Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Invitational Tournament 5th Grade All-Tournament Team

The Invitational Tournament attracted many of the top players from across the country – their Prolific Performances impressed the many in attendance as well as our national scouts. Its our pleasure to introduce you to our 2022 All-Tournament Team.

Co-Tournament MVP's - Andrew Rhuebottom (Left) & Jarace Walker (Right)

Jarace Walker (Bmore Finest)Walker owned the paint and the shots he didn’t block over the weekend he changed in route to leading his team to the chip.  He didn’t have a true breakout game scoring but was consistent all weekend long. His activity and his consistent contributions in multiple categories was often the difference maker for his team.  Showing at such a young age he is able to effect games in many ways bodes very well for the future of this young man.  With the skill to knock down the 3 as well as work off the dribble and in both post also speak to the areas he can hurt you.  Bottom-line Walker does whatever his needed him to do in order to win and that’s the name of the game.

Andrew Rhuebottom (Team Durant North formerly Banneker Kings) – The big man put on an amazing show all weekend long dominating in every statistical category highlighted by a 32-point 16-rebound 4-block effort against the DII national champions.  He was virtually unstoppable all weekend long as he dominated on both ends of the court.  He put the team on his back for long stretches and worked from the block, off the boards, and against double and triple teams.  This is the best we have seen him play and it took him just short of the championship.


TJ (Bmore Finest) – The combo guard had a solid weekend, he involved all his teammates and the entire squad contributed to every win with a balanced attack.  TJ was always in the conversation in the scoring column even leading them a game or two while being a distributor.  He pressed the paint but was disciplined enough to pull it out and go to work.  He handled the pressure and found ways to probe the defense for kick outs or point blank shots.  Like the size and length on this guard too as all his tools were vital in helping the Finest secure the chip. 

Sammy Scott (Team Durant North formerly Banneker Kings) - Point guards are the heart and soul of their teams and Scott brings it on a high level each time out. His ball handling and passing exploit are well known to the nation and he didn’t disappoint this time out knocking down shots, setting up his hungry big, and finding his spot up shooters off his drive and kick game.  He handled the pressure for his squad on the press and did all he could coming up just short in the chip.

Daemar Kelly (Carr’s Elite Ballers) - Only a 4th grader, the combo guard impressed with a very steady handle, passed well, and made good decisions.  Shot the ball with solid mechanics but each time we saw him he was dropping dimes to his teammates sometimes in very tight windows.  He played the game at different speeds excelling in both transition and the half court.  With very good size for the position he was able to see over defenses.  Solid frame and good IQ this is a combo who got the job done at the P.I.T and one that looks to be an impact player in the future. 

Anthony Cook (Carr’s Elite Ballers) - Cook had an impressive weekend putting in work from the short corner and off the box, we even saw him do some work from the wing. He muscled his way to the cup  for buckets and wouldn’t be denied putting together some double figure scoring outputs along the way, playing with a very team oriented group he was able to standout offensively competing against the best in the building and doing more than hold his own. 

Jordan Thomas (Carr’s Elite Ballers) - One of the toughest and most complete wings we saw over the weekend. He got it done in transition and from the perimeter knocking down shots from all 3 levels and working well off cuts and penetration.  He’s an old school player who isn’t afraid of contact and will take in right into the teeth of the defense which he did often for some impressive scoring outputs. 

Jordan Harris (Columbia Ravens) - The floor general for the purple birds motor never stopped all weekend long as he left it all on the floor.  He was impactful in transition as a scoring as well he came off the rock setting up teammates for scoring opportunities.   He really made an impact on the defensive side of the ball playing passing lanes, causing turnovers with ball pressure and setting the example for his teammates. He showed the ability to be a true leader on the floor on both ends.

Cidney "CJ" Johnson (Columbia Ravens) – The burly combo forward turned out to be one of the best prospects in this age group. He proved that he could operate as a point-forward as well as carry the scoring load if asked. An underrated athlete his whose skill set allows him the ability to be effective anywhere on the floor.  Played big dropping double figures in two of the squad’s victories and showed he is force to be reckoned with in the class.

“Ace” Valentine (Columbia Ravens) – Playing up a year up the savvy, skilled PG logged heavy minutes throughout but played with the same speed and quickness as he did from the opening tip.  The spark plug guard played with emotion and determination in his game more than showing he belong against players sometimes two years his SR.  Showed and eagerness to force the action and make plays and a tremendous will to win. We see him as a future big time scoring one.

Jamar Wilson (Baltimore Elite) – BE seemed to go as Wilson went over the course of the weekend.   He loved the transition game and pushed the rock at every opportunity event when getting it off the glass himself.  Like the different ways he was able to score the ball when we saw him doing it both of the catch and the bounce.  Was most effective when slashing, good size and skill potential for this kid!  

Dejin Conaway (Baltimore Elite) – Showed shot range and penetration ability and was best with the rock in his hands; played great on the ball defense pressuring the opposing ball-handlers and allowed his defense to create some offense for him.  Got better each game that we saw him even against some tough competition – has the tools to compete on a high level, we expect him to be a problem for opponents for a long time to come.

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