Monday, March 4, 2013

AGame Super Shootout 7th Grade Championship Recap: Team IZOD Shows Supremacy!

Supreme Team Wins AGame Super Shootout

Jahvon Quinerly scored 16 points as Team IZOD defeated New Rens 47-40 to win the AGame Super Shootout 7th Grade Championship. Walter Tally led the charge for New Rens in the loss. 

Top Performers 

Jahvon Quinerly Guard (Team IZOD)- When the excitement of the beginning of the game ended Quinerly began to take over. New Rens didn’t have a guard to could keep him out the lane and his drives usually finished with a pull up or floater. His scoring is a key component to Team IZOD’’s success and he’s very much a POY candidate. 

Luther Muhammad Guard (Team IZOD)- The reigning POY showed a different aspect of his game. He played remarkable defense on high scoring guard Markquis Nowell by making it hard for Nowell to get a clean look. He moved his feet well and used his strength to fight through picks. I was impressed how he stepped up to the challenge of guarding a smaller and possible quicker guard. 

Nazreon Reid Forward (Team IZOD)- His long term potential is something that’s scary but Reid impacts the game so much right now. His 6’7 frame allows the IZOD perimeters defenders to gamble and play the passing lanes more aggressively. On the offensive end his game is still evolving and he looks comfortable on the perimeter. I also liked the way he fought for position on the post. After this weekend I’m comfortable saying that Reid is the best grammar school prospect in the region including current 8th Graders. 

Atiba Taylor Guard (Team IZOD)- Taylor’s big game experience and poise helped Team IZOD pull out the victory. His show running ability allowed Quinerly to run off picks and attack from isolation situations. Now as he continues his transition into the point guard position he must work on managing the game down the stretch. 

Walter Tally Forward (New Rens)- The big fella battled Reid hard on the blocks. Defensively, he's a load and clogs the middle while snatching rebounds. On the other end he has decent hands but needs some work on his post moves and footwork. I like his upside and the effort be brings on the floor.

Nayshon Hamlet Forward (New Rens)- Hamlet’s early play helped New Rens take an early lead. His versatility combined with strength allowed him to get into the lane and inside the frames of the IZOD lanky forwards. Now he should concentrate on working on his jump shot and decision making off the dribble. 

Jalen Carey Guard (New Rens)- Carey might be one of the most underrated players in the region. He has good court awareness and scoring ability. In transition he’s a lot to handle because he can change directions quickly. His best days of basketball are still ahead of him. 

Markquis Nowell Guard (New Rens)- It was Nowell’s first game against his former squad. In terms of scoring their length gave him a few problems but he did show the ability to drive, draw and dish to Tally. This aspect is very important to any player with point guard size.