4th-6th Grade

Adrian Burke, 6th Grade

Adrian showed a bit of everything during the showcase. In the skill segments, Adrian showed a tight handle and nice shooting form. These skills translated directly to game segments where Adrian was able to play under control, attack the basket, and create shots. To continue his growth, Adrian can work on maintaining court vision to make himself a better playmaker for his teammates.

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Ahmad Pressie, 6th Grade

Ahmad showed his solid skill set throughout the day. Ahmad’s smooth release on his jump shot was on full display in the shooting segment. Like many competitors in this group, Ahmad was challenged throughout the day but was never deterred. He competed and improved with each rep. To continue his development, Ahmad can continue to tighten his handle, which will give him more confidence to attack and hunt shots offensively.

Angelina Deleon, 6th Grade

Angelina let her play do the talking for her throughout the day, establishing herself as one of the group’s standout performers. Diligently working throughout the skill segments, you could see Angelina tightening her handle with each rep. As a shooter, Angelina excelled, demonstrating great footwork and a pure left-handed follow through. In game segments, Angelina combined her nice stroke with explosive drives to the basket. To take the next step in her game, Angelina can focus on impacting the game on the defensive end as an anticipatory on-ball and help defender.

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Ashley Martinez, 5th Grade

Ashley stood out in this group because of her competitiveness and skill level. In both skill and game segments, Ashley showed a smooth handle and good ball control. She was also probably the best player in the age group using both hands to handle and finish. To take the next step, Ashley can use a more consistent knee bend to improve her shooting, which will unlock even more of her game as a scorer and playmaker.

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Bodhi Robbins, 4th Grade

Bodhi was one of the most skilled athletes in his age group showing great ballhandling ability, good body control, and perfect form on his jump shots. To take the next step, Bodhi can be more aggressive offensively and commit to staying in a stance without using his hands defensively.

Daniel Boule, 5th Grade

While Daniel did not take a bunch of shots in game segments, his skill level was apparent. He handled the ball in traffic and found teammates in the right spots. Daniel’s shot form was good but showed some reluctance to let it fly in games. Defensively, Daniel’s speed, quickness, and overall athleticism make him disruptive on and off the ball. To take the next step in development, it would be interesting to see Daniel be more aggressive offensively. With his athleticism and skill, he should be able to get to the basket, create shots, finish, and get free throws.

Deuce Hamilton, 5th Grade

Deuce’s vision and passing ability to stood out. With his height and length, Deuce was also able to get to the basket and score, but his ability to find open teammates was even more impressive. With a nice handle and quick hands Deuce was able to get to loose balls and handle in traffic, while still playmaking for himself and others. To continue his growth, Deuce needs to be lower and stronger with the basketball to prevent smaller, physical players from disrupting him.

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Dior Johnson, 6th Grade

Dior was one of his group’s most vertically explosive athletes. Dior’s game is interesting—he’s an explosive lefty that will pull jump shots from deep. While Dior can improve on his shot footwork, Dior was still a threat from all over the court. If Dior can grow into his game and continue to find balance between attacking the rim and shooting from deep, he is going to be a matchup problem. On the other end, Dior’s quick hands and athleticism make him a good on-ball defender.

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Donovan Swain, 4th Grade

Offensively, Donovan has a special feel for the game and scoring the ball that is hard to describe and not often seen at his age. His stoke is pure, feet are good, and has a seemingly calm game despite constantly attacking. To take his game to the next level, Donovan has to use his feel for the game and great hands to be a consistently engaged defender.

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Drew Williams, 4th Grade

While maybe not as flashy or shot hungry as some of the other players in his age group, Drew showed a nice all-around game. He consistently competed on both ends using his physicality and IQ to get to the ball and to the right spots. Seemingly unphased by the speed of the game, Drew kept making good basketball decisions. To grow as a player, Drew can keep working to tighten his handle, which will give him more confidence to attack and create offensively.

Dylan Baxley, 4th Grade

Completely unphased by being one of the smallest players in the event, Dylan demonstrated his high motor and love for the game at both ends. Offensively, he used his size to his advantage by getting low to attack defenders, able to take contact with great leverage and balance to continue drives. To take the next step, Dylan will have to be more willing to attack going left, as he turned down scoring opportunities to get back to his favored right hand.

Eddy Prien, 6th Grade

As the tallest player in this age group, Eddy took full advantage of his height and length to dominate at both ends. More than just a tall body, Eddy showed remarkable patience in the paint and good footwork to convert a flurry of shots around the basket. Eddy also displayed great athleticism, high-pointing the basketball on rebounds and seemingly errant passes. All of this coupled with a nice release on his jump shots made Eddy a problem all day. While Eddy didn’t have to do much handling to create shots, he will need to continue to grow as a ballhandler as he gets older to round out his skill set and remain a standout player as other athletes catch up in size.

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Eli Marinoff, 4th Grade

Eli showed a great level of skill throughout the event. He demonstrated great form and consistency on his shots during both skill and game segments. To improve, Eli needs to maintain his court vision and use his off-hand to ward off defenders so he can keep his dribble and make strong passes when playing against fast, physical defenders.

Grant Edmonds, 6th Grade

Grant had an excellent day, performing at a high level in all segments. Grant improved over the course of the day as a ballhandler from skill segments to game segments. His combination of skill, scoring ability, and motor made him a standout contributor during game segments. For Grant to take a leap offensively, he has to stay low consistently in his shot preparation to create greater balance and consistency while also working on his body control on drives to the basket.

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Issac Young, 5th Grade

Issac’s quick feet and tenacity made him one of the best defenders in the group. During the skills segment, Issac competed each rep. To take the next step, Issac will need to continue to tighten his handle to improve his ball control while also working on his finger spread and wrist inflexion to get better rotation and more consistency on his jump shots.

 

Jacob Trenchfield, 5th Grade

Jacob was one of the most skilled ballhandlers in his age group. He used a slew of hesitations and great ball control to consistently freeze his defenders. With his quick release and quicker attacks to the basket, Jacob had no problem getting his shots off. Jacob also showed flashes of great vision to create shots for his teammates. To grow as a player, Jacob can focus on being more efficient with his moves (sometimes less is more) and selecting easier, higher percentage shots. If Jacob doesn’t bail defenders out, there aren’t too many players that can stop him.

James Pastere, 6th Grade

James’ presence on the glass was felt in all of his team’s game segments. With his athleticism and tenacity, James consistently hunted down rebounds. To take his game to the next level, James can continue to hone his skills to become a more complete and confident offensive player. To improve his jump shot, James can focus on his balance, shooting elbow-hip alignment, and the influence of his guide hand.

 

James Tillman, 6th Grade

Throughout the showcase, James’ high basketball IQ was undeniable. In game segments, he understood and controlled pace to create good shots. With great ability to handle the ball, James was able attack the basket with great explosion while also being able to find space to get off jump shots with a quick release. To take his game to another level, James can use his basketball IQ to control the game on the defensive end as well by helping on bad matchups, anticipating passes, and reading plays before they develop.

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John Robinson III, 5th Grade

As one of the group’s few lefties, John’s lefty attacks to the rim drew attention. His strength and speed make him a great defender and strong driver. To improve offensively, John has to find a calm, balanced aggression. At times, John was calm and passive offensively. When he decided to be aggressive, John could appear to be rushed, with his feet getting started before the rest of his body. With more game reps and increased feel for the game and defenders around him, John has all the tools to excel.

 

Jordan Attia, 6th Grade

Jordan’s combination of skill and shooting made him one of the most dominant players in his age group. Jordan was in attack mode throughout the day, driving to the basket to finish while also using his court vision to create shots for teammates. Jordan’s stroke and ability to make shots was also apparent. For Jordan to grow as a player, he has to commit himself to defending and rebounding. With his physical gifts, Jordan shouldn’t have a problem impacting both of those areas if he decides it’s a priority.

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Jordan Taylor, 6th Grade

Initially Jordan stood out because he literally stood over the competition in his age group. It became apparent almost immediately, though, that Jordan was more than a big body. Jordan showed an exceptional handle, nice stroke, and high basketball IQ throughout the event. Jordan was unstoppable attacking the rim with explosion and finishing with both hands as well as anyone. Already dominant offensively, Jordan has the opportunity to be just as dominant defensively as long as he stays locked in.

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Mason Alexander, 6th Grade

Mason competed hard all day, in both skill and game segments. While Mason has a solid stroke, he does seem to push the ball a little which can adversely affect his shot rotation and arc. By getting the proper wrist inflexion, with some space between his palm and the ball, Mason can become a better shooter.

Noah Baqai, 4th Grade

Heart, IQ, fundamentals, and skill over height! Noah excelled in his age group with a barrage of perfectly timed pivots, ball fakes, and passes that created shots for him and his teammates. Noah’s fundamentals and understanding of the game were outstanding. With his skill level, Noah has the ability to look for his own shot even more if he chooses and with his form and quick release that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

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Noah Bernstein, 4th Grade

Noah’s toughness stood out during all of his game segments. He consistently fought for rebounds and forced opponents into tough, heavily contested shots. Offensively, Noah was explosive to the rim, showing both power and agility. To take the next step in his game, Noah will need to continue to tighten his handle and hone his shooting form to get away from using two hands to influence the ball.

Parker Hamilton, 2nd Grade

As the youngest T12 competitor, Parker more than held his own. Despite his age and size, Parker was a great rebounder, showing a nose for the basketball. Parker’s skill level—handling the ball and getting shots off with a quick release was impressive. Parker has the opportunity to use these skills to become a better playmaker for his teammates. From a scoring perspective, if Parker gets in the habit of getting square and taking contact on finishes around the rim (rather than fading away) he will earn more baskets and trips to the free throw line. With his skillset and mindset, these improvements seem like they will come and Parker will be a player to watch going forward.

Robert Robbins, 6th Grade

With his height and length, Robert had no problem impacting both ends of the floor and even dominating some segments of the event. With a well-rounded skill set, Robert was able to drive, attack the basket, rebound, defend, and block shots.  To continue his growth as a player, Robert has to fine tune—tightening his handle by dribbling harder and becoming a more consistent shooter by working on his balance and guide hand influence. If Robert fine tunes the little things, he will continue to be a big problem for opponents.

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Ryan Baxley, 5th Grade

Ryan’s great motor was apparent throughout the event from the skill segments to games and at both ends of the floor. While shooting, Ryan showed nice form and good rhythm and balance stepping into every shot. Already highly skilled, Ryan can improve by using his off-hand (left) more. Nearly all of Ryan’s drives were to his right. If he goes left and can have a measure of the success that he has going to his right, Ryan will be a nightmare to guard.

 

Sam Powell, 6th Grade

Sam was one of the best athletes in his age group. With explosiveness, good body control, quick hands, and a sneaky wingspan Sam was able to impact the game at both ends. Sam was able to get to the rim and finish even with contact. Sam’s tenacity as a competitor was apparent throughout the day. To take the next step, Sam can continue to grow as a shooter—perfecting his form by minimizing the influence of his guide hand and staying on balance.

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Adrian Thompson, 8th Grade

Despite having a few shots rim out, Adrian demonstrated great shooting form throughout the event. In the skill segments, Adrian was challenged to handle the ball in ways he may not have normally. If he continues to tighten his handle, Adrian will be able to create more shots and options offensively.

Andrew Bolivar, 7th Grade

Andrew stood out in his age group and played the game with a flair that not many others did. Throughout the day he played with no fear of making mistakes, willing to tackle the most difficult rep, attack a bigger player, and thread a pass into a small window. To take his game to another level, Andrew can continue to hone his shooting form and quicken his release. Despite good athleticism, Andrew doesn’t really elevate on his shots, so the ability to create space and get shots off quickly will be key (especially as he gets older and the game gets faster).

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Angelo Clark, 8th Grade

One of Angelo’s strengths was his ability to change speed/pace with his dribble. This was something that was on display in the skill segments and translated directly to the game segments. To improve even more on his ballhandling, Angelo can focus on pounding the ball even harder to reduce the amount of time the ball is exposed to defenders on each dribble. From a shooting perspective, better shot preparation (being low and loaded) and an extended follow through will help Angelo become a more consistent shooter.

Arnold Squitieri, 8th Grade

Arnold was stretched beyond his comfort zone over the course of the event, especially when ballhandling during the skill segments. As the skill segments continued and the game segments began, Arnold seemed to grow more and more confident and show more of his game. In games, Arnold showed exemplary shooting form and follow through. His nice stroke opened up other avenues in his game allowing him to make plays for himself and others. By day’s end, Arnold had established himself as one of the group’s best. In games, Arnold has the opportunity to maintain better court vision by keeping his eyes up.

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Barry Birch, 7th Grade

Barry is a big bodied guard with a nice handle. While not one of the fastest guards, Barry uses his body and strength well to ward off defenders and play at his pace. Although his release point is a little low on his shot, Barry has consistent form to knockdown shots. With his blend of size and basketball IQ, Barry was great in all the game segments. For Barry to take the next step, he will need to continue to develop explosiveness as an athlete and maintain his vision to improve his playmaking ability for his teammates.

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Caesar Byrd Jr., 8th Grade

Caesar's lateral quickness allowed him to impact the game at both ends. In the skill segments, Caesar showcased a solid handle and nice finishes. As a shooter, Caesar can benefit from increased lift on his jump shot.

Cheasny Carjuste, 8th Grade

Cheasny was able to use his physical tools to impose his will on opponents during games. His competitive will helped him grow during the skill segments and impact winning during game segments. Cheasny can take a huge leap in his game by fine tuning his footwork in the post and on his perimeter catches to avoid travels and increase stability. As he gets older and potentially settles into a more traditional guard role, Cheasny will also need to tweak his shooting form and low release point to become a consistent shooter.

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Connor Karnes, 8th Grade

Despite being challenged by some quicker competitors in his group, Connor competed hard all day, even doing some extra reps during skill segments. With a solid skill set, Connor can benefit from growing as a coachable player. After receiving instruction and feedback, Connor still had a tendency to drift off task.

Corey Sampson, 8th Grade

Corey’s balance of attacking and sharing with teammates was impressive during the game segments, always knowing what was needed for his team. Throughout the day, Corey showed a great, effortless form with a quick release. Despite the opportunity to be lower in his shot prep and elevate higher during his shot, Corey’s smooth release allows him to get shots off against defenders of all ability levels. For Corey to take his next leap as a player, he will need to add strength to his wiry frame. Additional strength will immediately help him on the defensive end to thwart drives from stronger opponents.

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Daniel Augustine, 8th Grade

Daniel challenged himself with every rep in the skill segment and got better as the event went on. Daniel’s shooting stroke is solid. To make his shot even better, Daniel can focus on improving his arc, which will give him more margin for error and make his shot softer.

David Neal, 7th Grade

As one of the fastest players in the group, David has great ability to impact the game on both ends when he’s aggressive. Throughout the day, coaches raved about his coachability and willingness to use feedback as a tool for improvement. For David to take the next step in his growth he can fine tune his jump shot by going straight up and straight down (without fading away or drifting). Added leg strength would also help David be more explosive and stable around the rim which could help him convert more finishes in traffic while also making him a more effective defender.

Eduardo Rodriguez, 7th Grade

Eduardo caught attention of coaches and players with some flashy playmaking. The same flash did get him in trouble a couple times, though, in game segments. For Eduardo to take a jump in his game, he will need to have a healthier balance of flash and substance while shoring up his shot preparation—primarily bending to get low and loaded before the ball arrives.

EJ Deeb, 7th Grade

As one of the group’s smaller guards, EJ’s quickness was constantly on full display as he flew around the gym during game segments. EJ also worked hard to try to master every rep during the skills segment. For EJ’s game to take a leap, he is going to have to be more comfortable with attacking offensively. To get to that point EJ will have to hone his skills as well as the small guard tricks—using your off-hand to create space for finishes, getting into players’ bodies, getting under larger defenders, using quick release and off-foot finishes around the basket and in the midrange.

Elijah Petitdo, 8th Grade

Elijah had a solid all-around day. He clearly grew as a ballhandler over the course of the day. During the shooting segment, Elijah showed nice form. With more consistent balance (with both one-two step and hop footwork) Elijah will be an even more consistent shooter.

 

Issac Marshall, 7th Grade

With a nice combination of size and skill, the game seems to come easily to Issac at times. Issac was a force in the game segments and stood out as one of the most effective players in the group. With the seeming ease of his effectiveness, Coaches found Issac wasn’t always ready to accept instruction and wasn’t the most coachable player in the gym. As long as Issac receives coaching, his game will continue to blossom. To improve his jump shot, Issac can focus on getting lower in his shot preparation and not catch the ball standing straight up.

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Jaden Glaz, 7th Grade

Jaden was able to make an impact in game segments with athleticism and activity level. For Jaden to take his game to the next level, he can improve as a shooter. Being able to employ both one-two step and hop footwork during shot preparation will help Jaden’s balance and ability to get good shots off in different situations.

 

Javares Whitehead, 7th Grade

Javares excelled throughout the event. His athleticism helped him standout at both ends of the court in game segments and he was focused during the skill segments. To take the next leap in his progression, Javares can work on being low and ready to shoot when the ball arrives which will allow him to get shots off quicker. Maintaining court vision during penetration will also help Javares create shots for his teammates.

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Jayden Lang, 7th Grade

Jayden’s competitiveness was most apparent in the skill segment when he got to hone his handle.

Throughout the day, Jayden showed a solid stroke but can benefit from better shot preparation. If Jayden consistently catches with the ball at or above his shot pocket, with butt low, and uses an extended follow through, he will be able to get his shot off faster and more readily. As a smaller guard, the shot preparation needed to quicken his release will be extremely helpful.

Jehbari Preston, 8th Grade

Jehbari left a lasting impact on coaches with his constant activity, toughness, and will to win. When games were on the line, Jehbari wanted the ball and wanted to attack. To become a more polished offensive player, Jehbari needs to continue to develop his ballhandling ability, especially going left. Also, snatching the ball more quickly and consistently into his shot pocket will help make Jehbari a better shooter on the catch and off the dribble.

Jonathan Hines, 8th Grade

Jonathan has good size and a growing skill set that he worked hard to add to during the skill segments. Despite missing some shots that he is probably accustomed to making, Jonathan stuck with it and kept competing. Coaches were encouraged by Jonathan’s ability to accept and act on feedback and instruction. For the lefty to take his game to the next level, he has to continue to improve his finishing around the basket. Often times, finishing around the basket is dependent on keeping eyes on the rim/backboard regardless of traffic and contact.

Joseph Teich, 7th Grade

Despite having to leave slightly early, Joseph left his mark on the event. His relentless nature left an impact on coaches. His left-handed attacks were hard to stop, even in the face of larger defenders. Joseph’s energy on the defensive end was also great. As a smaller guard, Joseph should be aware of his shot release point (below his chin). Plenty of good shooters have low release points, but it places an even greater onus on the shooter to create space.

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Jovany Philistin, 8th Grade

Jovany challenged himself in the skill segments then made the game look easy in the game segments. Jovany’s comfort handling the ball and getting to his spots was apparent and he consistently rose up with very a very nice shooting form and follow through. To take the next step, Jovany can use his handle and pace to manipulate the game to create shots for his teammates.

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Karlton Madeus, 7th Grade

Karlton accepted the challenge throughout the day, pushing to get better in every drill. This was extremely evident during the skill segments as Karlton tried to perfect every rep. During the game segments, Karlton was a bit passive, which may suggest he just needs more confidence in his game. One of the best ways to gain that confidence is by improving as a shooter. To do that, Karlton will need to consistently catch on balance, low and loaded. From there, Karlton will need to use a two-handed follow through while minimizing the influence of his guide hand.

Keyon Jenkins, 7th Grade

Keyon is an outstanding athlete. With his unique combination of height, length, and athleticism, Keyon has all the tools to be a lockdown perimeter defender. Offensively, Keyon has the opportunity to modify his shooting stance to turn his elite athleticism into vertically explosive jump shots and drives to the basket. Currently, Keyon uses a wide shooting stance which prevents complete energy transfer from the floor up through his legs into his shot. If Keyon gets square and keeps his base under his shoulders, he will have greater energy transfer and achieve more lift on his jump shots.

Kyran Bowden, 8th Grade

Kyran was one of the best players in the group. His ability to keep the ball on a string, quickly pick the ball up into his shot pocket, and shoot off the dribble was impressive. He then finished those quick pull ups with nice form and shot mechanics. To take the next leap in his game, Kyran can also use his ballhandling ability to get to spots on the court (getting two feet in the paint) to create shots for his teammates.

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Matthew Deeb, 7th Grade

Matthew, one of the smallest players in his age group, was fearless throughout the day. He attacked every rep and hustled throughout the game segments. The quickest way for Matthew to take the next step in his game is to perfect his shooting form. Currently, Matthew’s guide hand has too much influence over the ball. If Matthew can correct his form and extend his range, defenders will have to cover him more closely, which will open up driving lanes to attack.

Omar Baqai, 7th Grade

Omar competed throughout the day. In game segments he did little things to make timely plays for his team. To make a leap in his progression, Omar would benefit from increased lateral quickness which would help him on the defensive end as well as creating shots offensively. Improved shot preparation (catching low and loaded) would help Omar get shots off more quickly and consistently while helping to eliminate the tendency to travel on the catch.

Ryan Churchill, 8th Grade

Even without being vertically explosive, Ryan showed the ability to finish around the basket with both hands. In both skill and game segments, Ryan seemed confident showing his ability and challenging himself. To improve his lefty shooting stroke, Ryan can get lower during his shot preparation to gain greater lift on his jump shots.

Ryan Powell, 7th Grade

With good size and athleticism, Ryan caught coaches’ attention as a vertically explosive finisher and defender. During skill segments Ryan worked diligently to tighten his handle. As a ballhandler, Ryan can also benefit from loosening up his hips so his moves become more fluid. From a shooting perspective, Ryan would benefit the most from better balance and shot preparation. If Ryan commits to catching the ball low and loaded then exploded straight up into his shot (without fading or drifting) he will become a more consistent shooter from all over the court.

Scottie Anosier, 8th Grade

Scottie was one of the standout players in his age group. His basketball IQ coupled with his length and skill level allowed him to play the game with an ease rivaled by few players. He played at his pace throughout the event and was able to impact the game on both ends of the court. Scottie’s stroke is pure, but he can be mindful of his minimal lift. If Scottie continues to tighten his handle and pound his dribbles harder, he will be able to get to any spot he wants to offensively, creating more shots for himself and others.

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Wilsmith Dieurestil, 8th Grade

Will’s day perfectly exemplified what T12 is about—very talented players being challenged, growing, and excelling. In skill segments, Will didn’t always appear confident, but he grinded through and got better with each rep. In game segments, Will’s quickness, athleticism, and good ballhandling were on full display, making him one of the best players in the group. To add to his offensive game, Will needs to be consistently shot ready (low and loaded) to have more catch and shoot opportunities.

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Zolan Bennett, 7th Grade

Undeterred by being one of the smaller players in his age group, Zolan’s competitive nature was on display throughout. Zolan has a nice shooting stroke that uses a minor dip. Countless good shooters utilize the dip to gain rhythm and energy, but as an undersized guard, Zolan can consider shooting without the dip to get more shots off comfortably against closeouts and other contests.

Zyiare Scott, 7th Grade

Zyiare was a joy to watch throughout the skill segments, always working to perfect the given move. Over the course of the event, Zyiare showed solid shooting form. For Zyiare to grow as a shooter (especially as he gets older and the game gets faster), he needs to quicken his release by employing better shot preparation—catching low and loaded ready to shoot. With a fairly low shot set and release point, it will be increasingly important for Zyiare to be able to use shot preparation to quicken his process and allow him to take open shots over closeouts.

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Andrew Kavanaugh, 10th Grade

Andrew’s aggressiveness shined throughout the day. He was getting after it during the skill segments and attacking offensively in the game segments. Offensively, Andrew is smooth with the ball, using effective changes of speed. As a shooter, Andrew has good arc, creating a soft shot. To improve even more as a shooter, Andrew needs to snap his wrist and consistently use a two-handed follow through with his guide hand raised to ensure accuracy.

Caleb Muller, 11th Grade

Caleb started the day by showing off his handle during the skill segment. During games, Caleb combined his ability to handle with nice changes of speed to keep defenders off balance. When off the ball, Caleb showed the ability to catch and shoot with great range. Caleb’s skillset is solid and to take the next step, Caleb has to continue to be aggressive and learn the best spots to attack from to always be able to find his most comfortable shot.

Chance Dixon, 11th Grade

Chance was one of the best athletes in the group and he was able to use that athleticism to constantly pressure defenses. Chance has a quick first step that he uses to get by defenders. If help defenders can react in time to arrive before Chance gets to the rim, Chance rises smoothly with great elevation on his jump shots and floaters. To be even more dangerous offensively, Chance can probe more on his penetrations to find open teammates cutting and spotting up. As a shooter, Chance has the opportunity to step into shots with a stronger base and solidify the positioning of his guide hand (guide hand turns out).

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Eduard Gelin, 10th Grade

Eduard showed himself as a strong, quick player that attacked the basket with the dribble and nicely timed cuts. To be an even more effective driver, Eduard needs to be mindful of changing speeds, loosening his hips, and creating more horizontal space during his dribble moves which will create more driving lanes. If he is able to add these things, Eduard will be better able to attack angles to sever the defender’s path. As a shooter, Eduard could fine tune his footwork to ensure better shot readiness.

Hansley Jeffrey Sainsmyr, 11th Grade

With a great wingspan and elite athleticism, it is no surprise that Hansley was one of the group’s best defenders. Hansley was also able to use his length and athleticism to repeatedly attack offensively. Often times, Hansley could overmatch defenders at the rim but there were occasions when Hansley lost the ball on contact. To shore this up, Hansley can focus on different ball gathers (to avoid stray hands) and taking off on two feet for added stability. As a shooter, Hansley can fine tune by catching shot ready (low and loaded), not allowing his guide hand to over-influence the ball, and snapping his wrist on the release.

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Isaac Marsen, 10th Grade

Isaac is a flat out hooper that competed all day in both skill and game segments. Isaac knows the strengths of his game and plays to them. Despite not being as fast as some of the dynamic athletes in the group, Issac was never sped up and his smooth game set the pace for his teams. Even while being one of the group’s best performers, there are some little things that Issac can do better to be even more effective. If Isaac gets lower as he dribbles, his attacks will be quicker and changes of speed will be more drastic, which will allow him to get to the rim even more. Once at the rim, Isaac can benefit from better body control and increased eye discipline on the basket to more consistently finish through the contact of bigger players. Already equipped with good shooting arc and follow through, Isaac has the opportunity to be more efficient getting the ball to his shot pocket, getting his legs/power underneath him with a less wide base, and then elevating straight up and down without fading away against good defenders.

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Jaquone Gatling, 11th Grade

At 6’6 Jaquone was one of the biggest T12 competitors and he put his size and strength to good use throughout the event. While not the most athletic, Jaquone used his superior strength and good body control to finish around the rim with dunks and power finishes. Jaquone also showed nice patience in the post (and mid-post) and solid footwork. Jaquone was definitely one of the best players in the gym. To take the next step and establish himself as a higher-level college recruit, Jaquone can work on his athleticism and jump shot by incorporating his leg strength for added consistency.

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Jared Jafy, 11th Grade

Jared excelled during the skill segments of the showcase, especially as a confident ballhandler. Coaches noticed Jared’s lack of wrist inflexion on his jump shot which led to some inconsistency with his jump shot and rotation. With more consistent wrist bend and follow through, Jared’s jump shooting can improve, helping to improve his overall offensive game.

Jeff Stanley Joseph, 10th Grade

Jeff has elite straight-line speed and quickness, allowing him to attack with explosive drives to the rim. Scarily enough, Jeff has even more room to improve his lateral quickness as he can be stiff at times. Jeff shows good arc and a nice high release on his jump shots. Offensively, if Jeff stays aggressive and moves effectively without the ball, he is a very tough cover.

Jordan Campbell, 10th Grade

Jordan uses great footwork (both one-two step and the hop) to uncork well-balanced jump shots with nice elevation. Jordan’s shot release point from nearly behind his head causes his jump shot to be flat at times. If Jordan works on getting under his shot to improve his arc, while maintaining his great footwork and balance, Jordan can grow leaps and bounds as a shooter. Offensively, Jordan is best when he attacks and doesn’t settle for quick jumpers.

Kennate Hendrix, 10th Grade

Kennate was a standout in testing and on-the-court activities. His quickness, strength, and body control made him a nightmare for defenders to keep him in front. Kennate’s poise throughout challenging segments and close games shined through to coaches. To take the next leap in his game Kennate needs to change speeds more often. Rather than simply using superior quickness, hesitations, downshifts, and upshifts will help Kennate keep defenders off balance and still create ample space. The ability to change speeds is something that is hard for guards with Kennate’s quickness, but can unlock so many more opportunities for Kennate and his teammates if done consistently and correctly. To develop more as a shooter, Kennate needs to be mindful of his shot preparation (catching low and loaded, ready to shoot) and being more efficient getting the ball into his shot pocket.

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Kevin Martin, 11th Grade

To start the day, Kevin went hard to tighten his handle. During game segments, Kevin used his handle and quickness to give defenders fits. Kevin stayed under control and didn’t have to overdribble. Whether on or off the ball, Kevin showed the ability to lift into a smooth jumper. To be an even more potent offensive player, Kevin can work on balance and shifting his weight with ball movement to sell moves to get past stingier defenders.

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Nickenson Demetrius, 10th Grade

Nickenson had a great day, constantly competing, attacking, and challenging himself to get better. As one of the most explosive athletes in the group, Nickenson used an excellent series of jab steps to keep defenders off balance before exploding past with his lethal first step. Nickenson then used his strength and explosiveness to finish at the rim. If Nickenson more consistently employs his off-hand to keep defenders at bay during drives and while running offense, he will become an even more effective offensive player. As a shooter, Nickenson can benefit from greater arc and elevation. Currently, Nickenson finishes his shot with his elbows below his eyebrows, which results in a flat push shot. With his explosiveness, attention to detail in warding off defenders, and improved shot arc, Nickenson can be even more of a problem for defenses.

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Paxton Kafka, 10th Grade

Paxton’s shooting stroke caught the attention of coaches. Paxton has a nice release that results in great rotation. While shooting, Paxton’s feet point to the left, creating good shooting-hip and elbow alignment with the hoop while releasing tension in his shoulders. To increase his shooting efficiency, Paxton must remain consistent as to not over-turn with his feet. In game segments, Paxton had opportunities to move more without the ball to hunt space and open shots on the catch. To grow as an offensive player, Paxton needs to continue to tighten his handle, especially with his off-hand to gain the confidence needed to be more aggressive attacking in game settings. 

Rodney Dalley, 10th Grade

Rodney uses his quickness and athleticism to elevate smoothly for shots over defenders. To improve as a shooter, Rodney can get under the ball, snap his release, and hold his follow through.  The skill segments were great for helping Rodney add to his offensive repertoire. If he can make some of those moves staples of his game, he will have more success attacking in one-on-one situations, getting to the basket and increasing his scoring.

Romario Pierre, 12th Grade

Romario excelled as a ballhandler in both skill and game segments. At 6’4 Romario is an interesting matchup if he consistently handles the ball at a high level. To improve his jump shot, Romario can try to improve his wrist bend, release snap, and follow through on his shots.

Sam Sherman, 11th Grade

Sam showed a nice all-around game throughout the showcase. During the skills segments, Sam was going hard trying to get better with every rep. During the game segments, Sam’s size, athleticism, and shooting ability helped him standout against his peers. If Sam consistently uses his size and athleticism to wreak havoc on both ends of the court, he will continue to excel individually and as a teammate.

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Shakyria McTear, 11th Grade

Shakyria was a T12 standout! As the only female athlete in the High School division, Shakyria excelled against the competition. Her pace, physicality, and competitiveness keyed major contributions in the live segments. Shakyria also showed a nice handle and great stick-to-itiveness during the skills segment and good timing on her jump shot.

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Sherman Royal, 11th Grade

Sherman’s skill and smarts stood out to coaches throughout the day. At 6’6’’, Sherman showed a nice handle for his size, with nice changes of speed, and smooth playmaking. Throughout games, whether on or off-the-ball, Sherman was able to do a bunch of little things correctly—pivoting to create space, stepping into on-time on-target passes, moving without the ball, and using his body to create advantages.  As a shooter, Sherman’s stroke is solid, but he can be mindful of how dipping the ball can slow his shot down. To take the next leap, Sherman will have to become an even better finisher around the basket in the face of contact. Finishing through contact has so much to do with feet and eyes. Using two-foot gathers as much as possible helps maximize strength and stability. Keeping eyes on the target before, during, and after contact helps put the ball where it needs to go.

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Steven Lawrence, 10th Grade

Steven showed some great athleticism throughout the day, both in game segments and testing. His athleticism was best showcased as he attacked downhill and used great body control around the rim. Steven complimented his athleticism and body control with a nice shot from the outside. Steven’s combination of shooting and attacking helped him earn his spot on the final TOP12 team.

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Trace Baxley, 10th Grade

Despite a couple of nicks, Trace kept coming back for more. His competitiveness was apparent. In the game segments, Trace consistently attacked the rim well looking to finish. To take his game to the next level, Trace can try to get more square on his jump shot to making his shooting more consistent.

Tristin Willis, 10th Grade

Tristin’s smooth stroke was on display throughout the day. In both skill and game segments, Tristin showcased his shooting ability as one of the strengths of his game. To take a leap offensively, Tristin can continue to work to strengthen his handle so he’s better able to get to the spots he wants to on the floor.

Tyheal Campbell, 12th Grade

Tyheal’s unique combination of speed and wingspan make him a very interesting player. At just under 6 feet tall, Tyheal’s 6’5’’ wingspan and quickness bother opposing offensive players at multiple positions. He also used his length and quickness to attack the basket and finish with great body control in the air. With his physical tools, Tyheal has the opportunity to be an absolute terror defensively guarding point and shooting guards.

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Vedan Cowan, 10th Grade

Vedan tested as one of the best athletes in the gym. His length and quickness allow him to impact the game as a finisher and defender. Vedan also has a smooth shooting stroke. To improve his shooting even more, Vedan can be mindful of his rotation on the ball. Often to improve shooting rotation, players can implement better finger spread and make sure there is some space between the ball and their palm as they are shooting.

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