Greatness was upon us on Saturday & eighth grader Chris Lockett was the reason behind that. The eighth grade phenom impressed in front of a big crowd showing why he is one of the best young prospects not just in the state, but in the country.
With so many talented prospects playing in the game, Lockett was definitely the showstopper displaying that he is a big time scorer to go with laser like vision & some superb passing. The 6-4 point guard led his team to a 73-67 win over the West. Lockett earned MVP honors finishing with a triple double (29 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists). It’s no doubt that this kid’s ceiling is through the roof & that’s scary to say. Yes he still has things in his game that he has to improve on like shooting the ball well consistently, but make no mistake about it this kid has a skill set that you just don’t see in kids at this age. Lockett was suppose to make an announcement during halftime of the All-Star game on what high school he will be attending next fall, but elected to wait until his middle school graduation May 16th to decide.
East all-star Hubert Caliste was very impressive finishing with 14 points & 6 assists. Caliste showed that he is somebody to be on the lookout for when he gets to high school as well. His ability to get to the cup & score over defenders with his length makes him very intriguing going forward. Caliste also showed that he can knock down shots from beyond the arc when needed.
The West All-Stars was led by Jamian Buxton a.k.a Big Baby, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, & 2 blocks. Buxton was a force down low & every defender that try to guard him was clearly outmatched. The 6-2 215 pound Buxton has exceptional feet work & is very agile for a kid his size at this age. If you think he’s impressive on the hardwood you have to see him on the football field. Buxton will be one of the best two sport athletes in the state the next four years when he takes his talents to high school. One very accomplished high school head football coach stated, “Big Baby will be a first round NFL draft pick if he keeps progressing & working hard.”
Tamaj Vergin won defensive MVP for the West & he took the challenge of guarding Chris Lockett every chance he got. Vergin finished the game with 13 points & 5 steals. He was at his best in transition because of how explosive & strong he is once he got to the cup. Vergin’s competitive nature is what impressed many of the coaches in attendance which leads many to believe his ceiling is super high. He is also a two sport athlete & is somebody to be on the lookout for on the football field.
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