Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tip Off Classic 7th Grade Top Performers: Part 1

Jahvon Quinerly (Team IZOD)  

The 7th Grade Division at the Tip Off Classic had some electric moments. Here’s a first group of top performers. 

Tip Off Classic Top Performers 7th Grade Division (Part 1) 

Jahvon Quinerly Guard (Team IZOD)- Quinerly missed the Spotlight circuit last season so he decided to make up for lost time by scorching the competition. The combo guard took control of the squad and tournament from the outset. He proved to be too physical and has improved his outside shot. In transition he’s a beast and too much to contain. If we gave out the MVP award he would have walked away with the hardware.
Atiba Taylor Guard (Team IZOD)- Quinerly’s backcourt mate seems to enjoy playing with this loaded squad. This season he gets to play off the ball a little more and it’s paying dividends. He got off things started early with a 16 point performance against Team Melo.
Jalen Brooks Guard (Team IZOD)- In the finals Wall 2 Wall looked to be on the verge of upsetting the Supreme Team. Brooks checked in and made a few big plays to help his boys escape. The southpaw knocked down two treys and dropped some good dimes in transition.
Nazreon Reid Forward (Team IZOD)- Reid battled a knee injury all weekend but was still able to be a factor. When he got touches he made some good plays inside and battled on the boards. I do think his guards need to make more of an effort to get him the rock inside.
Shackglle Dezonie Forward (Wall 2 Wall)- Shackglle used his thick frame too dominant on the post. He is a little undersized for the position but the way he uses his face up game and footwork makes him very effective on this level. He gets the job done on both ends of the floor.
Aidan Ellwood Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- Ellwood has a mean pull up jumper from different angles of the floor. This event was a big time atmosphere and this southpaw should he was ready to bang with the best.
Alex Serrano Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- The go to guy stepped up big when his squad needed them most. He helped them overcome a huge semifinal deficit to Playtime Panthers by nailing 4 treys. This kid has a big time future in this game of basketball. 

Mikey Esquilin Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- During the finals this pint size guard played big by escaping the defense down the floor and making some key buckets. He also was able to get into the lane whenever he wanted which caused Team IZOD to bring in Brooks to match up with Esquilin.