Posted On: 08/22/21 12:04 AM

City of Basketball Love welcomed over 100 of the best underclassmen from the Philadelphia area to Friends Central High School to sharpen their tools against one another and get quality coaching from great basketball minds. There were so many games and talented players that I couldn't settled on 8-10. So here are my personal MVPs and a rapid fire recap of some standouts.


Jalil Bethea Jalil Bethea 6'0" | CG Archbishop Wood | 2024 State PA | G 6’3 Archbishop Wood

The Wood sophomore is my co-MVP from the camp. Jalil dominated offensively with his explosive off-the-dribble game. He knocked down pull-up three after pull-up three, made one-handed passes (left & right), and operated the pick & roll well. What impressed me most was his awareness as an off-ball defender. Jalil clogged the lane for cutters and deflected passed. Once this 2021-2022 season gets underway, Bethea will be more than just a local name to know.

Gio Panzini Gio Panzini 6'4" | SF Red Bank Catholic | 2024 State NJ | F 6’5 Red Bank Catholic (NJ)

This young man had himself a GREAT day and is my other co-MVP. What he lacks in on-ball creation, he more than makes up for in feel and off-ball movement. Gio found gaps in the defense from the dunker spot and

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