Player Power Rankings

Today is very exciting day here at Liftoff Sports as we release the highly anticipated Player Power Rankings – Congratulations to all the players who made this prestigious list and remember to keep up the hard work

PLAYER POWER RANKINGS INFORMATION

  1. Players are ranked based upon both their in-game performance and the usage of statistical data
  2. Players can move up and down the rankings throughout the year
  3. The list is not perfect, meaning we’re sure that they’re other deserving players that should be on the list however until were able to verify all the information on that player we cannot add them to the Player Power Rankings
  4. The Player Rankings are intended to used as a way to honor the players, coaches, and parents who have put in the hard work and dedication to help these players develop
  5. Players on this list are from Southern California Only

5TH GRADE CLASS OF 2021

#1 – DJ Jackson – Inland Force

-Has the most complete offensive game in the class, his best attribute is the intensity in which he plays with, can dominate at both the 4th and 5th Grade levels

Opportunity – Can at times both force his shot and play out of control which led to turnovers at crucial times

 10u/4th Grade - Most Valuable Player - DJ Jackson - Inland Force

#2 – Dominique Daniels Jr. - Tri-City Ballers

-He’s both the  fastest player and best pure point-guard in this class, his incredible court vision and tenacious on-ball defense causes major problems for the opposition 

Opportunities = He needs to develop an outside shot and at times can play a bit out of control 

4th Grade/10u - Tournament MVP -  Domoinique Daniels/Tri-City

#3 – Akoye Hudson  - Domination Bad Boys

Great crossover and floater – Has amazing range for a 4th Grader he’s more of a combo guard than a true point-guard – Plays only 5th Grade and above

Opportunity = Shoot selection can be poor at times and needs to work on reducing his turnovers

11u MVP Akoye Hudson

#4 – Jordan McZeal – LA Bobcats

A combo-guard who can get his shot anywhere on the floor, he plays a very efficient game but can put up 20-Points before you blink, he also has a great 3-Ball

Opportunity – Not a great passer yet at times can make poor decisions with the basketball

Jordan McZeal

#5 – Noam Karu – ESP Stars

-A pass first point-guard who sees the floor extremely well and can fit the ball into tight spaces, this kid can break the defense down at will and knock down the jumper, he’s under the radar but can play with any kid on the ranked list – He can also lock you up on defense  

Opportunity – He needs to learn when  to take over the game offensively during crucial times during the game

Noam ESP Stars

#6 – Ben Shtolzberg – Team Dream

-The best shooter in the class he’s super smart and plays with a unique toughness, we love his overall game and leadership, leave him open and he’ll make you pay

Opportunity – His quickness and agility  must improve as he gets older 

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#7 – John Belardi – Pro Skills Elite

-High basketball IQ lead-guard that is highly skilled we really like his length and floor generalship he really thinks the game which allows him to make his teammates better 

Opportunity – His game offensively still needs some polishing 

4th Grade MVP John Belardi/Pro Skills Elite

#8 – Jacob Taylor – Inland Force

-Can play all 5 positions on the floor he’s an athletic wing with a motor, plays hard on every play he’s Mr. Do It All for the top-ranked Inland Force

Opportunity – His offensive game needs some polishing needs to work on creating his on shot off the dribble 

4th Grade Tournament MVP - Jacob Taylor/Inland Force

#9 – Milo Silverspoon – Pasadena Fury

-Offensive minded lead guard who can get his on shot, can take over game to will his team to victory when needed

Opportunity – Needs to gain some physical strength he struggles some times on defense against stronger guards

Milo Silverspoon

#10- Barrington Hargress – Team Dream

-Plays the lead-guard position but is more of a scorer, he’s a great penetrator that can finish at the rim

Opportunity – Will need to improve his court vision and become a better overall defender which will happen as he gets older 

Photo Pending

#11 – Jalen Vasquez – Bobcats

Point-Guard who has both a high basketball IQ and incredible court vision, he’s a real Court General on the floor – Has a very good floater

Opportunity – He’s a smaller guard who has trouble with the physicality of the game when playing against bigger guards/His father has good size so he”ll be okay as he gets older  

Jalen Vasquez

#12 – Jack Kresich – Syder Surf #32

This kid is simply a basketball player that does a variety of things extremely well, he’s multi-sport athlete with real game

Opportunity – His on-ball defense must improve which it will as he gets older

Photo Pending

#13 – Freedom Rhames – Dare 2 Dream

-A well rounded combo-guard who plays up, he’s a scrappy player who’s very physically gifted

Opportunity – Needs to work on getting his outside shot off the dribble 

Freedom

#14 – Oscar De La Cruz – South Bay Youth Sports/I AM Rockfish

Under the radar point-guard who can really handle the ball and see’s the floor better than most has great long-term potential 

Opportunity – Quickness needs to improve which should happen as he gets older, he also needs to get a bit more aggressive offensively 

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#15 – Matthew Coleman – Tri-City

A very good player who does whatever is asked of him to help his team win, he’s a great on-the-ball defender with a great motor

Opportunity – His outside shot needs improvement 

Photo Pending

#16 – DD Tremblay – ESP Stars 

- A smooth combo-guard who uses his unusual wing-span to his advantage on both offense  and defense to make plays

Opportunity – Not overly athletic yet, but his athleticism will get better over time 

DD

#17 – Jacob Leija – Whittier Hawks

-Jacob has both great size and athleticism and the ability to finish at the rim with ease, runs the floor very well for a big man

-Opportunities = He’s still very raw, once he gains more game experience his overall game will improve

Jacob

6th GRADE CLASS OF 2020

#1 Paris Dawson – Tri-City Ballers

-This young man can flat out “Go”, he’s a dynamic scorer that attacks the rim better than anyone in this class he possesses both a killer jump shot and floater that makes him unstoppable at times offensively. He sees the floor very well and is a underrated passer

Paris

#2 Ben Todd – West Valley Bulls

-A polished Big Man who can dominate when playing with his back to the basket, he has super upside and continues to get better, he’s also the best rebounder in the class

#3 Devin Tillis – Basketball Finest Training

-Does everything well, this young man can really play all positions on the floor we’ve seen him play both center and point-guard which is a testament to the great skills he possesses the future is bright for this young man

#4 Keith Dinwiddie – P. Miller Ballers

#5 Jalen Reyes – City Stars/Junior Hoops

#6 Kolby Kimbourgh – Liftoff

-The fastest player in this class, he’s a lead-guard who can split the double-team with ease his floater is second to none

KOLBY

#7 Max McCalla – Manhattan Beach Spartans

-He’s an under the radar Stud who can play with anybody, he’s tough kid who sees the floor better than anyone in this class, a high IQ player with a bright future

#8 Obinna Anyanwu – San Diego Rebels

#9 Marcus Joseph – Game Time Elite

#10 Joshua Christopher – I-10 Celtics

#11 DJ Davis – P. Miller Ballers

-Amazingly skilled player who does a variety things extremely well, he’s a versatile guard who has shown he can do whatever it takes to give his team a chance to win

DJ

#12 Alex Wade – San Diego Rebels

#13 Dylan Andrews – Game Time Elite

-High IQ point-guard who can literally take over a game at a moment’s notice, he’s a gym rat who seems to get better every time we see him play

Dylan

#14 Carson Haskell – Hard 2 Guard

-Dynamic combo-guard who has arguably the best overall skill set in this class, a pure shooter who can score from anywhere on the floor, averaged over 20-Points a game last season

#15 Nick Bowden – Tri-City Ballers

-A point-guard with great size and physical strength, arguably the best passer in this class, has really worked his tail off to improve his game

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#16Maseo Refuerzo – City Stars

#17 Chibuzo Agbo – San Diego Rebels

#18 Fred Burton – P. Miller Ballers

-Big Man who has the potential to dominate but not there yet, super athletic for a kid his size he can also play facing the basket and is a tenacious defensive rebounder

#19 Abraham Eagles – Tri-City

-A fundamentally sound Big Man with “real” skills he can finish around the rim with ease and passes very well out of the post

#20 Hercy Miller – P. Miller Ballers

-An offensive machine who can flat out score, he’s a high energy player who still somewhat raw which makes his long term potential even scarier

Hercy

#21 Jonathan Sherer – Hard 2 Guard

- A do everything wing player who can play inside and outside, he’s great defender who can make plays few can make

#22 Justyn Hunter – Impact Basketball

Justyn Hunter

#23 Jabari Walker – Hype Bulldogs

An athletic-wing who can do just about anything on the court he has great size which gives him an advantage on both offense and defense, he’s another kid under the radar

PHOTO PENDING

#24 Tori San Antonio – Hard 2 Guard

-Can play all five positions had 2 triple-doubles in one weekend last season, has awesome size for a wing player, he probably has the best long term potential in the group

Tori

#25 Nehemiah Gilliam – West Valley Bulls

This is player we’ll be talking about this season, he’s a skilled point-guard who might be the best pure ball handler in the group, remember the name people

PHOTO PENDING

 7TH GRADE CLASS OF 2019

#1 Ernest Jackson – City Stars

Top player in the class he can literally take over a game at any moment his a super skilled point guard who could run a team on the High School level right now

#2 Darius Robinson-Mason #15 – RC Bulls

-Has incredible athleticism to go along with an incredible first step can get to the basket with two dribbles the sky is the limit for this kid (No Grade Exception)

#3 Makani Whiteside – Team Show-Up

Big-time player with the best offense of game in the class can play multiple positions and has an extremely bright future

#4 Marquise Nelloms – Liftoff Elite

Big man who will eventually become a guard/wing type player extremely athletic can pass the ball very well and may have arguably the best skill-set in the class

#5 Onyeka Okongwu #45 – RC Bulls

-Skilled big man with a polished offense of game he’s also a great defensive rebounder Who passes very well out of the double team

#6 Dillion “Barkley” Depina – City Stars A great low post player with guard skills has great hands and is the most fundamentally sound player in the class he can dominate once he gets going

#7 Lucas Hobbs – Pangos Elite

Big-time player who plays up has great potential and could become the best in the class

#8 Ziaire Williams -SGV

Athletic shooting-guard with a great mid-range game he can really score the basketball, he’s also an amazing on-ball defender

#9 Domoinique Windbush – I-10 Celtics

Super skilled point guard who can take you off the dribble and shoot your lights out, his defense has improved making him a more complete player

#10 Jacob Ray – City Stars

-Highly skilled wing player with great size who has really improved his game can play multiple positions and has great touch around the rim

#11 Jordan Brinson – LA Bobcats

Athletic combo guard who can score the ball at will, has great size for a guard and is an excellent on-ball defender

#12 Jared Brown – Junior Hoops

Lightning quick guard who can create his on shot from anywhere on the court he also has incredible range which makes him extremely difficult to defend

#13 Josh Vasquez – LA Bobcats

Combo guard with great overall skills he could be the best shooter in this class

#14 Paul Bingaman – San Pedro Knights

Skilled Big Man who runs the floor very well he has expanded his game recently which has led to improvement in both his outside shoot and ball handling

#15 Cameron Dashell – TBF

Cameron is a high octane combo-guard who we feel is the best overall athlete in this class, he’s a High Basketball IQ with unlimited potential

#16 Jordan Montgomery – Hard 2 Guard

The true definition of a Floor General see’s the floor well and is an amazing ball-handler

#17 Jadin Green – Aim High

Super Raw post-player who’s still learning the game but has great long term potential

#18 Sterling Pierce – Riverside Matrix

A tough guard who has a really polished overall game plays extremely well in big games

#19 Johnny Juzang – Tri-City Ballers

Highly skilled wing player with great size please with incredible poise and is a underrated defender

#20 Bryce Zephir – Pangos Elite

Great point guard with lots of long-term potential still growing as a player which is scary

#21 Gianni Hunt – I-10 Celtics

Combo guard who can do a lot of things well on the basketball court he’s also a great on-ball defender

#22 Jacob Ortega – SGV

Highly skilled combo guard whose very under the radar will make a lot of noise in the future

#23 DL Banks – California Cobras

Arguably the most complete player in the class a point guard with incredible poise he’s a great passer with a superb mid-range game and can shoot the 3-Ball with the best of them

#24 Jose Rocha – Open Gym

Frontline player who rebounds very well and has great touch around the rim can also shoot the three ball

#25 Alexander Mishaw – City Stars

He’s an under the radar stud who can play multiple positions a wing player who can shoot very well and possesses a great first-step

#26 Anthony Frausto – 805 Basketball

-Tough as nails lead guard who can score the rock and has excellent on the ball defense

#27 Blaise Beauchamp – Riverside Matrix

He’s slick guard with great footwork who is excellent at playing off the ball and becoming the primary scorer for his team

#28 Jonathan Daniels – I-10 Celtics

A shooting guard who can do just that highly skilled player who has sneaky athleticism

46 thoughts on “Player Power Rankings

  1. Akoye is clearly special player averaging 15oints against tri/city11u dropped 31against hype clearly commands the other teams full attention,next season i will play him with his age group as much as possible to show his true skill set against his own age group. Domination badboys👊

    • Sure these kid are good, but there are kids from Ray Allen Select out of Milwaukee that could give them a kick in the rear end. My son goes to NY2LA tournauments. There are 6’2 fith graders on the floor. Im not saying these kids arent good, but if you wanna see players that are GOOD, got to the NY2LA GNBA tournaument series, you’ll find the top 50 players there.

  2. Thanks for the support for my son at #2 greatly appreciated. Congratulations on your new born I had been waiting for you to contact me because I heard you were interested in my son but I never got a call if you need to reach me call me at 3*******. O yeah you spelled his name wrong Dominique J. Daniels Jr. Be blessed

  3. Please stop this because:
    1. No way these are the best players. Too many kids out there to tell.
    2. Way too early to rank kids. 4th grade!!!
    Nice try, to make your website interesting. Just stick to the tournaments and giving TEAMS recognition. Way too early to individualize a sport to this magnitude.
    Love that you care about the kids, no hate!
    You think twice about the 4th grade rankings!

    • D – Thank You for your comment, although we don’t agree with you entirely we feel your opinion is shared by some, we respect your opinion and for that very reason we will approve your comment unlike some sites who would simply block anything they would consider negative – Thanks Again

      Respectfully,

      Liftoff Sports

      • Like I said, no hate and you do a great thing with your website. Anything to uplift the kids. However, I believe that this type of attention at an early age leads to the prevailing culture that we have in youth sports. You know, kids and parents thinking that they are bigger than the team. We are raising prima donna’s, that;’s why you’re seeing all the transfers on the high school level and the overall selfishness that permeates traveling basketball. I know I am going overboard, but the kids above haven’t achieved much in the whole scheme of things. These talented kids will go on to achieve so much more!!! Let’s honor them at the appropriate time. That’s all!
        Thanks for your response and I respect what you guys are doing!

  4. Nice list, I really don’t want to start anything, but you are missing a pretty great player in Jake Koyama. You might know him as the kid with the blonde spiky hair. Thank you for your time and consideration. You might have missed him because he always plays up in 11U. He will be playing a lot more in his own age group this upcoming AAU season. Thank you.

  5. Thank You for the support of my grandson #1 Darryl Jackson. He works very hard to master his craft and is humbled by all the praise he has received. None of this would be possible without the love and support of his coaches and parents. To all the children that love the game. We must encourage them to remain good sports and to focuse on their education for without that, they cant go to far in this sport.

    Respectfully Submitted
    Ms Lobo, Grandma

  6. Congrats to all the kids that show up and play hard for their team, And a big congrats to my son who made the list as well. I believe this gives the kids something to work hard for. #proudinlandforceparent

  7. I don’t want to start any trouble, but I believe you are missing a player. His name is Jake Koyama. The boy with the blonde spiky hair. He is a 4th grader that is always playing up
    In 5th grade. He will start playing his age group this upcoming AAU season. Thank you for your time and consideration. Congratulations to all the players on the list.

  8. This kid Akoye is a beast saw him play ten u for the first time after playing against him in the 11u div where he kicks but on a regular he looked like labron James , ran point played center beautiful form knocked down a couple of three’s his athletic ability has no bounds then saw him play with Angelo 13u team and man he crossed up several kids was quick and was tough to take the pounding and get to the free through line against 13u kids isthis kid really only ten wow I give props when there’re due and there due this. Kids special future fan

  9. I don’t understand why fred burton is ranked so low, he fried #8 and #10,he even gives your #1 problems, I think you need to reevaluate your rankings and do some more homework on these players

  10. Go looking on Dylan Andrews. He is still 10 but happens to be in the 6th. One of the youngest in his class and not a hold back. He is honored to be in the rubbings of such competitions.

  11. Man what a tough job, to rank the top 20 kids in Cali and Nevada. I guess the kids you picked you know them personally or have a good relationship with their coach. That’s fine I teach my son not to complain, congratulate others on their accomplishments and take disappointment as a form of motivation. He was disappointment to see that list without picture of him and so was I. Zion Sutton #32 AKA Z you all know him he is putting up constant numbers across the board, tough nose player with a very Hi IQ, gambles a lot on defense and needs to learn to slide his feet more when defending. He has two Lift off tourney MVP awards under his belt and a host of individual and team accomplishment. Watch Out AAU World he’s motivated to another level.

  12. Zion is a stud a is a great player. He is a true talent for his age and continues to press through this age of hold backs. It’s players like him that still gives the hope that you can ball at any level. He is now rolling with GTE where he will open another chapter of championship fever! Keep balling big Z

  13. Parent #1am not sure where or how to send you a photo. However you have one in archives January 2013 archives he was 11U/5h grade MVP of the I believe Showdown Lift off tourney. Let me know if you can use that one, if not I will figure out how to get you says:

    Angelo when are you going to complete the player rankings?

  14. Great List but one of the best player in the 6th Grade class was from the P.Miller Ballers Keith Dinwiddie. very unselfish, and was able to knock down the Threes at will. a true point guard in the making.

  15. Parent #1am not sure where or how to send you a photo. However you have one in archives January 2013 archives he was 11U/5h grade MVP of the I believe Showdown Lift off tourney. Let me know if you can use that one, if not I will figure out how to get you says:

    Well Zion we have fuel for the fire you didn’t make the cut cause you are 11 years old in the 7th grade. So watch out basketball word we comin.

  16. I must say I’m a little shocked that #22 from the P.Miller ballers didn’t make the list. I believe his name was Keith. Even though I’m a father from the other team I enjoyed watching this kid play. I had my son watch him all day because I knew we would be playing his team soon. My son made the list but Keith should definitely be on there as well. That’s all thanks.

  17. Philip Nickl class of 2019. Big center with excellent 3pt shooting and excellent rebounding. Lots of athleticism. Add him. He plays for 5 on 5

  18. Nice website. However I find it ironic that a lot of the “top” kids are holdbacks. If your child is held back one to two years then it’s common sense that they are or at least should be better than the other kids who are not held back. This is a terrible example parents are setting by holding their kids back. If your child is not good at their level then they should work harder and not cheat by being held back in school. Just my opinion but great website.

  19. zaire williams is class of 2020 there is no way that he can be ranked #8. HE is very good for is class but not that good for class of 2019. I have been watching the 2 bigs from city stars they are by far the best big man in Socal. I don’t think these rankings are reasonable

  20. are you going to have class of 2022 rankings? And if u are watch the ESP bobcats play 1# team on the west and they are nice at aces and murdered old 1# arc

    • jack rottler a 6 1 sixth grader from newport beach starring for PMiller has a strong motor, runs court well and is very skilled according to coach julius von hanzlik

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