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Recap-Best of the Midwest 2015

Springfield Grant
Springfield Grant          

Springfield Grant- This team definitely came to Chicago and made a statement, finishing in the Final 4. Especially after driving that distance, enjoying the city and the sites, staying up and enjoying the hotel amenities and playing in it’s 6th game in 6 days, I would say job well done. The Grant Generals knocked off the number 2 seed Chicago Powerhouse Vanderpoel in front of a packed gym that had everyone on their feet in amazement. The Generals had outstanding play this weekend from Elijah  Shelton, Maki Rose, Derrick Roberts and PJ Edwards. It was a great job of coaching from the staff  and we would like to commend Coaches Tim, Jasmine and Shawn they were awesome. Derrick Roberts and P.J. Edwards were selected to the all-tournament team.  Great fan support and we would like to again say Thanks for coming. SPRINGFIELD STAND UP JOB WELL DONE !!!!!!

 

Elijah BullElijah Bull- 2021- Add this name to the list of stellar point guards in the class of 2021. You can mention him in the same breath with Kevin “Boopie “ Miller, Nick Owens, Ishmael Habib, Kyonte Thomas, Tyrese Hunter, KJ Williams and others. This young man has a lot of skills that you would want in a lead guard. He has a solid handle, he gets everyone involved, he shoots it well and never seems to be of panic or be in a rush. There are not to many kids at his level that show the promise of Elijah, this was my first time seeing young fella in person and it was definitely a nice surprise. Elijah came down this past weekend at the Best of the Midwest and made a statement with his play. Elijah earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase (an invitation only event on Feb 27th)  look for Elijah in the updated rankings being released on Nov. 29th   and I will definitely be keeping a close eye on this 2021 prospect.

Derrick Robinson

Derrick Roberts-2020 This young fella came down from Springfield, Illinois and had many coaches asking me” who is that?” Derrick was a scoring machine the first day of event, he has a quick first step, displayed a pull-up jump shot, along with the ability to take the bigger defenders to the basket and finish. Derrick is definitely a prospect Jrhoopselite will be monitoring and would like to see him also play against many of the best prospects in the Midwest at the showcase in Feb. Job well done young fella you put in work.

 

Tyler BullockTyler Bullock 2020- Here is a kid who definitely understands the game. Many who do not have a trained eye would not understand, nor appreciate his value or understand how much game he actually has. He is a team player that truly cares about one thing and that’s winning. He sacrifices a lot for the sake of others, but he is someone who makes the other parts around him better. His passes are always where the shooter has to put little effort to get his shot off, he is a terrific on ball defender, he is a competitor that does everything a coach would want. His numbers do not reflect his value because he is a basketball player and understands his team and their needs, but don’t get it twisted he can definitely play and his stock is surely on the rise. Young fella is another who has earned an invite to the showcase.

Mario Brown
Mario Brown

Mario Brown 2020- This young man continues to impress me, this past weekend in the early session of the Best of the Midwest on Saturday this kid was a beast. He was one of 3 players considered for performer of the day.  He plays both ends of the floor, he is tenacious on defense, and hard to stop from getting to the rack on offense. Mario  had a football game and didn’t return on Sunday, his team definitely missed his energy and toughness Sunday. Mario will definitely be moving up the charts in the updated rankings being released Nov. 29th the only question is how far.

 

 

Ayvion Morris
Ayvion Morris

Ayvion Morris 2022- The young Ayvion is as fierce as they come he fears none he is an ultra competetitor. He is making a name for himself quite fast if you like “tuff, in your face, I’m coming at his head point guards go no further. Ayvion has played against some of the best in the class of 2021 such as Kevin Miller, Nick Owens, KJ Williams and others and has not only held his own he  has actually out played several of the headliners in the class of 2021. You can put his name right up there with the elite guards in the class of 2022. The intial rankings of 2022 will not be released until after Top Prospect Showcase Feb 27th and as it stands right now young fella will be pretty high on that list.

                                                            PART 2  COMING SOON!!!

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

11/12


 WOW WOW WOW !!!!

BEST OF THE MIDWEST RECAP 1

If you are a basketball fan and was not there you miss quite an event, I know you have heard by now. There were 9 games decided by 4 points or less, 6 games went into overtime, 3 game winning shots and 14 games where teams rallied from 10 points or more to come back and win. The gyms were packed with intensity and crowds were running from gym to gym to catch all the excitement. Parents, Coaches and Players I want to say job well done. This was an event that kids will look back on and say I was a part of that. Sometimes we forget while being in the moment just what an event like this does for kids. There were so many kids who represented themselves well and I will be having articles and mentions on website the entire week.

Champs-Beasley 7847

Consolation Champs— Dett.Dett Elementary

Bronze Champs Riverside-BrookfieldRiverside Brookfield

Tournament MVP Jaden Williams

Jaden Williams
Jaden Williams

There were so many kids who made names for themselves, there were so many kids who earned an invite to the TOP PROSPECT SHOWCASE. Articles will be up about games and kids later.

Thanks

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       Best of the  MIDWEST Day 2

Ariel 2

            PLAYER OF THE DAY

Terrance T Baby Ford

Terrance “T Baby” Ford The young 4/11 point guard was off the chain as he lead his Ariel 2 team over the highly favored Lindop Tigers. Young fella put on a clinic out there bringing his team from 10 points down to over take the tigers he was splashing jumpers as if they were layups, he was guiding his team and showing his  leadership, this is the stage young fella had been waiting for. In front of 1200 fans young fella scored 25 points and by far had the best performance of the day.

 

 

The Games were off the chain, in the morning session Vanderpoel and Springfield Grant Looked very very good. PJ Edwards and Mario Brown showed why they players in the 2020 class that are to be watched. Maki Rose showed he is a young up an coming player that will have Springfield will have talent on deck even after this year. Springfield – Vanderpoel uwwww- weee cant wait. Ariel Storm 1 ?Roosevelt Bulldogs was another game that had everyone on their feet after going back and forth the loaded Storm came back from down 5 with 4 min. to win in a very intense game. The Ariel Crowd is great and helped propel it’s team to victory. Young Tyler Bullock showed his savvy point guard leadership, Jaden Williams showed he is beast down low and virtually unstoppable at times. Azavier Williams showed he a solid players on both ends. Ariel is on a mission to show they are a Championship Caliber team. Beasley rolled, LiL Village upset the Woodson team who bost a 6/6 and 6/7 front line. Sumner won.  The Ariel 2. showed  they have a huge heart in pulling off the upset of the tournament beating Lindop.Look for a sure to be crowed intense GYM tomorrow. IT’s GOING DOWN.

Ricky Moore

11/7


    DAY 1  Best of the MIDWEST 

Player of the Day

Owens
Nick Owens

Nick Owens- Make no mistake about it, this young fella is quite a point guard, He absolutely showed he is a force to be reckoned with and is clearly pound for pound one of the best pgs in the city. Playing against a much bigger Beasley 2 team that everyone in the gym had sized up and thought the Hughes team was in big trouble and this would possibly be a blow- out. Nick Owens showed everyone exactly what he can do, the young fella picked apart the defense with his pin-point passing and showed the gym how you can win a game while making everyone on your  team better. You would have had to be there to witness a kid slicing his way through 3 and 4 defenders before dropping a dime, or his 4/11 frame rebounding the ball and throwing a full court pass over the defense to get his teammate a layup, then when his team needs it, he splits the defense, crosses over another opponent before finishing with the opposite hand over a bigger opponent. YES, YES, YES!!!! NICK OWENS had the GYM in disbelieve as he basically willed his underdog team to the victory and easy earned the player of the day.

Sumner
Sumner

Dett and Sumner played a nib and tuck contest that had the gymnasium on their feet, things got heated and Coach Hardwick was ejected from the game as Sumner held on to a one point victory. Sumner was very balanced and used a stifling defense to win the game. Terrence Jones and Davion Rogers went head to head and gave the crowd and bunch of oohs and ahhs. Game 2 Locke Elementary used a pressure defense to defeat Penn Elementary. Game 3 The Hall of fame coach Loury  had his Smthe Pirates playing a discipline zone that held the talented Learn A team to 2 points the first half before holding on and winning by 3. In the finally Hughes was the little engine that could as they knocked off the fan heavy Beasley Bees 2 in a close one where the Bees were down big before roaring back and coming up a little short.

Ricky Moore

11/6


  Ready to showcase their skills this season!!!!

 

Amareye Davis 2020- This is a young player has an awful lot of potential, he plays on probably the most talented grammar school team in the city. It will be interesting top see how his game flourishes this winter. He is a kid who can play multiple positions in grammar school.

2020- Past All- Stars- What an all- star group I just finished watching some tape and boy are these young men talented, talk about a class where there are plenty of guards and any can be the best player on a given day, I can’t wait to school season starts. Come check out 5 of these young men at Best of Midwest Nov. 6th- 8th.

Shon Robinson

Shon Robinson 202o- Here is a kid who plays on a team with probably the best guards and wings in the city, yet he may be the most coveted player on the team. It will be interesting to see how 6/4 plus Shon handles himself. Is he the key if Beasley is able to run the table and again win city and go undefeated?

Sangolay Ejie

 

Sangolay Ejie 2020-Here is a kid who has a tremendous upside, it will be interesting to see his development and improvement. He is a top 5 talent who has the chance to emerge as the top player in the class. It will be interesting to see how Sangolay performs on his elementary school team now that he is the only returning starter.

  2020- Past All- Stars This group of past all stars is a group of kids who have some of the best individual talent in the Midwest. Give me this group of kids and just put the championship trophy in the back of the truck. This group has every element of needed. It will be interesting to see these young men and the progression each one of them have made.

 


Teams committed to Best of The Midwest Grammar School Tournament.

 

Jefferson (Woodridge)

Aspire(Indiana)

Roosevelt( Bellwood)

Ariel-

Grant(Springfield)

Riverside- Brookfield

Vanderpoole

Beasley

Hughes

Lindbloom

St. Johns(Indiana)

Providence- Englewood

Melody

Kipling

Lovett

Little Village

Grant(Springfield)

Learn

South Elgin

Sumner

Mason

Irving

Champaign-Urbana

Western Springs

St Peter and Paul of Naperville

Andrew Carnegie

Romano-Butler

Smythe

Elmhurst

 

Among others, come out and see some of the best talent in the Midwest.

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Archives

Point Guard Supreme!!

Marcus Watson Jr.

Marcus Watson Jr.

Marcus Watson Jr.- Morgan Park 2020 Young Fella has always been under appreciated, always been over looked for all his talents, yet he has always been “the engine that makes the car go,” from the first day I saw young fella play he has been a “winner!!” he has played on some of the more high profile teams with some of the more high profiled players who get more attention, but he has always been the most important ingredient. The kid who locks down the opponents supposedly best guard, the player that hits the key shot, the player that drives and kicks for the game winning 3, the player that does everything to get the win stuffing the stat sheet on whatever is needed that game, then quietly heads into the locker room not seeking the attention. Yes Yes Yes!!!! ” Young Fella Is As Tough As They Come!!!” Again he has led his team this summer playing against the supposedly “Best in the Nation”and All young Fella has done is Stand Tall!!! showing he can compete with anyone. If you want a pg that gets its done passing, scoring or willing his team to victory Marcus Watson Jr. is your kid.  College Coaches Get On Board. There is not another kid in his class who impacts the win on every level, yes young fella has risen too a Top 10 player in the class, his position is defined at the next level Point Guard. While others are getting the early attention from College Coaches, let it be known now this is a Division 1 player mark it down I put a Stamp on this one.

Ricky Moore

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5/1/17

Jr. Hoops Elite Top 250 Class of 2027

This is the initial   2027 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, I have coached several pro basketball players and even more D 1 players who weren’t on anyone’s radar at this stage 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 the  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.
A few kids will be added on by weekend. Waiting on correct spellings
Thanks & God Bless
Ricky Moore 773 383-0972 
  1. Jaxson Davis
  2. Howard Williams
  3. Jaylan Mitchell
  4. Davion Thompson
  5. Camron Riggs
  6. Devin Cleveland
  7. Marquise Peoples
  8. DeMari Stephens
  9. Kaleb Young
  10. Hayden Schroeder
  11. Tobyus Banks
  12. Jamier Montgomery
  13. DeMarco King
  14. Jayden Newell
  15. Jacob Fuller
  16. Jayden McDonald
  17. Landon Mays
  18. Reggie Stevens
  19. Noah Emmanuel
  20. Nathan Stephens
  21. Tayte Cordova
  22. Vito Roca
  23. Christopher Chittaro
  24. Dawson Charles
  25. Camarie Richmond
  26. Amari Winters
  27. Uriah Davis
  28. Kendell Meyers
  29. Terreon Mack
  30. Edvardas Stasys
  31. Jayden Bullock
  32. Jeffery Grant
  33. Caden Crudup
  34. Ed Williams
  35. Denard Grayson
  36. Jayden King
  37. Travis Brown Jr
  38. Matt Green Jr
  39. Elijah Bell
  40. Allen Robinson
  41. Mike Pierre
  42. Martez Everett
  43. Aj Enyia
  44. Brandon Hightower
  45. Jamir Washington
  46. Lamari Carpenter
  47. Dion Lane
  48. Jayden Taylor
  49. Aidan Deist
  50. Oturo Redento
  51. Kendall Davis
  52. Tristian Trotter
  53. Jovarion Wilson
  54. Thomas Hayes Jr.
  55. Karon Shavers
  56. Angelo Lazo
  57. Andretti Ollie
  58. Keith Montgomery
  59. Dominique Scalise
  60. Michael Alvarez
  61. Will Mancine
  62. Darnell Stitts
  63. Tyrell Pickett
  64. Gerald Walton
  65. Victor Norris
  66. Edward HumesIV
  67. Darin Ashiru
  68. Geonnye Bennett
  69. Johnathan Costello
  70. Tyson McClean
  71. Mesiah Horton
  72. Travis Cole
  73. Seth Covington
  74. Trentyn McGinnis
  75. Griffin McNeil
  76. Pheonix Fisher
  77. Asa Harris
  78. Keyae Lacy
  79. Travis Cole
  80. Nikko Barczak
  81. Tevin West
  82. Kaden Johnson
  83. Josiah Mays
  84. Josiah Brown
  85. Keyae Lacy
  86. AJ Rayford
  87. Jordan Williams
  88. Julian Holmes
  89. Kendall Jackson
  90. Amari Kennedy
  91. Caden Johnson
  92. Raymond Gilbert
  93. Keysan Taylor
  94. Sameer Childs
  95. Antwan Sims
  96. Charles Schlicht
  97. Blake McPhearson
  98. Dereon Smothers
  99. Logan Wessel
  100. Ricky Scott
  101. Brandon Boykin
  102. Mohamed Alobeidi
  103. Ben Whorlow
  104. Derek langit
  105. Quinn Zinzer
  106. Michael Roche
  107. Jakob Edwards
  108. Scotty Ruiz
  109. K.J Miller
  110. Nathan Chavez
  111. Dorian Pullen
  112. Troy Locotto
  113. Alonzo Walters
  114. Josiah Pain
  115. Kendall Davis
  116. Khalid Smith
  117. Lincoln Hopkins
  118. Monte Williams
  119. Will Walsh
  120. Benji Veber
  121. Jaylen Campbell
  122. Dylan Ronczkowski
  123. Michael Stuckey
  124. Jordan Weeks
  125. Will Chapman
  126. Jake Nawrot
  127. Raymundo Garibay
  128. Perry Watson
  129. Jakob Edwards
  130. Brody Nouhoff
  131. Dennis Moran
  132. Tray Alford
  133. Tevin Lockett
  134. Mikey Stokes
  135. Amari Colson
  136. Jake Theis
  137. Marquis Lee
  138. Joshua Manuel
  139. Owen Kirby
  140. Devan Davis
  141. Elijah Wilson
  142. De’Andre Washington
  143. Tyler Kibulka
  144. Rayvon Myles
  145. Will Wimberly
  146. Jason Morris
  147. Kenneth Sims
  148. Tim Spencer
  149. Romell Lynch
  150. Noah Coro
  151. Mike Stokes
  152. Aiden Payne
  153. Savion Singleton
  154. Derrick Johnson Jr.
  155. Jeremy Singleton
  156. Danny Cervantes
  157. Brian White
  158. Colin Good
  159. Lebron Rodgers
  160. Marcus Scott
  161. Christian Brown
  162. Jalen Hoard
  163. Tommy Hills
  164. Carlos Sudden
  165. Tyler Cibulka
  166. Julius Walker
  167. Abraham Sackor
  168. Justin Cobb
  169. Brandon Pearson
  170. Quenton King
  171. Tim Loren
  172. Landyn Tolliver
  173. Shawn Johnson
  174. Kewon Moses
  175. Frederick Dooney
  176. Hireberto Morales
  177. Tyshawn Carter
  178. Ben Newcomb
  179. Ramone Lynch
  180. Joshua Perkins
  181. Ahmed Abdellatif
  182. Glenn Downing
  183. Joseph Rice
  184. Khalil Munsom
  185. Talik Hughes
  186. Josshua Spoons
  187. Matt Perkins
  188. Adonis Mason
  189. Jordan Johnson
  190. Pernell Watson’
  191. Morton Smith
  192. Davion Pressley
  193. Anthony Potts
  194. Catrell Martin
  195. Askia Moses
  196. Davion Watson
  197. Vince Trotter Jr.
  198. Danny Cervantes
  199. Keshaun Williams
  200. Jordan Millsom
  201. Carlos Figuroa
  202. Walter Cison
  203. Trent Hill
  204. Phil Mayhorst
  205. James Brod
  206. Payton Woods
  207. Tristian Brown
  208. Eric Parker
  209. Jason Smart
  210. Pierre Walke
  211. Henry Lustin
  212. Khalil Parsons
  213. Justin Hill Jr.
  214. Linton Gorge
  215. Alberto Morales
  216. Erick Hull
  217. James Thornton
  218. Cj Johnson
  219. Quintin Pope Jr.
  220. Willie Roberson
  221. King Young Jr.
  222. Derrick Wilson
  223. Leonard Rogers
  224. Sam Walters
  225. Alfred Brown
  226. Stone Johnson
  227. Kevin Hill
  228. Michael Parker
  229. Linton Young
  230. Ferenando Garcia
  231. Nick Polowski

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  1. .

2020 AAU Season Final Pound For Pound Top 20 Regardless Of Class

Illinois Ice

1. Illinois Ice 2026-  After winning the Jr. Hoops Elite Nationals this past weekend the hold on too the Number 1 spot and even further there distance from number 2.

2. Indy Premiere 2024 – The group ended the season strong with a runner up at Gatorade 

3. Gallo Sports 2027- This Group is strong and has pieces to work with for a longtime to come

4. Illinois Shock 2028- Here is a group of young players who played extremely well together and there guard core is nice.

5. Demons 2027- Ended the season strong with a Gatorade Championship

6. Nobody Special 2024- The Group has been playing together for years and it shows, will they remain together in High School is the question, Ended the Season with The Finals Championship.

7. Team Ten 2024- This Group has been destroying teams for years, the nucleus has been together for years and they are coached by the Legendary Angela Foster.  A team that has talented players that mixes chemistry, effort and team first attitude.

8.Team Bad. 2025- An assembly of talent every weekend

9. Flight 2027-  This is a group is set up well for the future.

10. Fred van Fleet 2025- The group is talented, it has strong interior play, moves it well around the perimeter, has knock down shooters and plays together, definitely one of the elite in its class.

11. Fred van Fleet 2024- This Group has Length, Length and more Length and the group plays together and everyone seems to know their role, they are a Legit Team.

12. Gallo Sports 2026-  lost by 1 to ICE twice and have one of the premier guards in the Country, this group is always a scare.

13. All In Williams 2025- The group has talent at every position and they play for each other, ended the season on a strong run winning ” The Finals!!”

13. Da Future 2024- When this group has all of the players who play with them they are dangerous as anyone, having beat many of the bigger name programs, its just a matter of who is playing for them. Coach General gets talent in the gym.

14. Dream Chasers 2028- The group will need to add a little depth as they play so hard, they tend to wear down a little. Still 1 or 2 best in area.

15. JHE 2025- A group that plays well together and plays for each other, when all pieces are there  they are capable of beating anyone.

16. Dream Chasers 2025- Coach gets the best out of them, they are tough and fiesty and guard play is right up there with anyone.

17. Western Suburbs Elite 2025 – I like this group they play hard and have a high spirit. Another group who could easily be several spots up.

18. My Journey 2025 – Well rounded and capable of shocking people.

19. Chitown BullDogs 2025-  A young and Hungry Group that’s looking to make a statement, they have great leadership at the guard positions and athletes all over the court.

20. Road To Glory 2028- A group that plays fast and has great guard play, look for this group to be one of the elite for years.

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9/1

Keep and Eye Out For These Young Guns

Patrick Irvin Jr.

Sometimes you see a kid and say He Will Be Good!” well Patrick Irvin Jr. fits that bill, this is a kiw who will catch and surpass many of his classmates when it’s all said and done, while many see dividends right now, because they have have the ball in their hands or they are advanced early, this kid fits the ” I am A Prospect” young fella has the ingredients that speak ” I will be good down the line ” he has excellent cordination , soft hands, quick feet, runs the floor well and can use either hand. While he he may not be able to show all his talents right now. A trained Eye says young fella’s upside is very high and the tools are there. Some people get talent and potential confused with production. When you’re not a pg guard you are reliant on others to get you the ball, thus production can be down in certain games for various factors, That Don’t Fool Me!! we see past all that, The Talent Is There. Yep Pj as known to some is a Top 15 player in our 2026 class rankings and moving upwards. Young Fella will be in attendance at The Top Prospect Showcase Sept 12th where many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

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Davion Thompson

2027 – Davion Thompson –  Young Fella is a highly skilled combo guard who is virtually ungaurdable one on one in his class, Young fella over powers the smaller guards and he is to quick for the bigger forwards. Davion showed every skill imaginable this past weekend, he blew by his man with ease and finished at the bucket, he used his crafty dribbling to get around his defender and spoon feed his teammates, he knocked down the open 3, and he kept his defender off balance and knocked down several clutch mid range jump-shots late in the game that made me say ” I know he didn’t just hit that!!!” Yes Indeed young fella made it easy too see he is one of the elite players in the class. In a class where the guards are pretty good, young fella is ” One Of 3″ who I would trust in a game closing situation. Jr Hoops Elite Top 100 players class of 2027 comes out next week and be assured you wont have too look to far before seeing this young fella’s name. This is a kid we figure to be writing about for years to come

1st Team

Morez Johnson  2024 – Player Of The Year

Carlos Harris     2024

Isaiah Green 2024

Antione Glasper 2024

Jeremiah Fears 2025

Yaris Irby 2025

2nd Team

James Brown 2024

Jonas Johnson 2025

Mike Jones 2024

Elijah Embry 2025

PJ Chambers 2024

Ethan Lathan 2024

Jaiden Reyna 2024

3rd Team

Jacob Rice 2025

Gianni Cobb 2024

Mikai Harris 2025

Christian Cumming 2025

Malachi Johnson 2024

Anestis Hadjistamoulou 2025

Bruce Stanford 2025

4th Team

Lee Marks 2024

Emmanuel Mosley  2025

Johnny Wiggins 2024

Jaymere Williams 2025

Chris Thomas Jr. 2025

Nathan Nano 2025

Oscar Johnson 2024

Fernando Rodriguez 2025

5th Team

Tyshun Moore 2024

Zach Mikrut 2025

Nathaniel Marshall 2025

Marshawn Cocroft 2025

Shawn Cannon 2025

Khalil Jones 2025

Top 3pt Shooter

Amari Edwards 2025

Joseph White 2024

Jeremiah Fears 2025

Zach Mukrut 2025

Mikai Harris 2025

Peyton Kamin 2024

Emmanuel Mosley 2025

Top Finishers

Carlos Harris 2024

Yaris Irby 2025

Morez Johnson 2024

Luke Williams 2024

Germaine Benson 2024

Sean Brown 2024

Top Playmakers

Antione Glasper 2024

Isaiah Green 2024

Tyshun Moore 2024

Jevari Jackson 2024

Christian Brockett 2024

Promising Prospect # 38

Morez Johnson

” By Leaps & Bounds “

There is a kid whose game has grown so much as a player in the past year it’s crazy, I mean his game has expanded “By Leaps & Bounds” a kid who played in my league over a year ago whom I said ” He Has A Chance, He Has The Right Tools!!” yet young fella didn’t seem to have the desire, or assertiveness I knew he needed. Young Fella was teasing me with one or two moves a game and that would be it. I watched several games where he just ran up and down the floor and was a non factor on both ends, yes he looked the part but wasn’t living up too what ” I Knew He could Be” Our rankings came out I had young fella in the mid 30’s people would ask me, is he a 30’s player? I would say no he can be as good as everyone in the class  he is a Top 5 talent in the class, but this will motivate him, I’m Not Giving Him Anything, He Will Earn It With His Play..  I never mentioned that to young fella ,” I said it too a couple of coaches and shoe company affiliated AAU Coaches When They Asked. I told them that number aint accurate he is the player you need”. The Funny thing is Morez never took it as slight, he was honored too be on the list of 250 kids. Young fella used it as motivation and as a tool of   ” I’ll Get Better & has young fella been on a mission, every month he was in the gym getting better and adding to his game. He has gone from a big kid who could run the court and use his length on defense too a kid who can shoot it from deep, take his man off the dribble, score in traffic, defend the post, brings the ball up the court in transition and can either dish it off too a teammate or ” PUT IT DOWN ON YOUR HEAD!!!” I’ve witness young fella climb the ladder in the rankings destroying any and everyone on the court, a kid whose confidence is through the roof and this after being on teams where he was either looked over or sat behind players. Young fella didn’t pout, he got in the gym and got better and is Jr. Hoops Elite Player Of The Year & now currently our #2 Player In The Class Of 2024. We would like to acknowledge Morez Johnson as Our Promising Prospect ” By Leaps & Bounds

 All Inclusive Jr Hoops Elite Top 200 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 Bless Ricky Moore 773 383-0972 8/17

Bryce Heard
Jeremiah Fears
Antonio Munoz
  1. Bryce Heard
  2. Antonio Munoz
  3.  Jeremiah Fears
  4. Melvin Bell
  5. Damion Porter
  6. Aleksander Ryan Alston
  7. Ian Milletic
  8. Yaris Irby
  9. Christian Cummings
  10. Elijah Lovesmore
  11. Dominique Murphy
  12. Jonas Johnson
  13. Emmanuel Moseley
  14. Anestis Hadjistamoulou
  15. Elijah Embry
  16. Ej Breland
  17. Donovan Starr
  18. Terrell Dozier
  19. Keshaun Vival
  20. Brady Selhourst
  21. Nate Marshall Jr.
  22. Lorenzo Shield
  23. Demarjay Richardson
  24. Jakob Rice
  25. Maurice Spalding
  26. Mikai Harris
  27. Naszial Jackson
  28. Noah Gorman
  29. Amari Edwards
  30. Nathan Nano
  31. Marcus McQueen Jr.
  32. Isaiah Pickens
  33. Darien Green
  34. Bruce Stanford
  35. Khalil Jones
  36. Chris Thomas
  37. Antwan Mosley
  38. Christopher Chadwick Jr.
  39. Zerrick Johnson
  40. Barack Young
  41. James Stampley
  42. Jaxson Hupp
  43. Myles Green
  44. Marshawn Cocroft
  45. Isaias Duarte
  46. Ramsey Morman
  47. Sincere Simons
  48. John Mikrut
  49. Kendall Cutler
  50. Ryan Mascari
  51. Donovan Olugbode
  52. Fernando Rodriquez
  53. Cameron Thomas
  54. Al Brooks
  55. Zion Gordon
  56. Levell Jones
  57. Jaymere Williams/ Damareay Davis
  58. Kristian Flowers
  59. DaMarion Denso
  60. Danyil Taylor
  61. Jamarion Bardwell
  62. Melvin Embry
  63. Yamera Wallace
  64. Cameron Pitts
  65. Jaden Fauske
  66. Marquan Barksdale
  67. Levarus Grayer
  68. John Deffenberg
  69. Terrion Benson
  70. Delon Davis
  71. Shawn Cannon
  72. Keyvion Walker
  73. Joshua Pettigrew
  74. Caleb Burgins
  75. Anthony Kosi
  76. Garrett Kristle
  77. Jevon Randle
  78. J’Siah Jefferson
  79. Jaydon Watts
  80. Marlo Moore
  81. Julian Overton
  82. Naveah Hawkins
  83. Antonio Reaford
  84. Armond Agustus
  85. Jerry Johnson
  86. Kamryn Miskdeen
  87. Danovan Cobb
  88. Anton Mosley
  89. Cal Mckay
  90. Markus Haliburton
  91. Lashaun Stowers
  92. Chase Turner
  93. Daniel Jervier
  94. Vincent Kelly
  95. Tristian Saunders
  96. Julian Brown
  97. Ryan Jackson
  98. Nate Cannon
  99. Tyrell Mays
  100. Malichi Nelson
  101. Jermaine Jones
  102. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  103. Marcus Jackson Jr.
  104. Aidan Robinson
  105. Larry Brown
  106. Milli’on Riley
  107. Kelvion Brown
  108. Jamal Carson
  109. Terry Ricks
  110. Jesse House
  111. Jaylin White
  112. Torrie Harper Jr.
  113. Dominic Smith
  114. Erick Hughes
  115. Davion Teague
  116. Kendall Wilson
  117. Myles Buchanan
  118. Dajuan Taylor
  119. D’Monte Meeks
  120. Jory Crocker
  121. Marcus Jackson II
  122. Tyaeshon Smith
  123. Marco Gonzalez
  124. Marlon Herron
  125. Isaiah Mason
  126. Willie Stephens
  127. Emmanuel HInes
  128. Damarion Denson
  129. Cole Christopher
  130. Mason Walsh
  131. Deng Awour
  132. Brian Sercy Jr.
  133. David Riverton
  134. Kelly Williams
  135. Keshaun Smith
  136. Miles Johnson
  137. Drayton Williams
  138. Kijohnna Brown
  139. James Watson
  140. Scooter Jenkins
  141. Paul Howard
  142. Emaan Thomas
  143. Shawn mason
  144. Mark Murrell
  145. Booby Watson
  146. Alex Marshall
  147. Morris Alexander
  148. Phillip Mark
  149. George Collins
  150. Tynell Walker
  151. Austin Lathrop
  152. Willie Felton
  153. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  154. Cameron Brown
  155. Shawn Wilson
  156. Charles Howe
  157. Kenton Brown
  158. Deontae Hill
  159. Dennis Small
  160. Pierre Pointer
  161. Ricky Peters
  162. Lamont Hinton
  163. Marcus Bell
  164. Zaire Keys
  165. Thomas Swartz
  166. Phil Johnson
  167. Travail Hollins
  168. Parker Towns
  169. Terrell Mosley
  170. Alphonso Homes
  171. Keshaun Williams
  172. Michael Page
  173. Collin Miller
  174. Julius Penny
  175. Da Marcus Jordan
  176. Erick Millison
  177. Khalil Person
  178. Michael Thompson’
  179. Phillip Hall
  180. Cooper Kavanaugh
  181. Marcus Bell
  182. Julius Smith
  183. Antwon Thomas
  184. Justin Goins
  185. Kendall Webb
  186. Mitchell Rucker
  187. Laurence Smith
  188. Michale Jagileski
  189. Isaac Curtis
  190. James Balston
  191. Colter Walters
  192. Craig Lentz
  193. Heberto Ramirez
  194. Bobby Morton
  195. Collin Miller
  196. Xavier Marshall
  197. Tony Shields
  198. Joel Tunnat
  199. Kenneth Sullivan
  200. David Walton
  201. Jesus Torres
  202. Jason Polowski
  203. Ricky Young
  204. Marcus Bond
  205. Franky Tillman
  206. Charles Thornton
  207. Chris Johnson
  208. William Bell

                                

All Inclusive !! Rankings Class Of 2024 Top 250

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 but they may have been out of site for awhile. 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 Fall and 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 in person. Feel Free to contact me.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

9/15

James Brown
Morez Johnson
Carlos Harris Jr.
Antione Glasper
  1. James Brown
  2. Morez Johnson
  3. Ethan Lathan
  4. Carlos Harris
  5. Antione Glasper
  6. Christopher Riddle
  7. Luke Williams
  8. Cole Hansen
  9. Dekwon Brown
  10. Joshua Pickett
  11. Mike Jones
  12. Taevion Collier
  13. Jaiden Reyna
  14. Elijah Simon
  15. Shaheeb Solebo
  16. Al Brooks
  17. Isaiah Green
  18. Jevari Jackson
  19. Tim Handy
  20. Jakob Blakely
  21. Sean Brown
  22. Joseph White
  23. Gianni Cobb
  24. Jehvion Starwood
  25. Tyshun Moore
  26. Jurrell Baldwin
  27. Stephan Cicic
  28. Christian Brockett
  29. Brendale Steward
  30. Damon Davis
  31. Phillip Erickson
  32. Kelvin Iverson
  33. Alex Trotter
  34. Peter(PJ) Chambers
  35. David Thomas
  36. Malachi Johnson
  37. Germaine Benson
  38. Keyshawn Harvey
  39. Dayvion Johnson
  40. Emmanuel Fooley
  41.  Carson Brownfield
  42. Nazir Duncan
  43. Lee Marks Jr.
  44. Jalen Falcon
  45. Max Johnson
  46. Emerson Davis
  47. Dorien Betty
  48. Jacob Blakely
  49. Bryant Hendricks
  50. Jaden Smith
  51. Adrian Martinez-Jones
  52. Jett Jones
  53. Drake Washington
  54. Justin Bowen Jr
  55. Willie Williams
  56. Nehemiah Folkes
  57. Fontain Thomas
  58. Brayden Burgher
  59. Jason Jakstys
  60. Josh Aniceto
  61. Jarvis McNeal
  62. Reggie Ray Jr
  63. Davarus Spann
  64. TJ Lee
  65. Doody SamuelS
  66. Jefferey Flemming
  67. Devon West
  68.  Mason Minor
  69. James Ty
  70. Darrion Pippen
  71. Lamonta Cross
  72. Mike Robinson Jr,
  73. Tre Dowdell
  74. Johnny Wiggins
  75. Antwan S
  76. Lebron Williams
  77. Antwon Jones
  78. Marvin Stephens
  79. Jashon Liggett
  80. Samuel Townsend
  81. Quavion Hoover
  82. Deonte Miller
  83. Brendon Rodgers
  84. K’Shaun White
  85. Jacqsen Bentley
  86. Payton Kayman
  87. Damion Bolden
  88. Denyell Rush
  89. Eric Werner
  90. Anthony Williams
  91. Terrence Roebuck
  92. Mekhi Austin
  93. Quentin McCoy
  94. Sam Gray
  95. Javon Tolliver
  96. Tyler Threat
  97. Landon Rivers
  98. Alexander Fields
  99. Dominic Marcantelli
  100. Jaden Harrell
  101. DeWayne Haliburton
  102. Marven Stephens
  103. Antione Thomas Jr.
  104. Jerimaya Sims
  105. Joshua Leslie
  106. Parker Sulaver
  107. Fred Garner
  108. Markeise Williams
  109. Tristian Ford
  110. Askia Bulley
  111. Keondre Pitts
  112. Bryce Yates
  113. Michael Washington
  114. Tashean Gates
  115. Graham Lathan
  116. Jordan Brooks
  117. Mario Parker
  118. Davion Wright
  119. Justin Brown
  120. Caleb Greer
  121. Dewayne Brooks
  122. JJ Crawford
  123. Maurice Carswell
  124. Kellen Marks Jr.
  125. Javier Malacara
  126. Jayquan Brown
  127. Avian Abrams
  128. Garrett Smith
  129. James Carr
  130. Lemer Burnett
  131. Elijah Harris
  132. Darshaun Thomas
  133. Khalil Washington
  134. Jordan Hall
  135. Demari Jordan
  136. Chandler McCary
  137. Nick Purnell
  138. David Cundiff
  139. Greg Williams
  140. Angel Cintron
  141. Jackson Labkon
  142. Usef Olijah
  143. James Graham
  144. Kristopher Hills
  145. Tyler Terry
  146. Kaden Coppage
  147. Chris Terry
  148. Odell Grimes
  149. Ulises Cardenas
  150. Sincere Cooley
  151. Trevor Curington
  152. Jaydon Wright
  153. Dupree Cooper
  154. Justin Holmes
  155. Asyrion Hogan
  156. Levi Goad
  157. Julius Johnson
  158. Keyonte Thompson
  159. Phillip Young
  160. Justin White
  161. Douglass Strong
  162. Richard Robinson
  163. Victor Green
  164. Johnnie Dumont
  165. Larenz Walters
  166. Derrick Smith Jr.
  167. Herberto Fuentes
  168. Jeremiah Johnson
  169. Enoch Gibson
  170. Collin Cawley
  171. Cole Jungwirth
  172. Talik Walls
  173. Frank Johnosn
  174. Gulliermo Alontes
  175. Harold Mooney Jr.
  176. Marcus Roberts
  177. Quincy Hudson
  178. Prentice Johnson
  179. Alex Gutarra
  180. Jake Hornok
  181. Thomas Copperwood
  182.  James Flores
  183. Michael  Caccitolo
  184. Malcolm Hall
  185. Malachi Davis
  186. Deashawn Murray
  187. Devin Fields
  188. Alex Rudolph
  189. Greg Trenton
  190. Phil Sobowloski
  191. Trevor Currington
  192. Greg Lilly
  193. Kenneth Walters
  194. Joshua Pierce
  195. Brad Fowler
  196. Marcus Grant
  197. Peter Lawson
  198. Greg Williams
  199. Roland Fouche
  200. Julius Gage
  201. Richard Watson
  202. Brian Glenn
  203. Carlton Hill
  204. Alex Guetierrez
  205. Quentin Drowning
  206. Keshawn Davidson
  207. Yusef Downing
  208. Joshua Evans
  209. Chasson Carter-Webb
  210. Julius Dempster
  211. Michael Frost
  212. Tyler Bobzin
  213. Julius Thompson
  214. Kyle Withers
  215. Brian Thomas
  216. Greg Simmos
  217. Klay Hawkins
  218. Marquis Haynes
  219. Reid Turner
  220. Alonzo Crothers
  221. Jason Jordan
  222. Julian Fernandez
  223. Yusef Muhhammad
  224. Tristian Bolden
  225. Tyrese Miles
  226. Brandon Clemmons
  227. Juan Sotelo
  228. Tony Houston
  229. Quentin Moore
  230. Julis Kall
  231. Prentice Jackson
  232. Alonzo Melton
  233. Julius Brandon
  234. Heriberto Morrales
  235. Nicholas White
  236. Markus Bell
  237. James Stewart
  238. Lonnie Smith
  239. Kayton Walls
  240. Ulise Parker
  241. Manny Peralta
  242. William Hughes
  243. Derrick Walton
  244. Preese Mayfield
  245. Alex Carson
  246. Gino Finnuchi
  247. Walter Newton
  248. Paul Synder
  249. James Johnson Jr
  250. Carlton Hinton
  251. Torrence Hilton
  252. Phil Howard
  253. Jorge Martinez

2019 All State Team & Awards Below

New Years Stock Risers

Battle Of The Titans 8th Grade Champs

21st Century

21st Century- The group came in and stormed through the competition and winning the tournament where 14 of The 16 teams in their age bracket had a serious chance of winning, the group used tough inside play and possession by possession defense that had many of its opponents lacking enough scoring punch to overcome their grittyness. Congrats to on a great showing!!!

Prairie Hills 7th

Prairie Hills 7th- This group showed heart, togetherness and poise, winning the 7th Grade Championship in dramatic fashion, squeaking out games in overtime and coming from behind by double figures in the Semi-Finals & Championship Game. Coach Boyd made adjustments and motivated his kids very well in an intense atmosphere. When most people picked 3 other teams as the favorites to win on Sunday. This group showed that “Us vs World!!” Mentality. Great Job!!

Yaris Irby

Yaris Irby 2025 – Young Fella put on a show this past weekend @ The Battle Of The Titans and clearly, I mean clearly showed me that he was disappointed in being slighted in the 2019 All State Awards. Yaris scored every way imaginable playing on the 8th grade level, he is the definition of “Unstickable At This Level” he is crafty as ever with ball, he can shoot it from deep, he hs a mean pull-up game and he finishes over bigs at the rim like no one else in the class. Currently rated in our class ranking top 7 Yaris is a Stock Riser. Young Fella has definitely put his name in the conversation as ” Best In The Class!!!” when the updated rankings come out young fella will definitely be moving up. “Will He Be #1? Is The Question” Yaris thrives and loves the big games and competition and will be in the building Feb. 22nd @ The Top Prospect Showcase where he will be making a statement that he is one of the best players in the Midwest!!! No Doubt About It.

Bryant Hedrick

Bryant Hedrick- Yes sirr!! we see it time and time again the evolution of a player and it’s great to see a player whom you watched over the years add to his game. Well young fella has always been one of the best as an attacking wing player who uses his physical size, strength and body to finish at the rim on and through defenders, I have now witness young fella improve on his play-making and ball handling skills as he was breaking his man down and dishing off  too teammates left and right for buckets playing the pg spot and enhancing his game. Yep young fella is a Jan. Stock Risers and will be in the building Feb. 22nd @ The Top Prospect Showcase to compete against many of the elite in the Midwest.

James Stampley Jr.

James Stampley Jr.- 2025 Let me say this ” Young Fella Is A Problem!!!” here is a combo guard who is one of the players that instantly catches your eye, as he gets where ever he wants on the court, he plays with a confidence and poise that few his grade level display, add to that young fella is too powerful for the slight framed guards to stop him from getting in the lane and he finishes at a high efficiency rate and  you have “one of the toughest guards in the class” This past weekend at the Battle Of The Titans, James showed a in tough situations vs tough teams that he is a player. Here is a  prospect who we acknowledge as a Stock Risers and make no doubt about it, his name will be included in the updated class rankings next month pretty high. We also expect to see young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd. Where many of the elite players from Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin will be in the building.

A Shaugnhn Boyd

A Shaughn Boyd 2025- Young Fella showed ” Big Time Clutch- Genes!!” hitting shot after shot the had the crowd on their feet in Semi-Final & Championship. Down 3 in the semi finals “Young Fella- Pump Faked, Got The Defender In The Air, Side Stepped Him and Swished It Through The Net & Nailed The Biggest shot of The Game!! That came after he hit a defender with a cross over at the top off the key and knocked down the floater, Young Fella showed up big in every game and was the leading scorer this week for Prairie Hills 7th, and definitely showed he has ice water in his veins nailing clutch shot after shot when his team needed it the most. Look for young fella name to make our list in the update as he is a New Year Stock Riser.

Jr. Hoops Elite 2019 Player Of The Year Tevonta Jackson!!

Tevonta Jackson

Tevonta Jackson- Young Fella has been nothing short of spectacular this year, the 6ft plus pg lead his Middle School Team to best record in years, he is a smooth combo guard that makes the game look easy, he can facilitate and make others better, he contributes on the glass with his size and his jump-shot has improved so muchover a year a lot of people think he is on the verge of becoming an elite shooter. Here is a kid who has the attributes to dominate, but the personality of selflessness, I’ve witnessed young fella put a team on his back and carry them, I’ve watched young fella play his role and let his teammates get there’s if they have it going. Yep here is a kid who doesnt play for numbers he plays to win, yet his skill and plish on the court make him Stand-out even when he not trying too. one of my favorite sayings is ” YOUNG FELLA HAS GAME!!!” no other way to say it, the future is so bright for young fella. Jr.Hoops Elite would like too acknowledge Tevonta Jackson as our Player Of The Year!!!

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

Jr . Hoops Elite All State Team 2019

1st Team

Javonte Taylor(2023)

Tevonta Jackson(2023)***Player Of The Year!!

Raeshom Harris(2023)

Cordy Johnson(2023)

Jalen Griffith(2023)

Dalen Davis(2023)

2nd Team

DaMahrion Wyatt(2023)

Ronald Chambers(2023)

Jeremy Fears(2023)

Marcus Piagram(2023)

Darrin Ames Jr.(2023)

Jaloni Johnson(2023)

3rd Team

Bryce Coleman.(2023)

Jeremy Harrington(2023)

Terrell Craig(2023)

Mehki Cooper(2023)

Xavier Sulaiman(2023)

Bryce Tillery(2023)

Sonny Williams(2023)

4th Team

Jabian Acosta(2023)

Kamarion Cobb(2023)

Emmet O’ Shaugnessy(2023)

Lierrr Collier(2023)

Diamante Meeks(2023)

Kaden Space(2023)

Marquez Kelsor(2023)

Derrion Baker(2023)

Honarable Mention

Isaiah Giles(2023)

Mike Jones(2024)

Sean Brown(2024)

Jerl Allen(2023)

Donovan Younger (2023)

Keon Alexander(2023)

Ray Maurchie (2023)

Luke Williams(2024)

Adrian Martinez- Jones (2024)

Top 25 Shooters Regardless Of Class

Jordan Brooks
Christian Giles

Collin Wainscott(2023)

Mekhi Cooper(2023)

Cordy Johnson( 2023)

Matthew King(2024)

Amari Edwards (2025)

Samuel Lewis(2023)

Darrin Ames Jr. (2023)

Noah Gorman(2025)

Jordan Brook(2024)

Jakob Blakely(2024)

Tai Coleman(2025)

Davarus Spann (2024)

Antione Glasper(2024)

TJ Lee(2024)

EJ Mosley(2025)

Christian Cummings(2025)

Marcus Mcqueen(2025)

Mikai Harris (2025)

EJ Breland(2025)

Chris Thomas(2025)

Rico Delassandro(2026)

Christian Giles(2026)

Champ Parker(2026)

Keshaun Vival(2025)

Alijah Little Jr. (2026)

Ethan Samuels( 2024)

Top 5 Floor General PGs Regardless Of Class

Christian Brockett

Jeremy Fears(2023)

Jalen Griffin(2023)

Christian Brockett(2024)

Marquis Clark (2026)

Antione Glasper(2024)

Bryce Tillery(2023)

Top 10 Wing Scorers Regardless Of Class

Emerson Davis

DaMahrion Wyatt(2023)

Sean Brown(2024)

Dekwon Brown(2024)

Cordy Johnson(2023)

Jaloni Johnson(2023)

Luke Williams (2024)

Brendale Stewart(2024)

Emerson Davis(2024)

Gianni Cobb(2024)

Bryant Hendricks (2024)

Top 10 Finishers Regardless Of Class

Carlos Harris Jr.

Ronald Chambers(2023)

Carlos Harris Jr. (2024)

Luke Williams(2024)

Marcus Pigram(2023)

Howard Williams(2026)

Xavier Suliaman(2023)

Yaris Irby(2025)

Nas Rankin (2026)

Drake Washington(2024)

Damion Porter(2025)

All “Most Versatile Team”

Bryce Heard

(Scoring, Rebounding, Facilitating, Inside-Outside, Defending And Playing Multiple Positions)

Germaine Benson(2024)

Bryce Heard (2025)

Bryce Coleman(2023)

Kassidy Nelson(2026)

Christopher Riddle (2024)

Kevin Iverson(2024)

Malachi Johnson

Antwan Mosley (2025)

Adrian Martinez Jones(2024)

Elijah Lovemore(2025)

Anthony Munoz(2025)

Peter (PJ) Champbers(2024)

Carson Brownfield(2024)

Derrion Baker(2023)

Top 10 Post Players Regardless Of Class

Nazir Duncan

James Brown(2024)

Jeremy Harrington (2023)

Donovan Younger(2023)

Mike Jones (2024)

Elijah Simon(2024)

Howard Williams(2026)

Time Winkler(2025)

Keon Alexander(2023)

Morez Johnson(2024)

Jalen Falcon(2024)

Nazir Duncan(2024)

Top 5 Scoring Pgs Guards Regardless of Class

DeMarjay Richardson

Darrin Ames Jr (2023)

Dalen Davis ( 2023)

Mehki Cooper (2023)

Antione Glasper (2024)

Jeremiah Fears (2025)

Damarjay Richardson (2025)

All Defensive Team

James Brown

James Brown(2024)

Zerrick Johnson(2025)

Nehemiah Folkes(2024)

Mason Minor(2024)

Davyion Johnson (2024)

Elijah Embry (2025)

Top 10 Uwwweee Move Players

(Known For Making The Crowd- Say Uweee ” What A Move!!!”

Tim Handy

Terrence Roebuck(2024)

Antione Glasper(2024)

Alijah Lovesmore (2025)

Mike Robinson Jr.(2024)

Kassidy Nelson (2026)

Julius Hamlin Jr. (2026)

Yaris Irby (2025)

Deontae Miller(2024)

Kristian Flowers (2025)

Lorenzo Shields( 2025)

Jevari Jackson (2024)

Tim Hardy (2024)

Top 10- And 1 Crew.

Germaine Benson

(Finish the bucket and get the foul)

Germaine Benson ( 2024)

Devon West ( 2024)

Nas Rankin (2026)

Martin Ryne (2025)

Melvin Embry (2025)

Howard Williams(2026)

Top 10 Clutch Small Guards

Jamari Thomas

Getting That Late Game Bucket – Fearless Gamer’s With Big Heart!!!

Jordan Walker (2026)

EJ Mosley(2025)

Noah Mister(2026)

Jamari Thomas (2026)

Chris Thomas (2025)

Ashton Flowers (2026)

Rykan Woo ( 2026)

Torrence Tate (2026)

Tony Horton Jr. (2026)

Amare Pryor (2026)

Tyjuan Hunter (2026)

Top 5 Attack The Rack

You can’t stop me from getting to the basket,

Ramsey Momon

Adrian Martinez Jones (2024)

Ramsey Momon (2025)

Jett Jones (2024)

Oscar Johnson(2024)

Rajuan Roberts (2026)

Damian Bolden (2024)

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All Illinois

2023 Top 250 Class Rankings

There are many kids who deserve to be on this list but I haven’t seen them lately so I may have taken them off until I see them again or there are players I haven’t seen in person so far, there are also several prospects who could be a little higher on the list or a little lower but I will wait to change because of the reasons stated above. Jrhoopselite will be in gyms all winter ans spring. The list is designed for promotion of our youth and designed to motivate kids. 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. There are over 600 kids in 8th grade database so far, some kids I may have taken off list until I know better where to put them and a few others I may need the correct spelling, those will go up daily for next week or so, 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. I have had numerous Division 1 kids play for me who were on no ones radar at this stage keep getting better.

                            

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

Javonte Taylor
Jalen Griffith
Tavonte Jackson
  1. Javonte Taylor
  2. Davious Loury
  3. Dalen Davis
  4.  Tevonta Jackson
  5. Jerememy Fears
  6. Khalil Ross
  7. Darrin Ames Jr.
  8. Sam Lewis
  9. Kylan Boswell
  10. Ronald Chambers
  11. Jalen Griffith
  12. Jaloni Johnson
  13. Cameron Christie
  14. Derrion Baker
  15. Daniel Johnson
  16. DaMahrion Wyatt
  17. Marcus Piagram
  18. Reashon Harris
  19. Donovan Younger
  20. Mehki Cooper
  21. Richard Barron
  22. Sonny Williams
  23. Bryce Coleman
  24. Kaiden Space
  25. Cordy Johnson
  26. Mike Davis Jr.
  27. Jeremy Harrington
  28. Emett O’Shaugnessy
  29. Ahmere Carson
  30. Bryce Tillery
  31. Kamarion Cobb
  32. Ken Merritt Jr.
  33. Hunter Duncan
  34. Xavier Sulaiman
  35. Terrell Craig
  36. Ray Maurchie
  37. Simeon Murchinson
  38. Jerl Allen
  39. Lierre Collier
  40. Kentrell Weekely
  41. Emory Marshall
  42. Darrell Island
  43. Keon Alexander
  44. Josh Oraegbu
  45. Yarell Greer
  46. Dahmahrion Morris
  47. Christian Brooks
  48. Anthony Vaval
  49. marquez Kelsor
  50. Diamonte Meeks
  51. Jacquez Adams
  52. Tylon Tolliver
  53. Michael Ratcliff
  54. Armani Ivy
  55. Solomon Mosley
  56. Collin Wainscott
  57. Grant Vievesi
  58. Maurice Thomas
  59. Jowan Villuella
  60. Tramell Green
  61. Darrion Towns
  62. Shawneek Brown
  63. Jeremiah Pickens
  64. Taj Brunson
  65. Dauntrell Dixon
  66. Aarion Bagley
  67. Ben Lothery
  68. Mehki Lowery
  69. Damarjay Binion
  70. Xavier Nesbitt
  71. Ivan Haggard Jr.
  72. Cameron Chandler
  73. Ray Austin
  74. Israel Hines
  75. Tru Coleman
  76. Donovan Collins
  77. Deonte Cunningham
  78. Payton Pitts
  79. De Andre Almore
  80. Yann Kouotou
  81. Brennan Horton-Lee
  82. Ja’Khorian Jones
  83. Isaiah Giles
  84. Ben King
  85. Tarell Harding
  86. Malcolm Thompson
  87. Zack DeLuca
  88. Aminu Habib
  89. Kros Barrett
  90. Isaiah Torres
  91. Troy Cicero Jr.
  92. Peter McShane
  93. Sherod Dent Jr.
  94. Isaiah Smith
  95. Jeremy Bennett
  96. Joe Spaccapaniccia
  97. Jeremiah Beasley
  98. James Stevenson
  99. Evan Jackson
  100. Jordan Gibson
  101. J’veon Bardwell
  102. Quinton Hunter
  103. George Waterbee
  104. Immanuel Golden
  105. Austin Robinson
  106. Robert Showalter
  107. Marcus Williams
  108. Isaiah Hall
  109. Alex Lopez
  110. Kendall Taggart
  111. Jaden Small
  112. Luke Pettway
  113. Jaren Jackson
  114. Elias Alexander
  115. Korbin Gann
  116. Richard Jackson
  117. Brock Zellinger
  118. Lavarius Bracey
  119. Jason Oboye
  120. Akeem Crivens
  121. Tyler Royal
  122. Jamar Jackson
  123. Jasiah Andrews
  124. Jeremiah Roberts
  125. Myan Whitfield
  126. Latravion Watts
  127. Anthony Davis
  128. Jacobi Moore
  129. Mario Rimmer
  130. Marquil Mcbride
  131. Marrion Wells
  132. Jordan Croegaert
  133. Marcus Thompson
  134. Tyler Christian
  135. Michael Doss
  136. Dirk Nickson
  137. Shawn Pearson
  138. Julius Caldwell
  139. Elijah Nelson
  140. Julius Hawkins
  141. Wilson Tolsom
  142. Collin Wilson
  143. Austin Wilson
  144. Clinton Pearson
  145. Morgan Nelson
  146. Kenyon Grant
  147. Brian Diaz
  148. Phillip Mckay
  149. Tayshaun Howard
  150. Torey Johnson
  151. Sam Notre
  152. Jason Glass
  153. Julio Morales
  154. Quetin Brewster
  155. Lonnie Rhodes
  156.  Lamont Young
  157. Torrence Hope
  158. Justin Hall
  159. Jesus Gonzales
  160. Zaire Baker
  161. Dirk Nickson
  162. Nick Kessler
  163. Morton Holmes
  164. William Newson
  165. Thomas Small
  166. Joseph Banks
  167. Lonnie Wilson
  168. Will O’shields
  169. Caden Cline
  170. Quentin Walton
  171. Tristian Walters
  172. Marcus Dotson
  173. Jamal Hosuton
  174. Norris Flemming
  175. Samuel Hill
  176. Freddie Rose
  177. George Waterbee
  178. Patrick Turner
  179. Stewart Jones
  180. Kenneth Smith
  181. Tom Bruenelli
  182. Joseph Wood
  183. Thom Burr
  184. Julio Rodriguez
  185. Martin Pope
  186. Earnest Miller
  187. Kristian Patterson
  188. Justin Homes
  189. Malcolm Johnson
  190. Ellis Parks
  191. Nelson Williams
  192. Broderick Potts
  193. Marcus Patton
  194. Jason Jagielski
  195. Malcolm Bridges
  196. Richard Flower
  197. Manuel Huerta
  198. Zachery Strong
  199. James Kinton
  200. Greg Walls
  201. Troy Bell
  202. Robert Wallace
  203. Frederick Pruit
  204. Lance Walker
  205. Mike Trotter Jr.
  206. Vince Petrelli
  207. Timothy Hartman
  208. Curt Wilkerson
  209. Brandon Harvey
  210. Catrell Watson
  211. William Hayes
  212. Vance Malloy
  213. Michael Roberson
  214. Derrick Robinson
  215. Paul Motrolis
  216. Xavier Morales
  217. Austin Goodman
  218. Payton Williams
  219. Donnell Irving
  220. Simeon Dobbs
  221. Marcus Porter
  222. Zach Jones
  223. Joshua Thompson
  224. Isaiah Young
  225. Terry Clark
  226. Freddy Marshall
  227. Isaac Ferguson
  228. Quincy Dumas
  229. D’Ante Collins
  230. Lawrence Stalls
  231. Carlos Thigpen
  232. Joshua Thomas
  233. Adam Walker
  234. Khalil Person
  235. Antwan Looney
  236. Malik Carter
  237. Joseph Smith
  238. Rodney Wislom
  239. Julio Molares
  240. Quincy Douby
  241. Juan Rodriqueaz
  242. William Polowski
  243. James martin
  244. Kejuan Peoples
  245. Tyshawn Johnson
  246. Kelvin Grenshaw

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Illinois, Indiana, & Southern Wisconsin  Rankings 2022 Rankings

This list is for promotion of our youth and designed to motivate kids and provide exposure, there are a lot of kids at this level that I have not seen yet and 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 too 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 about events or if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

Andre Casey Jr.

           
               

Kyle Thomas
Jaylen Washington
Trey Pettigrew
                                             
  1. Andre Casey Jr.
  2. Jaylen Washington
  3. Kyle Thomas
  4. Trey Pettigrew
  5. Devante Cobb
  6. Kameron Kraft
  7. Christian Jones
  8. Steven Clay
  9. Jeffery Brazziel
  10. Mikell Jones
  11. Miqkwon Jones
  12. Jaden Schutt
  13. Xavier Amos
  14. Robbie Avila
  15. Sean Page
  16. Donovan Jones
  17. Jalon Bullock
  18. Jayden Dean
  19. Brylan Phillips
  20. Jared Badie
  21. Keynan Davis
  22. Leonte Lilly
  23. Keynan Davis
  24. Omarion Hatch
  25. Tye Banks
  26. Tony Webb
  27. Nick Harrell
  28. Marquell Crump
  29. Avion Moris
  30. Dajuan Bates
  31. Patrick Robinson
  32. Raleigh Roberson
  33. Julian Acosta
  34. DaMarrea Davis
  35. Christian Meeks
  36. Demetrius Dortch
  37. Kennon Cook
  38. Brandon Jones
  39. Brennan White
  40. Shallah Davis
  41. Javon Johnson
  42. Kaden Cobb
  43. Denim Juette
  44. DJ Star
  45. Yusif Oliff
  46. Naka
  47. Mikey Brown
  48. Vernon Henry
  49. Tyler Faucett
  50. Kamari Weatherspoon
  51. Kanye Smith
  52. Lamont Williams
  53. Keon Richardson
  54. Justin Mullins
  55. Phillip Cunningham
  56. Curtis Smothers
  57. Jeremy Alderson
  58. Toby Onyeknowu
  59. Jamin Brown
  60. Eian Pugh
  61. Tyquan Butler
  62. Bradyn Arrenius
  63. Terry Gordon
  64. Terry Elias
  65. Bryant Handley
  66. Mehki Shaw
  67. Lavar Lindsey
  68. Gabe Madej
  69. Max Garcia
  70. Christopher Green
  71. Kewon Harris
  72. Mysean Vaughn
  73. TJ Griffin
  74. Johnny Griffin
  75. Connor Sukel
  76. Gavin Johnson Jr.
  77. Kennon Cook
  78. De Andrew Powell
  79. Daronte Peterson
  80. Kennan Abnar Jr.
  81. Kaden Stork
  82. Martez Jackson
  83. Trevon Thomas
  84. Terrion Langston
  85. Demontre Young
  86. Timaris Brown
  87. Tyler Morris
  88. Jamauri Winfrey
  89. Erick Locke Jr
  90. Devyn Williams
  91. Tyler Burrows
  92. Max Wilhemsen
  93. Deandre Berry
  94. Keshawn Smith
  95. Lerone Allen
  96. Donovan Byrd
  97. Kenyon Weekley
  98. Jaybari Moore
  99. Jaydin Dunlap
  100. Miles Casey
  101. Michael Osei-Bonsu
  102. Mark Smith
  103. Alonzo Powe
  104. Byron Hobbs
  105. Deontrae Warren
  106. Lashaun Danzler
  107. DaMahrion Murrell
  108. Aidan Mahan
  109. Jamarion Thomas
  110. Iazerick Yates
  111. Drew Cwik
  112. Kevin Dela Puz
  113. Armoni Flowers
  114. Dajour Stephens
  115. Eugene Brown
  116. Lazarion Tyler
  117.  Stephen Hill
  118. Ashton Hutchinson
  119. Donovan Brown
  120. Levontrae Ford
  121. Alex Jackson
  122. Ralph Gordon
  123. Caleeb Spencer
  124. Donovan Eatman
  125. Ahmarion Hill
  126. Travis Grayson
  127. Devonta Freeman
  128. Solomon Earner
  129. Creshaun Hill
  130. Freddie Golden
  131. Lavall Nash
  132. Calvin Nwosu
  133. Cale Steinbach
  134. Jshaan Richards
  135. Amari White
  136. David Geiser
  137. Devough McCullogh
  138. Nathan Moore
  139. Rashawn Bost
  140. Max Reese
  141. Alex Gutierrez
  142. Chi Chi Johnson
  143. Brian Akinyele
  144. Rommell Franklin Jr
  145. Erick Lynch
  146. Tyson Amoo- Mensah
  147. Gabriel James-Rivera
  148. Jamereon Dale
  149. Chrys Smyros
  150. Tyler Young
  151. Addison Petrulis
  152. Christian Lorenzo
  153. Max Murray
  154. TJ Stevenson
  155. Amarion Fields
  156. Addion Petrulis
  157. Jabryn Anderson
  158. Orlando Thomas
  159. Joshua Kirksey
  160. Ashton Norful
  161. Javin Miles
  162. Jack Trent
  163. Jamarion Stubbs
  164. Terrance Patton
  165. Joseph Borishade
  166. Kevin Cobb
  167. Cameron Pickett
  168. Alphoso Betts
  169. Julian Villegas
  170. Mickey Schumacher
  171. Terez Richmond
  172. AJ Redd
  173. DiAngelo Strong
  174. Cahlil Morgan
  175. Drew Meyers
  176. Tyqaun Carson
  177. Phaybian Julius
  178. Tyler Westberg
  179. Austin Franklin
  180. Eric Washington
  181. Terrance Jones III
  182. Enyinnaya Nwagwu
  183. Calvin Smith
  184. Malik Morgan
  185. Demani Bass
  186. Nick Vuckovic
  187. Mark Feguson
  188. Jamal Keyes
  189. Parish Walker
  190. Ray Coffee
  191. Tyler Gumbus
  192. Daniel Hong
  193. Julien Chandler
  194. Valentino Hill
  195. Alex Fortson
  196. Mikey Asamoah
  197. Julius Brown
  198. Khalil Hall
  199. Timothy Bell
  200. Elijah Tiggs
  201. Laterrian Payton
  202. Jason Smith
  203. Kirk Lovett
  204. Wally Zminsky
  205. Eric Patton
  206. Cori Baker
  207. Marckus Pillows
  208. Rodney Pearson
  209. Mark Northside
  210. Jose Martinez Jr.
  211. Tristian Parker
  212. Lawrence Williams
  213. Hector Garcia
  214. Lonell Perry
  215. Talee Pugh
  216. Lonnie Smith
  217. Gulliermo Hernandez
  218. Josh Parker
  219. Phillip Washington
  220. Yogi Trice
  221. Kenton Blade
  222. Marcus Johnson Jr.
  223. Derick Witten
  224. Ronald Ferguson
  225. Juan Durantes
  226. Mike Palmer
  227. Nicholas Pilate
  228. Christian Branson
  229. Xavier Lawson

December Stock Risers Pt. 1

James Ty

James Ty 2024- Right now if you want a versatile combo guard who is capable of making your team go, look no further. Young Fella is a do everything wing that has his middle school team looking to make a big splash at the State Tournament next month. James is the player who can take you off the dribble and score slashing to the rim, he has a nice pull-up game, his long range shooting is solid and he makes plays for his teammates add the fact that he has length to play and defend multiple positions and you have one of the more versatile players in the class. Here is a kid whom Im getting calls about and a players whose Stock is Rising!! Look for James @ The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd. where many of the elite will be in the building. I know one thing young fella can hold his own against anyone.

Gianni Cobb

Gianni Cobb 2024- Here is a young fella who always leaves an impact on the game, make no mistake about it young fella finds a way to put that ball in the bucket, he has range out to 25ft, he understands how to move without the ball and get open, he has crafty finishes in the lane over and under the bigger players, he has an uncanny way of contorting his body in traffic where he forces the defense to run into him so he can get too the line and he knows when to take off after a rebound to get those fast-break layups! He knows “HOW TO PUT THAT ROUND THING IN THAT ROUND THING” no matter when I see him play he always puts points on the board, but what I love about young fella is he has that itch to  too play In that Big Game!! yes indeed young fella has that “Big Heart!!” he is fearless and one of the kids I want in a closing moment because he believes in himself, there is no self doubt. Gianni is one of our Dec. Stock Risers and look for him at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 22nd where many of the elite will be in the building from Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin.

Jada Tatum

Jada Tatum 2025- Here is a young lady who showed poise handing the ball against some of the elite players in the city, she was steady and moved the ball with precision, but what caught everyone’s eye was that Jada, let the rock go from N.B.A. range like it was a free-throw, Swish, Swish after Swish like this ain’t nothing, this what I do!!!!!after her team got off to big lead things looked good, then in the second half when her team appeared to be reeling and losing control of the game Jada stepped up big time and hit the go-ahead 3. Jada is one of our December Stock Risers and we hope to see her Feb 22nd The Top Prospect Showcase. Where many of the elite players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

Josh Anieto

Josh Aniceto 2024- Yall sleep, well let me wake ya up, here is one of the best pgs in the class, young fella plays the game so efficient as he makes all the right reads, he never forces a shot, he lets the game come to him and he makes others better. ” Well there is an extra burst to young fella that adds a little separation when he had the ball in his hands that others just don’t have, I mean Josh can be a blur with the ball.  While his appearance and demeanor on the court speak shy, his game speaks Big Time Player!!! Josh is one of our December Stock Risers and we look forward to watching him compete against elite.

David Thomas

David Thomas 2024- Athlete supreme, a kid who you will be saying watch ya head in a couple of years, a kid who will be going down the lane dunking on people, a kid whose athleticism is top 3 in the class right now and a kid who will be better as he plays against top notch talent. We saw young fella make some acrobatic and incredible plays that speak well as a down the line prospect. When you have all the tools and frame at your disposal that David does its only a matter of time before you catch many of the prospects ahead of you. We see young fella a a diamond in the rough and a prospect whose stock is definitely on the rise. Look for  David @ The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd where many of the elite in the Midwest will be in the building>

Jr Hoops Elite  Top 20 Middle School Team Rankings,

21st Century

1. 21st Century-  They pulled off a close one today winning by 1. against Eggers, boy oh boy. Team has knocked off all the heavy hitters, will they be able to claim the title Jan. 11th/12th. will be interesting.

2. Prairie Hills- Tough loss vs 21st Century, still favorites to win 4A State, and they will be anxiously awaiting Battle Of The Titans Jan. 11th & 12th.

3. Ariel Academy- Two Battle tested wins this past weekend, The fearsome 4 backcourt is back together Rj, Christian, Jashun, Mason bring the pain and Kevin brings the intangibles, the gang is all back and will be interesting to see at Battle Of The Titans.

3. South Loop- Getting better and better, played super tough this weekend, Elijah Simon was an absolute stud this past weekend.

4. Eggers- A nip and tuck game against Numberone team  21st Century came up short by a point. But definitely capable of beating anyone see them at Battle Of The Titans Jan 11/12

5. Learn 8-  Plays city rival Webster tomorrow at home.

6. CJA- It’s time for Reggie, Devon, Caleb & Malachi to bring it, in middle school they have enough talent to beat anyone.

7. Washington-Naperville-. The group has legnth, size and one of the best players in the state in Luke Williams

8. Brooks-Bolingbrook-  Big Win over Yorkville, the road down state, will be very interesting this year !

9. Coolridge- Big win the past weekend at Kanakakee, 

10. Decatur- Robertson- Group is tough and capable of winning State this year.

11. Kankakee- Tough loss this past weekend vs Coolridge, its early they have plenty of time too bounce back.

12. John F Kennedy- Plainfield-  when is next test? I’ll have to find out, tam needs to be Challenged.

13. Washington( Riverdale)- Morez Johnson is a problem!!

14. Kipp- The group is rounding back into form and will be a problem come city playoffs.

15. Brook( Oak Park)- That district championship will be interesting, Will, Sam, Mehki & Danny can play with anyone!!

16. Julian- Got a big win over rival this past weekend. Oscar & Antione are good players who both can take over a game.

17. Roosevelt( Bellwood) Lost a tough one with players missing, so its back to the lab.

18. Mckinnley- A candidate too make a run down state no doubt about it.

19. Legacy- The group has been playing well and together lately, this team is usually best at the end of the season, Coach Brown is intense.

20. Beasley- A new group that’s trying to Blend in together, down a little but not out

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Rykan Woo

Rykan Woo- 2026 Wait a minute, we have a “A Top Player In Class Alert!!” Yes sirr here is a kid who has the ability to break down 1, 2 or even 3 defenders at a time and either make a play for himself or spoon feed his teammates. Rykan  plays the game with an understanding 2-3 years advanced, he see’s the play before it happens and may have the best court vision in his class. Young Fella is so talented and very hard to stop with the ball in his hands, but what impresses me even more, is young fella  never gets rattled under pressure and seemingly always makes the correct play(his teammate can miss 3 in a row, if he’s open he will get it to him again) Young Fella Has A Special Gift!!! . If there is one person I trust in the class with the ball in his hands and game on the line to make a play it’s  Rykan. Few have his skills as he deceptively quick and finishes through contact. Young Fella will make his debut in the Jr Hoops Elite 2026 Class Rankings coming out Dec 1st or Dec 25th  and Rykan will be in attendance at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd where many of the elite in the Midwest will be in Attendance.

Darryelle Smith

2026 Darryelle Smith- Is a long wing who excels in transition, can shoot it from deep and looks to be a prospect whose’s upside is tremendous, Darryelle recently has been playing with the boys and she has been one of the better players on the court. In a game where her team was down 2 pts with less than 7 seconds she calmly got the pass from her teammate dribbled to the left and dropped a 30 ft 3 pointer winner in the defenders face as time expired. This young ladies name is about to be heard in this city. look for Darryelle @ the first annual All Girls Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd.

Nas Rankin

Nas Rankin 2026- Here we go as the 2026 class is starting to take shape, here is hybrid wing who can get to the rim and finish with the best in the class, Nas can be unstoppable at times, At this level he blends a combination of speed and athleticism thats hard to stop, add to that his competitive spirit and drive to be good and you have a problem on your hand if you are an opposing coach. Feb 22nd 2026  best will be in the building and we expect Nas to be in attendance, Currently a Top 15 prospect in the class, the official numbers with updates and new entry will come out in the next 2 weeks.

Noah Mister

Noah Mister 2026- Young Fella has always been a player, the fiesty pg is starting too round into form, he is growing in size by leaps and bounds as well as his maturity and understanding on the court. I personally watched him on consecutive plays in crunch -time wave off the play called by coach, the first he through a perfect entry pass to his big for a bucket from the wing  recognizing that his big had the mismatch to give his team a 1 point lead as his coach was yelling throw it up top and the next play down from the same wing and his coach yelling same thing ” throw it up top” young fella ball faked and drove the lane and finished with the opposite hand in traffic!! ” Yes Sir!! young fella showed just what I wanted too see ” Big Heart!! Playing up can sometimes take kids confidence to do them, but young fella mixes a blend of understanding the physical limitations at times and using his high IQ to get to spots and be effective. The actual numbers for 2026 come out Dec 1 or Dec 25th. make no mistake about it young fells is one of those kids who you will not have too look very far before seeing his name no doubt about it.

Metrell Habin 2026

Metrell Habin 2026- Standing 6-2 plus in 6th grade it doesnt take much too stand out, but you fella packs a soft touch out to 15ft feet and he his fundamental skill set is good, he keeps it high, he uses pivots well and he is a rim protector, when talking about a propsect who coaches will be drooling over look no further. Metrell will enter the class rankings a Top 10 prospect when the update comes out and Metrell will be in the building Feb 22nd. @ The Top Prospect Showcase where many of the elite players in the class will be in the building.

Chistopher Riddle

Christoper Riddle 2024- Here is a young man who has all the physical attributes and skill set to be one of the very best in the class.  I’ve witnessed young fella knock three 3 pointers in a row down, then dribble in traffic around defenders and spoon feed hand-off too is teammate for a lay-up, following that up seconds later with a power dribble spin off his opponent for a layin Whoa!! displaying power and finess all in one move.   Chris is a 6/2 plus wing who can shoot it from the perimeter, facilitate and make plays for teammates and hit the glass and rebound in traffic with the best of them. Yep!!! Look for Chris to make his debut in the class rankings next week and also look for young fella at Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd as he will be in the building competing against many of the elite prospects in the Midwest.

Jalen Falcon

Jalen Falcon 2024- Here is a kid who is sizzling hot right now, young fella has come transferred to Prairie Hills this year and has taken his game to another level. Young Fella is tenacious on both sides of the ball as he has shown the ability to take the bigger slower bigs off the dribble and score as he is too quick and has an explosive first step, he has shown the ability to out power the smaller forwards dominating on the block and young fella  has shown the ability to lock up the smaller and what appeared at the time quicker guards. We see Jalen as a hybrid athlete who’s skills are catching up with his athleticism. This is a kid unlike many who should have no problem adapting to the physicality of high school basketball and a player who will be moving up our updated class rankings being released next week. At his level young fella ” Is A Stud!!

December Stock Risers Pt. 1

James Ty

James Ty 2024- Right now if you want a versatile combo guard who is capable of making your team go, look no further. Young Fella is a do everything wing that has his middle school team looking to make a big splash at the State Tournament next month. James is the player who can take you off the dribble and score slashing to the rim, he has a nice pull-up game, his long range shooting is solid and he makes plays for his teammates add the fact that he has length to play and defend multiple positions and you have one of the more versatile players in the class. Here is a kid whom Im getting calls about and a players whose Stock is Rising!! Look for James @ The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd. where many of the elite will be in the building. I know one thing young fella can hold his own against anyone.

Gianni Cobb

Gianni Cobb 2024- Here is a young fella who always leaves an impact on the game, make no mistake about it young fella finds a way to put that ball in the bucket, he has range out to 25ft, he understands how to move without the ball and get open, he has crafty finishes in the lane over and under the bigger players, he has an uncanny way of contorting his body in traffic where he forces the defense to run into him so he can get too the line and he knows when to take off after a rebound to get those fast-break layups! He knows “HOW TO PUT THAT ROUND THING IN THAT ROUND THING” no matter when I see him play he always puts points on the board, but what I love about young fella is he has that itch to  too play In that Big Game!! yes indeed young fella has that “Big Heart!!” he is fearless and one of the kids I want in a closing moment because he believes in himself, there is no self doubt. Gianni is one of our Dec. Stock Risers and look for him at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 22nd where many of the elite will be in the building from Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin.

Jada Tatum

Jada Tatum 2025- Here is a young lady who showed poise handing the ball against some of the elite players in the city, she was steady and moved the ball with precision, but what caught everyone’s eye was that Jada, let the rock go from N.B.A. range like it was a free-throw, Swish, Swish after Swish like this ain’t nothing, this what I do!!!!!after her team got off to big lead things looked good, then in the second half when her team appeared to be reeling and losing control of the game Jada stepped up big time and hit the go-ahead 3. Jada is one of our December Stock Risers and we hope to see her Feb 22nd The Top Prospect Showcase. Where many of the elite players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

Josh Anieto

Josh Aniceto 2024- Yall sleep, well let me wake ya up, here is one of the best pgs in the class, young fella plays the game so efficient as he makes all the right reads, he never forces a shot, he lets the game come to him and he makes others better. ” Well there is an extra burst to young fella that adds a little separation when he had the ball in his hands that others just don’t have, I mean Josh can be a blur with the ball.  While his appearance and demeanor on the court speak shy, his game speaks Big Time Player!!! Josh is one of our December Stock Risers and we look forward to watching him compete against elite.

David Thomas

David Thomas 2024- Athlete supreme, a kid who you will be saying watch ya head in a couple of years, a kid who will be going down the lane dunking on people, a kid whose athleticism is top 3 in the class right now and a kid who will be better as he plays against top notch talent. We saw young fella make some acrobatic and incredible plays that speak well as a down the line prospect. When you have all the tools and frame at your disposal that David does its only a matter of time before you catch many of the prospects ahead of you. We see young fella a a diamond in the rough and a prospect whose stock is definitely on the rise. Look for  David @ The Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd where many of the elite in the Midwest will be in the building>

Jr Hoops Elite  Top 20 Middle School Team Rankings,

21st Century

1. 21st Century-  They pulled off a close one today winning by 1. against Eggers, boy oh boy. Team has knocked off all the heavy hitters, will they be able to claim the title Jan. 11th/12th. will be interesting.

2. Prairie Hills- Tough loss vs 21st Century, still favorites to win 4A State, and they will be anxiously awaiting Battle Of The Titans Jan. 11th & 12th.

3. Ariel Academy- Two Battle tested wins this past weekend, The fearsome 4 backcourt is back together Rj, Christian, Jashun, Mason bring the pain and Kevin brings the intangibles, the gang is all back and will be interesting to see at Battle Of The Titans.

3. South Loop- Getting better and better, played super tough this weekend, Elijah Simon was an absolute stud this past weekend.

4. Eggers- A nip and tuck game against Numberone team  21st Century came up short by a point. But definitely capable of beating anyone see them at Battle Of The Titans Jan 11/12

5. Learn 8-  Plays city rival Webster tomorrow at home.

6. CJA- It’s time for Reggie, Devon, Caleb & Malachi to bring it, in middle school they have enough talent to beat anyone.

7. Washington-Naperville-. The group has legnth, size and one of the best players in the state in Luke Williams

8. Brooks-Bolingbrook-  Big Win over Yorkville, the road down state, will be very interesting this year !

9. Coolridge- Big win the past weekend at Kanakakee, 

10. Decatur- Robertson- Group is tough and capable of winning State this year.

11. Kankakee- Tough loss this past weekend vs Coolridge, its early they have plenty of time too bounce back.

12. John F Kennedy- Plainfield-  when is next test? I’ll have to find out, tam needs to be Challenged.

13. Washington( Riverdale)- Morez Johnson is a problem!!

14. Kipp- The group is rounding back into form and will be a problem come city playoffs.

15. Brook( Oak Park)- That district championship will be interesting, Will, Sam, Mehki & Danny can play with anyone!!

16. Julian- Got a big win over rival this past weekend. Oscar & Antione are good players who both can take over a game.

17. Roosevelt( Bellwood) Lost a tough one with players missing, so its back to the lab.

18. Mckinnley- A candidate too make a run down state no doubt about it.

19. Legacy- The group has been playing well and together lately, this team is usually best at the end of the season, Coach Brown is intense.

20. Beasley- A new group that’s trying to Blend in together, down a little but not out

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AUGUST -STOCK RISERS & STARS!!!

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!!!

 

May Be Young, But Game Is Game!!!”

Ewell Clinton Jr. 2025

Ewell Clinton Jr. 2025- . If you want to talk about one of the more dominating players in their class look no further, young fella is a “BEAST!!!” this weekend I watched as young fella destroyed opposing teams, I mean it was clear he was on another level. Yes he is physically imposing for his grade level, yet that does not speak to his game, young fella ” has some tools!!! I watched as young fella used elite footwork in the post spinning off opponents with reverse lay-ups and up and unders, then I watched him slice his way through defenders off the dribble in traffic and make a between two defenders bounce pass that high schools kids have a hard time doing and to cap it off young fella knocked down long range bombs in a row, he showed a DeMarcus Cousins, Lebron James & Draymond Green in his game. Then I witnessed young fella put up 30 and seemed like every rebound that came off the board ” Wait, Wait, Wait!!! he can’t be in 5th grade is what I said. While I’ve seen many kids early and I’ve seen a lot of talent, it’s hard to imagine too many kids with the talent, size, ability that young fella has  and what impresses me even more is the understanding of the game. Sometime we look at a kid and say he is big or stronger, well Ewell is that with a skill set to match “Game Recognize Game” and young fella has it. Jr Hoops Elite will introduce our All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin Top 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 starting June 1st and it will be hard to see many being ahead of Ewell when it’s released. We look forward to covering this prospect for years to come as we feel he has a bright future, we also expect young fella in attendance August 11th @ Top Prospect Showcase where many of the Elite Prospects in the Midwest will be in the building to showcase their talents.

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Mike Jones Jr. 2024

Mike Jones Jr.- 2024-  Uh Oh we have a Prospect Alert!!!!  Yes sirr!! here is one of those late kids that people will be talking about, a kid who I saw several months ago and said “Hmm, He Has A Nice Frame!!!. Well now young fella has turned into one of the more promising prospects in the class. Young Fella is 6″2, long, wiry, coordinated and active which spells trouble for opposing teams. Young Fella is the kid who has grown by leaps and bounds, yet he is a kid who I watched listen to his coach, clap for his teammates and show the willingness to listen and except his coaches talking to him. “Whatever Mike Jones Jr is Doing, Keep Him Doing It”  Yes he made post moves, scored around the rim and protected the paint, but I could not believe how good his natural instincts were. Here is a kid that speaks ” Prospect!!! and a kid who we figure to be talking about a lot over the next few years. You better get him now while he is developing because in a few years he will have chance to be a nightmare for opponents  Jr Hoops Elite will introduce our All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin Top 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 starting June 1st check back as Mike Jones Jr. figures to be pretty high on our board. We also look forward to Mike competing against the elite in the class at the Top Prospect Showcase Aug. 18th.

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Elijah Griffin 2025

Elijah Griffin 2025- We have another one, yes in a class that appears to be deep at the point guard position early add a name that will go right up there with the elite in the Midwest thus far. Here is one of 10 pgs I would trust with the ball in his hands and game on the line 2024 or 2025 class. Here is one of the kids I say “I want him on my team” Yes Indeed make no mistake about Elijah plays with a poise beyond his years and he sees the entire floor and has the ability to make others better. Here is another kid who uses the change of speeds and seemingly has the defense off balance at all times. I witnessed young fella get in the lane at will against more athletic and bigger players, yet he always made the right read whether it was shot or pass and he did what only a true pg would understand, ” He Played At His Pace, He Never Let The Faster Or More Athletic Speed Him Up” He did again what only true pgs understand ” He Looked Past His Defender And Was Comfortable With The Dribble At All Times!!” One thing I can say is I expect too see big things from young fella in the future. as his outside shot develops people will be in big trouble. Jr Hoops Elite will introduce our All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin Top 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 starting June 1st and here is another kid who looks to be pretty high on the charts. We look forward to covering this prospect for years to come as we feel he has a bright future, we also hope to see young fella in attendance August 11th @ Top Prospect Showcase where many of  Elite Prospects in the Midwest will be in the building to showcase their talents.

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David Bolden 2025

David Bolden 2025- Smooth, Poised, I.Q., Leader, Coach on The floor Yes Sirrr!!!, Yes Sirr!!!! I got me one, young fella is that and some. I have found what i’m looking for. Here you have a kid who demonstrates and understanding of the game that kids 3 years his superior are having a hard-time understanding. David is one of those 10pgs class of 2024 or 2025 that I trust with the ball in his hands and game on the line. I watched young fella orchestrate an offensive, understanding the mis-matches, getting the ball where it needed to be, then get other teammates touches when needed, understanding when to push, when to slow down and when to get his own offense going(as it appeared he could have done at anytime) yet he kept everyone happy and sacrificed for the betterment of the team. Yep on a true pg would understand ” Young Fella Was The Orchestrater Of Everything On The Court!!” In terms of skill at the pg position here is another kid who in the 2025 class is right up there with Elite in The Midwest. Young Fella has the ball on a string where he gets wherever he wants on the floor and he understands how to shield his defender while looking for teammates “a la Chris Paul” Jr Hoops Elite will introduce our All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin Top 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 starting June 1st and here is another kid who looks to be pretty high on the charts. We look forward to covering this prospect for years to come as we feel he has a bright future, we also hope to see young fella in attendance August 11th @ Top Prospect Showcase where many of  Elite Prospects in the Midwest will be in the building to showcase their talents.

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5/29

Promising Prospect # 33 ” Skilled up!!!! “

While others were getting all the headlines, there is a young fella who has been working on his game. Yes Sirrrr!!! Jalen Washington (AKA) ” Skilled Up!!”  has went from being a big, long, lanky kid who you would say ” he look like he gonna be good”, to one of the most promising prospects coming out of middle school. Talk about making a gigantic leap, look no further to see what confidence and hard work can do, there is no doubt about it young fella has gotten  ” Skilled Up!!”. Here is a kid who entered our rankings over a year ago in the mid 30’s, he looked at opponents saw what was needed and has competed, worked and progressed his way up our list.  I witness young fella on several weekends in a row show his outside perimeter shot knocking down 3-4 long range shots per game, then again at Midwest Mania a couple of weekends ago I witnessed in succession a jab step pull-up, followed by a two dribble spin-off reverse pivot move where he put the big in the basket with ease, then two possessions later he drilled the 3 from the baseline and followed it up with a back-down strong move through his defender that solidified me saying ” He right up there!!!” Young Fella was out there looking like a “Baby K.D” out there no defense could stop his good offense Standing 6/6 plus young fella is a serious problem. As of now there is not any prospect in the class that I would say I’d clearly take over Jalen. This kid has shown he has as much promise and potential as anyone. Yes there are others who had the early attention, but young fella has caught and on the verge of passing many of his classmates. If there was a draft he would be in consideration by many as a top pick canidate Currently a Top 5 prospect on the 2022 class rankings. Look for young fella to move up even further in the updated rankings coming out June 1st. To be such a talented kid on the court, I’ve yet to see Jalen taunt  or glow after destroying his opponent, he just quietly goes about his business Ala Tim Duncan Like, young fella appears to be a good kid that’s very coach-able which also speaks well to his upside and potential, as I’ve seen him take instruction and show a willingness to be coached. Jr. Hoops Elite believes Jalen Washington has a very bright future, a kid barring injury is D 1, no doubt in our mind and we would like to acknowledge him as our Promising Prospect ” Skilled Up!!!” 

Matthew King

Matthew King- 2024!!! Yes sirrr !! Make no mistake about in here is a kid who you will definitely being hearing a lot from over the next few years, Include him in the bunch where you mention the top kids in his class, talk about a torch young fella shoots it from the N.B.A line with ease and is capable of going on scoring runs of 15 or better in 3 or 4 minute spans. There is no doubt about it when the new class rankings come out(Sept 1) you will see Matthew name up there rather high, it’s so easy in his class that young fella plays up with the 14U and more than holds his own. Look for Matthew to display his talents at the next Top Prospect Showcase. All i’m going to say is “remember the name cause shorty has game!!!

Jordan Woods

Jordan Woods 2023- Here is a savvy pg who runs his team and makes things happen, Young fella can break his defender down and spoon feed his teammates for easy buckets or he can slice and dice his way past opponents and either finish at the rim or hit the lil floater. Yes Sirrr!!! here is a pg who does the things I like, he is capable of taking over games either way and is fearless. Jordan is the leader and head of one of the up and coming programs D- Elite 14U despite being in 7th grade he has lead his group to several big wins  at the older level. No doubt about it young fella will be in the updated 2023 rankings and Jordan is looking forward to the next Top Prospect Showcase event to show he can compete with the elite in his class.

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5/6

News and Notes

This past weekend at Midwest Mania we saw thriller after thriller with 6 last second shots for wins, the competition was off the chain, in the 16U the championship game went back and forth and ended on a last second shot as Young Ballers beat Stampede, in 14U the playoffs were super exciting as elite 8 contest between Fire and Hoops Ave- Meo went 4 overtimes before Fire escaped with a win, Meanstreets and Illinois Speed elite 8 contest also was a good one as the teams were close throughout and Meanstreets held on to win by two. In the Final Match-ups Mac Irvin Fire beat Meanstreets on a last second shot to advance to Championship while Paradise and Hoops Ave-MCray battled for awhile before Paradise pulled away with the win. In the Championship ball movement and nice perimeter shooting proved to be to much as Paradise beat Mac Irvin Fire. In the 13U division Wolfpack and AGB Select went at it, AGB using its size, ball movement and long range shooting and Wolfpack using its speed and quickness, the two battled and Wolfpack came away with a 3 pt win. You can ad those two names in hat when talking about the top 13U teams in state. 12U was another tough bracket that saw a few upsets and some players who will be talked about for awhile by Jr Hoops Elite. In the end Team Rock beat Hoops Ave. Both teams have prospects who will likely have Top 20 players when their class updates come out. 11U saw illinois Speed beat Hoops Ave in another game where several of these kids are Hot Prospects.

Paradise 14U

Paradise 14U- The group shows poise, patience and a continuity that propels them to achieving big things. They looked on top of their game this past weekend no doubt, coming away with Championship. The group plays very well with each other, they seem to know where one another will be before they get there and they also trust each other and play really unselfish basketball. Put some Respect On The Name!!!!!! great job guys and congratulations.

                                                                      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.

 “Doing It The Old School Way”

Sincere Malone

Sincere Malone 2021- Sometimes players develop at different rates, sometimes players catch on or something just clicks, sometimes a players just spends hours in the gym and gets better, sometimes a player just takes it personal and is motivated by the lack of respect given and is motivated to show what he can do. Well whatever the case maybe somebody better take notice Sincere Malone is a prospect who just ooooooozes with potential!!! here is a 6/4 multi-talented guard with a skill set that says young fella will be heard from. A silky smooth long wing combo guard that people need to be aware of, young fella played this year on the freshmen team at Simeon High School one of the premier programs in the country. Don’t let him playing freshmen fool you, if he were at any other program he would definitely played sophomores if not varsity and like I tell people all the time it’s not where you start at, it’s about getting better. I’ve coached several players who played freshmen as freshmen and ended up playing Professional or Division 1 including NBA Robert Covington and Reggie Johnson. I said it in  Middle School and I’ll stamp it again D1 Material. Sincere has a lot going for him his frame speaks basketball player, yes he has the physical traits that makes his upside a lot higher than many of his classmates. While they are standing  stagnant or reached their peak young fella appears to be hitting his stride. Jr Hoops Elite feels this is a prospect whose stock is on the rise and a prospect whom people should get to know definitely.

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We would definitely like too thank everyone for making the Top Prospect Showcase such a successful event. There was so much talent in the building and the parents and kids were all great!!! I mean Great Competition and Great Sportsmanship we will be posting pictures and articles here and Instagram throughout the next 10 days.

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Fresh Faces Who Have Game!!!

Omarion Hatch

Omarion Hatch 2022- This elite athlete pg is a problem for people, he is fast as ever with the ball in his hands, finishes through, on and above contact and can play with aggression yet young fella has a skill set and plays with poise and understanding. Young Fella has the tools and definitely displayed he one of the best guards in the Midwest this past weekend and playing amonst the elite. Look for young fella in the updated rankings for his class released this Sunday rather high. Here is a prospect we believe we will be talking about with college recruiters sooner than later.

Donovan Collins

Donovan Collins 2023- Here is a player who showed he can play with elite players, while playing in an environment with older players and elite players in the class above Donovan took awhile to adjust to his surroundings as the day went on young fella got comfortable finding open teammates getting the ball out his hands quickly avoiding several traps and showed the ability to  knock down long range shots nailing the 3 ball. We believe Donovan will be better for having attended the event and has qualities that speak he understands the game .

Jerl Allen

Jerl Allen 2023- I don’t know what is was but young fella came in on a mission and he displayed any and every imaginable skill in the 7th grade All-star game in route to winning M.V.P. of game. Yes indeed!! Media, Coaches and Parents a like were on hand as young fella banged down low with nifty post moves, brought it up the court in traffic and finished or dished it and then stepped outside to knock down the and this was against other top 10 players in the class. Young Fella clearly established himself as a prospect with a skill set and a prospect with upside. Look-out!!! Jerl Allen is in the conversation!!! Yes Indeed!!!

Tre Dowdell

Tre Dowdell 2024- Here is a combo guard that right now many will have trouble with in his class, young fella is a player who can player whose game can translate to playing with older kids right now. He has an outside shot with great rotation on the ball and if he gets a step on you he has a variety of moves to finish at the basket. Young Fella is also quick and decisive when he makes a move there is no extra dribbling or motion to get where he wants floor. Young Fella has some things in his game that speak he has been in the gym. Jr Hoops Elite will no doubt about it be keeping close eyes on young fella as we feel he is a player who will be mentioned on here quite frequently in the future.

Raleigh Roberson

Raleigh Roberson 2022- I don’t know what it is, but this young fella here intrigues me. Another one of the kids I say ” Prospect Prospect Prospect!!!” This is one of those kids I see such an upside a player who has all the physical attributes where he can be dominant on both sides of the floor. Raleigh again showed all of his talents and skills, A 6ft 1 pg who people will surely be asking ” who is that kid?” when he walks on the floor.

Maurice Thomas

Maurice Thomas 2023- No doubt about it, a player has hit the scene coming out of nowhere. Maurice is a relentless attacking guard who can get to the basket with the elite in his class, new to the scene people will definitely be taking notice as young fella plays with all out heart and effort. Young Fella showed he is capable of scoring around the basket, knock down the jump-shot and defend multiple positions. The versatility of young fella makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in the class.

Tristian Saunders

Tristian Saunders 2025- ” Young with a  baby face< but don’t let that fool ya!! Tristian showed he is a savvy guard who will hurt ya on the court if you not ready, young fella showed the ability to create off the dribble and I witnessed him knock the ball down with a quick release as he had the defender off balance on the left wing. Where I’m from we call that ” Mouth Shot!!!” Yep young fella doesn’t need much room to let it fly. Young Fella played many players a year older and held his own. Look out as Tristian is a kid who will be seeing a lot of over the next few years and the future looks bright.

Isaiah Torres

Isaiah Torres-2023- Yep a Steady Point guard who specializes in running the team, young fella came in and competed against the elite. Isaiah is a kid who we like his upside as he wants to be good and get better. Young Fella is a player we liked over a year ago and we have steadily seen him progress. This is another kid Jr Hoops Elite will be keeping a close eye on.

Donovan Brown

Donovan Brown 2022- Somebody better recognize Donovan has game. Yep he is such a non unassuming player on the court and lets the game come to him, never forcing anything and letting others get theirs, but his skill set is one of high caliber, he can knock it down from deep, he plays with poise and what the average eye doesn’t see is he is so instinctive and creative without effort. Where most players try to set-up a move or make a move they have been practicing with cones or chairs, young fella has that “react juice!!” in his game where if you run up he has instinctive handle and creativity. We feel that Donovan is one of the slept on prospects in the class when its comes to skill level. Young Fella showed glimpses of his talent that keeps us on edge wanting more.

Introducing Top Prospects Class Of 2024

Willie Williams Jr.
Carlos Harris  Jr.
Antoine Glasper
Jehvion Starwood

While this class is fairly new to us we are compiling a list of kids who are nice prospects and that we have seen, we will not do numbers in this class as we will be looking at these and other prospects thru AAU Season concluding in July and will come out with our initial number list for this class then. Here are 60 kids that are very early candidates and have showed promise.  Please remember if you are not on the list it does not mean you may not warrant it, it could be that we have yet to see you. Again the list is designed to promote, motivate and  acknowledge kids. Below are names in no particular order an * by the name means we believe the kid to be in strong early consideration of top 25 when the list of Top 150 comes out. Again others on the list maybe Top 25 even top 10 as we will be out looking at prospects and just because a player has the * does not mean they will enter the list top 25.

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Willie Williams Jr.*

Antione Glasper *

Jaeshon Liggett*

Christian Brockett

James Ty

Antoine Thomas Jr. *

Landon Rivers*

Oscar Townes

Rashad Mckinnie Jr.*

Drake Washington *

Justin Coleman

Ricky Clement

Christian Robinson

David Givens

Bryan Walker

Dominick Hobbs

Levi Goad

Phillip Bell

Kenny Smith

Eli Harris

Emerson Davis

Ethan Samuel

Jake Hornok

Dewayne Brooks Jr.

Carlos Harris Jr *

Kyrien Childs *

Tristian Taylor

Charles Gordon

Leon Thornton

Jared Jackson

Tre Dowdell

Tony Hixon

Kevin Iverson*

Chris Taylor

Alonzo Allen

Trevor Moore

Juwaan Toney

Bryant Hendrick Carter*

Sean Brown*

Torrence Hardin

Carl Mcclendon

Rico Jackson*

Glenn Brown

Quetin Demus

Graham Lathan

Dekwon Brown*

Davarus Spann*

Jehvion Starwood*

Mason Minor

Doodie Samuels

Christian Brockett

Lamontrae Crockett *

Mike Robinson

Carlos Lemond

Nicasio Munoz

William Bell

Kenneth Hoover

Charles Clayton

What Difference A Year Makes!!

Sean Burress

2021- Sean Burress- Sometimes it takes awhile to understand, Sometimes its takes maturity in the body and sometimes it just takes a change in attitude, well it looks like young fella is starting to put things together and has the attitude of ” I’m Just As Good!!!” In watching young fella this past week, there is no doubt in my mind young fella has a change in attitude. It use to be where young fella would lay back and fit in, sometimes looking a bit overwhelmed and giving a little to much respect for the opponents, No Sirrrrrrrrr!! Not Anymore, young fella is showing all the tools he possesses, he has gotten bigger and stronger and showed the ability to take his man off the dribble and finish at the rim, where before he would go in probing and basically looking to pass after taking a few dribbles in the paint. while others have had a stand still, Sean has blossomed and surpassed many of his classmates. Young Fella is definitely on the rise.

Dreqaun Williams

Dreqaun Williams 2021- If Somebody tell young fella he is not the best pg in the class a fight may occur immediately, I do not know a more fearless competitor who continues to rip apart the more celebrated guards in his class, I have witnessed young fella on a few occasions but his lesser talented team on his back and destroy 1,2 and even 3 defenders at a time. I personally watched young fella put on a show in Milwaukee at AAU event and playing shoe sponsored teams, he has come back and picked right up during the spring season with his school. If you need a poised under controlled, scoring pg who has the heart of a lion. look no further another kid whose stock is rising.

Jeffery Brazziel

Jeffery Brazziel 2022- Well here we go again a ” Prospect Alert!!!,” Here is one of those kids that speaks upside and next level potential as soon as you seen him walk on the court. It didn’t take me long to notice this 6″2 combo guard who has a silky smooth game, he can knock it down from deep with an effortless release, he can finish at the basket with his length, he can use his size to see the floor and pass over smaller guards and he uses his length well on the defensive end. When we look at players we see a lot of kids who can play at this level and dominate but that the things they do may not translate, well Jeffery is one of the kids we see doing well on the next level and his talents we see translating pretty well. Young Fella definitely fits the bill of Prospect!! Young Fella will make his debut in the all inclusive Jr Hoops Elite Updated All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin rankings being released all this week class by class. No doubt about it some people will be sliding down as young fella debut will be pretty high. We also hope to see young fella in the Fabulous Freshmen and Super Sophomore Showcase Aug. 11th  as many of the Top Players In the Midwest will be in attendance.

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Nazir Beamon

Nazir Beamon 2024- ” Domination!!! was what I saw when looking at young fella this past weekend. It will be hard for someone to stop him in that 2024 class, young fella is what we call  ” A Dog!!!!” Yes, the first move he made was through 3 defenders, and I said ” it’s going to be a long night for the opposing team” because Naz as known by many was just too strong off the dribble for the opposing teams, then it’s was like young fella was trying to prove a point, as he nailed a 23, 25 and 27 ft 3 pt jump shot from the left wing, like don’t think I can’t do this too, then he set up his teammate with back to back assist. You could tell after young fella erupted for 15 early points he could do whatever he wanted on the court. The 2024 All Inclusive Rankings Come Out later this week and It will be very interesting. Jr Hoops Elite looks forward to covering Naz for years to come, he is another one of the long list of high talent prospects from the Silver Springs Community a hotbed for talent. We also look forward too seeing Naz display his talents at the Top Prospect Showcase Aug. 18th. where many of the Top Players in the Midwest will be in the Building competing and displaying their talents.

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Solomon Mosley

Solomon Mosley 2023- Soft Hands, Wide Body, Good footwork and Imposing are just some of the adjectives to describe young fella, Solomon is a kid who can impact the game in a variety of ways. I’ve witness young fella score on the smaller opponents several times in a row and I’ve watched young fella close the whole lane in paint on defense where a team couldnt score a basket. Yes Solomon is a player who we see getting better and better the more touches and the older he gets. Here is another prospect who will make his debut in the class rankings when they are released for his class later this week and a player we look forward to watching over the next few years as we believe the more he plays against the tough competition the better he will be.

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Tye Banks

Tye Banks 2022- Here is a kid who has transformed possibly more than any kid in middle school over the past 16 months, Tye was  5’7 post player who showed a nice touch and was a little slow a foot, ” WoW!!!” Young fella got in the gym, put in work on his body and has transformed to a wing guard who can create off the dribble, finish in traffic and create his own shot. When I say young fella has made a jump, that would be an understatement. Tye is a walking 20 point scorer and does it in a variety of ways, The once shy non assuming, shy, respecting his opponents game too much because of the bigger name or bigger city is out the window, Young fella is out here serving notice that he needs to be mentioned with the elites and people need to be asking Who he is where he from?” The updated Jr. Hoops Elite 2022 class rankings drop in the next few days and look for young fella to rise once again.

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Parker Sulaver

Parker Sulaver 2024- Here is a kid who Jr Hoops Elite figures to be talking about over the next few years as Parker is a versatile player on the court an capable of being a match-up problem for opposing teams as his size allows him to hit the glass and finish at the rim over players and the slower bigs seemed to have trouble covering his on the perimeter as  he showed a nice touch from 15-20 feet. Parker figures to be a prospect to keep a close eye on as he looks like he is still growing in height and in game, we believe the more young fella plays against high level competition the better he will get. Look for Young Fella to Make his Initial Debut On Our Updated list this coming weeks and look for young fella to be move up as time goes on.

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Jr. Hoops Elite Class of 2022 All Inclusive

  Illinois, NWI and Southern Wisconsin  Rankings

This list is for promotion of our youth and designed to motivate kids and provide exposure, there are a lot of kids at this level that I have not seen yet and 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 too 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 about events or if you have any questions.

10 Names and emergency update on this class will happen @ 10pm a few people will move up a few slots.

Thanks,

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Andre Casey Jr.
           
Amari Bailey
Amari Bailey
Jrock
Jaylen Drane
               
Kyle Thomas
Leonte “le-le” Lilly
Jaylen Washington
DeVonte Cobb
Jared Badie
Jayden Dean
Trey Pettigrew
Jefferey Brazziel
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Brylan Phillips 

                                             

  1. Amari Bailey/
  2. Andre Casey Jr./Jaylen Drane
  3. Jaylen Washington
  4. Kyle Thomas
  5. De’ Vonte Cobbs
  6. Trey Pettigrew
  7. Jeffery Brazziel
  8. Jalon Bullock
  9. Kameron Kraft
  10. Kaden Cobb
  11. Omarion Hatch
  12. Brylan Phillips
  13. Nick Harrell
  14. Aviyon Morris
  15. Jayden Dean
  16. Raleigh Roberson
  17. Donovan Jones
  18. Christopher Green/ Leonte Lilly
  19. Marshawn Sayles
  20. Christian Jones
  21. Steven Clay
  22. Xavier Ramos
  23. Mikell/ Miqkwon Jones
  24. Tye Banks
  25. DJ Star/Demetrius Dortch
  26. Curtis Smothers
  27. Jared Badie/ Tyler Faucet
  28. Terry Elias/ Phillip Cunningham
  29. Lamont Williams
  30. Vernon Henry
  31. Keon Richardson
  32. Daronte Peterson
  33. Christian Meeks
  34. Kanye Smith
  35. Tony Webb
  36. Marcellous Cohen
  37. Mikey Brown/ Mysean Vaughn
  38. Kevin Dela Paz
  39. Yusif Oliff
  40. Patrick Robinson
  41. Kamari Weatherspoon
  42. Jeremy Alderson
  43. Jaylen Brown
  44. Dentrell Jackson
  45. Toby Onyeknowu
  46. Eian Pugh
  47. Denim Juette/ Bryant Handley
  48. Shallah Davis
  49. Brennan White
  50. Connor Sukel
  51. Ahmad Henderson
  52. Mehki Shaw
  53. Markwan Adams
  54. Lavar Lindsey
  55. Tyler Morris
  56. Gabe Madej
  57. NAKA
  58. Brandon Jones
  59. Johnny Griffin
  60. Gavin Johnson Jr.
  61. Kennon Cook
  62. Tyqaun Butler
  63. De Andrew Powell
  64. Max Garcia/ Julian Acosta
  65. Kennan Abnar Jr./ Kaden Stork
  66. Martez Jackson
  67. Drew Cwik
  68. Trevon Thomas/ Terrion Langston
  69. Demontre Young
  70. Javon Johnson
  71. Jamauri Winfrey/ Erick Locke Jr
  72. Tyler Burrows
  73. Max Wilhemsen
  74. Deandre Berry
  75. Keshawn Smith/ Lerone Allen
  76. Donovan Byrd
  77. Kenyon Weekley
  78. Ryan Duncan
  79. Jaybari Moore
  80. Jaydin Dunlap
  81. Miles Casey
  82. Keynan Davis
  83. Mark Smith/ Kewon Harris
  84. Justin Mullins
  85. Alonzo Powe
  86. Byron Hobbs
  87. Deontrae Warren
  88. Lashaun Danzler
  89. DaMahrion Murrell/Aidan Mahan
  90. Iazerick Yates
  91. Devyn Williams
  92. Armoni Flowers
  93. Dajour Stephens/ Eugene Brown
  94. Lazarion Tyler
  95.  Stephen Hill
  96. Ashton Hutchinson
  97. Donovan Brown
  98. Levontrae Ford
  99. Alex Jackson
  100. Ralph Gordon
  101. Caleeb Spencer
  102. Donovan Eatman
  103. Ahmarion Hill
  104. Travis Grayson
  105. Devonta Freeman
  106. Solomon Earner
  107. Creshaun Hill
  108. Freddie Golden
  109. Calvin Nwosu
  110. Cale Steinbach
  111. Jshaan Richards
  112. Amari White
  113. David Geiser
  114. Devough McCullogh
  115. Nathan Moore
  116. Rashawn Bost
  117. Max Reese
  118. Alex Gutierrez
  119. Chi Chi Johnson
  120. Brian Akinyele
  121. Rommell Franklin Jr
  122. Erick Lynch
  123. Tyson Amoo- Mensah
  124. Gabriel James-Rivera
  125. Jamereon Dale
  126. Chrys Smyros
  127. Timaris Brown
  128. Addison Petrulis
  129. Christian Lorenzo
  130. Max Murray
  131. TJ Stevenson
  132. Amarion Fields
  133. Addion Petrulis
  134. Jabryn Anderson
  135. Orlando Thomas
  136. Joshua Kirksey
  137. Nico Brown
  138. Ashton Norful
  139. Javin Miles
  140. Jack Trent
  141. Jamarion Stubbs
  142. Terrance Patton
  143. Joseph Borishade
  144. Kevin Cobb
  145. Cameron Pickett
  146. Alphoso Betts
  147. Julian Villegas
  148. Mickey Schumacher
  149. Terez Richmond
  150. AJ Redd
  151. DiAngelo Strong
  152. Cahlil Morgan
  153. Drew Meyers
  154. Tyqaun Carson
  155. Phaybian Julius
  156. Tyler Westberg
  157. Austin Franklin
  158. Eric Washington
  159. Terrance Jones III
  160. Enyinnaya Nwagwu
  161. Calvin Smith
  162. Malik Morgan
  163. Demani Bass
  164. Nick Vuckovic
  165. Mark Feguson
  166. Jamal Keyes
  167. Parish Walker
  168. Ray Coffee
  169. Tyler Gumbus
  170. Daniel Hong
  171. Julien Chandler
  172. Valentino Hill
  173. Alex Fortson
  174. Mikey Asamoah
  175. Julius Brown
  176. Khalil Hall
  177. Timothy Bell
  178. Elijah Tiggs
  179. Laterrian Payton
  180. Jason Smith
  181. Kirk Lovett
  182. Wally Zminsky
  183. Eric Patton
  184. Cori Baker
  185. Marckus Pillows
  186. Rodney Pearson
  187. Mark Northside
  188. Jose Martinez Jr.
  189. Tristian Parker
  190. Lawrence Williams
  191. Hector Garcia
  192. Lonell Perry
  193. Talee Pugh
  194. Lonnie Smith
  195. Kevin Wilson
  196. Larry Moore
  197. Curt Morris
  198. Frank Wilson
  199. Jason Walser
  200. Alex Calswell
  201. Kelvin Smorher
  202. Josh English

JRHOOPSELITE TOP 200 CLASS OF 2021 

There has been plenty of movement in the newly released rankings, we have been out watching prospects 5 out of 7 days a week, however there are still players who have been off due to playing another sport and players who have just shut it down for a while. Please remember that the rankings are to be used for motivation and inspiration. There are several prospects who have just been ripping it up lately on the court and are improving day by day, there are others who are now currently growing into there body and will be a handful down the line. There are new players who are making there debut on the list(congrats). JrhoopsElite will be out this spring and summer looking at prospects, if you feel worthy and feel like you have not been seen feel free to contact me. I also occasionally leave off a kid or two after making adjustments by mistake so feel free to give me a call if you think that is the case, also remember I do not include any players I have not actually seen.

Thanks,

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Tevin Smith
Khalio Terry
Kahmari Wilson
Almondez Stewart
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Connor Enright
Kevin ” Boopie” Miller
Jalen Butler
Amar Aguillar
Nick Owens
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Jaylin Gibson
  1. Max Christie
  2. Khalio Terry
  3. Tevin Smith
  4. Ahmad Bynum
  5. Chris Hodges
  6. Isaiah Barnes
  7. Jaylin Gibson
  8. Bryce Hopkins
  9. Grant Newell
  10. Troy DiAmico
  11. Khamari Wilson
  12. Anthony Sayles
  13. Scotty Edube
  14. Kevin ” Boopie ” Miller
  15. Norvell Meadows
  16.  Bennie Slater
  17. Amar Aguillard
  18. Chad Readey
  19. Jalen Butler
  20. Ishmael Habib
  21. Markeise Irving
  22. Blake Peters
  23. Connor Enright
  24. Tyler Johnson
  25. Terrence Ford Jr.
  26. Brandon Hall
  27. Nathaniel Hoskins
  28. Darrion Jones
  29.  Kyonte Thomas
  30. Lashun Glover
  31. RJ Walker
  32. John Poulikadas
  33. Frederick Poole
  34. Sincere Malone
  35. Kenton Wright/ Jaylen Houston
  36. James Hayes
  37. Nick Owens
  38. Jeashon Thomas
  39. Amarion Savage
  40. Christian Henry
  41. Resean McMiller
  42. Dionsysius Sims
  43. Drequan Williams
  44. Sean Burress
  45. Isaiah Holden
  46. Joshua Smith/ Kai Evans
  47. Sinque Davis
  48. Josh Harris
  49. Marlell Coleman
  50. Darrion Armstrong
  51. Brian Matthews
  52. Julio Montes
  53. Wesley Woods
  54. Maqael Henderson
  55. Vytas Valincius
  56. Avery Davis
  57. Jalen Dent
  58. Landon Moore/ Mason Blakemore/Maki Rose
  59. Michael Hodges
  60. Amarion Savage
  61. Rocco Probst
  62. Jaydan Dilliard
  63. Trey Spires
  64. Malik Williams
  65. Jermale Young
  66. Kobe Reed
  67.  Sam Jackson
  68. Jordan Smith
  69. Nashawn Townsend
  70. Charles Doyle Jr.
  71. Chaz Harvey
  72. Trey Baker
  73. Caleb corro
  74. Devin Miles
  75. Armani Williams
  76.  Lee Thomas
  77. Michael Nelson
  78. Matt Hawkins
  79. Khalil Lacking
  80. Mikal Clarke
  81. Jamari Ward
  82. Bryan Tyler
  83. Tyler Simmons
  84. Enari Thomas
  85. Marshawn Miller
  86. Jabaree Bass
  87. Antwon Taylor
  88. Charles Winters Jr.
  89. Max Floriani
  90. Keion Green
  91.  Lataevyon Taylor
  92. Parker Reynolds
  93. Nicholas Owens
  94. Ti ree Ferrell
  95. Edward Harris Jr.
  96. Blake Ellingson
  97. Eddie Gill Jr.
  98. Caleb Horton
  99. Eddie Niles Jr
  100. Kevin Gentry
  101. Marshawn Tolliver
  102. Abdoulaye Ba
  103. Lee Thomas
  104. Di Marion Gardner/ Kenyon Coates
  105. Antione Odum
  106. Antwon Taylor
  107. Mark Mileusnic
  108. Tommy Craven
  109. Desmund Dunn
  110.  Mason Jones
  111. Jalen Mcdonald
  112. Mark Mileusnic
  113. Keshon Gilbert
  114. Dwayne Walton
  115. Jake Dimovski
  116. Deshon Burnett
  117. Marcus Rule
  118. Javery Johnson
  119. Brandon White
  120. Keiron Jones
  121. Tai Walters
  122. Chase Divito
  123. Kameron Harris
  124. Baron Hueber
  125. Deshun Sanders
  126. Kaleb Darden
  127. Elgin Bowen
  128. Tyler McCaluren
  129. Isaiah Stafford
  130. Darius Clemmons
  131. TreVion Gordon
  132. DeAndre Coleman
  133. Deshon Burnett
  134. Darius Wilson
  135. Deshawn Hemphill
  136. Jayce Hyland
  137. Davon Rice
  138. Isaiah Jefferson
  139. Ryan Kraft
  140. Marquise Barnes
  141.  Andrew Schluter
  142. Khalid Jordan
  143. Brent Wolf
  144. Carvel Kelly
  145. Isaiah Young
  146. Andre Gelespie
  147. Kaleb Darden
  148. Brandon Bryant
  149. Passion Harris
  150. Qua Smith
  151. Josh Adamsel
  152. Timothus Whitney
  153. Trayton Trice
  154. Latrell Graham
  155. Terrell Wells
  156. Kendall Brasfield
  157. Jovan Scott
  158. Donovan Johnson
  159. Darnell Jones
  160. Daine Hanson
  161. Corey Evans
  162. Damaree Moore
  163. Kejuan Johnson
  164. Kylund Smothers
  165. Kevion Brown
  166. Dwayne Smith
  167. Marcus Gill
  168. Kishawn Matthews
  169. Nelson Moody
  170. Shane Miller
  171. Jimmy Mcfadden
  172. Reggie Ward
  173. Amron Hammons
  174. Ethan Kye
  175. T.J Price
  176. Sean Sizemore
  177. Jordan Hill
  178. Darius Duff
  179. Damien Zivak
  180. DAmarco Triplett
  181. Ryan William
  182. Pierre Price
  183. Jordan Farmer
  184. Julius Byrd
  185. Dalen Banks
  186. Amarion Johnson
  187. Deashun Davis
  188. Tommy Carsello
  189. Reginald Townsend
  190. Naji Mason
  191. Jaylen Mcbride
  192. Tyson Walton
  193. Jovan Mccottry
  194. Azionte Hughes
  195. Anthony Torres
  196. Anthony Coleman
  197. Justin Starks
  198. Carlos Williams

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The New Pound For Pound Best Team in State!!

Meanstreets  2022- This group has looked super so far this early AAU season and right now looks head and shoulders above the rest of pack, The group holds the best big man duo I’ve seen on a team in a long time in middle school, both can stretch the floor with the jump-shot or a take a step and dunk it in your face. Then they have the speedy feisty duo pgs who put pressure on you off the bounce and are capable of locking the opposing guards down on defense, then they have a plethora of wings that anyone would love to feature… Come Check this group out as they look to take home a championship this weekend at the Midwest Mania, where plenty of talented teams will be lurking including former #1 Illinois Speed who has repeatedly had Meanstreets  number and probably feel disrespected as Meanstreets is yet to beat them in the last several years. Also in attendance runner-up to Nike Showdown Hoops Ave, perennial power house Mac Irvin Fire and many more.

 This is Our City!!!

Ariel Storm capped off the weekend by winning the March Madness and showing they are Best Of The Best and can prove nothing else as they have beat the best teams in City/Suburbs and N.W.I. this group has taken on all and the group which has played an NBA type schedule. Shout Goes OUT to STORM NATION!!! They end the season where they started the Number 1 Team.

JHE Top 15 Middle Schools Rankings

  1. Ariel Academy(Chicago)- Has had a strong season winning  major tournament after major tournament, they are not a part of IESA therefore they do not participate in State tournament.
  2. Green(Chicago)- The heart and sole of the city, this team and coach exemplify what Chicago basketball is all about, no excuses give it your all, play short handed, face any opponent at anytime. Coach JD is one of those dudes!!!!” and Mikey Brown is one of the best ” big game players and toughest pgs in the State bar None!!!
  3. Bloomington Evans- This group plays together and came through winning 8 4A- State Title. They have talent and are led by Top 20 DJ Starr, 6/4 Kaden Stork, and forward Chase Adams. 
  4. Urbana Middle School- Finished 2nd at State Tournament 4A and completed season 21-1. Marshawn Sayles is the truth!!!
  5. Herzl(Chicago) – Playing in the  C.P.S final four this weekend.
  6. Kankakee Middle School- Lost a heart-breaker and ended season against Urbana. Could have easily been State champion had a ball bounced another way.
  7. Biedler- A long season has finally come to and end, the team looks disinterested and players ready for the next challenge.
  8. St. Agnes- Chicago Heights – Finished their season this past weekend with a District Championship.
  9. Vanderpoel-(Chicago)- Another team that can play with anyone and has a couple of strong big guards who give any and every one trouble.
  10. Hampshire- A well rounded group who moves the ball well and has several players who can hurt you or go off for big games. Won District championship.
  11. Clissold(Chicago)- The team has a list of elite teams it has knocked off.
  12. Beasley(Chicago) A team that has been up and down all season, City playoffs the next couple of weeks they have a shot to win it all.
  13. Carnegie(Chicago)- The group has played big all year, lately playing short handed because of injury. When everyone is there they are a Top Team
  14. Westcott(Chicago)- A nice win over Clissold this weekend in a close and heated game, can the group close out on a good note? they are a Jeckyl and Hyde Team.
  15. Crete Monee-  A group that made it down state and could easily have walked away with a trophy, lost too State Champions. Ahmad Henderson had a very nice playoff run, averaging 20 plus in regional and scoring 17 down state.
  16. Mac Arthur- (Berkeley) Finished the season with several Championships including going undefeated in district. The school doesnt play in State tournament or they would have been a favorite.
  17. Laura Ward (Chicago)- This group has some talent and is one of the more slept on teams in the city.
  18. Irving(Maywood)- Finished the season with a trip downstate
  19. Jane Adams(Bolingbrook)- The team had a lot of young players and look to be even better at the 8th grade level next year.
  20. Polaris(Chicago)- The group has shooters and long long wings that are intriguing.

                                                              WE  READY!!!!

Westcott

Westcott – This is a group who is definitely a team to be reckoned with, having witnessed their first game of the year and seeing them now it’s like night and day Coach K has done wonders and has to be considered as one of the Top 5 coaches in Chicago middle school right now. This group competed against the elite and has beaten quality teams all year. When looking at the roster it doesn’t have a super prospect but has some good players. Westcott  uses a good system and a team that works together coach is not afraid of using anyone at anytime. When on their game this team can play with anyone, but if un- focused they can get beat down like a drum. Westcott is one of those teams that you don’t want to see in playoffs they are dangerous and Coach K is the reason.

Put Some Respek!!!! On Our Name

Clissold 7/8

Clissold Cougars- Yes Sirreeeee, this is a group who has sought out to gain respect the whole season playing anybody, anywhere and seeking to play against the elite. Led by Coach Nwagwu, who has that old school approach ‘ where they at is where I want to be!, line em up and i’ll play em’ Well this past weekend the group knocked off previous Top 5 Biedler after last week beating a tough Wescott, after beating CPS powerhouse Beasley and Carnegie. Yep this group plays with passion and has weapons all over the floor. They have the attacking the rim and finishing with ease Jamari Allen, the sniper from the outside who has NBA range- Enyinnaya( E.J) Nwagu and the smooth scoring machine and one of the most underrated and slept on players in the class Jalen Kitter all of which will be included or moved up in the updated rankings in the updated rankings.

Updated 2020

We would again like to thank everyone for there kindness and appreciation of the efforts we take in providing information and exposure to the youth, again the rankings are to provide motivation and inspiration while acknowledging as many as possible. We get calls for kids and information all the time, the fact that a kid is on a list is a major accomplishment there are over 975 kids in a database alone for this class. There are definitely kids who may deserve to be on the list but have not been seen or kids who may deserve to be higher or lower but if we have not sen a kid personally or have not sen a kid in awhile the adjustment may come at a different time. we understand things change kids grow, some don’t, others improve. If you have any questions or feel someone is worthy feel free to reach out and sometimes its an oversight if a kid is not on the list.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore

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JRHOOPSELITE TOP 200 CLASS OF 2020

Adam Miller
DJ Steward
Lamontray Daugherty
Quincy Ademkoya
Antione Bloxton
Luke Scheffers
Joel Watts
Jayden Johnson
  1. Adam Miller
  2. DJ Stewart
  3. Nimari Burnett
  4. Tyler Beard
  5. Lamontray Daugherty
  6. Martice Mitchell
  7. DeMarius Splunge
  8. Shon Robinson
  9. Reggie Strong Jr.
  10. Marcus Watson Jr.
  11. Ramean Hinton
  12. Jayden Johnson
  13. Destin Whitaker
  14. Keshaun Williams
  15. Antione Bloxton
  16. Bryce Hall
  17. Elliot Siegers
  18. Sangolay Ejie
  19. Chris Conway
  20. Tyrelle Hunt
  21. Arhon Ullis
  22. Luke Scheffers
  23. Collin Crothers
  24. PeeWee Johnson
  25.  PJ Edwards
  26. Dante Maddox
  27. RJ Ogom
  28. Quincy Ademkoya
  29. Kendale Anderson
  30. Ideary Mooney
  31. Joel Watts
  32. Jeremiah Williams
  33. Aquan Smart
  34. Michael Osborne
  35. Darius Buford
  36. Sam Schultz
  37. Lance Mosely
  38. Richard Simmons
  39. Joseph Wilson
  40. Will Wolfe
  41.  Aaron Tims
  42. Alec Millender
  43. Jadon Williams
  44. Donovan Newby
  45. Terrence Thomas
  46. Pierre Calhoun
  47. Cincere Caldwell
  48. Collin Woods
  49. Alijah Nelson
  50. Devin Davis
  51. Marcus Becton
  52. Joshua Joiner
  53. Reggie Fisher
  54. Christopher Williams
  55. Isaiah Burrell
  56. Colby Weekley
  57. Johnathan Robinson
  58. DJ Showers
  59. Caleb Smith
  60. Jalawn Farrel
  61. Micah Schnyders
  62. Jamere Hill
  63. Davion Rogers
  64. Mikael Taylor
  65. Kevin Drumgoole
  66. Kaleb Drumgoole
  67. Elijah Pickens
  68. Davon Horne
  69. Christian Czerniak
  70. Joey Tianen
  71. Daniro Hill
  72. Armond Williams Jr.
  73. Jamario Minniefield
  74. Myles Levy
  75. Xavier Austin
  76. Detwan Yoakum
  77. Derrick Roberts
  78. Grayson Therron
  79. Jayden Henderson
  80. Danny Blank
  81. Ryan Kilburg
  82. Elijah Randle
  83. Amirr Spann
  84. Marcus Skeete
  85. Daniel Gilbreathe
  86. Tony Bennett Jr.
  87.  Nashawn Howze
  88. DJ Williams
  89. Ari Brown
  90. Javantae Brackins
  91. Justin Moore
  92. Jaheim Carson
  93. Mehki Robinson
  94. Darnell Hanson
  95. Marquel Brumfield
  96. Everett Stubblefield
  97. Xavier Tang
  98. Kalyl Paylor
  99. Harrison Bey Buie
  100. Azavier Williams
  101. Marcus Hayes Jr.
  102. KJ Ross
  103. Will Wainscott
  104. Jarrett Phillips
  105.  Brandon Brewer
  106.  Grant Niego
  107. Vincent Gonzales
  108. Taha Khan/
  109. Keavon Anderson
  110. Amareye Davis
  111. Mac Quast
  112. Nick Kennedy
  113. Jeremiah Walls
  114. DaMarco Minor
  115. Christian Young
  116. Robert Postma
  117. Jack Baldridge
  118. Derek Dingens
  119. Jordan Anderson
  120. Isaih Youngquist
  121. Jalen Flowers
  122. Finn Walsh
  123. Daiquan Black
  124. Jaquan Reed
  125. Abnar Muhammad
  126. Kai Steinman
  127. Isaiah Tolbert
  128. Jordan McDaniels
  129. Devon Tolbert
  130. Chrishon Jackson
  131. Chris Conway
  132. Demetris Barnett
  133. Omari Bender
  134. Tyler Bullock
  135. Benny Franklin
  136. Trevon Freeman
  137. Elijah Shelton
  138. “C” Baby
  139. Davion Allen
  140. Seann Kelly
  141. Paris Foster
  142. Brandon Kretzinger
  143. Brandon Smith
  144. Devante Meeks
  145. Cincere Colbert
  146. Chris Perry
  147. Luis Johnson
  148. Seann Kelly
  149. William Spells
  150. Albert Jones
  151. Keandree Spann
  152. Torrence Hardin
  153. Sydney Jones
  154. Thurman Milton
  155. Phillip Bell
  156. Kyle Watson
  157. Milton Smalls
  158. Walter Gibson
  159. Lorence Williams
  160. Trenton Kyler
  161. Justin Thompson
  162. Kentay McCottry
  163. Andre Stewart
  164. Alex Garcia
  165. Lonnie Brown
  166. Marshawn Johnson
  167. King Wilson
  168. Julius Matthews
  169. Jiovani Sanchez
  170. Devon Porter
  171. Rashun Nichols
  172. Demeko Nutall
  173. Dontrez Woods
  174. Justin Holmes
  175. Carnell Pillows
  176. Morton Childs
  177. Donell Pearson
  178. Reggie Reed
  179. Daniel Destin
  180. Henry Young
  181. Jeffery Stewart
  182. Deaundra Sanders
  183. Kameron Knox
  184. Willie Browner
  185. Jamar Wilkins
  186. James Williams
  187. Hassan Jones
  188. Kenny Stamps
  189. Quincy Hughes
  190. Prince Dotson
  191. Malcolm Smith
  192. Nicholas Dorsey
  193. Michael King
  194. Julius Caldwell
  195. Andrew Watson
  196. Ahmad Tyson
  197. Kevin Smith
  198. Demond Jones
  199. Marcus hanson

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Promising Prospect # 32

                                                                               ” He Has The Answer!! “

Dalen Davis

There is a young talented 2023 pg walking around that is ready to take this city by storm, a kid who has all the tools to be in the conversation as best in the class Yep!!! No matter what you do on defense ” He Has The Answer!! “. At his grade level he is virtually unstoppable. A smaller guard sticking him he over powers them and finishes with ease, a zone defense he knocks it down from deep 24ft effortless, man to man defense he slices his way around his man and spoon feeds his bigs for a basket, he has one of the best stop and go’s that keeps his defender off balance and I’ve yet to see someone be able to stop him from getting where he wants to get on the floor. ” Move Your Feet, Yells coach, Step Up Yells Coach” I shake my head and say to myself it don’t matter he can’t stick him ” He Has The Answer!!”  Young Dalen Davis 2022 is a talent that speaks D1 no doubt in my mind, while many guards at 7th Grade are wait and see ” I’ll Put My Stamp On This ONE, Barring Injury Mark It Down” While the talent is there sometimes the effort, appearance to play hard or maybe the disinterest sometimes gets the best of young fella. While still young and things to work on,  I say this is a kid who will flourish in high school and you will definitely be reading about. All City, All Conference, All-State hmmm, up to young fella and how hard he works “He Has The Answer!!”. While there are talented guards in the 2023 class Dalen and his talent match up with anyone, I’ve been watching young fella for 2 years plus and he has been handling his own against players 2 years older, it appears the light has clicked on and young fella is on a mission, right now he is nothing to play with and looking to destroy. Players Beware!!! In the updated class rankings coming out Mar 1st young fella will again be a Top 5 prospect and a candidate who definitely is in the conversation as one the best. Look For Dalen to put his talents on display at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. Young Fella isn’t just one of the better players in his class he is one of the elite players in Middle School period. Add to that Dalen is an Honor Student who has grades and test scores that will enable him to get into any high school in the Chicago-land area and you have one well rounded kid. Jr Hoops Elite would like to acknowledge Dalen Davis as our Promising Prospect, Yep!! ” He Has The Answer!!

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2/7/18

   Throwback Thursday Timia Ware Current WY Freshmen Varsity Star!!!

                                                         Promising Prospect # 26

                                                                                            ” It Don’t Matter”

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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 Timia 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”.

     *****Timia has had numerous 20 point plus games against the elite girls teams in the state and is one of the best players in the city already future is bright.******

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10/18/16

Talented And Ready Stake Claim!!

Omarion Hatch

Omarion Hatch 2022- Talk about one of the most exciting players in the class, look no further Omarion is a blur with the ball in his hands, he is as tough a competitor, finisher and defender that you will find at his size and he has the ability to take over a game and will his team to victory as I have personally witnessed on several occasions. When I first got wind of young fella two years ago I said ” HE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION” hailing from Michigan City, Indiana some might miss out on his talent as out of sight out of mind. Well i did everything I could to get his Middle School Team here to compete and he has done nothing short of be spectacular, recently going the length of the floor baseline to baseline with 4.2 seconds to go and hitting a game winning lay-up after weaving through traffic against the then # 4 rated team. Yep this comes on the heals of giving number 1 & 2 rated teams 15 and 20 plus points in spectacular acrobatic fashion. ” rick where you find this team?” was all people kept asking me and who is that? well it’s time people start acknowledging Michigan City has talent. Omarion as well as a couple of his teammates will be included in our updated 2022 class rankings and some people are sure to be dropping because young fella will be entering pretty high. We also look forward to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th as some of the best players in the Midwest from Illinois, Indiana Wisconsin will be in the building competing and forming everlasting bonds. We at Jr Hoops Elite expect to see big things out of young fella in the very near future as he definitely is a nice prospect.

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Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett 2023- The young fella has a certain effect on the game that you really can’t understand until you see him. Young Fella is all out effort, he has one of the highest motors in the class and attacks at a relentless rate. Some players may look more refined at this stage, but there are not that are more impactful that’s for sure. When you talk about some one laying it on the line and impacting a win Jeremy is top 10 in his class. Young Fella is lightning fast with the ball in his hands and changes direction with out slowing down that’s something that can’t be taught and he rebounds just as good as any guard in the class. We expect to see Jeremy at the Top Prospect Showcase playing with and against the elite in his class. Is he ready for that next Challenge? we shall see soon.

Drew Cwik

Drew Cwik 2022 Here is a player that caught our eye a couple of weeks ago playing for Meanstreet Curtis 14U Drew looks to be just what the doctor ordered as he meshed in well knocking down perimeter 3pt shots off the catch and the dribble. Young Fella showed the ability to also create for others as he had a couple of pin-point passes. Drew definitely caught our eye and will be another kid we pay close attention too and another prospect who will be making his way into our updated rankings in the near future.

Jalon Bullock

Jalon Bullock 2022- We see you big fella, Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Here is a kid who is improving by leaps and bounds and when i say he is getting better he is getting better and better fast. Yep when they are young it’s always the smaller guards who often shine first because they have the ball in their hands and the smaller kids coordination and timing come easier and faster. Well Jalon game is catching up with his body and he is a force inside. Young Fella recently put on a show and had the crowd on their feet as his team played the current number team in our middle school rankings and Jalon blocked 4 consecutive shots out of bounds, two in which were blasted against the wall”Yes Sir Young Fella  Maybe The Best Inside Defender Around” now you add to that the way he runs the court, has perimeter skills with the ball and the ability to dunk it on your head or finish with a two hand buggy whip dunk in transition and you have a prospect that says next level. Yep there is no doubt in our mind that Jalon has Division 1 talent. When our updated rankings come out Mar 1. look for young fella to be among some of the top names in the Midwest. Top Prospect Showcase is Feb 24th. we hope to see young Jalon in attendance.

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Max Wilhelmsen

Max Wilhelmsen 2022- Sometimes people are seen late and people will say ” where he come from?” here is a player whom many will get to know very soon, Max is one of those kids that make you say Prospect. Yes young Fella stands 6/3 and doesnt look like he is through growing and he moves with great fluidity and has multiple skill-sets, he can shoot it from the perimeter, he can beat the bigger kids off the dribble and down the court and he rebounds outside of his area. When looking at Max we see a kid who will make a high school coach look good because he is versatile. Jr Hoops Elite will be keeping a close eye on Max and he is another kid who will be making his way into our updated rankings when they are released Mar 1st.

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Time You Found Out About These!!!!!

Carlos Harris

Carlos Harris 2024- Yes Sirrrrrr!!! In a class that appears to be strong at the top here is a kid who has the game to be mentioned among the elite. ” Lil Carlos” as known to some is a problem for defenders, When I first noticed young fella I said ” Uwww!!! shorty got game!!!” then they said you know he in 5th grade right I said ” you got to be kidding!!! Yep!! that was last year, fast forward to this year and its scary!!! young fella is a big wing guard who gets to the rim at will, can knock it down from the perimeter and has a first step that leaves most defenders looking dumbfounded, It’s like young fella has been playing against older players for years because he is comfortable with the ball in his hands against the pressure and he finishes in traffic without fear. When you think that Carlos is only in 6th and has 2 years of middle school left after this year it seems unfair. Young Fella will be in attendance at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. where many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance and our initial 2024 class rankings come out Mar. 1st and there is no doubt about it you will see Carlos Harris name pretty high, Yes Sirrrr!!! here is a kid who we look forward to watching over the next several years as we see a kid with a very bright future.

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1/23/18

Yusef Oliff

Yusef Oliff 2022- Here is one of the best pgs in the class bar none “Yogi” as known to many is a player that many aren’t aware of and is one of the prospects that people definitely need to know about, young fella has all the tools. He is a floor general like no other he understands the game, he can play fast , he can play slow, he knocks the outside jump-shot down on a regular, he can break his man down off the dribble making the play with the pass or shot going both ways equally effective and he has what most pgs are lacking at this stage he gets his bigs the ball in the right position. Due to his religion Yusef misses out on playing some of his teams games and we had’ not seen young fella in almost a year. We last year had Yogi ranked in our top 25 and moved him down as other were being included and we hadn’t seen young fella. Well make no doubt about it Mar. 1st when the updated rankings are released young fella will once again reclaim his spot as one of the elite in the class. When thinking of pgs in the class and the game on the line he is definitely 1 of 5 that I would want to run my team. You heard it here first at the next level young fella will be a problem. Here is a kid people will be shaking their head and saying” where has he been?” when you see the name Yusef Oliff  All conference in a few years remember you heard it here first.

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Aa” Reyon Munir- Jones

Aa’Reyon Munir- Jones 2022 – Another player who has slipped under the radar and we missed out seeing until late. This do everything wing forward has skills, last weekend at the Battle Of The Titans young fella displayed several skills that proved he is a player to be watched. Aa’ Reyon knocked down the jumpshot, he scored in traffic with ease both days and has the athletic ability and size to be a problem on both sides of the floor. While this is our first time seeing Aa’Reyon he made a nice impression and showed his talents, we look forward to seeing this young prospect more he will definitely be in our updated 2022 rankings being released Mar. 1st as we see him as a prospect who can play multiple positions at the next level.

News And Notes

This past weekend 20 of the top 30 middle school teams in area competed in the Battle Of The Titans where there were games like you wouldn’t believe, talk about an environment standing room only crowds, teams, fans and at last count 43 high school coaches saw some amazing games. A remarkable 6 games were decided by last second game winning shots, a record 8 games went into over-time I mean amazing moments that kids and adults will be talking about for years and 34 of 56 games were decided by 5 or less. I mean I got so many people telling me how great the competition was, that was great to see as that’s what the Battle Of The Titans tournament is designed to do. We would like to thank everyone involved for a successful event. Articles and Pictures Below!!!

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Battle Of The Titan 7th-8th Champions  2018               Ariel Storm!!!

Ariel Storm- This group came in and took care of business winning in dramatic fashion playing a tough as they come Krueger on opening day at Battle Of The Titans in an entertaining game in which had everyone on their feet and people saying this should be a Championship game not an opening day game, lol my comment to them ” This the Battle Of The Titans Opening Round Here is Title Games Elsewhere, All The Teams Good No Time To Relax!” yep and Ariel took care of business and went on to beat other Top 10 teams including the number team in the Championship. This is the first time a team has won the Best Of The Midwest(First weekend of Nov. every year 32 teams many of the best in Midwest) and Battle Of The Titans in same season, it’s un-precedent to run through that high level of teams and win both. One thing for sure is this team has never ran from adversity or competition. Yes their fans can be a lil rowdy, yes sometimes the players get a little emotional, but one thing you can not say is they don’t compete. Kudos to Coach Cordell he is one of the classiest young coaches around and handles everything with a smile and is even keel no matter the situation.  Now he can put on his list of accomplishments as well as players the only coach and school to win the 2 biggest and most talented tourneys in one season GREAT JOB STORM!!!

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Mid- Jan Stock Risers

Mikqwon Jones

Mikqwon Jones 2022- Yes Indeed!!!! one of my favorites and young fella is out here and ready to make his move. A versitile wing guard who has the ability to break his man down, find open teammates with pinpoint passing or finish at the rim going through contact is starting to his his groove. While game and talent have come along and young fella has shown flashes on the regular it’s his mindset and mentality that has stood in the way of him claiming the elite status. Well I think young fella is on the verge of doing just that. This past weekend young fella had the standing room only crowd on their feet. Mikqwon showed every skill imaginable in leading his team to the Championship game at the Battle Of The Titans. Look for young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th where many of the Top Players in the Midwest will be in attendance. Look for young fella to climb up the updated rankings being released Mar 1st.

Sean Paige

Sean Paige 2022- The big 6″4 power forward is a prospect who many are sure to get to know quickly, with nice foot work and a soft touch that extends out to 20 ft with incredible accuracy. Some players are here and now and you se the best of them right now, Sean is a kid who is a talented player right now and has an upside that many don’t have. The old saying is ” you can’t teach height” but young fella is height with skill and potential. look for young fella to make his way in the updated rankings being released Mar. 1st and look for young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. where many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance, young fella is looking to cement his status as one of the better bigs in the class and display his talents against the elite. One thing we know is young fella Stock is Rising!!!!

Myles Walton

Myles Walton 2022- Yep add a name to the steady pointy guard who is tough as nails category, here is a break you down pg who just makes winning basketball plays, need a basket he can break you down and score at the rim, need a defensive stopper, young fella can lock you up off the dribble or pick you up full court with pressure. Yes, some people are numbers guys and some people are winning players Myles fits the category of winner. I witnessed young fella on several occasions where he could have been selfish and scored the basket and he got his teammates involved. Myles is a kid a coach can trust with the ball to make good decisions and that can’t be said about a lot of pgs at this stage. We look forward to seeing more of Myles as his Stock Is Rising and we will be out to see him in the very near future. look for young fella to make his debut on our updated class rankings Mar. 1st.

Ahmarion Hill

Ahmarion Hill 2022- here is a speedy attacking the rim power guard who when on is game is hard to stop. A fierce competitor is Ahmarion and that sometimes gets the best of him, but when he is playing his best the opponents are in trouble no doubt. I have witness young fella put his team on his back scoring in bunches. Here is another prospect who we look forward to seeing compete at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th against the elite in his class and a prospect who looks to be climbing up the rankings when the updated rankings come out Mar. 1st

Battle Of The Titans 7/8th Gold Division Champions           Wescott

Wescott- This group is tough minded after squeezing by in the first round in a hard fought game between new rival Clissold,in which the teams battled to the end Wescott won by 2, they showed their resilience once again winning the Gold Championship in overtime on a game winning 3 pt shot as time expired. Coach Khalil has this group playing their best basketball of the year and has several players who are making names for themselves.

Kankakee

Kankakee Jr High- This group came in and made a name for itself among the elite, after losing a close one in the opening round, the group rebounded and won out and captured the Consolation Championship in the Platinum division in a thrilling over-time victory against a gritty Southwood team. This team plays for one another they are very unselfish look for them to make a serious run at the State Championship. 

Clissold

Clissold- Here is a team that has come out of no-where and has several nice pieces, they shocked a lot of people and made a name for itself with impressive wins and captured the Consolation Championship with a win over South Loop that no one gave them a chance. Put some Respek!!! on Clissold!!! as coach Nwagwu has this group playing well.

Hoopers 13U- Red Hawk Champions 2018

 – Midwest United All Stars and Hoopers 2023 ran thru everyone with ease and collided in the Championship game that went back and forth. MUA came out strong and Jaloni Johnson was impressive going on a quick 8-0 run by himself midway thru the first half finishing  2 acrobatic lay-ups, a pull up jump-shot and spin move in transition that had the fans saying Uwww, as MUA was starting to establish themselves Amir Robinson showed he is capable of taking over a game he came back and scored or assisted on 16 straight points and it looked like the Hoopers were going to take command, then all at once it seemed like all of the Hoopers players got into foul trouble and Noah (MUA) had a run by himself where he put on 3 straight nifty moves for buckets that had me a several others smiling ” good moves young fella!!” this put MUA up 6 with 2 minutes left to go in the half, another quick foul put Amire on the Bench. Isaiah Torres(Hoopers)then split the double team hit Jeremy Barnett for bucket and after trading buckets hit Keon Alexander for his only bucket and MUA went into half 25-23. As the second half started it was close for a good portion, but Amire Robinson went through a stretch where he showed every skill, he knocked down the 3, he finished at the rim in traffic, he rebounded and drove coast to coast and he through a couple of no-look assist and fed teammates finishing with 26pts. 10 reb, 5 ast and 5blks and his teammate Jeremy Burnett was a force, he is an athlete supreme guard, who impacts the game in a variety of ways, he can defend 3 positions,he hits the glass and rebounds with the bigs in traffic he finished with 15pts and 10 reb, Isaiah Torres was the consummate pg breaking his man down and spoon feeding his teammates young fella a throwback pass first pg who would rather make the assist than score himselfMarcus contributed knocking down a critical and the group looked good closing the game as Hoopers won 52-37. MUA was lead by Jaloni Johnson 16 pts and 7 reb and Noah finished with 11. Plenty Of Talent was on the Floor and these teams will see each other in again in a few weeks should be interesting.

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New Years Stock Risers

From left to right Dalen Davis, Prentice Young Jr. & Mike Davis Jr.

Dalen, Prentice & Mike played in the City/Suburban- State vs State two weeks ago and if this is any indication of things to come people are in trouble. Midwest version of a Big 3 could be pretty impressive if they continue to play together. You have the silky smooth quiet assassin pg Mike Davis Jr. whom I’ve personally witness take a game over and destroy his man scoring at will and I’ve  also have witnessed set up his teammates up with slicing and carving his way through the lane then spoon feeding them young fella is a one of those kids who can play with the ball in his hands or off the ball and make plays equally effective, Prentice Young the competitor supreme and known for putting up big numbers in big time games and who is an aggressive in nature high motor wing, who is has now developed his face up game in which he and showed at City/Suburban he can beat his man off the dribble and finish at the rim or hit the pull-up(“is this his new norm? hmm we shall see”) another kid who we see is putting time in the gym and then you have Dalen Samuels the elusive big pg who gets to the rim at will, punishes the small pgs and is at tough as they come on this level with the ball in his hands and making something happen off the bounce and another pg capable of taking over a game and putting his team on his back. Here are kids who are all ranked in our Top 7 and prospects who project well at the next level no doubt!!! Look for these players at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th where the afformed players will be looking to make statements as some of the elite in Middle School not just their class. If Playground Warriors can pull-off these 3 players people are in trouble!!!!!!

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Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith 2023- Wait, Wait, Wait a minute, sometimes you see a kid that speaks Prooooospect!!!!, Yes Indeed!!! here is a player who has a chance to be one of those dudes in a few years, here is a kid who speaks UPSIDE GALORE! and a prospect who may more than anyone else in the class right now speaks high major prospect down the line!!! yep Taylor the now 6/5 WF first made his debut at the Top Prospect Showcase this past fall where he showed he had talent and skill and we believe is where he picked up his confidence playing against top 10 prospects 2022 class AJ Casey, Jaylen Washington, Steven Clay, Chris Green, Terry Elias, Leonte Lilly and others young fella held his own. We had seen young fella previous to that but he never showed the confidence or motor, well he played here 2 weekends ago and showed his multi-talented skill level handling the ball outside on the perimeter setting up the offense at times and making plays facing up off the dribble. Yes his team lost, but his development is what is coming along, young fella seems more sure of himself and the light seems to be clicking. While he is not the finished product, young fella is the prospect with the tools and upside that has Jr Hoops Elite looking at a possibility of moving up and a candidate worthy of the number slot consideration hmmm are we a little to early or are we on to something Good Question!!!. We look forward to seeing Taylor at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th where talent will be in the building no doubt!!!

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De’Vonte Cobbs

De’Vonte Cobb- 2022 There are always kids you look at and say ” people will definitely be talking about young fella at the next level” a kid who will translate and have no problem fitting in. Yep!!! here is one of those kids and athlete who plays above the rim, a player with tenacity, athleticism and heart. Yes Indeed!! De’Vonte is hybrid wing who can defend all positions at this level and a player who capable of completely taking over at both ends of the floor. Look for young fella to be one of the more talked about players in the Midwest this spring and summer, There are a handful of kids who I see being immediate impact players on the next level and De’Vonte is one of them. We expect to see young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. In his mine there is no one in the class that can stop him and he is known to put it down in transition and shut the gym down!! Will he be able to do it against the talent in the building that day is a big question!!!!

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Amire Robinson

Amire Robinson 2023- Here is a kid who has been ripping it up on the court, a couple of years ago young fella was the most impressive big in his class, well fast forward to now and you have a dominant player who is showing he is versatile and his game is expanding. He still dominates in the paint with his strength and desire but he now has added the long range shot, play-making ability, ball handling and decision making to his game!! Currently our #1 rated prospect in the 2023 by Look for Amire the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. where many of the Top Players in the Midwest will be in attendance. Is Amire Top 10 prospect regardless of class in middle school?

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Christian Meeks

Christian Meeks 2022- Here is a powerful post player who specializes in buckets around the rim. This past weekend young fella matched up against 2 of the best bigs in the class and thought uhh ohh” Vikings in trouble, yet it was Christian who came out dominating in the paint scoring basket after basket over and through his 6/6 and 6/7 defenders. Young fella showed grit, tenacity and a will to control the inside and did finishing with 18pts 10 reb young fella also showed he is putting in work in the gym as he stepped out and knocked down the baseline jump-shot and brought the ball up the floor a couple of times in transition. His team ended up losing a close one by 2, but he out played the duo this time by himself. Here is a kid who will move up in the updated rankings being released Jan. 16th. we believe that the more young fella plays against better competition the better he will become there is a apparent work-ethic and will to get better and better. We look forward to seeing more of young fella!!!

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Dekwon Brown

Dekwon Brown 2024- Talk about a scoring machine, Dekwon came up from Central Illinois a couple of weekends ago and put points on the board in a hurry and lead his team to the Championship Game, this past summer he came out of no-where at the Top Prospect Showcase giving kids buckets after bucket and now everyone is asking me ” who is that kid?”  Well young fella is known to do that on a regular he is currently averaging better than 30 a game right now in Peoria and right now looks to be a player who will make his entry in the 2024 class rankings rather high, when they are released March 1st. Right now Dekwon is a mis-match for most because he can over power the smaller guards and he is to quick for the bigs down low add to that he his quick feet and lateral speed which helps him rebound and get shots back at the rim before most can react. Yep Young Fella is a scoring machine at this level.

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Isaiah Torres

Isaiah Torres 2023- A smart savvy pg who I’ve always had a liking too is starting to show his talent, Isaiah is a slick ball handler who specializes in breaking his man down and hitting the open teammate. While I thought he initially needed to play with more confidence he appears to be stepping his game up. I heard him say this past weekend “they weak” not in a disrespectful way but in a way where he was sure of himself and ability. Yep!!! I like It!! Young Fella is another who looks to be moving up and with his play earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th. Yong fella is an emerging prospect can he handle the pressure against the elite? we will shall see, but young fella has definitely gotten better and his Stock is on the Rise!!!

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Fall League Recap 1 of 2

14U Semi- Final  Mac Irvin Fire v Meanstreets- This is a where the players know each other very well several have been teammates and have been playing with or against each other for several years. Keon Richardson came out like a man on a mission and had his finger prints all over the game,  knocking down 3 big 3pt jump shots t o start the game, then locking up on the defensive end and leading being very vocal and instructing his teammates he finished with 18 pts & 3 assist, Jaylen Drane, was his usual self as he and his back court mate carried the offense for much of the game and he showed that his jumpshot is becoming pretty accurate as he knocked down 3 3pt baskets himself and finished with 18 Andre Casey Jr, Kanye Smith and Jalen Washington all played solid and contributed. Terry Elias  3 3pts(16pts) of his own in the first half kept it close for awhile and Ahmad Henderson 3pts  in the game, including several big ones in second half played there hearts out and gave a valued effort along with Nick, Christian and Ryne but it wasn’t enough as Meanstreets advanced to the Championship Game with a 10 point victory.

14U Semi Final J.H.E. v And One – These two teams have some talent on their roster and the game was as good as advertised J.H.E came out and with it’s pressure defense and went up 8 rather quickly, after a time-out and some nice strategies by Coach Ashley the team settled down, and made a run, after going back and forth for much of the second half, J.H.E made a couple of big shots and And One had a few shoots that normally fall that didn’t. The game was clean competitive game in which several kids showed glimpses of what they can do on both sides. And One =Tyler Faucett will be a problem for people all year, Raleigh Roberson is one of my favorites and upside is one of the highest in the class, Connor Sukel is as tough as they come and has a high skill level with impeccable foot-work and ball fakes in his game, Toby Onyekonwu is one of the best shooters in the state, Johnny Griffin is a competitor and is relentless attacking the basket and David Geiser is multi talented and shows his versatility to play 3 positions on the court. J.H.E. has a wealth of talent on their team as well and players whom High Schools are licking their chops to hopefully have them walk in their doors.

14U- Championship  Meanstreets v J.H.E. – J.H.E. came out the gates playing well as and was leading halfway through the first half when Meanstreets went ona 13/2 run to take a half-time lead of 8, led by 2 big 3 point baskets from  Jalen Washington. In the second half J.H.E. went on a run, closed it to points, after several back and forth baskets and nice plays from both sides Meanstreets put the game away as Andre Casey Jr. burried several clutch free-throws and J.H.E. missed its last 3pt shots. Another entertaining game that had all involved and ended with great sportsmanship congrats to Meanstreets and Coach Curtis.

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Meanstreets 14U Platinum Division Champions
Jaylen Drane Best Of Midwest 14U MVP

Jaylen Drane- Young Fella was spectacular this fall league in leading his team to a championship, he took over games when needed and was unguardable the whole tourney, young fella is a magician with the ball in his hands and his jumpshot has become very consistent as I easily saw him shoot at least 50 percent from behind the arc and you add the fact that he is playing with the most imposing prospect on the post in A.J. and keeps young fella happy getting him plenty of touches in post makes it even more impressive, because there are times when he Jaylen  sacrifices for the betterment of the team. Young fella continues to show his maturity and is Best Of The Midwest Fall League MVP.

Public Enemy 13U Platinum Champions
Mikell Jones

JHE Mikell Jones- Played extremely well in the playoffs and again showed he is one of the better players in the class, had the fans as well as teammates on their feet as he had several up and under moves, as well as Lebron James Coast to Coast Moves, Young Fella is definitively a problem for his defender and had parent after parent asking me ” who is that?” yep football season ended Saturday, Uhhhh OHHH!!!!

Collin Wainscott

Collin Wainscott 2023- You can’t give this lil guy here 2 inches in space, he is a sharp hooter, young fella practically beat Bulls/Sox by himself in the opening round, setting the gym up as he was splashing deep 3 after deep 3, knocking down of by my account someone said it was 8 threes in a mostly close and heated game through-out. Young Fella was so hot he had open lay-ups and pulled up for the all net, he had possessions where the coach said ” no shot  unless its a layup ” and young fella pulled from the corner “swish” yep Collin Wainscott has made it clear he is the best shooter I’ve seen in the 2023 class and he can shoot it eqaully as well off the catch or dribble.

Keon Alexander

Keon Alexander 2023- Here is the prospect who turned my head more than anyone this past weekend, talk about improvement, young fella arguably was the most impressive prospect this past weekend, whirling and durling in the paint and scoring in and on people as if he was a player possessed. i mean at one point young fella was 6 for 6 and I mean these were baskets on his defender, standing 6/4 Keon looked massive out there and had one of the best players in Nation shaking his head as Keon was getting the better of him. Just last year Keon seemed very very very raw, while he still is not as polished as a couple of the best in the class, I stand here saying watch-out because young fella is coming. Keon will be in attendance at the Top Prospect showcase Feb 24th. and will definitely be making a jump in the updated rankings Thanksgiving day. Jr Hoops Elite will definitely be at young fella games this fall as he is a prospect we expect to be talking about for awhile.

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Hoopademix 13u Gold Division Champions
Zack DeLuca

Zack DeLuca  2023- Uwwweee!!!! Yes Indeed we have a hooper here, another kid who has been outstanding during the Best Of The Midwest Fall League and a prospect who came in unknown to many including Jr. Hoops Elite and left having been one of the top point guards regardless of class in the the league pound for pound. Zach is quick off the dribble, with the ability to hit his teammates in perfect spots, his jump-shot is money from deep and he has the ability to stop on the dime and either rise up for the shot or drop a pinpoint on the money pass for an assist, Yep Zack has a baby face and looks like he is easy going, then once he starts playing you see the fierce competitive spirit, young fella came in and more than held his own. Jr. Hoops Elite looks forward to seeing Zach an awful lot in the future

Payton Kamin

Payton Kamin 2023- Here is a slithery crafty guard who came in an unknown to Jr Hoops Elite and left a prospect who we will be keeping close tabs on, Payton showed the ability to knock it down from deep and showed some uncanny ability to get around his man and finish in the lane over some of the bigger players, we see young fella a s player who will continue to get better and better as he plays against good competition, Payton earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 24th where many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance with his play at the Best of Midwest Fall League. We look forward to monitoring the progress of young fella in the future.

B2B Silver Division 14U Champs

Demetrius Dortch

Demetrius Dortch 2022- Talking about toughness on the court, young fella is the ultimate competitor he is a ” warrior” out there. Demetrius is a player who plays both sides of the floor, he is a lock up specialist on defense as I’ve witnessed him personally shut down several of the top prospects in his class, he is as fast as anyone in the class from one end to the other with the ball in his hands, he finishes in the lane above, on or through his defenders and young fella plays the game to win. Here is a kid who is a ” Impact The Win Kid” a player that every coach would want on his team and a prospect whose Stock Is Rising. Young Fella made his debut in the rankings this week and is a kid that will have Jr Hoops Elite in Oak Park an awful lot this winter checking out is home games and a prospect we look forward to seeing compete at the Invitation Only Top Prospect Showcase February 24th 2018.

AJ

AJ- 2024- Smart, poised and talented young fella skills are elite in his class no doubt. He sees and makes plays that are un-teachable, he has a lot of reactional passes and moves that make you say” 6th grade- No Way!! young fella has been playing very ell in the Jr Hoops Elite Youth League where many of the top payer in classes 2 years ahead of him are in attendance and he is a key member of the first place team as of now UCONN!! Young Fella Stock is Very High Right Now!!!!

Trevon Thomas

Trevon Thomas 2022- Yes Indeed!!!! Yes Indeed!!! My kind of player, here is a kid who plays the game the way we played back in the day, play hard, talk a little noise, shake hands after the game yep. Trevon does what ever is necessary to get his team the win. He will get in his opponents head with a little trash talking but it’s always in fun and competitive spirit because young fella is the ultimate competitor. You need a big 3, he knocks its down, a big steel he clamps ups the offensive player and just when you think you have him trapped coming in the lane he drop steps and does a creative whirl-spin for a bucket then says ” you can’t hold me” Yes young fella is one of the more versatile players in the class and can play multiple roles another coaches dream because he will do whatever asked with no questions or hesitation. Young Fella is eager to compete against the elite proving he can play with anyone. Having missed the last Top Prospect Showcase look for young fella to be in attendance at the invitation only event Feb 24th and look for more of Trevon on this site in the future a he us a prospect with a bright future.

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Again I would like to Thank everyone who participated in event this past weekend, it was fun and exciting for me but I do understand and appreciate all who helped make it a positive event. I will say to this point I have received again nothing but positive responses from parents and kids a like saying how much they enjoyed the event, and boy you that makes me feel good you all just do not know how much stress I was under with the last minute forcing of having to switch gyms this past Wednesday Night at the last minute for unseeable circumstances Shout Out To Collins high School and Coach Steve for bailing me out I’m always grateful and appreciative of your efforts. I have received 52 personal text or emails saying how much they loved the event I only complaint I had all weekend. There was a question of why a team had to play there next game in the hot gym immediately after playing back to back in that same gym and guess what they were right they weren’t on the schedule to play in that gym at that time it was the other Blue team, they sat out and played in the main gym the next couple of games and problem was solved. ” When is Next One” My Son Needed That” He Learned How They Play Hard In The City” Ricky My Kid Needed This” ” I’m Bringing My Sons Friend Next Time” ” Now we can get to the drawing board” ” He Needed To See Whats Out There” ” There are some kids from Central Illinois who got real game Ricky where you find them?!!” ” That Orange Team Need To Be An AAU Team By Themselves” are just some of the quotes I received Sunday. There will be updates and player synopsis on website and Instagram over the next few days. If anyone has any questions or comments you can always call or text.

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Final 4 Game

Great Atmosphere, Standing Room Only In Final 4 game at Young Player Showcase!!!!

Julian Coates

Julian Coates 2026-  Can you say tough as nails? Can you say ultra competitor? Can you say will to win and compete? ” Young Fella Has Heart In That Chest” here he was one of the younger players in the class and playing on one of the more polished and complete showcase teams with older players, yet he found a way to be a vital component of the Championship Team  hitting several big shots along the way, including the go ahead lay-up in which he did his Incredible Hulk strong man pose and roar and he also went on to win in the individual competitions. You can tell young fella has been playing up with older kids by his poise and disposition, here is a kid from Peoria whom Jr Hoops Elite  will be talking about for years to come.

                                               

JD

JD 2025- Here is a kid who showed high skill level as he set his teammates up rather well, has a 3 pt shot that ranked right up there with the best of them at the showcase and young fella finishes well in traffic with either hand equally as effective. JD had several plays at the showcase that showed he is definitely one of the better players in his class and a prospect who Jr Hoops Elite will be making it our business to keep up with.

Kaden Johnson

Kaden Johnson 2026- Yes Indeed!!! here is a player who is non stop all over the court, he has speed with the ball in his hands that other defenders his size had trouble keeping up with, he showed the ability to get past his defenders and finish with the floater and he knocked down a few shots, It will be very interesting to see Kaden as time progresses because young fella has game and spirit and when you mix the two it spells trouble for opponents.

Kristian

Kristian Flowers 2025- Kristian played with energy he was a player who was running all over the floor, he gave you a little of everything, he rebounded , he hit a few shots and he played within the team. He is a kid who appears to have a good upside as his frame and athletic ability are noticed right away. He played on a team where touches were limited and still found a way to be effective, here is a kid who I believe will benefit greatly from the experience of seeing the speed and aggressiveness of other players. Kristian is a player Jr Hoops Elite will carefully be keeping an eye on.

Ky Cornish                                                                                                                         

Ky Cornish 2026- Young Fella was solid, one of the younger players at the showcase Ky seemed to play at an easy going pace, he was a kid who did a lot of the small things on the court and a player who we feel now understands better how to play in this environment. young Fella showed that he can shoot the ball as his form looked really good in the 3pt contest.

Cedrick Terrell III

Cedrick Terrell III- 2026- Here is a young shifty point guard who gets where he wants on the court with the ball, he has good speed and a quality handle, his vision appears to be above average for his age as he can find his open teammates. I witnessed young fella split defenses left and right, I witnessed young fella finish in traffic, the talent is there, now if he can get a little stronger with the ball and take the bumps in traffic players will be in trouble. Cedrick is a young guard who we see getting better and better as he plays the tougher competition and a player who is on Jr Hoops Elite radar.

 Early August Stock Risers

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith 2021- Wait Wait Wait!!! Hold the presses there is a kid who Jr Hoops Elite has been trying to get a scoop on, Young Fella is a combo big guard who has been giving people a problem for awhile the thing is he has been playing out of position for the necessity of his team and the regular eye just don’t understand. When we first saw Jordan He was playing Center for his team because he was the biggest player on the team, but he had a sweet stroke from deep and has vision off the bounce, the thing was his teammates just weren’t that good. I said to a couple of players and colleagues young fella has game I have to get his information and invite him out. Poof he disappeared. Then a couple of months later at Columbus Park young fella re-appeared at a tournament I was at, scoring 20 plus showing his all around skill and yep you guessed it I missed him again. Yep!!!  Here is a prospect who definitely will be making his entrance in the updated rankings being released next week a prospect whose upside is good he is still growing into his body and he has one of the higher skill sets coming out of middle school. Here is a prospect who will be an important piece of the Marshall incoming class and a prospect whose Stock is definitely Rising!!

Mikwon Jones

Mikwon Jones 2022- ” He Not Like That!!!” That’s young fella favorite saying, here is a get who is getting better and better by leaps and bounds, a players whose excepting the challenge of being a leader. A player that doesn’t back down in the face of adversity. Mikwon is a point power forward who can give you buckets down low with post moves, can bring it up the floor under pressure, he has a high understanding and picks up things extremely fast, he is a vocal leader and his out-let passes and head up the floor ability are second to none to any of the bigs in the class. When talk about a kid who is gaining on players and gaining fast look no further. Talk about a website providing information and motivation, here is the prospect who has gained like no other seeing and knowing all the good players. Young Fella is a coaches dream with his work-ethic, attitude and willingness to whatever for his team and a player who definitely will be making a move up-ward in the updated rankings when they are released. Talk about a kid who’s stock is sky rocketing look no further. Mikwon  is one of many who will be at the Youth League which first games start this Sunday at Cicero Stadium and will be on hand at the Top Prospect Showcase Aug. 19th St. Ignatius High School. Young Fella is one of our Aug. Stock Risers.

Jayden Dean

Jayden Dean 2022- Young Fella has been on a tear lately, he is improving and improving rapidly. Having Recently completed the fall league in Oak Park. Young Fella was a stud leading the league in virtually every Statistical category, he was a force leading his team to the League Championship. Young Fella plays the game under control and can take over a game at anytime. Jayden will be one of the many top rated kids playing in the Jr Hoops Elite Fall League on Sundays and will be in attendance at the  where he looks to again win a championship and at the Top Prospect Showcase Aug 19th to compete against some of the elite in the Midwest. Here is a kid whose Stock is definitely Rising.

Dashun Glover

Dashaun Glover 2020- Here is a kid over a year ago you would say, ” ok he can play he has skills” This past weekend ” Shaun Shaun” as known to many showed he is a real point guard. Playing on a team where many kids took shoots and played for them self’s young fella did not let that take him out of his character. He made the correct play everytime and when you saw him play a year ago anytime the defense gave him ball pressure he would attack no matter what. This weekend I saw the poise of young Glover, under duress he still handled the ball and didn’t force anything, he waited for his teammates to open and scored when needed. Yep and several other media sources saw what I saw. ” who is that?” “what school he go too?” ” I have to catch him some more this season” Yep young fella attention was paid and you are a August Stock Riser.

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Showcase Recap Below

Aviyon Morris

Aviyon Morris 2022- Small in stature “big big big time!!! in game and leadership” Young Fella has some of that Westside toughness and leadership of former small guard legends Jimmy Sanders and David Bailey. he showed again that he can get where ever he wants on the floor with the ball in his hands, he has a knack for scoring and one of the biggest hearts in middle school.  What he lacks in size he makes up for in heart. Young Fella picks up 94ft and he has all the intangibles. Here is a kid who you will be reading about at the next level a kid who take and get his the hardway. Aviyon will be rising again in the updated rankings and is on a mission to prove he is one of the best pgs in the class. I know one thing he is a kid who would be on my floor, he is built for the moment.

Akeem Crivens

Akeem Crivens 2023- sometimes you see a kid and say “Yep, He Is Getting It” Young Fella came out a year ago to showcase and  got the experience, soaked it up, saw what was out here and went to the lab on a mission. During drills I teased him ” You gonna show me something? ” well he definitely did playing against several of the best point guards a year older Akeem handled himself well. He is a kid who understands the game and can play with the ball in his hands or off the ball, he doesn’t get stagnant. He made several nice passes that lead to baskets and knocked down several big jump-shots helping to lead his team to a championship including the oh so clutch go ahead 3 pt shot in the semi-final game which went to over-time. Young Fella will definitely be in the updated rankings being released 8/28 and a prospect we look forward to covering over the next few years.

Jaylin Dunlap

Jaylin Dunlap 2022- Here is a combo guard that is multi- talented. Young Fella showed the ability to score at all 3 levels, he can knock down the jumpshot from long range on the catch or off the dribble he is so valuable to a team because his frame allows him to guard the little quick guards or the bigger longer wings. Jaylin has a nice handle that allows him to attack the rim against defenders, he showed in particular he has a  Kobe Bryant like killer crossover from left to right that has a few defenders stubbing. Here is a kid who had players asking me ‘ Coach Who Is That?” well get ready to be hearing about young fella as he will make his debut in the updated rankings 8/28. Young Fella was one of the 1 on 1 champions again showcasing he is a hard guard.

Johnny Griffith

Johnny Griffith 2022- Here is a player who has good size for his position. Johnny displayed a nice stroke from the outside and showed an uncanny ability to shift speeds with ball in his hands. Here is a prospect who we believe benefited from the event and a kid the more he plays against high level competition the better he will be. Jr Hoops Elite thinks young fella next appearance he will be on a mission. Young Fella will make his debut in the updated rankings next week.

Ashton Hutchinson

Ashton Hutchinson 2022- Well, Well, Well here was a pleasant surprise, young fella showed exceptional quickness to the basket, he can defend the quicker guards and he is relentless when attacking the basket with and off the dribble first step that was impressive. Ashton has great quickness and lateral movement that he can play both ends of the floor, young fella was one of the 1 on 1 Champions and is a prospect who Jr hoops Elite will be monitoring more closely and a prospect who has earned his way into the rankings being released next week.

Denim Juette

Denim Juette 2022- I call him ” Cash Him Out” Yep young fella is a sniper a player who has that knack for making big time shots from long range at key moments in the game, he was again showcasing he is a knock down shooter, but he is also a scorer who has a scorers mentality. He was voted one of the Top 3 point shooter at the showcase. One coach “Rick he going to school in the suburbs? Damn!!!! I love his game, boy he would be one of my top recruits if he was In the city, uh uh uh, he can play Rick, DAMN I LOVE HIS GAME” Yep young fella left quite an impression this past weekend at the showcase.

William O’Shield

William O’Shield 2022- Young Fella is a kid who came in and felt his way out, a player who was attending his first showcase, he can shoot it and moves well without the ball in his hands, in the showcase atmosphere he tended to let others have the balls in their hands and was doing whatever needed and not forcing the issue. Will seems to be a player that the more he plays against the elite competition the better he will become, now knowing the process we think young fella will be better for the experience and we look for him to come in February and be more aggressive.

Andre Casey Jr.

Andre Casey Jr. 2022- Young Fella was nothing short of dominating, showcasing his perimeter skills knocking down the 3 with ease, handling in transition and dunking after making moves off the dribble, when the updated rankings are released Aug 28-30th depending on class it will be interesting.

Collin Wainscott

Collin Wainscott 2023- Young Fella is back and looks as good as ever, last year young fella suffered an injury and he was out for awhile, Collin was a dead eye shooter knocking down after clutch in being a very vital part of the championship team. Always known as a shooter there’s little doubt that young fella is one of the top shooters in middle school regardless of class, but he showed leadership being vocal and understood how to distribute the ball, when to distribute the ball and never takes a bad or rushed shot. Yep!!! young fella reinforced he is a player and has had coach after coach inquiring and asking me about his availability. ” I need him right now on my high school team!!!” ” He has me changing the way I look at the game, I need a shooter like him” ” Rick Shorty Got Game, Who He Play For?” ” Coach he look like a JHE player” were just some of the comments that people said to me about young fella.

Jayden small

Jayden Small 2023- Here is a player Jr Hoops Elite was surprised at his ability to get past his defender with ease, young fella showed a very nice handle and the ability to hit the mid range shot over the bigs, Jayden also showed the ability to pressure full court on defense, one of the younger players for his grade young fella held his own. Here is another prospect we look forward to covering over the next few years and will be out at school games throughout the winter. We believe young fella will be better for the experience and now understands the showcase atmosphere and a prospect who will be in the updated rankings being released 8/28

Steven Clay

Steven Clay 2022- Another long 6/3 plus combo forward who showed he can handle, shoot, distribute and rebound in traffic. Young Fella came in and started slow, getting a feel for his teammates, but as they day went on he showed his silky smooth game. If Young Fella ever just says ” hey I’m finna dominate, some people are in trouble, he has the tools and will remain a top 10- prospect when updated rankings are released next week.

Showcase Champs

Team Syracuse- This group was a team that jelled from the very beginning, when first looking at teams by the naked eye no one in the gym gave this team a chance, yet they rolled on to win the Championship in overtime after going undefeated through-out. The team played as a team, they had spirit, moved the ball well together and didn’t care who scored. 3 of the players on the team came up to me afterwards “this is the best showcase team I’ve been on”  ” we got a sqaud and everybody can shoot!!!” ” make sure if there is another showcase, put us all on the same team so we can go back to back Champions” Yes the team was complete and everyone contributed Ahkeem Crivens 2023, Collin Wainscott 2023, Cameron Pickett 2022, Cordy Johnson 2023, Daronte Peterson 2022, Richard Barron 2023, Christopher Green 2022, Taylor Smith 2023, Devyn Williams 2022, Terrion Langston 2022. This group was nice and a joy to watch.

Terry Elias

Terry Elias 2022- Young Fella is back and ready to reclaim his status as one of the elite in the class, young fella was a force attacking the basket and showed he has been working on his game as he was shooting and knocking down the with confidence. His shot looks effortless and he was at another level in the 1 on 1 competition winning his level with ease. Some are in trouble as young fella appears to be on a mission. He is sure to rise in the updated rankings coming out next week.

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith 2023- Rising Prospect Alert!!!! Young Fella has potential this long wiry 6/3 forward ran the floor like a deer and finished well around the basket, matching up against several of the top post players in the class 2022 young fella held his own and looked like he belonged, there is no doubt Taylor will enter in the class of 2023 class rankings be put out next week and he will definitely be making his debut rather high. Jr Hoops Elite will be following this youngster rather closely this winter.

Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson 2022- Slick with a handle, quick and athletic, ” Yes Indeed” young fella came to the showcase where no one knew who he was and he came to make a statement, he quickly did  that blowing by his man on consecutive plays like they were standing still the first few minutes of his first game. Young Fella played well the enter event slicing and dicing his way to the basket and finishing at the basket on and over several of the bigs. In the 1 on 1 as well as playoff games young fella showed he good knock down the jump-shot, defend and compete. Here is a kid who left having done exactly what he was suppose too make an impression. Jr Hoops Elite will be carefully keeping a close eye on Alex and he will definitely make his way into the updated rankings being released next Monday.

Mehki Shaw

Mehki Shaw 2022- Yes Indeed!!!!! A savvy floor general who displayed every skill you want in a pg, he showed poise with the ball in his hands delivering several passes that I couldn’t believe he got the ball through the defenders, he showed the long range ball, he hit mid range shoots and whats most impressive is he plays at his own pace and doesn’t let the defense speed him up. Mehki is a pg who knows the game, he understands speed and change of pace. here is another prospect who came in unknown to most and left making an impression. Add young fella name to the list of quality point guards in the Midwest. Young Fella will make his debut in updated rankings being released next week and a prospect we look to be getting out to see more of.

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Young Player Showcase Recap 2

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Lashawn Stowers

Lashawn Stowers 2025- Yes Sir, Yes Sir!!!! Give me him young fella is a stud no doubt, he was slicing and dicing his way to the whole scoring and creating for his teammates at will and he plays with a fire in his belly, he competes to win. He is a big guard who was abusing the little guards, I mean there was no guard in his class that could stop him from scoring one on one in the team setting. When you think that he is going into the 5th grade you say WOW!!! Lashawn was one of the Top 5 Scorers at the showcase and looks to be at this point one of the better prospects in his class. Another Central Illinois Stud who has the potential to be really good.

Howard Williams

Howard Williams 2026- SAAAAAAYYYY WHAAAT!!! Young Fella here is a beast young Howard was playing good against players 2 years his superior when we got word that he was playing against the wrong group we made the switch and it was an abuse for the kids he encountered. No way would you think this kid is going to 4th grade. he has good foot-work, nice outside shooting touch which he displayed against the older and bigger kids, and inside he was unstoppable going on scoring runs of straight points straight in separate playoff games helping his team advance. I know it’s early but I haven’t seen to many post player at this young age as polished as young Howard. Yep!!! 4th Grade.

Ed Williams AKA  4

Ed Williams 2027- Here he was the youngest player at the showcase and only 3rd grader in attendance and you would have thought young fella was in 5th. When I say tough as they come ” young fella is Tenacious.” he attacks the basket against the bigger kids with-out hesitation. Young Fella has no fear and is quick going either way. With the size of several of the kids two older a he was able to take the bumps in traffic and the physical aggressive style like he had seen it before. This kid here is a player. Yes Indeed!!! Known by many as 4, young fella came out here and played against many of the elite kids 2 years his superior and showed he is a player Jr Hoops Elite will be talking about for a long time too come.

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CJ Thomas

CJ Thomas 2025- All I’m going to say is Young Fella put on a show, he was nailing big shot after big shot, his performance has to go down as top 5 performances all time in showcase history and that is a big statement. He had the crowd and me on our feet. He displayed court vision, tenacious defense a 3 point jump shot where I personally saw him go 8 for 10 over 3 games including game tying and game go ahead jumpers in the face of defenders with less than a minute in two games and game tying over time sending big plays in another. A highlight of Showcase will be released some-time this week and young fella is sure to be on it. Then in the one on one competition he ripped thru his opponents winning by a wide margin knocking down 3pt after 3pt after 3pt. CJ left the showcase MVP and a player Jr Hoops Elite will definitely be keeping tabs on. We look forward to covering young fella for years to come.

Emmanuel Mosley

Emmanuel Mosley 2025- Add another name to the elite guard category in his class, it didn’t take 3 minutes to know young fella was a player. He came down set his man up off the dribble then spoon fed his teammate for a basket, yep while others may have took unnecessary shots or forced the action young fella made the right basketball play every single time all while showcasing his skill level. While his team had 3 players like that Sebastian and Cal both of which will be in feature updates.Emmanuel has a quiet confidence and swagger to his game that definitely says he belongs with the elite in the class. Here is another prospect who we will be keeping close eyes on and a prospect who next year when his class rankings are released is surely to be on that list unless something we cant for see happens.

Dmonte Meeks

Dmonte Meeks 2025- Young Fella had coaches calling me all day, ” who is young fella? what grade is he in? can he play small fry? where his mom at he got them thangs, yep young fella is a competitor and player that had heads moving as he had several crowd pleasing moves that stood out including making his defender touch the floor another pg who plays with heart and soul. One of those Back 2 Basic players that are starting to give the organization recognition around the State.

Cal McKay

Cal Mckay 2025- Here is a multi-skilled guard who does it all, Young Fella has a variety of tools he can shoot it, he can pass it, he can handle it with pressure in his face and he makes the winning and right play. Cal played on a team that was stacked from top too bottom but he understood when and where to be scoring and even going in the paint and rebounding among-st the bigs, he has a lot of flare in his game and was one of the key components in helping his team win the Championship. Jr hoops Elite is sure to be making several visits to see young fella play this fall and winter as he a prospect whom we see progressing rather well.

Tristian Saunders

Tristian Saunders 2025- Young Fella got better and warm as the event went along. He hist several long range bombs and looks to be one of the better shooters in the class, in one game his team was down 20 and he scored about 8 in a 3 minute stretch and was one of the key players involved in the black team coming all the way back to tie the game. Tristian seems like a player who will be better for having attended the event and a kid who will probably be anxiously awaiting for the next event. Jr Hoops Elite will be seeing a lot of young fella in the future as his upside and potential to be a high level scorer down the line are promising.

Mike White

Mike White Jr. 2024- Something has to be said for being clam under pressure or a leader on the floor. Mike was vocal with his teammates at critical times in the game, he picked his teammates up with chatter even after bad plays or critical misses or turnovers, yes he has game and scored and assisted on a variety of plays and showed game, but in the midst of a hostile championship or final four game I saw something that kids 3 years his superior struggle with.  Mike White Jr. is a kid who we definitely have to keep close tabs on this winter and a kid who will definitely be in the rankings when they are released this winter for his class.

Kendall Hood

Kendall Hood 2024- This young fella here showed glimpses of scoring ability as he glided to the basket with several nice finished, this was Jr Hoops Elite first glance at Kendall he is an intriguing prospect as his frame speaks length and his game speaks that of which he could be a long big guard down the line. Here is a kid we think will be better for having come to the event and will be making some noise down the line.

JHE 2017 Nationals Tournament Results Below

JHE 13U Champs

The group played well over coming a couple of very competitive teams  in route to winning tournament, Several teams provided a quality competition and impressive showings. Teams of Note in tournament Bloomington, Mac Irvin Fire, Illinois Blaze, Prodigy, Meanstreets Brown all had nice showing and competitive games at times.

Illinois Matrix 12U

This group here came in ready and on a mission in a division that was loaded from front to back Matrix provided the crowd with a performance that will certainly move them up the ladder of pound for pound best teams in the state(7/10) update. The loaded bracket included Wisconsin United, IMVP, Mademen, Chicago Wolfpack, Bulls Premier, Meanstreets, Illinois Blaze and B2B.

Meanstreets Eaves 11U

The group came in and took care of business, this a young group with plenty of talent that will be talked about for a long time come on the website. When the initial list of 2024 comes out look for several of these teams to make their way on the list.

Illinois Ice 10U

This group here has fire power and I do mean fire power dispite being without a couple of it’s key players Ice made it look easy against some of the best teams in the State, If I were to say there was a better 10U team playing right now that I’ve seen I’d be lying. “ICE LOOKS NICE!!!!!”

Meanstreets Mister National 9U

The young guns were pretty impressive, winning and proving they are worthy of being mentioned as elite in their class, a couple of these players have incredible skill and will be turning heads for sure in the future.

Ricky Moore

Stepping It Up!!!

Marlell Coleman & Darrion ” DJ” Jones

Marlell Coleman & DJ 2021- Are two of the toughest combo’s in the state, these young fella’s have been playing together for several years and are virtually inseparable, they have been causing havoc on opposing teams. Marlell known as one the best on ball defenders and taken his game to a new level as he showing his ability to finish in traffic and is showing a new found handle and dish game where he can translate to playing some pg look for young fella to move up the list in new updated rankings for sure. DJ who has been known to destroy opposing teams with his physical attacking the basket relentlessness is showing perimeter skills needed at the next level and proving that he played down low because of team needs at the Middle School Level and will be giving opposing teams fits at the next level. Bogan struck gold with these recent new additions.

CJ and Malik

Charles Doyle Jr. & Malik Williams 2021- Here is a dou who have been building a lot of chemistry for years, they seemed poised to contribute very early and be key pieces of a Farragut Admirals team which boast a young nucleus who will be good for the next few years for sure. Malik is a power point guard who can score points in bunches and attacks the basket with reckless abandon, young fella has put together some games that make you say ” wow did you see that!!!” CJ is a smooth combo guard who plays with patience and specializes in knocking shots down from all over the floor. These two have a chance to be one of those tandems in a few years that people will be talking about in the conversation as best in the conference.

Throwback Thursday 

A look back and what was said.

Promising Prospect # 18

                                 “On His Way Up”

Introducing DJ Steward the most versatile player in the class of 2020. This young man here can play 1 thru 5 in middle school and can affect the game in so many ways. After first noticing DJ a couple of years ago I thought to myself he is going to be nice, at that time I saw him playing more underneath the basket because of his length, Last summer young fella was invited to attend the Top Prospect Showcase and went head to head with Lamontray Daugherty the current number 1 rated prospect by JrHoopsElite. DJ had coaches calling me left and right. He left the showcase with a buzz. This school and travel season I have witnessed young fella take his game to another level, having to play the point guard on his middle school team and basically do all the facilitating on his travel team (due to his former players moving on to high school) DJ has blossomed and his star is shining oh so bright!!! Young fella has a handle on the ball and vision like many of the elite point guards in his class, he can defend at any position on the court, he has range that extends well beyond the 3 point line and he is the ultimate teammate. DJ has elevated himself into the one of the TOP 5 prospects in the 2020 class in our updated rankings that will be released later this week. Young fella has some unique skills; he has definitely been impressive and a force on the court, leading his team to a couple of championships in the past few weeks with his superb all- around play. Look for DJ to showcase his skills at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th. Mr. and Mrs. Steward deserve a round of applause for this well-mannered young man as he is an excellent student in the classroom as well at Brooks Middle School in Oak Park. If there is one player in the class you are looking for to do a variety of things on the floor and do them well,” look no further” DJ is a player you will be hearing a lot about on the next level. For all of your work JrHoopsElite would like to say DJ STEWARD is ON HIS WAY UP!!!! and acknowledges him as our Promising Prospect.

 Thanks,

Ricky Moore- 773 383-0972

1/13/16

What They Said Then. ” Come on Now Rick, he ok but he haven’t  played with or against nobody, why haven’t nobody heard of him? You must know his people”

What Young Fella Has Done Since. Young Fella went on the play with Meanstreets 14U and quickly established himself as one of the elite in the class,  Young Fella has gone on to become a freshmen star leading his High School team to the State Title Game, 

What They Say Now!!  He is acknowledged by all the Area recruiting sites as a Top 5 kid and young fella already had college offers.  Yep something that we definitely saw coming Great Job DJ.

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

1/31/17 

What Was Said Then.” No way he that good Rick, What do you see in him? he not physical enough, he get ate up in the post, why he not in the paint”

What Young Fella Has Done Since. Young Fella has played well finishing up strong on the AAU circuit and NYBL  League.

What They Are Saying Now. Sun Times and several other basketball websites are calling him the best prospect in the State regardless of Class, hmmm sounds very familiar to me.

    Promising Prospect # 26

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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 Timia 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

10/18/16

What They Said Then: ” Yep!! She good, I see what you are saying.

What Are They Saying Now: “She has a chance to be best pg to ever come out of our program” Timia Ware is special and one of the premier guards in the country”

Promising Prospect # 19

                                 “Lake County Finest”

Kimahri Wilson

There is some basketball being played in the northern part of the state outside of the city that many people are sleep on, the area that has produced some talent in recent years. ” MY OH MY” do they have a youngster in the 2021 class that is surely to be turning some heads in the near future, his name is Kimahri Wilson and boy oh boy is this young fella talented. Kimahri is an ultra smooth floor general who has the ball on a string like a yo-yo, passes it with a flare and is virtually unguardable off the dribble. This young player is a kid who can carry a team in so many ways, but what I like about Kimahri is he never is rattled and he never seems to be playing for himself, he would rather get the assist as opposed to getting the basket, he would rather go scoreless and get the win.  Even tho he may have the most talent on the court he never gets bigger than the team or never appears to have the me first attitude. I just witnessed young fella lead his undersized, under-manned 2021 team to a victory over a high powered Mercury Elite 2020 team in which young fella easily stood out as the best player on the floor. Send 1 defender- no wait- send 2 defenders it doesn’t matter young fella is a magician with the ball in his hands, the more pressure you put on him the better he looks. Kimahri  is also a super kid, even though his game speaks volumes young fella is a quiet and humble. He is also the pg in his class that can play in any environment, you want “up and down run and gun” NO Problem, you want to “slow it down run the pick and roll” NO Problem, you need a play ran the right way and executed No Problem!!!!Kimahri or Kemo (as he known to some) is pg I’m calling on. Kemo played last year at the Top Prospect Showcase and had several of the staff asking me”who is that? Well it’s time everybody get to know the name. ” Young fella is currently rated #11 prospect in the class, look for Kimahri  top 5 in JrhoopsElite updated rankings being released mid- week. Here is a kid that definitely has a huge upside. Mark it down right now, this is a kid who will make smooth transition to the next level, a 7th Grader now who has the game and poise of a junior in high school. A D1 prospect no doubt!!  We also look forward to Kamahri matching up against some of the top perimeter players Feb. 27th at the Top Prospect Showcase. JrHoopsElite   would like to acknowledge Kimahri Wilson as our Promising Prospect.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore- 773 383-0972

1/18/16

What They Said Then: ” Who Is That? We never heard of him” ” I seen him play Rick He ain’t show me nothing” ” Lake County? Ain’t no ballers up there that’s why he look good.

What Young Fella Has Done Since: Ripped up the AAU circuit leading his teams to final 4 in Las Vegas, State Championship, AAU National Runner Up, Varsity Summer League Pg. Congrats Young Fella.

What They Are Saying Now: “ Rick you weren’t lying about shorty I see what you saying”  Writer from N.C at NY2la wow this is the best pg in the class  I’ve seen” Future 150” kid looks like best in city and one of the best in Midwest Region” ” Damn Rick, you hit it on the head”

7/12/17

Mid- May Stock Risers

Isaiah Donnell

Isaiah Donnell 2021- This ultra smooth  6/1 plus pg skills look better and better and some people at the next level can’t wait to play with a kid like this. Young Fella makes the game easier for his teammates as he makes everyone around him better with his play making. The fact that he is involved in all facets of the game( rebounding, scoring, defending multiple positions) make young fella a more complete player than most in his class. Young Fella stock is again on the rise look for him to make a jump up in the updated rankings being released June 15th Isaiah is a prospect who is sure to garner a lot of attention in years to come by the college recruiters.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

5/24

Trey Pettigrew

Trey Pettigrew 2022- A consummate guard who is ready to explode, young fella has all the tools to be one of the elite guards in the class, he knocks it down with consistency, he handles it under pressure, he makes the necessary play to get his teammates involved and he is stretching out in height currently hitting the 5/10 mark. Being able to adapt to any situation is one of Trey’s strengths. haing lead his team to a better than 90 percent winning clip over the past couple of years, young fella personal game is starting too take off. In a class where the guards are starting to emerge young fella is right there and his Stock is definitely on the rise.

James Dent

James Dent 2021- Springfield, Illinois has a combo guard that has a knack for putting it in the bucket and has moves that will freeze most defenders, JrhoopsElite watched this young man knock it down from deep in the defenders face, split the double-team and hit pull up jumpers and slice his way through opponents off the dribble as if they were standing still. At Times James look like Jamal Crawford out there having defenders off balance. There is no doubt James will be in the Updated Rankings Being Released Next Month and is a Prospect jrhoopselite will definitely be keeping a close eye on.

Keshon Gilbert

Keshon Gilbert 2021- Here is an underrated, under the radar poised pg who can play with anyone in the class. Keshon seems to always be in control and one of those pgs that can hurt you in a variety of ways, young fella was unstoppable this past weekend getting to the rim at will there was absolutely no one who could stay in front of him. Young Fella had the play of the tournament when he crossed over his defender making him fall to the floor, then easily stepped too the side and nailed the pull-up jump-shot all net that set the gym off. Keshon is a player whose stock is on the rise and definitely a prospect who will be in the updated rankings being released next month.

Shane Miller

Shane Miller 2021-  At the Shaun Livingston Tournament this past weekend young fella showed he is a combo guard who has a variety of skills , young fella plays both ends of the floor as he competes hard. Shane can shot the long range jump, has a solid handle and can take the smaller opponent in the post and shoot over them as I watched him do several times. Shane is a prospect whose stock is rising and a prospect JrhoopsElite will be keeping close tabs on. Young Fella will be in the updated rankings being released next month.

Dionsysius Sims

Dionsysius Sims 2021= Beast, This Athletic, Powerful Wing Forward is A problem for people. “Big D” as we call him at Jrhoopselite is transforming his game forma straight down low power player to a powerful wing who candle handle and knock down the outside shot. When I say absolutely unstoppable, that he was thus past weekend, scoring, rebounding, handling and going coast to coast dunking and hanging on the rim as if it were 8 ft. Some people are definitely in trouble has young fella skills are catching up with his athleticism. Look for Big D to rise up the ranbkings when they are released next Month.

5/24

Lamontray Daugherty 2020

Lamontray Daugherty 2020- This kid here has that thing that draws coaches to him the minute he walks in the gym, his frame and athleticism are what makes young fella an intriguing prospect. a couple of years ago young fella was a kid who ran the floor well and finished in traffic with either hand pretty nice around the basket, fast forward a year and young fella is a ” watch ya head” type player who has the ability to put it on the floor off the dribble, knock down the perimeter shot or put you in a highlight by dunking ya body to body. Jrhoopselite has been recently catching up with the 2020 class and will be updating after the July live period. Lamontray Daugherty is definitely a prospect who is going to rise back up the charts and a prospect who College Coaches have inquired about. Talk about a future prospect to keep a close eye on. We look forward to seeing young fella at the Super Sophomore Showcase in August.

Maqael Henderson 2021

Maqael Henderson 2021- Here is a prospect who has gone a little under the radar through-out the state but the future Orr Spartan is about to serve notice to a lot of people, Maqael is a gritty grimy grammar school post player whom the coaches have been working too make the transition to combo forward and wing spot in high school. Young fella has a motor and competes at a high level. Look for Maqael and several of his teammates at Chicago Elite to surface as the summer continues. JrhoopsElite looks forward to watching Maqael and a few of his teammates at the Top Prospect Showcase June 10th and Nationals June 30th- July 2nd.

Shaun Harris 2020

Shaun Harris 2020- Why Why Why!!!! has Jrhoopselite slept on young fella for so long, or should we say we have not seen a player progress as quickly at Shaun Harris underrated and underappreciated is definitely whats the case here. This 2g is definitely a player to watch as he has a nice offensive package where he can rise from deep with ease and gets to the rime with little effort on his defenders. What impresses me about Shaun is he makes everything look easy and he has that confidence that ‘ no one can check him, in several close games over the last two weeks I’ve witnessed young fella knock down the go head basket 3 times in late game situations he seems to never feel pressure and he does this all while be under control and playing off other good players. Look for Shaun to be rather high in the updated 2020 when they are released and also we look forward to seeing Shaun at the Super Sophomore Showcase in August where many of the Top Rising Sophomores will be in attendance.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

5/19

Promising Prospect Article Andre Ca

Meanstreets – Bates 14U Champions

Meanstreets- Bates Played as a team and with stood some very tough opponents to win the 14 u division. Trailing by 10 points in the second half to a tough  Steel City Elite team, they persevered shared the ball, came back and won a thriller by 1. Then in a heated nip and tuck game against the scrappy RoadRunners and trailing by two, coach strategically went into isolation’s of mis matches on the floor and the team prevailed. Solid point guard play by Christian Henry, scoring of Luka Balac, versitility and competitiveness of Kai Evans & Brandon Hall, ability to play inside and out of Troy D’Amico were evevident through-out as they led the team this weekend.

JHE 13U- Runner-Ups

JHE- 13U played extremely well this weekend beating Detroit, Intruders, B2B, Meanstreets Buggs and closing the weekend off with a tough loss in the championship to Meanstreets Curtis in the championship. The entire team played well and the gym was buzzing whenever they played (standing room only) as I was asked on several occasions “where are they from?”

Meanstreets- Curtis 13U- Champions

Meanstreets Curtis 13u- The team showed poise and perseverance as they proved they are indeed one of the elite in the Midwest, missing one of their key players everyone stepped up and proved that there is talent stacked up and down the line-up. Andre Casey Jr. showed he is one of the best players around and finished up with 25 in the Championship Game.

AGB Hawks- Williams 12U- Champions

AGB Hawks Williams 12U- The group played extremely well through-out the weekend, coming from 10 points behind with under 3 minutes left the team won on a buzzer beater in the semi’s that had everyone talking and the gym going crazy. The team road that momentum into the Championship Game and withstood a tough  Steel City  Elite team and again game from behind in the second half to win. This team does not get rattled under pressure. Great Job Guys.

Steel City Elite-12U runner Up

 Steel City Elite 12u- The group played well the entire weekend, losing a great game in the championship they scrap and hustle with the best of them. Dominic Schmidt and Nathan King played well among others

Illini Legacy 11U Champions

Illini Legacy 11u- Yes Indeed!!! this group here made it look easy at times having opposing coaches shaking their heads, they are led by two of the best 5th graders in the State Kwon Brown and Taurus Baugh who played up also in  the 6th grade division. People better get ready because if this group stays together some teams are in trouble, we look forward to seeing this group at Jr.HoopsElite  Nationals June 30- July 2nd. Their first game will be against Team Philly… uuuwwwweeee!!

May Stock Risers

Raysean Watson

Raysean Watson 2021- Young fella came into the event unknown to most, but when he left every coach around knew he had game, he is a poised slick handling pg who shoots if from 26ft with ease, playing against Meanstreets he looked good, several people coming up to me ” hay you see the lil light skin guard?” he can play. Against Lil Nick Owens and Road Runners, ” You see shorty, he real nice says a parent where that team from?’ After playing the Illinois Heat, That team right there nice and that point guard I need him says a coach. Yep Raysean Watson left his mark and we will be keeping a close eye on the Young Bucks from Milwaukee as they have several prospects who shall emerge in updated rankings and be invited to Top Prospect Showcase.

Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor- 2021- Young fella put in major work this weekend, when I first saw him I said ” he nice, I like him” young fella is smooth, he showed a nice handle, a smooth and sweet stroke and he made the game look easy as he was playing in the 15u age group. Then a coach came and whispered you know he in 8th….. I said “ WHAT!!!!!!! where has he been/ how i miss him? young fella here is definitely a prospect who should be on jrhoopselite 2021 prospect rankings. here is a kid who scored 20 plus playing up an age group and showed a tremendous skill set for his age, young fella you stock is definitely on the rise we look forward to seeing Anthony in action June 10th @ the Top Prospect Showcase and he definitely will be in the updated 2021 rankings.

Joshua Kirksey

Joshua Kirksey 2022- Young Fella came in this weekend with specific intentions, put in work and serve notice, well Joshua showed no reluctance to mix it up with the big boys as he was very active, he showed the ability to attack the rim at will finishing on and over his opponents, what I saw in Joshua  that impressed me was he competes at all times and is fearless, there were a couple of possessions where it looked like the bigger kids would affect the play. Joshua took it straight at them. Joshua is a prospect who we look forward to covering and will be keeping close tabs on, young fella is also a  prospect who earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase.

Dentrell Jackson

Dentrell Jackson 2022- Well there are certain players when the light clicks on at a certain time, well it appears the light has clicked on for Dentrell, I would come to games and say ” boy he teasing me, why doesn’t he do more?” well young fella is showing the whole arsenal, he has the body to finish on anyone in the paint, his ball handling has improved and his jump-shot from deep has been money the last 3 or 4 times I’ve sen him. Dentrell is definitely a prospect who is on the rise and will make that jump in the updated 2022 being released Friday.

Reggie Strong

Reggie Abrams 2021- Young Fella has been a warrior for years, this I know. He has been virtually impossible to stop from getting to the rim and his competitiveness  ranks right up there with anyone in the class. Now young fella knocking down the long range shot with consistency. After playing Team Prodigy coach comes up to me and say “Rick He Got To Be Best Guard In Class!!!” I say “I told ya that shorty and that team can go” Reggie is a one of those hard nose guads who can take over a game with his offense or lock down the opposing teams best guard on defense, if you want a tough pg look no further they don’t make them any tougher at this level. Yep Reggie Abrams is JrhoopsElite 2021 # 30 rated prospect and we look forward to seeing young fella compete at the Top Prospect Showcase June 30th where many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance

Daronte Patterson

Daronte Patterson 2022- Talk about being able to change your game and change it quickly, young fella has transformed from a straight bruiser and put back machine, to a well rounded offensive weapon in a matter of months. It’s been said by Jrhoopselite before that Daronte is the toughest player in Middle School bar none!! But now he has added that leadership and he has been given free reigns to create off the dribble and shoot the long range 3, Young Fella is on a tear. He still competes at both ends and has become a leader no doubt. Several people have said ” he like a Draymond Green” well you know what I can see that. Look for young fella to make a jump in the updated rankings are released his stock is definitely rising and also look for Daronte at the Top Prospect Showcase June 10thhe loves to compete against the best.

Parker Reynolds

Parker Reynolds 2021- Sometimes you see a kid and you say catch him in 2 years, well every-time I see young fella he shows me a little more and a little more, this weekend I saw young fella finish in traffi, I saw him knock down a few mid range shots and I saw him shoot it from deep. It appears all the tolls are there and getting better and when the light and constant confidence kick in some people maybe in trouble. While others are hitting their peak, young fella appears ready to be hitting his stride. Parker earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase June 10th where many of the Top Players from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and St. Louis will be in attendance.

Nick Owens

Nick Owens 2021- I don’t know what to say except ” Special” young fella played 4 or 5 games each day with virtually no rest playing in the 14u and 15U divisions and both grade levels made it to the Championship when at neither age group was it expected by anyone except maybe the coach and myself. I’ve watched young fella for years and have said it many many times before Young Fella Special.. racking up 24 in championship against a box and 1 and having 31, 21 and 18 in others coming on the heals of me witnessing young fella hit 11’s 3 in one game after scoring 30 in a 15U game an hour earlier and please  don’t get it twisted this aint no shoot the ball every-time I get it, this is being a consummate guard getting everyone involved and taking over when needed, young fella is as  efficient on this level as Lebron is on his level. ” Young Fell Special” and stock still on the rise.

Timaris Brown

Timaris Brown 2022- This long lengthy wing is an active force in the paint with his quick release and long arms, young fella has the ability to hit the mid range and he runs the floor pretty nice. Timaris is a prospect who will be in the updated 2022 class rankings and is a prospect who we look forward to covering for awhile as we se a nice upside. Timaris is a prospect we would like to see at Top Prospect Showcase competing against many of the elite players in his class.

Chandler Schmidt

Chandler Schmidt- 2021 No doubt about it here, young fella is a player. I saw him do just about everything on the court. He was knocking down the long rang 3’s with ease, he was rebounding and pushing the ball finding the open player and he was a beast finishing in traffic and battling the longer bigger players. Chandler is another kid who just competes and plays all over the floor, he is the kid who doesn’t complain. You need a rebound coach” I gotcha!! “You need a basket coach?” I gotcha, Need a Screen, Need a defensive stop? yep young fella is a basketball player he plays all over the floor. Chandler will also be in the updated 2021 class rankings and has an invite to Top Prospect Showcase.

 Pound For Pound-  Top 5 Teams Regardless Of Class Below!!!!

Ready To Breakout!!!!

Kanye Smith

Kanye Smith 2022- Here is a kid who is sitting quietly and know one is talking about, a kid who has the combination of size and skills that are on par with just about anyone in the class, the 6/3 plus forward is ready to break-out, playing on possibly the states pound for pound best AAU team (Meanstreets- Curtis 2022) and the talented group of Jaylen Drane, Amari Curtis, AJ Casey, Terry Elias, Dentrell Jackson, Keion Richardson, Mikey Brown and Dajour Stephens among others  young fella plays his role for the betterment of the team and sacrifices or doesn’t care about individual numbers, but make no mistake about it this JrhoopsElite Top 10 prospect has a chance to emerge as one of best when it’s all said and done, the talent is there. Kanye can put it on the floor with the dribble, he has a perimeter game and has shown the ability to knock the jump-shot down from deep and he scores over the top of the smaller post players. Kanye and his team will be on display this weekend at the Chicago Jam Fest. A lot of people haven’t heard as much about Kanye Smith get ready because this is a kid who will be having coaches lined up at his door. JrhoopsElite figures to be talking about young fella and awful lot in the future as his upside and potential are right there with the elite in his class no doubt about it.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

5/5/2017

Here is a new section that will be updated every 2 weeks in which we will rate top teams in the state regardless of class, meaning they are good in their grade level and how they compare with other teams who are at other grade levels. The section will be called Pound For Pound.

Pound For Pound Top 5 Teams  In The State Regardless Of Class

Illinois Speed 2022

1. Illinois Speed 2022

This team here has been wrecking shop for quite sometime, the group has been playing together for over 5 years and it shows as they are a well oiled machine, each player knows where each other is on the floor at all times, this is one of the best executing teams that you will see in the country. They have been everywhere and played against any and everybody also racking up  The group can appear to be undersized and over matched at times, but then you look up and they have knocked off another team with and won another Championship. The group of Trey Pettigrew, Reggie Flurima, Kaden Cobb, Tyson Amoo-Amensah, Bobby Durkin, Tyler Morris, Zeke Williams, Max Reese and Dylan Mcgiveny enter week number one as our pound for pound number team in the State.

Hoops Avenue Manimals 2021

2.Hoops Avenue Manimals 2021

 When you talk about talent and loaded, here is another team that has assembled some of the finest talent in the class, they have stellar pg guard play with the super talented Khamari Wilson and coach on the floor Jermale Young, arguably two of the top shooters in the class in John Poulikadis and Blake Peters, The trio of wing guards that are as good as any in Nathanael Hoskins, Jaylin Gibson and Tevin Smith, a lock down defender in Devin Miles and nice play in the post with Vytas Valincius and Dylan Ingram.. This group is talented and vying for the number 1 spot, it was close but we feel this group has been untested thus far and could possibly take that title next week or so. We shall see as this team is stacked.

Meanstreets 2022

3.Meanstreets Curtis 2022

– This group here has all the pieces, size, solid guard play, elite players who can take over the game at any-time and a group who is hungry.  Looking for a challenge and clicking on all cylinders seems to very close. Could be very interesting at JrhoopsElite Nationals  June 30th- July 2nd as a showdown with # 1 Illinois Speed could be looming. With the talent on this team it will be interesting to see how things shake out. Coach Darryl has assembled an impressive group and enter week one  as our pound for pound number # 3

4. Made Men 2023

This group here was quite impressive when I saw them, they combine size at each position, their guard play is very effective Mehki Lowery, Caiden Lecce, Mantas Zilys, Josh Oraegbu  can play with anyone,  they have an athletic post player in Davius Loury(Top 10 prospect and rising) who can dominate a game on both ends, and bost a pair of solid post players including Bryce Coleman who know their roles and make this group a complete team who plays as a unit. Shocking to some but looking good to JrhoopsElite This group has hit the scene running and enter as our Pound For Pound # 4

Illinois Matrix 2023

5.

Illinois Matrix 2023- Central and Southern Illinois Teams have talent and deserve some Respek!!!. Matrix has been putting in work, they are fiesty, competitive, ready to make a point and fear none. Led by Top 5 Prospect Tevonta Jackson the ultra smooth do everything ” big guard”, Jvoen bardwell- the energetic, darty combo guard, Austin Robinson- the big fella in the middle,along with Randy Kyles, Elijah and Richard Jackson. Coach motto is ” we coming where they at ” This group will in attendance at JrhoopsElite Nationals June 30- July 2nd where the hitters will be in the house. Illinois Matrix make there debut Pound for Pound # 5 can they hold on

   Promising Prospect # 30

                   ” The Tools Are There!!!!!”

There is a kid in Romeoville, Illinois  who every-time I see him walk in the building I look and say ” Easy D 1″ ” THE TOOLS ARE THERE!!!!!”, while most kids in middle school are wait and see how they develop type players there are several whom I say ” done deal!!!  (barring injury or sickness). Well my eye tells me Mr. Isaiah Barnes fits the bill. Here is a silky smooth shooting guard who stands 6/3 with long arms, big hands and upside as high as just about anyone in the class. Young Fella has a game that translates on all levels, he is one of the top shooters in class. He can knock it down off the catch, he can dribble too a spot and rise up and he gets his shot of with ease making everything looks effortless. Right now his size over the smaller guards make him virtually un-bother-able on his shot. I’ve personally watched several games where young fella hit more than 5 3point shots shots in a game, I’ve witnessed  Isaiah put the team on his back and carry them to victory scoring 30 plus and I’ve witness young fella set his teammates up dishing the rock when he saw them with the hot hand. When looking at things on a prospect level Isaiah grades off the chart as he has excellent size, length, frame and a skill set. Young Fella has been recovering from an injury and currently ranks as JrhoopsElite # 6 prospect in newly released rankings coming out 4/16. It will be interesting to see how things play out because here is another kid who will put coach in a tough situation Yes Indeed!!! as young fella if completely healthy could be vying for varsity minutes rather quickly. Boy Oh Boy Romeoville has a lot of talent and Mr. Isaiah Barnes is definitely one of them. JrhoopsElite would like to congratulate young fella as our promising prospect ” THE TOOLS ARE THERE!!!!” 

Ricky Moore

4/11

Hot Prospects Alert!!!!!

Tyler Burrows

Tyler Burrows -2022 Here is a ball control pg who specializes in understanding the game and making the right play, young fella rarely turns it over under pressure and when he gets it going from behind the arc, he can knock 3,4 or 5 in a row with little effort. Tyler is currently playing up a grade on the 14U Team Rose and is holding his own. JrhoopsElite will closely be monitoring Tyler as his stock is definitely on the rise.

De’Vontes Cobb

De’Vontes Cobb 2022- Oh my Goodness!!! this is a kid who plays as hard as anyone in the class, talk about playing with and edge or being a fierce competitor there aren’t 3 kids in middle school who have what’s inside of young fella(Heart Of A Lion!!!!)De’Vontes is a wing who specializes in slashing to the basket and finishing in traffic or getting out on the break and dunking with ease.Yet young fella can effect the game in all kind of ways, I’ve personally watched young fella take over a game with his defensive prowess, I’ve watched young fella battle much bigger players and lead his team to victories no one thought were possible on shear effort and will power. Young Fella is the heart and sole for one of the  elite programs in the Midwest Wisconsin United 2022  and recently made his debut in the JrhoopsElite all Inclusive 2022 rankings.  De’Vontes will be at the Next Top Prospect Showcase to compete against the elite and we look forward to catching more of young fella this summer.

Martez Rhodes

Martez Rhodes- 2022 Wait a minute, there is a kid out here ripping it up in the post, he is athletic as they come for his size. Young Fella footwork is nice and he is very explosive at the rim. Introducing Martez Rhodes one of Central Illinois Finest, a secret to most but JrhoopsElite is letting the cat out the bag right now!!!! Young Fella For Real!!!!!! In a class where size is limited Martez has the ability to dominate in the paint, we maybe jumping out the window a little early because we have only seen a sample size but we believe the tools are there. It will be interesting to see how things play out this season for him and his Manimals 2022 team, they are stacked with talent. Martez makes his debut in the rankings as of today and JrhoopsElite will be on hand to catch many of young fella’s games this summer.

Jabari Sawyer

Jabari Sawyer 2021- Here is a kid who has a variety of skills as he can score off the dribble getting to the rim, he has a nice mid range game and he is a solid decision maker. Jabari is the kid I see and say ” why you being so nice on the court?” He is the kid who refuses to leave his teammates behind even tho he may have the superior talent. I’ve watched young fella go on runs where he score 3 or 4 baskets in a row and then not take another shot the rest of the game. There have been times when I wanted to say “ young fella you have game, takeover!!!” but Jabari is such a team oriented, do whatever the coach says good kid. JrhoopsElite has been watching young fella this season and like his versatility, here is a kid who is on the rise and will catch and surpass many of classmates when it’s all said and done. Keep up the good work young fella your stock is definitely on the rise.

Anthony Torres

Anthony Torres 2021- A couple of weeks ago young fella showed he is worthy of being mentioned as a quality player in the class, Anthony was named the M.V.P. of  My Man Sterl The Pearl Annual All-Star Game. Anthony used his high I.Q. and vision to dish out 13 assist in leading his team and showing that he can play against anyone on any stage out playing several of JrhoopsElite Top 20  players and putting on a show in front of a packed gym if people didn’t know who Anthony was they know now. Young Fella can shoot that rock with the best of them and now he dishing that rock at pace like that people are in trouble. Young Fella is a Hot Prospect right now!!!!

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/6

March Stock Risers

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Rashele “Zee” Nicks

Rashele ” Zee” Nicks 2021- Here is a combo guard that spells trouble for a lot of people in the future as the young lefty has a nasty jump-shot that extends far beyond the 3pt line. Zee is quite the teammate as she loves to get her teammates involved, I’ve witnessed this young lady break the defender down and throw several eye-popping assist, I’ve also witness her takeover a game in the crunch-time and lead her team to victory scoring game a game winning shot in the FAAM league. Jrhoopselite would like to acknowledge Rashele Nicks as one of our March Stock Risers.

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Marcus Rule

Marcus Rule 2021- Here is crafty point guard who just doesn’t understand how good he can be, young fella has an old school game as he likes to break his defender down and get his teammates involved. Marcus is 1 of 5 kids who impact a game or has the talent to impact a game without putting up huge numbers, there aren’t many pgs who have his versatility to rebound at a high volume, shut-down the smaller guards and play amongst the bigs without having to change his shot. Here is another quality pg who can play with anyone and a prospect who should have been on the JrhoopsElite class rankings this was a clear oversight. look for young fella inclusion this upcoming week as we feel Marcus one of the most slept-on prospects in the class.

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Rebekka Robinson

Rebekka Robinson 2021- Yes Indeed!!!! We have a prospect who is emerging as quite a talent, Rebekka is a wing who can knock down the open jump-shot with consistency, handles the ball in traffic well and scores in transition easily. Not only is she a offensive weapon but this young lady has the skill-set and frame to be  dominant on both sides of the floor. JrhoopsElite has seen Rebekka several times and each time we’ve been impressed and feel she has a tremendous upside, we look forward to seeing this young prospect in the future and would like to congratulate Rebekka on being a March Stock Riser.

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Aaron Bagley

Aaron Bagley 2023- Here is a west-side tough gaurd who can get to the basket on anyone, Aaron has a crafty handle and keeps his defenders off balance, and he a has a burst with the ball in his hands that should be out-lawed by a kid his age. I’ve witnessed young fella score points in bunches for years as he has been playing up a grade and sometimes 2. Young Fella is a baller as I watched him lead his team to victories no one thought would be possible, he is a competitor supreme and plays with that fire in his belly. Aaron is a prospect who will be in the updated rankings for sure and and a player who will be at the next Top Prospect Showcase as he is eager to show his game against the elite in the class.  Get to know the name Aaron Bagley as his stock is definitely on the rise.

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Taj Brunson

Taj Brunson 2023- Young Fella showed several skills at the Young Player Showcase. He showed that he can play several positions on the floor, he play down low and rebound in traffic, he can step-outside and knock the jump-shot down with little effort. Young Fella passes the eye-test the moment he steps on the court as his frame speaks athlete. He did not disappoint as he scored from all over the floor and walked out having made the All-Showcase Team. This is a prospect who has quite an upside and we look forward to seeing him compete against the elite players in the Midwest at the next invite only Top Prospect Showcase later this year. Taj is a prospect who Jrhoopselite looks forward to monitoring as we see a lot of upside and potential.

 Team Rose Guards Have Game!!!!!

There are several underrated guards who have game and can play with anyone, they have been out of site for awhile yet they have emerged once again, Davione Gunn has been a prospect who Jrhoopselite has been high on for quite sometime and been in gym after gym looking for this past season, well we got that look this weekend and young fella has progressed just like we thought as he still finishes in traffic well, he still is an elite shooter and now he has more patience and understands how to use his teammates and picks his spot, Davione is one of those guards capable of putting a team on his back and was quite upset he missed the Top Prospect Showcase well Young Fella will be at the last one this year in Aug. Another guard on the team Jacobi Millhouse is the guard who made quite a name for himself this weekend knocking down long-range bombs and attacking the rim with a fearlessness and finishing through the contact like this is something he does on a regular was impressive. JrhoopsElite will definitely include Jacobi in the updated rankings as we feel he definitely deserves to be on the list and Kobe Reed is the kid whom I’ve also liked for quite sometime as he has always had skills easily getting around his man creating. He is the guard who can play the pg or he can play off the ball equally effective and has the leadership skills that makes this group potent when playing well they have that headed monster in the backcourt like Illinois had with

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Davione Gunn

Davione Gunn 2021- The combo guard is a problem, I’ve witnessed young fella knock down 6 3Pt baskets down in a row during a game, I’ve witnessed young fella finish at the rim with ease on and above the bigs, and now i’ve witnessed the maturity in his game to let everything come to him and not force things, He use to be a player who had incredible skills now he is learning to make the winning plays. There aren’t many guards who will be able to step into high school and have the same type of impact they had in grammar school. Young Fella is the kid who will come in and have little time adjusting. Davione Gunn Stock is on the rise and one of our March Stock Risers.

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Jacobi Millhouse

Jacobi Millhouse 2021- This is a young prospect who showed this past weekend he deserves attention, young fella was all over the court knocking down jump-shots, hounding people on defense, coming up with steal after steal and overall having a certain toughness on the court when things were getting tight. Jrhoopselite will be out next weekend to get a more complete feel on young fella as he will be in our updated rankings and invited to our invitation only Top Prospect Showcase this summer. Young Fella is definitely a prospect who’s stock is rising.

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Kobe Reed

Kobe Reed 2021- It’s in his genes, young fella is in a long line of talented Reed’s and the talent is definitely in Kobe as he can make a defender look real bad real quick as he has the ball on a string. Young Fella is the player who gets where ever  he wants to get on the floor at all times. He is the kid who can handle on ball pressure and still run the offense, I’ve yet to see the defense speed him up. Young Fella is also the kid who understands the importance of his teammates and has leadership qualities at this level that only are possessed by a few in his class, mix that in with his fierce competitive spirit and you have the recipe for one of the most underappreciated players in the class. Jrhoopselite is letting it be known now KOBE REED HAS GAME!!!!!!!

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Rodney McGraw

Rodney McGraw- 2021 There is a 6/4 plus athletic post that’s drawing plenty of attention these days on the West-side of Chicago. Rodney is a kid who you look at and say ” Oh Boy!! Some People In Trouble in 2 years” Young Fella runs the court like a deer, has hands and strength of a player 2 years his superior. Right now Rodney is an imposing force with his size but a little raw with his post moves, yet he can still dominate some school teams by just sheer strength and size. Being a little raw and untouched at this time bold’s well for his potential as he seems eager to learn and if he lands with the Ultra- Skill developer Coach Nelson as he is expected too teams can get ready to see a significant improvement. Young fella will definitely be in the updated rankings and a prospect JrhoopsElite will be paying very close attention too as we see a player with a tremendous upside and his stock is rising and rising fast. We look forward to seeing Rodney at the Top Prospect Showcase @ the end of the summer.

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Game Time

Game Time 2021- Here is one of the Elite teams in the Midwest, Game Time has been winning tournaments and making a name through-out the United States for several years and are off to a nice start this season, led by several of the classes top players Julio Montes Jr, Jalen Butler, Kyonte Thomas, Anthony Sayle, Troy DiMico and missing from the picture Patrick Baldwin this team is back and their stock is definitely on the rise.

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HoopAve/Manimal

HoopAve/Manimal 2021- With a merger of powerhouses IllinoisTruth and HoopAves this team has started off the season undefeated and is definitely one of the Elite teams in the Midwest this team is stacked with talent from top too bottom there isn’t a player on the team that can’t takeover the game Nathaneal Hoskins, Kamarhi Wilson, Jemale Young, Devin Miles, Deshun Sanders, Blake Peters, Jaylin Gibson, Dylan Ingram, Tevin Smith, Vito Valincius and John Poulakidas make up a line-up that is sure to cause teams problems and their stock is definitely on the rise.

Spring Tip Off & Young Player Showcase Recaps Below

April 8th

In the opening tournament for most teams the action was hot and heavy in several games, some rivalries have been created as well as some rivalries have been renewed. This up coming AAU season is sure to be an interesting one.

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JHE 13U

13U- JHE beat an up and coming Illinois Ignite team (who shot lights out in their first games beating opponents by 20 points or better) for the Championship and were led by Damhrion, Juravius, Daronte, Donavan, Corey, Lazerick, Devyn, Leonte, Bryan, Mikqwon, all played well  Denim Juette was 13U MVP as he knocked down NBA 3’s as if they were free-throws in the first 2 games. The team as a whole looked very good with pressure defense and and accurate 3 pt shooting.

Coaches Selected All Tournament teams listed below!!!

14U- Meenstreets won the division in a close first half which saw Meenstreets trailing to All In and heading into half with a 1 point lead, Meenstreets quickly came out and put the peddle to the meddle and won going away. The team played a feistier style as they were missing some size. They were led by Isaiah Holden, AJ Casey Jr, Desmond Dunn, Elijah Bull, Grant Newell, Brandon Hall, Kenyon Coates, Kai Evans. The team looked comfortable, moved the ball well and never seemed fazed by anything, they played with poise.

14 U All Tournament Team

1st Team

Isaiah Holden  Meanstreets- MVP

Rocco Probst- All in

Malik Williams- Illinois Heat

Kai Evans- Meanstreets

Trey Spires- Roadrunners

2nd Team

Fredrick Poole- All In

Dewayne Walton- Illinois Icemen

Michael Harges- Illinois Heat

Dashawn Hubbard- Springfield Lions

Charles Winters- Illinois Icemen

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Illinois Heat

15U Division-   This division here was off the train and had many sub-plots and intriguing match-ups where many of the players know each other and go to the same schools or have played on the same teams before. We saw little guards make big plays, we saw wings doing incredible dunks and we saw intense play through-out. Windy City Trendsetters showed they are a team to reckoned with playing close games and showing a never quit attitude even tho they were missing a couple of their bigs, Illinois Road Runners showed they can play with anyone and are a cohesive group, their system works the coaches move players up and down and they don’t miss a beat. In the Semi-Final the team lost a heart-breaker in overtime as a questionable tip in at the buzzer sent them home.

Championship Game- The action was intense from the beginning as players from the same neighborhood had been anticipating the match-up. With Moms, Girlfriends and family in the building for the Main-Show!!! things did not disappoint. H2G the smaller of the two teams came out with a vigence putting all type of pressure on Illinois Heat, forcing turn-overs and getting out to 18/9 Lead after consecutive steals and H2G coach yelling ” they scared”, A quick time-outwas called and adjustments were made from the Heat coaches after two consecutive missed lay-ups by H2G, The Heat knocked down consecutive 3’s and instead of going into half-time with a big lead the game was close,  in the second half the game went back and forth before Illinois Heat size started to wear on H2G the Heat got several put backs and H2G could not counter their size. In the final few minutes players got heated and a little emotional  but in the end another couple of rivalies were renewed and a couple of rivalries have begun. Everyone Please remember this is a game, a sport and we will win some and we will lose some, let’s continue to compete hard , have fun and cherish moments.

15 U All Tournament

1st Team

Colby Weekly-  “MVP”   Illinois Heat

Reggie Strong- H2G

Jimarius Sneed – Illinois Road Runners

Demarius Splunge- Illinois Heat

Roland McCoy- Windy City Trendsetters

2nd Team

Dashaun Glover- H2G

Nick Owens- Illinois RoadRunners

Daniro Bolden- Illinois Heat

LaShaun Glover- H2G

Omari Bender- Windy City Trendsetters

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

3/20

Young Player Showcase Recap 3

This is the age where kids are just starting to show signs of things to come in the future and if this is any indication, then things are in good hands. I saw kids knocking down long-range bombs at with incredible accuracy at such a young age, I saw nice decision making, athleticism, ball handling and incredible effort. These young players competed hard yet their sportsmanship was incredible. I would like to Thank all the parents who were patient and understandable dealing with the Time & Location Change you guys were great. I’ve had numerous calls and text from people saying nothing but great things, again I want you all to know I truly appreciate it. I will be providing a synopsis over the next few days and will definitely be seeing many of these players in the upcoming months.

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Eric Werner

Eric Werner 2024- Talk about playing hard, talk about ” Lock Up!!!!” Man oh Man no one was more impressive than Eric Werner on the floor, this kid was all over the floor sticking everyone who he thought was good, he handled the ball well and scored himself just as many others did he can get to the rim off the dribble and , but what made him stand out was his relentlessness he has steal after steal,was diving on the floor and put ” in your face pressure” every time he stepped on the court. Yes Indeed Give me Him!!!!!!  This is a prospect Jrhoopselite will definitely be monitoring, Eric left making the All- Showcase Team and was the Defensive Player Of The Showcase by a landslide. We look forward to catching young fella in action.

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Antione Thomas Jr.

Antione Thomas Jr. 2024- Here is a player who is emerging as a talent and  he keeps getting better and better. Young Fella showed he has game as he was handling the ball in traffic like a ball handling wiz, making several passes that made me say ” no he didn’t”. As the day went on young fella seemed to get better and warmed up. He is a combo guard who plays well with the ball in his hands as he showed very good decision making. Having being AJ’s first showcase Jrhoopselite see’s him as an emerging prospect and a player who has made so much progress in the last 6 months it’s scary because his potential very high, look for Antione to be in the 2025 released rankings in the fall. Also give me a call and I’ll get you another shirt over there young fella as this one is rather big.

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Kyrien Childs

Kyrien Childs 2024- This fast electrifying point guard was all over the place, he can stop on a dime and pull up for the jump-shot, he can finish at the rim and has very nice ball handling moves. Here is another kid from the talented Peoria area that will be in the newly released 2024 rankings when they are released this fall and a prospect who JrhoopsElite will be keeping a close tab on in the future. Kyrien is a player who’s name will be mentioned in the future quite often as he has a chance to be one of the better guards in his class young played well and left being selected as an All- Star.

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Jalen Crowder

Jalen Crowder-2026- Young fella was 1 of 4 players who were in 3rd grade playing up a level and he showed no signs of his age on the floor, as he played with a confidence on offense and used a variety of  crafty moves on the older players to score. Jalen knocked down jump-shot after jump-shot, he had the quickest release of any kid in the gym with very nice accuracy on his shot. He was in the group labeled ” Young Gunners” as they out scored every group by a far margin as their mission was to score points in a hurry and that they did. Young Fella is sure to be a name mentioned on this site for years to come.

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Chase Turner

Chase Turner 2025- Young Fella played well after he got adjusted, he knocked down several shots in the 4 on 4 shwong he has a variety of skills as he can shoot and handle the ball he also in game action showed the ability to actually play defense he used his foot speed to keep several of the little quick guards in front of him this was Jrhoopselite first look at Chase and we left impressed with his ability to compete and potential skill-set we look forward to seeing more of Chase and think he is another who is better from this experience.

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Antwon Agee

Antwon Agee 2024- Don’t let the quite demeanor fool you here is another kid to keep a close eye on as he has an offensive package, knocking down jump-shots, using his wrap-around dribble and nifty in traffic finishes. Antwon is a player who showed versatility to play wither with the ball in his hands or on the wing, he is another kid who showed the willingness to play with his teammates as he never forced a shot. Here is a kid the coaches will love, because he has game and will do whatever asked. Young Fella is definitely a prospect JrhoopsElite will be monitoring in the future. Antwon made the All- Star Team in his first appearance at a showcase.

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Jerrod Gee

Jerrod Gee 2023- Finishing at the basket was easy for young fella at the Young Player Showcase as he was the tallest payer there. This long wiry wing has a bright future, he runs the floor like a deer, he has a tremendous wing-span and he finishes o the break rather well. Jerrod is usually one of the taller players on his team and plays a lot in the post, but his frame suggest he play on the wing . Intriguing as a prospect Jrhoopselite will definitely be at more games in the very near future as he is clearly a player who will be in the updated rankings. Young Fella left the showcase having been selected to the All-Star Team

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Antione GlasperAntione Glasper 2024- This young poised combo guard has a lot of that ” special” in his game, sometimes it takes a while for him to show it to you because he is so nice and team-oriented but he always does a move or two that make you say “uuuuwwwweeee shorty has game” in his usual self he played under control got many of his teammates involved and showed a variety of skills, he can shoot it from deep, finish over the taller players and has  uncanny vision that he see’s the play before it even happens. Young Fella is clearly a Top 10 prospect at this stage and will definitely be in the new released rankings rather high when they are released in the fall.

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Noah Gorman

Noah Gorman 2025- Another one is here!!!!! yep it’s Noah the always smiling, free- spirit combo guard with major game. Young fella has a slick handle and had defenders standing back 3 or 4 ft in fear of him crossing them over. In the 4 on 4 young fella made jump-shots, threw dimes to his teammates and several of the kids came up to me and siad ” who is that? can I be on his team?” Young Noah left the building showing there is definitely talent on the North Shore as he and several of his teammates made waves and believers. This kid is a a player and one of the elite players in his class Jrhoopselite looks forward too seeing this prospect play for many years to come. ” Noah Has Game!!!!

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Nnamali Vbawike 2025- Yes sirrrrrr!!!! here is one of those kids who passes the eye test as soon as he steps on the court, he is ultra-athletic and plays both ends. Young Fella has several plays that had the crowd and me on their feet. He is a nightmare to guard as he showed ability that made me ” wait a minute he shouldn’t be playing on this level” Nnamali came in and showed that Evanston definitely has talent at the lower levels. He left a player that’s regarded as “Elite!!!!” in his class and was selected a member of the  All Showcase Team. Now JrhoopsElite will definitely be keeping a close eye on this prospect as he has a chance to be very very nice in the future.

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Jeffery Brown Jr.

Jeffery Brown 2023- Here is another kid who showed he is improving as a prospect, he ran the floor well, rebounded in traffic and showed he can has good hands catching several passes that were a little off target. Jeffery can hit the open mid-range jumper and shows the ability to pick up things rather fast. This was Jeffery first time in this event where guards usually dominate the ball a little more. jrhoopselite believe young fella will be better for the experience and come in next time knowing somewhat of what to expect. Jeffery Brown is a prospect that has our attention and a prospect we look forward to covering in the future.

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Young Player Showcase Champs

This team here is loaded and had all the ingredients, Bigs who could handle, wings who were knock down shooters, fiesty defenders who locked up, guards who could get past defender at will, pgs who loved to get the assist and players who played to win and didn’t care who got the points. I’ve had plenty of showcases from 3-12 grade levels and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group who just wanted to win and worked so well together congrats NNAMBI UBAWKI, JEREMIAH PICKENS, MARCUS JACKSON II, BRYAN DIAZ, JAKE HORNOK, ANTWON AGEE, JALEN CROWDER, ISAIAH PICKENS, SEAN BROWN, MILES HODO and MAKAI KVAMME job well done and I’ll be seeing you all soon.

News and Notes

Things are about to get hot and heavy as School Season comes to and end and AAU season is about to start, JrhoopsElite will be out every weekend looking at teams and players as we are always looking to share information on our future stars, many All-Star games will be underway as a few have been already taken place, to those kids and congratulations and good luck, there are many kids looking forward to AAU season I say to those kids good luck and have as much fun as possible remember this is a game. To the parents who will be  spending weekend after weekend in the gym watching countless amount of basketball you’re appreciated and deserve an applause. To the younger players and young ladies who play you will start to be featured more, thanks for all the calls, email and text I respond too all as soon as possible. Starting 3/13 I will have a Topic Of The Day Special each Monday.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

3/14

Remember The Names!!!!!!! Pgs Deluxe

Top 10 2021 pg  in no particular order there strength and one of there defining moments as a player.

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Elijah Bull 2021- Known for being a combo guard because people see him scoring a lot of points he has produced big time scoring performances against the elite teams in big time games, well folks he is a pg who can score for those who don’t understand the new age pgs. Young fella has scored 50 in a game, he has carried his team to a State Championship, has won the Pretigous FAAM league championship and has given just about every supposedly elite team in the Midwest 20 or better A defining moment that made me realize young fella was for real he scored 28 or better on Meanstreets and St Louis Eagles in back to back wins like he was playing in park. It looked really easy.

Kamarhi Wilson-A smooth do it all, make his team better first point guard who has the ball on a string and loves to see his teammates succeed. Has led his team Kessel Heat  to being one of the best in the Midwest. When I first really knew he was special was when he led his team a year younger over a Top 3  Mercury Elite 14U team at the time, out playing several of the Top players in the 2020 class then follow that up by putting on a show at the State Tournament and beating a heavy favorite and past State Champ All IN. Young Fella is a future All Area and Division prospect no doubt in my mine.

Drequan Williams- A wizard with the ball in his hands, can get anywhere on the court he wants. He is the guard that I’ve never seen get the ball taken from on any circumstance. When I knew he had that elite player status came last year at the Best of The Best young fella was matched up against elite pg Ishmael Habib and McClutcheon, young fella with a team full of lesser players put his team on his back scoring 30 on impressive move after impressive move. Many people are sleep on Drequan or he sometimes doesn’t get the attention he deserves because his team doesn’t play as much as others but JrhoopsElite recognizes his talents and ” Young Fella Has Game!! “

Isaiah Weatherspoon- A 6 ft plus pg right now, that plays the game a different speed, A big pg who plays in the mode of LBJ he makes the correct play no matter the situation. Will be a handful for people this Summer, as he gets more aggressive and understands he can take over people are in trouble. I’ve had 4 coaches say ” if he lived here he would be a star” When I first knew young fella was stud, he came to Top Prospect Showcase as a 7th grader, he was 1 of 3 7th graders who put on a show and held there own,young fella was playing so well people were coming up to me saying ” Is that Adam Miller(2020 # 1 player in JHE rankings)?”  Nope he from Peoria too a year younger, but has major game. It will be very interesting to see how young fella progresses.

Ishmael Habib- This versatile smooth dribbling, long jump shooting pg is as good as any when healthy and yep he is back healthy, “Ish” as most call him is someone you want on your team he is one pg who’s on a mission. look for young fella to be playing some varsity ball real quick when he gets to high school, here is a player that I’ve received at least 10 calls from High School and AAU Coaches. Talk about in demand, young fella is wanted. A memorable moment, young fella was looking forward to his match-up with Kevin ” Boopie Miller” young fella said I’m going for 30 tomorrow and guess what, he and Boobie went at it in a Classic and Ish finished with 32, then went and gave City Heavy Weight Ariel Academy 20-25 before the game was stopped in a heated battle where young fella showed the gym he is “one of those dudes!!!!”

Kenton “KD” Wright- This ultra speedy pg is a blur all-over the court, there are not to many who can stop him from getting where he wants on the floor, he plays both ends of the floor and capable of shutting down an opponents best player. The day I knew young fella was the truth. Best Of Midwest Classic (2016) playing one of the elite teams in the State Springfield Grant ” KD” was a one man wrecking crew he scored every way imaginable, looked like a man among boys finishing with 25+ blowing out Grant. The coaches and fans coming up to me after the game from Springfield. ” If There Is A Better Player Than Him In The State I ain’t sen him” Yep young fella put on a show. Don’t be surprised to see young fella getting varsity minutes early in his career because he has ultra athleticism.

Nick Owens- Here is a pg who if you have a kid in 2nd or 3rd grade you want to get your player to come check out, talk about a gamer there are not enough superlatives I have for young fella as he does everything I want in my pg on the floor. He gets everyone involved, he is a leader and understands the game and he can knock down the open jump-shot as if its a free-throw from deep. I’ve watched this young man take -over 10 or more games in which he did the unthinkable but the game I knew he was something special was in 6th grade playing against 8th graders and the youngest on a team full of 8th graders down 7 with less than too minutes young fella took over the game and won it. Down 3 with 2 seconds left young fella takes a dribble pump fakes draws a foul as time expired in a standing room only gym “Lil Nick Looks Over Winks Then Swishes ALL 3 – Free-Throws To Force Over-Time” In over-time he gets  steal, wraps a defender hits a reverse lay-up for the win. This kid maybe the most talented pg only time will tell if his body matures as well as his game, but make no mistake about it. ALL CITY is in his future.

Jermale Young- People think he solid, people think he nice, naw young fella is the real deal. There may not be a better floor general in the State that understands the game, knows how to win, knows whats needed in what situation. Jermale has led his team to a State Championship. He is the ultimate run my team pg, who has the offensive capablities of most the guards in his class but chooses to sacrifice is game for the betterment of team cohesiveness, but the trained eye sees ya young fella as the jumpshot is there, along with the finishing in traffic and pull-up jumpshot, add the fact that young fella plays defense and you have one of the elite pgs in the class. The game I knew young fella was the truth. Chicago Pre-National Jam-Fest 2016. Down 1 with 8 seconds left Jermale charges forward and picks the pocket of Boopie at half court and then proceeds to score game winning lay-up against T.T.B. Remember the name because Central Illinois has talent and young fella will be doing damage down there in Urbana.

Kyonte Thomas- A put them on my back and carry ya point guard who is known for winning games and closing the door with crucial plays at crucial times. No one lives in the lane more than Kyonte. He gets around his man with ease and either finishes in traffic or makes the defense commit and feeds the bigs. Once his jumpshot becomes a little more consisitant poeple will be at young fella mercy. When I knew young fella was the truth!!! Playing against T.T.B. and former Crane Player Great Sherron Collins coaching. Kyonte was unstoppable game tight through-out teams going back and forth fans going crazy, Kyonte putting on a show carving the defense to pieces scoring and diming. Sherron calls time-out ans say ” Damn Shorty A Beast, We Can’t Stop Him He Look Like Me Out There” Yes Indeed!!!! it was one of those you had to be there games young fella finished 25-30 plus over 5 assist. Another future Division 1 guard.

Kevin “Boobie” Miller – Showtime and talked about for years, there may not be a more talked about player in middle school in last several years, I’ve been hearing the name way before i ever saw the game. young Fella has played all over the United States against some of the more celebrated opponents and more often than not been the kid putting crowds on their feet. i’ve seen young fella put on a show so many times its unfair to name just one, but what solidified him a s a big-time player was at the Best Of The Midwest (2014)tourney his team playing the number 1 pg in the class at the time Kejuan Clements 2019 and a packed gym. Boopie had the crowd on their feet as he knocked down shoots and scored 15 points in 3 minutes, the kid has a knack for that I’ve witnessed that again at Whitney Young and Collins(3 times) this year. Here is another kid whom as his body matures he will be even better and that scary because it’s coming.

Isaiah Holden- Tough as Nails “Leader Supreme” talk about the ultimate winner, there maybe none- who had that will to win like “Itchy” Need a big play here is your guy because he will come up with it on both ends equally effective and it’s afraid to get down and dirty. In a n era where everyone is friends on the court here is a throwback competitor who is friends off the court and at your head on the court. When I first knew young fella was the truth. I watched young fella in two consecutive games not take over 2 shots the entire game only to hit every basket for his team the last two minutes including a game winning over one of the top teams in the nation Gametime. I can’t wait to see young fella in high school as they don’t make many like this anymore.

               

Early March Stock Risers Below

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Wendell Green 7/8th

Having recently won their District Championship over a talented Vanderpoel team this young group has built on a solid season  Coach Jeffery Daniel has his team prepared and they hit their stride at the end. They are solid from top to bottom and were led by the under-appreciated but effective and talented back-court mates Torrence Cox 2021- a bonifide bucket getter and Mikey Brown 2022 who is quickly emerging as one of the top guards in the city class of 2022, the versatile big Jason Garcia who has range that extends past the 3 point line. The hardworking rebounding machine Javon Moffett, and the solid contributing 2022 players Jamarion Dale and Sky Golden all of which have have played key roles this year. Congrats to Wendell Green their stock is definitely rising.

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Davon McCullough

Davon McCullough 2022- After seeing Davon run the floor and finish in traffic the way he did last weekend he definitely is a prospect whose stock is rising, he has nice game where he can play inside or out, he protects the rim with his length and is every quick off his feet, look for Davon to make hiw way in the updated rankings being released this week with an opportunity to move up as we see him more. Young Fella Stock Is rising.

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Tye Banks

Tye Banks 2022- Young Fella has had quite a season leading his team to a perfect record and State Championship. Tye has been phenomenal in school games this year posting several games of 25 or more, 10+ games where had double doubles and game where he had 20 points and 20 rebounds. Tye understands the game and right now his stock is rising, look for young fella to make a jump in the updated rankings being released starting tonight.

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Resean McMiller

Resean McMiller 2021- Here is a prospect who goes back and forth, he teases you with potential handling the rock, playing the wing, hit open jump-shots and then he reverts back too hiting the block and playing 3 or 4ft in because of strength. Well he is back showing the promise of a future athletic wing that coaches are calling about. Last weekend young fella displayed at the Top Prospect Showcase he can handle the rock slipping past opponents with different combination dribbles and knocking down a couple open jump-shots, he further proved he is working on his game by winning the 3 point contest a week earlier when no one gave him a chance. Young Fella is working hard and it’s showing on the floor look for Resean to move up in the updated rankings as his stock is rising once again.

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Mar’Keise Irving

Mar’Keise Irving 2021- PLAYER OF THE MONTH There is no one who has been hotter than this kid here, he was been on a tear leading his team to a State Championship Game, scoring 42 points in the Championship and over 30 several times to get his team there this young fella back is tired. You talk about a fierce competitor who plays both ends of the floor for the entire game!! Heart Of A Lion!!!! He again showed at the Top Prospect Showcase he is a force. Young Fella is definitely moving his way up the list, some people are definitely to move over or slide down. ” Bucky” Stock is at an All-Time High and he did it the old fashion way he put on his hard-hat and earned it. Look at the Updated Rankings sometime this week for his class.

Deontrae Warren

Deontrae Warren 2022- This crafty smooth pg is definitely a kid who has a feel for the game, everytime you see him he teases you with his ability, as he is a floor general who gets where he want to and has a terrific understanding of the game. This is a player who we see down the line in high school giving players fits as he is one o the to passers in his class and many times his teammates aren’t ready. Young Fella showed at the Top Prospect Showcase he is Nice!!!!!!

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Kevin Cobb

Kevin Cobb 2022- Another prospect who showed he has game last weekend at the Top Prospect Showcase a smooth ball handler who shifts speed well with the dribble, had a few defenders shifting as he made several nice crowd pleasing moves. Another kid who will make his debut in the updated rankings and another kid who Jrhoopselite now has on the radar of must go see!!!

Final Top 25 Top Prospect Recap Below.

We would like to Thanks everyone again for the Great event that took place Feb 25th. We would also like to thanks those who wanted to participate but couldn’t make it. Jrhoopselite will be out this spring and Summer at AAU events and will be hosting another event this Summer/Fall. There are many kids who played well last weekend and we wrote about many below, some are on instagram and others will be up on site in future articles so Again Thank You for contributing to a wonderful event.

Ricky Moore

Updated Rankings 3/8 10pm

Final Top 25 Top Prospect Recap Below.

We would like to Thanks everyone again for the Great event that took place Feb 25th. We would also like to thanks those who wanted to participate but couldn’t make it. Jrhoopselite will be out this spring and Summer at AAU events and will be hosting another event this Summer/Fall. There are many kids who played well last weekend and we wrote about many below, some are on instagram and others will be up on site in future articles so Again Thank You for contributing to a wonderful event.

Ricky Moore

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Diamonte Meeks

Demonte ” Lite-Bright” Meeks 2023- Well Well Well, Ive found him. Talking about a pg who gets everyone involved, gives the ball up as soon as his teammate is open, makes the correct play no matter who the teammate is, understands the game and situation and knows how to lead “Lite Bright ” this is your guy. Not many are as poised as young fella, not many can handle pressure of a defender, while surveying the floor, not rushing and waiting for a teammate to get open or run the offense under duress, Yes sirrrrrrrr!!!!!! when i’m watching shorty I’m watching him do things that the average eye wouldn’t understand. Look for young fella in the updated rankings being released Wednesday.

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Jayden Dean

Jayden Dean 2022- Young fella can in and showed in flashes he is one to watched, here is a kid who has a nice stroke from deep and can score in bunches, add to that he has those fast twitch muscles that elite athletes have and coaches drool over. look for Jayden to make his debut in the updated rankings being released later this week.

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James Hayes

James Hayes- 2021 A combo guard that showed he is one of the best combo’s in the State. Last year young fella let the game come to him and left thinking he could have faired better, this year he was on a mission to show his game and that he did. One of 5 players that the staff were raving about when the event ended. Look for this power guard to move his way up the list later this week.

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Trayton Trice

Trayton Trice 2021- Here is a player who when looking at the film you saw how hard he plays, he battled with many of the bigger players in the class and held steady, on the offensive end he showed he can finish in traffic and can face up and get to the basket off the dribble. With the showcase style and limited touches for many of the post players Trayton played relentless and did not effect his effort on both ends of the floor. Young Fella will make his debut in the updated rankings this week with the possibility of moving up as jrhoopselite see more games this is one of 8 prospects who were there that we had never seen before.

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Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson 2021- Highlight waiting to happen, young fella put one down last week and had several high-light moves. Sam has a pretty stroke from 3 and is an intriguing prospect with upside, upside, upside, but young fella is also one of the most sought after football prospects in the State, things will be getting very interesting shortly because the talent is there at both sports.

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Brandon White

Brandon White 2021- Here is a prospect who will make his debut in the updated rankings, he has good upside as his body-frame projects well, he can guard 3or 4 positions at this level and he has offensive versatility as he can shoot it and slash to the basket. Brandon took time to get adjusted to the showcase atmosphere but will be better for the experience. i look for him to come back in the fall and showcase more of the skills he has and Jrhoopselite will be at plenty of his games this Summer.

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Jaylin Gibson

Jaylin Gibson 2021- Jaylin came in and quickly showed his skill grabbing rebounds in traffic and finishing at the bucket. He is one of those kids you look at and say WoW!!! He has all the physical skills of a kid 2 years his superior, he can get to the rim at will and has next level moves and athleticism. This is a prospect that people will be talking about for years to come. He is a kid that has a chance to be All State before he leaves High School, it will be interesting to see how young fella progresses as he is one of those kids who has the game to go anywhere and play varsity right away with his size and skill.

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Andre Casey Jr.

Andre Casey Jr. 2022 Young Fella showed his potential handling the ball bringing it up the court several times, he put it down in a game and rebounded against elite 2021 players, sometimes young fella will try to a move and he doesn’t have it down just as of yet but you understand he is just in 7th grade and say ” did he just try to do that?” see sometimes you have to go thru-it to get it, I love the fact that he has the no-fear of failure attitude because his ceiling of this prospect is very high and if I say I say I had less than 10 coaches who asked about him I’d be lying. This is a red-hot prospect and will hold as Top 3 when the updated rankings come out next week.

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Brylan Phillips

Brylan Phillips 2022- Somebody about to move over, top 10 in the class is what young fella will be when the update comes out. Young Fella showed he is one of the top players in the class easy as he battled it out with the several of the top 2021 players in the class, ” Shorty Got Game!!!”  “Rick Where He From? He Nice” “Light Skin Kid With Red Shoes Just Put In Work!!!” yep that’s what my staff said about Brylan. Respect was earned and game was showed as young fella showed there are players from Central Illinois with game. As I’ve been known, many from the rest of the  state found out. An ultra-competitor young fella takes to every challenge. while playing against several of the top known 2021 players a little trash talking occurred after a player made a move, little did they know they would wake a sleeping giant. Young Fella tore a lining out of the team now he will be talked about by staff for years to come in one of those ” you remember when!!!!

Prentiss Young 2023- Here is a long wiry big transitioning to the wing that has plenty of upside, young fella showed the ability to pop out and shoot the jump-shot and handle the ball going coast to coast a few times. He seemed a little winded or slowed by injury but no doubt the skill set was shown. This is Prentiss first showcase and look for him to comeback knowing what to expect. Young Fella will make his way into the updated rankings for his class rather high with the potential and skill he possesses  being released this coming Tuesday. Here is a prospect JrhoopsElite will definitely be keeping a tab on.

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Kentrell Weekly

Kentrell Weekly 2023- Here is a bucket getter for sure, this young fella was knocking it down from long range off the dribble or catch, he had several drives with show-time finishes and just puts points on the board in a hurry. If your looking for a guard who can score holla the name “Buckets Weekly” young fella showed at the Showcase he can score against anybody!!!!!

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Donovan Brown

Donovan Brown 2022- Here is a kid who came to the showcase a relative unknown and left as a prospect to keep an eye out for. Donovan has a nice handle, showed he can knock down the jump-shot if left open, gets where he wants too with the ball in his hands and left his first Jrhoopselite event an all-star. Look for young fella to make his debut in the updated 2022 rankings next week when they are released. He is a prospect who showed in a very little time he understands the game, after looking at film he was even more impressive,as he understood the total game he knew when to help on defense, he moved without the ball and he showed a high I.Q.

Ricky Moore

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Recap 2

There was so much talent in the gym last Saturday, I mean there were players making plays all over that many had never seen or heard of, I witness Justin Potts (Bloomington) pick a kid pocket then come down give his defender a Tim Hardaway cross over and hit a Tony Parker floater, I witnessed kids compete one on one then shake hands an give hugs, I witnessed Elite players dunking and throwing no look passes like seniors in high school, I witnessed one of the elite girls in the country Tamia Ware get the best of some elite boys. All in all I witnessed people having a good time. Thanks again and here are a few more players and synopsis, there will be 2 more recaps then Updated rankings will be released next week with 1 grade per day.

20 Players who definitely improved their status with their showing and caught the eye of Jrhoopselite. They will  definitely will be on the go see list in the very near future and were under the radar to some degree by us.

2021 Almondez Stewart

2022 Brian Akinyele

2021 Vito Valincius

2023 Emmet O’Shaughnessy

2022 Christian Jones

2023 Prentice Young

2022 Kevin Cobb

2021 Connor Enright

2022 Donald Brown

2023 Diamonte Meeks

2022 Jack Trent

2023 Jeremiah Pickens

2022 Eian Pugh

2022 Chrys Smyros

2023 Kentrell Weekly

2023 Bryce Tillery

2022 Mikey Schumacher

2021 Kameryn Harris

2021 Mitch Mileusnic 

2021 Brandon White

Thanks,

Ricky Moore

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Kyonte Thomas

Kyonte Thomas 2021- This kid here is one of those lead by example and let your game do the talking on the court pg, young fella right now is focused and starting to take his game to another level. Always having the ability to make people around him better is his trademark so playing with talented players around him Kyonte has no problem sharing the ball and being a true pg this past weekend. This is a kid who will be making a lot of noise on the next level.

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Raleigh Roberson

Raleigh Roberson 2022- Young Fella showed in spurts what he can do, this was his first time and seemed like it took him awhile to adjust to the showcase environment, but there is no denying the talent is there this long versatile wing did display he can handle in traffic and get to the rim off the bounce,  this is another kid who’s upside and talent is definitely there. Look for Raleigh to make his way in the updated rankings released next week. This kid has Top 20 talent no doubt!!! Another player  whom I say “very nice prospect!!!” 

Chase Devito

Chase Devito 2021- The 6ft plus forward showed the ability to play inside and out, he is a mis- match waiting to happen as he can he strecth the floor and take the bigger players outside, go around the bigger slower post players off the dribble or take the smaller players in the post. young fella played well and showed game. Look for Chase in the updated rankings being released next week.

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Jalen Butler

Jalen Butler 2021- This young fella here has one big upside, young for his class he stands a 6/4 plus athlete who is transitioning from a post player to a wing,in the 4 on 4 Jalen showed nice ball controll, knocked down a few pull up jump shots off the dribble, took it coast to coast through traffic and finished with nifty moves. An explosive athlete who can put it down on an opposing players head young fella teases you with his talent. If and when Jalen decides to dominate people will be in trouble for sure the talent and potential are there.

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Terry Elias

Terry Elias 2022- When you say strong to the basket, virtually unstoppable at times look no further, this young fella here has burst with that ball and takes bumps in traffic like no other in the class and finishes strong. sometimes young fella looks to be in coast mode, but when he wants to turn it on your in trouble, after watching the games and 4 on 4 on film I saw  a player who plays with a swagger and confidence and then backs it up. As his jump-shot becomes more consistent people will be at his mercy, young fella cemented his status as Top 5 player in the class right now.

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Dalen Davis

Dalen Davis 2023- Young fella came in a showed no doubt he belongs mentioned with the elite in the class, who is the top pg in class can be determined by the day of the week, but I tell you one thing young fella is the player on one of those days. Here is a big pg who makes things happen he lives in the paint, I’ve yet to see a defender stay in front of him. Look for young fella to make his way into the Top 5 when the updated rankings are released next week. High School coaches are already contacting me about young fella. The future is very bright for Dalen.

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Lil Nick Owens

Nick Owens 2021- Again showed he is one to reckoned with, probably has the most well rounded offensive package of any small guard, he combines the ability of shooting from deep, is an A+ passer, and understands how to get and keep all his teammates involved. Had several highlights including passes that were outstanding and a move or two that almost had the defender needing surgery on their ankles. Point Guard Supreme!!!!!! Several people had never seen young fella play and all they kept saying is Ricky Moore you were dead on with the article you wrote about him. Well I guess seeing is believing and now young fella has several more believers.

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Emmet O’Shaughnessy

Emmet O’Shaughnessy 2023- Yes sirrrrr!!!! We have a player here, young fella is a stud. Emmet is a combo guard that showed he is hard to stop. He has a wicked handle, one of the kids whom I say  He Got Them Thangs” he can shoot it with range and his vision well above average, seems to me young fella came to the showcase to prove a point. Well point proven and taken, I thought he played extremely well and after watching the film there is no doubt about it I didn’t see anyone who could stop him, young fella will be making a major move in the updated ranking being released Next Week.

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Almondez Stewart

Almondez Stewart 2021- Introducing 6/3 plus guard from East St. Louis this lefty came to the showcase after leading his school team into the State tournament, he quickly showed he is to be mentioned with the elite as he was dominant early. Here is a kid who fits the build of prospect as he handles it like a pg, shoots it like a shooting guard and plays above the rim in transition. Almondez is a talent and will be making his debut in the rankings rather high when they are updated next week.

Vito Valincius 2021- Talk about coming in making a name, young fella did just that, being a terror on the glass, knocking down open shots when they were available and scoring inside at will, He showed he is definitely on of the best post players in the state and among the elite in the entire class . Some people will definitely be dropping when the updated rankings come out because Vito will be making his debut. He left Saturday being an all-star and a prospect that jrhoopselite will be out to catch at many up coming games.

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Amar Aguillard

Amar Aguillard 2021- UUWWEEE – A post player with an aggression, young fella showed up last year and he was a little under the weather and left early after not showing everything he could do, Well he came down this year and he definitely left having showed he is worthy of being in the discussion of elite post players in the class, Amir was a monster and was unstoppable in the lane, here is a kid that is getting better and better. There aren’t many who can stay in front of young fella and keep him from getting where he wants too go. He came in with the mindset of destroy who ever is in front of me and he did.

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Jamari Ward

Jamari Ward 2021- Young fella got started rather quickly showcasing his skills in the 4 on 4 as he scored on 2 consecutive trips with nice moves then dropped a dime to a teammate on the 3 rd possession, Jamari is another in the lines of talented pgs in the class. He came in to the showcase with many not knowing who he was, he broke through and left as an all-star and somebody jrhoopselite has to get teams schedule, this kid can play and will make his debut in the upcoming rankings

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Blake Ellingson

Blake Ellingson 2021- After watching all the game film there were 3 players who stood out to me that others probably would’nt recognize. Blake  is a player that does all the things a coach admires, he can shot the ball but won’t force a shot, he can make a move around his man but makes the open pass when a teammate is open. Young Fella played on a team that didn’t fair well in a couple of games but he is a player who I saw on film that stood out. He also showed better athleticism than most would think and his frame speaks good potential down the line. I hadn’t seen Blake in over a year and he is another kid who will make a big jump in the updated rankings being released next week.

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Donavan Younger

Donavan Younger 2023- I like what I see, Yes Indeed!!! Donavan is a post player who has a nice ceiling, he showed excellent activity around the rim and a willingness to stick his nose in there in get rebounds in traffic. here us a kid I believe the more he plays the better he will get, but this is definitely a player who has a higher ceiling than most his age. Jrhoopselite will definitely be monitoring the the progress of this prospect. Look for Donavan to make his debut in the class rankings next week.

Young Player Showcase Recap 2

This is the age where kids are just starting to show signs of things to come in the future and if this is any indication, then things are in good hands. I saw kids knocking down long-range bombs at with incredible accuracy at such a young age, I saw nice decision making, athleticism, ball handling and incredible effort. These young players competed hard yet their sportsmanship was incredible. I would like to Thank all the parents who were patient and understandable dealing with the Time & Location Change you guys were great. I’ve had numerous calls and text from people saying nothing but great things, again I want you all to know I truly appreciate it. I will be providing a synopsis over the next few days and will definitely be seeing many of these players in the upcoming months.

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Makai Kvamme

Makai Kvamme 2025- Can you say unstoppable, Makai was just that. I had at least 8 parents come up to me asking  ” who is that ?” yes young fella put on quite a display, he was destroying defenders with nasty cross-overs, stop and pop pull-ups and giving mouth-shots (knocking the 3 pt shot down in the defenders face) from long range. Making it look easy is what young fella did he won the 3 on 3 championship, the 1 on 1 championship, Team championship and made the All- Showcase Team. Here is another prospect who you will definitely be seeing a lot of on jrhoopselite as he is a special talent. One of those kids you definitely say ” Remember The Name!!!!”

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Taurus Baugh

Taurus Baugh- 2024- This athletic combo guard is the straight truth, He possesses the skills to play either guard position he came in an unknown to many and left with AAU coaches asking and saying to me “where he from? shorty got game!!!!” Yep young fella made me look good as I’ve been telling people about the young talented prospect from Peoria. He is so skillful with an array of offensive moves and smooth at the same time making itv look effortless, he won his level 1 on 1 competition by a landslide and made All-Showcase Team this is a  prospect whom jrhoopselite  will be keeping a close eye on and a prospect whom we see making his way rather high when his class rankings come out this fall.

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Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson 2025- I like him Yes Sirrrrrrr!!!!! Lil Ryan is fiesty, competetive and clutch all while keeping that lovable smile, he was knocking down the 3pt shot as if it was a free-throw including a super clutch, super long game tying with less than 25 seconds which was one of he knocked down during the game, talk about fearless. ” I want Ryan!!! shooting my ball with the game on the line. Young Fella came in with his baby-face and unknown to most he left an All-Star and made a name on the court. Jrhoopselite will definitely be monitoring the progress of this young fella.

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Sean Brown

Sean Brown 2024- This kid here is super skilled, all I could keep saying is ” He can’t be in 5th grade, No Way!!!!! Young Fella is  big who bangs the glass with relentless effort, has post moves like a kid 2 or 3 years his superior yet he has the perimeter skills of a shooting guard. Young Fella was knocking down the 3, throwing no-look passes across court and slicing and dicing through the lane in traffic as if the defenders were stuck to the floor. Impressive is exactly what Sean was as he left making the All- Showcase Team and a prospect who looks to be among the elite in the class with-out a doubt. We look forward to watching Sean and his progression and he will undoubtedly be in the class rankings rather hi when they are released this fall.

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Kristopher Hills

Kristopher Hill 2024- Young Fella showed grit and grime and as he was all over the court, Kristopher displayed incredible speed getting to the basket, and wasn’t afraid of taking the ball to the basket despite the size that was down low. A prospect who also showed the will to win as he was more concerned about winning than his personal stats passing the ball on several ocaasions where he could have forced the shot. A prospect who was unknown to JHE before the event, but a prospect who garnered attention with his play at the Showcase. JrhoopsElite will definitely be at several of Kristopher games this Spring.

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Landon Rivers

Landon Rivers 2024- Here is one of those smooth heady pgs, who teases you with his talent. Young Fella plays a cerebral smooth game where he takes whatever the defense gives him, he is the kid who never forces to much ” A smooth operator” who has a nice stroke from deep, finishes with either hand and has vision. The skill set is there no doubt!!! as is the potential. Jrhoopselite will definitely be keeping close tabs on Landon this Spring and Summer. He is another kid we project to make his way in the Top 40 rankings for his class that will be released this fall.

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Illinois Jrhoopselite Top 100 prospects    

Class of 2019  Top 100

Super Sophomore Showcase coming this Fall.

This class is absolutely loaded, there are so many kids that can play in this class, The difference between a top 10 and a top 40 are not that far off. I will be out to different events to see prospects. My calendar is full. I will be updating frequently.

  1. Perry Cowan
  2. Khalil Whitney
  3. Kejuan Clements
  4. Mike Salter
  5. Lance Jones
  6. Marquise Walker
  7. Isaac Stanback
  8. Markeese Jacobs
  9. Lamond Johnson
  10. Gerald Hunley
  11. Tayeon Neal
  12. Spence Boeheim
  13. Bryant Brown
  14. Andre White Jr.
  15. Antonio Reeves
  16. Ray Dennis Jr.
  17. Pavle Pantovic
  18. Trey Boston
  19. Joseph Yesufu
  20. Chris Brunell
  21. Marquise Kennedy
  22. Jaheim Holden
  23. Andre White Jr.
  24. Ryan Bost
  25. Tyler Cochran
  26. Aaron Strong Jr
  27. Artese Stapleton
  28. Kasean Pryor
  29. Tyrese Shines
  30. Johnny Roeser
  31. Deshon Enoch
  32. Detallion Brown
  33. Deion Jackson
  34. Johnsel Harris
  35. Jordan Myrick
  36. Demari Nixon
  37. Miles Baker
  38. Fred Cleveland Jr.
  39.  Jeremiah Hernandez
  40. Evan Taylor
  41. Tyreon Hardin
  42. Nicholas Kosich
  43. Ryan Kielsen
  44. Kennon Jones
  45. Collin Reed
  46. Jamal Fomby Jr.
  47. Semaji Henderson
  48. John Cison Jr.
  49. Chris White
  50. Treavon Brown
  51. Glenn Rubio
  52. Kameron Battle
  53. Mark Carter
  54. Malik Tidwell
  55. Malik Anderson
  56. Keyvon Mayers
  57. Clyde Benton
  58. Nate Ortiz
  59. James Hobson
  60. Trevon Hamilton
  61. Eric Cohn
  62. Demari Grant
  63. Daniel Filippone
  64. DeMarkus Williams
  65. Kyel Grover
  66. Desaun Ratclif
  67. Jeremiah Stamps
  68. Charlie Hoehne
  69. Trevon Delaney
  70. Demari Grant
  71. Kameron Lenard
  72. Erik White
  73. Chase Robinson
  74. Jeremiah Washington
  75. Devin Spencer
  76. Anthony Thompson
  77. Adrien Gonzales
  78. Robert Sanford
  79. Zureil Mason
  80. Jaylen Snell
  81. Josh Steinhouse
  82. Aaron Sykes
  83. Tyriel Nelson
  84. Ethan Helwig
  85. Kendrick Moore
  86. Ryan Verhulst
  87. Aaron Walker
  88. Deandre Vortes
  89. Edmund Saunders
  90. Andrew Stewart
  91. Jaylen Carlswell
  92. Marcus Schaeffers
  93. Elijah Basnight
  94. Jakob Medina
  95. Marquel Porter
  96. Timmeon Gamble
  97. James Hobson
  98. Tim Ervin Jr.
  99. Jaylen Thorpe
  100. Kobe Mitchell

TOP PASSERS IN CLASS OF 2019

Mike Salter

Trey Boston

Marquise Walker

John Cison Jr.

DeMarkus Williams

Andre White

TOP SHOOTERSS IN CLASS

Lance Jones

Antonio Reeves

Jaheim Holden

Ray Dennis Jr

Malik Anderson

TOP ATHLETES IN CLASS

Gerald Hunley

Khalil Whitney

Perry Cowan

Markeese Jacobs

Lamond Johnson

TOP PLAYMAKERS IN CLASS

Kejuan Clements

Mike Salter

Ray Dennis Jr.

Markeese Jacobs

Aaron Strong Jr.

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Ariel 5/6 Grade Champions

     

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Kenwood 7/8 grade Champions

Getting The Job Done!!!!

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Khoi Thurman

Khoi Thurman 2023- Well if you haven’t seen young fella play, you may want to get to a game. Here is what I call a ” Floor General Supreme” This is a pg would understands the game years beyond his age. Here is a kid who’s understanding of the game is on par with the top pgs in middle school regardless of class. He is a the ultimate get his teammates involved and he puts  team before himself. Young fella would rather get the assist any day of the week. I’ve witnessed young fella have it going in a game where he hit 4 consecutive shots, his big man was struggling a little missing several post moves and appearing frustrated. On consecutive fast breaks following  Khoi had wide open layups on fast breaks but rather than take the bucket and continue his impressive scoring half he slowed down and waited for his big in transition and got him a couple of easy baskets to get him going. Yep!!! ” Floor General Supreme!!!! He understands when to do what, and what to do when!!!!! If you want a coach on the floor, the kid who recognizes defenses, recognizes mis matches and knows what the right play is this is your guy.  In a class that’s appears to be one of the stronger classes in guards at this stage in recent years young fella stands as one of the best no doubt.  Young Fella earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. where many of the elite in the Midwest will be in attendance. JrhoopsElite will be looking forward to watching the progression of this young prospect as we see a bright future ahead. 

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Real Deal 11U

Real Deal 11u- Here is a an up and coming Travel/ AAU team that is definitely fun to watch, they play hard and fight nail and tooth from start to finish, I personally watched this team down by more than double figures in the second half, give everything they have and tie the game driving the crowd wild before eventually losing on the last possession of a action packed game.  This team has a couple of nice young prospects Keshaun Vaval and Anfernee Anderson both of whom scored in double figures and can put points on the board rather quickly. Coach Ali is a new up and coming coach who teaches his gets to play hard and never quit, I’ve seen the improvement rather quickly in the this team and look forward to seeing Real Deal in the near future. Several Of Real Deal  players will be at Montini High School March 5th for the Young Player Showcase. 

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This past year jrhoopselite saw over 1000 games and host showcases and skill events, there were kids everywhere that had so much talent and potential, Here is a list of our end of the 2016 awards, acknowledgements and accolades,  we look forward to seeing as many kids as possible and want to remind everyone that the list and information should be used as motivation.

2016 JrhoopsElite All State Teams

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Joel Watts

1st Team

G.  Joel Watts (2020)

G.  Adam Miller (2020)

P.  Colin Crothers (2020)

W. DJ Steward (2020)

G. Luke Scheffers (2020)

Elliot Sieger
Elliot Sieger

G. Tyler Beard (2020)

G. Bryce Hall (2020)

P.  Tyrelle Hunt (2020)

G. Elliot Sieger (2020)

G. Nimari Burnett  (2020)

2nd Team

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Darius Buford

G. Antione Bloxton (2020)

G. Marcus Watson Jr..(2020)

G. Darius Buford (2020)

W. Jayden Johnson (2020)

W. Damarius Splunge(2020)

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Destin Whitaker

G. Tevin Smith (2021)

G. Davion Rogers (2020)

W. Jadon Williams (2020)

G. Destin Whitaker (2020)

G. Ramean Hinton (2020)

Top Scorers Regardless of Class

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Antione Bloxton

Antione Bloxton (2020)

Luka Balac (2021)

Norvell Meadows (2021)

Darius Buford (2020)

Kevin “Boopie” Miller (2021)

Willie Bradley Jr. (2021)

Top 5 traditional pgs in no order.

PJ Edwards
PJ Edwards

Markus Watson Jr. (2020)

Arhon Ullis (2020)

Alec Millander(2020)

P.J. Edwards (2020)

Christian Henry(2021)

Top 6 Playmakers in no order.

Luke Scheffers
Luke Scheffers

Joel Watts (2020)

Kamari Wilson (2021)

Nick Owens (2021)

Luke Scheffers (2020)

DJ Steward (2020)

Bryce Hall (2020)

Top 10 Shooters

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Micah Schnyders

Blake Peters (2021)

Alijah Nelson (2020)

Patrick Baldwin (2021)

Elliot Sieger ( 2020)

Bryce Hopkins (2021)

Destin Whitaker (2020)

Trey Baker (2021)

Nimari Burnett (2020)

Micah Schynders (2020)

Christian Czerniak (2020)

Will Wainscott (2020)

Most Athletic 

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R.J. Ogom

R.J. Ogom (2020)

PeeWee Johnson (2020)

Kenton Wright (2021)

Scotty Edube (2021)

Jadon Williams (2020)

2020 Players making a heavy impact on varsity at the beginning of their freshmen year.

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DJ Steward
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Adam Miller
Collin Woods
Collin Woods
Colin Crothers
Colin Crothers
Damarius Splunge
Damarius Splunge

Adam Miller- Peoria Manuel- Young fella has started off his high school season playing for a traditional powerhouse and has fans excited with anticipation with his stellar play thus far, young fella regularly scores in double figures an is one of Manuels top players. U of I has offered and many other big time schools are lurking.

Colin Crothers – Benet-The big 6/7 power forward/ center has stepped right into traditional power house and appears to be inline as a the next bigtime div 1. prospect to follow Sean Omara and Frank Kaminsky at the school. Young fella has come right in and played a major role look for Colin to be getting plenty of attention this spring by big time programs.

Elliot Sieger- Depaul Prep- A fierce competitor, there was no way JrhoopsElite didnt see this coming we actually predicted he would do this, young fella has stepped in and meshed well with 2019 stud Perry Cowan to form one of the youngest deadly dynamic duos in the state. book it down, all state is in the future.

Joel Watts- St. Rita-All young fella has done is step in an show he is fearless, down in Kentucky Kentucky Bluegrass, Joel had 18 against the number 11 team in the country, shot 70 percent from the field and led the entire tournament in free throw shooting, shooting 100 percent. Another kid we predicted would have success.

Collin Woods – Heritage – A silky smooth 6ft 1 plus pg who is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can and will be, while others were ahead of him a year ago, young fella has caught and surpassed many of his counterparts and will catch many more. Young fella is a kid we said would figure it out, well he is definitely showing that with several double figure games.

DJ Steward- Fenwick A wiry combo guard that gets it, his versatility and understanding of the game has made him one of the elite players in the class, Playing for one of the Top teams in the state young fella is coming off a 20 pt performance at Proviso West Holiday Tourney. look for DJ to emerge as the next star at Fenwick.

PJ Edwards- Springfield Lamphier – A traditional powerhouse that has produce the likes of major division 1 and N.B.A. players. P.J. has stepped in to play major minutes and contribute heavily  as a freshmen. He looks to be a name that you can add to the list of division 1 talent. look for colleges to be in attendance the next few years hoping to add this young talent.

Alijah Nelson- Glenbard East The combo guard is off to a stellar beginning of his freshmen year, having scored 27 in holiday tourney and being one of the top 3 pt shooters in the event. Glenbard East has a young player who will have people in the gym with excitement for next few years. Look for Alijah to gain more recognition and attention as the season progresses.

DaMarius Splunge- Michelle Clark – If there is a freshmen playing better or raising their stock, I haven’t seen them. here is a 6/5 wing that has been shoeing every skill imaginable on the court, having to lead right away and having the ball in his hands, young DaMarius has flourished, young fella has had several games of 25 and better and is the hottest prospect in the class right now. Jrhoopselite gave him the nickname ” He’s Got a Chance” last year and he definitely has been playing that way. Been getting calls and look for young fella to be visiting some pretty impressive school this coming spring and summer. stock is shooting thru the roof.

Destin Whitaker- Romeoville- The future is bright in Romeville,  Destin is showing coach some things that has him smiling and licking his chops at things to come, a knockdown shooter with length and ability to guard several positions, young fella has established himself as one heck of a prospect, and  having scored in double figures on a regular so early i’d smile too.

Reggie Strong- Farragut-Young fella has stepped right in and started at pg in one of the most known conferences in the nation “red west’ and looks the part of another division player from a school that is known for producing talent. watch for the little known pg to make waves this spring, another prospect who jrhoopselite featured last year and said he would be a handful in the future.

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Players Putting In Work

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Eddie Niles Jr.

Eddie Niles 2021- Here is a kid who has ice-water in his veins, here is a kid who never shy’s away from the big moment, here is a player who has been playing some good basketball this season and Jrhoopselite has definitely taken notice. Playing for one of the elite basketball programs in the city the spot lite is on quite often. LiL Eddie is definitely a kid who welcomes the big stage. This past weekend when his team was on the verge of losing in the final minutes, young fella came up with 2 nice assist and a couple of baskets including a 28ft 3pt that sent the crowd in an uproar it proved to be the pivotal basket, A couple weeks ago on the big stage at UIC young fella did the same think including burring another 28 ft 3pt basket in a decisive moment. What impresses me about young fella is he understands the game, he knows how to take the extra dribble or extra step in order to set his teammate up for a wide wide open shot as opposed to a contested shot, he knows where to deliver the ball so his teammate can get a clean look and more than anything he is always on to the next play and never lets something linger or effect his confidence. I saw young fella early on in the season play against rival Beasley, he missed 3 floaters in the last 4 minutes that all looked good, but just didn’t fall, his team ended up losing by a basket, I heard a lot of people saying why did young fella take those shots he had a bad game, I was like “my oh my do some people not get it”. “young fella had a good game and great tournament” I was there every game, the fact that he missed those shots were just how it went on those shots, but they were all great shots and never did he not have the confidence to shoot the next one, never was the moment too big. Now fast forward, the same kid has now knocked down big shots in big games and help propel his team to victory, if you are going to play this game on the stage young fella is playing and be effective you have to have heart and confidence, I saw it last year and I’m seeing it again this year Eddie Niles has heart and definitely isn’t afraid of the moment, good job young fella.

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Resean McMiller

Resean McMiller 2021 If there is one player in the class that makes you scratch your head it’s this kid here, young fella is a kid who is sometime caught up in the crossfire. At this level he is so strong and aggressive he can dominate down low and just bull his way through the non aggressive defenders, so some coaches have had him down low because he is so effective at it, On the flip side young fella is actually a guard at the next level and has the frame that’s not to far from a sophomore in high school right now. So the coach sometimes says we need the here and now Sean go down low. This season young fella school coach has been letting young fella play the point sometimes while mainly playing the sg, so now young fella is being able to go through some of the growing pains and becoming better for it. Earlier in the season young fella appeared frustrated when I saw him, he is now getting more and more comfortable. This past weekend Resean looked really comfortable, playing against one of the city elite he knocked down 4 of 5 from long range including 3 in a row and finished with a game high 17pts. Like I tell people all the time “its not what you do , it’s how you do it” if young fella is able to knock down the long range ball on the catch and off the dribble people are in trouble. Young fella was on a high and confidence in his ball handling and perimeter play was starting to show 10 months ago, he went through a drought where he stopped working on that skill and started back banging down low or stopped displaying it, he appears to be back on track and his stock is rising once again. Young fella will be one to watch as his team prepares to make a state title run

Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson 2021- Well well well young fella time has come, I’ve said many many times there are several kids that will catch and pass many of his classmates, here is Tyler Johnson “TY” as known to many and the nick name I call him. He is the player whom every-time I’ve seen him play for the last 2 years I pull him to the side and give him words of advice words of what I tell him coaches will be expecting of him down the line, little advice that I feel could help. I mean every-time I’ve seen him play no exaggeration, Well what i thought I’d see later I’m starting to see now Tyler is one of the elite pgs in the city and alongside of Christian Henry, They are in the argument along with a couple others as being the cities best back court. What makes TY so valuable is that he can not only create for others and do it well, he can stretch the defense like other elite guards in his class Boopie, Lil Nick and Elijah that allows for others to create and operate in the paint, young fella has a skill set that translates very well to the next level. Let it be known right now Tyler Johnson is  a name you will be hearing about in a few years and asking where did he come from? Look for Tyler to make a huge huge jump in the updated rankings when they are released I’ve held back as long as I could, now the secret is out. Now continue to put in work and continue to lead young fella.

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Kenric Wiley Jr.

Kenric Wiley Jr. 2022- young fella is part aof a trio of guards at Colin Powell that have a chance to make a run at regionals and possibly get down state this year. Last week I saw Kenric in an intense rivalry game in a hostile enviornment have suberb floor game in which he made the correct play just about every-time, young fella doesn’t force anything and takes advantage of whatever the defense gives. I personally watched Kenric knock down 4 long range bombs from the outside, hit his defender with counter moves and finish with a floater, and use his change of speed with his dribble to get by his man and finish at the rim,  I was very impressed. But what showed me that this is prospect to keep an eye out for was that he played for his team and never tried to force anything everything was about team. JrhoopsElite will be keeping close eyes out for Kenric and look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

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Nick Jefferson

Nick Jefferson 2023- Add another name to the list of quality point guards in the 2023 class, he is a fierce pg who backs down from no one, Nick has a slick handle in which he gets to the basket with ease. I’ve yet to see one person keep him from getting to where he wants to go. What also impresses me about young fella is his I.Q. he understands exactly whats needed at what time. Having the ability to knock down the shot from distance nick can play with the ball in his hands or off the ball. Young fella is battle tested having played for one of the powerhouse programs in the city over the past two seasons in hostile environments against top flight competition. Young fella will be in the updated 2023 rankings when they are released and JrhoopsElite looks forward to seeing young fella compete against the top players in his Feb 25th. @ the Top Propsect Showcase where many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

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David Lucas III

David Lucas 2021- Talk about a force in the paint, well the south suburbs have a young fella who knows how to use his size as a force while using his nifty and craft moves around the basket. David is player who JrhoopsElite finds as a prospect with a nice upside because he has physical features that many just don’t have and his foot speed for his size means that he will get better and better the more he plays against and with top flight competitions. I watched young fella use power against the smaller defenders scoring down low with ease, I then saw a play where he showed skill and finesse. JrhoopsElite will be out to see David in future events, we do not know how he has flown under our radar. Young fella will be in our updated rankings when they are released and earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. Where many of the Top Players in class will be in attendance.

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Mason Jones

Mason Jones 2021- young fella appears to be hitting his stride and is on fire leading his team to quite a few impressive wins this season, Mason has been out playing several of the highly acclaimed players in his class and this past weekend he lead his team the Championship over at Walter Payton in route to earning the M.V.P.  award. young fella stock is rising and rising fast. JrhoopsElite will be out in the next several weeks to check young fella out in more action as he and his team compete in several marquee games.

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Rodney Walker Jr.

Rodney Walker Jr. 2021- Here is a kid who is getting better and better every-time I see him, it’s not the skill that I was waiting to see because I noticed that instantly a year ago, but now I see that aggressiveness, the assertiveness the unafraid of making a mistake, the believing that I’m the best player on the court. Yep I saw what I was looking for, RJ came out and missed his first 4 shots of the game, but kept his aggressiveness, he kept his assertiveness he showed big heart, he finished strong scoring 20 hitting several big shots down the stretch and knocking down the game winning free-throws in route to leading his team in a hostile environment to a 41/40 victory @ the SkyWalker International Holiday Classic, and being named tournament M.V.P. having averaged 19.6 and 10 reb. Young R.J.is definitely a player whose better days are ahead of him, while many kids tap out and are great early and loose their fizz, here is a young player that will continually progress, he is being groomed at a nice pace and has a tremendous upside.

                                                    Weekend Champions

                               Champions @ Skywalker International

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Decatur, Illinois-Johns Hill 8th

                                   Champions @ Walter Payton

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Chicago -Kenwood 8th

                                          Champions At OPRF Village Tourney

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Oak Park- Julian 8th

                                                         Champions @ Hyde Park

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Lil Village

 

JrhoopsElite Power 10 Team Rankings(

Put Some Respek On My Name!!!!!

Jake Dimovski
Jake Dimovski

If you haven’t seen young fella play your missing a treat, here is the small, diminutive guard who just keeps doing the amazing. Well last year Jake came to the city and put on quite a shooting display at the Best Of The Midwest as a 7th grader. We then extended an invite to the Invitation only event Top Prospect Showcase, at the time I remember saying to myself” I hope he can handle the level of competition” Well it didn’t take long at that event for young fella to get the fans on their feet with his nifty ball handling and long range shooting. Young fella was on a team with several top 20 players in his class yet he was the best performer on his team and earned an all star birth over several of the highly rated players( 2 of the players to this day are still fuming lbvs) Young fella then made the trip downstate this past fall to play in the regional event where he scored 9 points in 53 seconds against Ahmad Bynum and Kevin “Boopie” Miller to bring his team to within 1 in the last minute that had fans running around in shock. Now young fella is the leader of a talented Jefferson team that has a chance of making it downstate. the last two days against a couple of tough opponents Jake has made it look easy and effortless. His stroke is one of the very best in the class and he is crafty and smart with the ball in his hands. Look for young again this year at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. The difference is everyone will be saying ” there he is” young fella is now known and Respek has been earned. In the updated rankings young fella will be moving way up. Young fella you doing a great job. Jrhoopselite can’t keep saying asking” is this a fluke?” We have to say “Put Some Respek On Young Fella Name.

Put Some Respek On My Name!!!!!

Jake Dimovski
Jake Dimovski

If you haven’t seen young fella play your missing a treat, here is the small, diminutive guard who just keeps doing the amazing. Well last year Jake came to the city and put on quite a shooting display at the Best Of The Midwest as a 7th grader. We then extended an invite to the Invitation only event Top Prospect Showcase, at the time I remember saying to myself” I hope he can handle the level of competition” Well it didn’t take long at that event for young fella to get the fans on their feet with his nifty ball handling and long range shooting. Young fella was on a team with several top 20 players in his class yet he was the best performer on his team and earned an all star birth over several of the highly rated players( 2 of the players to this day are still fuming lbvs) Young fella then made the trip downstate this past fall to play in the regional event where he scored 9 points in 53 seconds against Ahmad Bynum and Kevin “Boopie” Miller to bring his team to within 1 in the last minute that had fans running around in shock. Now young fella is the leader of a talented Jefferson team that has a chance of making it downstate. the last two days against a couple of tough opponents Jake has made it look easy and effortless. His stroke is one of the very best in the class and he is crafty and smart with the ball in his hands. Look for young again this year at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. The difference is everyone will be saying ” there he is” young fella is now known and Respek has been earned. In the updated rankings young fella will be moving way up. Young fella you doing a great job. Jrhoopselite can’t keep saying asking” is this a fluke?” We have to say “Put Some Respek On Young Fella Name.

    Hot Players Players on the Scene

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Jaydan Dillard

Jaydan Dillard 2021- Here is a player that has been tearing it up all season, he forms half of the dynamic duo along with Ishmael Habib that has to be in the conversation as best back-court in the city. Jaydan is a player, he has an explosive first step that leaves defenders in the dust, he is a lock-down defender and has the size to help out on the boards. Young Fella has flown way under the radar for far to long, having not played AAU basketball last year and playing at a school on the north side of the city, many have not noticed. But I have,  “SHAWTY GOT GAME!!!!” Earlier this year young fella was destroying people at the Ronnie Fields Tourney, he followed that up with a great showing at the Best of The Midwest, where he and his buddy where making quite the statement and putting there names in the hat as best back-court. Jayden will definitely be in the next updated rankings and has earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. Let it be known now, the secret is out Jaydan Dillard is a force. JrhoopsElite look forward to seeing he and his teammates at the ” Battle Of The Titans” Jan 14/15 where the elite teams will be in competition.

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Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett 2023- Here he comes, there is an ultra athletic guard that’s just ooooozing!!! with potential. Jeremy this past weekend played against several of the elite pgs in his class and let me tell ya what, he left making a statement at no time did young fella look out of place.  While others have been in the gym playing year around, you fella is a two sport star which makes him an even more intriguing prospect with tons of upside. Jeremy has some natural gifts that you can not teach, his speed and quick change of direction are of the elite athlete status. Jrhoopselite will definitely be in the gym to catch young fella more this season and he is definitely a prospect who will be included in our updated rankings. There were several moves made this weekend that had the fans on their feet players in the stands screaming as he made several defenders shift and loose their balance. The invitation only Top Prospect Showcase will be Feb 25th. we hope to see Jeremy compete against many of the elite players in his class, this is a kid who many will know about very soon.

  

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Devin Miles

Devin Miles 2021- Young fella has quietly emerged leading his team to an undefeated season so far. Devin is a player who was a football player first who played basketball as a second sport. Well if this is his second sport people are in trouble because young fella is excelling. Devin takes pride on both ends of the floor and is a treat to watch. Will he be able to lead his team to a state championship is the question we will be waiting to see here at Jrhoopselite.

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Billy Muldrow

Billy Muldrow 2021- Here is a player that every coach would want on their team no doubt about it. He is a kid who can play 4 positions at the middle school level and has the frame that allows for an easy transition to the next level. Billy is a player who can get you a bucket when needed, he is a player who can guard the opposing teams best player, he is a player who sacrifices for the betterment of the team, yet a player who has come up  clutch in crucial big game situations. I’ve personally watched young fella knock down a clutch deep 3, then use a wrap around dribble and quick bounce pass to his teammate for a bucket, follow that up with a steal and a bucket all in span of a minute to put his team up after his opposing team had cut the lead to 3. Young fella is a player that seems to be getting better and better and a player who will make his debut in the JrhoopsElite player rankings  in the next update and also a player who has earned an invite to the invite only Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 25th where many of the Top players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

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Jebaree Bass

Jabaree Bass 2021- Talk about a tough gritty in your face guard who is ready to emerge, look no further than 1 of the unknown duo, he and his buddy Terrell, are 2 pgs who are making waves, If you like the in your face defense and constant attacking of the dribble on offense from start to finish look no further, young fella is ready to make his claim as one of the better point guards in the city. Be on the look out for Jabaree as he and Terrell will make their way into the updated rankings also look for young fella too be making headlines and to be in future articles as Jrhoopselite looks forward to monitoring young fella progress.

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Tre Vion Gordon

Tre Vion Gordon 2021- My oh my, sometimes I can see a kid and say ” in two years people will be in trouble!!!” that’s because I’m looking at a kid whose upside shows great potential, well Tre Vion definitely fits the mold. I’m talking about a kid who has improved so much over the last several months. Young fella has something that many don’t have and thats his athleticism and burst., he is quick off the dribble with an explosive first step. You add to that he can shoot it with range, he is blocking peoples shoots of the glass on run downs and he is steadily improving with his handle, that the coach allowed him to bring it down and run the point in an intense game. While others are topping off Tre Vion is hitting his stride. Look for Tre Vion in the updated rankings, Tre Vion is also a kid who will get better and better the more he plays against high level talent. Tre Vion earned an invite to the invitation only Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th with his stellar play this weekend.

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Conor Sukel

Conor Sukel 2022- Young fella has game no way around it, When you first look at young fella you say he is technically sound in all areas, then you say wait wait wait!!! this kid here is way more technically sound he is a player who has every skill, he can shoot it, he can run the pg, he can play in the post, he can play on the wing, just put him on the floor and he does whatever needed. young fella knows how to be the go to player and he knows how to be a supporting player. If there is kid in the class that can play any role it’s Conor. young fella has been suberb this year and definitely has positioned himself to be a top 10 player in the class when the updated rankings are released.

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Isaiah Giles

Isaiah Giles 2023- Part of a dynamic duo over at powerhouse Beasley. Isaiah is a floor general that is emerging as one of the elite in his class, this past weekend he and his back-court mate help lead his team to team to victory over powerhouse Ariel Academy 5/6 in what has become one of the most heated rivalries in the state. Giles is a very intriguing prospect and we look forward to covering and monitoring young fella for the next several years, we hope to see young fella compete against the best in his class Feb 25th at the Top Prospect Showcase. young fella was at the all guard combine with prospect 2 years his superior looking quite the prospect.

Kros Barrett

Kros Barrett 2023- Part of a dynamic duo that’s trying to stake their claim as the best school 2023 back-court. Kros has been playing up this season some on the 7th grade level and more than holding his own. i’ve wtched young fella personally put in a couple of double digit efforts, well it has paid is dividends cause young fella helped guide his 5/6 grade team to a victory over the rival and powerhouse Ariel Storm. Young fella is craft with the ball in his hands and a leader on the floor. Jrhoopselite will be in the house the next super match between the 2 city elite 5/6 grade programs and look forward to watching young fella this rest of the school season.

                                                                  Champions of the Winter Classic@ Michelle Clark

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Champions

                                                                           Champions of the Winter Classic @ DeLasalle

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Aspire 8th

                                                                        Champions Of Fenwick Holiday Classic

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Julian 8th

 

                                                          Team Of The Month

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North Ridge(Danville, Illinois) This group has been quite impressive this year they are currently 15-0 and just have been too much for opponents. They are led by the Big 3. “Big Boy, Devo and Tevo” known to some. Yep thats Nathaniel Hoskins, Devin Miles and Tevin Smith all of which have been giving teams 20 plus on a regular. Tevin is the do it all combo guard who is rated as one of the top players in the Midwest, Nathaniel is the underrated do it all smooth combo guard who has shown he can let it go from long range, handle and dish in transition and shown he too is an elite player in the class, Devin Miles the two sport star whose competitive spirit is second too none and who has basically willed himself into being one of the better players at his position(All of Which we look forward to seeing at the Invitation only Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 25th). Add to that the solid contributions of Keyshon Hampton  who is an energizer and relentless all over the court and Ahmad Davis who defends multiple positions and contributes on both ends, and you have a nucleus of a team that is on a mission, so far this season North Ridge has more than doubled its opponents in scoring, after 12 games the tally was like 900 to opponents 320, add to that a victory by 60 and 45 and you get the picture this team has been dominant. JrhoopsElite was in the house at Urbana last month when they took on their rival in what many anticipated would be a very close game. Nope !!!North Ridge won going away. The rematch will be next Tuesday, Deshun Sanders, Jermale Young and crew are eagerly awaiting. The game will be held at the community college because fans from Danville, Urbana and Champaign will crowd the place as the heavy hitter square off. We look forward to monitoring North Ridge as they are currently ranked number 1 in our Power 10 rankings.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

12/7

                                                                                                   Hot Prospect Alert !!!

Armani Williams

Armani Williams 2021- This sweet stroking, smooth wing looks like he is definitely going to be moving up in the next updated rankings and a prospect who will definitely have me visiting the south suburbs in the very near future. Armani has an understanding that makes him look like he is really playing hard, it’s because he can see a play happen before it happens. this past weekend young fella showed a lot by doing a little, he kept it simple, made the right play and let it go from long range. Young fella moved up 20 slots and could very well move up another 20 in the next update. It appears that Armani has top 30 talent and potential it will be interesting to see how he evolves. JrhoopsElite will definitely be monitoring young fella and his progress.

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Lashun Glover

Lashun Glover 2021- I do not know if I’ve seen a kid improve as much as young fella in 5 months as anyone in the class, young fella is as fast as anyone getting from end to end with the ball in his hands, add to that he drives to the basket with some of the craftiest, most unorthodox and entertaining finishes I’ve seen in a long time. Lashun can be a little out of control at times, but his energy is something a coach would rather have than not any day of the week. You can tell that young fella wants it he is a fierce competitor that appears to be working on his game, young fella recently showed his stroke is coming along knocking down 3 after 3 in clutch situations the last 2 games and going 3 for 3 this past weekend in a a super tight intense game where every point was needed. Young fella moved up 20 slots in the updated rankings and if I know him he is still thirsty and awaiting to see all the names listed in front of him. right now Mr. Lashun Glover you are a red hot prospect.

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Kendall Brasfield

Kendall Brasfield- 2021 young fella has patiently waited his time, playing for a powerhouse Beasley Bees is not easy there is constant pressure to perform and constant games where the gyms are packed and people are waiting for your downfall. Well Kendall playing the shooting guard spot has handled things rather well in the beginning of the season. having witnessed young fella knock down the biggest pressure shot of the season. With his team trailing by 2 with less than a minute against Kenwood(Best of The Midwest final 4 game) everyone in the gym was waiting for Kenton Wright to get his hands on the ball, instead young fella showed the courage to take the last shot, he set his feet and let go a that was like a scene from a movie, swish, game set and match. Yep young fella had shown he was ready for the moment. Great job Kendall!!!you deserve it and JrhoopsElite looks forward to monitoring your progress and young fella has made his debut in the updated rankings. How far he climbs as time goes on will be interesting.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

11/18

                                                  JrHoopsElite School Of The Month

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Aspire Charter Academy

Aspire is a Charter School from Gary, Indiana in which it’s basketball program is starting to make a lot of noise around the Midwest. Aspire is coached by the young energetic ” we will play anyone anytime!!!” Deon Tolliver who has accomplishment after accomplishment in Middle School and High School basketball in the state of Illinois and Indiana and the ever so supporting principals  Dr. Sophia Hughes and Dr. Rasheeda Green whom do anything and everything they possibly can do to support her kids and insure they have as many opportunities as possible. This tandem appears to be a match made in heaven for Aspire as they have brought N.W. Indiana a lot of attention over the past several weeks basically destroying there competition on the court. My phone has had costant text and phone calls asking me for info. Last week the team went 3-1 at the Best of The Midwest Classic losing in the semi final against 2 year champ Beasley Academic Center by 2 in a game they appeared to have under control for most of the game. This weekend they avenged that lost and won a Championship rather easily. This team is loaded with talent and very well rounded, Coach Tolliver has a team that can play multiple styles and defends with the best of them. They are led by the ultra athletic John Lytle who will put it down on your head if your not careful, he is ultra athletic and quick off his feet, the dynamic super handles, long range bomb shooting point guard Quimari Peterson, the silky, smooth, versatile wing Deshon Burnett and the do everything energetic Billy Muldrew all of which have had an impact in leading Aspire to being named the school of the Month and all have earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 25th where many of the top players from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri will be in attendance. Aspire will open as the #1 team in our Super School rankings being released this Nov. 20th barring any kid of upset this coming week. The rankings include teams from the Chicago-land Area, N.W.I and State of Illinois. Things are looking good for Aspire… KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB!!!!! and Jrhoopselite looks forward to watching this team through-out the basketball season and looks forward to monitoring the prospects on their team.

                                                             Mid Nov. Stock Risers

John Lytle

John Lytle-2021-Talk about a kid exploding on the scene, young fella has been seen taking breakaways and tomahawking in a game, he has also been slashing his way to the whole rising above a defenders and finsihing  at will. John Lytle is quickly making a name for himself throughout the Midwest. Hailing from Gary, Indiana young fella has competed against some of the elite players in his class on both sides of the border and he doesn’t mine mixing it up. A tenacious rebounder who is a force inside is now taking his defender off the dribble and causing plenty of havoc. John has earned an invitation to the invitation only  Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. where many of the elite players in the Midwest will be in attendance, John Lytle stock is definitely on the rise.

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Ishmael Habib

Ishmael Habib 2021- young fella is on a mission, having had trouble with his knees due to a growth spurt Ishmael was unable to play like himself for several months during the summer, well he is back to rare form and has been destroying the competition over the last month. young fella will definitely be making his way back up in the updated rankings being released next week. Look for Ishmael to be present at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th. were many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance. Young fella Stock is definitely soaring right now how high is something only he knows.

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Nicholas Owens

Nicholas Owens 2021- Talk about a prospect who has been constantly improving look no further. The long wiry wing had heads turning and my phone ringing after the ” Best Of The Midwest” tourney. Nicholas upside is higher than most because of his natural gifts and his long frame, young fella will make his way into the rankings being released next week and JrhoopsElite will be closely monitoring young fella this season as we expect for him only get better and better. Nicholas was the star of the day on the opening day of the tournament and his stock is definitely on the rise.

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Kameron Kraft

Kameron Kraft 2022- Young fella has been playing extremely well over the past several months and Jrhoopselite has definitely taken notice, this gym rat is a long wiry wing who shoots lights out, can rebound and is now showing the ability to score off the dribble. Regardless of class young fella has been one of the hottest players on the circuit. look for Kameron to move up even further in next weeks updated rankings. Kameron has also earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 25th were many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

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Ti’Ree Ferrell

Ti’Ree Ferrell 2021- Unkown and will be no longer, this athletic wing has the goods, playingh in the Best Of Midwest Fall League. young fella matched up against the some of the top players in his class at his position and he more than held his own. Ti’Ree is at his best when he is attacking the basket, his length and foot speed allow him to be able to guard 4 positions. We look forward to seeing more of Ti’Ree in the coming weeks, he is another prospect who will be added in the rankings next week as we find the class is getting deeper with qaulity players.

James Hayes Jr.
James Hayes Jr.

James Hayes Jr. 2021- This combo guard is a handful, he is strong as a bull and has the ability to get to the rim at will, but he also has the skill and poise to play point. When you first look at young fella you say no way does he handle the ball like that, but as you watch him you say “uh oh!!!!” here is one of the kids that people will be saying where did he come from in a few years. He is a kid who you will be reading about in high school. Let me break out a secret” northwest suburbs have some hoopers” Look for James to make his way up in the updated rankings being released next week. Also look for James to be at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 25th and he is on a mission to show he belongs in conversation with the elite in his class.

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Mason Jones

Mason Jones 2021- Young fella made his debut on the scene this past weekend and more than held his own in a pressure environment. Having not played ball this past season on the AAU circuit many have not had the chance to see the combo guard in action. Mason showed he has a nice touch from distance and showed the ability to get to his spots and raise for the mid range jump shot. JrhoopsElite looks forward to monitoring young fella’s progress in the near future, here again appears to be a prospect that has flown a little under the radar and a kid we see as having the potential to play with many of the elite in his class. Mason Jones is a prospect whose stock is definitely on the rise.

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Christian Henry

Christian Henry 2021- He is Back, Yes Indeed!!!! After playing a little uninspired and possibly just tired in a long AAU season, Christian has been a man on a mission these past 2 months proving that he is one of the elite pgs in his class. He is masterful sometimes at understanding the game situation and controlling the tempo. Having grown at least 4 inches over the past several months it’s seems his confidence level has grown with it. Christian led his team to several big time victories at the Best of Midwest Fall League in which 63 of the Top 100 rated players in his class were in attendance earning all league honors, young fella stock has skyrocketed and he will definitely along with teammate Willie Bradley Jr, be making the biggest movements up when the updated rankings are released next week.

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Charles Winters Jr.

Charles Winters Jr. 2021- This 6 “3 plus developing post player is an intriguing prospect who gets better and better every time he steps on the floor. Young fella has great motor skills and a soft touch around the rim, he is another kid who will be 10x as good in two years and people will be saying he was a sleeper or where did he come from? JrhoopsElite will be closely monitoring young fella progress and he will be making his debut in the updated rankings being released Nov. 18th. Young fella also has earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 25th where many of the top prospects in the Midwest will be on hand. All I can say is you better take advantage of young fella right now while he is raw because down the line Charles Jr. could be a big problem.

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Jamarion Stubbs

Jamarion Stubbs 2022- here is a prospect who features a lot of talent with the ball in his hands while this class appears to heavy at the pg slot, add another name to the list of players with game. this past week while watching young fella he was getting in lane at will and blowing by defenders as if they were standing still. Another prospect who hails from the Northwest suburb of Elgin is definitely a prospect to keep an eye out for. We look forward to seeing young fella in the near future. With his superb play last weekend young fella earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase in Feb. where many of the elite players will be in attendance. Young fella stock is definitely on the rise and he will definitely make his debut in the class ranking next week

Observations

Tyreon Hardin
Tyreon Hardin

Tyreon Hardin 2019– Has been a standout in the summer and fall leagues for Bogan. Coach Goody has him another in the line of guard prospects. Young fella has the vision, court awareness and ability. Look for him to be one of the elite guards in the city in a few years. He is definitely a player in class who will make some noise. Class of 2019 has the most talent of any class in high school. Bogan has brought in a nice group Keyvon Mayers, Jeremiah Washington and Marcus Schaeffer are also included in that loaded bunch. Look for Bogan to be good for a while.

Willie Bradley Jr
Willie Bradley Jr.

Willie Bradley Jr. 2021- Can somebody say buckets, this young fella is a scoring machine he lights it up no matter the opponent or the grade level. Young Willie is scoring at will at the South Suburban fall league and has been torching the net the past few weeks at various camps and open gyms. This kid has a sweet stroke from the outside, his 3pt shot is pretty pure and he has a handle that gets him where ever he wants to go. Willie was a standout last year at the  Best of the Midwest fall league along with Kejuan Clements, Khalil Whitney, Kevin “boopie” Miller, Perry Cowan, LJ, Ideary Mooney, Arhon Ulis, Nick Owens and Norvell Meadows to name a few and he will be back and is one of the  front runners to be the leading scorer this year.

Christian Henry
Christian Henry

Christian Henry- 2021- The savvy point guard is starting to grow into his body, he has a great feel for the game and nice court awareness. He is a team first kid who usually makes the right decision. I look forward to watching young fella play this school year at Vanderpoole for Coach Jones as they will be one of the most talented teams in the city and will be one of the favorites at the Best of the Midwest Grammar School Tournament. November 6-8th.

PJ Edwards
PJ Edwards

PJ Edwards 2020- This big point guard has  been playing well over the past month, He was one of the top players at John Lucas earning a national invite, He followed that up with a good showing at Buckeye Prep and then just received his national invite to future Phenom  150 camp next August after stellar play this past weekend. PJ has been in the Chicagoland Area competing against the best all year. Living in Springfield the people up north do not see him as much. But his mother makes sure he comes up to every event possible and competes against the Midwest best talent. This is the same young fella that carried his team in the state championship game to the win while one of his main players Tyriele Hunt was sick. PJ is always mentioned as one of the states best guards. He plays both ends of the floor and is constantly working on his game. Everyone can see PJ at the Best of the Midwest Nov. 6th – 8th as young fella bringing his team up here to once again prove he is up to the challenge.

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Rashawn Bost

Rashawn Bost 2022- Talk about a young kid with a handle and vision look no further. This young man plays with a flare and has the poise to handle pressure. Rashawn has learned from watching his older brother Ryan who is one of the top players in the 2019 class. Look for Rashawn to show he too is worthy of being mentioned with the best players in his own class, he can handle, shoot and pass. I look forward to watching more of Rashawn as he and Markwon Adams have caught my eye as two very good play makers in the class of 2022 to keep my eye on this fall as I will be starting to evaluate that class.

Miles Baker
Miles Baker

Miles Baker- 2019- Some kids are good early, some take their time and put in the work and progress. Well Mr. Baker is getting better day by day. While watching Miles at the Team Rose and Whitney Young Fall leagues I have been quite impressed with his progression. It looks like Tyrone Slaughter underclassman has a bright future. Miles shows ability to produce on the floor right now and more importantly he shows the ability to pick up on things and get better, he is an emerging player in the class who 2 years from now will be that much better.

                           TOP FRESHMEN INCOMING CLASSES

 

KEJUAN CLEMENTS
KEJUAN CLEMENTS

SimeonKejuan Clements– One of the most electrifying talents the city has seen in a while coming out of grammar school, Deion Jackson- a student of the game who is a very hard worker, Deandre Vortes– a Speedy guard who attacks the rim, Jordan Myrick another attacking guard who is very difficult to keep from getting to the basket and Joshua Stamps the tallest player in the freshmen class who also has a good upside and can play multiple positions.

Tyeon Neal
Tyeon Neal

St. Mel- Tyeon Neal-rimt 7 Big Fella with a nice touch and potential off the charts, Tyriel Nielson a scoring guard, Jason Mason the long armed versatile do every player(whom I missed seeing last year, shame on me)Kameron Leonard the long arm versatile big/ wing who can also play multiple positions  Tim Irvin Jr. the solid pass first pg who playshard, gives effort and looks to be just what’s needed to keep all this talent happy. Coach Tim not only got talent he got a nice blend and these kids have a chance to be the best class in 4years when it’s all said and done.

Lance Jones
Lance Jones

Evanston- Lance Jones best scorer in class right now range on the shot makes it easier for him to get to the rim, Ryan Bost a warrior guard who does whatever needed,  Jaheim Holden a scoring guard with a handle second to none, Glenn Rubio a big bruiser who has the tools inside right now.

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Bogan- Tyreon Hardin a future all city guard, Jeremiah Washington  a nice pg who picks up on defense and slashes to the basket, Keyvon Mayers- a big body who is getting better day by day, Marcus Shaeffers-  a skilled big wing who will get better by playing against the older kids in practice.

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St Viator- Jeremiah Hernandez a big guard/ wing who does a little on everything and still growing, Ryan Verhulst a lights out shooter who stretches the defense and has good size to guard the wing position, Will Riley post player and J.R. Cison the point guard from the north suburbs who will have everyone talking about his game and the St. Viator program in the next couple of years.

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Marquise Walker

St. Joseph- Marquise Walker the ball handling and pin point passing ability make him a special talent from day one, Malik Anderson a  knock down shooter who will open up driving lanes and spacing for the post players, Desaun Ratclif a do everything wing, who has lock down capabilities, he is an athlete who will be playing above the rim, E’lisha Basnight a tenacious do everything team player that a coach would love to have on his side.

Others include.

 Kenwood, Bolingbrook, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, Morgan Park to name a few.

 

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

 9/28

                      

Over the next week there are several topics that will be included in a series, where players will be put in the spot- lite for a specific skill or talent that they possess on the floor.          

                                                               I SEE YOU COMING !!!!!!!

Raymond Berry
Raymond Berry

Raymond Berry- 202o– This kid is big standing close to 6/5, most people don’t understand it takes bigs a little longer to catch up with guards in learning the game, sometimes their bodies have to catch up. Raymond is a kid with his size has an absolute advantage that I see him excelling better and better each year.

Collin Woods
Collin Woods

Collin Woods- 2020– Is a multi-talented kid who in another  a couple years people will be asking where did he come from ? Collin has a nice skill set, once he realizes and focuses on giving his all and playing with high energy and confidence his game will sky-rocket. I see him being 5x better in a year or two and he is already good, so watch-out. The seeds are being planted right now for the blossoming down the road.

Jakob Medina

 Jakob Medina-2019 – One of the more under heralded players in the class of 2019. This kid has done nothing but get better, Jakob is an absolute gym rat. He is in the gym as much as any kid in his class, spending as much as 10-12 hours a day. If you want a hard worker who wants to get better look no further. I see ya coming young fella. St. Patrick got an excellent kid who people will be asking WHO IS THAT? In the near future.

Marcus Skeete

Marcus Skeete2020- Everyone getting ready!!!! Marcus just recently moved here from the state of Missouri, young fella has fit in quite nicely showing his talents. As Marcus plays more and more against the high caliber talent I believe he will do nothing but get better. He has shown the combination of strength and skill> We look forward to seeing Marcus more as we believe he is one of the better prospects in his class.

DeMarion Cobb

DeMarion Cobb2021– A kid who his ability to do many things on the floor. While at showcase everyone was trying to score and showcase individual skills, # coaches asked me Who is that Kid and what team does he play for? after watching the film again I noticed that DeMarion took advantage of his opportunity to score, while contributing in all other areas of the game. Good job young fell I see ya, Now if you get a little more aggressive I think you will be even more of an impact.

Marquise Walker

Marquise Walker- 2019- Coming off a year in Kentucky and playing High School Basketball, Marquise has returned home and will enroll at St. Joseph High School. Marquise has been known throughout the nation for more than a decade. He makes his debut as Jrhoopselite # 4 prospect in the 2019 class. We look forward to covering Marquise as he looks to prove he is one of the elite players here in his home state. Marquise has displayed he is ready to contribute for the defending State Champs the day the season starts.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

7/4

 

 


 

             WHAT WAS CONFIRMED THE WEEKEND OF 5/30 Pt. 2

Jeremiah Oden
Jeremiah Oden
  1. Jeremiah Oden – Mac Irvin Fire is one prospect to keep an eye on. Young fella is a kid who is developing now, but in a few years you will be saying where did he come from? Remember you heard it here. He has an excellent basketball frame with a nice skill set. He is also very young for his class and wants to get better. The upside and ceiling is very high for Jeremiah. He is definitely a prospect Jr.Hoopselite look forward to watching grow. St Rita look out!!!!

    Tevin Smith
    Tevin Smith
  2. Tevin Smith 12U- The kid is multi-talented, he is one of the kids who passes the eye test, then shows his talent on the floor. He will be in attendance at the Top Prospect Showcase June 13th. I look forward to keeping an eye on young fella because he definitely has skills and looks to be one of the elite prospects in his class. We shall see.

    Mac Irvin
    Mac Irvin
  3. Mac Irvin 13U- Won this weekend without two of their key players, Coach Teri Sampson is a coach who believes in teaching and wants to prepare his kids for future endeavors. His results are to be shown down the line and not always with immediate gratification.

    Jonathan Robinson
    Jonathan Robinson
  4. Jonathan Robinson 13U-Memorial Park- is constantly getting better and it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows about him on the circuit. Jonathan was scheduled to be at Top Prospect Showcase, but had a prior engagement that he cannot break. He will definitely be at showcase in the fall.

    Wisconsin Elite
    Wisconsin Elite
  5. Wisconsin Elite 12U- Coming off a strong performance and winning the Milwaukee BATTLE OF THE RINGS, there key players Tyrese Hunter, Jameer Barker, Demarion Cobb, and Kamari Mcgee are all coming down to Top Prospect Showcase to play with areas best before heading to Nationals.

    Team Prodigy
    TEAM Prodigy 13U
  6. TEAM Prodigy 13U- The team proved they are one of area best beating another areas best IMVP in the championship at Toi Baylor this weekend. Coach Mike Powell, Asst. James Shelton and Ms Foster have the kids playing at a high level. They have been in the Championship game in their last four tournaments.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

6/3


WHAT WAS CONFIRMED THE WEEKEND OF 5/30 PT. 1

GameTime
  1. Illinois 12U class is loaded and on any given night or weekend a team can get beat. Kessel Heat beat Gametime by 20 plus but lost to Meanstreets by 20 plus, Train to Ball beat Kessel by 20 plus, then lost to Gametime, Meanstreets lost to Gametime by 20, then lost to This 12U will be interesting to follow as All in Athletics, Outlaws, Aurora Lightning, Hoop Ave and Illinois Truth among others are all talented.

    Blake
    Blake Peters
  2. Blake Peters 12U- Hoop Avenue is a warrior and ultra-competitor. Young fella plays as hard as anyone and has talent. This young fella is definitely on Jrhoopselite Radar.
    Jack Baldridge
    Jack Baldridge
    Luke Scheffers
    Alijah Nelson
    Elliot Sieger
    Elliot Sieger

    Micah Schnyders
  3. 2020-13U Who is the best shooter? I mean these young men can flat out shoot the ball. Jack Baldridge, Alijah Nelson, Luke Scheffers, Micah Schnyders and Elliot Sieger are all capable of knocking it down from deep. If I need a big 3 in a clutch situation give me either they are all good. Text Me who you would want to shoot the game winning 3 point shot of theses young men. Results may be posted at later date.

    Carlos Johnson
    Carlos Johnson
  4. Carlos Johnson 13U- Mac Irvin Fire- Is an absolute talent. He is 6/4 who can dribble coast to coast in traffic, shoot the 3, post you up,  protect the rim and all without saying a word. Coach Teri Sampson has a kid with a great attitude and a monster game. Could he be the number 1 player in 2020 class rankings? stay tuned

    Markwan Adams
    Markwan Adams
  5. Markwan Adams 12U- Young fella has game., he is only 10 years old and he played up in the 12U age bracket this weekend, What’s so surprising is young fella was not only one of the better players in the toughest age brackets. He played point guard and was the most poised player and understood game situations. Young fella will definitely be invited to top prospect showcase for 2022 class in fall. I’m tempted to give him an invite to Showcase June 13th. I really believe he can hold his own. GREAT JOB YOUNG FELLA!!!!

MORE TOMORROW

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Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

6/1

News & Notes

Top 15 Pgs 2026  You Pick What Ya Like

This class has several quality guards, depending on the coach’s style you can pick “ YOUR GUY”. 

 

Jordan Walker- Young Fella is a scoring pg who can play off the ball at times, as he has Trey Young range from outside and is one of the more reliable  3 point shooters at his position. Jordan is crafty with the handle and can get to his spots.  He needs to pick it up a little more defensive intensity, but he is in the new wave of pgs, he puts the ball in the hole. If you need a big shot young fella is more than willing and capable, he’s definitely not afraid of any moment, Young fella has that ” Killer Instinct”. You have to have a mentality that you will succeed everytime even if you won’t and young fella has it. I call this young man ” Mamba Mentality” because you cant tell him next one not going in.

Tony Bradford- A smooth guard I call the ” Show Stopper!!”  he a pg that  can break a defense down and score in the lane over bigger defenders, he can make plays and create for others and he is has been proven to put on a show in games putting up numbers and putting his team on his back. Young Fella has 25ft 3pt range and has been carving up opponents for awhile. Here is another Central Illinois player that you will be hearing about and asking where did he come from. Yep well we been trying to tell everyone, he has a knack for putting people in the bucket and a kid we call ” SHOW STOPPER”  because he will be having people asking who is that after his game. Another kid we would like to see put a little more effort on D, but they are young.

Morgan Travis- Here is a strong guard who has a knack and flare for making a pass or seeing things before they happen he is the “Quarterback On The Floor” . Young Fella specializes in controlling the pace of the game and getting others involved, he is the kid who would rather make the nice pass as opposed to scoring the ball. Young Fella can finish in traffic with the best of them  as he has a strong upper body and his pull-up jump-shot is above average. As young fella’s long-range shooting and competitive edge improves he has the talent to be one of the best in his class!!! when focused and playing with chip on his shoulders people are in trouble.  I call young fella ” THE QUARTERBACK” 

Amare Pryor- When you need a guard who is capable of getting where he wants on the floor and getting you a bucket. Amare ranks right up there with the best in the class. Young Fella is capable of going on 20pt scoring binges with ease young fella is a Bucket Getter!!, Having been on the scene for a minute, young fella is showing prowess and upside, as he is starting to stretch out as his arms and legs are getting long.  A kid who lives for the moment and has always competed well a kid who has always been able to get his own, as he shows a little more of the ability to make his teammates better he will be a handful and people will be in trouble. If you need a kid capable of putting a team on his back and scoring in bunches here is one. I call young fella ” “Mr Bucket Getter”

Latrell Kelly – Here is the ultimate leader, the kid who makes everyone around him better, the young man is vocal on the court, the kid who says “I Got Him On D” yes sirrr!! young fella has emerged as the best vocal leader in the class, the kid who stays in the gym working on his craft, the kid who is not afraid of taking the big shot, the kid who is not afraid to let his teammates know what needs to be done to get the win, Not everyone id tough-minded and lets his teammates know what needs to be done. But the I call the  “Ultimate Leader” on young fella chest because that’s what he is. As he cuts down on making the flamboyant plays he will be that much more proficient. I call young fella ” The Leader!!” Because in this class he is the one..

Rykan Woo – This kid here is one of the more polished at the position and his understanding and ability to knock shots down a high rate makes his have the ability to play off the ball and make basketball plays from anywhere on the floor. Young Fella has taken average players and made his teams win, he has lifted teams that had no business being in games to wins. This kid here is the Ultimate “Do Whatever Asked Of Him”  he fits any style. He can play fast, he can play half-court, he can defend with best at position, he can play zone, he makes all the right plays all while not taking away from others. He Is The Number 1 Kid at Position That can Play With Anyone In Class!!  Many kids needs systems, plays called for them, play with certain people, have the ball in their hands, etc. Not young fella he is that kid who you want on your team no matter who you have. As he trust himself at all times people be even more keen on his abilities.  He is the Kid I call ” THE PERFECT FIT ”  

Rajaun Roberts – Maaaaaan Please!!  When I see this young fella on his A Game!! he makes me want to scream ” He Got Game!! Young Fella has all the tools, he can beta you off the dribble at any moment, he can make plays for others and he is top 3 defensively at his position. Here is a kid with next level talent a kid who people seeing him will say Sheeesh!! I don’t see many kids in the class with the ceiling as young fella. I would say when young fella understands a little how to play without the ball in his hands he will be better player, But if you looking for a playmaker, young fella I would call  ” One Of Them Dudes!!” Because He has Game Second To None In His Class.

Jah-Mir Brown- Young Fella is one of fiercest pgs in the class if not the fiercest. Here is a kid who has hit ultimate competitor status. Young Fella is starting to play with and edge, he plays both ends of the floor 94ft. He finishes in traffic and he is probably the best on ball defender in class. Capable of scoring when he wants, but the kid is the one o the court not playing for stats, but playing to win the game. Jah-Mir is the ultimate ” Yes Coach I Gotcha” He does what’s necessary to win. I would say when his long range game expands he will be that much more dangerous. Here is a kid I call ” A Coaches Prize!”  Young fella will be the kid to run through a wall for ya.

BJ Powell- Yes Indeed here is one of the more prolific scoring pgs in the class, young fella is capable of putting up 30 easy. He has one of the best long-range games in the class as on a regular he is 5 for 7, 6 for 8 from deep, he has a mid range game thats just as dangerous and finishes in traffic with herky- jerky moves that keep his defender off balance. Young Fella is one of the more dangerous players in the class, because he does it so effortless. Young Fella is probably the most “Efficient Scorer In Class” He is new to the State, but man has he came in and within months and established himself as one of the elite in his class. Once he picks up the intensity on the other end of the ball people will be in trouble. Young Fella is a Scorer Supreme !!

Marquise Clark- Young Fella is the ultimate get your teammates involved pg. Here is the guard who lives the paint, he is the one of  the best in the class at getting in the lane  and creating shots for others. ” Big Guard!”  He is the kid who can have 10 assist, 10 rebounds & 10 points on any given night. Young Fella is a big pg  at this stage so he is capable of rebounding and starting the break. Here is the pg you say he has some ” Next Level Stuff In Him” he is a natural at making plays for others and should be able to adjust rather quickly. This is a young man who has led his teams to victory in big games for years he is ” THE MAESTRO” he’s won at all stages. I would say he needs to be a little more vocal and when he trust his outside jump-shot a little more people will be in trouble.

Noah Mister-  Here is a kid whose been playing at a high level for years, young fella has been playing on the stage for a minute, starting as a 6th grader on a City Powerhouse. Here is a kid who knows no pressure, he is capable of hitting the big shot as he just recently hit game winner, he is capable of making the correct pass as he has shown the ability to facilitate and he is kid who can slide over and play off people as he can knock the outside jump-shot. Here is the kid I say ‘ It Doesn’t Faze Me”  because he is use to the pressure. Another kid I think he will be even better once he puts same energy on both ends. But when others may duck and hide, he is a kid who is use to the moment he wont hide from a shot or handling under pressure. So if you are looking for a seasoned player in big game here is the kid I call ” The Seasoned Guard. 

Torrence Tate Jr. – Here is the pg who sets up his teammates, the pg that runs the system. Young Fella is a kid who is breaks the defender down and kicks to corner for the the 3. He is the guard who makes the ” Safe Play” The pg who wont turn  it over in a crucial possession. While young fella is a pass first point guard and a capable leader, he has so much more talent than I think he displays, he is better than even what he thinks. Here is a kid who has exceptional tools. I think people will see young fella at his best, when he learns to take risk. He is to much  talented to be leaving things on the table. Once he realizes he is that good people will be in trouble. Young Fella is what I call ” The Safe Choice!” 

Julius Hamlin Jr. –  Yes indeed here is a kid who has been putting in work, young fella is just that Young Fella!! as he is one of the youngest in his class and almost 2 years younger than some. He is the kid who can make plays with the ball in his hands and make plays off the ball, weather he is driving and dishing or knocking it down from deep. Young Fella shows a High IQ & Upside. as he is Top 5 in class at making pg plays from the wing, while other can only play with ball in their hands he can run off screens and make plays from the wing, don’t be surprised at the leap young fella is capable of making, while others have gotten stagnant or closely reaching peak young fella is gaining momentum. I call Julius ” THE YOUNG GUN!!! because he is young in his class and he ready to explode.

Tyjuan Hunter – Tough, Tough, Tough, just say that because  that is small in stature so many disregard his value, Here is a kid who is Pound 4 Pound One Of The Toughest In Class. He is the kid I call Immediate Impact. On the next level he is the kid who coach plays 30 minutes a game earlier than most because he trust young fella in every aspect of the game. If he ever gets that growth spurt some people are in trouble, this kid will make his mark in the City as one of the better players no doubt, I’m calling it now All Conference- All City Player before its done and people will be saying ” Where Did He Come From?” Nope Young Fella Been A Problem. Young Fella is what I call Immediate Impact, because of his toughness and competitiveness, I expect nothing less.

Marshawn Cocroft-  This is another kid who is lights out from down town a kid who has Unlimited Range. A player who will make a mark at the next level because what he does translates to next level. While others will have a big adjustment period this kid will have an advantage. he doesn’t over penetrate or get himself in trouble a lot, he understands where to go on the floor and if you give him and space he is capable of letting it go. Yes Indeed.  you can definitely see 30pt games in this kid future on next level. Young Fella is a kid we call ” Unlimited Range because he can shoot it from deep. We think people will see the best of him as he understands how to make his teammates better.

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Top 15 Sgs/ Combo’s  Pick Your Guy!!

Mike Oliver Jr. – Here is the kid who shoots lights out, Give young fella any room with a clear look and he is as accurate as they come in the class. He is the kid I call ” Scores In Bunches “Young fella has what we call ” A Burner!!” I’ve witnessed games where young fella was un stoppable scoring at all levels, I’ve witness him hit 8 3’s in a game 5 in a half, this is the kid you can’t help off, the kid that stays locked and ready. Here is the kid whose supreme skill translates to the next level, If you can shoot a coach can always find a spot for you. While I do think he will have to become more of a pg/combo with his size and be able to make players around him better, I know young  fella will figure it out. This is the kid I call ” Scores In Bunches because he can put points on the board as quick as anyone in the class.

Jarrett “JR” Swift- Here is a kid who is a blur in the open court he excels at finishing high at the rim an he lets you know it I call young fella “Mr. Supreme Confidence”, he is as fast an athletic as anyone at the position, young fella is capable of putting points on the board in a hurry and has a competitive spirit where he is always talking to his opponent, don’t let him hit his first shot you maybe in for a long night. Here is a kid who believes he can score on anybody. once he learns to use his physical gifts on the other end he will blossom even further.  This the kid I call “Supreme Confidence!!’

Nas Rankin – This young fella here has emerged as a combo guard that specializes in scoring at the rim, he has a layup package where he use’s either hand and can finish on either side off either foot in traffic like a Kyrie Irving. Yes young fella has been a House hold name around the country playing all  against the elite competition putting up numbers for a couple of years I call young fella ” Embracing The Challenge “, because he has put in the hours in the gym. I’ve witness young fella take over games scoring 10-15 points in a half, I watched young fella lock in on defense and shut down the opposing teams best player all while Embracing whatever comes with it. Some kids don’t want to guard the best player, some kids only play one side of the ball.   While I think he will be even more effective as his outside shot because more consistent  know you fella will work hard and stay in the gym. I call young fella “Embracing The Challenge!!”

Kassidy Nelson – Here is the kid I call ” When The Light Clicks On!!”  while young fella has become a two sport kid and football first, this is a young fella with ‘SOOOOO MUCH UPSIDE!!! while others may not understand, I know this kid here has somethings that will make him surpass many of his classmates if He chooses to, While I’ve stated before ” Top 10 Talent, in the class, it’s just a matter of if this kid wants it as bad as other, He can slash to the rim, he has excellent vision and feel for the game, and I see him being 6/3 at minimum. This is the kid along with Rajuan Roberts(2026) I say ” If I Had Him”  Sometimes circumstances and time are just not right for kids, but make no mistake about it the kid here has game. While i think he needs to play with more confidence and get in the gym and work on long range shooting, this is a kid I call ” When The Light Clicks On!!”

JaMarion Raines –  UHH_OHH ” we have what we call a ” CITY ALERT!!! Young fella is a relentless attacking the rim and has a knockdown jump-shot, he is the kid who many people don’t know about but will be hearing about very soon he the kid I call ” Next One Up” Young fella is a power guard who has the ability to score on anyone, A kid who will step into High School and people will be saying, ” Where he Come From?” There are always kids who are less talked about and emerge as a player on the next level, well look out because this is one of the best guards in the City. Known as ” Bae Bae ” to those in the neighborhood, look for young fella to be a household name. He is a kid who can step in high school and get major varsity minutes right away because of his game and his size at the position. This the kid I call “Next One Up” because he fits the mode of a few hitters before him with the same kid of game from the same neighborhood. While we think he needs to improve his decision making, their aren’t many guards in the class that combine the ” Ability To Shot It & Finish in Traffic” like young fella. ” HE CAN DO BOTH!!”

Justin Oliver – Young Fella is point guard size and could be on pg list, but he has been playing off the ball and putting up numbers, young fella’ is one of the smallest in class, yet he has one of the biggest hearts and plays with a passion. This is the kid I call ” A Matter Of Time” that’s because his parents are pretty tall and he unlik many of his classmates are assured a growth spurt and I see a major growth spurt like the 6-8inch plus spurt and boy when it happens some people will be in trouble because young fella has game. here ia a case where you better take advantage now because he will be getting his last laugh on a lot of people in 4 years. I call young fella ” A Matter Of Time. While I believe young fella will need to get his teammates involved a little more, I believe he is more than capable.

Christian Giles- This young fella here is capable of putting points on the board, but has primarily been doing whatever needed for different teams and not showing all he is capable of. This is the kid I call ” Find The Right Fit ” I’ve witness young fella play on a team and score 15 and be involved in the game, then I’ve watched the kid go be a shelter of himself playing with another team 2 days later. This is a kid I said ” Bring Him Over Here With Me”  because I seen the upside, a kid who has a feel for the game, a kid who has the build for the next level, another kid whose best potential days are ahead of him, a kid who if given the confidence and freedom can explode into his own. While I do believe young fella will need to become more assertive ad confident within himself, I believe he has some tools to work with and thus I call young fella ” Find The Right Fit!!”

Adoni Vassilakas- Here is a two way guard that loves to compete, a kid call ” Tough As Nails!!” weather it’s scoring on offense or locking up on defense young fella goes hard at maximum effort. I’ve watched you fella slash and finish over bigger kids, I watched young fella big up the supposedly opposing teams best players and pressure them. No matter the name on the front of jersey(teams name) or name on back of jersey(players name) young fella “Comes to Play, He Respects None” capable of being effective on both ends young fela is a talent. While I think his shot selection could improve and will I call young fella Tough As Nails because he plays hard.

Jaylen Dickerson – Here is the I call Mr. Intangible-  he is the kid who does everything that doesnt show up on the stat sheet. The key defensive assignment, the key steal, the rebound in traffic where everything is tight and when the game gets gritty. Young Fella has some Marcus Smart in his game and a player a coach will have a hard time taking off the floor, while young fella is capable of putting up 20 I call young fella Mr Intangible because he does the small things to make you win and a coach can always use a player on the floor who brings something to the table that helps you win.

Andre Tyler Jr- Here is a player who oooozes with game, young fella he can shoot it, handle it, pass it and a kid I call ” All The Tools!!” young fella has game, a player capable of being the best player on the floor against anyone. I’ve watched young fella knock em down from deep with ease. I watched a kid hit clutch shots, The talent is there. I’ve also watched him let his emotions get the best of him in crucial situations, once he channels that in people are in trouble. this is the kid I call “All The Tools” because the skill is there. Now it’s just a matter of how serious he is at being the best version of himself.

Jayden Williams – This is one of the kids you see and say ” Prospect Alert!!” A kid who you look at and say he has next level this, next level that, the kid who trainers want to get their hands on to say ” I worked with him” naw buddy he the kid I call ” Natural Maturation” I’ve seen young fella go score 25, I’ve seen young fella score 4, then I here we going to train and I laugh and think to myself, they don’t get it. Young Fella is one of the More skilled players in the Class, he can shoot it, handle it,  has a nice frame, it’s just his mind and maturation that gives him so many high’s and low’s. Different kids mature at different rates and this kid has one of the highest ceilings in the class, sometimes people try to rush evolution. I see a kid who will blossom once his maturation kicks in, While I do think he needs to pick up his competitive spirit, this is the kid I call Natural Maturation because I see it coming.

Zyheir Gardner- Another kid who plays hard and with a chip on his shoulder, young fella is a fierce slasher to the rim and has improved tremendously over the past year. This is the kid I call ” Stay The Course”  because young fella is becoming better at every aspect of his game, a kid who didn’t play with all the so- called high profile teams or players a kid who got it out the mud, making himself a name going up against those teams and players. I’ve watched young fella destroy a couple of his more high profiled classmates and I watched him lead his team. I do think young fella can work on his off and continue to improve his jump-shot, but this is the kid I call Stay The Course because he is right on track.

Alphonso Fincher – Here is a kid Ive watched for years, a kid i use to say get aggressive a kid I use to say shoot that open shot, a kid I use to say handle the ball under pressure. Yes Indeed!!! young fella is the kid I call ” Catch E’m At The End!!” has started to understand and show the game I know he capable of. At time Al would take a backseat, he would would second guess himself and not play with a confidence, well that’s over, young fella is rising and playing with a different kind of “I Belong Swagger” in a class where all these kids don’t have athat much separation young fella is the kid I call Catch E’m At The End. 

Ahmad Lee- Here is another kid who has improved by leaps and bounds a kid who I call Self Belief!! The kid has showed improvement in all area’s on the court, shooting, ball handling and moving without the ball, but what impressed me the most and the thing that has made him better is self believe and confidence. I witness young fella say ‘ I want to play against him” referring to one of the elite guards in the class when everyone else wanted to be on that kids team. I use to see young fella shy away from big moments, now young fella embraces big moments, He wants to take clutch shots, he wants to defend good players, he believes he is as good as anyone on the court or at least he isn’t afraid to fail against best players on the court that’s Huge. I think young fella can and will improve with decision making with ball in his hands but this the kid I call Self Belief because he starting to believe in his abilities.

Travis Marks Jr. Here is a smooth operator guard who plays the sg, but could very well play the pg given circumstances of team  or game. This is the kid I call a Versatile Weapon. Young Fella is the kid who can do a little of everything well, he can make plays for other, he can shoot it, he has the frame that looks like he will grow making him a better prospect in high school  than this level. I’ve watched young fella put in work on several occasions and I think to my self He is good in all phases!! I think young fella will need to improve a little in all phases because he is not great at one, but this is the kid I call  a Versatile Weapon because you can put him at so many spots on the floor where he can be effective.

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Top 25  Travel/ AAU Teams Pound 4 Pound All Inclusive

 

 

  1. Illinois Flight 2027- The group holds on to the poung for pound best for the moment, the gap maybe closing but the still have iot.
  2. Chi-town Bulldogs 2028-  The group has added some pieces and have had a couple of great battles with Meanstreets. Roosevelt is the most dominant player in middle school @ his grade level.
  3. Meanstreet 2028- The group came back and won Mini – Nationals with a vitory over Chi-town Bulldogs avenging a loss the prior day. A couple of close losses will make them better.
  4.  Meanstreets 2029 – Anyone can get on a roll on this team, they are loaded.
  5. Demons 2027- The squad will be in action next weekend against a couple of squads that should give them a challenge, they have been making it lok to easy at times.
  6. Da Future 2028 – This squad is coming and coming quickly, if you havent seen them play. you missing a treat, had Chi-town Bulldogs down 8 with 53 seconds. They have some pieces.
  7. Meanstreets 2026- A couple of tough match ups the next couple of weeks
  8. 94ft- 2029- The group is back and fully loaded and ready for any and everyone. Coach Cooper is always looking for the smoke.
  9. 94ft Premiere 2026- Since the merger the group when all together is tough, they are fresh off George Hill Invitational Championship. The mixture of Bryce & Tate provide steady guard play and Karson & Jayden have been playing well on the wings.
  10. 7/10 2029- Coach Larro got somethings cooking in the pot over there, them youngins hungry and coming.
  11. R2G 2029- The group is hungry rught here and on a mission
  12. Blue Print 2029- The group here is fiesty and play all out, they are on the rise the new additions means the class of 2029 will be fun to watch over the next few years.
  13. Geek Squad 2027- They are oh so close, they are gaining on the two elite teams in the area as they are fiesty and play with big heart.
  14. Illinois Ice Carolina 2026- The group plays together and are well coached, saw them this past weekend @ GNBA and they will surprise many.
  15. Prolific 2030- The group showed grit and heart knocking of a tough Wisconsin Elite this weekend in route to Championship @ Jr. Hoops Elite Mini Nationals
  16. DreamChasers 2026- With the new assembly of players the group has a taken aleap forward. They look to make noise in Under Amour Championship later this month.
  17. Mac Irvin Fire 2026- After several defections and several new additions, we will see how they shape up this weekend, they are always capable.
  18. Aquafina 2026- This group here has a starting 5 that can play with anyone, they have 3 of the top finishers at the rim and they are active and tough, They are
  19. Blue Print 2030- The talent is stacking up all over the program, this group could be Special.
  20. Meanstreet Select 2027- The group is has been playing together for awhile, the name switch will get some, but the talent and cohesiveness is still there.
  21. Powerhouse 2027- This group has a collection of outside shooters, that when they are on they can beat anyone, a few narrow defeats or this group would be up several spots.
  22. Midwest Thunder 2028- A tough little group, who getting better and better.
  23. DreamChasers 2028- The team is rounding back into form and appear to be on upward swing.
  24. Team More 2026- The group has improved by laps and bounds since the start of Spring and when they have their full compliment of players they are a different team.
  25. All In 2026-  When they are locked in & Shots falling, they are a tough out.

 

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Top 25  Travel/ AAU Teams Pound 4 Pound All Inclusive Winter. 

 

 

  1. Demon 2027- The group is just the strongest around playing right now. The sum of there parts are greater than the whole. Quis, MJ, King, Ed, DaMari They work together and are good. The team plays with no ego’s  Banks, Bush & Matt have had that group together like family for years. PROPS GIVEN!!!! The Clear cut favorite @ Double Down This Weekend.
  2. Illinois Flight 2028-  This group is Strong!! Strong!! they have a couple of new additions WHOA!!! They Beat a Top 40 team by 40 the other day that blew my mind. They are the Favorites @ Double Down Showcase Dec. 12th.
  3. R2G Gold 2028- The group has a chance to claim that number 1 spot, they are a talented bunch that’s use to picking it up in crunch time. Will Miss This weekend Because Of Commitment that I respect and agree with, They will be a lurking and waiting as all the teams are rounding into shape and football is over.
  4. Seven-10/ Meanstreets 2029 – The group has taken over the ” Best Team In Area Title For Now. The group is loaded and that Dekari Nesbitt plays hard.
  5. Chi-town Bulldogs 2028- The group has been wanting the claim of best team in Area for awhile, they have the most imposing player in the class and are always a threat to win it all, could a showdown be in line with Flight this Sunday with Best In Class on the line.
  6. 94ft 2028- The group is well coached and the kids understand how to compete, if you look over this team you will be going home quick. Can they win Double Down Showcase This Weekend? Better respect the group.
  7. DreamChasers 2026- The group likes each other and plays for each other. Morgan Tuck is one of the most improved kids in the class and has been relentless attacking the basket, will they hold on too this spot as the Double Down Showcase  is loaded this weekend.
  8. Meanstreets 2026- Yet to play with their full squad, this is a low number, but until they get em all and prove they are worthy of a Top 3 Spot this is where they land this week, You get what you earned here!! Nothing Given. I’m Hearing They Pissed off and coming with guns blazing this Sunday @ Double Down!!.
  9. Demons 2026- This group will be locked in and focused this weekend. Ashton & Larry Ultimate Competitors they leave it on the floor at all times and have 2 of the biggest hearts out here.
  10. Indy Heat 2026- The group is talented and well coached, will be at the Holiday Classic Dec. 26th and they believe they will walk out with the trophies. THEY ARE GOOD.
  11. 94ft 2029- Football is over Kaden is back and they will round into form very shortly. Look for them to be back to form in a month.
  12. Illinois Ice 2026- With one of the best coaches in the game for years Brian Davis, you better know they coming to compete, Do Not Over Look Them This Weekend. They will be ready.
  13. OWB 2026- There guards are a problem. When the whole group is there, they are as good as most in the class.
  14. Chi-town Bulldogs 2026-  All I know is Coach Tony Keeps these guys in games and winning games on paper they have no business being in game. Gotta put some respect on it after its done time and time again. Zyheir Gardner is an athlete who’s skill is steadily improving. Young Fella is TUFFFFFFF!!
  15. 94ft 2026- The group had been disassembled, Will They Get all the pieces back? This Sunday will be very very very Interesting @ Double Down 
  16.  Team Rose 2026-  I know one thing Mike Oliver Jr.  Puts points on the board fast. I’m interested to see how this group plays in loaded Double Down Showcase This Weekend.
  17. DreamChasers 2027 – The group looks nice. Stephens, Bullock, Crudup & Meyers playing like monsters and hitting a groove, looks like the beginning of something.
  18. Geek Squad 2027- The group is tough and Martez Everett is coming!! Yes Indeed.
  19. Illinois Fierce 2027-  Talented Group of players, Sometimes it’s just a matter of ‘ HOW MUCH YA WANT IT!!!
  20.  Hoopforce 2027- This group is tough  Amari Winters & Camarie Richmond give the team a pair of  attacking wings that are hard to stop in that class and have been impressive. 
  21.  Dream Chasers 2028-  lacking in size, they have ball pressure and defensive intensity. They still have 2 of The Top Guards in The Class and are always a threat.
  22. Hoopforce 2028-  This group is nice, I like the cohesiveness, Coach Stephanie is one of the best young slept on coaches in the game KNOW THAT!!!.
  23. Focus 2028- The group is still improving and will be looking to make a statement, they can play with the big boys. We Shall See This Weekend.
  24. Demons 2028- The team is showing they need to be mentioned. DJ & Jordan are playing really well right now.
  25. Geek Squad 2028- There seems to be some player movement happening, can they sustain this spot, will they add pieces or will they be stronger.

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Top 40 Shooters Regardless of Class

  1. Emmanuel Mosley 2025
  2. Amari Edwards 2025
  3. Noah Gorman 2025
  4. Anestis Hadjistamalou 2025
  5. Domas Narcevicus 2025
  6. Devin Cleveland 2027
  7. Rocco Pagliocca 2026
  8. Panayiotis Sotos 2026
  9. Christian Cummings 2025
  10. Derek Bishop 2025
  11. Makai Harris 2025
  12. Mike Oliver Jr. 2026
  13. Donovan Williams 2026
  14. Jamari Fears 2027
  15. Ian Peters 2025
  16. Jameson Coulter 2026
  17.  Jeremiah Fears 2025
  18. Ethan Vahl 2028
  19. Brady Selhourst 2025
  20. Marshawn Cocroft 2026
  21. Larry Brown 2025
  22. Christian Giles 2026
  23. Amari Brown 2028
  24. Oliver Gray 2026
  25. Jayden McDonald 2027
  26. Keshaun Vival 2025
  27. Edwin Karnauchovas 2028
  28. Theo Rocca 2025
  29. Joshua Malauchinus 2027
  30. John Daffenberg 2025
  31. Jamir Ratliff 2026
  32. Jordan Walker 2026
  33. Landon Reiner 2028
  34. Victor Norris 2027
  35. E.J. Breland 2025
  36. Amare Pryor 2026
  37. Uriah Davis 2027
  38. Zach Mikrut 2025
  39. Isaiah Whitehead 2026
  40. James Price 2028

 

 

New Years Stock Risers

Battle Of The Titans 8th Grade Champs

 

21st Century

21st Century- The group came in and stormed through the competition and winning the tournament where 14 of The 16 teams in their age bracket had a serious chance of winning, the group used tough inside play and possession by possession defense that had many of its opponents lacking enough scoring punch to overcome their grittyness. Congrats to on a great showing!!!

Prairie Hills 7th

 

Prairie Hills 7th- This group showed heart, togetherness and poise, winning the 7th Grade Championship in dramatic fashion, squeaking out games in overtime and coming from behind by double figures in the Semi-Finals & Championship Game. Coach Boyd made adjustments and motivated his kids very well in an intense atmosphere. When most people picked 3 other teams as the favorites to win on Sunday. This group showed that “Us vs World!!” Mentality. Great Job!!

Yaris Irby

Yaris Irby 2025 – Young Fella put on a show this past weekend @ The Battle Of The Titans and clearly, I mean clearly showed me that he was disappointed in being slighted in the 2019 All State Awards. Yaris scored every way imaginable playing on the 8th grade level, he is the definition of “Unstickable At This Level” he is crafty as ever with ball, he can shoot it from deep, he hs a mean pull-up game and he finishes over bigs at the rim like no one else in the class. Currently rated in our class ranking top 7 Yaris is a Stock Riser. Young Fella has definitely put his name in the conversation as ” Best In The Class!!!” when the updated rankings come out young fella will definitely be moving up. “Will He Be #1? Is The Question” Yaris thrives and loves the big games and competition and will be in the building Feb. 22nd @ The Top Prospect Showcase where he will be making a statement that he is one of the best players in the Midwest!!! No Doubt About It.

Bryant Hedrick

Bryant Hedrick- Yes sirr!! we see it time and time again the evolution of a player and it’s great to see a player whom you watched over the years add to his game. Well young fella has always been one of the best as an attacking wing player who uses his physical size, strength and body to finish at the rim on and through defenders, I have now witness young fella improve on his play-making and ball handling skills as he was breaking his man down and dishing off  too teammates left and right for buckets playing the pg spot and enhancing his game. Yep young fella is a Jan. Stock Risers and will be in the building Feb. 22nd @ The Top Prospect Showcase to compete against many of the elite in the Midwest.

 

 

James Stampley Jr.

James Stampley Jr.- 2025 Let me say this ” Young Fella Is A Problem!!!” here is a combo guard who is one of the players that instantly catches your eye, as he gets where ever he wants on the court, he plays with a confidence and poise that few his grade level display, add to that young fella is too powerful for the slight framed guards to stop him from getting in the lane and he finishes at a high efficiency rate and  you have “one of the toughest guards in the class” This past weekend at the Battle Of The Titans, James showed a in tough situations vs tough teams that he is a player. Here is a  prospect who we acknowledge as a Stock Risers and make no doubt about it, his name will be included in the updated class rankings next month pretty high. We also expect to see young fella at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd. Where many of the elite players from Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin will be in the building.

A Shaugnhn Boyd

A Shaughn Boyd 2025- Young Fella showed ” Big Time Clutch- Genes!!” hitting shot after shot the had the crowd on their feet in Semi-Final & Championship. Down 3 in the semi finals “Young Fella- Pump Faked, Got The Defender In The Air, Side Stepped Him and Swished It Through The Net & Nailed The Biggest shot of The Game!! That came after he hit a defender with a cross over at the top off the key and knocked down the floater, Young Fella showed up big in every game and was the leading scorer this week for Prairie Hills 7th, and definitely showed he has ice water in his veins nailing clutch shot after shot when his team needed it the most. Look for young fella name to make our list in the update as he is a New Year Stock Riser.

All Inclusive Jr Hoops Elite Top 250 Class 2025

This is the  2025 class list. 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 or I may not have seen them play in over a year and took them off until further investigation. 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 Bless

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8/25

5 Names Will Be Added This Week Waiting On Correct Spelling Or Last Name

Bryce Heard
Antonio Munoz
  1. Bryce Heard
  2. Antonio Munoz
  3. Melvin Bell
  4. Derek Bishop
  5. Jeremiah Fears
  6. Ian Milletic
  7. Yaris Irby
  8. Christian Cummings
  9. Jaxson Hupp
  10. Damion Porter Jr.
  11. Anestis Hadkistamalou
  12. Jacob Rice
  13. Emmanuel Mosley
  14. EJ Breland
  15. Nathaniel Marshall
  16. Robert Walls
  17. Chris Bush
  18.  DeMarjay Richardson
  19. Jonas Johnson
  20. Aleksander Ryan Alston
  21. David Riley
  22. Keshaun Vival
  23. Brady Selhourst
  24. Dalton Scantlebury
  25. Elijah Lovesmore
  26. Elijah Embry
  27. Brandon Loftus
  28. Joey Hernandez
  29. Josiah Calvin
  30. Terrance Smith
  31. Colby Smith
  32. Donovan Starr
  33. Connor Fitzgerald
  34. Matt Chrisopoulus
  35. Amari Edwards
  36. Joshua Pettigrew
  37. Kendall Cutler
  38. Payton Edwards
  39. Khalil Jones
  40. Chris Thomas
  41. Mikai Harris
  42. Nathan Nano
  43. Elijah Daugherty
  44. Marcus McQueen Jr.
  45. Domas Narcevicius
  46. Darien Green
  47. Chayse Turner
  48. Bruce Stanford
  49. Vincent Kelly
  50. Kendaro Cassidy
  51. Anthony Kosi
  52. Caleb Lindsey
  53. Zerrick Johnson
  54. Ricky Devito
  55. Jerry Johnson
  56. Terrell Dozier
  57. Isaiah Pickens
  58. Lorenzo Shields
  59. Marquise Vance
  60. Isaiah Martinez
  61. Ramsey Momon
  62. Naveah Hawkins
  63. Isaias Duarte
  64. Naszial Jackson
  65. Larry Brown
  66. Trey Taylor
  67. Donovan Olugbode
  68. Fernando Rodriquez
  69. Al Brooks
  70. Jayden Hunt
  71. Zack Mikrut
  72. Barack Young
  73. James Stampley
  74. Jermaine Jones
  75. Shawn Cannon
  76. J’Siah Jefferson
  77. Caleb Burgins
  78. Yamera Wallace
  79. Zion Gordon
  80. Marlo Moore
  81. John Mikrut
  82. Jahmere Washington
  83. Theo Rocca
  84. Joshua Ruiz
  85. Ryan Mascari
  86. Wonyea Berry- Sneed
  87. Cameron Thomas
  88. Ike Brooks
  89. Antonio Rayford
  90. Jaden Fauske
  91. Rayvon Hogan
  92. Damareay Davis
  93. Myles Green
  94. Connor Smith
  95. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  96. Martin Ryhne
  97. Danyil Taylor
  98. Zion Gross
  99. Collin Miller
  100. Marquan Barksdale
  101. Levarus Grayer
  102. Kentrell McNeal
  103. Melvin Embry
  104. John Deffenberg
  105. Terrion Benson
  106. Delon Davis
  107. Jayden Webster
  108. Kristian Flowers
  109. Antwan Mosley
  110. Keyvion Walker
  111. Josh Leora
  112. Jabari Brown
  113. Spencer Wright
  114. Josh Pickney
  115. John Jones
  116. Jerome Stephens
  117. Garrett Kristle
  118. Jevon Randle
  119. Chris Cole
  120. J’Siah Jefferson
  121. Jaydon Watts
  122. Julian Overton
  123. Kendall Webb
  124. Armond Agustus
  125. Kamryn Miskdeen
  126. Mark Murrell
  127. Anton Mosley
  128. Tyrell Mays
  129. Markus Haliburton
  130. Lashaun Stowers
  131. Daniel Jervier
  132. Tristian Saunders
  133. Rico Atkins
  134. Julian Brown
  135. Lavonte Walls
  136. Ryan Jackson
  137. Nate Cannon
  138. Tyrell Mays
  139. Malichi Nelson
  140. Rashad Wilson Jr.
  141. Marcus Jackson Jr.
  142. Aidan Robinson
  143. Milli’on Riley
  144. Kelvion Brown
  145. harrison Green
  146. Jamal Carson
  147. Terry Ricks
  148. Jesse House
  149. Nick Ford
  150. Torrie Harper Jr.
  151. Dominic Smith
  152. Erick Hughes
  153. Kyle Moses
  154. Davion Teague
  155. Kendall Wilson
  156. Myles Buchanan
  157. Dajuan Taylor
  158. D’Monte Meeks
  159. Jory Crocker
  160. Jayden King
  161. Logan Zavala
  162. Marcus Jackson II
  163. Tyaeshon Smith
  164. Marco Gonzalez
  165. Brennan Evans
  166. Marlon Herron
  167. Isaiah Mason
  168. Willie Stephens
  169. Emmanuel HInes
  170. Damarion Denson
  171. Cole Christopher
  172. Mason Walsh
  173. Deng Awour
  174. Troy Moppins
  175. Brian Sercy Jr.
  176. David Riverton
  177. Kelly Williams
  178. Keshaun Smith
  179. Miles Johnson
  180. Drayton Williams
  181. Kijohnna Brown
  182. James Watson
  183. Emaan Thomas
  184. Shawn mason
  185. Booby Watson
  186. Alex Marshall
  187. Morris Alexander
  188. Phillip Mark
  189. George Collins
  190. Tynell Walker
  191. Miles Johnson
  192. Willie Felton
  193. Joel Tunnat
  194. Cameron Brown
  195. Shawn Wilson
  196. Charles Howe
  197. Kenton Brown
  198. Deontae Hill
  199. Dennis Small
  200. Jody Miller
  201. Valentino Rivera
  202. John Bell
  203. James Taylor
  204. Kiki Pullman
  205. Shawn Frye
  206. Pierre Pointer
  207. Ricky Peters
  208. Lamont Hinton
  209. Marcus Bell
  210. Zaire Keys
  211. Michael Peoples
  212. Jalil Amous
  213. Thomas Swartz
  214. Phil Johnson
  215. Travail Hollins
  216. Parker Towns
  217. Terrell Mosley
  218. Alphonso Homes
  219. Keshaun Williams
  220. Peyton Stroffregen
  221. Julius Penny
  222. Da Marcus Jordan
  223. Erick Millison
  224. Khalil Person
  225. Michael Thompson’
  226. Phillip Hall
  227. Cooper Kavanaugh
  228. Marcus Bell
  229. Julius Smith
  230. Antwon Thomas
  231. Justin Goins
  232. Kentrell Cotton
  233. Tm Throttleburg
  234. Kenton Ments
  235. Will Shines
  236. Mitchell Rucker
  237. Laurence Smith
  238. Michale Jagileski
  239. Isaac Curtis
  240. James Balston
  241. Colter Walters
  242. Craig Lentz
  243. Heberto Ramirez
  244. Bobby Morton
  245. Collin Miller
  246. Xavier Marshall
  247. Marcus Freeman
  248. Tristian Catchings
  249. Monroe Pitts
  250. Marcus Scott
  251. Johnny Pigeon
  252. Tony Shields
  253. Kenneth Sullivan

                              

 

Jr. Hoops Elite 2019 Player Of The Year Tevonta Jackson!!

Tevonta Jackson

 

Tevonta Jackson- Young Fella has been nothing short of spectacular this year, the 6ft plus pg lead his Middle School Team to best record in years, he is a smooth combo guard that makes the game look easy, he can facilitate and make others better, he contributes on the glass with his size and his jump-shot has improved so muchover a year a lot of people think he is on the verge of becoming an elite shooter. Here is a kid who has the attributes to dominate, but the personality of selflessness, I’ve witnessed young fella put a team on his back and carry them, I’ve watched young fella play his role and let his teammates get there’s if they have it going. Yep here is a kid who doesnt play for numbers he plays to win, yet his skill and plish on the court make him Stand-out even when he not trying too. one of my favorite sayings is ” YOUNG FELLA HAS GAME!!!” no other way to say it, the future is so bright for young fella. Jr.Hoops Elite would like too acknowledge Tevonta Jackson as our Player Of The Year!!!

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Jr . Hoops Elite All State Team 2019

1st Team

Javonte Taylor(2023)

Tevonta Jackson(2023)***Player Of The Year!!

Raeshom Harris(2023)

Cordy Johnson(2023)

Jalen Griffith(2023)

Dalen Davis(2023)

2nd Team

DaMahrion Wyatt(2023)

Ronald Chambers(2023)

Jeremy Fears(2023)

Marcus Piagram(2023)

Darrin Ames Jr.(2023)

Jaloni Johnson(2023)

3rd Team

Bryce Coleman.(2023)

Jeremy Harrington(2023)

Terrell Craig(2023)

Mehki Cooper(2023)

Xavier Sulaiman(2023)

Bryce Tillery(2023)

Sonny Williams(2023)

4th Team

Jabian Acosta(2023)

Kamarion Cobb(2023)

Emmet O’ Shaugnessy(2023)

Lierrr Collier(2023)

Diamante Meeks(2023)

Kaden Space(2023)

Marquez Kelsor(2023)

Derrion Baker(2023)

Honarable Mention

Isaiah Giles(2023)

Mike Jones(2024)

Sean Brown(2024)

Jerl Allen(2023)

Donovan Younger (2023)

Keon Alexander(2023)

Ray Maurchie (2023)

Luke Williams(2024)

Adrian Martinez- Jones (2024)

Top 25 Shooters Regardless Of Class

Jordan Brooks
Christian Giles

Collin Wainscott(2023)

Mekhi Cooper(2023)

Cordy Johnson( 2023)

Matthew King(2024)

Amari Edwards (2025)

Samuel Lewis(2023)

Darrin Ames Jr. (2023)

Noah Gorman(2025)

Jordan Brook(2024)

Jakob Blakely(2024)

Tai Coleman(2025)

Davarus Spann (2024)

Antione Glasper(2024)

TJ Lee(2024)

EJ Mosley(2025)

Christian Cummings(2025)

Marcus Mcqueen(2025)

Mikai Harris (2025)

EJ Breland(2025)

Chris Thomas(2025)

Rico Delassandro(2026)

Christian Giles(2026)

Champ Parker(2026)

Keshaun Vival(2025)

Alijah Little Jr. (2026)

Ethan Samuels( 2024)

Top 5 Floor General PGs Regardless Of Class

Christian Brockett

Jeremy Fears(2023)

Jalen Griffin(2023)

Christian Brockett(2024)

Marquis Clark (2026)

Antione Glasper(2024)

Bryce Tillery(2023)

 

Top 10 Wing Scorers Regardless Of Class

Emerson Davis

DaMahrion Wyatt(2023)

Sean Brown(2024)

Dekwon Brown(2024)

Cordy Johnson(2023)

Jaloni Johnson(2023)

Luke Williams (2024)

Brendale Stewart(2024)

Emerson Davis(2024)

Gianni Cobb(2024)

Bryant Hendricks (2024)

 

Top 10 Finishers Regardless Of Class

Carlos Harris Jr.

Ronald Chambers(2023)

Carlos Harris Jr. (2024)

Luke Williams(2024)

Marcus Pigram(2023)

Howard Williams(2026)

Xavier Suliaman(2023)

Yaris Irby(2025)

Nas Rankin (2026)

Drake Washington(2024)

Damion Porter(2025)

All “Most Versatile Team”

Bryce Heard

(Scoring, Rebounding, Facilitating, Inside-Outside, Defending And Playing Multiple Positions)

Germaine Benson(2024)

Bryce Heard (2025)

Bryce Coleman(2023)

Kassidy Nelson(2026)

Christopher Riddle (2024)

Kevin Iverson(2024)

Malachi Johnson

Antwan Mosley (2025)

Adrian Martinez Jones(2024)

Elijah Lovemore(2025)

Anthony Munoz(2025)

Peter (PJ) Champbers(2024)

Carson Brownfield(2024)

Derrion Baker(2023)

 

Top 10 Post Players Regardless Of Class

Nazir Duncan

James Brown(2024)

Jeremy Harrington (2023)

Donovan Younger(2023)

Mike Jones (2024)

Elijah Simon(2024)

Howard Williams(2026)

Time Winkler(2025)

Keon Alexander(2023)

Morez Johnson(2024)

Jalen Falcon(2024)

Nazir Duncan(2024)

Top 5 Scoring Pgs Guards Regardless of Class

DeMarjay Richardson

 

Darrin Ames Jr (2023)

Dalen Davis ( 2023)

Mehki Cooper (2023)

Antione Glasper (2024)

Jeremiah Fears (2025)

Damarjay Richardson (2025)

All Defensive Team

James Brown

James Brown(2024)

Zerrick Johnson(2025)

Nehemiah Folkes(2024)

Mason Minor(2024)

Davyion Johnson (2024)

Elijah Embry (2025)

Top 10 Uwwweee Move Players

 

(Known For Making The Crowd- Say Uweee ” What A Move!!!”

Tim Handy

Terrence Roebuck(2024)

Antione Glasper(2024)

Alijah Lovesmore (2025)

Mike Robinson Jr.(2024)

Kassidy Nelson (2026)

Julius Hamlin Jr. (2026)

Yaris Irby (2025)

Deontae Miller(2024)

Kristian Flowers (2025)

Lorenzo Shields( 2025)

Jevari Jackson (2024)

Tim Hardy (2024)

Top 10- And 1 Crew.

Germaine Benson

(Finish the bucket and get the foul)

Germaine Benson ( 2024)

Devon West ( 2024)

Nas Rankin (2026)

Martin Ryne (2025)

Melvin Embry (2025)

Howard Williams(2026)

Top 10 Clutch Small Guards

Jamari Thomas

 

Getting That Late Game Bucket – Fearless Gamer’s With Big Heart!!!

Jordan Walker (2026)

EJ Mosley(2025)

Noah Mister(2026)

Jamari Thomas (2026)

Chris Thomas (2025)

Ashton Flowers (2026)

Rykan Woo ( 2026)

Torrence Tate (2026)

Tony Horton Jr. (2026)

Amare Pryor (2026)

Tyjuan Hunter (2026)

Top 5 Attack The Rack

You can’t stop me from getting to the basket,

Ramsey Momon

Adrian Martinez Jones (2024)

Ramsey Momon (2025)

Jett Jones (2024)

Oscar Johnson(2024)

Rajuan Roberts (2026)

Damian Bolden (2024)

 

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News & Notes

This past weekend it was a show there were so many games that went down to the wire, 13 games decided by 2 points or less, 4 overtime games including a triple overtime girls championship that ended on a 3 point basket as the buzzer went off, a weekend where people were running from one court to the next, to watch thrilling game after game. The Champions, All-Tournament Teams, Stock Risers, Players Moving Up, and synopsis will be added tonight a few at a time. We want to Thank Everyone For a successful tournament.

DeMajay Richardson

DeMajay Richardson 2025- Young Fella put on a show this weekend, he definitely proved he is one of the elite players in his class, young fella had it going all tournament. On Saturday with his team down and looking like they were on the verge of getting knocked out down double figures, D- Rich, knocked down 3 long range bombs in a row with defenders hanging on him, then preceded to knock down a 4th  off a screen and roll from 25 ft that sent the crowd in a frenzy, on Sunday young fella went at the eventual champions with full thrust showing his attacking the rim and shooting andchad his team in position to win. Young Fella packs a package of speed, power, range and supreme confidence on offense and locks up on defense. In a tournament where the elite players in the class were 2024. DeMajay was one of the best players in the tournament and had coach after coach and parent after parent asking me ” Who Is That?” A top 10 prospect in his class, young fella is built for the big stage.

Carlos Harris Jr

 

Carlos Harris Jr. 2024- Young Fella showed what we had knew all along, he has as much talent as anyone in the class, Carlos showed every skill imaginable with the lights on, he hit the long ball, he showed the step back, he showed his passing skills and he had his team winning by 9 against the former number 1 team until he caught foul trouble. A big guard who has the skills that translate at the next level. When young fella walks in the gym, he looks the part of prospect from head to toe, and when he stepped on that court this weekend he looked like the best player in every game he played. After a tough lost to Ariel his team won out as he led his team to a couple of victories over previous top 10 teams in route to winning the Gold Division. He ended the weekend all tournament first team and many of the high profile high schools coaches with their mouth drooling. Look for Carlos at the “”Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd as he will be in attendance with many of the elite prospects in the Midwest From Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin

Emmanuel Fooley

Emmanuel Fooley 2024- Emmanuel showed the ability to handle pressure well, he scored in transition and  knocked down several 3’s from that right wing. Here is a kid who will definitely be going in our updated rankings and a kid we expect too see at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 22nd where many of the elite players in the Midwest will be in the building. Emmanuel showed he is a nice size pg, who loves too compete as every-time, his team seemed too need something weather it was a shot, pass, rebound or just a calming influence young fella provided it.  A Pg who guided his team too the Championship in a hostile away environment, there was no way in the world young fella would not deserve to be named first team all tournament.

Germaine Benson

Germaine Benson 2024- When I say young fella ” Put On A Show” I mean in spectacular fashion, looking like a baby LBJ he scored, rebounded and willed his team to victory including two games where he had 25 pts and double digits in rebounds and points, If i didn’t have at least 5o people ask me ” Who Is That Kid?” I’m lying. Here is a big guard who see’s the floor, he out rebounded the biggest player in the tournament, he out assisted a top pg in the tournament, and he out scored several of the leading scorers in the tournament in each game. I mean the kid was destroying everyone. He had the game winning shot, the game winning assist and on the game they lost by one, he drove the length of the court and whipped a Lebron James No look pass cross court to his teammate with 3 seconds left after drawing all the defenders  in a standing room only game that had the fans in disbelief. In a tournament that so many good games and players, Germaine left with his stock rising once again. Look for Germaine at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 22nd 

 

 

21st Century

21st Century- Came in and showed grit and  grime, the group beat pre- season number 8 team by 2, the number 9 team by a bucket and then came from 9 down in the second half to beat previous and 3 time defending Best Of The Midwest Champs Ariel. No doubt coach J- Rock was on a mission. Throughout the entire event coach leaned on a balance attack, .Emmanuel Fooley, Carmelo Taylor, Lamonta Cross, Jerimaya Sims, Tashean Gates all has instances where they put their imprint on the games and took over.

All Tournament First Team

Germaine  Benson            Carlos Harris Jr

DeMarjay Richardson            Emmanuel Fooley

Carmelo Taylor                       Kevin Iverson

Damon Davis                          Jashon Liggett

Elijah Simon                           Jeffery Lambka

All Tournament Second Team

Christopher Riddle              David Thomas

Jalin Jackson                        Lamonta Cross

Antione Glasper                   Max Johnson

Devon West                          Jeffery Lambka

RJ McKInney                       Christian Brockett

Maurice Carswell                Damion Bolden

Ariel 5/6

5/6 All Tournament Team

Metrell Harbin

Marquise Clark

Howard Williams

Nas Rankin

Terrence Hayes

Devin Cleveland

Ariel 5/6 – This group played extremely well knocking off several of the heavy hitters Marquise Clark 2026, proved he is a leader and catalyst slicing and dicing his way through defenders, setting up his teammates, Devin Cleveland 2027, knocked down jumper after jumper and finished at the basket proving he is one of the Elite players in his class, Kassidy Nelson had eye dropping moves that had the sidelines talking about him a Future Star!! were the the leaders, and the dynamic fear nothing Jaivyn & Amari 2028 gave valuable minutes scoring and cuasing havoc and putting the City on Notice ” They Got Next!!” All in all, the group who were the underdogs emerged as Champions playing together.

 

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October Stock Risers

Ben Lothery 2023- Yes indeed!! there is a player who not many people know about right now, but I tell ya what you will be reading about young fella in a year or two and say ” Where Did He Come From” Well let us introduce you too the efficiently effective Ben Lothery  a 6/1 plus combo guard who has been putting in work against some of the elite players in the class. I personally watched young fella knock down 3 after 3 off the dribble and contested, then I saw young fella breaking his man down time and time again either finding a teammate or finishing at the rim thru contact, one move in particular where he split the double team, then shifted his dribble to get his defender off balance and then  spinned off the last  defender for a bucket made me say Uwwwweee Young Fella A Player.  Ben plays for Illinois Ignite a rising travel program in the Northwest Suburbs and make no mistake about it young fella can play with and against anyone in the class and  hold his own. Ben has talent and its undeniable,  when are updated class rankings are released there is no doubt about it young fella will be added to the list. We also look forward to monitoring his progress, In  a couple of years when people are reading about young fella being All Conference, remember you heard it here first. Yes Indeed Ben Lothery Is One To Watch!!!! and one of our October Stock Risers

Xavier Nesbitt 2023- Sometimes its opportunity, sometimes its hours in the gym, sometimes it just clicks, sometimes it just takes people to pay attention, whatever the reason Xavier Nesbitt is right now on top of his game, the combo guard who plays for Sports Factory is looking like a season vet as he moves well without the ball, has a feel for the game and can shoot it from NBA range with ease. In The Fall League young fella has had several games against elite teams where he has hit big time shots at the most crucial points in the game including back to back Long Range Bombs In A Thrilling Win. Last Year young Fella played in the league and looked o.k. this year young fella has taken his game to another level. When the updated rankings come out there is no doubt about it Xavier Nesbitt will be on the list. This Sunday Young Fella and his backcourt mate Ben King, look to match-up against other elite back courts in the Final 4, should be interesting, but one thing I know Xavier Nesbitt is looking forward to the challenge.

Ben King 2023- Make no mistake about, when you say competitive and tough look no further as young fella plays like he has a chip on his shoulder or a point to prove. Ben King plays relentless as he has been virtually unarguable off the dribble getting where ever he wants on the court. Young Fella is a guard who can create for his teammates or he can score buckets if you play him for the pass. As this city is known for point guards sometimes there are soo many that some get overlooked, well Jr Hoops Elite sees a player who has game and heart. Young Fella has lead his team to wins that nobody gave them a chance to win and he has put his team in position to walk away with the Championship this Sunday. Yep A Leader!!! on the court. Look for young fella to make his debut in the updated rankings when they are released as young fella Stock Is Steadily Rising.

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September Stock Risers

“Smooth & Skillful”

Kaiden Space

Kaiden Space 2023- Here is a prospect that people will be talking  an awful lot about over the next few years, young fella has a mature game and everything he does translates to the next level. Kaiden is a combo guard who can do just about everything well on the court. He can break his man down  off the bounce and score at the rim on opponents with ease, he can break the defense down and create for his  teammates, he can knock it down from deep with accuracy and he has the ability to defend either guard position at a high level as his length and lateral foot speed speak “prospect”, here is  a kid whose skill-set says   “all conference, all state potential in high school” While many kids are good right now, they do not have the down the line translation too their game. What also impresses us is young fella Poise on the court. I personally watched this past weekend in a heated game where the opposing team did everything they could( holding, grabbing, trapping) to take and get young fella out of his game or get into his head during the game do all that for not, as Kaiden was totally under control and never forced a shot or rushed into anything he didn’t want to do out there and young fella seemed to knock down every clutch shot including the game winning with 5 seconds left. Mark it down  Kaiden Space is a player who is good right now and will be good in the future, no doubt in our mind. Jr Hoops Elite has young fella in our Top 20 2023 prospects and no doubt about it his Stock Is Rising And Rising Fast.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

9/21

” Winner Supreme”

Jeremy Fears 2023- When talking about a point guard that  a coach wants is a leader, well look no further as “lil Jeremy” takes a back seat to no one in that category he is what we call a “Leader Supreme” on the court. He is the player who plays the game to win  and only a trained eye knows the subtle things he does that have a huge impact” Young Fella has always had physical gifts to score using crafty moves to get to the bucket finishing extremely well in traffic at the rim or a fancy move in transition. But what sets young fella apart is that he ” He gives the players on his team confidence, he plays for them and is always inspiring or even protective of them” I mean young fella plays the game like an old school player he has the passion to win and will do anything necessary to do that. If you are looking for a lead guard to win a game Jeremy is definitely in my Top 3 candidates I would want leading me with the game on the line. Add to that young fella has had a nice growth spurt and you have a ” Prospect!! that’s out here making noise. I watched young fella this past weekend direct his team like a pro. In a game that went back and forth and had a lot of edge to it, Jeremy was never out of character, as the game was tied up he came down forced the other teams attention towards himself then through and on the money pass too his teammate for the game winning assist. Young Fella is a coaches dream because he is a throwback as  all he does is want to win ” Numbers Mean Nothing To Him!!!” We look forward to monitoring the progress of Young Fella as his Stock is rising and he has emerged in our 2023 class rankings as a Top 20 Prospect.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

9/21 

All inclusive Illinois, N.W.I and Southern Wisconsin

2023 Top 200 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. There are over 550 kids in 8th grade database so far, some kids I may have taken off list until I know better where to input them and a few others I may need the correct spelling, those will go up daily for next week or so, 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. I have had numerous Division 1 kids play for me who were on no ones radar at this stage keep getting better.

                            5 Kids Will Be Added To List in Next day Or So I’m Waiting On Names And Correct Spellings

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

9/11

Jalen Griffith
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Dalen Davis
Mike Davis Jr.
Mike Davis Jr.
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Prentice Young
TRE
Tavonta Jackson
DJ Moss
  1. Marcus Pigram
  2. Tevonta Jackson
  3. Dalen Davis/ Jaylin Griffith
  4. Ashton Williamson
  5. Davius Loury
  6. Jovanta Taylor
  7. Mike Davis Jr.
  8. Taylor Smith
  9. Prentice Young
  10. Keon Alexander
  11. Jamie Hodges
  12. Samuel Lewis
  13. DJ Moss
  14. Mason Jones
  15. Jerl Allen
  16. DaMarion Wyatt
  17. Kaiden Space
  18. Kylan Boswell
  19. Jolani Johnson
  20. Jeremy Fears
  21. Yarell Greer
  22. Cordy Johnson Jr.
  23. Kamarion Cobb
  24. Jowan Villuella/ Darrion Baker
  25. Jabian Acosta
  26. Collin Wainscott
  27. Ahmere Carson
  28.  Michael Ratcliff
  29. Mehki Cooper
  30. Emmett O’Shaugnessy
  31. Josh Oraegbu
  32. Raeshom Harris
  33. Jeremiah Pickens
  34. Bryce Tillery
  35. Leirre Collier
  36. Solomon Mosley
  37. Mantas Zilys
  38. Darrin Ames Jr
  39. Diamonte Meeks/ Jeremy Bennett
  40. Maurice Thomas
  41. Donavan Younger
  42. Bryce Shoto
  43. Darrion Towns
  44. Katrell Weekley
  45. DeAndre Almore
  46. Terrell Craig
  47. Shawneek Brown
  48. Cameron Christie
  49. Mantas/ Rokas Castillo
  50. Ray Maurchie
  51. Ethan Brooks
  52. Marcus Guyton
  53. Grant Vievesis
  54. Vijay Wallace
  55. Damahrion Morris
  56. Bryce Coleman
  57. Justin Page
  58. Aarion Bagley
  59. Evan Jackson
  60. Israel Hines
  61. Mehki Lowery
  62. Richard Barron
  63. Timmeon Ford
  64. James Stevenson
  65. Brock Zellinger
  66. Payton Pitts
  67. Dauntrell Dixon
  68. Brennan Horton-Lee
  69. Jaren Jackson
  70. Ja’Khorian Jones
  71. Lynell Williams
  72. Taj Brunson
  73. Jerrod Gee Jr.
  74. Immanuel Golden
  75. Isaiah Giles
  76. Kros Barrett
  77. Andrew Kelley
  78. Sherod Dent Jr.
  79. Joe Spaccapaniccia
  80. Jordan Gibson
  81. J’veon Bardwell
  82. Zach Leduca
  83. Peter Mcshane
  84. Austin Robinson
  85. Isaiah Torres
  86. Armani Woods
  87. Darrell Island
  88. Marcus Williams
  89. Jamar Jackson
  90. Isaiah Hall
  91. Kendall Taggart
  92. Brian Diaz
  93. Luke Pettway
  94. Richard Jackson
  95. Donovan Collins
  96. Dirk Nickson
  97. Aminu Habib
  98. Jason Oboye
  99. Akeem Crivens
  100. Dirk Nickson
  101. Jaden Small
  102. Jeremiah Roberts
  103. Myan Whitfield
  104. Alex Lopez
  105. Anthony Davis
  106. Jacobi Moore
  107. Marquil Mcbride
  108. Marrion Wells
  109. Jordan Croegaert
  110. Marcus Thompson
  111. Cameron Chandler
  112. Tyler Christian
  113. Michael Doss
  114. Shawn Pearson
  115. Quinton Hunter
  116. Julius Caldwell
  117. Aaron Dabner
  118. Elijah Nelson
  119. Julius Hawkins
  120. Wilson Tolsom
  121. Will O’Shield
  122. Collin Wilson
  123. Autin Wilson
  124. Clinton Pearson
  125. Malcolm Thompson
  126. Morgan Nelson
  127. Kenyon Grant
  128. Phillip Mckay
  129. Torey Johnson
  130. Sam Notre
  131. Jason Glass
  132. Julio Morales
  133. Quetin Brewster
  134. Lonnie Rhodes
  135.  Lamont Young
  136. Torrence Hope
  137. Justin Hall
  138. Jesus Gonzales
  139. Morton Holmes
  140. William Newson
  141. Thomas Small
  142. Joseph Banks
  143. Lonnie Wilson
  144. Quentin Walton
  145. Marcus Dotson
  146. Jamal Hosuton
  147. Norris Flemming
  148. Samuel Hill
  149. Freddie Rose
  150. Kenny Smith
  151. Patrick Turner
  152. Stewart Jones
  153. Kenneth Smith
  154. Tom Bruenelli
  155. Joseph Wood
  156. Thom Burr
  157. Julio Rodriguez
  158. Martin Pope
  159. Earnest Miller
  160. Kristian Patterson
  161. Justin Homes
  162. Malcolm Johnson
  163. Ellis Parks
  164. Nelson Williams
  165. Broderick Potts
  166. Marcus Patton
  167. Jason Jagielski
  168. Malcolm Bridges
  169. Richard Flower
  170. Manuel Huerta
  171. Zachery Strong
  172. James Kinton
  173. Greg Walls
  174. Troy Bell
  175. Frederick Pruit
  176. Lance Walker
  177. Ulisse Colemean
  178. Mike Trotter Jr.
  179. Vince Petrelli
  180. Timothy Hartman
  181. Curt Wilkerson
  182. Brandon Harvey
  183. Catrell Watson
  184. Zaire Baker
  185. Vance Malloy
  186. Michael Roberson
  187. Derrick Robinson
  188. Paul Motrolis
  189. Xavier Morales
  190. Austin Goodman
  191. Donnell Irving
  192. Simeon Dobbs
  193. Marcus Porter
  194. Zach Jones
  195. Joshua Thompson
  196. Isaiah Young
  197. Terry Clark
  198. Freddy Marshall
  199. Isaac Ferguson
  200. Quincy Dumas
  201. D’Ante Collins

All Inclusive Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Class Of 2024 Top 100

This is the initial 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.

10 names and several pictures will be added in various spots This Weekend as I want to ensure name is spelled right and I have the right kid,so keep checking back and again there will be updates every few months, keep working and progressing. Again Remember I do not put a kid on the list until I have seen them play. 

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

9/6

Nazir Beamon
Tayshawn Bridges
Willie Williams Jr.
Carlos Harris  Jr.
Antoine Glasper
Jehvion Starwood
  1. Tayshawn Bridges

Top 5 Back-courts In The State

# 1

Mikqwon, Leonte & Daronte

Mikqwon, Leonte & Daronte 2022- This trio is hard to beat on the grammar school level as far as back courts go, they have have the multi-dimensional big power guard Mikqwon who can see over the smaller guards at the top and has the ability finish at the rim after a variety of moves of the dribble unlike many guards in middle school, Leonte is the ultra elusive guard who has the best stop and start and change of direction at incredible speed better than any guard in the class by far!!! add to the fact that he is also one of the best finishers at the rim regardless of position and you have a special talent at this level, Daronte is the big power guard that can lock up on one end and has become one of the deadliest outside shooters in the city having had several games where he has knocked down 5 or better in a game. Right now this group is tied as the best back-court in the state and will match up with the other #1 back court this Saturday at the City/ Suburban 5pm @ Collins High School.

# 1 

Vernon, Mikey, & Lamont 2022- When talking about a back court, these 3 are dynamite and may understand how to win better than any other group in the class, this group has individual talent but whats makes them special is their will to win. Vernon Henry is the combo guard who is best known for attacking the basket and getting buckets, Mikey Brown is the ultra tough pg who who excels at coming through in the clutch, young fella is at his best when the games is close, he has an old school game  he gets where he wants to go with the ball and has a knack for scoring in the clutch, Lamont is the long range bomb shooting combo guard who is capable of knocking down 3 at an efficient rate, he is another who has had several games of 5 3pt shots in a game several times. The Big 3 are the leaders on the number one team and will be on hand this Saturday Dec 16th in a match up of Top Back-Courts. Will they be number by themselves? stay tuned.

# 2 Jaylen, Bryant & Jalen

Bryant, Jaylen & Jalen- This 3 guard line-up can be as good as anyone, they are lead by the ultra-talented do everything pg Jaylen Drane who has took over several games and has that ” special” in his game where he can score 20 in a row or he can spoon feed is teammates, Bryant Handley is the off guard who can defend a couple of positions and is capable of scoring quickly as he one of those kids who definitely isn’t scared of the big stage and you have the consummate 2023 pg Jalen Griffith who understands probably as good as anyone how to run a team, this trio will be at the City/ Suburban and are one of the favorites to lead their team to the Championship at the Battle Of The Titans Jan 13/14 where many of the Top Teams will be in attendance.

#3 Kewon Harris & Phillip Cunningham

Kewon & Phillip

Kewon Harris & Phillip Cunningham 2022- The unknown to most tandem, can be as lethal as any back-court in the state. Kewon is a tough relentless big power guard who excels at finishing in traffic and locking up on defense, young fella is low key under the radar guard ready to emerge, Phillip is a combo guard who is nifty off the dribble and is virtually unstoppable at getting to the rim, I have yet to see a guard keep him from getting where he wants to go, he is one of the Top 5 finishers in the class no doubt. This tandem is like peanut butter and jelly and come in as our # back-court in the state.

#4 Terry Elias & Ahmad Henderson

Ahmad Henderson & Terry Elias

Ahmad Henderson & Terry Elias 2022- Are both guards capable of going on runs and putting a team on their backs individually, I have witnessed both go on scoring binges where they put up 25-30 in a game. but what makes them one of the better back-courts is either can bring it up and either can play on the wing. Terry is an attack first guard who gets to the rim at will and finishes in traffic, his perimeter game is getting better and better as he is attempting the 3pt shot without hesitation and Ahmad who is one of the best shooters in the state with range that extends out to N.B.A. range and is one of the few smaller guards in the state who knows how to play without the ball in his hands, he moves without the ball and has that quick release. These two fit well together and come in right now as our number #4 back-court in  the state.

#5 Donavan Dyrd & Toby Onyeknowu

Toby Onyeknowu 2022 & Donavan Byrd 2022- Are a dynamic duo who gets the job done. Donavan is a heady pg who controls the pace of the game, he can play uptempo pushing the ball or he can slow it down and dissect a defense, young fella never seems to let the situation of the game rush him into anything he doesn’t want to do, he’s a coach on the floor and Toby is a scoring guard known for his ability to knock it down from deep and score in bunches I have watched put 20 on the board in less than a half a few times, add the fact that young fella is stretching out, his ability to play the passing lanes and his defense has picked up. Both of these players have been known for hitting clutch shots during the travel and AAU seasons. These two form one of the best back-courts in the state and come in this segment as J.H.E. the #5 back-court in the State.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

12/12

Hot Prospects

Donavan Jones

Donavan Jones 2022- Here is a kid who is ready to make his claim as one of the leaders of the pack and definitely one of the best players in Chicago, the time is now, after watching a talented group of players last year at Vanderpoel and contributing on one of the best teams in the state, the team loses all 5 starters, but make no mistake about it Donavan is ready to to show they are just as good and he is ready to lead, having recently come back from injury Donavan has been giving teams fits in the fall league and his has his team JHE in position playing Sunday in the final 4. A player who is developing in all facets of the game and a player who is definitely a Hot Prospect!!!!

Xavier Amos

Xavier Amos 2022- Has been magnificent this entire fall in the Best Of The Midwest fall league he has established himself as a player who has wealth of talent, he has went head to head with the best players in state and surely has to be in the conversation when mentioning talented players in the 2022 class. Young Fella has shown the ability to knock down the long range shot consistently and has been a nightmare for opposing players in transition and off the dribble. Xavier stock is rising, he will definitely be in our updated rankings coming out Thanksgiving Night and one of our Hot Prospects.

Andre Casey Jr.

Andre Casey Jr. 2022- After a strong showing in the fall league in which young fella has shown his worth, AJ this past weekend was named top prospect at the Pangos Camp where he was one of only 2 8th graders playing among sophmores. Young Fella will try to make-up for a lost to Mac Irvin Fire and try to capture a championship in the Best Of Midwest Fall League this Sunday at Cicero Stadium. 9am

Nick Harrell

Nick Harrell 2022- The rose is blossoming, Yes sirrrrrrrr!!! Young Fella has showed every imaginable skill this fall in the league and has his team right where he wants the Final 4 of The Best Fall League in the Midwest. Young Fella plays both ends of the floor and at times makes it look too easy with his smooth game, showing the ability to makes plays for others is an attribute not many with his frame shows. Will young Fella be able to lead his team in the Best Of Midwest Nov. 4th and 5th. we shall see.

Leonte Lilly

Leonte Lilly- 2022 There may not be a more electrifying player in the class, when you say getting in the lane and causing problems he is a handful, when on his game he can be unstoppable getting to the rim and finishing, young fella has been a stand-out at the fall league and has his team in position playing in the Final 4, it was last year this time (Final 4) when young fella had his coming out party scoring 20 and leading his team( JHE) to a victory over Mac Irvin Fire making acrobatic shot after shot having the crowd going wild I guarantee my phone will be ringing after event asking me how can I get him at my high school. Look for young fella to be a stand-out and put on a show at the Best Of The Midwest Tourney Next weekend for Biedler  schedule below.

Lerone Allen

Lerone Allen 2022- Here is a power point guard who has been quietly putting in the work that people will get to know very soon, Lerone is adept at attacking and finishing at the rim and has shown the ability to knock the long range shot down. Last weekend young fella had ice-water in his veins as he knocked down a clutch time expiring point shot to force over-time in which his team came back a snatched the win in route to winning the Championship. Young Fella is tough and needs to be acknowledged as a rising and Hot Prospect!!! look for young fella to make a jump up in the rankings coming out Thanksgiving Night and a prospect who we look forward to monitoring!!!!

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

10/27

The action has been hot and heavy at the Jr Hoops Elite Fall League the first two weeks with some very nice talent being shown and several kids who definitely has shown to be players and teams that have shown to be quite impressive. Meanstreets 14U is off to a 4-0 start and is stacked with talent Jaylen Drane has shown the ability to to be a dynamic play maker getting where he wants on the floor making it look to easy at times like this past weekend when he took over the game in a stretch against JHE that put the game away. If there ever was a doubt about his ability too knock it down from deep he put that to rest he knocked down N.B.A. range 3 pointers in that same stretch and showed he is in the gym working, another kid that shows ” That Special” He can beat you a variety of ways he is second to none with his court savvy, handle and ability to break his opponents down and make plays. And One 14U- Is playing good team ball and off too a solid start as Toby Onyeknowu is definitely a kids who stock is rising and will be moving up in the updated rankings as he was a force to reckoned with scoring 28  leading his team to victory in a 46-44, game between And One and Mademen in which he showed he is a knock down shooter and score deluxe. Young Fella had two chances to score 30 and missed a wide open lay-up with 16 secs and 6 seconds that gave Mademen a chance to shoot a game winning attempt that hit the back iron, Mademen 14U Xavier Amos had 22 in that game and has been another prospect who has been impressive showing he is definitely a prospect whom Jr Hoops Elite will have in the updated rankings rather high. Young fella has a great frame as he is long and agile, he has shown the ability to handle, get to the rim and his shot mechanics on his 3 point shot makes it look like its going in every-time he shoots. Illinois Huskies Select- Lamont Williams was impressive over this , we had seen young fella this past summer and wrote about him being a talent as he stood out at the Top Prospect Showcase coming out of no where  playing well and showing talent, his uncle has told me for a while I need to check him out, currently 94 young fella is a stock risers who will definitely be making a big big jump in the updated rankings. This past weekend in a dis -continued game against JHE- Black young fella showed the ability too knock down long range bombs at timely fashions he hit deep 3 pointers in a heated competitive contest that was stopped with 7:52 to go as teams got a little too emotional, we all must remember this is a game and is meant to be fun and entertaining. Young Fella was very effective and is a prospect to keep a close eye on. JHE Red 14U- Is off too a surprisingly 4-0 behind solid play from wing Brandon Jones who blends a combination of length, handle a wicked stop and pop pull-up game that has me saying Uwwweeee and a player who reads the passing lanes as well as I’ve seen in quite some-time and Tony Webb the rim protecting ultra energetic, chase you down and mid range game that makes you think baby Serge Ibaka the group in it’s first 4 games have looked ok and these two prospects are definitely stock risers and players who will making their debuts on the updated rankings Thanksgiving Day!! Mac Irvin Fire 14u is off too a 3-1 and if there is a better long range shooter than Kameran Kraft please let me know where he is at, size at his position makes him another kid whose stock is back on the rise. 13U Meanstreets and Public Enemy 13U are too of the heavy hitters in the age group and collide this coming Sunday. Jalen Griffith our number prospect in the class has been nothing short of spectacular thus far and now has big Davious Loury and Mehki Lowery to run with him against the star studded group that includes  Amire Robinson, Mike Davis, Khoi Thurman and Collin Wainscott, wow talent will be on hand as 7 of our Top 25 of 2023 will be in that game!!!  2023 Emmet Oshaugnessy has been putting on a show and once again showing that he definitely is a talent and one of the better players in the class and has Hoopademix 13U being very competitive. Several Big- Time match-ups this weekend that should be fun to watch.

Young Player Showcase Recap 1

This is the age where kids are just starting to show signs of things to come in the future and if this is any indication, then things are in good hands. I saw kids knocking down long-range bombs at with incredible accuracy at such a young age, I saw nice decision making, athleticism, ball handling and incredible effort. These young players competed hard yet their sportsmanship was incredible. I would like to Thank all the parents who were patient and understandable dealing with the Time & Location Change you guys were great. I’ve had numerous calls and text from people saying nothing but great things, again I want you all to know I truly appreciate it. I will be providing a synopsis over the next few days and will definitely be seeing many of these players in the upcoming months.

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Young Player Showcase Champs

This team here is loaded and had all the ingredients, Bigs who could handle, wings who were knock down shooters, fiesty defenders who locked up, guards who could get past defender at will, pgs who loved to get the assist and players who played to win and didn’t care who got the points. I’ve had plenty of showcases from 3-12 grade levels and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group who just wanted to win and worked so well together congrats NNAMBI UBAWKI, JEREMIAH PICKENS, MARCUS JACKSON II, BRYAN DIAZ, JAKE HORNOK, ANTWON AGEE, JALEN CROWDER, ISAIAH PICKENS, SEAN BROWN, MILES HODO and MAKAI KVAMME job well done and I’ll be seeing you all soon.

Noah Mister

Noah Mister- 2026 – Somebody give me this kid schedule, do not let the babyface fool ya, ” Young Fella Is A Beast” I’m paying to see lil fella anytime I’m available, there aren’t many 3rd graders with the skill set of Noah, he can get anywhere he wants on the floor, all while being poised and in control. Playing against elite players a class older young fella showed no separation in game.  Here is a prospect jrhoopselite will be speaking about for years to come. While it’s early and we do not do rankings for kids so young, there definitely aren’t many in the class of young Noah.

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EJ Breland

EJ Breland- 2025 Here is a kid who can knock it down from outside, finish at the rim after beating a defender with a crafty dribble or set a teammate up for a basket. Young Fella is a combo guard that can do whatever is needed for his team. Yes he is a West-side guard who can show the flare and be a crowd pleaser yet he has the discipline and poise to use everything he has in his arsenal with a purpose. He showed at the Young Player Showcase he is a competitor with a drive to be good. JrhoopsElite will definitely be keeping tabs on young EJ as he is a prospect we figure to be making much noise in the future.

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Marcus Jackson II

Marcus Jackson II-2025 Central Illinois has some nice young talent and if there are anymore like Marcus then they are in great shape, young fella seemed a little tentative due too so many new faces and the showcase environment at first, but as soon as he got comfortable the other teams were in trouble, Marcus was showing step backs, reverse -layups, euro’s and around the back passes like he knew what this was about. He showed at The Young Player Showcase his showcase game all while showing he understands the game hitting his perimeter shooters in the right spots for 3″s. Here is another prospect JrhoopsElite will be keeping tabs on.

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Leshawn Stowers

Leshawn Stowers- 2025 Young Fella showed nice game at the showcase handling the ball and getting to the rack with little trouble, He was chosen as an all-star despite playing up in the wrong age bracket, that’s crazy because we thought young fella was in 2024 class. Young Fella missed the opportunity to play the 4 on 4 and individuals with his class. Leshawn is clearly a talent and one of the better players in his class, Jrhoopselite will be at plenty of young fella’s summer tournaments and look forward to him coming back in Aug at the Next Young Player Showcase. Peoria is a hot-bed of talent and you can add this young fella name down as future prospect who you will be hearing about.

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Taven Brunson

Taven Brunson -2025 Young Fella is a player, he is crafty with the ball, uses the change of pace very well with the dribble as he keeps defenders off balance, I can also tell Taven has a high basketball I.Q as he was always in the right spots, moving with-out the ball weather he got the pass or not. There were also instances where he set up his defender rather well in efforts of getting his teammate a better shot but his teammates were not up to speed with what was happening, here is another kid you will be hearing a lot about in the future as he has a pretty mature game for his age.

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MIke Pierre

Mike Pierre 2026-  The youngest player at the showcase, this kid he was fearless going at the older kid and more than holding his own, He showed no fear and impressed me big time with his I belong attitude and no excuses mentality. The future is very bright for Mike, he also showed he can handle pressure and isn’t afriag of the moment winning the 3 point contest over 45 participants and hitting every clutch 3 when the pressure was on. Yep!!!! young fella shocked the gym and walked out the 3 pt Champion quite impressive. Jrhoopselite knows it will be talking about young fella for years to come.

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3/15

More Prospect Synopsis 3/16

News and Notes

Things are about to get hot and heavy as School Season comes to and end and AAU season is about to start, JrhoopsElite will be out every weekend looking at teams and players as we are always looking to share information on our future stars, many All-Star games will be underway as a few have been already taken place, to those kids and congratulations and good luck, there are many kids looking forward to AAU season I say to those kids good luck and have as much fun as possible remember this is a game. To the parents who will be  spending weekend after weekend in the gym watching countless amount of basketball you’re appreciated and deserve an applause. To the younger players and young ladies who play you will start to be featured more, thanks for all the calls, email and text I respond too all as soon as possible. Starting 3/13 I will have a Topic Of The Day Special each Monday.

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3/14

                                                                    News And Notes

This past weekend the action was hot and heavy, talent was in the gym from St. Louis, Indianapolis, Decatur, Peoria, Springfield, Jacksonville, Pleasant Prairie, Mt Sterling and of course Chicago made the 3 hr drive to represent. As the gym and town was packed with anticipation we saw some performances that people will be talking about for a long time. Kevin ” Boopie” Miller made the trip and showed why he is one of the elite players in his class, with the crowd surrounding his every move and basically waiting for him to enter the gym he came in a put on a performance against one of the elite pgs in his class that had everyone in the gym screaming ” Shortie is the truth” Young fella was slicing and dicing his way through opponents as if he were a Ginsu knife. He left no doubt that he should be classified a Top 5 prospect. Bennie Slater 2021. Showed he is definitely a prospect to keep close tabs on, he is a 6/2 plus wing who oozes with potential and will make his debut in the rankings next week a top 20 prospect easy. Dionysious Sims 2021 was an absolute beast and in a class where there are not many bigs young fella with his 6/4 frame an athleticism looks to make his way in the top 25 on that list as well. Te Jackson 2023 proved that not all the 2023 class talent comes from up north, this young fella is clearly a player and when the 2023 class rankings come out next month look for young fella name in that top 5, he is a long wiry wing that can do it all. Jimmy Mcfadden came in late and showed he maybe a baseball stud, but he is also a basketball player on the rise, the long athletic young fella faired very well and definitely will be in the updated rankings next week.  Brylan Philips 2022 was a standout, he showed no fear and was coming at the class of 2021 top players including a nice back and forth 3 minute stretch against Boopie in which Brylan was attacking the basket and getting buckets, young fella stock is definitely rising as he will make a big leap in the rankings next week. Terrence Ford Jr, Ahmad Bynum will definitely be moving up in rankings these young men here were also players that everyone kept asking me about T. Baby skills were on display big time as he showed the ability to get in the lane cuase havoc, his passing was superb and his jump shot was on and popping knocking down 4 in a row during the all- star game. Ahmad Bynum showed he is about to erupt on the scene as he showed he has a lot of game, he can handle, shoot and the explosiveness is on its way, this young fella definitely will be making a tremendous leap in the rankings. Coach let him play. Maki Rose, Lesean Glover, Treavor Taylor, Keyshaun Smith, RJ Walker, TJ Price, Andrew Schluter, Jshaun Richards, Jack Hayer, E.J Alexander. Marlell Coleman, Jaylen Drane, Ishmael Habib, Kevione Brown, Marshawn Tolliver Tate Fullerton, Marcus Peppers were all standouts look for them to all make movement or be included on the updated list also several will be in stock risers articles coming out. What Jrhoopselite found out was that Coach Tim Allen has some talent down there at Grant Middle School, they are loaded, I mean both levels with Bennie Slater, Maki Rose, Dalen Banks, Lezell Smith, Gabe Burnes, Michael Rodriguez, Collin Skinner,Andrew Schluter, Shawn Newman Jr. Timothy Price, Keshaun Smith, Cam’ron Kincaid, Jshaun Richards, Devione Brady, Payton Webster, Ashaud Johnson, Austin Tomcko and Tye Banks. Now the pressure is on, Grant will enter our school rankings as a Top 5 school in the state and be one of the favorites at the Prestigious  Best of The Midwest tournament Nov. 4-6th. They finished 6th place last year losing to a powerful Ariel(this year that same team is led Jaylen Drane& Terrence Ford) I think Springfield is primed to make a run at a state title.

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Kevin ” Boopie Miller

Kevin Miller 2021- Was an absolute beast out there, a player who never runs from a challenge showed he hasn’t lost his competitive edge. If you are looking for a player that wants to take your heart from your body look no further. If you are not on your A game you are in for a long day with young fella because he shows no mercy. Walked away with the Most Outstanding Player.

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Te’ Jackson

Te’ Jackson 2023- Here is a kid who can do everything with the ball, he can play all 5 positions on the floor. He is a natural wing who will give just about any player in his class fits. A top 5 Prospect when his class rankings come out.

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Dionysious Sims

Dionysious Sims 2021- A long athletic shot blocking big who can run the court like a deer and emerging prospect who is just scratching the surface of his potential, this is the kind of player every coach wants on his team.

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                                                  Best Of Midwest Fall League Final 4 Recap

The gym was packed the action intense, 28 high school coaches in attendance at last count, to get a look at some of the best talent in the classes of 2021 and 2022.

 13U The day started with game involving Mac Irvin Fire 13U and JHE. A game involving quite possibly the states best shooter regardless of class Kameron Craft and JrhoopsElite # 1 rated player Jaylen Drane whom both play for the fire and JHE a bunch of carefree under the radar prospects who play hard. The game was back and forth with clutch shot after clutch shot. JHE seemed to have the game under control and appeared ready to advance having the ball with a 1:53 seconds and up 4. Fire Turned up there defensive intensity forced a turnover, knocked down a 3 pointer. with approximately 1:08 left a push between players on both sides ended with a tech being called on JHE. As the momentum switched with less than a minute to go, it now appeared Fire was in position to advance to the championship leading by 1 with the ball and 16 seconds. JHE committed a foul, and down by 2 with a second left Donavan Jones hit 2 free throws to send it to over-time. In over time JHE Squeaked out a close one to advance.  In the second Semi- Final it was the team(Solo)that looked on paper to have all the elements AJ Casey, Terry Elias looked to have the size advantage over the feisty scrappy undersized Lil Village. But the constant pressure and aggressive Lil Village never let Solo get comfortable and Lil Village won.

This set up a good old fashion in your face pressure vs pressure game against two up and coming teams looking for respect JHE and Lil Village.( Not to mention these two had just played in a championship game against each other a few hours ago in the Ronnie Fields Invitational. With the stands filled with excitement, screams coming from everywhere. DaMahrion Murrell and Lavonte Lilly came out like they had a point to prove. DaMahrion scored a quick 7 hitting a floater, knocking down a 3 and driving around his man and finishing at the basket, JHE was up 12/4 early. After a forcing a few turnovers and settling down Lazerick a drive and a bucket, 2 buckets down low by Daronte and a long range bomb by Ayvion. Lil Village closed it to 1 at halftime. The second half big Donavan(JHE) had to sit with foul trouble most of the second half before fouling out. As things seemed to unravel for JHE  Lavonte Lilly put on a show with finish after finish, young fella was unstoppable, a couple of free throws by Brian Diaz and a basket by Denim Juette it looked like JHE would now put it away up 4 with 2 minutes. Having the ball JHE took a few ill advised shots, Lil Village capitalized making several key baskets. After going back and forth both teams tired, coaches hollering at the refs, fans yelling ” yall cheating” there were 2 seconds on the clock down 2 with 2 shots for JHE. Lavonte Lilly at the line to tie the game. He missed the free-throws. I say to young fella ” Great Game!!!” learning experience, two teams who will see plenty of each other. Lavonte Lilly was clearly player of the game, DaMahrion Murrell definitely made a statement that he is one of those up and coming elite guards. Ayvion Morris and Daronte Patterson showed everyone in attendance they are elite players in the class and were named C0- MVPs of the League.

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Meanstreets 14U

14U- In the first semi- final Ball Like Me Flames and Meanstreets the game started off with Willie Bradley launching 3 28ft bombs that had everyone on their feet. After a quick time-out, Meanstreets rallied behind some great ball movement and took a 1 point lead at half. In the second half there were several missed easy opportunities missed by Ball Like Me on some incredible passes by Christian Henry. Meanstreets waited to the playoffs to play their best ball,the ball was swinging side to side finding the open man and there shots were falling. They ended up running away in the second half. Semi Final TTB vs Huskies.. In this game emotions ran high. Kendall Martin and Drequan Williams came out knocking shots down and scoring easily combining for the first 15pts of the game for Huskies taking charge of the game. Kendall having 14 points at half and at one time having out scored TTB  14/13 by himself in the first half. The second half T.T.B mounted a comeback they went on a run after a pull up jumpshot by Kevin Miller a pull up jumpshot by KD and a by Ahmad Bynum the game was tied. Now under 2 minutes and game tied crowd going crazy a missed shot by Huskies and Missed Shot by T.T.B. allowed Huskies to get the go ahead layup that eventually turned out to be the game winner.

In the Championship game a match up of Huskies vs Meanstreets. The teams came out playing a straight Western Conference game where the defense was lacking in the first half, Teams were scoring at will. DJ was a force scoring at will and posting 15 points quickly, Drequan knocked shots down and Lil Tuca burried a couple of deep long range bombs for Meanstreets they appeared to be a little tentative to start but quickly found its way back going into half down 1 36/35. In the second half it appeared that Meanstreets game plan was “WE ARE BIGGER” they continually attacked the basket and shot 10 foot and in shots. There length was just too much to handle on the boards and at the rim. They had 3 players who finished better than 17pts Isaiah Barnes, Grant Newell, Luka Balac. The intangible 2 Desmond Dunn and Brandon Hall were a force all playoffs and are 2 kids whom I call the perfect pieces. They are great kids who do whatever needed to get the win, without those two they don’t get to where they are now.  Isaiah Barnes and Luka Balac were named League Co- MVPs Great Job!!!!. Jrhoopselite would like to thank everyone who participated in the event.

Thanks,

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11/1

     

News and Notes

What a weekend from Milwaukee, Pleasant Prairie, Libertyville and Lisle I saw some good action this past weekend and the talent was everywhere, some of the known players came up big and several of the lesser known players made statements. JrhoopsElite number one rated prospect in the 2020 class Adam Miller was again on display showing he is a big time player making crucial play after crucial play in leading his team to the championship at Toi Baylor, including a game winning 3 pointer over a the tough Mercury Elite 2020 in which he finished with 24pts, and cemented his status as the number one rated prospect in the 2020 class when the updated rankings come out. We got a chance to see several of the big time players step up in a hostile environment with the gym pack with anticipation. Nimari Burnett hit a crucial basket down the stretch, Marcus Watson and Quinton Rock made big time plays during several runs, but it was the combination of Luke Scheffers and Jayden Johnson that had everyone shocked and amazed. JrHoopsElite has always been very high on both of these players (as witnessed by them being in our top 20)and they both showed many what we have been saying all along. Luke Scheffers was in absolute control of his team finishing with 20 and 6 making a statement that he needs to be in contention for that top pg spot in the class and right by his side was the versatile steady climbing the rankings 6ft 2 plus sg Jayden Johnson who had the whole gym buzzing as he hit 4  3pt baskets in the last 4 minutes from N.B.A. range that had the fans doing circles and asking” who is that kid?” young fella finished with 22. While it was and exciting day where many kids stood out people who didn’t know now know what I’ve said from Day 1 put some Respect!!!! in front of the Mercury Elite 2020 

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This young group here is nice they have a lot of pieces they are definitely a team to be keping a close eye on in the their respective division when everyone is there and healthy they can compete with anyone and a re worthy of being mentioned with anyone. I witnessed them this past weekend take home the championship against a fiesty Illinois Legends. The talent is everywhere on this young team look for JrhoopsElite to keep close tabs on their players Keon Alexander, Joe Spaccapanicca, Zac Crowner, Marcus Williams, Jeremy Bennett, Luke Pettaway, Quinton Hunter, Kobey Tai, Jeremey Fears and the super young and way before his years “special special Jeremiah Fears 2025.

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DaMahrion Murrell 2022-  Every so often I see a kid and say “I wish I was coaching him” Talk about calm and poised, talk about under control, talk about efficient. Well lets just say there is a pg who is under the radar and definitely on the verge of making some noise. Young DaMahrion is a floor general and in a class that is filled with talent at the position you can add young fella to the eqautionA lot of kids are good at this level based on speed and strength, what makes young fella stand out is his skill and understanding. DaMahrion is definitely a prospect Jrhoopselite will be monitoring,  he earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase August 13th where many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance. Here is a kid who has flown under the radar and who people will know about real soon.

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Bryce Shoto

Bryce Shoto 2022- Here is a kid who is a blur on the court with the ball in his hands, he  virtually gets where ever he wants on the floor, While small in stature young Bryce is as tough as nails, I watched him take a beating by double and triple teams getting pounded and hacked and he never backed down. Young fella puts a tremendous amount of pressure on defenses with his ability to break his defender down off the dribble. I’ve witnessed young fella several times and what impresses me is that he does whatever is needed by the coach. I’ve witnessed him be a consummate point guard and just distribute the ball and be a leader on the floor, I’ve witnessed games where he played off the ball and knocked down jump-shots from deep and be incredibly efficient shooting maybe 4-6 shots a game and now I’ve witness young fella be the leader and have the onus oh him being the primary scorer and facilitator for his team and virtually everything being on his shoulders in order for his team to be successful and what I now understand is that Bryce is a player he will do whatever needed in the attempt to put his team in position to win. Bryce earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase August 13th. Where many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance

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7/18

Here is a list of several players who will be entering or rising in the updated rankings.

Moving up!!!!

DJ Showers 2020

Xavier Austin 2020

DaMahrion Murrell 2022

Marquise Barnes 2021

Bryce Shoto 2022 

Finn Walsh 2020

Jayden Johnson 2020

Luke Scheffers 2020

DaMarius Splunge 2020

Derek Dingens 2020

Kobe Reed 2021

Anthony Baptiste 2021

Dentrell Jackson 2022

Sebastian Mack 2022


 

 News and Notes

The basketball world has been hot and heavy with teams, players, and parents having the times of their lives right now with all the action that’s been going on around the country with our Illinois teams. Players and teams are turning heads everywhere. Here are several observations over the past few weeks.

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12U- Riverdale Realist Champions of the Mini- Nationals. This young group grew on me very quickly, they are feisty and bring that us against the world mentality. Yep they are fighting for that respect. Well let me say to all. They have earned it!!!! This group plays the way a young team is suppose too they share the ball well, play for each other and aren’t consumed with who gets what. They  have a plethora of talent and several kids will be in the updated rankings off their team and are also invited to the Top Prospect Showcase August 13th.  Young fella Joshua Edwards is a long left handed wing that is surely to be known shortly through-out the state as an elite player. Tyler Smith is a heady, savvy point guard who shows poise beyond his age and is steady as a rock, Jahki Johnson slick handling point guard who also has poise beyond his years and shows the ability to score or be a leader on the floor, Jakeem Cole is the speedy, feisty, flashy guard who is a terror on ball defender and showed a very nice stroke from deep and Jeremiah the do everything and anything you need player that coaches love he can score, distribute and defend he as well as his teammates are definitely on JrhoopsElite radar and we look forward to covering in the future.

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Darius Clemmons

Darius Clemmons 2021- This long athletic 6ft plus wing is just scratching the surface of what he will be down the line. He has a nice outside touch from 3 and handles the ball well for his size. Look for Darius name to appear in the updated rankings being released later this month. With his play and potential young fella looks quite the part as he earned an invite to the invitation event Top Prospect Showcase August 13th.

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13U – Illinois Glory Champions of the Mini- Nationals This group is feisty and fearless they play a up-tempo game where they are all over the floor. With talented players DJ, Ismael, Kendall, and Marlell. This is group is emerging and eager for their team and names to be mentioned with the elite. This past weekend they looked impressive as they were playing as a unit. The parts seemed to click and no one had an answer. Look for several of their players to participate in the invitation event Top Prospect Showcase August 13th.

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Nick Owens 2021- Young fella had been out of sight for a while and he returned leaving no doubt he belongs in the conversation with the elite in his class,  Lil Nick impresses me over and over again “he has that special” This past weekend he and his close friend Davion Rogers(one of the elite guards  in the 2020 class) lead their team to the 14U championship beating several teams with elite guards in the 2020 class. Young fella seems to never be fazed by the high level competition or the physicality of the older kids. He finished the championship game with 17pts and 5 assist. He once again proved he is a top player in the class and is definitely a player who will rise in the updated rankings. Look for Nick Owens at the Top Prospect Showcase August 13thCurrently holding down the 21st  spot in rankings due mostly to inactivity young fella is back and in the groove and on the rise.

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Atarion Moore(Redd) 2021- Here is a do it all combo guard who has the tools. Young fella known to most out south as (Redd) is another one of “those dudes” He is a guard who can out play or hold his own against anyone. Playing right now for Old Gold many are sleep on his talents, well let me assure you Jrhoopselite will be saying the name very often. Young fella has top 25 talent and earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase with his showing the past few weeks. Make no mistake about it young fella will be in the updated rankings being released and jrhoopselite  will definitely be looking forward to monioting young fella progress.

13U- All In  This group has been very good all year and concluded with winning the Classic Bracket at AAU Nationals this past week. They boost a roster with several highly rated prospects on the Jrhoopselite 2021 class rankings. We would like to congratulate them on a job well done in representing Illinois.

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2021- Darius Duff- This long active combo guard is a very intriguing prospect, he has a solid handle where he can get into the lane at will and he has the length that many of the smaller guards will have trouble with. Young for his class Darius seems to have a very nice upside, I saw young fella several weeks ago and he looked the part of a nice prospect, he stayed in the lane causing havoc on offense with his attacking style. Darius earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase August 13th where he will come out and compete against the elite in his class. We look forward to seeing you fella compete as he definitely will be in our rankings being released after showcase.

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Marquette Park 10U- This young group here has some names to be looking for in the future, they are a bunch who put constant pressure on you from beginning of the game to the last play of the game, they are tireless and keep throwing lil guy after lil guy who are as tough as nails. Just having recently won the 10U Mini Nationals they are a bunch who will surely be carrying home several trophies in the future.

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 Terrence Thomas 2020-This young fella here has that special in him, he is a kid who oozes with potential yet teases you all the time. Terrence is second to none with the ability to handle the ball in traffic and and slice and dice his way to the basket. Every game he will do a move that makes you say WoW!! Once young fella picks up his motor to play hard all game and compete every play watch out!!! Young fella is definitely a kid who in a few years people will be asking where did he come from? Terrence with his play over the past several weeks has elevated his stock tremendously, he is currently rated a top 25 prospect by jrhoopselite and has earned an invite to the Fabulous Freshmen Showcase August 13th.

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 Vernon Henry 2022- Watch out there is another name to add to the list of talented players in the class of 2022. Vernon is a stout attacking guard who has a handle that gets him anywhere he wants to go. Right now he is under the radar, but make no mistake about it Vernon will cause some people to slide as he definitely will be the upodated rankings. Young fella earned and invite to the Top Prospect Showcase August 13th. Im eager to see how young Vernon fairs against other elite guards in the class. From the looks of this weekend many of the kids on the list will be in trouble. Look for Jrhoopselite to keep a close eye on young Vernon.

Coming tomorrow @ 10pm more News and Notes an Top Prospect and Fabulous Freshmen registration forms

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

7/12


 

Emmanuel Rivera
Emmanuel Rivera

Emmanuel Rivera 2021- Talk about GYM RAT- Well young fella is everywhere a ball is  bouncing, Young fella is eager to show that the north side has plenty of players that can play and he is one of them. Look for Emmanuel top display his talents at the Top Prospect Showcase June 4th. He is on a mission to show he belongs and will be there representing Team Flight.

Ari Brown
Ari Brown

Ari Brown 2020- If there is one player who has been creating quite a buzz over the last few weeks it’s been Mr. Brown. This kid  has been playing super and nothing changed this past weekend. Ari put his team on his back in every game. He played the hardest I’ve seen a kid play in a game in quite sometime. This young fella picked up his man full- court-the whole game and then came back down and hit every clutch shot. One coach came up to me and said ” I love this kid, I want him I’ve seen all the so called best and this is the kid I want please introduce me”  Yep Ari Brown is making quite a name. Once a player just learning how to play, young fella has put in countless hours getting better in the gym, and not only is Ari a good basketball player, he is an even better young man. Talk about a respectable kid they get no better than Ari Brown. Keep up the good work young man, your future is very bright.

Meanstreets 12 U
Meanstreet 12U Jam Fest Champiuons

Meanstreets 12U- This group is starting to click, they seem to have found there rhythm. They come off a strong performance this past weekend capturing the Championship. This group is talented and stacked with a lot of parts and anyone can beat you on any given night. Coach Randle has the group playing as a team and looked very unselfish in sharing the ball. Look for many of their players to be on the initial 2022 class rankings being released June 8th.  Also several of their players have been invited to the Top Prospect Showcase June 4th.

DeAndre Berry
Deandre Berry

Deandre Berry- Put on a show this past weekend at the Chicago Jam-Fest, he was unguardable at times, Numerous teams used trick defenses such as box and one or running 2 people at young fella. Deandre  is a name many will get to know. Young fella easy earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase where he is eagerly awaiting his chance to play against the elite players in the class. look for young fella in the updated ranking and new released rankings coming out June 8th.

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Kevin Drumgoole

Kevin Drumgoole- 2020 Can you say underrated!!!!!! I can, sometimes kids just need the opportunity. Kevin is an intriguing prospect that has a tremendous upside and it makes me say ” What Have These Coaches Been Thinking?”  This is one of those kids that make me want to get back into coaching.  Young fella displayed a variety of skills this past weekend and he has a frame and athleticism that speaks volumes. As young fella gets reps on the floor against high level competition his game will grow even more. This is one prospect who has Top 25 gifts he just has never been allowed to play, make mistakes and grow from them. Only time will tell what the future holds but young fella has the tools to work with and showed that in glimpses this past weekend. Young fella Stock is definitely rising and he will make a huge jump in our updated rankings released next month if nothing else but potential alone. Stay in the gym young fella and get them reps up.

Gabriel Rivera- James
Gabriel Rivera- James

Gabriel Rivera- James 2022- Young fella has established himself as one of those elite guards in the 2022 class. Gabriel is a slick ball handling point guard who gets wherever he wants on the floor. I watched him in several games and saw no point guard be able to contain him off the dribble with-out help. He was consistently splitting the double teams and had the ball on a string. Young Gabriel earned an invitation as did his back-court mate Kevin Dela-Praz to the Top Prospect Showcase being held June 4th. where many of the top kids in the Midwest will be in attendance. Look for Gabriel on the initial 2022 class rankings being released June 8th.

Early May Stock Risers

Marshawn Sayles
Marshawn Sayles

Marshawn Sayles- 2022 Young fella came down this past weekend and showed he is a force to reckoned with. He is a big kid who can hold down the middle, while being able to step outside and knock down the jump-shot consistently. This is a player that every coach in state would want on their team. Young Marshawn was a stud at the last Top Prospect Showcase and showed he is definitely one of the elite players in his calss with his play this past weekend. Look for young Marshawn in the  intial 2022 rankings to be released next month.

Jyce Hyland
Jayce Hyland

Jayce Hyland 2021- Young fella definitely is on the rise, playing this past weekend at the Chicago Jam-Fest he displayed what a true warrior and pressure player he is. Playing in a rivalry game in front of a standing room only crowd young fella played with tremendous poise. His team seemed  down and out with less than 10 seconds to go. The opposing team up 1 with a chance to to go ahead by 3 missed a layup and young fella calmly hit the game winning 3 as time expired. Young Jayce clearly showed the ability to lead. His stock is on the rise and young fella definitely earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase June 4th. We look forward to catching young fella play this spring and summer to monitor his progress.

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Kaleb Drumgoole

Kaleb Drumgoole 2020- Here is an emerging point guard who came down this past weekend and clearly displayed he is one player who can hold his own against anyone. Young Kaleb is learning to lead and lead his team to a final appearanceand had the tournament Champs on the ropes trailing by 2 at the half. Young fella along with his twin brother Kevin (who will be up later this week) are better suited for the next level. Kaleb is just starting to grasp the position. This young fella has the talent to be all conference at the next level sooner than later. It will be very interesting to watch him surpass many of his classmates. He plays both sides of the floor and his competitive spirit is starting to emerge.

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Andre Casey

Andre Casey 2022- This young player is getting better and better and the upside is tremendous, during stretches this past weekend I watched him dominate the much smaller opponents and I watched him in a one possession game and under 2 minutes go 7 for 8 at the free-throw line. Young fella impressed me with his no fear attitude. He closed the game out at the line and  seemed to welcome the moment. Look for young fella to be pretty high up on the list when the initial 2022 list comes out next month. Young Andre is invited to the Top Prospect Showcase June 4th.

Cole Steinbaugh
Cole Steinbaugh

Cole Steinbaugh 2021- This young fella came in a virtual unknown to many, he left a player on the rise. Cole is a hard nose feisty point guard who leaves it all on the floor. He is part of a young nucleus that seems to be getting better tournament by tournament.  JrhoopsElite will continue to monitor young Cole in the future. Young fella earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase June 4th.

                                  Chicago Jam Fest Recap 1

I would like to say Thank You !!! to all the players, parents, coaches and staff that made this event such a huge success. When I say the atmosphere was the best I’ve ever been apart of, you would have had to be there. I also met so many great people from different areas that were just good people. Shout out to my man Ernest Parker from Memphis Tennessee. Not only is he an excellent coach he is an excellent person. Me and others of the staff had just as much fun talking with him as we did watching some of the games he left us and made one hell of an impression, Hey Earnest we will be in Memphis. Shout out to the Ohio Bulldogs entire program and fan base, they came here and represented themselves quite well and played with pride and supported one another they clearly are an up and coming young program and there 2020 team is definitely one of the premier teams in the Midwest. Want to say that coaches Jeter Gibson, Sean Burress, Frank Coates, Antonio Jones, Reggie Bates, Patrick Cooper, Dwayne James and Ashely Redmond are some really good people I watched and spoke with these individuals and love their spirit and affection they have for the kids. I definitely would let my son play for one of these individuals Great Job and Continue the good work. More to come later this week. players will be spotlighted.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

Ohio Bulldogs 14 U champs
Ohio Bulldogs 14U Champions
Illinois Blaze 12U
Illinois Blaze 12U Runner Up
Illinois Truth
Illinios Truth Runner Up 13U
C house 9 U
C house 9U Champions

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Illinois Wolves 14U

Illinois Wolves 14U Is one of the hottest teams around, they are currently 15-0 after winning this past weekend. the are coached by first year and former prep star De’Andre McCamey. This group is anchored in the middle by one of the elite big men in his class Colin Crothers and one of the elite guards in the class Elliot Sieger. Look for this group to get tested this weekend in Indiana. But as of now they look quite impressive an would be this weeks pick as team of the week.

The gym will be packed with action from many of the best teams in the Midwest. JrhoopsElite will be writing articles and giving out invitations to the Top Prospect Showcase in June. Here is a list of teams below who will definitely be in attendance

Illinois Truth
Manimals
Wisconsin Wizzards
Detroit Motor City
T.T.B
Illinois Marksman
Illini Legacy
Caron Butler Elite
Team Prodigy
All in
Kevon Looney Rebels
Meanstreets
Ohio Bulldogs
Mercury Elite
Junior Varsity
Illinois Ballhawks
Michigan Elite
Indiana Elite
HoopsAve
Illinois Blaze
Back to Basics
Team Flight
Illinois Huskies Select
Illinois I.C.E.
Future Elite
Illinois Intruders
Road Runners Elite
Wisconsin Playground Elite
G.I. Panthers Elite
Moon Elite
B&B Elite
Steger Wildcats
HCH Shooters
H.O.O.D
Jaguars

among others

                                         HERE WE COME !!!!!!!

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Illinois Marksman

2021- Look out there is a team that is ready to emerge as one of the elite in their class. This team has guard play that is ready to take on all challenges and “fears none” the oh so steady pg Sean, the tenacious combo Marlelle, and the ultra crafty Nashawn are tired of hearing about all the guards in the class. HERE THEY COME!!!!!! Add to that the Dynamic Duo on the wings DJ and Matt who are as gritty and as tough as they come, mix in the power forward who I’ve been getting call after call about Mikal and the oh so smooth up and coming 6th grader Ken and you have a squad to be reckoned with. This young team will be in action this up and coming weekend at the Chicago Jam Fest where the talent and action will be will be hot and heavy.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/25

JRHOOPSELITE TOP 100 CLASS OF 2021 

Jalin Gibson
Keon Joiner
T SMITH
Tevin Smith
Elijah Bull
Kevin Miller
Isaiah Weatherspoon
  1. Patrick Baldwin
  2. Tevin Smith
  3. Cameron Christie
  4. Ahmad Bynum
  5. Chris Hodges
  6. Scottie Edube
  7. Jaylin Gibson
  8. Bryce Hopkins
  9. Kamarhi Wilson
  10. Anthony Sales
  11. Kevin Miller
  12. Norvell Meadows
  13. Isaiah Donnell Weatherspoon
  14. Grant Newell
  15. Isaiah Barnes
  16. Luka Balac
  17. Ishmael Habib
  18. Marquise Irving
  19. Kyonte Thomas
  20. Dominic Bass
  21. Elijah Bull
  22. Chad Ready
  23. Blake Peters
  24. Darrion “DJ”Jones
  25. Avery Davis
  26. Kenton Wright
  27. Nick Owens
  28. Mason Blakemore
  29. Jermale Young Jr.
  30. Julio Montes Jr.
  31. Nathanael Hoskins
  32. Willie Bradley Jr.
  33.  Isaiah Holden
  34. Keon Joiner/ Mikal Clarke
  35. Christian Henry
  36. Sean Burress
  37. Kai Evans
  38.  Drequan Williams/ Landon Moore
  39. Deshun Sanders
  40. Resean McMiller/ Dylund Ingram
  41. Malik Williams
  42. /Sam Jackson
  43. Davione Gunn
  44. Tyler Johnson/ Desmond Dunn
  45. Noah Smith
  46. Nashawn Townsend
  47. Maki Rose
  48. John Poulakidis
  49. Ezra Stargell
  50. Chaz Harvey
  51. Elijah Jordan
  52. Trey Baker
  53. Kylund Smothers
  54. Jordan Young-White
  55. Keshon Mclain
  56. Devin Miles
  57. Carvel Kelly
  58. RJ Walker
  59. Rashad Trice
  60. Kimari Mcgee
  61. Chauncey Lee
  62. Jeahson Thomas
  63. Latrell Graham
  64. Ethan Hunt
  65. Jaylen Houston
  66. Marquise Barnes
  67. Delone Austin
  68. DeMarion Cobb
  69. Amarion Savage
  70. Joaquin Hughes
  71. Caleb Horton
  72. Deashawn Hemphill
  73. Jayce Hyland
  74. KJ Williams
  75. Brian Tyler
  76. Kenyon Coates
  77. Jameer Barker
  78. Isaiah Young
  79. Darius Ezell
  80. Keon Thompson
  81. Trent Devries
  82. Jalen Axibal
  83. Jacob Dimovski
  84. DeMarion Gardner
  85. Eddie Niles
  86. Amarion Johnson
  87. Brandon Hall
  88. Blake Ellingson
  89. Connor Enright
  90. Elgin Bowen
  91. Marcus Nix
  92. Caleb Corro
  93. Jaylen Mcbride
  94. Tyler Mclauren
  95. Clearance Jackson
  96. Lucious Jones
  97. Anthony Coleman
  98. Kenneth Smith
  99. Jayden Mcgill
  100. Tyler Jarvis
  101. Christian Terry
  102. Michael Scott

I will be up dating frequently as I see prospects in action, I do not put kids on the list that I have not seen. So there maybe kids who are deserving that will be on, I’m just waiting to actually see them live. Remember the list is ever changing and used as a tool to motivate and inspire. If there are any questions please feel free. Next Update will be June 9th

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/22

 

JRHOOPSELITE TOP 125 CLASS OF 2020

There are several kids who will be on the list or that deserve to be on the list, I will be out to different events to see prospects. My calendar is pretty full. I will be updating again after showcase.

Bryce Hall

Tyler Beard

DJ Steward

Colin Crothers
Sangolay Njie
Tyrelle Hunt
Adam Miller
  1. Adam Miller
  2. DJ Steward
  3. Lamontray Daugherty
  4. Nimari Burnett
  5. Shon Robinson
  6. Tyler Beard
  7. Destin Whitaker
  8. Bryce Hall
  9. Colin Crothers
  10. Damarius Splunge
  11. Ramean Hinton
  12. Sangolay Ejie
  13. Antione Bloxton
  14. Jayden Johnson
  15. Elliot Siegers
  16. PJ Edwards
  17. Tyrelle Hunt
  18. Will Wolf
  19. Keshawn Williams
  20. Marcus Watson Jr./Luke Scheffers
  21. Richard Simmons
  22. Joel Watts
  23. Ahron Ullis
  24. Joseph Wilson
  25. Michael Osborne
  26. Jeremiah Williams
  27. Ideary Mooney
  28. Donte  Maddox
  29. Lance Mosley
  30. Darius Buford
  31. Davion Rogers
  32. Mario Brown Jr.
  33. Aaron Tims
  34. Jaydon Williams
  35. Jalawn Farrell
  36. Joshua Joiner
  37. Cam Dougherty
  38. Everett Stubblefield Jr.
  39. Alec Millender
  40. Isaiah Burrell
  41. Johnathan Robinson
  42. Donavan Newby
  43. Ryan Kilburg
  44. Sam Schultz
  45. Jemario Minniefield
  46. Reggie Fisher/Jaheim Carson
  47. Micah Schnyders
  48. Seryee Lewis
  49. Danny Blank
  50. Elijah Randle
  51. Nashawn Howza
  52. Marcus Skeete
  53. Grayson Therron
  54.  Joey Tianen
  55. KJ Ross
  56. Azavier Williams
  57. Marcus Hayes Jr.
  58. Pierre Calhoun
  59. Armond Williams Jr.
  60. Justin Moore
  61. Davon Horne/ Elijah Pickens
  62. Markus Becton
  63. Terrence Thomas/ Kalyl Paylor
  64. Vincent Gonzales
  65. Ari Brown
  66. Collin Woods
  67. Taha Khan/
  68. Keavon Anderson
  69. Amareye Davis
  70. Myles Leavy
  71. Mac Quast
  72. Nick Kennedy
  73. Jeremiah Walls
  74. Mehki Robinson
  75. DaMarco Minor
  76. Kaleb Drumgoole
  77. Daniro Hill
  78. Tony Bennett Jr.
  79. Robert Postma
  80. Cristian Czerniak
  81. Matt Owens
  82. Jack Baldridge
  83. Daniel Gilbreathe
  84. Elijah Jones
  85. Darren Showers
  86. Jeremiah Williams
  87. Devin Davis
  88. Marco Foster
  89. Daiquan Black
  90. Abnar Muhammad
  91. RJ Ogom
  92. Kai Steinman
  93. Derrick Roberts
  94. Isaiah Tolbert
  95. Devon Tolbert
  96. Chrishon Jackson
  97. Chris Conway
  98. Xavier Tang
  99. Jason Williams
  100. Omari Bender
  101. Tyler bullock
  102.  Alijah Nelson
  103. Benny Franklin
  104. Trevon Freeman
  105. Elijah Shelton
  106. Terrence Boykin
  107. Davion Allen
  108. Paris Foster
  109. Isiah Youngquist
  110. Xavier Alston
  111. Kevin Drumgoole
  112. Will Wainscott
  113. Brandon Smith
  114. Devante Meeks
  115. Cincere Colbert
  116. Chris Perry
  117. Luis Johnson
  118. William Spells
  119. Demeko Nutall
  120. Alex Mills
  121. Torrence Hardin
  122. Sydney Jones
  123. Thurman Milton
  124. Phillip Bell

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/19

                      UPDATED 2021 Rankings up 10pm 4/20

                                           NEWS AND NOTES

This weekend past weekend there were plenty of people who displayed talent and were worthy of recognition. Here are some observations that were noticed immediately.  2023 class has some guards in the class that have special written all over them. Illinois Speed 2022 continues to be a well-oiled machine, The HoopsAve program is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future, and there is talent in that program. Mercury Elite 2020 is a team that features talent good enough to play with all of the shoe company affiliated programs and has a plethora of talent to keep an eye on. Meanstreets is now making a push to sew up talent at every grade- school level. Mac Irvin fire 2020 appears to have a hold as the best team in state at the 2020 level. Programs and players are popping up each week and the talent appears to be spread out. Several Programs such as Illinois Ballhawks, MoonsElite, Illinois Marksman, Prodigy, Blaze Jaguars, Speed and others are making strong pushes to put themselves on the radar and definitely have talent. Here are a few players that really stood out with their performances this past weekend.

Mike Davis
Mike Davis

Mike Davis-2023 – This shifty, ball handling wizard was an absolute stud while I watched him playing up a grade for the Mighty Men 2022 class. Young fella has a presence and quiet confidence about himself that makes you notice him right away. I thought he was pretty good when I thought he was in 6th grade” Wow!!!” Is what I said after finding he was in 5th. He has excellence size, foot speed and length where he can do damage on both sides of the floor. In a class that is special at the guard position mark it down right now Mike Davis is one you will definitely be seeing at the top of the list. Special is written all over this young fella. The Top Prospect Showcase will be June 4th and young fella definitely has earned and invite, we look forward to closely monitoring young fella and his progress as we expect to writing articles about this young kid for a longtime to come. We also look forward to seeing young fella playing against the elite players in his class.

JAYDEN
Jaylen Drane

Jaylen Drane- 2022- Every time I watch young fella play it’s a treat to watch. Young Jaylen has that “it” for sure. He is the kid who makes me run to the schedule and see what court he is playing on. Young fella displayed his ability to get wherever he wanted on the court and was virtually unguardable this weekend. This is definitely one of my favorite players to watch in middle school because he has such a variety of skills. This past weekend young fella did nothing but prove he is one of the elite players in the Country his grade level and one of those kids I would want on my team if I were coaching.

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Jeremy Fears

Jeremy Fears- 2023-This young guard was last scene putting in work at NY2La putting in work against Meanstreets he has now changed uniforms and continues to play well. Young Jeremy Fears Jr. has a bloodline that speaks basketball. Young fella has a nice handle and solid shot and can sometimes be electrifying, JrhoopsElite will be monitoring the progress of young fella and look forward to seeing Jeremy at the Top Propsect Showcase this June as he earned his invitation a couple of weeks ago with his stellar play.

Ryan Gilburg
Ryan Kilburg

Ryan Kilburg 2020- Young Ryan is back on the scene after being out with injury during the school basketball season it now appears that young Ryan is rounding back into form. A couple of months ago he played well at the Top Prospect Showcase and he is starting top show his ability to do a variety of things on the floor. His shot was streaky this weekend, but what impressed me was his ability to breakdown his defender and get to the rack. Some shots at the rim were near misses but he showed the ability to maneuver through traffic with little ease playing against what may have been the most talented collective back-court in the class. Ryan is definitely and intriguing prospect who has the plenty of potential.

Davon Horn

Davon Horne 2020- Young fella has been on a tear lately and his stock is definitely on the rise, Davon in  pictures with the ever so supportive mom Latorya has been putting in the work and game has taken off to new heights. He recently walked away with MVP at the Sterl to Pearl All- Star game and is currently running the point for Meanstreets Adams. Known as a shooter early on, Davon has shown the ability to run the point, handling the ball under pressure and breaking his man down off the dribble to either create for his teammates or himself. Young Davon has been quite impressive lately and it’s being noticed. look for young fella to take a nice leap in the updated rankings.

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Quinton Rock

Quinton Rock 2020- This young fella right here is player, get to know the name, “Q” Quinton has exploded on the scene, having moved here this year from Denver. In the championship game against Prodigy, he and his partner Nimari Burnett played the roles of the splash brothers. Q came up clutch knocking down 3 long distance threes in the last 10 minutes of the game, including game tying shots and the shot that proved to be the game winner. I have been watching young fella for a couple of months now and have come to the conclusion that he maybe the best shooter in the state. Also don’t get it confused  Quinton is a talent that has a variety of skills that many have not seen due to all the talent on his team and the sacrifices each of them make. Remember you heard it here Quinton Rock is definitely someone you will see getting plenty of ink in high school.

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Bryce Hall

Bryce Hall 2020- Talk about an upside, here is a kid who has the frame and the tools. Young Bryce Hall is a quite a talent whom  can really attack the basket and impose his will on the smaller guards in the class. When he learns to trust his jump-shot people will be in trouble. There were instances this weekend where young fella carried his team until others got going. This is another kid whom I look at and say ” people will be reading about him really soon”. Bryce Hall is the face of Team Prodigy  and he is emerging into a leader, this process is definitely one that I feel will help him in the long run.

Chaz
Chaz Harvey

Chaz  Harvey 2021- Here is a young player who showed he will do whatever needed to keep his team in the game, I witnessed young Chaz in one game be a total leader, distributing the ball, running his team and showing leadership in leading his team to victory. I then witnessed young fella in another game score 15 points in the first half to keep his team in the game against one of the Elite teams in the State. Young Chaz is a true pg and plays with tremendous poise, he is like a coach on the floor. Young fella is an up and coming prospect. Young Chaz earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase  June 4 th. where many of the top players in his class will be in attendance.JrhoopsElite looks forward to watching and monitoring his progress. Chaz will make his way in the updated rankings being released later this week.

Antione Bloxtan
Antione Bloxtan

Antione Bloxton 2020- If there was anyone who created a buzz after a performance more this weekend I can’t tell. More people asked me who is this kid and where did he come from than anyone. Yep he is Mr. Antione Bloxton and if you would have saw him against the Mercury Elite in one of the most entertaining games of the weekend you would have thought he was Stephen Curry he was unstoppable scoring 2o of his 27 in the second half to bring his team from behind to win. Coach after the game ” Rick who is that # 3 sh******* if he aint the best player in here somebody lying” well young fella has a knack for special performances and is definitely one of the premier scorers in the state. He is one of 3 guys in his class that I feel can score against any defense equally effective and one of the elite scores.

Namari
Nimari Burnett

Nimari Burnett 2020- What can you say that hasn’t already been said. Young fella is one of those big-time players that never shy’s away from the moment and has ice water in his veins. In a game against a heated rivalry former team (Team Prodigy) it looked like his current team may go down in flames. With Marcus Watson Jr his back-court mate not being at full strength and his father pacing the floor and a little nervous Nimari his usual self had his hands on basically every key play in some form or fashion. Every-time it seemed like Team Prodigy was going to put the game away young fella made a big play. Whether it was knocking down a 25 footer to keep his team within striking distance while everyone is saying ” OH NO!!! , or setting his teammates up for wide-open shots. Nimari has proven time and time again he is a winner. If I were to say there is a kid who is light years away from his pears at understanding the moment and knowing how to finish off a game it would definitely be Nimari Burnett he is a winner supreme.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/18

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 # 1 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

4/14


                                           HERE WE COME!!!!!

huskies
Illinois Huskies– Small Fry National Champs

 We would like to congratulate all the small fry teams that competed in Nationals this past week. On the Varsity level Marquette Best finished in the final 4, While Robert Taylor finished runner up in a hard fought championship game, again great job and keep your heads held high as you all represented Illinois very well. On the Rookie level Illinois Huskies Select did the unthinkable, in it’s first year of existence they went down to Florida and came back with the National Championship a special congratulations is due to Paris Martin and his organization. Look for the Huskies this Spring and Summer as they prepare to make a splash on the AAU circuit.

Caleb Horton
Caleb Horton

Caleb Horton 2021- Young fella is  unknown to many right now but that is surely to change, Young fella has a sweet release on his outside shot and is very deceptive with his handle. Caleb plays on the Meanstreets and is sure to have many heads turning with his play this Spring. Over the past weekend Caleb earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase  coming June 4th. Young fella is definitely a prospect we will be monitoring this Spring and Summer. He is definitely a prospect who will be in the updated rankings being released April 18th. Young Caleb is a combo guard who’s stock is definitely on the rise.

Trey Baker
Trey Baker

Trey Baker 2021- Here is a combo guard that has to ability to be the best player on the floor every-time he steps on the court. Young Trey is a scoring guard who can score in a variety of ways. He has a sweet shot that extends to N.B.A range, a mid-range game that is high level and  all kinds of nifty floaters and spin moves that he finishes in traffic. Trey plays for Kessel Heat and is definitely one of the main reasons his team competes at a high level. Playing alongside Kamari Wilson the two form one of the best back-courts in the Midwest.  Trey is definitely a player whose stock is on the rise, he also earned an invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase where many of the best players in the Midwest will be in attendance June 4th. Many people around the state aren’t aware of Trey Baker, well let me say it now and say it loud. Young Fella Is A Player!!!!!! Look for Trey Baker and Kessel Heat whenever you have some free-time they are definitely a treat to watch.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/8

                                       NEWS AND NOTES

The basketball is hot and heavy right now and these past couple of weeks many teams and players have cemented themselves as hot items to keep tabs on. This past weekend @ NY2la the talent was everywhere.

Speed
Illinois Speed 2022

Observation 1-2022 Illinois Speed has clearly established themselves as the best team in the class by far right now. They are a well oiled machine that can play a variety of styles. They are team made up of nice parts that mesh well . They are led by the do everything combo guard Trey Pettigrew who shoots lights out, has an outstanding floor game and plays with poise where he sees plays two steps ahead of most, Tyson Amoo-Amensah the ultra competitive point guard who has a wicked handle, can shoot with range and is tenacious on ball defender, Kaden Cobb the versatile wing who can play inside or out and has the  skill set of guard, Reggie Flurima the athletic two sport big who usually has the task of guarding the best low post threat and Bobby Durkin who right now might be one of the 5 best shooters in the state pound for pound, you leave this young fella open you can just about count it. Look for this team to be making waves for the rest of the spring and summer.

All in
ALL IN 2021

Observation 2- The All IN Group deserves a little more respect, after watching this team over the weekend and seeing them come from behind in a hostile environment in which the crowd and emotions were oh so high I definitely have another appreciation for the team. being down 10 points with 3 minutes to go against Gametime the young squad pulled out the victory and finished runner up at NY2LA I would say they are the Number 1 team In the state 2021 till someone proves them wrong. They are led by the trio of Elijah Bull the scoring point guard who racked up bucket after bucket this weekend including a 33 point performance against Meanstreets, he average way over 20 this past weekend, Anthony Sayles the dominant wing who gets to the rack at will and finishes with either hand through contact, averaged 20 or better also this past weekend and Isaiah Holden who is a lock-down defender who came up big in the comeback knocking down several big time shots. I look forward to watching this unit over the spring and summer to see is they will be able to sustain the success.

Willie Bradley Jr
Willie Bradley Jr.

Observation 3- Meanstreets Bates 2020 Has a pair of scoring guard/wings that are second to none at scoring the ball Willie Bradley and Luka Balac score the basketball with some of the most unorthodox and old school moves that I’ve seen in a very long time. They are virtually unarguable at times and capable of stringing together 15- 20 points in a 5 to 10 minute stretch. These young fellas are very intriguing and fun to watch.

J watts.
Joel Watts

Observation 4- 2020 players playing up in age level Adam Miller (Fire) and Joel Watts ( All in/ Future Elite) played very well and did not miss a beat Adam showed his all around game playing with the all- state type caliber talent and showed glimpses of why JrhoopsElite has him the number 1 player in the class. Joel played with the poise and confidence that he usually displays and showed why we consider him among the cream of the crop at his position leading his team to a 52- 46 Victory over 2019 Get Buckets and finishing with 22 points that were quite impressive.

Observation – There was a wealth of talent on display and many many players and teams played well. This was the first event for many and a lot of adjustments will be made JrhoopElite will be out looking a various tournaments throughout the Spring and Summer.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

4/5

             Updated Rankings Class of 2021 4/20 10pm

 

A Davis
Avery Davis
Kamari Wilson
T SMITH
Tevin Smith
Luke Balac
Darrion Jones
Isaiah Weatherspoon
  1. Tevin Smith
  2. Patrick Baldwin
  3. Jaylin Gibson
  4. Jaylen Butler
  5. Avery Davis
  6. Kamari Wilson
  7. Kevin Miller
  8. Isaiah Donnell Weatherspoon
  9. Kyonte Thomas
  10. Dominic Bass
  11. Luka Balac
  12. Kenton Wright
  13. Anthony Sales
  14. Norvell Meadows
  15. Blake Peters
  16. Darrion “DJ”Jones
  17. Bryce Hopkins
  18. Nick Owens
  19. Jermale Young Jr.
  20. Ismael Habib
  21. Nathanael Hoskins
  22. Chad Ready
  23. Elijah Bull/ Isaiah Holden
  24. Christian Henry
  25. Kai Evans
  26. Willie Bradley Jr.
  27. Kendall Martin/ Drequan Williams
  28. Deshun Sanders
  29. Resean McMiller/ Dylund Ingram
  30. Terrence Ford/Marquise Irving
  31. Davione Gunn
  32. Mason Blakemore
  33. Tyler Johnson
  34. Mikal Clarke
  35. Nathaniel Hoskins
  36. Julio Montes Jr.
  37. Devin Miles
  38. Grant Newell
  39. Noah Smith
  40. Landon Moore
  41. Maki Rose
  42. John Poulakidis
  43. Ezra Stargell
  44. Ahmad Bynum
  45. Trey Baker
  46. Kylund Smothers
  47. Malik Williams/
  48. Jordan Young-White
  49. Desmond Dunn
  50. Carvel Kelly
  51. Sam Jackson
  52. RJ Walker
  53. Rashad Trice
  54. Kimari Mcgee
  55. Chauncey Lee
  56. Latrell Graham
  57. Ethan Hunt
  58. Nashawn Townsend
  59. Brian Tyler
  60. Jaylen Houston
  61. Charles Smith
  62. Delone Austin
  63. Amarion Savage
  64. Joaquin Hughes
  65. Sean Burress
  66. Deashawn Hemphill
  67. KJ Williams
  68. Kenyon Coates
  69. Jameer Barker
  70. Isaiah Young
  71. Darius Ezell
  72. Eddie Niles
  73. Trent Devries
  74. Jalen Axibal
  75. Jaehshon Thomas
  76. Jacob Dimovski
  77. Marquise Barnes
  78. Amarion Johnson
  79. Jayce Hyland
  80. Brandon Hall
  81. Keon Thompson
  82. Donavan Brown
  83. Blake Ellingson
  84. Connor Enright
  85. Elgin Bowen
  86. Marcus Nix
  87. Caleb Corro
  88. Jaylen Mcbride
  89. Tyler Mclauren
  90. Demarion Cobb
  91. Clearance Jackson
  92. Lucious Jones
  93. Anthony Coleman
  94. Kenneth Smith
  95. Jayden Mcgill
  96. Tyler Jarvis
  97. Christian Terry
  98. Michael Scott
  99. Malik Wilson
  100. Kijanna Brown

I will be up dating frequently as I see prospects in action, I do not put kids on the list that I have not seen. So there maybe kids who are deserving that will be on, I’m just waiting to actually see them live. Remember the list is ever changing and used as a tool to motivate and inspire. If there are any questions please feel free. Next Update will be April 15th

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

3/17

                       

 JrhoopsElite would like to congratulate all the 2019 players and like for them to know to keep working, there are many kids who will be seen in high school that no one knew about in middle school, there are players who are playing sophomore or freshmen who will be getting college scholarships.To them I say” don’t always get caught up if you are not getting the attention early” It’s not where you are at as a freshmen it’s where you are as a senior. I coached a young man who as a freshmen played freshmen as a sophomore played sophomore. No one knew who he was as a junior, he didn’t play for a big name AAU program  as other players in his class, he  never saw the EYBL, Gauntlet or Under Armour ALL-Star Games.. Guess what he made it as a Pro, His name is Robert Covington and he plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. I’m only saying this to say keep working hard and don’t get discouraged if you are not noticed early.

Ricky Moore


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NEWS AND NOTES

Basketball is being played everywhere and for the ones that can’t get enough here are a few o notes over the past few weeks.

Marquette ParkMarquette Park- Varsity- The team led by Coach Ty and Coach Brittany recently won the first small fry tournament of the season, beating a stacked Robert Taylor team. Lil Nick Owens was superb in the event scoring 31, and leading his team to victory. In a standing room only, hostile environment on the road,” Lil Nick Owens” put on a show scoring 31 and leading his team against a star studded team that features Terrence “T Baby” Ford, Kendall Martin and 2022 standout Markwon. Leaving the gym all people were saying is “Shawty the Truth!!!” Yep, I’ve been saying that for a minute. Marquette Park is traditionally a powerhouse in small fry. Robert Taylor, Solo and others are quite talented and ready. It will be an interesting season to follow, JrhoopsElite will be on hand to follow as other players and teams emerge on the scene.

Ideary Mooney
Ideary Mooney

Ideary Mooney- 2020- Here is a young kid that has a major upside; he stands at nearly 6/6. Ideary is the kid you look at and say” I remember” yep that’s what people will be saying 3 years from now. Ideary has come such a long way and is continuing to improve. Like I tell everyone guards are always better early because they have the ball in their hands, Ideary has the potential to be the best player in his class and maybe possibly the most coveted player in the city by high school coaches. Young fella is currently a top 15 prospect by JrHoopsElite (rankings will be updated soon and again on March 3rd. Look for young fella to be on hand at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th

Mercury Elite
Mercury Elite 14U

Mercury Elite 14U- This team is loaded with talent, they won tournament this past weekend in Willow Springs, Mercury Elite has been consistent this travel season, winning 5 tournaments, they will be on hand at the MLK winter Classic next weekend in Waukegan, and the majority of their players will be in attendance at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th. Look for Mercury Elite to be one of the top teams on the 14U circuit this up and coming spring, Coach John Rush has assembled some of the best talent in the class and many of his players are eager to showcase their game. JrhoopsElite will closely be following this talented group.

Jalen Griffith
Jalen Griffith

Jalen Griffith- 2023- Add another name to the list of the quality guards in this class, Young Jalen plays with a confidence and never seems too fazed by the opponent even though he may be playing up a level or two. Jalen has a high basketball I.Q. ,he changes speeds very well, has an in between game, his jump shot is solid from distance and he has game experience playing against not only the best players in his class, but the best players in classes 2021 and 2022. Young Jalen is on his way to being a household name in the Midwest. JrhoopsElite looks forward to watching the growth of young fella for years to come. Jalen earned his invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th were many of the top players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

 

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

 

Chicago Swish 12U
Chicago Swish 12U

12U – Chicago Swish is a feisty, scrappy, run and gun unit. They recently captured the 12U Championship in Willow Springs beating a tough Illinois Blaze team. They have several young players who have a lot of upside.


 

   NEWS AND NOTES

This time of year basketball is hot and heavy and games are being played everywhere. This is the season a basketball fan has been waiting for over the past few weeks I’ve checked out numerous tournaments and players and I will be out every weekend looking at players and teams and giving out invitation to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb 27th. Here are a few players and teams that really caught my eye.

Train to Ball
Train to Ball

Train to Ball- 13U- This team plays as hard as any in the State of Illinois, they are ferocious on defense and have a variety of players that can take you off the dribble or knock down the long range shot, they are led by the dynamic duo back court of Kevin “Boopie” Miller and Kenton “KD” Wright and have a talented team with the versatile Resean McMiller, the do everything wing DJ Williams and the tenacious very underrated lock down defender and bomb shooting 3 point specialist Marquise Irving. This team put on a show at the Best of the Midwest Fall League and won the Platinum Division in which several of the best teams in the state played in including defending State Champs All In, Perennial national powerhouse Game-time, Gritty and Grimmy Westside Illinois Icemen and previous national champs Solo to name a few. TTB as they are known to some comes to play with a no excuse attitude every game and walked away with winning the most prestigious division in the most prestigious fall league. TTB has proved once again they are up to the challenge of playing against the best. TTB is the only team in the State where everyone on their roster has earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase.

Mekhi Cooper
Mekhi Cooper

Mekhi Cooper 2023- HOLD UP- HOLD UP!!!!! Everyone pay attention there is a young player that is sure to be known to everyone in the area and have everyone lining up to see him in the future. He is the ever so smooth, vision having, under control, long- range shooting point guard out of Bolingbrook. Mekhi s a treat to watch, I witnessed him playing on two levels this past weekend and this young player understands and plays the game years ahead of his time. He is always making the correct play and he shoots the 3 with incredible accuracy from incredible distance, I watched him shoot from 25 feet away like it was free-throw hitting 6 in a row and give pin point passes in traffic that were off the chain. While it’s early, I have not witnessed a player in class that plays the position as proficient as he does. Jrhoopselite will be paying close attention to the player and hope to see him at the Top Prospect Showcase, where many of the top Players in the Midwest will be in attendance.

Latrell Graham
Latrell Graham

Latrell Graham 2021- Not known to many yet, but the state will come to know this long, wiry, smooth point guard out of Rockford real soon. Latrell is a special talent that many are sleep on due to him living in Rockford, but JrhoopsElite definitely knows about the sweet shooting, the slick ball handling and winning attributes that young fella possess. Latrell is currently one of our top 20 players in his class and has the potential to easily be in the top 10. Rockford keeps talent last year there was Chris Brunell giving everyone fits on the circuit, a few years ago is was Fred Van Fleet, and now Latrell is a player who we predict to start making a name on the circuit. We look forward to Latrell playing at the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th when many of the best players in his class will be on hand.Vanderpoel

Vanderpoel – While we often here of Ariel and Beasley as the powerhouses in the city, Vanderpoel is quietly re-establishing themselves a major player in the city. Several weeks ago 2 key starters left too  join other teams and a new coach was brought in, at the time the word around the city was Vanderpoel is done. Well Wait Wait Wait!!! This team has started to take things personal and all they have done is rally with that “us against the world” mentality. They have been riding high and have not lost a game in over a month. Including going 4-0 two weeks ago at the ORR shoot-out and recently winning the Mount Carmel tournament. Feeling a little bit disrespected Vanderpoel is showing they can play with anyone and have to still be considered among teams to have a shot at winning City. The team is filled with talent up and down the roster. They have one of the better players in the state Richard Simmons, the-talented combo guard KJ Ross who gives you solid play on both ends of the floor, Amereye Davis who on any given day can score in bunches, Timothy Howard, Khalil Santa- Cruz and Che Coleman are all factors in the midrange game and on the boards, Anthony Dunn one of the best on ball defenders in the city, Christian Henry a game savvy point guard and Dylan Ingram a player that can hurt you playing 3 or 4 positions on the floor. I would say that Vanderpoel will definitely have opposing coaches weary of seeing them come play-off time.

Collin Wainscott
Collin Wainscott

Collin Wainscott 2023- Young Collin is a Fiesty, hard-nosed player that backs down from no one. If you look at him and think anything other than he is one of the better players at his age you are in trouble, before you know it young fella done put 20 on the board. Collin can shot it with range, finish with either hand in traffic and has one sweet floater that he shoots that’s money in the bank. Collin plays for the Illinois Legends and will be in attendance at the Top Prospect Showcase in Feb to compete against some of the best players in his age level.

Buckeyes 14U
Buckeyes 14U

Buckeyes 14U- This past weekend they won the 14U Championship at the RED HAWK Holiday Classic in Naperville, Coach Adam and Coach Terrence made some key adjustments Sunday to propel the Buckeyes to the championship. The Buckeyes were led by the talented guard duo of Alec Millender and Johnathan Robinson.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

Mark Smith- 2022- Keep an eye out for this multi-talented player whom many will not understand his true potential. Young Fella I see ya!!!! LIL Mark has an offensive game where he can face you up, take you off the dribble or bang you down low. He primarily plays in the post for his teams right now, but has more perimeter skills than most 2 guards. Mark is a prospect who has a very high ceiling; he displayed a lot of talent over the past several weeks, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. People really have not witnessed how offensively gifted young fella will become. Mark definitely earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase in Feb. I predict that in the near future or when given the opportunity young fella will be giving people problems on the wing, he is still very young and he and others may not realize his potential but Young Fella I see ya!!!! and JrHoopsElite will definitely be monitoring you.

Luke Balac
Luke Balac

Luke Balac 2021- This young player is a knock shooter who has N.B.A range. Luka is a competitor who wants to compete against the better players in the Midwest. He is a 7th grader playing up on the 14U Buckeyes you would never know he was playing up as he is one of the better players on the team. Luka is definitely a prospect JrhoopsElite will be monitoring in the near future. Luka earned an invite to the Top Prospect Showcase Feb. 27th. and will definitely be in one of our updated rankings.

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

12/30


Joshua Joiner
Joshua Joiner

     “Don’t Get it Twisted”

There is a young player who has been tearing up the court any and everywhere, while others are being seen each week playing with their school team in some of the more celebrated school tournaments there is a young fella sitting back and shaking his head. Joshua Joiner is the kid of which I speak and he has been putting in work with and against all the kids you have heard about these past few weeks for several years now on different Club and AAU teams, his game takes a back seat to none. Joshua attends the newly formed Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, which is a merged grammar school of St. Dorothy and St. Columbanus. Before the season started there were several rumors that Joshua would be transferring to one of the perennial powerhouse schools Ariel, Vanderpoel or Beasley but as it turned out Josh and his family decided it meant more to them to graduate with the kids he had been with since kindergarten than to play for a city championship, ” I commend them for that”. Josh is a player that puts points on the board; he has an offensive arsenal that is second to none in grammar school. I’ve witnessed young fella give teams 25+ without a sweat. He is tenacious at getting to the rack, virtually unstoppable one on one, he has a sweat midrange game and his stroke is ever improving from the arc. The one thing in my mind that separates Joshua from many of his classmates is he thrives under pressure and never seems to overwhelmed by the moment, I’ve witness young fella hit some very clutch shots and a game winner. He is the one kid who I can see scoring 40 in a highly competitive grammar school game. If I have one possession and need a bucket to win a game he is 1 of 3 kids in the class in which I would want with the ball. Joshua has been to many of the major camp events throughout the country for the past several years. He walked away this past summer being named the #1 prospect at the Phenom Camp in San Diego, California. You sometimes don’t appreciate players if they are not seen every weekend. Jr. Hoops Elite wants to let everyone know “OUT OF SIGHT NOT OUT OF MIND” More importantly Joshua is an even better student than basketball player, I personally seen his grades and young fella is a straight A student with several A+ grades on his report. Joshua is currently ranked in the top 15 players’ class of 2020. We look forward to seeing Josh at the Top Prospect Showcase in Feb. For all your hard work and dedication we would like to acknowledge you as our Promising Prospect. For those who haven’t seen him in a while the kid has game “Don’t Get It Twisted”

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

11/25


 

News and Notes

This past weekend the Ariel Storm beat the Beasley Bees in the Championship at Whitney Young tournament. The Storm left no doubt controlling the game throughout and winning by double figures. The Drumgoole brothers were solid, the combination of Jaden Williams and Jemario Minniefield was awesome as they were co- MVPs. The two kids on the team in which I think make the team go were absolutely on their game Terrence Boykin and the do everything player who will shoot up the rankings along with a few of his teammates Azavier Williams. The Storm have went from let’s see how they gel together, to the favorites to win the City Championship. The Storm lost a close won to the Bees in the Championship a couple of weeks ago after being up 13 pts, this time they sealed the deal and at this point the number 1 team in the city. The Beasley Bees will definitely be anxiously waiting as the rivalry is once heated again.

Ariel Storm – ChampionsAriel Storm

Co- MVPs- Jemario Minniefield, Jaden Williams

Jemario Minniefield and Jaden Williams

Ricky Moore

11/23

 


 

News and Notes

Isaiah Burrell
Isaiah Burrell

Introducing Isaiah Burrell the combo guard/ forward at Vanderpoel Elementary, here is a kid who definitely passes the eye test. He is a 6/2 plus long armed ball player that has a variety of skills. This is a kid who in the next few months we see taking giant leaps and bounds. Sometimes a coach in grammar school may have a hard time coaching a kid with this many skills because the kid just wants to show his all-around game and usually the coach wants him banging down low. I say to young fella “the basketball eye of the ones who know the game see your versatility, perimeter skills and understand all the tools you possess, they understand you are a wing at the next level, just continue to play hard and keep a good spirit your team has a chance to do some great things”. This weekend will be very exciting as many of the big name teams will be in competition to win the Best of the Midwest, Vanderpoel is on a mission seeking the respect they feel they don’t get. Isaiah Burrell is on a mission to show he is one of the city’s best players. Isaiah is definitely a prospect on the rise and Jrhoopselite will definitely be keeping a tab on him as he has so much natural talent and so so so much potential.

Thanks,

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

11/4


 

BEEN THERE DONE THAT!!!

Nimari Burnett
Nimari Burnett

Nimari Burnett is the smooth shooting guard at Beasley grammar school. He has been known to many of the basketball junkies around the city for quite some-time having played on the City Championship, State Championship, National Final 4 teams and has been one of the more celebrated players in the Midwest since 4th grade. Nimari is a special kid, he always has a smile on his face and he is always very respectable. For a kid to has accomplished as much as he has or seen as much as he has seen he is always very humble. He is the lone returning starter on a team that went undefeated last year, winning over 50 games and championship after championship. Sometimes people get caught up in individual performances on a given night, young fella has had so many special performances that he doesn’t even think they are special they have become the norm. While others will be making or trying to make a name for themselves this up and coming season, Nimari can relax with comfort of knowing he has been in the headlines, he’s been on recruiting sites, he’s been a city champ, he’s worn the target on his back, he’s heard all the haters in the stands, he’s played in front of standing room only gyms, he’s knocked down clutch 3’s in close games, he’s put his team on his back and carried them to victory, he’s been the teammate on a stacked squad, His experiences to date on the middle school level are far superior than perhaps any player in the state. Of course there will always be someone who will be rooting against he and his Beasley Bees, but when the game, title or pressure is on Nimari can look and say to his teammates don’t worry “BEEN THERE DONE THAT” Look for the talented young wing this weekend in the Best of the Midwest Classic where talent will be on hand everywhere.

 

Ricky Moore 773 383-0972

11/3


 

 NEWS AND NOTES 

Next week a lot of opening season questions will be answered a lot of other questions will just be starting. This is the event where 2019 Kejuan Clements came and dominated and showed the city exactly who he was after being unknown to most. Is Beasley as talented as everyone says?  Will players from Western Springs, Elmhurst, Little Village and South Elgin make names for themselves and be put on the radar with their performaces? Are Michael Osborne and Tyler Beard the Best Guard Tandem In the State? Is this the year Vanderpoole Breaks Through? Is Ideary Mooney going to impose his will on Opponents? Can  show his all around game? Will Jack Baldrigeget hot from deep and show his game in the bright lights? How much of an impact is the transfer of Bryce Hall? Will the pesky young fellas from Tanner become a fan favorite. Is this the stage Isaiah Holden and Elijah Bull been waiting for? Will the downstate Spingfield Grant go home with another Championship. Last appearance in the city Larry Austin took the trophy back home, PJ Edwards looking to do the same-thing.Kevin “Boopie” Miller put on a show last year a 6 grader will he be able to do it again a year later?Is Bellwood Roosevelt back to its dominating usual selfHow good is Aspire? These are just a few questions that will be posed or answered next weekend. Schedule is below and articles will be up each day until event. flyer with pics 3


 

NEWS AND NOTES

 

This past weekend I was at several gyms where fall league games were being played, here are a few observations.

 

Antione Bloxtan
Antione Bloxtan

Antione Bloxtan- 2020- When I say put on a show, young fella put on a show in the final game at Marist High School fall league. Down 1 point with 4 seconds to go and the length of the floor to go, Antione sliced his way through a double team and wrapped a 3rd defender before pulling up at the volleyball line and swishing a game winning 3 at the buzzer for the win and completing the game with 38 points. Antione has a wicked handle, and played like one of the premiere players in his class. He is the first player to earn an invitation to the invitation only Top Prospect Showcase that will be held February 27th . Look for Young fella to make a name here in this city as he will be in the starting backcourt at Beasley Academic Center. Yes Coach Giles I’m saying it now somebody moving over, young fella is the best scorer in the class and it took me all of 10 minutes to know this, w