Columbus Day Challenge Standouts




Here is a look at the players that stood out during the Columbus day event.


Devandre Edmonds(Shooting Stars)- At 6’2 the rising 7th grader dominated competition while playing with the Shooting Stars. Edmonds can hit the midrange shot and changes the game on the defensive end.

Jermaine Samuels(CBC)- Samuels solidified himself as the top player on the CBC team as he clearly was the spark that made his team go. Samuels is very atheltic and has shown an improved outside shot. Samuels is oozing with potential

Shyheim Hicks(Expressions) Hicks was on fire throughout the weekend scoring 8 threes on Sunday. Hicks can score in bunches and has begun to develop a consistent outside stroke.

Keandre Fair(CBC) Fair starred in the showdown vs Expressions Elite 14u team scoring 28 points in the contest. Fair was simply unstoppable and showed a variety of high major moves to the basket.

Kimani Lawrence(Expressions) Lawrence played with a short handed Expressions Elite 14u team in the 15u age bracket and was arguably the top player throughout the weekend. Lawrence seemed to have grown an extra inch and showed he is one of the top Class of 2017 prospects in the country.

Kahari Beaufort(CT Hawks) Beaufort was sensational vs CBC on Saturday scoring 28 points. Beaufort’s outside shot was falling and bullied his way to the basket. A productive weekend for Beaufort!

Marcos Echeverria(NE Playaz) Echeverria  5’8 point guard did a solid job running the show for the playaz. Echeverria is a prototypical point guard and did a great job distributing the ball.

Aaron Mclean( NE Playaz) Mclean looked extra bouncy throughout the weekend and was all over the offensive glass for the Playaz.

Arkel Ager(CBC) 6’5 Swingman scored in a variety of ways for CBC. Most impressed with Agers ability to post up defenders and step out and hit the outside shot.



Photo courtesy of Nation of Orange


2012 HOF Spring Classic: Recap

Another Great AAU event this spring is in the books. The 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame Spring Classic was home to some of the best talent in the country. The NE Playaz, CT Select and TMT all came away with the crown in the high school division.

In the 15u championship game we saw TMT (CT) come away with the crown scoring a 79-67 victory over CBC. CBC is considered the top 15u AAU team in Connecticut but on this day the boys of TMT got the best of them.


NY Lightning was clearly the best team in the 16u bracket, as they dominated through the field of play on their way to a championship wins over CT Select. The combination of Kahari Beaufort (St. Raymond’s NY) and Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin NY) proved to be too much for the competition. If Carrington wasn’t giving us highlight reel dunks the Beaufort was making defenders pay for not playing him close. Both players hold a handful of high major offers and are continuing their winning streak in California this upcoming weekend.


The NE Playaz as a program captured their 3rd championship of the spring and 2nd overall in New England. Before going on to win the HOF Spring Classic, the Playaz had to overcome a close overtime win against a good Jersey Elite team. The NE Playaz grabbed an 84-63 victory over a tough CT Select team that will continue to cause problems for opponents on the AAU circuit. The score doesn’t tell the whole story about this battle so we will.


There were 5 lead changes early on in the game until the 2nd half where the Playaz held a consistent 9 point lead and then opened the game up in the last 5 minutes of play. These two teams have met before but this game was different because a lot of skill and smart coaching was on display. Both coaches paced the sidelines the whole game having seen a player leave the game with a bloody nose and another one down on the floor with a nasty blow to the head. There was no foul play just two teams going after it and knowing that this was the championship game.


For CT Select the sharp shooting skills of Bryan Jones continued to keep his team in the game. But when NE Playaz have backcourt options of Adrian Oliveira (Brimmer May), Cane Broome (East Hartford), Isaiah Lewis (Christ The King) and Aaron Calixte (Stoughton) the game comes easy for the bigs. This best part about watching this team is how everyone knows and accepts their role.


Oliveira and Broome played the role of facilitators and knocked down the open jumper when the opportunity came. The combination of Calixte and Lewis repeatedly attacked for 2 points or draw a foul. The frontline of Karem Kanter (MacDuffie), John Powell (Brimmer May) and Mohamed Bah (Lee Academy) were just too big. All 3 players dominated the game on the glass, while Powell and Kanter have soft touches around the rim Bah played every possession with aggression and passion. Playaz travel to Chicago this upcoming weekend to continue their winning ways