Monday, July 24, 2017

12U AAU Nationals Top Performers Part 1

TJ Holmes (J3 Elite)

The 12U AAU Nationals took place this past week and Basketball Spotlight was in the building. We were able to take in a few games and developed a list of top performers. Here is the first group of top performers. 

12U AAU Nationals Top Performers Part 1 

TJ Holmes Guard (J3 Elite)- This lefty is a bucket getter and loves having the rock in crucial moments. He’s capable of hitting the big deep trey or converting at the cup. He demonstrated top body control especially around shot blockers. He was clutch down the stretch against Team Durant.

Rolijah Hardy Guard (J3 Elite)- Hardy has the perfect last name but he’s a tough nosed guard that penetrates the lane and finishes in traffic. He’s difficult to contain because of his strength and low center gravity. He hit some big shots and wanting the rock in crunch time.
Kanaan Carlyle Guard (J3 Elite)- Carlyle didn’t have his best game shooting but I could still see how much game he has. He has good form and the confidence to let shots go from very deep. When he’s handling the rock he demonstrated a great feel for the game. He’s a player we hope to see again soon.
Henry Hurst Forward (J3 Elite)- Hurst plays bigger than his size on the blocks. He hits the boards hard by boxing out and hustling to the rock. He terms of scoring he could hit the face up shot and get buckets along the baseline. He plays extremely hard.
Amani Hansberry Forward (Team Durant)- Hansberry was a load to handle on the blocks and in the paint. He’s a quick jumper with long arms that give him advantages over defenders. Once he got touches he scored at will. He forced double teams and still was able to convert at times.
Ace Valentin Guard (Team Durant)- You remember Valentin dominate at the Future Phenom Camp last season and now looked even better running the point. He has good poise and decision making ability. He carved his way through the defense and even showed he could hit the outside shot. I see he has a bright future in running a team.
Scottie Hubbard Guard (Team Durant)- Hubbard woke up for Team Durant in the second half. He attacked from the wing and hot some difficult shots. He’s good with hitting runners and scoring in transition.