Friday, August 21, 2009

Basketball Spotlight 14U Award Winners

Shafeek Taylor 2009 Player Of The Year

The 14U Division had a tight race all the way to the end. Four teams had a legit shot at taking home Team Of The 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.

Player Of The Year

Shafeek Taylor: Mr. Taylor used his size and sweet moves to put in work all season. He started by scoring at will during the Elite 80 Expo while capturing the title. During the Atlantic City Showcase his game opened up as his team raised the trophy. Taylor was finally very influential in the Peacemakers winning their region and finishing #13 in the country.

Team Of The Year

Philly Peacemakers: The Peacemakers won the Atlantic City Showcase, Mid Atlantic Regionals and finished #13 in the country. They also finished runner up in several big tournaments throughout the region. Their physical style and will to win helped them get over the hump.

Coach Of The Year

Hassan Muhammad: Muhammad coached his boys to a Grand Finale crown and the runner up in the Atlantic City Showcase. His coaching style and mentorship has been the trademark of this program for years. As he moves along to high school he should be remembered as one of the top grammar school coaches and teachers.

Sportsmanship Award

John Severe: John Severe competes with tremendous passion and leaves everything on the floor. I saw another side of John while watching the CNN documentary “Black In America” as he joined several other kids from Brooklyn on a quest to Africa. This segment told me a lot about his character. If you get a chance check it out.

Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Jordan Forehand: Forehand held down the diary during the year and managed to keep a great GPA at prestigious Rutgers Prep. Jordan is a great kid while conducting himself like a true gentleman on and off the floor. Some high school coach will be receiving a treat.

Best Playmaker

Kavon Stewart: When Stewart touches the rock something good always seems to happen. The southpaw has great court vision and is always in attack mode. Stay tune as he takes his game and swagger to Paterson Catholic next year.

Best Scorer

Ramone Gibbons: “The Boston Strangler” knows how to get buckets and does it on a regular basis. His stocky frame and scoring touch helps him find the bottom of the net frequently. The Boston area will have a good one for years to come.

Most Athletic

Britton Lee: This kid plays with a great motor and will sneak a dunk in on you if you’re not careful. Lee gets after it on both ends and is a very passionate player. Next season he will be rocking with Philly Powerhouse Roman Catholic.

Best Shooter

Reggie Cameron: Cameron has been stroking it for years and nothing has changed. If he gets a clean look he usually knocks it down. Defenses have been designed to keep Cameron away from the perimeter.

Best Backcourt

Jaquan Johnson, Conrad Chambers and Darius Robinson: These guys play lock down defense and provided instant offense for Team Nelson. Every time they stepped on the floor opponents knew it was a war going down.

Most Improved

John Davis: Davis came back this year chiseled up and ready to go. He had improved post moves and even began putting the rock on the floor. His improved play helped his squad win several tournaments and win Team Of The Year Award.

Best Defender

Rondee Jefferson: His versatility allows him to guard the post and perimeter. Injuries caused Jefferson to play a lot of the center spot and the youngster responded. Chester High might be getting another good one to add to their legacy.

Best Prospect

Austin Colbert: Colbert stands 6’8, runs the floor and handles the rock. When you throw in the fact that he can shoot the trey ball you now have a scary prospect. The right kind of development at St. Patrick’s could sky- rocket this kid’s stock.

Camp Or Showcase Award

Howard Sellers: Sellers lit up the Elite 80 Expo, Philly USA Showcase and The Basketball Spotlight All Star Classic. Sellers scoring style and eagerness to get buckets stands out in these types of events. He knows how to put the ball in the hole.

14U Final Rankings

1. Philly Peacemakers
2. Playaz Basketball Club
3. Team Nelson
4. Long Island Lightning
5. Boston Select Formerly Boston Saintz
6. Higher Ground Warriors
7. PPY Elite
8. Westchester Hawks
9. Team Delaware
10. KBR Fliers