Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Inside The Clash For The Cup 12U: Is New Heights The New 12U Kings?

New Heights Reaches New Heights!

Inside The Clash For The Cup 12U

New Heights Gets It Done!

New Heights NYC picked up their first Basketball Spotlight crown by winning the Clash For The Cup. The Big Apple squad looked very impressive this weekend by running away from the competition. Rakym Felder was excellent and performed like the top player in the region. This was an great start for Greg Tejadi’s crew. Right they should be the favorite to repeat as the Metropolitan AAU champs.

Team Battle Playing Up!

The buzz around the Clash was the fact that Team Battle played in the 13U bracket. Many of the 12U coaches expressed the interest of playing against the #3 team in the country. Well they will get their shot because Team Battle will return to the 12U Division for the Atlantic City Showcase. Coach Battle seems ready "Be careful what you wish for" Battle said. This should make things very interesting Easter Weekend in America’s Playground.

Top Performers

George Pena Guard (Team Scan)- Pena made his Scan debut and went straight to work. The southpaw floor general showed his penetration skills and ability to get the team going in transition. In his teams overtime win against NJ Got Game Pena took over the scoring load down the stretch.

Korey Dunson Forward (Team Scan)- Dunson is a nice size wing forward that will hammer the boards and handle the rock. He did most of his offensive work along the baseline and in the lane. On defense he also was a problem inside.

Jeff Hayden Forward (Team Scan)- Hayden also got involved inside for Team Scan. I like his foot work and soft touch around the tin. He played with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor. Keep an eye on him.

Daveyon Barnes Forward (Sam Cassell All Stars)- Baby Shaq showed a lot of promise as a prospect. He has good size and will hit the glass at anytime. I was really impressed with his coordination as a young post player. This is a name we will hear for years to come trust me.

Everett Winchester Guard (Sam Cassell All Stars)- This smooth guard can do it all. He plays either guard spot and loves creating opportunities for his teammates. He also seems to have a high basketball IQ and the willingness to do whatever it takes to win.

Dajuan Honeyblue Guard (Sam Cassell All Stars)- Honeyblue is the spark plug for this group. He pushes the pill down the throat of the defense while scoring or passing near the cup. On defense he loves applying full court pressure.

Christian Ford Forward (F.A.C.E.S.)- Ford had a solid weekend for F.A.C.E.S.. The lefty converted several put backs and filled the lane in transition. His confidence was definitely flowing and it showed in his play.

Ray Montilous Forward (F.A.C.E.S.)- Montilous also stepped for the Newark, NJ squad. He drove past post defenders for buckets or trips to the charity stripe. I also see him getting more comfortable handling the pill on the perimeter.

Joshua Sharkey Guard (Philly Triple Threat)- It seems Philly has another nice point guard on the horizon in Sharkey. He has swift moves and the pass first mentality. He gave defenders fits with his ball handling and decision making.

Clash For The Cup 12U All Tournament Team
Rakym Felder (New Heights)- MVP
Terrell Turner (New Heights)
Jakeem Sturgis (New Heights)
Nyrique Smith (NJ Got Game)- Sportsmanship
Jagan Mosley (NJ Got Game)
Khalif Crawford (NJ Got Game)
George Pena (Team Scan)
Korey Dunson (Team Scan)
Jeff Hayden (Team Scan)
Christian Ford (F.A.C.E.S.)
Ray Montilous (F.A.C.E.S.)
Everett Winchester (Sam Cassell All Stars)
Dajaun Honeyblue (Sam Cassell All Stars)
Daveyon Barnes (Sam Cassell All Stars)
Joshua Sharkey (Philly Triple Threat)

Kashan Morgan (KBR)
Tom OReilly (KBR)
Marquise Ellington (KBR)