Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mid Atlantic AAU 7th Grade Final Four Recap: Statements Are Made!

Chris Cropper (ECE)

The Mid Atlantic AAU 7th Grade Final Four semifinals had a few surprises and new faces. Here are the scores and top performers from yesterday. 


ECE 52 Team Final 44 
Team Rebels 53 Team Philly Legends 52 

Top Performers 

Chris Cropper Forward (ECE)- Cropper athleticism proved to be too much as they powered past Team Final. He crashed the boards hard, blocked shots and played good interior defense. On offense he raced out in transition while filling the lane. If his skills catch up with his athleticism if could be a good prospect down the road. 

Darius Kinnell Guard (ECE)- Kinnell was a pleasant surprised. He attacked the basket relentlessly and scored after absorbing contact. He made a few crucial plays which helped ECE pull away from Team Final for good. We will be keeping an eye on his progress. 

Cameron Reddish Guard (Team Final)- This kid was probably the best prospect on the building on the grammar school level. His basketball instincts make him throw the extra pass and get teammates involved no matter the score. As he matures he will realize that at times he must enforce his will to win the game. Mark my words Reddish has the goods. 

Cole McCabe Guard (Team Final)- McCabe is a hard nose guard that made some good plays in the semifinal. He hit the midrange pull up and scored deep inside. He has the skills to be a good backcourt mate for Reddish from this point forward.

Za’eem Garrett Guard (Team Rebels)- The Rebels have been known to produced aggressive guards and Garrett is next in line. He charged defenders like a running back and scored after climbing the chest of shotblockers. His strength and tenacity are his biggest assets.

Kiyon Johnson Guard (Team Rebels)-I haven’t seen the lefty in a couple of years but he still has game. He’s a big guard so he was able to see over defenders in terms of passing and shooting. He can play either guard spot effectively. 

Jacob Hunt Guard (Team Rebels)- Hunt used his speed to penetrate and dish. He could also stretch the defense while launching deep shots. His smartness makes up for his lack of size on the floor. 

Adam Henderson Guard (Philly Legends)- The pint size point guard put tremendous pressure on the defense. He squirted down the lane and dropped off some good baggage. One of the quickest guards in the building. 

Tim Powidsk Guard (Philly Legends)- Tim gave Team Rebels the fits with his outside shooting. He knocked down four treys while keeping the game tight. I do think he needs to put the rock on the floor a little more.

Ronin Higgins Forward (Philly Legends)- The versatile forward was a problem from the outside and inside. He has touch from the mid-range and deep. He can also post up inside.