling out the Championship with seconds left in the game as John Camden hit the game winning basket to give the Boys the KD 5th Grade Championship. Congratulations boys!!!



Monday, April 7
Team Final class of 2019 7th grade Wins the Philly Phase 1 invitational



 Team Final 7th grade wins the Philly Phase invitational in convincing manner. Congratulation to basketball spotlight's 5th rank team as they continue to get better.



Monday, April 7
Team Final falls short in the AGame championship at Spooky Nook (click here for scores)



Team Final competed in the Agame Super Shootout at the beautiful  Spooky Nook facility in Manheim Pa. With over 200 plus teams in every age group, Team Final went on to prove them selves that they were one of the top teams in the 8th, 6th and 5th  grade Division.

5th grade beat some of the top teams in their age group including beating district rival WE R 1 by a score of 42 to 25 advancing to the bracketplay were they face a tough Annadale Bull Dogs from Va. Team Final jump on the Bull Dogs early and had a 12 point lead at one time by in the second half team Final struggle to make baskets and allow the Bull dogs to close in and eventually they took the lead. Team final battle until the end but in the end The Bull Dogs pull out the victory by 3 final score 45 to 42.

6th grade Division the Team Final boys had some tough victories against some tough opponents and pulling out some close victories. In bracket play Team Final boys defeated house of sports 45 to 35 to advance to the Elite 8. In the elite 8 Team Final sturggle against a much bigger and experience Team Gauchoz and fell short from advancing to the Final 4.

8th grade Team Final boys dominated most of the competition through out the event. Team Final was able to avenge one of their losses earlier in the year against against Team 12 who they ended up meeting in the Final 4. Team Final jump all over Team 12 take an early lead which they never let go. Team Final's defense frustrated Team 12 and the outcome was a 59 to 35 defeat, a 24 point victory. In the Championship game it was a rematch from the Nike Invitational against Team Melo. Team Melo who merge with MD Scholars had defeated Team Final by 3 points in VA so the boys were extra charge for this rematch. A tough battle that went all the way down to the wire but in the end some Team Final mistakes and a technical foul hurt Team Final chances of winning the championship. Team Melo defeated Team Final by a score of 56-51.    



Sunday, April 6
Basketball Spotlight DMV Take over top performers



Basketball Spotlight DMV Takeover 7th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Fahmir Ali (Team Final)

The 7th Grade Division of the DMV Takeover had some great moments and gave us a first time champion. Here’s Part 2 of our Top Performers in this class. 

DMV Takeover 7th Grade Top Performers Part 2 

Fahmir Ali – Guard- Team Final 
 While critics say he isn’t quick enough Ali continues to drop numbers and help Team Final collect victories. This weekend he let 6th Man Warriors, MD Playmakers and B’More Finest feel his wrath. He averaged double figures from the field with a collection of 3 points and midrange pull ups. This kid cannot be defined by position he’s just a flat out player. 

Khyree Temple – Forward- Team Final 
Team Final has developed more toughness this season and Temple is one of the reasons. The forward scored 16 points against 6th Man Warriors and B’More Finest. He’s quietly putting together a good season. We only expect him to get better and be considered for some post season all-star selections.

Lavar “Tay” Allen – Wing Guard – 6th Man Warriors 
Tay is the engine to his 6th Man team. He can do pretty much anything on the court both on the offensive and defensive end. He can be the primary ball handler and playmaker for his team as needed but he is at his best when his role is that of the primary scorer. He loves to attack the rim either in transition or in the half court and he is hard to stop due to his strength and underestimated ball handling. Allen also can knock down the long 3 pointer and he gets to the line at a high rate. On the defensive end he can guard 1-4 and is a willing rebounder. When Tay’s motor is turned up and he is playing with passion he is very hard to stop. 

Elijah Hicks – Power Forward – 6th Man Warriors 
When you talk about athletes you might just see a picture of Elijah beside the definition in the dictionary. Although a bit undersized his size, strength, and athleticism makes up for that. Hicks has developed nicely on the basketball court and is 6th Man’s leading rebounder. When the shot goes up nine times out of ten Hicks is going to get the rebound. He gets many of his points from offensive rebound put backs but has developed some nice finishing moves around the basket. Many times at the end of the game you will see Elijah in the box score as the leading scorer for his squad.

Jordan Hairston – Guard- VA Hokies 
The Hokies made their Spotlight debut in the Blue Division but Hairston’s play still earned ink. The scoring machine went to work all weekend. He has scoring touch from all three levels (3 point range, mid-range and inside). He averaged close to 25 points per game while finishing with 28 markers in their semifinal win over Team Takeover (Orange). In the finals he ran out of bullets against a tough Philly Triple Threat but he made Basketball Spotlight take notice. 

Jalen Willis – Combo Guard – Baltimore Elite 
Willis primarily plays off the ball and is one of the primary scorers for his team. He accomplishes this by being in attack mode 100% of the time in the half court offense and through the transition game while also getting to the charity stripe more than his fair share. In time of need he can handle the primary ball handling duties. He is very hardnosed and a relentless competitor. There are not many players that have a motor like him. He had good size, strength and speed so he is a hard guard for smaller defenders. 

Will Thomas – Wing Forward – Baltimore Elite 
Thomas has to be one of the top prospects out of the Baltimore area. He is very long and athletic and runs the floor like a gazelle. He has a nice mid to long range shot and he can put it on the floor and attack from the wing. Will can post up and make the turnaround jump shot or he can face you up and hit the jumper with range out to the three point line. 

Jermere Williams – Wing Forward – Baltimore Elite 

Jermere is a solid forward that is very strong and he uses his strength as a mismatch against smaller defenders. He is a player that can play multiple positions for his Baltimore Elite team. If he needs to play more a traditional power forward position he can bang in the paint and rebound and then he has the ability to push the ball down the court himself or he can play one of the perimeter spots and attack the rim off the bounce. With his size and


Sunday, April 6
Team Final class of 2021 {click here}



Team Final 5th grade and some live action.



Sunday, April 6
Team Final 6th Grade DMV Champions!



Photo: Congratulations to Team Final 6th grade team for winning the Basketball Spotlight DMV Takeover Championship!

TEAM FINAL 6th grades goes down to District Heights MD against some tough competition and win The basketball Spotlight Blue division DMV Championship!



Tuesday, January 7
Team Final 4th Grade wins the 5th grade tournament



Team Final 10U/4th Grade Team played up in the 11U/5th Grade Division and earned a Championship Hardware in the Winter Warm-Up KD Tournament just before Christmas in Jersey. One coach almost refused to play them because he felt his team was too big and the boys would not give him a challenge so he complained to the director of the tournament. Our boys came out and beat them by 14 points. We are proud of the boys and their effort.Photo: Team Final 10U/4th Grade Team played up in the 11U/5th Grade Division and earned a Championship Hardware in the Winter Warm-Up KD Tournament just before Christmas in Jersey.  One coach almost refused to play them because he felt his team was too big and the boys would not give him a challenge so he complained to the director of the tournament. Our boys came out and beat them by 14 points. We are proud of the boys and their  effort.


Wednesday, January 1
NIKE JR Circuit for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.



Junior Circuit League

THE LEAGUE HAS COME!

 

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Monday, December 30
HoopRootz Jr Elite Basketball reports on some of our young ball players



HoopRootz

Kick-Off Classic set to tip in Jersey

December 6th, 2013

Zahree Harrison and Team Final will match-up with Team D.E.M.I. in a primetime 2020 pool play match-up

In the past half-decade, the Basketball Spotlight Kick Off Classic, held the first weekend in December, has become the unofficial kick off to the "AAU" Season in the Northeast and next weekend at the Hoop Group Headquarters in New Jersey, the red-tape will be cut on the 2013-14 Season. Here's a look at some of the squads which will be looking to make noise on the Spotlight Stage.

4th Grade

After a dominant fall season in New England, the 4th Grade Boston Bobcats will make their debut on the Spotlight Stage looking to make major noise in the lime-light.

6th Grade Orange

TEAM FINAL - This squad has a handful of players who stood out at the Philly King of the Court and with Zahree Harrison at the point and an abundance of talent around him, including KOC participants Mason Mosley, Tyler Seward, Rasheen Caulk, and Andrew Alikakos, they will be looking to go after a championship right away.

Team DEMI - These fellas have been chompin' at the bit for the 2013-14 season to get started since the summer and with their talented roster now entering its second year together as a squad, DEMI is all business heading down to Jersey. Very curious to see what transpires when they match up against Team Final in Pool Play. Should be a showdown.

ESYC - Shane Dezonie, Julian Thomas and co. will set sail from Allentown looking to make a statement out of the gate in 2013-14. Dezonie was a monster in the paint at the King of the Court and slowing him down will be crucial for opponents in Pool H.

6th Grade Blue

Boston Bobcats - After a tremendous fall campaign, the Bobcats will be looking to make a statement this weekend in their Spotlight Debut. They'll go up against squads from big-name programs such as Milbank & Team SCAN in Pool K.

7th Grade Orange

Team DEMI - They were dominant on their way to the title in their only fall appearance at the DEMI Halloween Bash. This weekend could be the beginning of a huge year for this club.

Expressions - This squad had an outstanding fall season as they won the championship of the Boston Warriors Fall League in impressive fashion. X will look to carry this momentum into this weekend, where they'll face off in with Team DEMI in a Rivalry Game during Pool Play. Should be very interesting.

7th Grade Blue

Northeast Finest - Launched only several months ago, this squad has made a ton of noise out of the gate, including taking the Chip at the HoopRootz Beast of the East, and they'll look to continue that trend this weekend down in Jersey.

8th Grade White

TEAM FINAL- With a perimeter cast featuring the likes of Cameron Reddish, El Khana Hidalgo, Alex Serrano, and Isaiah Jones, Team Final will compete in the vaunted White Division, where in pool play they'll compete in a shark-tank Pool S with the NC Runnin Rebels, Team Takeover, and Team SCAN.

Team IZOD - Najohn Dickerson was very impressive in the front-court at the Philly KOC. This weekend, he and his IZOD teammates, including Atiba Taylor and Nazeon Reid, go into the weekend as the favorites in the White Division.

8th Grade Orange

WE R 1 - This squad will be dead-set on going after a crown this weekend and opponents will have to contend with the likes of Darius Kinnel in the back-court and Paul Brown and Jamal Whittlesey in the front-court in order to slow them on their path.

Boston Spartans - Rivalry game in pool play against the Shooting Stars will start off what could be a big 2013-14 Season for the Spartans. They closed very strong last summer and were on the hard-grind all fall. They should be ready to make their move.

Shooting Stars - This ball-club has been together from the beginning and will begin their final junior elite campaign this weekend looking to cap off what's been a memorable run with a bang.

8th Grade Blue

TEAM FINAL BLACK  - Make no mistake about it. This is no B Team, just a different group playing under the T.F. Flag. Led by Zaeem Garrett, this squad is hard-nosed and talent and should be serious contenders to win the Blue Division this weekend.



Monday, December 30
Team Final 8th grade moves up to number 4 in the Basketball Spotlight top 10



Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

Basketball Spotlight is proud to present our first Top 10 of the season. The Tip Off Classic is in the books and the results from that event helped us in this process.

Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. Playaz Basketball Club: The Playaz start the season with the #1 spot as they won the Loaded Tip Off Classic. They seem like a well-oiled machine right now.

2. Team IZOD: IZOD fell short to the Playaz twice but I don’t think the book is closed on this squad. I expect them to be there when the smoke clears.

3. Team Takeover: TT lost a close one to IZOD in the final four of the Tip Off Classic. Right now they are #3 but could move up in an instant.

4. Team Final: Yes the surprise of the Tip Off Classic impressed us with their toughness. Now they must prove they can stay up here with the best.

5. I 10 Celtics: The Cali team had two tough loses in the loaded White Division but we still feel they are a quality squad.

6. Rens: The Rens had a tough time at the Tip Off Classic but rebounded to make it to the finals of Funsport.

7. Team Scan: Team Scan came up short during the Tip Off Classic but I think they will make a turnaround quickly. Stay tuned!

8. NC Runnin Rebels: The Rebels were undermanned at the Tip Off Classic. Hopefully we can see them soon fully stocked.

9. SHA Elite: SHA Elite jumps into our Top 10 after winning the Tip Off Classic Orange Division crown.

10. Team Twelve: Team Twelve made their Spotlight debut and made it to the finals of the Orange Division.


Monday, December 30
Team Final 6th grade makes the Basketball Spotlight top 10



Basketball Spotlight Top 10 6th Grade Teams Presented By AGame Team Apparel

Basketball Spotlight is proud to present our first Top 10 of the season. The Tip Off Classic is in the books and the results from that event helped us in this process.

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. Gauchos: The Choz won the Tip Off Classic and starts our list off in the #1 Spot.

2. IZOD/KSK: This 6th Grade bunch finished runner up at the Tip Off Classic and should be able to push the Gauchos for that #1 spot.

3. Team Glory: TG got bounced in the Elite 8 by Gauchos but we still feel they are relevant for this #3 spot. Hopefully they can stay up here.

4. Team DEMI: The Boston boys made a final four run after some impressive wins. Welcome to the Top 5 fellas.

5. On Point Rens: This group has always been a scrappy bunch and it paid off at the Tip Off Classic. They now can be regarded as a top notch team.

6. NBA: NBA was absent from the Tip Off Classic. Hopefully we will see them soon.

7. ESYC Elite: The Pennsylvania crew went 1-2 but they are still a threat. We can’t wait to see them again.

8. Milbank: The Bank took went hard and took home the Blue Division crown. Now they must enter the land of the big boys in the Orange.

9. Team Scan: TS challenged Milbank in the Blue Division Championship. They are also a up and coming bunch.

10. Team Final: Final advanced to the Elite 8 in their first outing this season. We look forward to seeing them again soon.


Wednesday, December 11
Team Final class of 2018 TipOff Classic high lights



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tip Off Classic Team Highlights: Team Final (8th Grade!)



Team Final made a strong run through a vigorous 8th Grade White Division and fell a few points short of the finals. Here are some of their highlights from this weekend. Stay tuned as we bring you more coverage from the 2013 Tip Off Classic. Pleas email team highlights to basketballspotlight@hotmail.com. Youtube format is preferred. 

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Wednesday, December 11
Team Final class of 2018 among the best in their class



Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2
Cameron "The Prince" Reddish (Team Final)

The Basketball Spotlight 8th Grade Division of the Tip Off Classic was loaded with talent. Here’s Part 2 of Top Performers from this weekend. 

Tip Off Classic 8th Grade Top Performers Part 2 

Cameron Reddish Guard (Team Final)- Team Final came a few points short of making the finals and Reddish came out his shell. Yes, “The Prince” continued his hot play from the Super Skillcase including scoring the pill and creating for teammates. His form on his outside shot looks pure and his body movement echo’s a natural basketball player. I think the experience he gaining by playing varsity is helping him turn the corner earlier.

Mikey Esquillin Guard (Team Final)- “The Engine” now dons the colors of Team Final but his game seems to be still the same. It was hard to contain him in the open floor because of his handle and speed. He also was a pest on the defensive end as Team Final forced several turnovers especially against Team Scan. He seemed to be a nice fit with this squad. 

Devin Ferraro Forward (Team Final)- Ferraro was a force inside for TF all weekend. I like how he runs the floor and understands that his bread is buttered in the paint. His physical play was a much needed asset to the Team Final line up.

Damon Wall Guard (Team Final)- Wall is built like a running back but has some shifty moves with the basketball. He bullied opponents on both ends of the floor and his aggressive style carried over to his teammates. 

Alex Serrano Guard (Team Final)- Serrano also made his Spotlight debut with Team Final. He was a great pickup because he gives them another good sized guard to play alongside Reddish if they want to go big. This weekend he made some big plays in their semifinal loss to the Playaz. 

Jake Betlow Guard (SHA Elite)- Betlow is playing up in grade but you couldn't tell when he was on the floor. This kid can flat out shoot the pill. He capped off a brilliant weekend from the perimeter with 5 treys in the Orange Championship versus Team Twelve. He's difficult to guard because he's quick with the ball and his range is unlimited.


Paul Durkee Guard (Mass Shooting Stars)- Some added size in the front court has Durkee more comfortable on the perimeter. He gave Team Twelve a taste of it in their semifinal loss. He finished the contest with 28 points including 3 treys. He's really developing into a special player. 

Nayshon Hamlet Forward (Rens)- His team didn't have a great weekend but Nayshon let his presence be known against the Playaz in a losing effort. The talented forward tallied 26 markers as the Rens pushed the eventual champs to the brink. 

Andrew Tuazama Forward (NC Runnin Rebels)- Big Drew made a name for himself with a 20 point performance in their loss to Team Takeover. His squad was a little under manned but he still went to the ring and gave a got fight. This kid is very athletic.


Saturday, November 9
City of Basketball love 2013 Pangos Frosh/Soph camp



2013 Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp

The Pangos All-East Freshman/Sophomore camp had over 100 of the top 2016s and 2017s. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

The Pangos All-East Freshman/Sophomore camp had over 100 of the top 2016s and 2017s. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200)

Over the weekend at the Riverwinds complex in Deptford, N.J., CoBL spent a lot of time watching young talented kids from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. The Pangos All East Freshman/Sophomore camp was fierce and competitive, with several top players enjoying standout performances. There was tons of top talent at this event, but here are scouting reports on a few kids that really helped themselves with a great few days.

Eric Ayala/2017/Sanford (Del.)
This 6-2 scoring combo guard is very skilled and can score in every way possible. He is almost impossible to keep out of the lane and can finish with either hand in traffic. He has displayed a very high basketball I.Q., and is always looking to make his teammates around him better. Ayala will need to continue to on getting stronger and developing a more consistent jump shot, but he has a tremendous future ahead of him. There isn’t much he can’t do at such an early age in his career.

David Caraher/2017/Chapel Hill (N.C.)
One of the guys I haven’t had a chance to see prior to the event, the 6-5 Caraher was certainly impressive. He had one of the best looking shots at the camp. He had unlimited range on his jumper and also showed he was able to come off screens and make shots as well. Caraher displayed that is an above-average athlete as well and had an extremely high basketball I.Q.

Trevon Duval/2017/St Benedict’s (N.J.)
Even though he was only here for Sunday, it was my first time watching the super-talented 6-2 point guard. He has court awareness and see the floor at an elite level. He has extremely high basketball I.Q., and rarely will make a bad decision with the basketball. He will need to become a better jump shooter if he wants to a complete basketball player.

Noah Gear/2016/Bullis (Md.)
A do-it-all, 6-2 combo guard that has very few weaknesses. He has a very high basketball I.Q., and rarely makes a bad decision with the ball in his hands. He is a silky smooth player that isn’t a great athlete but knows how to get by his man and make a play for either himself or one of his teammates. He is also an excellent rebounder for a guard, and with his passing ability is always dangerous to start the break.

Quade Green/2017/Neumann-Goretti (Pa.)
He is one of the most gifted and talented point guards in the area, He continues to impress me with his ball handling skills, quick first step with the ball and ability to knock down 3-point shots. On top of that, the 5-11 point guard sees the floor really well and is an excellent passer.

Joe Hampton/2016/DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
He is an overpowering player that is a match-up nightmare for his defenders. Hampton is a strong, physical wing player that does a little of everything so well on the offensive end. Despite his large 6-6 frame, he can step out and make a 15-foot jump shot or drive the ball and finish around the basket drawing contact. Hampton will still need to work on getting in better condition and developing a 3-point shot but he is extremely skilled.

Sedee Keita/2016/Vermont Academy (Vt.)
Watching him play a lot over the past few months, he is getting better every time he steps on the court; he has improved greatly since last seeing him in July. The mobile, 6-9 big man now is able to score inside with a variety of post moves. He is also running the floor better and finishing in traffic. Keita still tends to hang out on the perimeter too much and will need to continue to add strength to his frame.

DeMatha (Md.) point guard Alani Moore was one of several players from the DMV area who impressed. (Photo: Josh Verlin

DeMatha (Md.) point guard Alani Moore was one of several players from the DMV area who impressed. (Photo: Josh Verlin

Alani Moore/2016/DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
A cerebral point guard that is always making the right decision with the basketball. He plays at a pace on the court that all coaches wish their players played with. He can finish with either hand while absorbing contact around the basket. He also showed off a really good mid-range game this weekend. He will need to continue to work on his 3 point shooting though as he wasn’t very consistent this weekend. If he grows a few more inches he should have the potential to play at the highest level of college basketball; though at 5-9 he’s already showed that he can dunk.

Lamar Stevens/2016/Haverford School (Pa.)
He makes the game look so simple when he is on the court and everything comes so natural to him. Stevens is such a gifted scorer presently and is continuing to improve in every aspect of the game. The 6-6 wing has also demonstrated that he loves playing against the best players on the court and challenges himself to be the best he can.

A.J. Wilson/2016/Duvall (Md.)
At 6-6, Wilson might have been one of the best and most athletic wings at the camp. He loved getting out in the open court and finishing well above the rim in transition. He was also able to drive the ball at will in the half court and had enough court savvy to make the right decision with the basketball. Wilson will need to develop a jump shot at some point to be a complete offensive player.

Jamal Wright/2016/Bullis (Md.)
One of the quickest guards at the camp this weekend, he was all over the place and impossible to keep out of the lane. He has great court sense and is a really good passer. He is an on the ball defender that guards 94 feet. He showed that when he is left open, he can knock down an open 3-point shot. This absolute blur may have been the quickest guard we’ve seen this fall.

Other Local Standouts
Nysier Brooks/2016/Archbishop Carroll (Pa.)
At this point of his career he is a game changing defensive player that is always blocking or challenging his opponents shots. Brooks is starting to develop some low post moves on the block and can step out and make about a 10-footer right now. He was one of the few true post players at camp and has a bright future ahead of him.

Shaheed Haynes/2017/Imhotep Charter (Pa.)
This was the first chance for me to see this athletic wing play and he was really impressive. He was able to not only make open 3-point shots, but he was also able to take his man off the dribble and finish with either hand around the rim. Haynes was really good on the offensive end and looked equally impressive on defense, with quick hands and feet. He is one guy I am really looking forward to seeing play again.

Germantown Friends' Austin Harriot was one of a number of local prospects at the Pangos camp. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Germantown Friends’ Austin Harriot was one of a number of local prospects at the Pangos camp. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Austin Harriott/2016/Germantown Friends (Pa)
He is a strong, physical wing guard that loves to attack the basket off the dribble. He will need to continue to work on his jump shot if he wants to reach his full potential. He is an excellent athlete that loves to get out in transition and finishes well with contact.

Isaiah Jennings/2016/Allentown Central Catholic (Pa.)
One of the most natural point guards at the camp, Jennings is always making the right decisions with the basketball. He is always looking to make the extra pass and his great court awareness as he always trying to find his open teammates. He has always known for being a solid 3-point shooter, but this weekend he displayed the ability to even make some pull-up jumpers in the lane.

Lapri McCray-Pace/2016/Conwell-Egan (Pa.)
He is a strong, physical wing that plays like a bowling ball on the court, always bouncing off defenders and finishing at the rim. He really enjoys playing through contact and seems to enjoy the physical nature of basketball. He has also has displayed the ability to be a lockdown defender at this point in his career. Once he learns to be a more consistent jump shooter there will be not much he won’t be able to do on the court.

Manny Stokes-Dixon/2017/Notre Dame (N.J.)
An elite-level athlete that loves playing in the open court and can finish well above the rim. He is a super-long, lanky defender that is always looking to get into passing lanes and going for steals. He has tremendous upside and I look forward to watching him play again in the near future.



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Team Final's Jake O'neal under thr radar Sophomore



            

WEST DEPTFORD, NEW JERSEY – DunkDog.com’s coverage of the 2016 class at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp concludes with five more impressive performers from the two-day event.

Several of them being new names to the scouting and recruiting front, the event served as a platform for such discoveries, and will have the attention of DunkDog.com moving forward.

The following five prospects, listed in alphabetical order, may not have been known to the recruiting world before the event but will certainly be monitored throughout the remainder of their high school careers.

2013 Pangos All-East: Sophomore Surprise Performers

KyleStout
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Schnecksville
STATE: Pennsylvania
HT: 6'4
WT: 175
POS: WG
SCHOOL: Parkland (PA)
 

Stout’s game is well-rounded, and he was a consistent positive presence throughout the weekend. Good decisions, accurate passes, and made shots were all examples of the correct ‘basketball plays’ he made during the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event. He wasn’t a knock down shooter, but he was a very good shooter that needed to be respected, and he showed an understanding of what a good shot is. An impressive athlete, Stout’s attraction isn’t limited to a single department, making him a better than average role player you can trust.

AkoAdams
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Arlington
STATE: Virginia
HT: 6'2
WT: 170
POS: PG
TRAVEL: D.C. Premier
 

At the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event, Adams showed the tools to be a serious division one target, and his long-term look is a good one if steps are made along the way. That area for improvement all starts with decision-making and consistency. The 6-foot-2 lefty wants to be a point guard, and that probably is the position that makes for the highest ceiling in his particular case. To get there, though, his decisions with the ball as a passer and shooter will need to get better. Adams completes a lot of great plays, but occasional bad shots and turnovers hurt his efficiency and consistency. Attention to detail will certainly help and valuing each possession will also. Matching-up with Maryland commit Melo Trimble every day in practice this year will be good for him, and his energetic personality makes him a lot of fans. Keeping all this mind, you label him a no-brainer prospect to track, whose attraction will be multiplied with improvements in those certain areas.

DanaKing
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Valley Stream
STATE: New York
HT: 5'9
WT: 155
POS: PG
TRAVEL: - -  
 

He’s a 5-foot-9 point guard who combines an understanding of basics with good mechanics offensively and scoring ability off the dribble. King, for the most part, made good reads with the ball throughout the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event, and he was one of the bigger threats from behind the three-point arc, as well. A quick release, a compact frame, and both craftiness and quickness with his dribble give him shot creating ability, despite his lack of size. One of the more distinguished areas of his fairly advanced offensive game was his clear understanding of the value in playing low. King capitalizes on his small size by taking his drives and dribble particularly low to the ground, making him very tough to stay in front of. That aspect adds balance, and it adds quickness going to the rim. The little things like these are pieces of the game that King utilizes as strengths.

NoahGear
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Potomac
STATE: Maryland
HT: 6'2
WT: 170
POS: WG
TRAVEL: Virginia Elite

No one thing really stood out at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp, and Gear didn’t necessarily put together any ‘wow’ moments, but when you dive a little deeper, his future immediately becomes very bright. Not one to command attention or excel in a camp setting, Gear plays an unselfish brand of basketball and has upside in different areas. The most notable is his style. His game is unforced, with feel, and has no wasted motion. He has ability to play both guard spots because of his decision making, and a 6-foot-2 frame that hasn’t even started developing (or possibly finished growing), which only adds to the attraction. Owning good ball-skills and ability in the mid-range area, Gear can use the whole court on offense, and a high IQ capitalizes on that even further. You’ll likely hear his name a lot moving forward as a mid-level and up recruit.

JakeO'Neill
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Richland
STATE: New Jersey
HT: 6'9
WT: 215
POS: C
TRAVEL: Team Final

Understanding court positioning is invaluable, particularly for big men on the defensive end of the floor. They anchor the interior and are the ones responsible for directing traffic defensively. While he may not own the title ‘anchor’ right now, Jake O’Neill of Team Final has the court positioning piece down pat. Principles such as back-side and help-side were certainly not new to him, as O’Neill played a good position-player role throughout the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event, one that showed off a high basketball IQ. Offensively, he’s not as advanced, but his passing in high-low situations and to cutters was impressive. Signs of finishing ability around the rim were evident, but adding poise and confidence will be important, as will strength. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if the Ivy-Leagues are on him soon.  He’s worth it at that level, and possibly higher.

 



Saturday, November 9
Dunk Dog Team Final's Stevens Spectacular Sopomore



Stevens Among Pangos All-East Spectacular Sophomores

WEST DEPTFORD, NEW JERSEY - The return of the Pangos Frosh/Soph series to the Greater Philadelphia area attracted many of the region’s top young talents to the annual All-East camp. Players from up and down the East Coast made the trek seeking a final opportunity to showcase their individual skills prior to the start of the high school season.

With the downtown Philly skyline serving as the backdrop, prospects from the 2016 and 2017 classes competed mightily during the two-day event. DunkDog.com’s coverage continues with the second half of our standout performers segment from the sophomore group. The elders of this year’s underclassmen stage, the following 2016 performers are listed alphabetically by last name.

2013 Pangos All-East: Sophomore Standout Performers (Part II)

StevenJordan
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Philadelphia
STATE: Pennsylvania
HT: 5'9
WT: 155
POS: PG
 

Jordan’s steady play throughout the weekend made him a quality addition to this list. His lack of size is certainly noticeable, but the sheer number of positive plays he made was even more noticeable. Jordan plays bigger than his 5-foot-8 size, and his attacking brand of basketball gives off the impression that he doesn’t use excuses. Playmaking in space and in traffic were both themes, and shooting ability out past the arc was another consistent element that turned in production. Jordan was a selection to the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph ‘Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game’, and that spot was well deserved.

SedeeKeita
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Middleton
STATE: Delaware
HT: 6'9
WT: 225
POS: PF
TRAVEL: We-R-1
 

Keita passes the look test with flying colors, and he earns high grades in the play test as well, while having plenty of room to improve. The 6-foot-9 big is a high-major athlete with an imposing frame and a rapidly developing skillset. His offense has come a long way since the beginning of the summer, and it’s still in its early stages of what it can become. While he will drift to the perimeter at times, Keita showed capability as a shooter out to seventeen feet at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp, but his bread and butter will ultimately be in the mid and low post areas; and his tools lend themselves to a balance of both. His best attribute right now, perhaps, is his shot blocking ability, and Keita’s overall package is that of a two-way player with a significant ceiling.

AlaniMoore
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Germantown
STATE: Maryland
HT: 5'8
WT: 170
POS: PG
SCHOOL: DeMatha (MD)
TRAVEL: D.C. Premier
 

Moore’s aggressive approach made him a consistent presence at the point guard spot throughout the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp. A steady diet of crossovers and downhill play made him near impossible to keep out of the paint area, and he balanced scoring and playmaking well. Over-penetrating was an issue at times, and his decision-making will need more consistency, but his fearless approach applies positive pressure on both ends, and improved consistency on his jump shot make him a dynamic threat.

LamarStevens
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Jenkintown
STATE: Pennsylvania
HT: 6'7
WT: 205
POS: WF
TRAVEL: Team Final

One of the more physically developed prospects in attendance at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event, Stevens was only able to attend camp on Saturday, but rest assured, his name was still being talked about on Sunday. At 6-foot-7 with a well-built frame, Stevens was near unguardable when his aggression level ran high. An explosive first step and impressive body control make getting to the right side of the rim easy for him, and he owns the requisite athleticism to finish in different ways. Moving forward, three areas will require focus, and those include improving his shooting ability, expanding on his weak hand, and imposing his will every game and for entire games.

Anthony 'A.J.'Wilson
CLASS: 2016
CITY: Lanham
STATE: Maryland
HT: 6'6
WT: 190
POS: PF
SCHOOL: DuVal (MD)
TRAVEL: Team Chaos
 

Put the futures stock label on Wilson but also understand that he’s a serious player right now, who should have a breakout year at Duvall (MD). His ceiling is higher than most, and his apparent desire to get there makes his room for growth that much bigger. A natural basketball talent, Wilson’s high-level athleticism is controlled, and his competitive spirit runs high. His presence on both ends of the floor was consistent throughout the weekend, as he blocked shots at a high rate, and finished above the rim efficiently. Even more exciting were the signs of perimeter ability at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp. His jumper is definitely something that can be developed, and his adequate ball-skills as well as impressive body control, make him an off-the-dribble threat. Here’s the other piece. He has a long, 6-foot-6 frame that hasn’t started developing and appears to still be growing. The long-term look is tremendous.

 



Saturday, November 9
Dunk Dog at Pangos camp



Green Highlights Frosh At Pangos All-East

WEST DEPTFORD, NEW JERSEY - Year after year, talented young freshmen prospects emerge at the Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp, and this year was no different as several players announced their arrivals onto the high school recruiting front at the All-East event.

DunkDog.com’s coverage from the 2013 Pangos weekend in New Jersey continues with prospects from the 2017 class. These standout performers will be analyzed in two separate features, followed by breakout and surprise performers from the freshmen group, as well. We’ll take a look at each list in alphabetical order. Here is part one of DunkDog.com’s class of 2017 standouts.

2013 Pangos All-East: Freshmen Standout Performers (Part I)

DavidBeatty
CLASS: 2017
CITY: Radnor
STATE: Pennsylvania
HT: 6'2
WT: 185
POS: WG
TRAVEL: P.Y.O.

Explosiveness and athleticism define him now, and that alone will be enough to garner serious attention moving forward. A 6-foot-2 wing guard, Beatty showed elite straight-line speed, and frequent high-flying finishes were the norm at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp. Above average ball-skills make him a capable play-maker, but his wild and erratic play style make him a definite two guard at this point in time. Defensively, his tools are tremendous, and a high motor adds presence on each end. Improving his decision-making, playing at two speeds, and adding polish to an apparently capable jump shot will be the next steps. Still, Beatty is a promising prospect based solely off his elite athleticism.

DavidCaraher
CLASS: 2017
CITY: Chapel Hill
STATE: North Carolina
HT: 6'4
WT: 175
POS: WF
TRAVEL: Synergy Sports

In terms of basketball skill, IQ, and an understanding of how to play, Caraher may have been the best freshman ‘player’ in attendance. He served as a consistent shooting threat all weekend long and gave opponents fits with up fakes and shot-making. While his foot speed isn’t great, and he’s not especially explosive (not a bad overall athlete), Caraher got the best of athletic opponents at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event. He’ll outwork you, out-smart you, and simply out-play you. He knows where his advantages lie and how to capitalize. A sense of urgency on both ends only adds to the output.

TrevonDuval
CLASS: 2017
CITY: Hockessin
STATE: Delaware
HT: 6'2
WT: 170
POS: PG
TRAVEL: We-R-1
 

His collection of tools at the guard spot likely trumped any other perimeter player in attendance. Duval is long, physically strong, and extremely explosive, and his natural athleticism is stunning at times. At the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp, Duval’s production came in the form of transition leak-outs and finishes at the rim. His ball skills are very good, and his driving game is very hard to guard, but it’s the jump shot and decision-making that need work. Long-term, most like him as a point guard because his tools at that position are so dominant, but to get there he’ll need to make simpler plays and become a more willing and accurate passer. Making his teammates better would come with it, and that’s when his projection as a top-tier prospect in his class would pan out.

Timmel 'Melo'Eggleston
CLASS: 2017
CITY: Baltimore
STATE: Maryland
HT: 6'4
WT: 170
POS: WG
 

Eggleston receives the ‘prospect’ over ‘player’ tag, but the ceiling on this Baltimore-native is significant, and the hope is that the ‘player’ component comes with maturity. A long 6-foot-4 wing, Eggleston has natural tools galore and improvements as a long-range shooter were noteworthy at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph event. What also continued to stand out, however, were his ‘home-run play’ tendencies. He searches for highlights too often, and gets caught up in ‘me over team’ play. Focusing on the win column and the nuances of the game, rather than the attention side of things that comes with it, will be extremely important. He certainly has two-way ability, as his defensive tools go hand in hand with his natural offensive ability. The next steps will be committing himself defensively and playing more without the ball offensively. He’s a good kid, and the pieces are in place for future success, but the approach will dictate the level of that success.

QuadeGreen
CLASS: 2017
CITY: Philadelphia
STATE: Pennsylvania
HT: 6'0
WT: 165
POS: PG
TRAVEL: Team Final

The tools are there for immediate and future success. Green showed off both production and potential at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp, and his performance in the ‘Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game’ gave the impression that he really enjoys and embraces the big stage. An understanding of substance over flash will be important for him moving forward, as Saturday was spent searching for highlight plays (many of which he completed), that could have been finished in a simpler fashion. Sunday, however, his approach was a different one, and the results were positive. Green set the tone on both ends of the floor and was as good with the ball in his hands as any other guard in attendance. He’s physical, skilled, and athletic and has a swagger to him that only enhances his strong chances of being a national level recruit.

 



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FUTURE 150 Green, Dixon, Stevens, Collins among the Elite



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2013 Pangos All-East Camp Showcases Young Stars nationally-ranked player mentioned
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (2:43 PM CT, Wed October 30, 2013)
DeMatha forward Joe Hampton was a standout at Pangos Camp.
DeMatha forward Joe Hampton was a standout at Pangos Camp.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.

Deptford, NJ (Future150) -- On Saturday and Sunday, some of the top players in the area all converged in southern New Jersey to prove that they were in fact worthy of being considered some of the top players in their class in the area. Here are some of the players who stood out:

Bryce Aiken, 2016 PG, The Patrick School: He is an excellent point guard, and can roll over and play the two as well. He understands the game. Aiken is a high IQ player who shot the ball well. He got to the rim whenever he wanted and got his teammates involved.  He uses both hands well and makes the correct read most of the time.

Quade Green, 2017 PG, Neumann-Goretti: There is a bright future ahead of him. He made plays all weekend. He knew when to score it and when control the game. He has a great feel for the game, especially in a camp environment. He mixes things up – uses his speed well and knows when to change pace.

Isiah “Zay” Jennings , 2016 SG, Allentown Central Catholic: Jennings was one of the better shooters in the camp and showed as much while hitting shots from 25 feet. The talented sophomore will give Central Catholic another weapon and scorer. Right now his best asset is his ability to space the floor with his shooting ability, but he should develop into a solid prospect.

Chase Lewis, 2017 PG, Princeton Day School:  He is a pure point guard and has a smoothness to his game. He controlled the offense, set up his teammates and did the little things like defend and rebound. He is far from a finished product but has immense potential.

Alani Moore, 2016 PG, DeMatha: Moore played great all weekend. He was solid with the ball and great off the dribble. He likes to get to the paint and dish to his teammates. In addition, Moore is a  hard worker, went hard on both ends, and showed great consistency all weekend.

David Caraher, 2017 SG, Chapel Hill: Caraher is a lights out shooter with a great IQ and can play defense. He got his shot off whenever he wanted. He knew how to find the opening passing lanes for kick-outs, reversals and skips. His feet were set, hands were in good position, and proved to be a well balanced player.

Timmel “Melo” Eggleston, 2017 SG, St. Frances Academy: Eggleston can score at all three levels. He hit the outside shot with ease, got to the rim, and was always around the ball. He played under control and did the little things well. In addition, he is a big time athlete and has big time upside because of that.

Lamar Stevens, 2016 SF, Haverford: He is a special talent that understands the game. He doesn’t overdribble; hit his mid-range shots, and scored at all three levels. He also poses a huge mismatch problem with his skill set and is a big time scoring wing.

Kyle Stout2016 SF, Parkland: He is a super fundamental kid who makes good decisions and gets his body in good position. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for it with his high IQ and solid fundamentals.

Jordan Tucker, 2017 SF, White Plains: He’s a big time scoring prospect who can knock shots down from all over the court. At 6-foot-7 he is a matchup nightmare with his ball handling ability and versatility. Tucker will push his way into the rankings sooner rather than later.

Nysir Brooks, 2016 C Archbishop Carroll: Brooks is a big bodied center that excels on the defensive end of the court. He moves well for someone his size and knows how to use his frame in the post. While his offense is still raw it appears that he will be a solid big man in time.  

Joe Hampton, 2016 SF, DeMatha:  He was a little lackadaisical at times, but showed why he is so highly ranked. He shot the ball well, liked to attack off the dribble, played good defense (on and off the ball), and rebounded well.  Hampton also shows traits of a leader and could potentially be a star at the next level.

Sedee Keita, 2016 C, Vermont Academy: Keita has unreal potential. The big man has a solid skill set and handles pressure well.  He gets his body in good position and can shoot it from 12-15 feet. He also plays well with his back to the basket. He has good timing and blocks a lot of shots, making him a game changer on the defensive end. He has soft hands for a big man and catches a majority of post entries.

Khalif Kroma, 2016 C, Roman Catholic: Kroma is an interesting prospect with a high ceiling. It’s still early but he must trim some of the baby fat to be at his best. That being said, he showed an ability to score with his back to the basket and a nose for rebounding.

A.J. Wilson, 2016 SF, Duval: Wilson was one of the bigger surprises in the camp. The wing attacked the rim and finished multiple plays through contact. He is another wing prospect who is just realizing how talented he is and should add depth to an already talented 2016 class in the DMV area.

Sidney Wilson, 2017 SF, St. Raymond’s: The talented wing is just starting to realize his considerable potential. His length and athleticism gives him a ridiculously high ceiling and he is already a great defender. While his offensive game is still somewhat raw his upside is easy to see and it’s only a matter of time before he’s on the national radar.

Marquis Collins, 2016 SF, Chester: Collins appears to be the next big player to come through Chester. At 6-foot-6 and with good athleticism and good ball-handling,  he will be counted upon to step in and help fill the void left by All-American Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Sean Good, 2018 PF, St. Teresa: One of the youngest players in the camp, it’s hard not to like Good’s upside. The young big did most of his damage hitting mid-range jumpers; a lost art in today’s game.  While he isn’t as bouncy, he reminds Future150 a bit of Tyler Lydon, a combo forward who can really spread the floor and create mismatches.

Eric Ayala, 2017 PG, Sandford: The Delaware based PG is silky smooth and was arguably one of the top pure point guards in the camp. He has great vision and speed and showed that he can get to the rim as well. His ball handling ability is advanced for his age and it looks as this is just the beginning in what should be an impressive career for the youngster.

Manny Stokes-Dixon, 2017 SG, Notre Dame: Stokes-Dixon is a bit time athlete that had a slew of highlight reel finishes. He is also a good defender that takes pride in locking up his man. His jumper still needs work and he doesn’t fully trust it but there is plenty of room for improvement. His upside is undeniable



Saturday, November 9
Team Final players in the top 30 at the Pangos Frosh/Soph camp



It came up Green for white club in Top 30 Game in NJ

 

THOROFARE, N.J. – Seventeen of the 25 players that were my choices as the best in the 2013 version of the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp reside in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

And, with 11 of those players residents of Philadelphia or reasonably near-by communities, it only figured that a Philly lad sparkle brighter than anyone in the Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game that wrapped of things in the two-day event Sunday afternoon.

Freshman point guard Quade Green of Neumann-Goretti sparked the team wearing the white sides of the camp jerseys to an 87-78 victory, approximately an hour after the squad wearing white pulled away from a team in black jerseys for an 86-81 win in the Top 60 contest.

Green (whose sophomore classmate at Neumann-Goretti, Vaughn Covington Jr., was tremendous throughout the weekend, including while in a black jersey in the final game) dominated at both ends while playing little more than 20 of the 50 minutes slotted for the Top 30 affair.

Green enforced his will defensively with his on-ball pressure and while stepping into passing lanes and converting turnovers into high-percentage attempts in transition for himself and teammates both.

Among the other Top 30 standouts were bespectacled and quick-jumping 6-foot-6 freshman A.J. Wilson (Lanham, MD, Duvall), who couldn’t seem to get out of the habit of leaping high enough to stretch his pectoral muscles on the tail end of dunks for the team in white; and 6-7 Joe Hampton (Hyattsville, MD, DeMatha), whose inside power and perimeter skill – he nailed a 3 – helped keep the squad in black reasonably close throughout.

Three of the more impressive players at the event, freshmen David Caraher (Chapel Hill, NC) and Jordan Tucker (White Plains, NY), as well as sophomore Lamar Stevens (Haverford, PA, Haverford School), were easy choices for the Top 30 affair but couldn’t participate because of injury and travel plans.

In the Top 60 Game, a couple of sophomores, 6-foot Montrel Morgan (York, PA, New Hope Academy) and 5-10 Trent Watson (Woodside, DE, Poly Tech), as well as a freshman (6-2 Trevon Duval of Newark, St. Benedict’s) and even an eighth grader (6-2 Cameron Reddish of Norristown, PA), were all superb.

 

My choices for the Top 25 players in the camp

(Listed by position and alphabetically)

  *Point guard-types – Bryce Aiken (5-10/So./Elizabeth, NJ, The Patrick School); Vaughn Covington Jr. (5-11/So./Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti); Quade Green (6-0/Fr./Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti); Isaiah “Zay” Jennings (5-11/So./Allentown, PA, Central Catholic); Steven Jordan (5-8/So./Fairless Hills, PA, Conwell-Eagan); Mustafa Al-Sadat Lawrence (5-10/So./Newark, NJ, Tech); Alani Moore (5-10/So./Hyattsville, MD, DeMatha) and Jamal Wright (5-10/So./Potomac, MD, Bullis).

  *Shooting guards/wings – Ako Adams (6-3/So./Arlington, VA, Bishop O’Connell); David Beatty (6-3/Fr./Radnor, PA, Archbishop Carroll); David Caraher (6-5/Fr./Chapel Hill, NC); Todd M. Closson Jr. (6-3/So./Baltimore Dunbar); Timmel “Melo” Eggleson (6-5/Fr./Baltimore St. Francis); Austin Harriott (6-4/So./Philadelphia Germantown Friends); Shaheed Haynes (6-3/Fr./Philadelphia Imhotep); Jamal Holloway (6-4/So./Camden, NJ, Camden); Lamar Stevens (6-7/So./Haverford, PA, Haverford School); Kyle Stout (6-5/So./Allentown, PA, Parkland) and Jordan Tucker (6-7/Fr./White Plains, NY);

  *Posts – Nysier Brooks (6-10/So./Radnor, PA, Archbishop Carroll); Joe Hampton (6-7/So./Hyattsville, MD, DeMatha); Sedee Keita (6-10 1/2/So./Saxton River, VT, Vermont Academy); Khalif Kroma (6-8/So./Philadelphia Roman Catholic); A.J. Wilson (6-6/So./Lanham, MD, Duval) and Sidney Wilson (6-6/Fr./New York City, NY, St. Raymond’s).



Saturday, November 9
Quade Green and Vaughn Convington some of the top Guards in the East



New Jersey gathering point for some of East’s best

THOROFARE, N.J. – The first day of the sixth annual Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph provided the distinct impression that things will be pretty much status quo for the event:

There are a whole lot of talented young basketball players on hand, showing off their skills in the RiverWinds Community Center.

Approximately 120 players showed up and plenty of them impressed Saturday, with the 12 camp teams playing a game each in the afternoon and evening.

Action continues Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, as each team will again play twice.

The Cream of the Crop Top 40 Game is set to tip off at 1:15 in the afternoon, with the Top 20 affair to follow about an hour later.

Where to start? There were standouts at the point guard, wing (shooting guard and small forward) and post (center and power forward) positions Saturday.

Among the point guard-types who caught my eye were:

*Sophomores Alani Moore (5-foot-9/Hyattsville, MD, DeMatha), 5-10 Bryce Aiken (Elizabeth, NJ, Patrick School) and 5-10 Jamal Wright (Potomac, MD, Bullis).

Moore played well enough in his first game but was nothing short of terrific in his second outing, getting the ball where it needed to go, via his dribbling or always heads-up passing. He also scored on deep jumpers, floaters and pull-ups.

Aiken is quite slender (I’m guessing, perhaps, 140 pounds-max) and looks, facially, a lot closer to being a fifth grader than 10th grader.

However, there is nothing elementary (pun intended) at all about Aiken’s ball-handling, passing and on-court demeanor.

He delivers his passes with the poise of a college senior and is as a calm as a PhD candidate in mathematics who has just been asked to take a pop quiz in introductory algebra.

If there is a faster player (on the dribble) in the camp than Wright, then he must have played while I ventured to the restroom or when I was staring at the floor or at the ceiling.

That is an inept attempt at humor when I could have just as easily have wrote “there isn’t a faster dribbler in the camp than Wright”.

*And then there is the Philadelphia Newman-Goretti freshman-sophomore combo of 6-foot Quade Greene and 5-11 Vaughn Covington Jr. (who play for different teams here).

Greene penetrated to score and distribute with equal aplomb (by the way, I love that word), and hit enough jumpers off the catch to make defenders realize they have to guard him to the arc.

Covington, who was at this camp last year, isn’t quite as physically strong as his prep teammate but is oh-so-smooth on the dribble, with as good of crossover and hesitation dribbles as were on display Saturday.

*There were at least four scintillating (another word I’m enamored with right now) freshmen wings in camps.

At least they “scintillated” when I happened to be watching them in each of their games . . .

Six-five Timmel “Melo” Eggleston attends St. Francis in Baltimore (gee . . . how many Baltimore lads are tagged with the “Melo” nickname these days, anyway?).

One of his senior teammates, UNLV-bound Dwayne Morgan, loaned Eggleston some gear to take to New Jersey with him for this weekend’s competition:

The Pangos socks he picked up while playing at the Pangos All-American Camp in Long Beach, CA, in June, as well as the Under Armour shoes he wore at the NBA Players Association Camp in Charlottesville, VA, in July.

I’ve got a hunch, though, that Eggleston would have been balling out no matter what kind of socks and kicks he was wearing on Saturday.

Eggleston buried his first shot Saturday – a 3 pointer off the catch from out top – and converted his second, an “and one!’ drive, in traffic.

He didn’t slow down a bit the rest of the day, and hit something approaching eight jumpers in his second contest.

But his most eye-catching play might have been the block of the 3-point try by another player you’re about to read about . . .

That aforementioned player, 6-5 David Caraher, scored with nearly the ease Saturday as did the fellow who swatted his jumper.

Caraher came all the way from North Carolina (he attends Chapel Hill High) and brought his nifty jump shot and bouncy legs with him.

He nailed plenty of those jumpers and used those springy wheels to convert in traffic via penetration feeds, or after grabbing rebounds and dropping the ball through the ring before defenders could contest the shots.

He’ll be a notable presence on Atlantic Coast Conference recruiting radar shortly, I would imagine – especially on Tobacco Road.

Another of those fan-frosh-tic scorers is 6-3 Shaheed Haynes (Philadelphia Imhotep).

The school produced one of the better players in the East last season (Providence freshman Brandon Austin) and it will be able to claim to another of the “better players in the East” shortly via Haynes. He scored with equal efficiency by way of his deep jumpers and his forceful drives. He’s a heck of a passer, as well.

Another scorer-deluxe freshman is 6-7 Jordan Tucker (White Plains, NY, High), who seemed to be able to move from post to wing quite comfortably, thank you very much!

And, for another wing who is as tall as most of the post players in the camp and is just as comfortable with the ball in his hands on the perimeter as any point guard in camp, 6-7 and 205-pound (give or take) Lamar Stevens (Haverford, PA, High) is deceptively quick in a Kyle Anderson-kind of fashion.

He isn’t the passer (or handler) the UCLA sophomore is but he’s a better jump shooter, for sure.

*And, for a “post sampler” of Saturday’s action, I offer you sophomores 6-10 Nysier Brooks (Radnor, PA, Archbishop Carroll), 6-10 ½ Sedee Keita (Saxton River, VT, Vermont Academy) and 6-8 Khalif Kroma (Philadelphia Roman Catholic), as well as 6-7 freshman Sidney Wilson (New York City St. Raymond’s).



Thursday, August 29
Quade Green & Cameron Reddish Middle School Hoops Mix Tape (Click Here to View)



Check out this Middle school Hoops video featuring some of the Nations top players playing in the CP3 Rising Stars National Camp. Our Boys Quade Green ranked 32 by Dunkdog class of 2017 and Cameron Reddish ranked 3rd by Dunkdog class of 2018 are feature in the Video.
Proud of you boys, keep working hard!

 

CP3 Rising Stars National Camp 2013 Recap - Cody Riley, Will Dillard, Elijah Hardy, Chandler Lawson
CP3 Rising Stars National Camp was a huge success bringing many of the top middle school players in the country to


Friday, August 16
Cameron Reddish gets selected for the CP3 Rising stars National camp top 20( click here to view the game)



Cameron Reddish of Team Final was invited to attend the CP3 National camp in North Carolina. Over 100 players from the class of 2018 and 2019 attend this prestigious camp. Congratulation to Cameron Reddish for making the CP3 Rising Rising stars National Camp Top 20

 

FIRST
LAST
HT
POS
STATE
CLASS
Mika
Adams-Woods
5'9
PG
NY
2018
Curtis
Aiken, Jr
5'8
PG
PA
2018
Quest
Aldridge
5'6
SG
NC
2019
Christopher
Alston
5'9
WF
GA
2019
Todd
Arnold
5'2
PG
GA
2018
Brian 'B.J.'
Askew
5'4
PG
CA
2018
Jarrett
Baker
6'0
WF
GA
2019
Kyree
Banks
5'0
PG
MD
2019
Eli
Barry
5'0
SG
GA
2019
Jamal
Bieniemy
5'11
WG
TX
2018
Nicholas
Bonitto
6'4
WF
FL
2018
Mullek
Bradford
5'5
WG
TN
2018
Jeffery
Branch
5'3
PG
NC
2018
Tyler
Brelsford
5'4
PG
MD
2019
J'raan
Brooks
6'7
POST
CA
2018
Shelton
Brown
6'0
WF
SC
2018
Jomaru
Brown
6'0
WG
NC
2018
Caleb
Burgess
5'9
WG
NC
2018
Joseph
Bush
6'5
POST
CA
2018
Harrison
Butler
6'3
WG
CA
2018
Robby
Carmody
6'0
SG
PA
2018
Ardarryl
Clay
5'7
WG
TN
2018
Javion
Collins
5'6
PG
AR
2018
Joshua
Cottrell
5'10
WG
NC
2018
Dawson
Crosby
5'8
PG
LA
2018
Jacob
Dekker
6'8
POST
FL
2018
William
Dillard
6'3
WG
NC
2018
Richard
Dudley III
5'6
WG
MD
2019
Jamal
Edmonson
6'4
POST
SC
2018
Kyle
Ellis
5'6
WF
GA
2018
Che
Evans
6'2
WF
MD
2019
Corey
Fields
5'9
PG
SC
2018
Kristopher
Gardner
5'10
WF
GA
2018
Darius
Garland
5'6
PG
TN
2018
Naseem
Gaskin
5'7
WG
CA
2018
Tripp
Greene
5'11
PG
NC
2018
Ryan
Greer
5'5
PG
GA
2018
Donaven
Hairston
5'2
WG
GA
2019
Peyton
Hampton
5'10
WF
NC
2019
Elijiah
Hardy
5'10
PG
CA
2018
Rashon
Harris
5'2
WG
GA
2018
Khalil
Hawkins
5'8
PG
GA
2018
Ethan
Henderson
6'5
POST
AR
2018
Nance
Hill
5'10
PF
GA
2019
Eden
Holt
5'0
PG
TX
2018
Ernest 'E.J.'
Jackson
5'4
PG
CA
2019
Jalen
Jackson
5'8
WF
GA
2018
Jack
Jackson
5'9
WG
SC
2018
Antwan
January
6'7
POST
CA
2018
Kiyon
Johnson
6'0
WG
DE
2018
Kentravious
Jones
6'9
PF
GA
2018
Alex
Jones
5'8
PG
GA
2018
Dwayne
Kelly
5'6
PG
FL
2018
Miller
Kopp
6'1
POST
TX
2018
Chandler
Lawson
6'5
WF
TN
2019
Jaden
Lee
5'11
WG
AZ
2018
Rodney
Lewis
???
WG
???
2018
Randall
Litmon
5'10
WG
SC
2018
David
Lopez
5'3
PG
FL
2018
K.J.
Mason
5'6
WG
NC
2018
Montez
Mathis
6'4
WF
MD
2018
Jayce
McCain
5'6
PG
CA
2018
Shane
McCravy
6'0
WG
SC
2019
Elijah
McCullough
6'0
WG
CA
2018
Bryce
Meadows
5'10
PG
AZ
2018
Charlie
Mensh
5'2
PG
NC
2019
Alex
Michael
6'1
WF
NC
2018
Jordan
Miller
5'9
WG
MD
2018
Demetrius
Mims
6'2
WG
MD
2018
Eric "Isaiah"
Mobley
6'1
WG
CA
2018
Jordan
Montgomery
5'5
PG
CA
2019
Khavon
Moore
6'5
WF
GA
2018
Payton
Moore
6'2
WG
CA
2018
Tyree
Myers
5'4
PG
MD
2018
John
Newman
6'4
WF
NC
2018
Jimmy
Nichols
5'1
PG
NC
2018
Samuel
Okauru
5'11
WG
NC
2018
Raheem
Oliver
5'7
WG
CA
2018
Steven
Parker
5'8
PG
MD
2018
Chris
Parks
6'4
POST
GA
2018
Dyson
Pender
5'1
PG
NC
2019
Marvin
Price
6'2
PF
MD
2018
Jahvon
Quinerly
5'9
PG
NJ
2018
Devin
Ramsey
6'3
PF
SC
2019
Michael
Randolph Jr
5'7
WG
FL
2018
Rondrevious
Reaves
5'5
PG
FL
2018
Cameron
Reddish
6'1
PG
PA
2018
William
Reed
5'10
WG
MD
2018
Logan
Reusser
6'0
WF
VA
2018
Will
Richter
5'11
WF
GA
2018
Jacob
Riddles
5'10
WG
NC
2018
Peter
Rooney
6'4
POST
GA
2018
Noah
Scales
5'2
PG
GA
2019
Crawford
Schwieger
5'7
WF
GA
2018
Zachary
Scott
6'2
WG
FL
2018
D'Quario
Shelton
5'0
PG
GA
2019
Jordan
Simmons
5'6
PG
IL
2018
Tiger
Simms
5'11
WF
MD
2019
Kyle
Slater
6'4
WF
TX
2018
Connor
Sparrow
6'2
POST
NC
2018
Alondras
Strong
5'8
PG
AL
2018
Tyrone
Thomas Jr.
5'5
PG
MD
2019
Talik
Totten
5'3
PG
NC
2018
D'Angelo
Vandross
6'1
WF
SC
2018
Connor
Vanover
6'10
POST
AR
2018
Malcolm
Wade
5'9
WF
NC
2018
Tsalta
Wainwright
5'0
PG
CA
2019
Jamaal
Walker
5'4
PG
TN
2019
Michael
Walton
5'11
WG
NC
2019
Khyle
Washington
5'2
WG
GA
2018
Cedric
Washington
6'3
WF
TX
2018
Sahvir
Wheeler
5'1
PG
TX
2019
Skylar
William
5'9
PG
SC
2018
Jalen
Williams
5'10
PG
SC
2018
Tyler
Williams
6'0
POST
NC
2018
Vandrele
Wilson
5'2
WG
GA
2018
Kyle
Wright
5'11
POST
SC
2018
Austin
Yarbray
5'11
WG
NC
2018
Jack
Youmans
5'11
WG
FL
2018
Morgan
Young
5'8
WG
NC
2018


Friday, August 16
Quade Green Makes the CP3 Rising stars National Camp Top 20 (click here to see the game)



Quade Green of Team Final gets was invited to attend the CP3 National camp in North Carolina. Over 100 players from the class of 2017 attend this prestigious camp. Congratulation to quade Green for making the CP3 Rising Rising stars National Camp Top 20

2017 Participants

FIRST

LAST

HT

POS

STATE

CLASS

Abule

Abadi

6'6

POST

FL

2017

Calvin

Ashley

6'6

POST

FL

2017

Tavion

Atkinson

6'5

POST

NC

2017

Eric

Ayala

6'2

WG

DE

2017

DeAndre

Ayton

6'11

POST

CA

2017

Cameron

Bacote

6'0

WG

VA

2017

Victor 'V.J.'

Bailey

6'3

WG

IL

2017

Mitchell

Ballock

6'4

WG

KS

2017

James

Banks

6'9

POST

GA

2017

Lavar

Batts

5'11

PG

NC

2017

Casey

Benton

6'1

WG

AR

2017

Brian

Bowen

6'5

WG

MI

2017

Cody

Bowes

6'5

WF

FL

2017

Gregory

Bowie

6'0

PG

TX

2017

Dedric

Boyd

6'2

WG

TN

2017

Jaxon

Brenchley

6'3

PG

UT

2017

Tevin

Brewer

5'5

PG

AR

2017

Chaundee

Brown

6'3

WG

FL

2017

Zach

Butler

6'2

PG

SC

2017

Wendell

Carter

6'9

POST

GA

2017

Christian

Cass

5'9

PG

FL

2017

Brian

Coffey

5'11

PG

GA

2017

Matt

Coleman

6'0

PG

VA

2017

Terrell

Coleman

6'5

WF

GA

2017

Logan

Curtis

5'11

PG

MD

2017

Myles

Douglas

6'5

WF

MD

2017

Ian

DuBose

6'2

WG

NC

2017

Elishja

Duplechan

5'11

PG

CA

2017

Isaiah

Duplechan

6'0

WG

CA

2017

Trevon

Duval

6'2

PG

DE

2017

Timmel 'Melo'

Eggleston

6'5

WF

MD

2017

Victor

Enoh

6'8

POST

GA

2017

Jay

Estime

6'5

WF

GA

2017

Christian

Evans

6'0

PG

MD

2017

Kaleb 'K.J.'

Fitzgerald

5'10

PG

FL

2017

Khalil

Garland

6'3

WG

AR

2017

Simeon

Gatling

5'10

PG

NC

2017

Jacob

Gilyard

5'7

PG

MO

2017

Marquis

Godwin

6'3

WG

VA

2017

Jordan

Gorman

5'7

PG

IN

2017

Quade

Green

5'10

PG

PA

2017

Omar

Habwe

6'5

POST

VA

2017

Jaylen

Hands

6'0

PG

CA

2017

Jaylen

Harris

6'6

WF

OH

2017

Darren 'D.J.'

Harvey

6'6

WF

AL

2017

Chase

Hayden

5'10

PG

TN

2017

Willie

Herenton

5'11

PG

IL

2017

Alfred

Hollins

6'5

WG

CA

2017

Markus

Howard

5'11

PG

AZ

2017

Chase

Howell

6'2

WF

GA

2017

Michael

Hueitt

6'2

WG

NC

2017

Abayomi

Iyiloa

6'9

POST

GA

2017

Josiah

Jenkins

6'1

WG

NC

2017

Nico

Johnson

5'8

PG

IL

2017

Jamal

Johnson

6'4

WG

AL

2017

Rossano 'Ross'

Jones

6'0

PG

MD

2017

Elijah

Jordan

5'10

PG

FL

2017

Emmanuel

Lambright

6'5

WG

FL

2017

Kameron

Langley

6'1

PG

NC

2017

Cooper

LaRue

6'3

WG

NC

2017

Ira

Lee

6'8

POST

CA

2017

Joshua

Linder

6'8

POST

GA

2017

Ricardo

Lindsey

5'10

PG

AR

2017

Jaecee

Martin

5'9

PG

CT

2017

Chaylyn

Martin

6'0

WG

CT

2017

Remington 'Remy'

Martin

5'10

PG

CA

2017

Terrence

McBride

6'2

WG

CA

2017

Pete

McCoy

5'4

PG

GA

2017

Brandon

McCoy

6'9

POST

CA

2017

Jamal

Middleton

6'3

WF

GA

2017

Michael

Moore

5'9

PG

FL

2017

Kai

Morgan

6'2

WG

LA

2017

Jamir

Moultrie

6'0

PG

MD

2017

Jordon

Myers

6'2

PG

TX

2017

Kenneth

Nwachukwu

6'8

POST

FL

2017

Charles 'Chuck'

O'Bannon

6'3

WG

NV

2017

Michael

Okauru

6'1

PG

NC

2017

Sahil

Patel

6'7

POST

GA

2017

Darius

Perry

6'3

WG

GA

2017

Nathaniel 'Nate'

Pierre-Louis

6'2

WG

NJ

2017

Tyler

Polley

6'6

WG

FL

2017

Charles

Pride

6'1

WG

NY

2017

Jeffrey

Prophete

6'2

WG

FL

2017

Semaj

Ray

6'0

PG

KS

2017

Cody

Riley

6'8

POST

CA

2017

Justin

Roberts

5'11

PG

IN

2017

Mitchell

Robinson

6'9

POST

FL

2017

Alex

Ruoff

6'4

POST

GA

2017

Cedric

Russell

6'2

WG

LA

2017

Mikael

Sampson

6'5

POST

GA

2017

Jermaine

Samuels

6'6

WF

CT

2017

Carson

Seramur

6'3

WG

GA

2017

Marcus

Shaver

5'11

PG

HI

2017

Caleb

Simmons

6'4

WF

AZ

2017

Russell

Smith

6'7

POST

TX

2017

Cole

Smith

6'2

WG

GA

2017

Shimoore

Stern

6'3

WF

FL

2017

Kyle

Stewart

6'5

WG

CA

2017

Shonari

Street

6'2

WG

VA

2017

Gianni

Street

5'7

PG

VA

2017

Kendrick

Summerour

5'11

PG

GA

2017

Azar

Swain

5'10

WG

MA

2017

Aaron

Thompson

6'0

PG

MD

2017

Jeffrey

Toney

6'5

WF

FL

2017

Easton

Upchurch

6'1

WG

MS

2017

Victor

Uyaelunmo

6'11

POST

FL

2017

DeShaun

Wade

6'1

WG

VA

2017

Shaun

Wade

6'2

WG

FL

2017

Chyree

Walker

6'4

WG

MD

2017

Paul 'P.J.'

Washington

6'6

POST

TX

2017

James

West

5'8

PG

VA

2017

Calvin

Whipple

6'1

WG

MA

2017

Austin

Wiley

6'8

POST

AL

2017

Malik

William

6'6

POST

FL

2017

Blake

Williams

6'0

PG

TN

2017

Romin

Williams

5'9

PG

LA

2017

Malik

Williams

6'9

POST

IN

2017

Da'Monte

Williams

6'2

PG

IL

2017

Malik

Zachery

6'0

PG

NY

2017



Friday, August 16
El Khana Hidalgo on HoopRootz



Recruiting News Article

HoopRootz Nation Intro: El Khana Hidalgo

August 5th, 2013

El Khana is one in a talented pool of 8th Grade guards who will go at it on the King of the Court Grand Stage in Philly

Last week we profiled dynamic rising 8th Grade point guard Cameron Reddish of Team Final. But make no mistake. C-Redd is far from alone in what is a loaded back-court stable as El Khana Hidalgo is annother talented floor general for Team Final in the Class of 2018. Hidalgo is a pass-first point guard who handles the ball with tremendous court awareness and understands how to raise the level of his teammate's play while he's also a tough on ball defender who makes life difficult for opposing ball-handlers. We chatted with El Khana over the weekend. Here's what he had to say.

What's your name, position, AAU team and height? My Name is El Khana Hidalgo and I'm a point guard for Team Final. I'm 5'8"."

What school do you attend? "I attend Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ, where Dion Waiters and Laquinton Ross from Ohio state went."

What are your favorite college basketball programs right now? "My favorite colleges are Kansas and North Carolina"

How is your summer going? What have you been doing? "My Summer has been tough so far. After coming back from the Nationals, I started working on my game right away to prepare for next season. Besides working out on my own, I also train with my basketball trainer twice a week and do strength and conditioning training. And then I also attend Team Final workouts."

What do you feel you accomplished this past AAU season? "We (Team Final 2018) made it to the Nationals and advanced to the Championship Bracket where we fell a little short to George Hill from Indiana. I also got to go to Orlando to play with our 8th grade Team Final squad that made it to the Sweet 16."

What camps are you planning on attending in the next few months? "As of right now, I am attending the HoopRootz King of the Court Showcase."

What are you concentrating on to prepare for the upcoming school basketball season? "A lot of skill work and strength and conditioning and working out at Life Center with the team because this year I will be playing up with the High School JV Team to prepare me for my freshman season the following year. My Dad (Coach Orlando Hidalgo) coaches for Team Final and he is also an Assistant Coach at Life Center so he designs my work out plan. "

Who is your biggest role model? "My parents are my biggest role models?"

What's one thing people don't know about you? "I tend to stay to myself."

What's your favorite subject in school? "Science"

Anything you want to say to HoopRootz Nation in closing? "I am excited to compete at the Phiily King of the Court Showcase. I am looking forward to competing against some of the top athletes in the Mid-Atlantic Region."



Friday, August 16
Cameron Reddish on HoopRootz



Recruiting News Article

HoopRootz Nation Intro: Cameron Reddish

July 23rd, 2013

Cameron Reddish is Philadelphia's clear-cut top prospect in the 2018 Class

By now it is no secret that HoopRootz will be officially expanding to Philadelphia come September, with the King of the Court Showcase on October 12th serving as the inaugural Philly Event. As we delve into the region, the 1st task at hand is to introduce Greater Philly-native Cameron Reddish to HoopRootz Nation. Already standing 6'2" with tremendous length, Reddish is ranked by dunkdog.com as the Nation's #1 point guard and #6 overall prospect in the Class of 2018.

"Cameron has the potential to be the next national name on the grassroots basketball scene from the greater Philadelphia area. He's going to have great size for either guard position is already showing signs of being an excellent playmaker. As his scoring arsenal and basketball personality develop, he projects as an elite backcourt prospect in the 2018 class," said Dunk Dog National Director of Scouting/Recruiting Spencer Pulliam.

With his size, skill-set, smooth body movement and succinct feel for the game, Reddish oozes talent and unlimited potential. We recently spoke with Cam upon his return to Philly from the 8th Grade Nationals in Orlando, where he was playing up with Khayree Burton's Team Final 8th Grade Squad. Here's what Cameron had to say...

What's your name, position, AAU team and height?

"My name is Cameron Reddish, and I am the starting point guard for Team Final (c/o 2018). I am currently 6'2" and growing."

What school do you attend?

"I'm entering 8th grade at The Haverford School in Haverford, PA"

What are your favorite college basketball programs right now?

"My favorite is Syracuse University, and I also like Michigan State and University of North Carolina."

How is your summer going?

"I am having a great summer! I'm currently on vacation with my family in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have also gone to Memphis for 7th grade Nationals and just had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, FL with the 8th grade team"

What do you feel you accomplished this past AAU season?

"My game has improved overall. I was invited to participate in some Top 100 camps and have been featured on Basketball Spotlight as one of the best point guards in the country. The Spotlight has nicknamed me "The Prince" because they believe I will be "next on the throne."

What camps are you planning on attending in the next few months?

"In August, I'm attending the CP3 Rising Stars Camp in North Carolina, the Top 100 Basketball Camp in Atlanta, and I'm also playing in the J.E.M. All Star Classic in New Jersey. Then this fall, am attending the Hooprootz Philly King of the Court Showcase in October. I'm looking forward to a good showing at all these events."

What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming school season?

"I am in the process of completing my third summer reading book--I have one more to go! I also have been working on Math and Spanish in preparation for the school year and I have also been working on my game every day and I'm going to begin strength training soon."

Who is your biggest role model?

"My biggest role model is my dad. He is a good guy and he encourages me to improve my game and work as hard as I can. I appreciate the example he is setting for me to be a good athlete and an even better student."

So how do you to work on your game?

"I work out with my Team Final Coaches 2-3 times a week as well as participating in workouts at my school. When I am not at the gym, I'm in my driveway shooting baskets and doing dribbling drills. I'm just interested in taking my game to the next level."

What's one thing people don't know about you?

"In addition to playing basketball, I also play football. I play quarterback, but I've also played wide receiver and running back."

What's your favorite subject in school?

"My favorite school subject is science because it is hands-on and interesting. I had a 6th grade science teacher that really opened my eyes on science as a subject."

Anything you want to say to HoopRootz Nation in closing?

"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to spend so much time doing what I love--playing basketball. I appreciate the support I get from my parents, brother, family, friends and coaches. I am working hard to get stronger and improve my game every day. The best is yet to come. 



Tuesday, July 30
Team Final class of 2017 makes it to the Sweet 16



TEAM FINAL class of 2017 Headed out to the AAU National Championship in Orlando Florida. The Team that suffered many Injuries through out the Season and who lost Nick Alikakos to a season ending injury 2 weeks be for heading out to the Nationals still went out with expectations to compete and to win a National Championship. Team Final's 8th grade won many games and championship through out the season in-spite of all the Injuries, with there latest injury coming from winning the 15U AGame super Shootout Championship where Nick Alikakos sustained his season ending Injury.

Team Final faced a tough pool and bracket ahead of them. But before heading out to the nationals Team Final pick up 6'3" Guard Lonnie Walker and Big Man 6'8" Isaiah Carpenter who gave this team a big boost to make that run for a title.  Every game was a battle but this team found the will and the determination to win. But their run came short on a tough loss in the sweet 16 against the number 7th rank team in the country who they had also lost to last year in the sweet 16 Prime Time Select out of New Orleans. With the lost Team Final was sent down to the 3rd consolation bracket. But After the lost the team lost all motivation to play because they believed and wanted to make it into the Elite 8 and so also lost their final game to DC Assault by 6 points after trailing in double digits through out the game. Congratulation to Team Final boys on a successful run.

 



Thursday, June 20
Team Final players Shine at JR All City Classic



Jr. All-City Classic Notebook

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev)

The best seventh and eight graders got their chance to shine in the Jr. All-City Classic on Tuesday night at The Haverford School. Two games took place, containing 40 of the best rising freshman, with a few talented rising eighth graders mixed in.

A full list of the participants can be seen here.

Here’s some notes about players that rose above their classmates to put their name on the map before they even step foot in their future high schools.

Game 1:
White won 69-61 in overtime.
White MVP: Lucas Hudson (Souther Lehigh)
Black MVP: Nahiem Lee (Undecided)
Defensive MVP: Shaheed Haynes (Imhotep)
Most Unselfish: Tamir Green (Franklin Learning Center)

Imhotep Duo
The rich get richer. With three straight state titles under their belt, and a roster already stacked with talent, Imhotep had four future players appear in the two games on Tuesday night. In the first game, Eli Alvin and Shaheed Haines were two of the most active players on the court. The duo formed a lethal pick-and-roll combo several times. This seemed to be no mistake, as they gelled very well on the court, but as it turns out, Alvin and Haines did not know they would be future classmates.

“You’re going to Imhotep? Nice,” Alvin said to Haines after the game when he found out.

Alvin is an athletic, left handed guard that has a bright future in the backcourt for Andre Noble’s squad. He finished with ten points, and had an impressive sequence where he blocked a floater, picked up the loose ball, and went coast-to-coast, finishing around two defenders. Plays like that show the potential he has to make waves for Imhotep.

Haines was a force down low, using his extremely long arms to block shots and snatch rebounds. He also showed off his ball handling ability when he did grab a rebound, going coast-to-coast as well several times. The winner of the Defensive MVP award for the White squad, Haines had 16 points in the overtime victory.

The Lehigh Valley floor leader

Lucas Howard shows off his passing skills going through his legs to Shaheed Haines for the layup.(Photo:Mark Jordan)

Lucas Howard shows off his passing skills, going through his legs to Shaheed Haines for the layup. (Photo:Mark Jordan)

A late addition to the roster out to be one of the most talented and most entertaining of the night. Lucas Hudson, a 5-foot-6 point guard who plays for Team Final and will attend Southern Lehigh High School, was very entertaining to watch lead the fast break, throwing no look and behind-the-back passes in the first half. The second half he decided to start scoring, and was successful at that as well. En route to winning MVP for the White team, Hudson scored 18 points, 16 of which came in a flurry in the second half and overtime.

Hudson, who plays with what I like to describe as a “dash of Steve Nash,” expects to be on the varsity squad at Southern Lehigh in his freshman year, and exhibited all the traits of a great floor leader on Tuesday night.

“You have to be very vocal, be a leader, and take responsibility for the team. You have to direct the offense and call out screens, and I like to think I do that,” Hudson told CoBL on Tuesday night.

Southern Lehigh High School, located in Center Valley, Pa., is a little over an hour outside Philadelphia. Though they compete in the Colonial League, Hudson is very familiar with Philly-area players and schools from his time with Team Final, and would like to come down and play some non-league games in Philly with Southern Lehigh.

“I would like to do that, and have those players see what some real, physical basketball really is,” Hudson said.

Game 2
Black 72-70 in overtime
White MVP: Damon Tobler (Phila. Electric)
Black MVP: Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti)
Most Unselfish- Eric Ayala (Undecided)
Best Defense- Nick Alikakos (Episcopal Academy)

David Beatty (left) tries to slow down a driving Quade Green (right).

David Beatty (left) tries to slow down a driving Quade Green (right).

Future Catholic League showdown
Going into the second game, two of the big names being talked about were Archbishop Carroll-bound David Beatty and Neumann-Goretti’s next explosive guard, Quade Green. In the middle of the second half, Beatty and Green exclusively went at each other for several possessions, giving fans a glimpse into possibly the next great rivalry in the Catholic League.
Both guards showed off their supreme talent, knocking down jumpers, breaking out some killer crossovers on each other and finishing in a variety of ways around the rim.

Beatty was a tad more athletic and longer than Green, scoring 12 points, and throwing down the best dunk of the night in transition. His skills are extremely advanced for his on age, and as crazy as it seems, he has a decent shot to start on the wing for a pretty stacked Archbishop Carroll this Fall.

CoBL photographer Mark Jordan described Green in one word: “swish.” Green can really stroke it from distance, but is killer in all facets of the offensive game. Playing a year under current Neumann-Goretti standout Ja’Quan Newton will only help Green reach his full potential for a school that is known for turning out great guards. Green had 15 points for the Black squad, winning his team’s MVP award.

Carroll and Neumann-Goretti will be two of the top teams in the Catholic League this year, and Beatty and Green will assure that success will continue.

Man amongst boys
Damon Tobler was far and away the most physically developed player on the court, dominating the interior and making his presence known. The 6-foot-3 forward won the MVP award for the White team scoring 16 points on Tuesday night. He scored by bull-rushing his defender, oftentimes going through them instead of around them. His signature move of the night was a power spin in the lane, and it was tough to stop.

“I do it because they cut off the left so I spin and come back. I am still working on my right hand,” Tobler said.

He’ll have to grow a few more inches before he can be considered a true big man, but the PE&T-bound resident of 24th and Diamond streets in North Philly will certainly benefit from playing with two of his older buddies from the neighborhood, Samir Doughty and Sammy Foreman, who have both transferred to PE&T.

“They are from around my way, so we have good chemistry with each other,” Tobler said.

Interestingly enough, Tobler shared the secret to his ability to grow to be so strong at a young age, and part of it does not involve lifting a single weight.

“I am going to continue to grow, as long as I keep eating right and getting the correct amount of sleep. Sleep is very important,” Tobler said.

Tobler surely slept well on Tuesday night, with his game MVP plaque in his grasp.



Tuesday, June 18
D'Andre Vilmer: My FIBA Experience Final Entry



D'Andre Vilmer: My FIBA Experience Final Entry

June 15th

What's up? Today our last game versus Mexico was so early that the gym was very empty. We defeated Mexico in a close battle because they came to play which made the game exciting and intense. I got what I wanted and that's to leave Uruguay with a win. We finished with a 2-3 record and I'm not satisfied with that but our team had less than a week to practice. It was most of our first time playing with each other.


My time in Uruguay was exciting mostly everything went well. I'm proud to say I had the chance to play for my country at a very high level Not much kids say that everyday so I was just happy to be on the team and actually play so I thank God for this opportunity to play for my country. I can't wait to get back to Abaco to work on my weaknesses and meet friends and family. I learned a lot from this great experience that will make me a better player so I'm thankful for my teammates and coaches for showing me new things I can apply to my game.

June 17th

Hey we're finally done playing in Uruguay so the majority of the team woke up late since we didn't have any more games. Our flight left at 8:45 pm so we just stayed in the hotel all day and waited. First we have to take a nine hour flight to Miami. We won't arrive until 5:30am Monday morning before catching another flight at 1 pm in the afternoon. Luckily Miami and the Bahamas are close together so it's only like a 30 minute flight. This was a lot of flying for me especially since it’s something I really don’t enjoy.

I'm just anxious to get home because I get frustrated when I’m waiting in airports. Every time I think about home it just excites me since I haven't been there in a while. This Uruguay trip was fun and a great experience but I'm ready to get home so I can see my friends, and family. The years I've been away felt like forever so I think it's time I meet them all again. I pray I have safe flights through it all.


Tuesday, June 18
D'Andre Vilmer My FIBA Experience Entry #2



D'Andre Vilmer: My FIBA Experience Entry #2
Vilmer Finishing At The Cup

Today (June 14th) the team started with an early morning devotion before we headed to the gym to play the home team which is Uruguay. They had the crowd on their side of course but we kept our composure and didn't let the loud environment get to us. It was a hard fought game we battled until the very end but we lost 72-66. We made a couple of mistakes at the end that gave up the game. I wasn't happy about the lost but this all is a great experience and this shows me where I stand against other players around the world.

Our last game is on Saturday at 11am we play Mexico, but Mexico wants revenge since we have beaten them already in this tournament so we expect them to come out hard and battle. I'm positive my teammates and I will get the win tomorrow. Hopefully all our players are well rested tomorrow because I'm trying to leave Uruguay with a win. I'm anxious to get back to Abaco, Bahamas to see my family and friends I haven't seen in almost 2 years. I'll miss playing with the guys on the national team because I won't see them for while. My summer has been going great and I can't wait to get back to the U.S for nationals in Orlando with my AAU team, Team Final.

In conclusion we leave Sunday for the Bahamas I pray I have a safe flight. I'm ready to get back so I can work on my weakness and to run the beach. I thank God for all these opportunities hopefully there's a lot more to come my way.


Friday, June 14
D'Andre Vilmer My FIBA Experience



Deondre Vilmer: My FIBA Experience Entry #1


8th Grade Deondre Vilmer is currently representing the Bahamas at the FIBA U16 America's Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay and Basketball Spotlight has asked him to share this experience with us.

My journey to Uruguay started on June 7th which was the day after my 8th Grade Graduation. My mom, dad, uncle and I began driving at 4 am in the morning from Delaware to make a 9 am flight from JFK in New York. I had to go to Nassau Bahamas to try-out for the Bahamas U16 Team. The traffic was so backed up that we didn’t make it to the airport until 8 o’clock. Therefore we had to hustle hard through the airport to make the flight. While on the flight I'm having mixed emotions, excited but at the same time nervous and overwhelmed at the opportunity that awaits me.

We arrived in Nassau at 12:45 and I had to head to the Kendal Isaac gymnasium for a practice session with my future team. I was nervous at first coming into Nassau knowing I would be playing with older guys but I soon gained my confidence even though I was the youngest player on the court. I felt a little jet lag but I also could see the other players watching me to see what kind of skills I could bring to the team. I remember thinking that hard work pays off and it’s just an honor to represent my country. The coaches were impressed with my performance and after practice I got a chance to chill with my new teammates.

On Sunday June 10th we headed to the airport to take our flight to Uruguay. Putting on the Bahamas uniform and wearing my country colors felt great. I never thought I would be in this position but I know God and hard work can make anything possible. The flight was very long, I fell the sleep and woke up again about five times and realized I was still on the plane. In Uruguay the first thing I noticed was the different temperature. It was actually cold over here. Then most of the people speak Spanish and they don’t use American currency instead they use Pesos.

We played Argentina first and they had more size than us but we fought hard before letting the game slip away in the 4th quarter. I finished 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists but I was disappointed that we lost. During the games I noticed that most of the teams set a least eight screens each possession which makes it difficult to get out on the shooters. They next day we bounced back to beat Mexico by double digits. This experience has been great playing against older players and learning new things about the game. I see improvements already while adding the tips from my teammates. Off the court has also been fun hanging with my teammates and the fans. The fans love the players and I signed over 30 autographs already.

I just want to thank God again for this opportunity.


Tuesday, June 11
Inside The MDC 7th Grade Feat. All Tournament Team



Inside The MDC 7th Grade Feat. All Tournament Team

The 7th Grade Division at MDC also produced a new championship and gave us a look at the some teams that are on the horizon for next season. Here’s the inside look into this division including the All Tournament Team.

Inside The MDC 7th Grade

Coming Out Party! 
Cameron “The Prince” Reddish and Armoni “Live Wire” Sexton both used the MDC as their coming out party. Both players led their teams to the championship game. Also both players have a chance be ranked very high once national rankings are released this summer by the media outlets. Basketball Spotlight will be keeping our eye on these two youngsters going into next season.

MDC 7th Grade All Tournament Team
Mr. Memorial Day Orange- Armoni Sexton (Playaz)
Mr. Memorial Day Blue- Dominic Jones (Boston Spartans)
Tyson Eitenne (Playaz)
Tawan Grier (Playaz)
Cameron Reddish (TEAM FINAL)
Devon Ferrero (TEAM FINAL) 
Isaiah Jones (TEAM FINAL) 
James Leible ( TEAM FINAL )
Dallas Watson (Milbank)
Terrence Trice (Milbank)
Terry Dawkins (New Heights)
Rashaad Staten (New Heights)
Nairan Thakurdyal (New Heights)
Idan Tretout (New Heights)


Tuesday, May 28
Basketball Spotlight MDC Highlights: Cameron Reddish Class of 2018



Basketball Spotlight MDC Highlights: Cameron Reddish (Team Final - 7th Grade)
Cameron "The Prince" Reddish

Cameron Reddish used the MDC to prove he’s one of the top guards in the country. His handle, court vision and scoring ability were on full display. Team Final has a budding super-star in this kid if he continues to work hard. Therefore let’s now introduce Cameron Reddish AKA “The Prince” because he’s next in line for the throne. Stay tuned because we are just getting started with our coverage of the MDC.



Wednesday, May 22
Hoop Scoop Rankings Top 50 players John Lucas middle school combine



The John Lucas IMSC took place this weekend with 120 of some of top 8th graders in the country. 3 of our own 8th graders attended the camp and 2 came back ranked within the top 50 performers. According to Hoop Scoop, Nick Alikakos #18 and Quade Green #31! Congrats guys and keep working hard

The HOOP SCOOP’s Ranking of the Top 50 Players based primarily on performance in the John Lucas Resources International Middle School Combine is as follows:

1) 6’2 8th Grader Jaliek Felton from Mullins, SC,
2) 6’5 8th GraderDarren “D.J.” Harvey from Owens Cross Roads, AL,
3) 6’5 8th Grader Michael Porter from Columbia, MO,
4) 6’5 8th Grader Kelvin Calhoun from Warrenville Heights, OH,
5) 6’6 8th Grader Jarred Vanderbilt from Houston, TX,
6) 5’11 8th Grader Marcus Shaver from Honolulu, HI,
7) 6’5 8th Grader D.J. Russell from Orange Park, FL,
8) 6’3 8th Grader Chris Giles from Plano, TX,
9) 6’6 8th Grader P.J. Washington from Frisco, TX,
10) 6’7 8th Grader Ira Lee form Hidden Hills, CA,
11) 6’8 8th Grader Wendell Carter from Fairburn, GA,
12) 6’1 8th Grader Deondre Bourne from Brooklyn, NY,
13) 6’5 7th Grader Ladarius Marshall from Jackson, MS,
14) 6’3 8th Grader Victor Bailey from Urbana, IL,
15) 6’8 7th Grader Oumar Keita from Jackson, MS,
16) 6’4 8th Grader Brian Bowen from Saginaw, MI,
17) 6’2 6’2 7th Grader Stanley Cassius from Encino, CA,
18) 6'5 8th Grader Nick Alikakos from Westchester,PA
19) 5’10 8th Grader Ricky Nelson from Houston, TX,
20) 6’5 7th GraderMichael Barber from Jackson, MS,
21) 5’10 8th Grader Willie Herenton from Chicago, IL,
22) 5’9 6th Grader Tyger Campbell from Austin, TX,
23) 5’10 7th GraderDeven Nelson from Fountain, CO,
24) 6’3 8th Grader Kolejuan Brown from Far Rockaway, NY,
25) 5’11 8th Grader Jacob Wiley from Houston, TX,
26) 6’2 8th GraderPhilip Flory from Wisconsin Rapids, WI,
27) 5’9 7th Grader Courtney Ramey from St. Louis, MO,
28) 6’2 7th Grader Michael Feinberg from Hidden Hills, CA,
29) 6’2 8th Grader Bradley Belt from Meridianville, AL,
30) 6’1 8th Grader Charles O’Bannon from Las Vegas, NV,
31) 5'10 8th grader Quade Green from Philadelphia,PA
32) 6’2 7th Grader Christian Popoola from Las Vegas, NV,
33) 5’11 8th Grader Alex Fernandez from Austin, TX,
34) 6’7 8th Grader Landon Walker from Gering, NE,
35) 6’1 8th Grader Ahmad Onezime from Lafayette, LA,
36) 6’10 8th Grader Chineduvictor Uyaelumnd from Miami, FL,
37) 6’2 7th Grader Ahmad Williams from Ft Washington, MD,
38) 6’0 8th Grader Ethan Thompson from Gardena, CA,
39) 6’5 7th Grader Hunter Quick from Lake Jackson, TX,
40) 5’9 8th Grader Josh Williamsfrom Houston, TX,
41) 6’3 8th Grader Caleb Simmons from Phoenix, AZ,
42) 6’3 8th Grader Chaundee Brown from Clermont, FL,
43) 6’3 7th Grader Diante Wood from Anniston, AL,
44) 6’4 8th Grader Cody Bowes from Miami, FL,
45) 6’6 8th Grader Morningstar Takapu from Goodyear, AZ,
46) 6’7 7th Grader Russell Barlow from Garland, TX,
47) 67 7th Grader Reginald Crawford from Florissant, MO,
48) 6’5 8th Grader John Petty from Huntsville, AL,
49) 6”4 7th Grader Joseph Jones from Buffalo, NY, and
50) 6’3 8th Grader Jonathan Dockery from Houston, TX

 



Wednesday, May 22
Manny Stokes Basketball Spotlight Player of the week!



Basketball Spotlight Player Of The Week: Manny Stokes (Team Final)
Manny Stokes (Team Final)

The Basketball Spotlight Player Of The Week goes to Manny Stokes of Team Final 8th Grade. Stokes scored 29 points while leading Team Final to a 76-58 victory over MCB Elite in the Mid Atlantic AAU 8th Grade Championship. Congratulations to Manny and keep working hard because this is just the beginning.


Wednesday, May 22
CITY OF BASKETBALL LOVE!



D'Andre Vilmar had 19 points in Team Final's 14U championship win. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

D’Andre Vilmar had 19 points in Team Final’s 14U championship win. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

14U–Team Final v. MCB Elite
Even without three of their starters, Team Final had an easy time with MCB Elite thanks big efforts from Manny Dixon and D’Andre Vilmar. Dixon scored 29 points and Vilmar 19 as Team Final wasn’t challenged over the final three quarters in a 76-58 win.

“The boys played hard,” coach Jeff Hudson told CoBL. “We fell behind yesterday in our semi game, by 12 entering the fourth quarter, they fought back and won by three. Today they just came and got the job done.”

Team Final was without usual starters Quade Green and Nick Alikakos, both at the John Lucas camps; Anthony Ochefu, brother of Villanova forward Daniel Ochefu, is out with a knee injury.

That opened up an opportunity for the 6-foot-4, 165-pound Dixon, who did a lot of his damage on the glass and in the mid-range. He scored at least four points in every quarter, helping his team establish an early lead and then maintain a comfortable distance the whole way through.

“Manny’s a guy coming off the bench usually, but he stepped up and showed us what he can do,” Hudson said. “He came to play.”

Dixon will be playing his high school basketball at Notre Dame in Easton, Pa., while Vilmar, a 6-3, 175-pound wing, said he’ll be attending Roman Catholic in the fall. Also impressing was 5-9 guard Malik Velmar–Vilmar’s cousin despite the difference in spelling–with 13 points, including three 3-pointers; he’ll be attending St. Andrew’s (Del.).



Wednesday, May 22
Team Final class of 2018 settles for 3rd place.



Our 7th grade team loss a tough one yesterday in the district championship final 4. So today they had to play for 3rd place. They took care of business today and finished with 3rd place medals. Back to the gym we go to correct our mistakes. We will not stop or quit but will keep working to get better.
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Wednesday, May 22
Team Final class of 2017 back to back Mid Atlantic District Champions



Team Final 8th grade played in the Mid Atlantic district final 4. Short handed, They weren't expected to win the Chip, Because they were missing 3 key players in Quade Green, Daron Russell and Nick Alikakos who were in Houston with a special Invitation to Attend the John Lucas Combine. Team Final boys were not expected to win so they came out to prove that they could. They executed the game plan, They played together as team and they had only one goal, To Be Champions! In the Final four they had to beat a scrappy Rip City team that featured ex Team Final player Devin Hill. The game was a battle and Rip City jump all over Team Final. Rip City lead the game all the way through 4 Quarters until the last 3 minutes were Team Final Superior conditioning kick in inspite of only having 6 players and wore down the Rip city team to win the game and advance to the Championship game. In the championship game Team Final had to play a tough MCB Elite. Team Final had beating MCB previously but that was with a full squad. Team Final had only Lucas Hudson, Malik Vilmar, Jon-Paul Sanders, D'Andre Vilmer, Shawn King, Manny Stokes and 7th grader El Khana Hidalgo who was brought up to help out. Team Final came ready to play and wanted to make it known that they were a team regardles of who was there to play or not. Team Final jump all over MCB right off the tip off and jump up to a huge lead, a lead that they would held to win the game by 18 points. With the victory Team Final won their 2nd Mid Atlantic district Championship! 
Back To Back Mid Atlantic champions!
 
 


Friday, May 10
Quade Green Neumann-Gorretti Bound!



Quade Green Neumann-Goretti Bound!
Quade Green (Philadelphia, PA)

The Team Final pipeline to Neumann Goretti High School continued as Quade Green will be taking his talents to the Philly Catholic League powerhouse. Green has made a name for himself on the Spotlight circuit the last few years even winning Most Outstanding Player as a 7th Grader. He now will follow Team Final guards Jaquan Newton (Class 2014), Lamarr Kimble (2015) and Vaughn Covington (2016) into Neumann next year.

Green's AAU coach Orlando Hidalgo feels his point guard is comfortable with this decision. “Well he had a lot of interest from other schools but in talking with his mom we felt that this was the best school for him and would suit his style of play. He also will get a chance to study, battle and learn under older Team Final guards such as Lamarr Fresh Kimble and Jaquan Newton. I think he has a chance to develop and be ready when his time comes.” said Hidalgo.

Basketball Spotlight congratulates Quade and his family on their selection of Neumann Goretti and wishes him the best in the future. Stay tuned as Basketball Spotlight brings you more high school selections by the Class of 2017.



Monday, May 6
Evan-Eric Longino Youth1sports player of the year!





Monday, May 6
Baskettball Spotlight player of the week D'Andre Vilmar



Basketball Spotlight Player Of Week: D'Andre Vilmer (Team Final)
D'Andre Vilmer (Team Final)

The Basketball Spotlight Player Of The Week goes to D’Andre Vilmar of Team Final 8th Grade. Vilmar shot 14 for 17 from the charity stripe and threw down a couple of dunks wile leading Team Final to a 5-0 record in the Mid Atlantic AAU Regional Championships. Team Final has advanced to the Mid Atlantic Final Four next weekend. Congratulations to D’Andre but keep working hard because this is only the beginning


Thursday, May 2
Team FInal class of 2018 in Akron Ohio for the Lebron James tournament!



 
Team Final class of 2018 Travel to Ohio for the King James Shooting stars tournament. TeamFinal Lost their first game against Detriot Elite by 1 point in pool play which drop them unto the silver bracket. In bracket play the 7th grade advance into the Final 4 and had a 15 point lead but let it slip from there hands. Game went into overtime and ended up loosing by 1 point in overtime. Lesson learn for this young group who only has 1 player from last year's team. Back to the gym we go, getting better never stops!


Thursday, May 2
Team Final at the King James Shooting stars tournament in Akron Ohio
Team Final class of 2017 at Lebron James high school in Akron Ohio. Team Final had No Anthony Ochefu, No Manny Stokes, no Evan-Eric Longino and an injured Nick Alikakos and still manage to make it tothe Final 4 of the Gold Bracket. Had a chance to advance into the championship game but some fundamental mistakes cost us some points down the stretch after having a lead through out the game. Great Job Boys!
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Pictures Taking here is at Lebron James High School in Ohio!


Thursday, May 2
8th grade Video High light of the Super Regional Championship



Team Final 8th grade Super Regionals Champions Lakewood NJ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmuFXPoR7R4&feature=youtu.be


Thursday, May 2
TEAM FINAL 8th Grade wins another Chip!



Photo: Another Championship !!!

TEAM FINAL Class of 2017 Took home another championship home by Winning the Super Regionals in Lakewood NJ. With the win Team Final is guaranteed a Division 1 bid to the Nationals in Orlando Florida.



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class of 2018 Super Regional Champions
Friday, April 19
TEAM FINAL 7th Grade Super Regionals Champions!



Team Final 7th grade played in the Mid Jersey Super Regional in LakeWood NJ. The Super Regional is a National Qualifying tournament so the stakes were high. Team Final 1st opponent was beyound the Lines. Team Final blew by their 1st opponent by a score of 73 to 30.

2nd game was against Philly Pride who had just won the Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase Blue division. Philly Pride and Team Final are 2 PA base teams so both teams had to prove who was the best PA team. Philly Pride had a lot of confidence since winning the AC Showcase so need less to say their was alot of trash talking before the game. But once the ball was in the air Team Final jump on them for a 13-0 start. Team Final never look back as they finish the game with a 40 point victory.

Bracket play prove to be no different as Team Final ended up playing Nor-East Lighting after their bye and ended up winning by 50 points.

In the Championship game Philly Legends  also out of philly ended up pulling a victory over Philliy Pride by18 points. Philly Legends came out playing with a lot fire and kept the game close at the half but in the second half Team Finalpulled themselves together and ended up winning the Championship with a 40 point victory. With the victoy Team Final secured a Divison 1 bid

Congratulations to Team Final 7th grade Super Regional Champions!   



Monday, March 25
Team Final 7th grade Win the HoopGroup TOC



Congratulation to Team Final Class of 2018 in winning the Hoop Group TOC

 The 7th Grade Team beat Baltimore Elite with just 5 players as 2 of our players could not play because of injury. The boys played hard and earned the championship! Guard Cole McCabe sprain ankle and 6'3" center Devin Ferrero also playing with a sprain ankle got 6 stitches from a head bunt in the Semi Final game. He left the game to go to the hospital to get the stitches so that he could play in the Championship game. Devin Made it back to the championship game but within the first 2 minutes of the Championship game gets hit right on the stitches and opened the wound right back up.Devin had to sit out the rest of the game. But Cameron Reddish, Isaiah Jones, El Khana Hidalgo, James Leible and Austin Laughlin played the entire game. The boys were exhausted but pull out the victory and earn their Championship. This shows the type of toughness that this team has and a will not to quit.



Monday, March 25
Team Final 8th grade wins the HoopGroup TOC



Team Final 8th Grade wins the HoopGroup TOC

Congratulations to the 8th grade Team Final in winning there 2nd championship. Team Final beat MCB Elite in the Hoop Group TOC Championship. The boys are starting to learn how to play together. Defense has made a step forward. Special thanks to bodyArmor who is providing the boys with the energy drink that they need to compete at the highest level.


Monday, March 4
TEAM FINAL 8th grade AGame Super Shootout Champions!



AGame Super Shootout 8th Grade Championship Recap: Team Final Are Champions!

Team Final Captures The Prize

TEAM FINAL used a balanced attack to defeat New Rens 61-55 and win the AGame Super Shootout 8th Grade Championship. Congrats to Team Final for winning their first championship of the season.

Top Performers

Quade Green Guard ( TEAM FINAL)- This was the third event I saw Green play this season and his best output. This time out the combo guard didn’t force the action but instead played within the flow of the team. He picked his spots in the half court set and exploded to the basket in transition. His mature approach helped his team pull out the victory.

Daron Russell Guard ( TEAM FINAL)- This pleasant surprise sparked Team Final off the pine when their offense stalled. He nailed a few treys and converted on the fast break. The Mid Atlantic boys definitely needed his contribution and he played his role very well.

DeAndre Vilmer Forward ( TEAM FINAL)- Vilmer also registered his best performance of the season. The energy player attacked the lane and scored over the big post players. He also played excellent defense and used his quickness to disrupt the Rens offense. He looked like the slashing athlete of last year.

Evan Logino Forward ( TEAM FINAL)- Once again Logino brought his hard hat. But this time the job was a little tougher because New Rens had massive Dwayne Thomas inside. Evan used his skills to maneuver around the mountain and get a few buckets. He also took on the task of keeping this brick house off the glass.

Tyler Bournes Guard (New Rens)- Bournes is the scoring catalyst for this blue collar squad. His outside shot looked good in form but wasn’t falling like times in the past. But He did get a few buckets because he’s a natural shot maker and lives for the big moment.

Pierce Bozcar Guard (New Rens)- The sharp shooter helped Rens climb back in with some deep jumpers. His ability to stretch the defense helps open things up inside for this physical bunch. He actually pulled one trey from the hash mark.

Marco Morency Forward (New Rens)- Marco had to be one of the best athletes in this event. The slashing wing player excelled on the baseline and helped out on the glass. I would like to watch a little more so I can analyze his ball handling and outside shot.


Tuesday, February 19
Basketball Spotlight Feature: Presenting Cameron Reddish



Basketball Spotlight Feature: Presenting Cameron Reddish

Cameron Reddish (Team Final)

Team Final has become the pipeline for future stars. Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans led the way and he was followed by Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Mike Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats). Rondae Jefferson and frosh phenom Tyus Battle are considered next in line, but the buck doesn’t stop there as the next prodigy seems to be Cameron Reddish of Eagleville, Pennsylvania. The 7th Grader has shown flashes during his time on the Spotlight circuit and most recently at the Maryland Invitational Tournament.

Coach Orlando Hidalgo is excited about having Reddish as a part of his program. “I like that he is very crafty with the ball as well as shoot the ball. This past weekend I saw him go to the basket with ease. His length presents a problem for most guards to check him. On the defensive side of the ball his size makes it hard for smaller guards to get past him. I think he has the potential to be very special” he finished.

Basketball Spotlight will keep you posted in the progress of Reddish. Cameron and his Team Final teammates will be making an appearance at the AC Showcase. Don’t miss the action.


Wednesday, January 16
High Flying class of 2017 D'Andre Vilmar gets a 2 hand Slam



D'Andre Vilmar dunking in a Middle school game.  Malik Vilmar passes the ball of the glass for a 2 handed Dunk!


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Evan-Eric Longino
Wednesday, January 16
YOUTH1--- Top Performers Around the Country: Fourth Edition



Top Performers Around the Country: Fourth Edition
(Youth1 Basketball) – From MVP’s to team leaders to monster forwards, the eight middle school student-athletes listed below have had special recent performances. They've separated themselves from their opponents on the court. In no particular order…

 
  Ryan Kiley

St. Elizabeth/ West Coast Rebels/ West Coast Select
(NV)

Kiley led the St. Elizabeth School to a Catholic League Championship. In the final against St. Viator, the 6’3" forward had 29 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks. He averaged 25.1 points and 16.7 rebounds per game on the season. In a recent round robin tournament, Kiley, in the class of 2017, scored 78 points, collected 35 rebounds and swatted 10 shots combined in the two victories. His physicality on the low blocks is not often seen at this level.
 
  Malik Zachery

Ed Smith School/ Nottingham/ Team Swerve (NY)


The 8th grader, who plays guard for the Nottingham (10-1) freshman team, averages 16 points and six assists per game. Zachery is playing AAU for a new team called Team Swerve coached by former Syracuse national champion Billy Edelin. They won their first tournament entered with a margin of victory no less than 25 points in four games. Zachery will be moving up to play JV basketball and has a 92 overall average in the classroom.
 
  Tre Woods

Team Takeover (Washington, D.C.)


Woods is a newcomer to Team Takeover coming from the Lake Arbor Hawks. He has provided instant stability and depth to Takeover’s backcourt. The point guard teams with Aaron Thompson to create one of the best 1-2 punches at point guard in the country. He averages six points and three assists per game and stepped up in the championship during the Baltimore Elite Winter League this past weekend. In Thompson’s absence, Woods took the leadership duties and guided his team to the title.
 
  Jalen Carey

New Rens (NY)


Through 11 games, Carey has averaged 17.5 points and eight assists per game playing two different guard positions for the New York City AAU club. Carey, 5’8”, has great shooting range and is extremely accurate from the 3-point line. Defensively, the long athlete can guard multiple positions and competes on the boards.
 
  Evan-Eric Longino

Team Final (PA)


The 6’3” forward led Team Final to the championship game in the Baltimore Elite Winter League playoffs this past weekend. Longino was averaging 20 points per game and effective on the boards, including a 33 point effort against Baltimore Elite in the semifinals. The lefty has tremendous post moves and is solidly built for an 8th grader. He was one of the outstanding performers during the Adidas Jr. Phenom camp in August.

 
  Dajuan Piper

New Heights/ Metro Flyers (NY)


The 6th grader earned Most Valuable Player honors at the P.A.T. Invitational this past weekend in Island Garden (NY), leading the Metro Flyers to the championship. Piper, a guard, used his size and strength to score eight straight points down the stretch to put his team up nine points and in position for the title.
 
  Jarred Vanderbuilt

Houston Elite (TX)


The forward impressed evaluators at John Lucas’ Camp Right Way in Houston last month. His performance was so dominant that he earned an invitation to May’s International Middle School Combine in Houston. Vanderbuilt is one of 2017’s most coveted prospects due to his size (6’6”) and skill-set.


 
  Rodravious "Poo" Reeves

Treasure Coast Elite (FL)


Reeves, a 5’7” point guard for Treasure Coast Elite, is one of the most well-rounded guards in the 2019 class. This past weekend, Reeves had 11 points and 13 assists against Florida Force and 12 points and 15 assists versus Team Under Pressure. Reeves has great leaping ability and can play with either hand, making him extremely difficult to guard.


Team Final 8th grade
Team Final 8th grade
Wednesday, January 16
Takin’ Over the Baltimore Elite Winter League



Takin’ Over the Baltimore Elite Winter League

(Youth1 Basketball) – Five games in two days against top competition is a lot for any basketball team, let alone one with seven players. Team Takeover out of Washington, D.C. reinforced their resilient and talented reputation by beating Team Final (PA) in the championship of the Baltimore Elite Winter League (BEWL) 63-57 on Sunday shorthanded. The inaugural season of the BEWL was run by Baltimore Elite coach Carlton “Bub” Carrington and featured eight of the best 14U AAU squads in the east.

“This is the only event besides (AAU) Nationals where every game you had to lace up and play,” Tony Thompson, head coach of Team Takeover said.

While weather and gym complications did alter the original three, three-game sessions, organizers were able to realign the final weekend to feature concluding regular season action on Saturday and single-elimination playoff games the following day.

Team Takeover’s weekend began on Saturday morning in a win against a shorthanded Team Final. In the evening, the host team, Baltimore Elite beat them in overtime wrapping up their regular season.

The following day featured three games in virtual back-to-back-to-back fashion. Team Takeover first played the Long Island Lightning in the morning, beating them 60-29. The next game, which was a semifinal tilt against the skilled Sports U/Team IZOD, began right away.

In a game which Thompson said was like a championship, Sports U/Team IZOD jumped on Takeover early, going up 13 points. With the leadership of point guard Aaron Thompson and overall play of Andre Boykin, Quinton Drayton, and Ryan Allen, Takeover took a two-point lead into halftime.

At the conclusion of the see-saw second half, guard DJ Mitchell and Takeover squeaked out a three-point victory.

“Both teams got after it,” Thompson said. “It had a real high school feel.”

Immediately after the semifinal, the team traveled five minutes by car to the second gym and ran right into their pregame layup lines.

Both Team Final and Team Takeover were without key players in the championship game. Aaron Thompson felt some pain in his knee during the game prior and played just five minutes which took Takeover’s floor general out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. For Final, forward Evan-Eric Longino who had 33 points in the semifinal against Baltimore Elite also experienced knee pain and was forced to watch from the sidelines.

“Aaron has been the leader of this team for years,” Thompson said. “The kids could have folded, but they didn’t. Playing with seven kids and six in the last game showed a lot of character.”

Teammates like Mitchell, Drayton, and Boykin stepped up for the national championship hopefuls to carry them to another championship to add with their Nike Invitational at Boo Williams, Clash for the Cup, and Potomac Valley Qualifier titles.

As many of these teams gear up for AAU Nationals this summer, keep an eye on Team Final who were without 6'5" Nick Alikakos and 6'5" Anthony Ochefu. Sports U/Team IZOD opened eyes as well, improving in recent weeks. Both squads are well coached and impressed Thompson and other onlookers.



Sunday, December 30
Class of 2018 Nick Alikakos Above the Rim!!!!



Nick Alikakos Playing Above The Rim



Team Final’s Nick Alikakos shows off his leaping ability during his middle school game. We were definitely impressed with the dunk off the lob pass. Keep up the good work Nick.


Wednesday, December 5
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic Top Performers part 3



Kyle Thompson Guard (Team Final)- The former Mr. Memorial Day nailed 4 treys in the pool play victory over ECE. The wing guard soft touch proved to be enough to help send the Div 2 National Champs home.
ElKhana Hidalgo Guard (Team Final)- Hidalgo brought that confidence he developed over the summer on the camp circuit. He handled the ball with more poise and also showed an improved outside shot. He’s really becoming a player.


Wednesday, December 5
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic Top Performers part 2



Cameron Reddish Guard (Team Final)- Reddish made his Spotlight debut and showed some good flashes. He has a lot of wiggle while getting past defenders with ease. I like this kids upside and think this was a good snag for Team Final down the road.


Tuesday, December 4
BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT 8TH GRADE TIP OFF CLASSIC TOP PERFORMERS



Trevon Duval Guard (Team Final)- Duval was a nice pick up for Team Final. I saw some good things in this kid’s package. He’s a crafty ball handler and superb finisher at the rim. I also like how he has improved his leaping ability when attacking the rim. He has a chance to be a special point guard down the road.

Evan Logino Forward (Team Final)- The bruising forward used his southpaw style to make some things happen. He can actually put the rock on the floor a little in traffic. Reminds me of a young Othella Harrington. He’s another good pick up for this group.



coaches vs cancer
players from the 2016 and 2017 class
Friday, November 9
Team Final players get a chance to contribute to the Coaches VS Cancer event



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2nd group from the 2016 and 2017
(Youth1 Basketball) - Some of the best eighth and ninth-grade basketball talent from the Philadelphia area will be participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer All-Star games Thursday night at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

While winning and losing is always part of the equation in any sport, these players will have more on their minds than the outcome of any game. Each of the 54 players who will suit up in the doubleheader – the first game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. – will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society. The Philly Elevate, a 15U AAU team, will serve as host.

Frank Murphy, an Elevate coach and the event’s organizer, is confident that his players will take the team name literally as they prepare for their game. He wants his student-athletes to “elevate” those around them – both on the court and off. While almost all basketball teams get noticed for their athletic performance, Murphy expects more from his players.

“I wanted the kids to get a different kind of exposure and Coaches vs. Cancer was a perfect fit because of their basketball ties,” Murphy said.

 A notable figure from the Philadelphia basketball scene will serve as a coach for each of the four teams. Among them will be Jimmy Dillon from Hoops 365 and Hoop Group Elite director Kevin Driscoll.


top 30
Pangos Top 30
Thursday, November 1
Top 30 and 60 at the Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp



top 60
Pangos Top 60
 

2012 Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp Report
by Dinos Trigonis
(November 7, 2012)

The 5th annual Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp presented by BallisLife.com was held recently (October 27-28) at RiverWinds Center (West Deptford NJ/near Philadelphia PA). This event featured a sold-out 120 top 2015 and 2016 players (along with a few talented 2017 players) from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Canada.

The camp began with an excellent skills work-out directed by Rodney Turner and continued with four competitive rounds of games that exhibited the high quality of the young talent present.

Media/scouts on hand included Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press, Nothing But Net Magazine & Hoop Scoop), Van Coleman (XOFan.com & Hot100Hoops.com), Patrick Stanwood (Nothing But Net Magazine), Allen Rubin (Hoop Scoop), Norm Eavenson (All-Star Sports), Spencer Pulliam (DunkDog.com), Littel Vaughn (Checkball Magazine) and Eric Quad (Ballin 365).

The camp’s top 60 players were selected by the camp staff and media present and were showcased in the two “cream of the crop” games held at the conclusion of the event.

We highlight those players below.

 
 

Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game
(in alphabetical order)


* Isaiah Briscoe 6’3” 2015 St. Benedicts (Newark NJ)
Big-time guards make “big-time plays and that’s exactly what Briscoe does on the floor. Crafty lead guard is much quicker and athletic off the bounce than you might think and his basketball IQ is second to none in this class. After a slow start in the Top 30 Game he exploded for 18 points, including 4 “threes” (three of those four were in consecutive rapid-fire fashion). Briscoe (who also attended the USA Basketball U16 mini-camp in Colorado Springs CO in early October) played well enough to garner co-MOP honors of this camp (shared award with Horace Spencer).

* Vaughn Covington Jr. 5’10” 2016 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia PA) TEAM FINAL
Thin freshman PG has excellent basketball instincts and the ability to knock down the 3-point shot (had 2 “threes” in Top 30 game).

* Tim Delaney 6’8” 2015 Pitman (Pitman NJ) TEAM FINAL
Strong and physical Mark Madsen-type PF was an ox down low all weekend long. Capped off an impressive camp performance with 14 points/8 boards in Top 30 game. Attended the USA U16 Basketball Mini-camp earlier in the month in Colorado Springs CO.

* Moustapha Diane 6’9” 2015 Pope John Paul XXIII (Sparta NJ)
Very agile power-forward is always on the move and his rebounding and shotblocking talents are assets to any squad he suits up for.

* Marcus Floyd 5’9” 2015 Phelps School (Malvern PA) TEAM FINAL
Crafty point finds ways to affect the game whether its scoring off the bounce or creating opportunities for teammates.


* Temple Gibbs 6’2” 2016 Seton Hall Prep (West Orange NJ)
Youngest brother of the Gibbs lead guard lineage (older brother Ashton played at Pitt while Sterling laces them up for Seton Hall) will be a heralded recruit in his own right. Temple has the size to play either guard slot as well the mid-range game coaches love. Good long range shooter too (had 2 “threes” in Top 30 game).

 
 

* Ahmad Gilbert 6’5” 2015 Constitution (Philadelphia PA)
Athletic swingman plays very hard and is a terrific defender

* Quade Greene 6’0” 2017 Cedarbrook (Philadelphia PA) TEAM FINAL
Very promising 8th grade lead guard had little difficulty playing with the 2015 and 2016 players at the event. A name for the future.

* Carnel Harley 6’7” 2015 Imhotep (Philadelphia PA)
Active PF rebounds with intensity and has nice footwork on the block.

* Tyheem Harmon 5’9” 2015 Imhotep (Philadelphia PA)
Quick playmaker is a very good on-ball defender.

* Deandre Hunter 6’4” 2016 Friends Central (Philadelphia PA)
Athletic wing likes to attack the hoop via his nifty cross-over dribble.

* Isaiah “Zay” Jennings 5’11” 2016 William Allen (Allentown PA)
Speedy point has legitimate 3-point range (nailed 2 “threes” in Top 30 game).

* Vaughn Jenkins 6’3” 2015 Kennett (Kennett PA)
Max-effort wing is an underrated rebounder and perimeter scorer.

* Michael Jurzynski 6’4” 2015 Masters School (Dobbs Ferry NY)
Hard-working and productive SF is always in motion and his shooting touch allows him to put plenty of points on the board.

* Lamarr Kimble 5’11” 2015 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia PA) TEAM FINAL
Heady floor-general has excellent court vision and the basketball smarts you would expect in a Philly lead guard.

* Delante Jones 6’5” 2015 Middleburg Academy (Herndon VA)
Athletic swingman is an effective slashing scorer.

 
 

* Derrick Jones 6’6” 2015 Archbishop Carroll (Radnor PA)
While Horace Spencer and Isaiah Briscoe already had national reps heading into this camp (they were also Top 30 game selections from a year ago) Jones used this stage to burst out in a major national way. This very athletic lefty swingman has the length and bounce to be a proficient scorer and the wiry physical tools to become a big-time defensive stopper. Stole the show in the Top 30 Game by erupting for 22 points (including 2 “threes”) to go along with 8 boards and 4 blocks – earning Top 30 Game MVP honors. Top 25-50 national potential.

* Steven Jordan 5’8” 2016 Conwell-Egan (Bensalem PA)
Jitter-bug point has a rock-solid handle that allows him to elude defensive pressure.

* Jerron Love 5’10” 2015 Wheeler (Marietta GA)
Quick and cerebral PG plays with a ton of confidence.

* DeVaughn Mallory 6’7” 2015 Poly Tech (Dover DE)
Blue-collar post is quick to the glass and has a nice touch on the block. Scored 10 points in Top 30 Game.

* Rodney Miller 6’10” 2016 St. Benedicts (Newark NJ)
Young C with skyscraper-length is definitely a name to track in the freshman class.

* Cheyenne Nettleton 5’10” 2015 Holy Cross (Flushing NY)
Savvy “Big Apple” guard has the court instincts to run a team as well as the skills to put points on the board. Nettleton is already receiving Big East interest – unofficially visited Villanova the Friday night before camp.

* LaPri Pace 6’1” 2016 Brandywine (Philadelphia PA)
Energetic scoring combo gets to the rim quick off the bounce and has the “quicks” necessary to apply fullcourt pressure.


* Josh Sharkey 5’7” 2016 Abington Friends (Philadelphia PA)
Quick young point has ability to penetrate and kick to open teammates.


* Nyrique Smith 6’2” 2016 Monmouth (Monmouth NJ)
Promising young SG has all the physical tools to develop into a top-flite recruit.


* Horace Spencer 6’9” 2015 Tennet (Willow Grove PA)
Ultra-athletic Ed O’Bannon-type post-forward is still raw to a large degree on the offensive end, but there is no denying his extreme upside! Horace was a factor in the Top 30 Game (contributed 12 points/9 boards/3 blocks). Spencer was a huge presence on the glass and around the paint all camp long and his consistent effort earned him co-MOP of the camp (sharing that honor with Isaiah Briscoe). Like Briscoe and Tim Delaney, Spencer attended the USA Basketball U16 mini-camp in early October.

* Lamar Stevens 6’5” 2016 Abington Friends (Jenkintown PA) TEAM FINAL
Productive hybrid-forward is active baseline-to-baseline (contributed 12 points in Top 30 Game).

* Paul Thomas 6’8” 2015 Summer Creek (Houston TX)
Long and agile post runs the floor extremely well and can finish in traffic. Love his upside.


* Mohamed Touray 6’3” 2015 Wings Academy (Bronx NY)
Wing with high-level scoring instincts has HM potential.


* Connor Wagner 5’11” 2015 Pope John Paul II (Royersford PA)
Scrappy floor general is a fine passer and excellent competitor.

Five Top 60 Game players that merit special recognition include:

* Brandon Cazan 6’6” 2015 Bishop Eustace (Sicklerville NJ)
Skilled SF competes every play on both ends!

* Gemil Houlbrook 6’5” 2015 Penn Wood (Lansdowne PA)
Athletic swingman has excellent perimeter scoring accuracy.

* Ray Kowalski 6’1” 2016 Gray Stone Day (Concord NC)

Smart lead guard has excellent court savvy as well as ability to knock down perimeter jump shots.

* John Sica 6’7” 2015 Bethlehem Central (Delmar NY)
Mobile combo-forward with underrated athleticism also has real scoring ability.

* Joey Wallace 6’3” 2015 Immaculate (Bethel CT)
Son of former Syracuse star and New York Knicks forward John Wallace is a slashing scorer and harassing defender.

The rest of the players that were selected to the Top 60 Game (in alphabetical order) include:

* Mustafa Al-Sadat Lawrence 5’9” 2016 Newark Tech (Newark NJ)

* Asante Ali 5’11” 2015 Imhotep (Philadelphia PA)

* Nick Alikakos 6’4” 2017 Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square PA) TEAM FINAL

* Javin Barton 6’0” 2015 St. Mary’s (Rockville Centre NY)

* Gerald Blount 6’6” 2015 St. Anthony (Jersey City NJ)

* Keith Braxton 6’2” 2015 Delsea Regional (Glassboro NJ)

* Desure Buie 5’9” 2015 Wings Academy (Bronx NY)

* Aaron Byrd 6’1” 2015 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville MD)

* Jahmi Bailey Green 6’2” 2016 Concord Christian (Chester PA)

* Elijah Gonzalez 5’9” 2015 St. Anthony (Jersey City NJ)

* Ahmad Harrison 6’1” 2015 East Side (Newark NJ)

* Liam Hogan 5’10” 2015 Regis (Rockville Centre NY)

* Jamal Holloway 6’4” 2016 Camden (Camden NJ)

* Jamal Hunt 5’9” 2016 Hodgson Tech (Wilmington DE)

* Leonel Hyatt 6’4” 2015 Greenwich (Greenwich CT)

* Marques Jackson 6’6” 2015 Prep Charter (Philadelphia PA)

* Vince Jackson Jr. 5’10” 2015 Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athern PA)

* Darren James II 6’7” 2015 South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction NJ)

* Quamie Johnson 5’11” 2015 Shipley (Bryn Mawr PA)

* Tyler Jones 5’10” 2016 Pennington School (Lawrence NJ)


* Austin Marriott 6’4” 2016 Germantown Friends (Philadelphia PA)

* Jabri McCall 6’0” 2016 MCS (Philadelphia PA)

* Tyquan Merritt 6’0” 2015 Boone (Orlando FL)

* Johnathan Middleton 6’3” 2015 Holy Spirit (Absecon NJ)

* John Rodriguez III 6’4” 2015 Church Farm School (Coatesville PA)

* James Scott Jr. 6’2” 2016 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City NJ)

* Malik Velmar 5’8” 2017 Providence Creek Academy (Sylmar DE) TEAM FINAL



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Malik Vilmar Top 60 at the Pangos Camp
Thursday, November 1
Malik Vilmar Top 60 at the Pangos Camp




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Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp
Thursday, November 1
Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp



Every year, Dinos Trigonis hosts his annual Pangos All Frosh/Soph camp in NJ. And every year, Dinos assembles a camp loaded with high-major talent and future college stars.

Players such as Anthony Davis, Derrick Williams, James Harden and Shabazz Muhammad all played in one of the Pangos camps. The past weekend was no exception, with multiple big-time prospects highlighting the camp.

TEAM FINAL's 8th Grader's D'Andre Vilmar, Nick Alikakos, Keith Deloatch, Malik Vilmar and Quade Green all attended the camp. The boys all had great showing and competed at a high level against some of the best high school freshman's and sophomores in the East. Of these players Malik Vilmar was selected to play in the Top 60 All Star game and Quade Green was selected to play in the Top 30 All Star Game. Congratulations Boys! 



Ahrod Carter
Ahrod Carter Class of 2017
Tuesday, October 30
Ahrod Carter Is Proving His Toughness



Ahrod Carter Is Proving His Toughness
by Tyler Mounce, Future150 (12:56 PM CT, Thu October 18, 2012)

 

Future150 Camp Reporter. Providing insight into Future150 Camp players.

Chester, PA (Future150) -- Most serious injuries require a surgery, especially most types of leg injuries.

Ahrod Carter out of Chester, Pennsylvania is young kid who unfortunately suffered a leg injury recently, but neglected to have any type of surgery and ended up coming back to the ball court as good as new.

The injury did not slow this 5-foot-8, 140 pound point guard down at all. According to most people around him, he came back at full force and is now playing better than ever.

As a point guard he manages the game really well. He can get about anywhere on the court with his ball handling skills.

He has some relentless on ball defense and just makes it really hard for his opponent to get off a good shot.

Carter has the ability to finish strong at the rim, has a really good mid-range jump shot, and he can even shoot it well from deep.

“I feel that my strengths are my ball-handling, quickness, and my jump shot,” Carter advised. “Those are my strong points, but I also like working hard on my drive to the basket and the mental part of the game, making sure that I’m making the right decision on the court.”

Since there was an injury in the past, he just wants to keep getting out on the court and playing basketball as much as he can.

Playing ball is going to allow him to prove he is one of the better guards in his class.

One way he can prove that is attending basketball camps and just playing good basketball.

“I plan on playing AAU (Team Final) this summer period since I'm healthy and helping my team win championships," he provided. “I plan on going to Jr. Future150 camp, Nike Pre-Draft camp, and some Hoop Group camps.

This young athlete is going to be a big part of Team Final’s future.

“I hope that this upcoming season that I play hard, make my teammates better, and just become more of a leader on the court,” Carter said.



Tuesday, September 4
Rising 7th graders shine at John Lucas Camp in Hampton Virginia



John Lucas FOTG Camp Profile: Cameron Reddish (Eagleville, PA)

Name: Cameron Reddish

Hometown: Eagleville, PA

Position: Point Guard

Class: 2018

Analysis: Reddish has the make up to be a real good point guard. He demonstrated the passion of pushing the rock, dishing it and scoring. He got anywhere he wanted on the floor and made some big time plays. Hopefully we will get to see on the Spotlight circuit next year.


Tuesday, September 4
Rising 7th graders shine at John Lucas Camp



John Lucas FOTG Camp Profile: El Khana Hidalgo (Pennsauken, NJ)

Name: El khana Hidalgo

Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

Position: Point Guard

Class: 2018

Analysis: Hidalgo looked very good against some of the top point guards in the camp. He didn’t rush things and made a point to look for teammates. I see now that he’s really a throwback point guard with a pass first mentality. He was very aggressive while picking his spots well. He really blossomed running the show surrounded by talent.


John Lucas camp
John Lucas Camp
Monday, September 3
John Lucas camp in Hampton Virginia

Team Final boys class of 2018 and 2019 perform well and represented well a gainst some of the top player in the East Coast region. Good Job boys way to represent Team Final!!!



El Khana Hidalgo
El Khana Hidalgo
Monday, September 3
El Khana Hidalgo shines at Junior Elite Camp: Day One Outstanding Performers



El Khana Hidalgo | Merchantville, N.J. | Class of 2018
Hidalgo’s ability to crossover and his shooting form from outside highlighted his potential during Day One. In what seems to be the consensus of many campers Hidalgo also expressed an admiration for Durant, who plays for his favorite NBA team, but also said he enjoys watching Carmelo Anthony.

By | Aug 19, 2012 | Skills Camp Updates



Hoop group boys
TEAM FINAL BOYS
Monday, September 3
Team Final boys at the Hoop Group JR Elite camp



Team Final Represented well at the Hoop Group JR Elite Camp at the Poconos. They represented the best of the class of 2017 and 2018. The boys brought out there A game and raise the standard of play at the Camp. Congratulations to Lucas Hudson, Jon Paul Sanders for the Class of 2017 and El Khana Hidalgo, Kyle Thompson, Justin Galea, Isaiah Jones, Steven Pham class of 2018 for represnting Team Final to the Fullest!!!



Monday, September 3
Team Final's Quade, JP, and D'Andre shine at the JEM All Star Classic



J.E.M. All Star Classic Video Highlights: (Class of 2017 Game)

JEM Classic Rising 8th Grade

The rising 8th Grade game came down to the wire and had some of the top talent on the east coast in the building. Here are highlights from this event courtesy of Elitebasketball1. Stay tuned because we still have more footage and other recaps to come.



Monday, September 3
Team Final's El Khana, Kyle, and Quashawn, shine at the JEM All Star Classic in Trenton NJ



J.E.M. All Star Classic Highlights: (Class of 2018 Game)



The rising 7th Graders took the court as the second game of this event and gave the crowd a treat. Check out some video highlights courtesy of Elitebasketball1. Stay tuned because we still have more to come from this exclusive event.


Friday, August 24
Basketball Spotlight 7th Grade most out standing player!



7th Grade Most Outstanding Player: Quade Green (Team Final)

Quade Green (Team Final)

Basketball Spotlight is proud to present Quade Green of Team Final with the 7th Grade Most Outstanding Player Award. Green led Team Final to a successful season including winning the MDC and Grand Finale Championship. Green has a chance to be next in line of tough Philly guards. We would like to congratulate Green for his accomplishments.


Friday, August 24
Basketball Spotlight Coach of the Year!



7th Grade Coach Of The Year Award: Orlando Hidalgo (TEAM FINAL)

Coach Orlando Hidalgo (Team Final)

Basketball Spotlight is proud to present Orlando Hidalgo of TEAM FINAL with the 7th Grade Coach Of The Year Award. Hidalgo led Team Final to the MDC and Grand Finale Championships. He has developed his squad to one of the best teams on the East Coast. Basketball Spotlight would like to congratulate Coach Hidalgo for his accomplishments.


Wednesday, August 8
Youth 1



D’Andre Vilmar: Inspired by His Brother’s Legacy

(Youth 1 Basketball) – Oftentimes success that is achieved by siblings or friends drives youth athletes to become the best they can be in their respective sport. For D’Andre Vilmar, his older brother David’s basketball legacy has motivated him to seek greatness on the court.

“He (David) was a good high school basketball player,” said Vilma. “Everyone talked about how good he was, where we lived and in different areas, and I want to be better than him.”

bballpicD’Andre is on the right track. He works out twice a day, seven days a week and faces top national competition as part of the talented AAU squad Team Final. The team most recently captured the Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Championship and is having a very successful summer season. One such example of Team Final’s competition is Primetime Select from Louisiana, the most difficult to play according to Vilmar.

The 14-year-old guard has already started to make a name for himself. At the Nike Pre-Draft Camp, Vilmar’s leaping ability and long, athletic body intrigued the scouts. So far, Vilmar has collected Basketball Spotlight’s “Mr. Memorial Day” and won Most Unselfish Player as a 7th grader during an invitation-only 8th grade Jr. All City Classic All-Star Game.

The 6-foot-2, 175 pounder averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal per game this past season. Vilmar attacks the basket relentlessly using his outstanding athleticism and height advantage over other guards. The Clayton, Delaware resident will look to improve his jump shot during his time at Providence Creek Academy, so defenders will have to decide whether to block him in the driving lane or commit to stopping his jumper. In a championship game against East Side Youth Center, Vilmar had every part of his repertoire working as he led his team to victory with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.

As a member of the class of 2017, Vilmar has a long way to go before competing at the collegiate level, though he does have a particular school in mind. Vilmar dreams of following in former Kentucky Wildcat star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s footsteps and taking his game to Lexington. Like Vilmar, Kidd-Gilchrist played AAU basketball for Team Final and has become one of their notable alumni in just over a year.

Vilmar enjoys two particular aspects of playing basketball; winning and the travel. “Basketball has taken me to a lot of different places. It took me from the Bahamas to Dover, Delaware and all over the country,” said Vilmar.

As for his future plans, Vilmar’s dream besides making it to the NBA is playing Division I basketball and becoming a lawyer. Down the road, D’Andre will look back to his childhood and appreciate his older brother for pushing him to succeed.

Written by: Zachary O’Connor-Robol

Sport Manager: Kristofer Hunte

Youth1.com

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Quade
Quade Green
Wednesday, August 8
Quade comes up big in San Diego



Team Final's Quade Green headed out to San Diego for the JR Phenom camp for rising 8th, 7th and 6th graders. Green perform at a high level while in San Diego leading his team to an undefeated record and making it to the All Star game. Green lead his team in the Allstar game to a victory. Quade ended up rank the #1 shooting Guard in his class and the #6 overall player at the camp. Congratulations Quade Green sky is the limit. 



Nick
Team Final Nick Alikakos
Friday, July 27
Youth1.com Basketball article on Nick Alikakos



(Youth 1) – Playing catch in the backyard or shooting hoops in the driveway with a parent or older sibling are two of the most common ways youth athletes are introduced to the sport they grow to love. So you may wonder what stood out to Nick Alikakos’ parents while they watched him navigate an obstacle course driving a miniature Harley Davidson battery charged dirt bike; at 18 months old! According to Alikakos, his flawless driving (Nick’s sister, three years older, drove right into the trees) at such a young age was a testament to his advanced eye-hand coordination, something necessary in athletics. But why has basketball been such a great match?

“I immediately fell in love with basketball and have been playing ever since. I have always been a tall kid so it was a perfect fit,” said the West Chester, Pennsylvania resident.

Alikakos progressed from dribbling a basketball in the driveway at age three to playing in an organized league one year later. Nowadays, the 13-year-old has sprouted to 6-foot-4 and will be a key member of the Episcopal Academy basketball team in the fall.

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The 170-pounder plays AAU ball for the highly-decorated Team Final. The team has won the Mid-Atlantic Districts, earned a berth in the Sweet 16 at Nationals, and captured titles at the Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Tournament, Memorial Classic, and Tournament of Champions at Hoop Group. Team Final is constantly up against top competition, such as rivals Team Takeover. Alikakos averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals per game this past season. Not only has Alikakos enjoyed AAU success, but middle school achievement as well.

Thanks to huge stat lines from Alikakos, like when he had 26 points, 12 blocks, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (a performance Alikakos calls his best), the Stetson 7th grade school team navigated their schedule going undefeated. Success on the court at Stetson Middle School and in the classroom opened doors at the next level.

“Basketball has gotten me recruited to Episcopal Academy, which will give me a great education. It has also offered me many chances for scholarships to other high schools,” said the future member of the 2017 class.

What is impressive about Nick is his emphasis on education and selfless basketball. For example, his future goal is to first get a good education ahead of playing Division I basketball. In addition, Alikakos cites school work as one of his duties before he can enjoy any free time. Lastly, in what was a unique statement, Alikakos’ favorite aspect of basketball is when his team as a whole plays unselfishly. This student-athlete possesses a mental approach well beyond his years.

Alikakos’ game at the forward position is more of a hybrid. He uses his long frame to block shots both on the perimeter and close to the basket. The lanky Alikakos still has very good ball handling skills which help him penetrate to the basket, the strongest part of his game. Alikakos uses spin moves and reverse layups, the skill-set often associated with small guards, traits that speak to his versatility. Alikakos knows that every player looks to improve their abilities, and he will be working on his speed and strength during the upcoming months.

Even though Alikakos has not yet attended any regional or national basketball camps, he has been awarded numerous individual accolades. For example, this past season for Stetson Middle School he scored the most points ever in a single season. Furthermore, he won MVP in the Junior All-City Classic 2012 and Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Tournament. He was named to the All-Tournament Team in the Tournament of Champions Hoop Group, Atlantic City Showcase, Clash for the Cup, and the Memorial Classic. With all of this recognition and his focus on academics, it may not be much of a stretch for Alikakos to fulfill his desire to attend Duke University. Perhaps one day Alikakos will look back to his days riding the Harley while he leaves the competition in the dust.



Monday, July 23
High lights of Team Final 7th grade at the D1 AAU National Championship





Thursday, July 19
Basketball Spotlight Top 13U teams= TEAM FINAL #1



Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight circuit has come to an end and our Grand Finale Champions have been crowned. Here’s our breakdown of the Top 10 teams. Please remember these rankings are only our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. Team Final: TF came on late to win the MDC and Grand Finale crown. They had a real good showing at the AAU Nationals and will be a force to reckon with next year. They have the Grand Finale banner hanging high in their gym.

2. CBC: The “Money Team” won the Tip Off Classic and AC Showcase. A Grand Finale victory would have wrapped up the #1 spot. But they had a very successful season and should be proud.

3. Team Takeover: TT made an exceptional run during the Nationals. They also won the Clash For The Cup. They have a loaded clip.

4. Milbank: “The Bank” made it to the Grand Finale and played hard before losing to Team Final in the semifinals. They will be back for some action next season.

5. Team IZOD: The “Big Red Machine” got things together towards the end of the season. They had a good run in Memphis and should be a team to watch next season.

6. DC Assault: DCA also did some damage as they season went on. They have a notable program and the pieces to make some noise.

7. M Plex: This hungry group made it to the finals of the MDC. They have some good pieces and great coaching. Look out for them next season.

8. New Heights: NH went through some reforming but we expect them to return to a respectable squad next season.

9. Team ABBO: This group made some noise at the Nationals but we have to see how they step to the stage next year.

10. 6th Man Warriors: We respect this group because they still do things the right way. They should be on the rise next season.


Sunday, July 15
Team Final's Vaughn Convington headed to Jem All Star Classics



Vaughn Covington Selected For J.E.M. All Star Classic

Vaughn Covington (Sicklerville, NJ)

Vaughn Covington of Sicklerville, NJ has been chosen to participant in the 3rd Annual J.E.M. All Star Classic. Covington has starred for Team Final this at several Spotlight events including the Clash For The Cup and Memorial Day Classic. Vaughn was very pleased with his selection, “I am grateful for the opportunity to play in the J.E.M. Classic and compete against the best players from the Spotlight tournaments. It’s cool to be a part of the history and paying tribute to the memory of Mrs. Melton” he finished.

The 3rd Annual J.E.M. All Star Classic will take place Saturday August 18th in Trenton, NJ. Stay tuned as we bring you more top players that have been selected to this exclusive event.



we Conquered
We Came, We Saw, We Conquered
Saturday, July 7
Team Final 7th Grade win the Grand Championship



Team Final 7th Grade headed down to Jersey to participate in the culminating event of the Basketball Spotlight Tour, the Grand Finale Final Four, where they compete against Team Izod, Team CBC, and Milbank for the Tour Championship. Team Final beat Milbank in a game were Milbank made a strong run in the second half to make it a close game but Team Final was able to prevail. On the other side of the bracket was CBC and Team Izod. This use to be a rivalry but CBC had made tremendous improvement from last year and dispose of Izod early as they beat Izod in double digits score. Team Final ended up playing in the Championship game against CBC. Last time both of these teams met CBC had mercied Team Final but this was a much Improved Team and they were not going to let that happen again. Team Final's smuthering Defense did not allow CBC to get off early on a lead and made it difficult for them to score baskets. Team Final had a double digit lead, leading into the second half when CBC made a run of there own. But in the end Team Final prove to be to much for CBC and ended up winning in double digits and taking home the Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale Championship Banner.
Team Final 7th grade Grand Finale Champions!


Mit Runner up
June MIT Runner Up
Saturday, July 7
Team Final 7th Grade Makes it to the MIT Championship



Team Final played in Virginia for the 5 Star Maryland Invitational Tournament. Team Final had advanced to the Gold bracket after winning there pool. In bracket play Team Final beat East Carolina Elite, MCB, This years #4 Ranked Team Takeover, and this years # 14 ranked WV Rising Stars. With the wins Team Final advanced to the Championship game. Team Final played in the championship against team Rocka Fellas who they had beaten in Ohio in the King James Shooting Stars tournament. But this Rocka fellas Team had prove to be a different team as they had picked up some guards from from CP3 Allstars. Team Final Jump on Rocka Fellas for an early lead but in the end Rocka fellas height and Guard play prove to be to much for Team Final who were exhausted playing in their 4 straight game of the day. 
Team Final 7th grade MIT


Saturday, July 7
Basketball Spotlight Player Profile



Grand Finale Player Profile: Quade Green (Team Final)

Name: Quade Green

AAU Team: Team Final

Position: Combo Guard

Age Group: 13U

Analysis: Team Final balanced squad has allowed Green to display his play making ability. During the Grand Finale he showed improved point guard skills in terms of setting up teammates. We encourage him to continue to progress in this area.


Team Final 7th
JR All City Classic All Stars
Monday, June 18
TEAM FINAL 7th Grade storms the Jr All City Classic All Star game



Quade Green
Quade Green Jr All City Classic MVP
TEAM FINAL 7th Graders D'Andre Vilmar, Nick AliKakos, Jon Paul Sanders  and Quade Green got invited to Partcipate in the first Annual Middle School All Star game for 8th Graders. Did I say 8th Graders ? Yes I did! these 7th graders played along side some of the top 8th graders and prove to be to much even for the 8th graders as Quade Green and Nick Alikakos ended up winning the MVP for there Teams! D'Andre Vilmar ended up winning the Most Unselfish player award for his all around game. Nick and Quade both got invited to play in the Elite 8th grade game where they excelled and contributed to there teams in a large manner. 

Nick Alikakos
Nick Alkakos Jr All City Classic MVP

Monday, June 18
City of 'Basketball" love



Jr. All-City Classic highlights some of the area’s top young talent

2017 F D’Andre Vilmar was one of a number of young prospects who shined at the Jr. All-City Classic (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)

The Philadelphia area’s top high school talent have been showcasing their skills in the All-City Classic for the last 17 years, but for the first time this year some of the next generation got their own version of the city’s biggest all-star game.

A mix of 2016 and 2017s participated in the two-game event, held at The Haverford School, and though some of the kids were just entering eighth grade this fall it was was apparent that the hotbed that is Philadelphia high school basketball is not going anywhere.

The first game of the evening was split between rising eighth graders and rising ninth graders, and though many of the participants are still six years away from making a college decision it was clear that scholarships awaited even some of the youngest on the court.

 

Game One Recap

The White team jumped out to the early lead in the opener, getting 12 straight points to open up a 22-7 lead on the Black team behind a strong opening 10 minutes from D’Andre Vilmar, who had five points before both teams made full substitutions midway through the first half. The Black team wasn’t really able to close the gap, and it was 31-19 White at halftime.

Eventual White Team MVP Nickolas Alikakos, another rising eighth grader, scored all seven of his points in the second half as the Black team slowly closed the gap, first getting to within two points at 40-38 before finally tying the game at 54-54 on a step-back 3-pointer by 2016 G Isiah Jennings.

It was White to held on to win, getting a bucket from Quadir Phillips with 1:08 left to break that 54-all score before Phillips found Isaiah Culpepper for a game-sealing layup a minute later. Jennings hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a final margin of 58-57.

Game One Standouts

  • D’Andre Vilmar is a 6-foot-2 forward with a decent handle who looks like he could end up anywhere from 6-4 to 6-9 by the time it’s all said and done. Though he played under the basket–he was the tallest player on his team along with Phillips–he looks like he projects as a 3/4 with good ball skills, depending on which part of his game he focuses on. Displayed nice form on his shot, with a good follow-through.
  • Verland Wayns, Jr. is the younger brother of Maalik Wayns, who just left Villanova University after his junior season for the NBA draft. The 5-10 point guard, who’s undecided on where he’ll be attending high school next year, scored all five of his points in the first half. One of the more active players on both ends of the court, Wayns showcased a quick release on his jumper, utilizing a nice step-back move to gain separation from his defenders.
  • Quadir Phillips is a 6-2 forward who plays much more of an interior game than Vilmar. The Academy of New Church eighth grader is staying at the school for high school next year, and if he continues to grow he could end up following a number of ANC graduates to the Division I ranks. A tough rebounder and defender, Phillips also blocked a number of shots and had 10 points though he missed all three of his free-throws.

Game Two Recap

The nightcap started off similarly to its predecessor as White jumped out to a 14-6 lead, getting eight early points from Jabri McCall. However, it was Black who led 29-23 at halftime, with Bryce Dowling and Vaughn Covington pacing their team with six points apiece in the first half.

The second half opened with a 7-0 White run as they took a one-point lead, but five different players scored for the Black team in a 14-2 answering run to make it 43-32 Black. With about six minutes left to play in the game that lead had grown to 60-48, but then White mounted their comeback.

McCall and 2017 G Quade Green, who as Game One MVP was allowed to play in the second game as well, combined to score all but one of their team’s final 21 points in regulation. It was Green who hit a key 3-pointer with under two minutes left to cut a six-point lead to 71-68, and his free-throws shortly after cut the lead to 71-70.

After Semaj Motely made one of two from the free-throw line with 6.4 seconds remaining, McCall converted two free throws of his own to tie the game up with 3.3 seconds left and send it to overtime. A Green free-throw and McCall 3-pointer were the only points either team would score in the extra three minutes, and White swept the doubleheader with a 76-72 victory.

Game Two Standouts

  • Jabri McCall walked away with the White team MVP thanks to his 27-point performance despite only playing about half of the 43-minute game. The 5-11 wing is a pure slasher, and if he grows a few more inches could be a dangerous perimeter player at the next level and beyond.
  • Quade Green took home MVP honors in the first game but ultimately had his better game in the second, scoring all but two of his 15 points in the second half. He’ll be entering the eighth grade at Cedarbrook Middle School next year; CoBL has heard rumors he could end up at The Haverford School for high school.
  • Tuva Mott is a 6-5 guard from Life Center Academy (NJ) who is still undecided on where he’ll be attending high school; whatever school gets him is going to have quite a still-raw but high-ceiling player on their hands. Mott is not a skinny 6-5; with the body of a true power forward but the skills of a guard he could have high-major projections if he winds up at 6-8 or 6-9.
  • Khalif Kroma was, at 6-8, the tallest player on the court and already has a big body (in a good way) for a kid just entering high school at Roman Catholic. Though he needs to find some Rec Specs–play had to be stopped when Kroma’s glasses fell off in the middle of the game–he showed off a nice left hook and was active on offense, setting screens and running the court well for a big guy.


Monday, June 18
TEAM FINAL 13U Wins The Grand Finale Championship!



Grand Finale 13U Championship Recap: Team Final =Grand Champions

Team Final Shines

Nick Alikosos scored 16 points and D'Andre Vilmer added 12 markers as Team Final defeated CBC 64-53 to win the Grand Finale 13U Championship. Shyheim Hicks scored 18 points for CBC in the loss.



MVP: Nick Alikosos (Team Final)
Nick’s versatility was too much for CBC to handle. He finished inside and showed the ability to put the rock on the floor. He was a matchup nightmare and has good touch around the basket. He’s play definitely put Team Final over the top.


Thursday, June 7
YOUTH 1 Sports on Team Final 6th grade



Team Final Triumphs at MDC After Losing Star Player

(Youth1) – Last week’s Memorial Day Classic, held in Lakewood, New Jersey, provided as much competition as it did drama, most notably in the 12U division. Team Final was forced to go through a significant roster change early on in the tournament, but it did not stop them from taking home the championship trophy.

When El Khana Hidalgo went down hard early in Team Final's first game in the Memorial Day Classic 12U, it looked bad.

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It was.

Hidalgo suffered a broken arm that would prevent him from playing in the rest of tournament, but Team Final was able to rally around their injured player and they hung on to beat New Heights in that opening match. They then defeated the team out of Boston, MABC.

On the second and final day of the tournament, the guys from Team Final were happy to see a bandaged-up Hidalgo back on their bench cheering them on. They dispatched with the T-Town Ballers in their first game, and then took out NJ Force.

In the final, they faced the tough ECE-NJABC, a team comprised of players from NJ, Delaware, and Philadelphia. Ryan Conde had a game-high 20 points for the ECE, but they were no match for Team Final, who played outstanding defense throughout the tournament. Kyle Thompson led Team Final with 10 points on their way to the 42-33 victory in the 12U Blue Division Championship.

Written By: Tim Josephs

Sport Manager: Kristofer Hunte



Thursday, June 7
Team Final 6th Grade Make the Basketball Spotlight All Tournament Team



Inside The MDC 12U: KSK On Fire!

KSK Collects Banner #2

The Kings Are Coming!
KSK is now the hottest team in the region. Before winning the Gold Ball at the MDC they won DC Assault Classic and recently won the Rumble in the Bronx. Now as they head to the Grand Finale a potential showdown with Team IZOD is looming. Both squads have two banners so it will be only fitting for them to meet for all the marbles.

MDC 12U All Tournament Team
Nazreon Reid (KSK)- Mr. Memorial Day- Orange Division
Kyle Thompson (Team Final) - Mr. Memorial Day- Blue Division
Luther Muhammad (KSK)
Atiba Taylor (KSK)
Will Yarborough (KSK)
Just Paz (Wall 2 Wall)
Kevin Kern (Wall 2 Wall)
Jahan Dotson (Wall 2 Wall)
Judah McIntyre (New Rens)
Nashon Kane (New Rens)
Jalen Carey (New Rens)
Daniel Klosk (New Rens) 
Steven Pham (Team Final)
Robert Miller (Team Final)
Justin Galea (Team Final)
Zegary Scott III (Playtime)
Jalen Lecque (Playtime)
Razeyah Surrell (Playtime)
Ryan Conde (ECE-NJABC)
Austin Laughlin (ECE-NJABC)
Kadian Dawkins (ECE_NJABC)


Tuesday, June 5
TEAM FINAL at the Basketball Spotlight MDC



Inside The MDC 13U: Team Final Champions

Team Final Gets It's Banner

“Team Final Four” No More
Since Team Final took home the MDC Gold Ball they have erased their moniker “Team Final Four”. Coach Hidalgo and his crew used a balanced attack to climb through the thick MDC traffic. Now they have their sights set on the Grand Finale as they will enter the single elimination tourney as a #2 seed. Things should be very interesting at Life Center Academy.

13U MDC All Tournament Team
D'Andre Vilmar (Team Final)- Mr. Memorial Day – Orange Division
Dondre Pittman (RIP City)- Mr. Memorial Day – Blue Division 
Quade Green (Team Final) 
Jon Paul Sanders (Team Final)
Nick Alikakos (Team Final) 
Jermaine Samuels (M Plex)
Charles Hannah (M Plex)
Will Plansky (M Plex)
Matt Ehrlich (M Plex)
Sidney Wilson (Milbank)
Brian Adams (Milbank)
Kalen Henderson (Milbank)
Pedro Marquez (Milbank)
Paul Persons (Team ABBO)
Jonathan Donnelly (RIP City)
Eli Alvin (RIP City)
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Chris Coalman (Team Elite)


Tuesday, May 29
NO MORE FINAL 4 as Team Final 7th grade bring home the MDC Banner!



Basketball Spotlight MDC 13U Orange Division Championship Recap: Team Final Reaches Promise Land

Team Final Got It Done

Quade Green and JP Sanders scored 12 points apiece as TEAM FINAL defeated M Plex 64-39 to win the Basketball Spotlight MDC 13U Orange Division Championship. Congrats to TEAM FINAL for finally winning that banner they have been chasing all year.

Mr. Memorial Day: D’Andre Vilmar (TEAM FINAL) The high flying Vilmar reminds me of a young Antwan Jamison. He gets off the ground quickly and knows how to finish at the rim. His play contributed to TEAM FINAL getting things done.


Tuesday, May 29
TEAM FINAL 6th grade wins the Basketball Spotlight MDC Championship!



Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Blue Championship Recap: Team Final Gains Crown

Team Final Succeeds


Kyle Thompson scored 10 points as TEAM FINAL defeated ECE-NJABC 42-33 to win the Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Blue Division Championship. Ryan Conde finished with 20 points for ECE in the loss.

Mr. Memorial Day: Kyle Thompson (TEAM FINAL) Thompson led TEAM FINAL in scoring in the championship. He helped them get over the top after coming so close in the past. We will keep our eye on Thompson and watch as his game develops.


Penn
Penn Jersey Champions
Tuesday, May 29
Team Final6th grade win the Penn Jersey at Stockton College



TEAM FINAL 6th  Grade win the Penn Jersey Tournament. After Loosing a 2 point thriller in the quarter finals against Rip City in the Mid Atlantic District, TEAM FINAL Bounce back to win the championship against the North East Sting! The boys played hard nose defense, and played well together as a team to beat every opponent by an average of 20 points. Congratulations boys!!!

Mid Atlantic Champs
Mid Atlantic District Champions
Tuesday, May 29
Team Final 7th Grade Win the Mid Atlantic District AAU Title



TEAM FINAL 7th Grade played in the Mid Atlantic District against the top teams from DE,PA,NJ. Team Final boys swept through the competition winning every game by an average of 25 points a game. Congratulations Boys! Next up is the Nationals in Memphis.

Friday, May 4
Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase All Tournament Team



13U AC Showcase All Tournament Team


Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Shyheim Hicks (CBC)
Azar Swain (CBC)
Chaylyn Martin (CBC)
Paul Persons (Milbank)
Tyrese Whitaker (Milbank)
Keshaun Ellis (Milbank)
Hayes Kecher (Milbank)
JP Sanders (Team Final)
Nick Alikasos (Team Final)
Quade Green (Team Final)
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Matthew Kachleries (Team IZOD)
David Kachleries (Team IZOD)
Chris Coalman (New Heights)
Donald Flores (New Heights)
Cameron Norman (6th Man)
Travis Cox (Black Mambas)



Friday, April 13
Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase Top Performers Part 2



 The 13U Division ad some of the usual suspects putting in work at the Spotlight. Here’s Part 2 of our report of the top performers from Atlantic City.

AC Showcase 13U Top Performers Part 2

Nick Alikasos Forward (Team Final)- Nick found his rhythm in their victory over 6th Man Warriors. Nick’s ability to face the basket and put the rock on the floor gives him an advantage over many defenders. He posted 16 points in the game we mentioned earlier.

 

JP Sanders Guard (Team Final) The strong lead guard helped Team Final make another final four run. He’s still in the learning process of running a team but makes up for it by being able to score the basketball. He as truly made some good strides during this Spotlight season.

Nate Pierre Louis Guard (Team IZOD)- Nate “The Great” started out hot in Atlantic City posting 25 points apiece in his first two outings. His pull up jumper and baseline fade away looked pretty on the main floor. On day 2 after helping is team gut out a victory over New Heights he ran out of bullets versus Milbank in the final four.

David Kachleries Guard (Team IZOD)- David was on his game during this event. He was difficult to trap and saw the floor like a true guard. We’ve seen his confidence in his outside shot continue to rise these last few years. He competed very hard the entire weekend. His best game was a 14 point outing in their quarterfinal win over New Heights.

Matt Kachleries Guard (Team IZOD)- Matt also found the limelight especially during their game versus CT Elite. He torched the net for 20 points while being very productive from behind the arc. IZOD will need Matt to step up if they expect to return to the glory of last season.


Cameron Norman Guard (6th Man)- Norman continues to show they he’s one of the most complete guards in the region. He posted big numbers all weekend including an 18 points (4 trey) outing against Team Final. Mark my words he will be a serious problem for years to come.

Travis Cox Forward (Black Mamba’s)- According to reports Cox totally dominated the Blue Division. In one of their blow out wins he scored 24 points in one half. I didn’t get a chance watch him personally but I will soon. Promise you.

Chris Coalman Forward (New Heights)- Coalman was a walking double-double. He posted 11 points a game while being very active inside. His length and quick leaping ability makes him a constant threat on the floor.

Donald Flores Guard (New Heights)- Flores provided a lot of the scoring for this bunch. He mainly attacks off the bounce and finishes well in the lane. He fits the bill of former New Height’s guards in terms of being strong and blue collared.

Kingsley Cockburn Guard (CT Elite)- Pruitt was a bright spot for CT Elite. He gracefully danced through the defense for buckets while also showing style. We will definitely be on the look out for more of his work at our next event.



Thursday, April 5
Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase Preview



AC Showcase 13U Preview: Must Be The Money!

The "Money Team" Will Be Rolling Into AC

The 13U division is stacked as usual. There is so much parity in this group. Here’s a breakdown of which teams that will be driving down the AC Expressway.

AC Showcase 13U Preview

CBC: The “Money Team” will be trying to make their 3rd championship appearance of the season. They came close several times but never took home the AC Showcase crown. Now they enter this field with their loaded cast looking to get it done.

Team IZOD: The Big Red Machine seems to be back in motion after steamrolling the NJ State tournament competition. Now they need to grab them a banner before it’s too late. They face a tough field in America’s Playground.

 TEAM FINAL:Ok come on fellas you had lofty expectations when the season started now it’s time to get a crown. The stage will be set and it’s time for TF to perform. The heat is own baby.

New Heights: NH has won the MIT but has yet to grab a Spotlight banner. Now as they head to AC they will be looking to get over the hump and take that picture on Sunday.

Milbank: “The Bank” feels they don’t get the respect they deserve as a premiere 13U squad. Now they are willing to show us on the floor. We will pay close attention to this squad once the ball tips off.

Team Melo: After making it to the finals of the Blue Division championship at the Clash Team Melo gets the chance to go Orange. They claim to be a primetime ball club, now they can prove it.

East Coast Elite: ECE has put together some serious talent from the PA/DE area. They have been quiet thus far this season and are due for a breakout. It could happen in Atlantic City.

CT Elite: Word from New England is that this squad has brought together some top talent. Now they will be looking to navigate through and return to the success they enjoyed at the 11U level.

6th Man Warriors: Time has also come for the Warriors; I’m ready to see the squad that ran off some impressive wins at the 12U Nationals last summer.

Other Teams To Watch: KSK, MJ Heat, Team Dejavu, Philly Freedom Stars, and others.


Team Final 6th grade
Team Final 6th grade
Friday, March 30
Team Final 6th Grade at the Hoop Group TOC ( click here for highlights of the game)



TEAM FINAL 6th Grade played at the Hoop Group TOC in Neptune. TEAM FINAL advanced to the Championship game where they suffered a tough loss against Wall to Wall. TEAM FINAL 6th grade has shown consistant growth as players and as a team each game and proved it by advancing to the Championship game.

7th Grade TOC
7th Grade TOC Champions
Thursday, March 29
Team Final 7th grade at the Hoop Group TOC ( click here for highlights of the game)



TEAM FINAL 7th Grade Played at the Hoop Group TOC and won the TOC championship against Team Elite from NY. TEAM FINAL went 5-0

Friday, March 16
Basketball Spotlight 13U/7th Grade top 10



Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The 13U Rankings didn’t have much movement .Remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. CBC: The “Money Team” breezed through the AGame Super Shootout and seems to be a little bored with their recent competition. Maybe they will perk once they hit bright lights of Atlantic City in a few weeks.

2. Team Takeover: TT loss in the MIT finals after a grueling road to the championship. I can’t wait for them to return north so I can watch them tangle with CBC one more time.

3. Team Final: We are at the half way point and TF hasn’t grabbed that expected banner yet. We have two more stops available (AC Showcase and MDC) before the Grand Finale.

4. Milbank: The NY boys recently won the famed IS8 tournament in NY. Now they have their sights set on the Atlantic City Showcase.

5. New Heights: Winning the MIT has this group sporting a new swagger. They will have a chance to advance more once they hit the AC Showcase.

6. DC Assault: DCA made a final four push at the MIT. Now they are ready to try and crack the Top 5 after the loaded AC Showcase.

7. Team IZOD: The Big Red Machine didn’t have a great showing at the MIT. Hopefully they will have a better showing at the AC Showcase.

8. Broward Sharks: The Sharks played great in their MIT debut but now they will be in the Orange Division at the AC Showcase. A good showing you definitely move them up in the rankings.

9. New Rens: After winning the Blue Division of the Tip Off Classic NR hasn’t made any huge strides. They will need some big performances soon to stay among the Top 10.

10. 6th Man Warriors: The Warriors have battled hard against some tough competition and things won’t get any easier at the AC Showcase.


Friday, March 16
Basketball spotlight 14U/8th grade top 10



Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The 14U Division also didn’t have much movement. Remember this Top 10 is just our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. DC Assault: “The MOBB” kept its winning ways going by winning the MIT. They simply breezed through the competition. We probably won’t see them again until the Grand Finale hopefully.

2. Team Scan: TS rebounded from their Clash For The Cup championship loss to win the AGame Super Shootout in impressive fashion. They seem to a lock to make the Grand Finale Final Four.

3. Playaz: PBC lost in the championship of the CT. Adidas tournament and in their 8 Is Enough League. We might not see them again until Memorial Day Classic. Hopefully their 6 Grand Finale points can hold up.

4. Team Takeover: Team Takeover has been off our radar since the Clash For The Cup. Hopefully we can catch up with them soon.

5. ETU Warriors: This rugged bunch should be returning to the Spotlight soon. A deep run at an upcoming Spotlight event might spring them into the Grand Finale.

6. King Street Kings: KSK made it to the championship of the AGame Super Shootout. They only have 2 Grand Finale points but a championship win could vault them into Grand Finale talk.

7. Team Final: TF stumbled at AGame Super Shootout while still trying to find their identity. Hopefully everything will come together sooner than later.

8. East Coast Elite: ECE is another team that finds itself with an outside chance of getting into the Grand Finale.

9. New Rens: The New York boys are still trying to mesh all the talent they have acquired. They smashed a couple of teams at the MIT before running into powerful DC Assault.

10. Philly Triple Threat: PTT brings up the rear of our rankings. They have some tough guards they helped them stay in any game.


6th Grade agame
Agame Super Shootout
Friday, March 9
Team Final 6th Grade at the AGame Super Shootout. ( click here for highlights)



Team Final 6th Grade headed out to pottstown PA for the AGame Supershoot. Team Final 6th grade played some of the top teams in the country. Team Final was short handed as a nlot of the players were not able to make the trip. The Boys played hard and had several chances to advance out of pool play but fell short. Still the season is young and they will get better. 

Tuesday, February 28
Team Final Basketball Spotlight Mid-season report



Basketball Spotlight 13U Midseason Report

We are at the midseason point of the Basketball Spotlight Road to the Grand Finale. We have had some great moments thus far and this is our midseason report. Please keep in mind we still have a few events left and these awards are not final. Here’s our 13U report.

Basketball Spotlight 13U Midseason Report


Hottest Team: CBC

The “Money Team” won their first banner at the Tip Off Classic and came within points of winning the Clash For The Cup. Right now they have to be the favored to win the highly contested 13U Grand Finale title, anything less than that might be a personal let down for this talented bunch. Now they will have to perform while having the pressure of getting chased by the Top 13U teams in the country.


Surprise Team: Team Takeover

I knew they looked good on paper but I didn’t anticipate they could put things together this quickly. They won the championship at the Clash For The Cup while also recently finishing runner up at the MIT. Having missed the Tip Off Classic the chances of this group actually qualifying for the Grand Finale might be tough. The point system will definitely come into play.


Player Of The Year Frontrunner: Jaecee Martin (CBC)

Many felt Martin was the POY last season but this time around “Mayweather” came out swinging. Leading his team to two championship appearances and one banner looks great on his early resume. Now he must stay focused and understand that he is only half way home to winning that ultimate Grand Finale Championship.


Surprise Player: Quade Green (Team Final)

Green moved over to Team Final this year and adjusted to the top level competition. Team Final has yet to win that Orange Division title but had good showings in both Basketball Spotlight events. Now he must continue to step up his game because he’s no longer a secret on the circuit.




Player Of The Year Candidates
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Quade Green (Team Final)
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Andre Boykin (Team Takeover)
DJ Mitchell (Team Takeover)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Paul Person (Milbank)
Shimore Stern (Broward Sharks)


Grand Finale Final Four Predictions: CBC, Milbank, Team Final, Team IZOD


MIT
MIT
Tuesday, February 28
Team 6th grade at the MIT( click here for highlights)



Team Final 6th Grade headed out to Maryland to the Mit. Team Final 6th grade struggle early in there first game against 6th Man warriors loosing there first game. 2nd game they lost a hard fought game in which they had the lead for much part of the game against Baltimore Nike Elite. 3rd game Team Final won by a margin of 39 points against Virginia Hookies.



MIT
MIT
Tuesday, February 28
Team Final 7th Grade highlights from the MIT(click here for highlights)



Team Final 7th grade headed out to Maryland for the Maryland Invitational Tournament. Team Final won there pool advancing to the bracket play winning there first game and then loosing out to the #5 ranked Team Takeover. Great job Team Final we are moving in one step closer.



Thursday, February 9
Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel



Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The 14U Division was too close for comfort and we have a new #1 team. Remember these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. DC Assault: “The MOBB” rebounded from the Tip Off Classic to win the Clash crown. Hopefully we can get this group back to run for the Grand Finale in June.

2. Team Scan: Scan lost in the finals to Dc Assault after losing their first game of the season. They still have to be one of the favorites to win the Grand Finale title.

3. Playaz: PBC made another final four appearance and their Grand Finale points are piling up. They might need one more Spotlight event to insure their Grand Finale spot.

4. Team Takeover: TT made a splash before losing in the final four to nemesis DC Assault. We are confident that this squad is not over ranked and should be a force to reckon with.


5. ETU Warriors: The Waariors roughed up a couple of squads while almost making it to the final four of the Clash. This is their first time cracking the Top 5.

6. Team Final: TF was shaky in their Spotlight debut but still made it to the quarterfinals. Hopefully we will see them at the AC Showcase.

7. East Coast Elite: ECE used their new name to advance to the quarterfinals of a tough tournament. Their blue collar style kept them afloat.

8. New Rens: Their roster was stacked but they didn’t advance out of pool play at the Clash. They have a couple of events to make an impact.

9. King Street Kings: KSK had tough sledding at the Clash but we give them credit for entering the fire. I think they are a couple plays away from having a different result.

10. Philly Triple Threat: PTT pulled off a big win after beating Team Scan in pool play. This was their first trip to the Orange Division and they proved worthy.


Thursday, February 9
Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The 13U Division seems to be wide open. We had some movement so things should get more interesting as the season goes on. Remember these rankings are jus our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. CBC: The “Money Team” lost in the Clash finals by 1 but remain on top because of their overall body of work. They will be back in action during the AC Showcase and must get the banner to remain on top.

2. Team Takeover: TT came to the Clash with a heavy rep and won it all. Another victory over CBC or another Spotlight crown will probably give them the #1 spot.

3. Team Final: TF fell in the final four vs. CBC. They have a good unit but now must figure out how to win the crown to move up. They have two Spotlight events to get things done.

4. Milbank: The Big Apple boys got eliminated in the quarterfinals by a hungry DC Assault squad. This was a little surprise for us but we expect them to respond fiercely.

5. Team IZOD: I got a chance to see this squad this past weekend in a mop up game. Now we will see them back in the fire during the AC Showcase. They have faced adversity but you can’t deny the heart of a champion.

6. DC Assault: I said these guys might move up in the rankings and they went from 9 to 6 after making it to the final four of the Clash.

7. New Heights: NH had a serious pool at the Clash but they do have the talent. Now they have to put everything to get things done.

8. Broward Sharks: The Blue Division champs took the championship back to Florida. Now they want to taste the Orange Division which is a different animal. They earned the right with their play.

9. New Rens: NR played in the Orange Division and didn’t advance from the serious pool. Now they have two tournaments to rebound from the experience.

10. Team Melo: The Baltimore bunch felt slighted about not being in the Orange Division and responded by making to the finals of the Blue Division. They earned the right to be in the Orange.


Wednesday, February 8
Clash For The Cup All Tournament Team



Inside The Clash For The Cup 13U: Race To Grand Finale Tightens Up

Team Takeover Grabs Their First Banner

The 13U Division produced a new champion and has some top notch squads in attendance. Here’s an inside look at this age group.

Inside The Clash For The Cup 13U

Team Takeover Proves They Are For Real
Team Takeover had the right team on paper but they showed it was for real at the Clash For The Cup by taking home the crown. They went through a tough field even defeating the “Money Team” in a close championship victory. They will move up in the rankings and set up another potential showdown with CBC.

13U Parity
The 13U Division has a lot of real good teams but no squad has put the stamp on being the best. This means the Spotlight circuit might come down to the wire with any of these teams being capable of winning the Grand Finale. Therefore fans put your seat belts on and get ready for a long ride.

Clash For The Cup 13U All Tournament Team
Andre Boykins (Team Takeover) MVP- Orange Division
Shimoore Stern (Broward Sharks) MVP- Blue Division
Chris Lykes (Team Takeover)
DJ Mitchell (Team Takeover)
Aaron Thompson (Team Takeover)
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Shyheim Hicks (CBC)
Chaylynn Martin (CBC)
Jamir Moultrie (DC Assault)
Quade Green(TEAM FINAL)
Nick Alikakos(TEAM FINAL)
D'Andre Vilmar( TEAM FINAL)
Paul Persons (Milbank)
Eric Ayala (East Coast Elite)
Trevon Duval (East Coast Elite)
Keith Williams (New Heights)
Nicholas Enriquez (Broward Sharks)
Quadir Burgess (Philly Freedom Stars)
Jahki Clarke (Playtime)
Matt Dean (JSL Hoops)
Michael Westbrook (Team Melo)
Jordan McNair (Team Melo)


Wednesday, February 8
Life Center Showcase Recap by Basketball Spotlight

Life Center Academy Classic Recap: Youngsters Shine In Burlington

Vaughn Covington (Team Final)

Saturday the Life Center Academy took place in Burlington, NJ. The night cap featured high school games while the young AAU teams played during the morning and afternoons. Basketball Spotlight was in the building to take in the grammar school action.

Life Center Classic 14U Recap: Team Final vs. East Coast Elite

Tyus Battle and Vaughn Covington scored 18 points apiece as team Final defeated East Coast Elite 49-46. Brad Hawkins led East Coast Elite with 12 points in the loss. This game went down to the wire and both teams competed at a very high level.


Life Center Classic 13U Recap: Team IZOD vs. Levitt

Nate Pierre Louis and Aaron Clarke scored 18 points apiece as Team IZOD ran Levitt 70-26. This game was wasn’t close from the beginning as Team IZOD applied full pressure and pulled away early.




Life Center Classic 13U Recap: Team Final vs. East Coast Elite

Keith Deloatch scored 9 points including a couple of treys as Team Final defeated East Coast Elite 36-24. Eric Ayala scored 9 points for East Coast Elite in the loss. This was a low scoring game with Team Final pulling out the win.


Life Center Classic 12U Recap: Team Final vs. East Coast Elite

Chris Cropper scored 17 points to lead East Coast Elite defeated Team Final 37-32. Quashawn Lane scored 9 points for Team Final in the loss. This game was close for the most part until ECE pulled away in the closing moments.


Friday, February 3
Clash for the cup top performers



Clash For the Cup Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 2

Quade Green (Team Final)

The 13U Division had some serious battles all the way down to the championship game. It gave us a chance to watch some of the top 7th Graders in America. Here’s a look at some of the top performers from this weekend. Here’s Part 2 of our report.

Clash For The Cup 13U Top Performers Part 2

Quade Green Guard (Team Final)- Green’s stock continues to rise as the season progresses. He’s a natural scorer but also is trying to bring some point guard instincts into his arsenal. He’s strong frame and low center of gravity makes him difficult to strip or stop from penetrating. He’s has to be considered one of the top prospects in the region on the 7th Grade level. He averaged 14 points a contest at the Clash.


Eric Ayala Guard (East Coast Elite)- Speaking of prospects Ayala entered the season on a hot streak. He missed the Tip Off Classic but made sure he made his presence felt during the Clash. His easy going style seems to be in slow motion until he begins to tickle the twine. He had a big shooting game in their quarterfinal loss to CBC in which he knocked 4 treys.

Trevon Duval Guard (East Coast Elite)- Duval also ran the point on the 14U level but in his age group he’s asked to score a little more. I love his talent and the effect he has on the game. He gets any where he wants on the floor and has big time play making ability. He’s another guard in this class that will make noise down the road.


Nicholas Enriquez Guard (Broward Sharks)- Niko was equipped with a few scorers and knew how to get them the rock. The floor general has a steady game and picks his spots at the right time. But when the defense sagged off him he was able to knock down the outside shot. He made Team Melo pay from deep in the finals.

Quadir Burgess Guard (Philly Freedom Stars)- Burgess brought his physical game to the Clash. He led his team to several victories by attacking the basket and scoring in traffic. He’s definitely a throwback guard from the City of Brotherly Love. He’s a sleeper right now.


Aaron Thompson Guard (Team Takeover) “Scissorhands” cut up defenders while spoon feeding his talented teammates. While most players couldn’t adjust to new studs arriving Thompson embraced the situation and played the role as a true floor general. This mentality will make Team Takeover a tough squad to beat this season.

Darrian Carrington Guard (JSL)- Yes, there’s another Carrington is in the JSL Hoops stable and the smooth guard held down the family name. He got hot in their loss to Playtime by posting 14 points and hitting a couple of treys.


Chaylyn Martin Guard (CBC)- Enough with saying he’s improving, Martin has arrived as a guard on the 13U scene. Unlike most players he plays both ends of the floor and knows how to get his points within the flow of the offense. This is a kid that will continue to grow as a player.


clash for the Cup
Team Final 7th Grade
Wednesday, February 1
Basketball Spotlight Clash for the CUP



Clash For The Cup Highlights: Team Final 13U Shining!



Team Final 13U made a Final Four run at the Clash For The Cup. They have been knocking on the door the last two tournaments. They went 2 and 1 in pool play loosing to #5 rank team and eventual Champions Team Takeover. In the Final 4 Team Final ended playing the #17 rank team in the Country CBC who won the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic in December. A Tough, hard fought game which CBC won. Both teams CBC and Takeover ended playing in the championship with Takeover prevailing over CBC by 2 points. Team Final has prove that they can play with these Nationally ranked teams and is getting the respect from the Basketball world.


MLK
Friday, January 27
Team Final 6th Grade Highlights MLK Calssic( Click here for high lights)



Team Final 6th Grade went to AC to play at the Basketball Spotlight MLK. Team Final 6th grade advanced to the Quarter finals were they lost to ECE the eventual MLK Champions. Here are some highlights of there tournament.

Wednesday, January 25
The Recruit scoop by Alex Kline



Mott, Covington, Collins & Battle Star at Nike PreDraft Camp

By Alex Kline

As the recruiting process begins early for most basketball players, it is evident that the class of 2016 is about the get noticed. Before they break out, Rob Brown of Team Final hosted the Nike PreDraft Camp at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. The camp featured 150 of the top middle schoolers around, including the future of the Nike EYBL squad, Team Final. While they may be young, here are four players that stood out.

Terquin “Buddah” Mott – A 2016 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Mott is the son of Terquin Mott – A former standout at Coppin State and La Salle, who played for the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves. A Dion Waiters clone, Mott is a big, bulky guard who has the power to play in the post because of the size advantage for his age. Mott will play high school ball at Life Center and is running with Team Final on the AAU scene. With a solid jumper, he can also attack the basket and has a great inside-outside game where he can play in and out of the post, as well as on the wing. The rising star has the potential of being a point forward who could play high-major basketball. Similar to Waiters, a star in high school and currently at Syracuse, he is mentally inconsistent and gets frustrated as a result of his mistakes on the court. His basketball IQ needs to improve, as well as his decision making at times. Mott could grow to 6-foot-7 by the summer and is projected to potentially hit 6-foot-9. Whether he stays his size or grows, we could be looking at a Kyle Anderson type of player down the road. Buddah Mott’s dream schools are Syracuse, Ohio State and Kentucky.

Vaughn Covington – A 2016 5-foot-11 point guard, Covington was by far the best pure point guard in attendance at the camp. With a father who played professional basketball overseas, Covington has a body similar to Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. While he lacks strength, the physicality to rebound and needs to work on his shot selection, Covington has the potential to be the real deal because of his abilities and upside. A leader and floor general, the soon to be freshman can shoot the rock and excels at passing. Covington has a high basketball IQ and is a true point guard who makes the right decisions on the court. With a dream school of Syracuse, he must make a high school decision first. The New Jersey native is looking at Neumann Goretti (PA), Roman Catholic (PA), Life Center and St. Andrew’s (DE). If he can reach his projected height of 6-foot-3, look for Covington to be one of the premier point guards to come out of the area for the class of 2016.

Marquis Collins - A 2016 6-foot-3 small forward from Chester, Pennsylvania, Collins is the cousin of one of the top players in the state. A cousin of 2014 Roman Catholic (PA) guard Shep Garner, the similarities are uncommon. At the same time, the two could end up being very different players because of size and position. Collins, who is considering Roman Catholic and Chester (PA), is projected to grow to 6-foot-8 at his climax. An excellent defender, who can alter shots and rebound well on both ends, the eighth grader has good side and ability. He can score at times but is a much better defender than an offensive threat. He has great handle, but must work on his jumpshot and get stronger to make an impact at the high school level. Depending on how tall he grows, Collins could be very good. Never the less, anyone who can play on-ball defense to his level is needed at the varsity level. Marquis Collins is leaning towards joining 2013 star Rondae Jefferson at Chester next year, but nothing is official at this time.

Tyus Battle – A 2016 6-foot-4 combo guard/wing, Battle had the most potential at the camp. For more on his evaluation and high school decision, along with some college interest, check out his Recruit Scoop feature here. A Michael Gilchrist/Penny Hardaway comparison, Battle will choose between St. Anthony (NJ), Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) and St. Joe’s Metuchen (NJ). He is already drawing interest from Seton Hall, Rutgers and Cincinnati.

(Photos courtesy of BBallSpotlight.com and Marquis)



Friday, January 20
Basketball Spotlight Video Profile: Tuva' "Buddah" Mott



Video Profile: Mott Looking To Make Mark

Tuva' Mott (Team Final)

Team Final will making their Spotlight debut at the Clash For The Cup and Terquin “Buddah” Mott will be in the building. The Clash should be loaded with big time competition and Mott will be looking to make his mark in the region. Check out his highlights as he dominates some middle school competition. Make sure you come down to Neptune to check his skills in person.

 


Thursday, January 19
Baby Baller MLK Classic Recap: 12U Top Guards Part 1



Baby Baller MLK Classic Recap: 12U Top Guards Part 1

Jalen Lecque (Playtime Panthers)

The 12U Division at the Baby Baller MLK Classic had some serious talent. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top guard that showcased their game in America’s Playground.

Baby Baller MLK Classic 12U Top Guards Part 1

Jalen Lecque (Playtime Panthers)- The purpose of this event was to give the Baby Ballers a stage to shine and Lecgue took full advantage. He starred as a scorer and passer all weekend but really stepped in their quarterfinal win versus KSK. Jalen scored a game high 21 points including a big time trey ball in the closing minutes. He had a big time weekend.


Jahid Jenkins (NWK)- His team suffered a few tough losses but I like some of the attributes he possesses. Jenkins has great size and some wiggle to his game which is always a plus. They way he glided through the lane and used his body to shield blockers while scoring reminded me of a young Randy Foye. Keep your eye on this kid. I see some bright things in his future.


Zegary Scott (Playtime Panthers)- Scott proved to be a tough backcourt mate with Lecque. He was in the mix applying the defensive pressure and converting turnovers into easy buckets. He can play both guard spots well but is more suited for running the point. He’s one of the most underrated guards in the region.

Preston Bacon (DC Assault)- Every kid dreams of making a buzzer beater and Bacon’s fantasy came true as he nailed a quarter court shot as time expired in their semifinal win versus Playtime. The southpaw was also the only player on his team playing with energy as they loss the finals. To their credit they only had 6 players.


Alonzo Huron (NWK)- The pint size guard from “Brick City” has a lot of game. He breezed through the defense while creating space with a low but slick handle. Some defenders might take Huron lightly because of his appearance but he definitely will hurt their feelings with his play.

Quashawn Lane (Team Final) Lane came over after starring for T Town Ballers last season and hasn’t skipped a beat. In fact his best game was when he tallied 13 points in their pool play win against his former squad. We will be watching to see how he progresses with his new team.


Wednesday, January 11
Tip Off Classic Highlights: Sanders Silky Smooth

Tip Off Classic Highlights: Sanders Silky Smooth

JP Sanders (Team Final)

John Paul Sanders was one of the top guards at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic. His silky smooth moves and ability to play both guard positions helped Team Final make a final four run. Check out his highlights and stay tune because we have more footage of top players still to come. 




Monday, January 9
class of 2017 Quade Green video Highlight from Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic( click here for Highlights)



Tip Off Classic Highlights: Philly's Finest!

Quade Green (Team Final)

Quade Green was determined to give the fans a show at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic. The strong Philly guard helped Team Final reach the final four while making some spectacular moves. Here’s a brief look at some of the work he put in. Stay tune because we have of more young stars still to come.



Tuesday, December 20
Class of 2017 Vaughn "The Brain" Covington



Basketball Spotlight Video Profile: Covington Gearing Up Clash For the Cup

Vaughn "The Brain" Covington (Team Final)

Vaughn “The Brain” Covington controls the remote for Team Final 14U squad. In this video he’s picking apart some middle school counterparts. Covington should be regarded as the top floor general in the Mid Atlantic region. Vaughn will be present at the Clash For The Cup with his Team Final teammates. Basketball Spotlight will watching “The Brain” and keep you guys updated. 




Saturday, December 17
Basketball Spotlight Feature: Quade Green



Basketball Spotlight Feature: Green Means Business

Quade Green (Team Final)

Quade Green made a name for himself last season running on the circuit with Philly Freedom Stars. The dynamic guard posted numbers at the Spotlight events but really exploded at the AAU Nationals. After turning out the Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase Green decided to move over to Nike Powerhouse Team Final.

Team Final Coach Orlando Hidalgo is excited to have Quade Green on his squad. “He has that Philly ball playing attitude in terms of determination and skills. He has slick moves, can create for himself and plays good defense” said Hildago. Green recently did damage at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic while helping his team make the 13U final four and making the All Tournament Team.

Green is grooving right now but Hildago does see area of improvement.”Right now we are working on Quade’s speed. I think if he gets quicker north to south he can reach his full potential. I believe the sky is the limit with his potential if he continues to work” he finished.

Basketball Spotlight will be watching Green and his Team Final teammates as they try to bring home the Grand Finale Championship in June. They are going to get off to a great to start.


8th grade
Team Final 8th grade
Tuesday, December 13
Team Final 8th grade 4 at the basketball spotlight Top 10



Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight Top 10 is presented by AGame Team Apparel. These are the Top 10 14U teams according to Basketball Spotlight.

Basketball Spotlight 14U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. Team Scan: They came, saw and conquered the Tip Off Classic. If any team can run the table and win the Grand Championship its TS. They have found a way to be in the championship talk for the last 3 years. Can’t wait to see them at the Clash.

2. DC Assault: “The MOBB” fell short to TS in the finals. Can they rebound after getting a chink in their armor? We will see if they come to the Clash for the Cup.

3. Playaz: PBC had a final four run at the Tip Off Classic before losing to Team Scan in overtime. No Playaz team has been ranked this high since Kavon Stewart and Reggie Cameron dominated the grammar school scene. Let’s see if they can hold on after the Clash.

4. Team Final: The roster looks great but they haven’t been Spotlight tested in some time. Now the big stage will be set at the Clash and we will see if this group can hold the banner.

5. F.A.C.E.S.: The Killer Bees fell to DC Assault in the final four. They were playing without post player Idris Joyner all weekend.

6. New Rens: The talent is definitely there with this group. They had a tough draw by facing TS in the quarterfinals. Now they will be looking to get back on track at the Clash For The Cup.

7. Gauchos: The Choz fell in the quarterfinals to their nemesis F.A.C.E.S.. Maybe the acquisition of scoring guard Dyaire Holt will help them during the Clash For The Cup.

8. King Street Kings: KSK had some impressive showings at the Tip Off Classic until they ran into a charged up Playaz Basketball Club. I think they were still hung over after letting DC Assault off the hook in their pool contest.

9. Philly Triple Threat: PTT got things going early by taking home the Blue Division crown. This scrappy bunch has won their share of Spotlight banners on the low.

10. ETU Warriors: After falling to F.A.C.E.S. the Warriors rebounded to knock off New Rens. They ended up losing the pool by points. Hopefully they can get over the hump at the Clash.


Tuesday, December 13
Team Final Rank 3rd at the Basketball spotlight Top 10



Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight Top 10 is presented by AGame Team Apparel. These are the Top 10 13U teams according to Basketball Spotlight.

Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. CBC: The “Money Team” won the Tip Off Classic and are anxious to get another shot at Cali Styles during the Clash For The Cup. Right now they are in the driver’s seat of the 13U Division.

2. Milbank: They came close to winning the Tip Off Classic crown. Now the cat is out the bag and teams will be gunning for them.

3. Team Final: TF was very impressive and might have won it all if one of their keys players didn’t have to pull out early. This is a very dangerous group and should be fun to watch.

4. Team IZOD: After taking a huge loss from Team Final, TI still managed to make it to the final four. Once there they fell to eventual champion CBC. It will be interesting to see how they respond during the Clash.

5. Team Takeover: On paper they are loaded and we will get our first look at this group during the Clash For The Cup. Don’t be surprised if they move up during our January Top 10.

6. Juice All Stars: Juice lost to Team IZOD which virtually eliminated them from the tournament now they will look to make a splash at the Clash For The Cup. You can’t count them out they are #7 in the country.

7. Team Rebels: TR also will need to regroup after their Tip Off Classic performance. The pieces are there but they need to mesh everything together.

8. New Rens: NR won the Blue Division crown and now they want to travel into the Orange bracket for the Clash. I hope they are ready because that field is very thick.

9. DC Assault: I hear that this group has retooled so I can wait to see them rock. We will try to get them up for the Clash For The Cup.

10. Team Nelson: I’m anxious to see this group because I think they will give a better showing than last year. They have added one of the best players in the region.


Friday, December 9
Inside The Tip Off Classic 13U: TEAM FINAL considered 3rd best in the 13U



Inside The Tip Off Classic 13U: Everyone Chasing The Money

CBC AKA "Money Team"

The 13U bracket was tremendous. In this division we also had a first time champion and a lot of surprises. Here’s a look inside this age group.

“Money Team” Makes Statement
It was a long road but CBC finally crossed the threshold to that Spotlight championship. They have assembled the best talent from the New England area even though many felt they couldn’t mesh. There next goal will be keeping things together long enough to bring home the Grand Championship.

Who Next?
With CBC winning the title they have become the hunted. There are several teams that will be coming to dethrone them. First you have the new look Team Final which features some serious talent and was within a few points of making the finals. Then you have Milbank, who made it to the championship and will be hungry for another shot. Next on the list is Juice All Stars and finally Team IZOD that still found away to make the final four.

13U All Tournament Team
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Chaylyn Martin (CBC)
Azar Swain (CBC)
Shyheim Hicks (CBC)
Paul Person (Milbank)
Tyrese Whitaker (Milbank)
Keshaun Ellis (Milbank)
Kaellen Henderson (Milbank)
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Aaron Clarke (Team IZOD)
Quade Green (Team Final)
J.P. Sanders (Team Final)
Ahrod Carter (Team Final)
Lance Ford (Team Final)
Tyler Bournes (Juice All Stars)
Mike Johnson (Juice All Stars)
Trevon Duval (Team Rebels)
Tristan Patterson (Team Rebels)
Boubacar Kamissoko (New Rens)
Dylan Jorge (Albany Dream Team)


Thursday, December 8
Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 2



Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 2

Keshaun Ellis (Milbank)

The 13U Division was loaded top to bottom. There was no where run or hide. Here are the top performers that impressed us in this division.

Tip Off Classic 13U Top Performers Part 2

Keshaun Ellis Guard (Milbank)- Ellis has the look of a running back but on the basketball court he knows how to fill up the bucket. Ellis can hurt you from the outside or by muscling his way to the hole. On defense he’s capable on strong arming ball handlers and taking the rock. He had a very impressive outing this weekend.


Tyrese Whitaker Guard (Milbank)- At first glance Whitaker seems to be too small to play on this level but defenders have a hard time staying in front of him. Tyrese understands how to stay out of harm’s way in terms traps and isn’t afraid to drive down the teeth of the defense. He has the heart of a lion with the skill to match.

Kaelin Henderson Forward (Milbank)- Henderson anchors the backline on defense and cleans the glass on the offensive end. Milbank’s effective guard’s penetration gave Henderson plenty of room to roam and get into position to score or rebound.

Chaylyn Martin Guard (CBC)- Martin has come a long way in the past two years. He now has arrived as a serious threat on both ends of the floor. His offensive confidence has come from his improved jump shot and play making ability. We expect a breakout year from Martin.

Ahrod Carter Guard (Team Final)- The former Mr. Memorial Day caught his stride during the final four. He turned up the fire on the offensive end by knocking down shots from everywhere. When he’s hot it turns Team Final into more dangerous team.

Lance Ford Guard (Team Final)- Ford is a fresh face on the scene but got acclimated quickly. He ran the floor like a deer and scored on slashing lay ups. His quickness in the open floor fits well with TF’s up and down attacking style.

Kareem Harvin Forward (CBC)- CBC needed some toughness to get past Milbank in the finals and Harvin provided the punch. He gets after it heavy on defense and pounds the glass when he’s near the cup. He posted some big points in their championship win.

Tristan Patterson Forward (Team Rebels)- Patterson spent the weekend playing above the rim. The athletic forward had several dunks which sent the crowd into frenzy. We hope to see more of his high wire act coming soon.


Thursday, December 8
Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 1



Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 1

Nate "The Great" Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)

The 13U Division was loaded top to bottom. There was no where run or hide. Here are the top performers that impressed us in this division.

Tip Off Classic 13U Top Performers Part 1

Nate Pierre Louis Guard (Team IZOD)- Can any 7th Grader in America score the ball better than Pierre Louis? If so let him appear please. Nate “The Great” averaged close to 30 points a game yes 30. He dropped 28 on Juice All Stars during their pool play win, 30 on Team Final in their loss and 32 on CBC in the final four. What’s incredible is that defenses are designed to slow him down and he still manages to get numbers. Some say he should pass more but in his effort to win, he does what comes natural which is put the ball in the basket.


Azar Swain Guard (CBC)- With Martin running the point Swain was left to roam the perimeter and it paid dividends. In the final four he banged home 3 second half treys to help his team finally get that Team IZOD monkey off their back. His last trey ball came at a crucial time and put the “Money Team” up for good.

Shyheim Hicks Guard (CBC)- Hicks is still getting comfortable in his new home. But he still managed to bring his wing game to the Tip Off Classic. He finished off plays and used his length to rebound and play defense. I can’t wait to see him after he settles in.

Quade Green Guard (Team Final)- Green was a showman this weekend. Not only did he produce effectively as Team Final did damage but he entertained the crowd with his slick ball handling. He’s one of the main clogs in this offense. We are just seeing the beginning of his rise to stardom.

Paul Person Guard (Milbank)- Milbank reached the finals and Paul orchestrated their quest. He’s added some inches to his frame so scoring has come so much easier for this lad. He posted 18 points in their championship loss to CBC. “P Double” is one of the finest guards in the region. He’s so silky smooth.

Ismail Charles Forward (CBC)- Charles battled hard the entire tournament. He’s a warrior inside and doesn’t get enough for his dirty work. He faced double teams and sagging defenses all weekend and still managed to post numbers. This kid fights to the end.

John Paul Sanders Guard (Team Final)- Sanders now has some help and he seems to appreciate his new teammates. He brought his scoring touch without being selfish by picking his spots and dishing the rock when the defense over played. He has an understanding of the game. Expect big things from JP Sanders in 2012.

Trevon Duval Guard (Team Rebels)- TR didn’t fair to well but Duval still managed to get off playing in two age groups. He can play either guard spot effectively while possessing take over the game potential.


13u
Team Final 13U
Thursday, December 8
Team Final 7th Grade at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off



TEAM FINAL 7th grade played at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off against some of the Top ranked teams in the country and showed why they should be mention with them.TEAM FINAL first game was against the #7 ranked team in the country Juice All Stars of NY. TEAM FINAL jump all over Juice All Stars as they went on a 15-0 run to start the game but as the game kept on playing the #7 ranked team Juice All Stars bounce back to tie the game and took the lead in the last few minutes of the game. But this TEAM FINAL team has a lot of fight in them and they battle back to take the lead by 3 points in the last few minutes of the game. Juice All Stars did not quit and still had a chance to tie the game but TEAM FINAL defense prevailed and they pulled out the victory. TEAM FINAL next Opponent was the #10 ranked team in the country Team Izod. Team Izod had TEAM FINAL's  # over the last few years but this isn't the same TEAM FINAL that they use to run over. TEAM FINAL jump all over Izod and did not let up on them. TEAM FINAL had a 25 point lead on IZOD at one time but even when Izod made a run TEAM FINAL would make one of there own. TEAM FINAL ended up winning the game by 15 points. The 3rd game was against MABC Bangals from Boston. TEAM FINAL went on a run that didn't stop and ended up winning by 30 points. TEAM FINAL made it all the way to the Semi-Final game to play against the #23 team in the country Milbank. The semi final game was a battle right from the start as each team knew what was at stake, a chance to play for the Basketball Spotlight Championship. The game went back and forth but Milbank had the upper hand and lead by 8 points at the half. TEAM FINAL was not going to go out like that and battled back to tie the game up thanks to Ahrod Carter who got hot in the 4th quarter to score 10 straight points. Back and forth they went Milbank had the lead by 2 points with 18 seconds left in the game and had possesion of the ball. TEAM FINAL needed a big play and got it when the ball was stolen from Milbank on the inbounds, but TEAM FINAL could not convert on the steal and Milbank pulled away with a 2 point lead to advance to the Championship game against CBC. Great first tournament! TEAM FINAL next tournament is the Clash for the CUP. Lets Go TEAM FINAL!!!!

Thursday, December 8
Team Final 6th grade heads out to the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off ( click here for highlights of the Tournament)



TEAM FINAL 6th grade played in the orange division against some of the top teams in the country. Team Final first match up was against New Ren who had finished winning a seventh grade tournament, knock off the #4 ranked Team In the Country Riverside Hawks and made it all the way to the Championship. Team Final battle hard against New Rens and had the game in single digits until the expierence of New Rens took over and new Rens pulled away in there victory. Team Final 2nd game was against DC Assault. Last year this young group got beat bad by DC Assault but this years Team Final is a new group. Dc Assault led the game by 8 points but with in a minute left in the game Team Final tied the game by an and 1 by justin Galea and had a chance to take the lead in a free throw but couldn't convert and DC Assault pulled away with a victory. With That loss Team Final had to settle for a consolation game against Force one from MD. Team Final pulled away with an early lead in the game but force one battled back to take the lead. Team Final's Defense came alive in the last 5 min along side a hot shooting hand from Patrick Robinson who hit 3 Markers in a row to pull away from force one. Team Final went 1 and 2 in this Tournament. Team Final is looking forward for the next tournament and they will be better prepared for the Next tournament.



Sunday, November 27
Team Final 8th graders shine at Hoop Group Turkey Tip Off



Hoop Group Turkey Tip Off: 14U Top Performers
Tyus "Kid Mamba" Battle (Team Final)

The Hoop Group Turkey Tip Off was held in Pottstown, PA and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. We took an interest in the 14U division and here are our top performers

Hoop Group Turkey Tip Off Top Performers

Tyus Battle Guard (Team Final)- “Kid Mamba” is just a different breed. The lanky guard gave the crowd some holiday dinner dessert while unleashing his total arsenal. His ball handling, scoring and rebounding were known weapons but his court vision is beginning to stand out more. He pumped assist from all around the floor even putting some mustard on a couple of passes. In terms of scoring he gave the defense the business from all three levels (3 point land, midrange area and at the rim). His game is so fluid and just on another level from many of his peers. Not only is he the best guard in America period but right now he might be the most skilled 8th Grader I’ve even seen and I’ve seen a lot.

Vaughn Covington Guard (Team Final)- Every team needs a coach on the floor and Covington might be the man for the job. An improved jump shot has opened his game up. You can see the confidence once he catches the rock and goes into his shooting motion. But I really need to talk about how he runs the team and gets others involved. Vaughn has no problem throwing the extra pass especially in transition. He seems to see the game a few plays ahead. Introducing Vaughn “The Brain” Covington.

Terquin Mott Forward (Team Final)- Before leaving the second game with an injury Mott was a dominant force in the paint. A strong lower body allows him to jump out the gym whenever he wants. He displays some ball handling skills but it’s still a work in progress.

DeAndre Hunter Forward (Philly Aztecs)- Hunter is an intriguing prospect for the Aztecs. When active the young lanky wing uses his length to impact the game. His handle is developing and his outside shot is decent. His best days of basketball will be down the road and he has a scary upside.

Stevie Jordan Guard (Philly Aztecs)- Jordan has a more confident game. Known as a spot up shooter he now has added a handle and floater to his arsenal. He excelled in transition. Watch out for him this year because we definitely will be looking.

Mikey Dixon Guard (Philly Aztecs)- Dixon is a true veteran on this level. Now he seems to be more of a pass first type of guard which will be good for his high school. He exploded through the lane while slicing defenders with his handle.

Dante Rockmore Guard (ESYC)- The little lefty had inspired play against Team Final. He applied some defensive pressure and grabbed a few steals. He’s a peaky guard with a lot of heart.


Deondre Tillett Guard (ESYC)- Tillet played in the backcourt with Rockmore and also knows how to pressure the rock. He teams with Rockmore with form a very strong backcourt.



Mustafa Lawrence Guard (Showtime)- Though his team lost both games Lawrence showed well on the floor. He drove into the chest of the post players before converting tough baskets. He’s a very tough point guard.

Tremaine Lawrence Forward (Showtime)- Lawrence is a tremendous athlete which helps him get rebounds and put backs. He needs work on his ball handling and outside shooting because he will be a guard size in the future.


Funsport JR Pros
Nick and Quade at Funsport
Thursday, November 17
Team Final at Fun Sport game 1( Click here for highlights)



TEAM FINAL travels to Brooklyn NY for the Funsport JR Pros League for there first game against Rival TEAM Izod who is going under Team First. Team Izod finished 10 in the Country and has had Team Final number the last 3 times that they have matched up by large margins. But this isn't your usual TEAM FINAL stepping stone as TEAM FINAL has regroup and added some missing pieces to the team and its a different team and season. The game was on and popping right from the jump as TEAM FINAL jump on top of Team Izod by 10 points but Team Izod is a vet on these type of games and they bounce back to take the lead. From that point it was a back and forth match that look more like a heavy weight fight as each team kept on changing leads. The Game came to the Final buzzard as Keith Deloatch gave an assist to Nick Alikakos who put in the winning basket as the horn sounded off. Congratulations TEAM FINAL in a Hard earn victory.



Team Final
Team Final Family
Wednesday, November 2
Team Final boys give a hand at the Mayors cup in chester



Team Work
Team Work handing, out admission bands
Some of the Team Final boys got a chance to help out at the Mayors Cup at Chester High School. The boys donated some books and help raise over 750 books to help the cause of illiteracy. The books were donated to the Chester Library. During the event the boys got a chance to see some of the Team Final high school boys in the Chester verse Philly showcase game. The boys were treated to an exciting game as Philly pull out a 1 point win over Chester in the final seconds. At the end of the game the Team Final boys, all got together to take a Team Final Family picture.

jp
JP putting on the admission wrist bands for the event

7th grade
Team Final 7th grade
Wednesday, November 2
Team Final players play in the Converse open gym



6th grade
Team Final 6th grade
Some of the TEAM FINAL players traveled to Philly to play in the Converse open Gym. The 6th grade team got a chance to play some 7th, 8th and 9th graders on a 5 on 5 where they dominated the competition winning 5 and only lossing 1 game by 1 point. Our 7th grade team got there chance to play with the high school boys 9th-12th grade where they split winning 2 and lossing 2 close ones. Both games that they lost were very close and actually were up before losing at the end. Both age groups got a good bump and showed some good signs of things to come. Keep up the hard work boys.

Funsport
Team Final 7th grade at Funsport
Sunday, October 16
TEAM FINAL heads to Brooklyn NY for Funsport.

TEAM FINAL is playing at the Funsport league in Brooklyn NY. One of the top notch basketball leagues for 7th and 8th grade. Team Final came to represent last years Team Final 8th grade team who won the Championship at Madison Square Garden against Team Scan. Team Final has some big shoes to fill since they are in the 7th grade and last years team was in the 8th.

Though this young 7th grade team is just coming together for the first time with only 1 practice they showed a lot of character and heart as they went up against a good 8th grade team in running Rebels who have been playing together and made it to the nationals last year. The Rebels 8th grade team had came off winning a 40 point win against 7th grade KSK. Team Final came ready to play and played the Rebels very hard and were only down by 9 points with less than 3 minutes left when kieth Deloatch heat a 3 pointer to cut the lead to 6 points, but a few turn overs on the inbound lead to 6 straight points for the rebels who came out with a 12 point victory.

Team Final next opponent was BQ Warriors 7th grade team. Team Final waisted no time jumping on there opponent and led 20 to 0 at the half. Team Final won the game by a large margin. 

Team Final next opponent will be the KSK 7th grade who added some new pieces to there team. Next game will be on saturday october the 29th. Time to be announce



Sunday, October 16
Basketball Spotlight Feature: Something About Sanders

Basketball Spotlight Feature: Something About Sanders

J.P. Sanders (Team Final)

Last season one of the biggest surprises was the emergence of John Paul Sanders of Team Final. Sanders had an impressive regular season, AAU Nationals showing and Super Showcase. His coach Orlando Hildago loves his passion for the game and versatility; “J.P. is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached. He is a tough defender and can play any position I need him to play. Generally he likes guarding the best player from the other team” said Hildago.

Currently a 7th Grader Sanders has a long way to go before becoming a finished product but his coach thinks he’s on the right path. “Right now he needs to improve his ball handling, mid range game and 3 point shot. He’s currently a matchup problem for anyone. He’s too big for guards and too swift for forwards. He has tall genes in his family therefore when he grows he could be a nightmare for many teams now and the next level” Coach Orlando finished. Basketball Spotlight will be watching Sanders and his Team Final teammates closely this season.


El Khana
El khana anticipating the pass
Tuesday, September 13
High Lights of El Khana Hidalgo at the John Lucas Camp (click here for highlights)




Quade
Quade setting up his teammates
Tuesday, September 13
High Lights of Quade Green at the John Lucas Camp (click here for highlights)




Justin
Justin Directing traffic
Tuesday, September 13
High Lights of Justin Galea at the John Lucas Camp (click here for highlights)




John Lucas Camp
John Lucas camp
Thursday, September 8
TEAM FINAL at the John Lucas Camp.



Some of the TEAM FINAL players headed out to Virginia to the Boo Williams Sports Complex for the John Lucas Future of The Game East Camp. John Lucas Camp normally held in Houston and Vegas expanded to the East coast for the first time.7th grader Quade, 6th grader El Khana and 6th Grader Justin participate in the Camp and did very well. Quade Green was Selected #2 over all in the camp among all grade levels. Check out there highlights from the camp above.



Monday, August 15
Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Post Forwards



Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Post Forwards

Jordon Riley (Durham, NC)

Last but not least we had some post players from the Class of 2017 that stood out during this event. Here’s a look at some of the top players that got busy on the blocks.

Class 2017 Top Post Forwards

Jordon Riley (Durham, NC)- Riley came into this event ranked in the Top 5 of America on everyone’s list. I must the strong forward should the crowd he was worthy of this high praise. Not only did he dominate down low on both ends of the floor but he showed tremendous range and accuracy on his outside shot. This kid is very nimble and agile for his size while possessing the touch many players dream of. He was definitely worth the price of admissions.


Ismail Charles (Hartford, CT)- Charles seemed to be pressing early but eventually settled down and got his game going. He battled hard during his showdown with Riley while showing he should be among the nation’s elite. Charles is developing into a nice face up forward.




Rooner Joseph (Ewing, NJ)- The rebounding machine kept things going at the showcase. He seems to be a magnet for the rock once it comes off the rim or backboard. This kid’s energy level is extremely high and he seems to understand the limitations in his game so he plays within his boundaries.



D'Andre Vilmar(Dover,DE)- Vilmar was a big surprise Saturday. He showed supreme athleticism, ability to score and an effort to handle the ball. This kid is a quick leaper with a great nose for the ball. I like his wiry frame, long arms and motor he plays with. He won’t be a post player for long.


Monday, August 15
Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Combo Guards (Usual Suspects)



Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Combo Guards (Usual Suspects)

Nate Pierre Louis (Plainfield, NJ)

The Class of 2017 was so loaded with combo guards that we decided to break down the top performers into two sections. Now we will look at the 2017 combo guards that have graced our website several times.

Class 2017 Top Combo Guards (Usual Suspects)

Nate Pierre Louis (Plainfield, NJ)- Pierre Louis was a scoring machine in his first two outings. The prolific southpaw zipped through the defense and finished with either hand. He also had the jump shot from the mid range and 3 point area. He’s a determined player and hard worker which mean he’s only going to get better.


Jon Paul Sanders( Camden,NJ)- Sanders plays the 1 thru 3 positions on the floor and is beginning to come into his own. Right now he does show some point intangibles but he’s more of a natural scorer. He just seems like a player that is nowhere near reaching his peak so the opposition should be worried.



Chaylyn Martin (Hartford, CT)- One of the most improved players on the year, Martin got a chance to show his offensive work. He demonstrated an improved ability to drive and score in traffic. He also got out in transition and made good decisions with the ball in his hands.




Aaron Clarke (Parsippany, NJ)- Clarke got a chance to operate as one of the primary ball handlers and I must say he had his moments. He has more wiggle in his game than I thought and now is fluid creating his own shot. His hard work is definitely starting to pay off.





Matthew Kachleries (Macungie, PA)-Kachleries confidence is still brewing from Summer Slam. His offensive production continues to rise and he isn’t afraid to take the big shot from behind the arc. Hopefully he can stay on this good roll that he’s enjoying.





 Ahrod Carter (Chester,PA)-Carter high arching jumpers tickled the twine from deep. He also has nice mid range game and looks real good when he’s being aggressive. The former Mr. Memorial game has matured right in front of our eyes. We only expect him to get better.


Team Final Players class of 2017
class of 2017 Super Showcase
Sunday, August 14
Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase Highlights( click here for highlights)



The Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase took place Saturday and the talent was in the building.

Sunday, August 14
Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Combo Guards (Fresh Faces)



Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Combo Guards (Fresh Faces)

Eric "Easy" Ayala (Wilmington, DE)

The Class of 2017 was so loaded with combo guards that we decided to break down the top performers into two sections. First we will talk about the players that made their spotlight debuts, were under the radar or been away from the scene for a while.

Class 2017 Top Combo Guards (Fresh Faces) 

Eric Ayala ( Wilmington, DE) Ayala put together a spectacular showing yesterday. He had all facets of his game flowing in rhythm. His jump shot was wet from behind the arc and when defenders tried to close out on him he breezed right past them. Eric seems to be playing in slow motion but his hesitation dribble and crossover still appears to be very effective. Many felt he played like the top guard in the class yesterday. He also earned a nickname introducing Eric “Easy” Ayala. He makes the game look so easy.


Quade Green (Philadelphia, PA) The explosive guard made his showcase debut and didn’t disappoint. He has a flair for the game that doesn’t take away from his effectiveness. He was difficult to contain off the dribble and also in traffic. Once he gets going he’s capable of reeling off buckets very quickly. His names will ring bells for a while.


Ezra Swell (Rumson, NJ)- I initially pegged Swell as a spot up shooter until I saw him demonstrate a mean crossover move on the baseline that excited the crowd. He has a sneaky type of game that he let loose once he became more confident in this event. We will watch how he develops over the years.




Chase Lewis (Ewing, NJ)- While few players attempted to go hard on the defensive end, Lewis made it his business to lockdown opponents. He moved his feet well and concentrated on their waistline. On offense he did his usual damage by slashing and finishing in transition. This kid continues to work hard to get better.



Malik Velmar (Dover, DE) It took Malik a little while to get accustomed to the showcase style of play but in his final game he finally got comfortable and let the ball fly. He connected on five treys and had the gym roaring. He’s a player you don’t want to catch fire from the perimeter if you are the opponent.




Qadir Burgess (Philadelphia, PA)- Burgess is another one of those strong Philly guards that are always in attack mode. His skill set is still a little raw but his strength and mid range shot still makes him have an impact on this level. He definitely has the Philadelphia blue collar type style of play.


Sunday, August 14
Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Point Guards



Super Showcase Top Performers: Class 2017 Point Guards

Jaecee "Mayweather" Martin (Hartford, CT)

The Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase took place Saturday and the talent was in the building. We have loads of recaps to give you guys and we will start off with the top floor generals from the rising 7th Graders.

Class 2017 Top Point Guards

Jaecee Martin (Hartford, CT)- Mayweather knocked out the competition in Burlington, NJ. He dazzled the spectators with his sizzling handle, court vision and scoring prowess. Defensively, he picked several pockets while causing several ball handlers to second guess their dribbling skills. He left victorious after his highly anticipated showdown with Nate Pierre Louis. His performance yesterday definitely brought him back into the POY talk. He was that dominant.


Zach Cooks (Lawrenceville, GA)- The Georgia product barked instruction to his teammates all afternoon. When he wasn’t controlling the flow he was zipping through the defense and dropping fancy dimes. It’s rare that a player this young understands how to balance the floor and pick his spots to attack. He represented the south very well at this event.


Jaiyer Jinwright (Paterson, NJ)- Jinwright played with Martin but showed his own point guard talents with the pill. He’s a lanky ball handler that uses his length to split traps and make difficult plays. He’s was an under the radar prospect but the fluidness of his game has brought him to the surface quickly.



Tyler Hawkins (Tinton Falls, NJ)- Hawkins used his savvy to hang in this talent thick atmosphere. He flourished in transition by keeping the ball in the middle of the floor and feeding the wings. He has a capable handle and sees the floor well. He definitely stepped up on the big stage.





David Kachleries (Macungie, PA)- David enjoyed himself in this up and down flow. Dribble drives are a main part of his game but he also dropped the open jumper when the ball swung back his way. This kid just adapts his game to any situation. He plays the game with a high level of confidence.




Lucas Hudson (Central Valley, PA)- Lucas recently returned from an injury and seemed to back to normal. He made good decisions during the secondary break even pulling up for his own shot on occasions. He’s a very smart player and will continue to shine as is career goes into high school.




Elijah Dockery (Newark, DE)- Dockery was a fresh face and held it down for the "First State". He has some swiftness in his game while surveying the floor but also has the capability of scoring the rock. Delaware is starting to produce some talent and you can throw Dockery name in this bunch.




Keith Deloatch (New Castle, DE) Keith is a strong guard with some size which helps him look over defenders. He leaves the fancy play to his counterparts and prefers to take apart defenders with skill and instincts. He will be another shining player from Delaware.




Azar Swain (Stoughton, MA)- Swain is still making the transition to point guard, at times he looks comfortable then other times his natural scoring mentality takes over. I like his feel for the game and the way he protects the rock against stronger more athletic defenders.


Tuesday, August 9
TEAM FINAL 6th Grade at The Basketball Spotlight Summer Slam( click here for highlights of the game)



                                         Summer Slam Point Standings

 

TEAM FINAL went up to Neptune for Summer Slam to finish out there AAU Season against newly rank Team Izod. TEAM FINAL put up a fight, short handed. TEAM FINAL showed much improvement from the last match up back in the Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase. TEAM FINAL had the score to a 3 point game at the half. But JP got into foul trouble, fouling out of the game. TEAM FINAL were short handed in guards and in the last few minutes team IZOD pulled away. TEAM FINAL has shown much improvement and has demonstrated that the gap between these two teams is closing.



Team Final Players class of 2018
Team Final class of 2018
Tuesday, August 9
Basketball Spotlight Baby Baller Super Showcase profile( click here for highlights of Justin,El khana,Patrick and Eric)



Baby Baller Super Showcase Profile: El Khana Hidalgo

Name: El Khana Hidalgo

Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

Position: Combo Guard

Class: 2018

Showcase Report: When Hidalgo was aggressive he showed some scoring prowess from the perimeter and when attacking. He knows his way around the floor and can play either guard position. Once he develops that killer instinct he game and stock will rise even higher. We will keep our eye on him.

Baby Baller Super Showcase Profile: Eric Esposito

Name: Eric Esposito

Hometown: Langhorne, PA

Position: Shooting Guard

Class: 2018

Showcase Report: Eric showed up two hours before his first game to get some shots up in the gym and the preparation paid off for this kid. The lefty launched deep shots and finished off plays in transition. Now as he moves forward he needs to work creating his own shot off the dribble and lateral movement on defense.
This shouldn't be hard because he already demostrated that he's a hard worker.


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opening ceremony
Sunday, August 7
TEAM FINAL Advances to the 12U AAU National Championship bracket (click here for highlights of the games)



TEAM FINAL goes 2-1 in pool play only loosing to Nationaly 6th rank Lauderhill Lions advances to the Championship bracket. In the Championship pool TEAM FINAL suffered tough losses to eventual ranked teams, #6 Team Takeover and #11 SMAA Trojens. TEAM FINAL got great expierience and proved that they are a player or 2 away from being a Nationally ranked team. Changes are coming and they will be a team to be reckon with. 

Friday, July 29
Basketball Spotlight Summer slam preview
Summer Slam 12U Preview

Team IZOD: Sports University has put together a tremendous year while finishing #12 in the country at the AAU Nationals. Now their sights are set on taking home the Grand Championship on Sunday. Does the Big Red Machine have another championship run in them?

CBC: The Bad Boys advanced to the Sweet 16 in Hampton and are still seeking their first Spotlight crown. First they must get past a semifinal challenge from the Juice All Stars. Then we might have another showdown with Team IZOD to decide it all.

Juice All Stars: The Coney Island crew had the highest ranking in the region at the AAU Nationals (#7). This confident bunch has the swagger and the game to run the table on Sunday. Their national run has this club soaring with confidence.

Team Final: TF was a pleasant surprise at the 12U Nationals. They have made strong strides since the season started and are capable of defeating any of these teams Sunday. Don’t sleep on this squad.


12U There's No More Talking It's Time To Get It On!


Tuesday, July 26
Basketball Spotlight Top Performer for the AAU nationall championship

12U Nationals Day 4 Recap: Top Performers Part1

Chance Melton (Kentucky Elite)

Championship Bracket play kicked off today and so some fresh faces and top notch talent. Here’s part 1 of our day 4 report.

Day 4 Top Performers

Chance Melton Forward (Kentucky Elite)- Melton’s versatile game was too much for Delaware PAL. He showed off his footwork as he danced inside for some easy buckets. But what really impressed me was the way he pushed the rock up the floor like a wing guard.


Tyler Bourne Guard (Juice All Stars)- The feisty little floor general woke up in the second half to carry his team to the win. He controlled the tempo while making timely passes to teammates after penetration. He also didn’t hesitate to take a big trey or use his deadly floater.

Michael Johnson Guard (Juice All Stars)- Johnson makes a living driving the lane and attempting shots over the interior post defenders. His strength is one of his best weapons that he uses in transition.

Michal Bowry Forward (Juice All Stars)- Bowry was very active around the basket on both ends. He runs the floor well for a player his size and has decent hands. He stepped up his game on the boards and that helped them get over the top.

Kel Stotts Guard (Kentucky Elite)- Kel caught fire from behind the arc while draining 4 treys. The defense tried to pack in on Melton which gave Stotts several wide open opportunities.


Malik Velmar Guard (Team Final)- Velmar stroked the rock with confidence which helped TF get back into the game. He can either shoot it from the spot up position or off the bounce. Team Final needed to sparkplug guard to step up.


JP Sanders Guard (Team Final)- Sanders showed flashes of good play. He ran the point for the most and used his size to get where he wanted on the floor. He needs to show this type of aggression for TF to be successful.

Ahrod Carter Guard (Team Final)- Carter is also playing with high confidence. He’s big enough to shoot over most defenders and has a smoothness too his game that you have to respect.



Thursday, July 28
TEAM FINAL Likes to Welcome 2 of our newest players here is a write up from Basketball spotlight from the Nationals

TEAM FINAL Likes to welcome Kieth and Eric to the TEAM FINAL family.

12U Nationals Day 2 Recap: Top Scoring Guards

Eric Ayala (Delaware PAL)

We are in Day 2 of the 12U Nationals and Basketball Spotlight once again caught the action at the Boo Williams Center. Finally, here are the two guards that lit up the score boards.

Day 2 Top Scoring Guards

Eric Ayala (Delaware PAL)- Ayala returned to the game after injuring his head and had a good showing. He grew some inches since I watched him last year and it definitely impacts his game. The big guard can pull up over most defenders and has great touch on his shot.

12U Nationals Day 2 Recap: Top Point Guards

Keith Deloatch (Delaware PAL)- The strong point guard loves using the crossover snatch back to get past defenders. His strong frame helps him protect the pill and carry defenders. He made his presence felt on both ends of the floor



Tuesday, July 26
Basketball Spotlight Top Performer for the AAU nationall championship

12U Nationals Day 4 Recap: Top Performers Part1

Chance Melton (Kentucky Elite)

Championship Bracket play kicked off today and so some fresh faces and top notch talent. Here’s part 1 of our day 4 report.

Day 4 Top Performers

Chance Melton Forward (Kentucky Elite)- Melton’s versatile game was too much for Delaware PAL. He showed off his footwork as he danced inside for some easy buckets. But what really impressed me was the way he pushed the rock up the floor like a wing guard.


Tyler Bourne Guard (Juice All Stars)- The feisty little floor general woke up in the second half to carry his team to the win. He controlled the tempo while making timely passes to teammates after penetration. He also didn’t hesitate to take a big trey or use his deadly floater.

Michael Johnson Guard (Juice All Stars)- Johnson makes a living driving the lane and attempting shots over the interior post defenders. His strength is one of his best weapons that he uses in transition.

Michal Bowry Forward (Juice All Stars)- Bowry was very active around the basket on both ends. He runs the floor well for a player his size and has decent hands. He stepped up his game on the boards and that helped them get over the top.

Kel Stotts Guard (Kentucky Elite)- Kel caught fire from behind the arc while draining 4 treys. The defense tried to pack in on Melton which gave Stotts several wide open opportunities.


Malik Velmar Guard (Team Final)- Velmar stroked the rock with confidence which helped TF get back into the game. He can either shoot it from the spot up position or off the bounce. Team Final needed to sparkplug guard to step up.


JP Sanders Guard (Team Final)- Sanders showed flashes of good play. He ran the point for the most and used his size to get where he wanted on the floor. He needs to show this type of aggression for TF to be successful.

Ahrod Carter Guard (Team Final)- Carter is also playing with high confidence. He’s big enough to shoot over most defenders and has a smoothness too his game that you have to respect.



TUNE UP CHAMPIONS
TEAM FINAL TUNE UP CHAMPIONS!
Tuesday, July 5
TEAM FINAL 12U wins it's 5th championship in a row.( CLICK HERE FOR HIGH LIGHTS OF THE GAME)



TEAM FINAL 12U played in the Delaware Royalty Pre-National 1 day Tune Up Tournament. TEAM FINAL had been on Idle for 4 weeks and the rust of not playing had shown in our first game against Maryland Scholars. The boys were sloppy in there game play and had to many bad passes and unforced turnovers. TEAM FINAL pull out a 15 point victory but did not look well doing it.

TEAM FINAL next game was against Rip City who had lost a 2 point game against Nationaly Rank and MIT Champions AI9. TEAM FINAL continued to show there rust against Rip City as Rip City jump all over TEAM FINAL to take an early lead. TEAM FINAL battle back and made it a game but Rip City went on a run and pulled out a 15 point victory over TEAM FINAL.

TEAM FINAL had to win the rest of there games in order to advance to the Championship with a possible rematch against Rip City. But first TEAM FINAL had to go through Delaware Defenders a scrappy team. The lost to Rip City gave the boys a wake up call as they pulled away with a 15 point win.

Next up for TEAM FINAL was Delaware Royalty the number one seed from pool A. Team Royalty had no losses and had finished beaten a tough opponent and 2nd place winners from the District Championship LVBS. Team Royalty put up a fight and kept the game close until the last few minutes when TEAM FINAL put it into over drive and pull out a 10 point victory. With the win TEAM FINAL advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP.

TEAM FINAL got there chance to avenge there lost against RIP CITY in the Championship game. TEAM FINAL was a much focus team and came out ready to ball and took an early lead on RIP CITY. This was a battle back and forth as niether team wanted to go home with out the Championship Trophy. The game was going back and forth and at the end of regulation the score was tied and went into overtime. In over time TEAM FINAL took an early lead, a lead that they would not give up and the result was there 5th championship in a row.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM FINAL TUNE UP CHAMPIONS and winners of 5 championships in a row. Next up for TEAM FINAL is the AAU National Championship in Hampton Virginia. 



Wednesday, June 15
Video Profile: Ahrod Carter (Team Final)
Video Profile: Ahrod Carter (Team Final)
Name: Ahrod Carter

AAU Team: Team Final

Position: Scoring Guard

Class: 2017


Breakdown: Carter took home Mr. Memorial Day honors after helping Team Final win the MDC 12U Blue Division Championship. Ahrod has good size and manages to get anywhere on the floor using his unique handle. I believe Carter has a chance to become a household name for TF in years to come.



Tuesday, June 14
Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By Agame Team Apparel



Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By Agame Team Apparel

There hasn't been much change in the 12U rankings but things are definitely heating up before we reach AAU Nationals and Summer Slam. Here's a look at our Top 10.

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By AGame Team Apparel

1. Team IZOD: The Big Red Machine won the MDC but had an unexpected early exit from the MIT. Now their sites are set on the Spotlight CB Spiders Classic this weekend in Charlotte, NC.

2. CBC: The Bad Boys continued their dominance with a MDC championship game run. They took care of business and have a semifinal showdown with Juice All Stars awaiting them at Summer Slam.

3. Juice All Stars: The Coney Island crew plans to be the spoiler at Summer Slam. They actually hold the CT state title banner and have developed their own little rivalry with the Bad Boys.

4. Maryland Panthers: After winning the PV championship MP had good showings in New Orleans and at the MIT. I can’t wait to see them thump with the big dogs at the AAU Nationals in Hampton.

5. DC Assault: Rounding out our Top 5 is the PV powerhouse. The squad that represents the 3 stripes will also be on our viewing agenda once we hit Hampton, Virginia in the middle of July.

6. Playtime Panthers: They recently won the Elite Takeover 12U championship and have some pieces to surprise some teams at the AAU Nationals. Wow Hampton is going to be crazy.

7. CT Elite: This squad really missed Endel Sanchez during the MDC. Their early exit cost them a chance at Summer Slam. But they will have a chance to rebound once they reach the AAU Nationals.

8. Team Nelson: The Mid Atlantic king pins are definitely Spotlight tested and will be able to bring this experience to the big dance in Hampton. We will definitely be watching.

9. TEAM FINAL: TF will be the fourth and final team in Summer Slam. No one is giving them a fighting chance but that’s why we play the games. Before Summer Slam we will also catch them at the Boo Williams Center.

10. 6th Man Warriors: The Warriors round out our Top 10. Their inspired play impressed us at the Basketball Spotlight events. We will definitely check for them at the Nationals.


MIT
11U at the MIT
Sunday, June 12
Team Final 11u Heads out to Maryland for the MIT (click here for Highlights)

TEAM FINAL 11U finished out there season in Maryland. They played some tough opponents from Virginia, Connectticut and Maryland. The Team went short handed but still put up a fight. Over all the team had a good experience and got a chance to measure themselves against the best teams from all over. Now is time to regroup and get better for next years Journey.



Wednesday, June 8
Basketball Spotlight 12U All Tournament Team
Inside The MDC 12U: Team IZOD And CBC Headed To Possible Showdown
The Big Red Machine Is On Fire!

Can The Machine Get Slowed Down ?

Team IZOD AKA The Big Red Machine has been hot on the Spotlight circuit. They won the AC Showcase and the MDC. Their championships earned them the #1 seed in Summer Slam and a shot at the Grand Championship on July 31st. The year ending event will also feature CBC, Juice All Stars and the Cinderella squad TEAM FINAL


CBC Is Legit!

The MDC didn’t conclude without some controversy. The Connecticut Basketball Club were protested because of player eligibility. Basketball Spotlight conducted a thorough investigation of the program documents and found that everything checked out. Therefore we are comfortable to say that the CBC 12U team has legit players in our eyes. I hope this brings some closure to this matter.

Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U All Tournament Team
Mr. Memorial Day- Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)- Orange Division
Mr. Memorial Day- Ahrod Carter (TEAM FINAL)- Blue Division
Aaron Clarke (Team IZOD)
Ronner Joseph (Team IZOD)
David Kachleries (Team IZOD)
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Chaylyn Martin (CBC)
Jared Simmons (CBC)
Chris Coalman (Juice All Stars)
Tyler Bourne (Juice All Stars)
Mike Johnson (Juice All Stars)
Eddie Lewis (Milbank)
Cameron Norman (6th Man Warriors)
Daniel Steward (6th Man Warriors)
Kyson Rawls (Team Nelson)
Azur Swain (CT Elite)
Keonte Lucas (CT Elite)
Boubacar Kamissoko (Playtime)
Jaki Clark (Playtime)
JP Sanders (TEAM FINAL)
Quade Green (Philly Freedom Stars)


Wednesday, June 8
Basketball Spotlight 11U All Tournament Team
Inside The MDC 11U: Down To The Final Leg
Riverside Finished The Spotlight Circuit With The #1 Seed

We Run and Riverside To Collide Again?

The We Run and Riverside Hawk rivalry has been serious this season. I believe that have played 8 times and the series is tied 4-4. It would be very interesting for the tie breaking game to be the Summer Slam Championship. But we don’t expect the Gauchos and Maryland Spartans to lie down.


Maryland Spartans Sneak In Summer Slam

Maryland Spartans made a quarterfinal run at the MDC which caused a 4 way tie for the #4 seed in Summer Slam. Maryland edged out T Town Ballers, Delaware Royalty and Natural Ballers for the last spot. They were rewarded entry because of their championship at the Atlantic City Showcase.

MDC 11U All Tournament Team
Mr. Memorial Day- Qualil Giles (Maryland Scholars) Orange Division
Mr. Memorial Day- Denelle Holly (Philly Freedom Stars) Blue Division
Brandon Madison (Maryland Scholars)
Jared Jones (Maryland Scholars)
Dejaun Ellis (Maryland Spartans)
Preston Bacon (Maryland Spartans)
Tylek Chambers (New Heights)
Sahdique Watkins (New Heights)
Zedrek Ferrell (Riverside Hawks)
Cameron Wynter (Riverside Hawks)
Luther Muhammad (We Run)
Jalen Brooks (We Run)
Jamal Whittlessy (Delaware Royalty)
Noah Taylor (Delaware Royalty)
Kendall McMillen (B’More Elite)
Omeri Watson (B’More Elite)
Alex Morton (NJ Shore Shots)
Nazreon Reid (NJ Shore Shots)
Trevor Covey (NJ Shore Shots)
Ryan Allender (NJ Shore Shots)
Alex Bajohr (NJ Shore Shots)
Jamir Holmes (Philly Freedom Stars)
Fatayan Wesley (Philly Freedom Stars)
El Khana Hidalgo (TEAM FINAL)


TRI-STATE INVITATIONAL
Tri-State Invitational Champions
Wednesday, June 8
TEAM FINAL 12U wins the TRI-STATE INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!! (click here for highlights of the game)

TEAM FINAL went to Delaware to at the TRI-STATE INVITATIONAL tournament and came up with there 4th Championship in a row. TEAM FINAL 1st opponent was Delaware Aim who also played at the District Regionals but TEAM FINAL had never played before. TEAM FINAL took care of Business by defeating AIM.

TEAM FINAL 2nd Opponent in pool play was Long Island Lighting. Long Island from NY had some size and good guard who had a lot of speed. TEAM FINAL suffer a 4 point loss as they struggle making there shots. That put TEAM FINAL as the second seed and a rematch with 1st seed Delaware Pal who had beat TEAM FINAL at the District Championship by 20 points. This is a much improve TEAM FINAL team since the first time that they played each other. TEAM FINAL jump on PAL early with a 10 point lead but that didn't stop PAL from coming back. Pal closed the lead by 2 points with the game coming close to an end but TEAM FINAL kept on fighting and pull out a 6 point win over PAL.

With the win TEAM FINAL advance to the Championship and got another chance to play Long Island Lighting who had beaten TEAM FINAL by 4 points in pool play. TEAM FINAL came prepare for this game and  jump all over Long Island Lighting right from the start. TEAM FINAL defense proved to be to much for long Island the end result was there 4th championship in a row.

Congratulations TEAM FINAL 12U for winning the Tri-State Invitational Championship!!!



MDC
Basketball Spotlight MDC
Friday, June 3
TEAM FINAL 11U at the MDC (click here for Highlights of the game)

TEAM FINAL 11U played at the Basketball Spotlight MDC and suffered a tough loss at the hands of rival team Philly Freedom Stars who they had previously beaten by 15 points at the Mid Atlantic Final 4 but TEAM FINAL was Short handed as they had only 6 players that played in the Final 4. El Khana sat most of the first half in foul trouble but the rest of the players kept the boat a float. TEAM FINAL players battle hard in the second half and even though they were short handed the boys only ended up loosing by 7 points. Philly Freedom stars ended up winning the Championship against the NJ Shore Shots. 

Great Job boys for battling and never quitting inspite of the circumstances.



Friday, June 3
TEAM FINAL 12U Makes it to SUMMER SLAM ( Click here to see high lights of the 12U game at the MDC)
Basketball Spotlight Summer Slam 12U Locked And Loaded

Summer Slam is the ultimate final four and will feature the Top 4 teams according to points to do battle for the Grand Champion prize. Teams have competed hard in various Spotlight events but only four can qualify. Below we list the 12U teams from each age that will make it to Summer Slam.

12U Summer Slam Qualifiers


1. Team IZOD: The Big Red Machine made it to the finals of the Grand Finale, and then made a final four run at the Clash For The Cup. Their next stop was a title at the AC Showcase before winning the MDC and taking home the Gold Ball. They finished with 17 points.

2. CBC: The Blue Bad Boys made deep runs in each time out. They had runner up finishes in the Clash For The Cup, AC Showcase and MDC. They are headed to a possible showdown with rival Team IZOD for all the marbles.

3. Juice All Stars: Juice had a quarterfinal finish in the Grand Finale and three final four appearances (Clash For The Cup, AC Showcase and MDC). Don’t count this team out cause they can sneak into the finals.

4. TEAM FINAL: TF had quarterfinal runs at the Clash For The Cup and AC Showcase which gave them 4 points. They then decided to go into the Blue Division for the MDC and collected 3 points which qualified them for Summer Slam.

Semifinals Matchup
#1 Team IZOD vs. #4 TEAM FINAL
#2 CBC vs. #3 Juice All Stars


Wednesday, June 1
Basketball Spotlight MDC 11U Top Performers
Basketball Spotlight MDC 11U Top Performers Part 2
Alex Morton (NJ Shore Shots)

The 11U Bracket was serious all the way to the finals. Here’s Part 2 of how some of the top 5th Graders performed at the MDC.

MDC 11U Top Performers Part 2

Alex Morton Guard (NJ Shore Shots)- Morton showed tremendous confidence while shooting the ball from deep during the finals. He has a scoring mentality and demonstrates good range from behind the arc. His shooting kept things close for the Shore Shots.


Nazreon Reid Forward (NJ Shore Shots)- Reid is still in the developing stages but his length helps him rebound and alter shots in the paint. Once his offensive skills catch up with his potential size he might turn out to be a good prospect.

Trevor Covey Forward (NJ Shore Shots)- The strong forward is very light on his feet and possesses a feathery touch. His ability to create off the bounce makes him a constant matchup problem on this level.

Ryan Allender Guard (NJ Shore Shots)- Allender is a combo guard the scores from the wing and in transition. He has a good basketball IQ understands the importance of ball movement.


Alex Bajohr Guard (NJ Shore Shots)- The crafty point guard led his team to the Blue Division finals. He knows how to operate and run a team even when the pressure is own. He plays the game with a lot of swagger.

Jahir Holmes Forward (Philly Freedom)- Holmes does the dirty work inside that allows his guards to roam the perimeter. He hit the glass hard and scored on a couple of put backs. He’s an aggressive energy player.

Fatayar Wesley Guard (Philly Freedom)- Wesley teams with Holly to form one of the top backcourts around. He has an adequate handle and the ability to cut through the defense.


El Khana Hidalgo Guard (Team Final) Hidalgo was very dominant in this age group. He has a lot of bounce to his game and can either score or drop a dime to one of his teammates.


victorious


Tuesday, May 31
TEAM FINAL 12U WINS THE MDC BLUE DIVISION
Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Blue Division Recap: Team Final Grabs Championship
Team Final Takes Blue Crown

Ahrod Carter had a big game as Team Final held on to defeat NJ Shore Shots 58-55 and win the Basketball Spotlight MDC Blue Division Championship.

Mr. Memorial Day

Ahrod Carter Guard (Team Final)- Carter has a lot of moves in his game. His ball handling has some flavor and can score when given the opportunity. His play was very beneficial to his team capturing the Gold Ball. He earned an invite to the Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase.

Stay Tune As We Bring You More Top Performers From The 12U Blue Division


Thursday, May 26
Basketball Spotlight 12U Preview
Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Preview: Let's Get Ready To Rumble
Can "The Big Red Machine" Cruise Through The MDC?

The 12U Bracket at the MDC will be something to watch. The race for Summer Slam has made things very interesting. Here’s a look at the teams that will collide at Hoop Group Headquarters this weekend.

Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Preview

Team IZOD: The #1 squad in the region will be looking to add some hardware to the shelf. They are coming off an AC Showcase crown, NJ State title and a runner up finish at the DC Assault Classic. They will carry a huge target as they play for that Summer Slam #1 seed.

CBC: CBC won the DC Assault Classic by knocking off #1 Team IZOD. They are a lock for Summer Slam but would love to leap IZOD for that top seed. They are an explosive offensive bunch. Another showdown with TI might be on the horizon.

Juice All Stars: The CT state champs have been hanging around the final four lane all season. Now they want to take the banner back to the Big Apple. They have enough fire power and recently defeated CBC for the CT title. They are virtually a lock for Summer Slam.

Team Nelson: The swaggered returned with this bunch as they won the Mid Atlantic crown. They have a great 1-2 punch and good coaching on the sidelines. They have the ability to pick up a few big wins.

Playtime Panthers: My surprise team let the cat out of the bag with a near defeat of Team IZOD at the NJ 12U state title game. The Green and Black are no longer a secret and now will be one of the hunted.

6th Man Warriors: This PV squad returns to the Spotlight with hopes of getting deep into the MDC. They are a well disciplined bunch with the ability to win against anyone at any time.

CT Elite: I’m just going to put it out there. This squad is due for a long run. They have 4 Summer Slam points but are actually in a good position to make it to the event. All eyes will be on them in Neptune.

Nike Baltimore Elite Black: They say this is the group that will take the MDC by storm. Well the stage is set and they will have to dance a lot to have a chance at that banner.

Milbank: This squad made some noise in the King Of New York Classic. They have a few players from the Rising Stars that have Spotlight experience. But overall this is uncharted ground for this bunch. Good luck!

TEAM FINAL: TF are the favorites to win the Blue Division as they pack some talented players. I won’t be surprised if they make it to Hoop Group on Sunday for the finals.

Other Teams To Watch For: Nike Baltimore Elite, Playaz Basketball Club, Albany Dream Team


Wednesday, May 25
BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT MDC 11U Preview
Basketball Spotlight MDC 11U Preview: Who Can Handle The Heat?
Riverside Hawks Take The #1 Spot Into The MDC

The wild world of the 11U Division reaches its final leg before Summer Slam. This MDC field is wide open and full of teams with the potential to take it all home. Here’s a look at the top teams invading Central Jersey this weekend.

Basketball Spotlight MDC 11U Preview

Riverside Hawks: The Baby Baller Bonanza Champs want to keep their Spotlight success going. This field is very deep but somehow this squad seems to find their way to the banner round. Right now they are playing for the #1 seed at Summer Slam.

We Run: Their consistency shows by leading the region with Summer Slam points (10). Now they are hoping to cross the threshold to that banner come Sunday evening. Can they handle the Spotlight pressure and finally win one? This weekend will tell it all.

Maryland Spartans: Winning the AC Showcase threw this team thick into the Summer Slam talk. Their crafty but successful style gives them a good chance to run the table. This field is thick but the Spartans should be ready to battle.

Maryland Scholars: This squad finished #11 in the nation last season and seemed to have cracked a few squads at the DC Assault tourney last weekend. Now they will make their Spotlight debut and try to shine bright.

New Heights: Welcome back! This group formerly Fastbreak Basketball should be ready to run once they reach Monroe. They have some excellent guards and good coaching so they are always a threat.

Team NJ ABC: The Mid Atlantic champs are looking to show they belong among the elite. They have a serious pool squeezed between We Run and Maryland Spartans. But they came here for that good bump.

T Town Ballers: Their quest to make Summer Slam has brought them to the MDC. Do they have anything left in the tank? We will see as they square off against New Heights and Maryland Scholars.

Delaware Royalty: This late entry also has a chance of playing at the end of July. If things roll the right way they might end up knocking off a few big dogs. The Royalty is in the building baby.

Nike Baltimore Elite: I haven’t seen this bunch but coming from B’More I expect a tough bunch that likes to push the rock. Welcome to the Spotlight NBE.


NJ Shore Shots: The Shore Shots knocked off a few squads in recent Spotlight events. They are the heavy favorite to win the Blue Division. 

TEAM FINAL: You also can't sleep on this teams chances of taking home Blue gold. They have one of the top guards in the region and other solid pieces.


DC Invitational Champions
DC Invitational Champions
Tuesday, May 24
TEAM FINAL 12U Wins the DC Invitational in MD (click here for Highlights)

TEAM FINAL 12U headed down south to play at the DC Invitational in Maryland and ended up winning the championship. TEAM FINAL played 5 games going undefeated to take home the DC Invitational Trophy.

Congratulations TEAM FINAL 12U for winning the DC Invitational Championship! 



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Chris Arcidiacano
Thursday, May 19
Basketball Spotlight Recap of the Middle Atlantic District Championship
El Khana
El Khana Hidalgo
Middle Atlantic Regional 11U Championship: Team NJ ABC Too Much


Team NJ ABC defeated Team Final 70-49 to win the Middle Atlantic 11U Regional Championship. Congrats to Team NJABC staff and players for winning the title.

Top Performers

Jalen Gaffney Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Gaffney has the ability to score in a variety of ways. The thin combo-guard is in attack mode every time he’s on the floor. What is most exciting about his game is he showed an ability carry the scoring load. His stroke from behind the 3 point line forces the defense to play close and gets him to the rim at will.

Kadian Dawkins Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Dawkins is a pure point guard, he is a smart player with good leadership skills and plays like a coach’s son the way runs him team. Dawkins rarely puts himself in position to force a bad play. He’s also a great drive, draw and kick passer when he attacks the basket.

Ryan Conde Forward (Team NJ ABC)- Conde has good size and strength for his age. He also has a set of very good hands that helps his score in the lane. Ryan is also an outstanding rebounder.

Ezra Jones Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Jones has a great feel for the game and a good basketball IQ. He can also hit the three and score in transition.

Chris Arcidiacano Forward (TEAM FINAL)-Chris can shoot the money ball and can create his own shot. Arcidiacano is a small shooting guard that can get things done shooting the rock.

EL Khana Hidalgo Guard (TEAM FINAL)-Hidalgo is a thin pg that plays stronger than he appears. He excels in transition and possesses a scoring mentality.


Eric Strips the Ball
Eric Strips the ball
Sunday, May 15
TEAM FINAL 11U Runner up at the Middle Atlantic District Fianl 4 ( Click here for Highlights)

TEAM FINAL 11U came up short from winning the Mid Atlantic District Championship to NJ ABC. NJ ABC last years Mid Atlantic Champions came well prepare to play. There experience of being in the Final 4 help them to jump on TEAM FINAL early and get a lead that they would not relinquish.

TEAM FINAL struggle breaking the press but never quit and kept on playing until the end. TEAM FINAL accomplishment is something that should not be over looked. This was TEAM FINAL 11U 3rd Championship tournament in a row winning 2 and coming up Runner up in the Final 4.

Congratulations TEAM FINAL 11U Runner Up at the Middle Atlantic Distrisct Championship!



Thursday, May 12
Basketball Spotlight Profile
Baby Baller Profile: El Khana Hildago (Team Final)

Team Final has put together one of the top programs in the country. Their youngest group (11U) is led by a pesky guard named El Khana Hidalgo. Hildago always played up in age in the past and finally has a chance to play with his age group. Now it’s time to get to know El Khana.

El Khana Favorites

Favorite School Subject: History

Favorite College: Duke

Favorite Sneaker: Nike Hyperfuse

Favorite Rapper: Drake

Favorite Current NBA Player: Carmelo Anthony

Favorite All-time NBA Player: Michael Jordan

Favorite Website: Basketball Spotlight (I can’t stay off this site)

Favorite TV Show: Everybody Hates Chris

Biggest Influence: My Mom and Dad

Career Goal: To become a NBA player


Thursday, May 12
BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT Video profile
Video Profile: JP Sanders (Team Final)
Name: Jon Paul Sanders

AAU Team: Team Final

Position: Shooting Guard

Class: 2017


Breakdown:
Sanders is a smooth shooting guard with nice size and scoring ability. He demonstrated some serious skills during the AGame Super Shootout and the AC Showcase. His play earned him an invite to the Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase.




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16U champion and 12U champion Eric Esposito
Tuesday, May 10
Eric Esposito Wins The 3 point Championship! (Click here for Highlights)

After TEAM FINAL won the 11U May Madness Championship, Eric Esposito got a chance to represent TEAM FINAL in the 3 point Championship. Eric won the 12U 3 point Championship by hitting 11 out of 20 3 pointers. Eric also came in 2nd place from all the divisions 16 and under.

CONGRATULATIONS Eric For Winning the 3 Point Championship and  Representing TEAM FINAL! 



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11u May Madness Champions!
Tuesday, May 10
TEAM FINAL 11U WINS THE MAY MADNESS CHAMPIONSHIP! (click here for highlights)

TEAM FINAL goes undefeated to win the SJ Jazz MAY MADNESS Championship against NYC On Point Cyclones. The Cyclones where a very scrappy team from NY who won there pool. Both teams wanted to win the Championship and it was a battle right from the start. At the end of the first half TEAM FINAL had a 1 point lead but at the second half the TEAM FINAL players made some adjust and there defense took over and prove to much to handle for the Cyclone guards and turn the 1 point lead to a 20 point lead.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM FINAL 2011 MAY MADNESS CHAMPIONS!!!



Shoot-A-Thon
6th Grader JP and 5th Grader Eric
Monday, May 9
Team Final Shoot-A-Thon (click here for Highlights of the event)

TEAM FINAL had there Shoot-A-Thon friday May 6 to raise money for the team. There were 2 age groups in the Shoot-A-Thon 6th grade and a 5th grade Division. JP won the 6th grade division by shooting 80% from the line while Eric Esposito won the 5th grade division by shooting 72% from the line.

Congratulations JP and Eric for this years Shoot-A-Thon free throw champions!!!



Champions
Super Regionals Champions!
Wednesday, May 4
TEAM FINAL 12U Wins The Super Regionals Championship (Click here for highlights)

TEAM FINAL 12U Went to the Super Regionals in Lakewood NJ and ended up winning the Championship. TEAM FINAL played against South Shore Bull Dogs and LVBS in pool play. TEAM FINAL won by 20 points against South Shore Bull Dogs but suffer a tough lost by 3 points against LVBS Elite. The lost put TEAM FINAL as the 3rd seed in bracket play.

In pool play TEAM FINAL ended up playing Mid Jersey Heat who they beat by 40 points. 2nd game in bracket play was against East Coast Elite from Connecticut. ECE had some tough guards and it was a battle right from the start but TEAM FINAL'S Defense was on right from the jump and made it tough for the ECE guards. TEAM FINAL ended up with a 20 point win.

With the win TEAM FINAL advanced to the Championship and got themselves a rematch with LVBS Elite who they had lost in pool play. TEAM FINAL was well prepared for LVBS. They brought there Stifling defense and jump on LVBS right from the door. TEAM FINAL led through out the whole game and never let the game get into single digits.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM FINAL 12U for winning the SUPER REGIONALS!!!  



JP-Jason Thompson-El khana
JP-Jason Thompson-El Khana
Friday, April 29
Coaches vs Cancer Clinic
Larry Brown
Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown

Thursday April 28 at the Lenape High School some of the TEAM FINAL players got a chance to meet Larry Brown and Jason Thompson who showed up and hosted a clinic for the Coaches vs Cancer foundation. Larry Brown spoke to the audience and showed some basketball drills. Larry Brown spoke about the importance of working hard and striving to get an education. Jason Thompson of the Scramento Kings also spoke, sign autographs and took pictures with the players.



Mid Atlantic District Regional
Thursday, April 28
Team Final 11U advances (click here for Highlights)

TEM FINAL 11U played in the District Regionals at Bonsal School in Camden and advance to the Final 4. The Final 4 will be played at Boothwyn, PA.

LETS GO TEAM FINAL BRING HOME THAT SHIP!

2011 Final Four
May 14 - 15
Upper Chichester Township
Municipal Building
8400 Furey Road
Boothwyn , PA


Rennegades Champions
11U Renegades champions
Wednesday, April 20
Team Final 11U Renegades Spring Shootout Champions(Click Here For Highlights)

TEAM FINAL 11U are Champions of the Renegades Spring Shootout Tournament. Team Final 11U went undefeated winning 4 games in a row. The 11U squad beat Philly Freedom Stars,York Thunder, Lower Bucks Lighting and a 6th Grade team, Renegades. Team Final continues to show tremendous amount of improvement since the start of the season. It was a total team effort as every player had a big roll in the teams road to the Championship.

Congratulations TEAM FINAL11U

Champions of the Renegades Spring Shootout. 



Hoop Group TOC
Hoop Groups TOC
Monday, April 11
Team Final at the Hoop Group TOC( click here for Highlights)

TEAM FINAL 11U played at the Hoop Group TOC and finished 2 and 1. The 11U Team was short handed as they were missing 2 starters. TEAM FINAL fell short by 2 points from reaching the Championship. Good job 11U each tournament we see improvement in the team and all the players. Keep up the good work.



Saturday, April 9
5th Grade National Rankings

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Middle School Elite National 5th Grade Player Rankings 2011

2011 Middle School Elite 5th grade Top 25 National Rankings Class of 2018

We rank players based on a formula of accomplishments, talent, team success, ability to dominate and long range potential.

Rank-Name-Height-Position-State

Left - Marquise Walker

#1 Marquise Walker 5’2″, Point Guard, Chicago, IL

#2 Gavin Schoenwald 5’11″, Center, Nashville, TN

#3 Courtney Ramey 5’4″, Guard, St. Louis, MO

#4 Gavin Lewis 6’0″, Center, Huntsville, AL

#5 James Slater 5’5″, Forward, Fairfax, VA

#6 Kevin Easley 5’9″, Center, Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jamal Whittlesey 5’11″, Center, New Castle, DE

#8 Jordan Simmons 5’2″, Guard, Crete, IL

#9 Chauncey Sterling 5'6" Forward,Willingboro, NJ 

Rafael Jenkins

#10 Chase Adams 5’0″, Point Guard, Chicago, IL

#11 T Remington Minor 5’2″, Guard, Houston,TX

#12 Atiba Taylor 5’5″, Guard/Forward, New York, NY

#13 Rafael Jenkins 5’2″, Guard Charlotte, NC

#14 Jamal Bieniemy 5’4″, Forward, Houston, TX

#15 Daruis Garland 5’1″, Guard, Gary, IN

#16 Donnovan Toatley 5’1″, PG, Upper Malboro, MD

#17 Cameron Johnson 5’7″, Forward, Madisonville, TN

#18 Zion Young 5’4″, Guard/Forward, Chicago, IL

#19 DMarco Baucum 5’10″, Center, Washington, DC

#20 Rachael Ellis 5’5″, Forward, Las Vegas, NV

#21 El Khana Hidalgo 5'1", Guard, Pennsauken,NJ

#22 Julian Larrieu 5’4″, Guard, Atlanta, GA

#23 Kaleb Thorton 5’3″, Naperville, IL

 

 Lunden Taylor

#24 Lunden Taylor 5’3″, Guard, Country Club Hill, IL

#25 Kyler Kluge 5’2″, Guard, Eden Prairie, MN



Friday, April 8
MSE 6th grade top 10 6th graders

MSE National Basketball Camp Elite 6th Graders

Middle School Elite National Basketball Camp Elite 10 for the class of 2017

The MSE camp had its share of talented guards, forwards and big men for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th grade. Many players traveled from 50 states in America including Hawaii; The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

MSE 6th Graders (No particular order)

Dylan Henderson (NV) - He made a run for MVP honors. The 5’10″ athletic forward shared the ball and scored a high percentage of field goals. The mature player’s jumper was fluid and he knew it.

Marques Watson (NY) – This NYC guard was another impressive player who put on a show. He played a fancy but fundamental game. He had a deceptive handle and lighting speed first step.

James West (VA) – This kid is special. He never let the competition rattle him. He’s a good decision maker and has a natural feel for the game.

Alonzo Verge (IL) – He soaks information like a sponge. He wants to get better each time out and has a good upside. We look forward to following him throughout the years.

Tyler Bourne (NY) – He represented Brooklyn and the entire Coney Island. He did street moves like ‘Sham God’ to shake off defenders. He amazed the crowd.

Jamal Nixon (IL) – He’s 5’10″ and growing. The wing showed ability to put the ball on floor. He cleaned glass on defense and got easy put backs on offense.

Jaiye Jinwright (NJ) – The 5’6″ combo guard has the total package. He saw the floor well and looked to run a fast pace game. He slides his feet and doesn’t reach on defense.

JP

John Paul Saunders (NJ) – The combo guard has nice size on this level. He played tough man to man defense. We like his IQ and team style of play.

David Vasquez (OR) – He looked as if he’s been in the lab. He showed nice separation moves and his shot fell on both days of camp. He’s destined to make it.

Jordan Rowell (IL) – The 6’0″ athlete played on all cylinders. He was physical on all possessions. He was a present down low, blocking shots and rebounding the ball



Thursday, April 7
TEAM FINAL 12U at the AC Showcase (Click here for Highlights)
TEAM FINAL played at the AC Showcase and played some of the top teams in the Country. Team Final ended up going 1 and 2 with there 2 losses coming against Team Izod and CBC who both ended up playing for the Championship. Here are some highlights of them playing at the AC Showcase.

Wednesday, April 6
Top 10 5th Graders at the Middle School Elite Camp in NY

MSE National Basketball Camp Elite 5th Graders

Middle School Elite National Basketball Camp Elite 10 for the class of 2018

The MSE Camp had its share of talented Guards, Forwards, and Big men for the 4th,5th,6th,7th,8th, and 9th grade. Many players traveled from 50 states in America including Hawaii,The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

MSE 5th Graders

MSE 5th graders

T.Remigton Minor-It was Texas Chain Saw Massacre in NYC. Minor's speed and quickness allowed him to slash the paint. Anyone can tell you that he is the Truth. " I take this sport serious" he said without smiling. His focus on an off the court was most impressive.

 

Marquise Walker-This Youngster is highly advanced for his age and still has a lot to learn. Walker currently holds the MSE National rankings #1 spot. In show casing he pulled the rabbit out of the hat and used every trick in the book to keep his position.

MSE National Basketball Camp Elite 5th Graders

Rafael Jenkins-One of the toughest players and biggest talks of the camp was Jenkins from Charlotte, North Carolina. He's an extremely crafty ball handler who dealt with whatever the defense threw his way. He enjoys distributing the pill and looks for his own shot opportunities.

Jordan Simmons-The shooting point guard from Illinois, Chicago plays a in-and-out game. he either absorbs contact to finish strong in the red paint or puts defenders on thier heels and rises up for a mechanical jump shot. He reminds us of a Russell Westbook.

Kyler Klunge-His name is ringing bells across the country as a sharp shooter. He has a quick release and knack for swishing nets. He looks to immediatly square up to the rim and flick his wrist. Keep eyes on Klunge from Bloomfield, Maryland. 

EL Khana Hidalgo-The New Jersey native was one of the best players in his division at camp. He was aggresive and scrappy on defense. We must say Hidalgo has a good offensive game. He demonstrates a high basketball IQ last weekend.

Rychael Ellis-Las Vegas wide body guard. Ellis aka Macca didn't waist any time attacking the paint and nailing treys. He has an all around game with good upside. Ellis was a standout player that caught scouts attention. He's a name to remember.

Jalen Hosea-He came from Chi-Town to make a huge name for himself and we were watching. He handled the ball great especially under pressure and has a natural feel for the game. He surveyed the floor and made sweet dimes to open teammates

Lunden Taylor-The new "Windy City" face couldn't chew bubble gum and tie his shoes at the same time. Now young Taylor has a descent NBA range three that he launches if given a hair length space. He plays defense good and uses a triple threat stance before dribbling.

Atiba Taylor-He's capable of competing with the best of them. The NY 2 guard went straight to work and did what ever he wanted out on the court. He has nice size on this level and great potential.



Thursday, March 31
Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By AGame Apparel


Things got real interesting in Atlantic City for the 12U Division. We are looking at a tight race all the way to Summer Slam. Here’s a look at our Regional Top 10. Please remember that these rankings are just our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10

1. Team IZOD: Sports University took over our top spot by defeating CBC in the finals of the AC Showcase. Right now they have a chance to secure a top seed in Summer Slam with an impressive finish at the MDC.

2. CBC: CBC came close to being the #1 squad but fell short to Team IZOD in the finals. They still positioned themselves well for Summer Slam by collecting 4 more points. This war might go all the way to Neptune on July 31st.

3. DC Assault: A final four ride in AC moved this squad moved up to #3. They have 6 points and with a good MDC showing they will get a free trip to Summer Slam.

4. Juice All Stars: Give Juice 3 more points after making to the semifinals in AC. They look like a secure bet to make to Summer Slam but a good run at the MDC would guarantee their spot.

5. Maryland Panthers: MP ran into their rivals DC Assault in the quarterfinals of AC. They still managed to get 2 points and have accumulated 5 markers towards qualifying for Summer Slam. They would need a serious run at the MDC to get this done.

6. CT Elite: They had a wire to wire battle with Maryland Panthers and made it to the quarterfinals of the AC Showcase. They currently have 4 points but still have an outside chance of making Summer Slam.

7. Team Nelson: TN survived a tough pool before losing in the quarterfinals. They finally seem to be healthy and it showed in their play. They are slowly getting their swag back.

8. Playtime Panthers: The Green and Black won the AGame Super Shootout but didn’t take the trip down to Atlantic City. The NJ State tournament and possibly the MDC might be stops for this group.

9. Team Final: TF advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Team IZOD. They currently have 4 points in their quest to attend Summer Slam.

10. 6th Man Warriors: This squad showed a lot of grit at the AC Showcase. They had a tough pool but still managed to make their presence felt.


Monday, March 28
Basketball Spotlight Preview Lashawn Elliot

Under The Radar: Lashawn Elliot (Team Final)

Name: Lashawn Elliot

AAU Team: Team Final

Position: Forward

Class: 2017


Breakdown: Elliot is in his early stages of basketball but plays the game with a high motor. He stars in baseball and football but has taken a liking to the hardwood sport. At the AGame Super Shootout Elliot showed some promise rebounding and making other hustle plays for his squad. We will keep an eye on how he develops


Friday, March 25
Basketball Spotlight ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
The 12U Division has some great parity this season. I had the chance to personally witness some great basketball this past weekend in this age group. There were some great battles including DC Assault vs. Maryland Panthers, Team Nelson vs. 6th Warriors and the 12U Finals among others.

AC Showcase 12U All Tournament Team
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Aaron Clarke (Team IZOD)
Rooner Jospeh (Team IZOD)
Louis King (Team IZOD)
David Kachleries (Team IZOD)
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Chaylyn Martin (CBC)
Prentiss Hubb (DC Assault)
Marquise Watson (DC Assault)
Myles Lewis (DC Assault)
Andre Rafus (DC Assault)
Raine McKeithon (Maryland Panthers)
Andre Boykin (Maryland Panthers)
Donovan Toatley (Maryland Panthers)
Endel Sanchez (CT Elite)
Azar Swain (CT Elite)
Saeed Nelson (Team Final)
John Paul Sanders (Team Final)
Kyson Rawls (Team Nelson)
Iyaire Hinson (Team Nelson)

Cameron Norman (6th Man)


Thursday, March 24
Basketball Spotlight AC Showcase top performers

AC Showcase 12U Top Performers Part 2

Iyair Hinson-Purnell (Team Nelson)

The 12U Division was over flowing with talent. In our breakdown of top performers we will be giving you two parts. Here’s Part 2 of the top 6th Grade performers in Atlantic City.

12U Top Performers Part 2

Iyair Hinson-Purnell Forward (Team Nelson)- Hinson was a man amongst boys against 6th Man Warriors. He dominated on the boards and converted put backs galore. His 29 points propelled his crew into the quarterfinals. The athletic forward definitely brought his game.


Sa’eed Nelson Guard (Team Final)- Nelson posted good numbers playing in two different age groups. “Flash” finds a way to squeeze between defenders and avoid shot blockers all in the same motion. Nelson makes his presence felt no matter the competition level.


Chris Coalman Forward (Juice All Stars)- Coalman returned to the Juice All Stars and made an immediate impact. He patrolled the paint while averaging double figures in rebounds and points. He’s the last line of defense for the pressing Juice All Stars.

John Paul Sanders Guard (Team Final)- Sanders found his flow in AC. The wing guard averaged double digits while using his quickness to get around the defense. He’s beginning to catch the stride he had last year.


Endel Sanchez Guard (CT Elite)- The sharpshooter went down firing against Juice All Stars in the quarterfinals. Endel drained 5 treys including a few from very long distance. If you let him set his feet it’s usually money in the bank.

Azar Swain Guard (CT Elite)- The former Mr. Memorial Day also put up some serious numbers in the high scoring against Juice All Stars. The combo guard explodes past defenders and has top notch scoring prowess.

Kyson Rawks Guard (Team Nelson)- Rawls has returned well from his injury. He showed some flashes of being a top notch point guard but also was able to get a few buckets. Many have him tapped as the next great point guard coming from the Chester/Delaware area and they might be right.





AGAME
AGame Super Shootout
Thursday, March 24
TEAM FINAL 11U at the AGAME SUPER SHOOTOUT (click here for highlights)

 TEAM FINAL 11U played at the AGAME Tournament and made all the way unto the Semi Finals game where they went up against eventual champions We Run. We Run has a few Championship under there belt winning the Grand Finale, The MIT and now the AGAME SUPER SHOOTOUT. It was a battle and the game was close until about the 3 minute mark where WE RUN pulled away with the help of WE RUN big man Luther Muhammad who had some big rebounds and put backs. Go Job TEAM FINAL boys each tournament we continue to see improvement.



Team Final at the AGAME SUPER SHOOTOUT
Friday, March 18
TEAM FINAL 12U at the AGAME SUPER SHOOTOUT (Click here for Highlights)

TEAM FINAL played at the AGAME SUPER SHOOTOUT showcase and made all the way to bracketplay after winning there pool but came a bit short from advancing to the Championship after a tough loss against Philly Triple Threat. Check out some highlight of TEAM FINAL playing in the showcase. Unfortuantly there are no highlights of the Philly Triple Threat game as we had no one to record that game. 

 



Tuesday, March 8
Professional Photographer Tyrone Love (Click here for Video of Pictures)

Team Final 11U played at the AGame Super Shootout and made all the way to the Semi Finals. Team Final battle against some of the top teams in the 11u/5th grade division. While at the games Team Final 11U players were being taken pictures by professional  Photographer Tyrone Love. Tyrone Love also those the team pictures for the Philadelphia Eagles Check out the pictures taken by Mr Love 



Monday, February 28
TEAM FINAL in Maryland for the MIT (click here for Highlights of our boys)

Team Final 12U went to Maryland to compete against some of the top teams in the country. The 12U team ended up winning there pool against U-Turn Warriors from Virginia and Classics from Maryland and advanced to the Gold bracket to play the winners out of WPC Elite and Playtime Panthers. Team Final ended up Playing WPC Elite. At first Team Final fell into a big hole as WPC Elite went up big early in the first half. Team Final Fought back hard and got within 1 point with less than a miute left in the game but WPC Elite was able to hold the lead and ended up prevailing against our boys 34 to 31.

Check out Team Finals highlights of the MIT.



Wednesday, February 16
Team Final players in the Middle School Elite Website.

                     

Sa'eed, JP, El Khana and Ahrod will be representing TEAM FINAL at the Middle School Elite National Exposture Camp. Lets go TEAM FINAL!

Youngsters Invade MSE National Basketball Camp

Middle School Elite National Basketball Camp March 2011

Here’s a glimpse of some players attending the MSE camp.  Feast your eyes on 7th grader Sa’eed Nelson, 6th grader Jon Paul Sanders, 6th grader Ahrod Carter and 5th grader El Khana Hidalgo.



Monday, February 14
Team Final moves up in the Basketball Spotlight Top 10

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By AGame Apparel


The Basketball Spotlight Top 10 Presented by AGame Apparel is back. I know we have our Summer Slam point system but we still have to chart who we think are the Top 10 Teams of each age group. This is just our opinion and should be taken as such.

Basketball Spotlight 12U Top 10 Presented By AGame Apparel

1. NY Rising Stars: They were absent from the Clash For The Cup but just won the IS8 Championship. Things should get very interesting with this bunch the rest of the way. They trail Team IZOD are tied with Juice All Stars for Summer Slam points.

2. CBC: The Connecticut boys came down and made a trip to the finals before running into that Cali buzz saw. They gathered 4 quick points and now are back in the Summer Slam race. They will be looking to earn more than some casino chips in Atlantic City.

3. Team IZOD: The reigning Team Of The Year has yet to hold a banner. But their play hasn’t gone unnoticed since they are the Summer Slam point leader with 7 markers. Their arrival should me AC even more interesting.

4. Maryland Panthers: They missed the recent party at the Clash but are anxious to get to Atlantic City. They want to show they are still among the elite teams in the country.

5. DC Assault: A Final Four finish in their Spotlight debut has them in the Top
5. They loved the bump so much they jumped onto the 3rd leg in Atlantic City. Another run to the Final Four or more will have them deep in the Summer Slam race.

6. Juice All Stars: A blown van tire caused them team to fall in the quarterfinals. But being active is paying off as they are tied for second in Summer Slam points. I won’t be surprised if they make it to Burlington in August.

7. CT Elite: The effort was good but they fell to a couple of tough teams at the Clash. Now they are looking to Atlantic City for some revenge and to earn some points.

8. Team Final: This team showed a little moxie but needs to gain more experience in big games. Atlantic City will give them a chance to make things right.

9. Playtime Panthers: The Green and Black don’t back down to anyone. They had a tough draw facing Cali in the quarterfinals at the Clash. Hopefully the experience will help them throughout the season.

10. Team Nelson: TN was absent from the Clash and have been hit with the injury bug recently. But they should be ready for the spring events.


Wednesday, February 9
Basketball Spotlight all Tournament Team

 


Sa’eed Nelson Guard (Team Final)- Nelson was with his new crew and had to carry much of the scoring load. He averaged about 15 points a contest against very stiff competition. He didn’t make as deep in the tournament as in the past but him being able to handle the rock and make point guard decisions will help him in the long run.

12U All Tournament Team

Kody Riley (Cali Styles)
Davie Singleton (Cali Styles)
Mike Feinberg (Cali Styles)
Terrence McBride (Cali Styles)
Jaecee Martin (CBC)
Ismail Charles (CBC)
Raheem Solomon (CBC)
Prentiss Hubb (DC Assault)
Myles Lewis (DC Assault)
Darryl Morsell (DC Assault)
Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
Aaron Clarke (Team IZOD)
David Kachleries (Team IZOD)
Sa’eed Nelson (Team Final)
Keonte Lucas (CT Elite)