Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jr. Hoophall Classic: 14U Top Performers Day 1

Jarred Reuter Has A Huge Presence!

Basketball Spotlight traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts for the Jr. Hoophall Classic by Basketbull. We got a chance to check out two age groups on Day 1. Here’s a breakdown of the 14U Division.

14U Top Performers Day 1

Jarred Reuter Forward (NE Playaz)- Reuter actually controlled the game without scoring many buckets. The big fella patrolled the paint while blocking shots and ripping down several rebounds. He has soft hands and when he got the opportunity to score he made it look very easy. I would love to see him again when he’s the focus of the offense.

Johnnie Vasser Guard (NE Playaz)- Vasser is a very explosive guard with the ability to finish in transition. His quickness and ball handling allows him to get past defenders and get to the tin. On the flip side he does take a lot of chances with the rock and takes some difficult shots.

Idris Taggee Guard (NE Playaz)- I like this smooth wing guard. He has good size for his position and has good form when pulling up for his jumper. Idris moves well off the ball and knows how to make himself available in transition.

Michael Judkins Forward (East Coast Elite)- Judkins plays with a high motor and scores well while slashing through the lane. He has long arms and uses them to stretch out for buckets. I didn’t get a chance to see his outside shot but he will need one as his game progresses.

Corey Barrett Guard (East Coast Elite)- Barrett is the quarterback for this squad and directs them well. He got into the teeth of the defense and spoon fed teammates near the cup. He knows how to take good care of the rock and will stick the open jumper when needed.

Amos Ford Guard (East Coast Elite)- This lefty shoots well off the dribble and will also explode to the basket for two. When his team was down big to the NE Playaz his stroke and scoring ability closed the gap quickly.

Shane Christie Guard (East Coast Elite)- This kid loves to use the up fake and attack the baseline. Once he gets close to the shot blockers he unleashes a tear drop floater that usually connects. His ball handling and size at the guard spot makes him a factor.

Adeyinka Adams Guard (Team Scan)- Adams looked real good today. He played under controlled and even drained a few treys balls. While running the point he made some good decisions in terms of moving the ball and getting teammates involved.

Austin Robinson Forward (Team Scan)- Robinson was too much inside. He cleaned the glass and used his soft touch to convert in the lane. On defense he anchored Team Scan’s pressure and started the break with outlet passes. He was definitely a force in the paint.

Naim Thomas Guard (Team Scan)- Thomas returned from injury today and though he was a little rusty he still made some tough moves to the basket. As always Thomas has good presence on the floor and knows how to run a team. It was good to see the youngster back out there.