Memphis, Tenn. — The final day of action at the inaugural Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic wrapped up Monday, with champions crowned across four grade divisions. If the competition over the holiday weekend was any indication of what’s to…
Memphis, Tenn. — The final day of action at the inaugural Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic wrapped up Monday, with champions crowned across four grade divisions. If the competition over the holiday weekend was any indication of what’s to come during the 2022 UA Future season then players and teams are in for quite a special year of youth hoops. Here’s a glimpse at the players who helped lead their clubs to respective titles earlier today…
Justin Frison | Memphis, TN | Class of 2027
Frison announced his introduction to the 2027 group with an impressive weekend performance at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic. Playing a key role for the newly-formed P7 Elite (TN), Frison’s scoring ability was evident, and his willingness to take command of his team was certainly noteworthy. An undefeated 5-0 record for the event was further emphasized with a 58-44 championship game victory against Kingdom Hoops (IA). For his efforts, the combo guard was my selection as the MVP of the tournament’s seventh-grade division, although his Memphis-based P7 Elite squad was extremely balanced from start to finish.
Cormelo Gates | Memphis, TN | Class of 2029
Gates and the 901 Bulls (TN) started what would be a dominant final day for the city of Memphis at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic with their 8:00 AM title game tipoff on Monday morning. For the second time in three days, the 901 Bulls defeated Kingdom Hoops (IA), this time 49-37, to capture the 5th Grade Championship. Gates is likely as confident of a fifth-grader as one could find to lead a backcourt, blending a capable shooting touch with an aggressive scoring mindset, which allowed him to capture Most Valuable Player honors in the Class of 2029 division.
Jude Gibson | Huxley, IA | Class of 2026
Gibson proved to be the heart and soul of the Kingdom Hoops (IA) line-up during their appearance at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic. While the eighth-grade field presented a talented collection of teams, the Iowa-based program was ultimately the last squad standing, recording a 54-44 win over Team ELEATE (CA) in the championship game for the Class of 2026 division. Gipson’s game-high 17 points helped elevate his club to the title but his constant defensive pressure and vocal leadership were truly his most important contributions throughout the tournament.
Gregory Spight | Eads, TN | Class of 2027
Better known as “Boogie”, Spight went right to work in the P7 Elite (TN) backcourt alongside the aforementioned Justin Frison, helping the hometown Memphis group secure the seventh-grade Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic title. In the championship game, Spight made contributions at both ends, forcing turnovers with his pressure defense and assisting teammates for easy baskets on the offensive side of the floor. After an unblemished weekend on their home turf, this group will soon be tested on the road, but expect to continue hearing about this program as a whole as the 2022 grassroots hoops season moves forward.
Braylon Williams | Cordova, TN | Class of 2028
Before the P7 Elite (TN) seventh-grade group could take the floor for their shot at the Under Armour Future Presidents’ Day Classic title game, the program’s sixth-grade team had already wrapped up arguably the most dominant overall performance of the weekend. The Class of 2028 group not only posted a 4-0 record, but won every game by a convincing margin, to the tune of at least 20 points. One of the stars for the P7 Elite sixth-grade group was guard, Braylon Williams, who delivered a 23-point performance in the final and earned Most Valuable Player recognition for his respective grade division.
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