Manheim, Pa. — Post-play in the game of basketball is important as teams who are able to get easy points in the paint typically win. The A-Game Fall Shootout was filled with solid forward play, especially in the 2025 class.…
Manheim, Pa. — Post-play in the game of basketball is important as teams who are able to get easy points in the paint typically win. The A-Game Fall Shootout was filled with solid forward play, especially in the 2025 class. Here are some of the 2025 future forwards from the A-Game Fall Shootout.
Nouhoun Diarra: NYC Supreme, Brooklyn- NYC Supreme made it to the final of the 8th Grade Orange Division and Diarra was a key reason for that. The 6-foot-2 wing played more of an interior role where he used his strength to finish tough layups through traffic. Diarra can bring the ball up in transition and showed the ability to handle the ball on the perimeter. He blocked several shots around the rim and showed the ability to defend multiple positions. Diarra’s ability to play at both ends makes him a candidate to get early playing time in high school.
Amari Evans: Team FCAA Elite, Pittsburgh- Evans may have been giving up size to Team Durant down low, but he still found a way to dominate in the 8th Grade Gold final. The 6-foot-3 wing has a knack for getting into the lane and can finish above the rim. Evans has a nice touch around the basket and was unafraid of drawing contact close to the basket. He moved his feet extremely well on the defensive end and used his athleticism to swat shots. Evans will probably play more on the perimeter in high school, where he should have success with his combination of toughness, athleticism, and talent.
Wyatt Morton: Team Durant, Baltimore- Morton had a strong weekend for Team Durant as he was their go-to big. The 6-foot-5 forward was able to get position down low with consistency and plays with good footwork. Morton has a nice spin move, which he uses to great effect around the basket. He used his length to alter shots on the defensive end and was tough to keep off the offensive glass. Morton’s footwork and skill should allow him to hit the ground running when he starts his high school career.
Jaiden Newton: Go Torey Allstars, Ossining, NY- Newton showed his total skillset as he helped the Go Torey Allstars win Pool N in the 8th Grade Orange Division. The 6-foot-3 forward was extremely active on the boards as he ripped down numerous offensive rebounds. Newton attacked the basket with a purpose and was able to draw contact with consistency. He showed off a nice shooting stroke on his free throws and played tough interior defense. Newton is a tough New York forward who should get playing time early due to his motor and defense.
Lavar Raglin: Team Heart over Hype, Baltimore- Raglin was an undersized big man for Team Heart over Hype, but he was still able to make an impact in the 8th Grade Orange Division. The six-foot forward showed off his good passing ability throughout the weekend as he was their key to Heart Over Hype’s offensive success. Raglin knew how to get position around the basket and was constantly drawing contact. He fought for rebounds on both ends and played good post defense. Raglin’s passing ability makes him an intriguing player as he gets into high school.
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