Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mid Atlantic Final Four 5th Grade Recap: Youth Is Served!

Rahdir Hicks (RIP City)

The Mid Atlantic 5th Grade Final Four semifinals gave us a chance to see some of the upcoming talent on the horizon. Here’s a breakdown of the score and top performers from yesterday. 


RIP City 57 ESYC Elite 37 
Kingdom Elite 54 Team Philly Legends 43 

Top Performers 

Rahdir Hicks Guard (RIP City)- Hicks was one of the top producers yesterday. Not only can he play the point guard role be he also can get things going in the scoring column. His confidence and poise lets you know he loves being that floor general on the court.

Malik Edwards Guard (RIP City)- Edwards can play a little point but loves attacking from the wing when scoring opportunities arise. He will knock down the outside or beat the first defender while using the floater. 

Justice Williams Guard (RIP City)- Justice came off the bench and the team didn’t skip a beat. He’s a transition demon and a hawk on pressure defense. He also looks like he will develop into a good point guard down the road. 

Shane Dezonie Guard (ESYC Elite)- The big guard picked up his play which helped his boys get back into the game. His big frame and smooth ball handling makes him tough to handle on the grade level. Keep an eye on him.

Nick Filchner Guard (ESYC Elite)- Nick has a lot of pop in his game and will be even better when he gets stronger. He has a nice jump shot and some slick dribbling moves to get around defenders. 

Julian Thomas Forward (ESYC Elite)- The lefty loves cradling the rock and scoring in traffic. He rebounds hard and is a tough defender in the paint. He will eventually become a perimeter guard. 

Ahmad Fair Guard (Philly Legends)- Fair was the most talented guard I saw on this grade level yesterday. He has a natural feel for the point guard position and has a ratchet that he can pull from very deep. Mark his name down as the next in line as the Philly guard tradition continues.

Travon Camper Forward (Kingdom Elite)- Camper was effective yesterday while helping his team make the comeback and eventually get the victory. The lanky forward finished off plays from rebounds and in transition. He could be something special when he reaches his potential. 

Khylei Neal Guard (Kingdom Elite)- The smallest guard on this level plays with the heart of a lion. He scored with a southpaw floater and made some good passes. He also barked out instructions to his bigger teammates. 

Brandon Perkins Forward (Kingdom Elite)- The strong, compact forward also scored the ball to help Kingdom Elite get the victory. He has good touch around the basket and takes up a lot of space in the paint.