15U The Greenwood Elite 15U team coached by Dave Hardy, started off pool play with a game against Spiece Indy Heat. The week prior to Best Of The Midwest, this 15U team won the NY2LA Next Level Invitational in Milwaukee where Jarvis Walker(Mona Shores) was named MVP.
In the matchup between Greenwood Elite and Spiece Indy Heat, Walker could not be stopped. Guards: Keyshawn Delvin(Wyandotte), Jamoni Jones(East Kentwood), and EJ Victory(Grand Rapids Christian) continued to feed Walker since he was the hot hand. Walker ended with 30 points and Greenwood Elite won 69-53.
Greenwood Elite’s second pool play was against the host team, Grand Rapids Storm. This game between the two super pool teams was one of the most entertaining games of this star studded tournament. Each of these teams have multiple future college players. The game was a back and forth battle and was filled with much emotion since Greenwood Elite’s Victory, Jones, and Walker played on this Storm team last year. As the game was coming to an end, and just seconds remained on the clock, Greenwood Elite faced a three point deficit. With the game on the line, the ball was in no other than Jarvis Walker’s hands. Walker came down the court and threw up a contested NBA range three. And to sum up the shot, the young guard has ice in his veins. Seconds later, the buzzer sounded and it was a tie game. At the end of the first overtime no team had a lead. With a two minute running clock besides the last 30 seconds, Storm pulled away winning 75-72. Greenwood Elite was led by their deadly scorer, Walker with 24 points. Nick Edington(Pickford) also made a big impact for Greenwood Elite down low and scoring 11 points.
Greenwood Elite’s next matchup was a showcase game between them and Team Teague 2021. The whole Team Teague program had each of their age groups playing up; and all of those teams were successful while doing this. The team full of very skilled and sizable rising freshman took down Greenwood Elite in a 81-66 win.
Early Saturday morning, Greenwood Elite had another showcase game against Team Focus from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It was a very physical and chippy battle between the two teams. The game came down to the last shot for Greenwood Elite which rimmed out at the buzzer. Team Focus ended up winning 57-54.
Despite going 1-1 in pool play Greenwood Elite was automatically in the platinum bracket due to being in a super pool. Greenwood Elite’s first platinum bracket game was against the Mid Ohio Pumas Black. The Pumas started the game off strong as the teams were trading buckets during the first half. However, right out the gates of the second half Greenwood Elite took over and never let up. Greenwood Elite moved on to the second round with a 57-41 win. Greenwood Elite’s second round game was a redemption game. Greenwood Elite was set to play Team Focus not even 24 hours after their first matchup. Jones took over the game for Greenwood Elie. Jones scored 11 of his team’s first 13 points hitting back to back 3s and taking the ball to the basket. Greenwood Elite faced an eight point deficit going into the second half and Jones did the same thing. Jones did all he could for his squad scoring 13 second half points but it was not enough.
Greenwood Elite’s weekend ended Sunday morning with a 55-47 loss to team focus. Greenwood Elite was led by Jones with 24 points off five 3s.
Greenwood Elite/Mona Shores (Jarvis Walker) 6’0- The cold blooded guard has improved his game A LOT since the spring. Walker uses his strength to get to the basket when defense plays with pressure. When defense does not play with pressure, Walker shoots his lethal jumper. The young guard holds an offer from Ferris State and led his team in scoring at Best Of The Midwest. Watch out for Walker punishing more defenders this week at GRBA Nationals in Ft. Wayne.
Greenwood Elite/East Kentwood (Jamoni Jones) 5'11- Jones is a floor general and showed that at the Best Of The Midwest. He was often showed his vocalness on both sides of the floor directing his teammates with what to do. Jones was consistently finding his backcourt teammate Jarvis Walker with open looks. Jones also showed in his match against Team Focus that he can create shits for himself getting to the rack and hitting big treys. Jones is an all-around big time player who is poised for a big sophomore season.
Greenwood Elite/Pickford (Nick Edington) 6’7- At 6’7 as a freshman with probably a couple of inches to go this kid should be on college coach’s radar. With solid post moves and good defense this kid is special. Edington has a ton of potential with his size and skill. The Pickford big is a good rebounder and will matchup well against other top bigs in Ft. Wayne this week.