Thursday, October 13, 2011

Columbus Day Challenge 15u Report

Chris Baldwin: Turned 15 this week
Rivals take 15u Chip at Basketbull CDC
- A dangerous new-look Rivals freshmen group played together for the first time this past weekend and came away with a 4-0 record and the 15u Chip at the Columbus Day Challenge.  The squad was led by the dominant play of Chris Baldwin, who did a lotta bit of everything in dominating the glass, scoring the ball at will around the basket, blocking shots in volume, and  handling the balling in the open floor.  Baldwin has a terrific pair of hands and this weekend, he displayed a fine-tuned motor that we hadn't seen before as he aggressively pursued rebounds and shot blocking opportunities and repeatedly attacked the basket with urgency...Playing well alongside Baldwin down-low were big men Connorr Merrinder and Ryan Noel.  On the wing, the Rivals got consistent production from the trio of Ben Judson, Tyree Weston and Ian Sistare.  And in the back-court, the combination of Sultan Oleskun and Justin Stewart ran the point while high-energy microwave-guard Zavia Williams put points on the board in bunches all weekend.

-  With an exciting 'speed-kills' back-court of Greg Bridges, Elijah Small, and Randy Glenn, the Boston Spartans gave the Rivals all they could handle for the first 16 minutes of the semi-final before their lack of size gave way to the length of the Rivals front-line in the seond half.  These three guys can really play, as can a few other no-ID Spartan guards.

- Another guy who answered role-call was Connecticut Select 6'5 forward Roy Kane, a long rugged athlete who plays above the rim with a perpetual high-speed motor.  Kane, who plays with impressive physicality in the paint for a freshman, has big-time rebounder written all over him, and as his skills catch up with his athleticism and his motor, he could be very good quickly.

Columbus Day Challenge Player Landings tommorow

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