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2018 Winter Circuit Session III: Preview

By Select Series, 02/02/18, 5:00PM EST


Previews the 7th and 8th grade divisions for Session III in PA

7th Grade Preview

Courtmasters Elite won Session II but Session III is loaded as all the pool play winners return along with NJ Bulldogs from Session I.

Stars in Action

Ten of the Session II All-Tournament performers and 9 of the Session I All-Tournament performers will be playing this weekend which will lead to some intense battles. The Eric Gordon pool will have Session II runner-ups DC United (CAN) who are led by Anden Alexander and Kailon Nichols. Playaz Academy West who finished session one at 2-1 are also in the pool. Star guard Brandon McCreesh is far and away the circuit’s leading scorer and he looks to lead his Riverside Hawks team this weekend. Jaquan Wallace of NY Jayhawks looks to do the same for his squad. Zyian Moultrie and the rest of the Wiz Kids round out the pool. The Marcus Smart pool boasts with Castle, Project Excellence and Riverside Hawks – Divanny who all have multiple skilled guards. Jersey City Boys and Girls Club is led by Tahaad Pettiford and Team DREAM is led by do it all guard Kwinten Ives. The Kristaps Porzingis pool is arguably the toughest with Session II champs Courtmasters Elite led by a strong inside out duo of Mamadou Traore and Danny Diaz. NJ Bulldogs have a potent duo of their own in Will Norman and Kamal Lee. Shooter Michael McQuioton will lead Team POP, James Jackman will once again star for Hilltopper Heat and T-Town Ballerz will come to play as well.

Matchups to Watch

Courtmasters Elite (NY) vs NJ Bulldogs (Court 1, Sunday 12:20 PM)

NY Jayhawks vs Playaz Academy West (Court 5, Saturday 5:40 PM)

DC United (CAN) vs. Riverside Hawks – Danny (Court 4, Saturday 6:45 PM)

8th Grade Preview

After finishing the first session undefeated, Mass Rivals, New Jersey Bulldogs, Playaz Academy West and Boston Bobcats are all back for the third session. We will also have some of the top teams from Session II back in action as the Winter Circuit heads up to Philadelphia.

Stars in Action

This will be our first chance to see a lot of the top players in the circuit go head to head in pool play. While each pool holds stars, the Damian Lillard pool is especially heavy on talent with Jaquan Harris, Jeffery Goguen and Jason Drake, among others. The James Harden pool is loaded with size as NC Elite, 6th Man Warriors and NY Jayhawks all boast multiple talented frontcourt prospects. The John Wall pool comes with some size as well as Enai White (Achieve More) and DJ Beckford (Born Ready Elite) are two of the tallest players suiting up this weekend.

Matchups to Watch

The Squad (MI) vs. NJ Bulldogs (Court 2, Saturday 8:55 PM)

The most anticipated matchup in the field pits arguably the two strongest guards in the field as Jason Drake of The Squad will match up against Jaquan Harris of NJ Bulldogs. Harris is the more known prospect in the region but it was Drake that had the entire building buzzing during Session II as he showed off his well-rounded game and poise in big game situations. Harris is a freak athlete who can score it at all three levels.

DC United (CAN) vs. Boston Bobcats (Court 2, Sunday 10:10 AM)

After going undefeated in session one thanks to TJ Power’s strong play, the Bobcats will square up against Session II finalist DC United who are lead by Isaiah Adams and Jaden Clayton.

Achieve More (DE) vs. Team BBC Blue (MD) (Court 4, Sunday 10:10 AM)

Ricardo Glass of BBC Blue and Enai White of Achieve More are two of the top wings in the circuit and it will be an amazing match up as these are two names we will be hearing a lot of in the future.

Mass Rivals vs. Riverside Hawks (Court 1, Saturday 7:50 PM)

6th Man Warriors vs. NY Jayhawks (Court 3, Saturday 8:55 PM)

NJ Give & Go vs. NC Elite (Court 3, Saturday 3:30 PM)