Players of the Week
Charlie Fitzgerald - Toronto Raptors - Charlie is developing into a nice player. Big time scorer and showed the ability to break defenders down with his ball handling.
Michael Ambrosino - Los Angeles Goats - Michael was in man child mode. Beast on the boards and wills his way to the basket. Tough on the boards!
Alex Duski - Vultures - Alex dominated all weekend. Scores with the best of them, defends, passes, and gets rebounds.
Sam Saccaro - Fireballs - Sam has game! Real tough with the ball and is explosive to the basket. Had some real nice finishes in traffic.
Graham Rose - Wakanda Forver - Graham is a great competitor. He knows how to deliver big shots for his teammates, as well as being able to distribute the ball.
Nate Gold - Striking Cavaliers - Nate was crafty getting to the basket as well as making some nice dishes. He is scorer and is tough to stop!
Tyler Vanderkamp - Blacktop Ballers 2.0 - Tyler can do it all. Lockdown defender, scores in bunches, shoots the longball, and passes as well as anyone in the division.
Keller Karnes - Harlem Money - Keller is a rookie in the league but looks like a veteran. He is a force down low. Dominates the boards by owning the paint. Finishes around the basket.
Charlie Ellis - Back to Back - Charlie is the defensive anchor for his team. Usually guards the other teams biggest/best player. Can also score and create for his teammates.
Zach Perchik -Shaquille Oatmeal - Zach Perchik savagely defended any opponent brave enough to handle the ball while in his vicinity. He didn't take a single bad shot, he spoke to his teammates positively during game play and repeatedly turned down open looks from beyond the arc even as his teammates enthusiastically beckoned from the bench.
Ian Brown - Midrangers - Ian showed outstanding size and athleticism in his games this weekend. Much improved as a shot maker as well.
Will Colvin- Grayson Gang - Wilmette Wolves alumni Will Colvin dominated half court play as his Double-Double average sets him on pace for MVP honors. Will stepped beyond the 3pt stripe and showed competitors that his long range game is just as effective as his rebounding prowess.
Girls Grades 3-4
Ingrid Meyer - Sparks - Ingrid put up two performances deemed worthy of P.O.W. (Player Of the Week) recognition. She led the Sparks in both scoring and rebounding and ranks amongst the league leaders in multiple categories. Ingrid gave 3V3 onlookers a treat while posting a flashy stat line.
Sadie Haupt - Lions - Sadie is a pure scorer out there. Great at getting by her defender and finishing at the basket. She made some good passes when the defenders collapsed on her.
Brendan McNelley - Los Angeles Goats - Brendan lead his team to two big victories. Excellent ball handler who excels in breaking down defenders. Real scrappy on the court.
Jonah Grant - Black Knights - Jonah and his teammates did a great job in containing one of the leagues best scorers. He lead them in their communication defensively. Craft at getting to the basket.
Jessal Lele - Guy in a Hole - Jessel showed massive improvement in his ball handling and ability to get to the basket. Showing flashes of his older brother and former league MVP Nikhil Lele.
Brock Beeler - Soggy Waffles - Brock kept his team competitive in some tough matchups. He was a defensive anchor and he scored over half of his teams points. Hes a bull on the court. Tough to stop when he attacks to the basket.
Colin Norton - Blacktop Ballers 2.0 - Colin was a scoring machine this past weekend. Very aggressive getting to the basket and changes speeds well. Solid finisher. He is showing that is one of the stronger offensive threats in the league.
MJ Burns - Back to Back - MJ is as smooth as they get. He is calm and composed in every situation. He can handle the ball, pass to open teammates, or create his own shot.
Will Colvin - Grayson Gang - Once a sharpshooter, now he has proven the he can be a valuable asset in more ways than one. Does so much on the court. He earns back to back player of the weeks!
Girls Grade 3-4
Ava Bellis - Links - Ava is really tough on the court! Strong at getting to the basket and makes tough finishes. She is fierce on defense and really good at collecting rebounds.
Jackson Jerome - Los Angeles Goats - Jackson is a big man that can stretch the floor and hit perimeter shots. Will be a tough player in years to come.
Landon Cooper - The Vultures - Landon shows great poise and allows the game to come to him. He Takes open shots, distributes the ball and plays good defense
Tyson Adrianopoli - Crushers - Tyson's activity level was in midseason form as he challenged every opponent placed in front of him with purpose. Tyson literally heads his team in every single category across the board offensively and defensively, whilst being a willing passer. Captain Tyson is a Double-Double producing machine.
James Langdon - Guy in a Hole - James is a playmaking combo guard that loves to set his teammates up for shots.
Nate Gold - Striking Cavaliers - Nate Gold's luster never dulled while doing everything within the rules of basketball to earn his team a victory this weekend. Only a missed shot as the horn sounded in the second contest in overtime prevented a near perfect day. Number 49's athletic drives to the basket were only bested by the huge grin on his chin.
Jon Jaworski - Goats - Jon is a versatile athlete who can compete with the best in any sport. His speed and ability to get to the rim was on display this weekend.
Tyler VanderKamp - Black Top Ballers 2.0 - Tough play from Tyler VanderKamp continued as well as the MVP conversations. I overheard one parent tell another that, "He may be the best kid in his grade level." I find it difficult to disagree as I review his ridiculous stat lines.
Rafi Naftali - Shark Kittens - Rafi is one of the best ball handlers in the class in the division. Much improved shot making as well.
Ryan Ambrosino - The Bulls - Silky Smooth with the handles, athletic finishes and deadly from long range is a proven winning combination for Ryan and The Bulls. Tops in scoring, Ryan's name is clearly visible on nearly every category imaginable. His new nickname is "Silk."
Ian Brown - Midrangers - Ian has shown massive improvement in his ability to make shots and layups. Always one of the best rebounders on the floor as well. Ian posted another Double-Double against stiff competition and attacked the glass with ferocity. A handful in the low post, Ian didn't limit himself to back-to-the-basket moves. He's also a Midrange threat.
Girls Grade 3-4
Zoe Soltz - Ballerz - Zoe may be the best defender in the league. She is literally all over the place and is able to deflect so many passes and get a ton of steals. She is very active and will be a big piece for the Ballerz in the final stretch of the season.
Jake Morton - Toronto Rapors - Jake plays the game with a high basketball IQ. He makes great passes and delivers big shots late in games.
William Levi - Fireballs - William is the engine on his team. Very active all over the court and knocks down midrange shots on a consistent basis. Scrappy on D and drives hard to the basket.
Naoki Jacobson - The Vultures - Naoki is one of the best defenders in the league. Great stance and lateral quickness. He is always in good help/deny position and is knockdown midrange jumpshooter.
Oliver Plahn - Flying Nuggets - Oliver brings a ton of toughness every week. He fights for rebounds, dives for loose balls, and is constantly trying to get steals.
Ford Ross - Triple Double - Ford continues to impress and lead his team to big wins. Excellent ball handler and passer. Very shifty and crafty. Fakes a lot of defenders out of their shoes.
Tyler VanderKamp - Blacktop Ballers 2.0 - What cant we say about Tyler. He is literally everywhere on the court. He gets his hand on so many loose balls and rebounds we lose count. Fierce on defense. Probably the best defender in the league.
Emmett Koshkarian - Ninjas of the Hardwood - Emmett showcased an improving jump shot this past weekend. He hit big threes to go along with his usual lockdown defense.
Christopher Kirkpatrick - Back to Back - He is as smooth as they come on the court. Has some great hesitation dribbles and is a pass first point guard. Really strong court vision. Makes passes you wouldnt even knew were coming. And watch out because he also gets buckets.
William Leemaster - Midrangers - William caught fire from mid range. He went 5/5 in the first game. He also is a bruiser down low. Always in nonstop battle mode for rebounds.
Ben Kinzelberg - Left Bench - Ben has been stepping up more and more in the league. He is starting to show more aggressiveness on the court and it paying off. Can really finish when attacking to the basket and is showing a knockdown jumper that stretches out to the 3 point land.
Girls Grades 3-4
Brooke Stafford - Sparks - Brooke is a tenacious rebounder. She knows where the ball is headed when it hits the rim. Solid defender as well. She has a solid all around game.
Brendan McNelley and Michael Ambrosino - Los Angeles Goats - The duo of Brendan and fellow swingman Michael continues to stay red hot as the LAGs remain undefeated during tournament action. They have become a force and have helped the Goat be the team to beat heading into the playoffs.
Charlie Fitzgerald - Toronto Raptors - Charlie is a pure scorer. He can shoot or get to the basket. He also does a good job of getting his teammates involved
Declan White - Fireballs - Declan is long, athletic, and plays with a ton of energy. He does a great job on the defensive end and does a good job of using his length to get deflections.
James Langdon - Guy in a Hole - "Big Game" James showed a determined toughness as the Guys found that shovel and dug themselves out of a early season slump. They've rattled off 6 straight wins whilst ousting the top seeds in the process. BGJ did not register any minutes in those 4 defeats. Some would consider him The "X-Factor".
Owen Foster - Triple Double - Owen had another big weekend. He dominated on the offensive glass and started to stretch the floor with his shooting as well.
Grant Lyons - Shaquille Oatmeal - Grant was flexing his basketball IQ this weekend. He gets to the rim, makes great passes, and can stretch the floor with 3 pointers.
Joey Place - The Bulls - Joey Place scores another 3 pointer is becoming a common theme. He's a 3 point machine. Joey 28pts, 6-8 from deep also collecting 5 boards. Has a quick release and has helped the Bulls to be a force to reckon with come playoff time.
Aidan Nicholson - McGunga - Aidan has shown massive improvement over the years. Aidan impressed many with his athleticism and finishing around the rim. Plays with a lot of energy and will be key in helping his team make a deep playoff run.
Girls Grades 3-4
Sadie Haupt and Kendall Phillips - Lions - The 1-2 punch of Sadie and Kendall has undoubtedly proven to be formidable for foes. Their hard hat, lunch pail mentality smothered opponents as the Lions punched the clock when it's time to compete. Sadie game winning basket was the talk of the day as they carved a nail biter win against rival team the Sparks.