Saturday, April 2, 2011

PV AAU Regional Championships Recap: Top Performers Part 1

Marcus Atkinson (Fairfax Stars)

The Potomac Valley AAU District Championship is in full swing and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. We got a chance to check a lot of the 14U action and here’s our first report.

14U Top Performers

Marcus Atkinson Guard (Fairfax Stars)- After watching him attack today I’m confident to say that this kid has some special tools. The way he maneuvers with the rock and his ability to score from all three levels stood out. The scary aspect for opponents is that he’s only going to get better.

Carlos Thrash Guard (Fairfax Stars)- Thrash spearheaded the Stars full court pressure. He made the opposing point work and forced a few turnovers. In the 4th quarter he leaked out on the break for some easy buckets that put the game away.

Tyvez Monroe Forward (Fairfax Stars)- Monroe had the floater dropping in the lane and showed some improved ball handling. He did get into a little trouble late in the game by over dribbling and getting caught in the air. For them to win it all he has to return inside a little more.

Mike White Guard (Emery Elite)- The pint size floor general gave Fairfax everything they could handle. He dribbled through their pressure a few times and drilled some big shots when the game was still in question. This little guy has big heart.

Charles Meiklejohn Forward (Emery Elite)- Charles was the other reason Emery stayed close for much of this game. He battled hard inside and has some touch in the mid range area. His focus right now should be extending is range and developing his ball handling.

Reggie Parker Guard (Future Players)- Parker is just a rock steady strong point guard. In his contest against Fairfax Maroon he thrived in transition while also showing good court vision and the ability to score. He drained a trey in the 4th quarter that was the nail in the coffin for the opposition.

Jamal David Guard (Future Players)- David has a confident stroke from behind the arc. Today he found the sweet spot from the corners. He must improve his upper body strength so he can finish off plays in the lane on the high school level.