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For the second year in a row Team Breakdown from Florida coach and founded by Kenny Gillion walked away as the champions! Congratulations to all who participated in this prestigious event. Lets take a look at some who impressed us the most.
He must continue to value the ball each and every possession at times he gets a little out of control with his ball-handling/ and passing. He is a solid on ball defender, I believe he could be outstanding defensively with more focus on leveling off the drive and contesting every jumper. He does rebound well on the defensive glass and starts the break for his team .He is a winner and has the rare ability in time to be great while making his teammates better. Back to back championships in the Nationals shows he is not getting complacent.
Doron Lamb 2010 2G (6-4 185)
Brooklyn, N.Y./ Oak Hill Academy, Va.
This young man has good athletic ability and a knack for scoring the ball. He has an abundant amount of talent offensively. Doron excels in the open floor because he can both handle the ball or score the ball. When he has the ball in his hands he keeps his head up and sees the floor, while always thinking about how he can best score. Behind the line he can get streaky and knock down 3's in succession. His three point shot is improving and needs to become more consistent to set up his strong suit which is his middle -game. He shoots the pull -up jumper with good body control and confidence. He is very consistent from the elbow area on his mid-range jumper, it seems to be a sweet spot for him on the floor. His release and extension on his shot are in sync with solid mechanics as he rises over his defenders. He knows how much space he has before the defender can get to him. On his drives to the basket he seems to be under control for the most part. When he gets in the lane he already possesses a floater and needs top learn the jump stop to avoid the charge. A large percentage of his points come from the foul line as well as from the 2-point range.
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Scott Wood 2009 SF (6-6 185)
Scott is one of the better shooters in the class of 2009. He can stroke it to the new 3-point line (20 9") with range and accuracy. Whether he is cutting of a screen or spotting up when his man goes to help Scott understands and exhibits excellent shot preparation. His foot work is strong as he gets his toes pointed toward the rim , his shoulders squared in a hurray, his head is up, his eyes see the ball into his catch, and his hands are ready in his shooting pocket to release the shot. Moving without the ball is an art that Scott utilizes as his teammates look to get him shots. He uses screens well as he reads how his defender is playing him and makes the proper cut .(straight, curl ,fade) When defenders over play he makes a back-cut to the rim. With his length and size he can shoot over most defenders. When his jumper is not there Scott will find the open man because he plays with his head up and is unselfish. He shows a good shot fake when the defender closes-out on his jumper, and then gets to his middle game effectively.
Ricardo Ratliffe 2008 PF (6-7 215)
Hampton,VA / Kecoughtan H.S.
This young man is a scoring machine in the paint. He is a big time athlete who runs the floor with terrific speed, jumps a second time quickly or jumps over you to score. What makes him special is that he has great physical attributes along with a soft scoring touch. He does a good job of posting up in the paint trying to make and maintain contact so all he has to do is turn and score. With a defender on his back Ricardo likes to go to his jump hook with his right hand over his left shoulder. He does an excellent job of going to the offensive glass scoring on second chance points. He can and will tip dunk the ball on missed shots. In offensive transition he can out run his opponent down the floor for easy baskets. From of his teammate's penetration he catches the dump down pass well with his soft hands. When he gets near the basket with his explosiveness he can earn many 3point plays the old fashion way.
Gerald Coleman 2010 2G (6-3 185)
Boston/ Tilton School
Coleman is developing into a prolific scorer. He knocks down the 3 consistently. When he gets into the paint, he plays with poise and control. This lefty can get all the way to the rim and finish with his strong body. At the basket, he can take contact and score the ball or see the help defender and slither his way around to avoid the defense. In the open floor, Coleman excels; he runs the break with scoring on his mind always attacking with his eyes on the rim. He doesn't take many bad shots and is a willing passer. He goes to the offensive glass looking for put-backs or tip in dunks with his strong athletic ability. Defensively, he gets on the glass and shows the ability to rebound the ball and handle it on the break. On the perimeter, he has the ability to keep his man out of the lane and needs to concentrate on that aspect of the game. With his length he could be a disruptive defender.
Darius Theus 2009 PT/G ( 6-3 185)
Portsmouth, Va./IC Norcom
Theus is an unselfish player, but, at times, he gets a little too unselfish. He has a high I.Q. for the point guard position. Theus has good athletic ability, and a wiry strong body. He is extremely fast in the open floor with the basketball; he runs the fast break well and makes solid decisions with the ball. He can get from foul line to foul line as well as anyone. In the half court, he uses the dribble effectively with good change of speed and change of direction dribbles moves. His middle game is solid. He is a threat on the pick and roll. He attacks the rim and goes by him or stretches him out to create space. He has a consistent jumper from 15-17 feet but needs work on his long-range shooting. He can make 3-point shots, but it's not his strength . Against pressure he invites the double-team with the ability to split the traps. Defensively, he can cause problems with his long arms and quick hands. Off the ball, he anticipates passing lanes well, but sometimes goes for steals to often.
Malcolm Moore 2009 PF (6-6 220)
Iowa City, Iowa
Moore really knows how to use his body in the post. He scores the ball and has clever post moves. He seals with his body well and has been taught how to make and maintain contact on the block. As he catches the ball with his back to the basket he goes slow to read the defense. When he makes his move he locates his defender first (scores with either hand) or throws it out of the post quite effectively. Anytime there was a double team or the defensive guard came down to dig Malcolm found the open man on the perimeter. He plays the game with a strong I.Q. His hands are strong and his footwork is in sync with his moves. The more you watch him play you realize he has a knack for scoring in the paint. He can take a hit and finish a play while possesses a good looking free throw. Speaking of free throws Malcolm scores a good percentage of his points from the line. Defensivly he needs to front the low post especially against taller players. When he gets stronger and committed to the weight room this young man will be even more productive on the court.
• Two of the smallest point guards in the country in 5-9 Phil Pressey 2010 (BABC) and 5-7 Ray Taylor 2009 (Team Breakdown)make big plays. Phil is an outstanding ball handler, as he possesses exceptional court vision and delivers passes that leads to assist. He has a natural floater in the lane and can make open 3's.Ray is a jet with the ball in his hands and excels in transition. He is a pesky on ball defender who can be a catalyst for his team. Both need to make sure they don't get caught over penetrating with nowhere to go. Both are fearless in there approach to the game, make there teammates better.
• Two big men who played well this week are (Team Florida) 6-9 Kyryl Natyazhko with his skills and and rebounding. Also (MBC) 6-10 Tom Knight who shows a solid jumper out to 15' and plays below the rim yet he is effective and improving.