For the first time on Saturday afternoon, fans of Middle School Basketball had a chance to take a look at the who’s who of the best teams in the city at Germantown High School. Bellevue, Cordova, American Way were among the teams in my top 5 in the event with only White Station and Briarcrest not being there in my top 5. Now, honestly, I only saw 2 of my top 5 because I didn’t stay for Bellevue late because frankly I already know what they have and plus I kinda sort of figured they would play their jv players Saturday night. Let me start by saying, Cordova’s girls should have the best team in the city, with their guards play and the big on the inside. I know Colonial maybe pretty decent as well with their really good guard from last year but from all indications, Cordova’s girls are the favorite.
Now, let me turn to the boys and talk a little bit about what I saw. American Way has a good group and it starts with Johnathan Lawson and Jaylen Brown. Their experience playing last year as 6th graders will be key this year and will help them vastly this upcoming season. Now, I’m not saying they will not have help because another player that I was impressed with was the evolution of Alvin Miles. He’s really looking much better, much more focused as a point guard this year as I’ve seen in the past. I’ve always known he could shoot it and he’s always been able to do that but he looks different and I was impressed. I was also impressed with Tadarius Jacobs who shot the ball really well. Marquan Dean was also impressive scoring it inside. I thought W.E.B Dubois had a tough team and they could make some noise in Small Schools but I don’t think they will be in the upper echelon on the Small Schools side of things. They are missing a piece or two.
Mt.Pisgah will be a decent team but again, I’m not seeing a team that will beat any of the 3 better teams in Large Schools. Schilling Farms with Christian Clark, Ben Dimento and Kannon Trice and it will put them in the hunt possibly on their side and Kingsbury will be a team that will get better as the season goes along but will I say they will make a run like he state sectionals last year, right now, I can’t say that but just depending on what they have that comes off the football field and their best player didn’t play so I think the next time I see them, they will look different. Let’s understand something too, a few schools will have some come off the football field however, most of the teams I saw, their football teams are done with the exception of Bellevue who as I said only played their JV team. I thought Sherwood showed some things particulary, Rickey Shotwell, a small guard who will be big for them this year along with Delvin White, a slender attacking guard who will lead them in scoring for be second and 6’3 Anterrio Jeffries who has big potential as a player. Sherwood has another 6’4 huge player with big time size who will help them at some point in the season.
A Maceo Walker has a few players I believe that are still playing football and I think 2 are bigs and they will be in contention with Bellevue I believe and might be the biggest threat to Bellevue this year with Antwan Smith, a really quick get to the rim guard along with 6’3 Cedric Davis, a big body 4-5 who will rebound and play close to the rim. I think again, if there is anyone in Small School that will be able to beat Bellevue, it maybe this team, not saying they will but they will have a “chance” Colonial had a nice player, a 2-3 that will be counted on as the go to. Cordova was impressive at times in their games, Jaylon Saulsberry was on his way to the rim at will, wasn’t a finisher at times but he got there when he got ready. Their other best guard, Alfred White, known as a shooter was a little off but that’s nothing to be concerned about. Rodney Newsome Jr was solid inside for them scoring with short turn around shots over his right shoulder. They beat Sherwood scoring on 30 so that concerned me a little bit but this is a good team, a very good one that will be in the race for the state sectional once again and while a different look team, a good team that will rely heavily on guard play, like well, mostly everyone else.
Just some thoughts from the games that I saw and again, I didn’t see everyone but from what I saw, I can pretty much say that I think I did a decent and fair job of my top 5 that I put out last week. There will be a few more play days I’m sure and I will come back here to give you a report when I see other teams.