The 7th Grade Division of the Clash For The Cup produced some of the best talent in the region. Here’s Part 3 of our top performers from the event.
Basketball Spotlight Clash For The Cup 7th Grade Top Performers Part 3
DJ Wagner Guard (Team Final)- The comparisons to his grandfather and father will be coming and rightfully so because this kid can go. I handle, shooting and movement resembles his father but his size seems to leaning towards the elder Wagner. Of course, he can score from all three levels but I was really impressed with his ability to finish with his off hand. He finished off several drives with the left and made it look easy. This kid will be on the national scene for years to come.
Cian Medley Guard (Team Final)- Medley might be one of the smoothest point guards in the region. His feel for the game is apparent and he can finish off his own drives in traffic. When he has the rock, a calmness comes over the coach and the teammates. Team Final seems to have a mean backcourt with Wagner and Medley for years to come.
William Norman Forward (NJ Bulldogs)- Norman plays like a man-child on the blocks. Once he catches it deep it’s a problem for the defense. He had his best outing against his former squad Team Final. He blistered the Nike boys for 26 points. He is instant impact on the floor but can get a little emotional at times which should be better as he matures.
Tyrik Weeks Forward (NY Rens)- Speaking of strong post players look no further than Weeks. He commands the double team on the blocks and attacks the glass relentlessly. I like his soft hands and developing footwork. He plays the game with a mean streak. He averaged a double-double over the weekend.
Franklin Ayissi-Etoh Guard (New World)- You can put Franklin at either guard spot and be okay. He can set the tempo like a true floor general but when he turns on his scoring switch watch out. His uses craftiness and size to get his shot off while having an old school feel to his game. He pumped in near 14 points per game and knew how to get to the charity stripe.
Isaiah Arnold Guard (New World)- Arnold looked good alongside Ayissi-Etoh and stayed in attack mode. He showed some good athleticism and flourished in the transition game. He also averaged double figures over the weekend and ran neck to neck with Franklin as the team’s leading scorer.
Manny Ikioda Forward (New Rens)- Manny is a strong wing that plays with a high motor. He gets it done on both ends of the floor. When he attacked the baseline, he was difficult to contain. He led the team in scoring this past weekend with 15 points a clip.
Elliot Cadeau Guard (Team IZOD)- Cadeau continues to be one of the favorite point guards to watch. He sets the table well and usually makes the correct play. This weekend he added some scoring prowess along with his playmaking ability. His high scoring game was a 15-point outing versus Milbank.
Kalik Sharp Guard (Team IZOD)- Sharp is electric with the rock in his hands. He dances well and can get separation off the bounce. He like the way he finishes and the range on his outside shot. Defensively, he’s athletic and quick enough to cause a lot of pressure on the rock.
Kenneth Shippee Forward (Team IZOD)- Shippee is the blue-collar baller for Team IZOD. He bangs the boards hard, set good screens and score when needed. He scored 14 markers against Milbank and had a good weekend.