Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Basketball Spotlight 11U Award Winners

Team Battle: 11U Team Of The Year!

The 11U Division was very interesting and exciting all year. Basketball Spotlight has chosen its awards winners and would like to congratulate all of them. Here’s the final breakdown of the season for this age group.

Team Of The Year

Team Battle: What else needs to be said TB won the Atlantic City Showcase, Clash For The Cup, Memorial Day Classic, MLK Classic, NJ State Tournament and finished an astounding #3 in the country. This was truly their year.

Player Of The Year

Tyus Battle: Many defenses focused on this kid and he still managed to one of the most dominant players in the region. He is very talented for his age and has a huge basketball IQ. If he continues to develop he has a chance to be a very special player in the future.

Coach Of The Year

Gary Battle: Coach Battle guided is troops through some intensive tournaments. After being knocked off during the Grand Finale he rebounded his squad to sweep the rest of the Spotlight tourneys among many others. His #3 finish went down in Jersey 11U history.

Sportsmanship Award

Sa’eed Nelson: Nelson came over to F.A.C.E.S. and made an immediate impact. He showed true durability playing up an age level and taking many lumps. He hit the ground on several occasions but fought back like a true champion.

Best Play Maker

Anthony Mr. Cowans: The DC Assault floor general simply makes it happen. He gets to the hole whenever he wants and can light up a score board quickly. He was simply the engine to this high powered machine.

Best Backcourt

RJ Cole and Sa’eed Nelson: This 10U backcourt got the nod because they performed at a high level while playing up an age group. They gave opponents fits with their hounding defense and offensive prowess.

Best Scorers

Rakym Felder: This lefty from New Heights NYC proved he could score on anybody team in the country. During the DC Assault Classic he torched opponents while averaging close to 27 points per game. He’s capable of punching in 30 points each time he touches the floor.

Shamorie Ponds: Ponds play was one of the major reasons the Gauchos had a great start to the season. The southpaw is one of the purest scorers in the region and loves to have the rock in his hands when the game is on the line.

Best Shooter

Reggie Gardner: Even when this kid misses his shots still look good. I love his form and confidence. His high arching bombs can break the spirit of any teams they are facing. This kid can flat out shoot the rock.

Best Defender

Brandon Randolph: This kid's speed and long arms allow him to excel when playing the passing lanes. He specializes in getting steals during the press and helping his squad get easy buckets. Look for him to have a bright future.

Most Improved

Darius Gillon: Few can argue about the improvement of this kid. His inside presence and dominance propelled TB to many tournament victories. His post moves have improved which caused his confidence to soar through the roof.

Showcase Or Camp Award

Jamir Harris: Harris traveled to the Adidas Jr. Phenom Camp and came away with the #1 ranking. The lanky forward has a serious upside and will be tough to deal with in years to come.

11U Final Rankings

1. Team Battle
2. DC Assault
3. F.A.C.E.S.
4. New Heights NYC
5. Gauchos
6. Sam Cassell All Stars
7. Team Takeover
8. King Street Kings
10. KBR Raptors