Sunday, February 5, 2012

Clash For The Cup Recap: 14U Top Performers Part 2

Tyus Battle (Team Final)

The Clash For The Cup was deep with talent and the 14U Division had some of the top players in the country. Here’s Part 2 of our report from the weekend.

Clash For The Cup Top Performers Part 2

Tyus Battle Guard (Team Final)- Battle didn’t perform up to standards on Day 1 but found his groove on Sunday in their quarterfinal loss to Team Takeover. At 6’4, he can see over the defense or get his pull up jumper off in the lane whenever he wants. Once his squad gets things together his game will blossom even more.

NyRhique Smith Guard (Playaz)- He didn’t have the scoring outburst he did at the Tip Off Classic but he still effected the game in a big way. He’s one of the best at sharing the ball and making teammates better. Now he has to understand that he’s become a household name and appears on top of every team scouting report.

Randall Gaskins Guard (ETU Warriors)- Gaskins has a solid game and a high ceiling. He can score from anywhere on the floor and should stretch out to about 6'5. He averaged 11 points a game while playing an all around performer. I think this kid could be a star on the horizon.

Vaughn Covington Guard (Team Final)- Covington’s confidence in his outside shot has made him a serious offensive threat. He makes a living penetrating the lane and stretching for finishes. He does need to work on taking too many high risk chances with the pill. When it works it looks great but when it doesn’t it usually results in a turnover.

Brad Hawkins Guard (ECE)- The star running back used his bruising style to led the team in scoring. He cradles the rock when driving lane and initiates contact from post defenders. He tallied 15 points against Scan and Philly Triple Threat. He has made a good transition from the gridiron to the basketball court.

Unique Mclean Guard (Team Scan)- The human highlight reel had a dunk fest during the Clash For The Cup. He dazzled the crowd during their quarterfinal victory over YAAACE by catching alley oops and breakaway bangers. He’s by far the most athletic guard that has ever graced Basketball Spotlight events.

Jared Rivers Guard (New Rens)- Rivers topped double figures in every contest. He had his jump shot falling and looks very comfortable playing with this new group. It was good to see him back on the scene and he handled the hostile environment well.

Anthony Munson Guard (LD Rebels)- Munson's last game was his best as he posted 22 points. He's a beast in transition with some sneaky athleticism. I can really see him coming out of his shell fully during his sophomore year in high school.