|Murphy AC Knights-7th Grade|
For our next team profile we will take a look at one of the top 7th grade teams in northeast Ohio. Coach Jim Schomick’s 7th grade Murphy AC Knights has gotten off to a fast start to the spring AAU season. In fact, the Knights have already compiled an impressive 32-3 overall record, and boasts of a solid resume of quality wins. So far this spring, Murphy AC Knights have three tournament championships to their credit, including titles from the Tournament of Champions, Solon Cage Classic and the Strongsville Cage Classic (8th grade division). In addition, the Knights made it all the way to the elite eight of the prestigious King James Shooting Stars Classic 2 weeks ago, before getting downed by AI9 (57-50), the eventual Gold bracket champions. Most teams are judged by the number of quality wins they have notched on their belts. The Knights have taken down the likes of the Pontiac Cobras, Team Lima Kings (#7 ranked), Cincinnati Elite (#4 ranked), db Hoops-Jackson (#8 ranked) and New York Elite.
|Jaylen Harris-6'3 PF Garfield Heights|
The main man for Murphy AC Knights is Jaylen Harris, a 6’3 PF from Garfield Heights, who is arguably the top player in his class in Ohio. We have profiled Harris on a number of occasions based on his dominate performances at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases. Harris has good size, is athletic and is a rebounding machine. With that said, he is more than a rebounder and defense force, as Harris can score the ball at a high level. Every elite team must have solid guard play, and the Knights are no exception. Tommy Schmock, a 5’9 PG from Middleburg Heights, is the floor general for this team. Although Schmock is not blessed with lighting speed nor can he jump out of the gym; the kid has serious PG skills. Using his high basketball IQ, Schmock gets the ball to his scorers, he can handle pressure, and he is not easily rattled. From what little I have already seen of the kid, he has to part of any conversation that centers around the top point guards in the state.
The rest of the Murphy AC Knights’ roster includes: Matt Davet (6’3 PF), Nick Koller (6’0 WF), Sean Coyne (5’8 SG), Conner Adams (5’9 WF), Nick Coberly (5’11 WF), Jeff Petkac (6’2 C), Noah Trizzino (5’5 SG), Spence McClure (5’3 PG) and AJ Robinson (5’8 WF). Coach Schmock intends to compete in the AAU state qualifier with plans to attend the AAU Nationals in July. Good luck to the Knights' players, coaches and fans the rest of the way.