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Area Players Look to Bring Home Summer Titles

By Martinis Jackson , 06/15/16, 7:00PM EDT

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There are a handful of area teams with chances of bringing home some hardwood in July in their respective circuits. Now that regular season play is complete, players will have a month to attend individuals camps and get reacquainted with their high school teams. After that period is complete, Peach Jam, UA finals, and Adidas Gauntlet Finale will be in high gear and here is a look at the teams in our coverage area who could make deep runs. 

PSA Cardinals NY (EYBL)


Photo Courtesy of Jon Lopez

Key Players:

Quadee Green | 14.1 points, 10.5 assists, 2 steals 

Brandon Randolph | 16.4 points, 2.6 rebounds

Mohamed Bamba | 12.7 points, 13.9 rebounds

 

PSA Cardinals have their EYBL version of a big three. At the helm of the offense is Qaude Green, the EYBL's assist and steals leader who has been a nightmare to opponents in the half and full court. Couple that with the leading rebounder in the circuit in Bamba and you have a team that's hard to beat. Their 10-2 record is evidence of that fact.  Ther losses were by a combined margin of 3 points with signature wins against Mokan Elite and California Supreme. 

Team Takeover (EYBL)


Photo Courtesy of Jon Lopez

Key Players: 

Chris Lykes | 19 ppg, (on .488 shooting from the field) 

D.J. Harvey | 11.1 ppg, 6.7 rebounds

Luka Garza | 11.1 ppg, 5.7 rebounds

Team Takeover hit a rough patch in the middle of the season going 3-4 in Indiana and Virginia, but were able to finish in Georgia much like they began in New York and ended the season second in Division A. Although Lykes provides the lion share of the scoring, the DC based program is capable of scoring in a number of ways, whether it's Harvey knocking down jumpers, Garza on the block or any of a number of their wings getting out on the break. 

Their defense is what puts them in contention for a title. They average close to 6 steals a game and commit very few turnovers. When their bench is playing well, they can be very difficult to beat. They may be a dark horse in this year's Peach Jam. 

Baltimore Elite (Adidas Gauntlet)

Key Players:

Immanuel Quickley | 10.5 ppg, 4.3 assists 

Travis Ingram | 12.5 ppg, 7.3 rebounds 

Nemanja Knezevic | 12.3 ppg., 5.2 rebounds

This one was pretty easy, when you go 8-0 in your conference, you're the clear favorite to take home the hardware. The Baltimore based team has lived up to its name, led by the terrific play of high major guard Immanuel Quickley. Add him to the athleticism of Ingram and Knezevich's size  to go along with Jamir Moultrie  & Blake Francis and this is a team that can run the table in South Carolina in July. 

Team Loaded (VA) Adidas Gauntlet

Key Players 

Kiyon Boyd | 10.4 ppg, 5.2 rebounds

Antwan Walker | 10.8 ppg, 4.6 rebounds 

Blake Harris | 11.0 ppg, 3.5 assists 

Boyd is fresh off an Adidas Nations invite in Miami which will only increase his confidence moving forward this summer. With the inside presence of Walker and a worthy floor general in Harris, Team Loaded (VA) will look to make a deep run in the tournament this year. They shoot a good percentage from the field at 45% while holding their opponents to 35%. They will need big games from the big three to win it all but if that happens, they have a shot. 

DC Premier (Under Armour Association)


Photo Courtesy of Kelly Kline

Key Players 

Naji Marshall | 15.5 ppg, 4.5 rebounds 

Nate Watson | 14.8 ppg, 6.2 rebounds

Prentiss Hubb | 11.4 ppg, 5.8 assists 

Premier is as talented top to bottom as an team across any circuit. Watson, Hubb and Marshall have a lot of help. The explosive scoring of Elijah Clarence, A.J. Wilson and Quinton Drayton help the 10-2 squad implement a platoon style of attack. Two of their losses came at the hands of #3 and #4 in their conference and they have now finished the season 6-0. If they are firing on all cylinders, expect them to reach the final 4 in July. 

WER1 (Under Armour Association)


Photo Courtesy of Kelly Kline

Key Players 

Trayvon Duval | 15.9 ppg, 4.9 assists 

Eric Ayala | 11.8 ppg, 4.9 rebounds 

Tyrese Martin | 10.3 ppg, 4.2 rebounds 

When your team boasts the top point guard in the country Trevon Duval, your teams is always in contention. Add in solid guard Eric Ayala and big man Bourama Sidibe and the Philly based group is a formidable opponent heading into July. They handed Team Charlotte its only loss of the season showing that they are capable beating anyone when they play as a unit. 

Honorable Mention

Team Final 

New York Rens

New Heights 

NJ Playaz