Ladera Ranch, Cal. — Despite their youth, the Class of 2027 was certainly not short on talent at Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off. In the final installment of a three-part feature, we highlight yet another gifted group of standout…
Ladera Ranch, Cal. — Despite their youth, the Class of 2027 was certainly not short on talent at Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off. In the final installment of a three-part feature, we highlight yet another gifted group of standout players from the sixth-grade division, all of whom logged memorable weekend performances in Southern California…
Caden Miller | Albuquerque, NM | Class of 2027
Miller helped stabilize the J.B. White Elite (NM) backcourt for the duration of the Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off. The sixth-grade guard is of average stature but the blend of scoring and playmaking ability he brought the hardwood was truly exceptional. In leading his club to the consolation bracket championship and securing a winning record for the weekend, Miller established himself as one of the better Class of 2027 floor generals in attendance. He scored in double-figures in four of his team’s five games, demonstrating a steady shooting touch, and rare all-around consistency for a young lead guard.
Dennesio Patane | Las Vegas, NV | Class of 2027
Patane is a force from the guard position, standing 5-foot-8 and possessing superb quickness, as well as an advanced skill level. His physical advantages, though perhaps only temporary, were obvious but the Desert Elite (NV) backcourt prospect also turned heads with his scoring ability, including a 27-point effort in his opening game of the Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off. Patane showcased a dependable shooting stroke, converting a high percentage of his attempts from the free-throw line, while also finishing his weekend among the event leaders made in three-pointers from the sixth-grade division.
Delton Prescott III | Litchfield Park, AZ | Class of 2027
The addition of Prescott to the Sneaker Steal (CA) roster further solidified this team as one of the nation’s best clubs in the Class of 2027. Prescott and his teammates cruised to the Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off sixth-grade championship in dominant fashion with the skilled and athletic guard playing a major role in their success. The Arizona resident is quick off the bounce and was aggressive on both ends of the floor. He attacked the lane with the ball in his hands, proving to be a capable finisher, but also displayed the vision necessary to make plays for others.
Damian ‘DJ’ Spencer | Phoenix, AZ | Class of 2027
The sheer amount of Sneaker Steal (CA) players featured in the post-event highlights justifies the results from the Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off. An athletic and versatile forward, add Spencer near the top of the list among Class of 2027 standout performers as well. The six-foot prospect is both agile and skilled, ran the floor with ease, and impressed with his consistent finishing abilities in the paint. Only a sixth-grader, Spencer competes with immense confidence, and exhibited perhaps the smoothest footwork in the division. His size will be a factor in determining his ultimate position but he’s as adaptable as any player you’ll watch at this level.
Earl Taylor | San Diego, CA | Class of 2027
A lead guard with excellent size for his age, Taylor impressed at the Prep Hoops Next West Coast Kick-off with the San Diego Prospects (CA), primarily competing in the seventh-grade division. The 5-foot-6 backcourt standout remained true to his role throughout the weekend, embracing his responsibilities as a ball-handler and facilitator by keeping his dribble alive and his head on a swivel, in an effort to find open teammates. Although Taylor will benefit from a more multifaceted offensive approach moving forward he was effective despite his limited scoring and impacted the game tremendously by utilizing his length and quickness on defense.
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