Sunday, November 20, 2011

Africentric Middle School Boys Basketball Preview Recap

Seth Towns-6'4 C Columbus was Fantastic!

I spent Friday night checking out the action at the Africentric Early College Middle School Preview.  In terms of the format, the 6th year event featured 12 middle school teams who each played 2, six minute quarters. Unlike the suburban middle schools, Columbus City League middle schools combine 7th and 8th graders, so a majority of the players were 8th graders.

One of the top teams at the event was Ecole Kenwood, and the clear top player was Seth Towns, a 6’4 center from Columbus. I have seen Towns play on several occasions, and in fact, he is listed as one of Buckeye Prep’s top 10 players, but his play on Friday night was eye opening. Towns impacted the game in every category. He scored the ball at all three levels, he rebound, he blocked a ton of shots, he pushed the ball in transition, found open teammates with the pass, and established himself as one of the top players in the state and a potential division athlete. Although Towns is thin, he is long, athletic and agile. If Towns continues to develop he could be special.

James May 5'9 SG Sherwood MS

Towns was not the only player who logged in a solid performance on Friday. Some of the other standouts included: Antwon Vaughn (Champion), Korey Burks (Hilltonia), James May (Sherwood), Osaretin Onaiwue (Sherwood), Azenda Johnson (Sherwood), Dexter Kolawski (Arts Impact), Clevon Beard (Woodward Park), Naquon Haynes (Woodpark), LeRieus Agnew (Westerville Genoa), Ryan Kennedy (Westerville Genoa), Nathan Moore (Berwick), Jalen Spencer (7th grade-Mifflin), Kyree Bell (Africentric) and Keauntay Monie (Africentric).

Preview Team Results:

Champion MS-17 Buckeye MS-14
Echole Kenwood MS-15 Hilltonia MS-10
Sherwood MS-27 Arts Impact MS-22
Westerville Genoa MS-24 Woodward Park MS-13
Mifflin MS-25 Berwick MS-20
Africentric MS-19 Groveport Community School-4

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