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Top Gun/ Indihoops Spring Open Event Recap


Top Gun March 29-30 San Diego Spring Open

Top Gun March 29-30 San Diego Spring Open



The Top Gun / Indihoops Spring Open Event played host to 73 teams (51 Middle School and 22 HS) from Arizona, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego.  The event took place in the beautiful and scenic San Diego area that will soon become the official home to a future National HS event hosted by Indihoops (Indihoops.com).  Nationally recognized programs such as Earl Watson Elite and San Diego Rebels 2020 along with other top West Coast programs such as Riverside Matrix, San Diego All-Stars, San Diego Southay Show, SD Wildcats, Top Gun, San Diego Sabers and  Arizona Stars competed across 11 different divisions for a championship.

WCE25 would like to thank Top Gun, Indihoops, and their staff for hosting us for the 3rd time in the past year.  Brian Hershman (pictured w/ Seinfeld’s Julia Louis Dreyfuss underneath) is certainly one of the top young basketball minds out West that not only understands basketball, but understands the business aspect of basketball and for that reason, runs a first class basketball organization. We invite everyone to attend the upcoming Top Gun/Indihoops San Diego Invitational Event on June 28-29, 2014 in beautiful San Diego.  For more information on the San Diego Invitational Event, please visit http://www.topgunbball.com/shop/summer-sd-invitational





WCE25’s 10 Best of Best from the Top Gun/ Indihoops Spring Open Event

1. San Diego Southbay Show 2nd Grade – The top ranked 2nd Grade team on our WCE25 rankings showed no signs of relinquishing their ranking. The San Diego based team went 4-0, winning by an average margin of 12 points, while playing up and winning the 3rd grade division.  Great job Guys!



2. Rising Star in Kobe Craig (Earl Watson Elite 2019) – We were first introduced to 6’4″ Kobe Craig by Ryan Silver at his Summer Under Armour All-American Camp.  Silver described Kobe as very raw, but with a lot upside.  After spending some time watching the young Kobe over the past few months, he has improved tremendously.  Kobe had a career high 27 points and 8 blocks in one of his games all while playing up a grade level.  We look forward to seeing Kobe make his mark on the national stage when his Earl Watson Elite 2019 compete at AAU Nationals DI in Memphis this upcoming summer.


3. Game Changer in Bobby Oros (Riverside Matrix 2019) – This 2019 guard’s game may not always look pretty, but its only because he is always willing to do all the dirty work for his team.  The reality is, Bobby is a solid all around guard that can score both from the outside and while attacking the rim.  Bobby had a terrific weekend and capped it off by scoring 9 straight points in the Championship game vs the San Diego Wildcats that helped give his team the lead for good late in the 2nd half.  Bobby has been invited to the 2014 Ballislife Junior All-American Camp take place in August.  For more information, visit http://opengympremier.com/services/camp/bil-all-american-camp


4. 2017 Reed Farley Top Gun continues to shine  –   Reed is one our favorite players and WCE25 Middle School Alumni.  It was great to see Reed compete this weekend after a solid Freshman season at La Jolla HS where he was the 2nd leading scorer on the team.  Reed had a terrific weekend that included a 16 point effort versus Earl Watson Elite during pool play.  We wish Reed luck this summer and throughout his career. We also hope to one day see him compete for an Ivy League School.


5. San Diego’s Lead 2019 Guard Rejean “Boogey” Ellis   – We last saw Boogey at the Top Gun Winter Challenge doing work just like he did at our 2013 Ballislife Junior All-American Camp.  We decided to take in a couple of games this weekend and Rejean did not disappoint.  Rejean averaged over 20 points for his San Diego All Star team and had a couple of games where he showed his ability to score from anywhere on the floor.  We look forward to watching Boogey take his game to another level for years to come and to help keep San Diego on the basketball map.


6. San Diego’s 2019 Wing Max Guinn –  We have known about Max for several years now including from our time at NYBL in 2013.  The talented wing has some great size, athletic ability and mid range game.  This past weekend, Max also demonstrated a better ability to attack the basket and finish strong over taller, but usually much slower opponents.  We expect to see Max continue to make great strides in his basketball development to accompany his great character off the floor.


7. Top Gun / Indihoops Spring Open Kick’s Game / Uniform Game – We didn’t see much that we had not seen before, but we still came impressed with the array of styles the younger ballers wore to emulate their favorite ballers: Kobe, Jordan, KD, and Lebron.  On the uniform front, the San Diego Southbay Show 2020 team wore something so colorful, that we had to put it in our Top 10 for the weekend.


8. WCE25 Travel Team Recognition Arizona Stars, Baldwin Hills Elite, and AZ Aim High Elite (not pictured) – The Arizona Stars finally made one of our events in California, but came deep, as they brought two teams to compete.  They also took our advice and played one of their teams up, a team that eventually made the Championship game in the 15/16u division and lost only by 3 points.  The Arizona Stars will soon be heading East to compete in the MIT in Maryland.   The Baldwin Hills Elite team from LA’s inner city made a strong impression on us as they reminded us of once upon time when LA’s inner city basketball was the best in the country.  They also happened to compete on the same weekend when Crenshaw’s Kevin Ollie led his Connecticut team past Michigan State and into the Final 4.  Last but not least, we want to give a shout-out to Arizona’s Aim High Elite for following us from Arizona, to Colorado and to San Diego… appreciate you guys.


9. 2020 Obinna Anyanwu San Diego Rebels Development   –   Last year at our WCE25 Championship Event, Obinna was strictly a post player with limited ball handling skills, but great upside.  This year, the 6’2″ Obinna has transitioned to the Wing, is a vocal leader, and is a completely different player.  This year, the 2013 Ballislife Junior All-American Camper Obinna has competed competed on a National and Local level against some of the best in his class and has held his own and more.  When speaking to his San Diego Rebel 2020 Coach Steve Wade, he offered nothing but compliments about his development, upside, work ethic and character as a person.  


10. Rising Star 2021 Damien Parker Yorba Linda Pumas – One of the main reasons we drove 20 miles East to watch the younger players compete at Canyon Crest Prep, was to watch the development of young Damien Parker.  When we arrived, he did not disappoint.  Young Damien was dropping dimes and making look easy as he always does.  He played a large role alongside all his teammates in earning the 12u Silver Championship.  Young Damien has been invited to attend the 2014 Ballslife Junior All-American Camp in August.






Link: http://www.indihoops.com/tournaments/california/march-29-30-indihoops-and-top-gun-basketball-spring-open

San Diego South Bay Show 8u – 9u Champs


San Diego Seal Team 10u Champs


San Diego 1 on 1 11u Champs


Yorba Linda Pumas 12u Silver Champs


San Diego Southbay Show 12u Gold Champs


Riverside Matrix 13u Champs


Triple Threat 14u Silver Champs


San Diego All Stars 14u Gold Champs


San Diego All Stars 15u/16u Silver Champs


Earl Watson Elite 15u/16u Gold Champs


San Diego All Stars 16u (17u Champs)


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