The NY2LA Sports GNBA Championships were held over the weekend with the play deciding league champions in each age group. This article takes a look at 15 of the top performers in the freshmen to be division…
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS – 8TH GRADE TOP PERFORMERS
(In order of team name – this is not an exclusive list)
Nobal Days – C – Butler Elite
Days has as much potential as anyone in the GNBA this season. He is already 6-foot-9 as he enters high school. He is not just a tall player. Days runs the floor well especially considering his age and size. He is active on both ends of the floor. He is best as a shot blocker and rebounder right now, but he has a good fundamental base to his offensive game as well. Days is a player to track in the 2019 class.
Quinn Cafferty – PF – Butler Elite
Cafferty was a major piece to Butler Elite's success in the GNBA. He did a variety of things for Butler Elite. He has the size right now to play in the post and produce at a high level. He plays with terrific energy on the glass. Cafferty even showed the ability to handle the ball against pressure. He was a consistent performer throughout the league.
Demonte Hudson – G – Butler Elite
The talented guard made things happen throughout the weekend on his way to capturing the MVP for the 8th grade division championships. A solid defender with instincts and athleticism, Hudson can lock up on the defensive end while creating havoc offensively with dribble drive penetration, playmaking, and scoring. An active talent on both ends, Hudson was a key factor in the Butler Elite GNBA 8th grade championship run all spring.
Collin Reed – SG – ET21 Buckeyes
Reed was one of the most athletic players if not the most athletic player in the GNBA. His speed in the open court was unmatched. He used that speed to also get to the basket off the dribble in the half court. Once he reached the lane, he used his leaping ability to finish over the top of defenders. It looks like Reed will be ready to contribute from day one of high school.
Bryant Brown – G – Future Elite
Brown has great size and length for a player with the ball skills that he has. He is capable of playing any perimeter position as well as holding his own inside. Brown displayed the ability to see the floor at a high level and make on the money passes. Brown's ceiling is excellent.
Karl Wright – PF – Illinois Irish
Wright was stellar in the paint for the Illinois Irish. He is long and athletic. Wright showed the ability to finish above the rim already. He was active and strong on the boards. His build and athleticism give him a high ceiling even if he does not grow any further.
Patrick McCaffery – SG – Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery has a commitment from his other son, Connor McCaffery. It looks like he will have another son to recruit in Pat. He has terrific size and length especially for his age. Pat can do everything on the basketball court. He will bring up the ball against pressure. He moves without the ball. He passes it with great skill. Then he is a solid outside shooter. It will be fun to see Pat McCaffery progress over the next few years.
Dachaun Anderson – PF – Mac Irvin Fire
Big, strong, athletic, high energy...those things led to Anderson being highly productive throughout the league. He was tough to keep off the glass. Once he got the ball around the basket, he scored efficiently. He was excellent in transition as well. Anderson was the backbone of the Mac Irvin Fire team.
Keyyaun Batchman – SG – Machine Elite
Batchman had some big scoring games over the weekend. He is best when he is attacking the basket either off the dribble or in transition. He has the skill to finish with either hand in the lane. Batchman used his strength to get some offensive rebounds which led to baskets as well. He was a consistent standout for Machine Elite.
Deontay Long – SG – Milwaukee Spartans
Long was one of the most productive players in the GNBA. He dominated each game that he played. He is really big for a guard at this level. Plus, he is a fantastic athlete that will finish above the rim with two hands. Long's outside shooting is also a weapon as well, but he looks to get to the basket first. He is not just a high scorer, he will rebound and do whatever it takes to win the game. Long is one of the top 2019 players.
Aidan Vanderloo – G – Martin Brothers Select
Vanderloo was one of the top scorers in the GNBA in a large part through his outside shooting. Vanderloo is an excellent shooter with consistent results. He was able to get to the free throw line at a high rate as well where he converted points for Martin Brothers. Vanderloo also mixed it up as a rebounder despite not being one of the biggest players. He was fun to watch throughout the tournament.
Jalen Dearring – PG – Net Gain Sports
Dearring comes from a basketball family with his father playing at Virginia and his brother playing at Wisconsin. Jalen looks to be the next in the family to play college basketball. He is a solid ball-handler with quickness off the dribble. He is also a good outside shooter. Dearring will definitely be a player to watch throughout his career.
Jeramie King – SF – Playground Elite
King has excellent size and length at an early age. He is also a fantastic athlete that will throw down dunks in transition. King made his presence felt around the basket. He rebounded well throughout the league. There is plenty of potential to King's game. He is a player with his best basketball well in his future.
Hunter Snyder – G – Quad City Elite
Snyder had a breakout tournament. He was automatic from the 3-point line. In one game, he hit six 3-pointers. He also showed the ability to handle the ball against pressure. He moves well without the ball. He was active on the glass. Snyder showed a good feel for the game over multiple games. It was a strong showing for Snyder.
Cole Nau – SG – RAS Milwaukee
Nau is a smooth player off the dribble with the ability to finish once he gets to the lane. He showed off a consistent floater over the weekend. He has good size for a guard at his age. Nau is also a decent outside shooter. He has a chance to be a terrific player with continued hard work and upside.