Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grand Finale 14U Top Performers: On The Rise

Samir Taylor Had A Solid Grand Finale Showing

The 14U Bracket was the biggest and best in Grand Finale history. We decided to breakdown our analysis into different parts. Secondly, we will take a look at some players that are primed to take their games to the next level.

Grand Finale 14U Top Performers (On The Rise)

Samir Taylor Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Back home, Taylor returned to the form that impressed us in his 12U season. Coach Cole knows how to put him in a position to get the most out of his abilities. Samir excelled both in transition and in the half court setting.

Lavar Alston Forward (Team Final)- The wiry and silky wing has shown the ability to attack more off the bounce. His pull up from the wing is virtually unstoppable when he is on. On defense his wingspan plays a key role in the passing lanes. Upside is tremendous.

Sam Foreman Guard (Team Final)- Foreman looked more comfortable with his new club. He was probably the most explosive guard in the building and he showed it on several occasions. His outside shot is a little flat and needs more arch but that can be worked out. He’s definitely a high energy player.

Isaiah Briscoe Guard (Team Scan)- Briscoe loves getting into the lane and finishing while extending with his off hand. He embraces the point guard role at times but will turn into a scorer when he’s feeling hot. Isaiah does need to work on his on the ball defense against quicker guards. Instead of chasing them he has to use his length and learn defensive angles.

Bryce Aiken Guard (Team Scan, KYDA)- Aiken continues to impress me with his smart play and improved strength with the pill. He knows how to stay out of traps and moves the rock effectively. He’s going to be a good floor general for some high school coach.

Mike Jolaoso Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- One of the most underrated guards in attendance, Jolaoso quarterbacked his team through this tough field and into the finals. He did a good job controlling the tempo and getting the rock to the scorers.

Jaylin Price Guard (Showtime All Stars)- The ultra athletic guard brought his scoring out when he hit the Hollis Biddies for 22 markers. It’s very difficult to keep this kid in front. He’s just beginning to blossom.

Joshua Carter Forward (Linden Ballers)- Carter welcomed T Town Ballers to the “Spotlight” with a 20 point outing. He looks his best slashing through the lane and leaping over the defense. He seems to get better each time out.

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