Wednesday, July 8, 2015

13U AAU Nationals Top Performers Part 2

CJ Robinson (Gauchos)

The 13U AAU Nationals took place in Greensboro, NC and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. We got a chance to see some of the top players in the country at this event. Here’s our second recap from this event. 

13U AAU Nationals Top Performers Part 2 

CJ Robinson Guard (Gauchos)- The Choz made a strong run to the Final Four and Robinson was the lead catalyst. The strong point punished defenders, took big shots and continued to get anywhere he wanted on the floor. On this level his running back frame allows him to burst through the defense and either score or draw fouls on the opposing big men. He finishes with either hand and absorbs contact when getting to the tin. This kid is a true gamer!

DeMarco Watson Guard (Gauchos)- Watson is a good looking wing player. He has the size and scoring ability to translate to the next level. What’s also interesting is his willingness to get inside and bang for rebounds. He showed a true all-around game during his time in Greensboro. Keep an eye on this kid because I think he projects very well.

RJ Davis Guard (Gauchos)- Word is that the sniper came to life in the final four game. He ran the baseline and was able to drill the three ball from beyond the arc. When defenders ran at him he was able to put it on the deck and use the floater. It was an intense atmosphere and he showed that he was more than tough enough.
Rashad McDaniels Guard (B MAC Bounce)- McDaniels came in with a national rep and I can see why. In the game I watched showed the ability to drain the long trey (five) while also getting up and down the floor in a blur. On this level he’s physically strong and extremely athletic. He finished the game with over 20 points before fouling out early in the 4th quarter. I do think he should be been allowed to be a little more assertive in the half court set in terms of penetrating the lane.

Luke Kasubke Forward (B MAC Bounce)- Luke had a huge outing versus Team Melo. He pulled their big man away from the basket and operated while putting the ball on the floor. Once he got to the cup he finished with either hand and loved using the reverse layup. The Maryland based squad seemed to have no answer for this kid.
Dylan Branson Guard (B MAC Bounce)- Branson is the long range bomber for this bunch. He can stroke it for anywhere behind the arc. He’s not the quickest player on the floor but knows how to use position and his basketball IQ to get where he wants.
Majasty Johnson (NY Rens)- Johnson impressed me during their pool play game against Atlanta Volt. The lefty seemed like to only Rens player that was ready to go in this contest. He drained the three ball and attacked off the dribble. He showed the ability to score from all three levels. But most impressive was how he played hard buzzer to buzzer regardless of the score.