Over the weekend, The Stage Circuit hosted a college basketball recruiting tournament in Orange County’s cities of Ladera Ranch and Anaheim as well as the East Bay in the city of Oakland. The Stage Circuit Act II launched its second annual Live Period and attracted more than 290 teams from different regions of the United States and Canada. College coaching staffs from across the country took part in The Stage Act II including UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UMass, UC Irvine, Utah Tech, University of Washington, Weber State University, UNLV and many more. The teams came from various states for the NCAA viewing event, including Washington, Utah, North Dakota, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, and Alaska. The event also had some returners from outside the US, with teams from Canada participating.
Gold Division Highlights
- 15U Gold Division:
- SF Work Hard Play Hard is the only team in the 15U Division that went undefeated in back to back weekends at The Stage Act II. They averaged 78 Points Per Game and won by a margin of 24 Points per game. They were led by Raymond Whitley who had impressive performances all weekend long. His averages for The Stage Act II consisted of 26.5 PPG, 6.25 RPG, and 1.5 SPG.
- Some newcomers that went undefeated this weekend in The Stage Act II were Jalen Green Elite, Hoop Nation Red, and Team Rize. They all had a margin of victory of at least 15 points in their games this weekend. All of which consisted of great team wins, everyone was involved and locked in as soon as the event started.
- Other impressive teams that have a single loss to their record at The Stage Circuit are California Select, Team Zona, Arizona Storm Gold, and Team Flash Elite. Consistency is the name of the game and if they can continue their run in the upcoming events they will be in great shape.
- 16U Gold Division:
- The 16U Gold Division is a very impressive division. There are a plethora of talented teams across the board including four of which went undefeated in both weekends at The Stage Circuit. Those four teams are OGP Premier Adidas Gold, UBC Elite, and Evolve Strength and Performance, and Gamepoint Elite all of which dominated their opponents by at least 18+.
- Two players that deserve recognition from the undefeated teams are 6’5” 2025 Brandon Benjamin and 2025 6’2” Jaxon Soto. Both of these players balled out both weekends and it shows in their statlines and records. Benjamin, OC Player of the Year averaged a double double at The Stage Act II and finished with a statline of 19 PPG 10.75 RPG, and 4.25 APG. Soto put up impressive numbers which consisted of 15.33 PPG, 9.33 RPG, and 2.33 APG.
- There are four teams that finished 7-1 in The Stage Act I and II, three of which lost to one of the undefeated teams listed above. The 7-1 teams consist of Team Zona, Lakeshow Shaughnessy, Veritas Titans, and Elev8. These teams are not to be taken lightly because of how high their competitive spirits are. The 16U Gold Division is something everyone should keep their eyes in future Stage Circuit Events.
- 17U Gold Division:
- The 17U division only has one undefeated team in both Stage events. That team is the Veritas Titans. They have had impressive and dominant performances in both weekends. They have proven that they are a tough and talented team that is well coached game by game. They average 69.3 Points Per Game and have a margin of victory of 17 Points Per Game which is extremely impressive at that level.
- There are a good number of 7-1 teams in the 17U division which are Coastal Elite, Team Zona (AZ), Project Excellence (Canada), SUSA (UT), Team Rize, Hoop Nation, and Team California. These teams in the 17U Gold Division are not to be taken for granted because every player is competing at the highest level and it’s a joy to watch.
- Two Players that had the spotlight this weekend at The Stage Act II were Kyle Lemke and Sara Soumare. The 6’9” Wing Kyle Lemke led his team to a 4-0 record at the Stage Act II and was named the MOP (Most Outstanding Performer). Lemke was a problem this weekend on both ends of the floor and especially in the paint. He finished with a statline of 21.25 PPG and 6.25 RPG. 6 ‘9 ” Sara Soumare led the way to an undefeated weekend. Soumare was all over the floor and a force in the paint. His final statline consisted of 11.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 1 BPG.
Get ready for another exciting weekend of high-level basketball as The Stage Circuit’s upcoming event, “The Show,” takes place at OGP Ladera from May 12-14. Expect great energy, high competition and top-notch performances from many talented teams. Make sure not to miss out on the chance to witness and participate in a thrilling and competitive basketball experience at the highest level.