Monday, July 31, 2017

NLMA 2025 wins 4TH Grade 2017 Prime Time Nationals capping B2B titles

I love feedback, well when it makes sense and by that I mean makes sense to me because I'm in my own little world doing my thing and over the past few days, that was watching talented players, many of which showed me already they have not only the potential to play somewhere in college but be impact players when they get there. NLMA 2025 left me speechless and if you know me, I love to talk, maybe during events because I'm busy and focused on what I'm doing and watching and sometimes that might be myself taking a selfie

I don't even know were to start with this group so let the pictures dictate how I roll. Aaliyah Chavez is past athletic and falls into that "ultra athletic mode" you might hear me talking about, well read but she not only hangs in the air but glides as well and this stage, that ain't happening a lot and I've been doing this since last century so I sort of know what I'm talking about. Not only does she create her on shot in traffic, she attacks the basket relentlessly and with her length and size, she's going to be hard to handle

Valerie Norwood may or may not be kin to Brandi but watching her change directions, in traffic, was definitely a hit with me. I love seeing players do things instinctively and under control, these are things you can't teach. Kiyoko Proctor and Kaylinn Kemp just keep coming at you, there is no quit in their game and watching Devoriah Brown handle the ball under pressure was a treat in itself

I see ya battlin Aniyah Johnson, good size and strength already at this stage mixed with coordination are all pluses that will lead you to the cake but the icing she attacks the rim strong and finishes with contact coupled with form on her free throws, these are little things that will be huge. Shilow Kimpson has the name to go with the game because she sees the floor, attacks and finishes  and that midrange is going to come in handy, well not for defenders.

Let me a bug in your ear because as I was told on Facebook everyone doesn't know who I am but the game has and always will start at the ONE and Raniyah Hunt has the tools that can't be taught. She understands two things that stand out, who to get the ball to and when to do it but an even bigger thing is when to take the game over. Smart and steady point guards will always catch my attention but this squad definitely kept it

BTR wins 3RD Grade Division at 2017 Prime Time Nationals

I love watching young talent on on Friday's during Prime Time Nationals, I spend the whole day watching those in elementary school as well as some just entering middle school to get a glimpse of future stars of tomorrow and Below The Rim definitely have some in their organization. I had an up close look for an extended amount of time at the 3RD grade group which took home the championship on Friday and this is what I saw from the group. Eniyah Holmes already gets it, she handles the ball under pressure and attacks the basket under control. Loved the energy from Brennen Bert and Vyctorius Jackson as well as Aniyah Davis who just brought plenty of heat all game

Jayla Constant is already splitting defenders and when you can handle the ball, again under control and do this at this age, you're way ahead of the game but athleticism and knowledge runs rampant Makiya Moore and Cobe Adamson definitely fit that description while Essence Curry reminds me of a player from down here from way back with the same ;last name, Ashley Curry because she's already posed on the floor and goes hard baseline to baseline throughout the game.This was definitely a fun group to watch , I truly appreciate getting the roster information ahead of time because there was some serious talent in the younger age groups and this squad definitely has some players

 I keep thinking about Deandra Minor's footwork on defense, you can't teach that and she will create problems just on that alone throughout her career and let me close with those, I don't know if DaNae Jefferson is related to George but she will definitely be "movin on up" because her upside and potential is unlimited. She already has size, that's a plus, trust me and she anticipates where to be defense, she plays the passing lane, she creates her own shot and she goes after every rebound. Hopefully I spelled everyone's name correctly so when other "Christopher Columbus' folks" say  they discovered you, we can come right back to this and I love nothing more than to say I told you so

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lady Pumas Select #I10LiveShowcase

Love to see Louisiana squads because more times that not, I'll be in for a treat even if they roll in down I-10 with boudin or cracklin for me but I'm going to drop this on Lady Pumas anyway, next time I'm expecting a treat though, I'm serious. I was serious about Bereionne Woods four years ago when I caught her in New Orleans in a tournament along with several other can't misses on their squad and just like I called it, all have committed somewhere and even though Woods is a year behind, she too will land on her feet but right now she'll land on my tip sheet which will be on my website later today or tonight or early tomorrow but she'll be on it


Ja' Kai Randall had a solid performance in the paint, I definitely loved watching Aujelyn Davis get to the basket, Cierra Cockerham showed a nice midrange game while the energy from Bria Neal was hot baseline to baseline but it din't stop there. Takelia Smith and Lindsey Lovecchio didn't let up when they came in,  Ahjah Yunusah is another force inside to be reckoned with. Terris McKay definitely is exciting, nice spin move in traffic but I love guards with poise and she has that along with the ability to attack the basket and finish but I ain't finished. Jaleah Lafargue left me speechless and seeing that she's a 2020, I ain't talking at all. Athletic, gets to the basket at will, finishes, jumps out the gym and huge upside

Texas Elite Phenom 16U #I10LiveShowcase

I definitely got a kick out watching this younger Phenom squad get after it at the I-10 Live Showcase and many showed me more than I had seen during the glimpses I've had throughout the season. First looks at Rylee Batson, Madison Jones and Mikayla Malik were good ones but the whole squad is filled with potential. Batson attacks off the dribble and can create and nail midrange, Jones also does a good job getting to the basket and finishing as well as defends and rebounds well while the upside I'm seeing in Malik with her length and athleticism truly captured my attention as well as the electrifying speedster Deja Jones and Heavyn Ming who brings heat on both ends

Anna Kassim keeps solidifying her next level status, she's strong and finishes that way not to mention she too rebounds well, on both ends. On top of all that, her perimeter defense keeps getting better and while I'm talking about perimeter, you better guard her once she crosses halfcourt because she can shoot the long ball pretty accurately. I'll catch the whole squad down the road, be sure and stay tuned for the I-10 Live Tip Sheet which will be dropped later today, more than likely on my website


Sunday, July 16, 2017

DFW Elite Nike 14U #FlavaJam shows stars of the future

Let me tell you something, if this your first time familiarizing yourself would me or what I do, don't be shocked at some of things I say because I definitely mean them but more importantly your only concern should be that I know what I'm doing and I know what I'm talking about and when I associate things such as being counted out like I have been for so many times, it's refreshing to see a 14U squad competing in a NATIONAL 17U event and like me, they keep coming at you with a vengeance. Zyniah Thomas, Mya Willaims and Carolynn Washington all pictured above are three very talented young ladies. Thomas and Washington have landed on my Tip Sheets, both are explosive guards that simply don't know what the word quit means while Williams power on the inside against older players was definitely a treat  to see

Jasmine Shavers has "big time" written all over her and when your hand time enables me to change SD cards before you come down, that in itself should tell you something but watching her create in traffic is huge at this stage. Callie Cooper is definitely a HOOPER, so much energy on both ends and can score but the energy doesn't stop there. Z'Mya Cox, Theasia Ebron and Keyanna White all bring heat and they're all DYNOMITE bit I'm serious, this group of 2021 players will enter high school ready to prove something, they've battled against some of the top players in te state and country and they're not afraid of anything, just like me so with all that being said, Kayden Prox got the Tip Sheet nod from Flava Jam


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 1 #I10LiveShowcase was solid with more action today

The best way to do something, at least for me is to write it , that way there's no confusion on where I stand on certain issues and over the past week, I have to admit I have seen some of the best basketball that I've seen over the last few seasons. Starting of with the Super 64, then Flava Jam and closing with Prime Time's Grand Finale while I was "camping out" in the Metroplex area, watching the action, talent and energy at Day 1 of the Phenoms I-10 Live Showcase was simply the icing on the cake

Be ready for a barrage of info, sort of like that barrage of long ball shooting I witnessed Clutch City Bowman's squad dropped on me yesterday but here's how it will go, Tip Sheets from each event mentioned, that's FOUR, as well as dropping one on the GPR Under The Radar players so always remember, "if I ain't got a roster I ain't sayin nothin bout ya" so I've said this several ways from correct grammar to dropping it when I was BOTH but needless to say, when I drop it, I'm on point, no agenda whatsoever so be ready and always remember to bring it on the court