Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Clash For The Cup: 14U Top Performers (Usual Suspects)

"Marvelous" Marcus Floyd Had Some Good Moments At The Clash

The 14U Orange Division was loaded with talent and here’s our recap of some of the top performers. First we will begin with our Usual Suspects or players that have been performing on this level in the past.

14U Top Performers (Usual Suspects)

Marcus Floyd Guard (Philly Aztecs)- “Marvelous” Marcus was truly that this weekend. In his premiere showdown against Marcus Lovett and Cali Style, Floyd held his ground by dancing his way to the tin and even knocking down 3 long treys. But his most memorable moment of the weekend had to be his 3 pointer at the buzzer to knock off Team Takeover in pool play. The gym went bananas.

Traci Carter Guard (Philly Aztecs)- Carter also had some good moments especially in their quarterfinal matchup with F.A.C.E.S.. Carter destroyed the defensive minded squad for 22 markers. He definitely had his swagger going that game. Carter and Floyd form one of the top backcourts in the region.

Sam Foreman Guard (Team Final)- Foreman was very explosive the entire weekend. He matched the intensity of the Cali Style players in their matchup while pouring in a game high 27 points. In the first half he just got into a scoring zone and wouldn’t let up.

Tavon White (Team Rebels)- White made his presence shown in TR’s victory against The City (16 points) and their loss versus Team Scan (19 points). The physical used his strength and hard drives to make things happen. When he is on his game he’s difficult to contain.

Isaiah Briscoe Guard (Playaz)- His team didn’t advance but the numbers this kid posted this weekend were tremendous. He finished with 26 markers versus Philly Aztecs and 25 points against a tough Team Takeover squad. Isaiah ability to keep the rim keeps him at the charity stripe. 21 of his 51 points came from the foul line.

Nassir Barrino Guard (Playaz)- The pull up jumper was back popping the net. This was evident in his 21 point performance against the Aztecs. His maturity stands out because he never seems to get rattled and his quickness is tough to defend on this level. He and Briscoe have a right to feel they are the best backcourt in the region.

Donovan Mitchell Guard (The City)- On the center court Mitchell used the stage to take apart Team Scan on his way to 28 points and the victory. The lanky guard used his length to score and even tickled the twine from deep with 3 treys. He didn’t leave the building with getting noticed.

Chris Atkinson Guard (Team Scan)- The scouts already know about is speed but against The City Atkinson gave them a look at his ratchet. He nailed 3 big treys in their loss against The City. This kid turns the corner in a blur. He really made a good impression on some important people.

Trey Lowe Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Lowe tried his best to keep his team in the mix. He averaged close to 20 points a contest against top notch competition. When his shot is falling and his confidence is high he’s one of the top scorers around. He excels in transition from behind the arc or at the rim.

Temple Gibbs Guard (Team Scan)- Gibbs had a solid weekend while helping TS reach the finals. While he didn’t score much he was able to get inside the defense and dropped off passes to post players. He played with a lot of poise and confidence in this outing.

Samir Taylor Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Taylor also got the scoring going for the Newark, NJ crew. The combo guard finished with 22 markers vs. NJ Got Game while averaging in the high teens for the tourney. He understands how to find is offense in Coach Cole’s play calling.

Isaiah Still Guard (NJ Got Game)- NJ Got Game earned some respect by knocking off some good teams and Still was one of the main reasons. He hit F.A.C.E.S. up for 21 markers and made his presence felt on the defensive end. It’s good to see him play with supreme confidence.

Bryant Crawford Guard (Team Takeover)- Crawford has made the transition from the post to the perimeter, and is now being groomed as the next star lead guard from Team Takeover. A capable distributor with plenty of length, Crawford is also a disruptive defender and his talents clearly have earned him the respect of his teammates. With continued progress he’ll have a chance to be one of the top floor generals out of the Mid-Atlantic region in the 2015 class. This kid is just figuring out how much ability he is truly blessed with.

Tonny Blackwell Guard (Team Takeover)- Blackwell has spurted up a couple of inches since we last saw him, but will need another growth spurt to remain at the off-guard position. While he didn’t play with the confidence he had last Memorial Day, he can still score when asked, and is a capable ball-handler that can move to the point when needed. With several impressive perimeter prospects on his current team, Blackwell is still trying to find his role within the rotation, but it is hard to believe we have seen the last of this combo guard.

Stay Tune As We Bring You More Coverage From The 14U Division And The Rest Of The Clash For The Cup.

Next Up: 14U Fresh Faces