"It's All About The Game"
Emerging at UAA III
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Here are a few players that showed the world they can play with the big boys during UAA III.
May 27, 2015 - Last weekend's Under Armour Association tournament was that national league's third leg. Held at Ardsley, NY's House of Sports, UAA III was the last confab before the end of season finale, July's Atlanta-based event.
Several DMV based/related players took steps to imprint themselves on the national recruiting scene during UAA III. The following discusses a few:
Darron Barnes - 6'5", 200 pound, Class of 2017 forward, Wise HS (MD), DC Premier 16u - In his first UAA event, Barnes distinguished himself as an aggressive player who attacks the tin generally off of midrange face ups. Barnes used strength and determination to get into the lane, averaging 16.2 points over the course of four games. He was a force.
Rebounding was another aspect Barnes deployed grit to succeed, snatching carom after carom. In fact based on last week's play his 10 rebounds per game mark is a UAA 16u league high. His high clip was a 16 rebound game.
Darron Barnes, attacking the paint.
Though he scored well, Barnes left a lot of points on the rim, only shooting 48.6% from the charity strip.
Since his offensive game is predicated on a certain level of force, Barnes must continue to get stronger going forward. He will also have to diversify his attack, incorporating more one-two pull up action from mid-range, as well as face up shots.
Brandon Childress - 5'11", 175 pound, Class of 2016 point guard, Wesleyan Christian (NC), DC Blue Devils 17u - The son of former DMV standout Randolph Childress and a future Wake Forest student athlete, Brandon proved himself a solid point guard during his first Blue Devil action, averaging 8.5 points and an assist per game.
Childress shot 75% from the free throw line, yet only 39.3% on overall shots, a mark influenced by his 20% clip from beyond the arc - he went a respectable 8-13 from inside the three point line. Those numbers indicate a needed point of improvement being long ball shooting, though it could have been impacted by not playing with this group of players before last weekend, a point shared by his Blue Devil 17u head coach, Corey McRae.
Brandon Childress can get to the rim.
Brandon can get into the lane, and needs to make that the center point of his offensive attack as everything else - passing, shooting - should stem from that. Is a floor leader that plays with moxie.
McRae loves what Childress brings to the table, labeling him an "Absolute true point guard", a "tough kid who takes and makes big shots".
Fred Rowles - 6'5", 205 pound, Class of 2016 swingman, National Christian (MD), DC Premier 17u - Recovering from a knee injury that shelved him this high school season, Rowles is clearly on the road to recovery, favorably impacting DCP 17u in the process.
"He's been working real hard" with Martin 'Moe' Gibson (Premier's strength and conditioning coach) and Gibson Performance Training, one of the best sports training outfits on the East Coast, said DCP 17u assistant coach Maynard Curry, who also coaches Rowles at National Christian. The goal is "trying to get back in shape".
Fred Rowles, cleaning the glass.
The current results have been a guy who provides impact largely unrecognized by statistics, which in UAA play read for him read 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Rowles makes winning plays, including the key carom or steal, a score when needed, boxing out and the like.
"I think he has become that glue guy for the team" noted Maynard of Rowles' DCP impact, though "He's capable of being much more than a glue guy. He trying to play his way into playing shape".
Previously Rowles has demonstrated not only the ability to make untouted winning plays, but score from mid-range and at the cup. He's a fairly strong player, so getting into the lane has also occurred often before.
Expect that to return, going forward.
"Fred is making very good strides. he works hard, works out often" said Gibson, who has trained top athletes of the hardwood, gridiron and other playing spheres. "A lot of it at this point is that mental stage. But I think he's getting more confident with every minute he's on the floor".
In addition to getting his body 100% healthy, Rowles needs to continue his mid and long range shooting work.
Aaron Adair - 6'7", 200 lb Class of 2016 F, High Point Christian (NC), Team Felton - It can be hard when you back up an All-American caliber big man like Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo on Team Felton; minutes are truncated, touches don't come readily and you have to take advantage of every opportunity. Adair is making the most of such a situation.
Aaron Adair facilitating in the paint.
His best basketball is ahead of this team first, glue guy
who rebounds, defends, runs the floor, screens, passes and scores in the
paint. Adair, a wing/hybrid player comfortable inside and out the paint.
(Report courtesy of HoyaReport.com)
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