The Generation Next Basketball Association made its debut this spring as teams from across the Midwest competed in the elite GNBA middle school platform presented by NY2LA Sports.  While the championships were settled in early June, the post-season is in full swing as we continue to release the GNBA All-Star selections this week.  After announcing the 5th, 6TH, and 7th grade selections the past couple of days today we are ready to announce the 8th grade All-Star selections.

The 7th and 8th grade GNBA All-Star Weekend will tip off on August 8, 2014 with the GNBA 7th and 8th grade All-Star games and will continue with the annual Generation Next All-Star Camp for 7th and 8th graders on August 9-10, 2014.  So without further ado here’s a look at a deep and talented group of 8th grade All-Stars from the GNBA this past spring…

SEE ALSO
2014 GNBA 5TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
2014 GNBA 6TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
2014 GNBA 7TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
2014 GNBA 8TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

2014 GNBA EASTERN CONFERENCE 8TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
Jordan Boyd – Forward – ET12 Buckeyes

Averaged 10 points and close to 6 rebounds during the regular season where he helped the ET12 Buckeyes to the GNBA Eastern Conference North Division title.  He elevated his play during the GNBA Championships as well where he dropped 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks; 15 points 3 rebounds 4 steals; and 12 points 7 rebounds 2 steals and 2 blocks.  

Jordan McCabe – Point Guard – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
A skilled and talented lead guard, McCabe ranked among the GNBA Top 10 league leaders in Floor Impact, Scoring, 3pt FG PCT., Assists, and Steals.  Led the Playground Warriors to the Silver Division Championship where he scored 15 points 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a victory over the Wisconsin Swing.

John Diener – Shooting Guard – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Was consistent and solid throughout the GNBA campaign where he averaged close to 13 points and almost 5 rebounds per game.  Helped his squad to the Silver Division Championship during the GNBA Championships where he delivered performances of 15 points and 4 rebounds; 17 points 2 rebounds 2 steals; 14 points 5 rebounds; 12 points 3 rebounds 2 steals; and 14 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the title game.

Marquis Brown – Shooting Guard – Mac Irvin
An electric scoring talent who can fill it up in bunches, Brown was spectacular at times and was among the GNBA league leaders in Floor Impact, Scoring, and FG PCT..  A 17 point, 5 rebound, 6 assists, 2 block performance in an OT loss during the GNBA Championships to eventual champion Team Ramey was another example of the versatility, floor production, and dominance that Brown brings to the table.

Joffari Brown – Forward – Mac Irvin
Averaged close to 15 points and 5 rebounds during the regular season and during the GNBA Championships Brown was solid as usual including a 26 point 4 rebound 2 block effort in an OT loss to the eventual championships from Team Ramey. A tough active and physical forward, Brown makes things happen with and without the ball and during the Eastern Conference regular season he ranked amongst the conference leaders in Floor Impact.

Courtney Ramey – Point Guard – Team Ramey
One of the premier talents in the country at his position, Ramey averaged over 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists during the regular season and ranked among the league leaders in Assists and among the Eastern Conference regular season leaders in Floor Impact and Assists.  Helped his team to the GNBA 8th Grade Championship in June and his electric 38 point 5 rebound effort in an OT win in an instant classic against the Mac Irvin Fire once again served notice that Ramey is the real deal.

Fred Thatch – Forward – Team Ramey
A beast on both ends of the court at his best, Thatch brings instant toughness and heart to the court.  Averaged 12 points almost 8 rebounds and over 2 steals per contest during the regular season where he ranked among the GNBA league leaders in Floor Impact, Matrix, Steals, and Rebounds.  Powered his team to a come from behind win during the GNBA Championship game in June where he scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory over Wisconsin United.

Torrence Watson – Small Forward – Team Ramey
A long athletic win with upside, Watson served as a huge part of the Team Ramey attack all season long with his versatility and averaged close to 9 points 5 rebounds and almost 2 steals during the regular season.  During the GNBA Championship game he dropped 11 points 4 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals and that was after dropping 23 points and 3 steals in a semi-final win over the Iowa Barnstormers.

Tyler Herro – Shooting Guard – Wisconsin United
An excellent perimeter shooting talent who averaged close to 14 points a game 3 rebounds and almost 2 assists per contest during the regular season.  Served as a catalyst in his team’s run to a 2nd place finish at the GNBA Championships where started off with 16 points and 7 rebounds in an opening game win against a solid Nebraska Hoops Elite squad and finished with 15 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the championship game loss to Team Ramey.

Jack Plumb – Center – Wisconsin United
A big interior talent with skill and instincts, Plumb averaged close to 11 points and over 7 rebounds during the regular season while dishing out almost 2 assists per contest.  Ranked among the GNBA league leaders in rebounding and during Eastern Conference play he ranked among the top 10 in Matrix, Rebounding, and A/TO Ratio.  

Desi Sills – Guard – Arkansas Hawks
A scoring first type guard who averaged close to 15 points per game 3 rebounds and over 2 assists per contest during the regular season.  Ranked among the GNBA leaders in scoring and among the Eastern Conference leaders in Scoring and Assists.  

Tim Finke – Guard – Illinois Irish
A skilled and talented perimeter prospect, Finke was excellent throughout the GNBA campaign as he averaged 17 points and close to 6 rebounds per contest.  Ranked among the GNBA leaders in Floor Impact, Matrix, and Scoring.  As good as he was during the regular season, Finke was even better during the GNBA Championship as he posted huge performances of 21 points 9 rebounds, 26 points 5 rebounds, and 31 points 5 rebounds in all three games.

Alternates – John Young (ET12 Buckeyes), Ahmad Muhammad (ET12 Buckeyes), Chase Adams (Mac Irvin), Brunard Williams (Wisconsin United), Allan Griffin (Scottie Pippen Rising Stars), Berry Sykes (Arkansas Hawks), Reggie Perry (Arkansas Hawks), Kendle Moore (Illinois Irish)

 

2014 GNBA WESTERN CONFERENCE 8TH GRADE ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
Andrew Blum – Guard – Nebraska Hoops Elite

Helped his Nebraska team to the GNBA Western Conference North Division title while averaging 12 points and close to 5 rebounds per contest.  During Western Conference play he ranked in the top 10 for Blocks and FG PCT.  He delivered a solid GNBA Championships effort including a 16 point 3 rebound 2 blocks effort in a victory over the ET12 Buckeyes and a 14 point 3 rebound performance in a Gold Championship loss to the SW Illinois Jets.

Roman Behrens – Guard/Forward – Nebraska Hoops Elite
A strong contributor during the regular season to the tune of 10 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds per contest, Behrens was among the GNBA league leaders in Assists and Steals.  During the GNBA Championships he was solid as well across the board including a 19 point 3 rebound 3 assist 2 steal performance in a Gold Division Semi-Final win over KC PowerGroup.

Joe Wieskamp – Small Forward – Iowa Barnstormers
One of the best in the Western Conference as he averaged 18 points and almost 3 rebounds per contest during the regular season while ranking among the Conference leaders in Floor Impact, Scoring, and FG PCT.  Was among the top scorers in the GNBA during the regular season and in the GNBA Championships he opened with a 23 point 3 rebound  effort in a victory over the Arkansas Hawks and he wrapped up his GNBA campaign with a 13 point 2 steal effort in a semi-final loss to the eventual Team Ramey championships.

TreyShawn Labeaux – Forward – Iowa Barnstormers
Averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per contest during the regular season and was among the Western Conference leaders in Floor Impact, Matrix, Rebounds, and Blocks.  A solid floor contributor on both ends of the court, Labeaux wrapped his GNBA efforts with a 7 point 6 rebound effort in the semi-final loss to Team Ramey.

Sage Booker – Guard – 43 Hoops
Scored 12 points a game while grabbing 3 rebounds a contest and dishing out almost 2 assists per game during the regular season.  He contributed across the board during a GNBA Championships final four run including a 10 point 2 assists 2 block 1 steal performance in a win over the Illinois Irish and he followed that with a 14 point 4 rebound 3 assist 2 blocks effort in a win over the Scottie Pippen Rising Stars.  

Gabe Kalscheur – Center – 43 Hoops
Averaged 18 points 6 rebounds and almost 3 steals per contest during the regular season where he ranked among the GNBA’s best in Floor Impact, Matrix, Scoring, and Steals.  Helped 43 Hoops to a final four finish at the GNBA Championships with performances that included a 20 point 6 rebound 3 assist effort in a win over the Illinois Irish and a 21 point 12 rebound 2 steals effort in a quarterfinal win over the Scottie Pippen Rising Stars.

Jontay Porter – Forward/Center – KC PowerGroup
Was among the GNBA leaders in Matrix and Blocks and averaged 10 points 7 rebounds and 4 blocks per game during the regular season.  During Western Conference play he ranked in the top 10 for Floor Impact, Matrix, 3pt FG PCT., Blocks, and Rebounds.  In a Gold Division semi-final loss to Nebraska Hoops Elite at the GNBA Championships, Porter scored 16 points and collected 20 rebounds in a dominant and impressive performance.

Saadique Perkins – Guard – KC PowerGroup
Averaged 12 points 4 rebounds and over 2 steals per contest during the regular season where he ranked in the league leaders in steals and among the Western Conference leaders in Floor Impact, Matrix, and Steals.  He was solid as well during the GNBA Championships including a 15 point 5 rebound 3 block 2 assist 2 steals effort in an opening round loss to the Scottie Pippen Rising Stars.

Carteare Gordon – Forward/Center – SW Illinois Jets
A big strong interior talent who averaged 17 points 8 rebounds and almost 2 blocks per contest during the regular season, Gordon was among the GNBA leaders in Floor Impact, Matrix, Scoring, Blocks, and Rebounds.  Powered his squad to the Gold Division Championship at the GNBA Championships in June with a number of solid efforts including a 13 point 14 rebound 2 steal effort in the title game win over Nebraska Hoops Elite.

Mason Steffen – Guard – Wisconsin Swing
Was solid throughout the GNBA where he averaged 14 points close to 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists during Western Conference play.  Helped his team to a 2nd place finish in the Silver Division of the GNBA Championships where he delivered a number of quality efforts including a 12 point 4 rebound 2 assist 2 steal effort in the title game loss which followed a semi-final performance of 8 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over the Mac Irvin Fire.

Monty Johal – Forward – Yanders Law
Could easily be characterized as the breakout performer of the year in the GNBA as he was scintillating at times to the tune of 18 points 6 rebounds 2 steals and 2 blocks per contest during the regular season.  Led the GNBA in Floor Matrix and was among the league leaders in that category as well as Matrix, Scoring, and Steals.  During the GNBA Championships he put on a clinic at times while dropping efforts of 30 points 7 rebounds 4 assists; 24 points 11 rebounds 2 assists; and 30 points 8 rebounds 5 assists 2 steals in consecutive performances.

Jarrod Logan – Power Forward – Milwaukee Spartans
A solid contributor during the regular season, Logan elevated his play when it mattered the most during the GNBA Championships where he helped his team to a final four finish in the silver division where he dropped a number of quality performance of 10 points 7 rebounds; 8 points 5 rebounds; 15 points 15 rebounds 2 steals 2 blocks; and 15 points 8 rebounds.  

Alternates – Grant Matthies (Nebraska Hoops Elite), AJ Green (Iowa Barnstormers), Kyler Kluge (43 Hoops), Jontae Peterson (Milwaukee Spartans), Karrington Davis (SW Illinois Jets), Elijah Hazekamp (Iowa Barnstormers), Mario Goodrich (KC PowerGroup), Dominic Mitchell (SW Illinois Jets)

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