Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NYC's Noel Echevarria 2022 Is a Super, Scintillating, Sensational Prospect

6’2 Noel Echevarria is the up next in the linage of NYC Point Guards and is one of the most complete players in the class - new to 2022 Noel has immediately become one of the more unique talents in the class. Having watched him compete at three events to date what is his size, court vision, basketball instincts, rebounding ability and defensive playmaking make him an eventual, legitimate triple double threat and a five category contributor from the lead guard position.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

New World Sends Message to the Rest of the Country - Welcome to Death Row

The DC Metropolitan area also known by locals as the DMV has been home in recent years to several of the top teams in the county at various levels.  The group that earned the name “ The Lynch Mob” in the summer of 2015 has reemerged as 8th graders as one possibly the number one team in the county.  Now formally a fully sponsored Adidas Gauntlet program and the current 16U champion on the high school side; New World who has already put the DMV on notice of their arrival; caused quite a stir matching up against their northeast brethren with their roster of nationally ranked players on a recent visit to the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic.

Friday, November 25, 2016

EXCLUSIVE G3 Grind Exposures the Truth About Life on the Shoe Circuit

The AAU world at times can be a grimy business; and it becomes even more serious and treacherous once you get to the high school side where money, contracts, shoe affiliations can impact a multitude of decisions and movement.

Mike Saunders out of Indiana and formally of the George Hill All-Stars entered this world roughly 90-days ago. In a P2BBall.com exclusive we sat down with Saunders of the newly formed G3 Grind who we featured in an article earlier this week.

The purpose? After being one of the most respected organization and coaches on the middle and grammar school side we wanted to see if our theory was true and find out what his experience has been in this new world of high school circuit contracts.

Click below at your own risk and unlock the truth; you wont be able to unsee this.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Darrius Tilghman - New National Prospect has People Asking How He Can Just Kill-a-Man

D. Tilghman stock is soaring in the 2021 class

Standing 6’5, SG-Darrius Tilghman is on the verge of national prominence in the class of 2021. A Baltimore, Md. product Tilghman is tremendously versatile with a multi-faceted skill set. At present we are talking about one of the top long-term prospects in the country; and our analysis is that he just about ready to make an impact. 

Jaden Springer Carolina’s Blue Blood Baller Could be America's Top Freshman Performer

Pundits often state with respect to basketball; that “none of it matters until high school” – well Jaden Springer is making the most of his opportunity when it matters.  How impressive a start to high school has Jaden Springer had?  In short he has been so impressive that NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson even decided to come out and see what all of the buzz was about.

NIKE & Under Armour Continue to Impact National Landscape with Program Additions

The rich are getting richer; CP3 who is one of the top programs in the country regardless of brand and has the luxury shared by only a handful of team in the USA.  They have the pro sponsorship from NBA Superstar Chris Paul, they have the sponsorship and support from the GOAT and the Jordan Brand, and they hold a relationship with NIKE and the EYBL circuit.

Evan Young Shooting his Way to the Top

P2bball has consistently referred to Utah’s Evan Young as the best shooter in the country at the middle/grammar school level regardless of class. Young’s rise to becoming the best shooter in the country comes from a pattern of hard work and intense preparation that has paid off immensely.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The New Rio Trio - Biggest Move of the 2017 Summer May Have Just Happened in the Winter of 2016

It’s easy to tell why every major shoe brand and program in the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond have had their eye on and have vigorously chased New Jersey’s 2021 Trey Patterson – at a legit 6’8 with phenomenal length and wingspan, Patterson is one of the most gifted and talented players in the country. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Reclassification Maximization & Its Impact on College Scholarships

We have had several hundred parents and players contact since the presentation of our rankings; posing question(s) of their long term value and the relevance thereof as it pertains to high school and beyond. Any parents or player who has committed and dedicated themselves to obtaining a college scholarship through basketball at the middle level; it’s imperative that forethought be given to any and all decisions as they can in some cases directly affect the future success of the player.

First and foremost a lot of things can change during the span of middle and high school; a plethora of changes can also occur in prospects recruitment – no longer is it forgone conclusion as to when a player will finish high school and start college. Gone are the days where prep schools where the only option; though still used, they are part of a much larger machine knowledgeable and canny families are using to secure the athletic and academic futures of their children and to allow them to achieve a free education.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

P2BBall.COM 2016 - TRUE 2024 Elite 75 National Player Watchlist

P2BBall.com Top 100 player rankings for the Class of 2024 will be officially unveiled in approximately one year, but it's never too early to provide a glimpse at some of the names who you will get to know ant that are already getting plenty of consideration from analysis, scouts, and talent evaluators from all across the country.

1 Jerry Easter - Ohio 
2 Christian Jones - Texas 
3 Daquan Davis - Maryland
4 Chance Mallory - Virgina 
5 Jerome Williams - Minnesota 
6 Travis Upchurch - Connecticut  
7 Blake Harper - Washington, DC
8 John Mobley Jr. - Ohio 
9 Jordan Lowery -  Missouri
10 Daveyon Lydner- Pennsylvania 

Monday, September 26, 2016

The 20 best NBA prospects in or just leaving middle school basketball

Contrary to popular belief the world’s best basketball players don’t simple magically appear.  Well in advance of players becoming nationally known names and one-and-done lottery pick in the NBA – they each have been scouted, evaluated and analyzed for years in comparison to the other top players in their respective class.  

In most cases only the most dedicated youth basketball fans follow the recruitment and class rankings at this level; with elite level scouting this is the typically the first insight into who will be the NBA’s next talent.  

It is extremely important that everyone remember that all highly touted players do not follow the same or traditional path to the league.  Yet, in most cases scouting services such as ESPN, Rivals, Scouts, 247Sports, NBA Draft Net and other do a phenomenal job in the identification of the top of the best talent in the respective class.

Looking back at the recent NBA draft classes you will find the large majority of American players taken were considered 5-star prospects and were ranked highly in their respective recruiting class rankings.

Please let’s all stop calling it AAU; and refer to its true moniker; “Grassroots” basketball - with the class ranking recently completed it’s a good time to take stock of the best long-term prospects just leaving and/or currently playing Middle School basketball.  There is a good chance with good health, continue work, and growth – these will be some of the players in the upcoming NBA Drafts.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

P2BBall.COM 2016 - TRUE 2021 Top 120 National Player Rankings

1 Zion Harmon, 5'10, Washington, DC
2 Trey Patterson, 6'8, New Jersey 
3 Ryan Conway, 6'2, Maryland 
4 Chuks Lucky Isitua, 7'0, Texas 
5 Donnell Harris, 6'7, Florida

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rebroadcast: Middle School All-American Game Class of 2021

Middle School All-American Game 2021 MVPs
Ryan Conway (Maryland) & Noah Pebbles (Ohio)

Rebroadcast: Middle School All-American Game Class of 2022

Middle School All-American Game 2022 Co-MVPs
Dee Morton (GA) & Derick Key (Washington, DC)
Carlos Alexander (Maryland) & Jarace Walker (Pennsylvania)

P2BBall.COM 2016 - TRUE 2022 Top 110 National Player Rankings

P2BBall Names Jaden Bradley the Nation #1 Player Class of 2022

1 Jaden Bradley, North Carolina 
2 Emoni Bates, Michigan
3 Bryce Griggs, Texas 
4 Dee Morton, Georgia 
5 Kamari Lands, Indiana 

Rebroadcast: Middle School All-American Game Class of 2023

Middle School All-American Game 2023 MVPs
Franklin Ayissi-Etoh (Maryland) & Elijah Fisher (Canada)

P2BBall.COM 2016 - TRUE 2023 Top 80 National Player Rankings

P2BBall Names Elijah Fisher as the Nations #1 Player

1 Elijah Fisher, Canada 
2 Franklin Ayissi-Etoh, Maryland 
3 Jordan Ross, Utah
4 Aden Holloway, North Carolina
5 Sebastian Robinson, New Jersey

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

P2BBall.COM 2016 - TRUE 2020 Top 150 National Player Rankings

P2Bball Names Isaiah Todd as the Nations #1 Player

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Rank Name  Height Position City, State
1 Isaiah Todd  6'11  F Richmond, VA
2 Greg Brown III 6'8 F Austin, TX
3 Kyree Walker 6'5 G Oakland, CA
4 Jaden Springer 6'4 G Charlotte, NC
5 Jason Harris  6'9 F Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top Under the Radar Players Who Will Soon Be Household Name

Jalen Bradberry (NY-2021) - Is a shifty, strong shooting guard with excellent ball skills and deep shooting range off the catch or bounce.  Bradberry does a great job creating space off the dribble to get his shot off, and is also a very good passer when he draws a second defender.  Compact quick release shooter with solid mechanics, high IQ, with length – has tools and a viable skill set for high level future success.  We wanted to see more against the best in class; but has rated high each time we have graded him.

Juan Reyna (TX-2021) - A rangy combo guard prospect that possesses a nice combination of facilitating and scoring. He has long arms, sneaky functional speed and quickness, and he is explosive scorer in transition where is very efficient in working his mid-range game. He always has his head up in transition for the look-ahead pass and he can score bunches. He loves to work off the one/two dribble pull up and is extremely fundamentally sound.  Plays the game the right way; once he has a full understanding of how to be equally effective playing off the ball and utilizing screens, pin-downs, and making reads off cuts he will expand his game and become even scarier.  A player who is built for the next level stylistically.  

Kamal Francis (MD- 2022) – is a big wing with great length and a consistently improving skill set. He has equally long arms and legs and while he plays mostly as a three now, he has the chance to develop into a combo guard down the road. He can score around the rim, has the ability to knock down the three, and shows a solid middle game.  Rebounds exceptionally well for his position and possesses a high IQ and court vision.  Very complete multi-category contributor who is good in many areas, needs a dominate skill to take the next step into the upper echelon of players in the class.

Tevon Tapper (NY-2022) – has the potential to be one of the elite point guards in his class nationally. The slick ball-handler has a nice frame with long arms, broad shoulders, and he's a good athlete. He has a nice burst off the dribble to get separation from his defender and he'll drop off the nifty pass in a second.  He can score the rock and has your typical NYC attitude, handle, and toughness to boot.  Still growing in statue Tapper steps up his performance when the competition gets tougher – this is a player to watch due to the fact that he does what needs to be done when it needs to be done; a player that finds a way to get the bucket, the steal, the assist when it needed most.  Can be the primary scorer if need be as well as run your squad.

Wilfredo Amaro (TX -2021) - A long armed combo forward who shoots it very well but also has the ability to play the baseline and take advantage off the block. He handles with both hands and displays vision and unselfishness as he looks to get his teammates involved. His shooting range is impressive as it extends out to 22 feet. He is a natural shooter/scorer who plays both ends and makes an impact on the defensive end.  Size/Strength/Size combination that’s very attractive, complete player who is very productive – confidence is growing and with a high motor and excellent work ethic Amaro is a name you will hear again.

Rasool Diggins (PA -2021)  - Arguably one of the most complete players we saw at any class.  Unknown when he walked through the door, every professional in the building pointed to Diggins as a prospect to watch given his combination of skill and production.  Rasool is a long and athletic attacking wing that care score in a variety of ways. He finishes in the paint on the break. Gets to his spots, hits rhythm dribble pull up jumpers and threes when his feet are set. He rebounds well for a perimeter player, passes with vision, defends, and is a well-conditioned high motor payer that plays the game 94-feet.   A true basketball player who like other does many things well and once he introduces his dominant skill he will rise even higher on radars.  His impact on the game in undeniable and he makes an impression each time you see him and its done by playing the game the right way and making the right play.

Julius Ellerbe (DC – 2021) - Has a tough take no prisoners approach , possesses a very quick release on a jumper to 23-FT and is also an exceptional  athlete for the forward position.  A Pitbull and earless competitor who has all the basketball tools to succeed. He has established himself as a tenacious rebounder and he plays with a never ending motor. Comfortable and confident in both a fast paced game or a grind it out affair Ellerbe displays versatility and his productivity level is high when he focused and mentally locked in – taking plays off or making the easy play had defenders breathing a sigh of release; has the ability to evoke fear in defenders and the mastery of the game between the ears will define how high his trajectory will fly and he has just as much or more potential than anyone in the country in his class.  He has super star potential.

Quinn Clark (VA-2022) - An imposing physical presence (6’4) in the paint, long (seven-foot wingspan) and strong with good size, movement, and natural power – and he potentially still growing. He's now starting to grow into his body and consequently becoming more athletic on a consistent basis. He's a consistent shot-blocking threat and also a power finisher in the paint – great hands, passer out of the post and is functional back-to-basket and facing up.

Anthony “Ace” Valentine (MD – 2023) - is one of the better looking point guard prospects in the country, regardless of class. He is a scoring lead guard with a solid frame (good length), athleticism  and a high basketball IQ. His ultimate strength is his ability to knock in shots, get from foul-line to foul-line, and pressure the defense. He can convert jump shots out beyond the stripe, has a pull up floater package, and will is a bigtime shot taker and maker.  Mark this kid down he’s up next without question.


 Anthony Seoage (NJ -2023) – was one of the most pleasant surprises in the camp; a baby faced assassin has the smile and nice demeanor until the ball is tipped. Seoage is a gamer who is jitty-bug quick that is a terrific play maker. He attacks the defense constantly through contact on the break and in the half court set.  He out quicks wing players, shoots when space is given, and dishes to the open man and plays with a little flair as well. When Seoage gets his shoulder by a defender on a drive he usually scorers or at minimum makes something happen for a teammate.  More of scoring lead, the pure PG aspects are there and his combination of both will make him very special.

Blake Harper (DC-2024) -  has great size and length is super quick and easily functions as a high end combination guard that gets it done and excels on the break.  He is an efficient high IQ player that makes plays in the half court with pull ups and slashes in between defenders. He is a rhythm scorer that can put up numbers in a hurry when aggressive and doesn't worry about his position he is simply a basketball player and one that will be in the national conversation for a long time to come.

Anthony Saunders (VA-2024) - is a tough and durable scoring wing with terrific endurance. He has a physical style on both ends of the floor and yet can still play all day without showing signs of fatigue. He's a high level defender, capable of locking up on the perimeter, and also a very capable scorer who has an array of finishes, is creative, and a solid shooter both off the bounce and catch.  Very complete player who consistently comes back looking better and with more skills, his continuation on this path at this age equates to a player with a very solid future.

Jack McFadden (NY -2021) – Is  a rangy combo-guard with long arms and he's a very good athlete. He is an excellent point guard prospect due to his length, quickness, and playmaking ability. He is a prolific jump shooter with range out to 21-feet. He gets great lift on his shot and his very fundamentally sound but has some shiftiness to his game. McFadden  is a relative unknown outside the upper Northeast, but that will soon change come Jack has the physical tools to be a high-major player. He has the ability to score from all three levels. He can knock in the 3-point, create and shake his way into the mid-range, and is creative and strong going to the paint to finish.  Our measurable/evaluation of Jack indicate that McFadden has bigtime potential; he is a lights out shooter off the catch and dribble. He is an excellent passer with a terrific feel the game. He attacks and plays with great energy and urgency as well he shows a high IQ.  Making sure he defends what he is the final piece that will secure the bright and exciting future he has ahead of him.

Friday, September 9, 2016

P2bball.com Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp 2021 Player Achievement Awards

M.V.P – Ryan Conway, Maryland
M.O.P – Donnell Harris, Florida
Best Athlete – Jahki Washington, Connecticut
Best Scorer – Brayon Freeman, Washington, DC / Rasool Diggins, Pennsylvania
Most Versatile – Julius Ellerbe, Maryland
Best Shooter – Juan Reyna III, Texas / Luke Murphy, Connecticut
Top Finisher – Caleb Furst, Indiana / Marcus Dyes, Jr., New York
Top Defender – Donnell Harris, Florida
Top Rebounder – Noah Pebbles, Ohio/Nick Thomas, New York
Best Footwork – Caleb Furst, Indiana
Breakout Player/ Fresh-Face – Wes Peterson, Washington, DC & Jack McFadden, New York
Top Lead Guard – Carter Whitt, North Carolina
Best Passer – Keon Henderson, Michigan
Best Handle/One-on-One Moves – Ryan Conway, Maryland
Best Backcourt Prospect – Shane Dezonie, New Jersey
Best Front Court Prospect – Wilfredo Amaro, Texas
Top Prospect(s) – Caleb Furst, Indiana
Most Underrated – YaQin Staton, Washington, DC / Jaylen Brown, New Jersey
Future Star/Player to Watch – Jake Koverman, Maryland / Malik Missouri/ Maryland
Clutch Shooter – Max Regusa, New York / Matthew Nelsons, Canada
Best Teammate/Leadership Award – Ahmad Harrison, Maryland

Players to Watch
Andre Washington, New York
Levar Strange, North Carolina
James Madill, New York
Reginald Tinsley, Maryland  

Honorable Mention
Kevin Lewis, Maryland
Roobert Noord, GA
Emmareyon McDonald, Louisiana
Elijah Bailey, New York