Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 1

Nate "The Great" Pierre Louis (Team IZOD)

The 13U Division was loaded top to bottom. There was no where run or hide. Here are the top performers that impressed us in this division.

Tip Off Classic 13U Top Performers Part 1

Nate Pierre Louis Guard (Team IZOD)- Can any 7th Grader in America score the ball better than Pierre Louis? If so let him appear please. Nate “The Great” averaged close to 30 points a game yes 30. He dropped 28 on Juice All Stars during their pool play win, 30 on Team Final in their loss and 32 on CBC in the final four. What’s incredible is that defenses are designed to slow him down and he still manages to get numbers. Some say he should pass more but in his effort to win, he does what comes natural which is put the ball in the basket.

Azar Swain Guard (CBC)- With Martin running the point Swain was left to roam the perimeter and it paid dividends. In the final four he banged home 3 second half treys to help his team finally get that Team IZOD monkey off their back. His last trey ball came at a crucial time and put the “Money Team” up for good.

Shyheim Hicks Guard (CBC)- Hicks is still getting comfortable in his new home. But he still managed to bring his wing game to the Tip Off Classic. He finished off plays and used his length to rebound and play defense. I can’t wait to see him after he settles in.

Quade Green Guard (Team Final)- Green was a showman this weekend. Not only did he produce effectively as Team Final did damage but he entertained the crowd with his slick ball handling. He’s one of the main clogs in this offense. We are just seeing the beginning of his rise to stardom.

Paul Person Guard (Milbank)- Milbank reached the finals and Paul orchestrated their quest. He’s added some inches to his frame so scoring has come so much easier for this lad. He posted 18 points in their championship loss to CBC. “P Double” is one of the finest guards in the region. He’s so silky smooth.

Ismail Charles Forward (CBC)- Charles battled hard the entire tournament. He’s a warrior inside and doesn’t get enough for his dirty work. He faced double teams and sagging defenses all weekend and still managed to post numbers. This kid fights to the end.

John Paul Sanders Guard (Team Final)- Sanders now has some help and he seems to appreciate his new teammates. He brought his scoring touch without being selfish by picking his spots and dishing the rock when the defense over played. He has an understanding of the game. Expect big things from JP Sanders in 2012.

Trevon Duval Guard (Team Rebels)- TR didn’t fair to well but Duval still managed to get off playing in two age groups. He can play either guard spot effectively while possessing take over the game potential.