From the Sidelines
Queen City Middle School Showcase
14U Runner Up
Team United 2022
Overall, Team United enjoyed a very good weekend at the Queen City Middle School Showcase. They finished 3-1 for the tournament and captured some impressive wins over some very talented teams. In the quarterfinals, Team United outlasted the Palmetto City Hurricanes (44-36) and beat powerhouse Team Loaded (74-51) in the semi-finals. This was a rivalry game between two well-known travel ball programs. After playing a superb game against Team Loaded, it was only natural to have a letdown in the following game. The semi-final game was a high scoring and intense game.
For Team United 2022, this is going to be a very dangerous team as the travel ball season progresses. It is a team that has an abundance of quality guard play and their semi-final game against Team Loaded only begins to tell you about overall talent. Each game a different player was stepping up making winning plays. What’s even more impressive about this team is their youth, two of their better players are from the 2023 class (Seventh Graders)
Now, let’s take a look at some of the team’s impact players.
6’0 ’22 Anthony Breland
Anthony Breland is a scoring point guard that has advanced ball handling skills. He has a little “Austin Rivers” to his game. He can drain the 3-point shot and beat you off the dribble with his creative one on one dribble moves. Breland is as crafty as they come for an eighth grader. In one pool play game, Breland poured in a game-high 29 points scoring from all three levels. We were impressed with his confidence, poise and fearless approach he displayed throughout the tournament.
6’4 ’22 Elijah Gray
His best game of the tournament was in the semi-finals against Team Loaded where he poured in a game-high 20 points. Gray is a physically mature player that combines a unique blend of strength, athleticism and skill set. He’s a strong/physical presence and plays a tough blue-collar game on the court. Gray doesn’t mind mixing it up to gain position and really battles for rebounds on both ends of the court.
5’10 ’23 Trey Green
Only a seventh grader, Trey Green has a picturesque jump shoot. As we have always stated, shooters translate at every level and Green can flat shoot the cover off the ball. More importantly, we were more impressed with his shot selection and scoring within the framework and rhythm of the game. Rarely, did he take a bad shot and his maturity and poise impressed us immensely.
5’10 ’23 London Johnson
Also, just a seventh grader, London Johnson has a slender and athletic frame. He is both smooth and fluid and the game just seems to come easily to him. He has a high basketball IQ and excellent feel for the game. He has sound/strong fundamentals and his upside and potential are crazy good. We look forward to watching Johnson’s growth and development.