2015 Spring All-Junior Elite Teams

The Spring Junior Elites came to a close last week in New York City. This Spring, Hoop Group Skills stopped in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City and Northern Virginia for four terrific day clinics. Each clinic brought together a high level of competition and showed how much young talent there is on the North East. In the Fall, we came out with a First Team All-Fall Junior Elite. This season we felt that the level of talent was so high and diverse amongst ages, that we had to create a First Team for every grade. So, here are the First Team All-Spring Junior Elite grades five through nine.

 

5th Grade All-Junior Elite Team

The fifth grade All-Junior Elite team was very guard heavy, with five young guards who have a lot of promise and showcase an ability to be great floor generals.

PhotoPlayerJr Elite AttendedSynopsis
Tyler WiseNYC Jr EliteVery high ceiling, great floor general and operator on the court
Lafayette WilliamsDMV Jr ElitePlays with an endless motor and a lot of heart. Makes winning plays for his team.
Shyheed JenkinsMetro Jr EliteHe Got Handles award winner at the Metro Jr Elite. Very skilled ball handler who is tough to guard
Azhar LewisPhilly Jr EliteAnother guard with outstanding handles. Takes care of the ball and crafty with the ball
Kam RodriguezNYC Jr EliteVery fun to watch, knows how to score the basketball and is a good on ball defender.

 

6th Grade All-Junior Elite Team

The sixth grade first team contains five players who were very fun to watch. A lot of skilled, hard-nosed players who gave it their all every second they were on the floor.

PhotoPlayerJr Elite AttendedSynopsis
Quswan DavisNYC Jr EliteBig, long guard who is aggressive offensively and knows how to score.
Russell RosenthalNYC Jr EliteHard nosed player who does a little of everything for his team.
Noah CharlesDMV Jr EliteExtremely quick guard who gets up and down in a hurry, hard to stay in front of
Trey PattersonMetro Jr EliteVery skilled guard with a high IQ and gifted ability to score the basketball
Jayden PierreMetro Jr EliteSmall, crafty guard who uses a serious of ball fakes to get defenders off their feet and scores.

 

7th Grade All-Junior Elite Team

Well-rounded is the best way to describe the seventh grade team. From shooters, to defenders, to flat-out scorers, they had it all.

PhotoPlayerJr Elite AttendedSynopsis
Marcus BurnettNYC Jr EliteLengthy wing who gets into the lane and can score over defenses.
Tahaj ParlandMetro Jr EliteGifted scorer, knows how to score in many ways.
Armani LopezPhilly/Metro Jr EliteKnock down shooter. Was the Philly Shooting Star and knocks down threes in bunches.
Zach RoccoPhilly Jr EliteTough, hustle player who defends well and wins the 50-50 plays. Offensively a very trustworthy point guard too.
Jahmal BanksDMV Jr EliteLethal in transition, can lead the fast break and finish through contact.
Zahree HarrisonPhilly Jr EliteGreat orchestrator on the court, can run an offense and facilitate the ball to teammates.

 

8th Grade All-Junior Elite Team

The eighth grade team is very special. There are players on this team that have bright, bright futures ahead of them in high school and beyond. These are names to remember down the road…

PhotoPlayerJr Elite AttendedSynopsis
Scottie LewisMetro Jr EliteCan score from inside and out, knows how to take over games. Unlimited upside.
Bryan AntoineMetro Jr ElitePlays above the rim,
Mikeal JonesPhilly Jr EliteAthletic big who runs the floor well, attacks the rim with hard finishes.
Jake BetlowMetro Jr EliteHeady guard with a great shot and solid vision. Makes smart basketball plays.
Tariq IngrahamMetro Jr EliteDominates the paint on both ends. Scores through defenders and passes well when double teamed.
Jordan HairstonDMV Jr EliteSlashing guard who can get to the paint and finish in traffic.
Zach CrislerMetro Jr EliteSkilled post player with great footwork and soft touch at the rim.

 

9th Grade All-Junior Elite Team

Our last team is made up of players who are already in high school, but have yet to hit their ceilings. These players physically stood out from the rest, but also did talent wise.

PhotoPlayerJr Elite AttendedSynopsis
Tyree PickronPhilly Jr EliteTremendous shooter, seems to hit every open jump shot. Tough guard who scores in many ways.
Ricardo DominguezNYC Jr EliteStrong, powerful player who welcomes contact and finishes through defenders.
Sam FaileyPhilly Jr EliteOffensive play maker who gets to the rim. Defensively, he is great at jumping passing lanes.
Renard BarnesMetro Jr EliteQuick, athletic player who makes winning plays and has an endless motor.
Jason BattleMetro Jr EliteHeady guard, can shoot from the outside and distribute the ball.

The Spring Junior Elites were an overwhelming success, every one of them. Now the mindset gets shifted to camp this summer. The 53rd summer in the Poconos is looking like it will be one of the best ones yet. There’s still time to sign up for all of our camps this summer, but hurry because time is running out!

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