Saturday, May 14, 2011

D 1 Spects Converse Elite Recap: Class 2017 Top Forwards

Isaiah Swan (Worldwide)

The D 1 Spects Converse Elite Tournament kicked off this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. We took a special interest in the 12U Division and decided to breakdown our top performers by position. Our last look will be at the top forwards that were in the house.

Top Forwards

Isaiah Swan Forward (Worldwide)- Swan is a scary prospect. The towering forward rebounding the ball like a mad man and swatted shots away like King Kong. He’s still developing post moves but what really caught my was when he pushed the rock coast to coast and lay ups. Remember this name because he will be a good one.

Alex Leon Forward (Worldwide)- Leon plays alongside Swan which gives Worldwide twin towers. He’s not that active on the offensive end but can make a layup off a feed or put back. His best basketball days are down the road as he will probably top off around 6’8. He reminds me of a young Andrew Bynum.

Reggie Crawford Forward (AI9)- Crawford battled the twin towers all afternoon. He rebounded well for an undersized power forward. He showed some range on his outside shot which is important because he will have to transition to the perimeter soon.

Jatirious Smith Forward (CB Spiders)- Smith plays the post but during the day he displayed more and more perimeter skills. He has a decent pull up jumper and runs the floor like a deer. Most post defenders on this level will have a hard time guarding him off the dribble.

Austin Wiley Forward (Southeast Elite)- Another forward with enormous potential is Wiley. The wiry post player it the glass hard and scored using a baby turnaround in the lane. On a few occasions he got pushed under the basket but once he gets stronger it might be curtains for the opposition.

Jay Estime Forward (Atlanta Knicks)- I see a legit wing player in this kids future. His versatility gave the Spiders problems today. His long limbs and athleticism is what scouts salivate about. He also should turn out to be a pure stud once he reaches high school.

Christian Nelson Forward (Atlanta Knicks)- Nelson has post duties but loves to roam the perimeter. I like his feathery touch and how light he is on his feet. He will probably become a guard on the high school.