SHOE COMPANY SHOWDOWN II
June 17, 2017
Next Sports Phenom had a great time at the second annual Shoe Company Showdown (in memory of Jerry Kelly). The top teams in the DMV, with several being amongst the top teams in the nation were on hand at this event which some use as more of a tune up for July and others to pit their shoe brand against some of the others. With many of these teams on a heavy circuit travel schedule during the season a lot of our local fans never get to see their local teams and favorite players play during spring and summer club ball. The "Showdown" helps to solve this dilemma, the concept taken from the old "End of Trail" and "Nike Mid-West Showdown" that crossed shoe company lines to allow rival companies to play head to head, the SCS uses the same philosophy on a local level. For 2018 NSP may entertain expanding to a more national format.
Timing wasn't the best as the date conflicted with several local elite camps which caused several teams to be short some of their top uncommitted players. Many teams had to drop out at the last minute as they were missing too many to field a quality team. As this was an event that the DMV girls basketball fans have pleaded for for several years, NSP felt an obligation to the community to make it happen and keep it free for the teams to participate. In the future the date conflict will not be a factor and at the end of the day we had a great day of basketball with some amazing talent that was live streamed to everyone via NSP TV.
SHOE COMPANY SHOWDOWN MVP's
These two players were by far the best in the building today. Several fans had a side conversation about sending the teams home and just letting these two play one on one.
JAKIA BROWN-TURNER & ASHLEY OWUSU
JAKIA BROWN-TURNER - 6'1" - TEAM TAKEOVER
Jakia showed great poise playing five positions. She distributed from the point guard position, knocked down multiple three pointers from the wing and had her way with any and everyone in the paint. Her combination of size, athleticism and skill make her an anomaly and difficult for any team to prepare for.
ASHLEY OWUSU - 5'11" - BWSL
Ashley is an amazing player, she effortlessly shot three pointers as if they were free throws and repeatedly finished contested shots at the basket. She was able to out muscle opposing guards in transition often getting fouled hard and finishing with no call. She was able to out jump and out rebound players several inches taller than her.
Shoe Company Showdown results:
With each team playing two games each the EYBL went 6-0 against it's rivals with the Fairfax Stars, Team Takeover and BWSL all going undefeated. Every team was missing a player or two (maybe three), but none were more short handed than the Germantown Lady Panthers who were sporting the Under Armor brand after spending the previous year with the Adidas logo, they not only were missing players due to camp, they also had key starters out with injury. Kathy Gillespi's Panthers had to bring players up from their younger squads to field a team and a couple of them had to leave prior to game two for another tournament. With all of that said the Germantown Lady Panthers were a very well coached and competitive group holding their own against two EYBL teams and even leading at the half against BWSL. In the end the EYBL teams had too much depth for the rest of the group especially not being 100%. Keep in mind that the Stars, TTO and Boo rosters were not 100% either, but the depth of their rosters give them an advantage that many simply do not have. I was impressed with Havoc City Sol representing ASGR, their key missing element was the absence of head coach Boogie Washington who took some time for a little R & R in Barbados, you can't be mad at that and appreciate him sending his team out. HCS also went up against two EYBL teams using their usual fast pace pressure style of play that will throw most teams off balance. It was definitely asking a lot to keep it going for 40 minutes. Despite the losses Havoc as always showed well and their players showed why they all are so highly recruited. Power Move went 1-1 for the day and at the risk of sounding repetitive, they were shorthanded as well. Power Move brings a Baltimore toughness to the court, they fought each game win or lose until the clock reached 0.00, like GLP they will play anyone, anywhere, anytime. Thanks to Coach Stef Haskins and TEK Lady Elite for the last minute fill in. The non shoe company affiliated team played their hearts out and at the end of the day got better. I saw kids on that team mature in front of my eyes going up against Under Armor and EYBL teams. As for the EYBL groups, in my opinion Team Takeover looked the most prepared for July, with a full roster BWSL may be the deepest and most complete of the three. The Fairfax Stars seemed to have the most team cohesion and team chemistry, it looks like those kids really get along and like one another. If they can keep that togetherness in tact, trusting each other and their coach they should have a successful July.
JAKIA BROWN-TURNER - 6'1" - WING - TEAM TAKEOVER - 2019
Best player in the gym not named Ashley. Averaged a triple double (17 pts vs GLP: 17 pts vs HCS)
ASHLEY OWUSU - 5'11" - GUARD - BWSL - 2019
Best player in the gym not named Jakia. Averaged a triple double (15 pts vs GLP: 17 pts vs HCS)
HAIILE MCDONALD - 6'1" - FORWARD - FAIRFAX STARS - 2018*
Strong and relentless on the boards, willing to give up her body on every play. Good finisher, deceptive mobility for her size.
XARIA WIGGINS - 6'2" - WING - BWSL - 2018*
Nice length and athleticism. Good range on her corner three. Effective from various spots on the floor. (Showdown High 23 pts vs HCS)
AMIRA COLLINS - 6'3" - WING - TEAM TAKEOVER - 2018*
Nice length, she is money around the basket. Ability to stretch the floor with her jumper. Complete package for next level. (Avg 11 pts 11 reb)
SHAWKINA MULAZIM - 5'11" - GUARD - POWER MOVE - 2018
Athletic, slashes well. Quick first step. Potentially could be one of the best to every come out of Baltimore if she chooses. (17 pts ve FFS)
TAYLOR WEBSTER - 5'11" - GUARD - GERMANTOWN LADY PANTHERS - 2020
Great future, in line to be one of the top players in her graduating class. Very mature game for her age. Nice outside shot. (12 pts vs BWSL)
CARRIE GROSS - 5'9" - GUARD - HAVOC CITY SOL - 2018
Navigates to the rim through traffic. Good looking shot. (12 pts vs TTO)
SONIA SMITH - 5'6" - POINT GUARD - HAVOC CITY SOL - 2019
Underrated. Consistently produces, pushes pace. Finishes in traffic, great in transition.
DOMINIQUE DOSS - 5'8" - POINT GUARD - POWER MOVE - 2019
Physical guard, uses her body well when attacking, drawing contact and getting to the line.
ALL SHOWDOWN TEAM
Jakia Brown-Turner - Team Takeover
Ashley Owusu - BWSL
Madison Hardy - Germantown Lady Panthers
Haile McDonald - Fairfax Stars
Amira Collins - Team Takeover
Carrie Gross - Havoc City Sol
Madison Green - Fairfax Stars
Dominique Doss - Power Move
Jasmine Washington - TEK Lady Elite
Jakayla Brown - Fairfax Stars
Xaria Wiggins - BWSL
Shawkina Mulazim - Power Move
Taylor Webster - Germantown Lady Panthers
Anissa Rivera - Havoc City Sol
Rochelle Norris - BWSL
Aliyah Matharu - Havoc City Sol
Chetanna Nweke - Germantown Lady Panthers
Sonia Smith - Havoc City Sol
Paris McBride - Team Takeover
Sydney Wood - Fairfax Stars
Zenzele Apesemaka-Vital - BWSL
Kate Klimkiewicz - Team Takeover
Honesty Scott-Grayson - BWSL
Jessica Giblin - Power Move
Jada Welbon - Germantown Lady Panthers
Special Thanks To Key People That Helped Make The Shoe Company Showdown A Success:
Thank you, it wouldn't have worked without you all.
* Commited Players
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