Monday, June 7, 2010

Gotham Hoops: MDC 13U Report

Bryce Aiken (KYDA)

By Jeremy Bauman (Gotham Hoops)

Gotham Hoops joined in for the coverage of the MDC. This is a young group fresh on the scene that decided to give the young boys some love. Here’s a look at their 13U Report.

Below are Player Reviews from the 13U age group:

Bryce Aiken G K.Y.D.A.: A combo guard, Aiken established himself as one of the smartest players in the field by taking great shots and taking care of the ball. Aiken hit three-pointers with ease off the dribble as well as off the catch.

Tony Blackwell SG Team Takeover: Probably the most natural shooting guard in the field, Blackwell is in attack mode at all times. Blackwell was aggressive during all assets of the game. The guard knocked down 3’s as well as converting on tough shots around the rim. Blackwell has a nice frame for his size and could fill out into one heck of a scoring guard, as he already has an advanced offensive repertoire. On defense, he was pesky and came up with steals on occasion.

Deandre Rhoden C K.Y.D.A: The big-fella runs the floor with ease and has a long frame to fill into. Rhoden exhibited his agility and his ability to grab put-backs and convert.

Bryant Crawford PG Team Takeover: Crawford, a lead-guard, impressed with his excellent court-vision. He consistently found open teammates while making extremely difficult passes look easy. Crawford was also able to get in the lane and score when necessary.

Rich Chapman PF Triple Threat: Chapman showed he has the ability to bang inside with bigger players while holding his own. He didn’t have the most size on the floor was constantly involved in battles for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Chapman was able to convert on put-backs around the rim as well as connecting on mid-range jump-shots. With added polish to his footwork, Chapman could impress even more.

Javone Smith SF Triple Threat: Smith displayed a small forward with great promise while containing play-making skills. Still growing into his lanky frame, Smith put the ball on the floor on a consistent basis and attacked the rim. While needing to improve an already steady ball-handling attribute, the fact that he can drive with his size was impressive. Finishing around the rim and working on a mid-range game will be vital Smith’s success in the future.

Cheyenne Robertson PF Triple Threat: Robertson was a beast on the boards, corralling rebounds inside and outside of his perimeter. Robertson displayed a fantastic basketball IQ for a power forward and player his age. With an added offensive skill-set, Robertson has a chance to be a force in the paint for years to come.