Reach July Super Shoot-Out Recap

5 Jul

IMG_0878Due to the holiday weekend constrictions, the annual Reach July Tune-Up was only a one day event.  Regardless, competition was still high, particularly in the 15u division with an emerging rivalry between The Family and Michigan Gators.

See who Christian Crittenden (@chris_critt) felt stood out prior to the July Live Evaluation period.


15U: The Family

IMG_087716u: Reach Legends

17u: Grand Rapids Storm- Martin

Jaylin McFadden 6’5″ 2016 forward Reach 17u- Jaylin is most known for the intangibles he brings to the basketball court, hustle points, and dirty-work.  But he has started to exert a greater amount of confidence in his perimeter jump shot which will attract college coaches in the upcoming weeks.   With his athleticism, he rebounds in and out of his zone and is capable of guarding multiple positions.  Jaylin is the type of player that every team needs to win a championship, and luckily for East English they have him.

Brandon Wade 6’0″ 2018 point guard Michigan Gators 15u- One of the very best guards in his class, and it was on was display over the tournament.  Brandon can shoot the three, and get to the basket.  He creates a lot for his teammates.  His athleticism is slowly developing, but he makes up for it with a high basketball I.Q.  It seems like he makes the right decision every time down. There were times in the championship game where P.J Mitchell was making it very tough on him, but he still found a way to score.

IMG_0846Pierre Mitchell 5’9″ 2018 point guard The Family 15u- Pierre is a natural-born leader, which was evident on Friday.  He was everywhere diving for loose balls, deflecting passes, and making open shots.  What stood out though was his aggressive defense on Brandon Wade.  Pierre made it tough on Wade and for stretches held him scoreless.  Mitchell did not allow him any breathing room, and he was also able to manage a few steals.  He did an excellent job feeding his teammates, and just making plays.

Romeo Weems 6’4″ 2019 wing The Family 15u- Without a doubt the best player in Michigan’s 2019 class.  Weems was dominant on both sides of the ball.  He ran the floor well, and finished at the basket above the rim.  He was all over the glass on both ends, getting put-back after put-back, and blocking several shots on defense.  Weems will more than likely play the off-guard position in high school, but for AAU he can up to four positions effectively.  He is young, so when he matures and puts on muscle very few will be able to contain him.

Bryce Washington 6’2″ 2018 guard The Family 15u- Bryce Washington made his presence known on the defensive side of the ball playing aggressive, and getting steals due to his length.  However his offensive game is not too shabby, he was running the floor, and finishing fast break lay-ups.

Jack Ammerman 5’9″ 2018 shooting guard Michigan Gators 15u- Jack can flat-out shoot the rock.  He was automatic all day from deep.  In the championship game against The Family, he kept his team in the game early with spot-on shooting.  However, he will need to work on attacking off the dribble, and defense.

Mike Green 6’6″ 2017 forward Reach 16u- Mike Green is a player that every team would love to have.  He was active, physical, and aggressive.  He rebounds extremely well, and was on the glass for every put back.

Liam Soraghan 6’7″ 2017 forward Reach 16u- Liam, along with his teammate Mike Green, rebounds well, and finishes around the basket with either hand.

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