Friday, February 3, 2012

Clash For the Cup Recap: 13U Top Performers Part 2

Quade Green (Team Final)

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. Here’s Part 2 of our report.

Clash For The Cup 13U Top Performers Part 2

Quade Green Guard (Team Final)- Green’s stock continues to rise as the season progresses. He’s a natural scorer but also is trying to bring some point guard instincts into his arsenal. He’s strong frame and low center of gravity makes him difficult to strip or stop from penetrating. He’s has to be considered one of the top prospects in the region on the 7th Grade level. He averaged 14 points a contest at the Clash.

Eric Ayala Guard (East Coast Elite)- Speaking of prospects Ayala entered the season on a hot streak. He missed the Tip Off Classic but made sure he made his presence felt during the Clash. His easy going style seems to be in slow motion until he begins to tickle the twine. He had a big shooting game in their quarterfinal loss to CBC in which he knocked 4 treys.

Trevon Duval Guard (East Coast Elite)- Duval also ran the point on the 14U level but in his age group he’s asked to score a little more. I love his talent and the effect he has on the game. He gets any where he wants on the floor and has big time play making ability. He’s another guard in this class that will make noise down the road.

Nicholas Enriquez Guard (Broward Sharks)- Niko was equipped with a few scorers and knew how to get them the rock. The floor general has a steady game and picks his spots at the right time. But when the defense sagged off him he was able to knock down the outside shot. He made Team Melo pay from deep in the finals.

Quadir Burgess Guard (Philly Freedom Stars)- Burgess brought his physical game to the Clash. He led his team to several victories by attacking the basket and scoring in traffic. He’s definitely a throwback guard from the City of Brotherly Love. He’s a sleeper right now.

Aaron Thompson Guard (Team Takeover) “Scissorhands” cut up defenders while spoon feeding his talented teammates. While most players couldn’t adjust to new studs arriving Thompson embraced the situation and played the role as a true floor general. This mentality will make Team Takeover a tough squad to beat this season.

Darrian Carrington Guard (JSL)- Yes, there’s another Carrington is in the JSL Hoops stable and the smooth guard held down the family name. He got hot in their loss to Playtime by posting 14 points and hitting a couple of treys.

Chaylyn Martin Guard (CBC)- Enough with saying he’s improving, Martin has arrived as a guard on the 13U scene. Unlike most players he plays both ends of the floor and knows how to get his points within the flow of the offense. This is a kid that will continue to grow as a player.