Blacksher, House, Morrow & Graham All Join Belmont
This weekend Los Angeles, California will be the place to be for any high school basketball enthusiasts as some of the top hoop talent on the West Coast will be taking it to the courts at the Next Level Sports Complex for the 2018 Spring Tip-Off hosted by one of the nation’s top scouts, Gerry Frietas.
The state of Arizona will be taking 15 teams out for the event. All three of our shoe circuit teams will be in attendance. Powerhouse, Team Harden and Jamal Murray Elite. Arizona’s own Nico Mannion will be playing with his West Coast Elite squad out of California and players such as Wesley Harris (6-6/Forward/Unsigned Senior/Desert Vista), Bryce Davis (6-6/Forward/Unsigned Senior/Deer Valley) and Dalen Terry (6-5/Guard/2020/Corona Del Sol) will be playing with their respective Compton Magic squad.
But the buzz from the state of Arizona inside Next Level will be the Shadow Mountain group (5-foot-10 2019 point guard Jovan Blacksher, 6-foot-1 2019 combo guard Jaelen House (Arizona State commit) and 6-foot-4 2020 wing Shemar Morrow), will all be playing with Belmont Shore out of Southern California this weekend. The three will not only take their skill on the court over there with them, but the hype train that follows those intriguing athletes.
They will have a little more Arizona help on that team, as one of the Arizona’s top big men, 6-foot-9 2019 Jalen Graham (Mountain Pointe) has signed on to play this weekend with that team as well. Graham is committed to a local team, the Alpha Males, but will step out to LA this weekend to play alongside Blacksher, House and Morrow with Belmont Shore.
The stage will be set for four of our Arizona boys this weekend. Three of them play on that stage almost every day of their lives. This will be another walk in the park for them. However, Jalen Graham will be entering a different level of competition and intensity. The good sign for Graham is that he played this past season in a system under Head Coach Duane Eason at Mountain Pointe that is pretty similar to the pace of play he will see this weekend. Graham is one of the few premier shot blockers in Arizona and plays above the rim. He can get up and down the court from end-to-end and has really good ball instincts. This weekend will be not only a great exposure experience for the under-the-radar big fella, but a great test for him as well.