Monday, August 20, 2012

J.E.M. All Star Classic 5th Grade Challenge Recap: Orange Team Prevails

Mark Bradshaw MVP

Mark Bradshaw scored 18 points to lead the Orange Team over the Blue Team 66-59 to win the J.E.M. All Star Classic 5th Grade Challenge. AJ Hoggard led the way for the Blue Team with 13 points.


Mark Bradshaw Guard (Chester, PA)- Bradshaw provided the scoring punch for the Orange Team. The southpaw dominated the competition in transition while finishing off plays. He also had the 3 ball dropping from behind the line. This kid is a true scoring machine.

Top Performers

Jalen Gaffney Guard (Columbus, NJ)- The POY showed why he earned the award. He dazzled the crowd with his all around game including superb court vision. This kid seems to look better each time I watch him rock. His feel for the game is tremendous especially for a player of his age.

Jordan McKoy Guard (Westwood, NJ)- “The Real” McKoy was very aggressive on Saturday and when he plays like that he’s very difficult to contain. His smoothness is obvious and his size is a constant problem for opponents. This kid might be a budding star soon.

Anthony Hoggard Guard (Coatesville, PA)- This pg has the flair for the dramatic and court vision some youngsters dream of. He scored the rock but also kept teammates very happy with slick dimes. Hoggard impacts the game in so many ways; he’s truly a joy to watch.

Fahmir Ali Guard (Wilmington, DE)- Ali arrived late to the game but didn’t waste any time getting busy. He was deadly from behind the arc ( 5 treys) while helping the Orange squad stretch the lead out. I can’t wait to see him in action next season.

Justice Ellison Guard (Springfield, VA)- All Star games are right up this kids alley. His dribble drive game was on full display and he either finished plays with buckets or a nice pass. I’m happy we have 3 more seasons to watch him play.

Terrence Williams Forward (Clinton, MD)- Williams showed big time versatility in this game. The nimble forward grabbed several rebounds and pushed the rock up the floor on his own. His ball handling was something to watch and should benefit his game later on.

Jaheim Tanksley Guard (Edison, NJ)- The kid with the neon sneakers came to life in the second half. He’s very crafty with an array of dribble moves. He enjoys breaking down defenders and shooting long treys. All eyes will be on him next season.

John Wilson Guard (Brooklyn, NY)- Wilson used this stage to show he’s a all around player. His on the ball defense was tremendous and he also showed that he’s a capable point guard. We expect a true break year for him next season. Stay tune as we bring you more player profiles from this event.