Memphis, Tenn. — The Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic was back in action on Sunday with the second day of exciting match-ups from the P7 Sports Academy. A full day in the gym allowed me to take in games…
Memphis, Tenn. — The Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic was back in action on Sunday with the second day of exciting match-ups from the P7 Sports Academy. A full day in the gym allowed me to take in games across each of the four grade levels at the tournament, as I caught a glimpse of the best fifth through eighth-grade teams that made the trip to Tennessee.
UA capitalized on the holiday weekend, turning this tournament into an excellent three-day event, so while champions won’t be crowned until Monday, here’s a sampling from my notes that highlights a handful of the top performers from my observations today…
Brian Cal, Jr. | Pine Bluff, AR | Class of 2028
Only a few short years ago, I began following a sixth-grader named Bryson Warren from North Little Rock, Arkansas. Fast-forward to September 2021 when Warren, a five-star Class of 2023 recruit, announced he would exit high school early to pursue a professional playing career with Overtime Elite. Now, the 2021 Arkansas Player of the Year is sponsoring a grassroots program, and the group known as “Bryson Warren United” appears to have the talent to compete nationally in this year’s sixth-grade division. The team is led by another talented young floor general in Brian Cal, Jr. who caught my eye with his facilitating and shotmaking abilities today.
Shaqere Kizzee | DeSoto, TX | Class of 2027
I had to do a double-take, as Kizzee is competing for Texas Impact’s sixth and seventh-grade teams this weekend at the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic, and he caught my eye with both groups. A wiry, six-foot perimeter prospect, the seventh-grader is actually one of the younger players on the sixth-grade team but is in fact a member of the 2027 class. The current seventh-grader is only scratching the surface of his physical tools but there are already flashes of production that are very encouraging for his future on the hardwood. After playing six games in two days, I’m curious to see what Kizzee has left in his tank for Monday’s final session.
Antonio Taylor | Ardmore, OK | Class of 2026
A young member of the Class of 2026, Taylor is playing with Southern Oklahoma Elite’s seventh-grade team, and his contributions in the backcourt proved very useful to his club in their 59-48 afternoon victory against Texas Impact at the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic. Fast and athletic, Taylor attacked the lane in the halfcourt, and looked to force tempo in transition. Although he didn’t shoot the ball at an extremely consistent clip throughout the day, the jumpers he did convert were timely, and his ability to draw fouls off the bounce was a major factor in each of his team’s games during the second day of competition.
Prince Wilkins | Johnston, IA | Class of 2029
While Wilkins was one of the youngest players that I watched on Sunday at the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic, he was certainly one of the more impressive prospects. An athletic frontcourt player, the fifth-grader already stands close to six-feet, is very fluid when moving up and down the floor, and showed reliable hands inside the paint. Wilkins provided an excellent defensive presence for his Kingdom Hoops (IA) team, helping them advance past Memphis Heat (TN), 47-37, and into the championship game where they will get a pool play rematch against the 901 Bulls (TN) for the event title tomorrow.
Jasiah Williams | Hesperia, CA | Class of 2027
Williams continues to earn attention as he has played a vital role in the early season successes of Team ELEATE (CA). A seventh-grader with an appropriately young birthday, the talented backcourt prospect looks fully capable of competing in this weekend’s stacked eighth-grade division, and helped his squad secure a pair of wins during Sunday’s action at the UA Future Presidents’ Day Classic. A gritty 63-49 victory against Powerhouse Bulls (FL) followed by an impressive 67-62 win over hometown P7 Elite (TN) propelled Williams and Team ELEATE (CA) into the championship bracket semifinal round tomorrow.
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