Thursday, August 18, 2016

You Didn't Land on Kamari - Kamari Lands Just Landed on you!



The 2022 Middle School All-American Game roster simply get stronger and stronger by the day and frankly may be the best collection of talent on one floor in the history of Middle School Basketball.  Sources close to the game speaking on the condition of amenity stated that 6’4, 170lbs, Kamari Lands out of Indiana is slated to play in a game that is already loaded with Texas Bryce Griggs, Michigan’s Emoni Bates, North Carolina’s Jaden Bradley, and more!  

For those who have not seen Lands when the 20+ media outlets lay eyes on him at the Middle School All-American Game and Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp we may be talking house hold name as the kids is as good as advertised check out the his clutch gene knowing down a game winning three-pointer in the League Finals this past weekend.



Kamari is a big skilled scoring wing measuring in already at a legit 6’4; he is extremely versatile offensively and capable of scoring from all three levels on the floor. He can put the ball on the deck to both sides, has outstanding perimeter footwork, and is a virtually ambidextrous scorer inside of 6-8 feet where he put constant pressure on the paint. He has a solid shooting stroke when able to set his feet and fire with room and rhythm and is improving each time out shooting off the dribble.  We also love that he is more than happy to take a smaller defenders to the low post and punish them. His length gives him a definite weapon on the defensive end of the floor and he isn’t afraid to exert his will on his opponent.

The DC Metropolitan area is in for a true treat next weekend with the plethora of talent coming to the city; don’t be shocked if Kamari Lands is the last man standing after this weekend war!  For those that can't wait to see him we have secured highlights from last month.


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Byrce Griggs- Nothng Can Stop Him He's All the Way Up!



How does it feel to have a target on your back?  How does it feel to be the one that everyone else is measure against?  How does it feel to be expected to carry a team and put on show every single time you take the court?  How does it feel to have kids and adults alike fill the stands to capacity to see if the legend it true?  How does it feel to have every top player in the country converge on one city all intending to be the kid of this hill after its all over?

You want to know the answers to these questions; you will have to ask Texas product and Middle School All-American selection Bryce Griggs who continues to answer every question and pass every test.  Clearly and without question Griggs in one of the most talented players in the country – his game speaks for itself; but to understand the depth of what he does you have to understand in a sense what it is like to walk in his shoes.  Then you will understand how special he is; not just a talented youth but one that has a mental capacity that some pro’s don’t even have.

Those that have seen a young Zion Harmon; Griggs is very similar in style and demeanor – Bryce Griggs pound for pound is one of the best pure scorers in the country regardless of class. He is a walking talking "bucket-getter". His ability to score at all three levels is uncanny and as you watch his progression he continues to evolve, develop, and refine is current skill set. He can snag a rebound in traffic, lead the break, and find a way to score in some fashion. He has an evolving triple threat game as well and is potent off the dribble. His 1st step is fairly explosive and he can finish with either hand at the rim. In addition, he can toss in a floater, a pull-up jump shot in transition, or find a teammate throwing the pass even before the play fully develops. He can shoot off the catch, but he is at his best in space where he can make thing happen for himself or teammates.  Many may say that what he does will be difficult to achieve on the next level; his is a IQ where he may be more efficient playing with older and higher IQ player who know when and how to cut and how to utilize him – set him up and put him a position as he does and has done for those he suits up with. 

In what may be his biggest test Griggs will be arriving in the nation’s Capitol in a matter of days to compete against the top of food chain over a 3-day period against the like of Emoni Bates, Kamari Lands, Jaden Bradley, Skyy Clark just to name few.  He past every other test…at the conclusion of this weekend the country may not have any more questions.  

We can see that he is ready from his most recent mixtape which can be seen below.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spotlight Future Phenom Camp: Is Brooklyn in the House? Without a Doubt!




Brooklyn Vick has confirmed his attendance for the upcoming Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom camp and is coming prepared to leave his footprint on the national landscape.  With rapidly growing resume; this will be Vicks first opportunity to face top national competition in a setting and forum such as the Spotlight.

Vick, the nephew of former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick, hails from the NYC so big stages and bright lights are nothing to this shifty guard.  Currently residing in Virginia, Brooklyn will be headed up 95 with bad intentions for the competition in the class of 2025.  Who will challenge Vick while he looks to impose his will on every defender in front of him?  There are some contenders – but the beauty of it is that all will be proven on the court as it should be.  

What the competition will have to look out for is a dangerous scoring threat and very good shooter, both behind the three-point line as well as in the mid-range area. He's crafty off the bounce, does a nice job of holding his dribble and refusing to pick it up in tight areas and is willing passer with phenomenal court vision.  The performances of the players next week at the Spotlight Future Phenom Camp will go a long way to establishing the hierarchy in the 2025 – those that want to be in the conversation need to be in that gym; but see below that are going to Lions, Tigers, and Bears out there and of course a Vick.  

Check out his latest work from this past weekend this is what the comp has to look forward to.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bigtime Media Commitment Changes the Game for MSAG & Spotlight



The value of playing in and attending the Middle School All-American Game, Coach Francis Classic, and Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp has just exploded and gone through the roof with the announcement that world renown high school scout Clark Francis will be in attendance.

For those that are unfamiliar with Francis; Clark Francis has been the Editor and Publisher of the Hoop Scoop since 1983 and is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on high school basketball and recruiting in the United States. 

Francis has a degree in journalism and is a member of the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game Selection Committee, has written a monthly recruiting column for the Basketball Times for over 20 years.  In addition to that he has been published in numerous other publication including but not limited to USA Today, Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Sporting News, Syracuse Post Standard, and the Cats' Pause Pre-Season Yearbook.

Francis is one of the foremost authorities in basketball and his endorsement is a considered a birth right for the top high school player in the country – Francis provides his knowledge  and resources  is to numerous talk shows, newspapers, and magazines and provides a unique perspective based on his experience. 
Francis has been to every NCAA Final Four since 1973 and can be found at every major tournament and shoe circuit event and has consistently been on the cutting edge with his foresight and player.  Clark Francis has long been a proponent of getting an early start on analyzing top players at an early and is attendance at the upcoming events will be invaluable to the players in attendance.
 
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Middle School All-American Game Announces Coaches for 2016 Game



Chris Cole, Clinton Christian School
Chris Cole – Men Basketball Coach Clinton Christian School, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Coach Cole has been reinventing himself from a player to one of the best personal trainers and coaches in the game. Chris has worked with numerous NBA, College, and top tier high school players since 2011. From training camps to universities he has learned from basketball icons Mike Krzyzewski and Hubie brown to name a few. His experience for the game stretches beyond his years, but his life experiences have shaped his character.
Coach Cole's playing career was shortened due to illness, beginning a medical bout with cancerous polyps. Ever since then he has been dedicated to inspiring children and cultivating their love for the game while also aggressively advocating for cancer awareness. In three short years Coach Cole has been named Coach of the Year twice in the powerful and competitive Capital Beltway Association while also winning two championships and coaching the MD state player of the year in 2015.  Chris graduated from California State University  Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology.
Matt Lochte – Men’s Basketball Coach Dulaney High School, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Matt Lochte, Dulaney HS
Coach Matt Lochte is entering his 17th year of coaching high school basketball. Serving as head coach of Dulaney High School (Timonium, Md.) for the past twelve seasons, Lochte has amassed a record of 179-102 (64% win rate).

While at Dulaney under Lochte’s leadership, 30 plus players have gone on to play college basketball at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, Junior College, and NAIA levels. Division I players include Ramos Krywonis, Citadel;  Colin Stevens, Costal Carolina; Dan Ross, Radford; Matt Fiery, Bucknell; Will Darley, UMBC; and Isaiah Lamb, Marist.

Dulaney has also had multiple Maryland All-State and Baltimore Sun All-Met Selections / Honorable Mentions during Coach Lochte’s tenure, including Baltimore County Player of the Year Award Winners Colin Stevens (2001), Gavin Scanlan (2013), and Scott Harrellson (2015).

Lochte, a true student of the game, has coached at dozens of camps over the years, including running/directing his own camp, Future All-Stars Basketball Camp. He is currently involved with the Hoop Group camp organization among others. In addition, Lochte has attended and presented at many different coaching clinics and roundtables across the county including the Nike Championship Coaching Clinics and the Coach Morgan Wootten DC Clinic.

Lochte has coached in multiple All-Star Games and received a number of Coaching Awards. Lochte coached in the Maryland vs Pennsylvania All-Star Game 2014-2016 and the Baltimore City vs Baltimore County All-Star Game 2001, 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2016 the game was held at Dulaney High School and Lochte and his staff lead the County Squad to victory. Coach Lochte has won a variety of Coach of the Year awards from Baltimore County and Dulaney High School over his coaching career, but his most prestigious award came in 2011 when he was named Maryland State High School Basketball Coach of the Year by National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

When Lochte took the helm at Dulaney, the program was well-respected in Baltimore County, and is now known as one of the top public school programs in the state. The team is regularly ranked in the Top 15 by the Baltimore Sun and takes on some of the top programs in the DMV.  Lochte, a tactician of the game, is probably most known for high-powered offense and a full court-pressing defense.
 

Nick Jones, Spalding HS
Nick Jones – Men’s Basketball Coach Spalding High School, Severn, MD 21144
Nick Jones is preparing to enter his second year at the helm for the Spalding Cavaliers.  After serving as an assistant at his alma matter, St. John's College High  School (DC) for the past six years, Jones made the decision to build a program of his own.  While at St. John's, Jones was responsible for recruiting coordination, player development, and daily administrative tasks.  In his tenure as an assistant, he assisted in the development and recruitment of over 14 Division 1 athletes, including 8 in his final two years. 

Jones brings a tremendous work ethic and unrelenting energy to his coaching style.  A permanent fixture on the sidelines at the local AAU tournaments, it will not be long before the Cavaliers are fighting for a top spot again. Taking over a previously 4-26 team in the BCL and MIAA, Jones more than doubled the program's win total in his first season.  In addition to this, Justin Kane (Coast Guard Academy) was selected 2nd Team All Conference in the BCL.  Excitement is at an all-time high as the Spalding community continues to watch Jones as his program rises.

A native of Washington, DC, Jones finished his career at St. John's in 2003 and continued his playing career at Hamilton College (NY). While there, Jones was honored as the Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All Conference in first season.  For each of his remaining three years, he was a First-Team All Conference selection, finishing his career with over 1,300 points.  Coming from a basketball family, Jones has three brothers and sisters, all who played college basketball and his father, Collis Jones - also a St. John's alum - was an All-American performer at Notre Dame and an NBA first round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Chuck Driesell, Maret HS
Chuck Driesell – Men’s Basketball Coach Maret High School, Washington, DC 20008
Chuck Driesell’s career spans 30+ years of all ranks of Division I, Division III and high school basketball. A former ACC all-academic shooting guard and University of Maryland alumnus, Coach Driesell started his career at the Naval Academy Prep School where he amassed a 40-29 record from 1985-88.

He spent nine seasons as Associate Head Coach at James Madison University under his father, Charles ‘Lefty’ Driesell. He helped build and guide the JMU Dukes to unprecedented success. From 1989-94, JMU either won or tied for five consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships (the only team in the country to do so at the time). JMU captured the 1994 CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to eventual national finalist Florida, 64-62. JMU compiled a 159-111 record (85-45 CAA) and made four postseason appearances in nine seasons.

Driesell spent six seasons (1997-2003) as the Head Coach at Division III Marymount where he guided the Saints to an 88-72 mark. In 1999-2000, he led Marymount to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Driesell also served as Assistant Athletic Director at Marymount from 1999-2003.

Driesell left Marymount to become an Assistant at Georgetown University where he was the Recruiting Coordinator that included the class of Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green; two standout players for the Hoyas.

Driesell moved on to become the Head Coach at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA before Gary Williams, Head Coach at The University of Maryland needed someone that knew and understood recruiting in the DMV area. Driesell served for four seasons at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Basketball Coach where he went head-to-head in recruiting with schools from the ACC, SEC and Big East. His time at Maryland included a 24-9 record in 2009-10 and a share of the ACC regular season title with an 11-3 conference record. Maryland earned a berth in the NCAA tournament as a No. 4 seed and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Coach Driesell became the Head Coach at The Citadel in 2010. He spent five years coaching, recruiting and developing players and cadets in the Southern Conference of Division I basketball. Coach Driesell is currently the Head Coach at the prestigious Maret School in Washington, DC. His experience in coaching and developing talent at the college level will be an asset to any young player that plays under him.

What people are saying about coach Driesell:

“Coach Driesell and I came to the University of Maryland at the same time. Since that time, he has helped me reach my goals as a player. He is a hard worker and builds a long lasting relationship with each of his players.”
-Grevis Vasquez, Milwalkee Bucks


“I have known him for a long time and he is the type of coach that understands the player development with his attention to detail. Chuck’s work ethic in practice and during the game will make for improvement of his players on many levels.”
-CBS analyst Len Elmore-


"Junior" Burrough, Norfolk Collegiate HS
"Junior" Burrough – Men’s Basketball Coach Norfolk Collegiate High School, Norfolk, VA 23505

"Junior" Burrough is entering his first year as Head Coach of Norfolk Collegiate. A 6'8" power forward who attended national power Oak Hill for high school, Burrough play collegiately in the ACC at the University of Virginia where he is still a Top 5 - All Time leading scorer and a Top 3 All Time leading rebounder for the Cavaliers. 

After leaving the University of Virginia Burrough and was selected by the Bostin Celtics 33rd overall in the 1995 NBA Draft.

Burrough has tangible experience playing at the highest levels of basketball; a four-year starter at Virginia, he has not only competed but he has won while playing a prominent role - “Junior” in his senior year was the leading scorer on a squad that won the ACC co-championship. After his time with the Boston Celtics; Burrough had a long tenured career overseas before retiring in 2009. 

Burroughs has sharpened his teeth on the sidelines on the AAU side having coach multiple teams ranked nationally in the Top 5 in the country as well as spending time with one of the most highly regarded AAU programs in the country. 

“Junior” was also seen and heard doing basketball broadcast as an analyst for Comcast as well as other media outlets. He has touch, trained, and worked with several pro and college players maintaining his edge in the gym.

When asked, “why now, and what made this the right opportunity?” Burrough stated “I’ve had other opportunities over the last few years, this will give me an opportunity not to put Norfolk Collegiate back on the map, but to continue its legacy of success. I hope to do that.”

The Norfolk Collegiate Oaks last season won the Tidewater Conference tournament championship and earned a VISAA Division II state tournament berth.

ODU Head Coach Jeff Jones said about Burrough that he was “poised, ambitious and hungry for the job.” It was under Jones at UVA that Burrough averaged 18.1 points per game. Burrough said winning is important, but his goal is to produce well-rounded young men who will be productive citizens and successful after high school.

“I think winning will take care of itself if you take care of those other things first,” he said.

 
Burrough said he’s looking forward to competing in the tough Tidewater Conference closing with “I don’t want to make any crazy promises. That’s not how I work. But I plan on grinding.” Look for “Junior’ Burroughs to continue the winning tradition well into the future.

 

Ralph D. Flowers, Concord HS
Coach Ralph D. Flowers, Men Basketball Coach Concord High School, Wilmington, DE 19810

Coach Ralph Flowers is beginning his twelfth year as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Concord High School, in Wilmington Delaware. He is a graduuate of both LaSalle University (BS) where he played alongside former NBA lottery pick Lionel “L-Train” Simmons and Central Michigan University (MS). Coach Flowers has also served 28 years with the U.S. Army Reserves as an Engineer and Army Officer.


While at Concord High School Coach Flowers has led his Raiders to four Final Four State Tournament appearances and three conference Championships. Coach Flowers has also earned Conference Coach of the Year and Delaware State Coach of the Year awards while at Concord High School as his teams have won over 74% of their games in the last eleven years.

While at LaSalle University, Coach Flowers played under two Hall of Fame Coaches who taught him the game, Coach Bill “Speedy” Morris and Coach Fran Dunphy. Coach Flowers was also selected to play with the 1992 All Army Basketball while still on Active Duty.

Coach Flowers and his highly skilled Coaching staff run several basketball Camps each year at Concord High to assist the young and upcoming basketball players with skill development. Concord High School also runs a yearly Coaches vs Cancer event that raises thousands of dollars each year toward the fight against Cancer.

Coach Flowers moniker is that ‘Hard Work Always Pays Off’ follow his journey at www.raiderssports.com

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Elijah Fisher One Man One Goal: He's Coming for that #1 Spot



Ro Russell has been referred to as Toronto’s pipeline to the NBA; he has worked and trained some of the Canada’s most high level and elite players including NBA players Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph, Tristian Thompson, Dwight Powell, Nik Stauskas, and more.  

His assessment and development process cannot be denied and neither can his results.  For those in the know another of Ro Russell’s guys, Elijah Fisher, is already taking the nation by storm in the class of 2023 rather in most cases it’s been in the class of 2022 or 2021 as Fisher has consistently played up and made an impact.

The reality is that Elijah Fisher is not only a member of the 2023 class, approaching 6’1, but that he may be the its most complete, versatile, and following his fellow county man’s footsteps 2019 Rowan Barrett Jr., poised to challenge for the nations #1 spot in the country in 2023.

Elijah is being exclusively developed as a perimeter player and has a prototypical scoring guard frame (great length) and the skills to go along with it. He is deceptively explosive in transition and can put together a highlight reel of moves and counter moves – craftiness usually reserved for player many years his senior. He has a legitimate jump shot out to 22-feet and his release is smooth. He can elevate over his defender and get his shot off or explode off the dribble to get to the paint. Due to his length and quick hands, he has the chance to be a devastating defender both on and off the ball and he rebounds at a high clip both in and out of his area.

Ro Russell Grassroots Elite Director
Elijah has just as much upside of any wing-types you will see at the middle school level. He has all the intangibles scouts look for in a elite scoring guard. He needs to get stronger but that should come with age, maturity and weights at some juncture. Once he masters his mid-range skills, gets his handle razor sharp, and continues with the fundamentals he exhibits (getting on balance/triple threat position) he has the potential to be an upper-tier national level recruit not just now but on the high school level.

Elijah has committed to the Middle School All-American game and will attend the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp with one goal in mind; coming away with the nations #1 ranking and if his work this past year is any indication he has a very good chance of doing so.