Sunday, August 29, 2010

J.E.M. All Star Classic Top Performers: North Team

The North Team Was Loaded With Talent

The J.E.M. All Star Classic featured some of the top players in the region. Here’s a look at the top performers from the North Team.

North Team Top Performers

Isaiah Whitehead Forward (Brooklyn, NY)- Whitehead showed his star power on several occasions. His length and athleticism are two of his best assets which also help him stretch out for buckets. In the second half he went on a little scoring spree that helped the North Team pull away for good.

Shavar Newkirk Guard (Harlem, NY)- Newkirk played like the top point guard in the region especially in the first half. His quick first step and explosion in the lane made him an instant factor. I’ve seen him transform his game and body to get ready for the high school level. He should be ready to run the varsity show for Rice by his sophomore year.

Mike Silverthorn Forward (Hackettstown)- Mike shot lights out for the most part. He hit the trey ball in transition and in the half court set. He has the size and the stroke to become a legit college prospect one day. Blair Academy will be receiving an excellent player.

Naim Thomas Guard (Poughkeepsie, NY)- Thomas was red hot in the first half. He bullied his way to the tin, scored on runners and even drained a couple of treys. The hard nose combo guard showed he belonged on this floor with the rest of this top talent.

Kevin Seymour Guard (Bronx, NY)- Seymour’s slashing style blended in well with his unselfish teammates. He cut down the lane and finished off plays with smooth lay ups. I like the energy he played with on both ends of the floor.

Anthony Williams Guard (Brooklyn, NY)- Williams pushed the rock with good speed and was able to penetrate at will. He got in trouble at times when forcing a few shots in traffic. He’s a little taller and more athletic than I remember.

Chance Ellis Forward (Queens, NY)- A slimmer Ellis was moving around the floor quicker and had a few nice looks on the perimeter. It was a joy coaching this kid because I got a chance to see him as a good teammate and competitor.

Jake Dadika Guard (Milltown, NJ)- Jake had his moments on the offensive end with some good passes and knocking down a couple of outside shots. Once he got accustomed to the speed of the game his production improved.

Khadeem Carrington (Brooklyn, NY)- Carrington is a good finisher. The southpaw is a quick leaper and fills the lane well in transition. His ball handling is adequate but I would like to see him attempt a few more outside shots.