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Bullseye Basketball Series Event1 Recap

01/02/2018, 1:15pm EST
By coast2coastpreps

This past weekend at the newly named Pacers Fieldhouse in the greater Indianapolis area, many of the nations top youth basketball teams from the midwest and east coast participated in the Bullseye Event Group Basketball Series. This weekend we seen many top performances from teams as well as individuals, lets take a look at the recap. 

CLASS OF 2027

Twelve teams participated in this division. Team DOCE, North Coast Blue Chips and Team Rise all went undefeated 3-0 in their pools entering bracket play. All three would advance to the semi-finals along with Tri-State Assault. 

Tri-State Assault lost in pool play to North Coast Blue Chips 45-37. In the semi-finals, Tri-State knocked off Team Rise 45-39 to advance to the finals to get a rematch with the Chips who beat Team DOCE in the other semi-final 47-37. 

In the finals, North Coast proved to be the superior team winning the championship 48-36. Top 25 nationally ranked player, Devin Colbert Jr. was special all weekend for the Chips. The lefty displayed excellent anticipation on defense along with superior ball handling. He had over 5 steals a game and was a true point guard making his team better. Jason Gardner Jr. was also a standout for North Coast on the weekend. 

Other players who stood out:

Keeran Stokes (Toledo Splash) - Super quick for his age and an elite shooter. Stokes knocked down multiple threes with great form on the weekend. 

Kade Goodin (Team Rise) - Haven't seen Goodin in three months, the athleticism is always there and now the skill level is catching up. Outside shot has improved and he can still get to the rim to finish or get fouled at will. 

Deon Johnson (Nati Elite) - A force around the basket, he rebounded with two hands and finished everything at the basket. 

Bobby Thomas (Team Teague) - Quick release on his shot, knocked down multiple threes on the weekend. 

Austin Sears (Team Rise) - A 2028 playing up, has excellent speed to play up a grade at a young age. Plays hard and efficient on both ends of the court, high IQ.

Jaylen Mitchell (Team Teague) - Long athletic kid, good at defensive rebounding and pushing the ball coast to coast. Considered a top 50 player in the class nationally. 

Jordan Smith (Team Rise) - Showed a good shooting ability from mid range and three including multiple step back triples. 

Park Boyd (Team Rise) - Pressures the ball on the defensive end. Had multiple steals and deflections, one of the quickest kids and best on ball defenders. 

CLASS OF 2026

Eighteen teams in four pools participated in the 2026 division. Some of the top ranked teams in the nation were in this division. North Coast Blue Chips, New World, Team United and the Riverfront Rebels all went undefeated and won their respective pools on Saturday. 

All four of the pool winners took care of business in the first two bracket play games setting up the final four. In one semi-final a rivalry was renewed as New World and Team United met. New World knocked off Team United 53-43 to advance to the finals. In the finals they would meet North Coast Blue Chips who knocked off Riverfront Rebels 67-49. 

In the finals, a mild upset occurred as North Coast knocked off New World 45-41 to claim the championship. 

Some of the standout performers from the 2026 division over the weekend were:

Kaleb Elkins (North Coast Blue Chips) - Elkins was quick to the rim and skilled with the ball. He had a quick first step and was good in transition. 

Tyler Simpson (New World) - One of the best on ball defenders in the class, had a nice midrange game as well. 

Babatunde Oladotun (New World) - The #1 ranked player ini 2027 played up with the 2026 New World team. Super skilled and is long and athletic. Shoots the three and great passer, sky is the limit for Baba. 

Cooper Zachary (Team Teague) - Another 2027 playing up in the 2026 division. Zachary has a very high IQ and plays fearless on both ends. 

Neiko Primus (New World) - The former #1 player in 2026 is currently ranked #5 in the nation. Primus uses both hands at the rim and is one of the hardest playing kids in the country, he dove on the floor for loose balls numerous times all weekend. The older he gets nobody can guard Primus, he gets to the rim at will. 

Jamaal McKnight Jr. (New World) - Keeps the pressure on the defense at all times. McKnight has excellent quickness and lives in the paint on the offensive end. 

Trevor Smith (North Coast Blue Chips) - Unreal size for a fourth grader. He is 5'10 and uses his size well to dominate the glass and protect the rim. Was very good at offensive rebounding, keeping the ball high and finishing put backs. 

Steven Reynolds (Team Teague) - High Skill level, nice handle and has perfected the euro step at a young age. Reynolds has three point range. 

Demari Bailey (Team United) - One of the best scorers from the weekend, Bailey showed the ability to score from all three levels on the court. 

Howard Williams (Meanstreets) - He is producing everytime he touches the ball. Williams is either getting to the foul line or finishing everytime he gets the ball in the paint. Very efficient and used his body extremely well. 

Yale Davis (Team United) - Protoypical lead guard, pressured the ball on defensive end while pushed the tempo on offense. Scored when needed but kept team mates involved and lead his team to the final four. 

Phoenix Johnson (KC Prodigy) - Despite his team going 1-3 on the weekend, Johnson was a standout performer. Developing as a point guard, he has the ball in his hands at all times and can make plays for himself or teammates, constantly makes the right play. 

 

CLASS OF 2025

Fourteen teams entered the 5th grade bracket this weekend. Primetime 2025 Black, Riverfront Rebels and the North Coast Blue Chips all were undefeated pool winners on Saturday heading to Sunday's bracket play. 

The Rebels and North Coast cruised to the semi-finals but Primetime 2025 black fell short. Black Bottom Detroit knocked off Primietime 2025 black 47-42 to advance to the semi-finals and play North Coast Blue Chips. The other semi-final matched Riverfront Rebels against Team Franchise. 

Riverfront Rebels and North Coast Blue Chips both enjoyed double digit wins in the semi-finals setting up an epic championship game. In the finals, Riverfront knocked off North Coast, 48-46 to claim the title and take back to the STL. 

Some of the Players who stoodout this weekend were:

Tyler Stepney (Riverfront Rebels) - One of the bigger players on his team, he is a big strong guard who showed dominance at times this weekend. One of the better finishing guards in the class inside 8 feet. 

Demaree Walker (Black Bottom Detroit) - Small in size but quicker than a cat with some flash. Walker knows how to score in unorthodox ways and can get through the tightest windows on the court. 

Jaiden Arnold (North Coast Blue Chips) - The 21st ranked player in the class nationally, Arnold led his team to a runner-up finish this weekend. One of the nations best ball handlers, Arnold uses his skill level to create his shot. He had double figures in every game this weekend. 

 

CLASS OF 2024

Six teams entered the 6th grade division. Team Teague and Progency Indiana both rolled through the competition winning their first three games each by double digits. In the finals it was another double digit win this time for Team Teague as they took the championship with a 51-36 victory. 

 

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