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Posted On: 07/28/18 2:52 PM
Day Two was the final day of pool play before the tournament portion started in Vegas. There were a few of the usual suspects, but, also some surprise appearances for players who stood out in 17u.
Tyler and the 17u Anarchy Elites have went to Vegas and have shined. The way that he’s leading the team and getting it done is even more impressing as they’ve been getting wins with him scoring in bunches. They beat Team6Man (CA) 62-57 to finish off pool play behind his 20 points and he doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. He plays the game the right way and gets it done on both sides of the ball.
It’s going to take some time to get used to to see Chase in a different jersey, but he fits in with Colorado Mayhem seamlessly. He finished with 16 points in their win. He’s a player that could fit in anywhere and do exactly what’s expected as he’s an high IQ player that understands where to be and is a natural bucket. He can score from anywhere and proves to be a mismatch in ISO situations. He crashes the boards which allows him to get a few easy baskets, is a capable defender with good footwork and knows how to use his body well. Chase led the way on Day 2 and the team followed suit.
Cruickshank is a natural born leader that the team rallies behind. He’s one of the smartest players you’ll watch as he understands situations and pace and also understands when to score and when to control the game. On day 2 he was the team’s leading scorer as he dropped 18 points and got it done from all three levels. What stands out most about Tyson’s game is how willing of a passer he is. He see’s the court as a pure point guard and sets up his teammates for easy baskets. When open, he’s knocking down the open gym shot and is a coaches dream at point.
Colorado Miners are a feisty bunch that attack on defense which opens up their offense. One of their emotional leaders and defensive anchors is David Ross who is as physical as they come. If you need a stop, insert David on the best player and watch as he limits their game. We always hear about high IQ players on offense, but David has a knack of taking away the defenders best skill and makes it hard to essentially get off any good looks. He’s a hands on defender that uses his body and that has made him a player that you gravitate towards. He has really good feel and his steal and finish in the open court was the highlight for their victory. Eager to see him continue go at it.
Colorado Premier have them a scoring weapon in D’Agostino that not many teams have, but everybody wants as a guy that heats up. When he’s on, he’s on and Friday—he was on. He’s on a team that make it a point to pass the ball around and find the open man and Lane made sure that Premier stayed undefeated in league play in the gold division as he knocked down 7 three-pointers. He’s a knock down shooter with high energy that keeps moving on offense and can create off the dribble. When the team takes away the three-pointer, he goes inside and that open opens up the offense. This Premier bunch is fun as they make the right plays, Lane just makes this a bit more dangerous as he’s a player you have to account for at all times.