The Winter Invitational took place at the Kroc Center in Phoenix Arizona, from Friday, November 12th until Sunday, November 13th. The event, hosted by Team Cezer featured boys teams from 5th grade through 8th and attracted teams from Arizona, Nevada, and California. The format is two days of pool play followed by bracket play on Sunday. The event featured several young marksmen. In this article, we take a look at the top Snipers from the event.
Jakyi Miles 5’7 PG Sneaker Steal 2028 – Miles was impressive from day one. It was easy to fall in love with his speed and quickness, however, it was his shooting that opened my eyes. The floor spacing PG, showed textbook form, knocking down multiple open wing threes in the game I watched.
Paxton Tamlyn 5’6 SG Gremlins 2026 – Tamlyn makes the list because of his fearlessness and toughness. He was fearless when it came to stepping up to the line and knocking down two clutch free throws to tie it up late, in the game I watched, a game eventually won by his squad. The 5’6 guard has textbook form, complete with his elbow tucked and a consistent follow through.
Parks Weaver 5’9 SG Sneaker Steal 2027 – Weaver was so automatic that when he was left opened you were almost surprised when he missed. He was money from the corner as SS used a nice set that allowed him to run behind the defense from baseline to baseline. Once he caught the ball, there was nothing left to do but get it out of the net.
Landon Marker 5’11 SG Hunter Elite 2026 – Hunter Elite had several talented players, Marker may have been the best shooter out of the bunch. He was able to open up the floor for drives, using a solid release to bang down a couple wing treys in the Semifinals. Behind his sharpshooting, Hunter Elite took home the 8th-grade silver division crown.
Boston Cloward 5’6 SG Gremlins 2026 – Cloward stood out to me even in defeat. In the Semifinal game against Hunter Elite, he knocked down 3 big treys. He had one of the quickest releases at the event, showing the ability to get his feet set before launching accurately from distance.
Noah Navarra 5’6 SG Team Takoff 2026 (featued image) – Navarra was money all weekend. His shooting opened the floor for a talented Team Takeoff squad. He did most of the damage from behind the arc on the wing, displaying solid form and getting good lift on his shot.
Caleb Loomis 5’3 PG Tuscon Spartans 2026 – I never actually watched an entire Tuscon Spartans game, however whenever I did, Loomis seemed to be making a trey. This happened so much that I had to come up to the coach to find out who number 3 was. He was money from behind the line, burying multiple threes from the wing throughout the weekend.