Sunday, November 23, 2008

Funsport Youth League Recap Part 1

Shaquille Davis (Brookyln, NY)

Basketball Spotlight took the trip over to Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, NY to watch the Funsport League. I got a chance to check out some of the top players in NYC and I must say it was truly a joy. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top performers we saw in a voyage.

Funsport Top Performers

Shaquille Davis Guard (Assassins)- Wow, Davis put on a show this afternoon. The muscular guard exploded to the cup for several easy buckets but was really impressive in terms of rebounding and getting second chance points. His opponents were soft in the middle and Davis used this to his advantage by penetrating deep and down the middle. He has excellent leaping ability for a guard his size.

Isiah Louis Guard (Assassins)- Louis earned Player of the Week honors because of his performance last Sunday. I can see why, the lanky guard can score while doing it quickly and often. He has unlimited range and accuracy of his outside shot while also showing a tremendous knack for getting buckets. I like his size on the perimeter.

Ethan Telfair Guard (Assassins)- Telfair seemed be nursing an injured knee but that didn’t stop him from showing flashes of top notch play. He loves to penetrate and stick the pull up jumper but his game really flourishes when he is setting up teammates for easy buckets. He will need to get stronger once he hits the high school level.

Joel Hernandez Guard (Metro Hawks)- Hernandez played with some passion and tried to keep his team in the game with a nice stroke and tough finishes in the paint. He has a nice outside shot but does need to add a little arch. I like some of his attributes and think he has a chance to be a good one.

Tiquan Givens Guard (Gauchos)- I like the way Givens ran the show for Choz. He worked well especially when they went to the 4 corner spread offense. Givens then constantly beat his defender off the dribble and either hit moving teammates or knock down a pull up. He’s a heady point guard.

Chris Robinson Forward (Gauchos)- Robinson grew a few inches since I saw in last summer but he still possess the guard skills that should make him a interesting prospect in due time. For this Gauchos team he anchors the defense and is willing to hit the boards.

Tyler Wilson Guard (Gauchos)- Wilson impresses me more and more with his ability to create while handling the rock with great poise. He gets anywhere he wants on the floor while converting tough shots over defenders. He’s really turning himself into a serious point guard.

Jordan Nanton Guard (Brooklyn Patriots)- His team took a lopsided loss at the hands of the Gauchos but Nanton still was able to produce offensively. The strong guard got to the bucket on several occasions but does need to work on driving hard to the left side of the floor.