Playaz Capture Two Titles
The Playaz Basketball Club is one of the strongest traveling team organizations in the country. Last weekend, Jim Salmon's bunch proved as much.
The Playaz captured both the 17 and 16 and under divisions at the annual Spring Fling. Sean Singletary, a prime 2004 point guard target for a number of schools, was selected the MVP of the 17 and under division.
"The two guards out of Philly played really well," www.HoopGroup.com scout Steve Keller said. "[Kyle] Lowry had 26 twice, I think. People were talking about how well he played." Lowry didn't play for the Playaz, but he did star for Philly MJC and is a former standout for Salmon.
Meanwhile, Singletary scored 12 and had 5 assists in the championship game – a 65-63 win – against the Gauchos.
Keller was impressed with some of the future lineups a handful of teams were able to roll out onto the court. "Between Gavin Grant, Brian Laing, Ricky Torres and Chris Bethel … look for the Ravens to be right back in the hunt next year.
"Gavin Grant played well for the Ravens. I'm just putting him right on the edge of the Top 40 in the country. I think he's great and he's very athletic. He's long and handles well. He's comfortable. I like how he can get by people. When his jumper is on, he's tremendous."
Though they didn't perform as well as some of the other teams, there's no questioning the lineup Riverside Church throws out there. "Riverside Church started A.J. Price, Derrick Caracter, Keith Benjamin (Mount Vernon), Tyrell Biggs and Arturo Dubois," Keller said. I thought A.J. Price played real well. I'm a big fan. Biggs is starting to show a little bit of a jumper. He might have even lost a couple of pounds."
Here are the scores from Sunday's Playoff Action:
Final: Playaz 65, Gauchos 63
Semifinals: Playaz 76, Bronx Ravens 50 Gauchos 68, Cecil Kirk 64
16 and under championship: Playaz 69, Brooklyn USA 62