BOC Week 6 Top Performers Recap
Co - M.V.P. - 2011 SF Roy Marshall (Mavericks)
In one of the best matchups of the day this past Saturday the explosive wing talent lined up across from 2011 talent Darnell Harris and he was absolutely spectacular as he finished with 31 points on 14 of 22 shooting, kicked out 8 assists and collected 14 rebounds including 13 on the defensive end of the floor. He was efficient in terms of his shot selection, knocked down a couple of trey balls and was sensational in an excellent all around floor effort that saw him hit for a league high 31 points. He followed that up in the championship with another solid performance where he did most of his damage in the 2nd half to help mount a furious comeback before falling short. He finished in the title game with 21 points on 9 of 21 shooting but struggled from beyond the arc with 1 of 8 from long range. Nevertheless he still kicked out 3 assists, grabbed 9 rebounds and collected 3 steals in a solid effort to wrap up an excellent fall campaign in the BOC.
Co - M.V.P. - 2012 F/C Phillip Nolan (Lakers)
The true test of an athlete is how do they bounce back from adversity and/or follow up a poor performance the game before and Nolan answered that this past weekend in huge fashion as he turned in an M.V.P. performance for the week and helped lead his team to the league championship in the process. After a subpar week 5 effort, Nolan was completely dominant this past weekend as he finished with 16 points on 8 of 16 from the field and collected 20 rebounds in the semi-finals. Add to the mix 3 blocks and 2 assists and the young big man was simply spectacular from start to finish. The championship saw more of the same as the talented young interior prospect made some key baskets and grabbed some huge rebounds to fend off a late rally and help the Lakers capture the Platinum ship with a 12 point 10 rebound 3 assists effort. Excellent effort this past weekend.
#3 - 2010 John Cathey-Macklin (Heat)
Not too much more that can be said of Macklin as he's arguably the most improved 2010 prospect in the state right now and looks primed to put on a shot in the City Conference this year for Milwaukee Washington. He continues to take major leaps forward with each passing week and this weekend he was an unstoppable force at times in helping lead his squad to the Gold Division championship. The first game was ridiculous as he attacked the rim with monster dunk after monster dunk and even knocked down a few jumpers to finish with 24 points on 12 of 22 shooting, 11 rebounds and 2 assists. He followed that up with more of the same despite being a bit winded in the Gold championship game and finished with 19 points on 9 of 17 shooting, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 assists. Right now I doubt there is a better more athletic big man in the 2010 class for the state of Wisconsin as this young fella has taken major steps forward with his skills, his explosive athleticism, nice agility, attacks the glass, and is just a beast on both ends of the floor. Anyone who saw Macklin in the gym this fall would echo those statements as he was truly spectacular at times and a dominant force week in and week out.
#4 - 2010 SG Chim Kadima (Heat)
Was really pleased to see him wrap up his fall in excellent fashion with his strongest performance this past weekend. Combined with Macklin to bring to the table a lethal inside-outside combination and helped lead his team to the Gold Division championship in the process. Was far more aggressive than weeks past and knocked down his perimeter stroke a bit better while also being a major force on the glass. Finished with 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists in the semi-finals before really taking over in the championship game to pop for 21 points, 20 rebounds, and 6 assists in a solid floor effort. Only issue was the second game shot selection as he finished 8 of 25 from the field but made up for it with his 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Excellent performance this past weekend for Kadima.
#5 - 2011 F Darnell Harris (Knicks)
After starting the league slowly the first couple of weeks, Harris was one of the prospects who continued to step up his play each week and he finished up this past weekend with another solid effort once again. In the semi-finals of the Platinum Division playoffs he finished with 27 points 14 rebounds and 2 steals in a solid effort. While normally one would think that was dominant, Harris relied heavily on his perimeter stroke and it showed up as he was 10 of 25 from the field including 5 of 18 from beyond the arc. Problem here was he just settled for trey balls and his shot selection was poor in the first game despite posting some solid numbers. However, the young talent finished up with an even better showing in the 3rd place game of the Platinum division as he hit for 29 points on 13 of 23 shooting, grabbed 15 rebounds and kicked out 5 assists. While he was still only 3 of 10 from beyond the arc, Harris turned in a much better floor effort, was more efficient, took better shots, and created a bit more. The end result was a victory and a 3rd place finish. Solid all around effort in both games and really looks ready to turn in an excellent season this winter.
#6 - 2010 PG Steve McWhorter (Hornets)
The talented young lead guard continued to set the bar for the floor generals in the state with a couple of solid performances again this past weekend. In the first game he clipped off 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc, grabbed 7 rebounds, collected 6 steals, kicked out 3 assists and had 3 blocks as well. He followed up that big time performance with another solid effort in the 2nd game and finished with 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting, kicked out 10 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. He is by far the top pure PG prospect in the state of Wisconsin for the 2010 class and he'd line up against anyone in that class regionally and more than hold his own if not get the better of them. He turned in two more quality performances again this past weekend including a league high 10 assists in the 2nd game. Solid performance.
#7 - 2012 SF Otis Pirtle (Bucks)
One of the most athletic and powerful slashing talents in the state, Pirtle finished up his 2009 BOC fall campaign in strong fashion with a couple of solid floor efforts this past weekend. In the Gold Division semi-finals the talented swingman was unstoppable at times as he hit for 25 points on 12 of 17 shooting, grabbed 3 rebounds, and kicked out 3 assists. Add to the mix not 1 but 2 highlight dunks including what in all likelihood was the play of the fall when he took the ball of the dribble from the right wing and dunked over 6-10 2011 C Derek Hussinger in the 2nd half of the first game that had the gym buzzing. As Pirtle's effort and efficient stepped up so did his play. While playing with visibly tired legs in the 2nd game, the talented swingman turned in another quality effort and finished with 8 points 13 rebounds 8 assists and 2 steals to wrap up a solid fall. The past few weeks Pirtle really stepped it up and this past weekend he was excellent with a couple of strong performances.
#8 - 2011 SG Haki Stampley (Lakers)
Bounced back from a sub par week 5 effort to turn in a couple of solid performances including a lights out shooting performance once again to lead his team to the Platinum Championship. In the semi-finals the young perimeter sharpshooter hit for 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting but it was his floor game that paid off in big dividends as he collected 9 rebounds, kicked out 5 assists, blocked 2 shots and grabbed 2 steals. The championship was a completely different story as he was spectacular in scoring 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc (Editors Note - This was the second time he finished 6 of 8 from beyond the arc in a game this fall). Add to the mix a couple of key jumpers to fend of a late run in the title game and 7 rebounds and Stampley came up big once again this weekend. Another of the prospects who took the biggest leaps this fall, Stampley was excellent week and week out.
#9 - 2012 F Darrell Bowie (Bulls)
The young dominant rebounding forward saved his best performance this fall for this past weekend as he turned in a monster showing in the Platinum division semi-finals along with a solid effort in his second game to wrap up his 2009 BOC campaign. The first game he was spectacular in terms of effort and dominance and finished with 21 points on 10 of 18 shooting, 15 rebounds and 3 steals. The biggest thing here was he finished and just attacked the rim and didn't play with the basketball. That improved his efficiency, reduced his turnovers, and turned into a great all around effort. He followed that up with a decent 11 points 7 rebound performance in the 2nd game that was more affected by just being a bit winded. He is one of the most instinctive and dominant rebounding talents in the state regardless of class and really came up big this past weekend.
#10 - 2011 C Michael Reinke (Rockets)
If you really understood where this young big man was when he first walked into the 2009 BOC weeks ago then you'd be able to truly appreciate how much of an improvement he's made in a very short time. While still having to improve his lower half agility, flexibility, and explosion, Reinke has become a solid interior force who can grab rebounds and finish with consistency whenever he takes the floor. For him to even be in consideration for a top 10 performance spot is one thing but to actually do it speaks volumes for the hard work he's put in this fall and I personally couldn't be prouder of what he's accomplished. We're talking about a young man who hit for 2 points and 3 rebounds during week 2 action. As everyone knows the BOC is not about how you start but how you finish as the focus is on being able to improve your skills, get ready for the season, and mix in regional and national exposure in the process. With that being said Reinke is a glowing example that hard work pays off as this past weekend he turned in best effort with a 20 point 11 rebound 2 block effort on 10 of 13 from the field in the first game. He followed that up with a 15 point 5 rebound effort in the second game on 7 of 9 from the field to close out a solid fall campaign. Excellent showing this past weekend for the big fella.