DMV Junior Elite Award Winners and First Team

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The third stop at on the 2015 Spring Junior Elite Tour was at an unfamiliar territory. The first ever DMV Junior Elite took place last week at Marymount University. The clinic showcased some of the best young talent in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Here are the Award Winners and the first ever First Team All-DMV Junior Elite.

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DMV Junior Elite Award Winners

Kevin Boyle Floor General Award: Kristian Alexander 

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Kristian displayed all the qualities of a floor general. He’s very capable of running an offense and was able to penetrate and kick out to open teammates. Occasionally he would take it to the hoop himself, but his biggest strength was his vision and passing ability.

Shooting Star Award:  Chris Kuzemka

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Like many people we’ve seen on the tour, Chris is a player who defenders must get a hand up on or he will make you pay. He has a nice shooting touch and rarely takes bad shots. Add those together and you have a player who shoots a good percentage from the field.

He Got Handle Award: Lafayette Williams

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Lafayette was one of the youngest, and toughest, players at the clinic. Running the point guard spot, he took great care of the ball and rarely coughed it up. Whether it was in drills or in gameplay, Lafayette should how comfortable he is with the ball in his hands.

Bob Hurley Toughness Award: Aidan Clark

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Aidan has a very good motor on the court. What stands out when watching him play is the fact that he never takes plays off. Whether on offense or defense, he is always coming up with the “50-50” plays. These plays often help teams win the close games.

Hoop Group Skills Mr. Versatility Award: Mitchel Melton

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Mitchel’s size makes him a very versatile player.  As a seventh grader, his size and strength makes him a presence down low. However, his quickness and ability to take players off the dribble from the wing make him versatile. He has the ability to guard and play three different positions on the court, which is why he was our Mr. Versatility Award winner.

First Team All-DMV Junior Elite

Jordan Hairston

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Jordan was one of the top players at the DMV Junior Elite. He’s a tough and heady guard who shows a great ability to run a team. He got to the basket at will, knifing down the lane and finishing in traffic with a smooth touch around the rim. He will be a force at the high school level in the coming years.

Will Bowen

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Will was one of the best big men at Marymount. While he was physically one of the biggest players there, he did not just dominate because of his size. Will has a nice face up game and is comfortable squaring up to the hoop no matter where he is on the floor. He also passes well for a post player and has great shooting touch from the mid range.

Jamel Melvin

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Jamel is a very interesting prospect. He’s very tall and long and only in eighth grade. He draws a lot of attention when inside. He’s very good at keeping plays alive offensively. He doesn’t necessarily get the rebound, but he tips it out to teammates. He has a very high ceiling.

Jahmal Banks

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Jahmal may have been the most dominant player at the DMV Junior Elite. He’s long and athletic, which allows him to crash the boards defensively. If he grabs a rebound, he likes to lead the fast break himself. Once he gets a head of steam, he’s hard to stop from getting to the rim. He’s also very good at finishing through contact.

Noah Charles

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As a fifth grader, Noah is the youngest player on our first team. He is a lightning quick guard and gets up and down the floor in a hurry. He is a true example of a combo-guard. He can run a team and set up his teammates for scoring opportunities, while also having the ability to take over a game and put points up in a hurry.

The fourth and final stop on the tour will be March 24th for the NYC Junior Elite at Riverbank State Park! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the best youth clinics in the area!

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