Davon Reed makes history at Big Apple Basketball Invitational
Heading into the last day of the Big Apple Basketball invitational, who was going to catch the eye and attention of CourtCred today? Who was going to impress the coaches from St. Johns, Iona, Monmouth, Manhattan, Lasalle, Xavier St. Peter's, Miami Fairfield and Illinois, who were all in attendance? Well, it didn't take long thanks to Princeton Day's Davon Reed . Wow, this kid is a specimen standing 6'5 190 pounds. The scary part is he is just a junior. It's hard to not notice how athletic and versatile this kid is. Put him at either guard spot or small forward. Buckets! He has no problem getting his own shot off, or creating for others. His ability to jump over smaller defenders gives him a clear advantage on offense. He demonstrated this with a couple of nice and 1 jumpers. He also nailed a contested two point dagger at the end of the third quarter which was pretty jaw dropping. His team wasn't very good but Reed played so well, he is the only person in Big Apple Basketball history to win the MVP award in a defeat. He is also the only person in BAB history to grab 22 rebounds. For a guard that is phenomenal.
From one big guard to one small guard, Bayside's Austin Williams is as quick as it gets. Williams uses his quickness to his advantage getting a lot of steals due to his passing lane awareness. Good win for Bayside. They held on late get the win agains Princeton Day.
St. Thomas More and Notre Dame Prep up next. Notre Dame Prep's Stephen Adams is a man. He has a NBA body already. This was a intriguing matchup between two seven footers and the tallest players of the tournament in Adams (7'0) and St. Thomas More's Chier Ajou (7'2). The Pittsburgh bound Adams is an able and athletic big man with great hands. He finishes around the rim well. Notre Dame is so dangerous if you double Adams, he has a plethora of guards to pass the ball to. He has options with the smooth shooting Xavier bound Miles Davis. He also has the underrated slasher Nehemias Morillo and Sam Casell Jr, who is always fun to watch. St. Thomas More held their own early led by point guard AJ English. English is a good point guard. A little undersized but he can play and has bounce. Speaking of bounce, Mount Vernon's Isaiah Cousins has plenty of it. Up next in a sanctined game against Cardozo, Cousins terrorized the Cardozo guards on offense and defense. Cousins had to have like 5 dunks off of steals. Despite the second loss for Cardozo in as many days Ryan Yearwood is a reason for hope for the Jermaine Lawrence less Judges team.
The final game of the evening featured Isaiah Whitehead and the Lincoln Railsplitters. Depending on who you ask, most will tell you that Whitehead is the best player in New York. Just a sophomore, the talent is there. His jumper is improving too. He definitely was pulling and making threes from NBA range. Besides his apparent skill, what stands out most about him is his level of confidence and competitiveness. He knows he is good. Lincoln completely blew out Robert Vaux and Tafari Whittingham was a big reason why. Whittingham was just all over the court. Watch him play. He runs the court like a gazelle. You will notice all he does is get big time blocks and monster put back slams. A complete work horse. Tiny has his one-two punch for at least one more season with Tafari being a junior.
Bayside 56 VS. Princeton Day 49
Notre Dame Prep 79 VS. St Thomas More 72
Mount Vernon 58 VS. Cardozo 49
Abraham Lincoln 77 VS. Robert Vaux 42