Tuesday, June 2, 2015

King James 2020: Nothing is Given. Everything is Earned. They Worked for What They Have

The backcourt of Isaiah Kennedy and Grant Huffman have proved to be a formidable combination this season; leading the King James All-Stars 2020 to a very impressive spring and summer.  The squad has competed with and beat many of the top teams in the country – including wins over the George Hill All-Stars, St. Louis Wildcats and a championship run in the annual LeBron James tournament in Ohio.

The team is very balanced and possesses the key components to compete on the highest level.  The frontline has size that can both finish on offense and features some great rim protectors on the defensive side. Their ability to rebound by committee allows them to control the glass on both end when locked in.

Darion Henry has the potential to be very special and performs well when there is a premium placed on getting him the rock in scoring position.  long, mobile, and athletic with signs of being able to develop into a skilled face-up type big man. He moves with ease, covers a lot of ground quickly, and gets off his feet in a hurry. He can run and jump to score, put the ball down on the floor to finish.  Naturally powerful with a strong frame and the potential to add plenty more muscle mass down the road, Henryis also an athletic and very fluid for a youngster of his size. He runs the floor very well, finishes with explosiveness and power going through contact and making him a play to watch nationally in the class of 2020.

Isaiah Kennedy
Isaiah Kennedy continues to make a claim as one of the premier point guards in the class of 2020 showing a very diverse package at all three levels, including some very nice stuff as a post-up back to the basket guard.  He has excellent size and is very strong especially his bas strength. He pushes the ball on the break where he can finish with contact and he is strong enough to initiate contact and clear path for himself. He will also not hesitate to advance pass after receiving an outlet pass. He has a nice feel for the game and an excellent IQ.  He trains with a passion and is one of the most well-conditioned athletes on the floor each time out.  Acting as primarily as a facilitator the team doesn’t run the same when he is not on the floor, exemplifying his value and importance – Kennedy takes his game and the team to another level when he is engage and empowered on the scoring end where he is effective at all levels.  The understanding of allowing his defense to dictate his offense shows a maturity that will pay big dividends in the future. 

Grant Huffman
Grant Huffman is the ultimate combo guard who can play both backcourt positions; but is one of the best knockdown shooters you will find.  His physical growth and development has seen him confidence in is penetration and mid-range package.  A very clever player with great length he plays the game 94 feet always remaining engaged thus affects the game in multiple ways. He has a knack of finding ways to score at all three levels and his unique finishing at the basket is becoming uncanny. He plays with great energy and with purpose in mind. His savvy, IQ, and court sense allows him to get some minutes at the lead guard, but what we continue to be extremely impressed with his shooting beyond the arch as well as being able to shoot a great percentage from the mid-range off the catch and off the bounce.  

You can consider the aforementioned players the Big 3 of the King James Shooting Stars, but they are the consummate team.  Different players step up at different times bringing an array of different and impressive skills to the table.  The coaching staff employs some clever match-up zones and offensive play sets that they are dedicated to running well and efficiently – they are poised, confident, and capable of making a run at the upcoming NYBL National Championship, stay tuned as Ohio and the King James play for two championship this June.

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