Tuesday, July 29, 2008

14U Nationals Preview NJ: Don't Sleep On Jersey

Jahmal Lane Heads Down With MSU

New Jersey will also be sending representatives down to Orlando for the 14U Nationals. The teams don’t possess the national rep as others in the region but they will bring that Garden State toughness that stands out. Here’s a look at the NJ teams and top players heading down.

New Jersey Squads

MSU Skyliners

The Skyliners have been lurking around the regional scene for a few years. They have some quality pieces and the coaching to make some noise down south. Jahmal Lane and company have their work cut out for them but they should be able to weather the storm.

Jahmal Lane 6’3 (Forward)- Lane makes him living on the baseline scoring and using his speed to beat bigger defenders. He has been working on his outside shot as he tries to maneuver his game to the wing. MSU will need him to step up big on both ends of the floor for them to be successful.

Ahmid Williams 5’10 (Guard)- If the Skyliners run into any clutch situations they need to have the ball in the hands of Williams. The hardnosed point guard is known for carrying the team on his back at the end of heated contest. I’ve seen him win more than one game in the last position. He’s a gamer for real.

Diijon Jordan 6’2 (Guard)- Jordan will provide the defensive stops for MSU in Orlando. The long arm wing player plays good on the ball defense and gets in the passing lane on a regular basis. Jordan is also capable of helping the squad on the offensive end.

KBR Kings

KBR finished runner up in the NJ State Tournament. They have some serious players in Ike Calderon and Fuquan McDonald. The Kings have a point to prove as they are considered to be underrated as a program. Look for the squad from Neptune to look horns heavy with some of the top teams in the nation.

Other Teams: Hoop Heaven Heat and Wayne Pal/ Wolfpack