|R. Barrett, B. Sanders, C. Payne, B. Antoine & W, Moore|
The second stop of the 2014 NYBL season took us to Atlanta, GA, where the team match-ups were off the hook, and the level of individual play remained extremely high. Although we were hoping to crown a fresh new MVP after Session #2, Brampton Warrior’s Rowan Barrett Jr. would have none of that. Barrett has emerged as one of the top players in the NYBL, and possibly the class. He followed up his MVP performance in D.C. with another masterful performance. According to the scorebooks, Barrett dropped 32 points on Texas Express Elite, one of the better teams in the league, and another 24 points against the Arkansas Soldierz. In addition, in 5 games, Barrett averaged a little oover 20 points per game and for his efforts, Barrett repeats as Session MVP.
We do have some new names on the Session 1st team. Like Barrett, Team Florida’s Bryan Sanders put up big numbers in Atlanta. In fact, in at least 3 games, Sanders scored in double figures, including 19 points against the Charlotte Rivals, 18 points versus Carolina Chaos and another 13 points against the Reach Higher Kings. All-Ohio’s Chris Payne is not always singled out as the top guy, but his lunch pale type production made him the leading scorer for the undefeated All-Ohio squad in the second session. Teammate Chris’Sean Stringer also put in work for All-Ohio and was rewarded with a 5th Team nod.
|A. Nembhard, BJ Mack, M. Pierre, J. Gary & K. Sturdavant|
We’re not sure anybody had a hotter hand from the perimeter than Team Rio’s Byran Antonio. Against the 9-1 Team CP3, Antoine was deadly from beyond the arc to the tune of 16 points. He followed that up with another impressive shooting performance 1 game later, where he had to have drained 5-6 treys. His performance in session #2 has earned him a spot of the 1st team. Team CP3 is so loaded with talent; it’s often difficult to select a top player. At given point, any of about 4 players can lead this team in scoring. We gave the edge to Wendell Moore, who not only delivers buckets; he rebounds and defends at a high level. Moore had another solid outing in the ATL.
The 2nd Team is well represented in terms as talent. Team United’s BJ Mack emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the post, while Andrew Nembhard continues to make a case as the top PG in the league. Myles Pierre put up gaudy numbers again, and Juwan Gary paced a talented S.C. Hornets team. The Memphis War Eagles are brimming over with nationally ranked players, but we are giving the nod to Kyle Sturdivant for 2nd Team honors. Several players took turns running the show (DJ Jefferies, Chandler Lawson and a couple of others), but Sturdivant caught our eyes when it mattered. Below is the official Top Performers list.