13-year-old Basketball Phenom to Start as Varsity Point Guard for Northside Christian

Frank ‘Tre’ Gilliam III Wowed Coaches at Elite Summer Basketball Camps

<p>An 8th grade basketball prodigy has been selected to start as a point guard for Northside Christian&rsquo;s varsity team.</p> <p>Frank "Tre" Gilliam is a 5'7", 125-pound point guard who plays for the Northside Christian Mustangs under coach David Madasz. Gilliam is an A student in 8th grade and slated to graduate in 2020. This is Gilliam&rsquo;s second year on the high school varsity team at Northside Christian.</p> <p>Madasz said Gilliam is the &ldquo;real deal.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;He is one of the best ball handlers I have ever seen for a player his age,&rdquo; Madasz said. &ldquo;Tre's ability to play the game of basketball at such a high level makes it an easy choice for the coaches at Northside to put so much responsibility on his young shoulders.&rdquo;</p> <p>The youngest Mustang by far, Gilliam is admired by his high-school-age teammates. They are all looking to the young point guard to help win big games.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first time I saw him play I knew he was a special player,&rdquo; Madasz said. &ldquo;Tre is such a natural talent, but he also supplements this talent with multiple hours of hard work daily. His ability to dribble the ball on a string makes him almost impossible to guard in a one-on-one situation. I know Tre is going to make some college coach look good in the future at the Division I level.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gilliam is looking forward to the opportunity to start with an older team.</p> <p>"I am very excited about the season, I look forward to be able to try to showcase the hard work I have been putting in off the court. I love the challenge of playing people that are older than me and that is also what makes me feel ready for this upcoming season."</p> <p>Gilliam was a standout at Future150 Elite24 Camp in August. According to Scout's Notes, he "broke down the defense to get in the lane with crafty finishes&hellip; He shot floaters, one handed scoop finishes and finished with contact. He also has a natural flare with his passes. He made tough no look passes look easy."</p> <p>Gilliam attended John Lucas Camp Right Way Southwest in Gilbert, Arizona in September, where he was ranked in the top dozen players at number 7.</p> <p>A video highlighting Gilliam&rsquo;s performance on the court can be viewed at <strong><a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>Gilliam also plays for the Southern Stampede in Atlanta as part of the Nike Elite Youth Travel Basketball Program and for Team Speights Elite Travel Basketball, based in St. Petersburg.</p> <p>&ldquo;Coaching him is a pleasure,&rdquo; said Kaheem Draper, coach of Nike Southern Stampede. &ldquo;Tre is a excellent ball handler as well as a good defender and it goes without saying a pure headache for opposing teams on offense. Tre&hellip; will be a player that we will watch on many a big stages.&rdquo;</p> <p>Larry Murphy, Head Coach of Team Speights, concurs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Excellent playmaker off the dribble, whether it's crafty finishes at the rim or great passes to teammates,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;Very hard to guard in transition because he has a multitude of moves that he uses and does a great job with change of pace moves to keep you off balance. He is a good on the ball defender and uses his good lateral quickness to control his opposition.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Mustangs&rsquo; next game is during the Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. against the Gulf from New Port Richey, Fla.</p> <p>A website for Gilliam is under development at Follow Tre Gilliam on</p> <p>Twitter (@<strong><a href="">tregilliam</a></strong>3) and Instagram (@d1scipline).</p> <p>Contact:<br /> Dante Gilliam<br /> 727-232-4047<br /> Address: St. Petersburg, FL<br /><br /> <strong><a href=""></a></strong></p>


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