Thursday, March 31, 2016

We’ll wrap it up with the 15-U division

We’ll wrap it up with the 15-U division

NBU came in with 2 talented prospects who played well in the 3 game set, Max Williams six foot one scorer from Latin School has a chance to be one of the best players to come out of there in recent years.  Whitney Young’s 6-1 frosh Tyler Bady performed well, he opened some eyes with his sparking play.  Patrick Steward coached the Demons 15 & 14-U squad, he had a collection of talent on hand with both groups.  His 14-U group actually beat a 15-U team while several of his youngsters played-up in the 16-U field.  Notable players for the Demons we need to recognize are 5-8 Devin Davis a point guard, Marcus Dorsey 6-3 a small forward and Edmond Bryant a 6-1 talented lad from George Manierre Elementary.  This trio is from a talented 2020 class.

Old Gold’s 15-U team split 3 games between 2 talented groups.  We will recognize some of their more notable players at a later date; Example Sports descended into Plainfield with a nice crop of talent from the far south suburbs, they’ve managed to do a very good job of securing local talent in the Kankakee surrounding areas.  We will talk about their program at a later date, this made for a quality event in Plainfield.  That sums up the event.

“On the Scene with the 16-U” (2)

On the Scene with the 16-U

Condric Sanders “AKA” – Old School, arrived on the scene with his One Vision Rockford program they were supposedly dialed in and ready for their first game versus the Demons.  Unfortunately their group zipped up & down the floor but with no favorable results the first couple of games.  “Several of their sophomores caught the attention of our brass; Rockton-Hononegah’s soph guard Kameron Kholberg was an intriguing prospect, Quillen Dixon (Jefferson) showed slick ball-handling and slashing ability, the combo guard has a wealth of potential; Ty Waller a muscular build scorer from Winnebago H.S. was spotty and Jyaire Robinson 6-4 (Guilford) was a bouncy wing who looks like he’s still figuring things out.”  Old School will have his one vision program reaching for new heights in the near future.

Team Example’s six foot two sharp shooter Harry Crawford (Manteno) drained four 3’s in his first game against NBU team and he continued his assault versus opponents One Vision and the Chicago Demons, he also displayed strong leadership skills.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Illinois Spot-Lite Spring Jamboree (2)

On–the-17-U Scene” 
(continued from previous post)

Team RWA also had two prospects on their roster that we need to view again in the upcoming weeks, Addison Laubert a 6-9 junior form St. Viator was active, ran the floor well, finished some plays at the rim.  In the present we will reserve our thoughts on what level to project him.  Lincoln Way North a south-suburban school that will be closing its doors at the end of the semester has junior Dorian Aluyi an intriguing six foot six forward who we will add to our 2017 grid.  He came into the event as an under-the-radar clone, he looked a little baffled at times, he has a great frame and just needs some polish & seasoning.  The Illinois Stars founded by Troy Johnson now considered one of our veteran coaches along the club circuit, showed-up with a roster comprised of several budding stand-outs.  The Stars will likely field one of the top five 17-U teams in our state.  They man-handled team RWA and Example Sports, behind the much improved play of Marion Catholic’s promising 6-8 pivot man Tee-Aaron Powell and Lemont’s silver quick P.J. Pipes a top 10 point-guard in a well-regarded 2017 class, Michael Finley (Glenbard East) displayed a steady floor game and was a reliable shooter on the perimeter.  Cameron Gross (Oak-Park) a top 30 recruit in the “17” cast was on cruise this day, he seemed to be sorting & sizing-up the climate so to speak, but when engaged, he can be lethal at both ends of the floor.  I view him as a Valley, A10, American Conference recruit.  Jose Grubbs a solid combo guard from Joliet Central and John Contant a shooter from Stagg, the pair caught my eye. All-In walloped their two opponents (Example Sports & RWA), the anticipated rumble slated at 5:00-5:30 between the Stars and All-In didn’t materialize in lieu to the Star’s inability to hang-around.  So that match-up may be assembled at Antonio Curl’s (The modern day Dave Krider) NYLA2 event this weekend in the out-skirts of Milwaukee.  The All-In bunch had an aerial show unleashed on the opposition which made for an appealing show.  Jacobs looks every bit of a top 10 prospect, he’s a sleek graceful athlete who resembles some of the smooth 6-4 back-court players we used to produce in Chicago during the 70’s & 80’s era.  Joliet West’s rangy play-maker Teyvion Kirk (top 35) glided & diced his way around defenders, while showing some athleticism, once he corrects some mechanical glitches with his J we envision him being a sure fire mid-major find.  Tyler Chism the 6-3 slasher from Proviso East was his usual self whenever we view him, he’s lethal & innovative when attacking the rim.  Chism (top 30-35) is personally one of my favorites in the class.  Riverside-Brookfield big game sniper Henry Trenlenberg had sparkling outing, he made shots, he looked comfortable blending with an array of perimeter mates.  Calvin Hill (Kenwood) displayed he can be a reliable ball-handler, scorer.  Mather’s Dolapo Olayinka a cagey 6-4 athlete with exhilarating potential gave us blemishes of what late July might entail for his rise as a prospect; U-High’s sleek 6-5 Jamal Alausa and Joliet West high-energy forward Tabyous Casterberry rounded out the All-In line-up with an impressive showing.  I like blue print of their roster, they need a significant post player to compete at a high-level nightly with the national circuit boys.  They’re likely will vie for the top 4-5 slot in club team category in our state.

On the Scene with the 16-U

Vince Carter’s famed Chicago Demons program has been facilitating youth basketball teams since the 1980’s.  It seems they have reinvented their brand of late.  The Demons came in with a wave of offensive fire power led by Kenwood’s second year forward Naseer Turner and a very activated parent corps armed & ready to shelve out blows to anyone interested in harming the kids or coaches.  LOL!  Teaming with the talented 6-5 Turner was Bogan 6-1 play-maker Kobe Mapp, speedy 6 foot guard  Javion May out of Hope Academy – 6-6 wing Ed Bryant (Marshall) and St. Laurence 6-5 front-courter Zion Fortune were all outstanding.  They have the look of a promising group.  The spring & summer could brandish some positive results for this traditionally rich program.  The Mike Horton & Son coached group went 3-0.  Example Sports and the Rockford based Illinois Ballerz will be next up.

Stay tuned for more event up-dates tomorrow.