Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clash For The Cup Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 1

Jaecee "Mayweather" Martin

The 13U Division had some serious battles all the way down to the championship game. It gave us a chance to watch some of the top 7th Graders in America. Here’s a look at some of the top performers from this weekend.

Clash For The Cup 13U Top Performers Part 1

Jaecee Martin Guard (CBC)- “Mayweather” came within seconds of leading his team another banner. In the finals he posted 28 points including 4 treys. Right now he has to be the leading candidate for 13U Player Of The Year. He still has the “Money Team” leading the point total in the race to the Grand Finale.

Chris Lykes Guard (Team Takeover)- When Lykes decided to reclassify into the Class of 2017 it was a bad day for opponents. He was Takeover’s most consistent scorer for the weekend. His improved jump shot has opened the lane for his driving game. He’s difficult to contain off the dribble on any level. He averaged 16 points a game.

Ismail Charles Forward (CBC)- Charles banged hard on the blocks all weekend. He faced some tough challenges in the paint but seemed to win the individual battles. He has a serious motor and a will get the job done regardless of the opposition.

Jamir Moultrie Guard (DC Assault)- Moultrie played double duty this weekend by also hooping with DCA 14U. But he really did damage on his grade level. He sent Milbank home during the quarterfinals by burning them for 27 markers. He created good space off the dribble and had the mid range shot dropping. He ran out of bullets and energy during their semifinal loss to Team Takeover.

Jahki Clarke Forward (Playtime)- The athletic wing forward took control in their tug-a-war win over JSL Hoops. He sliced through the lane and finished in transition on his way to 20 points. His play helped them reach the final four.

DJ Mitchell Guard (Team Takeover)- Mitchell is one of the top slashers and finishers in the region. He has the look and swagger of a top prospect. This weekend he showed flashes of why he’s ranked high on several scouting services. He dropped 16 impressive points in their semifinal win over DC Assault and 12 markers in their championship win over CBC.

Matt Dean Forward (JSL Hoops)- Dean plays the forward spot but showed the range from behind the arc. He knocked 3 treys in their win against Trenton One and also had a good game in their showdown with Playtime while posting 11 points.

Cameron Norman Guard (6th Man Warriors)- Norman went at it hard out the gate by dropping 26 in his opening game versus Milbank. His wiggle in his game ability to shoot off the bounce makes him difficult to stay in front off. When he’s on he looks like one of the top guards around. He still has his best days of basketball down the road.