The Winter Invitational is taking place from Friday, November 12th until Sunday, November 13th. The event, hosted by Team Cezer features boys teams from 5th grade through 8th and attracts teams from Arizona, Nevada, and California. The format is two days of pool play followed by bracket play on Sunday. In this article, we take a look at some of the standouts from Bracket Play.
George Mihilli 5’10 CG Hunters Elite 2026 – I got a quick look at Mihilli on Saturday and was impressed, with how hard he played. On Sunday he took his game to another level, combining his high effort with tremendous skill. The 5’10 lefty used his advanced frame to get into the lane and either finish or find teammates for easy buckets. He helped HE take home the 2026 silver crown.
Parks Weaver 5’9 SG Sneaker Steal 2027 – Weaver was arguably the best overall shooter at the event. He was money from behind the arc, spraying threes from the wings and the corners. His best game came in the Semis of the Gold bracket, as he incorporate a nice in-between game. The 5’8 guard used the threat of his shot to pump fake and lift defenders and then found a way to use floaters and runners to finish in the lane.
Johnny Rios 5’8 PG Skyriders 2026 (featured image) – Rios is going to make my All Dime Dropper team, as he was one of the top passers at the event. If you run the floor and keep your hands up, there’s a good chance that Rios is going to find you. He came up big in the Championship game, going on his own 6-0 run to close out the contest and help the Skyriders secure the crown.
Christopher Harris 5’3 PG Gremlins 2028 – What’s not to love about Harris? Although only in the 6th grade, he displayed one of the tightest handles at the event. The PG was able to break pressure avoiding traps with the dribble and his foot speed. Once breaking the press he was able to use spectacular vision to find and distribute to teammates, en route to being named MVP of the 6th-grade gold division.
RJ Detroy 5’8 SG Ballers AZ 2026 – Detroy made an impression on me in a short time. The scrappy 5’8 guard played with a ton of poise and confidence, helping the Ballers reach the 8th-grade silver championship game. His best skill was his shooting as he showed great form and range on both his 3 point and free-throw shooting. Detroy was a marksman who loved to pull up and splash 3’s in transition.