"It's All About The Game"
DC Metro Showcase Provides Exposure and Thrills
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Phase I of Nima Omidvar's Effort Was a Success
March 22, 2009 – Today concluded the DC Metro Showcase's first installment; comprised of around seventy teams in various age groupings, the boy's grassroots basketball tournament initiated and managed by Nima Omidvar once again brought needed exposure to high school steudent athletes.
Omidvar, was pleased with the outcome. "Yesterday was great, with our Final Eight competition and tournament action" shared Omidvar, an enterprising travel team and high school coach in the DC area Sunday. "Today, we expect more of the same".
Team Underrated traveled from the 'Noo Yawk' area and won a 17 and under chip.
He wasn't disappointed, as in the 17 and under division Team Underrated, a collection of New York area-based talent coached by Zach Asher, defeated God's Glory (DC) 77-63 in championship play at Trinity University.
After leading by one at haltime, Underrated went on a 12-0 run, an advantage that seemed to take God's Glory's starch away; an observation ratified by their coach, Mike Harmon.
The lead balloned to over twenty late ino the game, but was cut to almost single digits.
Senior swingman George Beamon led Underrated with 20 points, while senior point guard Derrick Dawkins provided 18. Charles "Snax" Joseph dropped, a post graduate big man dropped 17, many in the first half.
God's Glory saw high scoring combo guard, junior Dante Thomas provide 25 points, while his backcourt mate, junior point man Phil Hawkins, scored 13.
Following are selected players that caught this writer's eye:
Treveon Graham, sophomore, 6'4", Triple Threat 17u - multi-skilled guard can also post.
Deon Andrews, sophomore, 6'3", Triple Threat 17u - point guard with long arms is developing.
Akil Mitchell plans to work on his "ball handling" allowing the 6'7", 205 forward to play "more of the two or three". Presently SoCon schools love him.
Chris Coleman, junior, 6'10", Charlotte Jayhawks 17u - big man with athletic ability has bigs monitoring.
Akil Mitchell, junior, 6'7", Charlotte Jayhawks 17u - Mid majors, many in the SoCon, are all over this intelligent, skilled forward.
Anthony Estes, sophomore, 6'7", Kids First 17u - (-5/5-1) Bigs love his toughness and ability for a swingman.
Ian Baker, freshman, 6'1", Kids First 17u - talented playmaker has the ability to be special.
If Ian Baker continues to develop his strength and point guard instincts, he has the chance to become a special player.
Mike Kelly, senior, 6'5", Team Underrated 17u - jack of all trade, winning player would fit in seamlessly in a system-based Division III situation.
Derrick Dawkins, senior, 5'9", Team Underrated 17u - quick penetrator has a motor that doesn't stop.
Dante Thomas, junior, 6'3", God's Glory 17u - can score from all over the the court.
Phil Hawkins, junior, 5'11", God's Glory 17u - two sport star - point guard and quarterback - has strength, finds teammates, finishes, and doesn't back down.
The official DC Metro Showcase All-Star listing will be published here as well as at www.dcmetroshowcase.com. That site will also provide video coverage of all tourney games.
And be sure to check back for coverage of the event's second and third stages.
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