The Season Is Here!! Pre – Season Top 20 Below!!

Yes, it’s that time of year and we will be back in full throttle mode with articles, features and information daily on site, we will be out to school games and leagues 6 of 7 days a week as the season is approaching. Yep For the extreme basketball fans and those wanting to know about the Middle School Scene In The Area Nothing Will Beat It. Get to know players like no other, and don’t forget the website is full of information look at archives, New & Notes, Promising Prospect sections in addition to homepage below for past feature articles. We are extremely excited for the season to start and if you have any questions, feel if you think there is a kid or team we should see, always feel free to contact us.


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                                  Best Of Midwest Schedule Released 10/21

Jr Hoops Elite Pre-Season Top 15 Middle School Team Rankings

1. Ariel Academy – This group has been playing together for quite awhile, they move the ball, route for each other and take pride in wearing the uniform. Coach Shelby understands pressure being in this hot-seat for a few years. This group has size to crash the boards and the relentless guard crew of Christian, RJ, Mason & Jashon are tough as they come at this level. Catch this group at “The Best Of The Midwest Nov 2/3. Will they leave with a title is the question, the field is loaded, but this school is known for running through loaded and tough tournaments the relish the Challenges and are the Defending Champs.

2. Eggers Middle School- The Group is loaded with talent, Matt, Davione & Keshawn are the big 3  the group will be at the City/Suburban – State vs State Dec. 8th vs Ariel. Last year the group held a big lead against Ariel before running out of gas a few new additions could prove to be the key!!! We shall see, Hmmm will they both be undefeated at the time of this Battle that is the question at hand.

3. Prairie Hills- Markham- The defending Class 4A Champs return with a new swagger and look to repeat as State Champs, The Low Post Power In Naz, The perimeter shooting of Gianni and the athleticism of Nehemiah lead the way for Coach Cobb. The schedule is beefed up this year and they will be at ” The Battle Of The Titans Jan 11-12th to see if the south suburbs can have back to back Championships(Collin Powell 3 as time expired last year instant Classic Game). A couple of early season test should prepare them for Jan-Feb.

4. CJA. – Yep every year there is a team who comes out of nowhere and starts smacking people upside the head, and people say where they been? well Coach Young has a group that is sure to give people fits this year, He has physical players down low who can match up with anyone in the state in Devon & Malachi Diming and his backcourt is capable of scoring in transition or knocking it down from deep, Keep a close eye on Reggie Ray he can heat up fast. This is a team you better beat them early because by seasons end they may have figured it out. ” They Belong With The Big Dogs!!!” I’m very interested to see how this group performs at “The Best Of The Midwest!!” Nov 2/3. Will the lights be too bright for the school no one knows about?

5. Kipp- Known for its toughness the year starts off no different, a few new faces but the grit and grime is still there. Will transfer Germaine Benson be ready to lead early in the season? Will Marquise step into that scoring role he showed flashes of as a 7th grader last year and will this group play together as a team with new faces is the question. The talent is there and we will see how things shake out very soon at the ” Best Of The Midwest” Nov 2/3.

6. Julian Oak Park- The team is always talented and well coached, in a year where the talent is close all around the board, its always good to have good guard play. Well Coach Gates has a great start as he has a back-court in Antione Glasper- Max Johnson who can match-up with anyone they are capable of combining for 4 plus on any given night, now the key will be if they can get someone to clean up the glass, if they do look out they will be dangerous.

7. Kankakee Middle School- The runner up for class 4A last year returns everyone from last years team and are eager to get started, the team has beefed up schedule this year in preparation. An early season test vs Prairie Hills starts the year and the group will tests its self later in the season  with a return to Battle Of The Titans this season Jan 11th& 12th where the best teams in Midwest will be in the building. Quavion, Jaydon & Larenz are good and capable, watch out for Kankakee this year.

8. Skinner West- This group is another who many people are sleep on, the group looks to prove it belongs in the conversation with the elite. Coach Randy has a lot too smile about over there with one of the classes most versatile forwards in Christopher Riddle who is capable of putting a team on his back and carrying the load (one of the most slept on prospects in the state) it should be interesting and the Best Of The Midwest will be a good test, is Skinner Back?

9. South Loop – A little of everything over there, as a mix of youth and experience, you have Elijah Simon one of the best bigs in the city, Tristian one of the more explosive athletes in the class, and then you have the youth. Demarjay, Alex and Noah. The 3 youngsters gained valuable experience last year and are thrust into more prominent roles this year, Questions arise, Will Elijah be the most dominant player in City? Will Tristian evolve as a go too scorer? Will the youth be able to handle the pressure? Well Coach Mister plays a loaded schedule and will be in attendance at the ” Best Of Midwest Nov 2/3 & The Battle Of The Titans Jan 11th & 12th. Young Or Not They Are Always Battle Tested.

10. Learn 8- The team ended the season last year winning 12 of its last 13 and returns 4 of 5 Starters and boast one of the best players in the City Carlos Harris Jr. so when you have a talent like that on your team you feel a little more comfortable. Coach Briggs teams seem to get better as the year progresses, but he is eager this year like none other I’ve seen. So it will be interesting to see them at The Best Of The Midwest as the field is so loaded and anyone is capable of walking away with the Championship.

11. Oak Park Brooks- The group has been playing together for awhile, they have chemistry, they have talent. Should be a very interesting year and the Battle for The District Championship will be a good one this year.

12. Yorkville- A group that lost only 2 games last year, they move the ball well and they seem to get better and better as the season grows, won a few nail bitters last year and have that continuity, look for this group to make another run at State. Jason Jakstys can score in bunches and Dayvion Johnson who can score in traffic and is one of the best lock-down defenders in the state are the catalyst.

13. Legacy- Yes Indeed Coach Brown is excited as his core seems to have figured it out and the team is more committed. Coach feels good as Damion Bolden who has been starting at the point since 6th grade is taking on the leadership role. Playing with a swagger and chip on his shoulder Damion is ready to show his name should be mentioned with elite in the class. Is He The Most Underappreciated in the class? Best Of The Midwest Nov 2/3 a lot of questions will be answered.

14. John F Kennedy(Plainfield)- Here is a team that few if not from their area know about, well Let me keep you informed the team has talent over there and are capable of playing with anyone, they kick off the season next week and Jr Hoops Elite will be in the building first hand to get that look at the back-court of Drake & Jett. 

15. Coolridge(Phoenix)- Another group that plays hard and team who ducks no one, aiming for a State Championship this year the team has beefed up its non conference Schedule and will back in attendance at “The Battle Of The Titans Jan 11th-12th. This group is returning everyone from a team who was ohhhh so close last year. Have They Learned From Its Experiences?

16. Century 21- This is a group that maybe a little too low on the list, as they have a core group whose been playing together foe awhile, well it’s early and they will definitely get a chance to prove themselves early as Coach Turner is looking for that action and will be participating in the Best Of The Midwest Nov 2/3. The group was scheduled last year, but last minute had too pull out. Are they ready for this type of Tournament? Will they Sneak Up on a Tean? The action is heavy and teams are pretty good we shall see.

17. Carnegie- The group had a down year last year after being one of the toughest outs the 2 years previous, well it seems they are back and Sean Brown one of the toughest players in the state and possibly the hardest player to stop one on one in the city is ready to put the team on his back. The group will be tested right away in the Best Of The Midwest. I know one thing when you have Sean on your team you always feel you have the best player on the floor.

18. N.T.A. The Oh So knowledgeable Coach Angela Foster always has a trick up her sleeve, one of the best coaches around you can be assured her team will come to fight every night, and when you add one of the toughest players in the city pound for pound Jarvis McNeal be on the look out. Best Of The Midwest will be the opening of their season and you better believe they will be ready.

19. Beasley- Well there will be plenty of new faces on this team, but the tradition of the name alone will scare certain opponents, one thing I’ve learned is that there is always talent in the building, we will see very soon if one of the youngsters from last years bench is ready to step up. This Year they won’t have any pressure at the Best Of The Midwest.

20. Bolingbrook Brooks- The Group showed Flashes Last Year, Will have several interesting test throughout the year in preparation for state tournament.

20. Mckinley- South Holland- Don’t sleep on this group as they made a run at State last year, lost some close ones and are poised to make a run, Samuel Townsend is a tenacious as they come and capable of erupting for 25 and locking down the opponents best player.

On The Verge..

Urbana- The Talent is there, last season was a little rough can they figure it out this year, a dangerous team capable of going on a run.

Humphrey- Bolingbrook They bring back a core group, now the rest is up too them have they figured it out.

Melody- They are a little young this year, but the traditional powerhouse will make some noise this year and should enter next year top 10, can they surprise people this year?

Wentworth- Don’t be surprised if they pull off a couple of upsets this year, that back-court is tough.

Lincoln- This team will shock a lot of people, I will not be shocked too see them in Top 20 before season is out, Antwon, Terrence & Deonte are a formidable trio and cause havoc on opponents.


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Promising Prospect #35


Destiny Jackson 2025

Destiny Jackson -2025- Wait, Wait, Wait!!! Prospect Alert!!!! Split the defenders, stop on a dime at the elbow, pull up jump-shot money!!!!, Wrap around dribble on  defender cross-court one handed bounce pass in traffic for an assist Dime!!, Jab step, over the top swing one dribble to the right Swish!!. Right Corner Pump Fake, Slide to the Right 3pt Jumpshot Money!!!! Dang!!!!! There are certain kids where you say, Yep they can play, they will be good, then there are certain kids that make you say Uwww!!! She Has Game!!! Yep Destiny Jackson is definitely one of those kids that make me ” SHE HAS GAME!!, here is a kid that has the tools I don’t see in high school kids. Young Lady has range well beyond the 3, she has a yo-yo with the dribble and the poise and understanding  that you rarely see in a player her age. When you see a 7th grader know when to get her own shots, when to get her teammates involved and always plays in the flow of the game that speaks volumes. What Destiny also does that you rarely see in a player her age is she never lets the defense speed her up, she never let them dictate what she wanted to do. Under defensive pressure, tight game, trash talking and physical play, the defender did not bother her at all, she was poised and never rushed into anything or never got rattled. Yep The West-Side Of Chicago Has A Special One Brewing!! I rarely make a statement about kids this early. I did it in the case of Timia Ware( WY Current Girls Player) when she was young look at article in Promising Prospects Section an I’m going to go on record with Destiny, This kid here is a Division 1 Prospect barring injury. We look forward too seeing Destiny compete in our in Inaugural Ricky Moore Top Prospect Showcase For Girls In Feb. Where Many Talented Girls From Midwest Will Be In Attendance and we would like to acknowledge Destiny as our Promising Prospect # 35 ” She Has Game!!!

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Danielle Brooks 2026

Danielle Brooks 2026- ” Yes Indeed, Yes Indeed!!! Star Alert” Young Lady here has “That Special” in her, here is a kid who can do just about any move imaginable with the ball, she has it on a string, can shoot it off the catch or the dribble and she breaks her defenders down at will keeping them off balance with handles girls 3 or 4 years her superior cant do. When you say advanced for her age that’s a big understatement. I have yet to see a kid at this early stage in their career be able to go left, right, shoot with consistency going both ways, handle in traffic and hold her own against the elite middle school area players in 5th grade. The sky is the limit for young Danielle  Chicago get ready for a treat the next few years. We look forward too watching Danielle this up and coming season and we look forward too seeing Danielle compete in the Top Prospect Showcase In Feb. Where we will have many of the elite in the Midwest in the building.

Zariah Green 2025

Zariah Green 2025- Make no mistake about it here is a kid who is extremely talented, Zariah plays the game with an understanding that goes well beyond her age, when you see her on the court you scream ” No Way She 2025 Class!!” Yep young lady out there playing up two years in age and is one of the best on the court despite being young. It amazes me watching her court vision as she sees plays two steps before most and is a thread the needle passer, good perimeter shooter, has good size for the position, knows how to use her body when creating in the paint and finishes well in traffic. The skill set and size is already there. This is easy, Zariah is a no brainer D-1 prospect and definitely one of the best in her class in Midwest. Hell if she were a sophomore in high school right now she would be a prospect, 6 years of growth before college, ” WoW” That’s Scary”  Milwaukee has talent and we expect Zariah in the building in Feb. Top Prospect Showcase. 

Liliana Magana

Liliana Magana 2023- Introducing one of the best shooters in the state regardless of class,Liliana is smart basketball player who makes the game fun to watch, she advanced the ball, moves without the ball and is all about the team but the special skill she has is why I call her “Lady Curry” its my new nickname for Lilly as known to most, when I say she has a knock down 3 pt shot, yes indeed it’s Lethal. I’ve watched young lady play at least 20 games and it’s incredible how accurate she is, yep she shoots it like NBA player Steph Curry. I know one thing the next 4 years a coach will be definitely happy because Lilly can play and will no doubt in our minds make an impact.

Barack Young

Barack Young 2025- Here we go, we see a kid who is problem on the court for opposing coaches as young fella is a combo wing who is to big for the average wing and too fast for the bigger slower forwards. Young Fella displayed an ability to finish at the rim easy, and handle the ball in tight spaces which others his size struggled with, combine that with a nose for the ball and ability too rebound against elite athletes and now we have a kid who made us go watch the film extra close and thus Barack is definitely a kid who will make his way into the class rankings  on Sept 1. and a kid we definitely have to catch again and look forward too monitoring over the next few years. This Kid can play.

Kassidy Nelson

Kassidy Nelson 2026- Here is a kid who showed he is a player, young fella shot it from deep, handled the ball effectively against the older kids pressure handing out assist with both hands equally effective, he used the floater against the bigger and older players in the lane after leaving defends behind. Kassidy fit in as if he were a class older like it was nothing. here is another player who checks all the boxes, athletic frame, length, body type and potential. Sept 1st the initial class rankings for 2026 come out and I tell ya one thing, you wont have to look to far before seeing this kids name, there definitely aren’t many who have the ceiling of Kass. This is one of those players I say Uwwwwweeee if I had him. A combo guard who can impact the game in sooooo many ways, here is kid who people will be talking about for years to come.

Bryce Heard

Bryce Heard 2025- Yes indeed here is a kid who fits the build as prospect, the long wiry wing ( who plays the post because of size at this level most of the time) showed his activity and relentless motor the past two weeks playing in both showcases his age and the level above and showed his versatility with nice ball handling. shot blocking and ability to manuever around the smaller defenders under control. Make no mistake about it, young fella will be climbing his way up the rankings Sept 1st.

Zerrick Johnson

Zerrick Johnson 2025- Young Fella has a motor, while everyone was is concentrating solely on scoring young fella is full court up in ya picking his man up, Zerrick showed the ability to finish with either hand, guard multiple positions and handle going both directions. Zerrick made it look easy putting the smaller guards in the bucket and out quicking the bigger forwards. Here is a kid who is c, getting better and better and I mean fast. look for young fella to make his debut on the class rankings list Sept 1st and we think in two years he will have done passed up many of his classmates they way this kid is progressing.

Antione Glasper

Antione Glasper 2024- The electrifying pg showed a  glimpse of his talent setting up his teammates and spoon feeding the big in team play, then in the one on one he made it look too easy beating several other of our Top 20 players, here is a kid who has things you can’t teach he is so reactionary. He is the player you don’t want to wake up with your talking, they were talking in the one on one and he quickly made a few people look bad. another kid whose stock continues to rise.

Deontae Miller

Deontae Miller 2024 Young Fella showed his speed with the ball and his elusiveness as he was able to break his defenders down off the dribble. Deontae started off slow letting things come to him as this was his first showcase type setting, but as he got comfortable he showed he plays both sides of the floor, here is a kid we figure will be better for the experience and the more he plays against talented players the more his game will rise. Look For Deontae to make his debut in the class ranking when they are released Sept 1.

Tim Winkler

Tim Winkler 2025 – There aren’t many bigs in the class that want to play against bigger and be challenged, young fella wants that, he went up against 2 top 5 players in the 2024 class and wasn’t a bit bothered. Young Fella has been working on his face up game off the dribble and it showed. I tell ya here is another kid who fits that build as “Prospect” One of those kids you hold the van for until he gets there. I can see it a few years from now people at the next level will be all over this kid. Tim Solidified if not enhanced his Top 10 Status in the class wait for the update Sept 1

2025 Collin Miller

Collin Miller 2025- Young Fella came out the gate a little slow and picked things up as the day went on, has the ability to knock it down from deep as evidenced by winning the 3 pt competition with over 80 participants in which young fella final round he was extra outstanding nailing he last 5 of 6 to win. We look forward to watching Collin more and think young fella will be better from the experience.  Young Fella Stock is on the rise.

Marcus McQueen

Marcus McQueen 2025- How you want it, Long range bomb, hesitation dribble and finish in traffic or a subtle pull-up jump-shot, young fella can give it too ya. He fools you with deception, he has a change of speed and change of direction with the ball that’s advanced for his age. Marcus showed he is a combo wing that people will be surely be talking about soon. just remember ya heard it here first ” Shawty Got Game!!” Look for Marcus to make his debut in the class updated rankings being released Sept. 1

Elijah Lovesmore

Elijah Lovesmore 2025- The combo guard continues to raise his game and show improvement as he displayed pinpoint passing leading his team by making the players around him better, it was refreshing to see young fella show the understanding of the game as he picked his spots, here is a kid who can play with anyone in the class, when you walk in the gym with him at the pg you aren’t worried or care who is the opposing pg, you feel you have the advantage. If Elijah continues to improve the long range shot the sky is the limit, here is another kid we have see tremendous growth the past couple of years by leaps and bounds and a kid whose stock is high.

Noah Gorman

Noah Gorman 2025- This kid here just knows how to play, he never forces a bad shot, he moves the ball to the open man, he moves without the ball, he’s about winning, he is crafty off the dribble, one of the best shooters in middle school regardless of class, his basketball IQ is high and he plays with a winning spirit, definitely one of my favorite players to watch in Middle School and one of 4 or 5 kids that make me say, ” Man I wish I Had Him!!!” No Doubt About it Noah Gorman Stock Is High!!!!! This kid has a knack for timely big time plays.

Samuel Townsend

Samuel Townsend 2024- Young Fella is tough, with his superb athleticism he is a kid who can do a variety of things on the floor, he plays bigger than his size list, he has excellent foot speed that allows him to get in the air before others can even get off their feet and he finishes in traffic with ease. Here is a kid who we had not known about and a kid who will make his appearance on our updated class ranking list and a kid who we will be monitoring closely.


Carson Brownfield

Carson Brownfield 2024- Young Fella is a wing who attacks the basket with force, having a physical build young Carson does a lot of damage in the paint, which at this time he has too do for most teams. If and when young fella starts knocking that jump-shot down on a regular he will be a handful for the opposing defenses, as I’ve yet to see anyone in his class keep him from finishing in or getting in the paint, the lefty is crafty.

DeMarrea Davis

2022 DaMarrea Davis- Young Fella is a load, he attacks the basket relentlessly, rebounds over bigger defenders, plays in traffic and has a motor, Here is a kid a coach says “I Want Him On My Team!!” this is a player that people refer too as ” A DOG!!!” on the court.We see DaMarrea as a powerful wing, who is a mis-match for most as he is to big for smaller wing/guards and way way too fast for smaller stretch wings. As Young Fella improves his perimeter shooting he will have coaches heads spinning. Look For DaMarrea to make a big Splash In Our Final 2022 Class Rankings Being Released  8/27. Young Fella is a Monster!!!

Dajuan Bates

2022- Dajuan Bates- Yes Indeed!! Here is a combo guard who ” Has Game!!!” There aren’t many in the class that have the offensive arsenal of young fella,  Dajuan is crafty with dribble (and able to get virtually anywhere on the court he wants) shoots the long range shot well off the bounce or the catch and has the confidence with the ball like ” You Can’t Guard Me!!” we have been lookin for young fella for awhile and no doubt in our mind this is a ” Prospect Who Will Be Making Noise!!!” Dajuan has a smooth game,  his frame and long wiry arms are something that intrigues us even more it could be very interesting for people in a few years, I can see people saying ” Where He Come From!!”  Look for Young Fella to land his name on our Final 2022 list rather high on 8/27


Dominique Murphy

Dominique Murphy- 2025 – Here we go another prospect who we see growing right in front of our eyes, Yep a kid who plays the post early, but has the skill set and talent to become a wing in the future. Dominique or DJ as most call him has been an imposing player in the post for the past year or so, giving kids fits with his footwork, and imposing size to smaller teams, but what amazes us is young fella isn’t just a big kid for his age dominating smaller teams, young fella has a skill set, where he can put it on the floor, face up attack the basket along with taking the undersized players in the post. Look For ” DJ” To rise In our updated rankings being released later this month!!!

Jamin Brown

Jamin Brown 2022- Yep!! This is a kid who is fearless on the court and plays with high intensity and a high motor. as I know him is a combo guard who can score in bunches as I’ve witness young fella go on scoring outburst where he hits 3-4 long range bombs in row and puts points on the board in a hurry young fella is streaky “When He Hot, He Hot!!!”, he has always been able to take a hit and finish as he has been a superior athlete but his skills are catching up to that athleticism. This is a kid who loves to compete, “The Bigger The Game The Bigger He Plays”. With his physical build and fast twitch muscles Jamin has the capability of being one of the elite defenders in the class. Look For Young Fella to Make a Jump In the final 2022 Class rankings being released 8/27

Khalil Ross

2023 Khalil Ross- Yes Sirrrrrrrrrr!!! ” Prospect Alert!!!!. Here is a kid who is hitting his stride, a kid who is getting better and better, a kid who has what a lot of kids in his class don’t and checks all the boxes, Khalil whom I’m finna give my nickname Special K is a 6/4 wing with sooo much versatility. Young Fella can rebound in traffic, push the break, score at the rim and has a knock down 3 that he shoots with range-out to 25ft like he shooting a free-throw. I witnessed young fella knock 3 in row down with a defender hanging all over him. Uwwww. I ve seen this before a kid who is constantly working wasn’t given anything young and now is hungry, improved and on a mission. No Doubt about it Young Fella will make his Debut Top 10 in the 2023 Class Rankings being released next week. I’ll say one thing if you’re looking for a prospect here you go!! Young Fella Has the Right Body Type, Length, Frame that speaks down the line good.

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A Look Back!!!

Promising Prospect # 34

” 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


Promising Prospect # 28

” He Can Do It All “

Amari Bailey

If you haven’t seen this young player play you are definitely missing a treat, I suggest you call around, get a schedule and make it your business to go see a “once in a few year player” yep the name is Amari Bailey and he one of the players that I’ve seen at a young age and I give that label ” He Has That Special In Him” a kid who plays the game with the poise of a senior in High School, not a 7th grader. I’ve watched young fella countless times put his team on his back and carry them to victory or lead his team to a close game against an opponent they had no business being in the game. At this level they don’t come around this good that often. I stated last year when young fella was in 6th grade I thought he was one of the Top 10 kids in middle school and had as much potential as anyone and people thought I was crazy. Well young fella is a as poised as they come with the ball in his hands, he always seems to make the correct play, he can set up his teammates, he can get to the paint and finish in traffic and he is knocking the 3 down with incredible accuracy from NBA range. Give me this 6ft 2 point guard to run my team and I have a chance against anybody, I saw Shaun Livingston at the same age and what I thought about him then is the same thing I think about Amari-” Future Big Time College Prospect!!!! “Amari  is special nothing seems to faze him, I’ve seen players try to ruff him, I’ve seen teams put 2 or 3 defenders on him, I’ve seen him in hostile environments where parents and players were going crazy and he never lets a situation take him out of character, Young fella is so so good but you would never know it by how he carries himself on and off the court. I was at a game where everyone in the building were on their feet, Amari and his team were down close to double figures with about 4 minutes to go, young fella took over the game hitting a 3 pointer, knocking down 2 midrange jumpshots, then finishing with a lay-up and a free throw. Then on one of the final possessions his teammate appears to take a bad shot when Amari was open, he missed bad and the opposing team called time-out, with everyone in the gym yelling at the kid “why didn’t you pass the ball”, Amari walks up to his teammate as they were walking to the bench and shook his hand and patted him on his back saying something to the effect don’t worry about it, you could see in his teammates face the way he felt after Amari talked with him, it was just another moment where he displayed to me his leadership and showed he wasn’t above everyone else. Now don’t get being calm as lack of competitiveness spirit because thats in no way the case because young fella is the ultimate competitor as  he excepts the challenge of carrying his team and putting them in position to win and never backs down. Young Fella currently rates as JrhoopsElite# 1 rated prospect in the class of 2022 and as we see it now one of the Top 5 prospects regardless of class.  Shooting, Rebounding, Passing, Leading and Competing ” He Can Do It All “I haven’t seen many doing at this level the way he does it and we would like to acknowledge young fella as our Promising Prospect # 28.”Keep up the Good Work !!!”

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972


Promising Prospect # 26

                                                                                            ” It Don’t Matter”

Timia Ware

Here is one of the hottest prospect in Middle School right now!!! Introducing Timia Ware from Legacy Charter Yes Indeed!!!! That’s Teresa baby girl. When you look at a prospect who has been tearing it up on the court look no further. Timia has not only been tearing it up, she has been doing this while playing with the boys. Coming from the Westside of Chicago, there are not a lot of options for girls to play competitive basketball as much as she likes, so that forced her to play with the boys and when I tell ya she is a player, that would be an understatement. Playing in probably the most competitive fall league in the state right now (Best of The Midwest), with at least 30 of top 100 boys(Jrhoopselite rankings) in the league, this young lady is turning heads left and right. With games of 17, 15, 14 and 12 pts she does things with the ball that most can’t believe, forget she a girl, “game recognize game” “crossover, step- back- bucket” “split the double team, wrap around the back, underhanded bounce pass- Gotcha!!! Crowds goes crazy. Triple threat, jab step, quick dribble to the left pull-up gotcha!! TIME OUT!!! says the coach. “Who got her?” Next play down, cross over- stop on the dime 25foot pointer— basket!!!! Uuuuuuwwweeeee!!. Coach calls another time out and says “ she a girl, what’s yall problem, yall can’t stop her?” Let me tell ya something coach.” It don’t matter!!!” Tamia is a player; forget the fact that she is a girl, if you don’t recognize and recognize quick, you are in trouble. Barring injury or just plain I don’t want to play anymore, you can mark this one in the book Division 1 easy. This young lady has all the tools and is more technically sound and fundamentally sound than 90 percent of the players in Middle School regardless of gender. Gym after Gym, game after game, people are definitely taking notice. Referees, High School Coaches and Parents are all wondering and asking the same questions, “What’s her name? Where is she going to school?” All I know is that this young lady, has a lot of that “special” in her game and if you haven’t seen her you’re missing a treat. So before you start seeing it in the newspapers, on all the blogs and websites. Go catch a game of Legacy Charter  this season with the up and coming first class coach, “ Coach Troy” he also worth the price of admissions. Jrhoopselite  looks forward to seeing Tamia at the Girls Top Prospect Showcase for girls coming this Winter after the holiday and school season. We would also like to acknowledge Timia Ware as our Promising Prospect “ One thing I know, there is a baller out west who is one of the elite players in the state, Yes she happens to be a girl, but you know what ” It Don’t Matter”.


Ricky Moore 773 383-0972


All Inclusive Illinois,N.W. Indiana & Southern Wisconsin Top 175 Class 2025

This is the  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 5 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 BlessRicky Moore 773 383-0972                Emergency Updated 10 Names will be added 6/10 after insuring correct spelling6/15/2019

Ewell Clinton Jr.
Jeremiah Fears
Yaris Irby
Noah Gorman
Elijah Lovemore


  1. Christian Cummings
  2. Jeremiah Fears
  3. Ewell Clinton
  4. Damian Porter Jr.
  5. Yaris Irby
  6. Elijah Embry
  7. Damarjay Richardson
  8. Aleksander Ryan Alston
  9. Elijah Griffith
  10. Tim Winkler
  11. Keshaun Vival
  12. Elijah Lovemore
  13. Tai Coleman
  14. Marciano Johnson
  15. Noah Gorman
  16. Achilles Anderson
  17. Bryce Heard
  18. Antwan Mosley
  19. Damreay Davis
  20. EJ Breland
  21. Isaiah Robinson
  22. Lorenzo Shields
  23. Emmanuel Moseley
  24. Chris Thomas
  25. Isaiah Pickens
  26. Kendall Richmond
  27. Bryce Heard
  28. Danyil Taylor
  29. Armon Augustus
  30. Amari Edwards
  31. Jaydon Watts
  32. Joshua Pettigrew
  33. Khalil Jones
  34. Kristian Flowers
  35. Dominique Murphy
  36. Marlo Moore
  37. Mikai Harris
  38. Cameron Thomas
  39. Dontae Bell
  40. Martin Rhyne
  41. Jamarion Bardwell
  42. Lavarius Bowers
  43. Taven Brunson
  44. Donovan Starr
  45. Cal Mckay
  46. Levarus Grayer
  47. Joshua Smith
  48. Ramsey Mormon
  49. Melvin Embry
  50. Travis Murray
  51. Terrion Benson
  52. Davion Teague
  53. Caleb Burgins
  54. Darien Green
  55. Ian Miletic
  56. Taven Brunson
  57. Michael Zaleski
  58. Jaylin White
  59. Lashaun Stowers
  60. Shawn Cannon
  61. Tynell Walker
  62. Sammy Toomer
  63. Martin Rhyne
  64. Malichi Nelson
  65. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  66. Kendall Webb
  67. Larry Brown
  68. Sabastian Mesa
  69. Milli’on Riley
  70. Kelvion Brown
  71. Tristian Saunders
  72. Shawn Mason
  73. Jamal Carson
  74. Terry Ricks
  75. Daniel Green
  76. Carlos Lemond
  77. Marcus Bond
  78. Erick Hughes
  79. Kendall Wilson
  80. D’Monte Meeks
  81. Jory Crocker
  82. Ryan Jackson
  83. Fernando Rodriguez
  84. Marcus Jackson II
  85. Cornell Peterson
  86. Marco Gonzales
  87. Willie Stephens
  88. Mason Walsh
  89. Brian Sercy Jr.
  90. David Riverton
  91. Kelly Williams
  92. Keshaun Smith
  93. Drayton Williams
  94. Kijohnna Brown
  95. James Watson
  96. Carlton Brownfield
  97. Booby Watson
  98. Alex Marshall
  99. Morris Alexander
  100. Phillip Mark
  101. George Collins
  102. Austin Lathrop
  103. Frank May
  104. Shawn Wilson
  105. Tavares Spencer
  106. Daniel Jervier
  107. Charles Howe
  108. Kenton Brown
  109. Naveah Hawkins
  110. Dennis Small
  111. Torrence Small
  112. Ricky Peters
  113. Lamont Hinton
  114. Joel Tunnat
  115. Marcus Bell
  116. Thomas Swartz
  117. Phil Johnson
  118. Malik Wilson
  119. Parker Towns
  120. Terrell Mosley
  121. Alphonso Homes
  122. Anton Mosley
  123. Keshaun Williams
  124. Michael Page
  125. Julius Penny
  126. Da Marcus Jordan
  127. Erick Millison
  128. Khalil Person
  129. Michael Thompson’
  130. Lazar Nozinic
  131. Phillip Hall
  132. Marcus Bell
  133. Julius Smith
  134. Antwon Thomas
  135. Justin Goins
  136. Mitchell Rucker
  137. Laurence Smith
  138. Michale Jagileski
  139. Isaac Curtis
  140. James Balston
  141. Colter Walters
  142. Craig Lentz
  143. Heberto Ramirez
  144. Bobby Morton
  145. Xavier Marshall
  146. Tony Shields
  147. Kenneth Sullivan
  148. David Walton
  149. Jesus Torres
  150. Jason Polowski
  151. Ricky Young
  152. Franky Tillman
  153. Charles Thornton
  154. Chris Johnson
  155. William Bell
  156. Juan Ramirez
  157. Micheal Spellman
  158. Justin Robinson Jr.
  159. Clarence Houston
  160. Thomas Small
  161. James Carpenter
  162. Ken Walters
  163. Joshua Smith
  164. Kiki Carter
  165. Lonnel Dorsey
  166. Carter Forrest
  167. Quentin Walker
  168. Justin Peoples
  169. Nick Folkes
  170. Henry Dorris
  171. Michael Porter
  172. Brian Smith
  173. Ricky Nichols
  174. Jimmy Torres


Star Watch!!!!

Vernon Henry

Vernon Henry 2022- This power attacking guard is best when the games are the biggest, he is a kid who yearns for the movement, a kid who yearns to play against the best. Last weekend in a match-up of elite guards and Top Prospects all over the court Meanstreet vs Huskies, It was Vernon who stood out and was player of the game, the combo guard was attacking at a relentless rate and locking up on defense like he was a man on a mission. Young Fella was breaking his man down scoring in the paint over the bigs, locking up on defense and competing at the highest level, trying to will his team to a victory. He finished with 18 and was the high scorer of the game on both sides. This comes on the heals of young fella scoring 25 plus in several games earlier this month with Old Gold. While there are many good guards in the class, put young fella down as one of the top 6 I would take on my team with the game on the line, young fella is a competitor and now he is becoming known as a bucket getter.


2024 Mike Jones


2023 Tevonta Jackson


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