Sunday, July 11, 2010

14U Nationals Preview: Top Power Forwards

Leroy Butts Is A Top Notch Prospect!

The 14U AAU Nationals will be underway in a few days so we decided to breakdown some of the top players that will be making the trip to Orlando. Here’s a look at the top post players making their way to Florida.

Top Post Players

Leroy Butts (Future Players)- Butts should be a serious prospect in the future. The southpaw faces the basket well and has the wingspan to dominate the game on both ends. In Orlando he must be ready to have a big time showing for FP to make a run.

Terrell Sturdivant (Team Nelson)- The lanky forward also possesses one of the top wingspans around. He’s running the floor better these days and even puts the rock on the floor occasionally. TN will need him to block shots and hit the glass hard for them to be successful.

Thomas Holley (Juice All Stars)- Holley is a wide body that uses width to box out and score inside. He’s not overly athletic so he concentrates on getting good position near the cup to succeed. His inside presence will be definitely needed at Disney.

Raheem Liggins (Youth Interlock)- Liggins was a good pick up for YI. He’s a rugged rebounder and is capable of scoring a couple of buckets. It will be his job to anchor the defense if ball handlers get past their aggressive guards.

Tyler Kohl (Team NJ ABC)- “Baby Barkley” has done the job on a regional level. Now it’s time to let the nation see his work. He’s very light on his feet and has an extremely soft touch inside. Kohl will be counted on heavily in the paint.

Christian Irons (Team Nelson)- Irons has made great progress this year. In Orlando he will need to gather weak side rebounds and convert put backs near the tin. He must play as physical as possible for them to win.

Quadree Smith (Future Players)- Smith will be an inside force for FP. He gets close to the hole and uses a turnaround shot to score. When Butts is operating he will need to play the weak side and clear bodies in the lane. I think he’s capable of getting this job done.