2019 West 4th Street Classic - Opening Day
On Friday, May 24, RecruitTheBronx.com dropped down to Greenwich Village in Manhattan for opening day of the West 4th Street Classic’s high school division. Many of the best talent in the city and surrounding areas compete in a park that is known for being a battleground for gritty players. On the infamously under-sized court encaged with urban chainlink fencing, there is no place to hide if your game is not built to survive it. Here are the standouts from the games:
Jeremiah Williams, 6-1, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Maine Factz, Class of 2019 - Williams is tough and loves to drive to the basket. Is able to create for himself when he has the ball and knows where he plans to go on the offensive end. Is not afraid of physical contact.
Jaquan Carlos, 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson, Zero Dark Thirty Fam, Class of 2021 - Carlos can control whatever tempo his team is in at the precise moment that he is in the game. A tough guard that can get to the basket at will and has a great IQ of where and when to facilitate to his teammates. Also a guard that loves to score.
Ziare Wells, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Maine Factz, Class of 2021 - Wells has plenty of speed and intensity when on the court. Possesses plenty of athleticism and can take over the game with his scoring ability and is able to get past defenders when going to the hole.
Kevin Tabb, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Zero Dark Thirty Fam, Class of 2020 - Tabb is quick and plays hard when on the court. Has a good jumper and is very active on the defensive end and has good hands, as he looks to get steals. Despite his small frame, he is able to impact the game in many ways.
Billy Reyes, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Xaverian High School, Maine Factz, Class of @020 - Reyes finds plenty of ways to score. Struggles to finish at the basket and forces his shots. But when he’s hot, he can be dangerous from three-point range. A player that can also fight through physical contact to get to the basket.
Junior Sutherland, Lincoln High School, Maine Factz, Class of 2019 - A guard that is a tenacious defender and plays very hard on the court. A player that will find ways to score and uses his length to get to the basket and loves to run in transition. Is able to grab rebounds on both ends of the court.
Kareem Welch, Thomas Jefferson High School, Brooklyn Stompers, Class of 2019 - Welch loves to score when he has the ball in his hands. Is a dangerous shooter from long-range, especially when he is not contained. Also shows the ability to get to the basket and pass the ball to his teammates.
Melquan Collins, 6-4, Forward, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Brooklyn Stompers, Class of 2020 - Collins is long and agile and loves to handle the ball on the perimeter. Great at playing above the rim and is very good at getting rebounds and running in transition. Showcases plenty of athleticism, as he plays an above the rim game.
Anthony Marshall, 6-0, Point Guard, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Brooklyn Stompers, Class of 2020 - A guard that can definitely play the one position, as he knows where to pass the ball to his teammates. Has good court vision and is very quick. Great at blowing past the opposition with his dribble. Struggles with lack of jumper.
Femi Odukale, Jr. 6-4, Forward, South Shore High School, Brooklyn Stompers, Class of 2019 - A forward that possesses plenty of athleticism and can dominate the game with his length and hs ability to handle the ball on the perimeter. Very skilled player that can also shoot and penetrate into the lane, which leads to an easy two points.
Trey Clarke, 6-6, Forward, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Brooklyn Stompers, Class of 2019 - Clarke possesses a lot of toughness and athleticism. Great at sealing defenders in the low-post area and has a lot of strength. Also has a good handle when penetrating in the lane to get to the basket.