Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jr. Hoophall Classic: 13U Top Performers Day 1

Devin Liggeons was on his game today.

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 13U Division.

13U Top Performers Day 1

Devin Liggeons Guard (Philly Aztecs)- Liggeons was on fire today. He did much damage driving to the hole and finishing in traffic. The versatile wing seemed very comfortable handling the pill and creating opportunities. He also did an excellent job hammering the glass for caroms. He was the top performer in this age bracket today.

Troy Smith Forward (Philly Aztecs)- Smith muscled his way to a few buckets inside. He usually operates from the foul line area. He’s a little undersized for a post player but he knows how to make space by using his body. As he gets older he will have to develop his ball handling.

Pasquale Dimascio Forward (Philly Aztecs)- Pasquale loves shooting a mid range shot and using his wide frame to shield shot blockers. When the Aztecs needed a bucket Dimascio delivered by scoring in the lane and on the baseline.

Darrick Boyd Guard (OLSH Blue Jays)- Boyd is a serious floor general with good court vision and the ability to score. I love how he directs traffic and pushes the rock up the floor in attack mode. Darrick is definitely a legit floor lead guard with good potential.

Kail Hastings Guard (OLSH Blue Jays)- Hastings can stroke it from the mid range area or behind the arc. His shooting stretches the defense but he also can put the rock on the floor. In transition Hastings uses his speed to finish off plays.

Joshua Malone Guard (OLSH Blue Jays)- Malone is a combo guard that scores well within the offense. He can get a little emotional on the floor at times but it’s expected at this age. Keep an eye on this kid he could do turn out very good.

Davidson Pacheco Forward (OLSH Blue Jays)- Pacheco patrolled the paint by blocking shots and hitting the boards. Offensively he must get stronger and work on his ability to finish around the cup. He looks like he has a lot of growing to do so watch out.

Tymere Berry Guard (Mid Jersey Heat)- Berry looked well running the floor and scoring in transition. He was in his comfort zone handling the pill and dropping dimes. On defense he pressured the rock and made steals by roaming the passing lanes.

Pat Sheehan Guard (Mid Jersey Heat)- Pat cut down some of the over dribbling and made some good decisions with the rock. He had the floater falling and got into the lane at will. He also was a pest on defense hounding ball handlers.

Will Nicholson Forward (Mid Jersey Heat)- Speaking of running the floor and playing defense Nicholson filled this role great. The lanky forward finished off plays around the cup and got his hands on several passes while roaming on defense. He looks very comfortable since coming over from F.A.C.E.S.