In partnership with Primetime Sports, Coast 2 Coast Preps hosted the National Middle School Elite Showdown at PSA 2 in Plano, Texas. Teams from across the south and midwest were in attendance and several players from 3rd – 8th grade stood out.
Here is who caught my eye over the two day event.
Jaelon Germany, Mason Williams, and Isaac Hayes, 2026, RM5 Elite– This trio was unstoppable the entire weekend. Williams, the son of NBA vet Mo Williams, is the engine at point guard while Isaac Hayes is the assassin. Jaelon Germany may be the most skilled of the bunch with unbelievable ball control, a smooth jumper, and excellent court vision.
Jaiden Nickens, 2025, AET Elite– Nickens is a walking bucket. He had several twenty point games to go along with an effortless 31 point performance.
Kingston Flemmings 2025, SA Future– Flemmings was my favorite to player to watch the entire weekend. Sporting long dreads, this shifty guard is very elusive in one on one situations and finds creases in the defense with ease.
Rakai Crawford, 2024, Greg Buckner Elite– Crawford is a fierce competitor and very aggressive on the offensive end. He has the type of fearless attitude you love to see in younger players.
Marlon Linton, 2024, Flight Nine– In the majority of games Linton was the tallest and longest player on the floor and also the most active. He can rebound, defend, and score in a variety of ways. Linton was also very impressive in transition.
Carl Daughtry, 2022, Joe Johnson Elite– JJE lost a close one to RM5 Elite but Daughtry was a star pouring in 35 points.
Imo Essien, 2021, Eclipse– Imo was magical in a win against the highly respected Houston Hoops Bluechips. He went for 22 points and was impactful on both ends of the floor.
Jalen Lake, 2021, Nike Proskills– Lake is a shifty combo guard with a solid jump shot and the handles that take him wherever he needs to go on the floor.
Arthur Kaluma, 2021, RM5 Elite– Kaluma is a swiss army knife, a very skilled one. On a team with two studs, Cameron Waites and Devin Martin, the 6’6 wing forward defends, makes shots and is an elite finisher in transition.
Juan Reyna, 2021, RM5 Elite– The heady lead guard was an absolute assassin from behind the arc the entire weekend while running the best 2021 team in the country.
Team of the tournament
2024 Memphis Basketball Association- With the best uniforms we’ve seen in a while, The Memphis Basketball Association impressed the entire weekend. Only together a short while, these kids played with a swagger far beyond their age resulting in the 5th grade division hardware heading to Beale street.