Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Night Lights: DC Assault Classic Opens Up!

Aaron Parker (Team Takeover)

Tonight the DC Assault Classic kicked off and Basketball Spotlight was in the building as promised. Here’s a breakdown of some of the players we got a chance to watch.

Friday Night Top Performers

Aaron Parker Guard (Team Takeover)- Parker first caught my eye with his point guard skills by hitting cutting teammates in stride. But his play at the end of the game was superb. First Parker banged home a trey with a minute left to tie the game before scoring the game winner on a follow up lay up. This kid showed the ability to play under pressure.

Cory Manigault Forward (Team Takeover)- Manigault is only 11 and you can see it in his game. The youngster doesn’t really have full control his body but you can see the potential. He involves himself in plays often and will stick his head inside for a rebound.

Kobe Davis Guard (Fairfax Stars)- Davis had TT backs against the wall by nailing two treys to give his team the lead. His outside seems very pure and he shoots it with the great confidence. He almost helped his squad steal this game tonight. He even wears #24 like Laker great Kobe Bryant.

Kwame Camon Guard (Fairfax Stars)- This lefty was probably the strongest kid I saw tonight. He bullied himself through the TT defense and finished at the tin. He also made it his business to get to the charity stripe.

Jamar Watson Guard (DC Assault)- Boogie was his usual tough self by attacking the basket and playing aggressive defense. He collected several steals by jumping the passing lanes. On offense he uses his strength to get any where he wants and fills the lanes well when running the floor.

Anthony Cowan Guard (DC Assault)- “Mister” Cowan didn’t have a big scoring night but I like the way he played defense and dropped a few dimes. His court presence is always felt and you know it’s just a matter of time before he does something good.

Reggie Gardner Guard (DC Assault)- Gardner went away from the outside shot tonight but instead thrived in transition. He beat the defense down the floor and glided for layups. He even showed off a little with a sweet left hand finish.

Mike Rice Jr. Guard (PA Dreamz)- Rice shows the IQ of a coach’s son. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and always looks to get the rock up the floor quickly. He’s headed to NJ next season as his dad will take over at Rutgers University.

Javon Turner Forward (PA Dreamz)- Turner is a very quick with the ball and gave DCA some problems in the first half. He has good size and is relentless attacking the basket but can get a little out of control sometimes. He’s a serious athlete.