The War For The North continued on Saturday with up and coming prospects across the Midwest competing! I was in the gym all day, and these are some of the prospects who stood out most throughout the day.
Cedric Tomes (5’9 2026 PG, Team Tyus Blue)- Cedric played at the JV level for one of the top programs in Minnesota as an 8th grader, and that experience paid off. Now against his own age group, Cedric looks more skilled and more poised than the competition. The point guard plays with great change of speeds which allows him to pick his spots and get to them off the dribble. He showed he can heat up in a hurry from beyond the arc, but also get his man on his hip and attack the basket. Highly skilled 2026 guard prospect.
Eddie Vinson (2026 G, Wisconsin Elite National)- Wisconsin Elite has one of the top backcourts in the event, and last night it was Eddie Vinson stepping up in the scoring department to help lead his team to two wins. Vinson showed a quick first step that allows him to attack the rim in the half-court, but if you sag off he’s not afraid to knock down the outside shot. Wisconsin Elite runs a full court press all game long, and Eddie’s quickness makes him a threat to jump cross-court passes as well as trap opposing guards and force plenty of turnovers over the course of the game.
Joseph Costanzo (5’9 2026 G, LVL Elite)- When LVL Elite needed a big shot, it was Joseph Costanzo stepping up to take it. Costanzo showed big time shot making ability as he was knocking down threes, pulling up from mid-range, and mixing in some short floaters to increase his team’s point total. He’s doesn’t have elite quickness, but he just knows how to change his pace and utilize shot fakes to gain separation from his defender and get into his shot. Showed plenty of poise late in the game handling the ball under pressure, and his composure was a big reason why LVL Elite came away with a win on Saturday afternoon.
Da’Kori Parker (2027 G, Harbor Impact)- One of the top 2027 players in attendance is Da’Kori Parker of Harbor Impact. He’s so skilled at his age, and when you combine that with his quickness and positional size it makes for a dangerous combination. Da’Kori has such a shifty handle to blow by his man and get into the paint, and he showcased impressive body control to hang in the air to finish through some contact. In a tight game against Wisconsin Elite, Da’Kori Parker took control in the second half and helped lead his team to the win.
Lamont “Doodie” Hamilton (2026 PG, Wisconsin Elite National)- Even though his jumper wasn’t falling last night, Lamont still impressed in two wins for his team. As an 8th grader he’s such an impressive athlete with elite speed in the open floor and explosiveness around the rim. His ability to quickly chance directions combined with a tight handle allow him to get to the rim or get into a pull-up jumper any time he wants to, but he’s also very unselfish. Hamilton excelled at getting into the lane, drawing in extra defenders, and then locating an open teammate for a wide open look. Defensively he racks up steals in bunches with his ability to rip the ball from opposing ball handlers. Lamont also had one of the most impressive plays of the day, going straight into a 6’7 defender and finishing with the left hand in transition.
Carter Newsome (5’6 2026 PG, Future Elite)- Future Elite squared off with a very good Full Package team on Saturday, and Carter’s quickness was the difference in the win. Carter has no shortage of confidence on the offensive end, and he plays with an edge defensively. Early on he caught the crowd’s eye with a step-back three pointer, and went on to add a few more deep makes throughout the game. Even with the opposing team having a 6’7 center and all-around length, Carter wasn’t afraid to get to the basket and look to score over the top with a floater. Newsome excelled all game long at creating shots off the dribble for himself and his teammates.
Jackson Scholey (5’6 2026 PG, Wisconsin Academy – Haller)- Jackson was typically the smallest player on the floor, but that didn’t stop him from having a big game. It seemed like every point Wisconsin Academy scored was coming from Jackson in one way or another. He’s lightning quick with the ball in his hands, and fearless getting into the paint. Scholey knows exactly what type of spin to put on the ball to finish off the glass, and his vision in the paint was that of an experienced point guard. He was able to slip the ball through small gaps or kick it out to open shooters to get his team clean looks throughout the game. Wisconsin Academy ended up losing to Team Tyus at the buzzer, but Jackson’s performance was note worthy.