This past weekend Courtcred attended the annual Spring Fling hosted by the NJ Playaz, which is the unofficial kick off to “AAU” Season in the NJ/NY area. This event allowed us to get an early look at some of the better teams without being limited to the shoe company related events. Because of the unique set up, we were able to see early season matchups between two of the top programs in both the Under Armour (WeR1 & New Heights) and Nike EYBL (NJ Playaz & NY Rens) circuits. Here are our four takeaways from the weekend:
Trevon Duval Looked Like the Best Player in the Country
Trevon is making his case to be the best player in the country. We all know he is a capable scorer, but his ability to facilitate the offense was on full display this weekend. Trevon made his teammates around him better throughout the tournament. We all have seen the jaw dropping highlight dunks in the past, but his “Dimes” were just as entertaining. It would be interesting to see which college lands him.
Can the NY Rens win the Nike Peach Jam?
The 2015 Adidas Uprising Champions have made the switch to Nike. They surrounded Christ the King point guard Jose Alvarado with high caliber weapons on the wings: Hamidou Diallo and Jordan Tucker. Hamidou has established himself as one of the top shooting guards in the country, reminding us of Russell Westbrook the way he attacks the rim with so much intensity. Jordan Tucker on the other hand, looked like the player many thought he would be entering high school. Tucker was getting it done inside and out all weekend. He was attacking the paint, crashing the boards and knocking down the 3-pt shot. What was more impressive was how physically in shape he was. The addition of Diallo and Tucker fills the void left by Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron, but time will tell how successful they will be in one of the most competitive leagues in the country. Winning the Playaz Spring Fling was a good start.
Keith Williams is the Most Underrated Player in NYC
Keith Williams has the skills to be one of the top guards in New York City. It was his play in the final minutes of the semifinal game to help his New Heights team secure the win to go to the championship. He has a nice looking mid-range game and his athleticism and lateral quickness makes him a pretty good on-ball defender as well. In a head-to-head matchup against Hamidou Diallo, it was Williams 1st half performance which made the Championship game interesting, giving New Heights an early 10-point lead. Expect a big summer from Keith.
Start paying attention to the Jellyfam
Courtcred’s interpretation of the Jellyfam is a group of kids who are really close (like a brotherhood/fraternity), but they all can ball. The Spring Fling featured four of the Jellyfam members, and each had big weekends. Leondre Washington (17U) and Ja’Quaye James (16U) both play for NJ Playaz and Isaiah Washington and Sid Wilson of New Heights. Leondre continues to impress with his ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Jah, who many would consider undersized, can score with the best of them (think Tyler Ulis SEC Player of the Year). Isaiah is one of the more entertaining players due to his dribbling ability and court vision. Sid has an all-around complete game. The four of them could compete with anyone on any given day, so if you have not heard of the “Jellyfam” you will soon!