Tyus Battle AKA "Kid Mamba" (Team Battle)
Tyus Battle scored 24 points while Jamir Harris and Darius Gillon combined for 36 points as Team Battle defeated NJ Got Game 76-56 in Day 1 of the NJ Got Game Tournament. Nyrique Smith finished with 16 points for NJ Got Game in the loss.
Tyus Battle Guard (Team Battle)- This was the first time I saw Tyus this year against his age group. This youngster impressed me with his skills but especially with his willingness to get others involved. When it was time for Battle to score he showed some polished moves and ability to create his own shot. This kid has earned a nick name and since he loves Kobe we decided to go with “Kid Mamba”.
Jamir Harris Guard (Team Battle)- When things got tight it was Harris’s play and leadership that propelled the squad. He attacked from the foul line and in transition. I also like the way he finished with his off hand. Jamir was determined not to let his team lose.
Darius Gillon Forward (Team Battle)- Gillon ran the floor like a deer early on while also displaying an improved handle. I love the way he attacks once he receives the rock on the blocks and his touch inside. He battled foul trouble and still got the job done.
Brandon Randolph Guard (Team Battle)- Brandon played the passing lane excellent on defense. He also was very aggressive on offense attacking the gaps and making things happen. I could see that he is still getting comfortable with his new squad.
Jamari Stephenson Guard (Team Battle)- Jamari came off the bench to give Battle a serious boost. His size makes him tough to defend from the backcourt position. Once he gets into the lane he causes contact before scoring.
Nyrique Smith Guard (NJ Got Game)- This was the stage and Smith held down his end. He had the outside stroking and was able to get where he wanted off the dribble. He is definitely one of the smoothest players in the region for this age level. He brought his game to this one.
Kyle Elliot Forward (NJ Got Game)- Elliot got out into transition and made things interesting with his ability to use his body control to score. He has a high motor and uses to his team advantage. He seems to have a decent upside.
Idris Joyner Forward (NJ Got Game)- Joyner is a problem inside especially rebounding the rock. He has high energy and good leaping ability to this age. On a couple of plays he showed good post moves and position on the blocks.