Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Invitational Tournament 6th Grade All-Tournament Team

The Invitational Tournament attracted many of the top players from across the country – their Prolific Performances impressed the many in attendance as well as our national scouts.  Its our pleasure to introduce you to our 2021 All-Tournament Team.

Tournament MVP - Jalen Hall (New World)

Jalen Hall (New World) – Arguably one of the top 5 players in the country again delivered on the big stage.  The multi-talented combo guard did it all for the entire weekend scoring in the most crucial moments – dominating for long stretches and doing anything and everything it took to lead his team to the chip.  The phenomenal scoring guard got buckets at will from all three levels and the line; he also handled the ball in crucial situations and served as a distributor as needed.  Showing his versatility he contributed heavily on both boards and acted as a defensive stalwart unafraid to put his reputation on the line by guarding the other team’s best player.  A lot has been said about who is the king of the class of 2022 – without question any discussion had anywhere in the country, it must include Hall the Invitational Tournament MVP.

Areil Goddot (New World) – Nation, you have a problem – the lengthy frontcourt maven displayed all the tools that have becoming customary.  Shot blocking, check finishing in the paint, check controlling the boards, check.  Whatever you look for as it pertains to post presence he contributed and did so in impressive fashion. Formed one of the best inside/out combo’s in the country Goddot ran the floor like a dear while continues to make a name for himself and the New World squad.

Trevor Keels (Team Takeover) – Keels is a killer let’s get that straight as he poses a clear and present danger for anyone attempting to contain him.  An inside and outside presence the versatility of his game impressed throughout.  Love his ablilty to contribute from the perimeter especially from the mid-range while handling the rock in route to successfully setting up himself as well as his teammates.  Inside he was extremely hard to contain as he worked the offensive glass for put backs and scoring opportunities.  Dedicated himself on the defensive end guarding some of the toughest covers in the event.  We continue to believe that Keels is one of the top prospects in class and he did nothing to deter us from that position all tournament long.

Darius Johnson (Team takeover) – What do you want from a PG, ball-handling? Scoring? Running the team? Setting up teammates?  Ball pressure?  Well without question the TTO PG give you all that – a court spacing, jump shooting, penetrating, two way guard he proved between the lines that he can flat out get the job done.  Played with poise and showed immense skill coming up just short in the championship game.  

Zion Harmon (Team Durant – Formerly Glory Elite) – What can be said about the #1 player in the country that has not already been said?  Another prolific scoring outing headlined the super star guard weekend as he dropped 21, 34, & 35 while leading his team to one possession of making the championship.  Often a one man wreaking crew his continued ability to enhance the game of others make what he does well beyond anyone or anything you have seen at the 6th grade level.  There is nothing he couldn’t do all weekend long – as he earned the respect of his peers, the fans in attendance, and our scouts.

Barry Evans (Team Durant – Formerly Glory Elite) – Versatile combo we saw him do something different each time we stopped by the court.  Acted as a primary ball handler when asked, spotted up and knocked down shots from distance and used his length to block and alter shots.  We saw him used in multiple roles and positions and he excelled in them all.

Jalen Smith (Orlando Jayhawks) – One of the best scoring guards in the country Smith nailed the outside shot, ran the lead position and impressed us with his ability to lead and effect his squad from tip to buzzer.  Bigger and stronger in 2015 he has expanded his range and showed a more diverse ball-handling package – with even more talent in his stable he was able to involve his talented teammates all the while still finding his spots to show off his diverse skill set.  A future scoring one – he found ways to get job no matter where they put him.  Talent on top talent Smith still remains a big problem to deal with for opponents. 

Ra'Heim Sanders (Orlando Jayhawks) – The ying to Smiths yang – he was a dominant inside force using his quickness to finish around and his athleticism to finish over opponents.   The left hander was able to turn and face and make an impact each time he touched the rock.  He stood out by making the most of his touches no matter how they came – the talent level his clear and the motor is one that has to be appreciated. 

Christian Moore (Bmore’s Finest) – Big time scorer comes courtesy the Tidewater Va. area – traveling a significant distance to suit up for the Bmore squad he made the most of his travels topping out with a 29 point outing showing he is one of the most dangerous scorers in the age group; doing is in every way imaginable.  Has the ability to carry the teams load for extended periods he can shoot it, handle, and finish and poses a problem for anyone one or any team trying to contain him. Scoring is his natural give and its one that keeps on giving.  

Savion Jackson (Team Durant – Formally Annandale Bulldogs) – The combo forward with guard like skills his a problem.  He produced multiple double doubles and led his team by example – his ability to play all 5 positions he is astute enough to measure the man guarding him and use his immense skill to attack there weakness.  A stat sheet stuffer he does it all – and does it well.  Must be considered a major prospect from this point forward as there is nothing he can’t do and we saw that all weekend long.

Trey English (Bmore Elite) - Tough minded, diverse skill set floor general who is the heartbeat of his team.  Set the tone from the jump ball and plays with passion.  A master of the intangibles his game is just as big time.  He consistently got the job done off penetration and the outside was his friend as well.  Has always been one of the most complete PG in the class he continues to be that guy for his team.  We even say Trey shut down some high end top flight players proving that he get the job done at both end.  Score, defender, leader, facilitator - what more can you ask for.

Reginald Johnson (Bmore Elite) – Posted some big time numbers throughout the tournament making his presence felt each time he stepped between the lines.  Ran the lanes well and played them defensively – impressed with versatility as he guarded multiple positions and contributed on the glass as well.

Jamal McAlister (Bmore Elite) – Future star watch here, the physical tools were impressive when he stepped out for tip – the translation even more so.  With great size and length the perimeter player excelled in transition.  He must be mentioned as you saw major glimpses of potential that once honed will make him a fixture in the top performer category as he was for this event. 

Darrius Tilghman (Baltimore Orange) – Having all the physical tools the combo forward led his team in every statistical category – working off the block and glass he made things happen.  We were very impressed with his ability to work off the bounce and finish in traffic.  Knocked down the 12 to 15 to show off his diverse skill set showing that he has many ways to hurt you and impact the game.  Still far from a finished product the success you saw gives you glimpses of future stardom potential.

Keon Henderson (Detroit Doughboys) – His statistical output did not indicate the impact he had on each game as he single handedly kept the Detroit squad in each game.  Known as big time offensive contributor he showed that he can run the show and make those around him better which he did creating easy shots for his teammates.  Played tough and passionate basketball on both ends and was the straw that stirred the Doughboys drink.  We  were still able to enjoy the scoring that has made him a national name but showed so much more against high level comp continuing to impress all our scouts in the building.

Jake Koverman (Baltimore Elite) - The transition from post to perimeter is in progress and the ball handling and work off the bounce is noticeable - solid stat line contributions across the board indicate that the impact on the game continues to be positive. Combine with yo-mans work on the glass and set ability the combo forward put up numbers across the board showing that he can impact the game in many ways from many positions.  We like his spot up game and floater package as he attacked the inside with dedicated verosity. 

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