Danilo Djuricic (CIA Bounce)
The 7th Grade Division was explosive with high intensity games. Here’s our first look at the Top Performers from this class.
Clash For The Cup 7th Grade Top Performers Part 1
Danilo Djuricic Forward (CIA Bounce)- It wasn’t just the hair that reminded many Joakim Noah but Danilo has the game to go with it. He’s a fixture around the basket in terms of rebounding and scoring. His touch ranges out and he can out the pill on the deck consistently. His nose for the ball makes him an impact player all game.
Simisola Shittu Guard (CIA Bounce)- After a rough Tip Off Classic appearance Shittu played like the player I saw at last summer’s 6th Grade AAU Nationals. He used his long wing span to dominate at times. He scored in the half court set and in transition. The problem is most players his size can’t guard him on the perimeter. I was thoroughly impressed with him.
John Akende Guard (CIA Bounce)- Akende is a combo guard that exhibits the ability to score at the rim while also getting others involved. Right now he’s just too physical for opponents on this level. The scary part is he’s also a lock down defender. If we gave out a MVP Akende would have taken home the honors.
Jonathan Kabongo Guard (CIA Bounce)- The younger brother of the University of Texas guard brings the same energy and style of play. He has a good penetration style but doesn’t force shots. He tends to let the game develop which is a good trait to have as a youngster.
Keshaun Saunders Guard (CIA Bounce)- If you are a basketball purest you have to love Saunders’s game. The tall point guard gets anywhere he wants on the floor while keeping all those offensive weapons happy. I think this kid potential is through the roof.
Walter Tally Forward (Gauchos)- The kid from Alaska is a throwback post player, meaning he doesn’t like to roam the perimeter but instead stays on the blocks. He has some offensive moves but this area is still a work in progress. Defensively, he alters or blocks everything and enjoys hitting the boards.
Jordan McCallister Guard (Gauchos)- The smooth wing guard brings the total package including a handle, size, range and creativity. He commands the perimeter like a miniature Kevin Durant. He’s one of the smoothest I’ve seen from NY in a while.
Jalen Lecque Guard (Gauchos)- The point guard had a terrific weekend before going down with a knee injury. His toughness fits in with the Gauchos style and he quarterbacked them through some tough competition. He seems to have landed in a nice place.