MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue Session III: Sunday Recap
February 11 2018
GREENSBORO, NC — The MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue wrapped up Session III on Sunday at the Proehlific Park facility, capping off another successful regular season, and showcasing why the event series is considered among the best in the country. Here’s an exclusive look at the storylines that headlined Sunday’s action…
CANADA SHOWCASES PROMISING YOUNG BIGS
- Class of 2022
- Calgary, Alberta
Represented by two eighth-grade teams at Session III of the MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue, it is clear that U-PLAY Canada and director Dwayne Washington have no issue with locating promising talent within their country. Both of their teams boasted impressive frontcourt depth, with 6-foot-10 Jayden Webley anchoring the paint for one squad, and 6-foot-8 Caleb Atewe for the other. Rangy forwards Benjamin Ezeagu and Nigel Hylton flashed immense potential and James Wani raised eyebrows with his two-way versatility. As these groups continue to build rapport, expect both units to experience greater team success, and several of the aforementioned prospects to emerge on the recruiting radar sooner than later.
SILAS SUNDAY’S JOURNEY A STORY WORTH SHARING
Few people have the fortune to stand 6-foot-10 and weigh nearly 300 pounds, but count fourteen-year-old Silas Sunday among the rare, and his path to the United States is just as unique. Originally born in Italy, Sunday told ThePrepInsiders.com that he remembers very little of his life prior to relocating to Ireland when he was just two years old. The young big man began playing the game of basketball early in his life and drew international attention after being selected to the Ireland U16 Men’s team last year. Currently residing in Bronx, New York, Sunday has started to adjust to the speed of the American game, which he says is “much faster than back home.” A member of the New York Lightning program, Sunday looked more comfortable on the floor with each passing game during the MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue event, and the eighth-grader could become one of the more sought after post prospects in the Class of 2022 should he continue to progress physically.
TEAM DURANT HAS LONG-TERM PIECES
The Team Durant organization had a solid showing during the final regular-season stop of MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue. Each of the program’s eighth-grade teams, Team Durant Black and Team Durant Blue, enjoyed marquee wins and combined for only a single loss on the weekend. Both squads showcased a variety of lengthy prospects with considerable upside at nearly every position on the floor. It won’t be surprising to reflect back on this group in a few years to acknowledge their success at the high school level was predicted at an early age. Names such as Preston Howard, David Soloman, Tyrell Ward, Raymond Watts, Jeffrey Womack and several others have Team Durant very excited about the Class of 2022.
SPARTANS GET A SPARK FROM CANADIAN CONNECTION
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6-foot-4 guard Keyonte Beals was a major contributor for the Boston Spartans at Session III of the MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue. The talented Canadian plays with supreme confidence, showed off his athleticism in the halfcourt, and has a smooth scoring arsenal off the bounce. Beals helped lead the Spartans to an unbeaten record on the weekend and to the brink of qualifying for the MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue Championships. He’s a name that must be added near the top of a long list of Class of 2022 standouts from this event series.
ATLANTA CAVS HAVE THEIR OWN KING
The Atlanta Cavs are set to play one of the most competitive schedules of any team in the Class of 2022 this spring and summer and have recently added a major piece to their roster. Simply put, Jabari King did not disappoint in his MADE Hoops Winter Lea8ue debut. The 6-foot-6 post prospect played with power in the paint and was dominant throughout the entire weekend. Already being hailed as an elite football recruit, King says he expects to play both sports at Model (GA) High School in Rome, Georgia this fall. A quarterback on the gridiron who models his game after Cam Newton, King exudes confidence and poise on the hardwood, and possesses the athleticism to make an impact on both ends of the court.