Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 7th Grade Top Performers

Nazi Reid (Team IZOD)

The 7th Grade Division of the Grand Finale featured some serious talent. Here’s our list of players that impressed us during this event. 

Grade Finale 7th Grade Top Performers 

Nazi Reid Forward (Team IZOD)- Reid affects the game once he crosses the lines. He plays the safety role of IZODs aggressive man to man defense. When one of the IZOD guards’ gambles and gets beat Reid is in the back waiting to swat the shot. On offense he passes well from the post and hits the face up jumper from the free throw area. No one in the region impacts the game as much as Reid.

Tyrek Chambers Guard (Team IZOD)- When Wall 2 Wall made a second half run to make things close, Chambers stepped up and closed the door on his Pennsylvania foes. His two treys in the second half that gave the Supreme Team the cushion they needed. It’s amazing how he has developed his game from a post player a few years ago to a legit combo guard.

Jahvon Quinerly Guard (Team IZOD)- After a quiet semifinal game Quinery woke up in the finals and produced. Not many point guards possess the explosiveness that he brings to the table. He’s tough to stop in transition and finishes with the best of them. Right now I would say he more of a scoring guard to pure point. 

Luther Muhammad Guard (Team IZOD)- It’s his job to lock down the opponents top player and he loves his role. On this day he made things very hectic for Cameron Reddish. His size, quickness and physical style makes it difficult from any ball handler or scorer to feel comfortable. On offense he excels in the open floor while running the lanes well to finish.

Atiba Taylor Guard (Team IZOD)- Taylor gets a kick out of setting up his teammates. He enjoys throwing the look away pass or dropping dimes to post players after he enters the lane. I also like the way he rebounds the rock for a guard. On his jump shot he does need to work on the rotation of the rock this will improve his scoring prowess. 

Kevin Kern Forward (Wall 2 Wall)- Kern helped make things interesting early in the finals. His post play against Reid was impressive because he was able to get a few accurate shots over his long arms. I like the footwork the youngster possesses and his willingness to compete. 

Aidan Ellwood Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- Ellwood shooting in the semifinals propelled W2W into the championship. He lit up ECE with three point daggers from different angles. The lefty has a natural stroke with serious range. 

Alex Serrano Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- Serrano was his usual self in terms of scoring and play making. He can make it happen from all three levels (inside, midrange and behind the arc.) He’s also a beast at finishing after contact. 

Mikey Esquillin Guard (Wall 2 Wall)- The sparkplug guard brought the fire on Sunday. He’s relentless at attacking the basket and taking the big shot. It’s definitely a joy to watch this kid rock. 

Chris Cropper Forward (ECE)- Cropper is simply a big time athlete. He runs the floor like a deer and capable of jumping out the gym. If his skill development catches up with his athleticism it will be a problem.