Monday, November 10, 2008

NJ Adidas Jr. Phenom Camp Recap: Day 2 Baby Ballers Report

Malcolm Manning (Maplewood, NJ)

The Baby Ballers also got into action on Day 2. I go a chance to see some serious talent in this division. Here’s a look at the 5th and 6th Graders that were impressive on the second day.

Baby Ballers Report

Malcolm Manning Guard (Maplewood, NJ)- Manning got the nod as the top point guard on Day 2. He just knows how to manage a ball club. He sets the stage and even calls for the pick and roll. When you throw in his scoring ability, body control and court vision it makes him even more impressive.

Daniel Brownstein Forward (Flemington, NJ)- Big Daniel was a problem once again on the blocks. He clean up any miss shots from his teammates and converted them into easy buckets. On the defensive end he a constant problem in the lane by altering or blocking shots and rebounding heavy.

Brenden Ruby Guard (Westhampton, NJ)- Ruby was red hot once again. He scores in bunches from the perimeter which is tough. He also gets to the hole in a hurry and has some basketball instincts you can’t teach. He has a lot of fire and toughness.

Matt Latka Forward (Franklin Lakes, NJ)- Latka was a new face that caught my eye on Day 2. He battled inside for buckets and does possess some fundamentally sound post moves. I think in the future he will round out to be a perimeter player though.

Leondre Washington Guard (Englewood, NJ)- Washington picked up his defense in the All Star game. He moved his feet well and cut off the penetration of the opposing guards. He picked up his teams energy. He plays the game with a lot of passion to be a youngster.

Dylan Yerkes Guard (Mount Laurel, NJ)- Yerkes was a like a young Steve Kerr today. Dylan is small but his strength and accuracy makes him a dangerous 3-point shooter. This baby baller burned the net tremendously and consistently.

Adam Perry Guard (Westhampton, NJ)- Perry can flat out score the ball from anywhere on the floor. He can stick the jumper, make the floater and finish off fast breaks. His jab step and pump fake move is very effective on this level. He also makes sure he's in the right position to get buckets.