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Selected players from DCA-Big Shots
Ron Bailey, Publisher
DC Assault-Big Shots partnership was a success.
April 21, 2013 - Earlier this month DC Assault partnered with Big Shots to bring the DMV one of its first travel team events of the year, one that welcomed teams from up and down the East Coast corridor. The Tip-Off was centered in Catholic University, and boasted a slew of talented high school aged players.
Following are some of those guys. Facebook’s RonBailey19 has exclusive
photos from the event.
Lykes, a strong penetrator, got into the paint at will, where he frequently finished or was fouled. Going forward, he must learn to drive to pass, as well as trust his jumper, which is not shabby. As it stands now, he takes too much contact at he rim, and in high school will receive even more.
Markelle Fultz – 6’0”, 155 pound freshman combo guard, DC Blue Devils 15u, DeMatha High School (MD) – Capable scoring from outside or off the b ounce, Fultz is something of an unknown, having played for DeMatha’s freshman team last year.
Must focus on defending consistently, and get stronger, which he understands.
Chris Lykes looks like a player that will be recognized going forward.
Tiwain Kendley – 6’5”, 170 pound senior guard/forward, Washington Bison, 17u, Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) – Far from an unknown quantity, Kendley has been recruited by the likes of NC State and Penn State, though due to qualification issues, could be headed to JUCO, where he identified Coby and others as in the running.
What they see in Kendley is a two man that at times can run the point or play small forward. He did both in Tip-Off action, being lauded by Big Shots:
Is very athletic, can drive and shoot. Must improve his left hand patting,
and get stronger for college.
Can pass, but needs to become more of a point guard for college.
Jamal King – 5’9”, 160 pound sophomore guard, DC Assault 16u, O’Connell (VA) - King loves to find people, or get to the rim. His jumpshot has steadily improved, as well.
Going forward, King must get stronger, as well as get off the ball sooner, as it times he can be too ball dominant.
Micah Till – 6’5”, 250 pound junior forward, DC Blue Devils 17u, Wise (MD) – Though he can bang, rebound, and runs the floor as a big man. Nevertheless, he’s received no offers in round ball.
But he has on the gridiron; NC State, Duke, Towson and James Madison have all tendered scholarships to the tight end, known for his hands and ability to get open. In fact, Till caught what would be a crucial touchdown late in Wise’s state championship victory.
What sport is he leaning toward?
“He’s leaving his options open” revealed Till’s father. “But he’s leaning more towards football”.
Mike Cunningham – 6’1”, 175 pound junior combo guard, DC Assault Blue 17u, Duval (MD) – Cunningham simply gets buckets, whether they be from the perimeter or at the rim. He can simply score the ball.
Towson has offered Cunningham, who is also receiving interest from Xavier,
Quinnipiac, Radford and Evansville.
Daquan Bracey – 6’0”, 150 pound freshman point guard, UA B’More Elite, St. Frances (MD) – Bracey is on the fast track to lead guard success, as he can drive and loves finding teammates for scores. Despite the need to get stronger, Bracey still finishes at the rim using explosion and guile.
Rounding out his game is much needed jumpshot improvement, thereby disallowing defenders the option of sitting on his driving.
Played junior varsity at St. Frances last year, but is expected to play a significant role for the Panthers next season.
Ben Bentil – 6’9”, 215 pound junior forward, Higher Level, St. Andrews (DE) – A smart, unselfish player, Bentil makes others better. The flip side of that is teammates must be capable of taking advantage of that, and at times his Higher Level teammates were not dialed into that kind of play.
A really good passer with other perimeter skills like shooting and dribbling, Bentil is highly recruited. Though he refuses to cite which schools are in the running, Providence, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Temple, and Villanova have all offered schollies.
For college, Bentil must extend/solidify his jumpshot, as pound the glass.
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