F.A.C.E.S. Returns To Glory
The 13U Division produced a new Team Of The Year and loads of excitement. It gave us a chance to watch some of the top talent in the country and see some other players emerge. We would like to honor some of the top coaches and players for their successful seasons.
2011 Basketball Spotlight 13U Award Winners
Team Of The Year: F.A.C.E.S.
The Killer Bees won the Clash For The Cup, NJ State Crown, MDC and finished #7 in America. Their season started out rocky at the Grand Finale but they turned it around quickly and took the region by storm.
Player Of The Year: Idris Joyner (F.A.C.E.S.)
Joyner’s acquisition helped the Killer Bees emerge as Team of The Year. He gave them a true post presence and he went right to work. He carried them through the MDC while taking home Mr. Memorial Day and played big at the 13U Nationals in Memphis.
Coach Of The Year: Rob Cole (F.A.C.E.S.)
Sergeant Cole helped his troops rebound after a dismal Grand Finale showing. He made a few acquisitions and lit a flame under the Killer Bees. This award was long overdue as he has been one of the top coaches in the country for years.
Most Outstanding Player: Joe Hampton (Force One, DC Assault)
Hampton led his team to the Grand Finale Blue Division crown and put on a heck of a show at the AC Showcase. He carried Force One through the rugged field before losing in the finals. He then joined DC Assault and became one of the best forwards on the national circuit.
Best Playmaker: NyRhique Smith (Gauchos)
“La Smoove” impacts the game from so many different facets. He stepped in to get rebounds, made some key shots or threw some top flight passes through traffic. He really can dominate a game without dominating the basketball.
Most Dominant Force: Harry Giles (Team Felton)
The kid with the national name came to the AC Showcase and showed his ranking is well deserved. He scored 24 points in the finals and dominated both ends of the floor. Make sure you watch this kid play soon because the price of admissions will be high down the road.
Best Prospect: Tyus Battle (Team Final)
He only had a brief showing on the circuit but he showed during the Super Showcase that his game hasn’t skipped a beat. Now as he embarks onto another season we see how he handles having “The Stamp” label on his back. He should step up to the challenge.
Best Shooter: Jalen Harris (Wilson Blue Devils)
Harris put on a deep shooting display at the MDC. He launched several shots while just passing half court. I was amazed at how accurate he was considering the range he was shooting from. He had the crowd going wild during their game against the Gauchos.
Most Improved: Jagan Mosley (F.A.C.E.S.)
Mosley returned this season noticeably stronger and it helped his offensive play on the floor. He gave F.A.C.E.S. some needed size in the backcourt and some extra scoring power. Keep working on our game youngster.
Newcomer Of the Year: Mustapha Herron (Gauchos)
Herron arrival helped the Gauchos turn into a threat to win any tournament. He helped them win the NY Metropolitan crown and West Coast AAU Nationals. The lefty has a tough inside game and developing outside skills. Look for his game to expand next year.
Best Defender: Vaughn Covington (Team Rebels)
Opposing guards hate to see Covington lining up against them. He stalks ball handlers and forces them into turnovers. He was the vocal leader for this defensive minded squad and helped them win a few tournaments.
Best Rebounder: Ceasar Adim (MABC)
Ceasar showed some of his perimeter skills but when things got real he hit the boards like a mad man. His quick leaping ability and bounce helped him out work several opponents.
Best Passer: Alani Moore (DC Assault)
Someone had to operate that high octane offense for DC Assault and “Showtime” didn’t mind getting everyone involved. He knew how to get the ball to the right teammate when they needed it the most. He could put some mustard on it at times.
Best Kept Secret: Lamar Stevens (Philly Triple Threat)
After watching him during the Super Showcase I’m convinced that Stevens might be on the verge of a breakout season. He has all the physical tools and potential to be a top-notch prospect.