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Summer Slam: Middle School Recap

Cumming, GA – Summer Slam brought out a solid core group of teams at every age division. A few teams came from the Mid-West area and there was a good influx from the south. This weekend had some great talent on display and a few stars of the future were born.  Nigel Thomas, 2025 (Choice…

Maki Joyner 6’1” | G | Atlanta Celtics South 2025

Maki Joyner, 6’1” G (2025) for Atlanta Celtics South (GA) was an impressive scorer for his Celtics squad. He has an extremely long wingspan for a player his size and is able to use his length to finish some acrobatic shots over much taller players. In addition to his finishing ability around the basket, he…

Micah Gunter 5’7” | G | CP3 2028

Micah Gunter, 5’7” G (2028) for CP3 (NC) was the most consistent performer in the 5th grade division at the Rumble in the Peach State. No matter who he faced, he made his mark known and was a dominant force at both guard spots. Gunter possesses an advanced skill set with the ball and is…

Joshua Huggins 6’1” | F | NYBA Elite 2028

Joshua Huggins, 6’1” F (2028) for NYBA Elite (TN) was an imposing inside threat for his squad. Around the basket, he was able to finish consistently with either hand and dominated on the glass. His footwork was surprisingly good for a player his age and size. Double teams didn’t faze him much and he showed…

Rhys Cotton 5’9” | PG | AOT 2025

Rhys Cotton, 5’9” PG (2025) for AOT (GA) was one of the most impressive two-way players at his position. It’s rare to find guards that strike fear in the eyes of ball-handlers. Cotton picks up ball-handlers the full length of the floor and never lets up with his ball-pressure and it allows him to come…

Jaden Stewart 6’5” | F | Manimal Elite 2025

Jaden Stewart, 6’5” F (2025) for Manimal Elite (KY) was a man amongst boys at Rumble in the Peach State. He was too strong for the majority of his opponents or he was too good of a shooter to allow on the perimeter. In the paint, he throws his weight around well and uses his…

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