Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NYBL All-Star Weekend Tips Off - Lights, Camera’s, Incredulous Action

Rob Taylor and the nationally recognized NYBL concluded their season with their annual all-star weekend and festivities.  Having already separated itself as the top middle school league in the country; the NYBL All-Star weekend put an explanation point on what already has been a critically acclaimed season.  

Besides being the home of both the current and reigning national champions in both classes that competed – they also made claim to the large majority of teams finishing in the top 15 of the country. 

In a league with such talented teams, this weekend was about unleashing the best of the best individual players against each other in a competitive setting.  The weekend did not disappoint as the players rose to the occasion and the fans in attendance at Outterbein University.   

The weekend commenced with the top 60 & top 40 All Star Games for the Class of 2019.

Cameron Byers of Maryland lead his Top 60 squad to victory by dominating on the glass and in transition.  In the half court he was too much to handle on the block and said farewell to the class of 2019 by taking home the MVP trophy.  As a new class of 2020 member Byers will look to continue his ascent of the national ranking boards he is looking better each time he takes the court.

Keyshawn Langley (CP3-NC) - Cameron Byers (Slam City - MD)

Keyshawn Langley from North Carolina is coming off a NYBL second place finish which was followed by the ultimate prize, a national championship trophy.  Always a team first guy Keyshawn was able to have a little fun – he played freely, showed phenomenal athleticism, and wowed the crowd with acrobatic shots that can now be confirmed as part of his scoring arsenal.  Great speed and vision allowed Langley to find and set up teammates for easy baskets.  Looked like the best player on the floor for long stretches and he very well could have been.  The MVP was a forgone conclusion at games end.

Next up were the 2020 top ballers, with the nation’s top player and national champion Shemar Morrow not in attendance the race was wide open in this class for top honors and each player played like it in competing for the title of being name the best of the best.

Christopher Ford of CBC Elite out of Charlotte, NC led his East team to an 88-66 victory of the West.  Ford paced his squad with 16pts and 6 rebounds; it wasn’t surprising to see Ford being so productive as he has competed all year long in every session.  What many across the country are not aware of is that Mr. Ford is actually a class of 2021 member making his accomplishment even more special.  A strong forward with great physical tools; Ford used positioning and a soft touch to finish in the paint and take advantage of his opportunities.  He worked hard on the glass and was productive there as well helping his team to get out in transition early and often.

Christopher Ford (CBC-NC) & Paris Dawson (WCA-CA)

Paris Dawson from Los Angeles, California who recently informed P2bball.com that he would be reclassifying to the class of 2021 received MVP honors for the West group finishing with 15pts and 2 assist and 4 steals.  Dawson who was already a top tier player at the 2020 level will without question appear at the top of any and all rankings throughout the country also kept the theme of great appearances by “underclassmen” going for the weekend.  Dawson who has fantastic length and also possesses great athleticism for a combo guard – he shows at times both speed and quickness.  Impossible to contain in the open court he is a maven in transition; his catch and shoot game is above average and his mechanics look solid.  The reclass will allow Paris to master and develop off the dribble/stop and pop mid-range game that will make him tough to stop as he progresses.  His push and pull under duress is also an area of development that Dawson will have another year to master.  Once he does this he will be winning many more MVP’s just like he earned in this game.

The West Squad also received contributions from
-Jordan Toles - Slam City (MD):7pts
-Vontray Nickerson - Flints Finest (MI): 8pts
-Jacobi Write - CBC Elite (NC): 8pts 
While the East groups other contributors included:
-Zion Harmon - Team Glory Elite (DC): 12pts
-Jeremy Roach - Leesburg Basketball Club (VA):10pts
-Chance Mott - Mansfield Cavaliers (OH): 12pts

As the 2019’s stepped onto the floor; you knew that the game was going to be special.  There is a lot of prideful players in this league and they played like it giving the crowed a very competitive and exciting affair.  The West prevailed in a back and forth affair 73-69 which was worth the price of admission.

Taking down the MVP for the West was Isaiah Moseley from Canada; who vowed before arriving in Ohio that he would show league President Rob Taylor that he was one of the top 12 in the league and that he belonged in the NYBL vs Nation game.  

Needless to say he proved it on the court using the extra motivation to lead his team with knocking down 2 two 3-pointers in route to a 12-point, 3 steal, 3 rebound effort.  Moseley has continued to improve the entire 2014 season, and is one of the best two way players in the country.  I bigtime defender who can make things happen anywhere on the floor and contribute in multiple categories.  He plays the game between the ears and above the rim and all the way out past the 3-point line.  The ability to operate as a lead guard makes him a mid to high major prospect.  After his season, the last few months on the camp circuit, and his conclusion with the MVP aware leaves little to question; Moseley is one of the best in the class.
Dexter Shouse Jr. (George Hill - IN), Isaiah Moseley (Northern Knights - CN)
Dexter Shouse Jr. earned MVP honors for the East – son of prolific scorer and former 76er Dexter Shouse Sr.; its starting to look like the apple is not falling far from the tree.   Size and length combined with 3 sports athleticism; Shouse’s basketball prowess cannot be questioned.  He can handle and defend, he can penetrate and finish, and he can pass and he rebounds outside his area – which often leads to good things in transition as he takes it off the glass goes.  In the Top 20 Game Shouse went all right dropping a team and game high 15-pts.  Still far from his ceiling, look for another big year in 2015 from Shouse.

Other Top Performers:
Chris Harris – Texas Express(TX): 10pts
Balsa Koprivica– Team Florida (FL): 10pts 7 Rebounds 3 Blocks
Terrance Williams – Slam City (MD): 12pts 7 Rebounds
Kobe Langley – CP3 (NC) – 8pts, 6 assist, 3 steals
Sidney Curry – George Hill Rising Stars (IN):11pts 6 Rebounds
Bryan Antoine – Team Rio National (NJ): 11pts
Jeremiah Francis – All Ohio Red (OH): 5pts, 5 assist, 2 Rebounds 

Just remember this was just the Saturday morning - stay tune for continued converge - and don't forget P2bball.com National Rankings will be released Monday September22nd
Video Highlight Provided Courtesy of Middle School Hoops 



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