Spring Fling Phase III Event Recap
Phase III of the Playaz Spring Fling took place this weekend in Paterson, New Jersey. With the event tipping off on Thursday night and going continuously through the day on Saturday it didn’t necessarily mesh well with New England prep schools, most of whom had class over the weekend. Consequently, New England was only represented by two programs, Connecticut Select and Connecticut Elite, in the seventeen-and-under division. Nevertheless, the region’s presence was still felt at the event.
Kuran Iverson, New York Lightning – It was his best showing in quite some time. There was a strong scouting presence in the gym and Iverson seemed determine to give them a good show. He did just that, getting better as the weekend moved on and mixing up his individual offense and his playmaking with excellent results.
Dayshon Smith, New York Lightning – The Putnam Science Academy guard has moved over to Dana Dingle’s club after coming up the ranks with the New York Gauchos. Smith seems to have added an inch or two since the fall and played with the ball in his hands at the point guard spot with solid results. Shot-making continues to be his forte.
Jayde Dawson, Albany City Rocks – A new name emerged this weekend and it was Canadian native Dawson, who just finished his first season at the Brooks School in Massachusetts. He’s not going to be a secret for too much longer as he’ll be running with the City Rocks on the EYBL circuit, but this guard is solid in all aspects of the game with plenty of tools to intrigue.
Jordan Butler, Connecticut Select – The big man from Glastonbury High School made a name for himself over the recent high school season, drawing attention from plenty of local college coaches in the process. Our first glimpse of him came this weekend and it left us eager to see more at the upcoming Northeast Hoops Festival.
Zach Lewis, New York Lightning – Lewis returned to the court this weekend and didn’t show any signs of rust. Just the opposite, he seemed to be in mid-year form, scoring the ball at will with dagger jumpers and the occasional slippery drive. The unsigned senior impressed across the board and figures to be a late target for anyone needing a scoring punch.
Bryan Jones, Connecticut Select – The Christian Heritage junior was absolutely on fire in the first half of Connecticut Select’s Friday afternoon game. He was raining threes to the tune of four long balls in the first ten minutes of the game. The stroke was pretty as it was accurate with great loft and backspin swishing right through the net.
Chancellor Ellis, Team Scan – Phase III hosted competition in the u17 and u15 divisions and Chancellor Ellis was one of the big stories among the underclassman. Ellis is a big and strong swingman who creates constant match-up problems and this weekend added to his scouting report with evidence of major shot-making ability from the wing.