Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tip Off Classic Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 2

Keshaun Ellis (Milbank)

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 2

Keshaun Ellis Guard (Milbank)- Ellis has the look of a running back but on the basketball court he knows how to fill up the bucket. Ellis can hurt you from the outside or by muscling his way to the hole. On defense he’s capable on strong arming ball handlers and taking the rock. He had a very impressive outing this weekend.

Tyrese Whitaker Guard (Milbank)- At first glance Whitaker seems to be too small to play on this level but defenders have a hard time staying in front of him. Tyrese understands how to stay out of harm’s way in terms traps and isn’t afraid to drive down the teeth of the defense. He has the heart of a lion with the skill to match.

Kaellen Henderson Forward (Milbank)- Henderson anchors the backline on defense and cleans the glass on the offensive end. Milbank’s effective guard’s penetration gave Henderson plenty of room to roam and get into position to score or rebound.

Chaylyn Martin Guard (CBC)- Martin has come a long way in the past two years. He now has arrived as a serious threat on both ends of the floor. His offensive confidence has come from his improved jump shot and play making ability. We expect a breakout year from Martin.

Ahrod Carter Guard (Team Final)- The former Mr. Memorial Day caught his stride during the final four. He turned up the fire on the offensive end by knocking down shots from everywhere. When he’s hot it turns Team Final into more dangerous team.

Lance Ford Guard (Team Final)- Ford is a fresh face on the scene but got acclimated quickly. He ran the floor like a deer and scored on slashing lay ups. His quickness in the open floor fits well with TF’s up and down attacking style.

Kareem Harvin Forward (CBC)- CBC needed some toughness to get past Milbank in the finals and Harvin provided the punch. He gets after it heavy on defense and pounds the glass when he’s near the cup. He posted some big points in their championship win.

Tristan Patterson Forward (Team Rebels)- Patterson spent the weekend playing above the rim. The athletic forward had several dunks which sent the crowd into frenzy. We hope to see more of his high wire act coming soon.