"It's All About The Game"
Super Team Showcase updates
Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
May 7, 2014 - This past weekend's DMVElite.com's Super Team Showcase was a unique event, as the organization was able to convince local travel team outfits that normally don't compete to participate in the same event. Kudos to those guys.
Following is a look at certain players:
Kellon Taylor - 6'4", 200 pound Class of 2016 forward, DeMatha (MD), DC Thunder - Previously an in the paint type frontcourt player, Taylor indicated "This summer I've been really working with my coaches on my outside jump shot and trying to dribble. And it's developing" of his newly demonstrated ability to be a solid three man, not just an undersized four guy. This includes spotting up and driving to the cup, where he finishes fairly well.
He hasn't eschewed working in the paint, saying "I can still post up like I used to", and that shows too, but desires to "become a wing player".
To date he's received no offers, "just a lot of interest", including "George Mason, that's my biggest interest right now. And Tulsa" plus a few more schools.
Chris Lykes - 5'5", 155 pound Class of 2017 guard, Gonzaga (DC), Team Takeover Black 15u - Lykes is a bucket getter; he can shoot out to beyond three point land, gets into the lane consistently, and will even finishes frequently at the rim. For a high school freshman, few can score like him.
Nevertheless, he has to modify his game.
Kellon Taylor, preparing to pound the rim.
"Right now he's fighting it. He's fighting being a point guard" said Takeover's coach Doug Martin of Lykes, who at his size needs to be much more of a distributor/floor leader that can score than a guy whose default is to get buckets. "I just use him for what he is".
Martin expressed hope that Lykes will be less resistant to being a floor general after playing for Gonzaga during the month of June. Interestingly enough "He does all the point guard stuff in workouts, but when he gets in the game I think his natural ability to score has just taken over".
Something that may assist Lykes in adjusting his game is the competition faced on the circuit, as "This is the best of the best" he's facing with Takeover.
His coach is confident the change will be made, as Lykes is capable of it and is just 15 years old.
Colleges see the potential. "When we were out in Akron, Ohio State was big fans of his" said Martin. I know Villanova likes him a lot". Returning to the Buckeyes, Martin said "Ohio State wants to see him get to 5'9", 5'10", and then they will come back around. But they like how he plays and how hard he plays".
Austin Hall - 5'10", 160 pound Class of 2015 point guard, Annandale (VA), Virginia Elite - A snazzy ball handler that loves to make spectacular plays, Hall gets into the lane and breaks down defenders. Must get both stronger and become more consistent from the perimeter.
"We're talking to American (University) and some D2's right now" said Thomas Gadson, VA Elite's head coach.
Montez Aaron Mathis - 6'4", 185 pound eight grade forward, Baltimore Elite - Competing against current ninth graders, Mathis distinguished himself as a rugged forward capable of defending, rebounding, shooting and competing. This guy played above his grade level for sure.
"He's real mature. He's going to be real good" said B'More Elite 15u coach Johnnie Grimes of Mathis, who could be poised to end up at St. Frances (MD) for high school. There Mathis would do well to focus on ball handling and separation moves.
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