Sunday, September 28, 2008

Basketball Spotlight Feature: Are You Ready For P-Funk?

California has been a hot bed for point guards for years. Gary Payton to Jason Kidd and most recently Brandon Jennings all surfaced from the West Coast state. Now Jennings has gone to Europe and some of the top point guards are starting to emerge. The scary thing is that one of the best is only in the 7th Grade. His name is Parker P- Funk Cartwright who runs the show for grammar school AAU giants Arc Gorillas. The Arc Gorillas coach Lee Garson has full faith in his floor general. “We played in most of the top events and I haven’t seen a better point guard in this age group period” Garson said.

While some coaches might over hype their players Cartwright’s resume speaks for itself. He guided ARC to top finishes in some of the top tournaments in the country. He was phenomenal during the AAU Regionals, Super Regionals and Nationals as he led his team to a Final Four Appearance in Hampton, Virginia. He also flexed his muscles at the showcase tournaments such as the West Coast Nationals in Las Vegas and the Presidents Day Tourney in Portland Oregon where he averaged 24 points and 7 dimes. Garson feels very comfortable with P-Funk at the controls, “Not only does he do an excellent job running the show he also gets it done on the other end of the floor defensively which is very impressive”. This assessment came true to form at the Jr. All American Camp where Parker totally dominated the competition and left as our pick as the top performer for the Class of 2014.

We are not saying we guarantee that Parker will make to the heights of those mentioned above but right now we feel he’s the top point guard in this class. Coach Garson also see a bright future ahead, “I think he will at least be a phenomenal high school player but if he grows like I think he would then of course his success will carry on”. One thing is certain if you get a chance to check him out don’t pass it up because you will be missing out on the next great one.