Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Agame Supershootout - Epic Battles & Bigtime Talent Define 2020 Group

The 7th grade division at the Agame Supershootout had some great story-lines and some very exciting games check out 10 players who impressed with some big-time performances over the weekend.

Another Tournament another Championship - Slam City/Loaded AKA "Terror Squad" 2014 7th Grade Champions


Nathanial Tabor:  Bigtime talent who was at times unstoppable – dropped in 32 points against Team Takeover on double OT.  Carried the team in the tournament for long stretches and was a presence on the boards and defensively.  Can handle the ball very well and shot it at a high percentage, type of player you can't get enough touches as he is very effective and tough.  Has wing skills with phenomenal size and strength a player to watch moving forward.  Without question will be appearing on all national ranking boards in the future.

Joshua Christopher:  Comes in the gym shooting and looking to score, lighting quick release and unafraid to let to fly from any location. A No, no, YES! type of player who at times made the impossible look easy. Nailed 3 straight free throws with no time on the clock to send his team to OT and a victory; was tough and displayed a killer instinct - A no conscience volume scorer who produced big numbers versus the top team.  Another I10 high end machine that will appearing on all national ranking boards in the future without question - Christopher is tough and talented flat out.

 Ishmael Leggett (Team Takeover):  Leggett got loose this weekend and showed he is already in mid-season form.  Played the role of floor general at times proving he has the tools to transition to the lead guard position; ran the team well and set the tone throughout the tourney for TTO.  Took his game to another level and carried the team on his back down the stretch; team doesn’t make it anywhere near the chip without the heroics of Leggett.  Deadly FT shooter, big time shooter, and flat out did it as a pure scorer once scoring all the teams points for an 11 minutes stretch on Saturday night.  Has to be considered as one of the best scorers in the age group and the kid doesn’t even realize how good he is.  

Tyler Brelsford (Slam City/Loaded):  Turned it up and made a big statement this weekend; clearly separated himself as an elite level player in the class. Played the game with precision, poise, and passion – you can see the maturity and generalship each possession.  True PG who is showing the ability to score at a high clip; function on all 3 scoring levels this event and showed no fear in attacking the paint.  Great assist to turnover ratio, great production, great tournament for a great player.  Is going to surprise many on the circuit this season with his newfound strength and aggression ~ many already learned this weekend as Brelsford led his team to the chip.

Jordan Toles (Slam City/Loaded):  The straw the stirs the drink, Toles with the departure of all world Terrance Williams and two other contributors – the most logical place to look for increased production was the nations #4 rated player and boy ‘ole boy he didn’t disappoint.  Putting this much talent around arguable the nations best scorer is almost unfair – Toles was a consistent 5 category contributor.  He guarded the others teams top player while being a primary scorer at multiple level and literally spent time at all 5 positions looking good while doing it.  Toles saved his best for last in SCE championship victory over nationally ranked #9 Takeover  57-46 with the following Scottie Pippin like stat-line: 17pts (7-10 FG/ 1-1 3-pointers) 7 rebounds, 8 assist, 4 steals, 1 block- need we say more?

Team Scan PG #3:  Unsung hero? Star of the team? Whatever you want to call it as he goes so does the PSA Cardinals (Formerly Team Scan) – if anything goes on, on offense for the group its usually begin with him touching the rock.  Great facilitator and distributor; consistently showed great court vision and great decision making.  Looked to score a little more since the last time we saw him and he was effective off the penetration.  Great physical tools and is the type of player you want on your team.  Likely a finalist in this event if it wasn’t for their new rivals or should we say nemesis Slam City who has beat them the last 3 contest and prevented them from reaching the finals this time.  Needless to say the PSA is special and deserves to be mentioned with the events best. 

AJ Hoggard (Slam City/Loaded):  There is no real answer to stopping the bigtime PG, who wants a problem with HOGE? No one in the tournament, smaller guards he took in the paint and finished over and through them – big guards he shook created space and either shot over them or went around them.  Worked exceptionally well in the mid-range area while still making some Sports Center Top Ten Passes.  May not be anyone more dangerous in the country when probing the middle of the paint; used his skill set to make the players around him better – definition of an old school PG.  Also showed flashes of the new school PG by taking on and shouldering the scoring load for long periods – impressive and fun to watch Hoggard spearheaded and propelled Slam City to the chip.

Isaiah Todd (Slam City/Loaded):  Any plans to attempts to hide one of the nation’s top prospects regardless of class went out the window when Williams departed the team.  The Todd Show debuted in fine fashion as he put on display game after game jaw dropping skills.  The Ultra-talented and Ultra-smooth 6’7 wing displayed his versatility by handling the ball in space and in transition and finishing off the post-feed, dump off, and on the break.  He dominated on both boards and imposed his will as a shot blocker all weekend long.  Todd has clearly taken the Assassins Creed and only destroys his opponents and very well may be the most unassuming superstar in the country – the new face of SCE has them looking really good.

Isaiah Folks (023 Feet):  New star watch right here, Folks who on his previous team was more of a change of pace PG is now starting for the newly formed 023 Feet out of VA.. Folks was the heartbeat and identity for what looks to be one of the surprise teams of 2015.  He played a complete game on both ends of the floor running the team and pressing the ball on the other end.  Showed the ability to score but operated as a pass first PG.  Was impressed with the shot and range was displayed as well; anticipate that Isaiah will be appearing again as a top performer in future events as he proved that he is ready to compete on an elite level.

Cameron Byers (Slam City/Loaded):  Byers displayed this weekend what we expected to see when he announced his move to the 2020 class.  Tough physical presence with a soft touch and advance skill set – looked explosive and this made all the difference on the offensive end.  Also commanded the ball on the block and made good things happen – was solid when facing up, putting the ball on the floor and finishing.  Rebounded in and out of his space and played a very complete game in the front court.  Shot a high percentage from the field and got to the line and converted at a high clip just what you want from your interior presence.  When Byers rolled there was no answer for him in the gym at this level and as he went so did SCE.


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