Nate Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)
The Clash For The Cup 12U Division reached a new level this year. We had some of the top teams and talent in the entire tournament in Neptune NJ. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top players that performed well on the stage.
Top Performers 12U
Nate Pierre Louis Guard (Team IZOD)- The scoring machine was at it again. His big game was a 17 point performance against CBC . His size will determine which position he ends up at. If he hits 6’4 or above he will be a natural two guard but anything lower will move to the combo or point guard spot.
Aaron Clarke Guard (Team IZOD)- Clarke saved his best game for the big stage. He scored 25 points while nailing 3 treys in the victory against eventual champ Cali Styles. He also posted 16 markers in their semifinal loss to CBC Clarke’s ratchet is one thing but he’s beginning to add some quickness on his dribble drives and shiftiness in his ball handling.
David Kachleries Guard (Team IZOD)- This kid just knows how to get it going. In the game against Cali Styles and throughout the tournament he was able to penetrate and flourish in the open. Just when the defense thinks they have him figured out he pulls another trick out of his hat. DK is a supreme ball handler.
Sa’eed Nelson Guard (Team Final)- Nelson was with his new crew and had to carry much of the scoring load. He averaged about 15 points a contest against very stiff competition. He didn’t make as deep in the tournament as in the past but him being able to handle the rock and make point guard decisions will help him in the long run.
Keonte Lucas Guard (CT Elite)- Lucas had his breakout game with a 22 point effort against an over matched Philly Triple Threat. His aggressive style and knack to score the ball was too much for the young opposing crew. When he is on you can put 20 or more in the books.
Raheem Solomon Forward (CBC)- While defenses were focused on Martin and Charles, Solomon did his own damage. He destroyed the smaller Bayshore Bulldogs for 24 points and numerous rebounds. He’s an athletic kid we will be keeping an eye on.
Prentiss Hubb Guard (DC Assault)-The DC Assault guard used a good scoring touch from the perimeter to help his team get to the final four. He finished the quarterfinal game against CT Elite with 19 markers while nailing 3 treys. This organization keeps a plethora of guards.
Jake Needleman Guard (Bayshore)- Needleman did everything he could do to try and get them a victory. The heady guard posted some points and made some good plays. The future looks bright for him.