Saturday, May 7, 2011

NJ 14U AAU State Recap: Top Performers Part 2

Justin Salem (KSK)

The 14U NJ AAU State Tournament held their final four today and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. Here’s a look at some of the top performers that got busy.

Top Performers Part 2

Justin Salem Guard (KSK)- Salem started the game off scorching the defense with deep bombs when the ball rotated towards him. After he went through a little cold spell he heated back up in the final quarter. Justin made two tough pull ups while getting foul on one. I also like the way he’s beginning to handle the rock and make point guard decisions.

Samir Taylor Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Taylor spent the afternoon driving the lane and finishing off acrobatic shots. He’s good at finding a way of getting his shot off over long shot blockers. He also did a decent job of helping out on the offensive glass and getting put backs. His scoop shot layup is one of his best weapons.

Mike Jolaoso Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Jolaoso came out on fire in their heated battle against KSK. He put pressure on the defense with his penetrating style and hit open teammates on the perimeter. He’s a heady point guard that understands his boundaries.

Ahmad Harrison Forward (F.A.C.E.S.)- Harrison played well against his former squad. He attacked the glass for rebounds and showed an improved mid range jump shot. Ahmad is an impact player when he’s playing under control.

Kelly Hogan Forward (KSK)- The lanky forward has polished moves down low. He punished the smaller F.A.C.E.S. front line when Walker Wilson got into foul trouble. He has soft hands and a feathery touch around the cup.

Joshua Wallace Forward (KSK)- Wallace has trimmed his frame and transformed his game a legit wing player. He flourished in transition and slashed through the lane for some tough finishes. Now once he works on creating his own play off the bounce he game will go to the next level.

Mike Rucie Guard (KSK)- Rucie game also has improved. He shook off a shaky start and used his size and ball handling to get past the F.A.C.E.S. guards. The crafty guard used his spin move and hesitation dribble to keep the defense at bay. He also hit a few big jump shots and floaters in the lane that helped them get the win.