CP3 All-Stars take home inaugural MADE Hoops title

The high school grassroots basketball scene has changed substantially over the last decade. Going from primarily regional camps in the spring with a few national events scattered in, the AAU game has taken towards shoe sponsored leagues with meaningful games that are played all throughout the country. While the level of local rivalries isn’t quite what it used to be on the summer circuit, the change in culture has been the better and it was a matter of when, not if it was going to reach the middle school game. Rob Taylor established the NYBL a few years ago and the trend has continued with the MADE Hoops Basketball League.

Composed mostly of Nike EYBL teams, the league ran a number of events throughout the east coast, culminating with the MADE Hoops Championship Weekend in Greensboro, NC. The CP3 All-Stars took home the inaugural championship in their home state, boasting one of the more talented groups in the class of 2019. The team was led by consensus top-10 2019 Wendell Moore. Already approaching 6-foot-5, Moore is quite young for his age and while he is not a highlight guy, will blow you away with his crisp and efficient style of play. Kobe Langley has also received a lot of praise and lived up to his reputation, scoring the rock in a variety of ways. Marcus Watson surprised a lot of onlookers with his explosive athleticism (threw down a between the legs dunk in warmups) and high level of activity. Not just a three man show, Keyshaun Langley, Max Farthing, and Chris Hinton all made key contributions to help this ridiculously talented squad take home the title.

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Freshman Ladarius Marshall is insane athlete, owns SEC offers

Ladarius Marshall has been making headlines since he was dunking as a sixth grader. Having grown to 6-foot-6, he is now in the high school ranks and taken his athleticism to completely new heights.

Drawing comparisons by some to that of a young LeBron James in terms of sheer athleticism, Marshall’s game has really come along throughout his freshman year at Forest Hill High School in Jackson. Posting averages of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks per night, you could see the immense upside that he owns. The forward has game changing potential on the defensive end, able to make up ground on opposing players in a second to contest shots. His outstanding lateral quickness and long arms allow him to put a ton of pressure on the ball on the perimeter. Not just an impact player on the defensive end, the MBA Hoops product has a rapidly developing offensive game.

Training with his AAU coach Omhar Carter on a daily basis, Marshall has developed a solid jumpshot that extends out to the three point line. While his consistency must continue to improve, he has outstanding elevation on his jumper and will knock it down when left open. Ladarius has the potential to be a devastating straight line driver based on his explosive first step and leaping ability that allows him to finish over the top of anyone. With physical tools like this, it makes sense why SEC schools have offered him so early.

“Ole Miss, Baylor, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Tennessee have all offered Ladarius,” Carter told us. “LSU hasn’t offered yet, but they’re about to.”

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops throughout the spring for more updates on Ladarius Marshall.

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Malik Newman throws down nice cuff dunk on the break

The scoring machine that is Malik Newman continued to build his legacy over the weekend. While we were in Jackson to check out Omhar Carter’s Global Elite Camp, we stopped over at Callaway to watch Malik’s playoff game against Neshoba Central. Not only did he drop an effortless 38 points in to take his squad one game closer to yet another state title, but he topped it off with his nasty cuff dunk.

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more Malik Newman videos over the next few weeks.

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2018 Marvin Bagley with two handed windmill in state playoff game

It has been an interesting year for Marvin Bagley III. After dominating the circuit as a middle schooler with the We All Can Go All-Stars, the 6-foot-10 freshman was recruited by every high school powerhouse in the country before deciding to stay at home for his high school days. Playing for Arizona power Corona del Sol, Bagley has lived up to the hype and more. He recently dropped 23 points and 12 rebounds in his squad’s playoff win, none more emphatic than the two-handed windmill that he threw down. Corona del Sol now stands 30-1 and is one game closer to an Arizona state title.

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more coverage of Marvin Bagley throughout the spring.

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Scottie Lewis is an unbelievable eighth grader

From the first time that we saw Scottie Lewis, we knew that he was not just a special athlete. He was an exceptional athlete. Having now grown to 6-foot-5 before entering the high school ranks, his game has caught up to make him one of the truly elite players in the class of 2019.

Already possessing legit size for a young wing, Lewis is a simply elite finisher in transition. He can convert with either hand, has an incredibly soft touch, and can finish above just about anyone his age. The swingman is one of the better dunkers that we’ve seen at the middle school level, blending coordination with explosive leaping ability. He has shown range out to the three point line and is an explosive straight line driver that is awfully tough to stop attacking the rack. Scottie’s ball-handling will need to progress in order for him to reach his maximum potential, but the tools and raw talent are there for him to be one of the best in the class.

Running with Mario Chalmers’ Team Rio National on the AAU circuit, Lewis is certainly going to have target on his back this spring.

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Would Derrick Jones win the 2015 NBA Dunk Contest?

Derrick Jones took high school hoops by storm when he emerged on the national scene as a sophomore and as crazy as it sounds, has gotten more athletic ever since. The UNLV recruit gets head level with the rim effortlessly and has a flurry of 360 between the legs and behind the back dunks that have never been seen in the NBA Dunk Contest. A product of WE R1 on the AAU circuit, Jones routinely had jaw dropping dunks throughout the UA Association and at elite camps nationally. Tune in tonight on TNT at 9PM EST and then let the debate start.

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Thon Maker and Omari Spellman go to war at National Prep School Invitational

As far as the class of 2016 is concerned, you won’t find many big men with the perimeter skill of Thon Maker and Omari Spellman. Both have range that extends to the three point line, both are above average passers, and both can take slower defenders off of the dribble. At the 20155 National Prep School Invitational, the two went head to head.

Maker, who many consider the top prospect in the class of 2016, did the bulk of his damage closer to the rim. He stepped out to hit a three and a few elbow jumpers, but made the most impact finishing at the rim. The Australian forward showed off his outstanding hands to catch and finish above the rim. Spellman, the go to guy for victorious MacDuffie, showed off his perimeter game. Despite being 285 pounds, Spellman was able to open up the lane for his perimeter guys by being a consistent threat to shoot it from beyond the arc. Even though he finished with 27 points, he proved to be an adept passer and was tough to guard going towards his right shoulder in the post. All in all, this was the type of matchup that you’d hope to see out of two big men with this level of talent.

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more videos of both Thon and Omari.

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Adrian Moore having monster junior campaign

Adrian Moore drew national attention as a middle schooler for his freakish athleticism and in game dunks as a seventh grader. Now a junior in high school, Moore has become an incredibly well rounded basketball player and is receiving no shortage of attention from college coaches.

“Adrian has offers from Wake Forest and Tulsa right now,” his father Dennis told CityLeagueHoops. “Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, and Wichita State are showing strong interest.”

Moore, who is averaging 17 points per game for North Little Rock HS, is showing the improvement that has sparked the interest from such elite programs. He has spent time at both guard spots and the added experience playing with the ball in his hands has certainly shown with his development as a playmaker. Moore is consistent shooting the ball from beyond the three point arc and has proven to be a deadly straight line slasher, especially going left. On the defensive end, Moore’s athleticism allows him to guard both backcourt positions at a high rate.

With attributes like this, it makes sense why schools are lining him up to get him on campus.

“We are going to visit Kansas this weekend,” explained his father. “We will also visit Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Tulsa, Oklahoma State.”

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Adrian Moore.

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Shae Mitchell is the best freshman in Minnesota

Minnesota has an abundance of talent in the class of 2018. There is size, skill, and players with massive potential. There has been a ton of debate in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as to who the best player of the class is, but in our eyes, it’s Shae Mitchell.

We checked out the 6-foot-6 wing with Lakeville South ‎against Pine Lake on Thursday night and he did not disappoint. Finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks, he impacted the game much more than his stat line reflected. Unfortunately for Mitchell, his season ended on Thursday night. With his team up double digits late in the game, he went up for a dunk in transition and was simply pushed in mid-air. It was a classless play from a Pine Lake player that ultimately left Shae with a broken wrist, ending his promising freshman campaign.

Playing power forward on the defensive end and on the perimeter offensively, we were able to see the full arsenal that Mitchell had to offer. He showed off a silky smooth jumper from mid-range, was tough to stop as a straight line driver, and simply showed off a crisp game that you rarely see out of a freshman. The Minnesota Future Stars/We All Can Go All-Stars AAU product let the game come to him, not forcing any shots and always making the extra pass to the open man. He will need to continue to work on his foot speed on the defensive end, but the combination of size and skill that he brings to the table make him an elite prospect in the class of 2018.

Mitchell has already visited Indiana, but is also hearing from Nebraska, Stanford, Xavier, Drake, Minnesota, and Creighton. While he doesn’t have a D-1 offer yet, it will come very soon after he returns to the hardwood in May after recovering from his injury.

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Ahmad Caver with two poster dunks at 2015 National Prep School Invitational

Ahmad Caver put on a show at the National Prep Showcase and continued his strong play at the National Prep School Invitational in Providence. The scoring point guard showed off his athleticism on two separate occasions at the NPSI, putting defenders on a poster each time with his explosive takes to the rack. At just 6-foot-1, he has incredibly deceptive speed and athleticism that throws defenders off. Signed with Old Dominion, Caver has the potential to be an impact player from the second that he steps foot on campus due to his combination of scoring ability and athleticism.

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