Joe Medlin (NY Rens)
Joe Medlin pumped in a game high 20 points as the NY Rens defeated Team IZOD 47-35 to win the Teach Me Classic 6th Grade Championship. Here are the top performers we saw in Teaneck.
Teach Me Classic 6th Grade Championship Top Performers
Joe Medlin Forward (NY Rens)- The commentator called Medlin “The Cookie Monster” and the name is well deserved because ate the competition in the championship. Medlin got deep post position and sealed defenders under the basket. Once he got the pill he powered up and used a soft touch to convert off the glass. He also was dominant the defensive end and the glass. He took home league MVP honors.
Tylaur Johnson Guard (NY Rens)- Johnson gave IZOD fits with his ball handling, scoring and court vision. He isn’t afraid to get into the teeth of the defense and attacking the lane against shot blockers. Many of his passes fell into the hands of Medlin for easy buckets. On defense he pressured the ball handlers while converting several steals. This kid played with an Allen Iverson type of approach.
Zatai Townsend Guard (NY Rens)- Townsend was the other guard that caused trouble for Sports U. He got out in transition and finished at the cup. He’s a little stronger than Johnson so he’s able to absorb contact. He has a very mature game for a 6th Grader and we expect this name to be one to know for a while.
Chase Jackson Guard (Team IZOD)- Jackson’s play in the second half helped Sports U get back in the game. He was able to knock down a few treys, hit a mid-range shot and finish at the cup. I like to energy he played with and how he picked up his squad when they needed them.
Zion Cruz Guard (Team IZOD)- Cruz didn’t have good shooting day but he proved that he could get to the cup whenever he wanted. I also like how he tried to show other parts of his game such as rebounding and playing defense. Regardless he’s still one of the most dominant 6th Graders in the region.
Sebastian Robinson Guard (Team IZOD)- You have to love the poise this 5th Grader plays with. Yes he still makes mistakes but I like how polish his game seems to be at such a young age. I like how he drives the rock, plays in transition and isn't afraid to shoot in pressure situations. I think once he grows and everything comes together he could be something special down the road.