NYC Junior Elite Award Winners and First Team

The 2015 Spring Junior Elite Tour came to a close Tuesday when Hoop Group Skills made their way to Riverbank State Park in New York City for the NYC Junior Elite. The fourth and final stop on the tour once again displayed a deep and talent-rich level of play. However, just like every other stop along the way, there were some who simply out shined the rest. Here are your award winners and first team selection.

Player Headshots

NYC Junior Elite Award Winners

Christian Daly

Kevin Boyle Floor General Award: Christian Daley

Christian has great vision as a guard. Many players his age don’t have the ability to drive the ball deep into the defense and still find open teammates. He makes his teammates better with his vision and crisp, on time passes.

Javier Corteras

Shooting Star Award: Javier Contreras

Javier caught fire from the outside on Tuesday. You can tell he’s a good shooter just by looking at his form and shooting stroke. Javier earns the shooting star award by knocking down 3 consecutive three pointers in one of his games Tuesday.

Kam Rodriguez

He Got Handle Award: Kam Rodriguez

Kam is a very fun guard to watch on the court. He’s quick and crafty handling the ball. His handle is very skilled for a fifth grader. While Kam can do many things well, his ability to take care of the basketball will make him a great player in the future.

Daniel Braster

Bob Hurley Toughness Award: Daniel Braster

Daniel has a winners mentality. He’s a tough player who does a little bit of everything on the floor. He makes his teammates better by providing enormous amounts of energy, excitement and hustle.

Russell Rosenthal

Hoop Group Skills Mr. Versatility Award: Russell Rosenthal

Russell is the definition of versatile because he can serve many different roles for his team. He can rebound, he can defend, he can score, and he’s a great teammate. He’s a great player to have on your roster.

First Team All-NYC Junior Elite

Tyler Wise

Tyler Wise

Tyler Wise has tremendous potential on the hardwood. As a fifth grader, his game is well beyond his age. He’s a smooth operator on the floor, and is a poised guard and a leader. Tyler impressed with a great ability to score, as well as distribute the ball to teammates.

Quswan Davis

Quswan Davis

Quswan is a very aggressive player. His motor on offense is relentless; he is constantly putting pressure on defenses by attacking the hoop. You cannot take a play off when guarding him because he will make you pay, ten times out of ten.

Tommy Thomas

Tommy Thomas

Tommy played very well Tuesday night. This eighth grader is well-rounded offensively. He has a good shooting stroke and can make open shots, but also has the ability to finish strong at the rim. He’s a tough match up for defenders.

Marcus Burnett

Marcus Burnett

The best way to describe Marcus is scorer; he simply knows how to get points and he gets them in bunches. He uses his length to glide through the lane and finish over the top of players. He possesses an attacking mentality, and has his eyes on the rim constantly.

Ricardo Dominguez

Ricardo Dominguez

Ricardo was one of the strongest individual players at the Junior Elite, literally. He is a strong and powerful player. His frame allows him to withstand contact when he goes to the hoop. His game should translate over well in high school with a build like that.

The Spring Junior Elites were an overwhelming success. We saw a lot of young, up and coming talent in all four cities we stopped at. The next chance to attend a Junior Elite will be this summer at Hoop Group Skills Camp. See our entire summer schedule here. Our 53rd summer in the Poconos is going to be the best one yet!

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