"It's All About The Game"

Metro Challenge 60 sleepers, Pt. 2

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bailey, Publisher

These players should be on recruitniks' radar.

March 31, 2015 - Following are more Metro Challenge 60 guys who may not be well known - yet. These guys soon will be, by recruiters and followers of college basketball recruiting.

Kalef Tate - 5'11", 150 pound Class of 2017 guard, Cesar Chavez (DC) - Never lacking confidence, Tate noted of his performance midway through the MC 60 "I think I've been doing great so far", which included "looking for the open man, instead of looking for me" to score. He's a really good jump shooter, one that doesn't get great physical lift on his shot, but has a deadly quick release. He doesn't need much time to fire off shots.

Kalef Tate, shooting while being fouled.

Nevertheless Tate is not a selfish player; he finds teammates. In camp ball, that can be somewhat heretical, given those environment's shoot first ethos. Resultantly Kalef enjoys playing for Chavez and head coach Malcolm Battle more, noting of the camp style "It's really not my game. School ball is a whole different thing. Camp ball is just about having fun, but school ball you have to take it seriously".

Battle, who coached at the Metro Challenge 60 greatly appreciated what Tate brought his Chavez program, saying "He made a huge impact. He's a competent leader; when we lost Alex (Nunnally) and (Tony) Blackwell, he stepped it up. Kalef had those other kids confident in himself , those guys coming off the bench and becoming starters. He took a lot of big shots...He's the consumate, consumate team guy".

Intense and fearless, Tate needs to become stronger, as that will increase his athleticism. Given his 6'1" height, Tate will also do well to become more of complete point guard - now he finds people, but could get better initiating the offense. Also needs to go left better, and keep smaller, quicker guards out of the lane.

Antwon Walker - 6'6", 220 pound Class of 2016? forward, HD Woodson (DC) - As the MC 60 advanced, so did Walker's game, which concluded with an impressive 16 point, seven rebound, two dime, final contest victory. In that win, Walker's team prevailed in overtime, while he was the game's most dominant inside player.

"I just got my groove, got to know the court better" said Walker of that work, which included finally uncorking his deadly elbow extended shooting. Add that to defending the hoop, battling for rebounds and running the floor.

Antwon Walker, making a decision.

Coached by Trey Mines at HD Woodson, Walker was DCIAA Player of the Year, one who bonded with his bench leader based on trust. "Trey has been there for me a lot" revealed Walker, including "trying to get me in college".

Duquesne has been on Walker, though other schools have directly or indirectly inquired. One of the primary things the winner will have to do is build a trust factor with Walker. As he said "You know when people are coming at you the right way", with his best interests at heart.

Basketball-wise Walker needs to improve his face up, one-two dribble game, as he will have to score in that manner during college.

Kevin Jones, head coach at St. Andrews (MD) coached Walker in the MC 60 to a 3-0 record. Color him impressed: "He is a very strong, physical player. This last game, 16 points, seven rebounds, that just shows the kind of day he was having around the basket, rebounding the ball. He made some huge free throws down the stretch....Anytime you have someone of that size who fiishes around the rim that well, and rebounds the ball aggressively with that kind of motor, that he's going to play at a very high level too".

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