Thursday, May 21, 2009

Basketball Spotlight MDC Preview: 12 And Under

Can Anybody Derail THe Team Final Express?

The 12U Division at the Basketball Spotlight MDC is loaded top to bottom. We have some of the top teams and players in the country making the trip to Neptune. Here’s a breakdown of who will be in the building at Hoop Group Headquarters.

MDC 12U Preview

Team Final: Right now they are the “Kings Of The Hill” on the East Coast. Their recent hot streak includes titles at the Clash For The Cup, AC Showcase and Mid Atlantic Regionals. Now they are trying to repeat as MDC Champs before taking the trip to Hampton, VA for the Nationals.

Columbia Slammers: The South Carolina State Champs are ready to go. They’ve added the #1 6th Grader in the Nation Perry Dozier Jr. for the MDC. Dozier is as talented as they come and will be eager to show how S.C. ballers get it in. We will see if they are ready for the Spotlight.

F.A.C.E.S.: The Boys in Black are anxious to hit the hardwood after falling in the NJ State Finals. It’s a safe bet that Coach Cole will have his troops focused for the MDC. This is a squad that nobody really wants to see.

Gauchos: The Choz are coming down to get busy. They won the “Show Me Invitational” and have a date in the Metropolitan AAU finals Monday. Coach Science and crew have a date with Team Final Sunday, which should be a dandy.

South Jersey Blitz: The Blitz made a run to the Mid Atlantic finals before running into Team Final. They have serious guard play in Myles Powell, Mekhi Bryant and Eli Cain so expect some big things from these Burlington County Boys.

Albany Dream Team: ADT comes back after getting their first Basketball Spotlight experience in Atlantic City. They have an all around solid crew and can knock off anyone on any giving night. Jamil Hood is a tough guard to keep an eye on.

U Turn Warriors: The last time I saw this squad they were battling Team Takeover in the MIT finals. I like their inside presence and how they go hard to entire game. They are not driving from Richmond to compete they are coming to win it all.

Connecticut Basketball Club: You might remember these guys they were CT 300 and they made some noise down in AC. Now they have added a couple of pieces and moved up to 12U but you can still expect some hard nose play.

Philly Aztecs: This squad has improved tremendously since the Grand Finale. They still have scoring guard Stevie Jordan but their front court has helped them become a better ball club. Expect some fire works once they step on the floor.

NJ Shore Shots: The Shore Shots have been playing great ball lately and will be looking to expand on their success. Nyrique Smith is one of the most underrated guards around and he might be using the MDC as his coming out party. We will see.

Linden Ballers: The always tough Ballers will be ready to brawl as usual. Guard Kyle Phipps is tough on both ends of the floor and Isiah Still is capable of heating up quickly.

Other Squads To Look Out For: Peacemakers, Team Underrated, Team Rebels