This past weekend in Westfield, Indiana the 2017 MSHTV Showcase took place at the Jonathan Byrd Fieldhouse. It was a weekend filled with high-flying dunks, crazy crossovers and plenty of viral highlights to go around. With over 200 kids in attendance, ranging from grades five through nine, a lot of kids made a name for themselves on the national scene.
One kid who really impressed coaches and scouts was Amari Bailey. Bailey was highly regarded coming into this camp and backed up the hype with his play. Bailey is a big, tall, extremely skilled lefty with a great understanding for the game of basketball. He competes on both ends of the floor and still has a lot of time to mature as an eighth grader. He verbally committed to the University of DePaul in his hometown of Chicago recently, but there is still a long way to go in his recruiting process.
Simon Wheeler III balled out on day two; he dropped 41 points in a game, scoring in a variety of different ways. Wheeler’s game is extremely smooth; it looks effortless when he’s out on the court. His handles are excellent; he can shoot the ball from deep and set his teammates up with a bunch of flashy passes. He also showed quick hands on defense, coming away with a bunch of steals.
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The most memorable matchup of the weekend was Emoni Bates vs. Chris Livingston; both 8th graders rank near the top of their class and took the challenge of competing against each other seriously. The two exchanged buckets back and forth all game long. Both players showed their ability to shoot the three and take it to the rim when they had to. Livingston finished with a game high 51 points, while Bates finished with a team-high 41.