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Brampton PG Jarryn Skeete is TTC’s newest X-Factor

Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, Interviews

As I watched the guys from Team Takeover Canada 16u celebrate their first championship of the summer, I couldn't help but come away thinking the x-factor in them finally breaking through was their new starting point guard, Jarryn Skeete.  Loaded with high major talent, TTC came close at the Baltimore Elite Invitational, losing to Team Takeover DC in the championship game.   Not getting over the hump certainly wasn't a reflection of their frontcourt, as the combination of Sim Bhullar, Anthony Bennett, and  Negus Webster-Chan dominated inside on both ends of the floor.  The only thing holding  them back from bringing home the ultimate prize was some slight inconsistencies at the point guard position. 

When Jermaine Myers left the team for Indiana Elite these inconsistencies were magnified, as TTC  had lost their only true lead guard.  That's not a shot at Naz Long.  He's a terrific player, but he's more of a scoring combo than a true floor general.  Without Jermaine, TTC was suddenly facing a lot of questions.  "When we lost Jermaine I was a little bit disappointed.  He was our point guard and we had experience with him in that role for a couple years" said TTC head coach Mike George.  It was at that point that some of the players mentioned to Mike a Brampton area point named Jarryn Skeete.   Mike placed Skeete on the 16u "B"  squad as a trial in Indianapolis.  "I wasn't expecting too much out of Jarryn.  I thought he'd be just an ok player.  When I saw him in Indiana it was like WOW.  His poise, his ability to knock down open shots, his ability to get his teammates involved, and his ability to control tempo was outstanding.  He can slow it down and be effective and he can push the ball.  That's something we never really had in a point guard before.  His ability to read the game and know when to slow it down and when to pick it up gives us something new." 

Playing up with the "A" team in West Virginia and playing on the circuit in just his second tournament, Jarryn adjusted to the higher level of competition very quickly.  "I was nervous at first, but I quickly realized I could play at this level and knew I had the trust of the guys on the floor" said Skeete.  "Playing with Sim and Anthony I could throw any pass and knew they were going to catch it.  It made my job WAY easier."  As the games went on, his teammates gained more and more trust in their new floor general and quickly began to realize he wasn't just a replacement.  According to coach George,  "The defining point to me was in the championship game.  Jarryn made a ridiculous pass, the ref blew the whistle, and Anthony Bennett rushed over to him and was like "oh my god.  I can't believe you just made that pass". Anthony had to go high five the guy because he was in awe." 

In his first tournament playing with Team Takeover Canada's "A" team, Jarryn led his guys to the championship.  " It felt so good.  As the point guard I am the leader of the team, so us winning means I must have done a good job leading them"  said Skeete.  "I'm unslefish.  My goal is to just make my teammates look good."  Make his teammates look good he did !!!!  Sim got more touches and looked more effective than he has all summer, Anthony was able to utilize his athleticism and versatility, and Naz was able to focus more on scoring than keeping everyone happy.  Everyone got to do what they do best and the results speak for themselves.  "Jarryn just brings a different flavor and the guys absolutely love him."  says Mike.  "He was sensational and as a result the rest of the guys played sensational" said one prominent college head coach after a semi final win. 

With Team Takeover Canada's entire core expected to play in Orlando, and Skeete beaming with confidence, coach George has high expectations.  "I think we have a great chance.  We're just as good as any team in North America.  If we don't win, I'll tell you what…. we're going to be extremely disappointed."


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