AJ Hoggard (Team Durant)
The 7th Grade Division of the AC Showcase brought together some of the top teams in the country. It was truly a wealth of talent down there and here’s Part 1 of our Top Performers.
AC Showcase 7th Grade Top Performers Part 1
AJ Hoggard Guard (Team Durant)- In the finals Hoggard came off the bench and put the team on his back. His physical style was stuff for the smaller George Hill squad to contain. His ability to look over the defense allowed him to knockdown the trey ball and take many stripes to the charity stripe. He nailed two treys and hit seven free throws in their championship win.
Jordan Toles Guard (Team Durant)- Toles once again displayed himself as one of the team’s top performers over the weekend. He averaged close to 13 points again including an 18 point outing in their first double-digit pool loss to George Hill. Toles stays in attack mode which usually yields great results especially in transition.
Tyler Brelsford Guard (Team Durant)- Brelsford came to play in Atlantic City. He seemed to let the game come to him and he stroked the ball well from behind the arc. His basketball IQ allows him to be at the right place on the floor. He scored 14 points in their quarterfinal victory over the Gauchos including nine free throws.
Isaiah Todd Forward (Team Durant)- Back at the Clash for The Cup Todd had a game winning steal and layup to give the Terror Squad the title. This time it was a huge defensive play in the semifinals that helped propel them to the finals. RIP City had a breakaway layup late in the game and Todd came from out of nowhere to block the shot to the glass. His block led to Terror Squad bucket and helped them seal the deal.
Mike Saunders Jr. Guard (Rising Stars)- Saunders almost single handily took the title home for the Rising Stars. In the semifinals he nailed six treys and dropped 22 points in their victory over DC Premier then exploded for seven treys and 26 markers in their championship loss to the Terror Squad. Mike ball handling and ability to create space and picked up this year. He easily has to be considered one of the best guards in the country.
Hunter Jackson Guard (Rising Stars)- Speaking of top guards in the country, Jackson name has to be included. He went to work throughout the weekend and really shined in his teams pool play blow out of the Terror squad. Jackson scored a few buckets but played more of a facilitator role as they spread Team Durant defense out. Jackson was able to penetrate the gaps and either kick it to teammates or get buckets on his own. He showed well on the top stage.
Brevin Jefferson Guard (Rising Stars)- Jefferson’s offensive help in the semifinals helped them reach the championship. He scored the ball well against DC Premier, finishing with 12 points. He a great complimentary player to Jackson and Saunders. He also has the ability to stretch the defense.
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