Friday, June 11, 2021

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade MDC Top Performers Part 1

Nick Harken

The 6th Grade Division at the Memorial Day Classic gave us a look into the future and a first time champion. Here’s our first look at the top performers in the 6th Grade. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade MDC Top Performers Part 1 

Nick Harken Forward (TTown Ballers) – Mr. Memorial Day was unstoppable at the 6th grade level. His size and skill level made him un guardable as he led his team to the championship banner. With the ability to shoot, pass and dribble at a high-level Harken could do pretty much anything he wanted on the court. He plays hard with a high motor, and he can clear the glass and lead the break making the right decision leading to easy baskets. He finished with 26 points in their championship win.

Nick Neri Guard (TTown Ballers) – Neri is a hard nosed, high IQ combo guard with good size. He can handle the rock and finished good around the rim. He moves well without the ball understanding where he should be on the court to get into scoring position to receive the pass. We also like his effort on defense as he is an above average defender. He has a nice jumper with range out to the 3-point line. He finished with 21 point that included two 3 pointers in their semifinal win.

Ryan Melniczak Guard (TTown Ballers) – Ryan is a high IQ point guard that controls the whole game for his squad. He is a pass first point guard that knows how to get his teammates the ball in scoring position. He has a great pace to his game and has a tight handle enabling him to handle full court pressure.

Evan Valadez Guard (KS All Stars) – Valadez handled the point guard duties for his squad. He had a nice handle and could navigate the court to get into scoring position. He had a nice stroke out to the 3-point line as he knocked down multiple threes in the game we watched. The other team played zone and he knew how to attack the seams of the zone off the dribble. He tallied 12 points in the game we saw.

Jaise Greaves Guard (KS All Stars) – Greaves is a wing guard that could knock down the 3 ball. He played well feeding off Valadez moving to open spots on the floor to receive the drive and kick pass. He rebounded good for his position and served as a secondary ball handler.