MSElite 8th Graders
The MSE Maryland Mania Basketball Camp was a top notch regional event. New and familiar faces in grades 2nd through 8th emerged as young budding athletes. We bring you exclusive write up’s on some of the standouts and top performers in the building.
We got a good look at 6’4″ shooting guard Myles Dread from MD, who was census the best player in the building. He has D1 college and maybe professional basketball, written all over him. He’s very tough and frankly, we don’t see him backing down from anyone. Dread absolutely showed off at the MSE Maryland Mania camp with consistent play in drills, regular games and the much anticipated MSE All-Star game. He filled the stat sheet in points, assist, rebounds and blocks. We can’t predict too far ahead, but we can say he’s elite as they come. Dread has less than 365 days until he plays high school varsity basketball and a few years before he chooses a university.
Rasheed Pierre Louis of Maryland is 6’2″ and projects to be a high major division-1 player. If you leave him open he’s able knock down the open shot. He has good footwork and moves good without the ball. We’re curious to see how he competes against bigger and better competition. However, he’s a tough competitor amongst his peers and has a lot of upside. Remember the name.
Collin Bannister standing at 6’3″ definitely caught our eye, he has a nice size body and good skill set. He’s a well rounded player with athleticism. Bannister dominated the camp along with Myles Dread, Brandon Madison, Alexander Behzadi & Brandon Slater, whom play for the same Maryland based AAU program- Metro Sixers. A national powerhouse high school would appreciate Bannister on its roster.
Straight from Baltimore, 5’11” Jordan Goodwin came to play and was competitive both days a camp. He’s a scrappy guard with a knack for scoring the ball. He did a wonderful job running the fast break and making plays in transition. He has a nasty handle, good court vision and wonderful feel for the game. Keep an eye on this upcoming freshman point guard, as he splashes onto the high school scene.
Out of Virginia, 6’4″ Brandon Slater is wiry and athletic. Honestly, he was too much for opponents when attacking the basket. He was equally effective on the opposite end as he tried to swat every shot attempt. Keep in mind, he has long arms, which he uses to get a hand in the passing lane. Slater has a scorers mentality and a non-stop motor. Look for this special talent to make noise on the next level.
Benecio Quispe is your typical feisty point guard, who can distribute and score the rock as well. He traveled from Springfield, VA to display a variety of skills such as ball handle, court vision, IQ, speed, scoring and ability to find open teammates. At 5’9″ he got in the teeth of defense and created easy shot opportunities. Look for this impressive floor general to lead a top team in the country.
Although, Frank Evans is only 5’10”- he has a NBA demeanor and seems to relish the pro-talk. He spoke the language by absorbing contact in the lane to finish difficult off- balance layups. He has a quick first step and ability to make the floater in the lane. It was a ball meeting and watching Evans perform in his Maryland hometown. His confidence should take him far.
Christian Jones from Maryland has a natural feel for the game, as if he’s the son of basketball coach. He too was a beast who did everything to show he was the best. With plenty heart and 5’8″ frame he impacted games in a major way. He has an uncanny sense of making shots with bodies drape over him. Now, since the world knows you, the rest is on you.
6’3″ Brayden Gault from VA is a heck of a player who never took off a play. He’s very athletic and strong to the basket. He played with a lot of energy and intensity throughout the weekend. Many say he was one of the top 3 best player’s in attendance. A rebound and block here, a steal and shot there is what made him attractive. His future is bright moving forward.
Class of 2018, Brandon Madison is a 6’1″ specimen, who’s athletic with enormous bounce. He’s a skilled point guard having a pass first mentality; however, he can score the rock with the best. He has good court presence and deceptive moves to go along with a flashy ball handle. He came ready to play, knowing MSE Camp wasn’t a cakewalk nor commercial event. His name will definitely ring bells in years to come.
Elijah Epps is also from Baltimore and checks in weighing 165 pounds and 5’10” height. This B-More Star is everything a coach desires from his point guard. He has a consistent perimeter jumper and a yo-yo handle, he uses to get wherever on the floor. He had the crowd ooh and aah several plays. Look for Epps to make his high school debut soon.
MSE Maryland Basketball Camp Rankings 2013
Rank, Name, Height, Position, State
#1 Myles Dread, 6’4″, Forward, Buntonsville, MD
#2 Brayden Gault, 6’3, Forward, Haymarket, VA
#3 Jordan Goodwin, 5’11, Guard, Baltimore, MD
#4 Brandon Slater, 6’4″, Forward, Clifton, VA
#5 Rasheed Pierre Louis, 6’2″, Guard, MD
#6 Brandon Madison, 6’1″, Aberdeen, MD
#7 Elijah Epps, 5’10, Guard, Baltimore, MD
#8 Collin Bannister, 6’3″, Forward, Gaithersburg, MD
#9 Christian Jones, 5’8″, Guard, Annapolis, MD
#10 David Daniels, 5’11”, SG, Plainfield, IL
#11 Tyree Myers, 5’6″, Guard, Baltimore, MD
#12 Frank Evans, 5’10”, Guard, Waldorf, MD
#13 Benecio Quispe, 5’9″, Guard, Springfield, VA
#14 Adam Samuel, 5’10, Guard, Fairfax, VA
#15 Alexander Behzadi, 5’5″, Guard, Clarksburg, MD
*Up next is MSE Maryland Basketball Camp write up’s and player rankings for the top 7th graders in class of 2019