Tristan Patterson (CBC)
The 8th Grade Division at the Tip Off Classic gave us some great moments. The talent was thick and here’s our final group of top performers.
Tip Off Classic Top Performers (8th Grade Part 3)
Tristan Patterson Forward (CBC)- Patterson teams with Samuels and Charles to give CBC a physical front line. Tristan is an athletic workhorse that plays both ends of the floor with high intensity. He erupted at the Tip Off Classic in his first game by punishing New Rens with 24 points.
Ja’quaye James Guard (Milbank)- James impressed me with his ability to run a team and his toughness when charging the lane. He has the NYC style that shows no fear and his battle with Chris Lykes was a joy to watch.
Andre Boykins Forward (Team Takeover)- Boykins continues to show strides facing the basket. He gets to where he needs to be on the floor and understands his limits. When running the floor in transition he’s like a freight train when he hits the lane. On defense he pounds the glass and will even step in a take a charge.
Aaron Thompson Guard (Team Takeover)- It’s rare to see a player control a basketball game without scoring a bucket but Thompson has that ability. Once again he quarterbacked his team to the finals. It’s hard to find another point guard in the country that has a better winning percentage than this kid.
Shyheim Hicks Guard (Expressions)- Hicks wasn’t spectacular this weekend but he did bring it against Milbank with a 24 point performance. His team went 1-2 this past weekend so I know he will be anxious to return to the fire very soon.
Leondre Washington Guard (Playaz)- Washington gave Team Final fits by penetrating their defense. Once he got to the rim he finished well by absorbing contact and kissing the ball off the glass. He showed great poise during that contest while running the show.
Marcus McClary Forward (Playaz)- McClary is playing the forward spot for this squad which gave him a matchup advantage against most of his opponents. On occasion he showed he could hit the open jumper even from three point range. He made some big plays for the Paterson bunch this past weekend.