Monday, January 23, 2012

KHALEA TURNER: The #1 Eighth Grader Balling in High School!!!

Khalea Turner Class of 2016

Written by: Prospect-Central

I remember a time when Junior High basketball players could gradually develop their skills before they entered the High School ranks. Those days are slowly coming to an end. Every year more and more elite Middle School basketball players are given the opportunity to display their talents at the High School level and they are actually quite impressive.  Whether you agree with the idea of Middle School kids playing High School basketball or not, there is no denying that many of these ballers more than hold their own against the older competition.

The Spalding Hoophall Classic is the nations premiere annual high school basketball event and it features some of the best players and teams from around the country.  With so much talent on the floor at once, you can see why the likes of Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun and John Calipari were on hand to watch some of the games that took place.  With all of the exposure that an event like this brings, it could be very difficult for an eighth grade basketball player to show what he is made of, unless of course you are the #1 player in the Class of 2016 Khalea Turner.

Khalea Turner is a 6-foot 9-inch eighth grader playing for Riverside Academy out Reserve, Louisiana.  Riverside of course is led by a Top 40 player in the Class of 2012 Ricardo Gathers.  At the Spalding Hoophall Classic Riverside squared off against the #2 team in the country Gonzaga College High School out of Washington, DC.  Gonzaga is led by a Top 30 player in the Class of 2013 Nate Britt who is committed to play college ball at UNC. Another solid player on the Gonzaga squad is Kris Jenkins who is one of the best players in the DC area.  With competition like this, you can see why Khalea and Riverside Academy had their hands full.

There aren't many guarantees in life and the future success of an eighth grade basketball player certainly falls into that category.  While the future of Khalea Turner and other adolescent ballers like him is yet to be determined, they have to start somewhere and apparently the world of big time High School basketball is where it begins.  Khalea is not the only eighth grader having success at the High School level.  In this event alone there were a couple solid looking eighth graders, in particularly Devonte Green who had a nice showing for Our Savior New American out of Centereach, New York.  Even though these young men have a long ways to go before they reach their full potential, there is NO age limit on talent and right now there are a lot of talented young players ready to begin their basketball journey. In the words of the late Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, "The journey of thousand miles begins with one step."  Here is Khalea Turner's first step.This is the entire game between Riverside Academy & Gonzaga High School from the Spalding Hoophall Classic on January 14th, 2012.  The first video is of Khalea warming up before the game.  Click "More Info" on the video for specific details of the game and the rosters.

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