"It's All About The Game"
Selected Super Team Showcase Standouts Pt. 1
Ron Bailey, Publisher
DMVElite.com got most of the DMV's best AAU teams to compete.
May 10, 2015 - The recent DMVElite.com Super Team Showcase was a coup of sorts, as that organization was able to persuade most of the DMV's best AAU/travel teams in the 14u - 17u age groups to compete, in the same tournament! It sounds like something small, but in today's day and age it's not, particularly when adults are more concerned with reps then comp.
As a result, kudos go to Chris 'Boss Man' Lawson, Mike White and Marcus Helton, as well as everyone at DMVElite.com.
Following is a look at selected players:
Nate Watson - 6'8", 240 lb sophomore forward, Capital Christian (MD), DC Thunder 16u - Since arriving in the DMV last year, Watson has emerged as one of the area's best frontcourt players; he can post, finishes strong, has a strong fundamental skill set such as keeping the ball high and jumping off two feet, enjoys good hands/feet, and has become more explosive. Watson is clearly tracking upwards.
Currently only Cincinnati has offered Watson, though Xavier, Maryland, FSU, UVA, Loyola and Rhode Island have shown interest. George Mason, ODU and Wake Forest have joined the schools showing love after Watson's recent standout performance in Indianapolis. Cincy offered during Capital Christian's season.
Jamir Moultrie (kneeling) and Nate Watson (bending over) are two of the best young DMV prospects.
Going forward Watson must expand his face up shooting range,
while also learning to attack off the face up. He should also continue
his strength/conditioning work, thereby improving athleticism.
Given that, continued work on his stop and pop game will be beneficial, as will continued minutes at the one, thereby burnishing his lead guard bonafides.
ODU, Memphis, Towson, Richmond, Southern Miss, Jacksonville
and West Virginia all like where Moultrie is headed, having offered him
a scholarship. Maryland, Xavier, UVA, Temple, Florida and Miami have shown
Alvin Cox can go from unknown to pursued if he focuses this summer.
True, the former particularly without the ball in his hands. He must also consistently get back on defense, set picks for others and overall play in more of a team construct - it's not surprising, as Cox didn't play at Flowers last season.
He's one to track going forward.
Darryl Morsell - 6'4", 185 pound sophomore guard/forward, Mt. St. Joe's, Team Melo 16u - Historically Baltimore players have been known for toughness. Morsell proves that correct - playing hard, with force and competing against any and every foe is his thing.
"I knew DC Thunder was a tough team" he said after Team Melo's hard fought victory "So I knew I had to play tough to come out and get the win".
Darryl Morsell, grinding his way to the cup.
That included getting to the hoop, despite contact, rebounding, defending and making plays all over the court. Morsell is doing this despite for much of the time playing a new position.
"Yeah, this is really the first time I've had the ball in my hands - I'm playing some point guard for Team Melo" said Morsell. "I mean I like it. It shows off my ability".
Towson and Cal State Northridge like what they see, having offered him a scholarship. The likes of "Virginia, Maryland, Richmond, George Mason, Miami and Temple" are showing interest.
Schools see him as a rough and tumble two man. As such, Morsell needs to continue working on his left hand ball patting and stop and pop game. To that end, he noted "I'm in the gym almost every day working on my weaknesses".
Morsell is a battler. Old school B'More style.
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