NY2LASPORTS.COM - 2010 BOC - WEEK 1 STATISTICAL LEADERS
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The 2010 Breakfast of Champions fall basketball league tipped off this past weekend and with a loaded group of prospects up and down the high school classes on the court, sophomore lead guard Nick Allen was one of many who stole the show as he turned in one of the top overall floor efforts on the weekend. Today we recap week 1 of the BOC with a look at the statistical leaders from this past weekend…
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It’s a category that’s become synonymous with the BOC and easily one of the best as it measures a player’s overall floor impact without taking into account anything related to scoring. This was designed to measure activity, hustle, and one’s ability to make an impact on the court in terms of passing the ball, rebounding, and on the defensive end of the court in terms of steals and blocks. This week it was 2013 PG Nick Allen of Montessori H.S. (WI) and 2011 F/C Jim Marose of Wisconsin Lutheran (WI) who led the way as each turned in huge floor efforts. Allen dished out 8 assists, collected 8 rebounds, and grabbed 3 steals while Marose led the way with 12 rebounds and also blocked 4 shots.
It’s easy to score 20 points or kick out 10 assists but the key is how many shots it took to do the former and whether you can dish the rock without turning it over an excessive amount of times. Where the Matrix category measures one’s impact without scoring, this category measures one’s entire performance in terms of scoring, passing, rebounding, and defending by looking at everything positive they did along with the negatives it took to get their (i.e. how many shots one took, turnovers, etc.) This week it was two players from Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) who stole the show as 2011 SG Haki Stampley led the league this past weekend with a 21.0 EPG score and 2011 G Giovanni Bray was right on his tail with a score of 18.0 EPG. Stampley scored 24 points on 10 of 12 shooting and added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, and a steal. Bray was also extremely efficient as he scored 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting while also grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 3 assists, and collecting 4 steals.
Young talent always looks at scoring as the ultimate measure of one’s worth on the basketball court. While a team always needs someone who can put the ball in the basket and in today’s game scoring draws the most attention and/or accolades, most coaches will tell you that games are one on the defensive end of the floor, through execution, rebounding, etc. This past weekend it was 2014 G Riley Lachance of Brookfield Central (WI) who led the way as he scored a league high 28 points on 11 of 23 shooting including a 6 of 13 effort from beyond the arc. Next in line was 2011 G Giovanni Bray of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) with 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting including a 4 of 8 effort from beyond the arc.
Creating opportunities and putting the team first is the ultimate sacrifice that young talent can sometimes have difficulty with. In the game of basketball, passing the basketball is the true measure here and this past weekend it was 2013 PG Duane Wilson Jr. of Whitefish Bay Dominican (WI) who led the way with a league high 9 assists. While 2012 F Cinmeon Bowers of Milwaukee King (WI) grabbed POY honors and 2011 SG Haki Stampley of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) led the way in terms of efficiency, Wilson served as the catalyst for both of those big time performances and helped fuel a 56% overall shooting performance and 64% shooting performance from beyond the arc for his team with some excellent passing and ball distribution. Next in line here was 2013 PG Nick Allen of Montessori H.S. (WI) who dished out 8 assists and served as an excellent catalyst in his own right.
The paint is one of the places where games are won or lost. In the same fashion as the line of scrimmage serves as the focal point on the football field, the lane matches that on the basketball court. You want to put yourself in a position to win games then you have to control the glass on both ends of the court by eliminating second chance opportunities on defense and creating them on offense by rebounding the basketball. In order to rebound you have to be active, be able to handle contact, box out, and be aggressive in attacking the boards. This past weekend it was 2011 F/C Jim Marose of Wisconsin Lutheran (WI) who led the way as collected 4 offensive rebounds and 8 defensive rebounds on his way to a league high 12 for the weekend. 2013 G/F Jamaar McKay of Milwaukee Washington (WI) was next in line with 11 rebounds as he grabbed 5 on the offensive end and 6 on the defensive end of the court.
The defensive end of the court is where games are won and to lead the way here one must have instincts, read the passing lanes, be active, etc. This past weekend it was 2011 G Dominique Wilder of Homestead High School (WI), 2011 G Giovanni Bray of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI), and 2014 G Riley Lachance of Brookfield Central (WI) who led the way as he grabbed a weekend high 4 steals.
This category is usually one reserved for interior prospects who are looking to show that they control the paint and have the ability to alter shots and dominate the lane on the defensive end of the court. This past weekend was no exception as 2011 F/C Jim Marose of Wisconsin Lutheran (WI) led the way with 4 blocks while 2013 F/C Luke Fischer of Germantown High School (WI) finished with 3 blocks in a superb opening week effort.
ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO
Everyone loves the guy who likes to pass the basketball and coaches like it even more when that person is efficient in doing so with a limited amount of turnovers. With a week one that saw a number of prospects distribute the ball a bit without turnovers to score the highest possible ratio, it was 2011 G Dominique Wilder of Homestead (WI) who served as the measuring stick with 5 assists and zero turnovers on the weekend.
Everyone loves a great shooter and the ability to dial up from long distance with a high level of consistency is a skill in and of itself. This past weekend 2014 G Riley Lachance of Brookfield Central (WI) led the way with 6 trey balls while 2011 G’s Haki Stampley and Giovanni Bray of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) both finished with 4.
Scoring the basketball without taking an excessive amount of shots is not only productive, but also efficient at the same time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that taking a ton of bad shots to get to 10, 20, or 30 points doesn’t do anything to help the team. This past weekend it was up and coming 2013 PG Nathaniel Moore of Wauwatosa East (WI) and 2014 SF Kevon Looney of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) who led the way as both were perfect from the field. Moore was 4 of 4 including a 2 of 2 effort from long range while Looney was 5 of 5 from the field in a strong opening weekend effort.
Making it rain from long distance is always fun to watch but what’s even better are those who can do so with efficiency and knock down the trey ball at a high percentage. This past weekend it was 2014 G/F Brady Ellingson of Sussex Hamilton (WI) and 2013 PG Nathaniel Moore of Wauwatosa East (WI) who led the way. Both were perfect from beyond the arc as Ellingson finished 3 of 3 from long range and Moore was 2 of 2. Next in line was 2011 SG Haki Stampley of Milwaukee Hamilton (WI) who knocked down 4 of 5 attempts from long distance in a strong perimeter shooting exhibition as well.
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Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.