Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mid Atlantic 8th Grade AAU Regional Championship Recap: We R 1 Closes The Deal!

WE R 1 Gets It Done!

WE R 1 held on to a big early lead to defeat Philly Triple Threat 51-37 and win the Mid Atlantic 8th Grade AAU Regional Championship. Congrats to both teams for making it to the championship game. 

 Top Performers

Jamal Whittlesey Forward (WE R 1)- Once big Jamal got going things got tough for PTT. They didn’t have anyone big enough to slow him down and he feasted. Whittlesey is good at sealing defenders under the basket before catching the rock and converting. But you also have to love his court vision and willingness to make the extra pass. He finds slashing teammates and spot up shooters anywhere on the floor.

Chris Cropper Forward (WE R 1)- Cropper continues to be one of the best finishers around. He knows his job is to get it and finish therefore he doesn’t waste a lot of time trying to show his ball handling. He’s an automatic deuce when he’s on the break and helps out big Jamal on the glass.
Darius Kinnel Guard (WE R 1)- He had a tough shooting game in the finals but the powerful guard still made an impact. He’s able to penetrate which breaks down the defense and opens things up for teammates. On defense he pressures the ball and uses his strong frame to force the movement of ball handlers. He looks good playing with newcomer Antwan Butler.

Antwan Butler Guard (We R 1)- Butler was a great addition to this group. This kid came in and went straight to work. He has a serious handle and big time finishing ability. I like how he pushes the rock up the floor with his head high analyzing the floor. He delivered some sweet passes and scored the rock when needed.
Bernard Lightsey Guard (Philly Triple Threat)- Lightsey was lights out from the perimeter. This kid nailed 6 treys from deep and even hit the shots with hands flying his way. When PTT made their final run it was Lightsey leading the way banging home triples.

Amir Lewis Forward (Philly Triple Threat)- Lewis made things happen inside and along the baseline. He battled on the boards and used his long arms to get the job done. This kid has a long wingspan that will help him become a prospect down the road.

Marcus Littles Forward (Team Final)- Standing 6’7 Marcus his huge and has made tremendous strides in his game. He showed improved footwork, good moves and a soft touch. He must be really putting a lot of work in the gym and its paying off. He has maneuvered himself into one of the top prospects in the region.