Queen City Middle School Jamboree II

Although attendance for the Queen City Middle School Jamboree II was light, the atmosphere of instruction and competition ruled the day. Led by Johnny Taylor, former Western Kentucky star, youth in the 6,7, and 8th grades were taken through drill after drill and had the opportunity to compete to see who had what. Several parents stuck around to check out the action. Other coaches included Lamont Huston, Kimar Morris, and yours truly.

The Queen City Sports Corporation hosts this event. Here's an evaluation of some of the top kids.

In the 8th grade division, once again Kendall Owens showed that he has the goods. This 5'7 guard is strong and aggressive. Continued work on that j will make him one of the states best. Ryan Maupin challenged Kendall all day. Maupin is a 5'1 super smooth point guard that can do it all. His vision and determination are his strengths; a lack of strength is his development point. Late is never too late when you're talking about Juandez Brown. Brown is the 6'4 reigning two-time middle school champ here in Cincinnati. His strength is getting to the basket and finishing. Continued work on his right hand and jump shot will make him the number one 8th grader in the city. Matt Hill is 5'9 guard/forward that plays with composure. Increasing the scoring load and becoming stronger is his improvement point. Nicholas Truesdell is a 6'0 forward who likes to work around the rim. He certainly has a future in the game and with continued strength development will make noise in high school. Cortes Reed is a 5'4 guard that will guard you. He needs to continue working on his offense, and does have the tools to make that happen.

In the 7th grade division, Jordan Smith didn't get to participate because of a broken tooth, but in Jamboree I Smith was a jump-shooting specialist. At I and II, Jake Terry was the toughest 7th grader in the gym. Terry is all over the place and obviously has had good instruction before. Excels on the offensive end and does all the dirty work. Others to impress where Chaz Morton and Marcus Bradshaw. Morton is a 5'8 guard who is very versatile. Inside or out Chaz can get it done. Continued work on strength and range development will have Chaz ready for the next level. Marcus Bradshaw is a 5'8 forward who finishes with the best of them. Marcus plays bigger than his 5'8 size and is athletic. Continued work on his perimeter game will increase his stature.

On this day, there was only one six grader of note and that was Lawrence Ervin, Jr. Now, "L" is special. Short (4'5), but special. His presence and ability to see the floor is above level. Continued work on strength and range and you'll be hearing a lot more about him in the future.

Jamboree III is being planned for April. Make sure you stay tuned for more information, right here on Ohioprepscene.com.


Juandez Brown

Chaz Morton & Kendall Owens


COACH JOHNNY TAYLOR shows Lawrence Ervin, Jr The way

Coach Taylor the master of instuction

Cortes Reed


Jake Terry The toughest 7th grader around

Brown pays attention

Kendall Owens showing he's a stud

Kendall Owens family watches

Lawrence Ervin, Jr parents watch their son


Matt Hill plays with composure

Nicholas Truesdell has a big future

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