(MVP) Nasim Cosby
The Paul Pintella Memorial Classic brought together eight middle school teams and was a huge success. Here’s our first look at the top performers.
Paul Pintella Memorial Classic Top Performers Part 1
MVP Nasim Cosby Guard (Maxson Middle School)- The two-guard destroyed the competition all weekend. He scored it from all three levels and made it look easy. He deep stroke was pretty, mid-range game was efficient and showed good body control at the tin. He also was a demon in the passing lanes which led to easy buckets on the other end. He scored 20 pts (quarterfinals), 18 (semifinals) and 18 (championship) respectively. He was very impressive this weekend.
Antwone Jones Guard (Maxson Middle School)- This guard can also stroke it from deep but also drive to the cup. But his biggest impact might be on the defensive end. He locks down ball handlers and guarded multiple positions. He determined to put the rock in the hole. He scored 14 points in each of the three games.
Chimeziri Okeoma Guard (Maxson Middle School)- Every team needs a floor general and this slippery point guard gets this done for this Plainfield squad. His passing keeps teammates happy while his drive, draw and dish game frustrated opponents. He was a pest on defense collecting several steals during the press. He saved his best scoring output for the championship with 21 markers.
Kayne Brown Forward (Maxson Middle School)- Brown was another strong defender and versatile player for the champs. He didn’t care about scoring but was willing to do all the little things to help his squad get the win. He had a strong frame which helps him impact the game on both ends.
Davontay Hudson Forward (Joyce Kilmer)- The big wing had an explosive weekend. When he was knocking down the trey ball he was scoring at the rim while absorbing contact. I like his stroke and body control at the cup. He also plays the other end of the floor effectively. He scored 16 pts (quarterfinals), 22 pts (semifinals) and 13 pts (championship) respectively.
Jeffrey Wright Jr, Forward (Joyce Kilmer)- The southpaw is only a 7th Grader but dominated like an upper class-man. Once he got the rock deep on the post it was curtains for the defenders. His kissed the rock off the glass all weekend and was a total beast on the boards. He lived at the charity stripe and scored 17 points in each of the three games.
Eric Jones Guard (Joyce Kilmer)- Jones is Kilmer’s best on ball defender. He loves turning ball handlers and getting steals on the press. On offense he looks his best in transition when passing or scoring on the break.