Sunday, September 4, 2011

J.E.M. ALL STAR CLASSIC RECAP: South All Stars Win NJ Challenge

James Wright Led The South Squad To The Victory

James Wright scored 23 points as the South Jersey All Stars defeated the North Jersey All Stars 68-67 at the J.E.M. All Star Classic NJ North/South Challenge. Ahmad Harrison was the high scorer for the North All Stars.

MVP: James Wright Forward (Trenton, NJ)- Wright went hard from the outset and was a scoring machine in transition. He has improved his strength and ball handling while also being comfortable shooting deep bombs off the dribble. His relentless style helped his team get over the top.

South All Stars Top Performers

John Middleton Guard (Pleasantville, NJ)- Middleton was a pleasant surprise. He has a lot of wiggle off the bounce and can score the ball from all three levels. I like how he pulls up quickly after creating space off the bounce. His body control allows him to absorb contact and still get his shot off. He might be a big name on the South Jersey High School scene.

Quayson Williams Guard (Trenton, NJ)- Williams made it his business to get the rock to his teammates. He was impossible to keep out of the lane as he drove passed defenders with a smooth dribble. He does have the ability to score but gave the crowd a treat with his court vision.

Jack Laffy Forward (Middletown, NJ)- Laffy played tough on the defensive end while hitting the boards and blocking a few shots. He range is extending and he’s looking more fluid on the wing. He should have a solid career at CBA. He has been a joy to watch these last four years.

Shaun Belbey Guard (Lincroft, NJ)- The lefty could stroke and I love the poise he played with in this contest. He has gotten better at creating his own shot and showed some strength with the pill. It looks like CBA has a great recruiting class including Shaun.

Ja’ren Hampton Forward (Trenton, NJ)- Hampton can get a little out of control but you have to love his effort. He battles hard for rebounds and is an active shot blocker. On one play he charged down the lane and caught a clean flush.

North All Stars Top Performers

Ahmad Harrison Guard (Newark, NJ)- Harrison had a MVP type performance. He was truly in attack mode all afternoon. The Brick City product drove the ball down the teeth of the defense and converted in traffic. He also showed range from the perimeter when knocking down a couple of treys.

Karl Charles Guard (Roselle, NJ)- Charles is an intriguing prospect. The lanky squad was very aggressive when pushing the ball and even played the point guard spot. He has a Kevin Durant type build and will be able to finish a little better once he gets stronger. Right now he’s a sleeper but he should arrive on the big stage soon.

Richard Chapman Forward (Newark, NJ)- Chapman showed some promise with his ability to score inside. He still has to develop some post moves but uses his strength to compensate right now. Keep an eye on this kid. He will be suiting up for Hudson Catholic this winter.

JaDon Robinson Guard (Woodbridge, NJ)- Robinson showed me he could shoot the rock. He has deep range but also showed he could make point guard type decisions with the pill. I like the poise that this kid showed on the stage. He’s headed to Roselle Catholic.

Juwan Dolbrice Guard (Linden, NJ)- The strong guard showed some flashes with tough finishes and getting after it hard on the defensive end. He goes hard to get to the tin whenever he can. It seems like Linden HS has another tough guard on the way.