Dallas, Tex. — Despite the seriousness of the past nine months, it felt oddly appropriate to close out 2020 in the Lone Star State, in an atmosphere that reminded me of pre-pandemic hoops and provided hope that we may soon return to a sense of normalcy in grassroots basketball. In partnership with Jermaine O’Neal and Drive Nation Sports, Coast2Coast Preps once again delivered an ultra-competitive event for youth teams in a safe environment as the “Season Premiere” closed out my calendar year and began the winter circuit season.
The following players are my choices as “1st Team All-Season Premiere” selections among the eighth-grade (Class of 2025) point guards in attendance…
Amere Brown | Pittsburgh, PA | Class of 2025
It’s time to appreciate Brown’s talents and recognize his place among the better floor generals in the Class of 2025. The 5-foot-9 guard is as seasoned as an eighth-grader can be, having consistently played high-level competition throughout the country, while also building quite the winning résumé in the process. His unselfish and no-nonsense approach is widely underappreciated and he continues to be a steady ballhandler and reliable shooter on the perimeter. Brown’s addition to the H.H.B.C. – Black (TX) roster for Coast2Coast Preps’ “Season Premiere” event resulted in yet another championship appearance for the Pittsburgh native.
Jayden Davis | Pittsburgh, PA | Class of 2025
It’s only appropriate that Davis finds his place directly beside his backcourt mate as a 1st Team honoree among point guards from Coast2Coast Preps’ “Season Premiere” tournament, after helping to lead a new team through a difficult bracket, and into the event finals. The 5-foot-9 guard is a livewire off the bounce, keeping his dribble active and capitalizing on his quickness to carve up defenses, all the while utilizing his vision to locate open teammates. Overall, Davis is extremely effective with the ball in his hands. As a defender, he anticipated well, displayed great instincts off-the-ball, and maintained energetic hands and feet.
Jaden Holt | Houston, TX | Class of 2025
Although he already has quite a reputation in his home state, Holt had escaped my eyes until this past weekend. From my perspective, the 5-foot-8 guard is an electric, volume scorer on the perimeter, with the savvy and speed to turn the corner on opponents when attacking the lane. His creativity as a facilitator was notable, and Holt earned his way onto this list by continuing to elevate his game as the Coast2Coast Preps’ “Season Premiere” tournament progressed, ultimately leading F.O.E. (TX) to the Gold Division Championship. One of five younger siblings to UT-Martin sophomore guard, Eden Holt, there’s Division I hoops pedigree in this family.
Myles Singleton | Los Angeles, CA | Class of 2025
Team A.O.N. (All Or Nothing) captured my attention earlier in the year on the West Coast, and the group made the trip east from California this past weekend, taking the court at Coast2Coast Preps’ “Season Premiere” event. Sure, the results were not as favorable as the team may have wanted, but Singleton impressed with his combination of scoring and playmaking abilities. A mature and compact guard with a quick first step and a knack for converting tough buckets, the 5-foot-10 backcourt prospect unleashed an offensive onslaught upon helpless defenders, both in the lane and on the perimeter.
Avian Webb | Atchison, KS | Class of 2025
Webb has received as much or more headline ink as any guard in the Class of 2025 during the pandemic and the eighth-grade lead guard was back at it during the Coast2Coast Preps’ “Season Premiere” tournament. His team, PivotLife J’Hawks (KS), are largely dependent on Webb’s scoring production and he didn’t let them down on this particular weekend in Dallas. A slippery handle allowed the Kansas native to create separation with his dribble and he proved crafty enough to make plays for himself and others in the lane. A memorable performance in a staple victory against the Arizona Saints (AZ) in pool play solidified Webb’s place on this list.
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