Wednesday, July 25, 2012

6th Grade AAU Nationals Top Performers Day 2: Fresh Faces

Courtney Ramey (Team Ramey)

Day 2 at the 6th Grade AAU Nationals was on fire. Basketball Spotlight got a chance to see some new faces and special talent. Here’s a look at some of the top performers we saw today.

6th Grade AAU Nationals Top Performers Day 2 (Fresh Faces)

Courtney Ramey Guard (Team Ramey)- I always enjoy watching a talented point guard and Ramey is worth the price of admission. The floor general dazzled me with his poise and flair. He directed traffic showing court vision that should belong to a high school sophomore. His breakdown ability was very apparent and he could finish with ease. Right now he might be the most polished point guard in Hampton. I was very impressed!

Marquis Walker Guard (George Hill)- I heard a lot about Walker and knew about his Youtube success so I wanted to see his work. He’s a Chicago tough guard that loves threading the needle with passes. He has a lot of wiggle in his game and the swagger to go along with it.

Deon Stewart Guard (George Hill)- The big wing guard can score from all three levels. I like his smoothness and how he lets the game come to him. His best days of basketball are down the road which makes him an intriguing prospect.

Antran Cushingberry Guard (George Hill)- Antran patrols the backcourt with Walker and plays the game at an intense pace. He puts pressure on the defense when pushing the rock and on the offense when ball hawking.

Kevin Easley Forward (George Hill)- Easley anchors George Hill defense. He controlled the boards and scored easily. He’s very nimble for his size and really understands his role. That is important for a player on this level.

Anthony Johnson Guard (Caveman Carmody)- He wasn’t spectacular like was yesterday when he pumped in 27 points but Johnson still showed us some things. He has a natural knack to score and weave his way to the tin. He’s very skilled and makes the defense play to his pace.

Robby Carmody Guard (Caveman Carmody)- Carmody caught fire which helped his team pull away. He drained a few jumpers but also made some tough finishes in traffic. He’s a key component for this squad.

Nilous Hodge Jr. Guard (Georgia Hawks)- Hodge has the green light and he uses it. He has the confidence to pull from anywhere on the floor. Even when he wasn’t hitting his shots still looked good after he released them.

Abdul Davis Guard (Georgia Hawks)- Davis knocked down a few 3 pointers early in their game against Carmody. He’s a scrappy guard with deep range and accuracy. He knows how to stretch the defense.

Jordan Simmons Guard (King James SS)- Simmons is a point guard to be reckoned with. He uses his crossover to get defenders off balanced then finishes them with a deadly pull up. Physically he’s not intimidating but once he has the rock he makes you into a believer.

Montez Venable Guard (Team Felton)- Venable is a strong lefty the scores easily when using the floater. His strength and handle allows him to get into the lane at will. He put in work for TF before they fell to King James Shooting Stars.

Dahjuan Lee Guard (FABE)- Lee is still a little raw but he has the size and skills that will make your mouth water. He has the ability to get a clean look whenever he wants. Once his game and maturity catches up to his size opponents will be in serious trouble.