Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 7th Grade Top Performers

Anthony Harris (TTO)

The 7th Grade Division of the Grand Finale was stacked with talent. Here’s our list of top performers from this past Sunday for the Class of 2019. 

Basketball Spotlight Grand Finale 7th Grade Top Performers 

Anthony Harris Guard (Team Takeover)- Team Takeover was in deep trouble versus Rio in the finals until Harris sprang into action. He used his speed to spear head the pressure defense and collect several steals. On offense he pushed the rock in transition and used a mature pull up to cash in. The energy he brought to the floor could not be matched and helped his team take home the ultimate banner. He refused to let them lose. He finished with 19 points including two treys in the finals.

Mehki Long Forward (Team Takeover)- Long also stepped up in the finals as TTO made their big come back. The lanky forward attacked along the baseline and used his length to score. He’s showing more confidence handling the ball and making decisions. I believe when it’s all said and done he might be one of the best prospects in this stable.

Justin Moore Guard (Team Takeover)- Moore didn’t have a spectacular weekend but he did make some plays down the stretch to help his team get the victory. He was able to get to the bucket and draw some fouls which had him visiting the charity stripe early in the game and converted a couple buckets in crunch time.

Josh Watts Guard (Team Takeover)- The announcer called Watts “The Spark” and he was correct. This kid came off the bench and instantly went to work. He can hurt you with the deep ball or scoring in traffic. He’s very offensive minded which it what TTO needs if they want to make a serious run at a National title in Memphis.

Jamir Young Guard (Team Takeover)- Young also was instrumental in TTO making their comeback. He got things done on the defensive end by causing a few turnovers. He also got out on the break with a couple finishes. I like this kid’s floater and the way he competes. He’s another good sparkplug off the bench.

Bryan Antoine Guard (Team RIO)- When Antione's game is flowing he looks like one of the best combo guards in the country. When he is finishing at the rim you could see the potential oozing from his veins. He showed some range on his outside shot and attacking ability off the dribble. Mark my words this kid has a chance to be a budding star. He hit four treys in their semi-final win while finishing with 26 points.

Mikeal Jones Forward (Team RIO)- Rio were without Scottie Lewis so Jones went straight to work. He carved out position on the post and used good footwork to convert. He enjoys using his body to breakdown shot blockers and drawing fouls. I like the motor he played with and how hard he worked on the boards. He looked like he was in POY form.

Ahmadu Sarnor Guard (Team RIO)-Sarnor was a beast Sunday. His body control and strength allowed him to score whenever he wanted. The shot blockers were at his mercy as he maneuvered in mid-air and still finished off the glass. He showed some take over the game potential and seemed impossible to keep out the lane. He had a great showing. Introducing Ahmadu “The Warrior” Sarnor.

Jalen Gaffney Guard (Team RIO)- Gaffney now has the primary job of running the point and he had his moments. Since I rarely see him in this role I was a little surprised his court vision and passing instincts were on this level. He was able to get everyone involved and get out on the break. This next step will be for him to learn how to manage games while running the show.
Jordan McKoy Guard (Team RIO)- McKoy led the scoring attack in the finals as Rio jumped out to a huge lead. He’s one of the best transition scorers in the country. He does most of his damage when slashing through the lane and getting to the tin. With Lewis out this type of production will need to happen on a nightly basis.
Fahmir Ali Guard (Team Final)- Ali showed some court vision and ball handling in the beginning of the semifinals game. He has good instincts and plays with maturity when controlling the tempo. He does have to work on his emotions when things are not going right. The point guard must be the most focused person on the floor.

Tariq Ingraham Forward (Team Nelson)- Ingraham punished TTO in the paint during the beginning of their semifinal loss. He has improved on his touch and footwork. His turnaround and baby hook were tough to defend. If his teammates were able to able to make better entry passes things could have got ugly for TTO.  

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