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Practice Notes: Team Takeover 17u/16u Black






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Takeover's headliners put in work prior to Dallas.


May 14, 2013 - Last Thursday in advance of Team Takeover trip to Dallas for Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and Next Level Ballers tourney play, that organization’s headliner 17-under and 16-under units convened to practice. After a spirited initial skill development portion, the teams faced one another, then broke off to practice sets. Coaches and players alike were focused during the hour and a half session.

For the record, Team Takeover 17u Black remained undefeated in EYBL action; this season they they are a lofty 13-0, unmatched by any other participating organization. The 16u Black team lost in Dallas' Next Level Ballers' championship game.

We have recruiting updates and general information learned during the practice.

Visitors: The following collegiate players were in the house:

Victor Oladipo – Having declared for the NBA Draft this year, Oladipo is in town, preparing for that event's team workouts. A TT alum, Oladipo observed most of practice and addressed the teams briefly afterward. Per general conversation, he was also scheduled to support TT in Dallas.

A source has Oladipo, a 6’4” guard known for athletic ability, energy, work ethic and ever improving ball patting and shooting, being coveted by both Phoenix and Detroit who are very interested in drafting him. Both teams, in need of guard help that is multi-faceted, will of course wait to discover the draft's order on May 21st. The Draft itself takes place June 27th.

Raymond Brothers of IAM Sports and Entertainment is his agent. That group represents 11 NBA players according to its website – including Zach Randolph and Caron Butler – three NFL guys, while also being involved with a myriad of media properties, including the film Hurricane Season, starring Forrest Whittaker and Lil Wayne.

James Palmer in action.

Julian DeBose – This past season for Rice, 6’4” sophomore guard DeBose averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals for the Owls, in 32.4 minutes per game. That equates to the team’s second leading scorer, rebounder and minute guy.

Nevertheless he wasn’t happy – Rice is known for a conservative culture . That, amongst other things, has led DeBose to look for different pastures.

Delaware, Towson, Florida Gulf Coast, GW and others are in the mix for DeBose. TT founder and coach Keith Stevens indicated DeBose “Is looking for a good fit”; given the kid’s smarts and recent life experience, he should be able to find one.

Keith Thomas – Also in the house was Thomas, a 5'10" junior point guard at Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware. Thomas formerly attended Bowie State University and is seemingly a coach in waiting.

He watched the proceedings intently.

Justin Anderson – As a freshman at Virginia last year, Anderson came on strong as the season proceeded, averaging 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. He has also continued his branding as a human highlight film, known for punishing rims.

The 6'5" swingman did conditioning work (ran sprints) with the players.

Recruiting Notes:

James Palmer – Skyrocketing into national recruiting consciousness, Palmer, a 6’4”, 175 pound slashing guard indicated offers from “Temple, UMass, Rutgers” have been received, with new Scarlet Knight head coach Eddie Jordan recruiting him for RU. Mount St. Mary’s, “UNCG (Greensboro), Towson Detroit” round out the other schools offering scholarships.

Basketball-wise, Palmer, who attends St. John’s (DC) noted “I’m looking for a good coach and a school that let’s their guards go”.

To maximize in college, he needs to improve his outside shooting, which Palmer knows. Added to his driving, finishing and finding, that will make Palmer a tough cover. Must also get stronger, and focus on defensive consistency.

Greg Malinowski – An all-around, perimeter performer, the 6’5”185 pound Episcopal (VA) standout noted “UMBC, Radford, William and Mary, Towson, Holy Cross and Cornell” had all tendered scholarship offers, in addition to George Mason. High Point, UNC Greensboro, Davidson and Stanford have expressed interest.

Going forward Malinwoski should continue his ball handling work, thereby complimenting good spot up shooting and overall court awareness. Is a willing and capable defender as well.

Collin Goss – Standing 6’10” and weighing 190 pounds, this Forest Park (VA) standout shared interest from “UVA, (Virginia) Tech, GW, George Mason” and other schools. He desires a school with “good basketball and academics”.

Goss must continue to get stronger obviously, plus work on his post moves and accepting contact. Has a good understanding of the game; increased ball handling development will let him optimize it.

Collin is also a standout pitcher at Forest Park. Would he want to play both sports in college? “If it’s an option, that would be great” was his response. Did not express a preference between the sports. .

Temporarily sidelined: Due to injury, Class of 2014 guard Dion Wiley didn't attend practice, while Marcus Derrickson did, completed drills, and then sat out. The latter, a Class of 2015 forward, iced his knees while watching the proceedings. Both played in Dallas.

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