2019 Smartball Classic Top Performers - 8/8
By David Cordova,
On Thursday night, August 8, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Playground in Harlem for the Smartball Classic to check out some of the best high school teams from the tri-state area. We only got through one game, before the rain came cancelled the rest. Here were the standouts from the game between PSAL Queen borough rivals, Cardozo High and John Bowne High:
Aguibou Balde, 6-4, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2021 - Balde has an imposing stature, but has plenty of versatility. Is very skilled at his position and moves around very well in the low post. Makes it a mission to get baskets and scores easily.
Amadou Diallo, 5-8, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2021 - Diallo commands plenty attention due to his scoring ability. Despite his diminutive frame, he is able to get his shot off efficiently and is able to break down his defender with his dribble. Is a shifty player that is good at getting to the basket and is fearless when going to the basket.
Mohamed Dioubate, 6-2, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - Dioubate is good at showcasing his defensive abilities. Has a long wingspan and is good for getting rebounds and playing bigger than his height. Very alert on both ends of the court.
Cherif Diarra, 6-4, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2020 - Diarra is a forward that has an affinity for shooting from long range. Is very solid at getting to the hole and has good hands and instincts. Is always alert when it comes to blocking shots.
Sharif Nelson, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2021 - Nelson makes a lot of hustle plays and has a lot of good energy on the court. Is a high volume shooter that can be deadly when left open from three-point range. Will take advantage of whatever opportunity he is given when it comes to scoring.
Aaron Miller, 6-5, Forward, Cardozo High School, Class of 2020 - Miller is a force in the low post. Is a player who does the dirty work in the paint and is great at boxing out and getting rebounds. Is a player that thrives with his athleticism, whether it is blocking shots or playing above the rim.
Errol White, 6-6, Forward, Cardozo High School, Class of 2020 - White is a forward who is long and agile, but has plenty of versatile skills in which he is able to get past defenders and get to the basket. Is very explosive when playing above the rim and has good hands, which allows him to obtain rebounds and block shots.
Andrew Laing, 6-0, Point Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2021 - Laing specializes in scoring at a consistent pace and is good at attacking the basket. Also has great court vision and can see where his teammates are moving on the court at all times so that he can hit them for assists.
Chamarri Baskerville, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2020 - Baskerville has plenty of physical toughness and is an energetic player on both ends of the court. Has a good outside shot and provides plenty of scoring. Also has the ability to be a good passer.
Nick Traill, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2020 - Traill is a good defender and also has a knack for shooting from long range. Loves to get to the basket and can penetrate into the lane when left open. Is a very solid defender that has the ability to get steals.