Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Preview: Let's Get Ready To Rumble

Can "The Big Red Machine" Cruise Through The MDC?

The 12U Bracket at the MDC will be something to watch. The race for Summer Slam has made things very interesting. Here’s a look at the teams that will collide at Hoop Group Headquarters this weekend.

Basketball Spotlight MDC 12U Preview

Team IZOD: The #1 squad in the region will be looking to add some hardware to the shelf. They are coming off an AC Showcase crown, NJ State title and a runner up finish at the DC Assault Classic. They will carry a huge target as they play for that Summer Slam #1 seed.

CBC: CBC won the DC Assault Classic by knocking off #1 Team IZOD. They are a lock for Summer Slam but would love to leap IZOD for that top seed. They are an explosive offensive bunch. Another showdown with TI might be on the horizon.

Juice All Stars: The CT state champs have been hanging around the final four lane all season. Now they want to take the banner back to the Big Apple. They have enough fire power and recently defeated CBC for the CT title. They are virtually a lock for Summer Slam.

Team Nelson: The swaggered returned with this bunch as they won the Mid Atlantic crown. They have a great 1-2 punch and good coaching on the sidelines. They have the ability to pick up a few big wins.

Playtime Panthers: My surprise team let the cat out of the bag with a near defeat of Team IZOD at the NJ 12U state title game. The Green and Black are no longer a secret and now will be one of the hunted.

6th Man Warriors: This PV squad returns to the Spotlight with hopes of getting deep into the MDC. They are a well disciplined bunch with the ability to win against anyone at any time.

CT Elite: I’m just going to put it out there. This squad is due for a long run. They have 4 Summer Slam points but are actually in a good position to make it to the event. All eyes will be on them in Neptune.

Nike Baltimore Elite Black: They say this is the group that will take the MDC by storm. Well the stage is set and they will have to dance a lot to have a chance at that banner.

Milbank: This squad made some noise in the King Of New York Classic. They have a few players from the Rising Stars that have Spotlight experience. But overall this is uncharted ground for this bunch. Good luck!

Team Final: TF are the favorites to win the Blue Division as they pack some talented players. I won’t be surprised if they make it to Hoop Group on Sunday for the finals.

Other Teams To Watch For: Nike Baltimore Elite, Playaz Basketball Club, Albany Dream Team