IceBreaker Day 2 Recap
Lineage of Champions hosted its annual Icebreaker Invitational in Augusta, GA this weekend. Some of the top AAU teams from all over the Southeast chose to start their travel season off here at the IceBreaker. This event features several of the Top 100 players in the country, and also some less known prospects hungry for exposure.
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Travel Team Jamboree / Media Day Recap
Written by Glen Mayo (G_mayo850)
Lakeland, FL was host to the Travel Team Jamboree / Media Day. #TTJ2015 was hosted by Source Hoops and Hoop Exchange, and featured some of the top travel teams throughout the state of Florida. We were very impressed with the outstanding job they did with the organization, competition, and the amount of media outlets present.
AAU team roster as you may well know is forever and always changing each season. This weekend at the Travel Team Jamboree teams got a chance to see how their guys would gel and compete against other talented programs throughout the state of Florida.
We have broken this Recap into two parts, the first being names and evaluations on the Top Performers in the 17u and 16u age groups. The second being some guys we felt were very effective, efficient, and emerged as a promising Division 1 prospect. We focused most of our attention into the 17 and 16u age groups, but we mentioned a few talented 15u kids at the bottom.
Top Performers 17U
Dewan Huell – Team Breakdown 17U – The 6’10 power forward of Miami Norland High School played at a high level each game on Saturday. Huell is very skilled for his size and can dominate a game on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He was very effective in the low post with an array of back-to-basket moves. We have known about his great athleticism for the past couple years, but this weekend he showed a much improved mid range jump shot as well.
Jonathan Isaacs – E1T1 Elite 17U - The 6’8 SF from the International School of Broward was expected to play at a high level coming into this event and that’s exactly what he did. He was able to get to the rim at will, and knocked down his open jumpers. His athleticism seems a little better each time we watch him. He is currently unsigned and hearing from multiple high major programs.
Gorjak Gak – Florida Sons 17U – Gak had a very productive weekend at the #TTJ2015. The 6’9 power forward controlled the paint each and every game. He did a good job of changing shots around the rim and rebounding the ball. He is a true big that has solid low post moves, but gets most of points from running the floor and off rebounds. We are excited to watch his skill set continue to develop and catch up with his athleticism.
Eric Hester – Team Breakdown 17U– High major recruit from Oldsmar Christian Prep played at a high level all day. He stays in attack mode and is wired to score. He is at his best when he isn’t settling, and is taking his man to rack. When he gets to the rim he finishes with the best of them, as he was able to get an AND 1 dunk on more than one occasion. Hester has a great feel for the game and he is a fierce competitor as well.
Kevin Knox – E1T1 Elite 17U– At 6’6, the sophomore of Tampa Catholic High School has what some scouts consider to be the prototypical body frame of a future NBA All Star. He has all the tools to make this dream a reality as well. We were impressed with his ability to rise over defenders and knock down perimeter shots with consistency. Knox is a very athletic as well, and is capable of making a highlight every time down the floor.
16U Top Performers
Chaundee Brown – Southeast Elite (FL) 16u – The high motor guard from Dr Phillips High School simply lives in attack mode. He is very effective off the dribble either finishing at the rim or knocking down a pull up jumper. He is very strong for a young guard, and is able to play multiple guards spots. Brown is a very competitive player that doesn’t like to lose, and plays wity great passion.
Jacorian Calloway – Showtime Hoops 16u –The 6’4 sophomore guard of Mosley High School used this Jamboree to show everyone that he has been putting in a ton of work on his game, and #NOIS. The lefty, shot the ball from the perimeter as well as anyone this weekend, and showed a nice mid range pull up as well. He was at his best when attacking the rim in transition as he showcased his athleticism with some rim rocking dunks that got the crowd excited.
Nick Bonitto – Team M.O.A.M. 16u – The 6’5 freshman used both his strength and athleticism to his advantage all weekend. He does an excellent job of finishing around the rim and through contact. He is capable of knocking down perimeter shots, but is most effective at facing up and attacking from the high post. Nick is a true competitor and simply out-works and out-plays his opponents.
Tyler Polley – E1T1 Elite 16u – At 6’7 the small forward from Sagemont High School has the combination of size and speed that causes all kinds of matchup problems for opposing teams. We were impressed with his ability to face up and make the right play with ball. Polley is a great passing big man, and plays hard all the time. His ability to finish tough plays around the rim and knock down an outside jumper makes it very tough for a coach to take him off the floor.
Anthony Polite – Florida Vipers 16u – Polite has the perfect combination of size, strength, speed, handle, and IQ to play multiple guard positions at a high level. The 6’4 left handed shooter from St Andrews School is one of the most consistent shooters in the entire state. We were impressed his aggressive nature when attacking the rim as he is looking to finish over defenders. He has a very solid handle and understanding of the game.
Promising D1 Prospects
Tony Bradley – E1T1 Elite 17u
Parker Davis – Showtime Hoops 17u
Alex Keel – Florida Vipers 17u
Mayan Kiir – Florida Sons 17u
Thomas Dziagwa – Florida Sons 17u
Cameron Enzor – Showtime Hoops 17u
Khadim Gueye – Florida Sons 17u
Terrel Turner – South East Elite 16u
David Nickelberry – Showtime Hoops 16u
Stacey Beckton – Showtime Hoops 16u
Zach Scott – Florida Vipers 16u
Latravian Glover – Florida Vipers 16u
Wyatt Wilkes – SouthEast Elite 16u
Emanuel Lambright – Impact Elite 16u
Medut Akec – Florida Sons 15u
Nassir Little – Showtime Hoops 15u
2015 Icebreaker Invitational
The best teams in the Southeast start the AAU season off at the Icebreaker Invitational in Augusta, Georgia every year before they hit the road for the spring evaluation period.
In our twelfth year of running the Icebreaker, we are the most excited about the 2015 event. We have a great facility, great teams, big-time media and a national platform to offer.
This year’s Icebreaker also has a reason to compete. All four semi-final teams receive a bid to our super pools to all of our NCAA Certified events (Southern Exposure , Peach State and the Battle of the Best events).
Battle of the Best Atlanta
April 10-12, 2015
Lineage of champions will offer travel teams several options for the spring evaluation period in 2015, The Battle of the Best National exposure Showcase (Atlanta) will be one of the best options.
Grassroots basketball teams will take over the Atlanta ,Georgia area on April 10-12 to participate in the Battle of the Best National Exposure Showcase (Atlanta) tournament. This is a NCAA certified event for college coaches and they will sure to be on hand for the event, armed with scholarships.
Battle of the Best VA Beach
April 10-12 ,2015
Lineage of Champions will offer several options for travel teams during the 2015 spring evaluation period.
The Battle of the Best National Exposure Showcase in Virginia Beach will be one of the best options with up to 14 courts under one roof travel teams will definetly have a legitimate opportunity to maximize exposure opportunities for their student athletes.
Grassroots basketball teams will take over the Virginia Beach area on April 10-12 to participate in the Battle of the Best National Exposure Showcase (Virginia Beach) tournament.
2015 Southern Exposure Showcase
April 24-26, 2015
We are excited for another year of the Southern Exposure Showcase as some of the top travel teams from the South converge upon Augusta, Georgia. College coaches will be on the road for the second evaluation period of the spring. Be Sure to make the most of this time register for a tournament you know and trust. Don’t miss out register here, space is limited.
Battle of the Best Select 48 Lexington Kentucky
April 24-26, 2015
Lineage of champions will offer travel teams several options for the spring evaluation period in 2015, The Battle of the Best Select 48 (Lexington, Ky ) will be one of the best options. This event will be limited to 48 teams 24 16u teams and 24 17u Teams
Grassroots basketball teams will take over the Lexington Kentucky area on April 24th-26th to participate in the Battle of the Best Select 48 (Lexington) tournament. This is a NCAA certified event for college coaches and they will sure to be on hand for the event, armed with scholarships.
2015 Peach State Summer Showcase
July 15-19, 2015
Grassroots basketball teams will take over the Augusta, Georgia area on July 15-19, 2015 to participate in the Peach State Summer Showcase tournament.
Battle of the Best New Orleans
July 24-26, 2015
Lineage of champions will offer travel teams several options for the summer evaluation period in 2015, The Battle of the Best New Orleans session 2 will be one of the best options.
Grassroots basketball teams will take over New Orleans on July 24-26 to participate in the Battle of the Best New Orleans tournament. This is a NCAA certified event for college coaches and they will sure to be on hand for the event, armed with scholarships.
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