The last time an EST middle school event was held in Scranton – the MS Combine in 2021 – Amaia Jackson came through & lit up the gym. The standout 2025 from Rochester, NY now boasts national recruitment and has brought it south as an incomer at national power Montverde Academy.

EST fall middle school action is back!

Empire State Takeover middle school events have been a trusted spot to get a first look at many of the Northeast’s future stars for the last several years. For the first time since the 2021 Middle School Combine – an event that brought a ‘who’s who’ of current HS stars from NY, PA, and southern New England – an EST middle school event is set to be held in the 570.

The EST Fall Futures Combine will be held at Riverfront Sports in Scranton, PA. After the conclusion of the EST Fall Showcase for high school athletes (9TH ANNUAL EST FALL SHOWCASE: Info & Registration), the Fall Futures Combine will take the court from approximately 3:30-6 PM. Registration is taken on a first-come first-serve basis and will be capped at approximately 40 participants. The middle school event is open for the Classes of 2028 & 2029 – current 7th/8th graders.

Players will receive the opportunity to compete in various outlets while also getting focused reps through individual skill development. The competition piece includes an extended stretch of 3v3 play to not only allow participants to get into a rhythm & provide a different look, but also to maximize touches & “in-game reps” for all. There will also be plenty of traditional 5v5 run, with rosters geared to be competitive for all participants. All athletes will also go through a comprehensive individual skill work session during the event coordinated by the renowned Mark Williams, one of the premier skill development specialists in the Northeast, and his Team Footprintz organization.

While the EST high school events have turned into a prime opportunity to gain exposure & visibility to collegiate programs and other valuable outlets on a prospect’s journey, EST middle school events have also proven to “break” up & coming players on a greater scale with an early barometer of the extended region’s talent while providing a fun, competitive environment. Athletes in the first couple years of EST middle school events are now in college and have made their presences felt in the Big 10, Big East, Atlantic 10, America East, CAA, MAC, MAAC, and Patriot League along with dozens of Division II & III programs from the Northeast to the Midwest.

There’s nothing quite like ‘event day’ to me, and I’m really looking forward to bringing the Fall Futures Combine to NEPA. Registration & payment links are at the top of the page, and a registered player list (updated daily, or at least as often as I can get to it) will be posted directly below. Hope to see you in Scranton on October 8!

One of the standouts of the last EST middle school event at Riverfront, the MS Combine in 2021, was a NEPA local. Now, Ella Wilson is regarded as one of the region’s finest as a standout at Lake-Lehman.

REGISTERED PLAYER LIST (updated as time allows)

  • Annalyse Alarcon (5’3″, 2028)
  • Jazmyne Harvey (5’8″, 2028)
  • Ella Lawrence (5’5″, 2028)
  • Addy Marek (6’0″, 2028)
  • Leigh Nickerson (5’10”, 2028)
  • Gianna Sodon (5’10”, 2028)
  • Gabby Telesco (5’6″, 2028)
  • Sabrina Tiberi (6’1″, 2028)
  • Kailey Weber (5’9″, 2028)
  • Danielle Ennist (5’7″, 2029)
  • Avery Kroening (5’6″, 2029)
  • Finly Birdsall (5’2″, 2030)

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