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Promising Prospect # 33

” He Has What They Don’t!!!”

Jalen Griffith

I said it two years ago to several of my ” Breakfast Club Members” when he was in 6th grade, ” shorty the truth!!! and if he was in 8th grade he would be one of the Top pgs right now, I don’t care he two grades younger”. Yep I saw a young kid who played with a poise and understanding of the game that just doesn’t come around often. Jalen Griffith is the best pure pg I’ve seen in Middle School in last 5 years. Yes there have been guards who played the point but they were more combo guards to me. Young Fella plays the game where he makes everyone around him better, he has the ball on a string, he has the best vision in the class, he can break any defender down off the dribble, he makes plays where all his teammates have to do is hit a layup because he has collapsed the defense and he has those crafty Kyrie Irving finishes, Yep ” Pg Supreme!!” I’ve witnessed young fella put the team on his back scoring in bunches like 20 in one half and I’ve witness young fella put the team on his back by leading and creating easy baskets for his teammates the ladder of which makes him different and special. Yep ” He Has What They Don’t!” Here is a kid that faces the pressure, never shies away, he is built for the moment and more times that not comes out on top. Yes some are go- getters when they are the favorites and stacked and some go getters because they want it and want the challenges of playing on that big stage. For my money, game on the line give me this kid here. ” He Has What They Don’t!!” I’ll Put My Stamp On, Barring Injury Mark It Down D 1!!” The only thing I see is a debate on, is what D1 level and the only question I have with that is the final height because he has pg skills that mirror  some High D 1 guards right now, Jalen was born to play the position, young fella has the talent too walk in ” ANY HIGH SCHOOL and be on the floor. Young Fella has that ” Special” in him, he has that confidence with the ball in his hands and he is able to see the play before it happens. In watching young fella over the past few years, the think that I’m impressed with is that despite all the attention he gets he still plays for his teammates and it’s all about the team, Yes young fella is truly emerging as a leader. Rated as a Top 3 prospect in the class and moving up by Jr Hoops Elite, we expect to see big things in high school from young fella and we are proud to  acknowledge Jalen Griffith as our Promising Prospect # 33 ” He Has What They Don’t” Look For Jalen The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 23rd where many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

Ricky Moore

1/16

Jan. Stock Risers

Jaheim Savage

2023- Jaheim Savage- Here is a kid who has a smooth game, he does a little of everything. He has the size to take smaller kids down low on the block and he has the perimeter skills to take bigger kids off the dribble. The one thing that you see in Jaheim ” aka Bobo” Savage is a kid with a skill set. This past weekend young fella and Kenneth Grant went at it, with some good old fashion in your face ” you can’t guard me’ back and forth score on each other basketball that had the crowd on their feet. make no mistake about it Jaheim Savage is a prospect whose stock is on the rise. Look for Jaheim to make his debut in the 2023 class rankings in next update. We also look forward to seeing young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 23rd  where many Of The Top Players in The Midwest will be in attendance.

Kenneth Grant

2023 Kenneth Grant- Uh Oh, people are in trouble, a year ago when you saw Kenneth you saw an over powering kid running around reckless on the court but had the ability to out strength kids and you thought “well he’s a football player”. “WoW What Difference A Year Makes” young fella has transformed so quickly and it’s scary because there is so much room for growth. ” Prospect Alert!!!   Power Guard On The Rise!! Where as many kids are hitting a peak, young fella is expanding his game. His Jump-shot looks pretty coming off his hands, he moves his feet well on defense, his athleticism is super high and he has the physicality to to step right into high school and be a big factor on the wing. Yep young fella is catching and will surpass a lot of his classmates. You can’t teach heart & passion(coach would say ” he a dog!!), now add to that he wants it and he’s in the gym ” People In Trouble” Look for young fella to make his debut in 2023  class ranking when they are updated  Feb 25th. Young Fella will be in attendance  The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 23rd. Young Fella is ready to show he can play with the Elite. 

Bryce Coleman

2023-Bryce Coleman- Somebody on a mission, somebody want respect, somebody been in the gym, somebody getting longer, somebody putting in work and somebody stock is super hot right now. Yes Indeed!!! there is a kid who uses everything for motivation and is in the lab getting better while others are resting on early success. Bryce came to the Battle Of The Titans” and showed he is capable of putting a team on his back. He was scoring, rebounding, assisting and looking like a kid who can make an impact at the next level because he has things that you just can’t teach and others don’t have.  That height, length and wing span and you add the fact that he has a second to none work ethic, ” that makes it scary”. I have personally watched this kid put in hard- work in the gym for years and it’s definitely starting to pay-off as he has caught and surpassed many of his classmates and thrust himself into one of the Hottest Stock Risers!!

Tylon Toliver

2023- Tylon Toliver- Fast, athletic, confident and a difference maker is what I saw when watching Tylon, the kid was relentless and made every extra effort play on the court. Playing the forward position, young fella was a mis-match in every way as he was too fast for everyone and he showed nice touch from the outside in the limited shots we saw him take from there, add to that he is an athlete that has the ability to lock up on the other end and you have a difference maker. Playing on one of the Better Teams in the State ” Illinois Blaze” Tylon will be used in a variety of ways, which speaks well for his development opportunities, while this was our first time catching young fella play make no mistake about it Tylon will be in our updated rankings being released Feb 25th. 

Cameron Christie

2023-Cameron Christie- Composure is what I see when I look at young fella, no rush, no panic, plays at his own pace. Yes here is a kid that I say ” Down The Line Prospect!!!” yes sirrr he checks all the boxes. While others are physically more gifted in strength, there aren’t many who are as skilled or have the basketball instincts. Young Fella comes down shifts a defender to the right and then pulls -up at the elbow” swish”, a double team comes as defenders are harassing Cameron uses a wrap around dribble and hits his teammate with a no look for a basket, a smaller guard is hand checking and bumping all the way up the court Cameron keeps the kid on his hip and pulls up under control for a jump-shot “swish” Yep!!! It’s like young fella has a calmness about him that even gives his teammates confidence. Here is a kid when I look at I say Prospect Prospect Prospect!!! his ceiling is high and right now Cameron is a prospect Whose Stock Is Rising!!!

Aleksander Ryan Alston

2025-Aleksander Ryan Alston- Here is a kid who is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be. As a 6th Grader young fella is one of the bigger kids in the class and he can be a factor on the block a he scores inside and rebounds in traffic rather well, yet he also is one of the better shooters in the class as he knocks the pt shot down with ease as if he is shooting a free-throw. This past weekend young fella was a monster knocking down long-range bombs from deep and then being a monster on the class defensive rebounding and offensive rebounding scoring on the smaller opponents in route to leading his team too Championship 40/39 victory and earning M.V.P. Yes young fella is a player but what impresses me even more is that young fella is a ” Great Kid!!” his personality is that of one who enjoys the game he is always out there having fun and feeling no pressure regardless of score, time or situation he is always enjoying the moment. We expect to be writing about young fella for years to come.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

1/18

This past weekend at the Battle Of Titans we saw some of the Top teams in the Midwest battle It Out, The Championship Game will be talked about for years to come as Collin Powell won the game trailing on a last second shot by Xavier Sulaiman swished through the net as time expired to give his team a 1 point victory, this comes on the heals of Jalen Griffith’s ( Most Out Standing Player Of Tournament) cross over dribble at top of the key, penetrating in the paint then slipping past another defender and spinning off another for an incredible score with seconds that sent the crowd erupting. The game and others were full of intensity and there were several outstanding performances thats has had my phone ringing off the hook all day. The All Tournament Team is Below& New Team Power Rankings.

1st Team 

Jalen Griffith (Ariel) -Most Oustanding Player Of Tournament

Reashon Harris( Collin Powell)- MVP of Championship Game

Cordy Johnson( Sumner)

Jevontae Taylor(Ariel)

Terrell Craig( Kipp)

2nd Team

Bryce Coleman( Roosevelt)

Darrion Baker( South Loop)

Kenneth Grant( Eggers)

Xavier Sulaiman(Collin Powell)

Kamarion Cobb( Prairie Hills)

Cameron Christie( Rolling Meadows)

3rd Team

Marquez Kelsor (Johnson)

Jaheim Savage( Fuller)

Zack DeLuca(Rolling Meadows)

Aminu Habib( Sullivan)

Damahrion Wyatt( Howe)

Darrion Towns ( Kipp)

4th Team

Ja’ Khorian Jones ( Eggers)

Lierre Collier ( Collin Powell)

Michael Ratcliff ( Ariel)

Jordan Woods(Eggers)

Bryce Tillery( Collin Powell)

Isaiah Giles ( Beasley)

 

 

Top 25 Middle School Power Rankings

Collin Powell Middle School

1. Collin Powell- The group came through in the biggest stage of the year thus far, staying unbeaten and dethroning the champ and previous number 1 team in a game people will be talking about 20 years from now. Xavier Sulaiman is the big man on campus as his 3 point shot as time expired, lead to a court storming and a 40/39 victory in an Instant Classic. 

2. Ariel- The group showed the heart of a Champion in answering the bell and performing in the lights again. The team which many had questions about coming into the season, has showed they are a powerhouse and will be for sometime to come. Jalen Griffith ” HAS THAT SPECIAL IN HIM!!!!”

3. Springfield-Grant- 16-1 right now with only loss coming to out of state team. Could be on a collision course with Collin Powell State Tournament.

4. Kipp(Chicago)- Showed its tough as they come, in the second round game against eventual Champ, they were down 2 in final portion of the game before losinging a hard fought game by 5, they are a definite threat to win City Championship.

5. Parker(Floosmore)- Lost again too Collin Powell yesterday in a rivalry game, 0-2 vs against the elite, but the talent is there.

6. Mokena Middle School- Don’t be surprised if this group makes it down state.

7. Sumner(Chicago)- The squad plays relentless, they put on a show at the City/ Suburban and undersized duo of Dreyveon & Jalen are a problem for teams with their intens

8. Eggers(Hammond)- The group has a 3 headed monster that can play with anyone, had Ariel down double figures in the second half before losing.

9. Bolingbrook Humphrey- The combo of Jeremy & Isaiah have the sqaud rolling as they got a nice win and stopped Hufford 15 game winning streak.

10. South Loop- The team is progressing as the season progresses, they play in spurts, they can look great or they can average at times.

10. Jane Adams( Bolingbrook) Will they be ready for State is the question..

11. Yorkville- They have some pieces and will be a tough out by the time state comes. Jerl Allen has quite an upside.

12. Prairie Hills  (Country Club Hills)- Played it’s best game of the year beating Beasley pretty handedly showing the potential is there is they believe, now let’s se if the can make a run at State.

13. Beasley- We will see in the City, if team can make a run at Championship.

14. Coolidge(Phoenix)- The group played well together and pulled off a coupe of upsets before running into a hot Ariel team.

15. Roosevelt( Bellwood)- The group is getting better and better with each game.

16. Urbana Middle School- The perennial powerhouse, who seems to have a seat in the states Elite 8 every year, winning thrilling games has the young star pg Kylan Boswell who is very capable of putting his team on his back, don’t slee13. Hufford- Joliet The squad 15 game winning streak came to an end, but Jeremy Fears is on a tear right now.

17. Troy( Joliet) – The group is starting to take shape and looks to be the favorite in sectional to get downstate.

18. Brooks(Oak Park)- Went 1 and 1 against rival Julian, losing a nail biter and winning by double figures. District Championship should be interesting.

19. Learn(Chicago)- The group is looking good and Ivan Haggard Jr has a torch and is one of the kids whose stock is skyrocketing right now.

20. Legacy( Chicago)- If coach ever has all his players, some teams will be in trouble as they look very impressive and definitely will be looking to knock some heads off at Battle Of The Titans.

21. Johnson(Chicago)- This team has a group of wings that are second to none Tyshun, Marquez & Davarus are very capable!!!!

22. McClure(Willow Springs) –This team is always solid and well coached, no different this year

23. Lindop(Broadview)- They have a 1-2 punch in Katrell Emory that will give teams problems, both are capable of going for 30 at any given time.

24. Howe(Chicago)- DaMahrion Wyatt is capable of putting a team on his back, on of the most electrifying players in the State.

25. Obama- I would not want to play them in State, if they are fully loaded, people are in for a dog fight, they have a few impressive wins.

 

All Inclusive Illinois,N.W. Indiana & Southern Wisconsin Top 125 Class 2025

This is the initial 2025 class list and this is the beginning stages. There are many kids who deserve to be on this list but I haven’t seen them thus far, there are also several prospects who could be a little higher on the list or a little lower but this is an early stage for the class. Jrhoopselite will be in constant contact this fall & Winter. The list is designed for promotion of our youth and designed to motivate kids, there are a lot of kids at this level that I have not seen yet and I will not include on the list until I have actually seen them play. I will be out at various tournaments and school games through out the  winter. Again I want kids to understand that you are preparing yourself for down the line, continue to work and get better,  Again if your name is not on the list it maybe an oversight or I have not have seen you play in person. Feel free to give me a call or text sometimes I omit a kids name while in the process of moving them up or down on list by mistake. Again I will say, use for motivation and keep working. Kids get better at different stages. If you are playing somewhere and want me to come check you out feel free to text or DM me. I’m out 6 of 7 days looking at kids all over. Again I do not put a kid on the list until I have seen them.

Thanks & God Bless

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

1/7/2019

Next Update   2/25

Ewell Clinton Jr.
Damian Porter Jr.
Noah Gorman
Tai Coleman

 

  1. Jeremiah Fears
  2. Ewell Clinton
  3. Damian Porter Jr.
  4. Elijah Griffith
  5. Christian Cummings
  6. Elijah Embry
  7. Kendall Richmond
  8. Aleksander Ryan Alston
  9. Damajay Richardson
  10. Tai Coleman
  11. Makai Kwame
  12. Keshaun Vaval
  13. Noah Gorman
  14. Yaris Irby
  15. Jaiquan Holeman
  16. Demareay Davis
  17. Emmanuel Moseley
  18. Dontae Bell
  19. EJ Breland
  20. Elijah Lovemore
  21. Tim Winkler
  22. Chris Thomas
  23. Marciano Johnson
  24. Jaydon Watts
  25. Khalil Jones
  26. Isaiah Pickens
  27. Amari Edwards
  28. Dominique Murphy
  29. Armon Augustus
  30. Marlo Moore
  31. Cal Mckay
  32. Levarus Grayer
  33. Joshua Smith
  34. Joshua Pettigrew
  35. Terrion Benson
  36. Davion Teague
  37. Caleb Burgins
  38. Kelvion Brown
  39. Kristian Flowers
  40. Machi Redic
  41. Donovan Starr
  42. Ramsey Mormon
  43. Lorenzo Shields
  44. Ian Miletic
  45. Taven Brunson
  46. Michael Zaleski
  47. Jaylin White
  48. Lashaun Stowers
  49. David Johnson
  50. Sammy Toomer
  51. Malichi Nelson
  52. Sabastian Mesa
  53. Milli’on Riley
  54. Tristian Saunders
  55. Jornell Carpententer
  56. Shawn Mason
  57. Jamal Carson
  58. Terry Ricks
  59. Carlos Lemond
  60. Marcus Bond
  61. Erick Hughes
  62. Kendall Wilson
  63. D’Monte Meeks
  64. Ryan Jackson
  65. Fernando Rodriguez
  66. Marcus Jackson II
  67. Cornell Peterson
  68. Marco Gonzales
  69. Willie Stephens
  70. Brian Sercy Jr.
  71. David Riverton
  72. Kelly Williams
  73. Keshaun Smith
  74. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  75. Kijohnna Brown
  76. James Watson
  77. Booby Watson
  78. Alex Marshall
  79. Morris Alexander
  80. Phillip Mark
  81. George Collins
  82. Austin Lathrop
  83. Frank May
  84. Shawn Wilson
  85. Tavares Spencer
  86. Daniel Jervier
  87. Kendell Webb
  88. Charles Howe
  89. Kenton Brown
  90. Dennis Small
  91. Torrence Small
  92. Ricky Peters
  93. Lamont Hinton
  94. Marcus Bell
  95. Thomas Swartz
  96. Phil Johnson
  97. Malik Wilson
  98. Parker Towns
  99. Alphonso Homes
  100. Keshaun Williams
  101. Michael Page
  102. Julius Penny
  103. Da Marcus Jordan
  104. Erick Millison
  105. Khalil Person
  106. Michael Thompson’
  107. Phillip Hall
  108. Marcus Bell
  109. Julius Smith
  110. Antwon Thomas
  111. Justin Goins
  112. Mitchell Ruckerlaurence Smith
  113. Michale Jagileski
  114. Isaac Curtis
  115. James Balston
  116. Colter Walters
  117. Craig Lentz
  118. Heberto Ramirez
  119. Bobby Morton
  120. Xavier Marshall
  121. Tony Shields
  122. Jason Polowski
  123. Ricky Young
  124. Franky Tillman
  125. Charles Thornton
  126. Chris Johnson

Players Who Will Be Moving Up Or Added To Updated Rankings               

2024 Twon Jones

2024 Caleb Greer

2024 Marco Watson

2023 Demar Jenkins

2025 Lorenzo Shields

2023 Antwon Johnson

2024 Terrence Roebuck

2025 Terry Ricks

2024 Deontae Miller

2023 Greyson Pullman

2024 Pierre Washington

All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Class Of 2024 Top 125

2024 Class Rankings There are many kids who deserve to be on this list but I haven’t seen them lately or haven’t seen them thus far, there are also several prospects who could be a little higher on the list or a little lower but this is an early stage for the class. Jrhoopselite will be in constant contact this Spring and Summer. The list is designed for promotion of our youth and designed to motivate kids, there are a lot of kids at this level that I have not seen yet and I will not include on the list until I have actually seen them play. I will be out at various tournaments through out the summer. Again I want kids to understand that you are preparing yourself for down the line, continue to work and get better,  Again if your name is not on the list it maybe an oversight or I have not have seen you in person. Feel Free to contact me.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

1/1

Nazir Beamon
Tayshawn Bridges
Willie Williams Jr.
Carlos Harris  Jr.
Antoine Glasper
Jehvion Starwood
  1. Tayshawn Bridges
  2. Nazir Beamon
  3. Sean Brown
  4. Matthew King
  5. Carlos Harris Jr
  6. Dehvion Johnson
  7. Nazir Duncan
  8. Quentin Demas
  9. Jarvis Mcneal
  10. Kevin Iverson
  11. Quavion Hoover
  12. Adrian Jones
  13. Mike Jones
  14. Nehemiah Folkes
  15. Antione Glasper
  16. Tyshun Moore
  17. Willie Williams Jr.
  18. Bryant Hendrick- Carter
  19. Jett Jones
  20. Gianni Cobb
  21. Lamonte Cross
  22. Christian Brockett
  23. Davione Doty
  24. R. J. McKinney
  25. Dorien Beatty
  26. Markeise Williams
  27. Oscar Johnson
  28. Jashon Liggett
  29. Mason Minor
  30. James Brown
  31. Demario Eddins Jr.
  32. Jalen Falcon
  33. Germaine Benson
  34. Dekwon Brown
  35. Askia Bullie
  36. Jehvion Starwood
  37. Carson Brownfield
  38. Damon Davis
  39. Grayson Young
  40. Kyrien Childs
  41. Drake Washington
  42. Mekhi Austin
  43. Antione Thomas Jr.
  44. Damion Bolden
  45. Landon Rivers
  46. Peter Chambers
  47. Brandon Watson
  48. Joshua Pickett
  49. Dewayne Brooks jr.
  50. Tre Dowdell
  51. Oscar Towne
  52. Elijah Harris
  53. James Carr
  54. Fred Garner
  55. Tristian Ford
  56. Dominick Hobbs
  57. Christian Pruit
  58. Doodie Samuels
  59. James Ty
  60. Rico Jackson
  61. James Wilson
  62. Emerson Davis
  63. Parker Sulaver
  64. Michael Robinson
  65. Justin Brown
  66. George Wolfpack
  67. Jaylen Carswell
  68. Levi Goad
  69. Garrett Smith
  70. Sam Gray
  71. Dennis Watson
  72. Darshaun Thomas
  73. Khalil Washington
  74. Demari Jordan
  75. Graham Lathan
  76. David Cundiff
  77. Justin White
  78. Greg Williams
  79. Angel Cintron
  80. Jackson Labkon
  81. Ulise Cardenas
  82. James Graham
  83. Khalil Parker
  84. Sincere Cooley
  85. Trevor Curington
  86. Jaydon Wright
  87. Dupree Cooper
  88. Justin Holmes
  89. TJ Lee
  90. Lee Marks Jr.
  91. Julius Johnson
  92. Keyonte Thompson
  93. Brandale Steward
  94. Phillip Young
  95. Richard Robinson
  96. Victor Green
  97. Johnnie Dumont
  98. Derrick Smith Jr.
  99. Herberto Fuentes
  100. Jeremiah Johnson
  101. Enoch Gibson
  102. Collin Cawley
  103. Jesus Rodriquez
  104. Talik Walls
  105. Millenci Fanucchi
  106. Harold Mooney Jr.
  107. Marcus Roberts
  108. Quincy Hudson
  109. Prentice Johnson
  110. Alex Gutarra
  111. Ben Jacobs
  112. Thomas Copperwood
  113.  James Flores
  114. Malcolm Hall
  115. Malachi Davis
  116. Deashawn Murray
  117. Khalil Williams
  118. Greg Trenton
  119. Phil Sobowloski
  120. Kenneth Walters
  121. Joshua Pierce
  122. Brad Fowler
  123. Marcus Grant
  124. Keshawn Davidson
  125. Yusef Downing
  126. Chasson Carter-Webb

Players Who Will Be Moving Up Or Added To Updated Rankings               

2024 Twon Jones

2023 Demar Jenkins

2025 Lorenzo Shields

2024 Terrence Roebuck

2025 Terry Ricks

 

Top 25 Middle School Power Rankings

 

1. Ariel- The team is still undefeated and will face it’s toughest challenges yet in the Battle Of The Titans Jan 12& 13th. Jovanta Taylor is starting to spread his wings, some people better watch-out he is focused.

2. Collin Powell- Came through and beat a team with talent( Parker) seeking revenge. Undefeated this year so far and could possibly meet Ariel in Battle Of The Titans Jan 13th

3. Springfield-Grant- 16-1 right now with only loss coming to out of state team. Could be on a collision course with Collin Powell State Tournament.

4. Beasley(Chicago)- Coach Giles is doing one of his best coaching jobs after winning the Fenwick tournament, can they be a sleeper at the Battle Of The Titans.

5. Parker(Floosmore)- Lost again too Collin Powell yesterday in a rivalry game, 0-2 vs against the elite, but the talent is there.

6. Jane Adams(Bolingbrook) The group looks good, Sectionals will be very interesting this year, will they get back downstate.

7. Sumner(Chicago)- The squad plays relentless, they put on a show at the City/ Suburban and undersized duo of Dreyveon & Jalen are a problem for teams with their intensity.

8. Kipp(Chicago) The team is showing more depth as the season progresses. A team that nobody wants to face at Battle Of The Titans I Promise!!!

9. Bolingbrook Humphrey- The combo of Jeremy & Isaiah have the sqaud rolling as they got a nice win and stopped Hufford 15 game winning streak.

10. South Loop- The team is progressing as the season progresses, they play in spurts, they can look great or they can average at times.

11. Yorkville- They have some pieces and will be a tough out by the time state comes. Jerl Allen has quite an upside.

12. Urbana Middle School- The perennial powerhouse, who seems to have a seat in the states Elite 8 every year, winning thrilling games has the young star pg Kylan Boswell who is very capable of putting his team on his back, don’t sleep.

13. Hufford- Joliet The squad 15 game winning streak came to an end, but Jeremy Fears is on a tear right now.

14. Mokena Middle School- Beat Jane Adams by double digits, was it a fluke I’ll be out to check soon.

15. Troy( Joliet) – The group is starting to take shape and looks to be the favorite in sectional to get downstate.

16. Brooks(Oak Park)- Went 1 and 1 against rival Julian, losing a nail biter and winning by double figures. District Championship should be interesting.

17. Learn(Chicago)- The group is looking good and Ivan Haggard Jr has a torch and is one of the kids whose stock is skyrocketing right now.

18. Legacy( Chicago)- If coach ever has all his players, some teams will be in trouble as they look very impressive and definitely will be looking to knock some heads off at Battle Of The Titans.

19. Roosevelt( Bellwood)- The group plays together and has a stud versatile Bryce Coleman who is steadily showing his skill set a shows a good upside, the group will be in the Battle Of The Titans to play against the best Jan 12th.

20. Johnson(Chicago)- This team has a group of wings that are second to none Tyshun, Marquez & Davarus are very capable!!!!

21. McClure(Willow Springs) –This team is always solid and well coached, no different this year

22. Lindop(Broadview)- They have a 1-2 punch in Katrell Emory that will give teams problems, both are capable of going for 30 at any given time.

23. Prairie Hills( Country Club Hills) The team has talent, will it come together at the right time? we shall see, tough first round game at Battle Of The Titans

24. Julian( Oak Park)- A big peace is missing right now due to injury, they are still a good team and now they will need to trust each other even more.

25. Howe(Chicago)- DaMahrion Wyatt is capable of putting a team on his back, on of the most electrifying players in the State.

25. Obama- I would not want to play them in State, if they are fully loaded, people are in for a dog fight, they have a few impressive wins.

 

 

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

12/20

 

 

Well the Basketball Season kicked off this past week and boy oh boy did it start off with a bang, many games came down to the wire, some new names emerging as hot prospects, some old top prospects solidifying they are still ” Them dudes’ some new teams who have surfaced as teams to watch and on and on. Jalen Griffith put on a show in front of 25 plus high school coaches and AAU coaches, I mean he showed off the range knocking down his first 3 long range bombs, he man handled defenses off the dribble as he was unguardable and he did his usual job of making everyone around him better he now has a back-court mate with him that’s ready to let the City know his stock is rising and he can play with anyone, Michael Ratcliff is a kid who stock is rising and a player who make a drastic climbing in our updated rankings as he can knock it down from deep, finish in traffic and his frame lets him guard multiple positions. This Guard DUO has Ariel ranked pretty high when our initial rankings come out as the team  ran through the Jr Hoops Elite Tip-Off.  People are definitely going to hearing about scorer Deluxe Cordy Johnson (CJ) as known to many  was a one man wrecking crew beating Beasley and then stunning Top 20 Julian 42-40. in which young fella had 36 of the 42 points. Young Fella has been giving everyone 30 for awhile and is another prospect who will be moving up in our updated rankings and people are starting to see what we been said about Jeremy Fears & Sam Lewis. Friday Night we witnessed Jeremy Fears play every position and basically have his hands in 85 percent of his teams(Hufford Middle School) scoring either doing it himself scoring 35 or dishing the assist. he then went on to lead his undermanned team to a championship over one of the states best teams in which we thought would have never been able to occur based on talent of team and size, yep we say it again young fella has an upside. There is a prospect at Julian( Oak Park) named Sam Lewis who we have been raving about for sometime now, yep people are sleep because he doesn’t play on heavy hitter AAU team well let me tell ya, if you on one of those teams be lucky he not because ” Your spot would be gone!!!” yes young fella showed flashes of skill but left a lot on the table, people will see soon. Rodney Murphy is an athletic wing, who definitely has been a player we noticed last year but didn’t know which class he was in because he was playing up. Well somebody will be dropping out of the updated rankings as young fella make his way in the update. Colin Powell made a statement this past week blowing out Top 20 Parker and will definitely  be pretty high in team rankings when they are released this week. South Loop showed that the future is bright as their 5/6 grade won the Tip -Off over Areil 5/6 in a tough game that went back and forth and had an atmosphere that was off the chain. Noah Mister 2026 was named MVP going for 17 and 5 assist in Championship Game. 

 

Star Of The Week 

Jeremiah Fears

Jeremiah Fears 2025- Playing as the only 6th grader in tournament, young fella was spectacular scoring 14 in his opening game hitting 4- 3 point shots from long range then followed that up by scoring 33 in the Semi’s and 27 points in the Championship over a States Top 10 team, who bolds a roster of talented players including Top 15 player in class of 2023 Jeremy Harrington. The thing is there have been plenty of kids who play up a year and contribute, but young fella plays up two years and shows no signs of fear or hesitation when he plays, talk about ” heart” he has that special want to in his game. Game winning shot or up twenty makes no difference he letting it go with the confidence that ” He belongs” and boy did he prove that this past weekend, in a playoff like atmosphere with the whole community looking on, rivals of the same city playing for bragging rights. It was the youngest player in the gym who shined the brightest as Hufford Middle School shocked the State beating Powerhouse Troy Middle School in the game of David vs Goliath. Lil Jeremiah Fears cemented his name and legend as he averaged 30 in the final 4 in a game that people will be talking about for the ages. Yep Jeremiah Fears our current number 3 player in the class looks to move up in the updated rankings when they are released stay tuned.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

 

 

 

Jr Hoops Elite Would like To Congratulate USA Invitees Who Are Former Standouts Who Were Noticed Here At An Early Age. Below Is what we said before anyone ever had them on the big stage.

 

 Patrick Baldwin Jr. The Current Number 1 Player In The Nation(ESPN)

Promising Prospect # 29

“Next Level”

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When I see a player like this he makes me shake my head and say “WOW!!!” I’ve been around many players, high level college and N.B.A. whom I’ve seen when they were in Middle School  and it’s hard to remember one being as polished at this stage as young Patrick Baldwin Jr. Here is a 6ft 5 plus wing that has incredible talent. He does so many things that college players are doing now. I’ve witnessed young fella play in the mid-post like a pro, reverse pivot step back off the glass bucket!!! MJ STYLE, curl the screen, catch and shoot from 24ft. swish!!! looking like Klay Thompson. bringing the ball up the court on smaller defender he gets to his spot and raises over the player like “he’s a chair in a drill !!! Shaun Livingston, All I can think is this kid is so far ahead of everybody in his class with his skill set and understanding of the game he’s Next Level!!! When you look at Patrick it’s easy for me  to imagine him putting up impressive stats in College at a high level in a few years. He is the one kid who has the size that equates to the position(sg/sf) he projects in College right now. While young fella has all the tools and skills, there are some who will mistake his skill set and poise and say he needs to get that “so called dog in him” too them I say “you are confused the kids usually being called the dog are more often than not the ones whose skill set is just that high motor, high energy, grit and grime”. It’s crazy how that is so misinterpreted. I tell people all the time ” you want the kid with the skill and game !!!” all that, he is a dog and plays hard-nose wears off quickly after middle school. Young Fella is “The Truth!!!” He has a sweet stroke and if there are 2 better shooters in his class I haven’t seen them, I’ve watched games where he knocked down 3 of 4 or 4 of 5 like they were free-throws and with his size and high release, it’s like the defenders were helpless. The thing that also impresses me about young fella is he is such a quality kid, he never comes off as the ” I’m a superstar kid” He is all about his teammates and he is always looking for ways to improve, spending countless hours in the gym. Add to that he is an honor roll student and does community service and you have one well rounded young man. Hey High School coach be ready to move somebody over, you have a 4 year starting wing coming in the door day 1 no need to play around he will be ready. Patrick Baldwin Jr. is JrhoopsElite #1 rated prospect in 2021 class, and we would like to acknowledge him as our Promising Prospect “Next Level”  The Top Prospect Showcase is Feb 25th and we look forward to watching many of the top players in the Midwest.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

 

Khalil Whitney – Another Kid who when we mentioned early in middle school people laughed and said he hasn’t played anywhere, Yep Well just as we suspected the young kid from the 60624, has evolved just like we thought A top 5 player in The Country( ESPN)and still has that same humble and hungry attitude. Congrats To one of the originals Jr Hoops Elite Prospects. We Love Ya Kid and Congratulations.

WHAT AN UPSIDE!!!

                                       Promising Prospect # 12

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Khalil Whitney

Sometimes you see a kid and say “boy oh boy If I had him”. Well there is one kid walking around the Chicago’s Westside and he keeps me making that statement. His name is Khalil Whitney he is the 6/4 wing whom just recently graduated from Gregory Elementary. I have known Khalil and seen him play for more than 3 years. I have witnessed his progression through hard work and effort. Young fella is also one of the highest character kids you will find at his age and takes nothing for granted. I’ve witnessed Khalil dominate games going coast to coast and dunking over his opponents showing things on the floor that make your jaw drop, I’ve witnessed him struggle in games trying to show his versatility, but what surprises me the most is that he is the same kid no matter how he played. He shows a maturity that is well beyond his years and he is very humble. Here is a kid who is progressively getting better by leaps and bounds, he is also a gym rat and wants to learn. His size and athleticism already equate to someone high major colleges will be all over in the next few years. Not many kids combine the size, strength, athletic ability, will to get better and the genetic pool that Khalil possesses. When someone says a kid has Upside this is what they are talking about. Imagine him in a few years with a few more inches” “That’s Scary”, if that happens watch-out. Young fella has steadily been climbing the rankings ever since they were released last winter. Khalil Whitney is currently Jrhoopselite # 4 prospect of 2019 and he has the Upside and Potential to be the best when it’s all said and done. We look forward to seeing Khalil at the faboulus freshmen showcase Aug. 15th and monitoring him through-out high school career as we are formulating player profiles this coming spring for college coaches. Khalil Whitney “boy oh boy” WHAT AN UPSIDE!!!!!! You are Promising Prospect # 12.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

1/24/16

Adam Miller ESPN Top 20 player In The Nation, Was first Noticed Here And Proclaimed Best Player In The State Here As a 7th entering 8th grader from a small town in Central Illinois. People said we were crazy. Well it doesn’t seem that way now. Congrats on The USA Camp Invite. One Of Jr Hoops Elites Personal Favorites As We Knew He Had That Something In him.

Promising Prospect # 21

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ADAM MILLER

“A STAR IS RISING”

There is a young player who is making quite a statement with his game over the past year and many need to get used to hearing how promising of a prospect young fella is. Adam Miller is showing that he clearly has established himself an elite prospect and seems to constantly be getting better and better A STAR IS RISING!!!!. This silky smooth guard has that “IT FACTOR” about him. He is the kid who takes the challenge of wanting to get better each and every time he steps on the court. A few months ago Adam came to the Top Prospect Showcase and put on a show, showing every imaginable skill and intangible. He was completely unstoppable and left JrhoopsElite prospect the class of 2020. Since then young fella has done nothing to dispel that, in fact he is creating more of a separation. A couple of weekends ago I witnessed young fella playing 15U with the Mac Irvin Fire at NY2LA and he played well, then this past weekend I watched young fella playing at the Toi Baylor tournament in Romeoville and not only did I watch young fella playing up in age play well, I saw him actually taking over for stretches in close games. His team down 1 in second half he nails a long three, then makes a steal and feeds the ultra- athletic combo guard Markeese Jacobs for a layup, on defense he grabs a long rebound, dribbles up court in which he splits defenders and riffles a no look cross court pass to big Spence Boeheim for a lay-in, then follows that up with a basket in traffic. Yep!!  just like that an 8 point lead and the game never got any closer. I’ve been around a lot of young players and there is just something about young Adam that says special!! He lives in Peoria, Illinois and many in the State were not aware of just how good he is. That’s probably a good thing, he didn’t get all the attention early and it seems to have kept him hungry and even more determined. Being from the Central part of the State there are many players who do not get as much attention as some of the Chicagoland Area. Having said that young fella is making a case for JrhoopsElite to get down that way more often. Adam has represented himself quite well in all fashions. Having sat down and talked with young fella a couple of times he one class young man, who is humble and appreciative of everything he seems to take  nothing for granted A STAR IS RISING!!!. I look forward to watching young Adam for years to come and would like to acknowledge him as a Promising Prospect.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

Andre Casey Jr. Congrats To Our Number 1 rated player this past graduating class, Here Is what we said about him as a 7th grader, A respectful young kid who we think the world of and root for.

” A Problem Causer “

Andre Casey Jr.

Somebody is walking around the Chicagoland Area, that is getting better and better by leaps and bounds. Drop Step BasketMid-Range Jump Shot Basket, On the break watch ya head a Power Dunk Basket, beat your man off the dribble Block Shot Against The Glass, uh oh young fella is  “A Problem Causer” here is a kid  whom people thought would be good in a few years just last year. Well everybody young fella  is ahead of the curve and becoming dominant right now. While I tell people the little guards are always better at an very early age, they have the ball in their hands, they dribble in the basement and hone ball handling skills early, they are quicker at understanding their bodies they look more fluent and polished. The bigs do not have all the early luxuries, but boy do they have all the potential and upside. Introducing Andre Casey Jr a player who has taken his game from a support player who can protect the rim into a feature player who shows all the skills of a future All- State and Division 1 player. I witnessed young fella a couple of weeks ago score 20 plus several games in a row, showing explosiveness to the rim and knocking down the perimeter shot, then this past weekend in the Championship Game at Chicago Jam-Fest I witnessed young fella score 27 being physical and finishing through contact at the rim and consistently knocking down contested jump-shots under pressure in leading his team to the victory and earning MVP. Young Fella is impressive and what makes things even scarier is that “AJ” upside and potential are starting to surface, he is not done growing and still getting use to his body, along with getting better his game and skills are getting smoother. Young Fella is now taking one step and dunking it like kids 4 years his superior, add the fact that young fella is  a great kid whom has always been respectable, polite and very coach-able and you now have the formula for something down the line that’s definitely “Problem Causer” While Jrhoopselite has Andre Casey Jr. as our #2 rated prospect in the class of 2022 he is one of several who has a chance to be special down the line and a kid whom I get 5-10 calls per week inquiring about. We would like to acknowledge Andre Casey Jr. As our Promising Prospect #31 ” A Problem Causer”

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

5/15/17

 

Aug. Stock Risers

” Them Dudes”

Ashton Williamson, Jamie Hodges, Tevonta Jackson

Those 3 kids- Definitely Stood out and showed they are among the elite in the class, all received votes for Top Prospect Showcase MVP. These players have a skill set and the talent that makes them prospects to keep a close eye on for sure and all will be in our updated Top 10 no doubt about it. Ashton is the lean combo guard that we first saw as back-up role player a couple of years ago and we said ” Coach He Is The One!!, What you Doing?” my oh my has he blossomed into an ultra elusive, slicing and dicing big guard who can see the floor, finish in traffic and make just about any offensive play needed at this level and would be one of the Top 5 kids in the class I would start my team with, Jamie is the hard to guard pg, who makes it look so easy at times and reminds us of a young ” Sherron Collins” one of  Ricky Moore’s favorite and former McDonalds All-American and National Champ and Tevonta Jackson is one of those ultra smooth big guard/wing forward that puts you in the mind of a young Tracy McGrady at this level, he does whatever he wants and makes it look sooooo easy at times. These Young Men Are Definitely Some Players and The Future Looks Bright!!!

Kylan Boswell

Kylan Boswell 2023- You tell me young fella wasn’t here to make a statement. I’ll say “YOU A LIE!!!” from the onset Kylan Boswell was at the Top Prospect Showcase to show he belonged in the conversation with the elite in the class and boy did he do that leaving as All Showcase First Team, young fella showed the ability to knock the jump-shot down from deep, (which we had known he could do as we were in attendance when he knocked down game winner in sectional championship earlier this year) create off the dribble and  get in the paint whenever he wanted and as he always does he showed the ability to change speeds and keep his defender off balance and score with crafty shots. What we did not know was that young fella has that edge about him, Yep he has the competitors spirit where he wants to win and compete at everything he is fearless. While some others were ducking on defense and not trying to get crossed over or scored on young fella was on his man and in his man every-time and if he got scored on ” so what!!! he excepted the challenge everytime!!!” Currently our 29th rated player in the class, that’s surely to go up in our updated rankings being released in 2 weeks. Do me a favor and when mentioning elite guards in the class ” Do Not Forget The Kid From Central Illinois!!!!!! “

 

Kamarion Cobb

Kamarion Cobb 2023- Yes sirrrrrr!! I see another one of those kids who make me say “I want Him!!!” KJ as known to many is a player who plays at a different speed than most, he is a highly active wing who can get where he wants virtually on any defender, young fella was scoring at will for his team in a couple of games I watched. While we can see that most would be using young fella as a force down low because of his superior athleticism, current size, will power and over all dominance in the paint area. We see young fella as promising power slashing big guard, who can give opposing defenses nightmares. Young Fella scored in bunches at the Top Prospect Showcase in route to earning All-Showcase First Team, but what makes us so excited is we see the potential of  what young fella can be. We will be keeping a close tab on KJ and young fella will be making his debut in the updated rankings rather high when they are released in 2 weeks as young fella is one of our Stock Risers.

Over the past two weekends JrHoopsElite has seen many prospects in tournaments and we hosted our Annual Twice A Year ” Top Prospect Showcase” and boy was it fun, we saw a lot of talent from the Young Player Showcase- Fabulous Fresh/ Super Sophs, We would like to Thank everyone involved.

“Game Recognize Game”

Lamont Hamilton 2026

Lamont Hamilton 2026- Yes Indeed!!!! make no mistake about it, we have one of those young prospects who we figure to be talking about for years to come. The attacking pg who is virtually unstoppable at getting where he wants on the court Lamont Hamilton AKA ” Doodie” is a problem for opposing teams, We watched young fella shred teams last weekend in route to leading his team to the Jr Hoops Elite Nationals as he was M.V.P. of the 10U division. Young Fella showed every skill imaginable, he knocked the outside shot down a few times, he was slicing and dicing his way to the basket and spoon feeding his teammates, he showing the ability to lead, his vision and awareness was off the charts for his age as he was making length of the floor passes that kids 3 years his superior have a hard time making or even seeing for that matter and ” Nooooooobody Could Stay In Front Of Him Of The Dribble” Beware Racine Wisconsin Got “One Of Them Dudes”. Our class 2026 rankings do not come out until next year and as we see it right now young fella is right up there with the elite in the Midwest in his class no doubt about it. Young Fella plays with a swagger and a very competitive edge we look forward too monitoring ” Doodie for years to come, we also look forward to seeing young fella at the Young Player Showcase Aug 11th. where many of the talented players in the Midwest will be in attendance, I know young fella licking his chops right now.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

7/11/2018

                                            Jr Hoops Elite 2018 Nationals Champions

Midwest United All Stars 14U

 

Team Manimals 13U

 

Illinois Ice 11U

 

Butler Elite 11U

 
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