Monday, April 16, 2012

AC Showcase 14U Top Performers

Tremont Waters (CT Elite)

The 14U Division gave us some highlights with some highly competitive games. Here’s a list of standouts that put in work at this event.

AC Showcase 14U Top Performers Part 1

Tremont Waters Guard (CT Elite)- There are some spectacular point guards in the region and Waters has to be listed among them. He dazzled the crowds in AC with his shear ball handling and ability to score the pill. He hit ECE for 24 points including 6 treys, while also dropping 19 in their semifinal loss to the Gauchos. He’s one of the hottest names in the region right now.

NyRhique Smith Guard (CT Elite)- That’s right Smith made a special trip down and suited up with Waters in the backcourt. The talented combo guard also gave the crowd a treat while showing his all around game. He netted 22 points versus ECE and 21 points in the semifinal loss to the Gauchos. I wonder if we might get another chance to see this backcourt in action during the MDC.

Armanie Craddock Guard (Gauchos)- Craddock improved outside shot paid dividends in helping the Choz win the crown. He knocked down 3 treys in their championship win versus St. Michaels and looked comfortable coming around the screens. He was able to score some big buckets.

Patrick Stryzala Forward (St. Michaels)- This kid is making a solid case for Player of The Year consideration. He killed the competition in AC posting over 20 points each outing. His versatility including the ability to shoot treys continues to baffle defenders on this level. His team did not win the title but he did carry them to the finals.

Idris Joyner Forward (Gauchos)- The reigning POY made his Spotlight season debut with the Gauchos and didn’t disappoint. His play in the post helped him earn 14 points versus St. Mikes and 16 points in a blow out win over Rock Elite. He reunited with his old squad and helped them grab their first banner.

Stevie Jordan Guard (Team Philly)- Jordan had his breakout moment during their battle with the Gauchos. With his team trailing at halftime Jordan went berserk with 21 second half points to finish with 28 markers. His team ended up losing the game but Stevie’s play earned the respect of his peers, fans and opposing coaches.

Anthony Munson Guard (New Heights)- Munson played his first event with NH but brought over his scoring ways from the Ironmen. He averaged close to 14 points a game including a game-high 16 markers versus MJ Heat. This kid definitely has a scorer’s mentality especially when attacking.

Sa’eed Nelson Guard (NJ Shore Shots)- It’s been a while since Nelson played in the Spotlight and he made the most of his return. He posted 16 points in his first outing and another 18 markers the second time he took the floor. His quickness is one of his best weapons and he uses it frequently.

Marques Drakeford Guard (New Heights)- Drakeford has been a mainstay with this club and very consistent. This weekend he led the team in scoring including a 21 point outburst against NY rival Milbank.

Marcus McClary Guard (St. Michaels)- McClary helped his tag team partner Stryzala in their march to the finals. In their pool lay win over the Gauchos he posted 20 points while showing his all around play throughout the tournament. The lefty rarely takes plays off.