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8th Grade Finale Day 4 Standouts

By Tony McNiff, 07/24/22, 7:45AM CDT


AJ Dybantsa (Photo Credit: @madehoops)

AJ Dybantsa (2026, Expressions): Dybantsa is a long, fluid, and versatile wing that dominated on both ends of the floor. His long strides and ground coverage proved allowed him to beat opponents off the bounce when attacking the rim. He’s a nightmare to guard in the open floor with his handle, athleticism, and speed. Dybantsa was able to connect on pull-up jumpers in the mid-range area, as he utilizes a fluid + high release point to shoot over smaller defenders. He’s an excellent transition player that loves to get the ball up the floor as fast as possible. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions, he can cover ground quickly, and he uses his length to force turnovers frequently. Dybantsa is looking to lead Expressions to an 8th Grade Finale championship on Sunday. 

Jaxson Terry (2026, Expressions): Terry is one of the most improved prospects I’ve seen at 8th Grade Finale. He’s a long, smooth, and fluid athlete with a two-way presence on the court. He uses a tight handle and long strides to gain ground when attacking the rim. Terry has been a consistent spot-up shooter throughout the weekend, as he’s proving to be a legitimate threat from three-point range. He has the touch around the rim to finish through traffic or acrobatically at times with his impressive body control. Defensively, he’s laterally quick and uses his length to make opposing guards uncomfortable. 

Brayden Fogle (2026, All Ohio Sumner): Fogle played very well on Saturday, as All Ohio Sumner advanced to the Final Four. He’s a strong, aggressive, and well-rounded left-handed wing that has a knack for creating angles to the rim. He uses his upper body strength to bully smaller opponents when attacking the rim. Fogle has the versatility to score by driving to the rim, posting up, stretching the floor, or by pushing the ball in transition himself. He’s an excellent finisher through traffic and contact, especially with his dominant hand. He uses his physicality and positional size to reel in rebounds on both ends of the floor. Defensively, Fogle has the positional size and athleticism to defend multiple positions. 

Silas Devonish (2026, Team Durant): Devonish is a polished and quick guard who put up points in bunches on Saturday. His polished handle and quick bursts of speed allowed him to blow by defenders in the open floor. He showed off plenty of pull-up touch, as he was able to connect on jumpers from multiple levels off the bounce. Devonish’s speed + handle allowed him to get to the rim and produce paint touches for his team. He was a consistent creator of offense that seemed to make the right reads off a live dribble often. He was a lethal threat when operating in the pick and roll, especially out of switches against bigger opponents. Defensively, Devonish wasn’t afraid to apply full court pressure and his lateral quickness tends to make opposing guards uncomfortable. 

Cole Cloer (2026, CP3): Ashton Pierce has been leading the way for CP3, although Cloer has provided them with some lethal shot-making skills. He’s a highly efficient catch and shoot or spot-up shooter from three-point range. He still has a ways to go with his space creation skills, although there’s a lot to like with his combination of size and shooting. Cloer utilizes pump fakes to beat poor closeouts and get downhill when a lane is open. He can connect on shots off relocations, pin downs, or elevator screens. He’s been one of the best shooters in the gym, yet he’s held his own on the glass for CP3. Cloer will be a vital factor in CP3’s success in the Final Four. 

DJ Biggins (2026, New York Lightning): The trio of Dylan Mingo, Jordan Skyers, and DJ Biggins have led New York Lightning to the Final Four. Biggins has put together some impressive spans of play during Lightning’s run at this years 8th Grade Finale. He’s a shifty guard that has the handle and speed to get downhill + to the rim frequently. He loves to push the ball in transition in hopes of getting clean looks around the rim. Biggins is an excellent finisher with his dominant hand, whether it’s through traffic or contact. He’s a reliable spot-up shooter that can connect on three-point shots if opponents give him enough room. He’s also proved to have the ball skills, positional size, and versatility to play either guard spot, or to play on the wing. Biggins is a scrappy defender that loves to play at the top of Lightning’s full court press. 

Dylan Mingo (2026, New York Lightning): Mingo has done an excellent job running the show for New York Lightning en route to their Final Four appearance. He’s a smooth, long, and well-rounded guard with excellent positional size. He uses a crafty handle and swift changes of pace to get downhill when attacking the rim. Mingo has the shooting touch to connect on jumpers from three-point range, plus he has a polished mid-range game. He can score by pushing the ball in transition, getting downhill to the rim, or by knocking down perimeter shots. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and loves to apply relentless pressure when defending on the ball. Mingo is definitely a prospect to keep an eye out for in the coming years.