Lamar "Freshie" Kimble Was The 13U Player Of The Year
The Basketball Spotlight season has come to an end. We celebrated our conclusion at the J.E.M. All Star Classic with our awards ceremony. Here’s a look at the 13U Award Winners.
Basketball Spotlight 13U Award Winners
13U Player Of The Year
Lamar Kimble (Team Final): This season Kimble came out with a chip on his shoulders. It could have been that fact that the ranking gurus didn’t give his game enough respect. So he decided to take it out on the region. He was dominant in just about every tournament while leading his team several titles and to a #6 ranking in the country.
13U Team Of The Year
Team Final: TF won the Grand Finale, Mid Atlantic Regionals and placed #6 in America. They probably would have won a few more events if they didn’t play in the 14U division. This was a rough bunch to handle. We will be checking for them on the circuit next year.
13U Coach Of The Year
Antoinette Bennett (Philly Aztecs): Bennett built her boys from the ground up and they began to prosper last season. I watched them at several events and they were always in the hunt for the title. They hit pay dirt at the AAU Nationals in Memphis where they made a Final Four run. They will definitely be a force this upcoming season.
13U Sportsmanship Award
Otis Livingston (NJ Got Game): Livingston plays every game like it’s his last. Regardless of the score this youngster ran the show and went hard on both ends of the floor. His play paid off as he made the All Tournament Team at several events.
13U Best Defender
Trevaughn Wilkerson (Team Final): Wilkerson was a human road block for most teams inside. His presence in the paint alone changed the outcome of several games. He made the All Tournament Team at several Basketball Spotlight events and was a Player of The Year Finalist.
13U Best Playmaker
Mike Williams (The City): Williams was responsible for a lot of The City’s offense. The quick lead guard spent most of the season knocking down pull ups and finishing at the tin. His squad was always in the thick of things and he was the lead catalyst.
13U Best Shooter
Justin Salem (KSK): Salem won MVP at the Clash For The Cup with KYDA because of his ability to drain the jumper. He has excellent form and will knock it down from anywhere in the gym. Later in the season he took his stroke back to KSK.
13U Best Prospect
Horace Spencer (Philly Aztecs): Standing close to 6’8 Spencer runs the floor fluidly and has great athleticism. He’s still in project form but with a lot of work he could become a national stud on the high school level. Remember this name and where you heard it first.
13U Best Newcomer
Chris Atkinson (KYDA): Atkinson took the Clash For The Cup by storm with his dribble drives and play making ability. Few guards possess the quickness and ball handling of Atkinson. I look forward to watching him next season.
13U Most Improved
Devin Liggeons (Philly Aztecs): Liggeons came into his own this season. The small forward had the confidence flowing and put up good numbers at all the major events. He finished his season with strong showings at the AAU Nationals and Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase.
13U Best Scorer
Juwan Gooding (Albany Dream Team): Gooding knows how to score the pill regardless of the competition. The southpaw attacks defenses like a flurry and will deliver a knockout blow with a long trey. Many coaches tried several defensive schemes but couldn’t slow down Juwan.