Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Atlantic City Showcase 13U Championship Recap: Team Nelson Gets It Done!

Team Nelson Continues It's Winning Ways

Christian Irons scored 13 points including 3 treys while Dion Linton added 9 markers as Team Nelson defeated Team NJABC 50-39 to win the Atlantic City Showcase 13 and Under Championship. Wade Baldwin nailed 4 treys and finished with 15 points in the loss.

Spotlight Players

Kyle Coleman Guard (Team Nelson)- Coleman has an awkward release on his jump shot but it’s very effective. He did damage driving to the cup from the wing and stretching for finishes at the cup. He’s strong enough to absorb contact and still finish off the play.

Christian Irons Guard (Team Nelson)- Iron’s is a spot up shooter that can nail the long ball even with hands in his face. He benefits greatly from Team Nelson’s drive and kick style and their low post players passing back out to the perimeter.

Dion Linton Forward (Team Nelson)- Linton had a huge day beginning in the semifinals when he went to work against a tough Team Final crew. He has good touch and size around the basket while also drawing a lot of fouls on the opposition.

Terrell Sturdivant Forward (Team Nelson)- Inside Sturdivant is a headache for opponents. His wingspan gives him a chance to get a hand in on just about every play. He also extends to get rebounds and score near the hoop. Before he reaches high school he would need to pack on pounds to play in the post.

Nazier Chew Guard (Team Nelson)- Chew gives TN the point guard they needed. His jump shot wasn’t falling this weekend so he made up for it by dropping his floater, attacking the rim and setting up teammates. He also dug in on the defensive end.

Isiah Powell Guard (Team NJ ABC)- There wasn’t a hotter shooter this weekend in this age division. I saw Powell 3 times and he was burning the net in each outing. He tickled the twine over a dozen times from deep and actually attacked the basket more than usual. He had a great showing in AC.

Kaison Randolph Forward (Team NJ ABC)- Randolph also put in heavy work. His ball handling allows him to have most post defenders at his mercy. Once he gets a defender on his hip it curtains. I also like how he uses his left hand to finish and outstretch shot blockers. He’s becoming a top notch performer.

Wade Baldwin Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Baldwin is another good shooter with this bunch. During the finals he caught fire from behind the arc when Team NJ made their comeback. Wade seemed to be gaining confidence after each shot. He can really stroke it.

Rhys Dring Forward (Team NJ ABC)- Dring is a rugged rebounder that hits the boards and plays defense. He also contributed on the offensive end in the finals during Team NJ’s comeback attempt. He’s an excellent role player for this team.

Shaquan Worthy Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Worthy was in charge of setting up these shooters and did a good job. His speed draws attention from the defense which opens things up for his teammates. The point is also a pest on defense.

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