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King James Shooting Stars Classic : 15u Standouts

Posted on 24. Apr, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

Instead of flawking to the main gym to watch 17u with all the other media outlets, I decided to make the drive to North Canton High School to get an early beat on some of the nations best 15 year olds.  While Friday night started late and only gave me an opportunity to catch two games, there were 6 players in the class of 2013 that caught my eye.  Interestingly enough they were all Team Takeover guys.  Three from DC and three from Toronto !!

 

Will Ferguson, Team Takeover DC (6-0, 165) (2013)

Will did a tremndous job running his team in game one.  He was outstanding in transition; always making the right pass and showing excellent body control at the rim.  He's got good handles, a desire to get into the eye of the defense, and the ability to make plays for his teammates in the paint.  Defensively is where Will really stood out.  He got low, gave all out effort, had active hands, and made it hard for Hidden Gems guards to feed the post or penetrate the lane.  While I didn't see him make many outside jumpers, my good friend Evan Daniels informed me that he was a sniper at Boo Williams two weeks ago. 

Demetric Austin, Team Takeover DC (6-5, 210) (2013)

Demetric was a man among boys during Takeover's opening round game of pool play.  He has the body and motor of a linebacker and used it to get anything he wanted on the floor.  He did work on the low block, showing a crafty hook over his left shoulder, good footwork, and excellent touch.  He also attacked the offensive glass, getting himself 2nd and 3rd chances.  While some of those opportunities came because the Hidden Gems did a terrible job boxing out, one has to think that they may have been scared to put a body on the 210 pound 2013 standout.   

Stanley Robinson, Team Takeover DC

No relation to the Uconn forward, Takeover's Stanley Robinson also has nice bounce.  The lefty wing showed great hands, excellent awareness in the paint, and great instincts to find his teammates.  He made shots in the lane, distributed the basketball, ran the floor, and finished at the rim.  Stanley has the speed and length to guard multiple positions and used it to keep defenders in front of him and contest shots. 

Tevin Findlay, Bounce/Team Takeover CN

Tevin was tremendous in transition tonight, using his strength and IQ to get to the rim anytime he wanted.  He has a tremendous motor and a great understanding of spacing in traffic.  While he still needs to make himself a threat as an outside shooter to become a complete guard, his ability to get to the rim is way ahead of the curve.  He's got a strong build, outstanding length, and quick feet; all the ingredients to become a lockdown defender.  He showed flashes of it vs. the Milwaukee Spartans, now he just has to embrace and get it done.  One of the strongest and most rugged 2013 shooting guards I've seen so far this summer. 

 Josh Bell, Bounce/Team Takeover CN

Josh worked a sweat like noone else in the gym tonight.  He plays extremely hard and it's fun to watch.  His motor is second to none, he gets into his opponent defensively, and he uses his frame to prevent them from getting where they want to go.  Offensively Josh is a bulldozer who's unguardable going to the rim.  When he puts his head down he looks like a fullback shooting his gap.  He also displayed a very nice mid range game off the dribble.  He's not a catch and shoot guy, but he can create his own shot whenever he wants.  He took some ill-advised three's, but when you work as hard as Josh does, they are easy to overlook. 

Tyler Ennis, Bounce/Team Takeover CN

Tyler is a tripple threat out on the basketball court.  He can shoot it, he can take his man off the bouce, and he can distribute.  It wasn't Tyler's day shooting the basketball, but he still found a way to impact the game.  He's got such great vision and court awareness and he put it on display tonight.  Tyler is an outstanding passer in the lane and found his teammates for countless easy opportunities after continuously drawing the helpside defender.  Tanveer Bhullar and Jordan Robinson were the beneficiaries, and did a nice job finishing at the rim.   I expect Tyler to make his three's throughout the rest of this tournament, and that should open up even more opportunities for him to make plays in the paint. 

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3 Responses to “King James Shooting Stars Classic : 15u Standouts”

  1. Canadian Content « The Rawk Shop Concordance 03. May, 2010

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  2. idris miller 29. Apr, 2010

    What about dakari johnson, he was destroying competition all weekend. and he is only an 8th grader

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