Riverside Hawks Earned It On The Floor
The 11U Division of Basketball Spotlight had some gruesome battles and developed some serious rivalries. We would like to honor some of the top coaches and players for their successful seasons.
2011 Basketball Spotlight 11U Award Winners
Team Of The Year: Riverside Hawks
They won the Baby Baller Bonanza and finished #4 in America after making a final four run. They capped off their season by winning the Grand Championship at the Basketball Spotlight Summer Slam. Few could argue with this choice.
Player Of The Year: Jalen Brooks (We Run)
Brooks won MVP of several tournaments including the MIT. The lefty knew how to get buckets very quickly and very often. His team faced some of the toughest talent in the country and Jalen was always ready for battle.
Coach Of The Year: Lawrence Fauntleroy (Riverside Hawks)
His record and success speaks for itself as he collected a couple of banners and took a trip to the final four. His "we instead of me" concept had his squad rolling past some top competition.
Most Outstanding Player: Markquis Nowell (Gauchos)
Nowell was one of the most exciting players in the region. His performance at Summer Slam followed by him destroying defenders at the Baby Baller Super Showcase got him the nod. I’m happy I have a few more seasons to watch his work.
Best Playmaker: Denelle “Hollywood” Holly (Philly Freedom Stars)
It’s only fitting that Holly was able to snatch this award. The southpaw has one of the meanest handles in the region and loves performing for the crowd. He took home Mr. Memorial Day Honors and chopped up defenders at the Baby Baller Super Showcase.
Most Dominant Force: Brandon Madison (Maryland Scholars)
Madison was a man amongst boys for most of the season. He led his team to a MDC crown among other tournament titles. He also was a major problem at the Baby Baller Super Showcase. He was a true monster on both ends of the floor.
Best Prospect: Nazreon Reid (NJ Shore Shots)
Something tells me this kid will be at least 6’9 and what’s scary is that he already can handle and shoot the ball from deep. Of course he’s still in development mode but when everything comes together he could be the talk of this age group.
Best Shooter: Daniel Klosk (New Heights)
Klosk can stroke it with the best of them. He’s natural zone buster that shoots with accuracy even under pressure. He had one of his best shooting days at the Baby Baller Super Showcase.
Best Passer: Judan McIntyre (New Heights)
Few point guards set the table like McIntyre. He seems to always make the correct pass at the correct time. He quarterbacked his team to a #2 ranking at the 11U D2 AAU Nationals and followed that up with a great performance at the Baby Baller Super Showcase.