Wednesday, July 21, 2010

12U AAU Nationals Day 4: Top Performers Part 2

Rakym "Bed Stuy Bully" Felder

On day 4 the action really heated up. The championship bracket play got underway and the gym was buzzing. Here’s a look at some of the top performers.

Day 4 Top Performers Part 2

Rakym Felder Guard (New Heights)- Felder is using the AAU Nationals as his personal playground. This kid has totally destroyed the competition down here. “The Bully” went for 31 points against DC Assault and made it look easy. He hit 6 treys; many were far beyond the NBA range. It’s totally amazing that he has the strength to dribble full court against the defense, drive hard and then step back while banging a three. I’ve been covering the AAU Nationals for years and never seen a kid put on this type of offensive explosion.

Jarrett Rivers Guard (New Heights)- Rivers got into the action and got money from the perimeter. He has a sweet looking stroke and drops in one of the highest floaters in the business. He also got after it on defense while guarding Anthony Cowan.

Anthony Cowan Guard (DC Assault)- I saw Cowan twice yesterday and it’s evident that this kid is a warrior. He has the enact ability of getting to the lane and drawing contact. He spends a lot of time at the charity stripe which is a good trait or any floor general. You have to love his game.

Reggie Gardner Guard (DC Assault)- Things looked bleak for this youngster after missing a crucial shot that would have sealed the win for his team. But Gardner had another chance to get it done and nailed a trey ball at the buzzer to send the Virginia Panthers home.

Aaron Augustine Guard (Georgia Stars)- MABC tried to knock off the Georgia Stars but Aaron wasn’t having it. He put the squad on his back and went on a scoring spree. He used tough lay ups in traffic and a mean pull up to do the damage. He reminds me of Jay Williams during his Duke days.

Jamal Allen Guard (MABC)- Allen did what he could to get the victory. The southpaw dropped in deep jumpers and put a lot of pressure on the defense with drives. He’s an offensive force every time he steps on the floor.

Ceasar Adim Forward (MABC)- “Hail Ceasar” almost got it done last night. He was a total monster on the blocks but is even more dangerous when pushing the pill. Adim will eventually be a guard which is okay because he will have good size and already plays over the rim.