Xavier Pina (Team Final)
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 3 of our Top Performers.
AC Showcase 7th Grade Top Performers Part 3
Xavier Pina Guard (Team Final)- Pina burst on our scene last year during the AC Showcase as he shot the lights out for We R 1. He has now moved over to Team Final but still seems to love this event as he for 23 points and 4 treys against eventual champion Brooklyn Rens and also hit up Expressions for 18 points including 3 treys.
Josh Rubio Forward (Team CLT)- Since Jahlil Okafor is a red hot name right now many people compared this youngsters game to his over the weekend. Rubio has size, soft hands and surprising good footwork for a player so young. He punished the Miami squad for 18 points and another 11 in their loss. He definitely came to play this weekend.
Dee Givens Forward (Team CLT)- Givens played alongside and put up good numbers. The lanky forward passes the look test and plays the game with good passion. He collected 15 points against MCB and scored 14 in their loss to Team IZOD. If he stays with Maxwell and Rubio they will form a good trio for years to come.
Brock Williams Guard (Team CLT)- Williams is a tough as nails point guard who job is to get everyone involved and he handled the duty in Atlantic City. He made sure they had balanced scoring and also showed some range when needed.
Jamari Foy Guard (Expressions)- Speaking of range Foy caught fire versus Team Final in their loss as he drilled home five treys on his way to 19 points in their loss. He also let Brooklyn Rens feel his wrath when 3 bombs from behind the arc.
Kareem May Guard (Brooklyn Rens)- Brooklyn Rens won the Hollis-Jefferson title and once again May was leading the way. His game is unique because he doesn’t have to put up big numbers to control the game. He’s one of those NY guards that you love to see with the rock because his feel for the game and occasional flair keeps you on edge.
Julian Thomas Guard (ESYC)- Like Pina Thomas is also a player that seems to shine bright when he plays in Atlantic City. He came out gunning against the NJ Bulldogs and dropped a game high 25 points. Some players simply possess the knack to score and he seems like one.
Mikah Johnson Jr. Forward (NJ Bulldogs)- My scout tells me that Johnson was a force to reckoned with over the weekend. He led the Bulldogs in scoring and to the semifinals. He has good touch around the basket and is a very active player. We look forward to watching him in the near future.