Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gym Rat Midnight Madness Recap: Baby Ballers Game

MVP's Malik Ellison and Kamari Peel

MVP Malik Ellison scored 16 points and Trey Lowe had a good showing as the White Team held on to beat the Red Team 48-43 in the Baby Ballers Game of the Gym Rat Midnight Madness.

Top Performers
(White Team)

Malik Ellison Guard (Voorhees, NJ)- It was no surprise that that he left with the MVP because he got going towards the basket he was too difficult to defend. Malik used strength, size and quickness to get anywhere he wanted on the floor while also rebounding inside for his club. In the open floor he exploded and made most of the finishes look to easy. The stage lights were on again and he performed.

Trey Lowe Guard (Ewing, NJ)- Speaking of the stage the Ewing product stepped up in a big way. I like the control he possesses on the floor. He has the knack for scoring and knows how to get out quick on transition. Lowe also showed some point guard instincts in terms of passing while setting up teammates.

Robert DE Persia Guard (Cherry Hill, NJ)- The kid nicknamed “Dirt” did a tremendous job on defense moving his feet and also dazzled the crowd with some crafty offensive moves. He had one hesitation move that froze the defender in his tracks. He loves Steve Nash’s game and I can tell.

Nick DE Persia Guard (Cherry Hill, NJ)- The other DE Persia twin Nick also has a hard nose style of game but prefers the perimeter shot more than his brother. He hustles similar on defense but doesn’t handle ball as much as Robert. I like the Cherry Hill Duo.

Adam Perry Guard (Westhampton, NJ)- Perry has good control when dribbling the basketball. He never seems to be playing out of control and gets his shot off no matter the size of the defenders. The lefty has nice range on his outside shot and shoots the floater with great confidence.

Jeff Thompson Guard (Voorhees, NJ)- Thompson is athletic on this level and plays with a lot of energy. He raced down the floor while scoring in transition and kept the ball alive inside with hustle plays. As he gets older you will see him transcend to the wing more.

Randall West Forward (Moorestown, NJ)- West was forced to play inside being the tallest guy on his team. He wasn’t totally out of position but you can see that he’s more comfortable on the wing. I like his game facing the basket and he does handle the rock a little.

(Red Team)

Kamari Peel Forward (Philadelphia, PA)- Peel won MVP for the Red Team after having an all around effort. He scored inside, blocked shots and rebounded like a Mad Man. Peel has some concept of post moves but still needs a lot of work which is normal considering he’s a 6th Grader. Expect a long wiry prospect in a few years.

Vincent Jackson Guard (Cherry Hill, NJ)- I saw another side of VJ’s game. He showed me the point guard pass first and create version. Jackson attacked often and good opportunities inside the lane. He either dished off to teammates or made his way to the free throw line. He has a good basketball IQ.