Philly Pride hosted their media at Abington Friends School on Saturday, bringing all of the teams under their umbrella to the same spot. With everyone playing two games from 9 to 5, here are some notes: Underclassmen Playing Up A…
Philly Pride hosted their media at Abington Friends School on Saturday, bringing all of the teams under their umbrella to the same spot. With everyone playing two games from 9 to 5, here are some notes:
Underclassmen Playing Up
A number of 8th graders will be playing key roles on the 15U circuits. 15U National has four 2027s on their roster:(6’4 Haverford, PA), Isaiah Hicklen (6’2 Coatesville M.S., PA), Mehki Robertson (6’0 Life Center, NJ), and Tyler Sutton (SALA, NJ). Pride 302’s 15U squad had four of their own in Cade Cooper (6’2 G Malvern Prep, PA), Kenji Gatling (6’0 G Bonner-Prendie, PA), Masen Price (6’1 G St. Elizabeth’s, DE), and standout Marquis Newsome (6’4 W Sanford, DE). Newsome came off the bench for 302 17U too. Last but not least, Lateif Lorenzano-White (6’5 W Bartram, PA) was the lone freshman (2026) running with the sophomores (2025s).
Everybody has GUARDS
Specifically lead guards – point and/or combo. Each team had their guy or guys; this is just a handful of them. The 15U National team has(5’10 Malvern Prep) + (6’0 Kingsway) leading their attack. On 16U, the Aces and Bucks (County) each have intriguing athletes in Djibril Sylla (6’1 Parkland) and Mick McKee (6’1 LaSalle), respectively. (5’11 Father Judge), (5’10 Cristo Rey), and (5’9 Germantown Academy) are the 3-headed monster for the 16U National squad, each bringing defense, table-setting, and scoring abilities. Antonio Morris (5’10 Bensalem) engineers 17U Bucks’s offense. DeMahj Salisbery (6’0 Perkiomen) runs the show for the 17U National team with (5’10 IMG) bringing a change-of-pace and spark off the bench.
16U Select is going to be a Problem
They only have 8 guys, but they get up-and-down, defend, and can score from anywhere. The dynamic duo of(5’8 Sankofa, PA) and (5’11 Sankofa, PA) are their primary ball-handlers with Hardy as a PG and Williams as more of a combo. (6’3 Lower Merion, PA), (6’4 Woodbury, NJ), and (6’3 Father Judge) can each play the 2 or 3 for them. And, they don’t have any traditional post players, but they do have a diverse cadre of forwards in (6’6 West Catholic, PA), (6’4 West Catholic, PA), and Ryan Warren (6’6 LaSalle, PA) who provide lineup flexibility.
17U National could win it all
The UAA circuit is as tough as they come and this edition of the Philly Pride 17 is equipped to make a run at the title. As already mentioned, Salisbery and Burton man the point. And (6’3 Penn Wood, PA) and (6’3 Malvern Prep, PA) hold it down at shooting guard. (6’6 TBD) can play the two as well, but he’s also part of an overwhelming mix of wings, alongside (6’6 Central York, PA) and (6’4 TBD). Then, in the middle, they have Matt Gilgool (6’11 Westtown, PA) and (6’10 Calvary Christian, FL). Within position groups, each piece is interchangeable, with guys able to play up/down a spot. They can turn a game into a track meet or slow things down. Once they gel, it’s going to be scary.