Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Basketball Spotlight 14U Awards Winners

Juice All Stars Ran Away With Team 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 14U Award Winners.

Basketball Spotlight 14U Award Winners

14U Team Of The Year

Juice All Stars: Juice All Stars won the Grand Finale, Clash For The Cup, Metropolitan Regional Crown and finished #5 in the country. This squad only took home 3 losses the entire season. They have to go down as one of the dominant grammar school teams in regional history.

14U Player Of The Year

Isaiah Whitehead (Juice All Stars): Isaiah came into the season with a lot of pressure and expectations. He answered the bell and excelled in all the top events in the land. Whitehead has a great upside and should reach good heights as long as he stays focused.

14U Coach Of The Year

Terrence “Munch” Williams (Team Scan): In two short years Williams has made Team Scan a regionally power. His disciplined coaching style has developed several players and propelled his team to several big wins. They were the only team in the region to defeat the mighty Juice All Stars.

14U Sportsmanship Award

Mike Silverthorn (Juice All Stars): Mike sacrificed his game to join this loaded club. The Blair bound forward picked his spots and delivered when asked. Traveling with Juice brought Mike face to face with better competition but he still managed to get the job done. He made the All Tournament squad at the Grand Finale and Clash For The Cup.

14U Best Defender

Shavar Newkirk (Team Scan): Opposing point guards hate to see Newkirk on the other side of the ball. He moves his feet very well while using his long arms to block shots and play the passing lanes. He also could be considered as one of the top play makers in the region.

14U Best Playmaker

Nazier Chew (Team Nelson): Chew had to pick up the scoring load for TN this season and he delivered. His play led them to the MDC crown and deep finishes in several tournaments. Now he’s on his way to Trenton Catholic and will try to help them win back to back TOC crowns.

14U Best Shooter

Chance Ellis (Juice All Stars): If you leave Ellis open you can wrote down 3 points in the book. He’s deadly especially from the corner and loves breaking the hearts of opponents with a trey in crunch time. He’s one of the best pressure shooters in the country.

14U Best Prospect

Jared Wilson Frame (CBC): This was a tough one but I love Wilson Frame’s size, athleticism and ability to create his own shot. This kid has all the tools and wears a size 16 shoe which means he has more growing to do. College coaches need to take early notice of Jared.

14U Best Leader

Shepard Garner (Youth Interlock): If I was starting a team I would go with Garner first. He plays the game with much passion and never takes plays off. I also love the way he communicates with teammates while also leading by example. I see a bright future for this kid.

14U Most Improved

Mahir Johnson (Team Nelson): Johnson was one of the offensive weapons for TN. He showed off his mid range game and even added some swagger to his arsenal. He received All Tournament honors at several Basketball Spotlight events and was an important piece of the TN puzzle.

14U Best Scorer

Kahari Beaufort (Boston Spartans): This kid is capable of going for 40 points each time he touches the floor. His size and ball handling allows him to get a clean look any time he wants. That is a technique that all natural scorers possess.